We have a winner!

Thanks to everyone for participating in my sharing the love giveaway. I loved all of the comments. You’re a lucky bunch of people and I’m glad I could Pay It Forward and hopefully bring good karma my way.

So without further ado, the winner is Nicole McLaughlin!

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Nicole, I hope you enjoy your little kit!


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Sharing the love

On the Life.Paper.Scrapbook blog, I was just named the (random!) winner of the October Project Life challenge, where we had to use square photos in our spreads. I entered on a whim, and lucky I did I guess!

Anyway, it made me realise that I’ve actually been quite lucky of late. I’ve won a few things, mainly through the Project Life Australia Facebook group – a stamp from Kellie Stamps, some flair from A Piece of Cake Designs, another stamp from Blinks of Life and then the kit from Gossamer Blue via Life.Paper.Scrapbook.

It got me thinking that I should really Pay It Forward to keep my good karma going! So, I’m having a little bit of a giveaway. I’ve compiled a few bits and pieces from various kits that I’ve bought from the likes of Scraptastic Club, Polly! Scrap Kits, Studio Calico, plus added in a few things like Freckled Fawn veneers, some Typo mini alphas, washi tape and sequins. It’s like a mini-mini kit!


If you’d like to be in the running, leave me a comment below. I’d love to know what the best thing you’ve won has been.

I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday 28 October at 9pm NZT.

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Project Life, week 39

I’ve been bitten by the Project Life bug again, and I’m loving it! Here’s my week 39. Because of the busyness of the photos and no single defining colour, I decided to bust out some Midnight core kit cards (zomg!) which were perfect to add a bit of interest but not too much colour. I decided to use pink as my contrasting colour as the concert photos were quite pink and a perfect foil for the black, white and grey. Plus I found 3 sheets of the Basic Grey mini and micro alphas in exactly the same colour, so thought I’d put them to good use.

Week 39

Here’s a close up of the left hand side. We had a busy week, socially. On my child-free day (yay) I met up with girlfriends in St Heliers, enjoying the spring sunshine. We also had my dads birthday and swimming lessons for the kids. Some of the photos covered to protect the innocent. 🙂 I also dove into my stash of wooden veneers and washi tape.

Week 39 LHS

And here’s the right hand side. I was pretty excited when I heard that my two kiwi music heroes, Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan (of The Muttonbirds fame), were doing a concert together, so I made sure I got tickets for it. It was The Acoustic Church Tour and the venue was the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. Our friends, who’ve recently moved from Australia, came with us to experience some kiwi music…although I’m not sure they enjoyed it as much as I did! I loved hearing some well known and much loved songs from both artists.

And don’t you love that pic of my son, dressed up as The Hulk for his kindy Welcome in Spring day. Although the Hulk was his second choice. He couldn’t find his spiderman mask (“I can’t be spiderman without the mask!”) up until about 5 minutes before we left. And my daughter wanted in on the dress-up action so she went as a fairy princess. 🙂

But this is the only photo I have of their outfits…I had an issue with using the beta version of iOS 7 on my iPhone and when I came to update the software I lost a months worth of photos and video. Luckily most of the photos (but not these ones weirdly enough) were saved to Photostream but I lost all the videos too. 😦

Week 39 RHSAnd here are a few close-ups of my favourite cards. As you can see on this card (with my extremely messy handwriting!) I was going to put a simple hand-drawn arrow, but decided to use some arrow veneers and some glitter tape (as the top I wore that night turned me into a giant mirror-ball, according to my husband!).


I had to document our time at the concert, even though I saw no-one else taking photos I snapped a quick shot on my phone, so the quality is lousy but the essence has been captured!


And this is my title card. I sacrificed a couple of Midnight cards and cut them up to add to it. Added a few alphas. Voila. Done and done.


Thanks for reading!

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Project Life, Week 41

For week 41 of my Project Life album, I thought I’d give one of the Life.Paper.Scrapbook colour challenges a go. For this month, the colour palette was a lovely combo of brown, grey, mint and lemon.


So I grabbed some card stock that fit the bill and went to it! Here’s my full spread. I used mostly square photos and matted them with white, or left a white border on them to give them a bit of breathing space. I really loved using the Sn@p alphas which matched perfectly to the colour palette.

Week 41 full spread

On the left hand side, we had a few daily happenings – funny antics in the bath with shampoo, trying on sunglasses at the shopping centre, fooling around with Uncle Jon and lots of writing and drawing.

Week 41, LHS

On the right hand side, there’s a trip to a friends farm for lunch and a play. The kids, all being townies, thought it was great playing with the sheep, the chickens and the pigs. The top left photo is of the kids anxiously watching while the mama sheep were being drenched. And to show what truly urban kids we have, there’s a trip to the local cakery and another local cafe, where the kids enjoyed reading books with dad.

Week 41 RHS

Here’s a few close-ups of my favourite inserts for this week.  I love the feel of this photo and wanted to keep the insert fairly plain by matting the photo with white, and adding a few touches in mustard and teal. I inked up the wood veneers and stuck them down with glossy accents (although as you can see, my gluing went a bit haywire!)


Again, playing with some veneers (which have been buried in a box until now!) and some glossy accents. Didn’t turn out as well as I would’ve liked, oh well!, but stuck them on anyway.

Townies on the farm

This insert is fairly simple – card stock, alphas, photo, wooden veneers inked with silver. Done.


I added a few cards which I cut with my favourite Lawn Fawn journalling card die. I also embossed one to see how it looked…it turned out ok but the stitching is not that apparent on this one. I really love these cute little word stickers from My Minds Eye. I found a whole pile of them in a tidy-up I did last night, so thought I’d better put them to use, rather than let them sit collecting dust!

too cute for wordsThanks for reading!

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Cards, cards, cards

I’ve been a subscriber to the Studio Calico card kit for quite some time (ahem) but haven’t actually got round to making any cards! So I thought I’d remedy that with the kit from this month, Antiquary, and the Athens add-on.

Both kits came with awesome stamp sets, which are beautiful and very versatile! I really liked the little frame (on the congrats and the thinking of you cards) so wanted to use that as the hero of the card. I had to trim the sentiment to fit, and popped it up with a few foam dots to give it a bit of depth.

All the little bits and bobs that came with the kits are super cute, like the little gold glitter dots and the glitter heart stickpins. I think the only thing that I used that didn’t come from the kit was the inks that I used to stamp them with.


I also had a play with the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. It took a few go’s to get it right, but I found that by reading the instructions properly (ha!) it worked a treat.

While I was waiting for my husband’s plane to land late last night, I managed to make another card, this time taking inspiration from Maile Belles and her wonderfully creative cards. I love how she uses stamps and layers them with different colours to produce fantastic results. I think that I’ll be using this stamp set for a long time, as it’s so versatile. I also love those cute little candy dots that came with the kit.


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Playing with new toys

I recently got my hands on the L Letterpress bundle from Studio Calico and had a bit of a play.

I got a couple of the letterpress plates available in the store – Magic by Kal Barteski (this one is sold out at the moment though!) – and inked it up with my colour du jour, Teal! I was impressed with how well it came up on my first print. I think a larger brayer helps when inking up, and the use of the inking strips to guide the brayer over the plate. It’s reignited my passion for all things letterpress!


I also played around with the alphabets and printed my initials but could also be used as a Project Life card.

And seeing as I had the Big Shot out I broke out my new Lawn Fawn stitched journaling card die and cut a few cards out using all the different options. I think my favourite is the little hearts.

What crafty things have you been up to lately?

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Project Life, week 40

Week 40 was just last week, so technically I’m caught up if you don’t count the 20-odd weeks in between that aren’t done, haha. 🙂

Week 40 consisted of a long weekend trip away to the beach with friends, seeing Peppa Pig, going out for dinner with the family and going to the movies.

There seemed to be a Plane theme this week, which was quite opportune as I needed something to tie in my other photos for the part of the week when we weren’t on holiday.

I love the look of the oversized photos over a few pockets, so used it a couple of times, just to give the spread a bit of breathing space! I also like using square photos on the 4×6 slots and the 3×4 slots as it gives me room to journal and I like the look it gives too.


Here’s a close up of the left hand side.

Week 40 LHS

…and the right…

DSC_6269Love these candy dots, which came in the Studio Calico double scoop kit.


As we went away on holiday, and I took a whole heap of photos, I decided to do an insert just for the weekend. My husband totally gets Project Life…he offered to write ‘Omaha’ (the beach we were on) in the sand for me, “so you can use it in your album”. Or should I say he totally gets my need to use it in the album! I added a few bits and bobs from a couple of the past Studio Calico Project Life kits, which I love as they always have cute embellishments. I’m a sucker for stickers and stamps, which you can see in my pages.


On the reverse side of the insert, I used some of the awesome wood veneers which I’ve just stapled or glued straight to my photo.


I also bought one of the super cute Lawn Fawn journalling card dies which I’ve used for a couple of my journalling cards. I love the stitched detail and the fact that there are three different cut-out options and a banner. I also picked up some of these resin hearts from somewhere (?), which I love…they look like candy!

DSC_6281And that was week 40. Thanks for visiting! Hope your Project Life’ing is going well!

Linking up with the Life. Paper. Scrapbook. Project Life challenge.

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