Kraft + December Challenge

This layout was in hiding as it was accepted for print by the change over of publishers was a big mess.  I have been given the all clear to share.  I created this layout over a year ago.

This challenge was an easy one – Kraft + Travel + Map. We spent two years living abroad and travelling before we got married so I have plenty of travel photos to choose from. This is a selfie taken at the Colosseum in Rome.

 All my maps are glued into a smash book so I emailed my husband at work and asked him to print off one for me. Both in colour and black and white. This is the only one he came home with so, I had to work with it. I’ve used it like a matte behind my photo but I also matted it to make it a bit of a focus.

How awesome is the leather strap tape that I picked up the other day. I should have got more.  And the Flutterbys Flair is just perfect.   


Denim Revolution – Kraft+

As soon as I saw this challenge for Kraft+ I knew I had to play along.  It seems there are a few people out there that had the same idea though and used photos from last years Scrap and Chat Retreat.  I can’t wait for this years.  Anyways, here is my take on the Denim Revolution.


The photo is a little bit cheeky – An Angry Cock beer.  So I decided to play on this and use the top of a tiny pair of denim shorts with the zip coming down.  For my background, I used some printed Kraft paper from a typo bag.  The fact that it has all old ads printed on it and there is one at the top about disguises made it perfect for this page.

Here are a few close ups.

Kraft+ Out of the Closet inspiration.

This months Kraft+ challenge was right up my alley.  Especially when my current favourite piece of clothing is my skirt that features a Fiona Paltridge print.

This is the challenge.


This is my take on the challenge:


It actually turned out way better than I expected and I freaking love it.  There is lots of layers of colour and I managed to used some Brads from my stash that are considered “old skool” but work so well with grunge.

Here are a few close ups.

There is also a process video –

Scrapbooking Top 50 | Week 4

I am just popping in to share my layouts created for the Scrapbooking Top 50 Block Challenge for Week 4.


This week it’s Kitchen week.  Both the kitchen inspiration boards are very different and not your typical kitchen so there is a lot to be inspired by.

Room 1 :


I originally thought I would only have chance to play along with one room and this was it.  I love those background tiles and the wood so that is what I focused on and this is what I came up with…


I chose to work with Kraft as my base to reflect the wood element from the moodboard and I kept all my wood veneers raw also. For my leave element I used some material leaves and also some hand stamped ones.  I stamped them both on plain white paper and book paper to give some details before colouring them with watercolours and Colour Blast Shimmer Dust in Lush and Paris.

To the background I added heaps of texture behind the hoop.  I used a real doily as a stencil to spread on some texture paste.  I then coloured the texture paste with the same colours I used for the leaves. Behind all that, I clear gessoed a brick stencil and when it was dry I inked over that too.  This makes the bricks stand out.  Over the top of all this I added some script stamp and a brick stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps.

For the dip-dyed elememt, I included a dip dyed tag from D-lish Scraps that I trimmed down to be a similar size to the leaves. I also coloured a Charms Creation heart in a similar way and a Flutterby Designs DIY Flair.  These are pretty cool.  I need to use them more.

This wood hoop was a custom order from Corbett Creations.  I had a few made (not for this purpose) but it worked so well.  I wrapped it in leaves and tapestry twine for more interest.  The wood veneer title is a Corbett Creations veneer too.  This is my One Little Word this year and I have a few of them.  (That reminds me I am behind in that project and I need to get it finished.)

Oh, and I almost forgot, the hanging element is the suede tassels.

I am really happy with the way this one turned out.  I guess you can tell by the way I wanted to tell you about nearly every element on the page.  Here are a few close ups.

There is a process video too.  You can watch it here.

The second room this week:


I was a bit disappointed that it was about Triangles again.  The first challenge had triangles.  I guess they didn’t have to be used on that challenge but I did.  So, I used the same stamps from week one that I made and clear embossed them then coloured them with a wash of water colour.  To change it up a bit I also added triangles of coloured paper scraps too.

Here is my layout.


It’s a fairly simple layout for me but to be honest, I have had these photos printed for a long time waiting for the right layout and finally, here it is.

The criteria is pretty easy to see, Triangles, Mixed alphas and small photos.

Here are a few close ups:

There is a process video for this one too.  You can watch it here.


The Sweet Life | Last D-lish Design Team Share

Today is my last ever share with D-lish Scraps Design Team.  I have decided that it’s my time and I am so thankful to Amanda for the year long opportunity to share my layouts. I have really enjoyed the experience.  So today I am being a bit cheeky… I have designed my final share with the Kraft + challenge in mind.

This month Kraft+ is all about Melon colours. At first I thought there was no way this would work – Kraft Paper and “melon” colours but somehow it does.

This is my layout…

The background is Colour Blast Paste and Mica Powder.


There is  The final touch to finish of the Charm Creations DIY heart I altered using some Colour Blast Paste made into a paint and some Watercolour paint I had in my stash.  I love the way it turned out.

There is a process video too…

No Greater Love | Imaginarium Designs Guest Design Team Share

Today I am sharing a layout I created for Imaginarium Designs using Project Life cards. This was shared in July and I’m not sure how I missed sharing it here.

I have decided I am not a Project Lifer but I have a whole heap of cards that are too pretty to waste.  So, I set about finding new uses for them.

How awesome does the Imaginarium Designs Chippy look all “pretty” up with Colour Blast Embossing Powder.  I embossed all the chipboard a few times to create a nice bold glossy coverage.

 To get the two toned effect, I just added a sprinkle of a second colour while the first was still sticky and then heated it. The Colour Blast embossing powder blend and melt nicely together without going mucky. Plus you don’t need to prep your chipboard in any way.  The colour goes on vibrantly and doesn’t absorb into it in any way.

Kraft Plus January Challenge

…This blog post was originally shared in January but it was picked up for publishing in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine.  In keeping with their pulishing guideline I had to recall all my sharing of this post until one month after it had been published. We there was a big mess with the publishing. It was published under someone else’s name and my material list also belonged to someone else. It was a bit disappointing. This was the last issue published with Express Publications before the magazine changed hands to Woodland House so let’s just hope the mix up was all confusion and mess up was because everyone was caught up in the hand over. I am now free to share it again…Don’t forget there is a process video too – the link is at the end.

…Call me crazy with six design team commitments and SBM Masters deadlines but I still can’t resist some of the awesome challenges that are around this month.  As much as I would like to have a go at all of them I am realistic and know I can’t, so I’ve saved a screenshot for future inspiration.

As I write this it is the morning of the 31 January, cutting it fine for entering but I actually have another challenge half done on my desk that I hope (fingers crossed) to finish today and get blogged by tonight.  Wish me luck.

Anyhow, here is my entry into this months Kraft Plus – Handwriting challenge.  You are required to include your handwriting on your layout along with the standard Kraft requirement.  For my handwriting requirement, I’ve written my sons name all over the Kraft before building the background and then I added my hand written journalling.


I love the neutral colours the whole layout has turned out very masculine which I am really happy with.  I don’t want his album to be full of “baby” layouts.

I’ve layered gesso and Colour Blast texture paste and some Colour Blast embossing powder too. To add texture (of course), I’ve add two of my favourite things…Gyprock tape and thread.  The large cloud is from Charms Creations DIY collection and the Dream Big silver foil flair is from Flutterby DesignsFlutterby Designs.  The tag is a recycled clothes tag from Cotton on Kids.  I am always on the look out for things that can be altered to suit my layouts.  The wood veneer hello is from a Heidi Swapp collection that I picked up on a Garage Sale Facebook Site and the #handsome is from D-lish Scraps.

Here is the correct materials list too incase you’re interested: Materials List:

Kraft Cardstock, A/C Cardstock Embellishments: Colour Blast Colour Paste, Colour Blast Embossing Powder, Gesso, gyprock tape, twine, thread, D-lish Scraps mini wordfetti, Heidi Swapp wood Veneer, D-lish Scraps wood Veneer, Charms Creations Cloud, Cloud stickers, Flutterby Designs Foil Flair, Wood veneer plane, staples, punchinella,  recycled clothes tag.

I also have a process video to load to my Popleopod YouTube channel so keep an eye out for that too.