Scrap the Boys – Challenge FOOD

This is another layout that may have got lost in the Publishing change over at Scrapbooking Memories Magazine.  It was such a great layout and it is a shame it has been in hiding this long.

I love all these outside of the box challenges that are popping up around the place.  This one in particular was pretty fun.  The challenge was to for Scrap the Boys and the idea was to scrap your boy and FOOD.  This layout was created in November 2015 but it was picked up for publishing so I have had to hold off sharing it.

I decided that I wouldn’t use a standard photo of my son eating ‘Food” but rather I took this opportunity to document the fact that my son likes to eat EVERYTHING.  I love preparing sensory playtime activities for both the kids but I have to be sure that everything is edible because without a doubt he will eat it or at least try it.  This day was no exception.  The activity was slime also known as Cornflower, water and food colouring.  He saw it as soup and went and fished out a play spoon from the cubby and proceeded to eat it.  No amount of discouraging him works.  So its just as well it is not harmful but I don’t think it could have tasted very nice.

For my layout I created a mixed media background using greens.  I chose green because the colour complimented the photo and the embellishments I wanted to use. I had recently acquired some new Charms Creations Green Triangles and they are bright and I would encourage everyone to try and add some to their collection.  Triangles are very in at the moment and add something a bit special to any layout.

Here is my layout…


And a bit of an embellishment close up for you to drool over…



Practice makes Awesome

This layout was my first attempt at Scrap the Boys April Sketch.  It was picked up for publishing and then it got lost in the change over so today I am sharing it.

This is my take on it.


I used the Cocoa Vanilla denim paper from the Flying High Collection. It is a fantastic boy collection.  The diecuts and cork stars are from this too.  I have to make mention of the stitched stencil from Whichcraft too.  They are pretty amazing!  I will be adding a few more of these to my collection in the future.

Here are a few close ups too:

There is a quick process video on the Popleopod YouTube Channel too.  It is quick because this layout came together so easily.  I didn’t play with the sketch as much as I normally would.  I’m glad because the layout turned out nice and clean and spot on.  I am very happy with it.

Tooth Fairy | D-lish Design Team Share

This first Layout of this months shares is inspired by Sue’s Scrap Suite Cyber Crop challenge to use Circles and speech bubbles in a layout.  This is the challenge here.

Today’s layout is a bit of a special one.  It is a series of photos capturing my daughter’s first visit to the dentist.  We are pretty lucky to have an awesome dentist nearby that (on certain days) has the tooth fairy and her friend (Arthur the denist) the elf, come to work.

This layout I used a basic sketch from a past Scrap the Boys Sketch challenge for my base.  It is a great sketch for more than one photo and it uses clusters of embellishments.  I don’t usually use embellishments in this way but it is nice for a change. Plus it has some circles – First part of the challenge done.  The Circles I used a “Whichcraft do you do” stencil (you can find them on Facebook) and some Colour Blast Colour Paste in Royalty.

It was a pretty awesome experience even for me and I didn’t see the dentist.  The fairy shared her wand, had a selection of sunnies for Poppy to choose from, the dentist had a dragon complete with a very big chompy set of teeth with a toothbrush for kids to brush.  It made the whole experience a bit of fun but it will be disappointing when she is too old for it and has to see the “normal” dentist.  Until then we are counting down to our next check up.

I used some tooth fairy paper that I have collected somewhere along the way as my background. I also had this tooth fairy rub on in my stash that I wasn’t too sure it would work anymore (I bought it when I was pregnant with Poppy)and thankfully it worked.  I then drew colour inspiration from my photos.  I had some Simple Stories die cuts in my stash that complimented the colours of the photos and the background paper nicely.  Then I raided my D-lish stash.  I used the Monochrome Journal Packs as tiny word stickers (you know that trend that everyone is loving right now) and then I added some raw wood veneers – Arrow and hearts, a flair button from a past Just Add Paper Kit called “Fruit Tingle” and of course a Pink Sequin Bow.  As a final touch I pulled apart a strand of sequins and used the loose sequins across the page for a little bit of magic.  There is also some Gold Punchinella in there because you need a bit of Gold when you are talking about magic.

The Lets have fun today flair is from Studio Fourteen40, just incase you are looking for it.

The second part of Sue’s challenge was to incorporate some speech bubbles.  I used these little wood veneers I had left over from a recent class that were sitting on my desk.  The raw wood worked well with the raw wood veneers from the D-lish store so I didn’t bother colouring any of them.

So, that’s my take on Sue’s Challenge.  (I’ll be honest, it just worked out that it fit with all the requirements – I didn’t actually plan it that way.) It’s a bit of a busy layout but it really captures the magic of the experience.

Scrap the Boys | July | Take me to the Ocean

When I got to see the six months worth of challenges I’d be participating in as a Scrap the Boys Design Team Member, this was my favourite.  The colours of this moodboard really spoke to me and probably because I had not long returned from a weekend away at the coast.  I didn’t start the layout straight away I left it until I’d knocked over a few of the other challenges.  It came together so effortlessly and just as I had imagined, actually better.


I created a background using stamping, and Colour Blast colour paste  to which I layered all my details over the top.  The Chipboard frame is from Whichcraft an awesome little company I discovered quite by accident.  The wood sticks are actual drift wood bits I collected from the beach that weekend we were away.

I added some Sushi Soy Sauce fish that I cleaned and filled with glitter.  The layout wasn’t quite finished and on a trip to spolight to buy some more white cardstock I discovered these little charms in the jewellery section.  Perfect!  I love this layout and the fact that it is of my two favourite men makes me love it even more.

There is a process video that goes with this one too.  It also shows how I sealed the end of the fish and the extra bits I did to the background.  Don’t forget to subscribe to see more process videos like this one. Click here to go straight to this video.

Scrap the Boys – Moodboard Challenge

This month I cheated a little.  The moodboard is black and white but I added a POP! of yellow.  It turned out so great so I can’t complain really.


For this layout I decided to go black and white but it needed something a little bit more. So that’s where the yellow just finished it off.

I’m not going to bore you with a lot of words today so here’s the link to my Process video on POPLEOPOD YouTube channel  go check it out.

Oh and here’s a few more close ups.




Scrap the Boys – May Sketch Challenge

This is my second attempt at this challenge.  The first one got picked up for publishing so I had to redo it. (Can’t be disappointed really)

This is really a great sketch to work with especially when using a collection like Cocoa Vanilla.  All the bits just match and work together perfectly.  This is my first time using any Cocoa Vanilla and I just might be hooked.


I decided to use the morning light to photograph my layout rather than my light…What do you think?

There is a process video to go with this layout too…Check out Popleopod on YouTube.

Scrap The Boys – March Moodboard

Today I am sharing my design team layout using the March Moodboard over at Scrap the Boys.  When I look at it all I see is the beach.  I think its the fishing nets.

This layout is of my Son at my parents in laws.  They live on the Gold Coast and when we visit we always walk everywhere to tire the kids out completely.  On the way to the beach is some bike racks that both kids love to go through.  The main photo on my layout is that the other is at the beach.  All photos were taken on the same day and I find it is a nice way to group them all together.


I wasn’t sure about this layout at first but the more I look at it the more I like it.  I like the beachy feel.

Here are a few close ups:

You will spy some Studio Fourteen40 flair buttons and some Charms Creations.  I’m obsessed with Anchors at the moment so if you know where I can get some cute embellies please let me know.

I have also put together a process video on my YouTube channel Popleopod so hop over and check it out.

Scrap The Boys February – Design Team#1

This month is the first time I am sharing a Scrap the Boys layout as a Design Team member rather than just a player.  I am so excited to be apart of this team.  If you have followed me for a while you will know that Scrap the Boys is a challenge that I have regularly played along with in the past.  Being apart of this team for me is a kick in the butt to scrap my boys rather than just the girls. (I actually put this in my Design Team Application too).

This month the challenge is a Sketch. You can check it out here.

I love sketches.  They leave so much open to interpretation.  This is my take.  I have pretty much stuck to the main idea and added a few more embellishments.


I made my own origami stars with the help of YouTube.  They were a bit harder than they look and it took me a while to get the hang of it despite all the comments on the tutorial stating how easy it was to follow and do.  I even had my husband attempt one just so that I could satisfy my inner self that it wasn’t just me.  He didn’t even finish one before swearing and walking away.  So that proves I’m the patient one.

The papers are from a recent Studio Calico Scrapbooking pack.  I’m not sure which one exactly but its within the last 4 months.  They all work so well together.  There is some Star Punichella from D-lish Scraps too.  This is a new addition to my stash and I am loving it!

Here are a few close ups…




I have also put together a process video so head on over to Popleopod Channel on YouTube to have a look.

2016 – plans and goals and gratefuls

I wanted to have this blog post prepared and ready to go long before the new year but it hasn’t worked out that way.  Instead it is the day of New Years Eve and I am sitting down now to get my thoughts together.

Looking back over this past year, I have been incredibly lucky.  I started the year with two children and added a second daughter in March.  My husband and I have managed to work  together to enable me to be a full time Stay at Home Mum – something I am ever so grateful for.

As for my personal goals – most of these are scrapbooking/craft related except for the usual health one.  I am sure everyone has that goal weight they want to reach.  My goal in 2015 was to recover from being pregnant, have my hernia repaired and to start exercising and be well on my way to my goal number by the time 2016 hit.  I happy to report that I am well on my way to this magic number and my exercise routine is becoming a habit. It is still one that I DREAD but it is becoming easier.

This year I also discovered at the world of Art Journalling.  I stopped all of my Art many years ago (due to some pretty awful comments from someone close to me at the time) and told myself I wouldn’t go back to it but thanks to the cyber world I have found a whole community of ADULTS who enjoy making things just because.  I realised that if you like something – why stop.  Why do you have to please someone else.  Pleasing your self is is the most important thing to ensure Happiness.  I have made some great cyber friends who are pretty much on call 24/7 due to time zones around the world, if one isn’t awake someone else is.  I will be continuing this in 2016.  It went a bit by the way side at the end of 2015 as I was busy applying for Design Teams and meeting deadlines but I am going to push it to the top of my list in 2016. (Plus Art Journalling also made my top 9 Instagram images in 2015 will this be the same in 2016?)

Now for the Scrapbooking.  I have exceeded my scrapbooking goals in 2015.  I have mentioned in many posts before that I set myself goals in 2015 that I didn’t share out loud for the fear of falling short.  Well, the main focus for me was to be noticed.  I wanted people to like my stuff and notice that I was around.  Well, I achieved that I think.  I have had a few people private message me with kind words and leave comments on my blog.  But I guess the biggest thing was getting that phone call to say I had been chosen as a 2016 Scrapbooking Memories Master.  I think everything after that has just been icing on a cake.

I was also fortunate enough to be selected to be apart of the Scrap the Girls Design team.  I am so grateful to AJ for noticing what I was capable of and opening a door for me.  Truth be told I received a friend request from AJ a long time a go on Facebook.  I am and have been very protective of my Facebook followers I don’t usually accept people I haven’t met but for some reason I accepted AJ.  All I do remember is we had one mutual friend – a fellow scrapbooker who I went to school with (she will know who she is).  Funny how things work out.

Another person I am grateful to is Amanda from D-lish Scraps for seeing something in my work and allowing me to showcase some of her beautiful embellishments on my pages and allowing me to be apart of her Design Team.  I hope that this position is extended as I don’t want it to end.

So what’s in store for me in 2016?

Well, Scrapbooking Memories Master of course.  With everything being ahead in magazine land, we are almost already half way through the year and I am currently working on my Masters feature.  That is a bit daunting but I have some great ideas to share.

Design Teams – My current positions with Scrap the Girls and D-Lish Scraps are due to end at the end of March.  With that in mind I applied for a few more positions for this year that I did not expect to be successful at but thought I’d have a go anyways.  Starting in January, I will be apart of the Flutterbys Design Team showcasing some of the beautiful bits and bobs of Anita Rodway.  February – Will mark the start of my Design position with with Show Us Your Stuff Design team (showcasing handmade embellishments), Scrap the Boys Online Challenge and also the Colour Blast Design team.  Colour Blast is mixed media so it will also include my Art Journalling so keep an eye out for that.

I am going to be very busy this year but while my Mojo is flowing I want to take full advantage of it.  I am already working on layouts for the next few months and can’t wait to share.

Other things…

Last year I focused on getting my blog running after starting it the year before with the intention to look after it but severe morning sickness prevented me from doing anything much. I tried to blog at least once a week.  This year I will be aiming to double this and over the next year I want to write 100 blog posts.

I started my YouTube channel Popleopod in 2015 too.  This was something that I put off for so long thinking I wasn’t tech saavy enough to do it.  Turns out it is easier that it first appeared and I currently have 6 process videos sitting in the cyber world for people to watch.  This year I want to produce at least one a week.  So,by the end of 2016 I want to have 60 videos shared.  As I write this I am currently working on 2 more to share so I am well on my way to achieve this.  Make sure you have a look at what I have already done and Subscribe so you don’t miss out on things to come.

This year I also took my Instagram Account off Private and started focusing on my craft rather than family shares.  (I still do the odd family share) It has more than doubled in size.  My goal this year is to double it again and give away the WRMK fuse tool that I have promised since starting my Youtube Channel.  If you missed it – I have a WRMK fuse tool to give away when my Instagram account reaches 500 followers.  I try to monitor my followers so any spammers are deleted and not included in this number.  Lets see how long until I hit the magic number.

This year I am also going to attempt Ali Edwards One Little Word.  I have no idea why or what I want to achieve out of it but I guess I want to take advantage of this year of opportunities and this is a way to focus on that and document it.  My word is DELIGHT. (I will share in another blog post later why I chose the way I did.)

So that’s it.  That’s where I’m going in 2016 – really just trying to make the most of all the opportunities currently on my doorstep and not screw it up while balancing out a busy family life.  Let’s see how it goes.

Ps.  For those who wonder how I manage it. I have lists and Schedules and calendars and spreadsheets.  I design layouts in my head during the day and when the kids go to bed, I scrapbook.  I scrapbook with a plan.  I don’t waste a minute of my alone time.  I do this 3-4 days a week at night and then the other nights I sleep.  My baby daughter still feeds at least 2 times a night and everyone rises with the sun which at the moment in Queensland is very early before 5.  So, I need those nights to catch up on sleep.  I don’t know how I do it but I do.  Anything is possible if you want it to be.  I was not a morning person nor less than 8 hours a night girl until I had kids.  Now I am a go with the flow gotta take all opportunities kinda girl.

So, with that farewell 2015 and Happy New Year.  I hope that this year brings you all great things.  What are your Scrappy plans for this year? I’d love to hear them.

Now Decembers finished it might be time to start my December Daily!?? Crazy I know, RIGHT?!?!



Scrap the Boys | October sketch Challenge

The sketch this month over at scrap the boys is a bit different and my layout is way different to what my original ideas were.

Here is this months sketch:

I managed to Scrap a picture of my husband that has been shuffling around my scrap room since 2012.

It’s a picture of my husband skydiving taken by the guy who he was strapped to and who’s quick thinking saved both their lives. It was one of those worst case senarios – the Shute opened but tangled and had to be cut free before the reserve Shute was deployed. My husband had no idea any of this was happening as he was too busy yahooing but it is very clear in the view and by the fact the life saving guy finished up for the day as soon as he returned to base and went and had a beer at the pub next door. He was thankful to be alive that day. I have a heap of photos from the sand looking up but there is something about the look on my husbands fave that screams happy. At the time (back in 2012), I loved the picture, I printed it and then had no idea what to do with it. Until now! 

A tangle of strings, some Charms Creation Clouds and scrap FX Chipboard it all that it needed.

Here are some close ups: