Sunday, April 6, 2014

Now down to some layouts that I've done recently

This first layout was designed as my role as 'contributing artist' for 'Ideas for Scrapbookers blogspot'

This was my interpretation of a sketch that another one of our contributing artists put up.  Unfortunately the lighting in these is not very good, will take more pics when light better and replace.

Granddaughter Sofia

The following layouts are of my three adorable grandchildren, Henry and Sofia who live in America and Will who lives here in Tasmania.

Will at his 3rd birthday party

My youngest daughter Katie, picture taken when celebrating her 31st birthday.

Hello again Blog…..retired - yet not enough time in the day!!

That's what they say and it's so true I keep meaning and wanting to keep this blog up to date but get so busy with either scrapping or sewing or back and forth on the windy road to Hobart, that I neglect my blog.

Well, here we go again, now all my scrapping friends are on Facebook it is easier to put my pages on here rather than on where all my old ones are, and its easier for my daughter in America to view them on here seeing as my grandchildren are 90% of my scrapping topics.

Layouts will be different as I try to incorporate various techniques learnt from doing classes Interstate with International teachers plus local teachers in Adelaide who I think are as good as any from overseas, so although my favourite style will still be Shabby Chic, there will be some where I'm experimenting with mixed media and trying my patience in adapting to a style that doesn't come naturally to me.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sticking with the 'girlie' pages for now, here are a couple of layouts again with Sofia using some of my fav pictures of her

In this page I have used Prima papers, would have to be my all time favorite papers, Spellbinders die cuts again cut with Prima papers and my Big Shot, the Leaves were cut using a Martha Stewart punch and the frame around photo is a prima surround followed by one of the large Martha Stewart border punches, and of course had to finish with Prima flowers, not a lot of embellishing needed on this one with the pretty borders.

When these papers first came out I swore I would never use them, too busy and complex and I just didn't know what I would do with them or how to use them, but that all changed when I was in Adelaide recently and the store owner where I was doing classes is on the Graphic 45 design team.  Her work was so inspirational and the new Secret Garden papers had just come in and I couldn't resist. For this photo of Sofia reading her book I thought I would cut around her and place her in that secret garden.  I actually used Gesso around the centre of the page so I could have a blank surface and then fussy cut the vine and birds from another page of G45, cut a few more pieces from other sheets and added the Prima mushrooms and cherub.


My dear granddaughter Sofia, her mum says she's feisty, I call her Sassy, so sweet and photogenic I find it hard not to scrap every photo I see of her, of course that isn't possible as I have two grandsons to scrap as well.  Sofia has some amazing 'faces' for someone so young only 18 months old but think big brother helps to to be a lot older than that in real life.

I used Webster's paper and embellishments on this as well as a few different Spellbinder die cuts, resin flower's and heart are from a teacher at Seriously Scrapbooking in Adelaide where I recently went with a friend to do scrap classes....well, here she is!!

Unfortunately my camera isn't a good one and fails to show the true colour when photographing layouts, the colour of this page is really quite pink.  Also the lovely Spellbinder die cuts at top and bottom of middle photo and underneath the black and white scrolls, do not show out unless you look really hard, definitely going to try to get a better picture of this one, camera permitting..

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blog revived yet again...

Well I have neglected my blog again, but am getting it up and running again and as from tomorrow I will start posting recent work that I've done.

Why...well, my last post says I just got back from America, that was August.  In November I was back over there to assist my daughter bring the grandchildren home for Christmas as her husband couldn't travel until later.  I spent 3 weeks with them before coming back home and as usual had a wonderful time.  But the lead up to that November trip back, was so hectic with a lot of things going on and I didn't have time to do any scrapping let alone keep a blog we go again....see you back on here tomorrow.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back from USA

Well my blog has been rather quite for a while....again...yes, been to the USA again to visit our daughter and her family, lots of wonderful photos taken just have to find the time to scrap them now and that has been proving difficult as its getting to that time of year...spring cleaning....sound like fun..NO, but has to be done.  About the only place that probably won't get done is my scrap room because every time I tidy it I can't find anything!!

We did a rather indirect route home from the USA and visited Thailand, a place I never wanted to go to but it just happened!! I came home really happy that we'd made the effort and thoroughly enjoyed finding out about all the history and culture, it certainly has an interesting background...not to mention some very good tailors.

Now, its back to scrapping, I've actually finished 3 of the 4 articles that I did when in Perth, Western Australia at classes run by Trisha Green-Ladouceur, who was awesome, but still have 1 to go and only a few very basic instructions for it, so may just have to wing that one and see how it turns out.  Have decided I am very anti classes where things do not get finished during them, it is so frustrating when you don't have photos of each of the completed pages as a guide to finish something off, not to mention time wasting, so all future classes will have to have a 'complete in class' tag attached to them before I take them on.

Well I did get a layout started today, well, did a bit of fussy cutting and threw some Gesso on, used a stencil, now left it to dry, really don't know where I'm going from there but am off now to scout around some of my favourite blogs for inspiration.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Lets go Camping

This is a project I did for Pam Callaghan's blog  pop over to her blog and check out all her great designs, templates and other items from contributing artists.

Henry's early years have many camping memories already and although due to a posting to the other side of the country they have decided to sell their caravan, I'm sure they will have another in the future to continue exploring the great outdoors and increasing Henry's memories.  I have done the best I can to capture some of the memories of a couple of their trips, one to the Pacific North West (WA) and the other to Oregon.

I decided instead of doing numerous pages I would do a layout with a mini book on it.  This mini book although only being basically made of 2 folded sheets, contains many turn over pages, tabs and pockets so it will be an interactive and interesting item for Henry as he grows up.

For the cover of the mini book I used an old favourite stamp of mine and embossed it with fine detail black embossing powder, dried with a heat gun.  Then coloured in around it using Pan Pastels and finished with a fixative.

The book is just to pieces of cardstock 5" deep by 11" long, folded in the middle and 2 holes punch and thread through with twine.  I adhered the back of it to the layout with Terrifically tacky tape as it needs to be strong because of possible future use.

The pictures below show the various pages where you may be able to see the tags and pockets and journaling spots.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Watch Me !!!

Dear little granddaughter Sofia showing how clever she is sitting up alone and pushing herself around, great subject matter for scrapping thats for sure.

This was done for the DT on
Using sketch No. 19, loved using this sketch I found it so easy to create my style of layout without having to even think much about it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Something my dear grandson Henry loves to outdoors.

This layout was done for my role as a contributing artist for
I based it loosely on a template from the same site which the author Pam did a while ago whilst putting my own slant on it.  I love her templates and use them often.

Lets go on a short Hike!!

This is my daughter Erin and granddaughter Sophia whilst on a short hike to a beach not all that far from their home in WA, USA.

I don't very often try to scraplift layout's done by my favorite scrappers, many inspire me but I find it is too hard to even begin to to their layout's justice.  This design belongs to Stephanie (Steph) Devlin, and amazing artist whose work I love and she's Australian as well.  Steph is on the Prima DT and well deserves that honor with the great work she does, I never miss a day checking out her blog and because she's Australian I plan to go and do classes with her later this year between my 2 planned trips to America.

Firstly I am going to visit my daughter and her family for both hers and grandson Henry's birthday's.  The second trip is to help my daughter bring the children home to Australia for Xmas and a long stay, her husband who is in the United States Army cannot come at the same time but will be following a little later.

On this layout I used Gesso on the pink background to soften it and blend it in with the whole layout.  The vine is cut using a Martha Stewart Punch, the embellishments and of course the paper is Bo that range, the punch around the outer edge is an EK Success punch, while the chippy embellishment is from my stash which I also used Gesso on to create texture and then dappled it lightly with metallic rub ons.  The hearts were cut on my cricut but not totally successfully, I say that only because I couldn't get them to look anything like the wonderful hearts on Steph's layout.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

One Sweet Smile

This layout created for

This is my granddaughter Sofia, she is so photogenic and I have many photo to choose from, so loved scrapping this one taken when she was at the Tulip Festival at Mt Vernon in WA, USA.

I loved used the Pan Pastels for the background page, I have been playing with them for a few weeks now on backgrounds, but only using lighter shades.  This time I have chosen darker shades and tints and I still need to play a lot but I really like the effect.  Also love the Crafters Workshop negative image stamp down the right hand side, love how this looks like it has been drawn on the page.  Of course I have finished off with my favorite thing...Prima flowers.  Oh...the Super 8 punch was used to punch the edge around the inner white cardstock.  Hope you enjoy viewing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MMD DT layout

On the MMD DT the oh so clever Heather Landry creates one of her wonderful sketches and we have to interpret it our way.  This is from her Sketch number 17.

Titled - Celebrate Spring
Features my eldest grandson who lives in WA, USA, when they visited the tulip fields recently, only the pic is taken in the daffodil patch.

What a crazy couple of weeks!!

Well I feel right now like saying stop the world I wanna hop off for a bit, I have crammed so much into the last 2 weeks and am now realising that I have a bad habit of taking on too much.  Firstly a jam packed scrapbooking trip to Perth in Western Australia, 4 hrs flying time and a 2 hr time difference, then 2 full days of scrapp classes, 6 in total, starting at around 9am and finishing around 11pm both days, then of course there was the scrappy shopping and the must do clothes came home really fulfilled and happy with what we'd done, but also very tired.

The crunch was....I only had 2 days at home to unpack, wash, re pack, mind my gorgeous grandson for a day and leave home at 3.50am the following day to head back to mainland Australia to the State of New South Wales with my hubby to attend a 'bird show'...yes, he breeds finches.  My sister and brother in-law came up to stay a weekend with us as they don't live far away from where we were, we did the wine show, visited some wineries and yes...shopped...well until hubby said enough!!

Then it was back home to get my DT layout done and another for my role as 'Contributing Artist' on another blog.  Just finished and finally have time to breath...well for 30 mins when I have to hop on the treadmill before cooking dinner...lifes just too busy sometimes, but, only as busy as we allow it to be I guess.

I'm now going to go post the layout which was my 1st for the Miracle Momma Designs DT as its the first chance I've had to be able to post it...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

MMD Design Team Post

My first layout for MMD Divas design team will be up here on the 16th May, well I hope to get it done, can't put it up before that but unfortunately thats the day I leave for Perth leaving home at 4am so it may have to wait to go up here, but will be on the MMD blog on the 15th.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Playing with the gorgeous G45 Little Darling's line of paper

What better way to use it than on an older picture of Will, trying to catch up on a few of my many older pics of the children, I have so many and yet I prefer to do the new ones as my daughters get them to me, so this was a good day when I went through my pile of older faves and chose this sweet one of Will to do.

Monday, May 7, 2012

3 of the latest pics of people you are going to see a lot of on my blog as in my gallery on

My 3 grandchildren who are the most special little people in my life -

 Henry, almost 3
                   William (Will/Billy/Wimmy) 1 yr old

Sofia 8 months

HAPPY DANCE time....yay!!

I've been asked my Heather Landry to be on her design team at 'Miracles Momma Designs', there is a link in the side column as I've followed her work for a long time and love the sketches she is creating, and can't wait to participate with the next sketch.

Happy Dance again.....
The wonderful Pam Callaghan has also asked me to be a contributing artist on her blog 'Ideas for Scrapbookers'.  Pam is a much published and amazing scrapper, her blog really is about helping you not only with the ideas but instructions on 'how to do' the project, amazing templates to work from and instructions on how to print of the template in Photoshop Elements, again, can't wait to work with Pam.

I have been on a design team before but it was a long time ago and I feel like I am really starting over, hoping I am up to it, but if enthusiasm counts for anything then I am going to be fine and have a ball.
She is so cute...a title and an understatement......

I have so many beautiful pictures of my 3 grandchildren its hard to keep up and I have pretty much given up having time to scrap any of my many trip photos, maybe one day as I know the photos will get fewer as they grow up.  Although with 2 of them living in America my daughter is very good in keeping the photos coming so we can see them as they are growing up.

I have a couple of lovely friends online who not only inspire me but help we with any information they think may help or I ask for, they are Gerry van Gent and Iris Uy Babao (sorry if I spelt that incorrectly Iris).  Gerry has for some time been using just white cardstock for her starting block and with Pan Pastels becoming so popular right now I had to try them, both ladies use these and again I thank them for their inspiration and help.

I've used pink for most of the b/ground but have used a mask (brand unknown) in top left corner with the blue Pastels.  Fussy cut the border from Cup Cake Paper and of course a lot of Prima flowers, stamps and embellishments.  Iron look strip is Dusty Attic and the tiny little white lock is Melissa Frances.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Where has the time gone!!!

The last month and a half seems to have just disappeared, not much scrapping time as I hit the roads and beaches and the treadmill in a crazy effort to trim down to a more healthier weight....and that has meant little or no scrapping, but my mojo is back and I'm more organised with the fitness regime and ready to fire again.  Done a few layouts which I'll load just a couple of and be ready to take off.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Prima has hit the stores

Been up the North of our State for a few days and found an awesome scrap store in a small town.  They took me out the back of the store to their newly unloaded Prima products....boy, talk about gorgeous, I left the store a little poorer but very happy with my bag of goodies, now to get using them.