Friday, 15 September 2017

Loved | Stuck?! Sketches September 15th Challenge

Hey scrappy friends!

It's time for a new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches, and we have something fun planned for you! Along with the reveal of a new sketch challenge, and 2 amazing sponsors, we have loads of bonus inspiration for you, in the form of a blog hop with our generous friends at My Creative Scrapbook!! So make sure you head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog where the hop will kick off, and comment along the way for your chance to win the My Creative Scrapbook September kit!


This will also be my last month as part of the Stuck?! Sketches design team. After 2 1/2 years on the team, I decided that it was time to step down and make room for some other talented ladies. I have absolutely loved my time on this team, and I'm so grateful to Laura for giving me this opportunity, and for allowing me to stay on for so long!

So with all that said, how about I share the awesome September 15th sketch with you...

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And here's my take on the sketch...


I documented a cute photo of our beautiful cat Sasha. She's very much loved by us all!

I used some lovely Felicity Jane papers and embellishments on this layout, mostly from the August Zoey kit! I love those beautiful florals!


How cute is that Charms Creations Cute Cat embellishment?! It was so purrfect for this page, lol!


On the sketch, the title is at the bottom of the page, but I decided to move it up to sit under the photo, because the banner that I wanted to use for my title just seemed to fit perfectly there.


I fussy cut those pretty florals from one of the patterned papers in the Zoey kit... I love how they look around the photo! I also tucked a tag under the top of the photo, and I added a flair button on the right hand side.


I added a few strips of patterned paper across the bottom of the page, and tucked another fussy cut floral cluster down there as well.

I finished the layout off with a few die cut stars.

We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by September 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:



Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today, and taking a look at my layout!

Mandy x

Beautiful Moments | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi friends!

I'm back today to share my latest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the beautiful Wild at Heart collection! The theme this week on the blog is STICKERS!! Who doesn't love using stickers on their projects?! I love the range of stickers that's available from Cocoa Vanilla... From accessory stickers to chipboard stickers to alphabet stickers... There's certainly plenty to choose from! And I had lots of fun using them on this layout!


I documented a couple of photos that I took recently of my Mum with my youngest daughter. I love the seeing the special relationship that they share, and I think these photos of them together are just so sweet!

I started my layout off by covering the top half of the page with the Momento patterned paper (reverse side). I absolutely love the florals on this paper, and I must admit that I've been hoarding it! But it was time to finally get it onto a layout, and I think it worked perfectly with these photos! I also tucked a thin strip of the Patchwork patterned paper (reverse side) under the bottom edge of it, as well as a scallop that I cut out of the Fussy Cuts paper.


To create some dimension on the layout, I raised up the photo on the left with some foam tape and then tucked a chipboard frame underneath it. I also fussy cut some florals out of the gorgeous Luscious patterned paper, and I tucked them underneath the left hand side of the photo. You can also see here that I added a couple of the little word stickers off the accessory sticker sheet. They added the perfect sentiment to the page!


I added another sticker that says 'precious' on the bottom right hand corner of this photo. I love layering embellishments both under the edge of my photos, as well as on top!


Underneath the edge of the photo on the right, I tucked a tag. This was also from the accessory sticker sheet. There are so many beautiful stickers on this sheet! I threaded some cotton twine through the hole in the tag, which I think finishes it off nicely and also adds some texture to the page. On top of the tag I added a chipboard sticker, as well as a couple of the cute bitty blooms.


For my title I used one of the lovely wood veneer words combined with some alphabet stickers from the Hello Lovely collection. I painted the wood veneer word with some Glimmer Mist that I've had in my stash forever, and I LOVE how this turned out! The colour was perfect, and it looks so pretty and shimmery!

Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today! Make sure you head on over to the Cocoa Vanilla blog for some more 'sticker inspiration' from the design team over the weekend!

Mandy x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Live Love Laugh | Stuck?! Sketches September 1st Challenge

Hi friends!

It's time for a new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the fun September 1st sketch, designed by our talented sketch designer, Laura Whitaker...

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I love this design, with the strips of patterned paper behind the photo! Here's my take on the sketch, using the Fancy Pants 'Dream Big' collection...


I documented a fun selfie of my hubby and I that we took when we went on a bush walk with the kids recently. It was such a fun and relaxing afternoon with the family, and I think this photo really captures that feeling!


On the left hand side of the photo I added one of my favourite Charms Creations embellishments... a Denim, White & Black heart! I also popped a Kinder Kreations flair button on top.


I love the puffy stickers from the 'Dream Big' collection, and the phrase 'Live Love Laugh' made the perfect title for this page! I also tucked a cute die cut cloud from the collection under the top of the paper strips.


I added more of the die cuts around the page, and I adhered some of them with foam tape to give them some extra dimension.

I finished the layout off with some black ink splatters.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the beautiful layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by September 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!

Mandy x

Sweet Eliza | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing my latest Cocoa Vanilla design team layout with you! This time I used the beautiful Love Always collection to document a photo of my beautiful little niece. I adore the pretty pastel colours in this collection, and I think it's perfect for scrapbooking baby photos!

Here's my layout...


How sweet is my little niece, Eliza?!! I love being an auntie, and I just adore her so much!!

I wanted this layout to feature a minimalist design, and let me tell you, it was so hard to not add more things to the page! Sometimes I think a minimalist design is harder to achieve than a layout with more on it because you have to be more deliberate about what you add to the page. But I'm so happy with how it turned out, and the soft pinks and greys in the Love Always collection were so perfect for this layout!

The first thing I did was matt my white cardstock background with the reverse side of the Lovely Things patterned paper. I also added some machine stitching around the edge of the white cardstock which adds some subtle texture to the page.


Because I was keeping the embellishing to a minimum on this page, I wanted to add lots of layers behind my photo to create some extra interest. Included in the layers are a couple of patterned papers from the collection, including Note to Self and Frolic (reverse side), as well as a doily from my stash, a scallop die cut from the ephemera pack and a film strip die cut from the Wild at Heart ephemera. I also added some foam tape behind my photo to lift it up off the page and give it some extra dimension.


I tucked a wood veneer flower underneath the left hand side of the photo. I absolutely LOVE the wood veneer pieces in this collection - they're so beautiful!! I also popped a chipboard sticker on top of the left hand side of the photo. How pretty is the scripty font on that sticker?!


I created my title using a wood veneer word combined with the Love Always Alphabet Stickers. I love how soft and pretty these alphas are!

I finished my layout off by adding a couple of die cut hearts to the page, as well as a bitty bloom. And lastly I added a few grey ink splatters.

Thank you so much for joining me on my blog today!

I also have a process video for this layout if you'd like to see how it came together.


Mandy x

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Mr & Mrs | Stuck?! Sketches August 15th Challenge

Hi friends!

I'm popping in to share the latest sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the lovely sketch designed by Laura Whitaker for the August 15th challenge...

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And here's my take on the sketch...


My hubbie and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary next week, and so I decided to use this sketch to scrapbook one of our wedding photos.

My layout features the Echo Park 'Wedding Bliss' collection, as well as cut files from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.


I created a cluster to the right of the photo that includes a couple of die cuts from the collection as well as a Charms Creations heart.


On the top left hand corner of the photo I added a Charms Creations tab with a wood veneer heart on top. I love the texture that the Charms Creations embellishments add to the page!


I finished the layout off by creating another cluster up in the top left hand corner of the layout using more die cuts from the Wedding Bliss collection.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by August 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today!

Mandy x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Love | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun layout to share with you that I created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the totally gorgeous Wild at Heart collection! I just love the beautiful colours in this collection, and it's so perfect for scrapbooking photos of my girls!

This week on the Cocoa Vanilla blog, we are all sharing layouts that feature multiple photos! Here's the page that I created:


How super cute are these photos of my two girls! My eldest daughter Abigail recently downloaded an app that puts filters on your photos similar to the ones on snapchat, and she had fun taking some photos with her younger sister, Eleanor. I absolutely love the photos, and of course I had to scrapbook them!

I used the beautiful Artisan patterned paper for my background. I've already used this same paper as a background once before, but I just keep coming back to it because I love it so much! I think it made a fun background for these photos! I also added a strip of the Patchwork (reverse side) patterned paper on the left hand side of the page. I stuck it down slightly crooked which added to the fun and carefree feel of the layout.


I fussy cut the word 'love' out of the Fussy Cuts patterned paper, and I used this as the title for my layout. I added some foam tape underneath the word which gave it some extra height and dimension.


I created a cluster to the left of the photo that includes a chipboard frame, a couple of die cuts from the ephemera pack, as well as a wood veneer star from the You ROCK collection. To add some extra interest and dimension to the cluster, I layered everything at different heights.


I matted the photo on the right with the Grow Wild (reverse side) patterned paper and then tucked a tab from the accessory sticker sheet underneath the right hand side of the photo. I also added another 'You ROCK' wood veneer star to the right of the photos. I think these stars really added a fun element to the page!


To finish the layout off I added a couple more die cut stars and another wood veneer star to the layout, as well as some little phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet, and a few sparkly enamel dots.

Thanks so much for joining me here on the blog today! I hope that you've been inspired! Pop on over to the Cocoa Vanilla blog this week for lots more multi-photo layout inspiration from the design team!

Mandy x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Don't Stop Believing | Stuck?! Sketches August 1st Challenge

Hi friends!

It's time for a new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the August 1st sketch designed by the talented Laura Whitaker...

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I really enjoyed creating with this sketch! I decided to use one horizontal photo rather than the two smaller photos on the sketch. Here's my layout...


I documented a photo of our family that was taken on Christmas Day last year. I love it when we manage to get a photo of the five of us together!

I used the gorgeous Fancy Pants 'Dream Big' collection to create this page. The colours in the collection complemented this photo perfectly!


I created a cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo that includes a floral die cut from the collection as well as a Kinder Kreations flair button. I also tucked a kraft tag underneath the left hand side of the photo.


I tucked a couple more die cuts under the top right hand corner of the photo.


I decided to move the title and strips of paper at the bottom of the page over to the left hand side. I included a beautiful Charms Creations White, Denim & Stripe Heart in this bottom cluster, and then I added a die cut on top, which I decided to use as the title for the page. Charms Creations is one of the sponsors for this challenge, so make sure you play along for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate!

I finished the layout off with a few little puffy stickers, some enamel dots, and gold ink splatters.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by August 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout!

Mandy x