Gum Nut Fun: Photojournalist Style

Hi All,

Happy New Year.  I am still memory keeping, making cards and scrapbooking although a little less than before.  I have a few layouts to share today.

First up, this one is using the photojournalist style.  I am still taking lots of photographs with my DSLR but I have tried to take more everyday photographs with my phone camera.  This layout ‘Gum Nut Fun’ documents one of our trips to the local park and the interaction between our puppy and my youngest son as they played with the gum nuts.  They were so cute together so I wanted to keep a record of this.  My son wasn’t really that interested in getting a dog, when Lottie joined our family we bought him a fish since he didn’t really want a dog – he wanted a fish!

The photojournalist style worked well for me as I had a bunch of different photographs with a mix of wide shots, regular photos and some close ups, so I had lots of photographs to help tell the story.  For more ideas on using this style check out the Get It Scrapped blog and the article here.



Handwriting on your Scrapbook Layouts

Hi all,

I created this page for the Get It Scrapped article about using handwriting on your scrapbook pages.  There are some people who don’t like their own handwriting but this article gives a bunch of ideas to give it a go.

For my page, I used watercolour pencils and wrote inside the ‘bubbles’ that I created on m background.  One of the positive of using your handwriting is that you can put it wherever you want to on your page, so you can use it as part of your design.

By using watercolour pencils, you can fix any mistakes by blending out the watercolour, waiting until it dries and then re-writing. For more details and different ways of using your handwriting on your pages, head over to the Get It Scrapped blog


Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Carta Bella; Washi Tape: MME; Frames: Simple Stories; Epoxy Sticker: Simple Stories; Pattern Paper: Echo Park; Watercolour pencils: Faber Castell; Distress Stains.

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Hand drawn patterns on your scrapbook pages

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A couple of weeks ago I created a page about how colour filled our winters are and some of my family’s favourite things about winter.  For this page, I created a few different hand drawn pattern ideas for the Get It Scrapped blog article about Creating hand drawn patterns.

I created a rain drop effect by directly drawing oval/tear shapes onto the top section of my layout using coloured pencils, then adding just a little bit of water with a precision water brush.  I also drew some different patterns  – swirls, flowers and stars using the water colour pencils, adding water, then pen in some sections when it was dry.  By using small pieces of paper you can experiment without worrying about ruining your page.  I then made sure to position the papers to create a balance in colour with my photos.  If you want to see ideas for creating hand draw patterns onto your pages, including the directly to the back ground see the blog article here and also this page of Wilna Furnstenburg’s on the Get It Scrapped blog too.

Thanks for stopping by,


Still Colour Full 1

Supplies: Cardstock – Artee; Patterned Paper – Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny; Alphas: American Crafts, Bo Bunny, Teresa Collins; Mistable: Studio Calico; Brad: Simple Stories; Chipboard: Simple Stories; Pencils: Faber Castell; Pen: Artline.


As Blind as a Bat …

Hi everyone,

I don’t know if your family is like mine, but I am always the one that they ask if they are looking for something, and most of the time I know where it is or I can quickly find it!  Sometimes I joke with one of them that they are as blind as a bat, so this metaphor was a good fit for documenting this part of our life. Over on the Get It Scrapped blog there is an article about using known phrases as metaphors for your scrapbook pages

I used the metaphor as the title of the page, rendering it with a mix of alpha styles and colors to add emphasis and grab attention to the start of the title.  I used a large bat motif and then close up black and white photographs of my children’s eyes to contrast with the poor vision associated with bats.  The colorful background and the stencil also add contrast visually and also metaphorically as bats are usually in the dark but my children live in lots of colors.

I created the background using a mix of colours of distress paints, slightly blending as I added each colour.  I used a Eye chart stencil to add layers and interest behind the photo strips and black card.  I sponged over the stencils using a mix of the colours used for the background.

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: Cardstock: Artee, Bazzill; Paints: Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Alphas: Bo Bunny, Simple Stories; Sticker: Simple Stories; Stencil – Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Eye Chart; Stamp: Hero Arts; Ink: Archival; Waterproof Pen: Pilot; Diecut: Cricut; Chipboard: October Afternoon

A bit about me and some favourite creations

Hi everyone,

For today I thought I would share a little about me and a couple of favourite creations.  I have lots of interests and love learning new things.  Sometimes I create with my music up loud, sometimes listening to webinars, Get It Scrapped classes, TED talks or other podcasts and sometimes just in the silence when my kids are at school.

I am a practical person and not super gushy but I will definitely give hugs and think it is so important to speak words of encouragement to people when you have the chance.

I create for a few reasons – it makes me happy, I like to play with paint, art mediums and paper, I can ‘finish’ something (unlike lots of the housework i.e. there is ALWAYS more washing to do), I can learn new things, it gives me time to reflect, I can record important moments and memories for my family, it shows my family that they are important to me . . .  and the list could go on.  I also create scrapbook layouts for Get It Scrapped as a member of the creative team.  There are some new people joining the team and over the new month, the team members will be introduced via the Get It Scrapped Facebook and Instagram.

I like to make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages and dabble in making home decor items like canvases too.  I mostly scrapbook using paper products, rather than digital but I have tried printing digital products and will sometimes add journalling directly to my photos using the computer. I enjoy colouring with copic markers.

I don’t blog everything that I create.  Lately I have mostly been blogging scrapbook layouts created for Get It Scrapped but I do still make cards periodically and am working on my children’s baby albums plus a travel album of an amazing 6 week trip we took last year.  I also create and periodically teach classes at Stef’s Papercrafts. I am hoping to get back into blogging more regularly.

But I thought I would share an art journal page that is in progress and a scrapbook page I shared that I feel shows my style – it has lots of texture and details, unity in colour between the photographs and the rest of the layout, has white space and mixed media touches.  Unfortunately the photograph doesn’t capture the glitter and subtle shines – this is one page that does look better in real life.


I like to experiment with different styles and techniques, so you will see the art journal page is colourful with touches of black and I feel also shows my style.  I also love using lots of white and creating my own backgrounds.  At the moment I am enjoying playing with diagonal flow across the page and playing with grids.

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Thanks for stopping by and getting to know me a bit better.  I hope you will leave me questions if you have them and come back again to see my creations.:).


Cushion Repellant – Inspired by Home Decor

Hi Everyone,

Two posts within two days!  Today’s scrapbook page takes inspiration from home decor to mix textures.  I love using different textures on my page and as I like to use white frequently on my page, I often rely on texture to keep things interesting.  For this page though I have used lots of different textures inspired from my own home and home decor photographs.

I created a subway tile background using the Martha Stewart Score board, a ruler and silver artline pen.  It was quicker to create the background using the scoreboard than measuring and marking before ruling the lines.  I then used a mixture of burlap, faux glass beads, lace, velvet ribbon, threads, tulle, metal plastic and woodgrain alphas to echo the textures found on cushions, in lounge rooms and in kitchens.  The colours are inspired by the cushions found in our home, which fits well with the story of how the cushions from our couch are always on the floor – so often that I jokingly say that our couch is cushion repellant.  A simple colour scheme works well when using lots of textures.

For more inspiration and ideas about mixing textures inspired by home decor had over to the Get It Scrapped article here.

Thanks for stopping by,


cushion repellant blog

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Pen: Sharpie; Burlap: Unknown; Alphas: American Crafts; Laves: Green Tara; Crystal pin; Maya Road; Metal Flowers: TIm Holz; Finnibair; Lace: Prima; Ephemera: Simple Stories


Recording Conversations on your Scrapbook Layouts

Hi everyone,

Today’s post shares an idea for recording conversation on your layouts.  Although my son likes school, he has had some struggles with missing me as he is now full time and has less time at home with me.  This page documents a series of conversations we had over the week.  This page makes me feel sad because I don’t like to think about him missing me and smile because it captures him just the way he is right now and I know that this phase will pass as he grow more confident.

Design wise vertical strips in the centre of the page create two separate sections on the page to hold our words and thoughts.  The different colours of text and varying size help to distinguish my son’s voice and my voice, giving emphasis to certain things he said.  I used the colour orange because it is his favourite colour and the blue and black because they work well with the orange.  Alpha stickers and strips of washi tape create a timeline and show the separate conversations.  I used a mix of fonts and sizes to create interest.  I took the photograph of the scrape on his knee as it is a part of the story for the week and I wanted a to include a photograph of him but didn’t want to distract from the words on the page.

This page is one of my favourites and I am feeling inspired to think of more stories and conversations I can capture.  For more ideas head over to the Get It Scrapped blog and the article here.

Tell me its not monday-2

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny; Washi tape: Unknown; Wooden shapes: Freckled Fawn; Alphas: Jillibean Soup; Simple Stories, Kaisercraft

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