Thursday, 11 August 2011

How Much Is Too Much - Challenge #177

This challenge was based around International Clown week and we were to use the following:

* 8 buttons ... check
* 1 flower ... check ( handmad by using Mother's Day Bouquet Cricut Cartridge)
* 11 different patterned papers .. tried the infamous stipes
* one red circle (for the clown's nose) ... check...used it to highlight part of the title.
* Mist or paint .. check...misted the flower and the background paper.

Had fun creating this LO. The expression on Marnie's face when she got her face painted this particular day was awesome...she was so excited to have a swan and a rainbow. Isn't it wonderful that scrapbooking allows us to capture and record such beautiful memories which would normally be forgotten over time.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

How Much Is Too Much - Challenge #175

Here in the U.S.A., we're celebrating our Independence Day. In honor of that, I'd like you to use
** elements that include STARS (embellishments, patterned paper, etc.) and STRIPES (ribbon, patterned paper, etc.)
** a flag or banner accent
** and to play off the date we're celebrating, July 4, 1776, use:

•7 - brads ... check
•4 - four-word title ... check (with a little help from Tracee)
•1 - photo
•7 - labels
•7 - seven-sentence journaling ...Hidden behind the photo on the tag.
•6 - patterned papers .. check
Note: Your page can be of any topic or theme--it doesn't have to be about 4th of July.

I know I missed the deadline for this one, but better late than never. Two sick kids and being sick myself did not help. Will try to be more organised this month. Well, that is the

White With 1 - July Challenge


**Your chipboard pieces can be raw, covered with paper, paint glimmermist etc...

This is one of my favourite colours and loved doing this challenge. I painted the chipboard frame white then wiped the aqua over the edges. I glimmer misted the chipboard in the title. I used some old tissue paper from a gift I once recieved and mod podged it on the page. My journalling is on the tag behind the frame.

How Much Is Too Much - Challenge #176

Christmas in July refers to Christmas-themed celebrations held in July. It's a fun time and because the weather is so much cooler, we can celebrate with those traditional foods that we cannot have here in summer. Well, we can have them here in Australia but it's generally way too hot that most of us celebrate with BBQ's, prawns and salad. So let's pull out our Christmas paper and embellishment stashes and put them to use.


2 + photos [at least 2]....I have used 9
1 x Christmas tree image, any size....check
5 x patterned papers, i.e., Christmas patterns,...check
5 x metal embellishments, ...check
and any other embellishment in increments of 5...I have used 5 flowers, 5 stamps and 5 chipboards

Well I enjoyed doing this challenge as I got to scrap some of those Christmas photos I have had hidden away for ages as it all seemed too hard to scrap them. I was going to make a mini album or an off the page item, but here they are years later, still not scrapped. So, I decided to use 9 of the photos on the one layout. They are not the most perfect photos, just happy snaps from that Christmas morning. However, they are perfect in allowing me to remeber the excitement that morning.
Here is my take on the challenge.

Friday, 17 June 2011


For this month's challenge at White with 1 we had to use Red and White and Circles. I embossed the red cardstock with the cuttlebug circle emboss plate and then inked it with white ink. I used a circle for the journalling and another for the date.

THE COLOR ROOM Palette #62

Well, I really am not a fan of orange I must say...and finding the scraps in my stash was certainly a challenge. However, I did find some and they worked perfectly with these photos of Zack with all the pumpkins he grew.


Again I liked the colours in this palette. I had planned on working with some beach photos but the colours just didn't work so I have ended up with the layout below...


I loved the colours in this combo and challenged myself to a layout thinking it would be relatively easy...but it wasn't. No matter hard I looked, I just couldn't find the right red. I ended up using a stamp pad to colour some white which I punched a border from. The biggest challenge in these colour challenges is finding the exact colours. Near enough isn't good enough, as where is the challenge in that?
I had the sketch drawn in my journal so I have no idea where it came from. Sometimes I draw my own in there and sometimes I draw ones I like. I must start writing the source now I plan on putting layouts on my blog.
So I finally found some colours and put together the layout below.

Friday, 3 June 2011

How Much is Too Much Challenge - #172

This week celebrates National Geek Pride Day. Now, I know we all have a little geek inside of us. Let's scrap about it! Show us in a layout something that's a little geeky about you (or a loved one)! We'll be using prime numbers on our layout.

2 photos
a 3 word title - (consisting of rub ons and stickers)
5 different patterned papers
7 stickers - (journal tag, the border sticker under the main photo and 5 in the word 'geeky')
11 metal items - (1 metal corner, 9 metal brads and 1 metal phrase)
13 buttons

I must say, when I first read the challenge I thought "OMG! 13 buttons"...I hate buttons, have done since I was a child, wouldn't wear anything with buttons. I'm not that bad now thank goodness. After the initial shock of the buttons I began to think about photos...stress...I have no idea where most of my photos are from when I was younger because we moved 5 years ago to build our house (which is almost finished), but my photos are in either the shed or the container somewhere. So, after some consideration and searching, I found this geeky (but very cute) photo of my son when he was 21 months old.
I am happy to say that the buttons weren't so hard to do and the metals came together easily too. I enjoyed the challenge and was able to use up some more things from my stash that would normally still be sitting in the drawer.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

SCRAP CAMP - 27th - 29th May 2011

Well what a fantastic weekend away. Scrap, scrap and more scrap...oh and eat. The food was delicious as usual.
We were given a challenge sheet that was optional to complete over the course of the weekend. I challenged myself to completing them all and managed to do all but one, which I intend to do in the next few days when time permits.

We were to complete:
3 x colour combo challenges
2 x sketch challenges
1 x How Much is Too Much challenge
1 x Combine all challenges


Colour Combo taken from the Color Room - Colour Palette #45

Layout of Marnie's first day of 'real school' and Zack going into Grade 3. Both kids in one place finally.


Colour Combo taken from Color Room - Colour Palette #26

A photo taken of my daughter one afternoon for no real reason.


Colour Combo taken from Colour Combos Galore - #177
Sketch by Page Maps

Layout of a family day out at Dreamworld.


Sketch by Pencil Lines.


With this sketch I also combined the How Much Is Too Much challenge. I shouold have followed the colour combo as well and that challege would now be done. Not to worry, I can get some more photos scrapped.

Sketch by Pencil Lines.
How Much is Too Much:
3 x Patterned Papers
3 x Ribbons
3 x Metal Embellishments
3 x Flowers
3 x Swirls
3 x Stamps
3 x 3 word title

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Challenge #171 Build-A-Bike

How Much Is Too Much Challenge

May is American Bike Month. Biking is good for you and the environment. Not only is it green, it gets you off the couch, into the lovely spring weather. You burn calories and save money. Many towns and cities around the country are having events to particpate in this celebration. This was the inspiration for my well as some 'encouragement' from my friends.

The challenge was:
1. To use your favourite colour - I love pink and purple so chose to use pink as the basis for this challenge.
2. 2 circles for wheels - I have stamped and punched out 2 circle embellishments.
3. 2 photos.
4. 3 or more metal embellishments - used 2 metal flowers and 1 metal phrase.
5. Ribbon for handlebar streamers - I have folded them at the edge of one of the photos.
6. A flag or pennant - I have made a hanging flag as part of my title.
7. Something shiny for the reflectors - I have used some bling.
8. An image of a bike somewhere on the page - I have used a tiny penny farthing stamp amongst the flourishes on the right hand side.

I have only just started doing some challenges with some encouragement from my friends and the technology of Skype. The 'blog' thing is totally new to me...but I am sure I will manage it..LOL.