27 May 2017

A tight squeeze ...

Another freaking scrappy challenge has a challenge all about toys or pets which lead me to create a page about of rather excessive cat who likes going into the pool area because all manner of "exciting things" happen in there but has a little difficulty extracting himself from this environment - he's a little too fat to easily fit through the pool fence ...


These are papers and embellishments from Basic Grey.  I loved this manufacturer and was really sad when they decided to leave the paper crafting industry.





Coming home ...

Scrap the Boys have a Mother's Day theme happening for their challenge this month - including photos that include Mothers and Sons in whatever combination is meaningful to you.


Since the image had some pink in it I said :Why not!!" - no rules on including pink on a boys page, in fact I really like that added splash of colour - and since I was in there too it felt just right.  I am busy using older supplies this year in a vane effort to reduce my stash and have been mixing it with newer embellishments, not sure this is really working but at least I am trying!


I used an older photo of my baby son and myself on our final day in hospital - he's all dressed ready for coming home.  

02 May 2017

May at Pixels and Paper ...

This month on Pixels and Paper we thought we might have a change of pace and try our hands at creating our layouts in a vintage or shabby chic style. Our image is a nod to a Mother's love since we do celebrate Mother's Day here in Australia during May but really this month it is all about the style rather than the photograph. That doesn't mean you can't be inspired by our lovely picture - you can certainly use the colours, or the theme or the use of flowers / lace / ribbon for your entry.

CRITERIA - Vintage or Shabby Chic style

I was inspired by the pink, yellow and brown tones of the image and thinking of my Grandma.

Hope you can play along with us.

Easy as 123 ...

Our new May challenge is up on 123 Challenge Blog.  Hope you can find some time to play along with us during the month.



29 April 2017

Off the Rails ...

Off the Rails this month featured an unusual mood board with an added criteria of up cycling something.

April Challenge

I was drawn to a number of things from these images - the colours, the butterfly and the medallion shape which I have tried to feature on my page.  My up cycle item is a piece of braid and a couple of playing cards which I had only sorted into a throw out bag this week (and had to retrieve) as they were missing a few cards from the pack.


Heading out to dinner to celebrate my daughter's 20th birthday.

Scrapbook Boutique ...

A pretty mood board on Scrapbook Boutique this month featuring lots of lovely pretty colours.


I couldn't resist using some of them on a card ...


28 April 2017

Scrap the Boys ...

The challenge on Scrap the Boys this month is all about our boys helping helping each other.  I immediately knew I had the perfect photos for this challenge.

My son is into computers and he has successfully ordered parts and then self built both his own, his Dad's and his sisters computers (with a little assistance from Dad who would not be left out of the fun).


I have done this page as a single main page and then added the other photos as a set of 6 in a 6x12 page protector which will sit along side of this page.  I do this a lot when I have a significant amount of photos of one event but don't wish to do a lot of pages for it or find some of the photos are meaningful to the event but not necessarily as stand alone pages.

The Boys Rule paper collection was perfect for this page.

27 April 2017

Coffee Run - CSI #228

Finally putting together a paper based page for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration Case File 228.  I really liked the scene in this one and thought hard about how I could combine elements of this with my dh as subject matter.  Scrolling through my photos I came across this one he had sent through one morning saying the coffee shop in his office building was fairly jumping that morning - seemed everyone was eager for a morning brew!





Here is how I solved the case ...

Scheme - Colours covered.

Evidence - Chevrons, transparent stuff, puffy stickers.

Testimony - Journal about your husband. 



Top 50 in April ...

Playing along with Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia this month with this rather cool challenge.

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I have always figured our cats have the best life.  Our big boy just loves toasting himself in the sunshine.  He'll find patches of sun in our hallway and just plonk himself, paws out, enjoying those rays.


Black background, white paint, arrows, stars, 



21 April 2017

Great Explorations - CSI #227

I really enjoy the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenges and after guesting with them in March with both of their monthly challenges,  #227 caught my eye this month and I thought the colour combinations would be perfect for another travel related photograph from our family vacation to Tasmania in 2013 - gosh is it really four years ago we made this fantastic trip?





Here is how I solved the case ...

Scheme - Colours covered.

Evidence - Circular elements (my pinked circles), wood (butterflies and one of the tags), flowers and frames (on main photo and as accents).

Testimony - Put your story in a frame. 

15 April 2017

ARTastic in April ...

This month on ARTastic we feature an ANZAC tribute artwork by Kenneth MacQueen called Wild Poppies.  Our criteria is to use pops of red on your page.

CRITERIA - Pops of red

We'd love to see your entries - this isn't difficult, just add some splashes of red to your layouts - this can be paint or ink, or enamel dots, rhinestones or even buttons.  Add some flowers, hearts or stars in red.  It can be any theme at all it doesn't have to be related to a memorial day.

Here is my page ...


In 2015 and 2016 a local community group undertook a massive "Poppy Poject" to handmake thousands and thousands of poppies for the 100 Year anniversary of Gallipoli and WW1. These were made with crepe paper and a lot were done with crochet - a truly massive job.

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see your own interpretation. You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

04 April 2017

Pixels and Paper in April ...

This month on Pixels and Paper we are celebrating Easter on Pixels and Paper with this cute inspiration image.  Your page certainly doesn't have to be about chocolate or bunnies, it can be about family gatherings, school Easter hat parades, egg hunts, trips away over this holiday period, fun things you did with the kids, whatever you like really - just don't forget to tell us what inspired you from our photograph.

CRITERIA - An Easter theme

Here is my Easter inspired page ...


I was inspired by the colours in the egg and the chocolate of course!

Hope you can come play along with us.