Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lets get sketchy October Week 4


Last night I decided to complete this layout using the sketch over at Lets Get Sketchy for October Week 4:
The photo matched perfectly with my Garden party collection, so I decided to make a very floral layout with loads of pinks and greens!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Lasting Memories #4, Paper secrets/ SWAT #42 October challenges

  I decided to combine three Halloween themed challenges with my single Halloween photo from last year (It was the first time weve been trick or treating as Halloween isnt usually celebrated here but people are starting to get into it! My daughter was hilarious, whilst everyone else tried to look scary - Michelle had to be the "pretty" witch, striking a pose... I used the theme for week 4 over at Lasting Memories - which is "Trick or treat", the colour scheme from S.W.A.T (shown below) and the sketch over at Paper secrets (also shown below). Items used included:

Tree branches (on the papers)
Rounded corners (on the journalling tags)
Ink (around all edges)
Kaisercraft - the thirteenth hour collection

You can enter the challenges at:

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Got credit? Lets get sketchy Week 3/ frosted Designs/ Lucky 7 Factory


I made this layout using a few different challenge criteria! I used the sketch (shown above) from Lets get Sketchy October week 3 - located at , I used the mixed media criteria from Frosted Designs:
and I also used the Dorothee challenge criteria using different textures (see mood board) from the Lucky 7 Factory.... Textures include brick stencil, wooden railway lines, fluffy clouds and metallic sprays! You can find all 16 Wizard of Oz themed challenges over on their blog:

The photos are from when my son was small and he would just love to go through my bag and pull all of the cards out of my wallet to chew on!

And more again.....

 Australian kit club Mad about Scrappin (
had a challenge going for October to use a song title on your layout - upon googling I discovered that come away with me, as well as being a stunning Graphic 45 collection, was also a song..... And the collection came with the perfect colour scheme and title for these lovely Thailand shots... Theres a couple of days left to enter by submitting your layout to their facebook page!

This layout is for the current challenge over at Scrap Africa -

as well as the lasting memories week 3 challenge -

The challenge is to use a list (with at least ten items). As a friend and I were having a look at her new project life cards we found this one, which had spots for "The top 10 places to visit" This was a great excuse to combine the journalling card with all kinds of bits and pieces from my offcuts pile, and some random travel shots that never mad the final cut for the layout of that place/day etc. It was also a good excuse to think back to the times when I was able to travel and how fabulous the places listed were! By the way my top 11 (so far) were:

Ayutthaya, Thailand
Budapest, Hungary (The labyrinths under the castle were fascinating)
Lake Bled, Slovenia (and Predjama castle)
California, USA (Disneyland!!!)
Rotorua, New Zealand (Natural hot spas and the fascinating volcanic history and scenery)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Id love to live on a houseboat)
Saas Fee, Switzerland (stunning car free village between 4 alps and summer skiing)
Stockholm, Sweden (Cant go past those gorgeous Swedes, and their equally gorgeous city)
Lightning Ridge, Australia (The essence of the outback, and loads of opals to scavenge)
Cairns, Australia (The barrier reef is amazing, and so is the weather)
Munich, Germany (Oktoberfest, and close enough to the stunning Neuchwanstein castle)

Cant wait to see the rest of the world one day... perhaps when the kids are grown up and not so damn expensive!

Friday, 24 October 2014

My scraps and more sketch challenge #92


This is my entry  for the sketch challenge over at My scraps and more! Whilst I didnt have any small photos I loved playing along with the sketch and all the bright colours in my America crafts collection...

I used some photos from my daughters first gymnastics competition - their level one team (before gymnastics got so scary!!)

The sketch and challenge is over at so go and join in!!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sketch and scrap first October sketch challenge

Layout Sketches due October 31st 

Today I was inspired to play along over at sketch n scrap: I started with the sketch above, however my layout turned out a little different!  I decided to do a winter layout using Authentique papers, and a cosy photo of my fiance and I......

S.W.A.T October drill


I really loved this moodboard, and found it so inspiring I might try again to get the look I wanted! I was inspired by the black and red sugar skull, and the general layout

You can enter over at: 

Kaisercraft/ Scrapmuch October

This is my entry for two October challenges..... The Kaisercraft week 2 challenge was to create a layout about something funny. It was difficult to find a funny photo that matched the current collections but then I found this one! The photo was taken  at the grand opening of yogurtland where we had a photo taken with our free dessert, however the photo was using a green screen, and all three of my children had managed to be wearing green! It made for a rather unusual shot....

I created the layout using Kaisercrafts Tropical punch collection, some Kaisercraft cardstock and some Kaisercraft stamps!

 I used the sketch from Scrapmuch Week 3 (shown above) to design the layout....

You can enter both challenges over at:

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Frosted Designs/ Berry71Bleu Fall Challenge (October)


Tonight I decided to play along with two very  complementary challenges! The moodboard challenge over at Berry71bleu (shown above):

The Frosted Design criteria included using fall colours, ink and bling, which complimented really well with the moodboard! I combined DCWV Photoreal seasons papers with Graphic 45 Place in time and steampunk spells to create this project. It uses ink sprays on the background, and bling on the corners of the photo!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Scrapmuch Sketchy Friday


This is my layout for the second Sketchy Friday challenge over at Scrapmuch (shown above) As usual I stretched out the sketch to make a layout of these bright pictures from the pedlars fair a few years back. The kids loved shopping with their money coupons and making something to sell. Our friend made Thai sticky rice with coconut and the girls put it in bags and boxes to sell!

Stuck?! Octoer 15th Sketch challenge


This is my entry for the second monthly sketch challenge over at Stuck?! My best friend and I tackled this one together, using all the same items with slightly different results! I followed Laura from the design teams lead and rotated the sketch.

MME/ Create to live October Challenge

image from 
 Autumn 2014 Create To Live Challenge

This is my entry for the MME October sketch challenge (Sketch above).  I rotated the sketch and stretched it to a double page to accommodate 6 x 4 photos. The sketch was alot of fun to work with all the circles and he big arrows. I used my Spread your wings and fly collection kit and some photos my brother in law took while we were on holidays last year!

I am also linking up over at My Sweet Earth "Think outside the box" challenge (also shown above). I kept to the colour scheme from the moodboard and I also thought the sketch with the circles fitted the outside the box theme.

Friday, 17 October 2014

13 Arts October challenge #23

Was so excited to receive my parcel of 13arts goodies this morning! A perfect day to work on the 13Arts challenge for this month....

Jelissa has come up with an awesome challenge- which includes using only white cardstock and embellishments, and all colour must come from paint/ inks/ mists etc. You also need to use a black and white photo and song lyrics or title. I used the lyrics from "Boys of summer" as my journalling.

I have to admit I took a little creative licence with this one, as my photo is more sepia than black and white, and my chipboard started off as, well chipboard colour... and I threw in a very pastel sticker from my new faces of spring collection  -  but below is the initial layout, before spraying anything and before adding a few extra small flowers that arrived in my 'romantic garden' kit...

I am also entering over at Scrap around the world again (my third try haha), as the moodboard has really inspired me this month with the colour choices of deep blues and purples with green, pink and gold on a white background, just like the butterfly!!

The challenge is at

Lastly I am entering over at Lasting memories: for their "anything goes" challenge. Just because I am so happy with this one I want to share it around!

More October Challenges 

Above is this months moodboard from Scrap around the world, which I have so fallen in love with it inspired to create yet another layout based on the blacks, jewel tones and gold. This time I made a double pager (which I have been loving lately, as they use up my piles of holiday pics and keep them together on one spread!) The moodboard was created by Rachel Funnell, whose work constantly inspires me - she is just amazing with colour...

If it inspires you too, you can enter over at 

Because I love this layout so much I want to spread it around lol
I am also entering over at Lasting Memories for their 3rd October Challenge "Anything goes" (Well that makes it easy!) It can be entered over at

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lets get Sketchy October week 2


 In the spirit of all things coordinated, and my doubles marathon - I was sure this sketch would work perfectly stretched out a little! It was hard to find vertically oriented pictures but eventually I did and above is the result. My sister took these pictures of my family when she bought a new digital SLR and wanted a good chance to test out its capabilities. We were very pleased with the results... I matched them up with my American Crafts "best of" paper pad and came up with this layout. As the papers I used were pre printed I struggled with the circle element on the right, and decided I really wanted to do a rainbow, but of course I didnt have any so I decided to draw this one on vellum, cut it out around the patterns on the paper and colour it with inks. Im very pleased with the result!

The challenge is sponsored by 7 dots studio and Moxxie. both must have collections!!!
 You can view and enter the challenge over at: 

I am also linking up with one of the Lucky7Factory's Wizard of Oz challenges for this month - the criteria is to use a brilliant red in your layout - which I think I achieved here! They are closing down soon, which is devastating as their papers are so so perfect for party photographs with brights and neons all around. The papers are now on sale, and a massive bargain if you live in the US or Canada....

You can view and enter at:

Scrap Much sketch challenge #1 October


Spent a couple of hours scrapping with a friend today, and decided to enter the October sketch challenge over at Scrapmuch?: with this double page layout.Sketch is shown above. I decided to scrap these cute pictures from my daughters kindergarten graduation and am very happy with the result.... Really love double page sketches!

You can enter this challenge over at:

Monday, 13 October 2014

Lasting Memories October Challenge #2

The theme this week/ last week over at Lasting memories is "beautiful friendships". I was inspired to use up all these photos from my daughters birthday party. She took them herself so the photos are a little off but she and all her friends had a great time. I will fill in the journalling afterwards....

You can enter this great challenge over at :

I used my American crafts "Best of" collection which has been invaluable for all my double pagers! Loving the way double pagers can get rid of whole photo piles quickly!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Some more October challenges


 I spent a good part of today at my best friends house scrapping pages. I have a whole lot of travel photos to get through and figured its a good week for double page spreads wherever possible! This was the first one I completed today. We visited an orphanage in Thailand, where the girls taught the orphans clapping games and rhymes, While they were over there they developed their own little clapping game that was about being Best friends forever.

The above layout was completed for the 123 October Challenge -  board shown above. You can enter over at:

You can see plenty of apricot in the layout, however the swirls and forever are probably not as obvious... The swirls are on the dark paper used for the tag in the right hand corner and the lace cutout effect bits. It is from the Kaisercraft Tigerlily collection. The word forever appears in the journalling, as I documented their song "BFF BFF, Best friends forever" etc. Feels good to use up a few photos from my never ending collection!!

 Te second challenge I entered (below) was for Sassy Scrappers October Moodboard challenge. You can enter over at: and for every entry and every purchase in October Sassy Scrappers is donating to the breast cancer foundation so head over and make sure you get your entry in!

The challenge involves using the board to inspire your entry. I have been very lucky that noone I know has been affected by breast cancer so I tried to scrap around using the colour pink. I found this set of photos from a few years back where we were all wearing a whole lot of pink zinc and put together a double layout to display all the photos. Very happy to have another 7 photos out of the pile and into an album!!!

 October Moodboard Challenge

My final layout was created for Lasting Memories First October Challenge, with the theme of "Natures Glory" - document animals or scenery. I decided to use some photos from a waterfall in Thailand to go with this challenge.... You can enter it over at

CSI October Challenges



This months entries for CSI so far - full details on the CSI website at