Friday, March 18, 2011

Hello Colour!!!!!

Wow!!  Hello everyone!  So good to have you here! Welcome to the Colour Room's First Annual Blog Hop.. continued!! 

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I hope you had fun over at Julie's place !!  I have no doubt she would have completely blown your socks off!  If you have just entered this hop at my place, you'll need to go back to the start for the full experience... :))

As you are no doubt aware by now, we are celebrating our 50th Colour Palette this week!!  How amazing is that?  You are in for such a treat from our Design Team.... as always, I am in awe of their work.

[Part One] of this post is the introduction to Palette No 50.... and my sample layout. 

If you haven't seen it yet, pop here for a look at this week's palette.  This is what I came up with for this Whitewashed Boys Room palette:

{storm chasers}




I was lucky enough to have that photo on hand as it was just perfect for the palette.  It was taken while we were holidaying after Christmas a couple of years ago now.  All the kids LOVE storms and have never been frightened of them.  They could stand and watch the rolling black clouds and lightening for as long as I let them... which isn't long!  I bascially built the layout around the photo.  I did however have to go through a process of elimination before deciding on the oval shape!  lol ...



None of the others seemed to work.... not even the strip photos in progressive exposures unfortunately, which addressed every colour in the palette perfectly!

Now for [Part Two] of this post:
You are now Up Close and Personal with me: JulieWinks :))) 
...  and here are a few little snippets about me that you may not already know...
   
I am currently designing for:

TCR 

I live with DH, DD x 2 and DS x 2... and the overindulged staffie 'gus'... the 7 of us live in relative harmony in Central Queensland, Australia!   :))

On my desk now, you will find:

  1. A tonne of Basic Grey Curio chippies I am putting together for a current Scrapboxx Dt layout,
  2. Heaps of December Daily stuff I am unsuccesfully ignoring {it just continues to stare at me!!}...I really need to finish it!
  3. Heaps of stickers I am trying to catalogue for my new Ikea storage unit that is yet to arrive! {so very excited} ... prima, basic grey, tim holtz, hambly..... you name it, its in the pile!
My favourite colours to work with at the moment are blue and orange... I can't believe how many layouts have those two colours in them lately....  I don't even know I'm doing it until I'm finished.  Even I didn't realise the extent of my obsession until I put this mosaic together:

Yep... there is blue and orange, in some form, in every one of them! lol
... and I just realised what colours are on my desk right now in the previous pic too!!

What types of themes do I scrap?  Every now and then I scrap about my husband or myself... but it is quite rare!  I almost always scrap about one or all of the kids and the relationships between them.  I love depicting them in everyday moments, preferrably completely unaware that i am capturing them... but I have to admit that it is becoming more and more about the 'art' for me... telling a story more through visual impact than with words.  Sometimes I think the picture is more than enough on it's own and other times I have more of the story that i need to tell.

Where do I scrap?  I am in the most unfortunate position of having to scrap at the dining room table.... lucky for me it is a BIG square table! :))  With 4 kids and a 4 bedroom home, i just don't have a dedicated room for all my 'stuff'.  I am right now waiting for my Ikea Expedit furniture, so that I can at least have everything stored away neatly and, I'm hoping, make it much quicker for me to scrap as I won't have to spend the first hour of 'my time' looking for what I want. 

yeah, ok that was cheating....
this photo was taken before all my scrapping supplies took up permanent
residence along the back wall under the window!!  hehe
I promise to post an update as soon as all my Ikea furniture
is installed and packed full of supplies!

Funnily enough, I invariably end up migrating to the kitchen bench with my layout anyway, so I can stand up and get a better perspective of my page!  For that reason, I'm big on baskets.  My portable 'go to' supplies that can come with me as I migrate and are also easy to move off the table for something as mundane as eating! lol. 
oh, and I always paint at the kitchen bench too... far more practical for the clean up afterwards.

My scrapping 'process' can sometimes vary quite drastically from layout to layout.  Sometimes I've got a certain product or products that i just can't wait to use and i start with that, fiddling and moving things around, before i've even given a thought to the photo or the story.  Other times I'm completely driven by the photo and the story that I need to tell.  Usually though, I get the overall design planned before i decide on the size or number of photos I want to use.  I make the photo fit the design, rather than the other way around.  I'm also quite partial to using multiples of the same photo, often in a photostrip effect.

My favourite food is fruit!  Seriously!  I'm a bit of a sweet tooth.. and it gives me the sugar hit i love without the calories... :))  If we are talking naughty.... bacon is my weakness!  Breakfast, lunch, dinner!  it's so versatile, and so yummy... :)

My three favourite tools are:
my sewing machine first and foremost - no layout is ever complete without stitching... ever!
sandpaper/emery board - everything must be distressed and 'roughed up'
my stapler - i love that it's so immediate...  bang and it's done.

Where do I find my inspiration?  Like most people, I get so much inspiration from blogs, online forums, challenge sites and magazines.  The amount of online fodder is quite astronomical!  I have my favourites but tend to gravitate toward the more 'art' inspired scrappers.  I am always drawn to colour inspired artwork and for this reason I am really colour driven when I start to create myself.  I don't tend to stay within the boundaries of one product release or 'kit', but rather just grab elements on the basis of their colour and texture.  As a student of Interior Design in a previous life, this probably stands to reason... :)  I see potential colour combinations and design inspirations in just about everything.. television adds, food packaging, shop front displays, junk mail.... everything!

A technique I use a lot... {in almost every layout in fact} is paint splatter.  I love that it adds extra depth to your layering process and extra interest to your page, without taking away from my much coveted white space.  In addition to random misting with glimmermist and the like, i also tend to slightly dilute a little acrylic paint and use a straw to blow it onto the page.  It takes a little bit of experimentation to get the desired effect, but with practice, you can actually have quite a lot of control over what looks like random splatter. For larger spots, i just let the diluted paint drip out of the straw or off the paintbrush.


I'd love to see a gallery full of paint splatter this week... so get out your straws and start experimenting ladies!!  lol.  Just visit The Colour Room here to upload your work.

I'd like to thank you all so much for stopping by playing along with us and remind you that to be in the running for The Colour Room 50th Palette Prize, you need to add a comment to this post and tell me what my absolute favourite scrapbooking tool is.  :)
Your next stop is the lovely Karola's blog here.  I know you will leave her place super inspired!

Thanks again and happy travels...

jules
x
  

78 comments:

Tania Martyns said...

what can I say about your page?
she is gorgeous, wonderful, I'm hypnotized!
is a work of art on paper!

it was great to know more about you.
I'm a fan of your work!

Tania Martyns said...

forgot to say my favorite tool is the scissors.
Hugs !

Lari Scrap said...

Jules, what a great post - love to get to know a bit more about you! You layouts are incredible and you create in an artful place!
Your favorite tool is the sewing machine!!!
xo
Larissa

SCRAPLICA said...

Julie! It's a amazing project!! I loved this soo much!! Soo your favorite tool is your sewing machine first and foremost stitching, sandpaper/emery board and stapler.
Hugs from Lívia.

Lari Scrap said...

Julie... I forgot to say that your blog is the coolest!!!

Natalie said...

OMG you have the most amazing projects! Stunning!
Your fave tool is your sewing machine!

said...

This is stunning Julie!!
I love your works!! Realy perfect!!
The answer is:
sewing machine

jenandbrett8 said...

As always a gorgeous page, and your favourite tool is your sewing machine.

BabyBokChoy said...

What fun it is to learn more about you, and your page is utterly beautiful, love it!

Renee Aslette said...

Hey Julie,

Really loved your layout.

I have never paint splatted before and this is what I am going to try for my layout.

My favourite tool of all time would have to be my scissors. Could not survive without them!

Thanks for sharing a little of yourself with us!

Chantelle said...

What a fabulous post Julies -love your LO for TCR - such dramatic pictures of the storm - fabulous - and I love seeing that little birdie button - it reminds me that I should make some more. TFS and have a great weekend.

Heidi Kelley said...

This layout is so grungy and beautiful at the same time - I LOVE it!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Hi Jules ( love your name!! )

You are one talented lady!
I love your take on the palette and all of your L.Os
I'm amazed to see so many details and such great movement coming out of everything you do!!

TFS.
Greetings from Chicago ~

Nicole said...

okay girl, ummmm, this is incredible :)love everything about this

xx

Steph Devlin said...

Julie, don't those Kaisercraft flowers rock .... i wondered how many of us would be using them for this palette !!!!!! I was so inspired by them. I loved reading about you and your life, I feel like I know you just a little bit better now .... and I LOVe that montage you put together.... WOW. Your work is just awesome.

Lolô Artesanato said...

Gorgeous!!!!
Soo your favorite tool is your sewing machine first and foremost stitching, sandpaper/emery board and stapler
xx
Leila

Stacey Young said...

Oh my Jules, gorgeous layout....love your collage of layouts too, wowsers!!!!

Cynthia Lloréns said...

Julie your LO is stunning !!
I love your works!! Realy perfect!!
This is a fenomenal page!!!
My favorite tool is the scissors.
Hugs
Cynthia

Mina974 said...

Julie, your layout is very beautiful!!!
Your favourite tool is your sewing machine !!
Kisses. Mina

Janine K said...

SIGH!!! I ADORE that LO! Oh that is so so funny about all the layouts that have similar colours in them. You are also so tidy!!! My scrap area always looks like a bomb hit it!

Karen said...

Thanks for your awesome blog. You said your favorite tool is your sewing machine. I have to agree that I couldn't scrap without mine either.
Karen

Leanne said...

wowee Jules!! Pretty darn fab!! Love all the details you have shared!

etrala said...

oh wooow !! your pages are awesome !
I'm very delighted !

Cathy said...

OMG this is so divine Jules.. one of my favs so far!!! A girl after my own heart, I love paint splatter atm, but I haven't tried the straw technique.. must give it a go. Your absolute fav tool is your sewing machine. Have a fab weekend :)

naop said...

Your LOs are all so amazing!! I love them all serisously!!
Love the layering and splatter of paint.
#50 looks fantastic, too.

tessie said...

a wonderful page!
your favorite tool is your sewing machine!

Helena said...

Love your layouts, ALL of them!!!!
Your favorite tool is your sewing machine.

PapillonRose said...

absolument superbe cette page
j'adore !
ton outil préféré est : la machine à coudre

Chantal said...

You have such a unique style Julie - it's so fresh and breathtaking! Your fave tool is the good ol' sewing machine! And you're a total wiz at it too!

Agnieszka said...

I love your works!!
The answer is: sewing machine

Pia said...

Your favorite tool is the sewing machine!!!
Beautiful layout

hugs Pia

Bertram said...

Your work is amazing.
Ypur favotite tool is your sewing machine.
Hugs Linda

sarah said...

What an awesome layout! And I love your mosaic of all those stunning blue and orange layouts.
So your favourite tool is your sewing machine!

Lisa K said...

Oh My - I cant believe I havent found your blog before - LOVE your work and blue and orange rocks!!!! I can handstitch on my layouts but the sewing machine and I disagree about scrapbook pages - lucky you!!!

Julie Blanc said...

Love, love your layering! the cluster is perfect and the pics are made for this palette!

Rhonda's Ramblings said...

your fave tool is your sewing machine

Camila Borssoi said...

Hi...
Your favorite tool is your sewing machine.
Your work is amazing!!! Love every detail of it.

Pam Pritzl said...

I absolutely LOVE your work ... I agree with your favorite too, the sewing machine ... I too, really love to sew on pages ...

Taj White said...

lovely design!!

Conni said...

Stunning LO! Your fav tool is your sewing machine.

Luv2ScrapMawma said...

Great LO!!Your fave tool is your sewing machine!

Audiene said...

Wow! Love the layout with all the artful touches and texture. Your favorite tool would have to be your sewing machine.

Pink Heather said...

Your fav tool is the sewing machine. I always plan on using mine more. If only I had the room to keep it set up :)

Vicky Alberto said...

we share the same scrap "room" (dining table) but you won't catch me near a sewing machine, LOL

Lene - Nabon said...

Just LOVE it! Gorgeous, you rock this style!

-and yes he's just to cute! hehe

Sam Bailey said...

Wow, what a fantastic idea for a LO, beautiful photos and beautiful LO. Absolutely stunning. I am from Central Queensland as well, living in North Queensland now. I love the paint splatter and may have to give it a try myself. Thanks for the inspiration.
Your absolute favourite tool is your sewing machine.

Zeffy said...

My T.H. scissors and stapler....i am amazed at your beautiful projects,,,they are stunning,,,enjoy your new furniture...

Tina said...

Your style is amazing...I think I'm in love :) I just bookmarked you - Love your inspiration.
Your fav tool is the same as mine - I MUST stitch on every layout!! Absolutely!!!

RubyM said...

Your sewing machine is your best friend. Mine too.

Belinda said...

ALL of your work is absolutely STUNNING Julie. Such beautiful layouts and I love the orange and blue together. Your favourite tool? Sewing machine.

scrappin_in_AK said...

what a unique and eyecatching design.
Your fav tool is your sewing machine

Em said...

This is a fabulous page Julie. Great to get to know you a little more and welcome to the team! I love your splatter technique...I may use that ;)

eila.sandberg said...

Jules - I already know that you are a fabulous blogger and a magnificent scrapper. Now I also know that it's the bacon that fuels that awesome creativity of yours ha ha! No scrapping in the Wink's house gets done without your precious sewing machine, and I can sure understand why the stapler and sandpaper/emory board are faves too. I have been enamoured with your pages since first I saw them, totally unique totally Julie! Your #50 is electric! thanks for the tip about using a straw, how cool is that! todelipip! E ;))

Asia said...

Wow so romantic and beautiful Lo :)
Your favorite tool is the sewing machine

Tanya Tahir said...

Your layout is divine Jules!!! Just adore your style!!!

craftysprinkles said...

Your work is incredible!! I just love your style and your amazing pages!!

Your absolute fave tool is your sewing machine! I love mine too :)

sandi said...

Wow! What a gorgeous lo! Just stunning as usual! Your favorite tool is the sewing machine...great tool! :)

Patricia Folchert said...

Wow your work is just Wow. So inspirational thanks for sharing. Your fave tool is your sewing machine.

lindy said...

Julie this weeks palette is wow what beautiful colours as well as your page Stunning stunning stunning

thecraftyladybug said...

Such a beautiful layout! Answer: your absolutle favorite tool is your sewing machine!

yukanna said...

Julie, your LO is amazing!!!
Using English is difficult for me but I'm happy that I could know about you better.
So your favorite tool is sewing machine!
Hugs from Yuka

Paper Boutique said...

Pure art... loved your mosaic too and of course nothing would be complete without trusting sewing machines, ever!

Scrapbookdoll said...

Your favorite tool is the sewing machine
Marie-Anne

Heather Jacob said...

WOW !!!! in a word ... totally OUTSTANDING !!!!! full of texture and yummy stuff..the more I look the more I see ... this is the work of a true artist.. hugz x

Becky Jo Miltimore said...

Your favorite tool is your SEWING MACHINE! Your work is really yummy!

Jessica said...

Love all the depth on your LO! Great photo, don't know how you narrowed it down to one. Your favorite tool is your sewing machine.

liana suwandi said...

I really adore your layout and style!

Leeann Pearce said...

Just gorgeous work Jules... and it was awesome to read a bit more about you!!!

and thanks for using storm's name in your layout...lol!!!

Anonymous said...

Hiya Julie...I'm a blog newbie...never know quite where to leave the comments so hope this is OK. I was in KMart today having a browse and flicking through a magazine when one layout just popped right off the page. Hmmm...I thought...this style looks familiar...There you were in your inimitable style...just you and DH...Congrats on being published in Scrapbook Creations....Woot Woot!!!! xxx Helen

Blossom inch said...

beautiful layout! my answer:
sewing machine first and foremost - no layout is ever complete without stitching... ever! (as said by you)

xoxo

Felicity said...

hi Jules :)) LOVE LOVE LOVE that page.
fav tool is the sewing machine :) x

Sylvia said...

Oh Julie! I so love your work! This LO is absolutely perfect...Yor fave tool is your sewing machine -and wow do you master that tool! I thought I'd dare to do some splattering this week -not just the anxious spray with the mist. Thanx for the inspiration! xoxo Sylvia M

Carmen said...

Hi Julie! Love your work, very inspiring! Your favorite tool is your sewing machine. Hope I will use mine more frequently in the future!
Carmen

simply handmaid said...

OOh, I love your style .it is very unique...and your fave tool is the sewing machine...I love to stitch on my pages too.

Amanda Leal said...

So lovely page...
Loved your work!
Your favorite tool is your sewing machine...
kisses from Brazil!

sunnyflou said...

i love your style!!!

your fav tool: sewing machine!!!! xoxo

anjapotters said...

Completely stunning page, Julie!! What a great picture that is, sensational!

And you do love your sewing-machine most ;)

Bye from the Netherlands!

finnabair said...

Ah, your art is just amazing...