12 October, 2020

Stick it Down DT Project for October

Hello Lovelies!

It's Stick it Down time again! Please head on over to the blog to see what the other girls have made!

As I may have already mentioned, NotPinkCraftyHubster and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on the 7th of this month.  While I have been scrapbooking wedding photos for the past month or so, this sketch reminded me of a Paige Evans cutfile I had (with stitching holes) which I planned to use to scrapbook some anniversary photos from 2018.  

I added additional cut files of the card suits before sending it through to the Silhouette.  I'm pretty sure it has been waiting patiently for me since then!

I picked a variegated pink floss to tie in with the small amount of pink in the costumes.  There will be a facing page with larger photos.  That's why the journaling is really brief.  It's scattered across all the pages from the Alice in Wonderland exhibition we to on our anniversary that year

I cut back the white cardstock a bit and added red and black gliiter paper behind the holes shaped like the card suits (Glue Dots to stick bumpy to bumpy) and a 2 tone navy diagonal stripe as a frame since I wanted to bridge the gap between blue and black. 

I used both the first and second Alice in Wonderland collections by Echo Park.  I rarely stick to one manufacturer, but I felt between the paper and embellies and the fairly minimalist sketch, I had everything I needed.  

 In any case, while I do often take a sketch way past the point I shoould have stopped at, I had to keep telling mysef the stitching kind of works as embellishment anyway.


I sneaked in some extra paper layers (and die cuts posing as paper layers - rather apropos for Alice, no?),

It was the ideal layout to add some Emerald Creek charms to and a few brads from the rapidly dwindling pack.  Just a few left! 

In lieu of a separate title, I cut out the had and quote from a 3x4 card and attached to to a stack of squares to fit better in the space.  I felt the wording wasn't entirely out of place with the journaling!


Do More of What Makes You Happy

Love, and Stick it Down!

06 October, 2020

The Paper Girls Challenge #209 - Weddings

Hello Lovelies!  


It's challenge time again over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog and I'm hosting Challenge #209 so I'd really love it if you played along!  The theme is Weddings since the NotPinkCraftyHubster and I will be celebrating TWENTY YEARS 😱😱😱in two days (on the 7th)!  

That's almost a life sentence and there's no-one else I'd rather be serving it with. 😘😘😘

If you are taking Shimelle's Start with a Sketch class my layout is based on sketch #13.1.  Co-incidentally, Shimelle actually shared this one on her Insta just a few days ago!

I'm using my September For the Love of Homemade Kits kit (as I did for The Paper Girls Challenge #208 which I didn't blog, so I'll do it in this post!). 

Instead of two photos, I used just one which gave me room for a longer title and plenty of journaling.  I meant to do a process video for this one and my last TPG challenge, but life and adulting got in the way.  I'll do a layout share instead sometime soon so watch out for that!

Cut files are one element which I'm trying to use repeatedly in my wedding album and this floral wreath by Paige Evans had what looked (at least to me) like roses and hypericum berries like we had in our flowers!

Shimelle's version uses backs fewer elements of the cut file and fewer "sprinkly bits", but I always love more and being a wedding album layout means I can do more!

I sprinkled gold mist on the cut file first and some of the leaves are backed with the dictionary print vellum from the kit.  I also ended up sacrificing more of that moon paper being the most perfect watercolour for the roses and I love the feint scripty text as an added bonus.  I also tried to make the berries look like the hypericum I desperately wanted in the bouquets.  The extra effort was well worth it!


I just don't know how Shimelle managed to fit two photos, a title and all her journaling in the same space!  I definitely had to be a bit creative in trying to get my title in.  I could have left it out but I felt it kind of tied into the story.  I did have have to pull in three different small alphas not in the kit (and of course the enamel dots)






One Thousand Words

Want more wedding inspiration?

Here's my layout for Paper Girls Challenge 208.  It uses photos from out pre-wedding photo shoot.  The paper at the top reminded me of the wrought iron in the picture and I really wanted to use that fun red paper from Love Elsie.  The layout as a whole didn't exactly turn out the way I hoped, but it's ok.  I also "cheated" by bringing in the red flocked Thickers, but they did come out of my huge wedding album kit of supplies.



The third project (which I actually made second) from my September FLHK does have a process video.  

I did have to bring in the background paper, which wasn't in the kit, but I explain a bit more about that in the process video.  

 This was created for September's Quilter's Vibe collaboration.

It also uses a cut file by Paige Evans, but with a very different look to it.  

Process Video









You Are My Sun, My Moon and All My Stars

Please visit The Paper Girls Challenge and enter a papercrafty project!  We'd love to see you there!

Love, and prolific papercrafting!

14 September, 2020

Stick it Down DT Project for September.

Hello Lovelies!

My projects (and DIY kits) will have a slightly special vibe for the next month at least.

NotPinkCraftyHubster and I have a rather special anniversary coming up and I realized I have been putting off scrapbooking our wedding album.  

We had such amazing professional photos that there is some pressure, but I think what has held me back is not having electronic copies of our photos.  We have negatives.

We have a proof album with all our proofs so scanning those is an option, but we no longer have a flatbed scanner, so I thought investing in a gadget which digitizes negatives might be the way to go.

The black and white ones turn out fine, but coloured ones are still a  I thought I'd give the tech obsessed TallCraftyDude the job.  He didn't much care for the novelty factor of playing with what's now probably considered an antique!

Getting back to my layout, the sketch we were given to work with this month reminded me a lot of the

scrapbook pages which have a garland of "stuff" so I ran with that rather than have extra photos.

All the things in the garland have some meaning to us, so I'm more or less happy with it having never made and I used a quote for the titles and continued on in the journaling.




Love is a Journey Not a Destination

Love, and lovey-dovey scrapbooking!

12 September, 2020

September Back to School YouTube Hop

Hello Lovelies!

I'm here with a special project!

This is an annual collaboration started by Sara Scraps.  It's my second time playing along and it;s so much fun - not to mention a great opportunity to add some pages in Max's rather neglected school album.

The theme this year is "What Does School Look Like For You?" and despite that in the southern hemisphere we aren't starting school (in fact my day to post on the hop is also Max's last day of Term 3 for 2020) it's still a very relevant topic.

Since there are so many ladies taking part this year, Sara has divided up into 4 days and I'm on Day 2.  Several girls are having giveaways so I will link the entire line up below and the channels with giveaways are marked.

The videos are scheduled to go live each day at 9am EST (US that is!) or 11pm EST if you're in Aus. 

Naturally dire technical issues strike and Ive been fighting with this all through the night,

Here are the usual close ups of my layout.  I've gone back to working through Shimelle's Start With a Sketch class and this is my version of sketch 13.2
My giveaway is an electronic gift card to the crafty store of your choice to the value of $20USD or equivalent in your currency to the closest denomination the gift card comes in.  To find out what you need to do to enter, go watch my video!

The giveaway is open until 9AM EST (usa) or 11PM EST (aus) on 18 September 2020

I'll do a draw announcing the winner on my channel and post here too!

 YouTube Process Video






Remote Learning 2.0


Video Hop Line Up


Shadnee Breeden- *GIVEAWAY*
Melinda Sweetman-





Love and easy editing!


31 August, 2020

Quilters Vibe August 2020

Hello Lovelies!

It's time for the August edition of Quilters Vibe!

The inspiration quilt this month was a Dresden plate.   I wasn't going to make one out of paper.  Not happening.  Instead I took inspo from the rainbow and the woodgrain backdrop.


I used a cutfile from a fairly new company (Pear Tree Cut Files) and used that as my rainbow element.

I got stuck a little way into the process, so after some searching online, I found this layout by Shimelle (with process video) which was looking similar to what I hat up to that point, I followed her lead, but mine went out of control as it typically does!

Oh well!  It does capture the vibe of my three crazy kiddos, though!  Scroll down for the process video and links to the other QV girls channels.





Cousin Squad

Process Video

Daisie's YouTube Channel

Sara's YouTube Channel 

Christy's YouTube Channel  

Love, and Quilty Vibes!