Thursday, 15 September 2016

Week 27... Part 2!

Thanks for joining me on the second instalment of our week in Queenstown, which just happens to be week 27 in my Project Life album!  If you didn't see the first instalment, you can catch that post here.

I guess I could have recorded our holiday as a traveller's notebook, but I kind of like keeping our holiday adventures as part of our album documenting our daily lives.

This is right in the middle of the week's inserts and I love all of the layers that are created by the smaller inserts in contrast to the larger inserts and full 6x8 pages.

Here are the middle 3x6 and 4x6 inserts by themselves.  To create the sweet little 3x3 filler card I've cut down one of the PL cards from the Citrus Twist Kits July Pocket Life kit, added a strip of torn patterned paper and a little puffy sticker.

And yet another insert, this time 2 4x6 protectors.  I took so many photos on our walk of the Routeburn Track so I was quite happy to let the photos mostly speak for themselves and have a little journalling here and there.

And finally the last page for the week!  

A great tip if you need to fit alphas into a tight space is to place them slightly off vertical centre.  That way you can often fit them closer together, see how the "T" overlaps the other letters either side of it?

And that wraps up our epic week in New Zealand.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Week 27.. Part 1!

It turns out that week 27 was a jam-packed week for us (aka our week long holiday in Queenstown, NZ).

So much so that I may have ended up with five.. (yes Five!) insert pages in my weekly spread.  And so here is part one of week 27.

This spread is using the July Pocket Life, Pattern Paper and Embellishment kits from Citrus Twist Kits.

I edited up a simple photo of a river with deciduous trees overhead and added a scripty quote overlay for one of my filler cards.

I've also used a couple of memorabilia pieces on this page, I cut the name of an awesome burger joint out of their menu and added it over a photo of a burger I bought from there.

I also pulled apart a serviette from a cookie shop so that it was one ply thick, tore around the edge of their logo, adhered it to a PL card and hand stitched with some embroidery thread.  I then added a little extra detail and a stamp, and ended up with a perfectly customised filler card!

Onto the second insert page  and I've trimmed a piece of cardstock to size and hole punched it rather than using a plastic insert.

The icy, frosty ground in the shadows around Queenstown totally intrigued me!  We definitely don't have anything like that here in sunny Queensland!


I pulled out my Epiphany Crafts round shape tool to create a home made flair from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Snip-Its pack.

Love how it turned out!

On the reverse side I created a little mini-layout.  This page is actually about 7.5" x 5".

And finally the last little insert (well in this instalment anyway) are these little 3 x 3 pockets.  

The heart card is another piece from the Snip-Its pack and I've used some metallic gold embroidery thread to stitch the design that was already printed on the card.  Cute right!?

Stay tuned for the second instalment of week 27, coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Documenting July!

So the weeks are flying by and finally I'm documenting the first week of July!  That means two things:

1.  I've cracked open my July Citrus Twist Kits (hurrah!); and 
2.  This is my first spread in my beautiful new Studio Calico six ring 6x8 binder (double hurrah!!)

This spread covers the first two days of our time in Queenstown, New Zealand, and some much needed relaxing!

I've used my favourite soft colour palette and created my own super quick and super simple filler card to complement the rest of the page.

How adorable are the wood veneer sequins in the July Pocket Life kit!?  

This is my super easy filler card - an epoxy phrase sticker and a piece of ephemera.

We had a yummy lunch at a kitsch little cafe just outside the centre of town, and I grabbed one of their business cards. I've flipped it to the reverse side, stitched it to some patterned paper cut to 3x4 and added a couple of little details.  So cute!

A little bit of gold thread for good measure, and the week's done!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Oh Hi There! A Project Life Share

Hi there friends!  I know, I know, it's been quite a few months since I posted on my blog.  

With being back at full time work since around this time last year I really haven't done much in the way of traditional scrapbooking layouts, but in 2016 I feel like I've really found my happy place between the time that I have to scrapbook and the memories I want to record.

I'm Project Lifing, using a 6x8 Simple Stories album which is perfect for the number of photos I take each week and it also doesn't take forever to complete a layout.

I'm also continuing with my Citrus Twist Kits subscription this year.  Trina does an amazing job of putting the kits together, and I love that I have a beautiful variety of coordinated products delivered to my door each month.

I've kept up to date with every week this year, but this is as far back as I felt I could go to start sharing hehe.  This is late March, using the March Pocket Life kit and the March Add on kit.  So much Maggie Holmes and gold goodness!!

I put together this 3x4 card by using some plain white cardstock and running it through my Cuttlebug machine with an embossing folder, and then layering a few of the ephemera pieces and some gold thread.

This was a really simple card to put together as well, I love to use the string that ties the kits together on my spreads.

Oh my, did my work colleagues love these Easter chocolate cupcakes as a treat!  I popped one in a vintage tea cup to take a quick photo of.    I added a 6x4 insert sleeve to include it this week.

The gold glitter thickers placed over the photo makes it look a little bit fancy don't you think?

This is the reverse of the insert.  I added a punched tab to the insert for some added shape and interest.

I had tried to fit this little doe in somewhere for a few weeks, but she just didn't seem to fit.. until this card.  I love that her eyes seem to rest on that sweet quote.

And that wraps up the week!

If you've still had my blog on your reading list from way back, thank you so much for your patience! It feels so good to blog again.  I'm not planning on putting a lot of pressure on myself to keep up with blogging, but if I can I will!

Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Home is Where Our Story Begins

Hi Everyone 

I have a cheerful, bright and simple layout for you today, using some of the new release feathers you will find in the shop.

Home is Where Our Story Begins

I quickly snapped this photo on a late afternoon beach walk with my daughter.  It's not a special photo per se, but it evokes the memory of us just spending time together as mother and daughter, and thats a special memory to hold on to.

YCW's Ornate Frame 11 is equally at home on a vintage layout or a project with a more modern feel. To pair it with the vibrant fresh colours in the Life is Beautiful collection by Aussie company Cocoa Vanilla Studio I've pulled the turquoise from the colour palette of the collection with two coats of Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass. To add a little depth I've sanded the edges once the paint dried.

Those beautiful feathers have been treated with a heat embossed gold and really bring out that gold foil look.

The title has been daubed with pink and coral acrylic paint and then heat embossed with a clear coat for some shine.

Your Creative Wings product used:  Feathers - Basic Mixed YCW 3049,  Ornate Frame 11 YCW 6011, Quote - Home is Where Small YCW 1072.

Other Product Used:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio Life is Beautiful patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, Crate Paper gold foil vellum, Cocoa Vanilla Studio Life is Beautiful sticker sheet, TCW stencil, Faber Castell Whipped Spackle, Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass, gold embossing powder, typewriter, enamel dot, gold thread, Prima Color Bloom spray in Peony, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Coral, acrylic paint, clear embossing powder.

I'm sad to say this will be my last post for Your Creative Wings.  I've had the most amazing time on the team team but due to a change in circumstances I need to step down.

The girls have some stunning layouts coming up, and the awesome new chippy designs just keep on coming (umm... have you SEEN the pieces in the brand new Boho range???).

Thanks for dropping by today!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Your Creative Wings July Inspiration

Hi Everyone

Thanks for joining me with some Your Creative Wings inspiration today!

The Smallest Things

The lovely Secret Garden collection from Kaisercraft and this photo of Kayci taken a few years ago at Taupo in New Zealand were the starting points for this layout.  

I loved the shabby chic and feminine vibe to the papers, and so I knew I wanted to use a white and pale blue treatment to my chippy pieces to carry that shabby chic style through the layout. 

You can see the sweet little antique key here, and for the blue treatment on it (and the lock and clock face arms which you can see in the photo below), I've just applied a quick coat of Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass.  Because I was aiming for an antique look I only needed one coat to the raw chippy so that you can see some of the raw chipboard slightly showing through.  After the  paint dried I used some sandpaper to sand the edges of the chippy.

For the white treatment to the ornate clock and ornate post I base coated with gesso and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I really like the smoother finish that you can achieve with a  coat of gesso before embossing in white.. OCD much?!

How sweet is the little antique lock in the top left!?

The ornate post was blended into the flower cluster by first wrapping a leafy vine ribbon around it and then some hemp twine.  Then just adding a few flowers here and there really blends it in.

Your Creative Wings product used:  Keys & Locks Small YCW8013, Ornate Post YCW 19005, Wrought Iron Clock YCW 16017.

Other product used:  Kaisercraft patterned paper, Secret Garden collection,  Bazzill cardstock, French Lattice Small Frame, English Tea Party Doily & French Pastry Tiny Doily dies from Cheery Lin Designs, Martha Stewart punch around the page punch, My Minds Eye enamel dots, corrugated cardboard, doily, gesso, whit embossing powder, Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass, topstitch thread, hemp twine, peg - mini, vine ribbon, various flowers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Tattered Rose, Darkroom Door texture stamp, Prima Color Bloom mist in Peony.


Oh my, young love.. There's something so special and heartwarming about it yes?  We were really excited to meet Sophie for the first time last weekend and thankfully she's a little more willing to have photos taken than Brent normally is.  

I've been hoarding this amazing Gramercy Road collection by Gossamer Blue for way too long, and it was so perfect for these photos!

Often chippy pieces are used on traditional scrapbook layouts with a myriad of treatments, but if you're wanting to use some pieces on a clean and simple design, try leaving them as raw chippy without any altering - they look great!  I've used the raw camera piece on this layout and then added a little acrylic paint to the separate tiny heart (that comes in the pack) and inked a little shadow in a slightly darker shade of pink.  Simply adhere the coloured heart to the top of the chippy piece.

I so love my chippy alphas, to be able to alter them any way you please is so much better than spending an obscene amount of money on a huge stash of Thickers.  I've used this one alpha set on at least four layouts and I still have plenty left.  

To treat the Polaroid Frame Set - Love, I've dabbed some Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Black Soot on the scripted love word, and then trimmed some patterned paper to the same size as the polaroid frame and adhered it to the chipboard.  

Your Creative Wings product used:  Alpha # 1 YCW5006, Cameras YCW8002, Geo Pointers - Stars & Arrows YCW4006, Hearts n Arrows YCW4019, Polaroid Frame Set - Love YCW6025

Other product used:  Gossamer Blue patterned paper, American Crafts cardstock, EK Success edge punch, Gossamer Blue ephemera pack, hemp twine, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Black Soot, gesso, acrylic paint, Versa Color ink in Old Rose, Stazon Ink.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!