Tuesday, July 29, 2014


A few weeks ago I was asked by the lovely Maggie Massey and Sarah Bargo to be their Guest Designer for their new challenge feed over on Instagram called Society 52, a weekly challenge over on Instagram.

My challenge was to create a project about a childhood memory. I couldn't go past combining this old photo of my husband's lego truck he built as a child with photos taken recently of him and the boys building together.

Something I am loving lately is hand cut titles!

I loved using the Crate paper boys collection for my layout, super super cool.!

If you are on Instagram I hope you can join in the fun of Society 52.


Friday, July 25, 2014

4 little Super Heroes

This project was up on the Heidi Swapp blog recently.

 I  visited Movie World here on the Gold Coast in Australia in the school holidays with my boys and their little friends and the 4 of them  had on their Super Hero capes. As we walking through the streets towards the rides suddenly they all came together and there was this melt my heart moment... so I grabbed my iphone and snapped some photos.

I knew I wanted to create a special layout to celebrate this memory. As I had several photos from that moment and several more from the day I decided to create a layout with a bit of a twist. I used the Favorite Things Memory File kit on my layout to add an interactive component.

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I totally love the layers I have created on my layout using this technique!

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I  grabbed the black and white striped Memory File from the kit and  hung it over the top of my layout. I then taped the  back of the memory file to the back of my layout, leaving the front to act as a large flap. I then went ahead and embellished the front of the memory file.

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I began by matting my photo with the back side of the  glitter cover  from the Hello Glitter Cover from JoAnn. I used this misting technique that Heidi shared on My Craft Channel recently, using Gold Lame and Sweet Cherry Colorshine as well as the Mini striped stencil from the Mini patterns set on  my Embossed Jumbo Number 4 . I then added in stickers from the Sticker sheet in the Memory File kit as well as Epoxy words and shapes from Favorite Things.

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I then laid the 6x6 polka dot stencil over one of the Water Color star tags and misted it with Citron ColorShine. I added the glitter 3x4 card from JoAnn and one of the Color Magic arrows also misted in Gold Lame. To complete I stamped stars from the Mini Party Stamps, added epoxy stars and arrows from the Puffy Sticker sheet, more stickers from the Memory File Kit and I added that circle from the  Favorite Things Ephemera pack.

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Once the Cover is flipped up you can see I added in the long green triangle/floral Memory File and the Hello Photo stack also both from the kit. To begin with I pulled apart the photo stack to leave just the one flap. I then adhered the back of the photo stack to my layout and then layered over and adhered  the long floral one. The photo stack now acts as a closure to the memory file. I embellished it with that sticker form the kit  and a punched glitter arrow.

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Once the photo stack is opened I layered a piece of vellum and the Mixed Floral  pattern paper onto the front of the long Memory File. I then used a sheet from the Favorite Things 6x6 pad to create a pocket. I simple added adhesive to the sides and bottom of the pattern paper. I matted my photo with another sheet from the 6x6 pad and added some fun embellishments down the side including Word Jumble Stickers, Puffy Stickers, Stickers from the kit and that Color Pop  chipboard word.

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Tucked into the pocket is the Water Color Tag misted with  Gold Lame and the 6x6 Polka Dot stencil. Once dry I rolled it through my typewriter to add my journaling. I've also added an extra favorite photo as well.

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Lifting up the Memory file I have more photos inside. This time I adhered the Seeing Stripes pattern paper to act as a mat for my three photos.

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I embellished each photo with Puffy Stickers, Ephemera pieces, Epoxy Words and sequins. I also added the tab to the Memory file and Used the Best Day Ever set to add my stamping element.

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Finally I added in a little home made shaker box. I laid a piece of clear acrylic over the back of the window of the glitter frame and then  added some foam tape around the window. I tipped some punched stars and sequins into the area where I was going to place my frame and then adhered my frame on top.

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There you have it. A way to add extra photos to a project without creating a mini album or adding photos into a photo collage. A super fun and interactive layout that I can now cherish long into the future when those littlies are too "proud" to wear those Super Hero capes any more!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Nights...

This month over at Scraptastic I got to play with the sold out Summer Nights kit!
It was full bright and bold patterns that suited my scrapping style perfectly.
Today I am sharing two layouts.
 The first " Summer Attire" celebrates my eldest cute little Summer clothing choice!

I clustered my embellishments around the photo  for a fun effect!

My second uses a family photo taken on Mothers Day this year.

I love that cute little bow, I  borrowed the die  from my good friend Leanne Allinson.

A little bit of stamping from the exclusive stamp kit completes my layout perfectly!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

the talker...

These projects were up on the Jillibean Soup recently.
 This first one was a challenge to create a  layout with triangles.
I used one of the 12x12 placemats and spritzed some white cardstock with mustard Colorshine to create my background.

I then layered over my elements including that cutie patootie photo of my youngest!

Project 2 was a quick birthday card I made for a kiddies party recently!


Monday, July 14, 2014


Going back through some older photos of my boys brings back so many memories. I remember this day like it was yesterday! My youngest stuck in the mud across the street from our house...
The colours in these photos suited the colours in Heidi Swapp's Favorite Things collection perfectly!

That glitter frame draws attention to that delightful photo beautifully...

as always my journaling recalls the story for future reference!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The mixed Media album

If you know me you know I m not a get your hands messy kinda scrapper , but recently I shared this mixed media album over on the Heidi Swapp blog. I got to play with the Heidi's new Magic Mediums and the Mixed Media album which includes- chipboard, canvas, cardstock and clear pages!
There are a number of step x step tutorials I included in my post on some of the techniques I share. Be sure to check those out on Heidi's blog!

For the cover I used some of the Opaque Magic Medium, white paint and Color Shine to cover the chipboard. I then went in with texture paste, glitter texture paste and Heidi's mini stencils to create the texture. I finished off with black ink and the Clear Script stamp for definition to the edges.

I used one of Heidi's stencils and gel medium to create subtle texture on the edges of my enlarged photo.

Here I  spritzed various colours of Colorshine onto white cardstock and allowed it to dry. I then drew some circles with a black marker and cut them out.

I then used the Clear Magic medium to adhere and seal some coarse glitter to each  circle.

Here I used the Magic Medium and the Transfer Technique I shared on Heidi's blog to create this page.

 Lots of texture created with texture paste, gel medium and stencils.

I used Color Shine and a wide flat brush to create the stripes on this page.

I think this is my favourite technique, I created my own stamp out of foam and then stamped into a mixture of texture paste and the Opaque Magic Medium. ( see the tutorial on Heidi's blog)

Here I spritzed some Color Shine into an embossing folder and then ran in through my cuttlebug to create this fun effect.

I used texture paste and the birdie stencil over a pre misted cardboard sheet to create this pretty page.

On this page I created texture with gel medium and three mini stencils, then spritzed over the top with Navy and Gold Color Shine.

A quick and easy shaker pocket.

I stitched some fabric to the canvas pages in a cross hatching pattern before adding my photo.

I misted in an ombre design for  these cute tags.

Here I overlaid my 6x8 photo with one of the clear pages.

This one uses the same Transfer technique using clear Magic Medium, be sure to check the tutorial on Heidi's blog.

Another canvas page, I stitched some denim fabric to and pieced together my flower.

On this page I added texture paste over a stencil and sprinkled embossing powder over it, I  allowed it to dry for about 15 minutes then heated with my heat gun.

My final page uses many of the techniques shared above to create my background. I then used a stencil and ink  to create my lady's head and fussy cut some vintage Heidi Swapp pattern paper to create her hair.

Phew are you still with me, be sure to check Heidi's blog for all the step x step tutorials.