Friday, August 29, 2014

Crazy 4 You

Just wanted to drop in to share a layout I created recently for a fun facebook E2C challenge - use shapes on a layout.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I will be teaching next March at Escape 2 Create North Shields South Australia, and some of the fun has already started. Really enjoyed creating this freestyle mixed media layout. If you were interested in attending this retreat you can find all the info on the E2C link in this post.

Thanks for dropping in, enjoy your day :) 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Art Journal - The Scrapbook Store

Today I wanted to share an art journal spread I made for The Scrapbook Store using some of the leftover papers from this month's kit featuring Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour collection.

Totally not what you might expect from these delicate and romantic patterned papers, but I wanted to demo how easy it is to transform leftover papers into a piece of art. I was totally inspired by my good friend Lisa Oxley's recent creations which I was lucky enough to see when I called in to see her yesterday. Lisa's love of life and colour are completely infectious.

As I've been talking about recently in a few of my posts, Simon and I were in Melbourne not long ago and spent quite a bit of time wandering around the streets, taking it all in. It's an amazing city, lots of culture, laneway eateries, history, shopping of course the amazing street art. I have some fabulous photos and I've included one of them in this piece.

I've used lots of layers to build up texture and depth with mediums, acrylic paint, spray mists, stencils, permanent inks, stamps, washi and tapes, paint markers and a permanent pen to recreate the atmosphere of these well known laneways. Underneath all this there are glimpses of the butterfly and heart print patterned papers from Maja Design peeking through.

Thanks for calling in, have a great day :) 

Supplies used:

K & Co Smash Folio
Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour patterned papers
Liquitex Matte Medium
Liquitex gesso
Krylon Gesso Spray
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Bubble
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Harlequin
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Schoolhouse
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Star
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Stripes
Molotow Paint Markers
assorted washi and tapes
assorted stamps
Ranger Archival Inks


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaching @ Escape2Create 2015

I am so excited to finally be able to say that I will be joining 3 AMAZING scrapbooking ladies to teach at Escape 2 Create in 2015! I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to meet, teach and create alongside so many of my personal scrappy heroes and can't wait for March to roll around.

If you're just hearing about E2C now, then you really should check out the webpage and info here to get a better idea of what's going on, it's going to be SUCH an adventure!

Hope I get to see you too!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Let's Play Dress Ups - Prima BAP August

Today I wanted to share my take on the August BAP challenge for Prima.

I've used Prima Free Spirit collection, creating a coordinating background using Color Bloom mists in Sultry Shimmer Emerald and Sultry Shimmer Sorbet, adding curled wire thread to mimic the swirls in the sketch. Everything on my layout today is from Prima apart from my plain cardstock base, some fibres from my stash and the tiny monarch butterfly photograph. 

Here's a copy of the sketch, hope you can join in the fun too!


Friday, August 15, 2014

A Mixed Media Layout For Sketchbook 365

It's brand new sketch time at Sketchbook 365 challenge, and this month we were free to use our stash!

I've gone with lots of mixed media this month, creating layer upon layer using inks, paint, art mediums, stamping - whatever came to mind at the time with lots of bright colour and fun! 

I've also added sequins, loads of washi and tapes and a fabulous flair button from Flutterby Designs, which I totally love - so funky!

The two large butterfly embellishments are photographs I took a year or so back of some amazing butterflies and I've simply enlarged them, printed them out and fussy cut around them. Don't they look fab!

Thanks for dropping in, hope to see your take this month at Sketchbook 365.


Imagine The Possibilities - Step X Step Background Techniques

Have you seen what's been going on at BasicGrey lately? There is a step x step article on how I created the mixed media background for the above layout including photographs which you can find here. There is also a great Eye Spy feature from one of my very favourite BasicGrey collections, Carte Postale, plus some absolutely amazing brand new layout ideas from the girls. So much inspiration in one place, hope to see you there!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hopetoun Tea Rooms

For my second layout this month for The Scrapbook Store featuring Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour collection I've used some of the soft pink coloured papers along with a couple of super cute images from Delicious Moments patterned paper - the teapot and teacup.

By pure coincidence I was recently treated to an amazing high tea as part of our anniversary celebration, and this was the perfect photograph to use with this collection - what an amazing window full of goodies! If ever you are in Melbourne I would highly recommend seeking out Hopetoun Tea Rooms - it's simply breathtaking.

I've used lots of pretties on this layout - Prima wire thread, a handful of gorgeous flowers and leaves, Prima resins, a sweet chipboard banner to create my title, gesso of course, texture paste and a lovely new stencil, acrylic paint and sequins! I know it seems like a lot but it truly is a labour of love and once I get started on creating a layout I often lose all track of time and reality!

Supplies used:

texture paste
Americana Decor stencil - Cafe Paris
Delta Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic paint - Custard
Prima Wire Thread - Pink
Prima Shabby Chic Treasures - Foyer
Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour patterned paper - Let's Share A Cookie
Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour patterned paper - Flourishing Garden
Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour patterned paper - Delicious Moments
Teresa Collins sequins
Copic Multiliner 0.1 - Black
Manor House Creations Country Estate Country Roses - Lemon
Prima Princess flowers - Castle
Scrap FX Shapes - Banners A
Prima Chalk - Attic Dust


Tuesday, August 5, 2014


This month for The Scrapbook Store I am creating with the stunning Coffee In The Arbour collection by Maja Design.

There are a variety of colours to choose from in this collection, and today I am sharing a layout using shades of lavender.

I've created some subtle texture on my background with one of the new stencils from Americana Decor, The French Bakery, which I totally love - such a gorgeously shabby feel to them.

I've then added a few paper layers, lots of pretty coordinating flowers, a resin fairy and a sweet little chipboard lamppost by The Scrapbook Store - the perfect touch.

Thanks for calling in today, I look forward to sharing more creations using Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour collection this month.

Supplies used:

Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour patterned paper - Enjoying The Moment
Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour patterned paper - Butterflies Are Free
Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour patterned paper - Lovely Weather
Manor House flowers - Minuettes
Americana Decor stencil - The French Bakery
The Scrapbook Store Chipboard - Lamp Posts 06 Raw
Prima Chalk - Attic Dust
Prima Wire Thread
Liquitex gesso
Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste


Friday, August 1, 2014

Perfect Day - Prima

It's that time again! I know, I can hear the shock/horror resonating from around the globe. How did it get to be August so soon? I know for me that the older I get the faster time seems to scoot along, such is life.

And on that happy note :) a brand new month means a brand new sketch challenge for The Scrapbook Store and another chance at a $40 in store gift voucher plus free postage. I wish I could enter! Again, such is life :)

So the ever so talented Marelize Frisby came up with this months sketch, which I totally loved from the minute I saw it. And since I've been sorting through and touching up our wedding photos lately I totally wanted to create something romantic and shabby. I've used Prima's Delight collection from my stash, including these sweet little crochet icons which I have just fallen head over heels with. I know right, it took me a while but oh well, go on say it, such is life :)

I probably could mention here that Simon and I just recently arrived home from a short holiday in Melbourne to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and one of the things we did while we were down there was to visit the Old Melbourne Gaol which was where Ned Kelly met his fate. Such is life is thought to be his famous last words.

So enough of the history lesson, we're scrapbookers right? Thanks for dropping by, I hope to see you in our gallery this month.