I am the Machine | Mixed Media Colour Blast DT Share

Today I am sharing my most recent layout for Colour Blast Australia.  This layout is made up of a whole heap of scraps, colours, chipboard, stamping and that’s about all.


I literally used scraps to build my base.   You can read all about it on the Colour Blast blog.


Wild at Heart | Altered Canvas for Colour Blast Australia

Today I am sharing an altered canvas that I have created back in July but I have been saving it until now to share.  It turned out pretty good and the whole process was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.  The hardest thing is waiting for layers to dry.


For this project, I decided to give photo transfer a go.  The only thing is I don’t have a printer at home so I asked my husband to print a photo at work with a laser printer.  He wasn’t sure if he had one and I am still not sure the print was printed on a laser printer as the actual transfer process didn’t work as easy as the tutorials I watched on YouTube.

I added heaps of recycled embellishments and bits that I had been hoarding to this canvas.  I really love the depth of texture and details.

Here you can see a bottle cap and some of the chipboard and lace embellishments under all the colour.


I left all the tails of the hot glue gun as I liked what they added to the finished piece.  They look a lot like threads all over or even cobwebs.  No need to dust it later on 😛

I used a whole heap of Colour Blast Products on this piece.  I used Colour Sprays, Shimmer Sprays, Embossing powder and the Texture paste.  Every product added a little bit more to the piece.

Here’s a tip: The Colour Paste can also be added directly to metal embellishments without any need to prime them.  Here you can see I added it to this metal butterfly.

I then added black and white drawing ink splatters and a bit of Royalty Colour Shimmer Spray in splatters to tone down the white. ( I went a little cray cray) Finally I added some more metal embellishments and a quote cut into strips.  The quote is from the very first Kit the Habit Kit called Brave.  That was one of my favourite kits.  The other thing I did was add a chipboard title.  This one is from Imaginarium Designs.  I coated it in two layers of Bling Embossing Powder to make sure it was super shiny and really stood out.

I have wanted to make one of these for ages.  They look more complicated than they actually are.  So give it a go.  I also created a process video you can check out here.

Funky Art Tag Swap

This month is the last of this years Funky Art Swaps until February next year.  This month it wasn’t a full moodboard but rather one picture.


I created two tags inspied by this picture.  One to send to my swap partner and one to send overseas to a Get Messy Christmas swap partner.

These are the two tags I created.

There is collaging, embossing, stamping and a bit of gluing on both tags and I love how they turned out.

Here are a few close ups:



There is a process video too, so head over to my YouTube channel – Popleopod and check it out.

Scrapping Clearly Tag Swap

This months Scrapping Clearly tag swap was an awesome one.  As soon as I saw it I knew I was going to draw inspiration from the top left diamonds picture and the shoes.  This is the moodboard:


And this is my tag:


I used a stamp of my favourite shoes Dr Martens and then added all the colour and texture in the required colours.  I added some buttons to tie in the buttons on the boots on the moodboard.  I lost a lot of the background work under all of the layers but you can see some of the checkers peeking out at the top of the tag.  I used my gelatos to create the hatched effect.  Then over the top I applied some workable fixative before adding some old pattern, stamping and some Colour Blast Colour Paste in Deep Water.  I kept the shoes media free and just fussy cut them so that they stood out against the busy background.

I hope my swap partner likes it.

Art Journal | My Epic Fairytale Life

This is one of a set of three art Journals that I created in a series that I call Domestic Goddess.  Not only was the paper range called that but the name fit the titles I chose to use.   This journal is the first I created in the series and it was picked up for publishing by Scrapbooking Memories Magazine – You can read all about it in last months issue.IMG_2538

But here are a few close ups incase you missed it





Art Journal #12

Today over on YouTube I have loaded another of my art journal process videos.  I think from now on I am just going to post them over there and share them on Facebook and Instagram and not blog about them.  I want to make Art Journaling a habit again so I am aiming for every Tuesday and Wednesday.  If I don’t have a process video I will blog about them but otherwise make sure you are a subscriber to POPLEOPOD so you don’t miss out.

Anyways, here is my Journal page.


I used the 7 Dots Studio range called Domestic Goddess as my base and colour inspiration.  It came together pretty quick.  The colours are much more vibrant in real life.  Art journals are about making stuff so remember it doesn’t have to have words.  This is something that I keep reminding myself.

Here are a few close ups:

Trains | Helmar Creative Team Share

This month for my Helmar Worldwide Creative Team project I was given the theme Trains as my topic.  My initial thought was to scrapbook some photos of my kids at the Railway Workshops, a local museum exhibit close to home but to be honest that was a bit boring.  I decided I would find some photos from our travels.  We travelled a lot by train all over the world but nothing appealed to me until I came across our photos of Auschwitz.  This place moved me.  I love grunge heavy mixed media scrapbooking layouts and this experience had me filled with ideas.  So, I decided to create a grungy, heavy mixed media scrapbooking layout.

Here it is here:


Just a bit of background on the photos.  These are photos taken at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.  It is a place that evoked so much emotion that I totally did not expect.  It is a very dark place.  This is one train journey I am glad I was never made to take. If you would like to know more you can read all about it here.

To read more about the layout and the Helmar products I used please check out the Helmar Worldwide blog.

This layout has a very layered mixed media background.  I love layers and textures.  When I create a layout I want the finished product to have so much to look at that it just makes you want to touch it.

Here are a few close ups:

I have prepared a process video of this layout so you can watch it all come together here.