I have to be totally honest when I first set eyes on the initial Luxe Design range I was scared … real scared. Such bold colours and design that were totally left field compared to what was on the market at the time. However, Luxe wooed me and soon my love affair with this manufacturer began. With each new range release my heart would skip a beat as I poured over the site like a kid in a candy shop, like a good bottle of wine they get better and better with age (range).
There are three ranges that have become personal favourites, although Id happily use any and all of them – Classic black (appeals to the vamp in me), Polo Shirt (so funky AND versatile for male or female projects) and finally Sarong (makes me want to jump on a plane to Bali). I think the main appeal is that they are so different, not run of the mill, cookie cutter imitations, plus the fact that they are double sided so there is the added advantage of a two for the price of one thinking, which is always good when I have to justify my purchases to my husband. The designs are innovative and colour choices unique and just when I thought they couldn’t top themselves they release ranges of a seemingly never ending supply of rubons and jotters – I am a very happy girl.
When I first saw this Sarong purse kit on site I thought what a cute little project – when it arrived on my scrapping desk I was not disappointed. I loved the fact that there were no ‘real’ instructions which allowed me to create what took my fancy – I realise a lack of direction may cause some people to shy away from such a project so maybe my mini album will give you inspiration to just sit and create.
I picked up this set of four shadow box frames from Kmart a year ago and they have sat waiting patiently for me to get to them. I knew I wanted to showcase recent family photos and when I put my hands on Luxe Classic Black and Pashmina paper I knew I had the perfect combination. With a little Heidi Swapp tape, some Love You More gem brads, SEI buttons and of course rubons and jotters thrown in for good measure, I completed this project in a couple of hours and now they are showcased on my wall.
The Pashmina range screams girlie – I couldn’t wait to cut out all those gorgeous swirls and flourishes from the Sachet paper. Once trimmed out I layered them over a cut down strip of Bubble Gum paper and adhered them with a mixture of glue dots and foam tape to give dimension and lift off the page. The simple addition of a jotter serves the dual purpose of title and a place to add journaling.
Ahh Polo Shirt – Im never disappointed. This range is so pretty and as stated earlier is perfect for either Male or Female projects. To keep with a girlie theme I roughly trimmed around the flowers from the Snow Cone paper, layered and machine stitched them together before adhering them to my page. The title is (of course) Polo Shirt Alpha Die cuts with a little bit of Heidi, Carolee and Luxe rubons to finish.
Now Ill let you into a little secret … for those of you still with me. You might like to try some of the Luxe ranges but are a little concerned that they are too bright and bold, then I suggest you grab some of the transparencies – not only are they a beautiful addition to your projects BUT they have the dual purpose of toning down those burn out your retinas colour palettes that are synonymous to Luxe.
Luxe Designs motto ‘invites you to live the Luxe life”. Their boast is a mighty one that says Luxe is cutting edge, chic simplicity, crafted colour palettes, creative inspiration with a dash of whimsy and finally core matter for the inner artist. It is a mighty boast but one I have to agree with. Luxe isn’t for the faint hearted – its for those bold and brave enough to have pages that shout! Are you brave enough to make some noise?