Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Summer Loving - with Anna Allan...

The year 2014 is nearly done!
It's been quite a cold start to summer here where I live which has been rather odd - usually we are all bather-clad and splashing around at the shores of our favourite beaches on a regular basis in December and around Christmas. But this year, these days have been few and far between!

Thankfully, the weather warmed up one weekend and we had a great sunshiny afternoon at the beach.
And I wanted to record it!
Featuring my little girl - she so loves the beach!!

I have created a stenciled background and also got out some confetti and sprinkled that around the page to add dots of summer beachy colour!

I also got my sewing machine out and created a ruffle with the blue coloured tulle from the shop. Placing it under the photo, it kinda looks like rippling water.

And the title is - Wood Veneer. Can't go past wood veneer, in my opinion ;-)

D-Lish products used:

Stencil (I used ScrapFX chevron)

And that's me for this month! 
See ya next year ;-) hehe

Anna :-)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Little Reindeer - with Anna Allan...

Back again with another layout to share.
Now... you can't go past December without a festive layout can ya!?! hehe

On the 14th December, we attended the local Christmas parade and carols this year and I had bought the girls some little props to make the event just a little more fun for them.
This one was of our little reindeer :-)

To create the page I spritzed and splattered the background cardstock with cherry red and citron colour shine by Heidi Swapp.
I had some cute Christmas papers by Echo Park that I was keen to use and the deer design was perfect for this page.
I have been ITCHING to use the wooden letters from the D-lish shop since I got them and this page was ideal to use these on!
I LOVED the Freckled Fawn Christmas kit (purchased from D-lish) so used some of the products in that to embellish my page - along with some motex tape and cute little bow from my D-lish stash!

D-lish products used:

Thanks for taking the time to pop on by!

Anna :-)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Enjoy! - with Anna Allan...

Hey there delightful D-lish lovers!!
I hope you all had a bright and beautiful Christmas - I know I did!

I am popping in today with a very quick layout I whipped up using leftover pieces around my scrap table and pairing them with some D-lish goodies of course :-)

I had this teal cardstock laying around - it had been a practice piece where I had been going to town with ink spritzing and splattering to get a feel for these type of techniques for backgrounds. I decided to use it for this as I couldn't just chuck it out! HA - I hate wasting things!

I also had some old packaging sitting around that had this word 'ENJOY' printed across the paper bag...I got my scissors and started cutting!
I then used a ScrapFX stencil (purchased from D-lish Scraps) and spritzed away with colour mists over the letters - I love the effect this made!

To add an extra element to the background for the photo - I grabbed some paper offcuts from a past A Piece of Cake Designs kit and cut out triangles to place randomly across the top of the page. 
It was time to add some more D-lish goodies...

D-lish products used:

- Monochrome Journal Pack pieces (in pink)
- Colour Journal Spots (I used bubble words and misted the 'love this' in pink)
- ScrapFX stencil ( I used Scribble Script)

And that's it!

Enjoy! ;-)


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Katie's interpretation of Alz's Blind Scrapping

Hi Katie back again. With such a build up it is hard to believe that Christmas is done and dusted for another year. But having said that my family and I are off to another celebration today which will be our last one for this year! I am glad, because if I have too many more days of big eating I am likely to explode!

For my last share for this month and this year (countdown to new years is now on!), I decided to have a go at Alz's blind scrapping challenge from the December Cyber Crop. If you haven't heard about or tried blind scrapping before you can read all about it here.

Basically it works like this, you are given a list of materials (of course you can ad-lib here if you don't have precisely everything), and then you follow instructions on what to put where. This is where is gets fun and interesting, because we all interpret the instructions in a slightly different way, and with no picture or sample to guide us, we do what we think is right!

Now I tried not to look too hard at the detail of already completed pages, nor Alz's original sample before I started mine, so I will have to go back and see how it compares!

So I decided to use pictures of my very cute flowerpot cat and chose papers accordingly. These were from Amy Tan's Stitched range.

Instead of using two Paper Doilies I used one paper and one Felt Doily. You can also see where I have used the Freckled Fawn Arrow Paperclips, Flair, Vellum Bitty Bag, Resin Flower and Assorted Paper Flowers. For the tags in the project I used a pretty floral paper, and I chose to use a vellum bitty bag rather than a white one so you could see the pretty pattern through the bag, and I also chose not to use any washi tape to decorate the bag. (You can start to see how variations start happening as your project develops!)

My title was cut with my Silhouette and then I did a smaller subtitle with alpha stickers, I used only one Pink Fresh Studio chevron wood drop for each position instead of the group of three suggested. I also added splats of mist and dots of stickles on my page, but no sequins.

I didn't have any of the listed FX Scrap crazy circles chipboard so I improvised with Wood Veneer Multi Circle Frame instead. I coloured this with my gold Wink of Stella pen. You can see more paper flowers, the paper doily, another flair and chevron wood drop too. I used a silver piece of Tulle in a bow on my tallest tag, which removed it from the planned position making in more a part of this top cluster, but that's OK, it is my page after all!

So there you go, my "interpretation" of Alz's Blind Scrap. I am calling this one a success!

Thanks for popping by today and I hope the rest of the year is relaxing for you and you ring in the new one with friends and loved ones in a safe and joyous way!

Happy New Year, see you in 2015!

Katie x

Friday, December 26, 2014

Inspired by Cindy - with Katie

Hi there everyone. Happy Boxing Day! Are you all full and rolling around?! We are getting ready to have our second round of Christmas celebrations today, so more food and presents!

Today I am bringing you a page that I created inspired by Cindy's December cybercrop challenge. That was to create a page using earthy tones and include travel photo/s.

Now between you and me this was very hard for me. I just don't have much at all in the way of earthy toned papers. My style draws me to brightly coloured papers. Eventually I found some suitable papers and photos, then my next hurdle, I usually scrap on white background, but it looked just a little too stark for this project, moving onto kraft problem solved. Now what about embellishments.... Most of them are brightly coloured too....

Well I got there in the end and I have to say that I am quite pleased with the final result!

I think I ended up using a mix of papers from Amy Tan and Studio Calico, and I found some great postage stamp washi in my collection that was just perfect and I love the little bit of warmth it gives to an otherwise cooler coloured page. I stamped with some travel themed Tim Holtz stamps on the background with antique linen ink to keep it subtle and also splashed some Heidi Swapp colour shine in bronzer to finish off.

I found this cute butterfly bottlecap on vintage paper that fitted in perfectly and also the sage coloured paper doilies. I cut my title using the Pacifico font on my Silhouette (love this machine!).

Add in a Kraft Journal It ticket, some Freckled Fawn wood veneer and a Little Birdie hessian butterfly and it is starting to come together.

Another Journal It Journal Spot and butterfly and we are just about done!

Well, I have to say that this turned out to be a real challenge for me, but a worthwhile one. Something that took me out of my comfort zone. Thanks Cindy for a great challenge! If you haven't done this challenge and have time to spare, why don't you give it a go too?!

Katie x

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas - with Katie

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful morning of presents and good food with your families and loved ones.

I am just popping in today to share with you a Christmas page that I created without using Christmas specific products! There is only one item that is specifically Christmas related, but otherwise I used just what I had in my stash (and let me tell you, that is more than I care to admit to!) and found so many useful things.

So first of all, here is the page. I used some photos of our tree from last year showing some of the homemade ornaments made by my kids, and then a pretty bokeh one of the lights.

Let's start with the patterned paper, although it looks a little Christmassy it is from Maggie Holmes Open Book collection, the strips at the top and bottom almost look like holly too!

So here you can see my one Christmas product, from one of the etched wood veneer sets, it is a great way to add something without being too over the top! I have also used the very versatile kraft shipping tags tucked under paper, I used a star template and gold mist to decorate one of the tags with a twine bow to finish off.

Here you can see one of the great Freckled Fawn gold star paperclips. I have to admit that I am rather obsessed with Freckled Fawn embellishments!! The little Bow Veneers are also a perfect addition to a Christmas themed page. Throw in a coloured Paper Doily and some Gold Glitter Tape and you are done!

Well, that is it from me. Enjoy your Christmas celebrations whatever they may be and see you soon.

Katie x

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 .. A Year in Review .. with Alz

I was chatting with Amanda (of D-lish Scraps fame) a short time ago about, amongst other things, blog posts and ideas and deadlines and so on. Amanda suggested that as I have been with D-lish Scraps for over 12 months now, I do a 'year in review' themed post.

The more I thought about the idea the more I liked it. I was curious to see if my scrapping had changed over the year. To see what I mostly scrapped during the year. To remind myself of some techniques I love but had forgotten. I thought it might be an extraordinarily interesting adventure. So here goes, my favourite layouts, month by month, for D-lish Scraps this year ..

January .. Pooped Puppy

February .. Free Spirit
published in Scrapbooking Memories Vol 17 No 6

March .. Friends

April .. Adore U
hmm .. looks suspiciously familiar to March above (note .. it was a scraplift)

May .. Love actually
published in Scrapbooking Memories Vol 17 No 3

June .. Smokey

August .. Bozo

September .. The sticky up plants

October .. Sunkissed cheeks
hmm .. it seems this one was only able to be seen in The Scrap Suite on Facebook

November .. Clare Valley

December ..  Picture Perfect

Plus one very funny honourable mention .. What?!
.. because it just can't not be in the mix!

What a fabulous journey I've just been on!!! I've found my style varies a bit, that I've forgotten how much I used to love stamping, and that my subject matters are pretty evenly represented .. Bear, my niece Mia, our friends' little girl Kara, my own childhood photos and travel photos. Oh and photos for a friend's little girl, Bella, to have in a special album just for her seeing as how her mummy gave up scrapping before she was born, and she only gets to look at albums of her older sister Chloe, which (LOL) she loves doing!

Scrapping wise, 2014 has been a great year for me. I can only imagine what 2015 has in store. One thing I suspect is that some pocket page scrapping might be on the horizon.

Wishing you all the very best of the festive season. May it be a happy and safe time for you and your families.

See you on the flip side! Cheers .. Alz   :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Who? .. with Alz

Scrapping the hard stuff from our day to day lives isn't always easy. Sometimes we just don't want to scrap the tough stuff because we just don't want to 'go there'.  I know. I've 'been there'. I have found it to be quite a cathartic thing to do over the years. Scrap my feelings that is.

published in Scrapbooking Memories Issue 17 No. 4

On this layout I have used .. Flair Buttons from the 2014 Script Words (black) and the Geometrics (pink, red, blue) packs, a Resin birdResin heart and large Resin rose, bling from a now out of stock Just Add Paper KitJournal Its (Arrow Word Tabs in Woodgrain), a black Silk & Organza Mini Heirloom Flower and a Grey Grid Bitty Bag. I've also used white Tulle.

Ever since I came across this photo and asked my parents who it was, and they thought I was joking, its bothered me. That's years of bothering me. Having finally scrapped it about six months ago I no longer think about it. I've moved on. Scrapping the photo has helped me to put this 'thing' away. So I encourage you, if like me, you have some old or new obstacles that you just can't seem to get around, try scrapping them. You don't have to share them with anyone. But you just might find they help.

I'll be back tomorrow with something a little different. See you then.

Cheers .. Alz   :)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blind scrapping .. with Alz

We tried something different during December's mid month cyber crop in The Scrap Suite on Facebook. We scrapped blind!! Not heard of 'Blind scrapping' before? Its a fairly simple concept .. you're given a list of materials you'll need, along with your usual tools and adhesives, and then you follow step by step instructions on how to construct the layout. But you don't get to see what it looks like before you start scrapping. So you have to have complete faith in the instructions and your ability to interpret them. Plus you need to be able to be flexible when selecting embellishments and their placement to make the instructions work for you. It can be a lot of fun!

Sisters Friends

As the person running the challenge I obviously needed to create a page and write down the materials I used and the step by step instructions. The above layout was what I came up with.

If you wanted to replicate my layout you'd need the following D-lish Scraps products in your arsenal .. Washi TapeColoured TulleFlair Buttons, a white Bitty BagPinkfresh Studios Enamel Wood Veneers, Freckled Fawn Arrow Paper Clips, AzaleasCherry BlossomsAsters, small Roses, a large Shipping Tag, 3.5" Star Doilies and Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard.

To ensure my step by step instructions wouldn't lead anyone astray, I followed them to create the following layout. Oh and its lucky I did because a few of the instructions needed 'tweaking'.  ;)

Picture Perfect

I made a few adjustments here and there but otherwise the instructions worked to a tee. I didn't use quite so many D-lish Scraps products on this layout as the collection I was working with had quite a few elements that were already perfect. I did however use .. some of the new, completely divine, pink flowers from the Little Birdie Holiday Elements range, Flair ButtonsWashi Tape, 3.5" Star DoiliesFreckled Fawn Paper Clips. Coloured Tulle and a Scrap FX chipboard title.

Honestly? I loved the way this layout came together. Because I knew what I was doing the second time around, it was so quick and easy that I wanted to keep on using the same design all weekend LOL!

Anyways, on the off chance that you'd like to create this layout for yourself, and you're not a member of The Scrap Suite on Facebook, Amanda and I thought we'd pop everything you needed to know here. If you do decide to give it a go, please share your layout with us. Perhaps join The Scrap Suite or email it to Amanda. Happy scrapping!

  • photo .. 4x6” landscape
  • photo .. 3x4” landscape
  • cardstock x1
  • patterned papers x3
  • white bitty bag
  • large shipping tag to be used as a template (store measurements .. 48x96mm)
  • 3.5” star doilies x2
  • Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard
  • alphas for your title
  • 7” banner or bunting (will overlap the top of your 4x6” photo)
  • Pinkfresh Studios chevron arrows x9
  • Freckled Fawn arrow paper clips x2
  • flair buttons x2
  • washi tape x2
  • tulle
  • sequins
  • azaleas x2
  • cherry blossoms x2
  • cosmos daisies x5
  • small roses x4
  • sewing cotton
  • optional .. products to colour your chipboard unless you want to leave it raw
  • optional .. mists or sprays if you want to have a few droplets on your page
  • optional .. Tim Holtz tiny attacher for stapling down corners
  • optional .. glitter for creating sparkly flowers
  • optional .. Kindy Glitz to add sparkle to your chipboard and adhere your sequins
  • all measurements are in inches
  • measurements are given height then width
  • all patterned paper edges are distressed, sanded or inked .. the choice is yours
  • my layout is very ‘girly’, by changing your embellishments you can make it any theme
  • flowers don’t have to be exact .. use mine as examples for what sizes you need
  • only apply adhesive to the centre of patterned papers so you can slide things beneath
  • substitute items in the materials list for similar items you have in your stash
step by step instructions

1.   Label your patterned papers (“pp”) 1 to 3.

2.   Cut pp #1 to 10.5x9” and stick to cardstock far to the left and down so its off centre, about an inch or so from the bottom and about 5/8th" from the left.

3.   Cut pp #2 to 11.5x6” and stick on top of pp #1 almost to the very edge of the left of your cardstock and only about an inch above the bottom of pp #1.

4.    Stick one of the 3.5” star doilies in the top left corner of where pp #1 and pp #2 join, overlapping both pp equally.

5.   Slide (and stick down) the other doily beneath pp #2 and overlapping pp #1 in the bottom right hand corner.

6.   Use the shipping tag as a template to cut five tags from pp #3 .. tuck three behind the top left of pp #1 at staggered heights and stick down .. set the other two tags aside.

7.   Decorate the white bitty bag with washi tape and stick it, lying on its side with the opening to the right, on top of pp #2 in the bottom right hand corner .. just above the bottom edge and about 2.5” from the right edge .. LOL maybe use repositionable tape!

8.   Staple together the two remaining tags from pp #3 at an angle so that one slides into the white bitty bag and the other one sits on top then slide them into the bitty bag.

9.   Unwind lots of sewing cotton, make it loosely messy and position it in the left hand corner of pp #2 (but not right in the corner) .. over the top of the cotton adhere the decorated (I painted mine white and put Kindy Glitz on top) Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard.

10.  Stick your banner/bunting on top of pp #2 just beneath the edge, from the top right hand corner across the page .. make sure you’re able to slip the top half an inch or so of the photo underneath the banner/bunting.

11.  Using adhesive only at the top of your 4x6” photo, stick down your photo sort of in the middle of pp #2 so that it overlaps the bitty bag, the Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard, and slides under the banner/bunting.

12.  Using foam dots, stick down your 3x4” photo on a slight angle, overlapping the top left corner of your 4x6” photo, overlapping the Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard, and the doily.

13.  Unwind more sewing cotton, make it loosely messy and position it on pp #1, across the page from the right of your 3x4” photo .. over the top stick down your title (mine is two words, using alphas about 1” high, with one word quite close to the top right corner of the 3x4” photo and the second word underneath it but about 1.5” from the 3x4” photo).

14.  This next step is important .. stick one of the flair buttons and a cosmos daisy, one above the other, at the end of the tags where they stick out from the bitty bag .. make sure they are not stuck to anything else.

Now its time to embellish your page ..

15.  Slide your arrow paper clips, one along your bitty bag overlapping your washi tape and the other on pp #1 in the bottom right hand corner overlapping the doily.

16.  Stick your chevron arrows down in groups of three .. three pointing down towards the 3x4” photo, three pointing inwards towards your title, and three pointing upwards towards your 4x6” photo to the left of the bitty bay.

17.  Cut a strip of tulle, tie it into a bow and stick it in the hole of the tag in the top left hand corner of the page.

18.  Next up are three clusters of flowers .. the bottom right cluster comprises an azalea, two cosmos daisies, a cherry blossom, and two small roses .. this next bit is crucial .. make sure when sticking this cluster down that the flair button and cosmos daisy on the tag become a part of the cluster but don’t prevent the tags from sliding out .. you now have hidden journaling .. yay!

The next cluster comprises a cosmos daisy, cherry blossom and small rose placed in the corner where the two photos meet on top of the Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard.

The final cluster is an azalea, flair button, cosmos daisy and small rose placed to the top left of the 3x4” photo, overlapping the photo and positioned so the tulle bow becomes a part of the cluster.

19.  The final step is to scatter and stick down some sequins .. I used Kindy Glitz as it’s a glue and any excess is glittery rather than being plain glue.

20.  optional steps

*   When the layout was all stuck down I went around and secured the corners of the patterned paper with a Tim Holtz tiny attacher. Its not necessary but I like the look of the tiny staples. You could leave your layout as it is or just add a little adhesive under the corners if you wanted to.

*   I also ‘flicked’ some sprays onto my page but covered my photos first LOL!

*   Using glossy accents and diamond dust I added a glittery touch to my azaleas.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Morning everyone - this is the last post for me for 2014 so I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and safe new year  - and I will be back in January with some new layouts.

This last layout is completely different from the previous 2 - back to my heritage layouts.  This is a photo of my mum when she was 18 months old.

I have used 7 Dots Studio Paper from the Destination Unknown College for the background and the tags behind the photo.  Background stencil is The Crafters Workshop with Shimmerz Paints Texturez in Artie Choked.  The second stencil is from Tim Holtz.  For the background colour I used Glimmer Mist - Gumdrops.  The edges of the tags have been distressed and inked with distress ink - Bundled Sage.

These gorgeous flowers are from Little Bird and I have created a link at the bottom of this post.

I have also linked other products from the D-lish store like these metal figarines.

This gorgeous background stamp is a Tim Holtz Stamp

The title has been embossed with Stampedous Aged Silver embossing powder.  Random dots are Liquid Pearls in Dark Chocolate.

Products Used:

Little Birdie Boutique Elements Flowers
Little Birdie Vintaj Flowers
Little Birdie Kraft Expressions Butterfly
Washi Tape
Metal Bird
Metal Flowers

Thanks for stopping by, and once again have a lovely Christmas and I shall see you in 2015 :)