A great sketch to try

Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a layout created using one of the sketches from the Sketch Library over at Get It Scrapped.  This page is about my daughter’s tenth birthday and it was a great sketch for using photographs that are not great quality.  The smaller print size means that you don’t notice the lower quality.  I really liked this photograph of her blowing out her candles so decided to use the photograph more than once to emphasize the photograph.

To create my page I have used a bunch of Bo Bunny You’re Invited papers and a few embellishments from my stash.  I tweaked a few of the elements on the page but it came together quickly.  As there was a lot of black in the photographs I made sure the stitching was back and that I inked the papers with black ink to make sure the photographs didn’t look out of place on the page.  I plan to make a pocket page to sit beside it, to capture more of the moments of the day.

To see more pages and the original layout the sketch was based on head over to the article at Get It Scrapped. There is a couple of Christmas themed layouts that could inspire you to get your Christmas photographs scrapbooked.

Thanks for stopping by,



A sketch, a page and my December Story

Hi everyone,

A few things to catch up on today – a couple of layouts but I also wanted to share about Debbie’s Your December Story class that you can get over at Get It Scrapped.  This class is different to other December classes I have taken from different people and prompts me to include stories and photographs that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought about.  I really love that about it and I would definitely recommend it.  If you want more info head over here (it has video, audio as well as written pdfs).  Note: I am part of the Creative Team at Get It Scrapped but if I didn’t like something I wouldn’t promote it.

This year I am making another December album using some of the prompts from the Your December Story classes and probably some of the ideas that Ali Edwards shares on her blog.  I don’t tend to do make a big thing of the individual days but this year I thought I would try that a bit more.  I think share some of it in January but it is definitely still work in progress.

For now though I have a couple of layouts to share.  This first one was created by using one of the sketches in the Sketch library at Get It Scrapped.  I don’t tend to use sketches that much but I can see that they are a great way of speeding up your process and getting pages done faster. when I do use them I really enjoy making the page.  I was really happy with how this sketch worked well for one of the photographs I took just after we arrived in Rome on our big trip.  You can see the sketch and other pages made using it for inspiration here.

rome lo sketch

This second page was created for the Get It Scrapped article about using lots of photos on your page.  I think of this as a cluster of smaller photos around the large focal point photo.  To see other ways to use lots of photos on your page you can check out the article here.  Lots of great ideas that can be used to get those holiday/Christmas photographs scrapbooked!

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I have some cards I have created so will be back to share them too and this year I have a nice space for the kids advent calendars so will have to take a pic of that to share.

Hope you are having a good December and thanks for stopping by,


A couple of layouts

Hi Everyone,

I am back with a couple of layouts that I created for Get It Scrapped and then later in the week I will share my art journal page-in-progress.  This first layout was created for the Get It Scrapped article about Using Trendy Long Shadows on your scrapbook pages. This was a fun challenge and I really love how this page ended up – the long shadows represent the late afternoons we spent at the beach waiting for my husband to finish work.  I would never have thought to try this but I feel like it really adds meaning, makes the page striking whilst supporting my story.  The colours come from the photos and almost extend the photos over the layout.  To create my long shadows I used torch and reusable letter sticker stencils.  It was easier and quicker than I thought.  You can read about how I did it and get other ideas in the article here.

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I am also sharing a page I created for another Get It Scrapped article that shares ideas for using planner pages in your scrapbooking. This is a really simple page but it does really give the picture of how we spend our time.  I use the Kaisercraft calendar pages to record information for my pocket page/PL album so that I can remember more details when I put my album together.  You can see different ideas from the creative team over on the blog here.

what we did

I plan to get back sharing to a greater variety of projects, especially cards after I catch up on a few Get It Scrapped Layouts.

Thanks for stopping by.



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.

pocket page

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,


Lucky Fishing 1

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.

7 years


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

Thanks for stopping by,