The October Afternoon brand has a certain knack for designing cute, fun and colourful collections. The Midway collection is no exception and Stacey jumped right in to create this super fun birthday layout. She opted for her favourite colours of lime green and turquoise with a splash of orange and grey from the collection.
October Afternoon is well known for its eclectic and colourful collections and Woodland Park is another collection which will delight you. The range has bright fun colours, cool blues and soft pinks and greys. So many colours and patterned elements mean you never get bored working with this range. Leanne has created some cards and an OTP project which show off the many colour combinations of the collection.
A border punch was used to create the side panel on this card. The mini tag was also cut from a punched piece of cardstock. This card highlights the blue and aqua hues of the collection.
The grey/black, cream, green and turquoise colours in this card were all inspired by the butterflies Leanne cut from the patterned paper in the 8x8 paper pack. The lace has been gathered and topped with the collections matching twine. Threading of buttons before using them on a project is a must for Leanne and the gorgeous twine is perfect for this too.
This card showcases the vibrant side of the Woodland Park collection. The beautiful watermelon and red tones work well with the strong greens. Leanne used dies and punched to create additional borders for the central embellishment on her card.
Leanne just loves banners, butterflies and handmade rolled flowers and this OTP project is a gorgeous way to showcase all of these elements. Using the cool grey and soft pink papers in the range Leanne created this lovely decorator piece. There are many layers to the banner and Leanne has used the MD Doily Lace punch to create the pretty border on the banner.
Roree Rumph is a member of the OA design team and created this card using the woodgrain patterned paper from the new Farm Girl collection along with paper, chipboard, and die cuts from Woodland Park, trim from Sasparilla, and buttons from Midway. The card really showcases how all the collections OA produce can work together. Roree finished off the card with a little cluster of embellishments.
Wendy Smith loves working with OA collections as well. In these layouts she has used the Midway collection. Her layouts are stunning and showcase the range beautifully. Wendy likes the Midway range as it is full of fun colours and fairground designs, the colours suit a wide range of photos and are perfect for anything involving fun.
Wendy also created these layouts using the Woodland Park collection. She has showcased the beautiful flowery elements of the collection on these two superb layouts.
Felicity Wilson's take on the Midway collection is amazing. It caught our eye straight away. Her subtle use of the collections paper's and her flower clusters work together brilliantly.
Leanne Allinson thought up this creative layout also using the Midway collection. It's fun elements were used to highlight a fun day at the beach. Thankyou for sharing your lovely creation Leanne.
October Afternoon's Woodland Park range really appealed to Danielle. The combination of vintage-inspired elements, fabric-style patterns and sweet colours gave her a lot of options to play with when creating her layout!
Danielle took advantage of the patchwork feel of the alphabet stickers to make a pretty, long title one of the focal points of her layout. The ribbon length from the pack of Miscellany has been used for a criss-cross detail.
This card is for Jane's Daughter who has a love for elephants. A top hat and a blower was cut out of one of the 8x8 papers and was added to the elephant. I'm sure her daughter is going to love it!!
Jane loves playing with stickers, in this card she has used the circles as added interest by cutting them in half and placing them around the edges. Jane even extended a label sticker with candles on it by cutting it in two pieces and placed a piece on either side of the larger circle.
Amber Engel has used October Afternoon's Woodland Park beautifully in this fun girly layout.
Thank you to Amy Heller for sharing these next two gorgeous projects she created using OA's Woodland Park range.
Twine from the same range has been used to illustrate wind-swept clouds. The cardstock stickers make for sweet embellishments, with the title assembled from letters out of the word 'Wanted' on the sticker sheet. Danielle enjoyed the combination of earthy tones with bright primary colours in this range.
October Afternoon's Sasparilla range is based on a cute Western theme, but is versatile enough in design to be used for all sorts of subjects! Here Danielle has used the Stagecoach timber patterned paper as a background, adding a touch of gesso beneath October Afternoon's Sprinklers spray inks.
Danielle took the opportunity to show a different style using the same Sasparilla range from October Afternoon. Here her background involves Sprinkler inks, gesso, paper napkins and white gel pen. In addition to the patterned papers, Danielle has used Sasparilla cardstock stickers and alphabet stickers to embellish the page, along with some loosely knotted twine and lace from the trims pack. Handwriting continues the arty, whimsical feel.
The soft feminine colours in the October Afternoon Farmhouse range were used perfectly by Kim to scrapbook a page about her weight loss journey. Yellow and Grey is a beautiful colour combination and the touches of pink just pop from the page.
Danielle Flanders has shared this gorgeous page with us featuring October Afternoon's Sidewalks range.
Natt Smith brings us this fun page featuring a variety of October Afternoon products.
We love all the different bits and pieces of October Afternoon that Alex Gadgi has used on this layout - October Afternoon Sidewalks, with a tiny little touch of Modern Homemaker and Road Map. So many bright and beautiful colours to catch your eye. Thanks for sharing your beautiful layout with us Alex.
Jill Sprott's work is always a delight on the eye and this layout using October Afternoon is no exception. Jill has used Cakewalk and 9 to 5 lines (and a little bit of Sidewalks, Boarding Pass, and Thrift Shop) on this layout. Thanks for sharing your layout with us Jill.
Wilna Furstenburg has done an amazing job using soft papers from the Sidewalks range to create a great masculine page. Thanks for agreeing to share your great layout with us Wilna.
Finally, Vanessa Giurdanella has created this gorgeous card and gift box for a departing colleague. She has cleverly used a variety of October Afternoon products to achieve a cohesive and charming look!
Georgia and her husband spent three weeks in Italy earlier this year and she still has a mountain of layouts she'd like to scrap. She decided to use October Afternoon's Boarding Pass range as suits both her scrapping style and her subject perfectly. The focus of the layout is a photo of her husband Bill so Georgia chose the more masculine papers and added a lot of inking and distressing to the page.
October Afternoon have done it again with another beautiful range perfect for scrapping a large variety of topics. Kim has chosen to document some day trips with family using the Sidewalks range. The background was simply, but effectively, created by painting a frame around where the patterned paper block would be placed and the spraying it with white mist to soften the effect.
Jaime Warren has used the Sidewalks range from October Afternoon beautifully in this layout. I love Jaime's style of random little clusters of patterned paper and embellishments. I particularly like how she used the Little Flyers from October Afternoon to create the banners under the photos. Thanks for sharing this beautiful layout with us Jaime.
Finally, check out this cute layout from Marcy Penner on the October Afternoon design team. She has devised an inspired pie chart detailing how her family spent their time on their last holiday. You can see a tutorial for this layout here.
Suz Doyle wanted a double page spread full of photos of her Christmas Day and created this by printing them all on two A4 sheets. This meant that embellishment needed to be minimal, so she created a simple garland along the bottom of her photos. This gave her room for playing in a limited area, and so she added gorgeous chip stickers and embellies from the October Afternoon range, Tim Holtz facets backed with the co-ordinating papers and bits of trima nd lace, mostly from Websters. She added different coloured glitters to outline the embellishments which help them echo the spirit of christmas baubles or decorations.
Suz had some fun with the October Afternoon’s wonderful 5&Dime range of patterned papers and embellishments in this layout. Her daughter often drags her and her camera off for ‘fashion’ photo shoots, and this 50’s inspired theme worked perfectly with the patterned papers. The golden tones of the late afternoon sun and the air of nostalgia in the photos is reflected perfectly in the designs of the papers, and Suz especially loved the rubber embellishments that gave the layout a bit of texture and dimension with minimum effort!
Kathie’s son, Jamie, started school at the beginning of this year. In this, her first “school page”, she has beautifully captured his excited, yet apprehensive expression as he looks to his father for reassurance on his first school day. Her departing vision of him settled with his class at the feet of his teacher is captured in the smaller photo and will be forever imprinted in her memory.
Kathie’s used the Shape Stickers from October Afternoon’s Report Card collection as the focal product on her page. She loves the old style imagery of these stickers; perhaps because they are reminiscent of the illustrations in the school books she was reading when she first started school all those years ago. Kathie’s mixed in some of the Schoolhouse collection too, with a snippet of the Flashcards paper at the bottom of the page.
We thank Georgia Keays for the above two layouts – as you can see she rocks the October Afternoon papers with style! We love the balance of patterned papers and embellishments being the perfect backdrop for her photos and the little details like the negative of the cloud diecut above the title in No Fanks. Thanks Georgia – your style is superb.
We also spotted this gorgeous page by Treesa Young, Perth. Treesa wanted to create a summery layout to feature some photos of her son on his new slip n slide. October Afternoon's Seaside papers were a perfect backdrop for the vivid colours in the photographs. This is such a happy, colourful page! Thanks for sharing it with us Treesa!
Finally, we saw this amazing layout while browsing the galleries and just had to share it with you. Belinda Venables, Perth, has used the Campfire line to make this incredible house. From the fine penwork detail, to the opening and closing front door and the little critters Belinda has cut from the patterned paper, the entire project is simply irresistible.
Kathie has based her beach layout on the reverse side of one of the patterned papers from the Seaside range. The textured wood pattern is sufficiently distressed and yet subtle enough to form a great background if you want a change from plain cardstock, but don’t want a heavy pattern on your backdrop. Kathie used the seaside images from the Seaside sticker sheet to embellish her layout. There’s a variety of seaside images that will work fabulously with any water-play themed layout.
Belinda Venables will need no introduction to many of you, as she is a regular contributor to Australian scrapbooking magazines. We are delighted to share one of her pages here today, using October Afternoon's Seaside collection.
These products work so well against the neutral kraft background. We love the way Belinda's echoed the scalloped pennant flag through the rest of the design of the page, by incorporating inverse scallops created from punched pattern paper. Note also the visual triangle created by the black dymo tape and sticker that draws your eye to the black and white photo of Belinda's daughter.
The weathered wood pattern that appears on the reverse side of several of the papers in the Seaside range are perfect for basing pages upon. This is what Mardi Winen has done, in the next layout. Mardi's pages always show such warmth and this one is no exception. We love how she's showcased the Die-Cut Wild Cards. Their retro/vintage imagery really lend a fun, happy look to a page.
At a recent birthday party Kathie’s son attended, he got the chance to see a whole load of farm animals, care of a travelling farm that arrived to entertain the children. There were animals ranging from puppies right through to an owl and a baby crocodile. While Jamie wasn’t that keen on petting the baby crocodile (not too surprising really, and probably a healthy aversion to have!), Kathie did snap these shots of him cuddling the rabbit.
The October Afternoon Farm Fresh range is just perfect for layouts about farms, farm animals, farmer’s markets or even growing fresh produce in the backyard. The patterned papers include red gingham, yellow polka dots and old text from a farmyard book. The coordinating wild cards and stickers contain fun farm-related images like the sheep and pig that you can see in the scene at the top of the layout. For the title, Kathie’s used the versatile Mini Market Alpha Stickers from the Thrift Shop range.
October Afternoon is such a lovely range to work with. Sue kept her page relatively simple and utilised the Cherry Hill Die-cuts to create her cluster of embellishments to compliment the cute photos of her daughter Lily, playing at the beach. Sue sanded around the edges of the die-cuts and also shaped and layered them to add interest. A gorgeous Prima flower and butterfly completed the page.
We spotted this layout from Tanya Tahir when it was featured on the October Afternoon Facebook page. It's just adorable! Tanya's used the little boy flying a kite, and his dog, which are from the sticker sheet in the Fly a Kite range. The addition of a cute little pennant banner makes for a totally sweet boys page.
Iris has such a fun style of scrapbooking and uses the October Afternoon Cherry Hill products so well. I love her use of the bird die-cuts to compliment her title. Thanks so much Iris for allowing us to share your pages.
We’re starting a new series from today. We have asked each member of our design team to identify a current scrapbooking trend and create and find some fabulous examples illustrating their trend. Kathie Link kicks us off with the ‘homespun’ look.
An article in The Advertiser newspaper recently reported that young women are flocking to homespun crafts like sewing, cooking, knitting, gardening and even raising chooks in the family back yard. There is a trend towards the hand-made, towards home-grown, towards repurposing the old.
Kathie’s noticed this homespun trend in the scrapbooking industry too. Several manufacturers have lines that reflect the focus towards home grown, farm fresh, handmade, thrift shopping and wholesome cooking. Browsing through the galleries, it would seem that scrappers are welcoming the theme with open arms.
Soft floral papers and fabrics are being pleated and ruffled onto layouts, old coupons peek out from behind vintage toned photographs, images from old sewing pattern envelopes are being paired with machine stitching, pennant banners drift across the page, and pretty checks and ginghams abound.
In this first layout, Kathie’s used Jenni Bowlin’s Homespun range. The warm vivid colours of line really do say “homespun” in and of themselves. Then, to accentuate the homespun feel even further, Kathie’s added old coupons and newsprint, chipboard buttons (reminiscent of old bottle-tops), fresh gingham, ruffled fabric trim, a little pennant banner and loads of machine stitching.
In the next layout Kathie’s adopted an entirely different colour palette but still gave it a homespun feel.
October Afternoon’s Thrift Shop line contains imagery of pretty vintage florals, lace doilies, and old sewing patterns. Kathie’s combined the October Afternoon papers and accent stickers with a Hambly dress-form rub-on, some floral fabric from her grandma’s stash and Websters Pages ball trim to further the fashion theme of the page. A flower shaped from a sewing pattern graces a yellow lace doily for a pretty vintage feel.
There are several Australian scrapbookers who have a natural homespun feel to their work. Mardi Winen is one. Here we share her layout "Maybe", which features her adorable grandaughter. We love how Mardi's teamed pretty vintage florals with sewing patterns, old book print, ledger paper and crochet trim. Thanks for sharing Mardi.
Jodie Butler is another scrapbooker who always seems to add little pieces of homespun goodness to her pages. Her pages always incorporate fabric and crochet trim, adding texture and making you want to reach out and touch the page. We love how she's curled and distressed the edges of the layout, allowing a warm red background to peek through in places, adding to the warmth of the page.
Nicole has been a long time fan of October Afternoon so you can imagine her excitement when she saw this new "Fly A Kite" range. It combines all of her favourite scrapbooking loves - patterns reminiscent of fabric design, colours with vintage influence but a modern twist and a homeliness that is warm like Nanna's Sunday roast!
Here she found that the range was a perfect match for buttons and chipboard embellishments in her stash from the "Material Girl" range by Cosmo Cricket and used trims by 7Gypsies, Webster's Pages and We R Memory Keepers to finish off.
Suz was thrilled to have October Afternoon papers to play with now they’re being represented by Aussie Scrap Source here in Australia. She particularly fell in love with The Thrift Shop papers with their bright, beautiful, slightly random, slightly shabby, colour palette and design.
With so many to choose from with the double sided papers, she decided to use almost all of them, but still kept it simple with this restrained colour blocking design. She used a quote her mother uses to her as the basis of the layout and couldn’t resist the Twiddleybitz lamp post to carry the theme through, which she has painted to match the Vanilla cardstock, and then wrapped with ribbon and rubons.
We are very pleased to welcome back to our blog, Davinie Fiero from Redmond in the United States. Davinie said that this paper line was one of her favourites released at CHAW because she loves the quilted pattern and the colour palette suits her daughters perfectly.
She loved the patterns so much that she used large pieces of her favourite prints to bring richness to this gorgeous page. We love the warmth and homeliness that Davinie has created and aren't the little scallop punched pieces in the border the perfect "frame" to her photos. Thanks again Davinie.
This delicious looking layout has been shared with us by Tanisha Long from New Jersey in the USA. Tanisha was instantly inspired by the patterned papers creating this gorgeous birthday banner which allowed her to incorporate many patterns without overwhelming the project. Absolutely stunning, thankyou Tanisha.
We are delighted to be able to share this gorgeous layout by Canadian Lydia Jackson. The colours of the October Afternoon papers were the perfect choice with these fun photos and Lydia has chosen round elements as her embellishments to echo the hula hoop theme. She has added pop with the coloured stripe and her design works perfectly incorporating the infamous elements "triangle" on her page. Thankyou for sharing this fabulous page with us Lydia.