Charms Creations Australia Day Map Marker Challenge

…This post was originally published in January 2016 but I had to recall it as this layout got picked up for publishing.  In keeping with their requirements, I had to withdraw this layout from social media until 1 month clear of publishing.  I am now in the all clear to share it again…

I’ve realised that around the third week of my blog it’s a little quiet but don’t worry there’s plenty to come.

Today I’m sharing all Australia Day layout I’ve created for Charms Creations Australia Day Challenge.

This photo is of my son I took last year and have had printed and sitting on my desk all that time. Finally, I worked out what to do with it.

I’ve created my background using chalks and I also altered a DIY Charms Creations map marker that way too. I added some hand stitching and so rub ons I’ve been saving for a very long time and I don’t know why. The flair is from my stash and the opera house card is a Project Life card.

It turned out way better than I expected.

Here are some of the details too:

I will also have a video up on YouTube very soon so head over and subscribe so you don’t miss it.


Project Life – Week 48 – 52

As promised, this is the last of my App created pages for my 2015 pages.

At week 48, I downloaded the Christmas cards and this dominated the end of the album.

It turns out that when I put the photo book together at the beginning of the year, I really appreciated the hassle of sitting down and loading photos and taking the time to add the journalling through the LetterGlow app.  The book on the computer screen looked awesome.  I have sent it off to be printed, fingers crossed the company comes through with the goods.  I will share it when it arrives hopefully within the next 2 weeks.

Project Life – Weeks 37 – 41

Accountablity.  That’s what this post is about.  It’s just a quick share to show that I have been keeping up with my Project Life app project.  We are up to week 42 and the year is almost over and I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can print this book.

I’ve mixed up the kits and as usual used the LetterGlow app for my journaling.




“I Love You” Layout

Today I am sharing my Third layout that was Published in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine (Vol18 No3), its of my daughter and husband.  This was the first layout that I used and ink and in particular the Heidi Swapp Colour Shine.  I had an idea and bought the gold colour shine just for that idea.  I only bought the one colour thinking that if I didn’t like it then it wasn’t a total waste of money.  I am happy to say that I loved it, I have since bought quite a few more as well as adding quite a few inks to my collection. I love them.  Why I didn’t try them sooner I don’t know.

The layout itself didn’t quite come together as quickly or easily as I saw it in my mind but the overall product was so much better. This layout is using Project Life cards. Its construction and materials were quite simple but it has big impact. I love it.


Scrap the Girls -Design Team Layout – September 2015

Today I’m  sharing my first layout as a design team member with Scrap the Girls. I am so happy to be part of the team and I just couldn’t wait to share this layout. I also took some process photos so you can see how my layout came together.

This month the inspiration was a sketch. Here it is here:

My first thought was “Gee that’s a lot of flowers, is that still a trend?”. Flowers were big last year and the year before. It is something that I never really warmed to. I then decided I would replace the flowers with leaves and I could scrap a photo of my daughter Autumn. 

I then interpreted the sketch in my way and put the original image away so that I didn’t try and recreate it. I have a sketchbook filled with designs like this that I have seen on blogs or Instagram. There is no chance of me copying a layout exactly this way. I am simply using it to start an idea. Here’s what I was working with.

First things first though, I had to pick out my cards. I have a million Project  Life cards. More than I could ever use especially when my Project Life album is very photo heavy. I started looking and then decided it was time to delve into my precious stash if Specials. My Specials are cards I have put aside because they are my absolute favourites. Amongst it was a Girly Superhero card from Studio Calico. I had my ah moment. This was it. I was going to base my layout around this card. It was pinks and oranges. I thought great that works with my idea of autumn leaves. 

I recently made my older two children capes which was great timing, I could take a photo of Autumn flying – Superhero Autumn. One problem though, the capes were comic book colours- Bright Primaries. So I was left with two options. I had to change my idea or use a Black and White photo. Black and white wasn’t an option not this time anyways. I had to show the colour of the sky and Cape. I then made the decision to change the colour of my chosen card. I did this with ink and an old ink pen. You know the kind they used back in the day…you dip the nib in the ink. The ink I used was my trusty old Ranger Dylusions. I outlined the words once dry with a fine tip pen and it was perfect. I then mocked up my page. I have templates cut from card that I use for sizing so that my photos don’t get dirty. Here you can see my altered card and my template.

I also found a flair in my stash from Studio Fourteen40 it’s from their Everyday hero range. It matched my comic book colours perfectly. So back to my sketch, I had to girly the layout up so the flowers had to stay. I didn’t have any in my stash that remotely matched the colours so I pulled out my white gesso and started again. I also made some roses from a tutorial I found on Pinterest and some Chinese newspaper. 

I then lay out my design of flowers on some old stencil packaging. I like to do this so you can move it to the side with having to worry about bumping it or any  thing moving. I stuck them on with tape and sprayed them with ink. You can see from this picture how I went about it. I sprayed the top and bottom colours first and when it dried I did the third colour. I did four coats of each colour.

 For the background I used ink and water. First the ink then the water splatting it on the page. If you prime your page with gel medium first it gives a nicer effect as the ink doesn’t absorb in so quick. 

Then I put it all together. I finished it with some paper planes and feathers I made. The reason I chose to use Chinese  newspapers Is that I think it adds a bit more interest to the page. Plus you can’t read it. I always get distracted by things with words and find myself trying to read the background so this way I can’t do that. I did study Chinese mandarin for two years before having kids but it’s hard work plus baby brain means I have no idea what it says.

 So what do you think of the finished layout? Too much? My mum thinks the photo is too dark but I like it that way. What do you think? 

To see what the other design team members came up with have a look here.