Saturday, June 30, 2012


Just sayin'


My Butterfly

I created this layout using the new colour palette from The Color Room and loosely following the sketch. I did start out interpreting the sketch buuut it all went pear shaped towards the end! But the colours! Sooo infatuated with these colours! Dont they just sing to you?

I absolutely love this photo of my daughter too - and I can't seem to help myself putting wings on it. She reminds me so much of a busy little bee in that dress.

Have a go at it this week, g'arn just do it!


Thursday, June 28, 2012


I really love scrapping my kids as anyone could easily tell by my blog, and I love nothing better than a beautiful photograph to work around. But life isn't always so perfectly poised and sometimes it feels refreshing to preserve a memory that's a bit on the "grubby" side of things. And that's exactly what this canvas aims to do - look back at a great day out where my daughter competed in an age race at the Henley On Todd in Alice Springs a few years back. Not a drop of water to be found anywhere, but dust and dirt as far as the eye can see.

I started out by layering up the main photo, added an action shot of the race in the background then built the canvas around these two shots using the current sketch at Sketchabilities as a guide. With a few elements and some doodling the canvas is a real memento to this fabulous day of dirty fun.

Thanks so much for calling in.



This was such a fun piece to create from the very beginning to the end. Using gesso, inks, water and paint I went about distressing my paper base adding layers of colour and interest. I then chose a photograph from my stash and toned it sepia to coordinate with the layout. I used this month's BAP sketch at the Prima blog as a guide to where to place all the lovely bits and pieces and a new layout was born.

Here is the sketch I used:

Hope you get some creative time in today.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monkey Mia

I created this layout with some photographs of one of my favourite places in Australia - Monkey Mia. The photograph of Courtney in an earlier post was also taken at Monkey Mia. The beautiful clear emerald and blue coloured water, fine white sand and sunny days were unforgettable and I hope to be able to go back for another visit one day soon.

I used the sketch from this week's challenge at Skissedilla for my layout and set about creating this page using lots of ink, water and texture to mimic the photographs. I love the finished page.

EDIT: This layout made the top 5 at Skissedilla! YAY

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Remember Today - Forever

EDIT: This layout was featured on Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge 
EDIT: This layout also won the Scrapbooking Memories monthly challenge for June 2012, as seen in this article.

Weddings are the theme for June over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge blog and since I recently dusted the cobwebs off some of my wedding photos when I scrapped this page earlier this month I decided to do another. This was taken just as I was arriving at the church when there was still time to escape, buuuuut I went ahead and did it anyway. And 20 years on and two kids later we are still going strong and about to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversay next month.

So, why not dust off those archives youre hiding away in a cupboard and create a page of your big day. There are still a few days left until the end of the month.

Enjoy your day.


Monday, June 25, 2012

You Shine

I love this weeks colour palette at The Color Room. Pretty purple, lemony yellow, gorgeous teal and crisp white. I know my layout looks bright blue but it really is teal. Unfortunately the winter sun doesn't help me with my photography but I won't let that stop me. Again, I have layered my photograph with with a paper tole effect, created my background with ink to mimic the ocean in the photograph and added some elements to complete the story.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, June 24, 2012


Time for something really girlie - and there is no better scrapbooking challenge site for this than Scrap The Girls. I started out with one of my very favourite techniques for this page - painting my own cardstock background and when it was dry I began adding my ever-so-girlie coloured layers. This month's challenge is to create a layout using a photograph taken outside and I just love this photo of my eldest daughter leaning on a log fence. And it was the perfect pose for adding these little feather wings - aren't they adorable? AND I just couldn't resist using more handmade flowers for that finishing touch. 

Hope your weekend is great. 


EDIT: This layout came in 2nd at Scrap The Girls - so chuffed!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

All The Colours Of The Rainbow

When we were travelling northwest Australia, our youngest daughter wore this hat everywhere - a gorgeous rainbow coloured crocheted hat. It suited her beautifully and it's one of the memories of her on our trip that stays with me. 

The new challenge word over at Bird Is The Word is COLOUR(S), needless to say the first thing I thought of was Courtney in her rainbow coloured hat. 

Enjoy your day.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012


I created this layout with the latest Stuck?! sketch in mind. I soooo love sketches and challenges and I had an absolute blast creating this layout. I just love it when things seem to fall in together so easily - like it was meant to be, know what I mean? Doesn't happen all the time but when it does, it's seems a little like magic..

..and those colourful coordinated flowers? Are completely handmade. I know, right? See for yourself! 

Just a touch of quilling but a lot of wow factor. Here's the sketch I based this layout on:

Hope you had a great day too. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Peas In A Pod

This layout was created using a photograph of my close friend and two of her sisters. As I have talked about in earlier posts, we made the long trek from the Central Coast, NSW to the Sunshine Coast in QLD for the recent Papercraft Expo held in Brisbane. I had such a great time with these girls that I wanted to make a layout celebrating this. 

I used the Kraft It Up! challenge for June which required us to use Kraft cardstock or Kraft patterned paper, 3 different alphabets, 3 photos, a title with 3 or more words in it and a masked background. What a handful! But what a great challenge too! 

I layered my photographs to give added dimension to the layout and then created my background using paints and a mask. 

Here's a closer look at the layers in my photographs. I am loving this technique right now. 

Enjoy your day and thanks for dropping in. 


Imagine The Possibilities

I just love this photograph of my eldest daughter looking off into the distance. She had such a great imagination back then, and still does today. This daughter of mine is highly creative and is always sketching, doodling and creating something incredible.

I wanted this layout to represent her imagination taking flight and growing - leading her into unexplored wonders.

I stitched the border and heart image using my old faithful machine in sturdy red thread and then let the rest of the layout fall into place. It has a very artsy feel about it, which is perfect for the subject.

No sketch for this one, no challenge, just a page created from the heart.

- Kim

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Baby Boy - Bundle Of Joy

Earlier today I popped in to the White With 1 site to check out the challenge for this month, and they sure are singing my song - pale blue with flags! Couldn't have made it any more irresistable if they'd tried. But I did try something I have never really done before - I did a layout of a baby boy! Only one boy in this family and he is 44 years old! I had to dig a little deeper than usual through my photographs but I found the perfect shot - isnt he adorable! He still is adorable but he's a bit taller now, same haircut. is my take on the challenge for this month. I had a blast creating this one and oh....I forgot to mention...there is no patterned paper here. Everything was created from scratch from the cardstock background to the embellishments. 

Thanks for calling in today and I hope you get some crafting in this weekend. 


Create Art - CardPatterns Guest Designer

This week I have the great honour of being featured as a guest designer for CardPatterns, so I set about creating this art style card of this adorable little girl clutching her teddy bears. I coloured her image using Copic markers and payed great attention to  light and shade in the image, preserving texture in her hair and shiny taffeta dress. I then stamped the brickwall using Stazon ink and watercoloured the bricks in various shades of brown for a realistic look. The background was again created with watercolour crayons in bright blue shades which helps the main image to really "pop". For the vine I simply used a die to cut 3 flowers of different sizes in watercolour paper, layering the smaller two die cuts to form a flower and cutting the leaves from the petals of the larger flower. I then coloured them using watercolour crayons and arranged them in a vine shape with a couple of tiny rosebuds from my stash. I then used dimensional dots to give more depth to the card and added a tiny sentiment. 

Here is the sketch from CardPatterns this week: 

As you can see, I have rotated the sketch anti-clockwise to accommodate my image. Why not hop on over and try your hand at this week's card pattern. 

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, June 15, 2012


This layout was featured at 


I've used this weeks new palette as my inspiration for this layout. This one really made me think - the first three colours of ocean blue, dusty blue and peachy pink were absolutely fine but throw in a nice dose of light lime green and you will really mess with me. I'm not sure the green blends seamlessly, but I'm learning to love this page.

Here's a nice close up of the layer detail and embellishments:

I really must spend some time and learn how to use the SLR to take some better photos. It's hard to see in this shot but the page is really dimensional with several layers of the photo fussy cut to create a paper tole effect. Loving this right now!

Anyway, here's the palette for this week. Why not drop in and have a crack at it yourself.



Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wanted: for Heart Stealin'

I created this layout of my two girls dressed up in saloon gear for a themed photograph. I remember the day we had this taken - we were spending a family day at Australia's Wonderland and this was just a small part of a day filled with lots of fun.

I wanted to create a "three dimensional" look, something like paper tole and using my photograph. I just LOVE the way this turned out - it's amazingly beautiful on a scrapbooking page and I'm sure I will be trying this again and again. Here is a close-up showing the bottles on the shelf and my girls in paper tole. 

The palette for this week uses lots of brown and since it's been a long time since I've created a layout in these colours I gave it a go. Here is the palette: 

I really love the way this page turned out - from the layers to the colours and the journalling.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Papercraft Expo Loot

I finally got around to unpacking my loot this morning from the Papercraft Expo and thought I would share it on my blog. I was mostly interested in papers, flowers and dies, but as you can see I couldn't resist some of the fabulous stamp sets available as well. All in all, I am absolutely thrilled with what I brought home with me and am very much looking forward to playing with all of it - just give me half the chance!

- Kim

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Home At Last

Just arrived home a couple of hours ago from sunny (ha!) Brisbane, Queensland AU. After a very long 12 hour drive I am more than tired but very happy I was able to make the trip with my dear friend and her sisters. We had an absolute BLAST of a weekend - no exaggeration at all - from start to finish. We laughed, shopped, talked our heads off, shopped some more, had the GREAT pleasure of getting our own personal Tim Holtz autographs - yes, it is very exciting to meet the man himself face to face - and then....yes! MORE shopping! We saw some amazing creations from some of the best talents in the industry and took some classes as well. Great food, company and inspiration.

I cannot wait to unpack the haul and get stuck in again. Sadly my human form needs sleep. Hope you had a great weekend too. Back soon!


Thursday, June 7, 2012


I found this photograph of my youngest daughter taken when she was 8 years old. She is 17 now, but I treasure these pictures and I just love turning them into layouts for our family scrapbook albums.

On another topic, I will be taking a few days off from blogging to take a roadtrip with my good friend Jeanne. We are heading to (sunny!) Brisbane for the papercraft expo and I have been really looking forward to going. It's a long drive but we are picking a couple of others up along the way and I'm sure it will be nothing but fun over the next 5 days.

- Kim

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Envelope Card

I made this card with the Simon Says Stamp challenge for this week in mind to use some twine on a project. A bit of a no-brainer this week, but I also wanted to make a card for a friend to say "thank you", so it was a great opportunity to do both things at once.

I started out by creating an envelope using an envelope template onto some pretty double sided paper then, using a bone folder, I folded the envelope into shape. Flipping the envelope to the front side I added some layers in coordinating cardstock and pretty elements to form my card, not forgetting my bakers twine for the challenge.

I love this idea of the envelope forming the card, and being able to slip a little something nice inside as a gift. A simple idea and so easy to make!


Living Book

I had this idea of preserving a memory using an old unwanted book about a year ago now, which came about after seeing some amazing artwork on the internet using books. My book pales in comparison, however this mixed media project is a unique and fabulous way to showcase a family photograph and preserve that memory.

This photograph is of my husband and daughter canoeing at what was known as Lawn Hill National Park at the time. The name has converted back now to the traditional name of Boodjamulla - which by coincidence is the topic of the scrapbooking page I made recently.

I just love this idea and the finished book is a real talking piece.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

20 Years

Next month my husband and I will be celebrating 20 years of marriage. I just cannot believe it has been 20 years since we walked down the church aisle and exchanged vows - so much has happened in that time yet it seems like it was only a short while ago. I still feel like the same person I was back then - a little wiser perhaps and a little more mature but nevertheless, the same person. I know he feels the same way I do too. 

Once Upon A Sketch asked us to use the theme of "Birthdays" on a layout for this month's challenge, and so I used our upcoming anniversary as my theme. Teamed with the sketch I have managed to create a romantic page to commemorate this big event in our lives. 

The last criteria for entries to this challenge is the inclusion of journalling on your layout. I chose to journal on the underside of the butterfly wings, some thoughts on reaching 20 years of marriage. 


Monday, June 4, 2012

A Work In Progress

Thought I would drop in and share my work in progress. Next month my husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversay so I wanted to create something to mark the occasion in my scrapbook album.

I am not really the kind of scrapper who just throws things together in no time - in fact it can take me many hours from start to finish. I just can't help but rearrange everything over and over again until one of two things happens. Either I stumble across an arrangement I like or I get so tired of the same layout I pretty much just glue it down and call it done. Mostly it's the former and not the latter, luckily for me. 

So, why not share one of your Works In Progress (WIP) and link it up to
Scrapscene like I am doing now. 



Sunday, June 3, 2012


This layout was featured at


I created this layout using this week's colour palette over at The Color Room. I really love doing colour challenges because it makes me look at colours and combinations I would probably never reach for. This palette did just that - red, orange and pink together? Never! Well, maybe not never. At least not after today. Here is the prompt:

EDIT: This layout was featured in The Color Room

- Kim