Saturday, March 30, 2013

Childhood double layout

SOUL SCRAPPERS - challenge

Childhood Memories Week 12 – Memorable Moments
The ages between 5 and 12 can be such special ones, filled with learning, playing, growing creating special memories and magical moments - too many to count.

This week I’d like us to focus on those memorable times – the things that stand out to you from this period in your life.

I was quite horse mad, like a lot of young girls. I couldn't wait to learn to ride a horse. At 8 years old I started lessons at a local academy. My Aunt went along with me. We did practical riding and also some theory at each lesson.  

Here is a double I made of some photos of me dressed to go to a lesson and a certificate I received. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pin Ceremony for Kaiser Sketch #2 March 2013

Kaisercraft's sketch #2 for March 2013 is:

I've done it as a School layout for Mark's album using Kaisercraft products and a couple of handmade embellies.

Explore - a travel page

I've entered this page in Anna's  Craft Cupboard's March sketch competition. There is another entry called explore as well, a page about Pisa in Italy. Would like to go there also.

Here's Wendy Smith's sketch:


I started off with a beautiful piece of Creative Memories paper, it's a soft light grey with white and silver embossed designs. I thought it suited the photos really well. I've added in some Basic Grey Wander, the title is Teresa Collins World Traveller, the journal spot is a Kaisercraft rub on and I've got some Scrap Matrix chipboard that I painted green.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cooking with Shapes challenge for Soul Scrappers (includes Tutorial)

Here I go with my second Design Team challenge at Soul Scrappers.

I have chosen to do Cooking with Shapes. We all use shapes every time we create. I have chosen to focus us using a lot of them in one page.

Here's the criteria:

S -  Swirl
H - Half (I'm thinking half a shape, maybe an artisan paper or die-cut)
A - Arch or Arc (your choice)
P - Pie chart
E - Embellished shape of your choice
S - Shapes (I have used lots of scallops, some stars, swirl as required, zig zag and squares)

I started with a Creative Memories quick album page for School. It already had the yellow background with lots of circles, a scallop edge, a rectangle with curved edges and a zig zag pattern and a swirl. A great start. Then I cut a blue artisan paper with scalloped edge and added it to the left of the page. I laid out my photos and added the scallop sticker to the left hand side, then stuck down my photos.

Next I made my pie chart with my Creative Cutting circle system from Creative Memories. I also used a die-cut from the CM School quick cut, this is my arc shape which also has circles on it. I added some AC thickers with Swan. I added my title and a star sticker. I also added a Crate Paper Chipboard piece that had a star as well.

Lastly, came my journalling. This was a pretty quick page as part of the work was done for me. The pie chart took the most time with the measuring and cutting. Another School page for Mark's album completed.

I hope you can join me in this challenge. Just head over to here to join in.

P.S. Don't forget the challenges at Archiscraps and From screen 2 scrap. They both only have two entries so far. We'd love to see some more. Also, your chance to win a prize is very high.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Liebster award

The lovely Debi has gone ahead and called me delightful (thank you) and given me this award.

I now need to pay it forward to 5 more bloggers.  Here we go:

1.    Sarah Rogers

2.    Amanda Taylor

3.   Mark Angel

4.   Peg Hewitt

5.   Karen Shady

Friday, March 8, 2013

A pink girly layout and an Easter bunny or three


Here is my entry for this month's Artastic challenge. A portrait photo and the following painting are the criteria:

March inspiration comes to you from Australian portrait artist Julia Sattout.

Pretty little thing isn't she?

I have had a bit of fun with squares with this layout. You can see my painted squares underneath and the punched squares scattered around that have a felt damask pattern on the paper. I really had some fun with this one.

Now for the Easter bunny. I've made these little bunnies with heart punches. If you'd like to get your hands on one join in with Amanda Taylor's swap theme for March, which is Easter, here.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Vote for my layout

The Scrapbook Awards have a new category. It is one that I suggested. As I create a lot of sports pages I put forward sport as a category. They have chosen to make a Sports & Hobbies category. Fantastic. Anyone who enters a layout this month gets to enter for free.

I would love your support. I have entered a layout of my son Mark playing footy.

Go here to vote for my layout.

Thank you. xx

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Play Hard for Scrap The Boys


Scrap the Boys have some wonderful sponsors this month. I always mean to do their challenges but don't always get around to it. Who could resist this month though.  Here is the criteria:

2 photos 6 x 4 or smaller. I have had to add 3 as they were all needed for the story. Hope that doesn't disqualify me.
Chipboard - I have 4 pieces, the clouds, the title and the date.
Washi tape - bottom right hand corner chevrons
mists/paints - I have used a round tube to add circles to my patterned paper that already had white circles on it. I always enjoy adding an abstract "ball" reference to my sports pages.

The layout is about my son Damon's first game with his District cricket team, Under 17s Melville Storm. Their team colours and blue and white so I have used those and added green and taupe.

Thanks for looking and check out the other inspiring layouts at Scrap the boys.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Publication of my spring layout at


Please go over to this month's feature article of my spring layout "Having Fun". I have done a tutorial with step-by-step instructions. There is a whole spring feature. Other features this month include mixed media, babies, friends and much more.  It's free as well, what a bonus.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

My First Step for From Screen 2 Scrap

It took me a long, long time to create these 2 pages. I'm normally fairly speedy but this one took over a month. These are photos of me when I am 1 year old. It's my birthday and in the photo on the right that is my very first step. These are precious photos to me so I wanted to do them justice. I made a pretty little paper toile girl with chicks, a very fiddly bit of fussy cutting in that as the paper is quite then.

These pages are my Designer contribution for this month's From Screen 2 Scrap challenge.  The movie poster is The Secret Garden.

Added Criteria -

1pt = Garden photo/s
2pts = Flower cluster
3pts = A garden decoration 
(archway, seat, birdbath, gates, garden swing, hammock etc....)

Why not challenge yourself and have a go.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Disney layouts for Archi-Scraps


The first of the month is always an exciting time in scrapbooking cyber land where we scrappers can look through all the new challenges that are up for the month.

The next challenge for Archi-Scraps is #9 and it is a fun one. The theme is fairytales and you can draw inspiration from this fun little house.

I have offered up two different layouts in my Designer role this month.

First we have a 12x12 page using a photo of the Disneyland Fairy Castle in Hong Kong. This trip was the first time for our kids to visit Disneyland and we really did have a magical day. I was a little disappointed that there was no dragon under the castle.  I have used the pastel blue and pink colours of the castle as inspiration to make my page.

The second page is done in an 11x14 Disney slip in album that Creative Memories make. Each page has 5 slip in pockets and a tiny one for a heading. So it's like making 5 mini pages on one. I've used 2x3" photos. This page is of the Beauty and the Beast show at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

This page was made with Creative Memories products.

Go to Archiscraps to see what the other Designers have created. 

Your layout is due by the end of the month and the Mr Linky will go up shortly. Happy creating.