23 October 2014

Sunshine and teal ...

Such a pretty mood board on Berry71bleu this month.  Such a vibrant use of colour.

While the focus for the majority of the entrants are on autumn (fall) and the coming winter, here in Australia we are most definitely welcoming warm weather and the ability to get outside in the sunshine which is what I have focused my layout upon.

I have been inspired by the colours in the image on the top right of the mood board and have used these to create my page.

Berry picking memories ...

I came across this delightful image on The Craft Garden this month and knew I absolutely had to do a page about it.

This picture brought back so many happy memories of picking blackberries with my parents when I was young.  There was an old abandoned homestead on the rural property I was raised on and in the overgrown remnants of the garden was a mass of blackberry bushes.  We had to be super careful of not only the thorns but also of the potential for snakes in the undergrowth but WOW did those berries taste great!

Also entering this layout in the challenge over on Creative Craft Cottage where I have used three of the colours from the palette and buttons, glitter (on the sticker strip behind the photo) and a tag.

                           We would like you to use the colour palette or  use at least 3                           from the bingo card for inspiration.

15 October 2014

Going off the rails ...

I am sharing with you a layout (spread) I did for Off the Rails Scrapbooking for this moodboard challenge for October.

A fun filled day out at Luna Park when my children were much smaller than they are now.

I use this technique quite a lot in my albums.  Rather than create double pages or additional pages for a specific event I will do one feature page and then slot the remaining photographs into a pocket page - sometimes a full 12x12 and other times a 6x12.  I'll use bit and pieces left over from the layout (embellishments, tiny pieces of scrap paper, stickers etc) to join them together.

Lasting Memories and a little freaky ...

It is an anything goes theme at Lasting Memories this week.  Yes, anything at all.  You are able to submit any entry based on ANY theme,  ANY product or technique and ANY colours you like and best of all we happily allow you to combine your challenge with others which is exactly what I have done with my own.

Another freaking scrappy challenge has asked for layouts based on "What makes you happy?"  and I can say categorically, having some quiet time to myself and relaxing in warm soapy bubbles, sipping on a glass of vino while listening to my favourite music most definitely and positively makes me happy :)

A little French ...

When I saw the October challenge over on Gauche Alchemy I got excited ... not only because I really loved the moodboard but also because I knew I had THE perfect paper to work with and THE perfect theme to use.

mixed media challenge October moon

I have had these paper die cuts strips in my stash like forever - I never knew quite what to do with them - they were of a really specific genre, time period and theme and they just sat there looking at me.  Whatever I used them for had to be a little quirky, a little old fashioned and decidedly French.

and then October at Gauche came along and we'll it all fell neatly into place.

Moulin Rouge in Paris ... a little quirky, a little old fashioned and most definitely a whole lot of French !!

07 October 2014

Lasting Memories #211 ...

This week over on  Lasting Memories the theme is the Beauty of Friendship and the challenge is to scrap a layout about friends, either yours or your children's.

I have done a simple page celebrating a friendship of my  son's.  Looking at the page now I have decided I will add the Number 2 above the title - sometimes you have to step back and look at a page again to make it just right.

Hope you can celebrate a friendship with us too - we'd love to see your page.

02 October 2014

A little Child's Play ....

Child's Play Challenges will now be posted on the 1st and 15th of the month
and you will have the whole month to enter the challenges. 

It's time for a classic toy challenge.  Do you remember this song?

All around the mulberry bush, 
the monkey chased the weasel
the monkey thought
it was all in good fun
Pop! Goes the weasel

Or do you just remember 
Jack in the Box?

 Do you have a memory about this toy? Did you know the words to the song? Does it remind you of something in your stash? We would like you to create a LO inspired by Jack in the Box. 
Here is how our team was inspired. For more information about their layouts, click on their name for a link to their blog.

Here is my page ...

This little guy reminded me very much of a clown toy my daughter had as a little person.  Her clown had lots of dressing skills attached to him/her to help her learn new and exciting skills.

Hope you can play along with us this month.

30 September 2014

Fijian glory ...

Time for a new challenge #210 at Lasting Memories and this week our theme is "Nature's Glory" and we're looking for animals and/or scenery. 

I've used a photograph from an end of year school trip my daughter took to Fiji in 2010.  It truly is a beautiful scene.  Swinging in a hammock beneath swaying palm trees, crystal blue water lapping against golden sand, sun streaming down from a brilliant blue sky ... what's not to like?

I have also entered this layout in the monthly challenge at Off the Rails Scrapbooking using this moodboard.

21 September 2014

Rochelle and Kelly ...

Joining in with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge on Rochelle Spears this month  and combining it with the Kelly's Paper and More Colour challenge ...

I have used the middle vertical line on the tic tac toe boards of Stitching, Numbers and jewels while combining colours from the inspiration.  I have also used floral patterned paper to replicate the floral image.

Feeling D- lish ....

Another pretty mood board on D-lish Scraps this month.  Mood boards are certainly really popular at the moment and I guess we know why when we see such lovely images as this one.

Lots of  pretty yellow and pink and peach in this collection which certainly inspired me with my own page.  I also added in touches of grey which can be seen on the background of some of the pictures and the table in the bottom right.

Domesticated boys ...

Are your Boys (big and Small) Domesticated?? 

Have you sprung them helping out around the house?

That's the question being asked over on Scrap the Boys this month.

Yes, this month's challenge is all about domestic capability and I am happy to report my son has buckets of it.  In fact my boy is the chief cake and biscuit maker in this house and has been for quite a few years now.  Barely a weekend goes by where he isn't in the kitchen baking cake, whipping up brownies, pulling together the odd dessert or two.

Some fun with Scrapstuffz ...

ScrapStuffz  have two images on which to base your challenge submission this month.

Both use bright primary colours which I have used on my own page.

I was particularly taken with the fair image and hunted through my photo stash to find this fun pic of a day we spent at Luna Park quite a few years ago now but had remained unscrapped.

We had a great day enjoying the rides, eating lots of things we probably shouldn't have been eating and taking advantage of the many photo prompts scattered throughout the grounds which resulted in this amusing photograph.