Friday, 18 November 2016


Hello Everyone! 

Well I am back with another post. 
I just loved Laura Whitaker's new sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches and when I saw the DT inspiration  I just knew I wanted to play along.

Now we are in the process of having our house re-painted and I thought I would use this time to re-do or add to my layout wall, and I knew I wanted to use this sketch to do a framed layout of my new grand baby - Scarlett.

Here is the sketch.

Isn't it just gorgeous. BUT I didn't follow it exactly as the orientation of the photo I wanted to use was different so I adapted it slightly but I hope that it still looks like the sketch. This is one I will use again and again.

Here is my layout.

I didn't put my journalling on the front of the layout as it is being framed but it is on the back and it says.

I don't think that there is any love to compare the love you have for your grand babies and the more there are the bigger your heart gets. It's like it expands with each one that comes along. This little thing has already wormed her way right in to my heart and nothing gives me more joy than to see her sweet face. Scarli, I hope that you will always know just how much you are loved. I love watching your little personality develop and grow, and it amazes me just how complex we are and how much you have had to contend with and learn in your few months on this earth. Our relationship will be so special and I want you to know that you will always be my little angel. I am looking forward to our time together and the bond that we will develop. We have already established our Wednesday afternoon date time just for you and me and I will always treasure it.
Love always.

Here are some close ups.

I used a heavy watercolour paper to work on and used a lovely dandelion stencil with texture paste and while it was still wet I covered it with glitter so it has a lovely little sparkle. Once it was dry I used LSG mists in a peach and a green. Once that was dry I splashed on some Heidi Swapp colour shine in gold.

I used washi tape, some lace tape, some pattern paper and gold embossed vellum to create the vertical layer and the photo was matted in vellum and some paper to keep it light. I used some of the paper and the vellum to create the tags and I also added in an acetate butterfly wing for a bit of interest. The title is black letters and gold stickers. Then I added some flowers that picked up the shades in the pattern paper. 

So now, I have been a very busy bee. I signed up for Shimelle Laine's new Design Decisions online class - I really love her work and I want to use up my stash and I really like how she mixes her pattern papers. I always start off thinking to myself - 'no way that will work' but it always does. This is my first layout from her first class and I can't wait to catch up with the others.

I have to say I was freaked out by using so many pattern papers I had to just breathe but the more I see this layout the more I like it. I love the handwritten journalling on here and it is something I never do because I don't like my writing but here it is and I am ok with it.

It says... Spence, You are my little star and I love our routine at pick up time (at school). Usually you have just woken up and you just want to chill in the tire swing for a bit while you wake up fully. Unlike your sister who wants to swing higher and higher you just want to swing low and gentle. I can see on your face that you just zone out. Once you are fully awake you are quite happy to your bag and go to the car. I love you so much. Glannie <3

Here are some close ups.

Ok, so my starting point was to choose a paper that had all the colours from the photos. This paper is so old I don't even know whose it is and I had about three or four with differing patterns and one of her design decisions is to have a large pattern a medium pattern and a small pattern all picked out to match the original piece. I used 5 different patterns on this layout, that is a biggie for me especially seeing as though the papers are not from the same range or manufacturer.

The other thing she teaches you is how to build clusters to ensure that your eye moves around the layout to the photos and also to make sure there is no awkward trapped space. Things I never even considered. Balancing different textures too.

The rule of threes, three embellishment placements and so on. Like I said VERY different for me but I am learning so much and I am loving it.

FINALLY, I made a birthday card for a friend so I am going to share it and I am sorry that the photo is not the best but I forgot to take a pic of it before I gave it to her.

You can see the shadow from my phone. 

So I made this card on watercolour paper and I stamped the flower, a Tim Holtz stamp onto the paper and masked it off I then masked off the sides so that I could apply distress in to the center panel. Once it was dry I splashed it with water, and only then removed the masks. The flower was painted with distress markers and the Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped at the end. I decided to add the black lines to the edge of the center panel to make it pop more and finally added three little gems.

That is it for now. Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.

Till next time.

Happy Scrapping!


Thursday, 10 November 2016


Hello Everyone!
I have been scrapping up a storm and I am here to share one of the layouts that I have done for the challenge over at 123 Challenge Blog, I visited the very talented Lizzy Crust's blog and saw her take on the challenge and just knew I wanted to give it a go. If you haven't seen Lizzy's work I can highly recommend a visit to her blog. I loved the challenge for this month. 

Here it is.

1 To use the colour Peach
2 To use the word Pretty
3 To use Pleats on your layout.

Here is my take on the challenge.

My journalling on the layout says...

It has taken me the best part of 60 years to get to a place where I can truly accept who I am and to know my worth. If I could tell my younger self just one thing... it would be that YOU ARE PRETTY FLAWSOME.

The quote on the photo says...
Flawed and fabulous because perfect doesn't exist and normal is just plain boring.
The journalling on the back of the layout says...

 I have spent my whole life trying to fit in, to tick all the right boxes. To be the perfect wife, to be the best mother, to be a good daughter, to be a diligent employee, to be a trendy scrapper, to get better grades at school, to be athletic, to be thinner, to be prettier, to be wittier and more intelligent, to be accepted by everyone. I can't believe that it has taken me 60 years to really get that no matter what I do and how hard I try I am never going to please everyone all the time and that I can't be true to others if I can't be true to myself first. Finally I get that I am not perfect and that is ok, neither is anyone else. I don't need to be I just need to do my best and if that is not good enough for anyone else that is their issue not mine. 
When I think of all the time I have wasted trying to be something I am not and can never be makes me sad. I never want my kids to feel like they are not enough.
We are all pretty flawesome!

Here are some close-ups

I started of with the rose paper which had some very pale peach in it and purple and chose to go with those colours. I fussy cut some of the flowers and then added a little watercolour to them.

I also used a celebr8 chippie which I coloured in Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet distress paint, once it was dry I added some gold embossing powder here and there.
The title is gold thickers and I also used a canvas alphabet for the 'pretty'.

I chose to co with a  pleated flower, love this die from Tim Holtz. I added a punched out scallop and a button and gold thread to complete the flower. I added some glitter washi tape and a butterfly and little word sticker at each of the embellishment points. Lastly I splattered on some Wilted Violet paint and some Heidi Swapp colourshine in gold.

I have also been very busy making Christmas cards this year :D

Here they are...

Whoo hoo go me... I forgot with everyone sending e-cards just how much fun it was to make them and get them posted off. 

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!