Thursday 29 January 2015

I'm on the Cover!

Hello all,

Firstly I'd like to thank everyone who kept in touch while I was both on holidays and without a computer. My computer sadly decided it didn't want to go on holidays with me and had a little hissy fit. It's now all fixed though and I'm back online!

After our holidays I had to stock up at my local Coles supermarket and was thrilled to find my layout on the cover of Scrapbooking Memories magazine there! I had already bought the magazine while on holidays but it's another thing to see it in your own local store.

And yes - I made my son take a photo of me is the supermarket aisle!

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday 22 January 2015

Sit Back, Relax and Breathe....

Well the school holidays are winding up here in Australia and I've had a very relaxing time. I hope you got a break too!

I'm in that relaxed, holiday mode so I thought I'd share a holiday pic. This one was taken on a previous holiday but there's still that same relaxed feeling about it. Because it's holiday time here, the team at Scrappy Chat Designs thought it would be a good time to show you how you can use up the leftovers from your various kits.

I went back to the Sea Breeze kit but also added some items from a number of other kits. Here's a sneak of what I came up with:

For all the details, head over to the Scrappy Chat Designs blog here.

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday 17 January 2015

A Tranquil Time

Hello there! I'm back with you today with my layout which was inspired by the brand new and very fabulous inspiration board at The Dusty Attic. You can find the challenge on the blog here and products available on the website here.

Here's the inspiration board. Isn't it gorgeous? Don't forget that you can win a $100 prize from Dusty Attic just by making a project using Dusty Attic chipboard and using any of these pictures, colours or words as your inspiration! I hope you can enter!

And here's what I made:

I was inspired by the beautiful water photo and the word 'tranquility'. I wasn't intentionally using the colour scheme but I ended up with many of the colours anyway!

This is a photo that I took on one of my walks around a nearby lake one day. I don't know what happened but my phone somehow converted this photo into that vintage look all by itself! I loved it and always had it in mind to scrap when the right inspiration struck. When I saw this mood board I knew it was time to get this pic out!

I used distressed cardboard and strips of paper that I had previously worked on as my background then added all my chippie on that. I spray painted my title with gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine then used Denim Dusty In Colour paint just on the lower section for a more eye-catching title.

I sprayed the chippie branch with the gold paint first then painted over it with various Dusty In Colour paints. I love that Dusty paints go over just about anything!

Don't you just adore that chippie house on the left of the photo? This comes in a pack of different shaped houses and I love them! Of course, the stunning flowers are Dusty's too!

Here are the Dusty Attic products I used:

Vine Frames #1 DA 1191

Word Pack #5 DA1046

Main Street DA0408

Branch #4 DA1182

Dusty in Bloom Smokey Blue DA0802

Dusty in Bloom Bridal Veil DA0805

Dusty in Colour paints - Denim, Gingernut, Oceania, Jungle Green and Forrest.

Thanks for dropping in for a look!

Happy scrappin'!


Monday 12 January 2015

The Art of Gift-Giving

Hello. I thought I'd share with you some ideas that might help you through those times of year when all the birthdays seem to happen at once.

I bought some gift cards to give to some family members recently and was wondering how I could present them nicely to their recipients. Then I though of my gorgeous Dusty Attic products and my problem was solved!

Here's what I made:

Can you see the gift cards? They're tucked into pockets on the front of the cards.

The darker card was made with a young male in mind, hence the grunginess. I started with a clothing tag as my base for the pocket and stitched a diagonally cut piece of paper onto it to slide the gift card into. The chippie word 'Dude', the barbed wire and the spark plug were all treated with Gelatos and Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts in a similar way to that which I described in a previous post here.  Isn't that chippie font so cool?

The background was made using texture paste through a stencil then adding some sprays.

The female card was much harder to make because I already had the gift card and it was hot pink. Eeek! I teamed it up with some stunning Websters Pages paper and kept the embellishments pretty rather than grungy. I love these new Dusty Attic titles.

Here are the products I used:

Word Pack #6

Barb Wire #2

Spark Plugs

Stars #3

mini Stars

Word Pack #7

Branch #4 small

Flutterbies #3

mini Hearts #2

I hope this has inspired you to add a personal touch to your gift-voucher giving this year! Don't forget you can buy Dusty Attic products online now here.

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday 8 January 2015

My 2014 Faves

Hi there!

I enjoy looking through people's favourite works for the year so I try to do this too. It's a great opportunity to reflect on what we do or don't like about our work and I see it as a chance to work out what's good and explore those themes. Things got a bit crazy at the end of last year so I'm doing it at a much more leisurely pace now!

Without further ado, here are my top dozen or so layouts for the year. I try to do 10 but there are always just those few more that I can't do without!

In twelfth place:

"I'm Creative" - a layout I made for Scrappy Chat Designs. I love the words on this - they're so true!

In eleventh place:

I made this for a commission for Australian Scrapbook Ideas. I love the softness of the watercolours and the photo. I didn't take this dreamy pic unfortunately - it was taken by the very talented Shannaya Photo and Video who kindly allowed me to use it.


This one was made for The Dusty Attic. Again a soft, dreamy page. I used heaps of Dusty Attic flowers and paints on this one.


Moving back to the stronger colours is this one using products from Scrap Everything. I made the layout for one of my Workshop Secrets articles I wrote for Scrapbooking Memories magazine. Gotta love brights sprays!


I entered this layout in a 7 Dots challenge. It's loaded with Dusty Attic chipboard and Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts. The nuetral colours are unusual for me but I love how this came together.

In equal seventh place:

I have to put these two layouts as an equal placing cos they're the same layout! These are the options I gave people who took my class at the Brisbane Expo. I saw some of the layouts finished by others and they looked fabulous!


This layout was made for an Australian Scrapbook Ideas article on using Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts. I love the combination of the ombre Metallic Melts effect with the spray and the edgy photo.


I entered this layout in the Once Upon A Sketch and Scrap Around The World challenges.  Lots of Dusty Attic chippies here!


Another layout from my Metallic Melts article in Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine. I used the Metallic Melts on wire this time as well as on buttons, cardstock, stamped images and flowers.


This layout was published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine. The feathers were made using Gelatos through a Crafter's Workshop stencil.

A late addition to this list!

I snuck this extra one in here as it was only made in the last week of the year. I made it for the amazingly talented Jelissa Mei and the very last ever Once Upon A Sketch challenge.


I made this layout for my first ever DT work for Scrap Around The World. There was a tutorial for this one too. I love those butterflies!

And in first place:

This is one of those layouts that looks better in real life. I love the colours in the background and the depth and textures in the flowers. And the little Balinese girl is gorgeous too! I made this for Once Upon A Sketch

It's only now that I've put this list together that I really realise what a loss to our community the closure of Once Upon A Sketch is. These big challenge sites are LOTS of work. Fortunately, there are other good challenge blogs around but we will sorely miss OUAS.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this and that you all have a truly wonderful 2015. May it be a happy, scrappy year to you all!


Sunday 4 January 2015

Playing with the Fun & Free Kit!

Hello there!

I hope you're getting a bit of a break at this time of year. I've had some time off and have had heaps of fun scrapping in that time!

I've been playing with the new 'Fun & Free' kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. Oh I love the papers in this kit! There are also alcohol inks in it and I've been like a child with a new toy!

Here's a sneak of what I made.

For all the details head over to the Scrappy Chat Designs blog here.

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday 1 January 2015

Me @ 3 with Scrap Around The World

Happy New Year to you all! I hope this year brings health and happiness to you and your family.

I'm thrilled to be starting the new year with a new layout for the January Scrap Around The World challenge. You can find the challenge here. Here's the mood board for this month. It was designed by DT member Karita Vainio. Isn't it a stunner?

This is so beautifully shabby vintage! I figure that I'm getting a bit shabby vintage myself so I decided to scrap a very old photo of me! Here's what I made:

I used so many influences from the mood board - the white, green and rusty colours from the keys, the pink from the roses, distressing and the use of a frame.

All the papers on this are Webster's Pages. I've used two separate, but similar, ranges - 'Nest' and 'Beautiful Chic'. These are two of the most stunning ranges I've ever seen. And no, I don't work for Webster's Pages. (Maybe I should!)

I love this photo! I must have been having a fabulous time! This photo brings back many memories so I wrote my journalling behind it:

Here's what I wrote:

I love these new Thickers I just bought. You can't see it in this pic but they're quite sparkly.

The gorgeous large frame is from The Dusty Attic. I've flicked Dusty Attic paint all over the background and used Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts randomly on the frame for a bit of shabby distressing.

I hope you can join in the challenge this month. There are oodles of prizes up for grabs:


OVER $50 worth of product from 7 Dots Studio!

7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. We are a European scrapbooking 
manufacturer of high quality scrapbooking products – paper, stickers, die-cuts, 
collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboard.

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - from clean, graphic designs 
to mixed-media, grungy collage look. What you can always be sure of are high quality & 
thickness of our papers, which makes them perfect for all kinds of media.

Among our products you will also find clear stamp sets coordinating with our collections 
to make them even more interesting & versatile. We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed 
to see how muchour products are loved by crafters & artists all around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from our design team
please visit our blog HERE, our Facebook page HERE & follow us on
Twitter HERE, Pinterest HERE & Instagram {7DOTSSTUDIO}.

$35 worth of CHIPBOARD from 2Crafty Chipboard
{not necessarily exactly what is shown below but a GREAT selection!}

2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia. We have been
in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small. Visit our website HERE.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc. If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
for more information. Please see further details on our blog HERE!

$30 worth of product from 13@rts
{A selection of the products shown below}

13arts is a Polish manufacturer specialising in scrapbook papers, embellishments & artistic mediums. See our store HERE wherewe ship worldwide! Our blog HERE is full of inspiration & we
have a monthly challenge where all our welcome!

Follow us on Instagram HERE, Twitter HERE & Facebook
HERE & remember to follow us on Pinterest HERE too!!

$25 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments!

Creative Embellishments is a family owned company created by Michael & Nicolle Kramer, a husband & wife team who design & manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood, rubber stamps & flair products. We have been in operation since September 2013. 

It is our mission to offer fun & inspiring products that can be added to
any project to bring out your inner creativity! In the near future we will 
be expanding into other mediums such as acrylic & stencil embellishments.

We also custom cut for individual orders & have a wholesale store for 
retailers, kit clubs & classes. Do your shopping HERE! If you own a 
store register for our wholesale section HERE. Be inspired by our blog
HERE & follow us on Instagram HERE & Youtube HERE.

$20 worth of product from UmWowStudio!
{based on a good selection of the goodies below!!}

UmWowStudio is an innovative embellishment company located in Las Vegas, Nevada. With chipboard, flair & stencils currently in their product line (& more fun things on the way!) 
they span acrossall bits of paper crafting, including memory saving, card making,
tags, stamping, mixed media, art journaling & more!

Shop with us HERE, follow our blog HERE & LIKE us on Facebook
HERE! Follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & Youtube HERE!!

15 Euros worth of product from Scrap-Unlimited
{you will receive a surprise selection of BEAUTIFUL goodies!}

Scrap-Unlimited is a craft supplies manufacturer from The Netherlands,
creating & selling the most amazing selection of embellishments for the
crafting industry. We offer shabby chic, vintage & steampunk inspired 
embellishments, ribbon, flowers, metals, mini-books & mini novelty items. 

Check out our online store HERE for SO MUCH MORE! 
LIKE us on Facebook HERE & follow our highly
inspirational blog HERE & our Pinterest board HERE.

$15 gift voucher from Mixed Media Place

Mixed Media Place is a treasure chest of different media for creative minds,
carrying a wide variety of embellishments & tools to get your projects going. 

The world of mixed media is a place of limitless possibilities - we are here
to help you to spread your wings & fly! Find our blog HERE, LIKE us on
Facebook HERE, follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & do your shopping HERE!

17.50 Euros worth of products from Danafix, France. 
{Exactly as shown below} Ciao 5+1 set “Vampire Knights”. is an online store 100% dedicated to all 
Copic products. All Copic products made & assembled by the European
importer are available in stock & we offer fast, international delivery!

$15 worth of product from Studio75
{Exactly as shown below}

Studio75 is a Polish manufacturer of scrapbooking papers & items 
such as chipboard albums, notebooks, spiral bindings & magnetic sheets. 
We have our own online store HERE, a bustling Facebook page HERE
& a highly inspirational blog HERE - come & visit us - let's connect!

Over $15 worth of product!! Courtesy of our design team!
{This month from me - Helen Tilbury}

Prize consists of a full pack of 5 inch doilies, airmail washi, a Prima stamp set,
K & Co. brads, Purple Pumpkin flairs & giant button, embroidered flourish,
Basic Grey bling rub-ons & Wycinanka Chipboard Christmas set. 

Random Winner will always receive the previous month's kit
from Scraps of Elegance, valued at a whopping $36.95!!

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs
that cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other 
kit clubs offer. Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking
to a level beyond. We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market
that will enable you to create not "just a layout", but a work of art. 

Visit our blog HERE,our Store HERE & sign up for our kits HERE & HERE!
Please LIKE us on Facebook HERE, follow our boards on Pinterest HERE ,
subscribe to our Youtube channel HERE & find our tutorials HERE!!
We would LOVE to connect with you!!!

The deadline for this challenge is Saturday the 31st of January

Happy scrappin'!