Sunday, 21 December 2014

Amiche de Scrap PL Challenge #12

There's a quick PL challenge to take over at Amiche di Scraps...
To create a Project Life Page with some sequins...
Here's my Guest Design page
Hope you might join in
Got my girls home.... snuggled on the couch watching tv
(this is what I came home to after rehearsals today and seeing Meaghan for the first time )
while the other was singing in the Carols by Candlelight
Waiting behind the scenes for their turn to go on stage...

Nice green tunics Paige!!!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Let's December Daily.... Pages 7-13

Check out
to see my altered book take shape....

Friday, 19 December 2014

My Poor Blog Feels Sparce at the Moment...

That's because so much is going on in the background.
Firstly, I'm choreographing for the Disney version of  Beauty and the Beast Musical at the moment and its taking much more time than I ever intended, especially coming off the back of ' The Nutcracker'. 
Secondly in between family and home with Christmas, running to rehearsals, I'm trying to get my December Daily for 'Let's December Daily' (which I'm loving) up to date and posted online there (of course everything else is standing in the way of scrapping lol!)
And thirdly..... must confess, there has not been one present bought yet!!!
Alarming you might think!  It will be one of our usual one big swoop things we usually do...
yes, dh and I go shopping at 10pm at night - to be all finished by midnight in the week before Christmas... when NO one is about, NO lines at checkout... and most times lucky with last minute sales!
So... maybe this isn't your cup of tea... but its ours and we do it every year :)

 We are so proud of Paige!!!
She got first-round offer to go to the University she has applied for....
Armed with my camera as she read her letter!!

Then she jumped and squealed and hugged everyone in her way around the house ...
and didn't sleep a wink with excitement last night!
Congratulations Paige!!
And lastly, and Meaghan comes home from New Zealand on Saturday for a couple of weeks!
And with Hannah home too....weeeelll
lots of family photo opportunity!!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Let's December Daily and 30 Days of Lists..... for days 5 and 6

There's another page or two update on my
December Daily and December Lists book

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Let's December Daily and 30 Lists of Days Days 2-4

Head on over the 'Let's December Daily'
There's heaps to see and share
You'll find it

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Happy 18th Birthday Paige!!

I've been missing I know,
and catching up is definitely on my list from tomorrow on because
I'm on holidays now until mid February!!
But it also meant that the frenzy leading up to finishing work felt unbelievably shemozzle at times and moments I truly did question whether we would cross that finishing line!!!
We have and today our ballet production of 'The Nutcracker' is over..
(Paige in green doing turns in a circle with the other girls)
But not only that, we also celebrated Paige's
18th Birthday....
nothing cake!
Such a beautiful young lady...
so very very proud!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Let's December Daily.... Dec 1st

Oh boy I cant believe it's December!
It snuck up! LOL!
The last four days have been exhausting here with many
commitments to fill, running from one event to another....
Today, I caught up.... and scrapped...
and it was nice!
Be sure to check
Let's December Daily to see my first pages:
Here's a sneak...
Might see you over there...

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Let's December Daily - 30 Days of Lists....., Our Beautiful World.....and more!

Be sure to head on over to
to see  the pre-planning done in my little 'Companion' book to my December Daily
Its 30 Day's of Lists:
We've had so much on lately...
 Paige's Graduation from Yr 12 and her ball
very grainy shot from far away
Her lovely dress and hair:
Her very best friends who have been together for years...
Got the certificates, and then it was
off to the ball!!!
Finally after two decades of  running to that school twice a day between my eldest starting  to my youngest finishing... its over!

Our Beautiful World

inspirational prompt is


And with only one week away from Summer...

this little bumble bee is very busy scooting from one
Granny Nightcap to the next...

Lucky shot (while hanging out the clothes, raced inside to get camera and it was STILL there!)


Also, had a wonderful win over at

Jennifer Grace Frosty Blog Event!!

Thrilled to bits!!
And had a blast trying out new things..
Loved the whole process and look forward to the next one!



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Last Projects for Jennifer Grace's Frosty Blog Event....

Here are the last few projects I had ready for
Jennifer Grace's Frosty Blog Event...
A bold deer character (made him Rudolph!)with entanglement and some jingle bells!
Using some string - wound it on a splat of glue to make the nose
and cut out an outline silhouette found online and printed it on blue paper

Stitched a border too.
Ah weeeeell.... I made one!  The clay I used is quite soft so it was hard to keep shape
but eventually it dried - and got it painted.
I love little baby plovers and at the moment they are emerging from eggs..with very protective swooping mothers..  LOL,... its a funny looking bird! 

Bit of fun though!
Made one(would have made more but ran out of time) from the Christmas Movie
 'Meet Me in St Louis' with Judy Garland singing
 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
One last photo....
Happy Birthday!
Paige's Nan turned 82 a couple of days ago...
I love this photo....
Bless their hearts

Saturday, 15 November 2014

December Daily - 2014

Yes, I've  two books to complete...(sigh.... lol - how fun!)

One being the December Daily, and the other a smaller almost matching book which is going to be the 'Companion' to my December Daily (30 days of lists) - an experiment this year!
You can read the whole idea behind this HERE over  on a post just for December 30 Days of Lists'

I started with these: 


Here in this post its all about this December Daily!

It's a bit bumped and bruised from its life time of obvious use...
 and when using a vintage book to alter - this may be what you might find...

 Some gold book corners to the rescue.....

Then the spine needed some drastic measures:
 (Even more evidence it has definitely been a much loved read and constantly re-read book)

So with a matching piece of ribbon and some fabric glue...
......fixed that problem...

 Then it was about getting the cover decorated!!
I love a 'door' effect!   And these Prima ones are perfect!
Love the shape of them, kinda sympathetic to the era of the book

Out came the gold and blue paint to bring the doors to suit the book cover a little more.
You can compare with the picture above what I changed -  kept the 'shading' while painting the gold,  put in some black pen definition and then painted with the blue

The one thing I kept being bothered by was that the doors looked 'cut-off' down the bottom
and no matter how I tried to rearrange them with embellishments...
they were still plain 'cut-off-short' looking!
Rectified that.... with a chipboard add-on...

Now painted, and with some embellishing to cover the join,
it looks much better elongated!
These embellishments are just 'sitting' there, not stuck down...
hmmn...havent finished with them yet.

With some Dimensional Magic, coated the pine tree and the holly and berries.
Finished off with a bright glitter star, a bow, some gold lace and the wording -
it takes the focus off where the bottom of the doors were joined.
Then touched up the paint too.
Some little gold numbering on the door becomes the year.

Before starting into the daily scrapping, my book still needed some serious work for
 'guttering' in the spine. One side is the inside cover, and the other is the first page of the book.

This is 10cm wide tape

Then glued that first page to the cover side by flipping the page over 
and now it reveals two blank pages and using some stripey 10cm washi tape
 to do another strip along the spine to strengthen it more
Next is what I've been thinking to do and hoping it will turn out okay!
 Creating a little window to see through....
love this Bobunny see- through film strip

Three frames is wide enough for the book...
and measured the size

Cut out to reveal the title of the book underneath:

The title page revealed.
I've painted out the cataloging print guff etc to make a frame for a photo.

 Now stuck in place and lifted to see the underneath....
Now with that done, its time to start the pages!
Firstly, like a book there are plate pages, and forewords etc...
I've still followed it, trying to be sympathetic to the whole 'book' ideal...
On the left hand side on now what is the inside cover, I've written a little spiel about picking blue cloth covered vintage books and working by two books together (Dec Daily and the 30days of lists)
Then on the right is the window page with a sneak peek at the title.....

The title page: gessoed and painted,   the reverse side of the window on the left hand side and luckily the title fell in line with Paige's very last Christmas concert with her much loved singing teacher of 11 years... they sung carols so this was perfect to personalise the title.....
Next is the 'Foreword' 
I wouldnt have kept this, however I could not believe the words!!! 
 Other than blotting out a couple of words, it was a perfect introduction for readers to see!
Priceless!   This tag was made a couple of weeks ago for a blog event, and it was perfect here. 
Now... ready to begin the daily pages!! 
At last!
December 1st:
Products (except angel) are Teresa Collins Tinsel and Co.  which can be found at Scrap Therapy
How cute is that little felt candle!!

Day 2
I managed to get some very wide washi tape (green stripe and red dot) from a little shop called 'Little Paper Lane' it's in Sydney,  and I 'think' at the moment it may be sold out, but ask if she could get more in if you want it because it's super awesome (has heaps of narrower washi too!!)   It's especially good for my book where there is a little bit of 'guttering' down the centre.

The alphbet is a Kaisercraft 12x12 called 'Timeless Collection - Script'
It's big and bold and fabulous!
So cut out the letters needed and placed the two words over the two pages.

Day 3
This tape isnt washi, more a plastic packing tape - it can be found at Ribbons Galore
It's a stronger tape which is needed for a huge 'gutter' down the middle.
It really does a wonderful job at holding things together for future use! 
  The pages are painted to take away some of the 'busy-ness' 

Day 4
The tape has been run across the page here as there was a tiny tear at both the top and bottom of the page where its bound.  Instant fix!  

Day 5

Watercolouring is a great way to produce a muted background and shadowing to images, 
or to balance out colour across a page.  Build a photo into the Christmas tree
for a bit of a festive look to a non-festive pic.

 Day 6
This day was HUGE... we had so much on and I really wanted to capture a heap of things..
First is 'The Nutcracker"  As we had three acts  - I did a page for each act (with transparency inserts) and finished with Paige's 18th birthday - yes all on one day!
The book afforded the use of multi-pages, so took advantage of it.
  I would think that Christmas Day will also be over a few pages too :)

Day 6 - page 1
Love the use of Tim Holtz 'Snow Tree' die especially when using glitter paper! The 'skater' is a diecut (came in a packet) which was just plain pattern paper.  I've given it definition by drawing in lines, added in facial features, painted white, glued on lace and trim and used an ivy rubon.
The cape is the original pattern of the paper.

Paint over print to calm it down and mute the background so the handwriting is easier to see.
A little bird rubon is a nice little festive touch

Day 6 page 2
Because there were many photos to use, I've created two transparency insert pages.
(Step by step is included below)

Day 6 - page 3
The trick is to make sure your front pictures match exactly your back picture so when it flips over, its all squared up and plain backs of the photos on reverse arent shown. If there is overhang like the bottom photo on the right... colour it and use for journaling :)
  It's also lovely to get a peekaboo at photos on the other pages.

Day 6 - page 4
I didnt have a matching photo (on the top left) to match the back to the front ,
so instead made a frame, and added journaling.

Here's how its done....
First the guttering in the spine needed addressing with the wide washi tape.
The transparency is a 12 x12 made by KaiserCraft and 
cut down to two pieces to fit inside the book pages. The pieces are just resting here.
 (Transparencies are so hard to define when photographing!!!)

Run a bit of contrasting washi tape down one side....this is the reverse side of the washi tape...
tear off a strip and placed it face down, then press the edge of the transparency to it. I find it an easier way to keep the edges 'straight' when adhering one to the other.

Then stick down on the left hand side page near the spine with the transparency flipped to the right.
(The washi is right side up and the transparency is in reverse)

Once stuck down, flip the transparency to the left and run another piece of washi tape along the edge so both sides are finished off and adhered well in place :)

Then repeat the same with the other side.
I've made it so the brighter side (the face up side) of the transparency is the centre page. As with most transparencies, the face side up is more defined in colour and image, and the reverse - not so much.

Here's how it looks at the base (if you can work out what I mean)
I've held the left side up and the right side is flat.

Left side about to be flipped and the other just resting open.

Day 6 Page 5
 I've repeated the sticking in of another transparency (only one this time)  on the next page.
The word 'then' is actually there for the last page - but it also works for this page too..
Thats the great thing about using transparencies...
there are so many ways to make the most of see-through embellishments, photos, words etc.

Day 6 - page 6
Again, I didnt have a matching backing photo for the top left hand side, so attached a journaling card.
The word 'Then' with its intended use - Paige's birthday.
And see those little tabs sticking out of the top photo....weeeeell......

Already with too many pages for the 6th, tabbed and stored Paige's 'night' out with the senior ballet dancers under the top photo - works a treat!

Some might say - too many photos -and I could cut them down....but to us... these are big events in our lives that take up so much time, effort and emotion, that it wouldnt be right not to be in this book.
And like with any scrapbooking project - you make up the rules... or better still - dont have any!

Used a very dark brown gelato, and some inks for the background.
The little blue stars are cut from a piece of  very inexpensive Christmas chiffon fabric that caught my eye and the result is a great little embellishment.  Tip is to keep an eye out for fabrics, they can often serve as a wonderful alternative and something different from scrappy products.

Day 8
Underneath the photo on the left, I've used a negative strip of star music paper left over from punching out little stars. By placing a piece of blue seam binding underneath, it helps for the negative image to stand out and another way to create an effective embellishment.

Day 9
Two clear transparent frames were created here to become full page sequin shakers.

Cut some frames, and clear transparencies to size

Sew (or glue) the frames to the transparencies

Then sewed the photo on the outside of the frame (there's a reason for this)

One of the things we dont want is for the sequins to get stuck under the photo, or congregate there so the effect of the shaker page is lost.  So it's a matter of spreading out the sequins first to the surrounds of the photo. Then glue the underside area of the transparency where only the photo sits ...(and the outside frame) and press down over the top of the carefully placed sequins on the page. Then the sequins are restriced to the outside area of the photo can shake all around it.

Day 10

Day 11
Using some hung tags can be effective

Day 12
The products on this page have been sent by Lee-Anne at Scrap Therapy...fabulous Teresa Collins range of Tinsel and Co.  The paper background  - white cardstock and 'Stars Paper' and the gorgeous little tag is '20 Emphemera Tags'  Alpa and words are 'Alpha & Label Stickers'.
 I'm totally in love with the sequins.. love the stars (below), but also the oversize round ones that come with the stars in gold, white gold and red..
And how fabby is the green trim for my shelves  found here  I actually ironed it flatter so closing the book would sit a bit better.

Day 13
On the right, an inexpensive Christmas trim has been used as a background....
I've drawn a bit of a curly frame underneath it.