This is me …

My entry in the ‘Mixed Media Layout, any subject’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was … um … about me. It’s not often that I scrap a photo of myself. But when I do … well, there’s a whole lotta stuff going on!


Not that I need to say it but the colour scheme of the layout was, obviously,  inspired by the photo.


There are 3 papers which I used as background papers. The dark black paper (Toile) and the musical notes paper (Musical) are Bella! papers from the Celebrate collection.


The main paper used – Teresa Collins Designs – Timeless – Pink Journal paper.

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Once all the papers were sorted, the messy fun started :) I sprayed the papers with the following spray mists:

Mister Huey’s Color Mists – Silver


Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Gold

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Kaiser Mists – red and orange

Kaisermist - red   Kaisermist - orange

I stamped the background with:

Kaisercraft – Texture Stamp – Edges


and a script stamp. Unfortunately I can’t recall where the stamp came from. It’s been in my stash for a long time. What I can say is that the script stamp came as a set of two stamps.


For something different, black paint was used with bubble wrap and a paper towel roll.


Translucent texture paste + Prima mask

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Once the spray mists, paint, texture paste and ink had dried I decided to add strips of paper across the length of the layout. I used 4 different strips of black and white paper. On top of those strips of paper I added cotton, bling and a painted chipboard.


The chipboard was Dusty Attic – Swirly Vine

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and the black and white flowers on top of the vine were fussy cut from a KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet.


Then came the photo and everything else with it.


I matted the photo on different black and white papers and a red star patterned paper. To add dimension to the papers, corrugated cardboard was added underneath. Striped washi tape and fussy cut stars (also used elsewhere on the layout), red staples, a ‘This is me’ dymo label, a ‘Right now’ flair button, red beads, silver micro beads and the cat completed the look. Why the cat? Because it was just too damn cute not to use :)

The fussy cut stars are from a paper called Stellar from Cocoa Vanilla’s Totally Rad collection.


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Can I just say that the cat embellishment is THE cutest embellishment that I have ever used on a layout? I stumbled across this packet of embellishments in The Reject Shop. Saw the cats, had to buy it! You get 3 cats in the packet. I had already used one on a birthday card. I’m saving the last cat …


I received a 2nd prize ribbon for this layout. I think the cat earned it.

“I’m working on myself, for myself, by myself.” 










Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – November …

This month’s Kaisercraft collection is the Summer Splash collection – “Bask in the sunshine with our Summer Splash collection! Whether it’s at the beach, by the pool or on a cruise, it’s time to enjoy the fun that summer brings. Featuring colourful fish, pristine beaches and clear blue water, these papers are perfect for capturing your summer holiday memories!”

The Creative Kit Club’s November Kit was the perfect kit of goodies to use for my summer holiday photos. (The photos from the 2 layouts were from a family holiday in Moonta Bay).

The first layout features the ‘sunshine’ die that comes with the kit (even if I did cut the word) and the 2 add on dies that you can purchase.

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Wiggle waves

UCC die - waves

Interlocking Scribble Circles

UCC die - interlocking scribbles die

What I loved about the November kit was the texture I was able to create with the papers, the netting and the scribbles circles.


The second layout highlights some of the textural embellishments that come with the kit – the natural string, epoxy dots, netting, half cooked rice paper, burlap and the calico fabric.


You can order the November Summer Splash Kit now! Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.” ~ John Mayer

Memories …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Heritage/History’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout using a 1957 photo of my mum, aunt and uncle. It’s one of my favourite photos :)


The spotted background paper is from Pink Paislee – from the Parisian Anthology collection  – Fancy Filigree.

Pink Paislee - Parisian Anthology - fancy filigree

I then machine stitched a ‘Life is Beautiful’ frame which I had cut from a paper called ‘Mirror Mirror’ from the Bella! Ever After collection.


To add texture to the background I stamped the background with bubble wrap that was coated with black acrylic paint. I also stenciled the background with light molding texture paste. I stenciled a border on both sides of the background paper.


The stencil – Kaisercraft’s 6×6 stencil – Lace Borders.

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Texture paste – Golden Gel Mediums

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Rather than go with the traditional heritage colours, that is often used for a heritage layout, I decided to use colour. The main colour was going to be blue with splashes of gold and brown.

Using a blue printed paper from the Grace Taylor Vintage Collection paper pack, I outlined the flowers with a black marker and then cut them. Outlining the flowers gave them added definition.

Grace Taylor - Vintage collection

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I used the blue side of the American Crafts – Finders Keepers Collection – Treasure paper to die cut a couple of pieces to place on both sides of the photo.


The die – Kaisercraft’s decorative die – texture stained glass

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The butterflies were cut from 2 different Kaisercraft papers:

Indigo Skies Collection – Chambray

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Mix and Match Collection – Butterflies.

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The final piece of paper to be fussy cut was the Honeysuckle paper from Kaisercrafts’s Forget-Me-Not collection.

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Other embellishments included:

  • A stamp cut from K&Company Life’s Journey collage embossed paper sheet –

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  • 2 stamped sentiments from Ali Edwards – Technique Tuesday – Favorite Memories


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  • American Crafts – My Girl Collection – Printed Chipboard letters – Kitten – Black – numbers


  • Authentique – Petite Type – letters

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  • a chipboard frame, a stop watch, a gold heart and lace


I received a 2nd prize ribbon for this layout :)

“It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.” ~ Branch Rickey

Sweet …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Children’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout featuring my niece Bella.


My inspiration for the colour scheme used in the layout was Bella’s beanie. With that in mind I found the perfect background paper to use – Bo Bunny’s Petal Lane paper:

Bo Bunny - Petal Lane - background paper_

I didn’t like the bike on the paper so I cut the paper diagonally. Inspired by the yellow in the Bo Bunny paper, I used another piece of paper to replace the bike – Webster’s Pages – Strawberry Fields – Balloon Bouquet:

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I machine stitched the Bo Bunny paper and the Webster’s Pages paper onto another paper. Then I added a strip of black and white chevron paper to the bottom.


FYI, the chevron paper is from Ruby Rock-It’s Bella! Celebrate Paperz range.


Another Bo Bunny Petal Lane paper (Sunshine) was ideal for this layout. For fussy cutting and embellishing the photo of Bella.

Bo Bunny - Petal Lane - sunshine_LO

I matted the photo on the frame –

sunshine_1     frame_LO

I fussy cut the circle of hearts and the word ‘LOVE’ –

sunshine_2     Heart_LO

I added the 2 mandalas to the corner cluster –

sunshine_3     mandalas_LO

I did cut the other 2 mandalas from the paper with the plan of adding them to the layout – I they weren’t ideal so I ditched that plan. Sometimes less is more. I added a metal embellishment to the centre of the yellow mandala.

You have to think outside the box when fussy cutting papers –

sunshine_4     stripes_LO

And last, but not least, the flowers from the paper were cut –

sunshine_5     flowers_LO

Once I added all the Bo Bunny fussy cuts something needed to be added to the upper right hand corner and it had to be black and white (to match the frame, the circle of hearts, the yellow mandala and the chevron strip). I went to my ‘go to’ patterned paper and fussy cut a few black and white flowers.


The flowers were from a KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet


The yellow pearls in the centre of the flowers are Kaisercraft pearls.

The final touches to the layout were the alphabet thickers –

American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Foam letters – Fantastic – Salmon

Dear_Lizzy_thickers     Isabella

American Crafts – My Girl Collection – Printed Chipboard letters – Kitten – Black

american-crafts-thickers-my-girl-collection-kitten-black     sweet

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” ~ Shakespeare

Celebrate love …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Wedding/Special Occasion’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout with a wedding photo of my cousin Jen and Adam.


The background paper and the strips of paper at the bottom of the layout were from a 12″ x 12″ paper pad: Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Shine


I added texture to the background by using acrylic paint (mixed with texture paste) and a stencil.

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(Kaisercolour acrylic paint – Candy)


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(Prima 6×6 stencil – Tubaroses)



I matted the wedding photo (5″ x 7″ portrait printed with a white border) with 2 frames that were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad and pink paper at the top.


The next part was creating the 2 corner flower clusters.

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Both clusters featured fussy cut flowers from 2 different papers. The pink flowers were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad.


The blue flowers were cut from a Ruby Rock-It – Arcadia – Be Calm paper.

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The bottom cluster featured the word ‘LOVE’ which were fussy cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. There were also a couple of vellum die cut embellishments – ‘today’ and ‘CELEBRATE’ – these were from the Hello Sunshine range.

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The top cluster includes a Paperhouse Productions Vintage Romance Snapshot ‘Cherish’ sticker. I also added a white Heidi Grace Design heart pin.

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I attached a date sticker label to a foil eyelet tag (from The Craft Stall) and adhered it to the photo using foam tape.

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#Best Day Ever – from the Hello Sunshine range. The wood veneers – Studio Calico Wood Veneer – Shapes – People. Another fussy cut flower from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. Underneath all those embellishments is a strip of printed tissue paper machine stitched onto the background paper. I did the same thing at the bottom of the photo.

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The geo heart was another vellum die cut from the Hello Sunshine range. The alphabet wood veneers were from the Fundamentals range from Ruby Rock-It.

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I was pleased with how the layout turned out. I followed some design rules that I try to stick to when working out the design of a layout. Repetition – I used 2 sets of wood veneers, 2 strips of machine stitched tissue paper, 2 banners (the date banner and the vellum banner), 2 frame photo mats – repetition creates unity. The vellum geo heart goes with the diamonds in the bottom strip of pink paper.

There’s also repetition with the colours. The bottom strip of paper – with the pink diamonds – was my inspiration for the pink fussy cut flowers, the pink paper at the top of the photo, the pink background texture paint and the cherish sticker. It also helped that the ‘cherish’ word was blue which matched the Ruby Rock-It blue fussy cut flowers. Gold is repeated with the vellum die cuts – #Best Day Ever, today and the heart. Black and white is featured in the date banner, the word ‘LOVE”, the strips of patterned paper and the photo.

The flower clusters are arranged in such a way that they create a visual triangle – the flowers lead the eye from the top of the page down to the bottom of the photo and then back up to the top of the photo.

I also learnt that when scrapbooking you should try to tell the story by having some of the following – who, what, when and where. I have the who (Adam and Jen titled via the wooden veneer alphabet letters), the when (the date sticker label) and the what – it’s pretty obvious – a wedding :)

Anyways, after all that … I got a 2nd prize ribbon … :)

“When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~ When Harry Met Sally


Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – July …

Have you heard about the Creative Kit Club? Each month the Creative Kit Club comes out with a full colour step by step magazine where you can create amazing scrapbooking projects and card making projects.

I have had a monthly subscription with them for a year now and their kits are fantastic.

And now I am lucky enough to be a guest designer for them. The first kit I “played” with is the Golden Grove kit featuring Kaisercraft’s Golden Grove collection – a collection of golden hues and intricate floral designs.

Kaisercraft says “Golden dahlias entwined with sweet pear give the papers an autumn feel while falling leaves and a rustic colour palette make the collection perfect for seasonal projects”. Perfect for someone who likes to fussy cut! Someone like me!


I created 2 layouts with the kit:



Instructions on how to create these 2 layouts are in the magazine. FYI, I loved using the flower dies and the foliage stamps from this kit.


I also made a couple of cards – they’re in the magazine too.

You can pre-order the July Golden Grove Creative Kit now! It will be shipped from the 5th of July. Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

Mixed media …

Mixed media. It’s everywhere. What is it?

Mixed_media - definition

The ‘mixed media’ used refers to papers, paints, pencils, inks, photos, metal, plastic fabrics, fibres, etc.

It’s an assemblage of all things 2D and 3D.

Last year the Adelaide Royal Show introduced, for the first time, a category called ‘Mixed Media Layout, any subject‘ in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section. I’ve not done much mixed media so I thought I would give this a go. With a family photo.


I started with a 12″ x 12″ white cardstock. I machine stitched black scrapbooking paper onto the cardstock.

The fun stuff came with paint, ink, texture paste and spray mists for the background. Messy hands stuff! I used different stencils and stamps with texture paste and with embossing powder, bubble wrap with black paint and a script stamp with black ink..


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Finnabair art basics Mixed Media Essentials


Heidi Swapp mini stencils kit.


Tim Holtz layering stencils – Bubble and Stars

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Kaisercraft texture edge clear stamp

Kaisercraft texture edges clear stamp

Kaisercraft texture clear stamp – Grid

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Kaisermists – orange, red and yellow.

Kaisermist - orange   Kaisermist - red   Kaisermist - yellow

Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Gold.

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Adding a photo was the next step. I had initially started with a black and white family photo. I assumed it would be easier to choose papers and embellishments. I got all my papers and embellishments and started assembling. The layout looked okay. I then swapped the black and white photo with the colour photo. I have to say the colour photo looked so much better. I was worried about the colours of the clothing clashing – I needn’t have worried.

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To lift the photo off the background paper, I matted the photo on yellow patterned paper, scribbled a frame around the photo and then added an additional mat of red corrugated cardboard to the photo.


The embellishments were next. What better way to add a quote than to use a dymo label – it’s old school and quick and easy. It was important to date the photo so I stuck a date label sticker to a banner tag. The eyelet on the tag gave me the idea to add a heart pin. A bulldog clip completed the cluster.



In the opposite corner, I needed black and white embellishments. I stamped the word ‘celebrate’ and used chipboard thickers for the main title. To balance out the red colour from the Kaisermist spray under the dymo label I attached a Becky Higgins flair to a fussy cut sun. (The sun is from one of my favourite patterned papers – Kaisercraft’s Sunshine from the Fun In The Sun collection.)

Kaisercraft – Save the Date clear stamp – Celebrate.


American Crafts thickers – My Girl collection – Kitten – Black.

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Kaisercraft – Fun In The Sun – Sunshine.

Becky Higgins’ Project Life – Currently edition – so very happy flair.


In the other 2 corners I went for colour and texture. I fussy cut some flowers from 2 different patterned papers, added arrow wooden veneers and die cut embellishments.



The coloured flowers – Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes 12″ x 12″ ‘Shine’ paper pad.


The black and white flowers – KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet.

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The wood veneers – Ruby Rock-It Fundamentals – Cardmaking for Connoisseurs.

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The die cuts – Crate Paper – Hello Love.

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Other products used:
White cardboard, black scrapbooking paper, red corrugated cardboard, foam mounting tape, black paint, bubble wrap, black ink, mini bulldog clip, Dymo organiser xpress embosser, script clear stamp, ‘Solid Cosmos’ clear stamp, kraft tag with eyelet, sharpie pen, date sticker label, Heidi Grace Design heart pin, ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder, ‘Hologram’ embossing powder, VersaMark clear embossing  ink and machine stitching.

“Every family has a story to tell. Welcome to ours.”

Picture perfect …

I had a number of entries in the 2016 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section. My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Children‘ category was a page of Jake (nephew) featuring string art.


Paige Evans‘ first collection, via Pink Paislee, was the ‘Fancy Free’ collection which comprised of patterned paper, ephemera, chipboard, puffy stickers, layer stickers, chipboard stickers, foam stickers, wood veneers, buttons, tags, string art templates and a couple of kits. All bright and colourful. I saw the collection at my local Spotlight store and was drawn to the heart string art template kit.


The kit comes with a template, twine and jewel brads.


I replaced the kit’s twine and brads with gold embroidery thread and silver brads. I’m not going to lie – it took me more than one attempt to get the strings threaded as per the template.


The photo of Jake is matted on Bella! Heart and Stripes Paperz – Silver.


The two groups of clustered embellishments are placed in a such a way that the eye is drawn from the top of the heart to the bottom of the heart diagonally.


The heart, arrow and ‘love’ embellishments are from Crate Paper’s ‘Hello Love’ pack of 40 pieces.

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The camera diecut is from Kaisercraft’s My Year, My Story Collection – Collectables

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The horse was fussy cut from a Ruby Rock-It Handi Skandi paper – Iconology.




Other products used:
R530 Panasonic electronic typewriter, Dymo organiser xpress embosser, orange background paper (unknown), white cardstock, ‘picture perfect’ and ‘wonderful’ words (unknown).

FYI, I got a blue ribbon for the layout :)


“You were born to be real not to be perfect.”


Cousins …

This layout was created when the topic for a March photo challenge (day 22) was “Fun.” My interpretation of the topic was ‘what I did for fun today’ and what I did was scrap. So I took a photo of the layout which was a work-in-progress at the time.

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I was happy with the end result of the layout. I don’t always have to fill up the whole page with papers and embellishments. White space is good.


The use of paper was kept to a minimum as was the number of embellishments.


The wood veneer camera is from Studio Calico.


The ‘1981’ numbers are chipboard numbers from Heidi Swapp’s alphabet chipboard collection called ‘whisper blue’.

Heidi_Swapp chipboard alphabet whisper blue


The wooden heart is a Kaisercraft wooden embellishment.

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I used alphabet letters from Prima Marketing for the title ‘Cousins’.

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The flowers behind the photo were outlined with a black marker and then cut out from a 12″ x 12″ paper. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the paper. For illustrative purposes, I have scanned what’s left of the paper that I have in my stash.



A handful of silver star sequins were placed on the layout.

A Kaisercraft clear stamp, from the ‘These Days’ collection, was used for the stamped image behind the photo.

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To create an interesting background, a couple of spray mists were used:

Kaisercraft’s Kaisermists – Charcoal

Kaisermists - Charcoal

Kaisercraft’s Kaisermists – Denim

Kaisermists - Denim


Two papers were used on the layout:

Kaisercraft – Lovestruck collection – Cupid


Bella – Ever After collection – Join Together

Bella_Ever After - Join Together

I used the Heidi Swapp Chevron spray stencil with a black marker to join the papers to the photo –


FYI, the photo features my brothers Tony and Sam and my cousins Angela and Jen.

“Cousins are those childhood playmates who grew up to be forever friends.”

Isabella …

I usually create layouts with just the one photo. Every now and then I’ll create a multi photo layout.


This layout was made easier to create because I had a series of photos to work with. I took several photos of my niece Isabella (Bella) and wanted to showcase them all. Square photos are easy to arrange. It’s clean and simple. I used Photoshop to resize the photos and to add a white border. The photos are matted on vellum.

The 2 background papers used:

Kaisercraft – Cherry Blossom collection – Petal (orange side)


Kaisercraft – Party Animals collection – woo hoo (the lines).
One of my favourite background papers to use.


When it came to deciding what embellishments to use, I opted to go with the design rule of repetition.

  • black and white – the quote, the butterfly, the typed journalling and the date
  • wood – the heart, the word ‘cherish’ and the plaque
  • orange – the word ‘adorable’, the paper clip, the owl and the ‘happy’ die cut.
  • pink – the title ‘ISABELLA’ and the ‘#love’ flair. The colour inspiration came from Bella’s clothing in the photos.

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The stamped sentiment is from the Technique Tuesday clear stamps & accessories – ‘Favourite Memories’ by Ali Edwards.

Technique Tuesday - Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards

The word ‘Adorable’ was from an Allison Ellis Design paper called ‘Neon Candy Alphas N Words’. I’ve had this paper in my stash for a while!


The wooden heart is a Kaisercraft wooden embellishment.

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The title was made using American Craft thickers from the Dear Lizzy Enchanted Collection called Fantastic Salmon.


The cute little owl was cut from a Kaisercraft 12″ x 12″ paper – ‘Little One’ collection – Zoe.


The wooden tile ‘cherish’ is from Scrapmatts.


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The quote is a Pebbles phrase card.


The ‘happy’ banner was die cut using Technique Tuesday’s Dies.

Small Vertical Packaging Template

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The wooden embellishment is a Kaisercraft hanging plaque which I placed upside down so that I could highlight the quote.

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The ‘You make my heart smile’ quote is a Webster’s Pages sentiment.


The date is made up of Tim Holtz Idea-ology label letters.


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The journalling was typed up on my R530 Panasonic electronic typewriter.

Other products used were:
butterfly stamp; paper clip; vellum and ‘#love’ button.

“Happy girls are the prettiest.” ~ Audrey Hepburn