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.


White with One Challenge – September

This layout I created 2 years ago, it was accepted for published and then all sorts of publishing drama has occured.  I have been advised it may not be printed and I can share it so here it is….

I decided to have another go at this challenge this month.  Last month the Custard Yellow layout I did was pick up for publishing so I was keen to get an entry into this challenge.

The colour this month was Antique Moss. Kahki Green in other words.  All my greens are fairyly bright so I started off mixing my own version of the green that I wanted to use.  My ingredients were – 2 squirts of Kaisercraft Antique Gold, 2 Squirts of Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Fossilised Amber and 4 of Tim Holtz Twisted Citron. This is my colour swatch.  I knew I wanted to write this blog post to I made sure I kept track of what I was adding.

I applied my ink to my pre-prepared cardstock (a layer of gel medium) using a mop brush and plenty of water.  Once it was dry I added some texture paste through a sencil.

I then went through my stash and pulled out everything that was white and green.  I had no idea where I was actually going with this layout but I knew what colours I had to work with.  I found this little felt frame in a box of ‘I don’t know if I will ever use these things’ and I decided that I was going to make it work.  The photo I chose was a black and white photo of my daughter that I had printed out a while ago but hadn’t decided how I wanted to scrap it.  I actually have a few different photos from this day that I want to scrapbook but I love them so much I didn’t want to just scrap them for the sake of it.  Anyways, once I had my frame and my photo I just kept layout out bits and pieces until I was happy then I glued it all down.

Just as I was sitting down one night to write this post I thought I should send this one off to see if I can get it published.  I was gobsmacked when I got the acceptance email.  So now it has been published I can finally share it.

Here are some of the details.

A look back at the Brisbane Scrapbooking Expo 2016

Today, I am throwing back to June.  I wanted to write about the Brisbane Scrapbooking Expo but I got a little distracted by Life and am now sitting down to reflect on the experience.  The Brisbane Scrapbooking Expo is one of the highlights of my year.  I don’t have a local scrapbooking store or a local scrapbooking group and my friends who actually scrapbook is limited to two and they don’t do it very often at all.  It is a given each year that I am going and our family plans that weekend revolve around me.  Last year, I went with my daughter in toe – she was three months old, I was not missing out. I had plans this year to go alone.  I kinda did go alone. As in I didn’t have any kids with me but I was asked to be a tutor and represent Colour Blast Australia. So I wasn’t alone. Hell Yes!

To be a tutor was one of those things on my bucket list that I thought would never ever happen to me but it did and I happily took the opportunity with both hands.  Tutor spots are limited and I had only ever seen big names as tutors. I could pretend I was a big name.

As a tutor you have to be prepared to teach classes of up to 25 people.  Kit preparation this year was easy for me and was done by my sponsor, Colour Blast. I just had to put the kit into packs and create with what they supplied.  Maybe if I have to put together my own kit it will be a little harder.

The other thing that is special about tutors is that they get to do a display to showcase their work.  I kept my display fairly simple and chose to incorporate the bike from my blog logo.  A few people I spoke to about my idea for my display thought that I was a little crazy but my Crossfit instructor, Trev, understood what I was saying and helped me make it happen.  Actually it was really simple.  If I ever get this opportunity again – I have bigger ideas!

Here is my Display:


And here are a few of the other tutor displays:

I took the fact that I had a three day pass to the event as an opportunity to check out the talent and styles of other teachers. I did three classes as a student at the Expo.  These are the first classes I have ever done at the Expo and to be honest, the Second, third and fourth classes I have ever done.  I have always had the idea that I can work out things from photos.  But it was so nice to actually get to talk to people and share ideas and techniques in person.  Each tutor had a different teaching style and different ideas about what and why they are scrapbooking.

My first class was Natalie May.  She is clearly a regular teacher and is very technical in her approach.  She talks a lot about composition and colour. She scraps to preserve the memory.  Natalie clearly loves the products she uses. This was my first time meeting Natalie.  She too is a Scrapbooking Memories Master this year so it was a bit special to actually meet one of my “collegues” in real life.  Natalie’s page was a monochromatic page. Monochromatic is not new to me but the way Natalie explains it and teaches it makes me realise there is a lot more too it than what I usually think when I put a layout together.  I am not trained in any way and I realise that when I listed to Nat talk.  It makes me want to learn more of the technical side of Art rather than my high school knowlege.  That has now been added to my bucket list.

This is me and Natalie:


This is my take on Natalie’s Monochromatic Layout:


The second class I did was Fiona Paltridge, (if you follow my blog you will know she is my Scrappy girl crush), Fiona has a style that talks about composition too but in less of a structured textbook way that Natalie presents.  Fiona scraps for the art of it. (This is totally me, the memory is a bonus.) This class sold out pretty quick.  Fiona taught every day but some classes doubled up this one was a one off.  I was lucky enough to do this class with the Amazing Anita Rodway owner of Flutterby Designs.  We hit it off and had a ball.  I am still in awe of Fiona and think that she is the bees knees.

This is me and Fi and Anita:


This is my take on Fiona’s class featuring the AMAZING Sue Plumb:


The third class I did was Beck Beattie.  She was demonstrating her very own product and was very passionate about it.  And so she should be it was beautiful to use.  Beck is all about memory preserving too.  Her classes are awesome and she encourages you to make it your own which I love!


We created two layouts in Becks Class, here are my interpretations:

Looking back, I don’t know why I didn’t take the opportunity to do classes sooner.  They are so much fun and it is nice to sit in a room with like minded people rather than alone in my scrapbooking room.  If you get a chance do a class – do it. They are not cheap but you will come away with a renewed energy that will make you want to go home and make something.

As for my classes….They were small but when you are competing with the big names above I kind of expected that but I loved every minute of it.

This was my page:


I loved that everyone in my class was there to learn about something I loved and wanted to hear what I had to say and see how I do it. Colour Blast is an awesome new product on the market and I have been lucky enough to be representing it pretty much from the beginning.  I love sharing something that is completely new to a lot of people.  I also want to thank everyone that attended my classes.  I appreciate your support.  Fingers crossed I can come back again and share some of my other ideas.


The Brisbane Scrapbooking Expo is Awesome.  You never know who you are going to meet in real life.  And people are so different when you actually meet them face to face.  I have been told in real life I am a lot quieter than I seem 🙂

If you are in Brisbane around June next year make sure you check it out.  Sign up to the Into Craft Newsletter so you are updated and don’t miss out.

Here is a video I created over the three days of the event.





Masters Challenge Entries 2015

I thought that it was time that I share my 2015 Masters Entries and my thoughts about them.

I had decided as part of my New Years Resolutions that I would apply this year.  My first time.  I was excited and scared at the same time.  I didn’t tell anyone my plans, I didn’t want to have to meet expections or share my disappointment if I didn’t get a look in.  I thought about this a lot before the tasks were actually released.  Silly I know as you don’t know what the tasks are until they are released but I had a really good idea for an off the page project.  When the tasks were released there was no Off the Page project. Arrrrgh!

The tasks this year were –

  1. Scrap a single layout a 5×7 photo that must be engaging and have eye-contact.
  2. Scrap a layout using at least three photographs.
  3. Scrap a layout that includes Bling (Interpreted your way)
  4. Incorporate a budget saving technique to your layout. This could be through extending the use of a product or upcycling.

For the first time ever, I thought about each task, sat down and planned.  Usually I would just print a whole heap of photos and see where they take me but this time I was serious.  I highlighted the core things that I needed to focus on. Then I highlighted the due date. Then I got started.

I knew what photo I wanted to use for the 5×7 so I went and got that printed.  I only have a Picturemate printer so 6×4 is the largest I can print at home.  Then I started putting together my layouts. The first task I started was the Bling.  I had the layout idea in mind but didn’t know what photo to team it up with.  I actually had two ideas but when I put together the first idea it turned out better that I thought so I didn’t even worry about the other one.

I didn’t finish one layout start to finish like I would normally but I worked on all tasks at once. The second task I started was my 5×7 photo.  I knew the background that I wanted to create and bought some distress stain at the Brisbane Scrapbooking expo just to put it together.  The background is a reflection of what I remember about the day the photo was taken.  I was having maternity photos taken that day and the photographer (who is now like a friend as she had photographed our family every six months over the past 2 years) was talking to me and then all of a sudden she said to me, “Stop there.  The light is perfect.”  I looked up through the trees and mottled light and green leaves it what I saw.  I love the way the background turned out on this one.

The next was the Upcycle challenge.  I remember there was a past challenge that had a similar theme and I remember thinking I don’t have those things at home.  I would have to go buy them just to upcycle them.  I didn’t want anyone to think that about my entry.  I wanted to choose something that everyone had access too.  There is a trend at the moment for the “Packaging Technique”.  Packaging is something everyone had access to but I didn’t want to do something that is being done.  So I decided that I would use the packaging in a different way.  I would use it as paper.  I needed to create a background.  I decided to use the outside of some alphas.  The part that you would usually throw away.  I cut it up and stuck it to a piece of cardstock then covered it in a few layers of gesso.  I wanted to mute the colours.  Once it was covered I coloured it with inks and then highlighted different letters in different colours.  I used the packaging as a layout within my paper cluster under my photo.  I stamped it with Stayzon Ink so it didn’t just get lost amongst all the other layers.

Finally, after a weekend away, I decided on three photos from a trip to Cooly Rocks that I would scrapbook.  Two a very similar but focus on what the layout is about – Licorice Legs.  I decided to go a bit grungy with this layout.  I knew how I wanted the background to look and I had a few goes at creating it. I just couldn’t get the colour right.  I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have been able to create the finished layout I did with the other attempts.

White with One – August Challenge 2015

This layout was picked up for publishing before I entered it in the challenge. It was finally published last month but here is the original blog post and my thoughts….

This is a new Challenge to me.  I have heard of it before but I’ve never tried it.  I’m not sure if its a colour I would have usually attempted to work with but it was surprisingly fun.

The idea of the challenge is White with One. The ‘One’ is a colour specified by the challenge.  This month is was “CUSTARD”. Yep, that pastey yellow. I wasn’t sure that I would participate this month but then I was looking for a missing stamp and I moved a pile of background layouts that I have started and not finished.  There was a cream one with some yellow detail. It was the perfect base for the challenge.

Over the background, I applied texture paste through a stencil and when it was dry I applied a layer of white gesso to make it more bright white. For more white and texture, I added white thread and then a yellow and white paper cluster that included a white doily. You are allowed to add black as an accent colour but it shouldn’t dominate so I used it under a yellow flair button in the form of a Charms Creation X flair and as a matte under the photo to make it pop. The yellow Journey title I found in my stash from an old Crate Paper Embellishment pack. It was just the right colour.  I added the typed journaling on some white paper to bring some more white into the layout.

I am really happy with the overall layout.  I’m not sure if I over used the custard colour and need more white but I think it looks pretty good.

Dream Chaser Layout

This is my new favourite layout. I love it so much.
This was originally created for one of my guest design spots with Charms Creations but it was selected for publishing so I went with something different.  Things have changed with publishers and I have this hanging in a frame that I don’t want to take down so it won’t be published so now is the time to share it.

I had a dream catcher idea and by chance it matched Octobers Moodboard for Scrap the Boys.

The background is created using both Smooches inks and Tim Holtz distress stain. It worked out so well you will see it featured in my art journal this month too.

I made a dream catcher with some burlap circles I picked up from a cheap shop and some feather I made from old book pages. To tie in the dream catcher to the layout I using a Charms Creation heavenly heart that I had previously removed the butterfly button for another layout that I never used. Instead of reattaching the button, I teamed it up with a Studiofourteen 40 tin button flair. I loved this layout so much that is now hanging on the wall in my studio.

Master Challenge Layout – Pion Design

Just a quick share today for those of you who didn’t manage to get hold of a Scrapbooking Memories Magazine this month (Volume 18 Number 12).  The Masters Challenge this month was a pack of Pion Papers.  Pion Papers are made in Sweden and are described as Vintage papers with a romantic feel. Let me tell you these papers were real pretty and feminine with a very Parisian theme.  The colours would be nice for a newborn layout very baby blue and pink.

For my layout,  I decided to scrap a photo of my daughters, one is in a pink dress the other blue.  Of all the papers – I used one with pink roses in the corners. Yep, just one piece.  I decided that I would make my own background rather than layering papers.  I wanted the layout to be more unique.  To create my unique layout, I pulled out my watercolours and created a Monet Abstract Garden (if you want to know what I mean by Monet you can read my explanation from my Triple Treat WOW creation layout here.)


I then fancied it up with a Prima frame, Scrap Fx Chipboard and a range of flowers from D-lish and Kaisercraft.  It’s fairly simple but so pretty.  I have always admired these pretty flower layouts but never really tried them. To be honest, my thoughts were why would you waste all those flowers on one layout?!?



I’ve since learnt that the way to create beautiful layouts that get noticed it to use all those things you are hoarding.  Keeping them is not appreciating them.  If this isn’t the perfect layout then what means the next one will be?  Go an drag out your “special” bits and use them!