Scrapbooking Organiser

Hi everyone,

A couple of weeks ago I put together the scrapping organiser by Kaisercraft.  You buy it as flat wood and then decorate it however you want and glue it together.  I used some papers from the Kaisercraft Base Coat collection and some Picket Fence distress paint.  In the drawer I am keeping memorabilia and some of my kids drawings, to be put into my album later.  In the sections I am keeping assorted 3×4 journalling cards and some 4×6 cards as well as photos that I have already printed.  I am also keeping some washi tapes and both a black and white pen.  In the larger back section I am keeping smaller alphas and some embellishment packs.  I am surprised by how much stuff I can fit in it and I am finding it really easy to pull stuff out and then put it away (which is always a bonus).  I also move it into my lounge room sometimes and work on my album in front of the Tv or get the kids to write on some of the cards.  If you have other ways of storing your pocket scrapbooking supplies I would love to hear them.

Thanks for stopping by,



Layered Stencil Layout for Get It Scrapped

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My son recently started 3 year old kindy and whilst I was excited for him and the fun he would have (and the child free time for me) I felt a little bit sad about him growing up.  If you have been following my blog for a while you would have seen me use stencils on my projects reasonably often and know that I like to create my own backgrounds.  On this particular layout I used four different stencils to show some of the effects you can get layering stencils with different mediums.  One of the things I love about using stencils is that you create layouts that are unique to you and with paints and inks you can don’t need to have matching papers  - you can just create it all yourself.  If you want some more ideas for layering stencils check out the Get It Scrapped article on the blog here.

I used a combination of gesso, acrylic paint, twinkling H2Os and distress ink with the stencils to create a ‘layered block’ for my photograph and other elements to rest upon.  When visualising my page I think of the stencils a bit like how I use patterned papers in layers.  For this layout I used only two main colours in different shades along with colours I consider neutral (grey, wood) plus the black and white.  The colour inspiration came from the photograph and that it is a mix of mine and my son’s favourite colours.    By using the cog stencil I was able to create repetition of circular elements with the embellishments and a visual triangle.  I also used repetition of the alphabet stencil to frame my photograph.

When layering stencils I think it is important for each layer to be dry before adding another and also to keep in mind that water based products may interact when they are re-wet with other water based products, which is one reason I like to use a mix of mediums.

I thought it might be helpful if I listed the order that I layered the mediums on my page.

1. Gesso over the Tim Holtz burst stencil.

2.  Mix of paints through the Dylusions number stencil.  Applied using craft sheet as a palette and using Cut N Dry foam for sponging.

3.  Layer of different tones of orange and blue twinkling H2os, which are shimmery water colour paints.  I used my craft sheet as a palette to control the amount of colour that was applied, by adding more (for softer colours) or less water (for more intense).

4. Apply pumice stone distress ink through the cog stencil (Crafters Workshop) and the burlap stencil using the foam blending tool.  For this layout I tended to dab/pat it through the stencil rather than the circular blending movement that I usually use to apply the ink.

For people who don’t like to get messy – Sponging inks through stencils can give a soft look and you have more control over the colour than when using spray inks.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have fun playing with stencils too.


Mixed Feelings

Mixed Feelings by Kristy T| Supplies: Chipboard: Tattered Angels; Alphas: Basic Grey, American Crafts; Stencils: Tim Holtz, Dylusions, The Crafters Workshop; Wooden Flourishes: Kaisercraft; Wooden Shapes; Prima; Chipboard Sticker: Simple Stories; Stickers: Simple Stories; Paints: Twinkling H2Os, Adirondack, Gesso; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger, CD/DVD Marker: Pilot

Bokeh Paper for Get It Scrapped

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I created this layout about my husband taking our daughter out to a piano recital.  She loves the opportunity to spend time with each of us by herself and this beautiful heart shaped bokeh paper by Maggie Holmes helps create the mood for my page.  I kept things pretty simple with this page as I wanted everything in the centre so that it was surrounded by the hearts.  I took colour inspiration from the paper and also from the colours in my photo.  The tights that my daughter is wearing are pink and also have hearts on them.  I used some of my embellishments to break the borders of my block design and make things a bit more interesting.  I also asked my daughter to type out her description of the night so that I could record her voice on this layout.

The flower was created using tissue paper and Tim Holtz’s tattered flowers die, with maybe some distress ink, calico shine or glimmer mist over the top (to be honest I made it a while ago so I don’t remember exactly what products I used).

Be sure to stop over at the Get It Scrapped blog for a bunch of other ideas about using bokeh papers on your pages, including some ideas for how you can create your own.

Thanks for stopping by,


Daddy Date KT BLog


Supplies: Paper: Crate Paper-Maggie Holmes, My Minds Eye, Tissue Paper, copy paper; Card: Artee; Alphas: American Crafts; October Afternoon; Dies: La La Land Crafts; Sizzix/Tim Holtz; Labels: Elle’s Studio, Authentique; Washi tape: My Minds Eye; Brad: Unknown; Inks: Ranger Distress Inks; Paperclip: Maya Road.

Water Slide Fun

Hi Everyone,

Today’s post features a scrapbook layout created for the Get It Scrapped article about using woodland creatures in your scrapbook pages.  This was a little different for me as there are not heaps of traditional woodland creatures here in Australia and I also took inspiration from one of the pieces on Debbie’s pinterest board.  You can check out the inspiration by hopping over to the Get it Scrapped article.  This layout is about the fun my kids had playing with a double water slide in the garden at their grandparents house.  This garden is frequently visited by birds and even a rabbit whilst we were there.

To create my layout I used the Dylusions Spray Ink Fresh Lime as a watercolour to paint my background.  I diluted the colour using additional water.  When this had dried I inked around the edges of the layout using distress ink to create a vignette effect, leaving the lightest area in the middle of the page.  I then sponged pine needle distress ink through the leaf stencil around the edges of the page.  The trees were hand drawn and inked with gathered twigs distress ink to create a frame around the page.

The photograph, title and embellishments were centred in page with the woodland creatures and other embellishments framing the photograph.  The woodland creatures were positioned so they were looking towards the photograph.  The layers in the background and all the elements on the page serve to draw the eye directly to my photograph.

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: Card: Artee, Spray Inks: Dylusions Fresh Lime; Inks: Ranger- Distress Inks – Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs; Pen: Pilot; Collectables: Kaisercraft; Alphas: Simple Stories; Hearts: Prima; Flowers: Prima; Template: Dylusions.

‘Fizzer’ Scrapbook Layout

Hi everyone,

This layout tells the story of the slight disappointment I felt after buying some sparklers  for my kids for New Years Eve.  In the end they were a little bit frightened of them so it was all a bit of a fizzer.  I didn’t even get any photos.  The ones of this page were from my daughter’s camera.  The page was created for the Get It Scrapped blog article featuring different ideas for using the constellation motif on scrapbook pages.  I love some of the pages the other creative team members created so think it is well worth a look.  My favourite is Christy Strickler’s page so if you want to check it out head over to the article here.

For my page I got my middle son to help me out with a bit of crayon scratch art but in the end he lost a bit of interest so perhaps that is also fitting with the title of my page!  I chose to create the Southern Cross since I am in Australia so it is one of the more well known constellations here.  The stars are also very visible down south away from the city lights.  To create the crayon art, you just colour with a yellow crayon and then over it with a dark crayon i.e. black or blue.  I used the round tip of my paper piercer to create the round circles and then the pointed end to gently scratch away the lines.  Just be careful not to press too hard or you could tear the paper.

I created the night sky background paper by flicking Mister Huey’s Calico Shine over the page and letting it dry but I think you could also create a constellation effect by dripping the Calico Shine where you wanted it and then drawing in lines with a white or pearl pen.

If you have any questions just leave me a comment or you can find my email address on the About me page.

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzil, Artee; Alphas: American Crafts, Kaisercraft; Paints: Koh-I-Noor Watercolour paint, Adirondack; Journalling Card: We R Memory Keepers; Sticker: Simple Stories; Clear Journalling Card: Simple Stories; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Paperclip: Unknown; Crayons: Strand; Template: Heidi Swapp; Pen: Pilot.

Pastel + Fluorescent Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

This is the last of my catch up posts for Get It Scrapped and then I am all up to date.  I have been busy making a few cards so will have some cards to share. It has been mostly scrapbook pages over here lately!  For this layout I chose to show off some cute photos of my youngest boy sleeping.  He is at the age where he doesn’t sleep that much during the day anymore but on this day he fell asleep with his head on the table as he was eating his lunch so I carefully moved him to the couch where it was more comfortable and took some photos.  I know he won’t always be this small.

The colour combination of the the pastel blues/greens remind me of little boys and softness.  The brighter green is also a colour I associate with boys and I feel is a more energetic colour.  These colours together are a good representation of him right now.  I chose to make the pastel colours the predominate colour in the page as they fitted better with the photos and I just used a bit of the brighter green so it didn’t take over everything else.  I also used the colour to create a visual triangle.

I used the brick template and a couple of mists to create the background.  When this had dried I used a paint dabber and the star stencil to create another layer.  I then used a gelato with the checker stencil to add another layer on my page.  The washi tape created a border and keep the eye looking at the main elements of my page – the journalling, photos and title.  A scattering of stars adds a little bit of whimsy and a bit of a trail across the page.  If you want more ideas for using pastel colours and fluorescent colours together you can check out the Get It Scrapped article over on the blog here.  If you are new to the idea of scrapbooking Debbie has a great article to give you some ideas of where to get started.

As always, if you have any questions just leave me a comment.  Thanks for stopping by,




Supplies: Card: Bazzill; Alphas: American Crafts; Paints: Jenni Bowlin, Ranger Distress Paint Dabber; Mists: Dylusions, Glimmermist, Studio Calico; Templates: The Crafters Workshop, Kaisercraft, Prima-Finnabair; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Roller Date Stamp: American Crafts; Washi tape: My Minds Eye; Corrugated Shape: Jillibean Soup, Crepe Ruffle: American Crafts, Gelato: Faber-castell; Ink: Ranger Archival; Marker: Ranger Distress Marker.