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 –

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 –

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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


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.”





Happy birthday …

The Girls Paperie  – Kitch Collection – Geranium Stripe 12 x 12 paper

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Clear Impressions Fabulous Florals Clear Stamp Set



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Hero Arts Little Greetings Happy Birthday rubber stamp C5564

Hero Arts happy birthday


Sharpie pen (2 lines and outline around Happy Birthday)



3.25″ hand embroidery scissors (fussy cutting)



Tsukineko StazOn Ink Pad – Jet Black


+ double sided tape and double sided foam mounting lines and dots


a ‘Happy birthday’ card for my sister-in-law.

Happy birthday Maria!






“Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.”



A family is a little world created by love …

The photo used on this layout is of my dad with his beloved grandson Jake. Sadly the photo was the last ever photo taken of the two of them together. My dad passed away suddenly a few weeks after this photo was taken.


The quote used – ‘What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable moments.


The ‘Happy’ badge was an op shop purchase in Hahndorf – a town in the Adelaide Hills which happens to be the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia.

April 20 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of my dad’s passing.  Miss you lots papa xxx



My brother Tony married his sweetheart Maria last September >>


There was a fair bit of fussy cutting here.  I used Francheville’s ‘Cranberry True Love Right’ paper which i bought a long time ago!





My nephew Jake when he was just 1 day old >>



“Family is not an important thing … it’s everything” ~ Michael J Fox