Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Fond Adieu to Adriana

So another Goodbye today.
This time it is Adriana's Swan Song.

Adriana is guest design team member who is a personal friend. She lives in Adelaide so we catch up from time to time. She is such a lovely, warm and kind spirited person and her scrapbooking reflects this. Not only is she a designer but also teaches sharing her passion and skills with others.

This is my favourite Adriana layout and is such a great example of her style. Just look at all the fussy cutting involved in creating this page. The photo doesn't really show all the work involved, I wish you could see it rather than looking at a photo.  It is just beautiful and must have taken hours to do.
She has layered everything up around her lovely photo and the finished layout is just stunning.

Again Adriana is an all round scrapbooker, she makes really beautiful cards and also uses mixed media products on her work. The card above looks like she has used embossing powder to give the chipboard an aged look or rusty look and it works so well. 
I  love miniature items in any form, and in scrapbooking there are lots of lovely examples of miniature projects around. When I came across Adriana's  mini layouts on playing cards, I fell in love with them and I am going to have to do some of my own. They are just perfect. 
There is something captivating about doing a whole page on a tiny card. Even although they are small, they still take quite a bit of time and are fiddly to make. Whilst you can use smaller items for your miniature project, you still have to make everything fit. and there is an art to it. Adrianna's cards are a outstanding example of just how charming miniature scrapbooking can be.
So now we have to say goodbye to our friend.
We wish Adrianna success in everything thing she does and all the best in 2018.
I hope we can still catch up from time to time.
Please feel free to give Adrianna your best wishes for the future.
thanks for looking

Friday, January 12, 2018

Today we say Farewell to Leonie

So Today we say Goodbye to Leonie
Leonie has been with us for quite a few years and we are very sad to see her go. She is another of our design team who is an all rounder when it comes to scrapbooking. Her work is just wonderful and inspiring.
I have been going back over our blog looking for my favourite projects from each leaving team member to share, and it's been great fun and inspiring. We have had so many talented ladies on our Design Teams over the years. If you have time, make a cup of tea or coffee and wander back down memory lane, you won't be disappointed. I have gone back 4 years and there are so many amazing projects, tutorials, and inspiring ideas on show. But back to Leonie, I am sharing a few of my favourite "Leonie layouts". You still will see Leonie on our blog from time to time as a guest designer.

Leonie does mixed media layouts so well as you can see from the layouts below, but the layout above caught my eye, I love the way Leonie has composed her layout. So many elements to fit on one page - it would be easy to loose the photo or just end up with a mish mash of stuff, but Leonie has made this work so well - the photo pops from the page and everything fits nicely together. There is a real art to doing this kind of layout and this is a great example of how it can work so well.

 I really admire Ladies who can do mixed media on a scrapbooking layouts and still keep their photos as the focus. A lot of the time, the photo is just lost, but Leonie has made this work so well. A lovely layout for a gorgeous photo.

This layout of Leonie expresses the fun that I an sure the ladies in the photo have when they get together! I love the bright colours she has chosen. By adding a couple of flowers to her photo, she cleverly draws our eyes to her photo, which could have got a bit lost on such a busy background but now is the focus of the layout.

The black chipboard splats or star bursts look amazing. Also the chipboard random words painted orange really pop.

This layout from a few years ago, was another layout which caught my eye. It looks like a lot of fun with all the bubbles creating a frame around the photo. Another very cleverly done layout.

This layout is one of my favourite "Leonie Layouts". I love all the white space she has around the main part of her layout. By using a lot of black on her layout - she has been able to balance it against the white space. The touches of yellow really match the yellow in the photo and tie it all together and the yellow hearts and the black chipboard title are just the perfect touches.
We wish Leonie all the best for 2018 and beyond in everything she does. She will be sadly missed on our team as will all the ladies leaving us.
I only have three more to say goodbye to, then we can start welcoming the new team and get on with the 2018, which I know will be a year full of inspiration and creativity.
Please feel free to give Leonie your best wishes for the future.
Thanks for looking

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wishing Another Design Team Member All the Best

So today we sadly say good bye to Kelly-Ann.
Kelly-Ann is one of those bright and bubbly people that come into your life and leave joy. She spread light and happiness where ever she goes and is always up for a laugh.
Her "Diary" posts on our blog have shown just how wonderful she is.
Like all our design team members, Kelly-Ann is an all round scrapbooker.

She makes the most amazingly intricate cards, this one is a pop up box card, just full of bits and pieces that pop out the top of the card. The Butterflies are Kelly-Ann's own designs.

But sometimes simplicity is all that is needed for that special card and Kelly-Ann has made this set perfect for any occasion.

Imaginarium Designs chipboard words so well raw. When we first started our company many years ago, we tried 5 different company's and chipboard boards before we found one that I was happy with. Not all chipboard works well with all mediums and it took a bit of work and playing to find the right one.
Kelly-Ann has used the raw chipboard to great effect on her cards

 Kelly-Ann also does the most beautiful and detailed layouts, showing her skills at design and layering. She even does the whole mixed media thing well too as you can see on her layout above.

Again a mixed media card using our chipboard and embossing powders. I love the way Kelly-Ann doesn't use a traditional shape for her cards.
We wish Kelly-Ann all the best with her endeavours in 2018. I am sure she will tackle any challenge she faces with her normal bubbly and positive attitude. The Design Team ladies will miss her funny comments and sayings.
Please feel free to leave her your best wishes.
See you in a day or two with another sad goodbye. Not too many more to go, then we start welcoming our new design team ladies.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Good Bye to Another Friend

Hello Everyone
Today we get to say Good Bye to Alison Bevis.

Alison has been a friend of Imaginarium Designs for any years and a personal friend of mine. We met through our love of scrapbooking and share many of the same interests and values. I really enjoy her company. Alison has embarked on a new journey and this is taking up a lot of her time. She is now the proud owner of The Crafty Chain a new scrapbooking store in Brisbane. Due to her commitment to her store Alison has decided to stand down from our Design Team. I will miss her input, but I will still get to catch up with her from time to time. Hopefully she will find time to be a guest designer sometime this year.

 Alison is an all round scrap booker, she can turn her hand to anything. Whether its a  beautiful card like the one above or a stunning layout like the one below. Alison always has some special for us.

This was a layout Alison did on herself. I love the strong colours and the use of our chipboard inked black for effect.


Alison also does shabby so well, look at all the back ground detail on this layout, and the lovely layering.  A special layout for a special lady.
"Totally Love This" was another one of Alison's Layout. She drew a heart shape with a couple of co-ordinating Distress markers, and then adhered a bunch of embellishments around the shape. She inked most of 'Nat's Hearts'  in pink. The title "Love This" Alison inked and beaded, "Totally" was covered with pearlescent ink, 'Loolabelle's Piechart and Heart Embellishments' reminded her of roses so she inked and beaded them and used them to overlay on her paper embellishments.
This is a really lovely example of Alison's work.
I really do hate saying goodbye to the ladies on our design team but it has to happen.
Life goes on, change is good for us, new opportunities come our way, another door opens as one closes and so on.
We all wish Alison the best for her future endeavours and hope she has a wonderful and stress free 2018. We hope she will visit us and keep in touch time permitting.
Please feel free to leave Alison a personal messages of support, I know she would love to hear from you all.
 I will be back again in a day or two to say Good Bye to another Friend and Design Team Member.
thanks for looking

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Welcome to 2018

Hello Everyone and welcome to 2018.
Not sure about you, but 2017 has just flown by. Still wondering where it went. Lets hope 2018 is a wonderful and successful year for everyone.
Some of our Design Team Ladies are leaving us after their time with Imaginarium Designs. We are always sorry to see Team Members leave us. They have become our friends and we do wish them all the best for the new year and every success in their new ventures.
Over the next few weeks, we will be saying goodbye to them here on our blog. Please feel free to leave them personal messages of support, I know they would love to hear from you all.
So for now we have to say Goodbye to Miriam

Miriam is a friend of Nat and Me, we have known her for quite a few years now. We both were delighted when she agreed to join our Design Team. Miriam is a truly lovely lady both inside and out.
Her style is very vintage and I love the simplicity of her work.

She is the most beautiful card maker and I have been the receiver of quite a few of her cards over the years.

Miriam also does lovely layouts and this one was a challenge that Nat set the team doing a layout on themselves.  
 Miriam also makes stunning books, this is one she made using a Graphic 45 box album and papers from Meg's Garden.

 And for something different, Miriam decorated some kraft bags, perfect for a special gift.

You can see her love of Vintage in these projects.
We hope to still catch up with Miriam from time to time. 
We wish her all the best for the future, and hope she has a wonderful and trouble free 2018.
There is something nice about the start of a  new year. Everything that happened the year before has passed, whether happy memories or sad reminders. We can start the new year with hope and optimism.
I did wonder if this was the right word to describe a new year, so I googled the meaning
 of optimism
  1. 1.
    hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something.
    "the talks had been amicable and there were grounds for optimism"

    :hopefulness, hope, confidence, buoyancy, cheer, good cheer, cheerfulness, sanguineness, positiveness, positive attitude

I think it's a good word to use in association with a new year. If only everyone everywhere had optimism, the world would be a much better place.
Let's hope optimism is contagious and everyone catches it.
Well that's all from me for now. I will be back in a couple of days to say goodbye to another friend.
Thanks for look and please feel free to give Miriam your best wishes.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas Canvas

Hi everyone! Sonia here with your after Christmas blog post. I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas filled with love and laughter and of course, way too much eating of those delicious Christmas goodies! Hopefully you have a bit of free time for some scrapping before everything goes back to normal routines after the New Year festivities. 
I had a little bit of time to have a play to create a Christmas canvas that can get my decorations off to a head start for next year! When you create these canvases you can keep to a general Christmas theme like I have here or you can replace the images with photos to personalise your creation.

'Christmas Canvas'

Imaginarium Designs products used: Oval Frames (IDT0002), Stars Board (IDT0036) and I Believe in Santa (IDP0219)

The chipboard has been heat embossed in white to create a soft look to the canvas. The white, soft blue and pops of red work so well together.

I have popped some vintage Christmas images into my frames, however you can easily pop in some precious family photos to create a fun Christmas keepsake.

Enjoy your New Year and I hope you get some fabulous creating time in
Sonia x

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Wishes with Tracey

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you all have had a wonderful Christmas and you have created special family memories.
The celebrations are still continuing on in our household with other family members we didn't spend Christmas day with as it gets hard to spread ourselves everywhere.

Due to the lead up to Christmas and the end of School year I have had no time to scrap. I am really looking forward to having some downtime over January and spending some time in the craft room.
I thought that I would share a few of my favourite projects that I have created for Imaginarium Designs in the last two years instead of something new.

April 2016

This layout I just love, not only is it of one of my nieces but I love the pop of yellow and butterflies.

I used a stencil and texture paste to soften the paper and added drips of yellow twinking H20's.

The ID chipboard  Clock Frame , LeavesTitle, has been coloured using Tim Holtz distress paint.


February 2016

This layout is one that has one of my most loved photos of my younger son Jack and are now passed beloved Max. The two of these ratbags had a wonderful relationship and just adored one another and were certainly best friends. 

Chipboard used for my layout - My Best Friend , Embellishments, and Nats Hearts 1.
I used an aged embossing powder to colour the chipboard.

February 2017

This layout is of my oldest son Ben. I just love that innocent smile. He has changed so much since this photo was taken. He is now a teenager and it is certainly  fun and sometimes not so fun journey! But I love him just the same.

I  created a mixed media background using strips of paper, washi tape, colour ink sprays, chalkboard paint and stamps.
I heat embossed the chipboard using an aged embossing powder and a white powder. 
Heat embossing chipboard is my favourite technique to use on chipboard.


Well I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the very Best wishes for the 2018 New Year.

Until next time..happy scrapping!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Fridge Magnets Instead of Cards

Merry Christmas!!

Only 2 sleeps people until the fat man arrives, and guess what?  For the first time in about 10 years I am organised I have nothing left to do except food prep! The flip side of this is that I didn't get a chance to make Christmas Cards this year, hey something has to give! In most cases people only have the cards out for around a month then out them away in a special box which holds all their treasured memories (or so I am told!!).  So this year I have made fridge magnets from mini canvas's that way people will hopefully stick them on the fridge and look at them all year round and they are super easy and quick! I also did this last year but they were all Christmas themed so this year I did a mixture and whilst I can't show you them all as some don't have chipboard below are some of the ones which do have chipboard.  

It was all about the glitter for these ones and they make a great substitute for cards just pick up some magnetic tape from the local craft store or discount store and stick it on the back and you are done!

I really hope that during this holiday period you can make some time for yourself to create and take some "me" time.

Keep Creating!

Chipboard Used