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.