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:

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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.

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I matted the photo on the frame –

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

sunshine_2     Heart_LO

I added the 2 mandalas to the corner cluster –

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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

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

Happy Mother’s Day …

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day so this special day called for a card for my mum :)


I started with a Kaisercraft square card as the base.


The Couture Creations Intricutz die background ‘Fans of Fantasia’ is perfect for a square card – even better framed. The die cut was 9.5cm x 9.5cm so the frame I cut was 11.5cm x 11.5xm with a 1cm border.


Under the framed die cut I went for a pink coloured paper (to match the fussy cut flowers) – American Crafts – Pebbles – Happy Go Lucky Collection – Delight.


On top of the framed die cut I added another die cut – a frame from Kaisercraft’s Ornate Pack 1.



I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Roses’ paper from Kaisercraft’s Secret Garden Collection and added them on the card with foam squares.



To complete the look, I created the greeting using Carolee’s Creations – Adornit Tiny Black alphabet stickers and stuck them with foam squares.


Tip: To have your letters/words appearing straight, adhere the letters to acetate (which is placed on top of a self healing mat that has lines) and then cut around the letter/words.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.”




Mixed media …

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

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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.”

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


123 September challenge …

Update – I got a Fourth Prize ribbon at the 2014 Royal Adelaide Show for this layout in the ‘Single or Double Paged Spread, open subject category.

As one of the winners of the 123 June Challenge, I was a Guest Creative Team Member for the 123 Challenge Blog for September.

September’s challenge was based on 3 criteria.


COLOUR = Khaki
WORD = Emphasise
TECHNIQUE = Hidden Journalling

I did a ‘Now and Then’ layout of me and my brothers.




I used a khaki coloured cardstock for the background The border was machine stitched with a mix of different stitches. The cardstock was distressed with sand paper. Two stamps, with white ink, were used on the background.

Kaisercraft texture clear stamp – Chevron

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Kaisercraft texture clear stamp – Grid

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The next two photos highlight the technique of hidden journaling. The word ’emphasise’ was used in the journaling.



The quote ‘We don’t remember DAYS, we remember MOMENT’ is from a paper called ‘Cufflinks’ from Kaisercraft’s ‘After Five’ collection.

Kaisercraft - After Five collection - Cufflinks

The strip of chevron paper is from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection – Padmas Pattern.


The ‘Time Flies’ sticker is a 7gypsies Time Temps sticker.

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The wood veneer figurines are from Studio Calico.


The American Crafts thickers used for the title ‘FAMILY’ are Amy Tangerine’s Journal / Diario.

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The ‘thankful’ tab is from Kaisercraft’s ‘Art of Life’ collection – Loved.

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The musical notes paper is 7gypsies Avignon – Orchestra.

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The ‘Cherish the small things’ and ‘Keep your loved ones close’ are from Cosmo Cricket – Junk Drawer,

Cosmo Cricket - Junk Drawer

Other products used – butterfly stamp, dymo labeller, black zig marker, index tabs, other background papers and Kaisercraft’s ‘Four Corners’ acetate.

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“Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together.” ~ Sam Levenson.



123 July challenge …

This month’s (July) challenge on the 123 Challenge blog is the following:

Colour – Brights
Word – Awesome
Technique – Arrows

The photo I used was a phone selfie. It was taken after my hairdresser appointment. Bright hair, bright scarf so why not use the photo on a ‘brights’ layout.

And it’s not often I do a page all about me.

I don’t usually use bright coloured papers on my layouts so I had to look through my paper stash. Thankfully I found some papers that I had bought, on sale, a while ago from my local Spotlight store.

The bright circles were cut from an American Crafts paper called ‘Sadie’s Story’ from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.

The black and white polka dot paper is from the Bella! Love Story Paperz Collection. The blue flowers were cut from a Brenda Pinnick paper and outlined with a black marker.

The strip of arrows are from an unknown paper. (It may be Sassafras Lass.)

I used numbers from a pack of Jillibean Soup Alphabeans called ‘blended black’.

The ‘Life Is Good’ quote is from the  Simple Stories Summer Fresh Collection.

The pink chevron paper is from an American Crafts paper called ‘Sydney’s Snapshot’ from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.

The green patterned paper is from the Kaisercraft ‘Fine and Sunny’ Collection called ‘Sunshower’.

The yellow chevron paper is from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Collection called ‘Oh Happy Grey’.

The striped blue paper (unknown) was in my stash and the striped black paper is from Kaisercraft’s Chapter One Collection called ‘Encourage’. The silver polka dot paper is from Bella!’s Two Hearts Collection.

It was a bonus to find the ‘Awesome’ flair button in my stash – I had forgotten that I had it. Out of sight, out of mind I guess. The flair button was bought from ‘Greatest View‘ and the flower is cut from a paper from  Kaisercraft’s Fun In The Sun Collection called Sunshine.

Other products used: Panasonic Electronic Typewriter R530 and a Sharpie pen.

“Be you, be awesome and live awesomely” ~ Unknown


Happy Mothers’ Day cards …

I thought I had shared these Mothers’ Day cards with you but it appears that i have not. Well here they are – 5 months later …

This card was made for my mum >>

I love using the black marker. This is one of my favourite techniques. I think the black outline adds more definition. Practice and a steady hand is required especially on smaller items.

I used three dies:

Cheery Lynn design die Olive Branches – b147

Spellbinders Nestabilities – labels one

Cheery Lynn designs – Small Exotic Butterflies

The patterned paper that I fussy cut was from a Crafters Choice paper pack

This next card was made for my nonna (grandmother) who was recuperating in hospital at the time. This card is a good example of how to use scraps. How many of us keep every single inch of paper with the thought/hope that “One day …” – yeah, me too. And guess what? I organise the scraps by colour. Madness much?

The paper scraps i used were from:

Kaisercraft Fine and Sunny collection – Cloudy


Kaisercraft Home For Christmas collection – Kris Kringle


American crafts – Play Collection – Tree House

The flower has been fussy cut from an unknown patterned paper (sorry!) and the strip of green and blue paper? I don’t remember where it came from and I don’t have any of that paper left … oops!

The two dies that i used were:

Cheery Lynn design die – Olive Branches

Die-namics oval open scallop doily

By using your scraps you are saving money and the environment. However if the scraps are too small to use, and it pains me to say this, bin them. You cannot possibly save every piece of scrap paper. Why not set some rules? E.g. if you haven’t used them in 12 months, out they go. Or keep them to a minimum size – i.e. anything smaller than 4 x 6 inches, get rid of them. Go through your collection and purge. You’ll feel better afterwards. I did!

Happy crafting!

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ~ Unknown


2013 Adelaide Royal Show entries …

For the second year running I entered scrapbooking layouts in the Open Art and Craft section at the 2013 Royal Adelaide show.

Single or double page spread, open subject – fourth prize >

There was a bit of experimentation with the background – stamping, misting, inking …

The butterfly was stamped with yellow ink and then outlined to give it a bit more definition. I wish I could tell you where the stamp came from but I can’t. It’s in my stash (without its packaging) and I can’t remember the manufacturer’s name. Can i just say that I love this stamp and have used it to death …

I do a lot of fussy cutting from patterned paper so the fussy cut paper elements are from:

– Basic Grey – June Bug collection – Broken China

Bella! – Glitz papers – Zest

It’s not often i cut people out of photos but i liked it.

Single or double page spread, children – fourth prize >

This layout is all about my Italian cousin Mattia whom I met for the first time in 2010.

My mum is a quilter so I knew a bit about sewing and wadding. I think it’s unique to have your own hand-made embellishments on a layout.

Single or double page spread, heritage/history – fourth prize >

The girl in the layout is my mum when she was 9 years old.

I’m quite pleased with how the layout turned out considering the condition of the photo when I first got it.

This was the original photo (scanned):

A bit of work had to be done to repair the photo. Thank goodness for Photoshop!

The photo was then converted to black to white:

Single or double page spread, wedding/special occasion – fourth prize >

For this subject I decided to scrap my mum and dad’s wedding photo which was framed with a Fleur De Lis square frame (courtesy of Spellbinders).

There are 2 background papers (from Delish Designs) and vellum paper (the beveled lines were scored with the Martha Steward scoring board). I added a stitched border, brads, bling, staples, a flower, vintage metal (again courtesy of Delish Designs) and sequins. The stamped frame behind the vellum  – I don’t know the brand name. oops!

The fussy cut paper elements are from:

– Basic Grey – The Little Black Dress collection – Best Dressed

– American Crafts – Play Collection – Tree House

– Anna Griffin – Dorothy collection – Black Toile

– Kaisercraft – After Five collection – Champagne

The stamped words are from:

– Technique Tuesday clear stamps & accessories – Life in Pictures


[ oh look, there’s that butterfly stamp … ]

– Technique Tuesday clear stamps & accessories – Favourite Memories


Single or double page spread, travel – third place >

It’s quite obvious where the travel photo was taken. Going from left to right the people in the photo are me, my sister-in-law Rebecca, my mum Josie and Rebecca’s mum Ginette.

There was 2 types of stamping done on this layout – black paint + bubble wrap and black ink + the Kaisercraft textured stamp checker plate.

The paper at both the top and bottom of the layout is from Kaisercraft – The Check In collection – Departure.

How cute is the paper clip (below)? I’ve had that in my stash for a while.

Entering so many different categories gave me the chance to scrap in different styles and the chance to raid my stash. Knowing what I went through to get these layouts done in time ( read mad rush – I’m so organised … not), I will attempt to try again next year. How can i not? It’s going to be the 140th birthday of the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014.

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” ~ John Maxwell