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Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year and a New Challenge!

We hope that you are blessed with a happy and healthy New Year filled with lots of love and happiness!

The most recent post that I shared we had 4 sleeps until here we are in the new year. Time just flies...I don't know about you but I am looking forward to a positive, fun and healthy new year! With plenty of crafting time, of course!

A new year has to start with a new challenge...I hope that you enjoy what I have come up with.
Our challenge for this month is Mood Board. You can find the mood board below. You can choose any elements and as many elements from the mood board to inspire your project.

So...make sure as the New Year begins you give yourself time to get your craft on!

I have been getting crafty with the new collection, Oh Happy Life ~ Amy Tangerine, that Jo has sent me to begin the New Year!
It has lots of lovely bright, colourful pages that work perfectly with this months is also very easy to dull the papers down or brighten them up depending what you team them with.

I have decided to feature the bright colours, the 2017, the circles and the word 'embrace' from the mood board to create my layout.
Here it is...

I started by applying a light coat of Gesso to my background paper. I have done this so that the sprays I was using wouldn't blend into the background paper.

I have used Kaisermists - Yellow and Aqua, ColourShine - Mint Green, Dylusions - Postbox Red and Colour Bloom - Cobalt sprays to create the background on the background paper. I sprayed them from quite a distance but all of them have sprayed differently which provides some variety in how the sprays appear on the page.

I have used several of the different patterned papers in this collection and have framed them with black and white card stock.

I have used the Scrap FX Template - Circle Border with a black fine liner in two places on the layout. I have used the Colour Blast Shimmer Dust - Midnight to colour some of the smaller circles in the border.

Check out that was one I had in my collection...thought it was a perfect fit for the word "Cheers"

I have used the Kaiser Alpha stickers for the rest of my title. I have also used chipboard numbers that I had in my collection for the 2017. I tried to match the colourings to that on the mood board. I have finished them off with a layer of Dimensional Magic. I have used the word 'embrace' above the 2017.

Using the patterned paper scraps I have created some little... what I am going to call, Fireworks! Finally I used the Scrap FX - Circle Border and Colour Blast Colour Paste - Snow White to create a border on the right of the photo and in the top left hand corner.

Well I hope that this has delivered some inspiration for this New Year Day.
Be sure to get your entry into Jo (via email) or by linking it to the right column of this blog using the InLinkz link by the 30th January 2017.
Can't wait to see your creations.

I will be back later this month to share some more projects using this collection of papers.

Until then,


  1. Happy New Year Mel, I am sooo loving this Mood board and your interpretation is great. Cheers to an awesome 2017. Jo

  2. Oh My!! I love everything about this Layout Mel.
    Those little Fireworks, how gorgeous..


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