Jul 15, 2013

LESSology Challenge #27: Guest designer Lizzy Hill

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Our guest designer for LESSology Challenge #27: Packaging Central is the lovely Lizzy HillI had the pleasure of meeting up with her in person last week and got to spend some time in her scrap room too...:)

My name is Lizzy Hill & I began scrapping in 2009 after coming home from a trip overseas. Mum encouraged me to ‘give it a go’ as a way of getting my photos sorted. It opened up a whole new world which I just adore. Blogging seemed to be a natural extension of scrapping – thus I’ve managed to combine a whole pile of ‘loves’ - photography, writing & scrapping!

My style is madly eclectic. I’ll give anything a go…my fave embellie atm has to be Washi tape – oh! And buttons/badges are up there, too. I scrap cards & OTP’s [off the page projects] as well as layouts. I don’t consider myself artistic – but I do really enjoy colour combinations. That may come from my dim, dark past as a hairdresser! I was also an English teacher…but my boys are grown up, I have my first grand-child, & I’m pretty much enjoying the good life these days. Not complaining at all… This is my 2nd term on the Scrap Friends Design Team & I’m also on The Trinket Track Design Team…..plus I’ve had a fair few layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories – a fab Australian scrapping mag. Basically, I LOVE the ‘love’ of belonging to the Scrappy Community…blog hops & challenges, like this LESSology one, are such fun! 

I found this box in an Op Shop & it was crying out to me 'Take me, fix me, use me'...so naturally I have! Yvonne showed me how to use old dress pattern to add a bit of texture. Of course, after she'd gone I added more gesso, dimensional paint, mica flakes, crackle paint, mists, spray, pearlessence....nail polish...ummmm...& I'm sure there's more!!!! 

Amazing details and textures on this beautiful upcycled box by Lizzy! Won't you come and play along with LESSology Challenge #27: Packaging Central?

Jul 8, 2013

LESSology Challenge #26: Feel the bead! Challenge Winners!

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Thank you for all your fabulous entries for LESSology Challenge #26: Feel the bead! We were totally blown away by your creativity in utilizing beads!:) The winner is

She made a shaker card with recycled beads. What an eye-catching creation! Congratulations Deepti Stephens! You are the winner of LESSology Challenge #26: Feel the bead! Please email us your mailing details so that we can get your RAK sent out to you! [Please grab the winner badge from the sidebar and display it proudly!]

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And now for our Top 3....

Congratulations Jeanie, Pooja and Bipasha! [Please grab the Top 3 badge from the sidebar!]

Don't forget to play along with our current challenge - LESSology Challenge #: Packaging Central! :)

Jul 4, 2013

LESSology Challenge #27: Creative inspiration of Mitra Pratt

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Enjoy the creations so far from the design team? Let's check out design team member Mitra Pratt's take on LESSology Challenge #27: Packaging Central.

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I am a box hoarder.

There, I've come clean. Long after whatever device I have is long gone, I've still got the box!

Take a look at this bad boy. It's black, sturdy, and awesome!

Perfect for messing around with!

I decided to make it into a shadow box and cut a circle out of the lid. Took a bit of doing though, so you have to stick with it!

I have had these circle cutters from Creative Memories for a trillion years and they still are a go-to tool for me. I had them long before those magic electric cutters we all have. You cannot put a box lid in a Silhouette no matter how hard you try, so I imagine I'll have them for a long while after too!

After getting the circle cut in the center of the box top, I used gesso and alcohol inks on the inside.

I cut out a piece of patterned paper for the background.

Next was the fun part, adding a sparkle modge podge, pearl-ex paint, and all the goodies inside! The edges on the top of the box are foil doilies with ink rubbed into them.

The bottom of course are some up-cycled thread spools. I opted to keep the thread on them as I thought it looked really cool! Plus, the thread is a bit old, so not all that great for sewing with anyhow.

The really cool part about upcycling is that it is fairly cheap! The only cost I had was in a downloadable reusable image. I grabbed this one from Nicecrane Designs for $4.50, but can print out as many images as I want! The moss was from our woods and the the flowers & shrooms were all in my stash!

Here is a side view of my box. I am loving that butterfly! Something else from my stash that I added alcohol ink to!

Please come play along if you would! Get those boxes and packaging material upcycled into something fun!

Such a fun and creative project! Now let's see your take on LESSology Challenge #27: Packaging Central.

Jul 3, 2013

LESSology Challenge #27: Creative inspiration of Julie Tucker-Wolek and Lynnda Hosni

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Hello there! Are you working on your entries for LESSology Challenge #27: Packaging Central? Let's check out what design team members Julie Tucker-Wolek and Lynnda Hosni did with their packaging! 

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Hi everyone!! Julie here with you today sharing a layout I made for this month's challenge! 

I decided to use an old packaging of an alpha chipboard sheet I had from Prima :)   The alphas are long gone (they didn't stick at all ... and they frustrated me, so I got rid of them... lol!!)  But I kept the packaging they came on to use as a mask! 

I placed my background page down and then placed the alpha chipboard packaging on top and misted away :)

And here is what my background page looks like now :) 

And here is my layout I made :) 

I used the July Paper Made Bakery kit on my layout :) 

Hope you all can join us and show us what you can do with packaging :)  ~~Julie

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Howdy Peeps... today is my turn to share LESSology Challenge #27 - Packaging Central....
Okay...for this month ... its a little easy.... what can you do with those packaging??? some brand the packaging is so pretty that you can use as it is... but some you need to doll up a little to use it... Just remember it can be any project you like to create... follow your heart and think out of the box....
I usually hoard [save for raining days] some packaging....
I decided to create a not-so-mini-album...
Here are the packaging that I used...before I transformed them into an album...

My Not-so-Mini-Album
So there you go.... easy isn't it.... so come along and join us..... 

There you have it. 2 more great ideas for using your packaging. Won't you come join us for LESSology Challenge #27: Packaging Central?

Jul 2, 2013

LESSology Challenge #27: Creative inspiration of Kirsty Vittetoe and Yvonne Yam

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Hello there! Ready to check out how creative our design team got with LESSology Challenge #27: Packaging Central? Today's inspiration comes from design team members Kirsty Vittetoe and Yvonne Yam.

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I mostly order my crafting supplies online, and they used tons of paper to filled up the gap between the goods so they won't shift around during shipping, I always felt that it is such a waste to throw those paper away, so I collected them thinking that someday they will be put into good used ... here's the pile.

Last week, my daughter asked me to make her a note book, and she wanted one with just plain paper and no lines... now you see why I keep those papers : )

I folded the paper and cut them into the size I wanted, stitched them together into a small booklet, I have 3 booklets in total, and then stitched them all onto a piece of kraft paper

and next is to find a piece of pretty patterned paper for its cover and start decorating it

I think I am going to make more of these since I still have a big pile of papers left : )

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Hello...this is Yvonne, here to share with you my project using a sock hanger. :)

It's such a pity to throw away those sock hangers that new socks come in. It makes a great hanger for a tag! :)

I started with a Ranger grungeboard which I coloured with Faber Castell gelatos and layered with some Golden glass bead gel for a glass glitter finish. After that, I applied some Golden fiber paste with a stencil for some texture. And painted that with Daler-Rowney liquid acrylics for shimmer. 

The blooms were cut from old lace. I painted the Blue Fern Studios chipboard with gold paint, then added Golden Gold mica flakes for extra sparkle. 

There you have it. Two great ideas for using your packaging in interesting ways. Come play along with LESSology Challenge #27: Packaging Central. We would love to see your awesome use of packaging. :)