ARTastic Guest Designer

This month I was invited to be a guest designer for ARTastic Scrapbooking Challenge.  I agreed, then I got my challenge. UGH! Flowers.  I am not really a fan of flowers.

After a little bit of thinking and an impromptu photo session, I had an idea.  This is what I came up with.


I used some marigolds from our garden as stamps and printed with them.  The colours are really lovely and I am really happy with the finished layout.

Here are a few close ups.


Masculine Mixed Media Card

Today I am sharing a Masculine Card I made. The card I created I wanted to be very neutral.  What I mean by neutral is Occasion neutral.  Something that is clearly masculine but could be used for any thing.  This is what I came up with….


It’s not secret I love grunge.  So I created a grungy embossed background that I then layered embossed chipboard over the top before adding a stamped fussy cut image.


The Colour Blast Embossing Powder is super shiny and difficult to photograph.

As for the stamped man, he is from A Stampers Anonymous collection of stamps I recently purchased with this task in mind. I coloured him using the new Colour Blast Shimmer Powders.  I’m not much into fussy cutting but I think I might do it more often as it is a great way to use your stamps.


There is a process video that goes along with this card too you can check it out here

Picture This!? Guest Designer | December – Shapen Up

This month I was asked to be a guest designer following my win in October for Picture This!?  The challenge was “Shapen Up”…use shapes.  Seems fairly simple.  I decided on a Star shape and pulled out my new 7dots Studio Writers Block Collection.  This collection is totally Amazing.  By chance the photo I chose to use is of my daughter holding a star wand (no I didn’t print this photo for the challenge, it was in a pile of pictures I had previously printed it dates back to March of this year).  Then I got to work.  Here is the layout I created.



There is some stamping in there too and yes they are my Viva Las VegaStamps!.  I layered up some of the papers in a stack of my very dodgy looking star.  It is hand drawn and you will see on the process video I had a few goes at it.

I layered up lots of texture.  There is punchinella, sheet music, gauze, a charms creation heart (that I stamped with the same VLVS! as the background. and I used some millinery netting, thread and wire for even more texture.

Here are a few more close ups:



Oh and of course, for added texture there is Colour Blast Colour Paste in STEEL!

Layouts That Didn’t Make the Cut | An honest share.

Just a quick share from me today.  As you know I was a Guest Designer over with Imaginarium Designs for the past six months.  My time there is now finished but I wanted to share a few layouts that I didn’t think made the cut.  They are ok layouts but to me, they are not my best work so I decided to hold them back and create something else in their place.  I guess the reason that I am sharing this is to show that not every layout meets our personal expectations and rather than dwell on it, I just put them to the side and move on.  I tend to think that I am better vesting my energy elsewhere rather than dwelling.

Here is the first one:


This layout is ok.  I used a darker photo because it told the story.  It is a full family selfie after my husband had returned home from a 10 day work trip.  We don’t get full selfies very often so it was important for me to capture this in a layout.  Because of the photo and the glare the page didn’t photograph very well not matter what I tried so I decided I wouldn’t use it.  Straight into the album it went.

Here are a couple of close ups of the details:

The next layout, I was experimenting with some paper layering of Napkins and a more vintage feel. Flowers are not really my favourite thing and everytime I look at this layout I don’t think it has the finished feel to it but I wasn’t sure what else to add to it.  Rather than wasting time thinking about it I decided to put it aside and I would come back to it one day when I know where I wanted it to go.


Here are some close ups:

Finally there is this layout.  It is a photo from my daughters first birthday.  Over the past year I have scrapped a few different photos from this day.  This layout is finished, I am ok with how it looks but for some reason I decided it wasn’t quite design team worthy.  I think maybe because gold is such a hard colour to photograph in real life and I couldn’t get it to look right in the photos.

img_2294 And here are some close ups:

So, there it is…My shitty layouts that will go into my album but didn’t make the design team cut from my perspective.  I have an expectation of my layouts that I share especially representing the companies that I do. But most of all, I want to be proud of them knowing that they are a true representation of me and my style.

Final Guest Designer Share | Imaginarium Designs

Well the second half of this year has flown and I am sharing my last Guest Designer project on the Imaginariums Design Blog.  You can read all about the details there but I thought I would share the finished product here too.  It’s another art journal page.  This is my brain fighting with my heart about moving back overseas again.


Here are some close ups of each page:


Guest Design Share | Imaginarium Designs

I have been making Art Journals again.  This time I used some old Graphic 45 papers that I had been hoarding.  This collection was called Le Cirque.  It was the first Graphic 45 collection i got hold of and fell in love with.  Graphic 45 is not everyone’s cup of tea it can be a little dark but I absolutely love it so much.

I won’t go into all the details you can read about it on the Imaginarium Designs Blog here.

But here is my finished journal and a few close ups.  This one will be available for sale in my Sale folder on Facebook.


Here are a few close ups:


Imaginarium Designs – Guest Design Team Share

Just a quick one today to share another Journal from my “Domestic Goddess” series that  I did.  You saw one that I gifted to my dear friend Sue, one that was featured in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine and this is the first one of the series.  It featured so much Chipboard from Imaginarium Designs that it just had to feature as one of my Guest Designer Blog posts.

Here it is here:


This series turned out so great. I am really proud of them.


To find out more about the products I used please head over to the Imaginarium Designs blog and check out my blog post.

If your interested in your very own Journal please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wonderful You | Imaginarium Designs Guest Designer Share

I created this layout based on the photo.  It is not my photo and strangely enough, I had only met the lady the day before that it belonged to.  I met Anthea at a scrapbooking retreat.  I saw this photo of her daughter, Tori, sitting on her desk and I commented how much I loved it.  Then at lunch I sat across from Anthea and I heard the story behind Tori and the photo.  Tori was chosen to be the face of the Ghost campaign. Ghost Campaign is a bullying awareness cause creating a space for the youth to share their personal experiences.  What’s Tori’s connection to this campaign?  She has achondroplasia – a common form of Dwarfism.  Something about Tori’s story and her mum connected with me and I found myself later asking if I could scrap this photo.  Thankfully she said “Yes”.

To read more about the process please head over and check out the Imaginarium Designs Blog


Sweet | Imaginarium Designs Guest DT Share

Today it’s my share on the Imaginarum Designs blog.   As you all know, I am all about the mixed media and the application was where I was inspired by Fiona.  The inks are splatted and dabbed into concentrated areas to create “islands”.

Here is a close up.  Head over to the Imaginarium Designs blog to read about it.

Chase your Dreams | Imaginarium Designs

Today I am sharing a layout I create for Imaginarium Designs.  This layout was all about embossing.  I used a lot of the Colour Blast embossing powders to create some awesome colours on my chippy.


To read more about the process and to see some close ups go check out the Imaginarium Designs Blog 

There is a process video so make sure you check it out: