Wednesday, October 07, 2015


I absolutely LOVED the October Jot Mood Board from the minute I saw it!
Jot girl Leanne did an amazing job pulling it together. 

Supplies// Canson watercolour paper. Pattern paper - Cocoa Vanilla, Pink Fresh Studio, Handmade paper by Sirrah Sirrah, American Crafts. Embellishments - Cocoa Vanilla bow and enamel dots, Webster pages stickers, paper blossoms. Other - Oil pastels, machine stitching.

Annnnnd..... here is the mood board... isn't it divine.

All the details are on the Jot blog... I expect there will be a ton of gorgeous entries this month.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quick layout challenge - Jot magazine issue 11

Being the challenge addict that I am of late...
I couldn't resist having a go at the 'Jot Magazine Quick Layout Challenge'
Each issue.. one of the Jot team sets the layout challenge and in Issue 11..
the challenge was set by the lovely Lory .. I totally loved her layout...
I mean...who can resist bubba feet?

My goat layout doesn't quite stack up to bubba feet...but it was nice to just pull together quickly using Lorys layout as my inspiration.

Supplies //  Patter paper - Cocoa Vanilla, American Crafts, Pink Fresh Studio. Alphas- Cocoa Vanilla Embellishment - Cocoa Vanilla stickers, die-cuts. Other - Studio Calico ink, Amertican Crafts date stamp. Machine stitching.

Monday, September 28, 2015

August 2015 - a review

Our August went like this...
Our girl had a birthday...
We had a visit from family...
Spent the day at Motocross watching Lachie compete..
The blossoms arrived on the trees
A working bee at Brent and Alex's set them up for new lawn...and we had an awesome day together outside...digging...spreading dirt and spending time together.
Ian and I got to a footy match at Adelaide oval with friends Scott and Sandra.
Jarrad spent a week in Canberra at todays skills tomorrows leaders 
Alex spent two weeks on work placement for her Diploma
Brayden and Nan spent quality 'Bray and Nan time'.
I ploughed ahead with my Konmari tidying... papers...books...magazines...all sorted.
Kitchen...pantry...all sorted.
Briony sat the literacy and numeracy exam

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sassy Scrappers - Spring challenge

I'm playing along with the Sassy Scrappers challenge again this month... 
I haven't missed it for a few months now.

This month the Sassy girls gave out a challenge that's all about spring...
Its based around a sketch.. a word...and sweet pastel palette..

Supplies// Canson watercolour paper. Pattern paper - Cocoa Vanilla, American crafts, Pinkfresh Studio. Embellishments - Cocoa Vanilla stickers and enamel dots, Heidi Swapp Minc chipboard and Minc gold paper, Crate Paper ephemera, Creativ frame. Other - cotton, Heidi Swapp mist, machine stitching. American crafts date stamp, paper blossom.

Here is a look at the challenge board...

and  close up of the sketch...
 and the best bit....
a freebie word that you can use as a die cut to jazz up your layout.
I cut mine from a piece of gold foiled card that I created with my Minc...I love the foiled elements shining on my layouts.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Layout share from Jot Magazine issue 11

Last week I shared my thoughts on the Minc foil applicator... and the projects I created as part of a special Jot feature... celebrating the amazingness of Heidi brilliant Minc machine.

This week I just wanted to share the remainder of my projects...
as seen in ... the mixed media gallery.
I am not much of a mixed media type girl.... but I do LOVE watercolours...
and my favourite technique of late has been to clear emboss first...and then add the watercolour over top which gives it a beautiful 'resist' effect.
I also added a second layer of subtle stamping over the top after it dried... is it OK to say I really liked the outcome.

This layout was one of my favourites just because I am totally smitten with the journalling.
It is part of the 'Just my type' gallery.
I find zodiacs / star signs so intriguing... it has to be more than coincidence that the kids all reflect their personalities so accurately. If you are interested in checking out your own children.. or yourself of course... I found my information at

I tried another look for the 'Just my Type' gallery...and built my page around text papers from a book..that beautiful cut file was created from an Ali Edwards brush file.

Gosh this layout tested me...
It was created for a 'Jot Recipes' gallery...
I chose 'Love Potion'...and then wondered why the heck I did...scrapping on Kraft is not the easiest for me...and I struggled to steer it away from looking too festive.
In the end.. I went with a fun...bright layout of our littlest chickens.

This final layout was part of a 'favourite photo' gallery...
I think it speaks for itself.... simple photo....simple layout....

Thanks for all the lovely support of Jot Magazine... Its an absolute joy to be a Jot girl...

Each comment either here on my blog...or through the Jot Magazine or my own Instagram feed is really appreciated.
Of course...nobody scrapbooks for accolades... 
we scrapbook to get our photos...memories and stories told.... but I think we would all be lying if we didn't admit to getting a buzz from a positive comment every now and then.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Kraft + plus challenge - tri-hard challenge

Thank you Kraft+plus gurus...
I really ...really...really enjoyed this one....

I from a this was a lot of fun.
I think I may actually be a little inclined to try sketches again in the future too....there is something easy about having a blue print to work from.

Supplies// Kraft cardstock. Pattern papers - Cocoa Vanilla Studio, October afternoon. Alphas- Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Heidi Swapp stamp. Embellishments - Cocoa Vanilla stickers, ephemera. Project life card. Other - Heidi Swapp mist, machine stitching.

Here is the sketch and details ...
its a ripper.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Heidi Swapp 'Minc' and Jot Magazine issue 11

I can't begin to tell you just how much I LOVE love love... the Heidi Swapp Minc foil applicator. 
I wasn't even aware of how much I loved FOIL until the Minc arrived.

Let me tell you... 
there were some pretty excited moments as I played around and discovered the 
possibilities and results.
Do you know....not only is there a HUGE range of product available especially for the Minc....but you can also create your own using a laser jet printer.

If you are wanting to know more...
there are some brilliant tutorials and videos created by Heidi and her amazing media team 
available on Heidis Blog 

I have also started squirreling ideas into my Heidi (L O V E ) Pinterest  board
just in case you are looking for inspiration...although Heidis blog will keep you reading for days.

So my first little project is one I ABSOLUTELY adore...
Its a mini book of some of my childhood photos... these poor old photos hadn't seen the light of day for many it was quite a trip down memory lane as I sorted through them ..recalled the memories and gave them all a pretty new home.

As you can imagine....I had a few giggles along the way too...

I found I loved both the 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 foiled papers...
as well as the chipboard pieces and butterflies...and because I used a repeat colour palette it came together so easily....everything coordinated so beautifully.

As I was creating my mini book I fell in love with the idea of creating a layout using a sheet of the foiled 12 x 12 paper.
I chose this repeat cross pattern and foiled it in the blue foil.
Although the shiny texture of the paper is resistant to watercolour it dries well on the I added some spots.
The little foiled chipboard embellishments are super sweet.... I think maybe I already mentioned that.

Its so hard to give the foiled effect its true justice in photos...
the camera doesn't capture the shine like the eye does...
but take my word...
the Minc really does make things shiny and beautiful.