Monday, 27 April 2015

Come away with me....


Cant believe April is almost finishing!! Still so many challenges I havent gotten done - trying to pick up a few final ones. Above is this month challenge image from A2Z Scraplets.  The balloons along with the blue and pink reminded me of the hot air balloon in the Graphic 45 "Come away with me collection"  Also come with me/ come away with me - same thing right?? I tried to keep a circular element in the middle of the page like in the inspiration photo.

I initially had 5 photos to showcase this caving trip but I noticed the mid month challenge over at Picture This. The challenge is to use 3 photos and 'travel'. Well this is definately a travel layout, so I decided to use the criteria from Picture this as well. Im actually very glad I only used the three photos, any more would have been too cluttered.

This layout will be going into an album I have created for the Thailand tour we did last year. My sister lived in Thailand for awhile with her Thai husband and became very fluent in the language. She is also a fantastic organiser.... when she had her wedding there she decided to run a Thai tour to entice the guests to come to the wedding. The prices were very reasonable and everyone had a fantastic time. She is amazing at finding those special little hidden gems that tourists never see, and she was a seriously amazing tour guide so she decided to run another tour the year after, and now another coming up (so exciting)

By the way In case anyone is interested her tours are amazing, and family and everyone friendly... the next one is running in January 2015 (9th to 24th) and will be a massive bargain at around Aust $1200  (30 - 32 000 THB) per adult and under $500 for a child (final costing and itinerary not quite finalised) You can find her webpage here:

The photos I have used show one such hidden gem we visited on our last tour - a very unique caving experience. Completely off the usual tourist trail you could don a lifejacket and float through this spectacular cave. The kids and adults all had an amazing time and luckily someone had a waterproof camera.

My scraps and more sketches - April

Tonight I decided its time to finally get my last layout done for my cruise tropical travelogue album... I had a look around for a suitable single page sketch and discovered the one over at My scraps and more sketches. It worked perfectly for my few remaining materials and my single photo of the girls singing karaoke together. My blurry nighttime photography is absolutely terrible - but I just wanted to get this one in the album and stored neatly on the shelf (Its the first completely coordinated album I have made for myself and Im glad to have it put away!!!)

I am also entering this one over at Clique kits challenge because, well ,anything goes! And as its heading towards the end of the month I dont want to miss entering because I was slow to find some fancy pants products I wanted to use.... but if I have time I might sort it out.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

New challenge at Lasting Memories and more


Its time for a new challenge over at Lasting Memories!!!  This weeks challenge is the first one of May - which has a theme of "Life affirmations". This weeks theme is gratitude - someone or something you are grateful for.... When I think of being grateful three main people come to mind, a friend (who I dont have any photos of at present), my fiance and my sister.

As I was still feeling very inspired by some other challenges this month (even though I have already entered) I decided to go back to my sea themes from Scrap around the world this month and use this photo.

When this photo was taken I was a widow with three children under three. I was having a very tough time with the kids and no help. It was almost impossible to maintain friendships as we couldnt visit anyone and the kids required so much supervision I didnt ever get a chance to stop and chat. My sister at the time lived up in Cairns and was working at a Barrier reef tour operator as a scuba dive instructor (If you are ever in Cairns dont miss the "Passions of Paradise"). We decided to head up and visit and she offered us a free trip out on the reef on the boat. Then she also looked after the kids so that I could go snorkelling and scuba diving. It was an amazing trip, the highlight of a really tough few years.We took this picture with the underwater camera....

I started with a sketch from Cest Magnifique this month, flipped it to suit my treasure chest and made the mixed media background in the shape from the sketch background. I used the treasure chest and sea elements instead of the flowers and watch.

I just couldnt quite get this layout to photograph well.... so Im adding a lot of detail shots! I had a lot of fun with this one. I tried out the technique of melding the photo into the background for the first time and went nuts with pen and pencil shading, tracing and adding texture - I was very inspired by the technique challenge over at Scrap Africa this month to use pencil on your layout. Even though I had already entered once I still had some ideas left! I started by drawing this treasure chest and shading in some shadows. I then traced and shaded many of my design elements with a black pen i.e seashells to give them more texture and traced circles from a stencil with black pen too.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Scraps n Pieces April

While blog stalking Athanasia (She is amazing!!) I came across the challenge site Scraps n Pieces - I hadnt seen this one before, and had to press translate to read it but was totally mesmerised by this months mood board.... The picture of the city with the masking is just stunning and wanted a layout just like it, except for the small fact that I dont exactly have those colours, stencil or anything to mask BUT I did my best anyway!!

I took inspiration from the being me, the purples and blues and the city background. I started with my trusty "count downey" template which I am completely and utterly in love with and stencilled with hues of blue and purple, added some matching photos of myself and built it up from there with items from my scraps bag. This is what I ended up with:

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Prima/ sketchabilities April

For this challenge I combined the Prima PPP with Sketchabilities #137. Im actually very disappointed with this one - it looked perfect where I had the elements, but when I glued it down I accidentally move it slightly to the right and everything wasnt quite in the same place, and then it didnt look perfect anymore!!! Grrr

I used Primas Bedtime stories collection, along with some random Prima flowers and followed the sketch up until gluing it down.... You can enter these challenges at:

D lish scraps April challege

Its been raining for days and this photo is shocking but its all I can seem to manage right now!! This gorgeous moodboard is the april challenge over at D - lish scraps and its stunning. I got a little frustrated with this one as I have gold feathers and doilies but just cant find them anywhere... I even set aside a doilie the other day and it has magically disappeared... guess I should organise my scrapping stuff a little better!

I had this awesome photo which was perfect for the challenge colours and the background which I had made for something else but the stencilling wasnt quite right - but colours perfect for this and worked around what I could find. I have to say that deep colours are often very hard to get hold of. I tend to use alot of deep blues and purples and can never find them for projects...

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Scrap the boys April


For this months challenge over at Scrap the boys I was inspired by both the colours and image number 2. I wanted to attempt to recreate the blurred lights in the city but failed miserably lol. The multicoloured cities looked great before the unremovable silver splotches.... but hey. This is how the finished layout turned out

Prima BAP/ Berry71Bleu

2015 April bap keren

For this layout I decided to combine this months Prima Build a page sketch  - designed by Keren Tamir with the gorgeous spring moodboard over at Berry71Bleu and the beautiful Prima Fairy Rhymes collection...

I was inspired by the pinks and peaches from the moodboard, as well as the lovely florals and I used twine to represent the twigs from the nest. I flipped the sketch and followed it reasonably closely! I went over the flowers with golden glitter.

Prima products used:
Fairy Rhymes collection paper pad
Fairy Rhymes collection flowers

I added this lovely photo from my childhood - Looking at a bug on my arm lol

Saturday, 18 April 2015

13 arts/ Red carpet studios/ Frosted designs

Today I saw the new challenge over at 13Arts - I keep meaning to play along as I always love their challenges- but they always seem to end before I get to them, so I was very determined to get this one done!! This months challenge is quite simple - to use your favourite colour. I have to say that I just love deep colours - especially this royal blue! I decided to use it with a reasonably new stencil I love, its called "Count Downey" and looks like a cityscape in numbers. I did one layer with the blue then another layer on top with modelling paste and let it drip. I decided to join in with the challenge over at Frosted Designs this fortnight - which requires the use of splatters. I splattered my royal blue quite liberally all over the layout before adding some papers and embellishments to finish. I added a funny quote of my sons and a photo.

I have also decided to enter over at Red carpet Studios. Their movie this week is "field of dreams" and the requirement is to create your own background.

Artastic, Scrap Africa, Lets get sketchy
April inspiration by Roy de Maistre called Frozen Music
My initial inspiration for this piece came from a combination of the challenge over at Artastic - using the inspiration piece shown above (Frozen music by Roy de Maistre) the challenge requires using swirls, and the challenge over at Scrap Africa which requires using a pencil and suggests some amazing ways to do so in the article above.

I decided not to be quite so creative and follow the inspiration picture by hand drawing some swirls in pencil. I later went back over them in felt tip pen as they were not so visible after painting!

I then went searching to find some papers which matched my swirled background and came up with these three journalling cards. I decided that I would tell a funny story I have been meaning to journal for some time.

Afew years ago my daughters trained at a local gymnastics club with a group of very talented children. One in particular was very much a perfectionist, trained alot of hours and was particularly successful. My daughter, Aelira was a couple of years younger and clearly envied and looked upto this girl. She would always come home and tell me that her and the other girl were the best of friends, did everything together, and how much the other girl disliked my other daughter, Michelle.

Afew years later, I was talking to one of the other parents about the friendships and strains within the group and was told by the other parent that Aelira and her "best friend" had never gotten along. I dont think so, I said  - I think you mean she doesnt get along with Michelle??

Later on I asked the girls about the story, and the truth came out. Aelira had pretended to be best friends with the girl for years, but the girl found her annoying.... but she got along with Michelle quite well. The conversation went something like this:

Aelira: Well, I wanted to be friends with her because she is so pretty, but she just thought I was annoying....

Me: Aelira, you are just as pretty as her

Aelira: No Im not

Michelle: Well, Im way prettier....

This little conversation gave me a good laugh and I wanted to record it, its a good little insight into their personalities.

I decided to use a sketch from Lets Get Sketchy, but swap the 3 photos for the 3 journalling cards. I keeping with the other challenges I also added some prima fussy cut embellishments which looked hand drawn with pencil, and some cut out pencils and some extra doodling.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Unruly paper arts/ The scrapbook store April challenge

April 2015 Sketch Competition                 

The sketch over at The Scrapbook store this month was definitely an unusual one. I found it very interesting and went on the search for papers with fences and fence themes. I came across this ancient Kaisercraft Cock a doodle doo collection page with a farm theme and decided to mix it with  these pictures my daughter took from her school excursion - a farmstay (I will finish my journalling on it in the morning when she can tell me where they went lol) I mixed the farm paper with a stamped and fussy cut fence I had created awhile ago and some G45 characters fussy cut from the mother goose collection. I then added some matching papers from another Kaisercraft collection - garage days to finish the layout.  I am also entering over at Unruly paper arts for their "Animal instincts" challenge. This layout includes all kinds of farm animals - both in the photos and in the papers! Dont forget to play along for your chance to win!!!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Bobunny April sketch

I am finally able to link upto one of Bo Bunnys sketch challenges! I absolutely love their products and paper lines, and Rose Cafe is one of my favourites. I love the depth of these colours - and bonus it matched perfectly with some mustard coloured cardstock that I have had lying around for a long long time....  The prize is a seriously divine set of their new 'heritage' collection.

You can play along at:

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lets scrap 4-15-15 and April challenges

Fifteenth of the month means its reveal time over at Lets scrap! As usual I have used the sketch more than once! There is a fantastic sponsor this month with some amazing classes to offer.

Here is the sketch:


Firstly my DT reveal:

123 Challenge Blog

I created this one for 123 Challenge blog. 
The grid is around the journal spot.... I have been meaning to get these photos scrapped for years and so glad to finally have them done!!

Scrapmuch/ Off the rails April


Latest Mood Palette         

This week I decided to combine two challenges. I fell totally in love with this months colour palette over at Off the rails and wanted to give it a go, green, pink, sparkles and all.... I had the perfect glitter paper to make it work. I combined it with the first sketch for this month over at Scrapmuch and made a double with some photos from our Melbourne Cup dress up a few years back! Although I did find some photos with green in them that matched the papers alot better I decided that these fit more with the theme. I used several elements from both mood boards including circles, parties, limes, and eye make up (I was wearing extra that day in an attempt to cover up a black eye that my baby boy gave me when he headbutted me the day before - ouch!)

White with 1 April - sand

Monday, 13 April 2015

Lasting memories "Sunny shores

Today its time for a new challenge over at Lasting memories! This months theme has been travel - and this week we are looking for layouts with the theme of "Sunny shores" Perfect for all those travel or beach pages....

Also our previous weeks challenges: Mystic mountains and Favourite destination with a sketch are still open so make sure you get in before the end of the month!

My DT entry is a page from my almost completed Tropical travelogue album

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sassy scrappers/ Scrap africa April


For this challenge I was inspired by the pastels over at Sassy Scrappers. I saw the shades of blue going down the page and wanted to give it a go.... It didnt quite turn out like how I had planned - but thats mixed media I guess!! I chose a photo with a strong blue and pink, and matched up a few papers I found in my offcuts bag in various pastel shades with a strong gold element to reflect the gold in the moodboard. I was also inspired by the paper garlands from the moodboard and decided to add them to the side. I based my layout on a sketch I found over at Scrap Africa which was absolutely gorgeous!!