Category Archives: Scrapbooking

Project Life – Stampin’ Up! Style


Wow – it’s been quite  a while since I’ve posted anything on my poor neglected blog.  I even forgot my login password 🙂  Fingers crossed that I manage to update this at least once a week this year!

I’ve long admired Becky Higgins’ Project Life for scrapbooking, but I’ve got so much scrapbooking stuff here already that I couldn’t justify buying the kit (even though I REALLY wanted to).  After thinking about it for 12 months (yes, that’s right.  I had to start on January 1!), I have decided to do a Stampin’ Up! version of Project Life using supplies I already have on hand.

Here’s my cover page for 2012, it took a while but I’m pretty happy with it.

I had a pack of We R Memory Keepers divided page protectors, and they fit perfectly into my Navy Linen Stampin’ Up! album.  I’ve alternated the pages so that I have one divided page and then a regular 12×12 page.

The photos were all taken on New Years Eve, I just love the one with the kids hamming it up for the camera.  And I have even managed to take some pics yesterday and today so hopefully I’ll be off to a flying start for week one.

I plan on using all Stampin’ Up! products for this album – can you see the yummy paper I’ve used as an accent?  You’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to get your hands on that one 🙂

Thanks for looking!




April Stamp-a-memory


We have been busy gardening this past week (2 truckloads delivered from the local nursery last Monday) and I clean forgot to create my Stamp-a-memory page for this month.  I’m sharing an oldie, in honour of our beloved Ellie dog who passed away five years ago today.  You can pop over to Stamp-a-memory to see the full layout.  Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend!

New goodies and a birthday!


I had this page photographed and all ready to go today, but forgot to upload the pics to my computer.  And then of course I remembered while I was clothes shopping with my girls (did I mention that this is particularly stressful on a Saturday afternoon???  I have no idea what clothes we came home with, but the kids are happy 🙂 ).

Here’s a sneak peek of my page which you can see on the Stamp a Memory website.  I’ve used some brand new goodies which appear in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue, available April 1st.

Thanks for looking,



March Stamp-a-Memory Challenge


It’s challenge time at Stamp-a-memory, and this month we were challenged to scraplift a layout from the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogue.  I kept coming back to a card on page 10 of the catalogue, it’s a sample for the Birthday Bakery stamp set and I just love all of the scallop layers on it.  One day I will get around to CASEing the actual card.


I sketched out the layout on scrap paper, and then turned it 90 degrees to the left.  I used the main image section as the position for my photos, the dsp section on the left became my title area.

Surprise, surprise I’ve scrapped more Disneyland photos.  These are from our Breakfast with Minnie and her friends at the Plaza Inn.  It’s an all you can eat meal with yummy foods like Mickey Mouse waffles 🙂  Chloe has a freshly bandaged chin as it’s the day after her Halloween visit to an Anaheim hospital.

Anyway, if you look at the card I cased, and turn your head sideways you’ll see how I arrived at my scrap page layout.

Please go and visit Stamp-a-Memory to see everyone’s March Challenge layouts and leave them some comment love!

Stamps: From the Kitchen Of

Ink: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo

Paper: River Rock, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Melon Mambo Prints.

Other: Buttons, Pennant Die (for the scallop edges), Concord Crush ribbon, various punches, dimensionals, chipboard letters (retired)

Thanks for looking!

Stamp-a-memory February Challenge


It’s challenge time over at Stamp-a-memory, and February’s challenge was to create a layout focusing on the colour red.  I was quite happy to have this as my first challenge because red is my favourite colour.  Shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

I spent probably two hours trying to choose a photo for my page.  Finally I headed back to my Disneyland photo pile (’tis a big pile) and found this pic of my girls with Minnie Mouse 🙂

I’m really happy with how this page turned out.  The Tropical Party stamp set which I used for accents goes beautifully with the Hawaiian themed meal we ate (was yummy!).  With Minnie in her surfwear and my girls wearing leis, everything ties in nicely.

Head on over to Stamp-a-memory and join in our challenge!  You can see everyone else’s sneak peeks, and surf away to see their layouts.

Stamps: Tropical Party, Notes and Details

Ink: Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

Paper: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Play Date DSP, Bella Rose DSP (retired), Basic Black

Other: Alphabet Soup Chipboard Letters, Rhinestone Brads, Dimensionals, Island Floral Big Shot Die, Hearts and Brackets Big Shot Die, Sewing Machine

Swimming Time!


I was so excited the other week when I was asked to join the Stamp-a-Memory design team.  If you’ve never visited, go and check it out and see tons of ways that you can use stamping in your scrap pages.

My first page on Stamp-a-memory features photos of Kim at swim training over the summer.  It feels like all we have done for the last 4 weeks is drive to various pools, beaches and race meets around Melbourne (and I’ve washed bathers and towels in between).  All of the excitement ends this weekend with a swimming camp which includes surfing lessons! Chloe has asked me to point out that the bottom photo on my page was taken by her 🙂

You can see my full layout on the Stamp-a-Memory website, just click the link or sneak peek photo above.

Happy Australia Day!!!

LOVE this colour combo!


I made this 12×12 scrapbook page a few weeks ago, and it’s been sitting on my desk ever since!  I finally photographed it today, and put it away safely 🙂  The colour combination for it is from the brand new Colour Coach – Early Espresso, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz.

It’s difficult to believe that this photo is over 12 months old.  I’ve used a sketch from Valerie Salmon for the layout, and I went WAY over the top with the super cute Butterfly embosslit.  The striped piece of DSP is from the retired Tall Tales pack.

Hope this gives you some inspiration.  If the forecast bad weather happens tomorrow, I may just be back with more creations 🙂  Otherwise, my vegie garden is calling me…

Scrappy Sunday – California Screamin’


I’m back to scrapping Disneyland photos this week, and I’ve featured one of our favourite rides – California Screamin’.  It’s a BIG, FAST roller coaster at Disney’s California Adventure Park.  It is also a really smooth ride, no bumps or jolts which makes it fun to ride over and over again.

These photos show Kim, Chloe and Steve waiting for take-off.  We had just finished an all-you-can eat breakfast at Ariel’s Grotto, and ran straight for Screamin’.  The lines were non-existant (we were told to sit anywhere we liked!), so the girls went on it 6 times in a row and Steve and I about 3 times each.  Emma is not yet tall enough, so we alternated taking her on the nearby King Triton’s carousel.

Anyway, onto the page details.  I have used Washington Apple DSP as the bright colours are just perfect for the colours of the ride vehicles.  The title ‘Scream’ uses the Timeless Type Alphabet and of course my Big Shot!  I have covered the letters in Crystal Effects, I think you can just see the shine in the photos.

I have also used my Top Note Die for the additional title, and also journalling.  This page layout is yet another Got Sketch layout, they make it so easy to add lots of photos to the pages.

Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend (if you have one like us!).  I’ve ordered some photos so I can get busy scrapping more pages.

Scrappy Sunday – Ninety Five


This weeks page shows some photos taken at Steve’s grandpas ninety-fifth birthday last year.  I took a ton of photos, but somehow ended up scrapping only these two!  Go figure.

Anyway, the page background is Sage Shadow and the next layer is Basic Gray.  The photos and designer paper are matted onto Apricot Appeal.  I used Party Hearty to embellish the page, but it’s pretty clean and simple.

I used my favourite toy, the Big Shot, to cut out the title letters.  Sooo much easier than stamping them and then cutting them out!

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Scrappy Sunday – What’s This?


Nightmare Before Christmas is a favourite movie in our house.  We just love Jack Skellington and all of his friends in Halloweentown.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you check it out.  It’s certainly a little different, but lots of fun.

On our first day at Disneyland we were lucky enough to spot Jack and Sally out and about in New Orleans Square.  And lucky is definitely the word – the line to meet them both was absolutely HUGE within minutes.  Both Jack and Sally were amazing replicas of their movie characters, with both the voice and mannerisms absolutely perfect.

This Scrappy Sunday page features our meeting with Jack and Sally, Jack dressed up as Sandy Claws, and a couple of photos of the Haunted Mansion dressed up for the holidays.

Beginning on Friday the 18th of June, and then the 3rd Friday of each month, I’m going to be holding Scrap Time classes at my home at both 12pm and 7.30pm.  Basically this will be a time to come over and use my collection of tools etc to make your own scrap pages.  Check out my Classes page for more information.