Wednesday 30 April 2014

" Captured Memories "

CSI- Color, Stories and Inspiration
This is my layout for case file no 120
This is the story of my husband Mum "Christina " taken many years ago when she was about 4 years of age. The scene is at the Collarenabri Pony Club which her father was one of the stalwarts of.  Christina Martyn aka "Peggy " was the daughter of a shearer in the town of Collarenabri which is in the north west area of New South Wales. The Martyn boys were well known in the district  for the shearing prowess and the connections to the pony club.  Collarenabri was a small shearing town as the pony club was one of the highlights for the locals. Due to hard times fleece is no longer a major product of the area and all the Martyn's have moved from the area.
 The colours for this case file are sky blue, white,salmon pink,spring green and kraft. I have used all  the colours in this layout. Blue in the flowers and on the background papers, salmon pink also in the flowers, in mesh in the embellishments and in one of the paper layers. White is the easy one to see in the lace, gesso and bits in embellishments. Green in flowers and papers and last the Kraft is all through the different papers.

Testimony is the story and I decided to learn something very new to me and tried my hand at " Haiku " 
A bit of a challenge in its self but I think that I covered it well.

 The Evidence
I selected several of the pieces of evidence for this layout only because I loved so many of them. Gesso, this was easy as I can't remember a page that I haven't used Gesso on. I decided to created a doily effect on one of the layers.

Another piece of evidence that I used was something sheer. I took a film strip placed some vellum on it and then put a couple of pictures of Peggy behind. 
I love the result as it made the filmstrip come to life and look like a real one. I will definitely use this again.

Continuing on with evidence I have a couple of animal accents being the horse in the picture, there is a bird on a nest and another bird above the picture. 
The next one is something upside down, this is three roses at the bottom of the page, upside down.

Finally this is case file 120 that I took inspiration from to create this pretty page in memory of 
my mother- in -law. Thanks CSI for another great case file

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this layout
keep smiling 

Friday 25 April 2014


          CSI: Color, Stories and Inspiration.
                April Challenge - S365-5

This is my layout for the challenge over at CSI for the month of April. My Hubby Pat received a Chrissy  pressie  off me for "hotlaps" at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney. What a great day was had, not only by him but me as a spectator. He completed laps in the drivers seat and thought he was going so fast. Then he had the opportunity to sit in the passenger seat and be shown how it was done by the professionals. I thought that the photo was a perfect match for the CSI challenge criteria as listed below.

 "Evidence "
STRIPES: in the washi tape on the edges and in the layers of strips of papers in the background.
 PAINTS: I used heaps of red and yellow pain on the background of the layout.
STRING: You can see bits of black string strategically placed around the layout photos.
TRIANGLES: Triangle mask and some Impasto paste on the back ground also triangles on the yellow paper in the layers.

" Testimony "
Using Inspirational words in my journaling was easy as the day was so much "fun" for both of us. "Surprising" my hubby with this for Christmas was brilliant. It didn't matter if you were in the drivers seat, in the passengers seat or watching from the stands the " show " was amazing.
Then to make my journaling stand out I  " put a ring around it " in the form of an embossed cog, perfect for this layout.
These close up show you the all the different elements that I used to get a very layered effect. Cogs, string and anything else that I could find to give the page a real male grungy feel.
I think that I obtained the look I was after.
No flowers here !!

 A coupe of close-ups to show all the layering, embellishments, paints, cogs and heaps of other goodies. To many to list them all.
This is the fantastic case file board created at CSI that gave me the inspiration to create this totally male, automotive,  grungy page to remember the wonderful day that we both had.

Thanks for stopping by
keep smiling
Carol xx

Monday 14 April 2014

" Moment "


Welcome to my " Scrap Around the World "  challenge.

I decided this month that I needed a challenge, something to push me a bit more in my scrapbooking. After looking at a few sites I thought the mood board was a great concept and just the thing I was looking for.
With only a couple of years experience in scrapbooking I hope you enjoy my layout.... 
 The mood board had so many components that I wanted to use but the first one that really popped out were the glasses. I found this great photo of the daughter with her two girls in the sunnies and thought this is perfect. I loved the colors that much that I used different shades throughout the layout from the papers to the flowers to the mists on the background.

From the beginning I tried to create something so perfect for my first challenge that I was putting an enormous amount of pressure on myself. Struggling,  I sat back with a cuppa,  looked at the board and the words just seemed to jump out at me. A few changes here and there and         " My New Scrapbook Mantra " was created. I thought that I would share my mantra with you.
 I added a bit of crackle stamping to one of the papers in the layers under the photo and my inspiration for the circles from the mood board came in the form of the pretty doilies in the background. With all the beautiful flowers on the layout I definitely had to add a butterfly or two.

This is the mood board that I based my layout on. The board was created by  Riikka Kovasin from Finland for Scrap Around the World. What an awesome board to start my adventure, beautiful colors and of course butterflies. 

Thanks for stopping by for a " Moment ",
 I hope you enjoy this layout as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Keep smiling



Wednesday 9 April 2014


                                         "BITS AND PIECES"
Kraft It Up April Challenge
April challenge  for Kraft It Up was to use 5 of the 6 from the following list; layers,  sequins mists/paints/gelatos tearing/distressing ,stamping  and arrows and triangles
Hi everyone, this is my latest layout that I have created for the Kraft It Up April challenge using the criteria listed above. Wanting to push myself in my scrapping I have decided  have a go at doing some online challenges this month. This is a gorgeous layout of my granddaughter as a baby.  I have based my layout on the red rose in the photo.

LAYERS- I used heaps of layers in this layout not only with the papers under the photos but I tried to use different  bits and pieces to a give my layout heaps of layers.

MISTS/PAINTS/GELATOS - This is my favourite part of my layouts, creating the background colour. I love working with anything that I use a brush to put on and now I have fell in love with my newest acquisition Gelatos.

TEARING/DISTRESSING - This was an easy one for me as I tear and distress on every layout that I create. I love to distress my pages, my pieces of papers under my photos etc.

STAMPING -  I used a few colours when stamping, white, brown, red and green. Love stamping white on colour too.

ARROWS/TRIANGLES - This one had me stumped for awhile but I solved this by using some very pretty triangle lace.


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy.......

Saturday 5 April 2014

Here comes TROUBLE

Hello there,
This pretty layout is one I created for my special little " Charli Girl " As you can see she went from a very cute little pug to quite a chubby one but I still love and spoil her.
This page was inspired by The White with One challenge for the month of April 2014.
White with mint .
I have used 2Crafty chipboard fence and the sweet little birds that I collected from the birdcage set and to finish it all off heaps of Green Tara flowers. Gesso, texture paste, lots of misting and then a bit more masking and I now have a background that has fantastic texture and colour.

Thanks for stopping for a moment,
I hope you enjoy this layout as much as I enjoyed creating it.