I am a happily married mum to 5 children, we own a large cropping farm in Victoria, Australia. Scrapbooking is my 'happy place' and this is where I share my creations. Thank you for visiting, and please stay a while and look around.
I cannot believe that it is that time already. My time as part of the 2013-2014 Graphic 45 design team has been amazing, and I for one am certainly not wanting it to end just yet :( So, I have decided to re apply for the team again for 2014-2015 ( well, I didn't really have to make a decision, I always knew that if given the chance, I would jump at it again).
Graphic 45 truly is THE best company to design for, they are the most supportive, generous, and caring people, and have made me, and all the design team feel like we are all a part of their family.. I would like to thank them for giving me the amazing opportunity of designing with them in 2013-2014, alongside 15 of the most amazing, and talented designers in the business... and hope more than anything that I can stay on for another year :)
So, here goes, below are some of my favourite projects I've completed over the last little while.
A '12 days of Christmas' Layout
A 'Secret garden' layout
A set of tags featuring '12 Days of Christmas'
A welcome wall plaque featuring 'French Country'
A cute as 'Mother goose' Layout
LOVE 'Secret garden'
A '12 Days of Christmas' pillow box, filled with decorated chocolates.
More Christmas cheer, a '12 Days of Christmas' Bon bon
A 'Sweet sentiments' Layout
I don't really do many Non Graphic 45 layouts, but, below, are a couple that are close to my heart
And, below, are a few more Graphic 45 Design Team Projects, that haven't been featured on the Graphic 45 blog yet, so, I cant show the whole project, but, wanted to share a few sneak peaks of some of those :)
A 'By the sea' Layout
A layout featuring 'Courture'
Botanical tea (my absolute favourite)
And another layout featuring 'By the Sea'
A cute layout using Mother Goose
And, lastly, an Easter layout, featuring 'Sweet Sentiments' and "botanical tea'
I wish everyone else who is applying for the 2014 Graphic 45 design team the very best of luck... If you are considering applying, and are a little scared you are not ready, or think you aren't quite good enough, my advice would be DO IT !!! What have you got to lose?? I thought the same things last year, my friend talked me into it, and I am so so grateful that she did, and that I took the chance.
Yep, I am super duper excited and honoured to announce that I have been asked to be a part of the Scrapbook Creations Magazines 'Colour challenge team' for 2014, alongside some amazingly talented designers. Thank you to Ellen Harvey, and the team at Scrapbook Creations..
I have just returned from an amazing weekend, tutoring at the Scrapbook and papercraft Expo in Melbourne. Wow, what a fantastic but exhausting weekend. I took lots of photos., so will be back soon to share.. Just wanted to say a huge thankyou to all the wonderful ladies who attended my 6 classes over the weekend. You made the weekend a very special one, that I will remember for a long time xx
KEEP READING FOR MY GIVEAWAY......I know, I haven't been blogging much lately, but, I have been busy behind the scenes, getting ready for my classes at the Scrapbooking and Papercraft Expo in Melbourne next weekend. I will be teaching 2 classes per day, over the 3 days, and below is s sneak peak of what I will be teaching
'SWEET SENTIMENTS' LAYOUT CLASS...In this class you will make a classic, shabby chic 12″x12″ layout, using the latest Graphic 45 paper collection called ‘Sweet Sentiments’; not yet released in Australia! You will learn 3D layering, stamping, flower clustering and how to get the most value out of your patterned papers. You will also learn how to make and decorate your own resin pieces, so they look even better than the bought ones! Go HERE to book
'BY THE SEA' LAYOUT CLASS....In this class you will make a 12″x12″ shabby style layout, suited to masculine or feminine photos, with a focus on mixed-media techniques. Class features stamping, distress inks, masking, painting and more. You will learn unique ways to alter chipboard, including a contemporary rusty metal technique. Go HERE to book
Ok, now for my giveaway
My classes at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo next week are doing well, but, I would LOVE them to be bumper full, so, anyone who SHARES this post either on their blog, or Facebook page ( you don't need to book into a class) will go into the draw to win a gorgeous ...12 x 12 paper pad from Graphic 45 ( which I will draw after the event) PLUS the next 10 people to book in to any one of my classes, (only new bookings sorry girls) over the 3 day event will get a gorgeous mixed pack of Manor house Creations flowers. (let me know in this post if you book) To book into my classes, follow the link : http://scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook/?page_id=7972 ....
Hi, well, firstly, I NEED TO TELL YOU..... I am super duper excited to have been asked to be a guest teacher at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo in Melbourne in February ( 21st - 23 rd. ) More info HERE I will be teaching 2 different classes per day, over all 3 days. One is a shabby chic, girly/vintage style layout, the other is a more masculine style layout, with a focus on mixed media. Both are very technique focussed, so, I'm sure you will leave having learned something new. PLUS, Graphic 45 and Manor House Creations are sponsoring my classes, and have donated tonnes of goodies for me to giveaway during all my classes. I hope to be able to share a few sneak peeks with you, here, in a few days...
I now need to say sorry for being such a bad blogger of late. Life has just been so busy. We are right in the middle of harvest, day and night, with my poor husband working about 18 to 20 hrs a day. I don't know how many sandwiches I've made over the last few weeks. We have 3 others working for us ATM, one of them is staying with us, so all I seem to do is cook, then clean up, ready for the next meal. I cant complain though, at least I don't have to be out there in the 44 degree heat ( that's about 120 for those who use Fahrenheit) like they do... We have been in the grips of a 5 day long heat wave here in Victoria... Thank goodness its over for now.
OK, I did plan to do a blog post, showing my favourite layouts, and other projects for 2013, but, just haven't had the time until now, so, while its a little late, here they are....
This one I did for Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine, using one of my favourite Graphic 45 collections 'Secret Garden"..
A Graphic 45 DT layout, using 12 days of Christmas collection
This is one I did for Manor House Creations
A 3D canvas I made for Scrapbook Creations magazine
Another Graphic 45 one
A more masculine one designed for Australian Scrapbook ideas magazine again, using lots of gorgeous Dusty Attic
I love these Graphic 45 tags, of coarse, the flowers are Manor House :) ...
Another Graphic 45 one. This gorgeous little girl is Hayley... My friends daughter :)
My Mum on her wedding day... A layout for Manor House Creations
this one is a little different for me, but, I like it :)
This one I did for Scrapbook Creations Magazine, for their Colour challenge.. I am happy to announce I will be a part of their Colour challenge team in 2014..
Another Scrapbook Creations magazine colour challenge team layout
This next one I did for Scrapbooking Memories magazine, a layout about my romantic (ha ha ) husband :)
And, lastly, this double LO, starring my 4 gorgeous boys :) I made this one for Scrapbook Ideas magazine
OK, that's it, thank you for still being here if you are, this was a long post. I haven't forgotten about my giveaway I promised a while ago, I will post that soon, plus, I have loads of new Graphic 45 projects to show you in the next week or so, featuring all the gorgeous new collections.
Well, I would have to be in the running to receive the 'Slack blogger award' for sure !! Ive been so busy with Christmas, and harvest, children, school, Kindergarten, and about a million other things, my poor blog is looking very sad indeed !! I plan to make it one of my New years resolutions to blog twice a week at least !?! ( along with losing weight, but that is my resolution every year, lol )
I want to wish you all a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas from my family, to yours...... For some, like us here in Australia, the big day is over, but for some, its still Christmas day, and Im not too late :)
I also have a layout to share, which I did for Graphic 45. Ive used the beautiful '12 days of Christmas' paper collection, which is one of my all time faves ( but I think I say that about most of the G45 papers don't I ? )
It’s no secret that I love to fussy cut. The images in the 12 days of Christmas paper collection are begging to be cut out and layered. I have done this with the flowers in my layout. I have cut 2 each of the same image, layered them on top of each other, using foam tape, which gives them a lovely, 3D look. I always use a craft knife when fussy cutting, but make sure you have a really sharp blade, or you could tear the paper. Also, another great tip is to ink the edges of your fussy cut images with a distress ink, this helps to hide your imperfect cuts
As usual, I've used some beautiful Manor House Creations flowers, for the latest, summer collection, which you can find HERE ..
And some of the newest Dusty Attic chippies, the window frame, and these adorable hinges ..
OK, I'm off to the Boxing day sales... Hopefully to find a bargain. lol.. I've got to drag my 2 littlest boys along with me, as my Hubby is harvesting, so I don't think I will be gone too long :)
Hi everyone... Well, firstly I need to apologise for not coming back last week and posting my blog giveaway. I have been having internet issues, and still am. I apparently need a new modem, so am waiting for it to arrive in the mail, hopefully soon.
I promise, I will be back later in the week with my blog giveaway, but for now, I have a little tutorial I did for Graphic 45... I know its not as interesting as a giveaway, but, hopefully it will do for a little while :)
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These little pillow boxes are really fast, and fun to make. You can purchase the little acetate pillow boxes, pre made from a department store, as I have, or, there are cutting dies available so you are able to make your own if you wish.
Step 1: (above) Glue a small doily to the front of the box, then wrap a piece of ribbon around it, and secure with glue at the front (this will be covered so you won’t see the glue)
Step 2: Glue the chipboard die cut to the centre of the doily, add a bow to the bottom.
Step 3: Fussy cut the rose image from the Calling birds paper.
Step 4: Fussy cut the bird image also TIP: I have cut a second image of both the roses, and the bird, and adhered them together, using foam tape, to give a 3D appearance, but this isn’t essential.
Step 5: Arrange fussy cut elements as show below.
Step 6: I have used some individually wrapped Hersey chocolates, but you can use any chocolates, or candy you wish, as long as it is wrapped.
Step 7: Trim rectangles to size using your chosen papers from the collection, I have used the 8 x 8 Paper pad for this step. Wrap paper around the chocolates, adhere together on the bottom.
Step 8: Take 6 coordinating circles from the Banners sheet, apply a coat of Dimensional magic, or similar, and allow to dry.
Step 9: trim strips from the Joyeus Noel paper, and adhere around the centre of each chocolate. Apply Banner circle’s once the dimensional magic is dry, and your pillow boxes are all ready to give to the special people in your life this Christmas.
We are taking pre bookings now for our 2014 retreat. Most of the ladies who attended this time want to come again next year, so places are filling fast... It will again be held in Victoria, but, in a different venue, and will be in November 2014. We have 4 amazing tutors lined up, and its looking like it is going to be even bigger, and better than last year. More details to follow very soon... EMAIL scrappingwiththestars [@] yahoo.com.au to register your interest