27 April 2014

Celebrating nature

The theme this week at Lasting Memories is Earth Day.  The challenge is to create a layout celebrating nature in any of its forms.

I took quite a lot of native flora photographs last year during our walk in Dirawong Reserve, Evans Head.  I love banksia, and I'm always intrigued by the forms of the flowers and the spent seed pods.   I couldn't resist the Banksia Man reference in my layout:

My layout is based on the April sketch at Anna's Craft Cupboard.

I'm submitting my layout at Inkido for their current mood board challenge, which encourages us to create a piece about something from our country or culture:

My inspiration was the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series of classic children's stories, written by May Gibbs.  The stories feature creatures living in the Australian bush. I think most Australian children of primary school age are familiar with the characters.  The banksia men featured on my layout are the "scary bad guys" in the stories!

I used an illustrated book page on my layout, taken from this book:

It was a damaged book, with torn and missing pages, which I purchased at the Lifeline Bookfest for 50c.  I often buy secondhand books to use on my craft projects - just another way to recycle and contribute to Mother Earth.

Other materials:
Echo Park Life is Good - Journal Cards patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Sprinkles vinyl alphabets 
Smooch Spritz - Emerald Sprinkle mist
Kaisercraft 5cm Lime paper flower
Prima green mulberry flower


  1. What a great idea! Thank you so much for joining INKIDO CHALLENGE!

  2. oh my, what a great layout! Love the idea of cutting out from a damaged book, love the image.
    Those are definitely interesting flowers.

  3. Very cute project! Congratulations! Thanks for playing along with us at Inkido!

  4. This is so fun Karen!! And I have never heard of Banskia?? gosh.. ..love it when I learn things in the scrapping world. So glad you are on our team at LM!! :)

  5. This is a lovely page. I love all kinds of flowers too, and I agree banksia is a lovely plant!
    Thanks so much for sharing your unusual project with us at Inkido! :-)

  6. Aww! That is too cute! Perfect addition for sure!

  7. Totally cute and fun! Thanks for playing with us at Inkido :)

  8. Cool pics! Love that banksia man! I've never seen banksia b4!


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