Friday, 26 August 2016


Not sure where this week has gone, but somewhere in there I found the time to have another play with Jillibean Soup's Healthy Hello range.
This one's for All About Scrapbooks.
I love it!
This range is quite girly oriented, so I thought I'd challenge myself and create a 'boy' layout.
I selected the blues, greens and yellows for this.
That background 'hello' paper was perfect for a boy - I love the navy paint splatters!
I decided to let the paper do the work for me. 
So I simply layered up some papers, and hunted for all the embellishments that suited my boy theme.
To my surprise, there were lots.
I had fun adding them to my layout - tucking them in, making them work.
So there you go - a boy page complete!

I've also managed another Project Life spread using the leftovers from this range.
 The left side:
And the right:
Here's a bit of a closer look:
I again created a couple of interactive pockets.
I simply use washi tape to create a flap - this allows me to add more photos and tell more of the story without using up lots of pockets.
Woohoo, another week done and dusted!
Thanks for stopping by - Have a great weekend!

Friday, 19 August 2016


It's my turn again to share a layout which means that another week has flown by.
I'm a big fan of Cocoa Vanilla. 
 Their collections are always stunning.
Plus they are Australian!!
I was  immediately drawn to the blue and white striped background paper.
It has a bit of a beachy feel to it.
So I scrapped a selfie of myself and my son at the beach, taken on our annual January holiday.
Whilst everyone else was sleeping, we would get up and walk down to the beach.
I love it at that time of morning.
The peace, the calm.
At that time there's not many others there - it feels like you got the beach to yourself. 
A special time for him and I to hang together, to talk or to walk in silence -  to connect.
It's something I will always treasure, so I'm really glad we got a photo.
To create the layout I added a bit of gesso, and then flicked some spritz around.
I then stamped a bit, and added some embellishments.
I'm always a fan of the frames in their die cut pack.
A flair, a bit of twine, and that's it.
I'll be back next week!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Project Life catch up!

Hi everyone
Just wanted to share a recent Project Life spread using the gorgeous Healthy Hello Range by Jillibean Soup. available from All About Scrapbooks
This range is great for Project Life - all the embellies are a perfect size to fit into the pockets.
I hate to admit, but I've gotten behind on my Project Life.
I've been doing too much living life and not enough time documenting it!
So this week I decided to just get in and do it.
This project is one of my absolute favourites, and the one that myself and the kids enjoy looking back on the most. 
I also feel it is the project that sparks my memories the most, and that makes me reflect on our current life - both when creating it and looking back on it.
It's often what triggers me to make changes in our lives.
To determine what is working, what isn't and what we need more of.
There's definitely something about seeing your life in front of you that causes change.
So I went back to the approach that was working really well for me earlier this year.
To create weekly spreads from the leftovers of a range that I've been playing with.
Here's a closer look:
I love the bright happy colours and I love those white die cut cards!
So hopefully I will be back soon, with some more weeks to share.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Happy Today

Good morning everyone!
It's Friday already which means it's my turn to share my latest layout for All About Scrapbooks, my favourite place to get my scrappy supplies.
This week I had a play with Jillibean Soup's Healthy Hello Range.
This range really is happy, bright and fresh.
I'm really enjoying painting with acrylic paints onto my pages.
Since attending the escape2create retreat in Port Lincoln, and doing classes with Wilna Fursternberg and Louise Nelson, I have been really embracing my paints.
My paint of choice is Dylusions.
It's much easier than it looks.
Just smear it on, with a bit of water!
But don't forget to spread white gesso before you apply your paint.
I added some texture paste with a stencil and then layered up using a few layers of papers, and a heap of the awesome die cuts.
I also added some 2Crafty Chipboard Leaves.
A happy layout celebrating some of the wonderful connections made at the retreat.
It's really an awesome feeling to be in a room of other creative who just love paper and scissors and paint as much as you! 
They just get it.  And get you.
No further explanation needed really.
See you next week.

Friday, 5 August 2016


Good morning!
I'm here to share another layout using Pink Paislee's Fancy Free Collection!! available from my favourite scrappy store All About Scrapbooks.
This really will be my last one, as I have none left!!
Hmmmm maybe I could restock.....
This is the fourth layout I've created with this range.....and this one was just begging to be done.
When I saw that gorgeous floral paper, I just knew I had to cut into it.
So I started by applying white gesso in a thin layer to my white bazzill.  This acts as a barrier, and allows the paint to sit on top, rather than seep into the paper.
I then mixed my three paint colours together (pink, orange and white), and brushed it onto my cardstock. 
Once dry I applied texture paste using the wood grain section of my stencil, along one side.
I then added a few layers of papers behind my photos.
Now came the fun part! Cutting out those flowers and leaves. I really wasn't fussy with this part, as the watercolour look lends itself to imperfection.
I layered these up around my photo, along with my title and a few leftover embellishments.
Again, to finish off the layout, I cut a small strip from 2 sides, and then adhered it to a 12x12 paper from the range.  I love how this frames the page.
So who picked that this is another layout inspired by the fabulous Wilna Furstenberg?
It's got me using flowers again on my layouts!
I love that about scrapbooking!
There's always new techniques and everything old is new again. 
 I love that my style is constantly evolving. 
I love that I am continuously learning.
I love that I am being pushed as an artist.
I love that I am stepping out of my comfort zone.
I love that there is no right and no wrong.
Isn't it a wonderful hobby/passion?!?

Monday, 1 August 2016

Scrap the Girls August Challenge!

Hi everyone.

Can you believe another month gone?? Seriously this year is on fast forward!

So that means a new challenge over at Scrap the Girls!!

This month we have a stunning mood board:

Gorgeous with all those beautiful shades of blue and teal!

Here's what I came up with:

I was inspired by the colours, the doily shapes, and the word 'Wish'. 
As soon as I saw the colour, I knew scrapping my mum would be perfect as this was her favourite colour, in particular, that strong royal blue (We like to call it Nanna Blue).
In her honour, we all wore that colour to her final goodbye.  I think she would have loved the amazing sea of blue it created.
On that day, her grandchildren let go of bright blue balloons.
Each year on the anniversary of her passing, we do the same thing.
I want to do something to mark the day, and the passing of time. 
We walk somewhere with our balloons, and watch them drift up through the sky.
It's become a tradition for us.
This photo was taken last year, on the second anniversary of her passing.
I love how this mood board inspired me to create a layout about this.
I love how when I first see a 'moodboard' the colours/theme always make me think of something immediately - I try to always go with this and use that as my starting point.
After all, if it's one of the first things to come into my head, then it definitely needs to be scrapped! Right?!
I look forward to checking out all your entries......our sponsor this month is Colour Blast! A $25 voucher is up for grabs!!
Don't forget to check out the other Scrap the Girls Design Team's take on this challenge.  I'm warning you, they are just AMAZING!!