Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cloth Paper Scissors - Project 12

Here is a layout I did for Mary's Project 12 challenge at Soul Scrappers

Project 12

I’m sure that many of you have heard of Project 365. As a scrapbooker and someone who loves to take photos I thought that Project 365 would be just the thing for me. I took a photo each day for the first two weeks and even scrapbooked most of them. As the days went by I found that keeping up with this project was just too much for me. I love the idea of journaling my life through photos and scrapping them but I found that I did not have time enough to do it daily. So much for my Project 365 journey . I really did give it my best shot though.
Recently, I read about some scrappers doing this project once a month. I’m not sure if it is called Project 12 but it sounds good to me.

Here is what you do.

*1*. Take one or more photos of people, places or things that you do or see in your everyday life.
*2*. Do this once a month .
*3*. Using your photo/photos make a scrap page and add your journaling.
At the end of the year you will have 12 scrap pages to place in a book that documents your everyday life.

*4* Please upload your page to the album project 12-2010 located here. Make sure to add P12 in the tag line and in the title line. That's all you do.

To keep your book fun and interesting here are some photo ideas.

Take a photo of your crafting space
A photo of the inside of your closet
A book that you are reading
A photo of your favorite store that you go to each month
Having coffee with your family or friends
Your favorite jeans
A photo of yourself
Challenge yourself and show us your pages. But most of all have fun with this project.
Please feel free to add more photo ideas to this list.

Here is my page for Project 12

and a close up


Favourite Things

Here is a layout I did for Ali's 'About Me' challenge at Soul Scrappers

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the challenges so far!

This weeks 'About Me' Challenge is to make a page all about your favourite things!

What brings a smile to your face?

What pastimes or hobbies do you enjoy?

What is your favourite food?

Anything goes as long as you include your top 5 (more if you like) Favourites!

As an optional extra challenge - Use bling somewhere on your page!!!

Have fun!

and here is my entry below....

This is for Ali's 'About Me' challenge list your favourite things.......sorry no bling as I'm all blinged out!! and a close up below.......


Our New Baby

Here is my entry for Leonnie's Technique challenge at 'Soul Scrappers'

Welcome to this week’s Technique Challenge – using circles.

I do hope that you are enjoying all these challenges as there are some great ones are there not?

This is my very first Technique Challenge and not only do I hope you like what I’ve done but I also that I've set up the challenge right! This is all a bit daunting for me
to be on a ‘Soul Team’ with such talented ladies!

I thought at first using circles was a bit basic but I do know that some of the members here are not only new to ning and Soul Scrappers but also to scrapbooking.
It also doesn’t hurt to go back to the basics and revisit some of the
techniques we did when we started scrapbooking and maybe use them in different

Here is Leonnie's first ‘circles’ layout ....

and here is mine :)

I found this challenge quite hard as I am not a user of circles!!! The only time I use circles is with flowers and buttons etc.... so this challenge was not basic but quite hard for me.... Hey! but atleast I gave it a go!!

I distressed the edges of the cirles and photos for something different and attached a few of the photos to cardstock by sewing them on :)

This is 'Duke' our new baby chihuahua, 2 month old, he is the cutest tiny weeney pup ever!!....look at that face!!!


I Heart Victorian Fairings

Here is a layout I did for Jami's themed challenge at Soul Scrappers

Welcome to the second week of the Theme Challenge!!

The Theme: “I Heart…”

This theme was influenced by a dear friend of mine who always puts on her facebook status, “I heart…and she lists something. Also, working in a high school I hear the kids always saying to each other I heart u! Many of us heart things, we heart our loved ones, we heart our pets, we heart our home..etc.

For this challenge I encourage you to dig a little deeper for things you heart! On my layout I focused on three main words that I heart and why. CREATIVITY, CHALLENGE, and COURAGE. Feel free to use those words or come up with words on your own. Good Luck, Have Fun, and Tell your story!

Here is Jami's example below:

and my entry is below.....

apart from scrapbooking, this is my other passion, collecting Victorian Fairings.

Herea a bit about them.........

Victorian china fairings are small porcelain figurines ranging from about three inches (7.5 cm) to about five inches (12.5 cm) in height, and depict a variety of scenes, humorous, political or domestic. The figurine almost always incorporates a base and many fairings have a caption describing the scene or making some point inscribed on that base. Although the majority of fairings are simply decorative, they were occasionally made in the form of pinboxes, matchstrikers or holders for watches or small mirrors. Some fairings were made in pairs, for example, "Grandpapa - Grandma", two separate statuettes of a small boy and girl, each dressed in adults' clothing.
China fairings are so named because they were given away as prizes at fairs in the Victorian era, in much the same way that we would win a coconut at a fair today, although some were manufactured simply for sale. They first started appearing in the middle of the nineteenth century and remained popular until the start of the First World War.
Genuine fairings are now keenly sought by serious collectors. They can range in price from a few pounds for the more common ones (such as "Last in bed to put out the light") to several hundred pounds for the rarer ones, the most keenly sought being the five fairings the Vienna series (uncaptioned, but characterised by a gold band around the base). As with any antique, the value of a fairing depends on its condition - they are particularly delicate and damage of any sort can seriously reduce their value - and, in the case of fairings that are paired, whether they are offered singly or with their partners.
Most fairings were manufactured in Germany by Conta and Boehme. This company developed a mass production method that no other company could match, thereby achieving an advantage over other firms.


Here is a layout I did for Erika's Grand Opening Weekend challenges # 2 at Soul Scrappers

Here's the second Challenge of our Grand Opening weekend!

Many people have a hard time with the journaling aspect of their layouts. Sometimes it's hard to convey, in our own words, how we're feeling. Words are a powerful thing, though, and there are times when the words of others say exactly what we mean to say. This is definitely true for song lyrics, too.

Your challenge is to use song lyrics solely as your journaling. It doesn't have to be a picture of you, but if you'd like to focus on yourself, go for it. Scrap whatever subject you like, use however many pics you like. Just make sure that your journaling is made up of song lyrics.

Here is Erika's example:

and here is my entry......

This is a page I did recently for Erika's Journalling 101 course.

I used the lyrics from Duffy's song Distant Dreamer.

Here are the Lyrics to Duffy's 'Distant Dreamer' (Rockferry)

Distant Dreamer
Although you think I cope,
my head is filled with hope...
of some place other than here.

Although you think I smile,
inside all the while...
I'm wondering about my destiny.

I'm thinking about,
all the things,
I'd like to do in my life.

I'm a dreamer,
a distant dreamer,
dreaming for hope, from today.

Even when you see me frown,
my heart won't let me down,
because I know there's better things to come (Woah Yeah).

And when life gets tough,
I feel I've had enough,
I hold on to a distant star,

I'm thinking about,
all the things,
I'd like to do in my life...

I'm a dreamer,
A distant dreamer,
dreaming for hope from today.

I'm a dreamer,
A distant dreamer,
dreaming for hope from today.

Yeah, I'm a dreamer


I'm a dreamer,
a distant dreamer,
dreaming for hope from today,

Yeah i'm a dreamer...


I'm a dreamer.

- Duffy


Me @ 50

This is my 'about Me' challenge at 'Soul Scrappers'

Welcome to the second 'About Me' challenge.

Here is the criteria -
1. Describe yourself in 10-12 single words (Ooops I used 14!!!)
2. You must use your name @ age
example, Jenna @ 21, Shazza @ 38 (I wish!), or like my example layout {Me} @ 50
3. Use a collage of background pp
4. A photo of yourself

You may enter as many submissions as you like for this challenge, but please do not submit duplicate challenge submissions. We like to see new submissions for each challenge.

But there's more............. As this is my first official challenge I am offering a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) prize for the best entry, which will be picked by me

Now get too it, I cant wait to see your gorgeous creations :)

Here is my example below:


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wash Day Blues

Here is a layout I did for Lynn Larsons Technical challenge at Soul Scrappers

Heres Lynn explaining what we had to do.............

Welcome to Thursday's Technique Challenge! For our first challenge, we are going to use a technique called: Baby Wipe Swipe

Supplies needed for this technique: Baby wipes, reinkers and a light-colored, neutral colored cardstock.

This is a fabulous technique for beginning scrapbookers or people with limited supplies.

Technique Instructions:

  • Take a baby wipe and fold it into a smaller size. (I usually fold it into quarters.)
  • Chose the colors you could like to use on your project and add a couple drops of color to the baby wipe in a row (this creates the striped look). Be sure to leave space in between each drop of color so the reinkers don't bleed together.
  • TIP - you will probably use more reinker for lighter colors and less drops of darker reinker to get your colors the way you want them. Be sure to practice on scrap paper until you get the look you want.
  • Swipe the baby wipe across a piece of neutral cardstock and re-ink as necessary to complete the page. Be careful that you don't let your colors bleed together or they will muddy.
  • Use a new baby wipe if your colors bleed together.
Here is my layout.......

Let your imagination run wild!

Thanks Lynne for a very enjoyable challenge, I have never used this technique before.... and Guess what? ...... I love it!!

Back when my kids were little I hated it when you had a full line of nappies (not those darn disposable nappies they have now) and it would start to rain, the big dash to the line to get those nappies!!
Those were the days :)

I used the baby swip technique on the clouds and my dress :) Used Stampin' UP! re-inkers Blue Bayou and Soft Sky for the clouds and Purely Pomegranite and Wild Wasabi for the dress :) then I cut out my shapes.

I made my own nappies!.....I cut up a baby wipe for the nappies and used fabric stiffener to make them hard, I shaped them to look like they are flapping in the wind :) I also added some to the washing basket and whoops one has blown off up in the clouds!

I made myself as a poppet. I have wanted to make a poppet for such a long time and got my ideas from Claudine Helmuth. Here is her blog address
I suggest you go take alook at her work she is a mixed media collage artist and I just love her work, so full credit goes to claudine for my poppet. I also gave her a lace shawl made out of paper lace.

The two birds were a gift, some cheap flowers from a $2 shop and a little cut out house embellishment.......
.......4 days in the making (I had to wait for the nappies to dry) but I think you will agree it was well worth it.

Here is a close up.......


Not exactly Health.................

Here is my layout I did for Erika's 'About me' challenge at 'Soul Scrappers'

This is what Erika said............Welcome to the first "About Me Challenge."
For those of you that know me, you know that one of my passions is to scrapbook parts about myself so that I can pass on a legacy to the generations that follow. So often, we scrapbook about everyone else, but forget to put ourselves in front of the camera or even to just put our inner thoughts on our pages.

Your challenge is to scrapbook a little of the negative but offset it with the positive. This page is all about the positive!

Create a scrapbook page following the challenge guidelines. Next, upload your the photo of your page to the Soul Scrappers Gallery
using the challenge tag AMC1 in your photo tag. Submissions must be uploaded and tagged by 7 pm Eastern time Tuesday, February 2nd. A winner will be drawn at random on Tuesday morning and added to the top of this challenge thread.

Here is Erika's page:

and here is my page below

This is my take on Erika's 'About Me' challenge - Your challenge is to scrapbook a little of the negative but offset it with the positive.

Not exactly Healthy, not too Wealthy, but very very Wise.

Journaling reads:
Through my experience of having diabeties and having to live on my own after divorce, I've become a much stronger and independant person. I've learnt a lot about myself and the world around me. I even learnt to love again.

Supplies used
Basic Grey blush range of pp's (Fancy,Eternity and sweetie)
Dees distressed rub-ons black letters
label lingo letters fuschia
red staples
brown owl (gift)
2x 'my' epoxy stickers
Date stamp

Cheers and TFL

Toast Time

This is my entry for the sketch challenge hosted by IIina on 'Soul Scrappers',
Here's what you had to do!

This is what IIina had to say.............

I am honored to be the first hostess of the Sketch Challenge here.
The challenge is to create a card or a layout using the sketch I created for you.

Here are the rules:

Create a scrapbook page following the challenge guidelines. Next, upload your the photo of your page to the Soul Scrappers Gallery using the challenge tag SC1 in your photo tag. Submissions must be uploaded and tagged by 7 pm Eastern time Sunday, January 31st. A winner will be drawn at random on Tuesday morning and added to the top of this challenge thread.
You may enter as many submissions as you like for this challenge, but please do not submit duplicate challenge submissions. We like to see new submissions for each challenge.

and here is my take on IIinas challenge


Hey!! Have you joined the latest growing ning community on the planet!

Come along and join my fellow Soul Sisters, Ali Coles and Marisa Page (DT members from 'From Screen to Scrap') and now part of the Soul Team at Soul Scrappers, you can get to the site from

I am offering a RAK to any of my followers who join up (its free!) and complete three challenges for the month of March On your profile information there is a question that says.....How did you find out about our community? Could you please pop my name in there so Erika knows that you have joined via my invitation. But remember you must also complete three current challenges for March. Challenges range from digi, sketch, about me, technique and theme, so there is always something to chose from during the week. challenges run for two weeks and winners of each challenge are put into a random draw for a prize! If you complete three challenges for me just email me back to remind much going on at the moment its hard to remember!!!!

Other things on the go include:
Project 12
Soul Scrap Quest

Hope to see you there soon!


Here is the latest 'Scrap that Poetry' submission.....

I would love for you to play along to this months poem, Jennifer Campbell is
offering a RAK to the winner as well as the opportunity to
Guest Design with us for challenge #11!

You have until February 28th at 10am EST to link
your entry to the comment section of the post!
Here is the link to Scrap that Poetry, you can get to the site here :)

Good luck!

Freedom And Love

by Thomas Campbell

How delicious is the winning
Of a kiss at love's beginning,
When two mutual hearts are sighing
For the knot there's no untying!
Yet remember, 'Midst our wooing,
Love has bliss, but Love has ruing;
Other smiles may make you fickle,
Tears for other charms may trickle.
Love he comes, and Love he tarries,
Just as fate or fancy carries;
Longest stays, when sorest chidden;
Laughs and flies, when press'd and bidden.
Bind the sea to slumber stilly,
Bind its odour to the lily,
Bind the aspen ne'er to quiver,
Then bind Love to last for ever.
Love's a fire that needs renewal
Of fresh beauty for its fuel:
Love's wing moults when caged and captured,
Only free, he soars enraptured.
Can you keep the bee from ranging
Or the ringdove's neck from changing?
No! nor fetter'd Love from dying
In the knot there's no untying.

I added the verses of the poem to the curled grass, I made two polymer clay hearts and added the title to the sign post. Below is a close up!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sorry! a bit behind with blogging atm........!!!

Here is my first submission for 'Scrap that Poetry' DT. This is the poem we used for our inspiration.

Ah, yes! Love

by: Clarence B. Campbell

(my husband's grandfather- he published 2 poetry books before he passed away- Jennifer Campbell)

Ah, yes! Love
Is peaches and honey, and figs, and cream.
And wild grapes dripping beside the stream,
Humming birds,
And a young man's dream!
Ah, yes! Love
Is bubbles and beauty and lantern light,
Music and madness and dizzy height,
And a star-filled night!

Ah, yes! Love
Is oceans and azure, and infinite skies,
Rubies and ivory, and fathomless eyes,
Where the bluebird springs
And signs as he flies!
Ah, yes! Love
Is whispers, and flickers, and candleshine,
Glances and trances, and deep, red winde,
And the moon-dust that clings
To the gossamer vine!

Ah, yes! Love
Is kisses, caresses, and sweet desire,
Prickles and shivers, and flashing fire,
And melodies
From a throbbing lyre!
Ah, yes! love
Is silver, and roses, and gay champagne,
And the soft reprise of the April rain,
And memories
That will long remain!

and a close up

Thanks for looking

There are still a few days left to get you entries in!


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Soul Scrappers DT and Administrator

Hi, just letting you all know that I was very lucky to be asked by Erika Martin to join her team on a new and unique community called 'Soul Scrappers'

This isn't your ordinary scrapbooking community. This is all about soul and preserving it on our scrapbook pages.

Within a couple of days we had over a hundred ladies join, now a week later we have 268..............I would love to see my followers become members and boost our member ship to that would be awesome!!

There are daily challenges, videos and prizes., and its our Grand Opening Weekend!!

I am offering a RAK to any of my followers who join up (its free!) On your profile information there is a question that says.....How did you find out about our community? Could you please pop my name in there so Erika knows that you have joined via my invitation. But you must also complete three current challenges. Challenges range from digi, sketch, about me, technique and theme, so there is something to chose from during the week. If you complete three challenges just email me back to remind much going on at the moment its hard to remember!!!!

Here's some information about Soul Scrappers and our Grand Opening weekend :) from Erika

I'm so excited to see this community grow so much in such a short amount of time. We're heading toward 250 members and the numbers continue to climb!

As this weekend progresses, I'll be sending updates to let you know what's new during the Grand Opening. During this Grand Opening Weekend, there will be challenges, quizzes and prizes. Take part in any or all of them!
This is only the beginning of the amazing things we have planned for you on this unique site!

So much has been going on behind the scenes with getting the community up and running and the amazing Soul Team (comprised of 15 amazing girls which you can see here: Soul Team ) has been working hard to bring you challenges, samples, ideas, encouragement.....this team is truly the best!

Have you checked out what's already going on here?

Here's a quick run down:

* The Soulology Project online scrapbooking course is starting on Monday and there's still some spots up for grabs. I have a stellar design team lined up for this course and we'd love to share this journey with you. You can check out the sign up info here: Soulology Project Online Scrapbooking Coruse.

* There's a new download available. If you like creating keepsake albums from scratch, this is a great project for the weekend! Check it out here: Flap-Style Paper Bag Album Download

* We have challenges galore to inspire can check them all out on the Challenge Forum. The Soul Team has put together beautiful layouts incorporating techniques, sketches, journaling prompts and more. Taking part in the challenges not only gives you a chance at a great prize, but it's also fun and a great way to get caught up on your photos.

* Make sure to check out the Gallery to see what our members have been uploading. Lots of fantastic layouts!

* There's all sorts of discussions happening on the Forum. Have a question? Want to start a swap? Need some ideas or want to share some ideas? The Forum is a great place to make new friends, share and learn.

* Thanks to Soul Team member, Gwen, and her hubby, Kay, we have a great start on our Video section. I love how this hubby and wife team work together in their studio!

* Our Tutorial section is starting to fill up....check out the amazing work that our team and members have already contributed!

Let us know if there's anything you'd like to see on the site, challenges you'd like to see us post, etc. We'd love your feedback!

Happy scrapping!
-Erika and the Soul Team

We're getting ready to kick off our first class here at Soul Scrappers and you're invited to take part!

The Soulology Project has been very popular and I'm bringing it back with an all new Design Team. I wrote this course a couple of years ago and have held it for two weekend retreats as well as running two rounds of it online. People have asked me to bring it back for Round 3 and here it is! This course was the inspiration for starting this community. Come see what it's all about!

Space is limited so don't wait to register! You can find all the information and registration links here: The Soulology Project Online Scrapbooking Course

TFL and even better thanks for joining :)


'Shiver me Timbers' my submission for FS2S for February!!

We had to take our inspiration from 'Pirates of the Carribean poster for 'From Screen 2 Scrap' plus a little added criteria.....

Pirates of the Carribean - At Worlds End


1. A skull or two......!!

*Movie Diva Demand* For extra 3 bonus points (in total).......

1 x sword = 1pt, 1 x parrott = 1pt, 1 x pirate ship = 1pt

( This is optional, you dont have to do this but it does give you the extra bonus points!)

and here is my submission

'Shiver me Timbers'

Pic is of my son Jarred at one of his school dress up days.

Everything is hand cut and pieced together. The rigging on the boat is made of embroidery thread glued together and then put through a cut icy pole stick, I made the holes using my crop-a-dile. there is a little seagull sitting on the rigging. The rigging took me 3 hours to make and a lot of cursing!!!

I drew the deck of the ship and shadowed and darkened some areas to give dimension.

The chest was handcut from CS and jewels and coin added. The parrot was pieced together with tiny bits of c/s.

Title cut from red c/s and edged in white to stand out, added a treasure map with a bit of journaling along the bottom. Skulls and shells on the island. The pirate ship and anchor are iron-ons.

Hope you like it!
and TFL

'Bubbles' my submission for ARTastic for February

This is the inspiration to use for February on ARTastic challenge blog.

'The Bath' by Mary Cassatt

Use 'The Bath' as inspiration for your layout, card or OTP item.
This month you are free to interpret this painting in any way you choose.
I can see lots of inspiration from this painting.... kids in the bath, kids wrapped in towels, little girls washing dolls, spa baths, washing the dog etc...............just to give you a few ideas!!!

and here is my submission called

No journalling, kept it simple. I wanted to show that sometimes less is more!!

I used a special technique to paint the bubbles and water on the floor, I painted on to acetate without it seperating. Cut the finished bubbles out of the acetate.......

This is my DS Adam when he was a littlely :) The bath tub was cut from off white card stock. the little duck was also cut out.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Not often I win... but this time I won BIG!!!!!

I won a Voucher for $130..... I was blog hopping early January and came across this site Dare 56: New Beginnings and they were having a giveaway, you just had to leave a comment under the blog, so I thought Why Not..........

It's a GIVEAWAY!!!
Light glorious light.

We all need a bit of light late at night.

Well now’s your chance to get some.

The lovely people at Buyster Lighting are offering one of our Australian readers the chance to win a gift voucher valued at $130.

If you want to be in the running leave a comment. Then check back on the 19th January, 2010. I will announce the winner then and ask for the winner to send me their email address.

Winner will be drawn randomly 18th January, 2010.

Please note, this competition is only open to Australian readers.

Oh, and please go and check out the site there are some beautiful lights. I am coveting this one:

This one looks good too:

this was the comment I left, and a big thank you to Rebecca, who eventually tracked me down, I've been that busy of late, I forgot I was even in the competition


I would love a magnifying lamp to light up my life!!....and my scrap area. It would be the start of 'New beginnings' for me.......


cool site :)

Will show you what I pick out with the voucher later....

TFL Shazza

Monday, February 1, 2010

Winner of 'Scrap that Poetry' Blog Hop Follower!!!

ok the winning ladie that added herself as a Follower of my Blog is...............................

Mrs So and So from the USA

you have won a 'Scrapware Chipboard Wisteria Lane kit :)

the picture above is what they look like when they have been made up :)

I will be in contact with you for your address


Winner of blog Aversary blues......

I put all the 14 names in a pot and my DD Jenna picked out, the name......

Deb Mitchell

you have won a Shazza RAK

Deb I will get in touch with you to get your address :)