december @ scrap the boys...

Mid-month reveals are up on the Scrap The Boys blog and here is the layout that I created based on this month's sketch challenge.

I used a mix of gorgeous Amy Tangerine and Crate Paper goodies to create one of my all time favourite layouts. 

I changed the sketch around a bit to suit my photo, and used the background paper as a guide for the stitched circles 

I hand cut the coloured leaves from some fun Amy Tangerine paper and added a few die cut leaves using a Studio Calico cutting die. 

Don't forget to check what the rest of the team created in the first reveal and be sure to upload your layouts to the Scrap The Boys blog by the end of the month to be in the running for this month's great prizes. Thanks for stopping by xx

the secret is out...


In case you haven't heard the news, I have been keeping a HUGE secret for several months and am super excited to finally be able to share that I am one of the 2016 Scrapbooking Memories Masters!!!

After receiving quite a few honorable mentions in previous years but never actually making the cut, I had pretty much given up on the idea of ever being chosen as a Master and was undecided about entering the competition this year, but after receiving an lovely email from Vanessa from the magazine I decided to give it one more go and I am very happy that I did ;) Being recognised by the magazine has been a hug dream of mine and I was left pretty much speechless when I got ''the call" back in August and am still pinching myself today.

Congrats to the list of talented scrappers who I share the title with...

Amanda Reddicliffe
Amanda Sammut
Belinda Griffin
Krisy Podolak
Leanne McDonald
Michelle Stokes
Natalie May
Sandra Bunch
Sonia Thomason

and a big thanks to all the sponsors for all the fabulous prizes - there were heaps!!

I can't wait for the Masters Issue to come out on the 10th December so I can see what everyone else created and although I can't share my winning layouts with you just yet, I can share my very first cover page for Vol 18 No.4 featuring my little cutie 

Thanks for stopping and letting me share my exciting news with you, and a HUGE thanks for all the lovely messages and comments over on my Facebook and Instagram pages xx

feeling festive...

With Christmas just a few weeks away, I have begun to feel very festive and decided to give the gorgeous November Moodboard from Sassy Scrappers a try. 

I loved the mix of classic red and white paired with shimmery gold and used one of my favourite December pics from 2014 to create a layout of my little guy waiting for Santa.

Apart from the colours, I was also inspired by the stars from the moodboard and added a few different varieties to the page. 

I used a mix of products on the gold foiled 'Crate Paper' base and added more stars and a few festive tags to the other side of the photo. 

 Thanks for stopping by xx

november @ scrap the boys...

There's a fun new challenge over at Scrap The Boys this month. Being mum's of boys, we all know how much they love to eat and this month's challenge is all about the food! 

I thought this pic of Cameron with his giant burger would be perfect for the challenge.

As always I went with a mix of papers from various manufacturers and added a few fun 'food' themed bits and pieces from my stash.

Don't forget to link your food themed layouts onto the Scrap The Boys blog by the end of the month to go into the running to win this month's awesome prizes!
Thanks for stopping by xx

october @ scrap the boys...

Mid month reveals are up on the Scrap the Boys blog. We have a gorgeous mood board challenge this month, which is perfect for capturing all of your boy's fun adventures.  
I used the colours as well as some of the images from the mood board to inspire my choices for this layout of my son exploring the tree tops at a recent fishing trip. 

I used a dream catcher sticker from the Simple Stories 'I Am' collection as the focal point above my title, then punched out a few feather shapes to go down the page.

Taking from the mood board I used several arrows, and repeated a triangle pattern turned on it's side to go with the direction of the arrows. I embossed the kraft cardstock using the triangles and also used the same pattern with a stencil for the background and on the mint coloured paper. The ink I used on the mint paper made the triangles a bit too vibrant, so I used a sheet of vellum to tone it down.  

Check out the first reveals for the challenge here, and don't forget to upload your layouts by the end of the month for a chance to win this month's prizes!
Thanks for stopping by xx

just my type...

I'm very excited to have a layout I created for the 'Just my Type' theme featured in the current issue of Jot Magazine!!!

I wanted to document this happy little moment of my son enjoying some game time with his dad and was inspired by the cute red typewriter image which I hand cut from a sheet of Pink Paislee paper to help tell the story.

I selected a background paper from American Crafts 'Shimelle' collection to match the typewriter, then added several layers of type related paper and accents.  I choose accents with clean simple fonts to compliment the typewriter ones and added a few transparent layers to create more depth on the page. 

Check out the full issue of Jot Magazine here!
Thanks for stopping by xx

september @ scrap the boys...

Hi again :) There's a fun sketch challenge over at Scrap The Boys this month, and here's how I've used it...

 The great thing about sketches is that you can rotate or flip things around and end up with a few different looks from one design. I decided to rotate the sketch to help make it work with this photo of my handsome 13 year old.   

I used the 'Bella' background paper to help me select a colour scheme - going with a mix of soft gold, pink and blue tones which I paired with bold black and whites. In keeping with the sketch I incorporated a few tags onto the page, including an embossed clothing tag to give the page a more masculine feel.  

If you'd like to play along, then be sure to upload your layouts to the STB blog by the end of the month to go into the draw to win this month's prizes!!
Thanks for stopping by xx

kraft plus zentangles...

As soon as I spotted this month's fun Kraft Plus challenge, I knew I wanted to play along and I finally had the chance to complete my layout. 

The challenge was to incorporate zentangle doodling onto a kraft base and I used a fun pic of little Cayden posing in his 'Adventure Time' beanie. 

I was inspired by the amazing artwork of Raymond SaĆ”, to create a tiled background of various sized Kraft cardstock pieces and layered in a mix of Zentangle doodled pieces around the lower portion of the photo. 

I used the lyrics for the 'Adventure Time' into song for my journaling an in keeping with the theme, I also used papers with doodle-type patterns and am very happy with the end results. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

august @ scrap the boys...

The mid month reveals for the August challenge are up on the Scrap The Boys blog today.

We have a fun inspiration pic for this month's challenge - perfect for documenting the special bond between you and your boys.

I was inspired by the image of the jar along with the quote to create a layout about me with my gorgeous boys.

I teamed a mix of teals with some sparkly gold and added a little pop of pink for contrast and love the way this page turned out. 

Check out the fabulous layouts the rest of the team have come up with over on the STB blog and be sure to get your layouts loaded by the end of the month for a chance to win this month's great prizes!!
Thanks for stopping by xx 

project life week 27...

Hi there :) its been a while between posts and I thought it was about time that I caught up and am starting with a project life spread I created using another awesome kit from Scrappy Canary.

This layout documents week 27 and even though this kit includes a lot of travel themed pieces, once again it was perfect for recording all of our day to day moments. 

As always I began the week with a custom title card which I pieced together using various elements from the kit along with a few items from my stash. 

I have noticed that my weekly photos often look busy because there is no real theme to tie them all in together but by using a few pops of black on my cards, I was able to form a visual connection that helped to balance out the page. 

I often try to select filler cards that will help to tell the story of what is happening in the photos, and thought of this when using the 'X marks the spot' card between the two pics of my boys playing with their Nerf guns. I also used a mix of small star stickers across the pockets to help it all tie in together. 

I created a layered base for my journaling to balance out the the 6 x 4" photo along side it and it also works well with the title card from the previous side when you look at the whole page.   

Unfortunately the Scrappy Canary store will be closed for the next few months and as a result I haven't had any design team commitments to keep me on track, but as I shared on Instagram earlier this week I am making an effort to get back up to date so stay tuned for more layouts! 

Thanks for stopping by xx 

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