Sunday, 18 February 2018

Discover Tranquillity

I love this photo I snapped of my husband and son enjoying a cuddle on the beach in Fiji. It was such a great beach to play in with a toddler, as it stayed only ankle to knee deep for a least a kilometre out from the shore. We spent every morning exploring that beach, finding so many different crabs on the sand and fish which would swim right over your feet if you were quiet.

I used up a couple of different die-cuts from a Kaisercraft pack on this layout, along with some muslin, Scrapmatts chipboard, D-lish Scraps enamel dots, Accent scrapbooking flairs, twine and fake pearl strand.

There is quite a bit of depth to this layout. I actually created it in two parts, working from the bottom up on the background sheet and photo down for the photo mat, before joining them together prior to the final embellishment touches and title.

As so many of my backgrounds seem to be, this one is gesso through a Scrapmatts stencil then Color Crush watercolours flicked everywhere.

This layout was inspired by the February Scrap The Boys challenge. I was inspired by both the words and the colour scheme. 

Monday, 12 February 2018

Focus on Yourself Art Journal Page

The irony of this art journal page! I had the background pretty much completed and just had to stick on the quote and do the borders but I couldn't find the time. This is another page completed as part of the Soul Journey 2018 program. 

Background is a mixture of gesso, blackboard paint, book page strips, acrylic paint and stenciling. The black borders are aquarelle pencil. I initially was annoyed when the water made it run all over the quote but then remembered art journals don't have to be perfect so it was easier to get over it. 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Hiking with Coffee?

I thought I'd try something a bit different and 'stage' my photo, rather than just go with the close crop of the layout. I see some crafters do it so effortlessly and is really showcases their work. I don't think I quite nailed it, myself. 

Anyway, here is the close crop of the layout which I quite like. I got the roll of hession when my local Kaisercraft was going out of business and it is really so versatile. Background is gesso through a stencil, then some Color Crush powders used as watercolours to drip from the top of the page and flick everywhere, some subtle brown script stamping and then some last flicks of brown ink.

Gumleaves are chipboard by Scrapmatts, painted with acrylic paint. The scribble circles are die-cuts by Uniquely Creative, cut from watercolour paper and painted with brown ink. The sequins come from a cute collection I picked up from Scrapbook Fantasies, I really went nuts with the scattered clusters on this layout.

This layout was inspired by the 1st January sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches. I thought it was such an interesting looking sketch when I first saw it. I really liked the different ways the design team brought it to life.  I've really kept quite close to the design for this one.

I was also inspired by the January Kraft Plus challenge. Initially I couldn't think of any photos I had to match this challenge, then I was going to use some of my son drinking his 'coffee' in the morning before I changed my mind to a photo featuring my sister and I drinking espresso martinis. It was while I was looking for that photo that I came across these ones of us with our coffees before we went for a little hike at Curtis Falls. The memory was too funny not to scrapbook! I've used the scribbled circles to mirror the circle around the bottom right image in the mood board.

Kraft Plus is also challenging people to create cards using their leftover scraps from the layout. I always think this is such a good idea but forget to do it normally. Today I remembered to whip up a little 4"x4" card and it was so simple! I used the exact same layering pattern as I used to mat the main photo on my layout, the leftover watercolour to mirror the drips and I had the extra scribble circle already cut and painted.

I'm happy to have used up some more scraps, including this chipboard piece which I think is technically a milk saucer but was the only piece I had left from an old set. The patterned papers are all actually from Christmas ranges that I'm slowly working my way through.

Saturday, 27 January 2018


Finally finished my first layout for 2018! This is actually a page from a Scrappy Chat Designs kit by Beck BT I purchased back in 2015, so it's taken me quite a while to get around to. The original plan was to complete it at a retreat, but it unfortunately arrived too late. Better late than never though. :)

This was the first time I got to play with mica flakes or gold luxe paste so it was a lot of blingy, messy fun. Plus, now I've got heaps of these two products to use in future layouts. 

These photos are some of my favourites, of my husband and our little guy from when he turned one. We really should do another family shoot since he's 3.5 now but time keeps getting away from us.

I enjoyed rearing the paper and creating all the layers behind the holes. Quite a different experience for me, working backwards rather than up the page layers. My husband's only comment was 'it's quite different to your normal stuff'. I told him there wasn't much point to buying a kit if I was just going to do the same thing I always do. 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

A Life Without Love Art Journal Page

I found a Facebook group call Soul Journey 2018 which runs a free guided art journal course over the whole year. Elisa Albett put up a quick video 'soul starter' which I followed to create this page. 

I've spent a long time thinking art journaling wasn't for me, but I've quite enjoyed this process. There are a few things I'd change if I was re-doing it, but it was also quite quick to do so I'm not that annoyed it's not perfect. 

I really enjoyed trying out a few new techniques too and love the effect of the yellow paint over a stencil onto a tea bag.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Recovery - My One Little Word for 2018

I'm starting off 2018 with something a little bit different for me. I dabbled a little bit in art journaling in January of 2015 but it didn't really fit with me. Since then I've created a couple more background pages but never went back to embellish any of them. I decided I wanted to do the #onelittleword thing this year (I think the other time I did it was also 2015 actually) and thought an art journal page would be the perfect way to illustrate it. 

I've picked 'recovery' as my word for 2018. The obvious reason is to do with me knee operation, as I will be spending the majority of this year completing rehabilitation. Right now I'm working on being able to walk without a limp and increasing my range of motion, long term goal is to get back to being able to play basketball. I'm hopeful this will occur by the end of the year. Also, I had a really hard time with anxiety in 2017 which knocked my confidence a fair bit. I'm looking to get this back under control in 2018.

I started the page by writing down everything that I need to recover from, just getting all the negative thoughts out of my head. I covered that all with three colours of acrylic paint, followed by a gesso wash to tone it down. The stitched circle stamps are one of my favourite sets so I had to use them. They have been coloured with Color Crush powders used as watercolour paints. I like the seed beads highlighting the yellow circles.  The stamped sentiment is by Kaisercraft, I've chosen to break it up across the page and highlight it with silver Sharpe. I also used some Colourblast texture paste through a Scrapmatts stencil at the bottom. Two types of washi tape have been randomly placed across the page. I watered down some acrylic paint for the drips at the top and then flicked this over the page. The butterfly rubon is a REALLY old Basic Grey one, I'm suprised it even transferred. Lastly, I used some punchinella as a stencil and applied white acrylic paint and two colours of distress inks to add some more depth to the background. 

Have you picked a One Little Word for this year?

Friday, 29 December 2017


There is a pretty large age-gap between me and my siblings vs our cousins on my dad's side, they're actually closer to my son's age than mine. Each year we go around to my Uncle's house on Boxing Day, which is a tradition we've had since before my Uncle even had kids. It used to be that my cousin Nick would follow my brother around like a shadow with a fair bit of hero-worship. It was so funny to see the situation reversed last year, with my son Harrison following Nick everywhere all day.

I had so much fun creating this layout. The background is Tinby Designs Color Crush powders which I sprinkled in a tree shape and then spritzed with water to activate. There's always an element of mystery as to what the end result will look like when trying this. There are also about four layers of subtle stamping details, washi tape and some paint splatters to finish off the background.

So you know how some people can outline their title and it looks really cool? I'm clearly not one of those people! I'm always too impatient, I don't let the paint dry fully and then I rush the pen work too. Embellishments are a mixture of things: various ribbon off-cuts, glass cabochons, enamel dots and a Charm's Creations star which has silver glitter sparkles.

This layout was inspired by the current challenge at Scrap The Boys. I loved this inspiration image when I saw it at the start of the months and then I saw some amazing layouts created by the DT and other entries. I just had to give it a try myself. 

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Crafty Friends

A very Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it! I wasn't able to travel to be with family this year due to my recent knee surgery, so my little immediate family spent it at home. I used the free time to create this layout. I wanted to create something messy with a lot of texture. I can safely say I achieved that. 

Given how intricate the background was, I didn't want to overload it with too many embellishments or layers on top. These die-cut circles and some resin pieces were all it needed. 

The other embellishment cluster:

I was not happy with my cushion cover at the end of the class. I think I had done it much too loosely, so the knitted part drooped and didn't fit snuggly around the cushion. I tried re-making it again once I got home but wasn't happy with how much of the white cushion showed through inbetween gaps of the knitting. I finally made one final attempt last night and it's good enough that I'm not going to do it again. 

I was inspired by two challenges for this layout. Firstly, I based it on the Stuck?! sketch for December:

The second inspiration was the Kraft Plus challenge. The boho feel of the room in the picture reminded me of the classroom for the cushion class, plus the wonderful assortment of cushions against the back wall. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Train Photo Display

My dad came to stay with me for three weeks to help out with recovering from knee surgery. Today was his last day and I wanted to give him a little gift to say thanks. I have had this train billboard from Imaginarium Designs since 2015 when I was on the Couture Creations design team and I knew it would come in handy for my train-obsessed son sooner or later. The photos are from when the two of them were watching 'Chuggington' (a train animation) together on Dad's iPad. I figured since Dad also took Harry on his first proper train ride while he was visiting it was the perfect theme for the gift.

Since I couldn't decide which photo I liked more, I just decorated both sides of the billboard in a similar manner and left it unglued, so Dad can remove it and turn it around if he wants to. 

It ended up being a pretty quick and simple present. I think it had taken me so long to use the display because I kept overthinking everything I wanted to do with it. 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Santa Photo - CSI Challenge

Okay, so technically I'm all finished with my Scrapmatts design team reveals but they are also the sponsors for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration blog and I just could not resist the last challenge board. It was Christmas themed and I love Christmas, plus it has a nice twist on the standard colour scheme. 

These holly bough chipboard pieces were released last year and I loved them, but haven't had a chance to use them until now. I've just inked mine with a light green VersaColor cube, then applied red glitter Glitzin' Glamour in place of the berries. I had meant to use the plain red pearl bottle, but I couldn't find it so went with glitter instead. I like the festive effect it created, plus it suited the glitter alphas for the title perfectly then.

I used up a whole bunch of left over papers to create this layout and really enjoyed mixed and matching from so many different Kaisercraft paper ranges. The Scrap Words made a great finishing accent.

The stencil for the background work is by Scrapmatts too. I've added some loose thread behind two corners of the main embellishment cluster and accentuated everything with two D-lish Scraps flairs. I like all the different layers that have built up to create the photo matt. 

Here is the CSI case file that inspired my layout. I loved the 'split pea' shade of great and the addition of the grey. For my evidence I used Christmas, stencils, (pom pom) ribbon and I'm also going with vintage given how old some of these paper ranges were. My testimony is hidden on a journaling tag and speaks about our excitement of getting the family Santa photo together. 

This layout also fits the criteria for the More Than Words challenge this month. I was inspired by 'family' to use one of our family Santa photos and the 'numbers' part refers to the year in the photo. It's very important to date your Santa photos, so you can show how the family and grown and changed over the years, I think.