28 May 2023

Ya just gotta laugh...

Quick, fun layout today; of course, another for the outback travel album (which I suspect will never be finished!)

Layout design 100% inspired by the Friday Focus at Scrapping Clearly ~

Everything on the page is Heidi Swapp ~
Papers from Make Pretty Stuff and Hello Today
Vintage chipboard She alphabets
Slide clips

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27 May 2023

No great artist...

I love the mood board at Scrapping Clearly this month!

I made this layout for the challenge ~

I was inspired by the colours. I scrapped this one onto the back of another completed page (Simple Stories patterned paper). I used a painted book page and bunch of scraps from Kaisercraft 50 Cents collection and I also included part of the quote.

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20 May 2023

More mixed media

Another layout for my 2015 Outback Queensland album. The numbers are the airfield coordinates.

Inspired by, and sharing at

* Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Mixed media Cybercrop ~ Doodled borders

* CSI Challenge ~ Case #411

Evidence: I scrapped a travel page about a quirky outback airfield. I combined some suggested elements ~ text/book page, mixed media background, numbers, stars.  

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This one is for my 1990's album, when we lived and worked on Hamilton Island.

Inspired by, and sharing at

* Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Mixed media Cybercrop ~ Pigment
I used two Tim Holtz distress inks {Chipped Sapphire and Evergreen Bough} to make my background using the "smoosh" technique. So much fun!

* Scrap Challenge YOUrself ~ Get Messy
That messy background... and that's a much younger me in the middle of the photo, with my husband and sister-in-law. What a flashback!

* CSI Challenge ~ Case #411
Another layout using the same prompt as above.
Scene: Prompted by the aeroplane.
Evidence: Mixed media background and travel theme. I loaded it up with air travel die cut ephemera from Rosie's Studio Vacay collection.

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14 May 2023

Sketch layouts

This is my take on the sketch challenge at White with One Down and Dirty cyber crop. I used the 'dirty' theme, and white with dark blue ~

Vicki Boutin Fernwood patterned paper
Kaisercraft Stargazer patterned paper
DCWV Peri & Peach patterned paper
Denim fabric
Buttons from my habby stash
Kaisercraft Journey - Meanderer cut-apart

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Another layout for Outback Queensland 2021 travel album ~

This layout was based on the May sketch challenge at The Scrapbook Den.

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Not overly happy with this one; even with a bit of adjustment to the sketch I just couldn't seem to bring it together. In hindsight it might have worked better with blue patterned paper. Anyway, done is done, and another three photos scrapped for the Cunnamulla chapter.

This layout was based on the May sketch at Shelley's Land.  

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13 May 2023

WHITE with 1 "Down and Dirty" cyber crop

We're cyber-cropping at White with 1 this weekend, with a really fun theme!

#1 ~ Karen's challenge
It's my turn to set a cyber crop challenge! Use this children's book cover as inspiration to create your layout. Use WHITE with one other colour of your choice from the image.

Image credit: jefffoxworthy.com

Carolee's Creations/AdornIt Tiny Alpha - Buckeroo letter stickers
Li'l Davis Patterned Chipboard - Chocolate Chip Dot alphabets
Upcycled corrugated cardboard
Basic Grey Blush - Milk Chocolate patterned paper
Ranger Dylusions - Ground Coffee ink spray
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain - Antiqued Bronze ink spray

I think you can see the elements I was inspired by!   My layout title comes from Jason Aldean's Dirt Road Anthem lyrics.

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#2 ~ Theresa's challenge
Show us your dirty, muddy cars!

DCWV Watercolour Garden patterned paper
LuminArte Twinkling H20 - Chestnut Brown watercolour paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Small Talk phrase sticker

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12 May 2023

Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail

I didn't set out to make this one monochromatic; it just worked out that way.

Ranger Dylusions - London Blue ink spray
Staedler Fineliner - Black journalling pen
KI Memories Alphabet Soup - Blue Cheese acrylic letters
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Aqua gems

I'm sharing this page at:

* Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Mixed Media ~ Use two inks and add bling
2 inks ~ spray ink and journalling pen
bling ~ rhinestones

* Scrap Challenge YOUrself ~ Get messy!
For me, wet media = messy.  Lack of control over the finished product is always a little bit scary, so ink sprays and splatters don't feature much on my layouts. That said, it's fun to play and challenge myself to change things up a bit.

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09 May 2023


Inspired by, and sharing at:

* Off the Rails ~ Beach theme

* Scrappy Friends ~ Rochelle's sketch

* Scrappy Friends ~ Stacy's Tic Tac Toe
I used (diagonal from top left) ~ rhinestones, tags, twine

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08 May 2023


Playing along at Scrapping Clearly for the Friday Focus challenge.

Tim Holtz products
Stampers Anonymous Woodgrain stencil
Ranger Distress inks - Ground Espresso, Weathered Wood, Crushed Olive
Sizzix Thinlets Alterations - Adventure Words cutting dies
Idea-ology Journaling Tickets tag

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This page is my entry for the Soul Scrappers International Scrapbooking Day challenge. Travel theme + use travel-themed embellishments.

07 May 2023


Sharing at:

* 49 and Market ~ May sketch
I used 49 and Market Spectrum Sherbert 'Tidal Wave' collection.


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06 May 2023

Rainy days

This page is my entry for the the Cocoa Vanilla Rainy Days May mood board challenge. I used raindrops for my background, and used a water-themed photo. The papers on my page are from the Daydream and Storyteller collections. I also used a word sticker from Make a Wish and alphabet stickers from Made of Awesome.

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05 May 2023

Dusty Attic - May challenges

American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Picnic in the Park- Life's a Picnic patterned paper
Shmick treat bag
Kaisercraft Journey - Traveller patterned papers
Kaisercraft Journey - Meanderer cut-apart
Kaisercraft Kraft cardstock
Dusty Attic Word Arrows #2 chipboard
Tsukineko Versacolour - Topaz ink pad
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Antique Rose gems

Inspired by the colours of the Dusty Attic May mood board.

I inked the word arrow chipboard ~

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Kaisercraft Journey - Traveller patterned paper
Vintage book page
Kaisercraft Kraft cardstock
Dusty Attic Mini Captions #11 chipboard
Tsukineko Versacolour - Topaz ink pad

Inspired by the Dusty Attic May sketch ~

Chipboard detail: 

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04 May 2023

A little bit of mixed media

These layouts were inspired by the mixed media theme at Mystical Scrapbooks this month:

Challenge: Use texture paste

Dusty Attic Leaves #3 stencil
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Key Lime Pie mica spray
Mont Marte White texture gesso
Fancy Pants Childish Things - Playtime patterned paper
Provocraft Cuttlebug - Script embossing folder
Tsukineko VersaColor - Lime ink pad
Kaisercraft Split Pea rhinestones
Queen & Co Go Green jewels

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Challenge: acrylic paint and texture

Simple Stories Travel Notes - See the World patterned paper
Kaisercraft Kraft cardstock
Prima Love Clippings - Little Love Notes patterned paper
Sizzix Tim Holtz - Leaf Fragments cutting dies
Vintage book pages
Derivan Flesh acrylic paint
Little Birdie Matt Chalk - Terracotta acrylic paint
Gold sequins
Woodgrain sequins

I painted the book paper with acrylic paint, and diecut the leaves. Machine stitching detail for added texture.

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03 May 2023

Bundaberg girls' trip

The May Tic Tac Toe challenge at Soul Scrappers inspired me to use up a bunch of bits and pieces, and add this page to my road trip journal ~

I used:
bling - PortaCraft Mixed Bling strip
lace - Pink Paislee Nantucket lace trim
die cuts - 3 pieces from Basic Grey 'B Side' collection

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Sharing at Soul Scrappers for the May Pick 3 challenge ~

Composition ~ journalling
Colour ~ yellow
Edges ~ faux stitching

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And one more...

Sharing at Soul Scrappers for the May Mood board challenge. I used the colour palette and the required chipboard stickers.

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02 May 2023

Outback travels 2021

Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail ~ 

Sharing this page at Soul Scrappers for the May Mystery Bag challenge, featuring PAPER TEARING - one of my favourite old-school scrapping techniques. I used three different patterned papers.

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Age of Dinosaurs ~

I'm sharing this page at Soul Scrappers for the May One Word challenge, featuring the letter F for FOOTPRINTS. The photos don't really do justice to the amazing experience of seeing dinosaur footprints over 95 million years old!

An ABC news article explains the significance. 

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01 May 2023

White with MINT

This is the marvellous, minty White with 1  May challenge  mood board:

WHITE with any variation of MINT
+ take some inspiration from the mood board
+ include the "USE THIS" element: STITCHING

I was drawn to the buttons on the mood board - I can never resist digging into my button stash!

Scrap Matts Pattern 9034 stencil
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Speckled Egg fusion ink
American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Picnic in the Park - Pretty Peace patterned paper
Kaisercraft Mint 5cm paper flowers
Buttons from my habby stash
DMC embroidery thread
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Mint Green gems
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology - Small Talk word phrase sticker
Heidi Swapp Lemonade Stand - White chipboard alphabets

I'm sharing my page at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

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