22 September 2017

Bee.utiful ...

I simply could not resist the challenge on Kraft+ this month - I'm a lover of bees and all things honey :)

Current Challenge

I was inspired by not only the bee theme but also the hexagonals and the bright happy feel of the inspiration board to do a layout featuring wonderful Manuka honey.  

Mānuka honey is a monofloral honey produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the mānuka tree.  It is often touted as a "superfood" that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flu, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds.  All this and it tastes devine as well :)

06 September 2017

123 for September ...

Think you will like the challenge we have on 123 Challenge Blog this month - it was certainly a fun one to put together.

September 123 Challenge

Here is my page featuring beautiful Russell in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Hope you can play along with us this month.

01 September 2017

White..with 1 ...

This month on White..with 1 we feature this really gorgeous colour called SOUL PEA - can't wait to see what you can do with this snazzy little colour!

and just to inspire you a little more - how about this moodboard to grab your attention.

I have actually played along this month rather than be behind the scenes and really enjoyed putting this page together - it is a lovely colour to work with.

Hope you can come join in with us.

31 August 2017

It was off the rails ...

A last minute play along with the challenge on Off the Rails.

I was inspired by the graffiti and used this as a basis for my background along with the bright colour combination.

My son was fortunate to have THE James Morrison come to his school for a small group jam session.  Both the class of eager music students and attending teachers were in awe!!

29 August 2017

Kraft + ...

Having very limited supplies for the time being due to an impending house move has really made me stretch my creative juices - it's been fun actually :)  I surprised myself with what you can achieve with the very, very basics.

Playing along with Kraft + this month.  Trees are amazing !!


Thanks for looking.


Congratulations ...

In between the painting and packing ready for a house move I found myself just wanting to craft a little bit with the limited supplies I still have available at the moment and decided to play along with Scrapbook Boutique this month.

Grey, black and white with a touch of yellow (and I also liked the grid line up of the moodboard).

My son has a number of friends sitting the HSC this year so I thought a "Congratulations" card will be put to good use!

29 June 2017

And finally ...

And I think this is the last challenge page for this month.

White with Orange, Gold and Kraft plus chipboard for Scrapping Outback.

Most of my scrapping supplies are packed away now as I am clearing my craft room ready to paint in preparation for putting our house on the market.  This page is done using project life cards.  I am not sure who manufactured the chipboard as most of these supplies are loose in a draw.  I have used Heidi Swapp gold spray ink on the chipboard and to also splatter across my page and finished everything off with some orange enamel dots.

thanks for looking,
Jane xx

Getting into the blue and green ...

In amongst the packing of boxes, painting of walls and moving around of furniture ready for the sale of our house I am trying to carve out a little "me" down time every now and again or I just might go a little stir-crazy. I managed to shut the door and do a little crafting last night while everyone else was busy doing other stuff and managed to finish off a couple of pages for June challenges.

The first is for Scrapbooking Top 50 who ask us to scrap Non Perfect photos.  The one I have chosen is certainly not perfect - it is slightly out of focus and the contrast is all wrong as is the lighting but I love it all the same because it speaks to me.  I see my children - one with green eyes, one with blue and oh how those eyes say it all ...

The second is for Show us your stuff which has a colour challenge this month.

June 2017

I have gone with the blue and green combination, scrapping some photos from a family fun day many years ago when birthday parties meant jumping castles and lots of laughs for everyone.

Thanks for looking,
Jane xx

23 June 2017

All a bit crazy ...

I am in the midst of packing boxes for a fast approaching house move but this afternoon I carved out a small window of time to just spend scrapping a few challenges because quite frankly I was going just a little crazy!

Playing along with Scrapbookit this month where the challenge is to create a project using 6x6 papers, Geometric shapes and Chipboard.

Most of my supplies are now packed away including all my 6x6 paper pads but I had a tiny selection in a swap pack I received which was still sitting in my desk drawer so I pulled these out and ran with what was available.  I used triangles to create an almost crazy pattern to go along with the crazy chipboard word and added in a photo of our cat who does crazy things.

thanks for looking,
Jane xx

Gold ...

I am in the midst of packing boxes for a fast approaching house move but this afternoon I carved out a small window of time to just spend scrapping a few challenges because quite frankly I was going just a little crazy!

Playing along with Scrapbook Boutique with this moodboard ...

... and made this card using strips of washi inspired by the lines of gold arrows.  The frame replicates the mirror and I have added in an acetate greeting and some gold stars.

thanks for looking, 
Jane xx

STB June ...

I am in the midst of packing boxes for a fast approaching house move but this afternoon I carved out a small window of time to just spend scrapping a few challenges because quite frankly I was going just a little crazy!

Playing along with Scrap the Boys with a very bright and vibrant colour challenge this month.

My page isn't quite so vibrant but all the colours are in there and I don't think you can get any more boyish than a teen speeding around a go-cart circuit.

Most of my supplies are now packed away but I have kept out a number of kits to go on with - this one was mainly Crate Paper - Boys Rule - I loved this range.

 Thanks for looking,
Jane xx

05 June 2017

123 ...

You will like our challenge on 123 Challenge Blog this month ...

Here is my interpretation ...

Hope you can join in with us this month.

28 May 2017

Pretty in pink ...

Another pretty moodboard on Scrapbook Boutique this month.  Loved the pink, white and gold tones of this and decided to run with a simple card in these colours.

thanks for looking xx

Puppy clutching or not ...

Show us your stuff has a super cute moodboard this month - and I could not resist playing along with them.

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I was immediately drawn to the little boy clutching his puppy and pulled out an older photo of my daughter with our elderly cat (who wasn't much into the being clutched tightly at that stage).  I was also quite taken with the lovely quote and found one that contained "happy" and worked with that also pulling a lot of the colours from this onto my page. I used some handmade embellishments (super easy - punched circle, flower and button).

Thanks for looking xx

27 May 2017

A tight squeeze ...

Another freaking scrappy challenge has a challenge all about toys or pets which lead me to create a page about of rather excessive cat who likes going into the pool area because all manner of "exciting things" happen in there but has a little difficulty extracting himself from this environment - he's a little too fat to easily fit through the pool fence ...

These are papers and embellishments from Basic Grey.  I loved this manufacturer and was really sad when they decided to leave the paper crafting industry.

Coming home ...

Scrap the Boys have a Mother's Day theme happening for their challenge this month - including photos that include Mothers and Sons in whatever combination is meaningful to you.

Since the image had some pink in it I said :Why not!!" - no rules on including pink on a boys page, in fact I really like that added splash of colour - and since I was in there too it felt just right.  I am busy using older supplies this year in a vane effort to reduce my stash and have been mixing it with newer embellishments, not sure this is really working but at least I am trying!

I used an older photo of my baby son and myself on our final day in hospital - he's all dressed ready for coming home.  

02 May 2017

May at Pixels and Paper ...

This month on Pixels and Paper we thought we might have a change of pace and try our hands at creating our layouts in a vintage or shabby chic style. Our image is a nod to a Mother's love since we do celebrate Mother's Day here in Australia during May but really this month it is all about the style rather than the photograph. That doesn't mean you can't be inspired by our lovely picture - you can certainly use the colours, or the theme or the use of flowers / lace / ribbon for your entry.

CRITERIA - Vintage or Shabby Chic style

I was inspired by the pink, yellow and brown tones of the image and thinking of my Grandma.

Hope you can play along with us.

Easy as 123 ...

Our new May challenge is up on 123 Challenge Blog.  Hope you can find some time to play along with us during the month.

29 April 2017

Off the Rails ...

Off the Rails this month featured an unusual mood board with an added criteria of up cycling something.

April Challenge

I was drawn to a number of things from these images - the colours, the butterfly and the medallion shape which I have tried to feature on my page.  My up cycle item is a piece of braid and a couple of playing cards which I had only sorted into a throw out bag this week (and had to retrieve) as they were missing a few cards from the pack.

Heading out to dinner to celebrate my daughter's 20th birthday.

Scrapbook Boutique ...

A pretty mood board on Scrapbook Boutique this month featuring lots of lovely pretty colours.

I couldn't resist using some of them on a card ...

28 April 2017

Scrap the Boys ...

The challenge on Scrap the Boys this month is all about our boys helping helping each other.  I immediately knew I had the perfect photos for this challenge.

My son is into computers and he has successfully ordered parts and then self built both his own, his Dad's and his sisters computers (with a little assistance from Dad who would not be left out of the fun).

I have done this page as a single main page and then added the other photos as a set of 6 in a 6x12 page protector which will sit along side of this page.  I do this a lot when I have a significant amount of photos of one event but don't wish to do a lot of pages for it or find some of the photos are meaningful to the event but not necessarily as stand alone pages.

The Boys Rule paper collection was perfect for this page.

27 April 2017

Coffee Run - CSI #228

Finally putting together a paper based page for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration Case File 228.  I really liked the scene in this one and thought hard about how I could combine elements of this with my dh as subject matter.  Scrolling through my photos I came across this one he had sent through one morning saying the coffee shop in his office building was fairly jumping that morning - seemed everyone was eager for a morning brew!

Here is how I solved the case ...

Scheme - Colours covered.

Evidence - Chevrons, transparent stuff, puffy stickers.

Testimony - Journal about your husband. 

Top 50 in April ...

Playing along with Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia this month with this rather cool challenge.

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I have always figured our cats have the best life.  Our big boy just loves toasting himself in the sunshine.  He'll find patches of sun in our hallway and just plonk himself, paws out, enjoying those rays.

Black background, white paint, arrows, stars, 

21 April 2017

Great Explorations - CSI #227

I really enjoy the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenges and after guesting with them in March with both of their monthly challenges,  #227 caught my eye this month and I thought the colour combinations would be perfect for another travel related photograph from our family vacation to Tasmania in 2013 - gosh is it really four years ago we made this fantastic trip?

Here is how I solved the case ...

Scheme - Colours covered.

Evidence - Circular elements (my pinked circles), wood (butterflies and one of the tags), flowers and frames (on main photo and as accents).

Testimony - Put your story in a frame.