Thursday, November 29, 2012

My curls....

As I get older my hair just gets curlier and curlier - I am certain I  will end my days as a fully blown poodle!!  As a teenager I used to get my hair permed - now I wonder why the heck I needed to ??

SO I had fun with these old photos and this one is of me as a little girl and shows that I even had curls back then.  I am  seriously  loving the colours in the Carta Bella Alphabet Junction papers and they were  perfect for this photo!!

So for starters I used my favourite crafters workshop template - the spotty dotties and with my Tim HOltz distress ink Broken China

 I established a bit of interest  for my background.  I then used a serious of smaller cut sections of Alphabet Junction papers - the blue under the photo is the backside of Dear Little dots .  I have then cut a long strip of the pink spotted Handwriting - again using the B side.  I also had a small strip of the green Alphacards which I slipped in under the blue paper.

In the top right hand corner under where the photo would  sit I also used some of the reverse side Alphabet banner.  I also pleated a strip of the striped Delightful stripe and adhered across the pink paper for  additional burst of colour.

I am a HUGE lover of ricrac - its so versatile and easy to use....and Tracy has an awesome ramge - I have used some of the pretty pink ric rac but you could use any range of colours depending on the p colours in your photo!!

I then went to the coordinated sticker sheet and selected a range of stickers to add to my layout - I always love a  journal spot or two and I also liked  some of the coordinating strips so I have added a couple once I had adhered my photo.I also slipped in a pretty  small doily under the top left side of the photos and cut it and used the remainder at the bottom  right - I find it just  added a bit of softness and prettiness!!

Tracy  also has some wicked buttons and some gorgeous resin flowers so I had to  add a couple of those!!


As a last minute touch I couldnt resist Tracys gorgeous fairy  girl charms
Finally I have used the alphabet sticker sheet for my title using two different  fonts.

I also like to outline some of my papers when they have a white background just so they stand out a little more....I love  the little touches like this to finish a layout
What do you think??

Thursday, November 22, 2012

New layout - old photos!!

I made a fabulous discovery a few weeks ago - a stack of  photos from my oldest boys when they were babies - they were mostly pre digital so First of all there are not as many of them!  and they arent  just sitting on my computer ready to print off when I want so I've had fun going back and scrapping some of the boys  baby photos in a more current style!!

Here is a step by step using the fabulous Carta Bella Alphabet Junction papers from - beautiful quality - if you love My minds Eye and Crate paper quality papers -  you will love these!!

So for this layout of Lachlan when he was a baby I  have used the Carta Bella Dear little Dots paper - I have used the blue reverse  side for my background.

I have then cut large  flag shapes from  Delightful stripe, Simple scallops and Ive used the reverse side of simple scallops for the third flag.  I have then distressed all the edges and run ink around the edges before doodling on the edges.

I have then used Bakers twine to thread them together - you will need a good strong needle!  As I have looped the twine I have also added the cool lollipop charm and the Make a Wish tag from the Birthday Boy green Presents embellishments .  This gives additonal interest and dimension to the banner.

I have then cut a selection of hexagons from the Honeycomb paper  and I have added some to the middle banner and some to the bottom right side of the layout...

I have then selected a range of stickers from the Alphabet Junction sticker sheet and added them to the edges of the photo and also  to decorate the flags.

I also used the coordinating Alpha stickers for the title

Finally add some journalling and you are done..... awesome papers with such versatility I can use these over and over .....Pop and tell Tracy I said Hi - she always has a bonus freebie on offer too!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

and a little Alphabet Junction....

Okay so the school fete is over and I can return to a real more  canvasses, no more toffee, no  more mars bar slice, nor more Fete !!  It was a huge success but so tiring and now I can get back some ME time!!

Before the Fete the Divine Miss Tracy gave me some fabulous Alphabet junction papers from Carta Bella to play with and Im  LOVING them.  You can use them for just about anything and for todays post I  have dug out an old photo of me as a youngster - Im the one in the pink dressing gown!!

SO here goes......started with white cardstock - I need an endless supply - it has such a crisp clean look - I love it !  I then used a funky Crafters workshop template and yummy Tim HOltz distress ink dried marigold to give the yummy background some texture!!

I then cut a large sized banner from the reverse side of the Handwriting paper.  I have then used the strip of green from the Alphacards paper and the blue from the Tossed letters paper and created smaller strips horizontally across the page.

I have also used a torn strip of the Handwriting paper and  some stickers of the Element sticker sheet.

I have   then added my photo across the arranged strips of paper and added a white ribbon and bow from the White organza scalloped edge ribbon.

 To this I have then added  some blue ricrac for that extra burst of colour.  I have then tied a little girl skipping charm to the bow - these are SO cute and I loved being able to use it on this layout!! 

I have then added some gorgeous resin flowers - Tracy has such a great selection and they are  so cheap - you can have lots of colours!!! 

I have added an extra  little cluster for the bottom  corner.

I have then  added my title from the sticker sheet....
I also then outlined my papers and the title with a black felt pen!!

As a final touch I have hand stitched a circle around the piece!!!

SO make sure you drop in to and tell Tracy I sent you!!!  She will  definitely look after you with great service , cheap  prices and superfast post!!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

my fave colours and a scraplift....

Back again - here are some more layouts from retreat a  few weeks back....I think I have just caught up on the sleep I lost  that weekend!!

This layout includes my favouritest colours to create with = teal and red.......YUMMMMMM

and  here is a quick easy one with my fave peeps....

and another yummy My minds eye  one....

My josh boy!!

and the cutest little mermaid with more of our underwater camera shots!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

White with one.....for October

Hello again - today I am ging to show that i can get  challenges  done SOMETIMES>  There was a day  many years ago when I would have  had the whle list for each month and worked my way through, work, family time all seem to have intuded on tat somewhat so Im going to enjoy the  bit of scrapping time I do get!!  This is a photo of my  beautiful family on Uranga Pier at Hervey the colours in the photo so  decided it was a good one for white with one....this months challenge is white with one and I have white and yellow starry washi tape and a  cute felt star from My2angels !!
so pop over to white with 1 and check it out  - they have c some very cool sponsors too!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

And a couple from retreat....

Its a little sad but the best scrapping I get done these days is when I get to go on a retreat - Im lucky- I get to do a couple  a year at least and i  just LOVE them !!  Always a fabulous bunch of girls, late nights,  sore sides from laughing and a few new pages to add to my albums _ like I dont have enough!!!

This layout is a simple one but i love the colours and check out the cool  bird ribbon from the gorgeous Tracey Thorne!!

And then this one I did just for fun - loving the Charms Creations heart and some washi tape ( of course and a bit of leftover transparency I found in my stash!  We had a new underwater  camera and we were on holiday at Mooloolaba and we had so much fun taking shots of the kids swimming under water off the water slide!!

Okay - watch out - this is just the beginning I did 20 something layouts so there will be a bit of show and tell over the next week or so!!!!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Take note - these are Happy Days

This is a real  quick easy layout using some of the papers Tracy has on sale in - they are SUCH A bargain and they  are such versatile papers!  Echo Park Happy Days!!

here is a fast  and funky layout for you!!!

I have used a black cardstock background - you  hardly ever see it anymore but I thought it would work well  with the bold coloured papers here.....

.I have then used a  large piece of red and white spotted paper and created  frame  with the Happy Days Retro paper around two sections of the paper.

  I have then used lots of the Happy Days Borders   for the bottom section of the layout including the red stripes.

  I have cut out the ticket  section  and made a small banner with the  different bits and pieces in the paper range.  I have  glued  Bakers twine at the top of the  banner running along the bottom of the red and white striped paper !!

I have then used Happy Days alpha stickers   to give it a title and add any embellishments!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cleaning up my desk and found this one.....

Im not sure  if I have blogged this yet or not - I dont think I have but feel  free to  correct me if Ive done it twice!  Oh well.

This is my usually  Happy Go Lucky Lachlan boy with the grumpies....he can drop a  lip VERY WELl - doesnt  really do it A LOT but when he does - WATCH OUT!!!

I had  fun with one of the Crafters  workshop templates from My2angels.....and I just used some black ink and a sponge  to  do the background.....I then grabbbed some scraps of paper and some plumbers mesh and some washi tape from whatever  was lying on my desk and  put this together - I really like the colour combo - what do you think?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Some more PRIMA Craftsmen

Hi all

Back again with some  fabulous Prima Craftsman from My2angels.  You have to love it when Prima who are SO fabulous at  girly pretty  papers  turn their skills   to boyish papers and totally ROCK IT!!!

I have used a Kraft background for this layout as I wanted to create my own grungy  look background.  I have done this using Tim Holtz Distress inks and some glimmer mist and some Kaiser stamps.

First of all I have used  a Crafters workshop mask and some blue glimmer mist . 

Then I have added  some random  sprays of Granite glimmer mist .

Once these are dry I   have taken the top of my Mels diner  glimmer mist and used the nozzle to drip some more  mist  down the page.  Because I am impatient I use my heatgun to dry the  card between  layers!!

Finally I have used the Kaiser checker plate stamp and black soot distress ink for some funky ink marks.  Layering the  different  textures and techniques is a fun way to create an interesting background on otherwise  boring Kraft cardstock. 

I have then cut a square of Tools of the Trade  Craftsman paper and stuck this to the left side of the layout.  I have used a small strip of   Prima black box  and tucked in under the top right hand corner.  I have also used this same strip to make a  skinny banner overlayed  over the journal box with the train on it.  I have inked all edges as Ive gone to add to the grungy  look.  That includes the edges of the cardstock!!

Ive then taken  the chipboard cogs and inked them with Tim Holtz distress inks and over lapped before applying a random string of twine.

In this photo my son is actually on his bike so I have tied a gorgeous little bike charm on to the end of the string.....

I have then cut out  some of the words  from the    Engineer           paper and  raised these on adhesive foam for the title.

Add any journalling and Voila  - you are done..

Monday, October 8, 2012


Here is another layout from the scrapbook savvy recipe challenge  set by Sara....a photo of my almost 15 year old boy!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

You are my sunshine.....

I had so much fun with these papers - they are from scrapbookingfromscratch and Ive had a few of their kits and I  REALLY  like them are a few of the layouts I did with this pack and I also  made some easy  fun cards too.....

and here is another

I have a couple more but I havent photographed them yet!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Scrapbook savvy cybercrop

I was very slack and didnt get as many challenges done as I thought I might - typical of me of late!!!!

But Ill share what I did get done....the first  was Taras  colour challenge - kraft with pink and grey and a small amount of back and white.  I found this oldphoto from my brothers wedding and  this is of me and  the gorgeous hairdo I had  fixing up my  Dads  collar - I love this pic......and I loved the colour  palette for it too - I had some fun with some texture paste from My2angels   for the background - the mask is also from my2angels
I then lightly misted the background and  used some  of my lovely washi tapes for the background and a  little doily that was sitting on my desk!!

I then did Kerryns  sketch challenge and Im not LOVING  this layout but I do love the photos so its staying in my album!  A whole bunch of my favourite girls at a retreat  here on the Gold Coast!!

and check the cute little camera  - you can also get these at My2angels!!