project life week one...

Hi there :) I am excited to finally make a start in my 2017 album and have enjoyed recording all the details from our first week using a mix of lovely products from the Sassy Scrappers store.

I couldn't decide on a single range to use, so mixed it up with products from several different manufactures and really like the way the colours and patterns worked together. 

I had some fun creating a few custom made cards with watercolour paints and have shared several tips for using watercolours in your albums over on the Sassy blog

As always, thanks for stopping by xx
and I've gotta say that I'm loving that my new blog signature matches this week's post!

goodbye December...

Hi again, I decided to make some time to finish up the last of my December pages from my project life album before moving onto 2017.

I took advantage of the post Xmas sales, and bought a gorgeous Paper Lover's Christmas Book from Kikki K to simply the process. The book is filled with with an assortment of fun festive papers, stickers and tags and worked well with the rest of the colours/patterns in my earlier December pages

I also utilised one of the clear printed gift bags to create the background for this 8x10" insert for my little guy's photo with Santa. 
ETA - I used my fuse tool to create a custom page protector for this size.

The back of the insert was devoted to our Christmas tree! 

I had big plans for my 8x10" tree photo, but was forced to make a few changes because the print quality turned out really grainy once I increased the size but rather than tossing out the print, I decided to use a sheet of vellum over the top to disguise the poor photo quality. I was happy to finally find a use for the 'shine' HS foiled word I have been hoarding for ages ;) and tried to keep the page minimal with a simple sentiment, a few wood veneer stars and a sprinkle of gold spray mist and am really happy with how the vellum layer turned out. 

I used a baseball card page protector (from the newsagent) to hold my favourite tree photos and created some filler cards using bits & pieces from the Paper Lover's book and a few items from my stash. 

And with Xmas complete, I can finally move onto my 2017 album!
Thanks for stopping by xx

january @kraft+

Happy New Year! What better way to start things off than with a brand new Kraft+ Challenge!

This month's theme is 'get on your bike' which can be taken any way you like, as long as it features a bike and a kraft background. 

I took the theme quite literally with bike paper, a bike pic and a bike embellishment. 

I was also inspired by the soft colours from the inspiration pic although I did add a pop of red to match my little guy's bike ;)  

Check out how the rest of the team have tackled the challenge over on the Kraft+ blog and be sure to upload your entries by the end of the month for a chance to win one of this month's prizes!

Thanks for stopping by xx


 With the Christmas celebrations over, I was able to enjoy a little craft time and couldn't wait to play with some of the gorgeous new goodies I received from StudioForty.

I paired up some of their fun stamps, stickers and die-cuts to create a layout with one of my favourite festive pics.

I love a versatile stamp set and even though the 'Exploring' stamps are not necessarily Christmas themed, I was able to use the gorgeous branch designs to create a cute tree for my festive layout by stamping the branches in a simple triangular shape. 

 To vary the size of the branches, I only applied ink to a portion of the stamp at a time - adding more ink and more of the design as I went down the tree. Once I had the basic shape stamped, I built up the layers to create a fuller tree then cut out the design and added a layer of pretty gold foiled vellum over the top. I like the way the vellum softens the stamping and hides some of the imperfections while also creating the look of twinkling lights on the tree. 

I added a few cute designs from the 'Winter is Coming' Die-cut Elements, and used the 'Winter is Coming' Candy Cane Alphabet Stickers to create my title.

Thanks for stopping by xx

december @kraft+...

The end of the year is fast approaching and I feel like I can't keep up, which is why I am a few days late to share what I created for this month's Kraft Plus challenge!

The theme is Kraft + Home Inspired and can be interpreted in any way you wish. 
'It could be a layout about renovations, 
it could be a new home card, or a layout about the kids leaving home... there are so many options.
We look forward to seeing how "home" inspires you'.

My layout was inspired by my little guy's favourite spot to chill out at home with a snack and his iPad aka 'his happy place' and I used a fun house themed patterned paper from Crate Paper to help set the tone. I kept the page clean and simple so that the focus would be on the photo and the mint tag at the top of the page slides out to reveal the journaling. 

Be sure to check out all of the fabulous inspiration from all of the team and guest designers over on the Kraft+ blog and upload your entries by the end of the month for a chance to win some of the this month's prizes.
Thanks for stopping by xx

hello summer...

Hi again :) I have been using Cocoa Vanilla Studio's 'Endless Summer' collection to document one of our summer adventures from earlier in the year. 

Check out the Sassy Scrappers blog for all the details along with tips for how to create eye catching pockets that don't require a lot of time with a few easy techniques. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

more december pages...

Hi again :) I have been busy creating more inserts to document our December memories using the fun Elle's Studio 'Tis The Season collection from them Sassy Scrapper's Store. 

I used one of the awesome free cut files from The Cut Shoppe, which you can download here and used another set of cut files as digital stamps - check out my full post over on the Sassy Scrapper's blog for all the details. 

As always, thanks for stopping by xx

december pages...

I am still having fun creating December inserts with the gorgeous 'Tis The Season collection by Elle's Studio for my project life album and shared a few interactive tags and pockets as well as the reverse side of my title page over on the Sassy Scrapper's blog during the weekend. 

You'll find more pics and along with the details on how to create these pieces over on my original post

Stay tuned for more December inserts later in the week, 
and as always thanks for stopping by xx

december pages...

I am getting into the festive spirit and have been playing with some gorgeous items from the Elle's Studio 'Tis The Season collection from the Sassy Store.  We are excited to be teaming up with The Cut Shoppe and all of the team will be using some fun cut files throughout the month so be sure to keep an eye on the Sassy blog for some awesome Christmas themed projects all month long!

Check out my original post for a complete list of all the items I have used, as well as a closer look at each of the cards I have created. 

I will have plenty more items to share throughout the month, so I hope you'll be back to check them out and until then thanks for stopping by xx

november @kraft+...

The November challenge from Kraft+ went live today and I really enjoyed playing along with this month's fun theme. 

Challenge: KRAFT + something that inspires you from your closet.. don't forget to SHARE where your inspiration came from.

 My inspiration came from my cute polka dot shirt and fave pair of blue jeans.

I combined a mix of different polka dot patterns to represent the shirt (yes, I am wearing it in this photo) and stitched some denim paper to the page. I also added several clothing tags, a swatch of actual denim and a button to help tie all the clothing elements in together.  

Check out the Kraft+ blog for to see how the rest of the team have taken on this challenge, and don't forget to upload your projects by the end of the month for a chance to win one of this month's awesome prizes. Thanks for stopping by xx

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