Saturday, August 31, 2013

'SUMMER' with Maja Design

Hello my friends,
this is my final Saturday guest designing for  
Maja Design 
 today I have a layout created with 'Life By The Sea' collection .
 These papers have such a summery/ nautical feel and I had the perfect pic of my 'Grandie' with her two friends, all ready to go boating.  
Rarely do I use a patterned paper for my foundation, but for this particular creation I feel it really works and adds to the nautical theme
My photo is always so important to me . 
I like to make it the focus on my creations, and blend in the colors and surrounds with the emotion and memories attached to my photo.
 I use Black and White photos when I feel the colors don't blend in with my papers of choice.
 Creating banners are fun and this one is made up of tags, hearts and strips.The thick cotton mimics the ropes used when sailing .
Above is a closie of my tags and heart .
 I love to include the title somewhere interesting, my choice here is to write it on my tag.
A cluster of tags here, with lots of layering.
 The top tag has a Tim Holtz metal piece and a Prima metal number 3.
 In order to balance out my design I wanted something simple and small to fill this corner.
 I simply cut a circle and two thin strips which I tucked around the circle,  securing them with some decorative brads ...
The metal circle in the centre, is something I have had for years and at last I found the perfect place for it .....sometimes I buy elements because I love them and it takes me ages to use them ... can anyone else relate to this ??  

  Maja Design collections : Life by the Sea / Landmark, Navigate, Regatta, the east coast, Bottle message .  Fika/ Bulle m Blabar ..(the heart and the large tag )

other materials used . 2Crafty chipboard, Tim Holtz metal/film strip, Prima Metal number, Prima stamps ,Tim Holtz Stamp, versa color ink , thick cotton .BoBunny brads, gesso.

Sharing another layout I created  with Maja Design Collections, 

Life by the sea 

above is a layout I created for CSI/2Crafty in early August.
I had fun with lots of gesso and layering.
the collection Life by the Sea suggests a nautical energy and I wanted to use this photo of one of our many sailing adventures. 
to me the ocean is made up of many layers and frothy white waves, which I re-created by swiping white gesso over the paper.

adding twine mimics the ropes used on sail boats and the muslin represents the waves. white gesso reminds me of the fluffy white clouds and the sails .

this is my final Saturday as a GD for MajaDesign.
a month of guest designing here has been a wonderful and exciting journey .

huge thanks to all of you x

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Published Work - self portrait .

Hello my friends
Today I am sharing a layout I had published in Australian Scrapbook ideas magazine 
issue 22 available in newsagents now .
we were asked to create a layout on ourselves.
here is my creation 
One of the best things I have learned in life 
is to be Me .
To love myself as I am.
Trust in the process of life and do what I love to do .
 I am in harmony with my garden and its inhabitants, connecting with the beauty that surrounds me .
For me Nature is so inspiring and a natural expression of my inner self .
I especially love to create a dream and follow it through .

to see all the stunning 2Crafty chipboard pieces  

Materials used
Prima paper/ Ledger Collection
Megs Garden paper /Spring Paisley collection / Spring Toile
Kaiser paper /365 Days  Collection /Schedule  
Green Tara Flowers
Glimmer mist /Sugar maple
Tim Holtz/ Alterations/sizzix/Alphabetical
Tim Holtz/crackle paint/rock candy.
Tim Holtz/ distress ink/ Rusty hinge
Tim Holtz /Alterations/ Distressed Dolly /Pediments
Tim Holtz stamp / Stampers anonomyous/K4-1251
Cottage Cutz/ leafy foliage
Ink/Versa color / black/Khaki .
Prima/junkyard findings/ metal filigree/Flowers/acrylic stamp -trellis.
2Crafty chipboard/chicken wire/border flourish /cogs.
Making memories/ brads
EK binding edge / Border punch
Die Namics/ file tabs
Washi tape
Making memories/ distress tool
Sponge /Imaginarium designs  

thanks for looking and leaving me some love
bye until next time 

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Hello my friends.
 I am Guest designer for August,  
and today I am showcasing some more Maja Design collections 
Vintage Summer basics and Frojdefull  Jul 
to see all the collections and inspiring designers .
 I  created a mini collage of papers at the top of my layout .
I began with a 2 inch strip, added a border punched strip, finished off with an even thinner strip of paper
which I machine stitched these together with black cotton.  
Adding more layers with chipboard, blooms and diecuts .

peeping out among the blooms are two pieces of 2Crafty Chippies
the mini frame and the dandelion .
These Christmas papers have a dominant red , but on the back side 
they are soft grey as pictured below .

girlanger and julklappar 
I combined the Vintage Summer collection with a couple of Christmas papers
These collections blend and mix together perfectly.
Thanks for looking and I am hoping you are inspired by these beautiful papers. 
until next time   

Monday, August 19, 2013

MEGS GARDEN AND CSI case file #85

Stacks of happy Hues  
Hello everyone , I am back with you again after being away on a short break from 
 I’ve certainly missed creating with these glorious papers .
Today I am showcasing a card with stacked embellishments ..Denise has designed these papers  to blend and flow together perfectly .

1. My base is a deep purple cardstock which I cut into 12” x 6” and folded in half .
2. Cut another piece of cardstock slightly smaller than 6” x 6” , to create my front cover. 
3. I adhered the Christmas paper to the card and stitched around the edge .
4. Beginning with a Tim Holtz Die cut I mounted that onto my base piece. I used various Sizzix dies and began layering them . I included some cardstock to bring out the richness in the papers along with kraft  for contrast .
5. I completed my cluster with a bloom and two leaves .
6. The inside is embellished with a border punched piece on the left side and some washi tape on the right. Finished off with a tiny strip of paper and a tab folded around the edge of the card. Use a stamp if you desire .  
Handy tip  
Sometimes with this technique only tiny sections of the pieces can be seen but this adds to the magical appeal.  In my opinion embellishing the inside really completes a card with style. 
These are such quick and easy cards with lots of dimension and texture.


Megs Garden Items used
Copper paper leaves
Leafy foliage diecut
P6326 - Christmas Music
P6329 - Christmas Berry Stripes

Other items
Deep purple cardstock
Kraft cardstock
Washi tape .

hope you are inspired to pop over to Megs Garden and have a play with these enchanting papers. 

Now for my next case file over at CSI 

Double agent for case file #85



 Deryn Mentock artist and owner of Something Sublime, creates these magnificent , unique, earthy, Exquisite, creative original works of art.
Deryn kindly gave me permission to use some photographs of her spectacular jewellery.
 They make a heavenly subject for my scrapbooking pages.
Thanks so much Deryn, you are a doll.. hugz x
Deryn also has online classes , which sound like a lotta fun.
pop over to her blog to find out more.
nellas frame
The nella frame is trimmed along one side to act as a flourish border. 
 I have inked with Turquoise Versa Color Ink, and applied some gesso . 
The remaining section of the nella frame is pictured below , where I repeated the same process
and poked it under the mounted photo .
 2Crafty chipboard pieces
( pictured above , altered with ink, crackle paste and the title and brad added ) 

tags, Numbers, metal, something clear(crackle paint) , frame, string 
make a number list of interesting things about my photo.
 thanks for popping by and leaving me some words to warm my heart.
until next time 


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Guest designing for Maja Design with Glorious Summer and Spring collections .

Hi everyone.
today I am showcasing the Glorious Maja Designs papers 

to see the complete set of collections and the inspiring work from the designers. 

'Remember this Moment '
 These papers are from two different collections and I wanted to demonstrate just how versatile they are.
perfect for blending and moulding together .
My background is from the Vintage Spring Basics 
and the remaining Papers are from the Vintage Summer Basics Collection 
the delish photo of Miss T  was taken by 

 I created the title with  Kaisercraft stamp 
quick and easy .

here I have created a cluster of Blooms and added some 
glorious 2Crafty chipboard to create interest and texture .
I love to ink my chipboard and for this LO I have cut the Parisian border and used only one small section .

I thank you for popping by and hope you are inspired to use some of these amazing paper collections .
 Vintage Spring Basics May 4th 
 Vintage Summer Basics collection  1922 
 I used the front and back side of this paper .

have a look a these collections, I am sure you will love them 
thanks for looking and until next time 
big hugz from me x

Thursday, August 15, 2013


2Crafty and CSI have joined forces to solve case files .
this layout is case file #83 
 I am on both teams, therfore I am a double agent this month !!
I loved these colors and wanted to showcase the chippies
 with a masculine /mixed media themed feel and look. 

These colors have such a nautical energy to them and reminded me of our many sailing adventures.



2Crafty items used 
case file #84
another layout combining 2Crafty and CSI as a double agent .
I followed Em's sketch and added a thin strip of rich rust fabric to the color theme . 

cluster of chippies, blooms, twine and fabric.
closie of the cluster
inked in paprika and sage. 
the watch face is also inked with paprika and sage.
 I added some metal time pieces and painted crackle paint in order to secure these tiny pieces 

altered with gesso, ink and crackle paint .
I twisted the frayed fabric and machine stitched to the page.

My final layout for this month is also grunge, showcasing a pic I adore .
My Grandie Ella Jai with her Dad , on the mighty motorbike .
 I just adore this pic of Ella Jai and her Dad, Jair

2Crafty items
The chippies are inked with Tim Holtz distress ink /rusty hinge ,
and dabbed with turquoise Versa color ink when dry .
Finally I coated all chipboard with Tim Holtz crackle paint 
to create an old rusty look and feel to the items.
thanks for popping by and having a look at my work 
bye for now until next time