Tuesday, March 31

The Colour Magenta

This is my entry for M is for Magenta. If you are looking for a fun challenge then head on over to Letters to Scrap By. Each couple of weeks there is a different colour challenge.

For almost 3 years, Isla could not bear to have her hair brushed let along anything put in it. Her hair was quite long and she was forever brushing it out of her face with the back on her hand. Then almost over night, ribbons led to hair clips and even plaits.

Cheers, Irene

No Mistakes in Scrapbooking

I have heard this comment many times but not until recently did I put it into practice. Sometime ago I tried to paint a heart as my main feature for a layout. Needless to say it looked terrible and I promptly shoved the cardstock as far out of sight as possible. If it looked like this, wouldn't you do the same?

Then the other day I came across some photos of Mia that I have wanted to scrap for some time. The cardstock above was the perfect colour but how to fix that heart? From my stash I found four patterned papers that complimented each other. I cut them into 3cm squares and inked the edges with Distress Ink (aged mahogany) and covered up the white paint.

I glued these pieces randomly then stitched them down. At last that heart was gone. Next came a contrasting patterned paper from which I tore a heart shape and inked the edges before stitching it into place, then came the photos, the embellishments, title and lastly the journaling around the edges of the page.

You can still see a little of the white paint at the lower edge of the layout. I rather like it as it reminds me that you don't make mistakes in scrapbooking all you need to do is take a different path.

Cheers, Irene

Someone pinch me

I am so happy, still can't believe it!!! I won some gorgeous blog candy over at Shannon's blog.

Shannon has an amazing talent and a very unique style for her layouts. If you get a moment pop on over and check out her creations. Her teddy bears are just too cute for words. Thanks Shannon for putting up this fabulous pack of blog candy.

Cheers, Irene

Storm.............what Storm?

Last night this vicious storm came rolling in and all I could think of was "PLEASE, NO BLACKOUT". This was our last online class and I didn't want to miss it. Our little township of Emu Park is renowned for power failures, the regional power supplier likes to call them Power Outages, makes it sound important but the locals are fed up. Sorry about the grizzles, I got carried away.

Well like a true scrapper, I grabbed my camera and started snapping away. You have to agree that this storm looks pretty fierce. All my worries were in vain, the amount of rain wouldn't have filled a thimble.

Like I mentioned earlier, it was our last class and a bit sad that all this fun was coming to an end. We planed to kidnap Sherre (our teacher) and feed lollies to her kids unless she agreed to do a couple more classes. LOL

Last night we made a mini album. I am very impressed that 3 sheets of bazzil cardstock and a few embellishments could turn out this great.

There are 10 pages in this mini album which is 15cm x 15cm. I have not decided which photos I want to use for this album but when I do I will post more photos of the finished project.

Cheers for now,

Sunday, March 29

I thought it was high time that I posted something on my blog. It's not that I am being slack, on the contrary, I am so busy at the moment with Weddings. I have several wedding gowns to be altered for April/May which was fine but then I took over the making of 4 Bridesmaids dresses from a very distraught mother of the bride. To say it has been hectic is an under statement.

Well getting back to scrapbooking, here are a couple of layouts that are from the online class that I have been doing. Only one more class left (very sad.........I really did look forward to Monday nights).

With the First Surf layout we were shown how to make our own embellishments use patterned paper. The beach hut and door are mounted onto chipboard to add a little dimension. I love the white space in this layout too.

This layout has an interactive touch. The slide tag at the top of the photos can be moved to point to any of the photos. It also has a hidden journaling block.......the lower pink strip with the flower, slides up to reveal the hidden journaling.

Cheers for now,

Tuesday, March 17

Trying New Styles

Recently I signed up for an on line class which runs for 6 weeks. Each week we scrap in different styles which I think is great. So far we have worked on blocking, collage, minimalistic and 3 layouts in under two hours. Week 2 was blocking which I have never tried but I quite enjoyed.

This layout is of my youngest grand daughter Mia. She was only two and a half at the time. Even though she loves water, at Clairview Beach there was just too much of it. Little Mia was quite content playing in the sand with a couple of her little friends.

Cheers, Irene :)

Lime Layout for Letters to Scrap By Challenge

Here is my layout for this challenge. The girls over at Letters to Scrap By asked us to create a layout using the colour lime. I have always wanted to make these flowers and I felt that they were not too girlie and would go great on a boy page.

I never throw anything away and in my scrap bin, I found bits of paper that I had inked for a layout months ago that was a disaster then but perfect for this one.
I cut out different sized circles, distressed and inked the edges and drew circles off center on each piece before assembling . For the thick black strips, I randomly punched holes using different sized punches - as I have said before "I never throw anything away", the black strips are the backing from some Heidi Swap products.

Cheers, Irene :)

Friday, March 13

8,9,10 ...finished

I have completed the 10 layouts I had set out to do for the "Memory Gift" project. I drove into Rocky this afternoon and dropped them and an album off at Embellished Scrapbook Shoppe which is a collection point in this area for anyone wishing to contribute. From here they will be forwarded to Sarah Gladman for assembly before heading to those families who suffered in the bush fires.

I can now kick back, put my feet up and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Things have been pretty hectic around here what with being on Cyclone Watch for the past week, Wedding Gown alterations, 10 layouts to complete to mention a few, I am looking forward to just chill'in over the next couple of days.

Starting off tonight we are having home made hamburgers with a glass or two of red wine, a good DVD and some chocolate (can't watch a DVD without chocolate) and quite possibly an early night.

Cheers, Irene :)

Sunday, March 8

Moxie's Fab Challenge - For the Birds

Over at Moxie's Fab World Cath's challenge was to create a paper crafted project that incorporates a bird of any type, but it must also include a "space" in which one is likely to find birds. I decided to get adventurous and have a little fun with this challenge.....a Bookmark.

Firstly I cut out a tree shape from a sheet of acrylic and inked it with Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks. Next I cut a rectangle from glossy card and used the Tim Holtz Air Splatter technique. I didn't have a can of compressed air so I just used a straw (took me back to my childhood). I inked the edges and stapled this to the tree shape. Then I created layers by adding stamping, mesh, a flower, a feather, some rub-ons and the title "Time to Read".

I stamped the bird image onto glossy card and highlighted it with water colour pencils and cut it out.

Finally I added a small length of chain with a charm attached. This bookmark is so totally NOT my style and yet, I am really happy with how it turned out. The finished bookmark is 16.5cm X 11.5cm. Now to find a good book.

Wednesday, March 4

"DRIFTWOOD and BIRD" Oil Painting

It has taken me a while but I have finally finished (I think) this painting. I normally like to paint landscapes but last year in late September, I decided to have a go at something different - a still life. My art teacher had a piece of driftwood in her garden with a little china bird nesting in it. So I thought why not. I did however add a real bird, it is a Red Capped Dotterel which can be found along the coast line.

"Kraft" layout

This is my entry for the "K is for Kraft" challenge over at Letters to Scrap By. If you are looking for a fun challenge (fortnightly) then come and visit the girls. Everyone is very friendly and you could win a prize too.

I haven't used Kraft paper much but I am really happy with the neutral look which provides a great background. The Three Bugs in a Rub (seeing stars - star stripes) papers and tags matched this photo perfectly.

Tuesday, March 3


Am I excited or what !!!!! I have just won an enormous pack of Blog Candy. I popped over to check if Adrienne had picked a winner. There was a name on a strip of paper and I thought it
looked should have been, it was mine. Yeah, I am so excited.

Thanks so much Adrienne, you've made my day.

Layouts for "Memory Gift" project

Hi all, quite often I think to myself "where has the time gone". I know that I am not the only one to have this problem. Last week was spent altering Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids Dresses, Art Class and Mah Jong. Ah, now that I look back, I know where the time has gone.

I have however managed to complete a few layouts that will be heading off to the Bush Fire victims down in Victoria. If you want to know more about this project, then click HERE. I am hoping to get 10 layouts completed by 15th March. Last night I was doing an online class with The Boxx and I am adding these layouts to my quota.

I have popped in a photo of my gorgeous grandson Lachlan to give you an idea of how the finished page can look. There is no adhesive on the matte so a photo can be slipped into place quite easily.

The gorgeous Sheree McGee who ran last night's class introduced me to the minimalist style and I have to admit that I rather like it.

Cheers for now, Irene
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