30 December 2010

Seasons Greetings and layouts to share

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and got to spend some special time with their family. I had a great day visiting family and just relaxing and catching up. I received some lovely gifts, one being a signed copy of Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities. I love what Tim does and I am looking forward to trying out some of his techniques. I recently made the big decision to resign from my job of 22 years. It was time for me to move on and I am hoping to find an exciting new job in the new year. For the moment I am enjoying spending some lazy days with my children and hope to enjoy more scrapping time. I have just finished a big clean up of my scrap area and found these layouts I completed at the Scrap Boutique retreat in November but had not filed away.

Using Girls Paperie papers, letters and embellishments, Carolees tiny alphas.

Crate Paper Restoration, Prima flower and leaves, AC thickers, Carolees tiny alphas, Tim Holtz journal ticket and A2Z Scraplets chipboard. Photo by Mike and Amy.

Basic Grey Capella. Kaiser bling, Green Tara flowers, Prima flower centres, AC thickers, Tim Holtz ticket and keyhole. Photo by Mike and Amy.

These are the layouts I completed for the monthly comps at Scrap Boutique.

Em's challenge: Prima paper, letters, bling swirls, leaves and flowers, Scrapmatts chipboard chandelier embossed with Opals ultra thick powder, Carolees tiny alphas, lace and pearl ribbon.
Photo by Mike and Amy.

Amanda's challenge: Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 papers and chipboard, Kaiser flowers, Maya Road pleated ribbon, Websters Pages letters and Jenny Bowlin numbers. Photo by Trish O'Brien.

Lastly, my entry for the monthly sketch at Anna's Craft Cupboard using Bo Bunny So Sophie papers, AC thickers and Carolees alphas.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I wish you a Happy New Year.
Leanne xox

26 November 2010

Retreat layouts

I have been very quiet lately as my mojo decided to go on holiday and I have had nothing to share with you. I was getting worried as I had the Scrap Boutique retreat at Coffs Harbour last weekend. We stayed at the beautiful Darlington Park which is only a 20 minute drive from home...you can't get much better than that! After a slow start I was feeling all inspired and it really was an awesome weekend. What a talented bunch of ladies, so many different styles of scrappers to admire and just the nicest people. I got to catch up with the lovely Debi and Tam...the other Coffs girls, as well as meeting lots of gorgeous ladies from the forum. Chelsea really knows how to run a retreat and I can't wait until next year.I thought I would share a few of my pages from the weekend.

My lovely niece Kristle recently married so I have lots of gorgeous photos to be scrapped. These ones are by Mike and Amy  and I have used Girls Paperie papers, they are so soft and pretty.

So Beautiful


I took this shot of Mikala and have once again used the Girls Paperie paper girl range. I have added Prima and Purple Pumpkin flowers and some beautiful fabric leaves.

Beautiful Bridesmaid

These photos were taken by the lovely Trish O'Brien . The pages were created for the retreat product pack and inspiration challenges. Thanks for stopping by, I hope to be back to share more soon :)


Special Bond

01 November 2010

Scrap Boutique 'A Dreamy Nightmare' CC

Last weekend was the Scrap Boutique October CC. To celebrate Halloween the theme was 'A Dreamy Nightmare'. These are the challenges I completed.

For Manon's inspiration challenge I chose Basic Grey Two Scoops papers and chipboard for this page of my sweet little Mikala in 1999. 

Hush Little Baby

Mikala looks very different here in this page I scrapped for Amanda's sketch challenge. I took the photo on the weekend as she was getting ready to go to the Kegel Bowling Halloween Party. She had a great time bowling with her spooky friends. I think the photo really suited the theme of this sketch. I have used Kaiser and Sassafras scraps and added some stitching for extra interest.

Little Witch

And this one is my sample page for my challenge as Guest Stylist. I was a bit nervous about posting the challenge, hoping the girls would like it. I found a cute little house on the Echo Park site and wanted to use it as an element on the page. As I don't own any Halloween papers I decided to add the extra criteria of using non Halloween papers and to add some stitching...just because I am obsessed with sewing on my pages at the moment. The photo of my Mum was taken about 10 years ago when she was heading out to a fancy dress party. I used Bo Bunny and Junkitz papers and machine stitched some tulle and hessian on the page for extra texture. I painted the moon and drew a cobweb onto paper which I then used as a template and hand stitched onto the card stock. And even though I don't really like Halloween I love the finished page...it's fun  and so different to my usual work. 
Thanks to all the ladies who completed the challenge, I love them all!
You can check the pages out here:

Wicked Witch

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great Halloween weekend.

29 October 2010

Scrap the Boys - October Sketch

This is my entry for the October Scrap The Boys sketch. I took this photo of my boy recently and I really can't believe how grown up he is now...my how time flies, it seems only yesterday Jake was a baby and now he his working part time and saving for his first car!  I have used Pink Paislee Starlight papers and added some hessian as the required fabric detail element. I have stamped and glimmer misted the card stock to give it a grungy feel, which I love on teen layouts. 

Growing Up
Thanks for stopping by and any comments you may leave.

25 October 2010

Get Picky Sketch

I thought I would join in the first challenge over at Get Picky, a fantastic new sketch site for multi photo layouts. The photos are of my cute little niece Chloe on a recent trip to the beach. I have used Echo Park Sweet Summertime papers, Green Tara mesh ribbon, Kaisercraft bling, Prima flower and Basic Grey alphas.

Beach Babe

If you haven't checked out the site you should do so as they have some amazing talent on the design team. Thanks for stopping by xxx

15 October 2010

ScrapBoutique Guest Stylist

I was very excited to be invited by Chelsea to be the October Guest Stylist at Scrap Boutique. Chelsea sent me a gorgeous Guest Stylist pack and I have been busy creating...nothing I can share as yet but hopefully I can soon :)

I have just completed the SB monthly challenge which has been set by Manon. It is to scrap a page about you and the things you are proud of about yourself. I found the challenge quite hard and this is what I came up with.

Proud to be...

I have used Basic Grey and Sassafras Indie Girl papers. I love the colours in the Indie Girl papers and the cut off strips are so pretty. I have added some AC Thickers, Green Tara string, a Tim Holtz button, Prima flower and packaging. I have recently seen a few tutorials on how to make bodies for punched butterflies and thought I would give it a go...I love the way they change the look of the MS butterflies.

I am wishing for the rain to stop so we can enjoy a nice sunny weekend for a change...Hope you have a great one!

Leanne xox 

Echo Park 'Walk In The Park'

I love the new papers by Echo Park! They are so bright and fun. I purchased the September monthly kit from Country Papercraft...and found it was full of yummy papers and embellies. I have completed five layouts and still have enough paper leftover for some cards. Now that's great value! I completed this layout of Mikala as a baby using Marg's sketch.

Tree Climber

This one was for Em's challenge at the Scrap Boutique CC.
You are My Sunshine
Amanda's Roast...which I was late for again!
Conga Line Dancer
And Tams blind scrap :-)
You Two
Thanks for stopping by xox

Anna's challenge entry

I have been a bit neglectful of my blog lately, there has been a lot going on including this little man's parents beautiful wedding. Riley's Mum (my gorgeous niece Kristle) married her childhood sweetheart Craig at the Bonville International Golf Course and even though it hardly stopped raining we all had the most wonderful and special day.

Cute Little Man

I completed the layout for the Anna's Craft Cupboard monthly sketch competition. I have used Basic Grey Cappella papers and letters which are perfect for wedding photos along with some mesh ribbon and AC Thickers. Isn't Riley just the cutest in his little suit?

Here's a family photo I took on the day...you can see the rain pouring down in the background. xox

Kristle & Craig's wedding day

25 September 2010

Get Picky

There is a new challenge site starting soon for multi photo layouts. It's called Get Picky and they have a great prize on offer for helping spread the word. All you have to do is post about this on your blog, become a follower, add their cute blinkie to your sidebar and comment on their post. How easy!.

23 September 2010

Scrap the Boys

Jakey Monster
This is my layout for the first September Scrap the Boys challenge. We were required to scrap about the nicknames we call our boys. I decided to scrap a photo of Jake when he had just started moving around on this own and he was getting into everything...oh the mischief he got up to, but he was oh so cute :-)
I have used the gorgeous Jillibean Soup Monster Stew papers which I thought suited him very well. I have added some Basic Grey chipboard, Kaiser felt ribbon and grid stamp, American Crafts, Carolees and October Afternoon letters.
Thanks for stopping by xxx

19 September 2010

Layouts to share

Good morning :-)

I am loving the colours orange, blue and green at the moment and I think I must be going through a 'country' thing as well...it must be because it's spring! I completed this layout of Jake and Mikala for the Country Papercraft weekend challenge set by Mrs Frizz. I love this photo of my two when they they were aged five and nine...how cute do they look sitting on the bales of hay? I have used a mix of Basic Grey, October Afternoon and Crate Paper papers along with some paper lace, RW Lasercut chipboard title (which I painted with Twinkling H20's and covered in glossy accents) , Crate Paper chipboard, Green Tara flower and a cute bird button from Purple Pumpkin.

I have also been giving my Curvy Cutter a workout...it makes cutting different sized circles super easy :) I have used the gorgeous Echo Park Walk in the Park range for this layout I completed for Manon's Stylist challenge over at Scrap Boutique. The criteria was to have a spring theme and include some handmade flowers. I decided to scrap about springtime on our farm. I love how the paddocks are green, the chickens are laying well and the vegetables are growing. I love the colours in these papers with my photos...Echo Park is quickly becoming one of my favourite manufacturers.

It is my sons 15th birthday today. I can't believe how quickly time goes...before you know it they are all grown up and independent. Happy Birthday Jake! Hope you are enjoying your pressies :)

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy what is left of the weekend.

12 September 2010

Challenge Entries

I'm back with a few other entries I have recently completed.

This layout was for the Monthly Competition at Scrap Boutique, which was set by Em this month. The criteria was to include the word or a symbol for Peace, at least one rub on, a flower or butterfly (to represent spring) and white space. I had taken this photo of Mikala on the first day of spring and thought it was perfect for the challenge. She is always doing peace signs when she gets her photo taken! I have used Cosmo Cricket, Crate Paper and October Afternoon papers along with Bella rub ons and American Crafts thickers. I have also added some Prima chipboard and used a couple of Martha Stewart butterfly punches. I added lots of hand stitching and really like how this one turned out.

This one is for the Scrap the Girls September challenge. The criteria here was to scrap a layout of a first or new beginning on a white cardstock base. I decided to scrap an old photo of Mikala when she had her first 'ride' on one of our horses. I have journaled about her love of horses and how her first word spoken after Dad and Mum was horse. How cute! I have used October Afternoon papers, Prima flowers and Bella and Carolee's alphas.

I think I need to concentrate on doing a few boy layouts as I am doing lots of girly stuff lately.
Thanks again for stopping by and I would love for you to leave a comment.
Leanne xox

Stuck September Challenge

Hope you are enjoying your weekend and this beautiful sunshine :-)

This is my entry for the Stuck Sketches September 1st challenge. I have used Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage collection papers, diecuts and artisian tape. I have added a chipboard flourish, some Prima flowers along with Pink Paislee and Basic Grey alphas. I love this pic taken of Mikala under the Jetty at Coffs Harbour in February this year...she is growing up so quickly!

Thanks for stopping by
Leanne xox

05 September 2010

Anna's challenge entry

I completed this layout of Mikala for the Anna's Craft Cupboard monthly sketch challenge. It was a beautiful day here on Wednesday (more like a summers day really) so we headed outside for a photo shoot. I took some lovely shots of DD and scrapped them using Sassafras Indie Girl papers...yummo! I have added some foam letters and Prima leaves. I think the flowers are Prima as well but am not sure as they were a RAK from the lovely Mrs Frizz over at Country Papercraft...I think the Prima centres look really sweet on them! I love using up Prima packaging as well, it's just to good to waste.

Thanks for stopping by xx

Up Up and Away


Hope everyone is enjoying their Fathers Day weekend. It is a gorgeous day here and I spent the day visiting my Father and Father in Law as well as taking my daughter Mikala to my sisters to try on her dress for an upcoming family wedding. She looked gorgeous and I'm looking forward to getting some lovely photos on the day.

I have been having a little play with the Kaiser Up Up and Away papers this weekend. I love the greens and browns in this range and thought they were the perfect theme for these photos of my sister and I when we rode the 'Wheel of Brisbane' in June. The photos were way to blue so I had a play in photoshop and changed the colours to a brown monotone. I love the way they turned out and will be trying this again. I have added Basic Grey choc chip letters, some Prima and some gorgeous brown tassel ribbon.

I had this old photo of my Mum, her sister Shirley and my cute big brother Robert sitting in my photo stack for quite a while. The show bag he is carrying says carnival sweets and as soon as I saw this paper I had to have it. I have added a Green Tara and Prima flower, some numbers from the MME Lush range along with a Making Memories journal spot and some ric rac...both from a box of goodies I received from Nina Granzien...Thanks again Nina, I am finding lots of little treasures to add to my pages!

Thanks for stopping by xx

24 August 2010

ScrapBoutique Cyber Crop Entries

I managed to complete a couple of layouts on the weekend for the Scrap Boutique cyber crop. This one of Mikala and her friend Jessica was taken under the Jetty in Coffs Harbour. It's a great place for taking photos and I got some really nice ones this particular day :)

I have used papers and embellies by the Girls Paperie. They really are gorgeous colours and patterns. This was a fantastic challenge by guest designer Lauren. We had to answer a few questions and the answers gave us our criteria. I was to use: cardstock base, three pattern papers, flowers, five buttons and a mixed alpha title...which I am not to sure about and may end up changing.

This layout was created from a lucky dip challenge. I was given designer Manon's criteria which was a monochromatic yellow layout with fabric and paint. Eeek! This one really scared me but now that it is finished it is growing on me and I quite like it.
I have used a mix of Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon papers along with some Bazzill scalloped cardstock. I painted all the edges and glimmermisted some tulle for the fabric requirement. Do you see that cute little owl button? It is a new purchase from Purple Pumpkin. I am so in love with these and I have a couple of pink ones that I'm sure will show up on a layout in the near future.

I thought I would also share this layout I completed for the Scrap Boutique August Monthly Challenge set by Amanda. The criteria was to do a monochromatic (yes another one) with the theme of celebrating friendship. I chose to scrap an old photo of my two brothers who were also the best of friends. Last week would have been my brother Rodney's 50th birthday (he passed away when he was only 25) and I wanted to do a page about him in remembrance.
I have used Scribble Scrabble paper along with Buzz n Bloom, Collections and Twiddleybitz chipboard, Websters bloomers, Prima flower and a Tim Holtz key. I included this quote:

All for one and one for all,
My brother and my friend.
What fun we have,
The time we share.
Brothers 'til the end.
~Author Unknown

Thanks for stopping by and any comments xx

20 August 2010

Tarisota Giveaway

One of my favourite sites to visit for inspiration is Tarosita. Tamar's blog is a great read, full of interesting crafty things and lots of yummy recipes to try. There is a very generous prize on offer where one lucky person will win the following:

A copy of Apples for Jam.

A paper treasure collection.

And...entry to the Styling for Home class.

All these wonderful goodies are worth $165. What an awesome prize!

If you would like to win, head over here for all the details.

15 August 2010

Scrap The Girls Challenge Entry

This is my entry for the Scrap The Girls August challenge...Girls Getting Messy! We were required to do a layout that shows our girls being less than ladylike and include a messy technique. My problem was that after going through all my albums, I couldn't find any messy or bad hair type photos...guess taking those kind of photos wasn't the done thing when my kids were growing up! I eventually came across this one of Mikala when she was at playgroup in 2002. She looks very cross to have been interrupted from her painting for this photo. I have used Basic Grey Lime Rickey papers and some lace cardstock, along with Prima flowers and packaging, crochet trim, American Craft thickers and Kaiser paint to bubble wrap stamp and paint around all the edges.

Thanks for visiting my little blog.
Leanne xx

14 August 2010

Stuck Birthday Bonus Sketch

Good morning

I have just completed this layout for the birthday bonus sketch over at Stuck Sketches.
I am loving grungy style layouts atm and have used some great boyish papers I got in an older kit from Wicked Princesses...I think they are by Junkitz, but as I cut off the strips, I now can't remember. LOL. I did some stamping with my new Kasier grid stamp and made the embellishments with some hessian and Little Yellow Bicycle metal gears.
I love these photos of Jake with his Uncle Robert when they were about to set off on Jake's first ever bike ride on Robert's Harley Davidson Heritage Soft Tail. Jake was so excited and just a little bit scared...but came back all smiles.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for taking the time to stop by xx

12 August 2010

SFS Sketch Challenge

This is my entry for the Scrapbooking From Scratch monthly sketch challenge. I have used the gorgeous Crate Paper Paper Doll range. I love the texture of these papers and the colours are so beautiful.
I thought they went perfectly with this photo of Mikala that was taken at a style studio she attended. The girls (and one boy?) learnt about fashion and beauty...then got to choose accessories to match their clothes and have their photo taken by a photographer. Mikala had lots of fun while I got to shop nearby :-)
I have added some of the cute glitter chipboard from the Paper Doll range, a My Vintage Blossoms rainbow doily trim, American Crafts and Basic Grey letters, some Prima flowers and a lovely die cut I received in a rak from Debi...thanks again Deb.

Thanks for stopping by xx

09 August 2010

Another layout to share

A few weeks ago I got the chance for a quick scrapping session with my sister. I completed this layout of Miss Mikala using a photo I had left over from another page. I love these My Minds Eye papers, they are such bright and cheery colours! I have added some Twiddleybitz chipboard which I painted then smothered in kindyglitz (which I'm in love with atm).

Thanks for stopping by...

08 August 2010

Anna's Sketch Page

Hi, I'm back again with my layout for the Anna's Craft Cupboard sketch. I have used October Afternoon papers for this page about our chooks. I have always wanted hens on our little farm and we finally got around to building a hen house when Jake had the opportunity to bring some young hens home from the school ag plot. These are the first eggs they produced and they tasted great...free range eggs are so much better than store bought ones!

Hope you have had a lovely day and got to do something creative :)

Scrap Boutique Stash Stomper

I completed this layout for the August stash stomper at Scrap Boutique. The sketch is by Manon and we were required to use up our photos. I had these pics of Mikala dressed up for her school multicultural day sitting on my desk for a while so decided it was time to scrap them. I have used a Prima glitter paper along with a cherry blossom vine and some Websters trim. I made the accordion flowers from the offcuts so nothing was wasted of this gorgeous paper.

Thanks for stopping by and any comments :)

Another Purple Pumpkin Giveaway

Purple Pumpkin have another gorgeous prize to give away. Become a follower or post this on your blog for a chance to win. I am looking forward to seeing the new buttons and embellishment packs when they are released on Friday 13th August :-)

Scrap the Boys Giveaway

Would like the chance to win this fantastic prize? Post this image on your blog then pop over to the awesome challenge site Scrap the Boys, link up and leave a comment by 14th August and this fabulous boy pack could be all yours.

01 August 2010

Scrapboutique July CC Challenges

Good Morning

I thought I would share my entries for the Scrap Boutique July CC challenges. This one is for Manon's Sunday Roast. The chosen colours were kraft, green & blue...they say these colours should never be seen together but I think they look fantastic. I have used a mix of Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket and Fancy Pants papers along with Bazzill and MME kraft cardstock. I had another play with my Cuttlebug quilling dies to make the flowers, these are so easy and fun to make and I also painted and stamped chipboard letters for the title. I love how this layout of my sister and I turned out and I really like this 8.5"x11" size. I am definitely converted :)

I completed this layout for Emma's sketch challenge. I kept it very simple, using strips of Pink Paislee Starlight paper with some bubble wrap stamping and doodling around the photos and letters. The photos of Jake were taken after his first shift at Red Rooster...I was so excited to see him in his new uniform :)

Thanks for stopping by...
Hope you have a lovely day. xxx

31 July 2010

Purple Pumpkin Giveaway

Have you seen the gorgeous buttons and handmade flowers at Purple Pumpkin? I would love to get my hands on some of these cute buttons...but you have to be quick as they sell out super fast! If you would like a chance to win this lovely prize, visit Purple Pumpkin and sign up as a follower...but you will have to do it today as it is the last day to enter.