Sunday, December 4, 2016

Thankful & Blessed | The Cut Shoppe

Hello Scrappy Friends! I'm back today with a new layout created for The Cut Shoppe, using the Give Thanks and I Heart String Art cut files. As we don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here in Australia,  I wasn't sure If I would be able to make use of the awesome Thanksgiving inspired designs that Ashley has released. However, I did find the perfect photo to document using the Thankful & Blessed design in the Give Thanks set.

In the last few days My Pop has been busy packing up and moving out of this house. A house that has been part of our larger extended family for over 48 years. I'm very thankful for the time we've all had growing up within these walls, and outside in the yard. The 'Thankful & Blessed' title cut file was perfect to assist in documenting the story I wanted to tell about the last gathering we shared together, before saying one last goodbye.

To create the layout I made a background using the house shape from the I heart String art file. I used the outline of the shape by removing the string art design, then multiplied and lined the houses up in rows. I cut the entire 12x12 design out and backed it with a pattern paper from a past Hip Kit, then added a few cut houses back to the page with my tiny attacher and foam tape for added dimension. 


I created a multi layer photo stack with some hidden journalling, backed the title cut file with complimenting pattern paper, and layered some painted paper houses from the same kit, on either side of the photo and title, to continue the house theme.

Lastly the addition of some enamel dots, puffy stickers, wood veneer and extra tiny staples on random houses, meant the page was complete.

Here's a closer look at the journalling. I really must replace that typewriter ribbon, or just the typewriter completely lol 

That's all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in some way to think of other ways to use the cut files. So many possibilities when you get a little creative!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blessed | Anna's Craft Cupboard

Hi Again! Sadly this is my last post as a Guest Designer for Anna's Craft Cupboard. I've really enjoyed being here sharing these layouts with you all, and using this amazing collection from Pink Paislee! Thanks so much to you all for following along this week, and an even BIGGER Thank You to Briony for having me here as a guest! It's been a wonderful experience xx

Lets take a look at what I've made for this last post shall we?

I started this layout with a pattern background, as the soft pattern didn't detract from the other elements on the page. The photo I've chosen is quite similar to the one from the previous page as it was taken the same day, but was still worth documenting in the way that I have here.

Like a majority of my layouts recently, I've gone with yet another diagonal design. I can't help it! What ever works best right? I did use a few different layering pieces under the photo, including a frame, banner and clouds from the ephemera pack. 

I've also used some new Cut files from The Cut Shoppe that I felt complimented the collection and layout perfectly, with a little machine stitching for a little added detail. The title piece, not pictured here, has been altered using more of that gorgeous Gold embellishment Mousse. Its perfect to water down and use like watercolours, paint or Colour shine.  

The larger floral piece tucked in behind the photo is actually a rub on that I've fussy cut from white cardstock. The smaller floral piece and blue butterfly have also been fussy cut from one of the cut apart papers in the collection. Creating embellishments by fussy cutting designs from papers and rub ons onto white cardstock are the perfect way to stretch your embellishments out when you are running low.

Lastly a closer look at the bottom corner. You can see I've added little gold hearts around the page using a stencil and the Gold Embellishment Mousse. The Mousse has a similar texture to whipped spackle and is perfect for adding finer details to finish the layout off.

Thanks again for stopping by this week, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time creating and sharing, and hope that I've been able to inspire you all in some way. 

Until we meet again, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Products Used

Cardstock, Cut file, Machine stitching 

Sparkle & Shine | Scrap The Girls

Hello!! Can you believe its December already?? 
Today marks the start of a new challenge with Scrap The Girls, and this month its a beautiful Mood Board made up of pinks and gold

I love me some pink with a touch of sparkle!
Here's what I created..

I've chosen a photo of Leila from her First Birthday Celebration back in 2011. So many precious memories from that time of our lives, and so many that I've not scrapped as yet. I went with the Love Always collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio to create with as it has multiple shades of pinks , and so many beautiful elements within the ephemera packs that are perfect for layering.

 My main inspiration from the board was definitely the floral element, which I've created within a cluster to the left of the photo. I've also based the photo stack layers on the same colours within the clusters.

'Sparkle' and 'Shine' are from a Simple Stories chipboard pack, that worked perfect as the glittery gold element on the page.

So many pretty layers to cluster 😍 and all the heart eyes for those glitter dots!!

Another mini cluster grouped at the top of the page with a few more of my favourites from the collection

and some journalling about the day typed onto vellum and stuck down.

Lastly there is a sprinkling of gold Color Shine around the page, and some machine stitching to finish it off..

Thanks so much for stopping by, Be sure to stop by the Scrap The Girls blog to see the remainder of the teams amazing creations!!

Until Next time, Happy Scrapping xx


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pretty as a Princess | Masters Challenge 10 - Fiskars

Hey Everyone! 
I'm back again with my FINAL layout share as a Master for Scrapbooking Memories Magazine. 
This was our very last challenge for the magazine, so it's a little bittersweet. While I loved my time as a Master, and am SUPER excited to see who the next team of creatives are, I am totally ready for a new challenge!

For this challenge we were sent a pack of Fiskars Punches, and given the task of creating something to showcase them.... 10 challenges and an article later and I still struggled for ideas. What I did come up with in the end, was all kinds of wonderful. 

I've used the Love Always collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio - absolutely stunning collection, and perfect for documenting black & white photos with. It has a softness to it that doesn't overpower the memories being documented. I was able to use 4 of the punches we were given - A bird punch, hearts border punch, cloud punch and a flower/doily punch.

I grouped all the punches within this corner with the addition of the bow from the collection pack. The cloud shape punch was perfect to cut in half and make a wing for the bird, and I even made use of the inner hearts from the border punch

I kept the embellishing pretty simple with this main cluster, and the 2 smaller ones. All which form a diagonal line across the page, a design element that I've become quite fond of with most of my layouts recently.

I used white cardstock for some of the punched shapes to keep the softness of the layout, and so that they complimented the page, rather than standing out.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope this has given you some form of inspiration. 
Until Next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Monday, November 28, 2016

Shine BRIGHT Beautiful | Anna's Craft Cupboard

Hello again Crafty Friends!! I'm back again with my second layout share as Guest Designer for Anna's Craft Cupboard, using Pink Paislee's new Moonstruck collection.

This layout would have to be my most favourite out of all three created, including that big bold floral print. I fussy cut one of the floral pieces that would have been covered by the white cardstock, so that I got the most out of that beautiful design. I kept the design quite simple again, with one main cluster in the centre of the layout made up of ephemera pieces and the title.

So many close ups, lets get to looking 😉

I've layered multiple papers, a tag and doily under the photo, then popped up with foam to give the page a little extra dimension. I also tucked in a gold foil butterfly and sticker top left.

The main cluster is made using the fussy cut floral piece from the background paper, an extra floral die cut, butterfly, journal card some rub ons an a sticker. Then layered on top are the 'Shine Bright' circle and gold foil word 'beautiful' to create the title, both pieces are from the ephemera pack

I've typed my journalling up on my seriously old, needs to be replaced (hint hint Christmas fairy), typewriter. I love the look of typed journalling as it adds a special touch to a layout, while still conforming to my clean freak ways HAHA. But, I did get a little messy.. If you look closely at the leaves of the floral piece, you will see I added a slight touch of gold to the edges, after I had stuck it down. That was almost a disaster lol

Lastly I added a mini cluster top right using a couple of rub ons and an ephemera piece, then watered down some of the Gold embellishment mousse to splatter around the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Can't wait to share the next layout! 
Here's a sneak peek.. 

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Products used

Cardstock, Machine Stitching, Crochet Thread, Tiny Attacher

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Always beYOUtiful | D-lish Scraps

Hey Everyone! I'm back today with a new layout share for D-lish Scraps featuring this months Just Add Paper Kit - Peacock Parade. I really loved the colours within this kit and knew that they'd challenge me, in a good way. These kits are perfect for creating with, especially when you might be needing a mojo boost! 

Here's what I came up with..

I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to scrap with this kit until I came across this photo of Leila from 2013. She was trying to take the phone from me while I was taking photos, which resulted in a 'selfie'. I've scrapped the photo before, and wasn't happy with the end result. I'm so much happier with this! Must be the Kit and products within it that made it all the more special! 😉

I started the layout with a white background and some messy stitching around the edges, then made my own pattern paper using the washi tape and white cardstock. The photo stack was layered with the coloured doily from the kit, a white doily from the store and a piece of the journalling card from the kit popping out of the top layers.

Next up I worked on the pieces tucked into and around the photo, starting with this cluster of goodness. Its made using the amazing die cuts, an exclusive flair button and matching 'date' journal it, a super pretty metal peacock with some twine, paper and satin flowers, sequins and a resin dot

The title itself was an experiment that I thought turned out all wrong. I used multiple layers of glitter paste and gelatos with an ombre effect that turned out quite pretty. I also added some puffy alpha stickers above to add to the title, sewed down to keep them in place forever!

In this cluster I used the remaining journal its, and the packaging label together, including a bright purple sequin bow for added sparkle, another flair button, paper and satin flower, resin dot and sequin. Lastly I added a sprinkling of Teal coloured Color Shine, some watered down gelatos in random spots around the page, and multiple mini glitter enamel dots. Love them! Wish the mini size came in a pack by themselves!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to share what you've made with us over in the D-lish Scraps 'Scrap Suite' on Facebook! We love seeing your creations!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Spread Your Wings | Anna's Craft Cupboard

Hi Everyone! I'm so honoured to be sharing my first layout as a Guest Designer for Anna's Craft Cupboard! A fantastic crafty business located over in Western Australia.

I was super excited to hear that I would be creating with the new Pink Paislee collection 'Moonstruck', an absolutely stunning collection with so many beautiful designs. Big florals, soft pastels, watercolours and butterflies, this collection has all of my favourites. 

It's even more beautiful in person, that I had such a hard time cutting into it. But I'm really happy that I did, as the layouts I've created with it have become some of my very favourites.

Here's a look at the very first layout I created..

Really happy with how this came together as I generally tend to steer away from pattern paper backgrounds. But, this paper with its watercolour effect had the right mix of softness that it didn't detract from the entire layout. I went with a diagonal design, which I am quite drawn to recently, as it gives the page balance while drawing the eye across the page.

I added a couple of little details before starting the actual page by machine stitching around the edges and also adding some Gold smudged dots with the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. These are in random spots using the end of a crochet hook I keep on my desk. This is about as messy as I generally get with any form of mixed media product these days, as I can never seem to keep the paper from warping lol 

I've layered a few different pattern papers with torn edges under the photo, then raised them up off the page with foam to create a little dimension on the page. I've also included a doily from my stash.

For this layout I tried to keep the embellishing to a minimum as I didn't want to use everything at once and have nothing left for the other creations. However, I was able to stretch the embellishments given as far as I could, by creating my own from the rub ons in the collection, and fussy cutting designs from other papers. 

The Moonstruck collection features quite a lot of butterfly designs, so I was able to mix in a Cut File that I had sitting in my pre cuts box. This one is from The Cut Shoppe and can be found HERE 

Lastly I created a large title using Puffy alphabet stickers from my stash, and worked them into the bottom cluster made from die cuts, rub ons and stickers from the Moonstruck collection. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you're interested in snapping up some of this beautiful collection, the list of products used for this layout can be found below. 

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

PS. Here's a sneak peek at layout number two that will be shared with you all very soon..


Other: Doily, Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Cut File, Cardstock & Vellum
Photo credit for Main layout : Sara Taylor Photography over here in Geelong, Victoria.