Friday, June 9, 2017

New video for the Crafty Mavens Getaway Channel.

Hi friends,
If you didn't already know, I am on the current Design Team for the Crafty Maven Getaway Channel.
My latest video is up, this time I am doing "Sketch It Out Thursday".

I wanted to do a current sketch challenge, and ended up choosing this one from Anna's Craft Cupboard. . .

Here's the inspiration board for the week:

As you'll see in the video, I was inspired by the watermelon red/pink, the black scripty writing and the sunset!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

April Counterfeit Kit wrap-up.

Although I didn't quite meet all the goals for my April kit, (what with a holiday, work, illness and other projects), but I decided it was time to put it away and start again.  A few bits and pieces have moved into my latest Counterfeit Kit, and I made 7 pages in total:

The bright colours in this kit were perfect for this page about Maddy's Drama Club performance, where her character was a stand-up comedian on an X-Factor-type show.

Another one from Maddy's primary school days, this time a Book Week Parade:

And a string of birthday pages for the boys:

For this page, I resurrected the method of using both sides of a sheet of patterned paper by cutting it a third of the way across, flipping one side and reattaching it, in this case by adhering a thickish offcut of cardstock at the back and a packaging strip on the front.  Actually, that was one goal I think I did achieve this month, I think I used at least one packaging strip/thin strip of paper on every page!

Finally, a fun page where I was reading "Winnie The Pooh" with our pet rabbit on my lap - we all need to be exposed to the classics, don't you think?

Did you spot my DIY flair on some of those pages?  I've recently uploaded a video to Youtube outlining my super-cheap and easy method, along with a couple of tips:

Two of the pages above have process videos, also - if you want a laugh, I totally recommend the Bookweek one if you haven't already watched it - Maddy and Rohan do the voice-over for me and it's very funny!

Thanks for visiting, as always I love sharing my creative process with you!

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Counterfeit Kit

Every couple of years or so I consider joining a Scrapbooking Kit Club.  I look at all the different websites, compare the style, the amount of papers, embellishments, stamps etc, then do the maths: kit plus postage(mostly international) times conversion rate.  The result is always the same - I simply cannot justify the price! I actually have a bit of an idea up my sleeve I want to try once my spending freeze is over, but in the meanwhile, I've got the Counterfeit Kit Challenge to keep me distracted!

Excellent timing, because who was in my top 2 kits this time around, but Felicity Jane!  This month's inspiration is their May kit, "Willow":
So pretty! How close can I get to making a similar kit?  You can watch my process and find out:

After doing 80 pages on a spending freeze, I was stoked with how great this kit pulled together! With any luck, this kit plus the odd other project will see me through to the last 20 pages of my spending freeze.  I can't wait to start playing!

Friday, May 26, 2017

May Scrapbooking Top 50

 Friends, before we get onto the crafty business at hand, I'd like to let you know that I will be participating in the Act For Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week.  From 18-25 June I will be eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee - just a small amount of rice, lentils, chick pease, sardines, oil and kidney beans.  That's it - no meat, coffee or alcohol.  (And between you and me the hardest bit of all that is the no coffee!!!)
Sponsorship in this challenge will help provide urgently needed food rations, healthcare and education to Syrian refugees.  If you are interested in donating, or just want to know a little bit more, please visit my sponsorship page:
I am taking the Act for Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week and opening my eyes to what it's like for refugees to survive on rations. From 18-25 June I will be eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee - just a small amount of rice, lentils, chick peas, sardines, oil and kidney beans. That's it. No meat, coffee or alcohol. - See more at:

I am taking the Act for Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week and opening my eyes to what it's like for refugees to survive on rations. From 18-25 June I will be eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee - just a small amount of rice, lentils, chick peas, sardines, oil and kidney beans. That's it. No meat, coffee or alcohol. - See more at:
I am taking the Act for Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week and opening my eyes to what it's like for refugees to survive on rations. From 18-25 June I will be eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee - just a small amount of rice, lentils, chick peas, sardines, oil and kidney beans. That's it. No meat, coffee or alcohol. - See more at:

And now we return to regularly shecduled programming . . .

After completing 18 school photos, production-line style (which you can read about in my previous post) I was ready for something a bit different! A challenge, perhaps?

I chose this month's sketch from Scrapbooking Top 50:

How cute is that!

here's my entry:

I ended up binge die-cutting for  this one - creating whole pages of leaf fronds, flowers and butterflies, which I think took longer than the rest of the page put together!

So happy with how this one turned out!  This page also marks the three-quarter mark of my 100-page spending freeze, so that's exciting! 

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon!

Scrapbooking school photos, production-line style.

So guys, if there's one thing I find boring to scrapbook, it's school photos.  The limitation of school uniform colours (which for our family have included maroon-and-gold and currently includes forest green) and the sameness of the format, year after year, times three children.  No wonder I'm so far behind!

But on the flipside, when you get into the zone, catching up on a whole bunch of school photo pages at once is a great way to churn through a bunch of pages - in less than a week I've managed to make 18 pages towards my 100-page spending freeze goal!

If you've never thought of doing a production line of pages, here's my process:

Step one: choose the photos you want to scrap, keeping to one theme. 
In my case, the theme is obviously school portraits, but you could apply the same process to many other themes, eg beach holidays, birthday parties, christmas etc.

Step two: Choose papers
I pulled out school uniform colours and whites/neutrals.  For layering I pulled my large scraps in these colours as well as yellow and red for contrast. 
(Optionally, you can focus on particular products you want to use up - I focussed on two paper pads I still had quite a few papers from)

Step three: Adhere papers and photos.
(But don't put your papers away just yet!)

Step four: titles
If you own a die-cutting machine or letter stamps, now is the time to use them!  With repetitive titles like "Year 5" "Year 6" "Year 7", now is not the time to be wasting all those "a's" and "e's"!
I picked out a largish offcut of cardstock that matched a page, chose some other pages that could use the same colour title, and went to work on my Silhouette.  I simplified the process further by using the same font and text size.

Step five: embellishing. 
Again, rather than go through every embellishment in your stash, pick a small selection that works with your theme.  I chose a set of largish wood veneers and my fake enamel dots.  I also used washi tape, the branding strips from the papers I had used and also cut a few circles from my left-over papers to give my embellishments somewhere to sit.

Step five: Journaling and finishing touches
I don't journal a lot (or sometimes at all) on school portrait pages, so this step is easy.  Finishing off meant splattering and trimming off the bits that hung off the edges.  But of course you have full permission to go back and pull more bits from your stash.  I was doing a couple of soccer portrait pages at the same time, and I went back and made fake flair for those pages.   

Have you ever tried production-line scrapbooking?  Whatever your preference, I hope you find some crafty time this weekend! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

A couple of videos and some exciting news

So it's been pretty quiet around here in blog-land.  In real life, it's been a lot busier!  We had a week away in Melbourne, plus visiting relatives on the way.  I'd barely recovered from that before I had a couple of weeks full time work, with a birthday party in the middle and a Eurovision party this weekend just gone.  Of course I got a pretty bad head cold in the middle there, but soldiered on!  I managed to get Rohan and Maddy to voice-over a video for me which I haven't yet shared here.  If you haven't yet watched it yet, you should - it's absolutely HILARIOUS!!! (at least I hope you'll think so, I sometimes wonder how the Australian sense of humour translates to the northern hemisphere)

But wait, that's not my exciting news.  Drumroll, please . . . .

The kids actually allude to it in the video above, incorrectly stating that I have joined the DT for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  Well, that would have been awesome too, but in fact . . .

. . . that's right! I've joined the Crafty Maven Getaway Summer team!!! (Winter here, but that's OK! lol)
and I may have accidentally chosen a date earlier than was wise my first video . . . but it's done!  Croaky voice and all!

For my first video I chose to do "Stash It Monday", where, you guessed it, you make a page from products deep within your stash.  Actually, there are no rules about how deep within your stash you have to go, but boy, I dived in deep! Coloured brads, knitting wool and  DIY flair from a counterfeit kit that would have easily been 2 years old! Basic Grey monograms that were a freebie when a store was getting rid of sharing some older stock with purchases. None of those papers were exactly purchased yesterday either!  

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Two stash layouts and a new video

So I've been nagging, begging, requesting my son, a budding Youtuber and excellent editor (not that I'm biased or anything) to make me an intro for my own Youtube videos.  He finally managed to fit me into his schedule and suggested I make a page featuring the name of my channel.  I love how both the page and the intro turned out!

This was also perfect for the Challenge YOUrself topic this month, to scrap about something that inspires you.  It was only after I'd taken the photos that I remembered to add the journalling, so here's a quick pic of that here:

My second page is the subject of the process video itself.  It was inspired, as is happening more and more these days, when I was watching others scrapping on Youtube.  In this case it was froggie251 on the Crafty Maven channel, using a rather fabulous moodboard:

Although the pastel colours in this piece are really rather lovely, what really caught my eye was those clouds and the cute coloured raindrops.  I immediately started thinking about doing a layout about weather.  In fact I was so excited I made a page without the actual photo that will go in my album - I've used another from the same day in the interim.

I hope these sneak peaks will mean you'll want to watch the video itself!

Friday, April 7, 2017

March Updates

Foot update
It occurred to me that I haven't mentioned my foot since just before my last x-ray.  Good news although not the best: my foot is "healing" which means I don't have to wear the boot any more but have to be careful for quite a while, as apparently this type of fracture is "notorious" for re-breaking. Turns out being in a CAM boot for 12 weeks means your foot forgets how to walk properly, so I'll be hobbling around slowly for a few weeks to come.

March Counterfeit Kit
Well this kit was huge, and although I never expected to "kill" it thoroughly, I ended up with only 2 full sheets of paper out of 25 or so, so I'm pretty happy with that!  Here's the last pages I made:

This first one started with me thinking that if I fussy-cut the flowers out of this particular sheet of paper, I would be more likely to use it, followed by the realisation that the B-side of that same paper matched my shirt in this photo from our auction day:

Next I noticed how many bits of Echo Park bits and pieces I still had in the kit, and made my next page, complete with process video:

In the video I show what I have left from the kit and mention my hope to make 2 or 3 more pages before finishing with the kit (including that one).

I knew I'd be annoyed if I didn't use this pink Basic Grey paper so I used it on this page about when Maddy and I went to see the musical, Wicked. I'd been really enjoying using the mistable butterflies (not that I've misted them yet!) and wished I could make them match the glitter thickers a bit more . . . which sent sent me on a hunt for what is possibly my oldest remaining papercrafting supply - my clear KindyGlitz!  It needed a good shake and the nozzle is a little more prone to blockages, but it worked great!

It also gave me the inspiration to "KindyGlitz" up my DIY dimensional dots!

This next page would have been almost entirely from the kit, with a polka-dot background paper, until I came across the rocket paper as I was preparing my April kit.

It's a page about our church's space-themed Kids Club I helped at last year.  I mean, how often does a girl have a reason to make a space-themed page after all!?  (I'll do the title next time I get my Silhouette out)

So then I still had a polka-dot paper with a bit of work done on the bottom, as well as the other dotted paper I had gutted the middle out of.  I didn't want to put that back in my stash as I was worried about damaging it, so I finished off with these two back to school pages:

I was scrapping with (Youtube) friends again, and the black stripes in the background of this one were inspired by a video I was watching by Hannah Lemieux - you can watch it here.
I really love the look of it, but I think I'll have to do it again on a one-photo page so you get more of the effect!

Spending Freeze Update
Last but not least, I've made it to half way through my 100 page spending freeze!!!! That last page was number 51!

Thanks so much for stopping by, why not take the time to leave a comment and tell me what crafty goodness you're getting up to lately!