Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Oh my goodness, another brand new month has arrived! And so have the brand new Prima releases. This month I've used papers and embellishments from Cigar Box Secrets to create my layout for the sketch challenge at The Scrapbook Store, creating lots of layers with loads of colour and texture. 

The photograph is one of my very favourite treasures - a portrait of my Nan when she was a little girl. I've scrapped this photo before, but I never get tired of it and it seemed to fit the theme of this Prima collection beautifully.

I've created a watercolour background using a combination of Ceramcoat Acrylic paint, gesso and Lindy's Stamp Gang mist on a 12x12 canvas sheet - the finished effect is fabulous, and really adds to that vintage feel.

Here is a copy of the sketch, don't forget to add your entry to the gallery this month for the $40 gift voucher to the store!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Crazy 4 You

Just wanted to drop in to share a layout I created recently for a fun facebook E2C challenge - use shapes on a layout.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I will be teaching next March at Escape 2 Create North Shields South Australia, and some of the fun has already started. Really enjoyed creating this freestyle mixed media layout. If you were interested in attending this retreat you can find all the info on the E2C link in this post.

Thanks for dropping in, enjoy your day :) 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Art Journal - The Scrapbook Store

Today I wanted to share an art journal spread I made for The Scrapbook Store using some of the leftover papers from this month's kit featuring Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour collection.

Totally not what you might expect from these delicate and romantic patterned papers, but I wanted to demo how easy it is to transform leftover papers into a piece of art. I was totally inspired by my good friend Lisa Oxley's recent creations which I was lucky enough to see when I called in to see her yesterday. Lisa's love of life and colour are completely infectious.

As I've been talking about recently in a few of my posts, Simon and I were in Melbourne not long ago and spent quite a bit of time wandering around the streets, taking it all in. It's an amazing city, lots of culture, laneway eateries, history, shopping of course the amazing street art. I have some fabulous photos and I've included one of them in this piece.

I've used lots of layers to build up texture and depth with mediums, acrylic paint, spray mists, stencils, permanent inks, stamps, washi and tapes, paint markers and a permanent pen to recreate the atmosphere of these well known laneways. Underneath all this there are glimpses of the butterfly and heart print patterned papers from Maja Design peeking through.

Thanks for calling in, have a great day :) 

Supplies used:

K & Co Smash Folio
Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour patterned papers
Liquitex Matte Medium
Liquitex gesso
Krylon Gesso Spray
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Bubble
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Harlequin
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Schoolhouse
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Star
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Stripes
Molotow Paint Markers
assorted washi and tapes
assorted stamps
Ranger Archival Inks


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaching @ Escape2Create 2015

I am so excited to finally be able to say that I will be joining 3 AMAZING scrapbooking ladies to teach at Escape 2 Create in 2015! I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to meet, teach and create alongside so many of my personal scrappy heroes and can't wait for March to roll around.

If you're just hearing about E2C now, then you really should check out the webpage and info here to get a better idea of what's going on, it's going to be SUCH an adventure!

Hope I get to see you too!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Let's Play Dress Ups - Prima BAP August

Today I wanted to share my take on the August BAP challenge for Prima.

I've used Prima Free Spirit collection, creating a coordinating background using Color Bloom mists in Sultry Shimmer Emerald and Sultry Shimmer Sorbet, adding curled wire thread to mimic the swirls in the sketch. Everything on my layout today is from Prima apart from my plain cardstock base, some fibres from my stash and the tiny monarch butterfly photograph. 

Here's a copy of the sketch, hope you can join in the fun too!