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

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

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,


Ubud Market

Ubud Market3Two posts in two days! I have been so absent the last month as I have taken over Scrappy Canary operations, something which I love but has been a real eye opening experience. Anyway I have finally had a chance to get in thescraproom and even make a video.

I recently got the Grand Bazaar collection pack from Basic Grey and I absolutely love it but when you have it all laid out in front of you it can be overwhelming but I knew I wanted to use it for some of my recent Bali holiday photos and the colours and patterns are just perfect so I challenged myself to use just this collection for a page.

Ubud Market  I had taken these photos of flower sellers at Ubud Market and I thought the purple floral paper would be perfect, because I knew the flower image would be on the right I used the paper on the left to balance it out. I also used vellum over the orange pattern behind the photos just to soften the colours and stop the photos getting lost on the page. I absolutely love the wood veneer that came with this collection, the contrast between the dark wood and the gold is just beautiful. (There is a fox piece that I really love and I am thinking of turning it into a brooch rather than use it on a page). I layered the wood pieces with some of the acetate from the ephemera pack.
Ubud Market2I love the way this page came out and on the opposite side I am planning to use a divided page protector to put other photos from the market in and maybe just use a few bits of the ephemera and sticker sheet on some plain journal cards to tie it all together. I you would like to see my process for this page you can see it below on my YouTube channel.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Creative Scrappers Sketch 274

It’s time for another Creative Scrappers Sketch. This one is a lot of fun!
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For some unknown reason circles kind of freak me out on a layout, I can never make them look right and as a result pretty much avoid them where possible and this layout was no exception.
I used a cut file from fellow DT member Ashley Horton’s Etsy Shop – The Cut Shoppe called Tricky Triangles which is a full background piece but I only used part of it to reflect where the circles are on the sketch.
CS274MandaI used the July Scrapbook Kit from Scrappy Canary which a bit of a travel theme to it so it was perfect for a page in my Bali album. I also flipped the sketch to the photo was on the opposite side and in lieu of a second photo I added embellishments at the top.Hike02So this is a photo of me on a hike in Ubud, Bali that my dad decided to take me on. I am not the most athletic person in the world (hahaha) but he promised it would be easy and only take about an hour so off we set. I am sure it would take an hour if a)it was not 35 degrees and b)did not involve hills that were at an almost vertical slopes. So 3 1/2 hours later I insisted we get in a taxi, do you think we could find one? No. It was a special daddy/daughter day LOL
Hike03 So now you have seen my layout head on over to the Creative Scrappers Blog to be inspired by the rest of the DT and to play along.
To Win a prize from Pink Fresh Studios  all you need to do is create a layout for Sketches 274-275 and link it to the Creative Scrappers blog.

Have a great week,

A Blog Hop with a Difference…

Recently the lovely Tarrah McLean to take part in a blog hop with a difference. I was so honoured to be asked, I am a huge fan of Tarrah’s work so of course I said yes straight away.

Getting to Know Me:

1. What am I working on right now?
Well at the moment I haven’t been spending a lot of time in the studio which is kind of frustrating because I love creating but as I am currently working on the changeover of Polly Scrap to Scrappy Canary Kits I have been flat out. I do have some DT projects on my desk at the moment but you will have to wait to see them.
PhotoBomb22. How long does it take to complete a project?
This really varies for me, more often than not I complete a project in one sitting and depending of what I am using it can take anywhere for 40mins to an hour and a half. Sometimes if I am struggling with a layout and will leave it overnight to look at the next morning with fresh eyes and see what I can do/change that I didn’t see the day before.

3. What are my favourite things to create with at the moment?
This is a hard one because I like to play with all kinds of things and techniques. I guess one thing that is constant on my layouts at the moment are ink splatters, enamel dots and lots of layers.

Boots4.  How does my creative process work?
I generally start with the photo I want to use and work from there. After that I choose my papers, I am a pretty paper addict so I have a LOT to choose from. Lately I find I am working with a single collection of papers which is something I used to struggle with. Then it is just embellish, embellish, embellish. I will move things around, change my mind and take bits off until it works for me.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I absolutely love sketches and often use one as inspiration but I tend to change things about and by the end of the layout it doesn’t look anything like the original. I like to draw inspiration from all around so I  am always reading blogs, looking on Pinterest and online galleries. Another place I get inspiration is from YouTube, there are so many talented scrappers out there making videos of how they put layouts together and sometimes it is just a small thing they do on a page that gives me an idea.

6. What is my signature style?
I am not sure what to call my style, I guess if I had to narrow it down to one word it would be “eclectic”. I really like to try all kinds of things and styles.

So that is a little bit about me, so next week it is a chance to get to know three more really talented ladies.

Ruth Bonser
Ruth is a great friend of mine and we have been working together for over a year now on Life.Paper.Scrapbook. and Scrappy Canary (when it was Polly). As well as traditional scrapping she totally rocks Project Life and the way she documents the day to day in her life.

Carlie Hamilton
I first stumbled across Carlie on her fantastic YouTube channel where she shares process videos of how her layouts come together. Carlie has also just released her first class Pages That Pop on her blog Create Mess.

Lauren Matthews
Lauren is one of the most positive people I know and her embrace life attitude really shows through in her work, whether she is doing traditional or Project Life her pages are always fun to look at.

Make sure you head on over to these girls blogs next  Monday the 21st to learn some more about them and their creative lives.

Creative Scrappers Sketch #273: Look-a-like

Hi everyone, sorry I have been missing in action the last few weeks things have been crazy busy getting Scrappy Canary up and running. With all of that going on it was so great to get into the studio and get some scrapping done. So today I am sharing my reveal for Creative Scrappers Sketch 273Creative Scrappers 273This one I changed around a little bit, I only had two photos to start with so where the 3rd would have gone I added an embellishment cluster.
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I also flipped the centre part because I was using a speech bubble as my circle element and it only worked on the left hand side. For the triangles running down the page I decided to use a stencil and my Prima Chalk Edgers, although the inks are meant to be used for edges I find when you use them directly on the page with the stencil they make a nice rich mark and also you have more control than you do with a larger blending tool. The papers I used for this layout was Basic Grey’s Capture collection which I love because of how bright and colourful they are.
Look A Like3The story behind this layout is that someone sent me a picture of this lego kitty on Facebook and I thought it looked a lot like Harry so I had to do a page about it but Harry is not the most affable cat in the world and has a bit of a grumpy demeanor so I think he wouldn’t be too impressed being compared to a toy hence the Grumpy Cat style NO.

So now you have seen my layout head on over to the Creative Scrappers Blog to be inspired by the rest of the DT and to play along.  To Win a prize from Paper Camellia  all you need to do is create a layout for Sketches 272-273 and link it to the Creative Scrappers blog.


Have an awesome week!

Creative Scrappers Sketch #272

It’s time for another sketch over at Creative Scrappers and I have to tell you one was a real challenge for me.
Creative Scrappers 272 This time as well as a sketch Kristine also challenged us to do a layout with NO JOURNALLING! If you read my blog regularly you will no journalling is something I really struggle with, I really don’t know why. I don’t like my handwriting for starters but other than that there isn’t a reason for my fear of sharing stories. Anyway I gave it a go writing short lists of things that are happening right now.
CS272 I pretty much stuck to the sketch for this one with the only real change being I took the left side embellishments up above the journalling and took the right side ones all the way down the side because my printed journalling didn’t come out like I thought it would so I have a space to fill.#Right Now2I am trying to use up some of my older supplies at the moment so I used the Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste collection, I have a lot of it and I don’t know why I haven’t used more of it because it has lots of lovely pieces. Sometimes the latest and greatest overshadows some awesome pieces in your stash.#Right Now4So now you have seen my take head on over to Creative Scrappers to see the amazing layouts the rest of the DT have done with this challenge and to play along to win a great prize from  Paper Camellia.  All you need to do is create a layout for Sketches 272-273 and link up the the Creative Scrappers blog.

Have a fabulous day,

Um Wow Studio: This Happened

Yesterday was my last post for Um Wow Studio as a DT member. I have loved being part of a team with so many talented ladies and working with some wonderful products, I will definitely be sad to go but cannot wait to see what the new team makes to inspire us with.
For this project I decided to  get messy with some mixed media. Starting with a plain piece of aqua cardstock I first added a thin layer of gesso and then used two 12×12 stencils (both heidi swap) a sunburst which I misted with Citron Color Shine and a hexagon with I used a blue Mister Huey mist. After that I took a small Heidi Swapp stencil and used Tim Holtz distress ink to make bold triangles. I also added some random stamping with a Glitz roller stamp. To finish the background off I took my gelatos and added colour around the edge.Once my background was done I used the Hexagon Background chip and layered my papers and photos on top. When I placed the chipboard I didn’t think about the balance of the page so I then had a gap on the right hand side. To fill in that space I used a chevron stamp from Avery Elle. I still had some of Amy Tan’s Yes Please! embellishments and I thought they worked really well with the background colours. I used the Arrow Title Mash chip for my title, this is one of my favourite sets I use all the time. To finish off I used a flair from the Oh Places You’ll Go set. Of course I had to add some enamel dots and washi to finish off. Below is a video of how the background came together:

I don’t do a lot of mixed media but I am super happy with how this came out. Thanks for dropping by,


30 Something

Hello there, today I am sharing a layout I made using some of the beautiful Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine collection. I took this selfie of myself on my birthday while I was in Bali, taken by the poolside with a cocktail to celebrate.
30 Something
I love the bright happy colours of this collection so much, so I thought to make them pop I would just use them on a plain piece of cardstock. I took a Heidi Swapp stencil and some Prima chalk edger to the background and then just layered my papers on.
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I used the ephemera pack for  embellishments and it is absolutely chockers full of pieces (I think 90 pieces from memory) and to stick the transparent pieces down I just used some Diamond Glaze.
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I am so happy with the finished product. As for my actual age? Well I lady never tells!