Friday, February 27, 2015

Purple Moon

Purple Moon is on sale now!!   A new kit with an old name, this kit was inspired by a simple blob of purple paint with a drip that made it look like a purple balloon or moon. Loved the sound of Purple there you have it! LOL.  I'm a simple person, tee he.  More than forty two elements and twelve papers of soft toned lavender, orange and gold.

The Purple Moon WordArt and Brushes are all about life as usual, with a little common sense thrown in, great to use with almost any page or journal.

And of course here is some inspiration for you!

Beth created this beautiful page, using the flags and butterflies to frame the image.

Judy went in another direction by re-coloring the papers and elements to emphasize the rock formations. Beautifully creative!

This is my Layout Highlight this week. Beth created this fabulous page by using one paper twice, turning them on their sides to create this wonderful semi stripe look.  The elements added visual excitement with the artistic balance between the soft clock and grapes, and the swirls and lines below.

 And of course I needed to express myself. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Discover Journaling

Hello! I've hope that everyone has had a great creative time since my last post :)

Today's post is going to take a little look at journaling. I like to add journaling to pages, especially to complement my travel layouts. In this post I give examples of two styles that I use, and also my personal travel journaling tips.

All my layouts use the amazing bundle, Discover by Lynne Anzelc Designs. I just love this kit :)

In my two travel pages I remember visits to Bosham, which is a little place in West Sussex, England that I love to visit. I haven't visited for a few years and I don't have any notes written from when I have visited in the past. However, I have some photos and memories. My journaling is therefore based on these things.

In this layout I've included some general thoughts, and what I've remembered about my trips to Bosham. The idea for this page is that the journaling, along with the photos, gives an idea about the place, with some personal insight/thoughts.

In my second layout I've shared my daydreams about the place. In this context I use the word imagine, because that is what I am doing. This page partly relies on the photo as I have not described the beautiful house, that is not what I am conveying with my words. Instead the photo shows you what the beautiful house is like. On this page the words are used for my feelings and thoughts, not factual or descriptive place information.

I thought it would be fun to share my personal travel journaling tips as a page layout and I found Lynne's word art a perfect complement to this page too :)

To all the photos I added a poster edges effect using Photoshop Elements, I love this effect and I've used it quite often in the past. I think it adds a little bit of an old fashioned postcard look to photos.

Do you have any top tips for journaling? If so we'd love to hear them, just share in the comments :) I'll be back soon with some more creative ideas, bye for now, Natasha :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Day Dreaming

What do I have for you in inspiration this week? My team has put together some pages that will inspire you, and hopefully help you see what you can do with my products!  Or with other products, because you see, it is all about art and creativity and should never be subjected to just one style!

My latest release is Day Dreaming. Day Dreaming was created out of my lifelong habit dreaming. I have always seemed to be a little bit in a school I would hear the rustle of the wind outside  or the birds chirping. At work my mind could wander while thinking how I could improve on something...even now my thoughts will wander and I find myself thinking "oh, that would make a great element for a kit!".  I am believer that we need to encourage kids and adults alike to daydream! I was successful at school and work, so it was never a detriment to my life! And we need more imagination today more than ever!!  So....this is just a mini kit that for me goes a long way!

This first page was done by Beth.  Bold and beautiful. It shows a lot of the elements in the kit and from another by Vicki Robinson.  This page allows the eye to wander around it, curious what is going on. Love the artistic slant, and love the bees!

Another by Beth takes us in a completely different direction!  Soft and dreamy, this page makes me feel peaceful and calm. Her blending is superb, and the balance (very important) is spot on! I'll talk about balance in a photo tip session later this month.

Judy created this playful art piece using the elements as a pedestal for her dreams.  I love how she also sticks papers for a more artistic flair! Notice how she moves your eye from lower left to upper right, taking in the entire page?  That is what you want to do with both a photograph and a layout to give the viewer full enjoyment!

Ren used the kit to frame a photo, and blended it in to give it  a very effective dreamy look. The page is balanced by the blue of the bird in the lower left and the blue element splat in the upper right. Beautifully done!

Combining kits is always fun, and I admit I pride myself in the fact that most of my kits will blend well together.  Here Beth uses three kits: Day Dreaming, Vintage Ladies, and Scruffy Overlays. Again, your eye wander through the page taking in all the wonderful colors and elements, with a little repetition to give the eye rest. And the impact is in the word art (not mine) that tells you what the page is all about! Well done!

I'll close with one of my own.  I try to test out the elements to see what type of page can be created with the elements in the kit. This page leans toward the simple. I love white space, but did not use too much in this particular page.  The word art said it all for me here.  I have been creating my reality my entire life...the good, the bad and the ugly, it is all mine and I am good with that.