Monday, June 27, 2011

Doing A Lou!

Last week's Style Lounge challenge over on the Aussie Scrap Source blog was the Simple Artsy style of the awesomely talented Louise Nelson. I just love Lou's style so thought I would challenge myself to 'do a Lou'. Here is what I came up with:

I love the way Lou uses white space and mist/paint on her layouts. I 've added a bit of recycled gauze for texture, a bit more mist and some doodling.

And made a border around some rub-ons by scrunching up some bakers twine:

I'm really pleased with how it turned out - lots of Lou and a little bit of me in there too. :)

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Birthday Buddies

Darcie shares her birthday with the son of our neighbours. It's quite uncanny to think that in this small district 2 of our babes were born on the exact same day! This year for their birthdays we had a little morning tea birthday party with lollies and cake, of course! I made a number 2 cake and covered it with M & M's (Yes what was I thinking! It took over an hour just to put them on there!!). Here is a 'just because' layout to mark the event:

I've used a mix of LilyBee and Echo Park papers and this cute little pin and doilies from the Chip Chop Shop. I've used my Tim Holtz tape on this one too.

I've added a little bee from MLBOW.

And some journalling strips:

And of course, to finish it off, I have added a banner. I don't know what's gotten into me lately, I am putting banners on every layout!

The school holidays have started for us. Lachlan is sick so didn't go to school today. The girls aren't well either and I can feel myself starting to come down with it too. What a great holidays it's going to be! We are weaning and branding in the first week so I will have a house full of people to cook for. I actually look forward to it. It's nice having visitors when we spend so much time 'just us'.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why So Serious?

Our little Darcie can be very serious sometimes. The faces she pulls remind me of a teenager, not a toddler. God help us when she becomes one, I reckon! LOL This layout is for Renee's challenge for the Scrapbook Savvy Cybercrop. The challenge was to create a handmade banner and use it on a layout. Here is mine:

To make my banner I cut out the patterned paper and then stuck it onto some black cardstock. I've used a bit of layering and lots of foam tape.

I just loves these papers by Lilybee Designs.

And another close up of my banner.

Thanks for stopping by and for all the lovely comments you leave. :) xx

Monday, June 20, 2011

7 Deadly Sins

It's my turn to set the challenge this week for our 7 Deadly Sins session of 4-7-11 at LSBS. And this weeks sin is Sloth. So for my challenge, you have to scrap a photo of someone being lazy or sleeping, use paint somewhere on your layout and include a banner. Here is my sample layout:

I have used Echo Park 'Dots & Stripes' again on this one. This photo of Luke cracks me up. It was taken a few years ago at my parents place. He had fallen asleep on the lounge so the kids and I decided it would be fun to dress him up in Lachlan's toys! LOL This was the perfect layout for it!

You still have time to enter all the challenges for this session. If you do, you can win a massive 50% off voucher to spend in the shop! How awesome would that be!!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011


I have caught up on all my scrappy commitments! Yay! So this weekend I am goint to scrap just for me!! I started last night actually. I received a package in the mail the other day with some yummy Echo Park Dots & Stripes in it! I love polka dots at the moment so you will be seeing them feature a fair bit in my next few posts! LOL

This layout is a 'just because' one of Michala:

I've used the bright colours and the banner stickers. I ended up using lots of foam tape to give dimension on some of the bits and pieces. :)

And this layout is for Sara's Challenge at the Scrapbook Savvy Cybercrop happening this weekend. The challenge was to use a handmade mask (not a bought one) on a layout. I used some chipboard cogs as my mask:

I've used a few new goodies I picked up at the Expo last weekend and some of the gauze left over from Lou's class. Lachlan has his cranky pants on in this photo! LOL

I'm hoping to get a few more layouts done over the weekend - in between washing and cleaning up after kids! Grrr!

Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Wish

Last Saturday I spent the day at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo at the Convention Centre in Brisbane. I had never been before so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was really great to catch with old friends and make some new ones - and put faces to names! While I was there I was lucky enough to do a class with the extremely talented Louise Nelson. I have been a long admirer of Lou's style so it was awesome to see her work her magic in real life! Here is my layout from the class:

I decided to do an 8.5 x 11 double and loved using different mediums that I would not normally use. Here are a few close ups. I've used 2 photos overlapped:
How cute are these little shaker circles?!
Loving all the different textures!
Thanks so much Lou for a wonderful class. It was lovely to meet you. :)

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, June 6, 2011

LSBS Product Showcase - Little Yellow Bicycle

I got to have a little play with some Little Yellow Bicycle 'Elizabeth Park', which was in my latest DT kit from Little Scrapbook Shop. I just loved the girliness (is that a word?) of this range - lots of pinks, yellows and purples and lots of butterflies and birdies. My product showcase is up on the LSBS forum and I thought I would share them here as well. The first thing I made with this collection was a card. We have friends who have just had a baby girl so this range was perfect for the card:

I used one of the Fabric Frames. They are so cute! This layout I created as an example for my Step x Step on the credit card paint technique. You can find it in the forum here.

I used the envelopes out of the Album Kit and have made my own flowers once again. I've used this photo of the girls a few times now - just love it! And continuing with that theme - here they are again! LOL

I layered a couple of the frames this time using some foam tape for dimension.

And made a couple of little roses too:

I have used some little envelopes on this layout. I have hidden some journalling in each of the pockets:

I've used the backing from a sticker sheet to create a mask for the background.

And used some velcro dots to keep the envelopes closed.

If you would love to get your hands on some of this range, you can find it in the LSBS shop here.

We are heading to Brisbane for a few days on Wednesday. We are taking the kids to see Walking with Dinosaurs with the rest of the school. We are going to stay on for the long weekend so I can go to the Scrapbook Expo on Saturday! I'm doing Lou Nelson's class in the morning which I'm really looking forward to. I'm hoping to meet a few of my online friends IRL too. And going to check out the Masters Gallery, of course!! Better not forget my camera!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Just A Quicky!

I was a good girl and got all my housework and washing done early today so I thought I would unpack my stuff from last weekend and scrap! I pulled out my stash of October Afternoon 5 & Dime again - couldn't help myself! LOL

I had a bit of a play with layers - used lots of foam tape. And I've mounted my papers and photos on black cardstock. *sigh* I just love this range...

We are off to a sports carnival tomorrow - we'll be leaving bright and early in the morning. It's going to be a long day. Have a great weekend, whatever you are doing, and thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Scraplift Anyone?

Here are a few more layouts from my retreat weekend. The first couple are some scraplifts out of this months Scrapbooking Memories Magazine. They were great for when I was lacking motivation and inspiration. The first one is a lift of Tara Scobie's 'What A Grot!' layout. I loved the hessian and masking tape on her layout.

Thanks Lisa K for the 'bally ribbon'! And please excuse my machine stitching - it was weird using someone else's machine. And this next one is a lift of Georgia Keays 'The Scrap Boys Line-up'. I have only used one photo on my layout:

And finally, we set ourselves a little last-minute challenge to randomly choose a layout out of the mag and lift it. The lucky layout was Kaitlynne Roil's 'Oh Brother' layout on page 29. I turned mine on it's side and it kinda looks nothing like the original. I've used some Cosmo Cricket 'Upcycle' on this one:

Here are a couple of other layouts from the weekend. This one using some Lilybee papers, paint, hessian and my dymo labeller:

And this one using some Sass Lass and some of Krissy's flowers and crochet items. I've added a couple of my own buttons as well:

And that brings me to the end of my retreat shares. Thanks so much for stopping by...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Little Sad....

because this is my last month on both the Kraft It Up and Scrap The Girls Creative Teams. :( I have had such an awesome time being part of both of these teams and would like to thank Mel at KIU and both Kate and Mal at STG for having me. But it's time for me to move on and to be honest I am really looking forward to having less commitments and being able to scrap just for me (and maybe enter a few challenges! LOL).

Remember those sneaks from a few posts ago? Well here they are in full. This is the June challenge at STG - a colour challenge. Here are the colours:

And here is my layout:

I've used some Prima papers and flowers on this one, plus made a few flowers of my own. And this is this months challenge at KIU. This month you need to create a layout on KRAFT/KRAFT PATTERNED PAPER using a "TIME LINE". You will need to use a minimum of 3 photos (any size) and journaling, telling the story of what your "time line" is about.This could be a collection of photos of your child playing a sport, dancing, or a school carnival, it could be a layout documenting certain events in your life, when you had children, bought houses, what you do in a day or month...Inspiration can be drawn from anywhere as long as your time line is in chronological order, ie from start to finish...And here is mine:

Michala has a little ritual when she collects the eggs in the chook pen. I had to document it. I've used some Sass Lass on this one with a bit of twine and some journalling strips. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for these challenges.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for any comments you may leave. :)