Some visitors to this blog might think my days are spent swanning around in my studio playing with stamps and paper all day creating loads of cards and scrapbook pages Gosh- I WISH! My papercrafting is one of my passions and although it is very important to me- as well as being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator- I am a busy Mum of four busy kids, a wife, a homemaker, a part time Primary school teacher, and a volunteer. Like many others- my time is precious and it is limited. So…..if I can find a way to make things ‘easier’ then I do!
Now…..Some people are “cardmakers” and some people are “scrapbookers”. Some people- like me- like to dabble in BOTH. Rather than trying to squeeze ‘both’ things into my life, I try to find ways to ‘overlap’ the two crafts. One way I do that is to use a cardmaking design and turn it into a scrapbook page and vice versa. The saying “killing two birds with the same stone” comes to mind. Let me show you what I mean……
Here’s a card I have created with strips of paper from the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper Pack (View it in my online store here )
I have simply taken the same idea and then converted this card design into a scrapbook page.
Sometimes it is wise to just keep it simple- and not over- complicate things. Don’t you agree? With my little tip in mind, take a look through the catalogue and I’m sure you will find inspiration for lots of scrapbook pages in the card designs and vice versa!
The precious little people in the following scrapbook layout turned 9 years old a couple of months ago. Some days it feels like only yesterday that they were little ones cooing and smiling and rolling all over the floor.
The papers used in this layout retire at the end of the Seasonal catalogue TOMORROW 30th June- There’s still time to grab a pack of this gorgeous paper- Just click on the following image to visit my online store!
I was going through some photos the other day and stumbled across the following layout that I created for a Scrapbooking class some time ago. I thought I had shared it on my blog but it appears that I haven’t….so here you go!
This is the sketch that was offered to participants. People were able to use papers and colours that worked with their photos.
One of my sample layouts was of my son- This was actually last year’s School Swimming Carnival (2012) and we’ve already had this year’s School Carnival….oops! Time does pass rather quickly. This photo from last year shows Jared and his good mate after the carnival. Last year Jared was runner-up Champion Boy and this year he was awarded Champion Boy which he was rather chuffed about….I must get around to scrappin’ that photo too! ( I must add that in the other photo in this layout I tried to capture my son swimming in our backyard pool. He couldn’t resist ’posing for the camera’- There’s no way he would stop and grin like that in an actual race! )
For this layout I used the International Bazaar Designer Series paper (pg 164 Product code 126920)
I also created a second layout that was a little more girly. This is my precious daughter, Erin and my sweet Great- Niece (as in I’m her Great- Aunty not that she isn’t ‘great’ as well!)
I used the Floral District patterned paper for this layout (pg 163 Product code 126919) The title was cut with the “Typeset Alphabet” Dies and my bigshot (pg 193 Product code 127553)
How to create a scrapbook page in SEVEN simple steps!
Step 2: Grab your copy of the catalogue and turn to page 132
Step 3: Look at the image at the top of the page
Step 4: Take out your “Country Club” Simply Scrappin Kit
Step 5: Grab your photo
Step 6: Copy the example on page 132 (and add a little bit of your own personality if you like)
Step 7: Stand back and admire your work
This is what you get……
Oops! I forgot Step 1: Contact Miriam Thomas Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator to order your “Country Club” Simply Scrappin’ Kit for only $29.21 (normally $38.95) Available until the 31st of August (unless it sells out beforehand)
The Simply Scrappin’ Kit contains 8 sheets of cardstock, 6 sheets of designer series paper and loads of self adhesive die cut stickers so you will have plenty left over for more scrapbook pages and/ or cards. If you check back tomorrow I will share a card I’ve made that uses some of the pieces from the Country Club Simply Scrappin’ Kit.
Before I close- I have something important to mention…..This page makes use of the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet that you can use to cut out an unlimited number of titles using your Bigshot machine. Normally this set of alphabet dies is $139.95 and is worth EVERY cent, however it officially retires at the end of August and therefore WAS available until then for the special price of $104.96. Yep- I wrote ‘WAS!’ Sadly it has already sold out. Don’t miss out on any other favourites on your wish list. Please check out the retiring list by clicking on the image below and selecting to view either the accessories or stamp sets
Here is a second layout created using the same basic plan as yesterday’s layout.
People will often ask me how I plan albums for each of my four children. My children enjoy my scrapbook pages almost as much as I do and I’m sure you can imagine the arguing there would be if one child featured in lots of layouts and another child didn’t…..so I do my best to keep it fair! Although it is fun to experiment when you are scrapbooking- There are other times where it isn’t necessary to ‘re-invent’ the wheel. I find that sometimes if I want to scrap a page for each of my children I may follow the same basic plan but use different colours or different patterned papers so that each child has a page to go in their album. Side-by- side you can obviously see the similarities in the layout however in their separate albums no-one would even notice. You can see an example of this by comparing yesterday’s layout with today’s page.
For this particular layout I obviously have a subject other than my children. This is our precious dog who passed away in September last year. I wanted to be able to include some personal journalling about her passing and it was nice to be able to include it on the page but I didn’t want it to be obvious- It was perfect to be able to slip it inside the Petite Pocket
Here’s another layout I completed recently-although I’ve used another old photo waiting to be scrapped. This photo was taken over 5 years ago.
I wanted to make use of the some of the papers in the “Botanical Gazette” Designer Series patterned paper pack before they are no longer available at the end of this month. You will find this patterned paper pack on page 15 of the Autumn/ Winter Mini Catalogue. I love the vintage feel of these papers. The layout came together really easily as I used a sheet of paper as a base that was already inked around the edged giving a ‘distressed look’. Most of the other elements on the page are images that I cut out from other pages in the pack.
I did use a few stamps though! I made use of the “Very Vintage” Wheel (page 96 main catty) across a strip of paper towards the bottom of the layout. The frame image is from the “Notably Ornate” Stamp set (page 95 of main catalogue) and the sentiment inside the frame is from “Word Play”
I decided to take part in a challenge over at Stampamemory. The challenge was to use a sketch for inspiration. I really loved the layout of the sketch but had already picked out a photo and the orientation of my photo didn’t suit the sketch so I simply flipped the sketch. Here’s my interpretation….
PATTERNED PAPER: Autumn Spice Speciality Designer Series paper (page 21 Mini)
BIG SHOT ALPHABET (for title) : Simple letters alphabet (page 154)
OTHER: clear rhinestone (page 139), scallop trim border punch (page 148), fleurettes (page 140), cherished memories rub ons (retired)
Here in WA it is approaching the end of the school holidays. Having a little break in our normally busy routine has given me an opportunity to do some sorting out in my craft room. My room is too messy to photograph and share with you today but hopefully I’ll get it tidied up properly in the next couple of days and I’ll share some snaps. (I’ve been promising pictures to a few people! ) Even though I don’t have craft studio photos to share- I’ve managed to get some scrapbook layouts done which I look forward to sharing those with you.
Here’s a layout of my oldest son. The photo was taken a number of years ago- but as I don’t scrap chronologically I don’t mind! In fact it is quite nice to look back on the photos and think about how much the kids have grown and changed.
The patterned papers featured in this layout are from the “Autumn Spice” Speciality Designer Series Paper pack. I’ve had lots of fun playing with the colour combinations and great patterns in this paper pack but the thing I love most about it is that the paper is textured and is heavy-weight like cardstock. If you’d like to check out this pack it is on page 21 of the Summer Mini Catalogue (link on the right hand side) If you would like to purchase this gorgeous pack of paper please keep in mind that it is only available until the 31st of July so please be sure to contact me with your order as soon as possible!
I had lots of fun using the patterned paper to cover some chipboard pieces from the “On Board Mix and Match Set” (page 135 of the main catalogue) Aren’t those trees cute!? There is a great mix of other chipboards shapes in the pack and it is SO easy to customise them to suit your project simply by covering them in patterned paper or just pressing them into your ink pad!
The stamped sentiment it’s good to dream” is from a stamp set called “RAZZLE DAZZLE” (page 69 of the main catalogue)
It is time for the second Stampamemory challenge for June
This month the challenge is………
Challenge 12 -Create a layout about your family pet or your favourite animal. If you don’t have a pet, you may have a photo of an animal you liked at the zoo, or perhaps you’ve even been on safari! This challenge is all about enjoying animals!
I must confess I cheated in a BIG way! I do have photos of our family pets as well as trips to the zoo but none of the photos were accessible. Instead I opted to scrapbook a layout of my youngest son dressed up as an animal. My husband took the photo last month on his i-phone. Some may think that I am stretching the challenge a little but those who know my little Luke well would think it was the perfect choice. Common ‘petnames’ include “tiger” and “monkey” amongst a few so I think he was the best choice of subject for my layout
basic black cardstock
Haiku Designer series paper pack
Bigshot with alphabet die
Old Olive Ink
Round tab punch
More often than not you refer to your face as “my smiley face”. If I try to wipe your face with a face washer or put a bit of cream on a dry patch of your skin you might protest “I don’t want a smiley face”. On this particular day you obviously didn’t protest about having a “smiley face”.
I had gone away for the weekend and you had all stayed home with Dad. Erin and Adam had been invited to the birthday party of a little friend from school. Daddy stayed there at Hammond Park with you and Jared. Even though you weren’t officially a guest of the party you were lucky enough to have your ‘smiley face’ painted by “Angie the Fairy” (face painting extraordinaire)
Daddy knew that I would love to see your face painted like this so snapped a photo of you on his mobile phone. It was so fitting to have your face painted as a “Tiger” because you are going through a bit of stage where you growl like a tiger at every opportunity. (We have Uncle Shane to thank for that little trick!)
(Oh and given that I was away- you can also thank Daddy for putting your shirt on back to front!)
Now if you want to play along with this month’s challenge please head on over to
to view the full challenge requirements and to see the other fabulous layouts by the design team
It is time for the Stampamemory Creative Challenge. This month- Ros asked us to ‘think outside the square’ and challenged us to create a ‘shaped’ layout. For full details of this challenge please visit the stampamemory blog
Ros is so creative with stuff like this but I must confess that I wasn’t sure where to start with her latest challenge. Yes- I know I know! It IS called a CHALLENGE for a reason! I tend to be mostly a 12 x 12 scrapper and if I deviate from that it is normally still a square shape. (eg mini album or 6×6 or 8×8 scrapbook layout) Due to the albums I store my pages in I decided that whatever shape I used for my layout I was going to ensure that it still fitted on a 12 x 12 cardstock base so it would fit nicely in my albums. It was my plan to photograph my layout and then secure it to cardstock later but the base was too flimsy- so please just pretend that it isn’t secured to a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. :-)
As you can see I ended up ‘playing it safe’ and kept things simple. The shape of my layout was inspired by Stampin’ Ups top note die! I’m sure you have plenty of great ideas for a ‘shaped’ layout so I look forward to seeing your entry in this fortnight’s challenge!