Scrapbooking – Page 2 – Miriam Thomas

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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!

Sincere apologies

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I am really sorry about the lack of blog entries from me lately.  It has been birthday central in our place lately.  As you would have read in a previous entry my youngest celebrated his birthday at the end of March.  Since then I have had my birthday and my husband has celebrated his birthday.  Just the other day my twins turned 6 and very soon my oldest child will have his 8th birthday.  This weekend we will be having a birthday celebration so I have been busy, busy, busy, making invitations and birthday cakes etc.  I promise I will have some projects to share soon.  In the meantime… please head on over to the Stampamemory blog to see my most recent layout and the other lovely layouts from the Stampamemory Design Team

Here’s a sneak peek.  Please click on the image to see the full blog entry 🙂

I have just posted a layout on the Stampamemory Blog.  Here is a sneak preview.  If you click on the image it will take you to the Stampamemory Blog where you can view the full layout

Over at the Stampamemory Blog there is still time for you to take part in this fortnight’s challenge.  You can see more details here…….

If you enjoy scrapbooking or you are looking to make a start as a hobby- be sure to check out my Scrapbooking Kit that I have available.   More details here……  Click on the image for details of ordering my bundle of products complete with instructions

It’s time for the Stampamemory Challenge again! Have you considered taking part?  For this fortnight- you can go into the draw to win the adorable Fox and Friends Stamp set.  For full details of the challenge please head over to

The design team members were challenged to complete a “Baby Layoutusing non- traditional colours.  Here is my layout.   This is my bubba who celebrated his second birthday last week  (More about that in a blog entry later this week)  It only seems like yesterday that he was this small

How neat that the New Autumn Winter Catalogue contains the Bigshot Die Cutting machine.  This meant I was able to create a title for my layout using a cardstock colour to perfectly match my layout.  I love how I can create a long title without worrying about running out of extra letters.  You’ve really got to get yourself one of these!!!!


CARDSTOCK: Real Red, Not quite Navy, Basic Grey, Always Artichoke

PATTERNED PAPER: Riding Hood Red patterns, NEW Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper,

OTHER: Stampin’ Up Little Leaves Die Cut, Two Step Bird Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Soho Designer Hardware, Stampin’ Up! Timeless Type Junior Alphabet

For more inspirational ideas please check out Tanja and Di’s layouts.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Well it is time for another Scrapbooking Challenge on the Stampamemory Blog.  This month Sue is offering the prize for the lucky winner of her challenge.  This challenge focuses on what we are grateful for.  For full details of the challenge and how you can enter please be sure to visit the stampamemory blog.  You will also be able to find the links to the other lovely creations by the other design team members.


Here is my contribution to this challenge

The patterned papers used for this layout are from the “Tall Tales Designer Series Paper Pack“.  The colours in this pack are “Chocolate Chip”, So Saffron Old Olive, Brilliant Blue and Rose Red”   There are lots of “fun” images in this pack of patterned paper which would suit layouts and cards for young children.  I love the hot air balloon images in this pack of patterned paper but by far my favourite sheets in the pack are the ‘tree’ images I have used for my layout.  It is sad to think that in less than three weeks this pack of paper will no longer be available.  (If you haven’t got yourself a pack yet- please be sure to get in touch!)

Instead of using Brilliant Blue I have coated the chipboard letters in “Night of Navy” and also used “Night of Navy Cardstock so that it works nicely with the colours in the photo. 

I have used my Circle Scissors plus to create the feature on the bottom right hand corner.  What a neat tool!  You’ve got to get yourself one!  I also used a beautiful filagree designer brad on my page.  It is the first time I have used these beautiful brads and I can’t understand why I haven’t opened the container before now. 


For anyone who may be curious..Here is the journalling….


The journey to fall pregnant with you wasn’t an easy one.   I vividly recall the day I rang Concept to speak with the nurses to find out the blood test results.


I had been anxious all day knowing that I needed to make the call and I was anxious about someone walking in on me.  With sweaty hands and butterflies in my tummy I dialed the number.


I was glad I found a quiet room because the news wasn’t good.  The nurse told me that the cycle had been unsuccessful.  She then went on to explain that they had detected a very small amount of hCG (pregnancy hormone) but the levels weren’t high enough for it to be considered a viable pregnancy.  I was told that despite taking progesterone supplements that my progesterone levels at a mere 8 weren’t high enough to sustain a pregnancy.  The nurse told me to cease all treatment and we could look at doing another IVF cycle in the future.


I hung up the phone and felt completely numb.  It certainly wasn’t the first time I had heard bad news but it was still upsetting to have someone say that the cycle had been unsuccessful.  I got off the phone and rang your Dad in tears to let him know the details.  At first he didn’t understand what I was saying.   He couldn’t get past the fact that they had detected hCG yet they were saying I wasn’t pregnant.  He insisted that I ring Concept back to check if there was something more we could do.  Again they explained that my progesterone levels weren’t high enough to support a pregnancy. I’m sure they just thought I was in denial.    I suggested that I try intramuscular injections of Progesterone.  Due to the expense involved- the nurse didn’t think it was a good idea but I insisted that it was worth a try.    She was clearly convinced that there was no hope but I wasn’t going to give up and I held on to that glimmer of hope.  A few more phone calls were made and the Doctor agreed for me to commence injections. 


The next issue was getting the injections to me.  By a pure stroke of luck Linda was in Perth and was able to collect some Proluton injections for me and bring them home to Kalgoorlie.   I commenced with three injections per day and had another blood test on the Monday.   


The day I was to call for my blood test results just happened to be our Wedding Anniversary. It was certainly a day for celebration as Dad and I were overjoyed to hear that there had been an increase in the pregnancy hormone and also the progesterone level had increased.  It wasn’t all smooth sailing from there but we count this as the day that we found out I was pregnant with you.


Now I look at this photo taken of you and can’t believe all that we went through.     You weren’t quite 4 years old in the photo and when I look at the photo and see your beautiful smiling face and I am overcome with emotion thinking about how differently things would have turned out if I had taken the original advice.  I’m so glad we didn’t give up on you.  I am so grateful for you- my little miracle!

I am excited to share with you my NEW Tutorial and Product Bundle

Purchase the items on the ESSENTIALS List and you will receive full photo instructions and lots of helpful tips to complete a minimum of FIVE FUN LAYOUTS 

When you have completed your layouts you will have PLENTY of leftover items to complete additional layouts and cards

(NB: Substitutions are permitted if you already have the items on the Essentials list- but you must spend a minimum of $125 to receive the FREE instructions)


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You will receive…….

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Until the end of March you will also receive your choice of ONE FREE Sale-a-bration Stamp set.

TOTAL PRICE (including POSTAGE) $132.60


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You will receive…….

  • BUTTON BOUQUET ($15.50)


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OPTION 3: * INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (No products included)

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I am only able to supply products to Australian residents.  If you live outside of Australia (or you are also a Demonstrator) – you may prefer to purchase the instructions ONLY 



THE FOLLOWING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES ARE REQUIRED TO CREATE YOUR LAYOUTS:  You are welcome to contact me to order any of the items from the list

  • Paper Cutter ($39.95)
  • Snail adhesive ($12.95)
  • Paper Snips ($18.95)
  • Glue Dots ($9.50)
  • Tombow Glue ($7.95)
  • Basic Black Journalling Pen ($5.75)
  • Sticky Strip ($12.95)


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It is SAM Creative Challenge Time again!

The challenge that Claire has set this month is to create a layout that features black and White plus one other colour of your choice.  For this challenge you are allowed to include as many shades of the additional colour, but only black and white besides that.   Simply by partcipating in this challenge you have the opportunity to win the prize of “Black and white pack” which includes – black stazon, white craft ink and  white gel pen.

Head over to  for full details on how to enter the challenge and also to see the other creative entries by Claire, Ros and Nikki.

Here is my layout .  As you can see I have used Black and White as requested and my additional colour is REAL RED!!

If you are a regular on my blog you might actually think this page is vaguely familiar.  I actually completed a mini version using one the photos and the “Just Jawing” stamp set for Perth regionals.  The blog entry is here>>>>  I was determined to complete a 12 x 12 page using more of these photos for Luke’s album.  When Claire set the challenge I wasn’t sure what page to create….and fortunately remembered that these photos would suit a page with black/white and one other colour.

Here is a close up of the simple journalling

STAMP SETS: Circle Circus, Just Jawing

TITLE: On Board Lots of Letters (Chipboard letters with a light coating of White Stazon Ink)

EMBELLISHMENTS: Clear Rhinstone Brads, Large black Grommets

Again- I have the pleasure of awarding the prize for the SAM Creative Challenge on the Stampamemory Blog 

Take part in this challenge and you will be in the running to receive a roll of real red polka dot ribbon and playground designer buttons from the Summer Mini.  Entering is easy!  For full details on the Challenge please go to

You will have until Friday 29th January, midnight to get your entries in and I will be thrilled to announce the winner on Sunday 31st January


SAM embellishment 



Theme: Summer Fun. What does Summer mean to you? What is a typical Summer activity for you? Pull out those fun summery photos and scrap a layout that screams summer. Be sure to use lots of bold bright colours! 

Well- when I set this challenge I had grand plans of scrappin’ lots of photos of the kids during the summer school holidays.  Time slipped away and I didn’t get a chance to get some current photos printed before the deadline for posting this challenge.  I went to plan B and I went digging through the boxes of photos I already have printed and figured that I was certain to find some summer photos in my stash.  It was fun to reminisce as I was digging through the photos and I ended up deciding on a photo of my oldest son.    He turns 8 towards the middle of this year but in this photo he was about 1 and a half (about the same age as my youngest son now)  Interestingly the last scrapbook page I completed for the Stampamemory site was my daughter at the same age (Note to self- You should really scrap a photo of the CURRENT one-and-a -half-year-old before HE turns 8!)

Anyway- here is the layout of my little darling enjoying the summer sunshine!  I must admit that I am more of a Winter person but I do love the long lazy summer days when the kids can spend hours playing outside. 

As per the challenge requirements I used lots of bold bright colours! The background piece for this layout is a sheet of REAL RED cardstock.  I have picked out sheets of brightly coloured paper from three different designer series paper packs.  The Summer sun flowery paper and real red flowery paper are both from the PINK FLAMINGO DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACK (Just as a sidenote- this pack is available at the discounted price of $12.71 -normally $16.95 until the 24th of January)

The old olive patterned paper (with the leaves) is from the PETAL PARTY Simply Scrappin Kit and the remaining sheet of patterned paper come from the URBAN GARDEN DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACK.

My title was created using the JUMBO OUTLINE ALPHABET SET.  This alphabet stamp set is a recent addition to my stamp set collection that I purchased for the amazing price of ONLY $38.98 (before demonstrator discount) Up until only a few days ago- this stamp set was available at a 50% discount as part of the Inventory Clearance sale.  Unfortuantely SU have sold out of the square cut sets so it is no longer available at the discounted price as part of the sale.  So you’re probably wondering why I am telling you this when the discount no longer applies.  I guess I just wanted to let you know that it is worthwhile getting in quick before these sorts of items sell out.    There are other items on the list- Click on image below for the list and let me know if there is anything you would like to order!

Anyway the JUMBO OUTLINE ALPHABET is still available but the price has returned to $77.95.  I still think it is excellent value at this price as there is SO much you can do with the set.  You can use it for your titles on your scrapbook layouts and also for your own wording on cards.   For my layout I stamped the outline letters in white craft ink onto the patterned paper.  I then sprinkled on white embossing power and used my heat gun to melt the embossing powder.  I then cut out each letter using my paper snips.  The embossed area forms a nice edge on each letter but still allows the patterned paper to show through.   Here is a close up of the title


You will notice in the bottom right hand corner I used a white jumbo grommet from the Summer Mini. (page 17) You don’t need any special tools to fix these in place.  You simply push the prongs into your patterned paper and fold the prongs back.  I placed a “Build a Brad” in the centre of the grommet.  I don’t think I’ll ever tire of these “Build a brads”- I love how you can punch out a circle of patterned paper to match the rest of your layout or card!   

Anyway- be sure to check out the other inspirational ideas at and make some time to create a layout for the challenge!

Just a quick update to let you know that entries for SAM CREATIVE CHALLENGE #1 have now closed!  You can check out the wonderful entries HERE Please be sure to check back tomorrow for the announcement of the winner!



We have had some very hot days recently and it has made me feel really hot and bothered.  In an attempt to lift my mood I decided to scrapbook a nice BRIGHT layout.  I went looking through my paper racks for inspiraton and then remembered that I had some leftover pieces from a FLOWER POWER CARD ELEMENTS pack.  I loved the colours in the cardmaking pack and when I made some cards using it- I remember thinking to myself how it would make a nice fun, bright layout!

I decided on the nice BRIGHT patterned paper, cardstock stickers, old olive cardstock scraps as well as the More Mustard ribbon, buttons and brads from the cardmaking kit as the starting point of my layout.  The kit doesn’t contain 12 x 12 cardstock so I used a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock as my background and went from there.

I then remembered that the FLOWER FUSION Felt flowers would be a great match for the colours in the patterned paper so I whipped them out and decided to use those in combination with the cardstock sticker elements.  A felt that a few rhinestone brads in the centre of some of the flowers would really finish things off.   Don’t you love it when things come together so easily!  Just one of those things I love about Stampin’ Up! – the awesome colour co-ordination of the products!

I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for butterflies at the moment- I can’t help it….especially with the release of the new butterfly punch in the Summer Mini Catalogue that co-ordinates perfectly with stamp sets such as “Butterfly Prints” (Summer Mini) and “Flight of the butterfly” (Main catalogue)

On my layout I used one of the stamps from “Butterfly prints”- the butterfly with gorgeous swirls as well as the stamp with the quote.  I used my stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement inside one of the frame stamps from “Frames with a flourish” I also used the heart from from “A Happy Heart”.  Here is a close up……


I didn’t stop there….I had enough leftover cardstock elements and patterned paper to complete a second layout.  Head on over to Stampamemory to see the other layout (Don’t forget that Sam Creative Challenge #1 finishes on the 15th of January if you were thinking about entering the challenge!)  Here’s a sneak preview! (click on the photo to see the full layout)

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