24 April 2014

Birds of a feather

I was a bit stuck for a title for this layout; that was the best I could come up with!

My layout is based on the April sketch at Pretty Little Studio.  (I rotated the sketch 180º)

I embellished with my own handmade paper roses, machine stitching, and lots of doodling: 

I'm submitting my layout at:
Berry7Bleu - Create a project using handmade flowers
Back Porch Memories - Make your own embellishment

Bazzill cardstock
Kaisercraft Liore Valley - Japonica patterned paper
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Blue alphabet stickers
American Crafts Thickers - Subway foam alphabets
Signo Angelic Colour - Blue gel pen
Signo Angelic Colour - Green gel pen

23 April 2014

Stash busting

I couldn't resist joining in another Scrap Our Stash challenge this month - it's been great to use up my offcuts and odds and ends!

This one is based on a "sketch with stash" - using the provided sketch AND the required stash items:

What I did:

The sketch - I mostly kept to the sketch, but I left off the top and bottom strip elements, and substituted with some round-the-edge journalling.

The stash -

Patterned paper:  three different manufacturers/collections
> Basic Grey Lime Rickey - Rob Roy patterned paper
> Creative Imaginations Holey Cardstock - Ocean Blue Swirl
> Arctic Frog (my best guess, but not really sure!!) - the tropical themed paper at the back

Embellishments: three different manufacturers/collections
> Kaisercraft Pearls - Ice Green
> Green Tara 4cm Petals - Liquid
> Prima Got Flowers - Iced Sea Jewel

Corrugated card:
>I used some packaging and painted with Kaisercolour Spearmint acrylic paint.

Other materials:
Carl Mini Daisy punch
American Crafts Thickers - Patchwork fabric alphabets

22 April 2014

Echo Park and sketches

I've been using up some of my Echo Park stash - and using some wonderful sketches too:

1>  This layout is based on the sketch layout at C'est Magnifique (I rotated the sketch 90º left, and used rectangles instead of ovals):

Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Delightful Doilies patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Garden Gate patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Bluebird patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Elements Stickers

2>  I'm joining in a challenge at Mad About Scrappin for the first time.  This layout is based on the wonderful April sketch:

I left the title off my layout, because I think the sentiment sticker says it all.

Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Garden Trellis patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Bluebird patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Elements Sticker
Green Tara 2.5cm flowers - Pink, Pale Pink & Batik Pink
Wild Orchid Open Roses - white

21 April 2014

A sketch layout

Making progress on my January 2014 album... only a handful more photographs to go and it's done :) The photograph was taken at our local Chinese New Year Eve celebrations:

This layout is based on the April sketch at Scrapbooking from Scratch:


Glitz Designs Beautiful Dreamer - Floral patterned paper
K&Company patterned paper (I think)
Vintage book page
Making Memories Boho Chic - Tiny Alphas - White stickers

20 April 2014

Maltesers and Mars Bars...

An online friend posted a delicious-looking recipe recently, and I knew I just had to try making it as an Easter treat. As J-girl is getting older, we don't buy Easter eggs or commercial treats anymore, but we still indulge our chocolate addictions just a teensy bit!

I used the recipe as the inspiration for my Lasting Memories layout this week; our theme is Easter.  Your layout could be about Easter past or Easter present.

Here's a close up of the ingredients and journalling (click to enlarge):

The method is written on a hidden tag behind the photograph (click to enlarge):

My layout was built around layout sketch #86 at Feeling Sketchy.

Recipe and photo credit: Favourite Recipes (but I tweaked the recipe a little bit)

Black Market Paper Society Vintage Romance - Appledore patterned paper
Creative Imaginations Narratives - Five Sweet Notes patterned paper
Daisy D's die cut journalling cards
Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon
Green Tara 2cm Gerbera Petals - Dark Chocolate paper flowers
Mini pompom trim - pale pink
Jenni Bowlin Apothecary - Brown stickers
Kaisercraft Mini Alpha - Latte stickers

You know you're a scrap addict...

... when you buy a product just so you can cut up the packaging!

The April mood board at Inkido is based on the theme "Our Roots" and they are encouraging participants to scrap about something in their own country, and then blog about it.

I was pleased to see an Australian image in the corner there!  This is the layout I created:

Australia Day means different things to different people, but for me it is a day to celebrate our unique, relaxed lifestyle, and to be grateful for the freedoms that we enjoy in this country. 

I took these photographs on Australia Day this year.  Although Australia is a very young country, we still have some identifiable traditions; enjoying billy tea and damper cooked on an open fire is one of my favourites!

My layout is based on the April sketch at Purple Pumpkin:

I fell in love with the triangle elements, but when it came to putting my layout together, I really struggled with them.  So I changed them all to one orientation and got it working for me.


Craft Hoarders Anonymous is asking us to "Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp" this week.  My stamp stash is totally disproportionate to the amount of stamping seen on my layouts!  I have a LOT of journalling stamps and an assortment of flowers, birds and swirls.  At the time I had to have them but in reality, I rarely use them (blushes).  The journalling spot I used on this layout is a from a Lil Davis stamp set I've had in my stash forever; I think it may have been the first stamp set I ever bought.  I'm guessing circa 2007?

Bazzill Basics - Raven cardstock
Crate Paper Pink Plum - Tangerine patterned paper
Basic Grey Sublime - Confused patterned paper
Basic Grey Romani - Amber patterned paper
WRMK White Out - Promenade patterned paper
Kaisercraft 2cm Taupe paper flowers
Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms - Honey
Green Tara 1cm roses - orange
American Crafts Thickers - Sprinkles vinyl alphabets 
Lil Davis Journaling1 stamp
Dew Drop Brilliance - Pearlescent Poppy pigment ink
Twinings product packaging

19 April 2014

Top 50 cybercropping

The theme at this month's Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia cybercrop is 'Scraplift Fun'- and the criteria for all challenges is to scraplift the original layout and artist.

1>  Scraplifting Raquel Bowman.  This is her amazing layout:

And this is my take:

The elements I lifted were the single photograph, mixed layers of patterned paper (including a triangular piece and penwork borders) and the long title, almost word for word! 

A note about the butterflies - they were a surprise RAK from a dear friend, Miss D, many years ago.  It was long before I had acquired my Cuttlebug or even any punches - I opened the envelope and out fluttered a PILE of beautiful die cut and dry-embossed paper and vellum butterflies.  It still makes me smile when I think about how happy it made me:

2>  Scraplifting Sophie Koschmann. This is her awesome layout:

And this is my take (which in no way at all resembles the original!)

The elements I lifted were the single photograph with layered papers behind the photograph, and mixed font title.. I also used some crocheted flowers and buttons to embellish.

Prima Fairy Flora patterned paper
Lime Tree Creations crocheted flowers
American Crafts Thickers - Gift Box alphabets
Die-namics Little Lower Case diecut letters
Scenic Route Sonoma - Diecut Labels journalling card
Crate Paper Crush - Island patterned paper
Bo Bunny Gypsy - Henna patterned paper
Vintage dressmaking pattern

3>  Scraplifting Bernii Miller:

And this is my take:

The elements I lifted were the quadrant-style layout and use of paper doilies.  I also used an assortment of bits and pieces from the 'leftovers' caddy on my desk to mimic the mini-clusters of embellishments.

Echo Park Life is Good - Brown Floral patterned paper
Echo Park For the Record 2 - Doily patterned paper
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Lazy Days patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Subway foam numbers
Heidi Swapp Center of Attention - Metallic Pink chipboard alphabets
Pebbles roller stamp
Dew Drop Brilliance - Pearlescent Poppy pigment ink

18 April 2014

More green...

This layout was inspired by the sketch at Page Maps:

I included some ribbon too, for this week's Crafty Ribbons Anything Goes challenge:

Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Garden Gate patterned paper
American Crafts Elements - Downtown Green ribbon
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Elements stickers
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Element Card patterned paper
Kaisercraft 5cm Lime paper flowers
Making Memories Noteworthy - Addie journal page
Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden - Flower Blooms patterned paper
Fancy Pants Kraft Kuts - Green/Blue Alpha letter stickers

17 April 2014

Minty fresh...

I just love this month's colour at White with 1:

I started with the patterned paper - the closest colour I had to 'mint' - I gesso'd in white over the top to take out the olive tones and got it pretty close, I think.  After that I did a little background stamping with white paint, and kept the rest simple to let the photograph speak for itself:

I can never seem to get greens to photograph true to life, but hopefully this is close enough!

Black Market Paper Society Letters from Paradise - Desert Palm Shores patterned paper
Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden - Flower Blooms patterned paper
Green Tara 1cm roses - mint
Green Tara 7cm petals - white
Green Tara 4cm petals - white
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Mint Green
Chromacryl paint - white
Prima Alphablends letter stickers
Paper doily 
Vintage lace from my habby stash

16 April 2014

Tractor ride

I love the challenges at A2Z Scraplets, not least because I have quite a stash of their products (some is very old and out of production).  This month the challenge is a sketch - double bonus for me because I *love* sketches too.

This is my layout:

I used some pieces from A2Z Scraplets Cog Set 3:

I gesso'd then misted all of the pieces, then gave each a different treatment over the top. I covered the middle-sized cog in patterned paper, then sanded and inked; I gave the other two cogs a smattering of embossing powder which stuck to the residual wet bits of paint, and then I heat embossed them to give a faux-rust appearance.

I'm also submitting my layout at Rhedd & Rosie's for their Anything Goes challenge.

Other materials:
Basic Grey Sublime - Confused patterned paper
Memories Mist Fruit Punch
Tsukineko VersaColor - Sand Beige ink
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness - Birds of a Feather patterned paper
Basic Grey Sugared mini monogram stickers
Doodlebug Beetle Black buttons

14 April 2014

A fun sketch

Today marked the start of Week 2 of the school holidays, and Day 4 of my (very short) recreational leave.  I managed to scrap a little bit in amongst yard work, housework and general errands...

This is a layout I created using the March sketch at My Creative Scrapbook:

Echo Park Walk in the Park - Elements stickers
Echo Park Walk in the Park - Alpha stickers
Echo Park Walk in the Park - Flutter patterned paper
Echo Park Walk in the Park - Playground patterned paper
Echo Park For the Record - Noteworthy journal card
Bella! Bling - turquoise

16/04/2014 EDIT TO ADD:  My layout was selected as a featured layout

Adventure climbing

This month I'm joining in at a Scrappy Friends for the first time, and I've made one layout to meet all three friends' challenges.

1:  Brenda's sketch really grabbed my attention and I wanted to try it
2:  Kelly's word challenge ~ adventure
3:  Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe challenge ~  triangle, journal card, burlap (burlap flower)

I'm also sharing my layout at Scrapbook Fantasies Weekly Challenge #14, where the challenge is to create a layout using bright colours.

Cosmo Cricket Togetherness - Birds of a Feather patterned paper
American Crafts Everyday - Hola patterned paper
Basic Grey Lime Rickey - Howdy Doody patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety - Sunshine patterned paper
Prima Homespun Elegance - Vintage burlap flower
Echo Park Walk in the Park - Element Card journalling card
Carolee's Creations Boys are Fun - Fun Stars patterned paper
Spellbinders Borderbilities - Classic Lace die
Fancy Pants Kraft Kuts - Green/Blue Alpha letter stickers

13 April 2014

Little things

Our theme this week at Lasting Memories is "little things" - scrap about the small moments in time.  Here's my layout:

Prima Annalee patterned papers
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 4 die
Kaisercraft paper flowers
Making Memories Tiny Alphas
Mini pompom trim

12 April 2014


I finally got around to scrapping one of my favourite photographs from our summer vacation - the beach just south of Woolgoolga Headland.  I used the April sketch from Blue Fern Studios to create my layout:

This is the first time I have I used Blue Fern Studios chipboard, some pieces from the Seaside Seashells set:

I'm also submitting my layout at:

Scrapbook Fantasies - create a beach-themed layout
Rhedd & Rosie's Challenge Blog - anything goes

Other materials:
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Blue Eyes patterned paper
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Denim Blue
Tsukineko VersaColor - Seafoam ink
Tsukineko VersaColor - Sand Beige ink
Moon Glow King Midas Gold embossing powder
K&Company Blue Awning patterned papers
Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls - Sky Paisley patterend aper
Muslin fabric
The Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Prima Mini rose - sky blue
Green Tara 1cm rose - white
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers

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I scrapped with J-girl this weekend, and this is the layout that she created:

Jasmine used some free papers, alphabets and journalling card that came with a scrapping magazine, as well as some rhinestones and grungeboard swirls from my stash.

I scrapped this photograph in January.

10 April 2014

Scrap the girls

... two girls on this layout - me and my daughter :)  I'm usually behind the camera and don't scrap many layouts of myself, so I've been trying to change that.

This is my entry for Scrap the Girls, where the challenge is to use traditional boy colour schemes and some "boyish" embellishments:

(click to enlarge)

October Afternoon Sasparilla - Stagecoach patterned paper
Carolee's Creations Ocean Words patterned paper
Memento Pluie/Rain patterned paper border strip
Making Memories Poolside Paperie journalling pages
Bo Bunny Mama-razzi - Dots patterned paper
Maya Road Kraft doilies
Little Yellow Bicycle Traveler cardstock alphabet stickers
GinX Anyone, Anyone patterned paper
EK Success Double Moroccan Lace border punch

06 April 2014

Today is a gift...

... that's why they call it the present.  (Love that sentiment!)

This is my layout for Lasting Memories; this week "it's all in the colours" - we'd love to see creative colouring on your embellishments:


What I did:  I painted raw chipboard shapes with acrylic paint. When dry, I doodled with my art pen, then painted over the top with Dimensional Magic:

My layout was inspired by the April sketch at The Scrapbook Store.  I left out some of the circle elements but the basic skeleton of the sketch is still there.

I chose some bright spring colours for the challenge over at Scrap Our Stash (turquoise and fuchsia), and also included the other required elements - a paperclip, journalling card, and 3D embellishments (chipboard buttons, pompom trim).

AND I used a little organza craft bag as my background for the April Scrap It Girl Tags & Bags Challenge.  I've had this in my stash for a while just waiting for the right project - it's got space for some hidden journalling behind the photograph.  (PS:  Here's a little secret - the bag wasn't part of my original design plan, but I had a last-minute "mishap" with a leaky doodling pen and had to pull apart my 'Plan-A' layout and toss some of the pieces.  I was at a temporay loss as to what to substitute - then I saw this challenge - serendipitous inspiration, I think.)

Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Garden Gate patterned paper
Echo Park Life is Good - Journal Cards patterned paper
Echo Park Life is Good - Happy Borders patterned paper
Dream Street Menagerie - Foliage patterned paper
Bazzill Bling - Shimmer cardstock
Bella! Chipz chipboard shapes
DMC embroidery floss
Craft Works acrylic paint - hot pink
Hobby Craft metallic paint - aqua
Mini pompom trim - aqua
Yellow paper clip from my stash
Organza party treat bag

Once upon a time...

... there was a 30-something year old female whose ENTIRE 12x12 paper collection was contained within this modest 18-page work-in-progress folder:

Fast forward a year or eight or nine... and my paper collection now has its own furniture collection! (That story is for another day.)

The folder now houses my very modest collection of stencils, templates and masks:

As I get more adventurous with paints and mists and texture paste, I imagine this collection will also grow, but for now, this folder is my storage solution to keep them flat and all in one place :)

I'm sharing this post for Kimberly at Scrap It Girl - who is seeking stencil storage solutions.  I'm afraid mine probably isn't big enough for your collection, but it works for me (for now).

I'm also linking up at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for their Fifth Monday feature.  Of all my different scrap supplies, my stencils make up the smallest number.  I'm not even sure they constitute a 'hoard' yet. YET, she says...

05 April 2014

Scrap the Boys

At Scrap the Boys this month, the challenge is to use flowers on a boy layout.  I love using flowers on my layouts so I enjoyed this challenge a lot.

I don't tend to overload with flowers even on girl layouts (mostly because of my budget - I'm sure I could Prima-it-up with the best if I had more cash!!) - but I also don't shy away from flowers on my boy layouts either.

Hopefully this is 'flowery' enough:

I used a handful of different flowers, and I made my own title using denim offcuts:

Cherry Arte Party Days - Grapevine patterned paper
Scenic Route Sonoma - Journaling Labels diecut
Bella! Chipz chipboard flower
Kaisercraft Flourish Journals stamp

03 April 2014

A little note

This is a layout I created for Weekly Challenge #12 at Scrapbook Fantasies:

The requirement was to create a layout using chipboard.  I used a laser cut chipboard, then inked and heat embossed:

Lily Bee Designs Picket Fence - Veranda patterned paper
Bo Bunny Mama-razzi - Dot patterned paper
Dusty Attic Lamp Post #4 small
VersaColor Polar Blue ink
Gel-a-tins Gelly Powder - Northern Lights embossing powder
Prima notepaper (I think?)
Prima E-line - Chelsea paper flower
Kaisercraft 5cm paper flowers - lime

31 March 2014

Last sketch for March

I created this layout based on the sketch challenge at The Scrapbook Store:


I'm also submitting this at Scrap Our Stash for Birthday Challenge #7 - enamel dots.  I don't have any small dots but I did find these larger enamel dots/stickers in my stash.  I hope this is okay!

Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg - Autumn patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Material Girl - Measuring Up patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness - Reunion patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers
Love Elsie Betty gel stickers
Colorbok Delight bubble stickers
Foam alpha raided from daughter's craft stash

01/04/2014 EDIT TO ADD:  I won the random-draw prize at The Scrapbook Store for this layout!