Make Me Beautiful

Today I am sharing my Scrap the Girls Design Team Layout for this month.

This month the challenge was “First, let me take a Selfie”


And here is my take on the challenge.

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There is a process video on POPLEOPOD YouTube so I won’t go into all the details you can just watch me create it.  So check it out and let me know what you think.

Oh, and here are a few close ups:



Poppy | February Scrap the Girls Design Team Share

This month we have a new design team over at Scrap the GirlsScrap the Girls and the girls are on fire.  This year I have decided to change things up a little with the challenges and I will be introducing theme challenges too.  So that is something to look out for.

This month though, to ease the girls in we just have a sketch challenge.

This is my layout:


I really love this layout it is featuring the new 7Dots Studio collection called Cotton Candy.  It is beautiful and so easy to work with.

I threw in a bit of a Colour Blast Shimmer Dust mixed media background and some Viva Las VegaStamping and BAM! it was done.


There is a process video too so head over to Popleopod on YouTube and check it out.

This Moment | DT Share Scrap the Girls

Just a quick share today, this months Scrap the Girls challenge stumped me for a while and it is my challenge.  This is it here:

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After much thinking and changing my ideas many times this is what I came up with:


I had to add a bit of mixed media to the background to soften the crazy patterned paper.  Then I added some stamping over the top that I embossed with gold “Bling” embossing powder from Colour Blast.  It was very hard to photograph.  You can kind of see it here.


Then I painted my chipboard pieces with Blue Dylusions paint and embossed over the top in more “Bling” Colour Blast Embossing Powder.



Scrap the Girls October Moodboard

I’ll be honest this months moodboard wasn’t one of my favourite colour combinations.  Purple and green kinda don’t do it for me but I am pretty pleased with the way this layout turned out.


This layout started out with some papers from the very bottom of my stash.  Papers that I think were given to me when a friend thought she’d take up scrapbooking and then realised it’s a lot of work.  I happily took the pile and it has sat in my cupboard until now.  These were a perfect match for the moodboard.  I am not really a fan of purple and I think that is why this moodboard didn’t really appeal to me to start with.

Once I sorted my papers and started with the mixed media it all started to come together and I started to like what I was creating.  Plus as soon as I added my Viva Las VegaStamps I was in my happy place.  I really love these little pieces of red rubber.

Anyways, here’s a few close ups.  Make sure you check out Scrap the Girls Blog to see the other Design Team members layouts.

A bit of triple embossing makes any chipboard freaking awesome!


A little Charms Creations and a Flutterby Designs flair = the perfect finishing touches.


There is a process video too….


Scrap the Girls – May Sketch Challenge

Today is my first official month as the Scrap The Girls Ringmaster. I am a bit excited by the process and the direction of the blog.  Just keep an eye out for the changes.

Anyhow, today I am going to share take on the May Sketch.


I decided to stick fairly closely to the sketch.  This is the Hello Love Collection from Crate Paper.  It’s very girly and I love it. I teamed it up with some stickers from my stash and a few bits from the Dear Lizzy Documented collection.

I added a few other embellishments – Charms Creations Hessian Heart, A Flutterby Designs Flair button and a D-lish Sequin bow.

There isn’t a video to go with this video as my camera was full and I didn’t want to waste time downloading it when I had so many ideas flowing.

Scrap the Girls April Moodboard Challenge

This month on the Scrap the Girls Challenge blog is a Colour Challenge designed by the fabulous Rikki Graziani. My first thoughts were Easter Colours when I saw.  I went and printed of a whole heap of Easter photos from the last few years and they didn’t match the colour scheme so….I went through a pile of photos I have on my desk (waiting for the right layout) and I decided to use a black and white photo of my daughter who promises she wasn’t eating sand.


I then went through my stash pulling out papers that I thought would match the colours.  I settled on a crazy piece that has been in my stash for over ten years.  I know this because the price tag on the back was from a shop I used to frequent before I went overseas to live in 2006.  When we returned to Australia in 2009, it had closed down so its old and to be honest I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it.

Looking at the moodboard for inspiration my eyes settled on the mandala style drawing in the top right hand corner.  I read something recently that Mandalas are going to be big this year so I decided that I would recreate something similar and then cut out parts of it.  When I was hand cutting out some of the negative shapes, I developed an appreciation and need for a paper cutting machine.  I never thought I needed one but all the beautiful layouts I am seeing with cut shapes and after hand cutting them myself maybe I will add one to my wish list along with a Minc.


For the journalling I decided to handwrite the quote from the moodboad on journalling strips.  I usually do this strip style journalling with my words typed up on my typewriter but because I hand drew the background I wanted to include my handwriting too.

Looking back at this layout, it looks fairly simple but there was a lot of time and effort that went into drawing the background and cutting it out.  It is also mixed media free which for me at the moment is very different.  I kept my embellishments to a minimum too all I used was a Charms Creations Book tab, Studio 1440 flair button and a D-lish Scraps Doily and sequin bow.  The gold crosses came from the same Thickers pack as the Be in the title.


As always, I have put together a process video so you can watch it all come together.  Head over to Popleopod channel and don’t forget to subscribe to see more process videos like this one.  I am also on Facebook and Instagram so, if you haven’t already go and like them too – I often share sneak peeks of projects I am working on.


Family Keepsake | Scrap the Girls Design Team Share

It’s another new month so that means it’s a new challenge over at Scrap the Girls.  This month it’s a moodboard and I will tell you I was so happy to see that there were no flowers in sight and it was really quite a different grown up sophisticated moodboard. The moodboard is Black and Gold.


I tried something a bit different.  I layered texture paste quite thickly through a stencil and then coloured it with a sprinkle of black and gold embossing powder from Colour Blast.  You have to be light handed to get blended effect.  Once it was on, I blasted it until the embossing powder had bubbled and then a bit more until the texture paste had bubbled too.  While it was still a bit tacky, I sprinkled some gold micro beads over the texture paste to add some more gold and texture.


To add the black and gold detail to the layout I raided my stash and found some Prima flowers I had been hoarding and some others I have no idea what brand but I think they may have been Prima too.  To break it up a bit, I added some D-lish white small roses.


For the title I had some D-lish wire from the recent “After Five” kit that I bent into the word family.  It is a quirky addition to the layout that I love.


I’ll be honest this is quite a bulky layout and it is going to take up a whole lot of space in an album but it is beautiful and I tried something different with the texture paste and embossing powders that it absolutely amazing.  You will definitely see more of this is my up coming layouts.