29 MarMarch 2015 Tag

Just a quick post about my March Tag inspired by Tim’s 12 Tags of 2015 for March.

03 March 2015 Tag

This was fun tag to do, starting with Tissue Tape and then Distress Paints as the background.  I stamped and embossed two flowers, then created masks for them before using Faber Castell Whipped Spackle through Cargo Layering Stencil the added silver embossing powder to this which was melted when it was dry.

Then it was time to add embellishment, I had a bit of a hunt through my stash and found some silver trinkets including a Penny Farthing from PaperVine, some silver ribbon and the tag was done – love it!


24 MarA Door Closes

Welcome to my last post as an Imagine If… Design Team Member!  It has been a good year – busy, varied and creative.

This month the new products are windows, keys and locks – perfect for a little reminder!

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I started out with a ‘burlap canvas’ and all the lovely chipboard pieces.  I laid the chipboard pieces out on the canvas, then decided which of three Distress Stains I was going to use to colour them (so the colours were spread out.  I used Picket Fence, Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass.  I used the Distress Stains for this as it gives colour without the bulk of paint (it can take a few coats as the colour does soak in).

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While the chipboard was drying, I cut the saying out of black using my Cuttlebug and alphabet, then I started layering. I had taken a photo of my original layout of the chipboard on the canvas so I was able to use that to put everything back into the same place, and I then glued them down.  Finally I laid out and then glued down the letters.

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I’m really pleased with this little reminder, and it should help me look forward, not back.  So now the Imagine If… Design Team has come to an end and that door has closed, it is time for me to look for the next open window!

16 MarMore Ideas for your Pocket Scrapping

Hurray! My pocket scrapping (aka PL) is up to date, from 2011 to this year!  That feels really good, now just to catch up on my older 12×12 layouts… I focused on documenting the memories, including photos, ephemera, and journaling (including dates), so I thought I’d share a few of my pages and hopefully inspire you to get your documenting done.

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Here is the cover page for my first album (even though I created this last!), it was a simple page, letting the beautiful Basic Grey paper shine, then added the numbers and some beautiful handmade flowers.

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For this page, I had only two photos, but I really wanted to document it – picking grapes in Marlborough is such a big thing, and being involved in this was very cool.  So I used some grape paper, cut it into the right sizes and rounded corners.  A lovely Flourish With A Bling flourish, title cut with my Cuttlebug, and journaling with a white pen on dark brown cardstock.

1503 Pocket Scrapping 3I wanted to show you this one because the paper I found is very cool, and I just cut it up for the pockets – perfect for pictures of the motorcycle run my husband was helping organise (and I drove the back up car for).

1503 Pocket Scrapping 4This double page is about my youngest nephew, and how I enjoyed visiting him.  For his name, I cut the letters twice and stacked them to create a shadow effect, making the word stand out even more.  The journaling was printed straight onto one of the pieces of paper I had cut, and I added some veneers from PaperVine – the heart arrow and  ‘HELLO’ are from the Veneer Arrows, and there is one of the Love Arrows, a Frame, and a Daisy Daisy Bike. I love the look of these on the pockets, so cute and so easy.

1503 Pocket Scrapping 5 If you’ve followed my blog for very long then you’ll know that I love my cats, and Oscar has been doing some pet therapy, visiting a couple of rest homes.  I outlined the page with Ella’s Footprints washi tape, the coloured three cats from Imagine If… Set of Cats with Black Soot Distress Stain (gives me colour without the bulk of paint).  A title and some journaling completed the layout.

1503 Pocket Scrapping 6Lastly here is a layout from Waitangi Weekend this year (!), when I spent the weekend in Auckland with my family, my mum took quite a few photos which was great as I got to be in front of the camera! For this I used a My Minds Eye 6×6 pad from the Follow Your Heart range, and I had some brads from that collection too.  I added the brads through the page protector and paper (a little fiddly) because I felt this reduced the bulk inside the pockets and it also held everything in.

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I hope you all get into documenting your memories and life, remember that future generations will look at the pictures and stories first!

10 MarMini Sewing Cupboard

Welcome back to another Imagine If… Design Team project, this week I have a mini Sewing Cupboard for you.

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I started with the  MDF Armoir (waredrobe) from Imagine If… gesso first (of course).  The furniture in my studio is painted a turquoise with stenciled pink flowers on it, and I thought I would paint this little cupboard in the same way, first I had to find the paint in the garage…

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The inside of the cupboard was going to be white, but I needed some shelves, so I used some chipboard and cut them to the right size then glued them into place.

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Then it was time to fill the inside. First I got a couple of little bottles from PaperVine’s Glass Bottles Trio and filled one with mini buttons and one with little beads, these were put onto the top shelf with a pair of scissors charm (I have a real pair just like this!).

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I then cut cardstock for the fabric bolts, and then I dipped into my stash of fabrics (so much fun!) and created little bolts for the cupboard.  Lastly I got a small cat from the chipboard Set of Cats, and painted him black, then I put him just where I might find one of my cats – sleeping on the fabric where he shouldn’t be!

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Would love to hear what you think of this, so leave me a comment.


03 MarSweet Shop

Today I want to show you my little Sweet Shop, the MDF shop is from the Imagine If… Patisserie Kit.

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I started out with gesso on all the pieces, sealing the mdf and giving me a white surface.  I then glued the shop together (except for the roof), and used the Bricks Pattern Stencil with modeling paste on all sides, giving a rustic brick look.  I then painted the whole thing white.

The window frames, door and roof were painted pink, and the awning has pink and white stripes.  I used small alphabet letters from Imagine If… and painted them red to stand out on the striped awning.

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Next I needed some jars of sweets, and the mini glass bottles from PaperVine were perfect, they come in two sizes: a trio of 22mm and a duo of 40mm.  I filled these with a mix of different beads, all looking like sweets. I glued all the filled jars onto the shelves in the shop, fitted the roof, and we were finished.

This little shop looks so cute sitting on my shelf!  There are so many cute ideas for this little shop, I might even need to make a row of different shops…!

01 MarTag and Tray

Hope you’ve had a great weekend, just thought I’d share a couple of things I’ve bee doing.  The first is my version of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 February Tag.

02 February 2015 Tag

I did the base using Tim’s technique of collage, then added Picket Fence Distress Paint, and edged with smudged Black Soot Distress Marker.  For the frame, I coloured some white cardstock with Barn Door and a little Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, onto this I stuck an epoxy frame and trimmed around it.  Then I handcut a felt heart and stitched it on with silver thread.  I then added a Love key from the PaperVine Silver Key Word Duo Set, a piece of lace, and a heart button on a chipboard oval (also coloured with Distress Stains).  Finally, the ribbon was also coloured with Distress Stain.

The next thing I was to show you is a combined project between my DH and me – a Glue Tray.  I know that having my bottles of glue stored upsidedown means that I get the most out of them, and I discovered that unused screwcaps from wine bottling (that were being recycled) are the perfect size and depth, just a little wobbly!  I then headed to a local engineering shop and bought some large nuts that fit in the bottom of the caps to add weight.  While at The Warehouse I found a chopping board that was just the right size.

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I measured it up, including a space for my hot glue gun so that it wouldn’t fall over while heating.  I made appropriate marks on the board, then handed it over to my DH with instructions!  He drilled, screwed, hammered and cut, and created my amazing and very useful Glue Tray.

I’ll be back soon with another Imagine If… project, meanwhile I’d love to hear what you think of these projects.

23 FebMore layouts

I have another couple of layouts for you today – I’m on a roll!

Our local heritage park has small working steam trains that are open for rides.  I enjoyed a ride with a friend and her daughter, and the Small Cogs Set from Imagine If… were a perfect match with the BoBunny Grease Monkey papers which suited these pictures.

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The cogs were painted with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint (so easy with a dauber on the top), and I added journaling using my Dymo, and the ticket from the trip.

The second layout I have is quite a simple one, using a picture of my cat Zach that always makes me smile.

1502 Layout 2

I covered the Imagine If… chipboard letters with black cardstock that matched the black cardstock layered behind the photo, then mounted them on the same grey cardstock that mats the photo, added some kitty paw prints ribbon and some buttons.  I love this layout, and I feel it compliments the photo.

I hope you’ve seen something to be inspired by here!

16 FebScrapping the Toy Run

I still have some quite old photos in need of layouts!  I found these photos from the first Blenheim Toy Run in 2009.

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I found a Creative Scrappers Sketch, number 276 that I thought would be perfect for these photos (with a few tweaks)Creative Scrappers 276Using Making Memories Mistletoe Big Red Dot paper and black cardstock as the base, I then got out Imagine If… Stars, Arrows with Words, and chipboard letters. I had some great silver wrapping paper that I’d saved from Christmas, and this went perfectly with the paper, so I covered all the chipboard with this and added them to the layout.  Lastly was some journaling, and stickers that said ‘1st’ on the star by the title. A nice easy layout that even the motorcyclist in my house liked and thought was appropriate!

11 FebInspiration Wednesday

This year I have signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday Online Workshop. I had purchased an Inspiration Journal when I did classes with Donna in Timaru, and I hadn’t used it – this was the perfect opportunity. I created a second signature, and my book was ready.

150102 my journal

The first week was a lovely introductory page, ‘Art Is’.  Using modeling paste, stencils, gesso and paint.

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I used my stamp that says “Through the ages every generation has asked ‘What Is Art?’ Well… THIS IS ART!!! Now enlightenment has come upon you, go forth and create.” What a great way to start my art journal.


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Week 2 is a much more grungy look:

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We created a collage using ephemera that was in my stash, and then used my new splatter brush to at the end with black ink.

It is fun to take the time to play, use my supplies, and create something amazing.




05 FebCatching Up on Photos

I’ve been a busy trying to catch up on my photo albums recently. As I said before, I decided to do Pocket Scrapping for my photos from the beginning of 2011, and I’m well on my way to being up to date with them.  I thought I’d share some of the quick pages I’ve been making – this is about documenting photos and stories and less worrying about the art (although they still need to look good!).

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A week’s holiday in Queenstown – using a mixture of papers, I printed out the logos of some of the places to add to the journaling.


1501E Pocket Scrapping 2The second week of the holiday – I used an Imagine If… Let It Snow stencil with Whipped Spackle on the bottom left corner.

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We got a new BBQ, and as I had a lot of photos I put the title and date down the strip on the side.


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Baking with my nephew – these pages are a combination of cream cardstock and rolling pin paper.  Then an Imagine If… Felt Gingerbreadman.


1502A Pocket Scrapping 2For this Luging layout, we had purchased the digital downloads of the photos from Skyline, and it came in branded paper bag, which I cut out to create the title.  The date is on the tickets.


1502A Pocket Scrapping 5Snow in Blenheim was such an unusual occurrence that it deserved its own layout!  I used some charms from PaperVine, and put the Cuttlebug-cut title on top of the page protector.


1502A Pocket Scrapping 4When we were in Australia, I visited every scrapbook shop I could find! And I found this Queensland paper, and Caloundra word, so I cut the paper up to fit into the page protector, then found some other papers that co-ordinated with it, and cut the logos out of some brochures I had brought back with us.  Then out came one of my many Dymos, and labelled all the pictures (I’ve used my Dymos quite a bit while catching up on my photos).


1502A Pocket Scrapping 6I love the black and white paper with the pops of red, I coloured white cardstock with Distress Ink Festive Berries, then spritz’n’flick to create a mottled effect, then cut the title and flowers with the Cuttlebug.  The flowers are on the outside of the page protectors.


1502A Pocket Scrapping 1The last one I have to share with you – Omaka Aviation Centre, I used a photo I took as the title for this, and felt it didn’t need a lot of other explanation.  For the background I had a great KaiserCraft transparency with old planes, so I put white cardstock behind and used this – I love the look.

Here is a selection of what I’ve been up to, I hope it inspires you some!