Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Monkeys

The sketch challenge over at Purple Pumpkin this month, called for two photos, and I knew exactly what I wanted the layout to be about.
Before Benji was born, I booked in, to have a newborn photo shoot, and I found the most amazing sock monkey beanie on Etsy, I bought it with the intention of using it in the photos. Well, when it arrived it was way too big for him, but fit Lily....fast forward 8.5 months, and it now fits both of them!!

My Monkeys:
(the photo is terrible, but with a storm in Perth today, and rain forecast for the rest of the week, it's the best I can do)



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scrapbooking Top 50 June Crafters Market

Check it out on Friday night...but leave some stuff for me :)


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Weekend Scrapping

Friday night, I saw a link on friend's facebook page to the sketch blog Sassy Lil' Sketches, and I decided that I wanted to play along. I already had the title, photo and embellies in my mind, so you'd think that this layout would have come together quickly...well it didn't. Three hours later and I finally finished, I'm a slow scrapper, but even for me, this was ridiculous!!
I blame the machine stitching, because of the orientation of the layout, it meant that I couldn't just go around in  the squares in one go, I had to do each line separately - but I'm really happy with the finished product, so it was all worth it.

[if you go into the] WOODS [tonight]:

This is actually a photo that I stole out of my project 365 album (every month, I print the photos and put them in a separate album..otherwise it would be a lot of work at the end of the year!), so I will have to remember to reprint it and pop it back in.


I LOVE that Little Red Riding Hood button, I got it from ebay...purely so that I could do a layout with this exact photo!

I also managed to do another layout yesterday morning, this time it's for Out of the Hat - this is a challenge site, that I have known about forever, but this month was the first time I have ever played along, but I will definitely be checking out next months criteria.

June Criteria:
KRAFT background with BRIGHTS
6 BUTTONS   and


One of my favourite photos of Lily and Benji - both of them are always so happy to be together, doesn't matter what they're doing. Poor little Benji misses Lily when she's at school, and often crawls down to her room to check if she somehow snuck in without him noticing!


Thanks for looking,

Friday, June 17, 2011

Recent Layouts

I've had a chance to play a couple of nights this week, and this is what I came up with:

My sister and her husband went to Hawaii last year, and I stole some of her piccies. I really love this layout...I used Sketchy Thursday's sketch 6.09 again (told you I loved that sketch).

The middle photo of Vanessa and Jon (pretending to steer) has come out a little dark in the photo, IRL it is a dark photo, and I wasn't able to adjust it without blowing out the image, but I figured that scrapbooking is all about preserving memories, and so why not use a less than perfect photo that, helps to tell the story.


I tried a few new (for me) techniques on this layout - first I matted everything on black cardstock, for extra definition, and then I used some foam tape to lift the grey dot paper, and the photo block off the layout...I also bought some Crafty Notions in Black Tulip, solely so that I could splatter some over the layout...but when push came to shove, I couldn't bring myself to do it!

I tell you what, this layout is REALLY heavy....all that extra cardstock! At least I know it won't bend, when I eventually buy an album to keep it in.

I also managed to do another layout of my beautiful little man - I've had my eye on these Jillibean Soup Papers for a while, and so when I found them in my LSS, I just had to buy them. Even though they are birthday themed, I decided not to scrap a birthday layout (largely in part to the fact that Benji is only 8 months old, so apart from the day he was born...he hasn't had a birthday yet).

Big Boy Bath:


The blue pin is from HERE, I have a few different sets, in different colours, so I'm sure that they will be turning up on a lot of layouts soon!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's Sale Time Again

Charm is having another sale, so if you've been eyeing off her awesome 'lovely lollipops' - you will have another chance on Friday night to snap some up.

Check out all the info here.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays 6.09 and May Collage

Another awesome sketch by Sketchy Thursdays - I loved the sketch, and you know when you finish a layout, and it's exactly how you imagined it would look like...well, that's what happened here. I absolutely love this layout - one of my favourites for sure!

The Sketch:

I obviously shrunk the sketch down to fit an 8.5x11 layout, but that's the thing this sketch is so versatile, that it still worked in the smaller format.

Honestly I'm not sure if the spelling in the title is correct, but it's one of those words, that we all say, but because it isn't really a word - so there's no official spelling of it.


I love, love, LOVE that little boy button - it's from the '50's retro kids playing' set from Yum Yum Buttons.A few of my other favourite shops made it onto the layout also...the bakers twine is from Purple Pumpkin, and the birdie pin is MLBOW.
I also used my Sizzix for the first time in a long time, and cut the title. One layer wasn't high enough, so I cut each letter/symbol three times, and sandwiched them together.

I finally got around to scrapping the layout for my May 365 project photos, I used some scraps from a layout i was working on the other night, and literally finished it within 30 minutes (uheard of, for me). It's not quite finished, I still have to print the journalling strips, but my printed has decided to not play nice, so they will have to be added when I get more ink a new printer (shhh, don't tell the husband!)


Back of the layout, with the calendar attached:
 Sorry, for the shocking photo, I have no idea why the back of the layout photographed so dark?


I purposely never embellish these monthly layouts very much, as the photos are always so busy, and then with the journalling it can start to look too much...if that makes sense.
I did manage to sneak another one of the retro kids buttons, on there, and also a lovely lollipop from Charms Creations.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Kuala Lumpur 2011

That's the title of the layout I completed last night.

Before I show you the layout, I have to say that it is a total scraplift of a very talented 8.5x11 scrapper, whose blog I recently started stalking following...Sarah Rice.
Here's the post <<>>

I love blog hopping, and always get that little bit more excited when I come across another 8.5x11 scrapper - when I first started scrapping in that size, not very many other people were, unless it was for a challenge. But now, there's heaps of other talented scrappers who favour the rectangle over the square.

Kuala Lumpur 2011

I love these kind of group shots, and we were lucky enough to find a lovely lady who offered to take a photo of all of us, at once. They often prove hard to scrap though - when we have our family portraits taken, I purposely make sure that we are all colour co-ordinated, but in real life it doesn't always work out that way!

We haven't been on a family holiday in years, and then add into the mix two extra husbands, and two kids and well, let's just say....I don't think KL knew what hit it, when our family turned up!


I purposely kept the embellishing simple, as the photo was so busy - I HAD to put another one of my bargain KL Pins that I bought on the layout.

I was hoping to get some photos printed today, but the kids had other ideas...maybe tomorrow.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays 6.02

I've had this layout on my scrap desk for a couple of days, but I was waiting for some fabric buttons that I ordered on etsy, as I knew that they would match the layout perfectly.
I always love the sketches that come out once a week on the Sketchy Thursdays blog, and the latest one was no exception!

The Sketch:

Close Up:

The lighting isn't the greatest, but the layouts are due today, and I thought that while Benji is sleeping, and Lily is at school I would get the photos taken. I always hate leaving it until later on in the day, because I usually always forget!


The papers, and doily are Kaiser (Bubblegum Hills), and that cute little girl button is from Yum Yum Buttons - I also got a few different sets of buttons, including some super cute retro kids playing, which I can't wait to use!!
 Buffy has heaps of buttons in her store, and she's super nice to boot, so check her store out - as soon as pay day comes, I'll be buying some more....a scrapper can never have too many fabric buttons!!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Finally, she scraps!

I haven't had much of a chance to scrap in the past couple of weeks, and then add that to the blogger problems I was having - means that my poor little blog, has been feeling rather neglected!

Bird is the Word - Sun/Sunshine:
I actually finished this layout a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't able to login to my account to post it, and then today, it suddenly dawned on me that this challenge must be very close to being due....nothing like a last minute upload!

Enjoying the Arvo Sun:


A little bit of My Little Bit of Whimsy (the clouds), and some Lil' Red Rocket thrown in for good measure!

I also completed a layout, as part of the June Cybercrop at Chat with Charm. This is for challenge 2 - the sketch challenge. 
We were given a list, of 5 different challenge blogs, and their current sketches, I chose to do the latest Inspired Blueprints sketch - #75.

The Sketch:

DJ Lily
I have always loved this photo of Lily as a baby - and right back when it was taken the nickname 'dj Lily' was coined, so it was nice to be able to finally scrap it.

I used the fantastic new range by Echo Park - dots and stripes (candy shoppe), and I am in LOVE!! I decided to only use the light/baby pink papers, and love how the layout turned out.

Some more Lil' Red Rocket, and a Purple Pumpkin small doily.

I've got another (almost finished) layout on my desk at the moment, so hopefully I will be back in a couple of days with that one.