Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Island Tropicana - Tanah Lot - Temple by the Sea


I wanted to share with you my layouts I recently designed for Made with Memories using Kaisercraft Tropicana papers. 

They worked so well with photo's taken in Bali in April this year. 

The shop held our very first scrapbooking retreat and we took 26 ladies to Bali, where we showed them some of our favourite spots to see, shop, eat and relax. 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Happiest Place on Earth....

Wow only 24 days until Christmas!!! Where has this year gone?? Way to fast for me. I just seem to run out of time to just sit and update my blog without feeling guilty because I should be ticking off all the other jobs/ideas/projects. Why is that? Is it selfish to just want to sit and blog all day? 

Well time to feel guilty and sit and blog for a few hours with some of my finished projects.

Here is my one of my layouts I recently taught at Made with Memories. 

When I saw these papers I was drawn to the red pokadot as it reminded me 
of Disneyland and Minnie Mouse.

 I knew I had some pictures from our holiday to the United States in 2012 and my husband and I visited Disneyland. It was amazing and I would love to take my children there in the near future.

 I have used some Dusty Attic chipboard. Hashtag words, Word Pebbles, arrows and Script words.
Some twine and Tim Holtz Tissue Tape.

The journalling was printed onto some Kraft card stock with my printer and when I travel I try to journal in my diary daily so that I can use it on my pages.

I have coloured the chipboard with the Distress Ink - Picket Fence white paint dabber. When I paint the chipboard, I leave it in the chipboard and after the paint has dried , I pop it out. I find it covers easier and I don't end up with paint all over the place.

This layout is inspired by a page map that I had found on the internet. The sketch is from Debbie Hodge. Sketch #22 October 2009. As you can see from my scribble, I used this for inspiration and I changed the photo sizes and flipped the pages. My interpretation is the sketch below.

As you can see my sketch is no way professional, but just a quick sketch to remind me of placement and photo sizes. Where to place the patterned paper, titles and journalling.
I find using page maps help with the creative block, sometimes I just can't find the inspiration to create my own designs or I am time poor, so this allows me to complete layouts quicker.

This is the completed layout and I have to say it really works well with my photo's. 
Now to find the time to get the album completed. 
Who needs sleep right?                        

Products used :

 Kaisercraft Mix n Match paper range
            : Dusty Attic Chipboard
                        : Tim Holtz Idea*ology Tissue Tape
                        : Distress Ink - Picket Fence White Paint Dabber
                        : Memento - Black Magic Ink

Created for Made with Memories

Keep the Faith

Monday, 22 September 2014

Pitter Patter Baby's Treasure Box

Hope this day finds you well.
I wanted to share with you one of my latest projects using Kaisercraft's Pitter Patter papers.
I really enjoyed making this project and was very happy with the finished item.
I have used many materials and it took me a few hours to put it together. 
 I started with 6x6" chipboard squares to make the box.
I then covered each square using the Pitter Patter papers, alternating the patterns so each side was different.
I then used the Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Bundled Sage and made a light wash effect over the paper.
 I used pinecone ink to edge all the squares & colour the chipboard.

 For the lid, I have used Dusty Attic Chipboard embellishments, flowers and leaves. Tim Holtz Filmstrip ribbon, mini staples and Decorative Knob. Kaisercraft Pitter Patter Collectables and paper. Some Kaszazz Washi Tape.
After layering the elements over the lid, I then gave it a spray with the Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.
I used some gauze to add a extra dimension to the design.  
After I had glued the sides together , I used some washi tape to hold it secure and this added another element to the design 

On this side I added Dusty Attic Adore Pebble, gauze, Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon, Kaszazz washi and Feet embellishments, so I could stand the box.

This side I have used gauze, Kaisercraft Collectables, Dusty Attic Chipboard Embellishments.
I really love their small rose buds, hashtag words and view finder wheels.

 With this side I used the Kaisercraft Collectables, Dusty Attic hashtag word, chicken wire, flowers and leaves, viewfinder wheel and washi tape. I placed gauze behind the word to add dimension and break up the chipboard elements.

                                                                                                                                                            With this side I used some left over Dusty Attic - String of Hearts chipboard to cover the left hand side. I used gauze under it to add some softness.

I used washi and the filmstrip ribbon on this side, then layered a sentiment piece over the top, placed a viewfinder wheel under the sentiment piece and then placed flowers and leaves on top to add extra dimension. I attached the paper elements with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

 To finish off the project I sprayed all the pieces with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Olive Vine.
I have not taken a photo of it but to attach the lid, I used some Butterfly Hinges from Kaszazz, so I am able to open the lid and place in little treasures.

This was the end result, which I am very happy with.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at this project and find a little inspiration to think outside the box and challenge yourself, as this was really out of my comfort zone. It really helped me to just go with the creativity and don't be so judgemental in my own work. I think it really is a beautiful piece that would take pride of place in any baby's nursery.

Products used;

Kaisercraft : Pitter Patter papers and Collectables
6x6 ' chipboard squares
Dusty Attic chipboard embellishments : Viewfinder Wheels
                                                               : Hashtag words
: Chickenwire
: Small rose buds
: Leaves
: Adore/Cherish Pebbles
: String of Hearts (leftover from a previous project)
: Tim Holtz : Filmstrip Ribbon
: Tiny Attacher
: Distress Paint - Bundled Sage
: Twine
: Gauze
: Assorted Washi Tape
: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Olive Vine
: Helmer 450 glue
: Kaszazz : Washi Tape, Feet & Hinge Embellishments

This project was designed for Made with Memories


Keep the Faith



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Dusty Attic Challenge "Rockstar"

 Time for a new post. It's been awhile.

 I have just recently returned from Bali with my husband , where we took a short break to recharge the batteries. 

I wanted to share with you this page which I designed 
for a Dusty Attic Monthly Challenge at Made with Memories.

The background paper is from my stash. It is a Teresa Collins On the Edge paper range. 
I grudged it up a bit by tearing and distressing the edges and then I used black ink to cover the edges. I have also mounted it onto a 12x12 piece of cardboard.
I then used a script stencil with some modelling paste to add a mixed media element to the page.

I then covered the chipboard Dusty Attic Guitar with the black glitter paper and sanded the edges.
To embellish I used the pop out elements from the paper range and the metal cross (I turned it upside down) is from Spotlight. The skull metal embellishment is also from Spotlight in the bead and jewellery section.
I then used washi tape for added dimension. The music note chipboard is from Dusty Attic. 
I covered them using the Metallic Distress Paint Gold Dabber.
The chipboard word is individual letters from Dusty Attic.
Photo of Jon is from David Bergman. Bon Jovi's official photographer. Ordered online.

I really loved the way this page turned out and will go into the Bon Jovi album.
I wasn't forunate enough to win this challenge but that's ok. I am always up for a challenge!!


Items used in this layout

Script Stencil from
Papers - Teresa Collins - On The Edge
Modelling Paste
Guitar - Dusty Attic
Music Notes - Dusty Attic
Word - Alphabet Dusty Attic
Embellishments - Spotlight
Washi Tape
Metallic Gold Distress Paint Dabber
12x12 Chipboard
Paper Distresser
Black Paint & Ink

Monday, 2 June 2014

Bath Time Buttons

It's WA DAY in Perth, Australia today.
I hope those of you in Western Australia are enjoying your long weekend.
This is my day to catch up on those unfinished projects around the house and catch up with my scrapbooking blog.

I am currently working on my daughter's album for her 21st birthday. Unfortunately like all things, I decided to start it a couple of months ago. I have been working around the clock to complete it but with all the party planning I didn't get it finished to give to her on her birthday. I have decided to mix a bit of pocket scrapbooking with 12x12 layouts. I have found I am able to achieve a great deal and get her photo's into an album.

This layout was inspired by a google search for bath time layouts. I have used the Bo Bunny Primrose Papers. I love the colours in these papers as they fit into the baby/girl theme very well.
 To add some dimension to the page, I found a packet of buttons of various pink shades and sizes and placed them across the page to resemble bubbles.
My daughter enjoyed her bath time and she loved taking a bath in the kitchen sink. I was living in a small country town and it would get very cold, so the kitchen sink was convenient and I was able to use the kitchen table to dry her off and dress her while the slow combustion stove was going. Our bathroom was a little cold as it was on the outside of the main house.
 I really love looking back at old photo's and the memories they evoke.

Our Little Girl

Hello again my friends. I hope this day finds you happy and healthy and loving life.
I wanted to share with you one of my latest layouts. It's a bit cute. It features my fur baby.
Her name is Koko and she is a pure bread Chihuahua.
My husband and I adore her, so when I seen this paper range and I just had to scrapbook her.
The papers used in this layout are from Bo Bunny. They are from the Primrose range.
So pretty. It made it extremely hard to choose the papers to use.

I used the chipboard embellishments to add some details to the layout. The butterfly created wonderful wings on one of the photo's where Koko was wearing fairy wings. To add colour to these photo's, I used my copic marker and coloured Koko's collar, to make the photo's pop on the layout.

I then used some clear bling to create the butterfly trails. Once again I used my copic marker to colour the bling to match the colour on the photo's.

The chipboard banner was a perfect fit for a title to this layout. It reads Our Little Girl.

Koko is just adorable and turns heads wherever she goes. We love her to bits and she is spoilt rotten.

This layout was designed for Made with Memories

Until next time, take care and I hope you find a little inspiration to scrap your fur babies


Homespun Happiness

 Welcome to my latest blog post. It has been awhile. May is such a busy time for me, with a month of birthdays and Mother's Day thrown in there as well. Making it extremely hard to get time to create.
I love being on the design team for Made with Memories. The challenge is that I need to get my layouts in on time, so therefore I have to make the time to create.
This layout was designed using the Simple Stories Homespun Paper Range.
I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and use a few different techniques and mediums. To create the background I used a script stencil and dylusions spray.
I then used black bazill to frame my pattern squares and make them pop.

I then found a page map I liked and started layering my squares in a pattern I liked. Making my photo the focal point. I love black and white photo's. They are great to use when you have a lot of patterns.

Once I had the placement, I then took a photo to refer back to and started to adhere in place.

 I love these new #hashtag and arrow designs from Dusty Attic.

The heart is from the sticker sheet and to give it some dimension , I raised it up on some chipboard and then sanded the edges.
I used some washi tape and hessian to help build the layers.
I am very happy with the finished layout and even happier that I can show off my gorgeous family.


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Its a Baby Shower complete with Lolly Buffet - DIY


I thought I would share with you all my sister's Baby Shower that my daughter threw for her last October 2013.
My daughter asked if I would like to help her with the decorations.
I was more than happy to give her a hand.
She wanted to create something special as my sister was having a girl (her first).
She had waited a long time for her.
Crystal wanted to have a lolly buffet as a feature of the shower. So we went in search of some prices & companies to see if it could be achieved. Unfortunately the budget wasn't going to stretch that far, so we decided, it can't be that hard...lets do our own!!
So off we went to find the items needed to accomplish this.
I searched thrift stores, discount stores & our home to find the items needed.
We went to a warehouse called FAL to buy all the sweets to fill the jars.
Buying in bulk cuts the cost down.

This jar was a vase that we used to hold our Baby Teeth.
These were Cadbury Chocolate Bars that I covered in foil and decorative scrapbooking paper. Wrapped with ribbon, Die cut scallop circle and sentiment.

This gorgeous mirror I found in Thingz. It was part of collection they had on display. It really suited our theme.


Crystal found these little milk bottles at a discount store.
She talked to the owner and ordered them in and as she wanted quite a few, they were able to give her a discount.

This was the final setup on the day. Lots of sister doesn't do pink!!
We found as many pink/red/white lollies to go with the theme.
 These sweet jars were found at discount stores.
The 'It's a Girl' plaque was from Thingz.

This was the end result.

I also wanted to have something my sister could take away from the day as a memento of her baby shower. This is a memory tree. I repurposed an item that I borrowed from Made with Memories and decorated it accordingly. I used Kaiser flowers and some ribbon to decorate the stems of the tree. I found some cute little pink pegs to attach the photo's with. I used my little instamax camera and then had the guests leave a message on their photo for Mum.

My daughter repurposed this large Baby bottle (it came with tiny baby bottle treats) and decided to used it for Baby's First Shoe Fund....a girl needs her shoes right??
The end result was well worth
the time and money to DIY and the satisfaction that you did it.
The compliments from guests made it all worth while.
The look on my sister's face when she seen the end result was priceless.
A job well done Crystal!!