Totally Addicted

12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Video

I hope you have all had a great weekend, the weather here has been perfect for crafting so I have been busy in the studio playing with some new goodies and making some new process videos.

I decided to play along again over at Paper Issues where the current challenge is “Get Your Game On” so I made a layout about my very bad addiction to Candy Crush Saga (it is a sickness, don’t judge me LOL).
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I mostly used the Creative Agenda Collection from Echo Park because the bright colours are the same as the colours of the game so it was a perfect fit. As you can see it is a pretty basic design and I didn’t go too crazy with embellishments because I felt that piece of watercolour dot paper was busy enough without adding too much extra.
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I added a punched edge to one of the cardstock layers which is a bit unusual for me because I don’t really get them out much anymore but I thought it would add some interesting texture and then I just used my new tiny attacher (after killing the old one) to add some labels from the sticker sheet.
Totally Addicted2I also coloured some wood veneer from Freckled Fawn to match the title letters and I also journaled!!! (I know crazy times). Of course I have a process video of how it all came together HERE on my YouTube channel.
Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day


12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Sketch Challenge

I love when the weather is a bit warmer because that is when I feel my most creative, the cold seems to freeze my mojo. So now it is a bit warmer (not a whole lot though, it takes forever for spring to arrive here) I have been messing around in the studio with my new Heidi Swapp September Skies goodies and the latest sketch from Paper Issues
November Sketch PII thought this sketch would be perfect because I am in love with the large floral paper from the collection but didn’t want it to overwhelm the page so when I saw this I thought it would work well at the top behind the layers.
ChockalitI did change the sketch slightly because I had put my background paper on the wrong way round so I moved the photo across to accommodate my mistake because I did want those coloured triangles showing.
Chockalit2I also really went to town with the flowers in the embellishment pack, they are so gorgeous. I also popped a little camera charm on there from the new Maggie Holmes collection, it was on one of those bobby pin clips but I pulled it apart because I can never make them work.

This page is about my friend Chockalit (that is her real name and it is so fabulous) and in this photo she is on her way to a big celebration at a temple in Ubud with other ladies from her village.
She is seriously the most wonderful, kindest person I have ever met.
We have known each other for so many years and it is proof that true friendship really doesn’t require a lot. She has dreadful english, my Indonesian is really poor so our conversations involve lots of jumping up and down, charades and laughter and most time neither of us know what the other one is trying to say but she is always so excited when I visit and gives me lots of hugs and even brings flower offerings to my room each day so that I will have good luck and karma. We were born the same year one day apart so we always joke we are sisters, one of the few words we can agree on in both languages. She is just a kind person with a kind heart and that is really the most imporant thing you could ask for in a friend.

Thanks so much for stopping by,


12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Video

It has been a busy weekend around here and it was great to have some fine weather at last so as well as getting kits ready for Scrappy Canary, I also had a chance to play around in the scrap room as well as get some videos edited for my YouTube channel. Today I am sharing a layout I made using mainly the Teresa Collins Nine & Co collection.


This layout was fairly quick to put together (you can see my process video below) but once I had it finished when I went to add some black mist splatters and I managed to make a huge smeared mess.
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I ended up putting another piece of the chipboard flowers over the top which is kind of funny as when I put the layout together, several times I had thought about placing the flowers in that spot but ended up thinking it looked too busy. However when I was editing the video I realised how empty it would have looked with out it there so it all turned out for the best.
Shine2This photo was taken on my recent holiday to Bali and I was feeling really wonderful being in the warm climate and spending time with my Balinese friends so I wanted to use that Shine piece of veneer especially but when I was sorting through my supplies I found the Do what makes you happy card and I thought that they worked together perfectly for the theme of this page.

I do have a process video below of how it all came together, I have also just edited a couple of haul videos of some new goodies I got that you can find on my channel.

Thank you for dropping by and have a beautiful day,

Back at last!

Design Team Work Scrappy Canary Video

Hi everyone, I am back after a crazy long break from blogging. Life seems to have got in the way lately, everything has taken precedence over crafting for myself but I am trying to get that work/life balance in play.
I have also been overseas (again) to Bali (again lol) so at least I have a lot of photo’s ready to get scrapped.

Today I am sharing a layout I made using the Scrappy Canary October Kit – Wild Roses. This layout was the basis for the November Sketch challenge.
Happy Gypsies
This is a photo from our recent trip of my mum and I. We pretty much always travel together, it is something we both love doing and we (usually) get along really well. I just fancied us a wandering nomads so I chose the title Happy Gypsies. When it came to the title the thickers that were in the kit were a bit too wide to fit in the space I wanted them so I used some Shimelle Glitter ones  that came in Septembers kit, I am seriously in love with these thickers for so many reasons but especially because they are skinny and you can use them for longer titles and that they have extra vowels which is awesome.
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Because I haven’t blogged for so long, I feel like I have lost my writing voice so I am just going to leave you with a process video of how it all came together.

Thank you for stopping by and I will be back again soon with another layout,

Creative Scrappers|Sketch 278

12x12 Layout Creative Scrappers Design Team Work Scrappy Canary Sketch Challenge

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Today is my last reveal for the Creative Scrappers design team. I have had such a fantastic time being part of this amazing team, as you know I am a HUGE fan of sketches so to work on a DT that is focused just on that was an awesome experience for me. So onto today’s sketch:For this layout I kept true to the sketch but instead of 4 photos I just used one and divided it up, which is a fun way to scrap everyday photos that don’t have people in them (otherwise you cut them in half and it can look a bit odd if the pose isn’t just right).
CS278MandaI used up some of the remains of last month’s Scrappy Canary Bohemian Kit and also used this months Lovely Rita add-on and the embellishment kits from both months. These two kits really are very different to each other but by mixing and matching I got a completely different style again.
Totally Addicted3Now you have seen how I used the sketch head on over to the Creative Scrappers page to see how the other girls interpretted the sketch and for details of how to play along to win a prize from My Creative Scrapbook.
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend,

14 May

12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Video

Hey all, hope you have had a wonderful weekend. We finally had some spring sunshine but of course I woke up with the most dreadful migraine yesterday so I couldn’t enjoy it but thankfully I felt much better today and go busy out in the studio. I am a bit behind on my sharing lately, Scrappy Canary is keeping me so very busy but I count myself lucky that my hobby is now my work too.

I made this page about two weeks ago I think. Elle’s Studio had a fantastic offer on the Shine bundle which I grabbed. It was one of those lines that I wasn’t desperate to get at the time because it came out in our winter but when the bundle deal came up it was perfect timing as we were coming into summer.
This is a picture I snapped from my sunbed on my birthday. All I wanted to do this year was lie by the pool and go to my favourite restaurant (we were in Bali so the former was easy!)
This layout came together pretty easy for me as I had gone through and picked out all my embellishments etc which is something I don’t usually do, generally I just grab some things I like and look through them as I go.
Any I have made a process video of how this one came about which you can see below or on my YouTube channel
So that was a short and sweet post but I want to get back out in the sun while I still can because we are expecting rain all this week : (
Have a great day,

Creative Scrappers Sketch #277

Creative Scrappers Design Team Work Sketch Challenge

Hello there, today I am sharing my newest layout for the Creative Scrappers Team using sketch number #277.|
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For this one I flipped the sketch over so the photo would be slightly lower on the left hand size.
CS277MandaI used papers and embellishments from the Pink Paislee Solstice and Shimelle collections with a couple of other bits and pieces I had on hand. I am totally in love with the gold thickers.
NightRiver3I fussy cut the globe from a transparency, I loved how it tied in with the Solstice foam embellishments. I finished off the page with lots of gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the navy background to reflect the lights in the photo, so it looked a little like stars.
NightRiver4This week I also have a video with you can see below or on my YouTube channel

This month’s sponsor is My Creative Scrapbook who are giving an amazing kit for one lucky challenge participant! To Win a prize all you need to do is create a layout and link it up on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,


12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Video

Hello there. Sorry for the absence in blogging there seems to be less and less hours in the day lately! Today I wanted to share with you a new layout I made using the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar Collection, I have been absolutely loving this collection for my Bali album because of the bright colours and patterns.
BarongIt worked perfectly with this photo of a Barong I have been wanting to scrap but hadn’t found the right papers to go with his gold and bright red.
Barong3I didn’t have much of a plan when I started out this layout but it started to be very symmetrical untiI got to the embellishments but even then I tried to balance them out even though they are different. Below is a video of how this layout came together, you will have to excuse my voice I think I am getting a cold.

Thank you for stopping by,

Creative Scrappers #276: He’s Got Cat-titude

12x12 Layout Creative Scrappers Design Team Work Scrapbooking Sketch Challenge

10612997_10152619302232566_4872729597909185593_nToday at Creative Scrappers we have a special reveal. We have partnered with The Cut Shoppe owned by our DT Member Ashley Horton, who generously offered each of us a cut file from her store to use with this sketch. I chose to use the That Darn Cat Cut File (of course!). So onto the sketch:
Creative Scrappers 276I flipped the sketch horizontally so the photo and title were on the opposite side.
CS276MandaI had some fabulous glitter paper that was for use in the Cameo (I think it was American Crafts) so I used that for my title. The papers on this page were pieces out of the scrap basket on my desk, I should probably try to use that a little more or clean it out because it is getting a bit out of control.
Cattitude2I wanted to add a pop of colour and I had some of the Heidi Swapp Favorite Things collection on my desk so I decided to go with a bright pink then I finished it off with a couple of flair and some gold Color Shine.

So that is it from me make sure you head over to the Creative Scrappers Blog to see how the other DT members used the sketch and to play along with the challenge.

Creative Scrappers #275

12x12 Layout Creative Scrappers Design Team Work Scrapbooking Sketch Challenge

The weeks are just flying at the moment and it is already time for another Creative Scrappers Sketch.
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It has been really cold here the last week and we even got something which I think was hail but it was finer so it looked like snow, not a huge amount but enough to cover the ground and for me to make a snowman on the roof of the car which of course needs a page of it’s own. I decided to go with blues and greys as a colour scheme and rather than sticking to a single collection or all the newest goodies I had, I went for a little dive into my stash to get supplies.

This sketch had lots of layering in the middle which I love so I used lots of little pieces from my scrap basket and mixed in some little shipping tags and stickers. I also wanted sparkle so I went with some glitter thickers and sparkly enamel dots. I finished it off with the little Favourite Moment acrylic cut which was an exclusive in a recent Scrappy Canary kit designed by Wilna Furstenburg. (It did have My favourite moment but I cut off the my because I liked this way better).
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Make sure you head over to the Creative Scrapper Blog to see what the other girls have made and then play along. Just link up your take on sketch #257 on the Creative Scrappers blog by 31 August for your chance to win a sweet prize from Pinkfresh Studio.
Have an awesome week,