Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Top 15 faves | Scrapping Year in Review...

Hello Friends.  It's that time of year right.  The very last day of 2013!  Eeeek!  That happened sooo fast!  This year has been amazing.  And crazy. And busy.  Very busy.  This year I had a child start High School, Tahlia auditioned for role in CATS, Liam was elected School Captain for 2014, Ethan excelled at school and Cameron broke away from his 'shy' phase.  We saw flood waters surround us, experienced ridiculously high temperatures, travelled to go camping and enjoyed simple family moments.  My brother got married.  And I've been invited to be in a wedding party for next year.  And through it all... I've been scrapping.  Here are my favourites from 2013..x
Bella Blvd | Every Book
 Bella Blvd | Art Instagram

Bella Blvd | Top Ten List

Greatest View | Like & Like

Jillibean Soup | Best Day Ever

Jillibean Soup | Tis the Season

Jillibean Soup | Lost

Jillibean Soup | A Mother To Boys (2Peas feature)

Bella Blvd | Day by Day

LPS | Keep it Simple

LPS | Make it Work

LPS | Best Water Fight Ever

TSS | 100 Minutes (2Peas Feature)

TSS | the ART of discipline (2Peas feature)

LPS | Frog

Thanks for visiting...x


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bella Blvd | Project Life...

Hi Friends!  Hope you all had an amazing Christmas!!  Ours was a fantastic time spent with both friends and family!  There was plenty of chaos and mayhem but lots of love and laughter as well!  *grin* 
Over on the Bella Blvd blog (on Christmas Eve) I shared some more of my Project Life. 
"Project Life: Week 49"
products used:  BELLA BLVD - Christmas Countdown: Borders, O Tannenbaum, Believe, Christmas, Christmas Cuties, Daily Details, Alpha+Bits, Captions, Tabs, Paper Pieces; Daily Chevies: Chevy Carrot, Chevy Bell Pepper, Everyday Bookplates, We Are Family Bookplates, Arrows Pink; Snapshots: Alpha+Bits, Captions, Daily Details, Days; Play Date: Captions, Tabs; Finally Fall: At The Patch; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Banana, Freestyle Saltwater; High Five Alpha Stickers: Gulf ; other - vellum, Greatest View Badge/flair, twine, cardstock; tools - typewriter.

It has been a week of Christmas decorations, holiday spirit, elves and dance auditions/concerts!  I've kept it rather simple during this busy time, just so I can record the memories.

Head on over to the Bella blog to see some more wonderful PL inspired projects.  Thanks so much for visiting...x

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

Hello Friends and Family!!   We are wishing you all a very Merry Christmas with plenty of holiday spirit!  Hope you are having fun with all of your loved ones...x

Stay safe and enjoy every moment..x  Ho Ho Ho!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook | December Colour challenge...

Hello Friends.  This is my last challenge with Life.Paper.Scrapbook.  It has been a pleasure to create with this amazing and talented team of beautiful scrappers!! They have been a source of inspiration, encouragement and simply wonderful friendship.  I am so glad to have gotten to know them.  :)

This month's colour challenge is stunning!  Check out the inspiration...

I've created another card this month to coordinate with our colour challenge.  With December being ridiculously busy (!!!!), I just wanted to simplify things.  *grin*

I created this card not long after I attended Heidi Swapp's MakePrettyStuffDownUnder tour!  Can you see her inspiration/influence? LOL!  I certainly broke out my new colorshine mist. 

This month's sponsor is Big Picture Classes, and the class is Project Real Life.

Project Real Life with Becky Higgins
Cultivate a good life and record it, with Becky Higgins
1/9/2014 $99
12 Weeks

About the Class
Becky's motto, "Cultivate a good life and record it," is at the heart of everything she does with her blog, her Project Life products, and her everyday life.
In this 12-week interactive workshop, she'll share the 12 foundational principles she follows in her real life as a mother, memory keeper, blogger, homemaker, author, instructor, and successful business owner. Becky's main goal is to inspire you to see the everyday beauty in your world and celebrate ordinary moments, but she'll also show you how to preserve the real-life pictures you take using her signature Project Life system.
After the overwhelming response to this workshop during its first run in 2012, Becky is thrilled to invite a new crop of memory keepers to plan, create, and remember…together. There are special offers below for the first 500 to sign up, and an exclusive set of Project Life Themed Cards ("Life Lists" theme) available for purchase in February ONLY to Project Real Life students.
Learn more and register here.

So there you have it.  And you have to be in it to win it, so link up your project on the right over at LPSPlease make sure you link to the correct challenge, there is both a sketch and colour challenge to link up to. If you are linking to a blog, please link to the actual post the layout is featured in, not just the general address, and make sure you link back to Life.Paper.Scrapbook.

Here are the details:
- You can submit ANY kind of project that you can use the colour challenge for: layouts, cards, PL, off the page projects.
- You can use the sketch and colour challenges together, just make sure you link it up to each so you have a chance to win in both.
- December Colour Challenge runs until 11.59pm 10 January (don't forget we're in Australia).
- The winner of the prize will be randomly drawn.

Thanks for visiting today..x

Friday, December 13, 2013

Jillibean Soup | DIY snow...

Hello Friends.  Today I am sharing one of my layouts for Jillibean Soup.  This time last year my boys wanted to have snow.  They wanted it desperately.  But sadly for them, we live in the sub-tropics.  There is no way it will snow here (and if it does, then there is something freakishly wrong with the weather!).   Especially in Summer. *grin*
So, what is a crafty mum to do?  She gets the scissors out and suggests they make their own snow! ta da!!  *grin*

"DIY Snow"
products used: cs - bazzill; pp - Jillibean Soup; alpha - Jillibean Soup; other - Jillibean Soup: white lattice placemats, pea pod parts, soup labels; vellum, sequins, embroidery thread; tools - typewriter, foam tape, black pen.

The new Jillibean Soup placemats are also super fun to use as a whole or like what I've done, cut up into random pieces to look like snowflakes. 

AND the peapod parts are also gorgeous!  These snowflake designs just had to be a part of my layout.  After all, where else will they be put to use when we have Christmas in Summer!  LOL!

The boys had such a fun time creating their designs that they are looking forward to cutting out some more these school holidays.  Not a bad way to spend your afternoon really... :)  Thanks for visiting..x


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Cards on Monday...

Up on the Jillibean Soup blog today we are showcasing our regular Cards on Monday.  I've really got into the Christmas spirit this December using plenty of Christmas product for all of the design teams I work for.  Jillibean Soup has the most gorgeous die cuts (Pea Pod Parts!!) in their new Christmas Cheer Chowder collection.  I just love them.  And here is my warning... I've used them on all. my. projects. this. month! *grin*  But for today I am only going to share with you this card..

"Ho Ho Ho" card
products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup; other - Jillibean Soup: Pea Pod Parts:  Christmas Cheer Chowder, Placemats:  White Merry Frames; tools - foam tape, Fancy That Dies (small bow).

Isn't that little die cut snow globe cute!! I've mounted it onto some foam tape to lift it from the patterned paper.  So I hope, with a little inspiration, you are all starting to get into the Holiday Spirit as well.  Thanks for visiting..x

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | December Daily day 1...

Hello Friends.  My December Daily process is up on The Scrapbook Store blog at the moment.

I'm sharing how I created this page pocket for my album.  If you get the chance, come and visit.  Thanks..x

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bella Blvd | Friday Sketch...

Hi Everyone!  Today I am sharing my layout created for the Friday Sketch over at Bella Blvd.  This sketch comes courtesy of Becky Fleck and is just divine! *grin*

This is how my layout looks, after I shrunk the sketch down to suit my preferred scrapping size...

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella Blvd; alphas - Bella Blvd; other - Bella Blvd: buttons, cardstock stickers, paper pieces, tags; mist; tools - machine stitching, black pen, foam tape.

This sketch was such a fun starting point for creating my layout and I didn't need to change it very much at all. To downsize the sketch to suit my 8.5" x 11" layout style, I minimized the number of elements placed on the right side of the photo. I then used this opportunity to create layers and dimension on top of the square elements.
I also love the little details that can already be found in the Alpha+Bits negative spaces. The stars reminded me of the little bits that float about inside snow globes when you shake them. Adding details to the circle punched paper pieces, also reminded me of these shaken features inside "round" snow globes.

Don't forget to check out what the other designers did with this sketch as well. Lot's of Christmassy creations being put together!  Thanks for visiting..x

Friday, December 6, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook | December sketch & DT Call...

Hello Friends.  Today LPS is sharing the new sketch reveal for December.  The team has done a spectacular job creating beautiful examples..

I've decided to keep my December relatively simple.  Especially with my creative projects and with this in mind, chose to create cards this month instead of layouts.  Besides... I like to have those extra Christmas cards handy.  Don't you?  *grin*

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella Blvd (Christmas Countdown); alpha - Bella Blvd; other - Bella Blvd: paper pieces; Jillibean Soup twine, Kaisercraft rhinestones; tools - FTD leaves.

Our sponsor this month is Pink Fresh.  Here's a little bit about them...

Pinkfresh Studio is a fresh online shop committed to provide very unique and fun products. They offer their own exclusive range of washi tapes including very unique ombré prints, trendy shaped enamel stickers, brad stickers and fresh press cards in fun colors. Their ombré print washi tapes with beautiful airmail print and Aztec print are sure to make your paper crafting projects pop.They recently released their 1st ever stamp set called “Delightful tales”. But they don’t stop there, they are about to release their another fun product and it is going to be color blocked wood veneers in 3 different shapes (triangles, hearts and arrows).  This month's prize is $30 worth of Pink Fresh goodies!

You have to be in it to win it, so link up your project on the right side of the LPS blog. Please make sure you link to the correct challenge, there is both a sketch and colour challenge to link up to. If you are linking to a blog, please link to the actual post the layout is featured in, not just the general address, and make sure you link back to Life.Paper.Scrapbook.

Here are the details:
- You can submit ANY kind of project that you can use the colour challenge for: layouts, cards, PL, off the page projects.
- You can use the sketch and colour challenges together, just make sure you link it up to each so you have a chance to win in both.
- December Sketch Challenge runs until 11.59pm 3 January (don't forget we're in Australia).
- The winner of the prize will be randomly drawn.
Most importantly have fun! We can't wait to see what you all come up with. 
AND now for that DT Call.  Life.Paper.Scrapbook are on the search for some talented designers! Are you interested????  If so... check out the post >>>here<<<
Thanks for visiting..x

 PS - If you haven't already checked it out... Life.Paper.Scrapbook  has released their mini Christmas issue. 

Check it out here!!  Trust me.  It's gorgeous...x

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Falling in Love...

Hi there friends!  I have a layout share for you today that featured on the Jillibean Soup blog late last month.  whoops!  I am a little behind.  Sorry about that.. :D

"Falling in love with You"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup; alphas - Jillibean Soup; other - Jillibean Soup: hexies, flashcards; tools - typewriter, FTD (mixed leaves), hole punch.


I wanted to document Cameron's latest habits.  At four years of age, I know this time is fleeting. His speech will start to change, his favourite toys will definitely alternate and the sleep deprivation will one day disappear too.  But for now.  I just wanted to document the little things.  The things that are "everyday" right now.
Thanks for visiting...x

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | December Daily..

Hi Everyone.  Just a quick sneak peek of what you will find over at The Scrapbook Store today. 

layered embellishment_2

I've started sharing my December Daily process.  I hope you will join in with the fun and creativity..x

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bella Blvd | What's New Wednesday...

Hello Friends.  I am just popping in here today to share with you my layout created for Bella Blvd and the What's New Wednesday feature.

"Today's Top Ten List"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella Blvd Snapshots: My Point Of View, Paper Pieces; Daily Chevies: Chevy Pickle Juice, Chevy Carrot; Engaged at Last: Bachelor Party; alpha - Bella Blvd: ciao chip: Sienna Alpha-Pony; Sophisticates: Black-White High Five Alphabets; other - Bella Blvd: Making The Team: Miniatures; Feathers: White, Oreo; Crochet Hearts: scallop, gulf; paint, staples tools - black pen.

I've gone ahead and grab these gorgeous white & black (oreo) feathers and layered them with latest Bella Blvd collections... Snapshots & Daily Chevies!  And it was these feathers that inspired my story for the layout.

You see.. my youngest child likes to wake up when the birds do.  Around here that can be anytime from 4.30am - 5am!!!! Yikes!!!  And yes I have tried all sorts of methods to keep him from waking at that time in the morning but it seems his body clock has set the alarm.  *sheesh!*

He is also quite keen to start the day with a list of things he.needs.to.do.  *grin*  Each night before he goes to sleep he will rattle off a number of things he wants to accomplish the next day.  Lately it is all about breakfast and what he wants in his fruit salad. 

I am really looking forward to the Summer holidays starting here soon, so the other kids aren't as disturbed with their sleep as much as what they are dealing with now.  Reasoning with grumpy children in the morning isn't pretty!  Especially when they are getting ready for school!  sigh... 

Thanks for visiting today...x  zzzzz