21 August 2014

Black, white and grey

I enjoyed making another double page layout this week, to fit a sequence of larger photographs on my page (click to enlarge)

What I did:  I started with some cardboard packaging from a pack of album refill sleeves.  I used the plain grey side of the packaging as my base.  I layered some old book pages to form a wide background strip.  I joined the pages together to run the length of the double page, then punched both sides with an edge punch. I painted over everything with a thin coat of gesso primer.

I kept part of the packaging raw to use as a photo mat. I've started (sometimes) matting my photographs again after many years of not doing so, and I really love the extra pop it adds to a plain layout.  I added stitching around the mats to add interest and texture. 

I cut up a lot of old journalling cards to add extra layers, then added my embellishments and title.  I punched lots of small butterflies from the bookpage offcuts, and scattered them around the page.

I'm submitting my layout at:

* Scrapbook Fantasies - Create a layout using black, white and grey
* Less-ology - Fluttering butterflies

Here's a little close up of my bookpage butterflies:

And here's the reverse side, just to show the packaging I used:

Product packaging (cardboard)
Vintage book pages
Prima Essentials grey paper flowers
Green Tara 2.5cm petals - White paper flowers
American Crafts Pearl Brads - Elegant
Cre8tiv pearl brads
Bella! Journalling Tagz
Kaisercraft Pearls - Pewter
American Crafts Thickers - Subway foam alphabets 
Martha Stewart Garden Trellis deep edge punch

17 August 2014

Lots of alphas...

This week at Lasting Memories, the theme is inspired by Back to School time in the northern hemisphere, with a challenge to feature lots of letters or numbers on your layout.  ** The layout does NOT need to be related to school **

I am away from home with limited supplies, and my layout is a little plainer than usual, but I think that adds to the impact of the letters:


What I did: I kept the 'negative' paper left behind after die-cutting a set of lowercase alphabet letters, and I used it as a feature. I backed my title letters (NSW) with a contrasting colour, and then backed the whole lot with an old book page. Lots and lots of letters!  I used some offcut strips of patterned paper, and framed each piece with some basic doodling and penwork.

This layout is also for the August challenge at Just Two Midwest Girls - Use every letter of the alphabet and for Flying Unicorns Mix'n'Match Your Stash.

MFT Die-namics - Little Letters Lower Case dies
Basic Grey Sublime - Raspberry Blue patterned paper
Basic Grey Lime Rickey - Rob Roy patterned paper
American Crafts Chap - Tim patterned paper

14 August 2014

Twice as nice

Over at Flying Unicorns, there's a fun challenge called Twice as Nice - where the idea is to create two of something.    Later this month we will be attending two birthday celebrations for extended family members, so I thought this was a great incentive to make some gift bags.

I'm not big on measurements and calculations ~ usually I just eyeball it when I create ~ so this kind of project is NOT my forté.  I don't have any of those fancy scoring boards or tools either, so I just made do with my guillotine and ruler, and custom-made the bags to fit the gifts.  I used one full 12x12 sheet and one 8x4 offcut in a contrasting colour for each gift bag.  One of the gift bags was an experiment a prototype, and the other was (I hope) an improvement.  I'm not telling which is which!

Materials (left):
WRMK Fiesta - Bonita patterned paper
WRMK Fiesta - Nuevo patterned paper
Petaloo Flora Doodles - Layered Daisies brown flower
Green Tara 6cm Petals - Gold paper flower
Sassafras Lass Mix'n'Mend - Sweet Treats sticker
Momotara Disco Lights ribbon

Materials (right):
WRMK Fiesta - Rubia patterned paper
American Crafts Chap - Tim patterned paper
Yellow silk flowers (from discount store)
Green Tara 6cm Petals - Rust paper flower
Spellbinders Frameabilities - Polka Dot Frame die
Momotara Disco Lights ribbon

11 August 2014

Right here, right now

I am working at overcoming my purple phobia, so I tried out the August moodboard challenge at Flying Unicorns:

I had a huge 'play' with this layout - messing around with my watercolour pencils (and smudging the layout too... c'est la vie...)

I'm also submitting my layout for these challenges:
* Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe challenge (one photograph, circles, treat bag)
* Scrap it Girl Arrows & Hashtags (I used arrows on the title card)

Miss Tiina's Everyday Collection journalling cards (digital printables)
Green Tara 7cm petals - Turquoise paper flower
Faber Castelle watercolour pencils
Sugar packaging from the cafe
Merci glassine treat bag

10 August 2014

How to stay cool

It's summer in the northern hemisphere (lucky people!) and our theme at Lasting Memories is Water Fun.   The challenge is to create a layout that includes water - a nice, broad theme so everyone can join in!  Beach, pool, ice, splashing, water sports, or how about water colours?  How about rain, floods, or fire hoses?

Here's my layout:

I built my layout using the August sketch at Blue Fern Studios, and I also chose a summer-themed photograph for the Sizzling Hot Summer Fun challenge at 7 Dots Studios:

How I met the criteria:
* I used patterned paper from 7 Dots Studios {9th Wave - Deep Water}
* I used Blue Fern Studios Bohemain Flowers chipboard {painted with gesso then heat embossed}

Here are some close ups:

Other materials:
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters Lower Case alphabet dies
Basic Grey Sublime - Raspberry Blue patterned paper scraps (to make letters)
Echo Park patterned paper scraps (to make butterfly)
Moon Glow Angel Wings Jade embossing powder
Blue Fern Studios product packaging
Tsukineko VersaMagic - Sahara Sand fluid chalk
Kaisercraft Pearls - Teal
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Turquoise
Prima E-line - Aqua paper flowers
Zva mini rose
Harlequin washi tape
butterfly punch

09 August 2014

Scrappy Friends

I love joining in the challenges at Scrappy Friends, and this month's combination is another fun one.  For this layout I combined two of the challenges:

* Brenda's sketch - I flipped the sketch 90º left
* Kelly's colour challenge -  I used three of the colours (I skipped the green)

Bazzill Basics - Starmist cardstock
Crate Paper Brunch - RSVP patterned paper
Basic Grey Sublime - Raspberry Blue patterned paper
American Crafts Chap - Tim patterned paper
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters Lower Case diecut alphabets
Plaid Dimensional Magic
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Turquoise
Ric rac (from my habby stash)

07 August 2014

Tooloom Falls

This layout is based on the current sketch at Chic Tags.  I used three photographs in my photo block instead of the suggested four, but apart from that I stuck to the main elements:

I'm also entering the Mix'n'Match Your Stash challenge at Flying Unicorns this month.  I used up some some old papers, with a lot of mix & match of different collections.

Basic Grey Sublime - Raspberry Blue patterned paper
Basic Grey Lily Kate - Chocolate patterned paper
K & Company Blue Awning patterned paper
Scenic Route patterned paper (fussy cut leaves)
American Crafts Thickers - Rootbeer Float foam alphabets
Rose Moka Appel de la nature - Aqua alphabet stickers
Chic Tags Vintage Note Stamps journalling tag
Petaloo Flora Doodles - Embossed Velvet flowers
Prima Vintage Blooms - Green silk flowers
Green Tara 2.5cm petals - Liquid paper flower

06 August 2014

Hello little one...

I really enjoyed creating this layout - sometimes the simple ones end up as my favourites.

I started with a pile of offcuts from my VERY old stash of patterned paper.  [I am determined to use up these particular papers by the end of the month!]  I arranged them in strips to to build a background, using sketch #274 from Creative Scrappers.  I stitched everything in place then added a strip of ribbon to fill the gap.

To tell the truth, when I started building the layout, I didn't know which photograph I was going to use ~ I just pulled out a bunch of embellishments that matched the papers, and started playing around, leaving a space for the photograph.

After I chose the photograph, I added a title and journalling, and here it is:

I'm entering my layout at these challenges:
* Flying Unicorns - Use your stash

Mod Designs patterned papers (x3)
Stampin' Up! ribbon
Heidi Swapp Ghost Shapes - Pink flowers
Paper doiley
Bazzill Basics Bitty Blossoms - Apple flowers
Basic Grey Sugared mini monogram stickers
Kaisercolour Dusty Pink acrylic paint
Plaid Dimensional Magic
Kaisercraft Mini Alpha - Cream letter stickers
Beutron buttons - grey

03 August 2014

It's a heatwave?

It's time again for my DT reveal for Lasting Memories.  This week the theme is "It's a Heatwave" (may I just say, I am suffering through the Australian winter; it's definitely NOT a heatwave here!) The challenge is to use sunshine colours inspired by this picture:

I love using bright, warm colours, and I had fun putting my layout together.  This is it:

And a detail shot of my favourite new products:

I'm entering my layout at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for the embossing challenge.  I dry-embossed some cardstock offcuts to make the pennant strip behind the photograph. (It's actually two pieces - top and bottom ~ I didn't have quite enough to make a single strip.)  I love how a little embossing can add new life to old stash!

I have been very diligent in using my old stash but I recently succumbed to temptation and bought some new handmade flowers from a talented Australian crafter, and some bling from Flourish with a Bling during their sale. 

Pink Paislee 365º Degrees - Daydream patterned paper
Basic Grey Sublime - Cinnamon patterned paper
Worldwin Colormates - Orange cardstock
Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy embossing folder
K&Company Mira - Chocolate Rose patterned paper
Carolee's Creations AdornIt -Tiny Whoopsy Red alphabet stickers
FWAB Kate's Corner - Silver rhinestone flourish
Jenni-Anne's Jewels handmade flower
Scenic Route Sonoma diecut journalling card
Collections Elements Window Tags chipboard shape
Kaisercolour Mango acrylic paint
Colorbox Catseye - Warm Red fluid chalk
Fiskars Threading H2O border punch

02 August 2014


Thank you to the lovely ladies who visited my blog during the Lasting Memories "Buttons" blog hop.  This is the little button-themed giveaway I offered up:

The winner is...  DEBI.  Congratulations Debi, I will be in touch soon.

29 July 2014

Sassy Scrappers moodboard

I love this mood board at Sassy Scrappers:

I was immediately draw to the aqua/black/white colour combination.  I've never really been a 'bling' kind of girl, but lately I've been dabbling with gold touches a bit, and really liking the results.  This is the layout I created:

And a little detail shot (because I've been playing with my old butterfly punch a lot lately):

Glitz Designs Beautiful Dreamer - Polka patterned paper
My Memories Glitter - Bright Gold cardstock
October Afternoon Farm Fresh - Farm Yard patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Jewelry Box alphabets
FWAB Maddison - White flower
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Brown
Product packaging (black cardstock)
Harlequin washi tape
Zva mini rose
Kaisercraft 2cm white paper flower
Finishing Touch Ideas black paper flower
Black mini brads

27 July 2014

Market Chic

This month has flown by sooooooo quickly, and I have so many unfinished scrap projects on my desk dining room table.

At Lasting Memories, our fourth challenge theme for the month is Anything Goes (as long as it's a LAYOUT) ~ so I thought I'd share this one:

I do like "anything goes" themes because it takes the pressure off a little ~ no need to stick to a theme or a colour scheme or a sketch ~ just scrap away!!  At Lasting Memories we are also happy for participants to combine our challenges with any other challenge blog criteria - it's all about getting those memories recorded onto a layout and sharing for all of us to enjoy.

I had fun heat embossing the flowers and recycled tags on this layout ~ something I don't do often enough!

My layout design was inspired by this picture at Pixels & Paper:

What I did:  I overlapped four large circles (doilies) to create the background of my layout.

The colour scheme of my layout was inspired by a challenge at Scrapbook Fantasies: Create a layout using only white and gold.

Prima Nieve - White paper flower
Kaisercraft 2cm White paper flowers
Green Tara 4cm Petals - White paper flower
Tsukineko VersaMark - Watermark inkpad
Moonglow King Midas Gold embossing powder
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies

26 July 2014

Big boy's toy...

I loved the challenge at Scrap the Boys this month - with the wonderful theme of Big Boys' Toys.  I had so many ideas, it was hard to choose just one.  My husband is constantly tinkering with all manner of "boys' toys" and I have quite an odd collection of photographs of his projects.

On our recent winter break we stopped at Wallangarra and enjoyed exploring the old rail station and surrounding rail yards:

I used some old generic papers and kept the embellishment to a minimum, but I did play around with ink and embossing powders on the title:

Bazzill Basics - Starmist cardstock
Kraft cardstock
A2Z Scraplets Cog Set 3 chipboard shapes
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters diecut alphabets
Tsukineko VersaMagic - Sahara Sand fluid ink
Gel-a-tins Gelly Powder - Northern Lights glitter embossing powder

25 July 2014

Another cafe, another layout...

This layout is based on the July sketch at Life. Paper. Scrapbook.

The photographs were taken with my daughter's Android tablet. She created the photo montage in under a minute, using a really basic free photo collage app, and then we printed it at a photo booth while we were there.  Gotta love instant gratification! 

I was also inspired by these challenges:
* Just Two Mid West Girls ~ Bust that Journal Card Stash! {I used a sheet of kraft cardstock journal cards to make my layout base AND I used two Tattered Angels cards}
* Flying Unicorns ~ It's All About Wood {I used a wooden stirrer from Zarraffa's, and a wooden ladybird}
* Frosted Designs ~ Flowers and stitching {I frequently use lots of each on my layouts!  This layout has black machine stitching around the photograph and journalling cards, and I have also used hand stitching to secure the tangle of jute string.  And SIX different kinds of flowers...}

My Minds Eye Life Stories - Journaling Sheet #2 cardstock
Tattered Angels Vintage Seasons - Timeless Romance calling cards
Kaisercraft Mini Alpha - Cream letter stickers
Petaloo Flora Doodles brown silk flower
Prima Essentials - Everyday Vintage paper flowers
Bella! Flowerz - Black silk flower
Kaisercraft 5cm Taupe paper flowers
Green Tara 2cm Gerbera - Dark Chocolate paper flowers
Brown silk roses (from my haberdashery stash)
Cosmo Cricket Earth Love - Borders (fussy cut heart)
Jute string

23 July 2014

Cafe Chicks

This year for the winter school holidays we took a short 2-night break just over the border... and it was COLD COLD COLD! I got some great photographs during our trip, so I couldn't resist printing a few to scrap this week.  I always find new photographs are a fantastic motivator for my scrapbooking (despite the mountains of older photographs that are still waiting for me to catch up).

This layout is based on the July sketch at Blue Fern Studios and the July Black & White challenge at Flying Unicorns:

I used BFS Tweet Friends chipboard. I painted it with several coats of gesso, then heat embossed with a clear powder to give a lovely shine:

I have to say, sticking just to black and white was really difficult, but I do love the result!

Other materials:
Authentique Classique - Elegant Four patterned paper
Authentique Classique Compounds stickers
Coredinations Black Tie Affair cardstock
Making Memories Boho Chic - Tiny Alphas stickers
Paper doiley
Black striped cardstock (recycled packaging)
FWAB Kate's Corner flourish
FWAB Maddison - White flowers
Kaisercraft white paper flowers
Green Tara 1cm rose - black
Green Tara 1cm rose - white
Bella! black polka dot silk flower
Sullivans Regal Trim - white
Celebrations Clear High Gloss embossing powder

21 July 2014


I have an endless supply of photographs of our chickens and ducks... so I do love using sketches that inspire me to find new ways to scrap them.  This is my latest layout featuring Topple.  I used the July sketch from C'est Magnifique.  I haven't used torn paper like this for quite a long time so it was fun to just rip into it!

My choice of paper and embellishments was inspired by several different challenges:

* Flying Unicorns ~ It's all about wood.  I used a wood grain patterned paper (I had actually passed this old Kmart brand paper on to my daughter, and was embarrassed to ask her for one sheet back again!)  and a wooden flourish, which I painted with gesso to blend in better with the background.
* Really Reasonable Ribbon ~ Things with Wings {I don't know what brand the ribbons are because I raided my offcuts bag, but there are two different grosgrain ribbons, and one floral printed satin}
* LESSology ~ Sew Lovely {I used denim fabric scraps from an old pair of jeans - I never throw them away because there's always another pair that needs patching, or scrapbook pages that need fabric!}

The detail shot shows a close-up of the extra criteria from each of the challenges:  the wood and woodgrain pattern, ribbons, and denim:

Cre8tiv Stone & Wood patterned paper
Kaisercraft Curls wood flourish
Paper doiley
Denim fabric scraps
American Crafts Thickers - Rainboots puffy alphabet stickers
Prima E-line - White paper flowers
Kaisercraft paper flower - blue
Zva Creative Soft Blue Transition mini rose
Kaisercraft Pearls - Pewter

20 July 2014


Hello, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

I'm excited to be joining in a blog hop in celebration of the 200th challenge at Lasting Memories.

If you've arrived here from Karen Wilson's blog ~ welcome!  If this is your first stop, please be sure to hop back to Lasting Memories to start the hop so you don't miss a thing.

Our challenge this week is BUTTONS. We are looking for buttons, buttons everywhere on your layouts.   The DT has gotten creative with buttons on our layouts and we hope you'll be inspired.

Along the hop,  each of us has a letter for you to collect.  You will need to unscramble the letters to spell out a short scrapbook-themed phrase (hint ~ it's two words) so don't forget to jot down my letter which you'll see below.  When you've completed the hop, leave your answer in the comment section back at Lasting Memories.  Comments will be moderated so there's no peeking!   Link up your LO... and... our grand prize winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from A2Z Scrapbooking Store!

To celebrate our 200th challenge, you'll see that some of us are also offering a little blog candy on our personal blogs but you have to visit us to see who!   I'd love to give away some lollipop flowers with button centres, handmade by me:

Everyone is welcome to join my giveaway {You don't have to join the blog hop, although that would be great too...}  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me how you like to use buttons.  I'll leave it open until the end of the month, and draw a winner on 1st August.

Now, time for my reveal... I was inspired by layout sketch #95 from Feeling Sketchy to create my layout design:

I love patterned buttons of all kinds - striped, floral, and ~ my absolute favourite ~ spotted.  I used some pre-made buttons on this layout (stripes and spots) and I also decorated my own.  You can see a close-up on my sneak peek at the top of this post.

My button technique ~
Altering buttons is so easy to do: Use paint, gel pen, permanent marker, liquid pearls, correction fluid, or even nail polish!  I just grabbed a white Signo gel pen and drew some little dots around the edge.  There's no special technique involved, although I recommend going slowly so the pattern doesn't smudge before it has a chance to dry.

Ribbon Girl Red, white & blue mixed pack buttons
Green Tara 6cm petals - Fire Engine Red paper flower
Jenni's Jewels handmade flower
Fancy Pants mulberry flower
UPK Gallery Winter is Coming - Letter from Home patterned paper
Bazzill Basics cardstock
Paper doiley
Vintage book page
Prima Rondelle alphabet stickers

Your next stop on the hop is Denise's blog.   Have fun and happy hopping! Don't forget my letter:

Here's the full HOP LINE UP:

10-08-2014 Edit to add:  My layout was selected as one of the Top Picks at Feeling Sketchy:

19 July 2014

Hot lunch...

I created this layout as a companion layout for this one. It's not quite a double pager, but I used the same colours and some of the same products so that the first flows into the second:

The inspiration for this layout design was the Scrappy Friends criteria:

** Brenda's sketch:  I followed the sketch but I stacked the photographs so they fit better on my page.  All there other elements are there.
** Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe:  I used brads, stars and tags
** Kelly's word challenge:  I used the word HOT in my title

Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe - Inventory patterned paper
Pink Paislee Cupid - Postcards patterned paper
Echo Park Life is Good - Brown Floral patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety - Sunshine patterned paper
Bazzill Bling - Sparkle cardstock
American Crafts Thickers - Subway foam alphabets
Fiskars Round 'n Round - Large circle punch
EK Success Paper Shapers - Double Circle punch
Ribbon Girl Small Polka Dot - Red spotty buttons
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Whoopsy Red alphabet stickers
Red mini brads
White heart mini brad
Pompom trim - aqua 

18 July 2014

Party of 2

This layout was inspired by challenges from Scrap & Play and Paper Secrets:


What I did:  
* I modified the sketch to use two photographs instead of four.
* I used the following items for the prompt word, SPLASH ~

S> spots
P> pompom trim
L> lollipop flowers
A> alphabets
S> sewing
H> heart

My colour palette was inspired by colours and bling factor in the inspiration board at Off the Rails Scrapbooking:

Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe - Inventory patterned paper
My Memories Glitter - Bright Gold cardstock
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
American Crafts Thickers - Jewelry Box number & asterisks
Fiskars Round 'n Round - Large circle punch
EK Success Paper Shapers - Double Circle punch
Ribbon Girl Small Polka Dot - Red spotty buttons
Charm's Creations Heavenly Heart - White/Gold/Cream 
Pompom trim - aqua 

15 July 2014

Kings' Palace

I've been really busy at work the past few weeks and haven't had a lot of free time at home for scrapping.  But I've been sorting through some of my photo files and thought I'd upload a little off the page project I completed earlier this year:

What I did:  I altered an old baking tray tray by sanding it back to get rid of the rust, then painting with outdoor paint.  We have a seeming endless supply of heritage green paint in the shed!

I glued some large die cut monogram letters (Daisy D's Gypsy Harvest collection) onto the tray, and outlined them with marker pen before coating the whole lot with varnish to seal it.

The end result is a sign for our king quail enclosure (hence Kings' Palace) which is eye-catching and just a little bit different.  Here's what it looks like attached to the hutch: