Monday, 6 March 2017

Berry71Bleu March Challenge

Hi Everyone

I'm getting ready to go on holidays, but I just had to make time to do a layout before I go. I couldn't go past this months challenge at Berry71Blue Challenge Blog with this absolutely gorgeous mood board.

The colours look fabulous together, and I was really drawn to the rustic look and the casually leaning bikes. I used these elements from mood board to inspire me to scrapbook a rustic holiday photo from last year. This is what I created:

I think the colours and the rustic look suit my picture perfectly. I hope you like what you see.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Cheers for now :)

Sunday, 12 February 2017

CSI Case File 223


I'm back again with another challenge I've entered. This time I've used Case File 223 over at CSI - Color, Stories, Inspiration, to scrap some Christmas photos.

The challenge also has a composite sketch by the Nifty Pixel which I used as the basis of my layout.

I've used all five colours in the scheme.

The clues in my evidence are clouds, trees, stripes, food and a ribbon. 

For my testimony I journaled about a meal. 

Cheers :)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

ARTastic February Challenge

Hello creative friends

Today I've been inspired by this month's challenge at ARTastic Challenge Blog. The inspiration artwork is Carousel Delight by Karen Pierce, and the criterion is to use butterflies on your project.

I like this artwork because it combines lots of colour, fun, and movement. It reminded me of the fun I had when my great, great niece came to stay. We spent so much time doing craft projects like scrapbooking and card making. We also coloured Mason jars and made hanging lanterns out of them. It was fun and they turned out great. 

My niece was so happy to take all her crafty work home with her, and I enjoyed her company very much.

Thanks for dropping by and cheers. :)

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Scrap It With A Song - February Challenge

Hello Friends

I know I haven't been around much lately - I've been busy studying. I'm a distant education student at the University of Tasmania, studying one of my other passions - genealogy. Because I have limited time, I'm very choosy about what scrapbooking projects I take on. 

That being said, I couldn't resist the challenge this month at Scrap It With A Song. My youngest is 21 years old tomorrow and he plays guitar and trumpet. He definitely marches to the beat of his own drum and has a broad repertoire of songs. It just fits ... The Cure - Love Song. So, that's what I went with. And, it's true, he does make me feel young, and however far, I will always love him. Based on that, this is what I created:

I loved the challenge. I hope you liked my page.

Once again, thank you so much for stopping by xx

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Kraft+ January Challenge - On Your Bike

Happy New Year All

This is my first post for 2017 and the first challenge I've entered this year. It's one of my favourite challenges, Kraft Plus, and this month the challenge is to include a bike on your project.

I love doing vintage layouts, and I haven't done one for a while, so this is my interpretation of the challenge:

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope 2017 brings you many things that make you happy.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Kraft+ December Challenge

Hello Everybody

Hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break.

It been more than a month since I've blogged. That's the longest break I've had since I started blogging! It's a busy time of the year but I really wanted to get an early start on scrapbooking some of my Christmas photos. We had a lovely Christmas at home, so I was inspired by the Kraft Plus challenge "There's No Place Like Home".

I love entertaining family and friends and Christmas is a perfect time to do so - I don't have to drive anywhere; I can relax in good company; and, if it's hot, we can have a swim. I think my page shows how relaxed we all were.

As always, thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

See you in 2017.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Kraft+ November Challenge - Out of the closet

Hello Creative Friends,

I haven't been blogging much lately - I've been a little busy with other things. This month though I couldn't go past the challenge at Kraft Plus. It inspired me to scrap a photo that's almost a year old (hopefully I'll get around to scrapping the rest of them that were taken at the same time). This is the challenge:

I was inspired by a formal Christmas party hubby and I went to in Brisbane last year. Hubby wore a tux and I wore a long dress with a really delicate sequined jacket, and a killer pair of shoes. This is what I came up with:

I took my cue from the formal black, contrasted with the gold and glitter of my outfit. I also followed through with the pattern on my dress.

It was such a fun night, I'm glad I've finally captured some of it on a page.

Thank you for stopping by :) 

Saturday, 8 October 2016

CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration - Case File 214

I'm making up for lost time - my second post this month, one more than last month.

I'm starting to document my trip to Europe and I was inspired by the latest case file at CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration. I also used the sketch by The Nifty Pixel to give me further inspiration and I adapted it to an A4 Layout and changed it around to suit my photos. Here's the Case File:

I really like the colour scheme of the case file and I like the sketch as it accommodated four photos. 

This is how I solved the case file:

I've used all five colours of the scheme. The clues in my evidence include stripes, triangles, wings, and animals. I used the October Journal Prompt for my testamentary evidence and journaled about some luxuries I would have liked to bring home.

Thank you for taking the time to look.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Scrap the Boys October Sketch Challenge

Hello Scrappy Friends

I've been quiet on my blog of late, the reason being that I've been on holidays. Hubby and I spent five weeks in Europe, most of which was spent driving around Spain. We love Spain - the friendly people, the diverse landscape, the history, and of course the food and wine. 

I was looking for inspiration to start scrapbooking my holiday pics when I was inspired by this month's Scrap The Boys sketch challenge.

I adapted the sketch to highlight a photo I took of hubby in front of the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain. The aqueduct is several kilometres long and is still in use! Amazing indeed, and I think it's a nice pic of hubby. Hope you like it.

This is the very first A4 layout I've ever done. I'm going to use my fuse tool to adapt my 12x12 album inserts to create A4 sheets with memorabilia pockets down the side. Wish me luck because I've haven't used my fuse tool before. 

Here's a few more photos of the aqueduct:

As always, thank you for stopping by :)

Friday, 2 September 2016

Kraft+ September Challenge - Guest Designer

Hello to September ... and the new challenge at the Kraft Plus Challenge Blog.

This month's challenge is a beauty and I am lucky enough to be a guest designer. Take a peek at the challenge.

Can you believe those delicious colours? I love them and what a pleasure it was for me to create something for the challenge. 

The mood board and colours reminded me of Spring, Summer, and holidays so I decided to scrapbook some older holiday snaps. I hope you like it.

Thank's so much for dropping by. Why not call into the Kraft Plus Challenge Blog and check out some of the other beautiful projects :)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

CSI - Color, Stories, Inspiration Case File 207

Hi Everybody

 I love the CSI Challenge Blog because I'm always inspired by it. This time I'm entering Case File 207.

This case file inspired me to create a layout using some of the beach photos that I took on a lovely family holiday to the United States. The Californian coastal road is just so spectacular with rugged bush and gorgeous beaches, we found ourselves stopping all the time to admire the scenery. An added bonus was a lovely outdoor lunch at Big Sur in perfect weather. Hubby and I have done the trip before, driving from San Diego to San Francisco, but this was the first time our boys had done it and they LOVED it too.   Here is the layout I did for the challenge:

I have used all five colours - greyish blue, medium teal, mushroom brown, white, and pale grey.
My evidence has three clues - nautical elements, wood, and frames.
For my testimony I have journaled about time spent at the beach.

I hope it makes you feel like just diving in. Lol. Looking at it makes me feel happy on this cold winter day Downunder. 

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 16 July 2016

ARTastic July Challenge - Country/Rural Theme

Hello Creative People

I've had a bit of trouble with my blog lately. For some reason all my comments have disappeared and nothing I do brings them back. So, I apologise in advance if you have trouble commenting.

This month I couldn't help taking on the challenge at ARTastic Challenge Blog . The inspirational artwork for the challenge is a piece by Elioth Gruner called Spring Frost Study. The theme for the challenge is Country/Rural.

Recently I went to a family function in Ballarat, Victoria, and on the way I couldn't help taking photos of a brilliant Aussie scene - an old, rusted ute with a rusted bike in the back. The vehicle was parked outside an old farm house. Anyway, this is what I created with my photos.

I was told that the truck is a made-up vehicle; the front and back are from two different vehicles that have been welded together. I don't know if this is true (knowing nothing about different types of vehicles) but I do know the scene looks pretty unique, and totally rural. I hope you think I've done the photos justice.

Thank you so much for dropping by.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Arting, crafting and hiding from the cold.

The last couple of days I have been staying indoors and avoiding the Melbourne winter. Two good things about this - I stay toasty warm, and I get time to create. Here's some of what I've created.

My eldest son as a young lad.

My youngest son as a young lad.

My boys, now in their 20s, on graduation day last year.

I had a lot of fun doing these layouts. I hope you like them.

Thanks so much for looking xx

Friday, 10 June 2016

Turtle Soup Creative Magazine - June 2016 Edition

The latest edition of Turtle Soup Creative Magazine is ready for viewing. Why don't you come across and have a look, it's choc a block full of beautiful projects from all over the world. I'm very excited to have some of my projects published in the magazine again. 

Click on the link to see the rest of Turtle Soup Creative Magazine, you won't be disappointed.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, 6 June 2016

Off The Rails Scrapbooking - June Challenge (Monochromatic)

I haven't done a layout for Off The Rails Scrapbooking for quite a while. I've always loved OTRS and was lucky enough to be a member of their design team. However, I'm back now with a submission for their latest challenge - Monochromatic. 

I find it very difficult to do monochromatic projects, but I love the challenge because sometimes it just "clicks" and the result can be stunning. I chose to do a vintage layout so I used subdued brown tones on my page. This is what I created:

I think the subdued, monochromatic colour scheme lends itself well to a masculine vintage layout. I hope you think so too.

Cheers until next time :)

Sunday, 5 June 2016

123 Challenge - June

This month's challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog is to use all three "Lilac, Drama, and Doodle" on a project.

As soon as I saw the challenge I knew exactly what to scrapbook. Last year my husband and I took a short break to visit family in Perth, Western Australia. The street we stayed in was so pretty, with a whole row of Jacaranda trees in full bloom. Then at the end of the street, seemingly rising out of nowhere, were some tall city buildings. As soon as you turned into the street, the drama was so evident and striking - very dramatic. I tried to show the drama in my layout by highlighting the streetscape against a dark background. Here is what I came up with:

I hope you like what I created.

Thank you for stopping by :)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

CSI, Color, Stories, Inspiration - Case File 202

I'm back again, solving another Case File over at CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration. This time it's Case File 202 which also has a sketch inspiration from The Nifty Pixel.

This is how I solved the case file.

I love the subdued colour scheme, and I've used all five colours. The clues in my evidence include architectural elements, diamond pattern (background), hearts, and a stamp. For my testimony I journaled about the pioneer buildings in a part of NZ. 

Thank you for taking the time to look at my post.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Kraft + Plus June Challenge

Well it's the start of winter Downunder and it's a good time to stay indoors and do some creating. My first challenge for the month is "It's a Puzzle" at Kraft Plus Challenge Blog.

As a keen family historian, I have many puzzles to solve so I decided to document one of  them. A cousin gave me a photo of a sweet little toddler many years ago. He found the photo amongst his mother's belongings and was puzzled as to who the subject of the photo was. I think I have worked out who she is. I've found a family member with the same name who would have been the right age but I can't be positive because she has a common name and, in those days (1914), children often referred to "aunts and uncles" that were actually close family friends. Anyway, rather than keep the photo in a box, I decided to document the puzzle. 

 I hope one day to put all the pieces together and categorically  solve this puzzle.

Always, big thanks for stopping by. :)

Monday, 30 May 2016

CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration - Case File 201

Hello Scrapbooking Friends

One of the reasons I like solving the CSI Case Files is because they always inspire me to do meaningful journalling  on my layouts. CSI Case File 201 is no different and that's why I chose to take on the challenge and journal about a very difficult subject. First off, this is the case I had to solve:

I decided to solve the case file like this:

I have included all five colours of the scheme. My evidence includes the following clues - cats, tree, diamonds (background paper), architectural element (house). For my testimony I have documented about my cat.

This was a difficult layout for me to do but now I'm glad I have.

 you for stopping by :)

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Memories Layout

Hi Folks

Today I just wanted to share an experimental layout I did with a new kit I just got. The kit is called Steeped in History and it's from G&T Designs at E-scape and Scrap. I had a quick play around and this is what I came up with.

The photo is a few years old and was taken at Portsea Pier in Victoria. It was on one of the trips my youngest son did when he was a learner driver to build up his driving hours. He always liked to drive to a beach, usually around Port Phillip Bay. Portsea is a beach on the Mornington Peninsula between Port Phillip and the wild surf of Bass Strait. It's a beautiful spot.

Thank you so much for stopping by.