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. 

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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  *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


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Best Day Ever...

Hello Friends!  Today I wanted to share my layout created for Jillibean Soup.  I was totally inspired by our Christmas being celebrated in Summer and wanted to convert it onto a page.  The stitching on the stars and the beach theme really make me happy! *grin*  It is a long way from the traditional red and green theme of Christmas but who's to say we can't change it up every now and then!  :)


products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup (Cold Avocado Soup); other - Jillibean Soup: wooden button, stampable frames, flash cards, soup labels, wise words; mist; tools - typewriter, silhouette portrait.

Stars are quite universal at Christmas time, don't you think? Stitching over them like this reminds me of those banner/strings that are popular to wrap around gifts.  I've seen quite a bit of fancy gift wrapping over on Pinterest! LOL! Anyway...  I would probably label this type of gift wrapping under "the little things, my little people wouldn't appreciate!" *grin*  After all, at the moment they are only interested in what is on the inside of the package!
So, what's inspiring you these days?  Blogs? Pinterest? Christmas? Thanks so much for visiting...x

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bella Blvd | Pinterest Inspiration..

Hello Friends.  I am doing a little scrapbook house keeping today and catching up with some Bella Blvd.

This month I was challenged to use an image of leaves, as a source of Pinspiration for my layout.

I fell in love with the ombre colours and of course had to use leaves on my page as well.  I mixed it up with a selection Bella collections, all of which work and coordinate so well together...

 "Happy Camper"
products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella Blvd; alpha - Bella Blvd; other - Bella Blvd: chipboard, stickers; studio calico mist; tools - Fancy That Dies (leaves), typewriter.

One of my boys' favourite activities when camping, is to run through piles of leaves as they go crashing through the bush.  This always worries me though, because of the high number of deadly snakes and spiders (wherever we go camping) that could be lurking beneath the leaf litter!  My only consolation is that these boys they make so.much.noise. that any creature, deadly or otherwise, will disappear well in advance of my boys getting near them!  Fingers crossed anyway!
If you would like to see how some of the other DT members were inspired by this same image, please visit Bella Blvd here.  Thanks so much for visiting ..x

While I am doing some house keeping, I thought I would share this awesome free printable created by Stephanie,  owner & creator of Bella Blvd.
She had such a huge response to her first Thanks Giving giveaway in 2011, that she wanted to do it all again, with an updated version!  Stay tuned to her blog in the coming days, because you will be able to download the new version for FREE.  Check out the 2011 version here.  It really is super cute!


Monday, November 18, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | November Sketch...

Hello Friends.  I back today to share with you, my layout for this month's sketch for The Scrapbook Store.  Once again it has been designed by my lovely friend Melinda Spinks.  This lady has no end to her scrapping talents! :)
 "Family Update"
products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Carta Bella, Teresa Collins; other - Jillibean Soup: twine; Greatest View badges/flair; shimmerz mist; tools - foam tape, arrow stencil.
My take on the sketch is a little more subtle.  The basics are there, with maybe a few extra layers.  *grin*

I hope you will join in with this challenge over at The Scrapbook Store.  There is already a huge amount of inspiration from the DT in the gallery and there is always an awesome prize to be won.  You won't regret checking it out.  Thanks for visiting..x

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook | November Colour Challenge...

Hello Everyone.  I've had a huge week helping and sharing with the Heidi Swapp Make Pretty Stuff Down Under tour | Brisbane.  It was wonderful getting to know Heidi but one of the best parts was working together with all of the Greatest View girls! We had such a great time and so many belly laughs!!!

Today however, I am moving on from the euphoria of the long weekend to share something equally fun!  Life.Paper.Scrapbook's latest colour challenge has been released.  *grin*

And here is my example...

"Tonka Love"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Pink Paislee, Bella Blvd; Alpha - Bella Blvd, Echo Park; other - Heidi Swapp: ephemera, colorshine; Echo Park: cardstock stickers, decorative brads; Studio Calico wood veneer hearts & arrows; rhinestones, Greatest View badge/flair, washi, PLS: train ticket; tools - typewriter, machine stitching.

My layout is still 8.5"x11" but I have attached journaling typed onto white cardstock, as a flap that folds flat against the back of the page.  Washi tape can work wonders!

This month's sponsor for the challenge is once again Big Picture Classes!!
Capture the Magic of the Holidays.

This year, experience Picture the Holidays with Tracey Clark. This 31-day experience is the perfect remedy for the holiday hustle. Seasonal photo prompts delivered to your inbox each morning will inspire your inner photographer and encourage you to take a few moments to yourself each day to get creatively centred - one photo at a time.

Each prompt encourages you to upload your photo from the day. Those photos will be automatically placed in your Picture the Holidays book via the Prompt Me tool. By the end of December, you will have a beautiful 64-page book that documents your holiday experience featuring your own photographs.
If you would like a chance to win this awesome prize and play along with us please don't forget to link back to LPS in your blog post.  Check out the details here.
Thanks for visiting..x

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bella Blvd + Kerri Bradford Team Up | Christmas Mini Album...

Hi Friends!  I'm back again with my final project created for the Bella Blvd + Kerri Bradford Team Up challenge.  This little (or rather large) mini album was a labour of love for me.  I don't often get the chance to create minis but I definitely couldn't go past creating this Christmas countdown booklet for my youngest son. 

The idea is simply a flip-style countdown booklet to help my four year old keep track of the days leading up to Christmas.  I have used the appropriately named Christmas Countdown patterned papers by Bella Blvd to bring it all together.

The front and back covers have been made using the left over packaging from the crochet hearts.  I've just traced around the cardboard, including the hole, onto the patterned paper.  It gives me a sturdier base to support the rest of my album.

The Kerri Bradford cut files allowed me to play with the idea of creating windows.  Days 23 and 22 are essentially the same cut file except, with "Day 22" I recut the same image onto my back ground patterned paper.  The next step was to layer the red "Day 22" ( a second cut) directly over the first cut.

Day 20 was simple.  *grin*  I love the idea of using chipboard to spell the date.

Some of the words were cut at a large size and a small circle welded to a part of the file. This allowed me to punch a hole and create a hanging element from the cut file for my mini.

Most of the pages have been cut at different sizes and I have even used some of the paper pieces, such as Day 15.  The feathers have been added between the layers for extra texture. The crochet hearts, tabs and chipboard were also add for the textural element of the album.


On the last page, I have created a little surprise. Using three white Crochet Hearts, I have built a little snowman. I have hand stitched the eyes and mouth and used an orange exclamation mark sticker from the Yellow High Five Alphabets. The arms are also sticker letters from Making The Team Alpha+Bits. And of course the buttons were added to finish and compliment the Kerri Bradford number cut file.
Now if you have lasted this long and scrolled to the bottom of this post, please don't forget the giveaway on the Bella Blog is still open.
Christmas Countdown: City Sidewalks, Tree Park, Christmas, Believe, Christmas Cuties, Borders, Christmas Countdown, Daily Details, Paper Pieces, Alpha+Bits; Daily Chevies: Chevy Bell Pepper, Chevy Pickle Juice, Chevy Gulf, Arrows Pickle Juice, Arrows Gulf; Love and Marriage: Chipboard Icons; Making The Team: Alpha+Bits; Play Date: Alpha+Bits; High Five Alpha Stickers: Pink-Red, Yellow, Gulf, Green, Brown-Cream; Simply Simona Chipboard Numbers: White; Simply Simona Chipboard Alphas: Pickle Juice; Flags: Sunshine & Happiness; Crochet Hearts: White, Gulf; Button Market: Gulf Squares; Feathers: Ice, McIntosh, Pickle Juice; Designer Tape: Yellow Chevron, Yellow Stripe, Gulf Stripe
Kerri Bradford Studio: December Additions, December Twenty-Five, Bloom