Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Introducing the New Angel Design Team Members ...

Introducing the new
Design Team Angels

Hi - I'm Ngaire (No - not that one - I'm the not-famous Ngaire who scrapbooks) and I am addicted to scrapping. I've been happily married for what seems to be forever to my long-suffering but patient Hubby, who financially and emotionally supports me in my addiction. We have 3 boys (who range from 20 down to 14) and Madame, our precious daughter, who is 7.

My scrapping revolves pretty much around them. I looked long and hard at the whole idea before leaping into it feet-first about 7 years ago. I still haven't finished off my first ever layout and I am no-where near getting all Madame's first 12 months scrapped, let alone getting to the boys - but I have a pile of finished layouts and a house full of stash. I love chipboard, colour and bling and no paper range is safe from me (though my favs would have to be Creative Imaginations; Glitz Designs; Bo Bunny; Prima; hmmm and heaps more).

I like to try out new things - but I am certainly not addicted to any current scrapping trends. I would like to think that my style changes over time, but you can generally find flowers, bling, inking, ribbons, stitching, stamping and distressing somewhere and I love to cut out embellishments from the paper itself. I like my pages to be full and interesting, (with lots of little details) though they are generally fairly structured and I live with an abiding fear of "white space".

I'm a teacher (senior science) by trade - though I am taking a break from that for awhile to be an Environmental Education Officer with a local Council - which means a lot of my scrapping takes place in the evening and on weekends. I look forward to sharing my ideas and style (whatever it may be) with you all over the coming months. If you want to check out all of my stuff, you can visit me on my scrapping blog at


Hi, my name is Michele Winston and I am delighted to have been selected to be part of the my2angels team. I can't wait to meet all the lovely ladies here.…. 

I live on the north side of Sydney Harbour with my ever supportive and much loved partner of 15 years, Andrew.

Between us we have four children, the youngest of whom is 25. None of them are living at home right now - in fact we have one in Chicago and one in London - so life is relatively quiet and I find I have almost enough time (and almost enough room) to scrap! 

The two that belong to me, my daughter Sarah and my son Scott, are the most frequent subjects of my scrappbooking pages. I still have accumulated stacks of still un-scrapped photos of them from birth to today, so I find that I always have a lot to choose from when I'm searching for inspiration. Also important members of our family are our two cats, Tango and Sasha, who rule our lives and sometimes creep in to my layouts as well.

I became involved with papercrafting after I stopped working – it must be 4 or 5 years ago now – and haven’t looked back since. I love paper! I also love ink, stamps, flowers…in fact anything that makes a page look good. I don't think I have a particular style - it depends on my mood at the time, but I am collecting a huge stash of products that I love and can't be without. One day I might actually use them all!

I am inspired by anything Shabby Chic, Vintage or just plain beautiful. My very favourite paper artists, among the many that I admire, are Tim Holtz, Finnabair and Irene Tan. I love the complexity of their work and try to put a small part of that into my own creating. Even though I am not there yet, I am certainly enjoying the journey, evolving, experimenting and (hopefully) getting better at it.

My name is Lisa Kamphuis and I live on the beautiful Gold Coast with my ever patient husband and our four kids. The kids are aged from 14 to 7 and keep me busy but also provide me with plenty of scrapping inspiration! I love to scrap vintage style photos and also a more grungy dirty style for the boys - I know poles apart right !!!

I have been scrapping for a long time - since my eldest was 1 or 2 years old! Stopped for a few years when I was busy with three young boisterous boys and then got into it again and never looked back!!!

I have taught for a few years and have done lots of kit classes also. I am so excited to be part of the my2angels team.......Tracy lives close by and she stocks the most amazing array of products and she has things nobody else has!!!!! She makes lots of beautiful unique embellishments so if you love that something extra that sets your page apart - this is the place to shop!!!!

I look forward to sharing some tips and techniques and ideas with you all!!!!


and of course,
and myself will continue to be contributing to the team

plus regular Guest DT's

AND ...

after chatting to Jess today, she informs me she still has plenty of products and could open up a 2nd my2angels store, and has promised me to pop in from time to time with some phunky Jess style scrapping (just to keep us on our toes!)

And our first post from the new DT's is ....

Ngaire here with my first official DT post for Tracy and my2angels.

Sigh - scrappy heaven is when you get a range that screams out to be used with photos you have.  Attitude - the new masculine Kaiser range - is just what I needed for photos of my teen menaces. Attitude is something they have plenty of.

And photos of them are something I actually have at the moment too, thanks to a recent photo shoot in the park of my unholy trinity goofing off. Luckily for me they were wearing their usual rainbow hues, ;) which made using the Attitude papers a breeze.

I started with the deliciously grunged reverse of Individual - a paper you might easily overlook from the images provided by Kaiser. Check it out below to appreciate the detail on it. Over this I popped a piece of Trouble and then a panel cut from Wat's Up? This provided the framework for my layout, the rest was just embellishing.

In the top left corner I made an embellishment cluster by popping a couple of the stars from the Collectibles Pack together with some chippy cogs which I inked silver (Brilliance Ink Pad Starlight Silver). Then I added a piece of pizzabox (stealing one of Tracy's ideas here) diecut with the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears Die (this was lightly brushed with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Distress Ink Reinker) and a couple of tags I made myself using the Attitude papers and rubons.

To finish off the tags I added one of Tracy's Silver Metal Textured Stars  and a length of Ball and Chain. The large star in the middle was topped off with a title spot from the Collectibles Pack , whilst the smaller star next to it got a Black Metal Textured Star.

I added one of the manufacturing strips (the boys will be boys bit) and a diecut piece from the Attitude! 6.5" Paper Pad across the top of the photo for bit of added interest and then tied a bit of twine through some holes I punched through the paper.

The journalling went on some strips of the reverse side of the Trouble  paper. Underneath I popped in the title - which is from the Collectibles die cut Pack (as is the star under it). Some more chipboard cogs, twine and another Black Metal Textured Star complete the bottom left side of the layout. I've put the journalling strips on some foam mounting tape (oos) to give some dimension to the layout.

The embellishment cluster at bottom right of the layout got some more stars - this time ones I made from some of the patterned paper. The larger one is from the reverse side of Trouble , but the smaller one is from a paper in the Attitude! 6.5" Paper Pad. This pad contains some gorgeous papers - and is not limited to just those that are a smaller version of the 12 x 12 collection. It has embossed and metallic versions of the 12 x 12 range and some totally new patterns, as well as some die cuts.

Other elements in the cluster are repeats from the earlier embellishment cluster - I like to repeat elements to keep the layout coherent across the page. The arrow is new though and is from the Collectibles Pack.

So there's my Sketch layout using the new Kaiser Attitude! range. Come join in the fun of the July Monthly Challenge and have a go at my sketch. I'd love to see you join in - and the prize is absolutely worth the time entering.

I'll be back with more manly goodness (cough cough) next week - as I bring you some mini album pages using the Attitude! collection.


Thanks for Shell from Something Sweet Designs
for creating our new DT angels with their avaitors
Go and check out Shell's website for all your graphic design requirements
She is awesome to work with and always happy to meet your requirements


Jess Mackenzie said...

CONGRATS will LOVE being a DT Angel : ) LOVE you're layout Ngaire, definitely makes me want those papers!

ngaire said...

Lol - thanks Jess. Had actually wondered what you would do with them for your little man. Glad to hear you will still be around too.

Anne P said...

What a lovely group of ladies you have there. Can't wait to see their creations with your M2A designs.

Michele said...

Thanks for the congrats...already loving this team :)