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:

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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!

Sketches and minutiae

I'm always inspired by sketches;  I love seeing where the starting point leads me.

The first layout is based on the March sketch challenge at C'est Magnifique.  I kept it really simple to keep the focus on the photographs.  I've been taking more and more 'every day' photos at home and I want to document some of the little moments:


And a little close-up of the butterfly which I fussy-cut from a scrap of Prima patterned paper:

I hope this is suitable for Scrap Our Stash Birthday Challenge #10, for the balloons / flying theme.

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The second layout is another minutiae from our summer holiday.  I created this one based on the sketch at Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia:

I'm not all that happy with it and almost didn't share it.  It seems a little "boxy" or something?  I had a picture in my mind how it would turn out, then I lost focus partway through and couldn't get it to flow like I imagined.   Anyway, it is what it is...   I did enjoy the hand stitching!

30 March 2014


I enjoyed my stint as the March guest designer at Lasting Memories Scrapbooking Challenges, and I am thrilled say I have been invited to become a member of the design team!  This is so perfect for me, because my paper crafting has always been about layouts first.  I want to scrap my memories, and have some fun along the way.

Of course I've been so focussed on scrapping up a storm that I forgot were five Sundays this month, so I scrambled to get this one done:

As it turns out, this is the layout I had most fun with all month!  The new theme at Lasting Memories is Joke's on You - with a focus on laughter and silly moments.  The photo is a selfie that my daughter took at a recent birthday party, and it made me laugh to find it on my camera!

I used the sketch from Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - it made the page come together so easily for me.

I also included lots of triangles in the banner for Scrap Our Stash Birthday Challenge #11.

Basic Grey Sublime - Cinnamon patterned paper
Lime Tree Creations crocheted doilies
Green Tara 7cm petals - Orange
American Crafts Thickers - Gift Box alphabets
Fancy Pants Dancing Girl - She Can Dance patterned paper
Kaisercraft Flutterby - Spring Azure patterned paper

29 March 2014


This is my layout for the Scrapbook Savvy March sketch:

American Crafts Chap - Tim patterned paper
Bella Flocked Stickerz alphabet
Basic Grey Wisteria - White Dynasty patterned paper
Basic Grey Nook & Pantry - Rolling Pin patterned paper
Also lots of scraps I don't recognise!

28 March 2014

Meeting Alice

I've had a very busy two weeks with not a lot of scrapping time.  Today was my first full day off work in 10 days; it was also rainy for most of the day so I had lots of fun creating this layout, which is based on the sketch at Purple Pumpkin:

 photo Meeting-Alice-1.jpg

The painting in this layout is The Blue Alice by Australian artist Charles Blackman

Scrap Our Stash is asking to see paper doilies for their Birthday Challenge #2.  I used a small cafe-sized doily and added some stitching; it was a nice contrast against my Glimmer Mist background, and it also provided a backing for my shimmery title:

On the topic of shimmery things - I used lots more bling for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #4 - Show some sparkle, glitz or glam:

I used some very old Making Memories alphabet stickers which I've been hoarding for ummm... maybe 6 years??  There were also some hearts and flowers on the sheet so I used up some of those as well.  The bling on a roll is one of my very latest acquisitions, only part of my stash for about a week!

Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden - Dragonflies patterned paper
Basic Grey Vagabond patterned paper
Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls embossing folder
Making Memories Shimmer Alpha - Silver stickers
Pink Paislee Fetching alphabet stickers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Blue Denim
Darice Bling on a Roll - silver
Martha Stewart Floral Lace border punch
Handmade flowers by me

06/04/2014 edit to add:  My layout was featured at Purple Pumpkin

27 March 2014

Life Member

I love working with green so I knew I wanted to participate in this month's mood board challenge at Show us your Stuff:


I created this layout as part of a birthday album for my mother-in-law; she turns 85 this year and I hope to scrap some of the highlights of her life in the past decade:

My handmade items are the butterfly and ribbon flower.

25 March 2014

Krafting it up

The March challenge at Kraft it Up is to create a layout based around a list.  My layout is based on a list of things that we did on a recent day trip:

Vintage newsprint kraft tissue paper
Little Yellow Bicycle Clothesline journalling card
Scenic Route Summer Vacation chipboard shape
Basic Grey Origin patterned papers
Prima product packaging
Scribble Scrabble Bric-a-brac patterned paper
Portacraft paper flowers

06/06/2014, edit to add:  My layout won a prize at Kraft it Up.

24 March 2014

Scraps, scraps, scraps

I **love** using up my scraps.  I always have - it gives me a sense of satisfaction to clear my desk of the leftovers from a previous layout.  Quite often, my scraps are my starting point - and I build from there. I've never had a problem with mixing brands and collections.

For many years, I have sorted my scraps by colour.  I have folders and ziplock bags of almost every colour under the sun!  Perfect for making handmade flowers, cutting or punching shapes, or just when I need an extra piece of patterned paper to tuck in somewhere on a layout.

This is my last week as a guest designer at Lasting Memories.  I have had fun creating and sharing my layouts!This week at Lasting Memories the theme is Scraps, scraps, scraps - this is what I created:

Pretty much everything on the layout is scraps - both paper and fabric.

My colour scheme was inspired by the Inkido mood board challenge:

I'm not sure what the yellow gemstone is in the background, but I am a huge fan of citrine and topaz. I wanted to create a layout in those colours because this combo doesn't seem to be commonly seen.

I'm also submitting at Off the Rails Scrapbooking this week for the Free for All challenge - I did go off the rails with lots of tiny scraps and lots of yellow tones :)