Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I love the nature themed look of Dream Street Papers' Mairzy Doats line and thought it would go really nicely with this photo of my dd and her friends trying out the tightrope by the beach.

To break the monochromatic look and to add a pop of colour to the layout, I picked up the orangey-red hue from the Child's Play patterned paper and added some flowers, lace, alphas and strip journalling in the same shade. Finally I interspersed some crystal swirls among the leaves and butterflies.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


I did this layout using Scenic Route's new Sonoma line. I love the Sonoma papers. Even sweeter that I won them in a Scenic Route contest. ;)

I cut out the flowers and berries from the pp, stickled them and popped them up for dimension.

There's hidden journalling tucked behind the photo.

I stickled the rim of the Autumn Leaves clear buttons which were then used as centres for the flowers.

This layout was Fab Find for 26th September at Coordinates Collections. :)

List of Supplies:

Patterned Paper:
Sonoma Kraft Red Bouquet
Sonoma Rosale Drive
Sonoma Verano Avenue
Sonoma Madera Street
Sonoma West Spain Street
Sonoma Melody Lane

Alphas; Redmond Stencil Chipboard Alpha White
Chipboard: American Craft Darling Accents
Glitter: Rangers Stickles
Ink: Rangers Distressed Ink
Buttons: Autumn Leaves

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First Day of School

I did this layout some time ago but never got around to posting it on my blog.

I went for a clean look using Scenic Route's Appleton Line's First, Second, Third and Fourth Street papers. I cut out alphas from Second Street paper to make up my title, and the gears and numbers from 1st and 4th Streets to make up the embellishments. I love the ruler effect of 2nd street and love how this whole range works so well with a school theme.

The numbers, alphas and gears were popped up at different heights to give the layout dimension. And to add to the school days look. I doodled a frame for the photo and dotted lines around the rulers to group the elements together.

This layout was a winner at the August Product Challenge at Scenic Route and also the Back to School Challenge at Crop Addict.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hello Minnie! ~ The Paper Element ~

Here's one I did for The Paper Element using their Heart Grown line. The delicate pinks and blues of this line are perfect for baby photos. I cut around my photo and popped that up with 3D foam dots for dimension and also doodled my own floral embellishment. tfl!

Supplies used:
Patterned Paper - The Paper Element Heart Grown line's Beautiful, Forever, Baby Boy and Baby Girl,
Trims - Pink mesh (May Arts), white lace trim (unknown)
Crystals - Prima Say It In Crystals
Flowers - Petaloo
Alphas - AC Thickers Daiquiri

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Purple Onion Designs Finalist

Yes! I'm one of the finalists in the Purple Onion Designs Creative Team search. Michele posted the list of finalists on the Purple Onions blog today and there are some very talented ladies there. Congrats to Emeline Seet and Sharon Ong too!
This is so exciting! I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Purple Onion stamps so I can play with them. Wish me luck!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Basic Grey Gallery

Two of my recent layouts using Basic Grey's Eva and Ambrosia lines are up at the Basic Grey Gallery.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


This is my latest layout - a vintagey-looking one to complement an old photograph. Love the Graphic 45 papers and Purple Onion stamps on this.

List of Supplies:

Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 Botanicabella line's Botanicabella, Botanical News, Birds in Paradise & Eden's Symphony.
Stamps - Purple Onion
Chipboard - Maya Road
Flowers - Prima
Alphas - AC Thickers
Glitter - Stickles

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Treasured Hunt Finals

After 6 weeks of challenges and out of a field of about 60 talented scrappers, I won second place at the Treasured Hunt scrapbooking contest. :) This was probably one of the most fun scrap challenges I've participated in. The challenges prompted me to think out of my comfort zone and I must say I'm pretty happy and proud of my entries.

This layout was my entry for the Finals, which had just three of us competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The challenge called for at least 3 ribbons, rub-ons, stitching and journalling based on the following:

Journaling will focus on "then and now". Pick one of the following statements as the basis of your journaling. It doesn't have to be word for word (although it can), but it should encompass the idea of one of the statements.
1. I was sure that someday I would ____________, but now I'd never think of doing that.
2. At one time, I felt very strongly about ______________. My feelings have changed because_________________.
3. Previously, what was most important to me was ______________. Now what is most important to me is____________________.
4. The strongest word to describe me as a child was ____________; the strongest word to describe me now is _______________.
5. When I was younger, I thought my parents were______________; now I know my parents are __________________.
6. I always thought happiness meant ________________; now my happiness comes from ______________.

I used Basic Grey's Ambrosia line on this layout. Did lots of cut-outs and incorporated lots of lace trims, stickles, bling and flowers.

And of course my must-have signature hidden journalling. :)

Handstitched a flourish and layered it with a Prima crystal swirl.

Love that Tim Holtz Journey stamp.

Lots of layering with flowers, cut-outs and my favourite embellishments of pearls, lace trims, crystals and butterflies.

List of Supplies:

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Ambrosia's Marmalade, Tangy, Winsome, Quince, Mandarin, Fresh Squeezed, Chutney & Ebony
Ribbons: Prima & Making Memories Vintage Trim
Rub-on: Basic Grey Sultry
Crystals: Prima
Stamp: Tim Holtz
Flowers: Prima & Petaloo
Brads: Karen Foster
Photo Turn: 7G
Others: Ranger stickles, Ranger Embossing Powder, Ranger Distress Ink
String of Pearls: unknown


Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Made a few cards from some paper and embellishments I had out from recent layouts. The cards are inspired by sketches from 2 Sketches 4 You.

This one's from the bonus sketch by Ashild Ruud, using the new Scenic Route Sonoma paper and embellished with a metal butterfly, Prima crystal swirls & flowers, a Damask stamp from Purple Onion and some lace trim.

These two are from the same sketch, Laura's Sketch #8. The first one uses Sonoma again:

And this one uses Sassafrass Lass:


Monday, September 8, 2008

Happy - PageMaps

This is a quick one I made using Scenic Route's new Sonoma line and a cool sketch from Becky Fleck's PageMaps. I love the colours of these Sonoma papers. Something about the olive and red combination appeals to me. I cut out some of the pp, and as always, stickled and layered them. Added in my favourite trims and lace too. This is the first time I'm trying out a 6x12". Still getting used to the size as I've always worked with 12x12" layouts. tfl!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Scenic Route Winner

Happy Days! :-) My "First Day of School" layout was chosen as a winning layout by Scenic Route for their August Product Challenge! It's nice when a manufacturer likes what you come up with. I used the very cheery back-to-school Appleton line on this layout. You can see my layout here at the Scenic Route site: First Day of School. And the other gorgeous winning layouts here: August Challenge Winners.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sunshine ~ The Paper Element ~

I love this sunshiney The Paper Element Heatwave paper with the sunrays and flourishes. I cut out some concentric circles from the orange Hospitality paper, inked them and layered them under the photo. The naked chipboard swirl was glimmer-misted and inked to get the colour I wanted.

Banana Boat ~ The Paper Element ~

I created this using The Paper Element's Hot!Hot!Hot! line, which is perfect for summer activities. The photo's of my daughter and her friends on a banana boat which they had lots of thrills and spills on. I used the Party and Flip-Flop pp on this and the matching cardstock sticker.

Happy Days ~ The Paper Element ~

Here's another bright and cheery layout from The Paper Element's Tart Line. I used Pomegranate, Sweet-N-Sour and Pucker Up patterned papers, including the reverse side of one of the pp. One thing about The Paper Element pp - the backs are sometimes just as attractive as the front. :)

Top Three!

I made it to the top three finalists for the scrapbooking contest over at Treasured! Am so pleased because the competition was getting really tough with lots of wonderfully creative layouts from the finalists. Will post more on my entry for the previous challenge later. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek. Got to run!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

DT Layout of the Day

My "When I was 3" layout was chosen as the Design Team's Layout of the Day over at Treasured Scrapbooking. :)

Monday, September 1, 2008


Here's one I did using the bright and cheery papers from The Paper Element's Tart Collection. I set the bright hues off against a stark black cardstock and doodled a white frame to pull the layout together. The patterned papers I used are Pucker Up, Sweet and Sour, Spice Sticks and Marmalade. Don't you just love the names? :)