Signature Bear Layout

Hi everyone,

This week has been a busy week on my blog!  Today’s layout was created for the Get It Scrapped article about scrapbooking photographs of objects.  I chose to document the story about my signature bear but other team members showed favourite coffee cups, found items, dog tags that belonged to their grandfather and other items too.

My Mum made me this signature bear when I was finishing high school and lots of my friends signed it, so whenever I look at it, it brings back lots of memories of those people.  When I photographed my bear I put it in front of a window and deliberately over-exposed the background as I wanted lots of white space around in the bear in the photo.  All that white means that it stands out against my background and it is clear that my photo is the focal point of my page.

I chose these MME papers since the hot air balloons support my theme with the idea of ‘Spread Your Wings and Fly’ which is what things are like when you are finishing up something like school.  I tucked my journalling into a paper bag and I kept my title simple.

I’ll be back next week with some Thank You cards – it is coming up to the end of the school year here so it is time to make thank you cards for my children’s teachers.

Thanks for stopping by,




Supplies: Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye; Stamp: Kaisercraft; Ink: Versafine; Markers: Copic Markers; Alphas: American Crafts, Websters pages, Kaisercraft; Paper Bag: Websters Pages; Flowers: Prima; Wood Veneer Shapes: Studio Calico, Brad: My Minds Eye.

Inspired by Storybook Layout for Get It Scrapped

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Today’s layout was created for the Get It Scrapped article about creating layouts inspired by storybooks.  For my layout I was inspired by the Eric Carle book ‘The Very Hugry Caterpillar’.  It is a favourite of mine and has become a favourite of our children too.  I chose to create a layout about some of the things that are part of the bedtime routine for the kids each night.

I kept things really simple and part of me really wanted to embellish the layout further but I decided to keep lots of white space as that is one of the features of the layout of the book.  I used a grid as it reminds me of the idea of looking into our home through a window and seeing what is happening.  I created a night sky square by painting blue paint onto some card and leaving the paint strokes obvious.  I repeated the process with yellow paint and once it was dry I hand cut the stars.

I kept the font similar to the font used in the book and added the journalling using some small letter stickers.  There are a bunch of other ideas over on the Get It Scrapped blog.

Thanks for stopping by,



Layout using Entertaining Ephemera for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a layout I created for the Get It Scrapped Article on Using Entertaining Ephemera on Scrapbook Layouts.  When my daughter was younger her favourite colours were pink and yellow so I created a page that had a pink and yellow watercolour look.  I used Dylusion Spray Inks primarily and watered them down so they were less vibrant, although this is still quite a colourful page!  I used some balloons cut using my cricut expression  on the background before I added the colour to the page.  The title was also cut with the cricut.

I included a basic copy of the party invitation and a couple of photographs to create a loose grid on my page.  I added a paper frame by Elle’s studio around the photo of my daughter.  To emphasise the food in the photo, I desaturated all the colours except for the magenta and reds using the sliders in Lightroom.  This meant my photo was basically black and white except for that pop of pink.  I used some other grey elements on the page just to balance out some of the colour in the other areas of the page.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop over to the Get It Scrapped blog for lots more examples of using memorabilia on your layouts.  There are both digi and paper scrapbookers plus some great forums to check out too.  I’ll be back soon with another layout to share.

Bye for now,




Supplies: Cardstock: Artee, Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Simple Stories; Transparency: Websters Pages; Frame: Elle’s Studio; Die Cuts: Cricut; Paperclip: Maya Road; Stamp: Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday; Glitter: Distress Stickles; Spray Inks: Dylusions; Twine: We R Memory Keepers; Buttons: Unknown.



A card that is a little different for me

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I have been umming and aahhing about this card and trying to decide whether I like it.  I guess you can’t always make things you love.  In the end I decided to post it anyway. It is a bit different to my usual style which is probably not so bright and with so much contrast.  To make the background I used a paint dabber and a template from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I created my basic layout for the card and decided that the stars didn’t stand out enough so I outlined them with a black pen.  The ‘happiness’ wood veneer is a new one by Prima and was coloured with black paint.  Some twine, a black chalkboard washi tape and star finished off the card.  I will be back with a few layouts for Get It Scrapped in the next couple of days.

Thanks for stopping by,



Ninjago Cake and Piñata

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Some of my creative time this week went into making a piñata and Ninjago birthday cake for my son’s birthday party, so I thought I would share.  I have never made a piñata before so I looked up some instructions and used this homemade paste recipe  to make the glue for it.  My son wanted it to look like a bad guy so I googled some lego products to find an image of Lord Gamardon and painted a simple face on it.  He was very impressed when he came home after school and saw it.  I did 3 layers of newspaper and it took the kids a little while to get it open but not long enough for them to get bored of hitting it.

My son’s favourite Ninjago character is Kai so I looked a google images and saw some amazing cakes.  After looking I decided to try my hand at using fondant.  This was a bit of learning exercise and the cake is a bit bumpy even with the ganache under it.  I couldn’t get a small tub of black fondant so ended up painting with the black food colouring.  It would have looked better I think if I had been able to get the black fondant.  I bought a black edible ink pen to do the eyes and then decided that I would have a go at drawing on the cake.  So off to google again to look up images of Kai. He has a few different costumes and normally the dragon on his shirt is gold but I didn’t have gold so just made do with the black.  I made the hands with liquorice since I didn’t have black fondant.  The cake was a hit with the kids.

Thanks for stopping by.  I have a yellow and black card to share this week and  I will be back soon with some more layouts for Get I t Scrapped.