Monday, June 28, 2010

Colin - Scrap Page & Elements

A double page layout of my adorable and most generous husband!!


Paper lace, K & Co chipboard embellishments, Martha Steward border punch.

Basic Gray embellishments

Paper flowers and clock face by Tim Holtz

I stamped out the title using acrylic stamp letter and then cut them out individually.

Dinner - Scrap Page & Elements

Taking distressing and running with it :)


Antique spray and glimmer mist

Stamping the background paper - I love my new Basic Gray acrylic stamps!!

Sand, distress, fold, ink, stamp....doing all I can short of leaving my pieces of paper outside on the driveway for the elements to take their toll!

Boat Ride - Scrap Page & Elements

I had so much fun making this page!!!  


Pretty :)

I used a Basic Grey rub on and stuck crystals on to give it some BLING!!

Basic Grey Acrylic stamp and perfect pearls.

I made this butterfly using a paper flower and gems.

The end is nigh!!!!! (...and I for one can't wait!!)


I can't wait for school to be finally over!!!  Only 2 more school lunches to be packed!!!

I have been surfing scrapbooking on youtube....It is an amazing resource!!!  I think you can find tutorials on just about any technique available.

My friend showed me this one girl in particular.  She has just inspired me.  Her layouts are so simple and she uses a lot of paint....helps minimize the use of lots of printed paper.... I have added her to my favorite links, but for ease, here it is...

I would love you feedback or any links to blogs, web pages or other resources you find helpful!!

Click and enjoy.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

UAE Scrapbook Retreat 2010

Hello fellow addicts!!!

It has finally arrived....a week-end crop retreat!!!  Below is the article lifted from Tracy's site, called  Visit the site to get more information on the week-end away!!

Hello Gorgeous Girls!
We are a group of Scrappers in Dubai who have decided to arrange a Scrapbookers Retreat in October 2010.
The aim of the weekend is to get away and scrap with like-minded, paper and glue obsessed invididuals, who love to create both through their Art and Life!
Our goal is relaxation and endless hours of cropping, being treated like the Queen you are and sharing many laughs, hopes and dreams....
We hope you will join us - this will be a wonderful experience we would love to share with you.
Please ensure you are subscribed to this site as well as 'Scrapbooking in Dubai' so that you can get all the news and updates you need about the Weekend. This is a "Save the Date" Invitation. Please reserve your place at The Cove Rotana, enjoy your Summer and we will see you all at the end of October for our Cropping Adventure,  Yippee!
Can't wait,

I really feel that this will be an awesome break, and a much deserved one!!!  Spend some time with like minded people, in an awesome setting!!!

There is a booking form as well as other info on the week-end retreat.  Get a group of friends together and have a girlie week-end away :)

Please make sure you visit Christine's site at for more details and tips 'n tricks for the week end retreat!!!

Hope to see you all there!!!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First Crop at Creative Hands


I have been very quiet lately.  With the end of the school year coming up, I have been snowed under with end of year concerts, swimming galas, prize giving....the list just goes on!!!

We went for our first crop morning at Creative Hands yesterday morning...Wowee!!!  I can seriously recommend a caramel latte.  Annais shows her overflowing generosity and hospitality with the biggest mugs I have ever seen in my life!!!

The store is amazing and airy and there is plenty of space around the crop table so there is no need for you to shuffle around your crop totes etc to get around the table or to the well stocked store!!

I tried my hand at some shabby chic techniques yesterday, inspired by a workshop one of the girls went to over the week-end at Paper Lane.  I loved getting my hands full of stains and ink and making a HUGE mess on the table.  (Luckily the walnut stain wiped right of the white cropping table!!)

I also tried my hand a multi coloured stamping, and the results were amazing!!

This brings me to a "Tip of the Day":

This is a great help if the exact colour of glimmer mist you are after is not available, as well as a tad of a money saving tip.
You need a mister bottle, Perfect Pearls powder and Distress Ink re-inker.
Add a small amount of Perfect Pearls powder to the mister, add a couple of squirts of the Distress Ink re-inker, add a dash of water, mix with a skewer or the back of a teaspoon, and voila!! Glimmer mist!!  NOTE:  DO NOT CLOSE THE MISTER AND SHAKE THE will end up with a clogged mister!  You need to stir the mixture!!!
I have made one non-glimmer and one glimmer of each of my distress inks refills, making 3 products from on....(re-inkder for pad, glimmer mist, standard antiquing mist)

Happy scrapping and don't forget to e-mail me your low resolution images of your work for me to post on the blog!!

Yours in distressing!