I’m back with a Pocket Page for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while!  I haven’t forgotten my blog but a big overseas family trip, school holidays for the kids and a whole bunch of life has kept me busy.  But I am back with a page that shows the techniques that I use to create focus and flow when creating pocket pages.  There is a great article over at Get Scrapped Blog with a bunch of other ideas too and the new class in the paid membership is also looking at Pocket Page Design.

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Supplies: Pockets – Becky Higgins; Cards: Simple Stories, Kaisercraft; Cardstock: Bazzill; Chipboard: October Afternoon; Die Cut: Simple Stories: Alpha Stickers: Becky Higgins; Clear Stickers : Simple Stories

When I create my pocket pages I generally like to put an important photograph or title card in the first pocket at the top left corner of the page as this is where we are used to looking first scene it where we start reading.  I like to think of it as setting up the page.  It doesn’t mean that you can’t include more than one story i.e. like project life style pages but just that this is generally where I want the person viewing my album to start.

I tend to use colour to create flow across my pages and repetition of embellishments i.e. like the hearts and the colour red.   Looking at the colours in the photographs helps me to choosing specific pockets for certain photographs creates balance and flow on the page i.e. the primarily green photographs are spaced out to draw the eye across the page from the THIS journalling card.  I also tend to draw out the colours in my photos by using pre-made cards that feature those colours or creating my own.  For this page I have used a green, red, grey and blue colour scheme but note that everything doesn’t necessarily match exactly.  It think is fine if you like things to be all from the same kit or paper collection and that can give a cohesive look to your pages but also you can create cohesion regardless.

My style is to often use grid or lined paper cards to handwrite my journalling and on this page the journalling is fairly prominent as the white is bright against the colours and other cards.  That works well for this layout as I want the reader to look at the journalling early in their viewing of the page so they can make sense of the photographs and the stories.

If you want more ideas head on over to the Get It Scrapped blog.  I’ll be posting a little bit in the next couple of days to catch up some other layouts and I have also made a few cards to share too.

Thanks for stopping by,


Egg Hunt

Hi everyone,

We have had Easter already !  Time seems to be flying by and I can’t believe we are already halfway though April.  One of our Easter traditions is an egg hunt so I had fun creating this page for the Get It Scrapped article about Telling Stories about Easter or Passover.

My children are still at the age that they look forward to Easter each year.  They love searching for eggs and of course eating chocolate.  I created this two page spread to be able to to incorporate a large photo and then a few supporting photos in a pocket page.  The large photo really sets the scene of the egg hunt and the pocket photos show off the details.  I used of natural and neutral colours, with the pops of colour and the glittery foil elements to support the story of the egg hunt.

If you want more ideas for telling stories about Easter, head on over to Get It Scrapped.  At the moment there is the free Style is Leverage event, which is about helping you discover your own style to create pages that you love more easily.

Thanks for stopping by,


Egg hunt

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzil; Patterned papers: Echo Park – Through the Year; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers; Heidi Swapp; Wood Veneers: Simple Stories, Teresa Collins; Paper embellishments: Simple Stories; Chipboard Frames: Heidi Swapp; Simple Stories; Flower: Petaloo

But I am Lucky

Hi everyone,

Today’s layout is a story about luck and my daughter’s insistence that she was lucky.  If any of you have ever been fishing you would probably have experienced those times when you don’t catch anything.  Well luckily for my children, my Dad has good knowledge of fishing, where and when to take the kids so they have the best chance of catching fish.  So far he has a perfect record and feels the pressure :)

But back to the layout.  I die cut the fish using my cricut expression and sewed them to the background to give texture, give the feeling of abundance and mimic the idea of fishing line.  I use a mix of natural textures, elements that tones with my photo and a variety of lettering to give a nautical and fun feeling to the page.  If you want more ideas about who to scrapbook stories about luck or being lucky, head on over to the Get Scrapped blog here.  There are 2 days left of Calvinball and loads of layouts in the gallery for inspiration.

If you have any questions about my layout, feel free to leave and comment and I will be sure to reply.

Thanks for stopping by,


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Calvinball and a couple of pages

Hi everyone,

I have a couple of pages to share today.  But first up I will tell you about Calvinball.  It is a fun scrapbooking game created by Celeste Smith and Doris Sanders, where the rules are made up as you go along, change every year and you are trying to get as many pages done in the month as you can.  You can find out more about Calvinball here and don’t worry that it has already started you can still join in. You may need to join the Free membership to be able to view the forums and gallery but it doesn’t cost you anything and isn’t a trick (I tend to be a bit wary of ‘free’ stuff sometimes).  You can even get access to some free classes.  They are a friendly bunch of scrapbookers and yes I am probably biased since I am part of the CT team but I don’t support things I don’t like.  It honestly is a fun place to hang out online.

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This first page is one of my favourite scrapbook pages that I have created.  One of the things I love about Get It Scrapped is the inspiration and the challenge to try different things.  This page was created for the article on the GIS blog about Compositional storytelling.  There are some great examples and an explanation of what the compositional story style is.


This is page is a bit different for me and I found it tricky to get the technique of creating a flat geometric shape to work.  I persevered and shared some of my tips over in the GIS article about using Flat Geometric shapes on your scrapbook pages.  This one has a video blog post.

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you come over to Get It Scrapped to see about Calvinball.

Bye for now,


December Daily Album Cover for GIS

Hi everyone,

Todays post shows the album cover I made for my December Album and for the Get It Scrappeds article on Scrapbook Ideas for creating December Daily Album Covers.

I altered a Kaisercraft 6×8 pocket page album by using a stencil, new Bo Bunny Glitter Paste and red Dina Wakely paint.  I am love with this new glitter paste and it is great way to add glitter that isn’t going to come off.  I used washi tape to mask the binding of the album and keep my stencil in place.  The background I created was pretty festive looking so I kept my embellishments fairly simple and just titled the album Christmas.  I will put a cover page inside the album that show the album is about holiday traditions we have and what we do in December rather than just about Christmas.

I normally document our December in pocket pages in my 12×12 album but this year I wanted a smaller size so the kids could easily write on the cards inside the album and handle it more easily than the larger 12×12 size.  They each created a holiday album in the middle of the year when we went on holidays and the older two took their albums to school when they told news.  They had fun creating the albums so I am hoping that that experience will help them be enthusiastic about adding to our family December album.  Will let you know how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to head over the Get It Scrapped Blog for more ideas.


album cover Dec1

Supplies: Kaisercraft 6×8 Album; Paint: Dina Wakely; Stencil: Plaid/Folk Art; Chipboard Shapes: Studio Calico; Wooden Heart: Kaisercraft; Chipboard: WOW; Twine: Tim Holtz; Papers: Teresa Collins, Echo Park; Corrugated Card: Dusty Attic; Glitter Paste: Bo Bunny; Inks: Distress Ink/Ranger; Mist: Prima Colour Bloom – Gold Foil.

A bit of a catch up

Hi everyone,

I can hardly believe it is December already.  I think probably lots of people feel like this though.  Well in our household the Christmas tree went up yesterday.  It was one day early but we had more time on Sunday to do it together than squished Monday after school and work.  Today I have a catch up post for Get It Scrapped.  I made this layout for the article about Storytelling when Setting is Key

We had taken a trip up to Mount Clarence before Anzac Day to spend some time with the kids to teach them more about the history and what Anzac Day means.  The views are amazing from up there and since I had taken a photograph of the views I used the photograph as inspiration to create a ‘scene’ background for my page.  Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect to still help tell your story.  You can see other ideas over at the Get It Scrapped Blog

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I also have another page to share that was created for Get It Scrapped that was using a Sketch/Template.  I loved this sketch and the page came together really quickly.  I tweaked the sketch a bit to work with my photos and the story of my page.  Get It Scrapped has heaps of sketches and templates now and adding more all the time.  You can see the template that was the inspiration for this page here.

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If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

Thanks for stopping by,



Organising Your Scrapbook Albums

Hi everyone,

We had a great time at the weekend workshop a couple of weeks ago so thank you to the ladies for coming along.  One person asked me a bit about how I organise my albums so I thought I would share that here also.  My way of organising is pretty simple.  Although I have been scrapbooking for a few years I am not really a fast or prolific scrapbooker (and I am ok with that) and my crafting time has also been making cards, canvases etc.

What that means is that I mostly have pages about my children and family and the things we do.  I don’t have too many pages about things we do with or about extended family (aside from Christmas).  So I have an album for each of my children,  couple that keep my pocket pages/everyday life pages and one that has pages about my husband and I, our relationship etc.  I have a couple of pages about my grandmother, my mum and my dad that I also keep in this album at the moment.

In the future I would like to record and tell more stories about our wider family, so I will probably need to think about how I organise and collect those.  I hadn’t really given it any thought at all until Debbie Hodge starting talking about creating a NEW class on Curating Albums.  This class will help you do more than just organise your albums but help you ‘curate’ those albums and stories.  Her class isn’t about creating new themed albums but identifying themes, story lines and favourite conversations etc.  Her description of the class is much better than mine so you can read what she has to say about it here.

There is an early bird discount on the class now til Monday 20th (American time), so if you are interested now is a good time to check it out.

So at the moment my way of organising is pretty simple but if you have other ways of organising your albums then I would love to hear them.

Thanks for stopping by.