Category Archives: Projects

Variety Club Dinner

The Midwest branch of the Children’s Variety Club holds a special place in my heart, and there’s not much I can offer to help this amazing charity in way of time or money, but I was pretty happy to be asked to make some thankyou tags to thank the sponsors at their Dinner.

This is what I came up with last year…

2013 thank you tags

This year for their Midwest Getaway Bash, the theme is “Around the World in 80 hours” and I know they are going to have a blast. I’ll be following The Hippies – Car 9 and their antics on Facebook. Should prove to be entertaining!

They leave Friday morning, you can go down and check out the cars at the start line. They will be having breakfast at the Indian Sunset and leave from the vacant block next to Mitchell and Brown. First car out at 8am.
Follow them on Facebook

I hope they have fun!

Time out to create

Tonight there was no class, but we still met up anyway for a bit of inky fun. I love watching Michelle go crazy with the Dylusions sprays – she loves colour that’s for sure!

20130701-230623.jpgShe had an idea and wanted to see how it would play out in real life, the first layer being lots of colour. Next she played with acrylic paint and glass bead gel medium to create large petals in a kaleidoscope of colour. It was 3/4 done when she left tonight, but I’ll be sure to grab a photo to share when I see her later in the week.
Eva also got very busy, taking on a few interesting projects.

20130701-231415.jpg She loves to paint with her fingers! I can’t wait to see the finished pages.
Me, I sat with a couple of blank gesso pages for a while.

20130701-231559.jpg I decided to use teal and purple, and to add texture paste mixed with teal as a frame, then to stamp the rubber stamp into it to add dimension

20130701-231744.jpg A bit of stamping with some black and white penning and it was done!

20130701-231852.jpgThe journaling reads

Those who are happiest never did have everything
But rather,
They are thankful for everything they do have

20130701-232103.jpgLove that quote, live that quote. ❤


10 minutes to decorate a caddy

I had a few minutes whilst “waiting for mate” tonight and saw this Dusty Attic Caddy sitting on the end of the table. Sandie had brought it in and it was put together, just clicked in place, it didn’t even need glue, tight fit!
It was looking very plain though, and I only had a couple of minutes till my friends were due to arrive so I wondered what to do with it that would be quick. Not really wanting to get the modpodge out (well, more to the point I didn’t want to wash brushes) My first instinct was to Glimmermist it, quick and easy. Then I decided that would not be pretty enough, so I grabbed a roll of Washi tape and went to work- a few minutes later it was covered! It adheres so nicely, conforming to the edges where the chipboard has a lip. You could use almost any colour it pattern, I chose a busy floral pattern so it wouldn’t matter if I overlapped or if it didn’t line up.
For the inside – not wanting any overspray, I brushed on Brick Glimmermist with a soft brush.
20130701-220346.jpgDone – this used just over half a roll of tape, and it fits a family of 12 Dylusions sprays or Glimmermists! We also have the large caddies if you have more in your family.
Have a great night


Art journaling to share

Some friends have a little art journaling to share with us from a few classes ago.

This is another take on one of our classes, I do believe this us from Eva’s Janice’s book (correct me please if I am wrong  thanks for the correction) and I love the “hands” and the play on words.

20130630-010403.jpgthe journaling reads

A Mothers hands can tell a story.
The hands of strength is a Mothers hand
You may hold my hand for a short time but you’ll hold my heart forever
A mothers hand never let’s go
Two hands are better than one
❤My Mum

Just lovely, a nice dedication to Janice’s Mum!
Next we have Janice’s page, using the “positive” image and boy… she has picked up the texture paste thing and “run with it”!

20130630-011039.jpgThese pages have layers of goodness! I love the silhouette of the cowboy.

20130630-011525.jpgThe journaling reads

The world of reality has its limits; but the world of imagination has no boundaries
Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter the least
Life is not about waiting got the storm to pass, it’s about learning up dance in the rain. Life is what happens up us while others are still making plans

And Julie has a lovely lady to share

20130630-012445.jpgJulie’s lady had beads and pearls and feathers too! The script stamps are a favourite, I don’t think I would ever tire of them.

Thanks to these lovely ladies for sharing with us –
Have a great day


Art journal covers

Know what I love about people? That they are all different. Yup! It takes many different people to keep this big ole world of ours turning.
In class I love seeing how people create in different ways. We pretty much all began with the same tools, and given a few simple directions we all head off on our own way. Here’s a few cover photographs I managed to snag from some of our art journal class.

20130610-001424.jpgEva’s cover is very textured, using the cog stencil and texture paste, glimmer mist and even some Washi tape over the spine. Very cool !

20130611-094856.jpgI have taken picture from the wrong side of the table so it’s upside down, this colourful and happy cover is Josie’s. It says IMAGINE, I love that title for an art journal!

20130611-095111.jpgThe scrolls on Minnie’s cover were my favourites from the very first art journal class, something about the textured swirls and colour – doesn’t it just make you smile?

20130611-095323.jpgThese lovely books are from the teacher herself. When you look from the pages side of the journal you can see sneak peeks of wonderful colour, just begging you you take a look inside. (And if you would like to see some of these wonderful pages in Michelle’s books, stay tuned for another art journal post soon)

20130611-095529.jpgJulie used the same stencil that I did, you can see my cover if you click HERE. Julie’s artwork has flowers, bling and an ingenious idea of incorporating a sheet if clear film to protect the surfaces, plus it looks pretty fancy! She is full of great ideas!
Stay safe and be good to one another.


Family House Printers Tray


Friday night fun at The Scrapbook House making a gorgeous house-shaped printers tray, filled with Prima papers and flowers.
We went a little overtime, but then that’s nothing new. Gotta love getting amongst the papers and glue.

20130526-222308.jpgMarion with a few papers here to play with and below Diana making sure it all fits just right.

20130526-222404.jpg Lucky we have plenty of room to spread out.

20130526-222716.jpgPat working away, trying to ignore my banter and bad-singing, can’t wait to see the finished products from everyone.

20130526-222838.jpgVerna, her burned fingers caused her a little trouble tonight, but she kept on – what a trooper!

20130526-223123.jpgRuth added lots of photos to her house, along with flowers and shells from home. A lovely family memento.

20130526-223301.jpgDecisions decisions! Each of our houses started the same, but will all be unique by the time they are ready to hang on the wall.

20130526-223512.jpgI added some things from my Prima stash to the little openings, and some photos too. This will be a gift for my Dad and StepMum – I hope they’ll like it.

20130526-223705.jpgWords cut from the Prima packaging, more flowers and some trinkets. Notice the cool little hammer I added near my Dads picture, I’ve been hanging onto that little beauty for ages, waiting for the perfect project to add it to.

20130526-223842.jpgMore flowers on the roof, the stems were twirled around a thin paintbrush in a spiral, then glued in place. A couple more trinkets and a photo of my babies! Complete! Thank you to Kira for the wonderful class and original design! I have one full kit left in store ($40) and houses on their own coming back into stock soon. They are $10.95 each. Thanks for looking!


Altered Apron Part 1

10 o’clock the night before homework is due… that’s about a perfect time to start work on a project. Well, that’s how I roll around here. 🙂 Luckily I have the ever-so-talented Emily here to guide me and together we worked on my “altering my apron homework”. It took about an hour to get to this stage, going for a starry night scene – can you see it?

Clean up took over half an hour more!
We began by wetting the apron and laying it in the bottom of the bath, best way to keep paint contained, and the bath needed a good clean anyway.

20130520-000805.jpgthen we pulled it out and laid it on butchers paper and cardboard… It was very very drippy and wet.

20130520-000930.jpg next we tried to dry it, but it was going to take forever, so we mopped up a little with paper and decided to add the Liquid Pearls and Ice Stickles anyway as it was getting late. 20130520-001212.jpg

it would probably bleed in, but, oh well, sigh… its no biggie. We added dots and more dots, then dotted a little Ice Stickles glitter in… I so love the hint of glitter.

20130520-001455.jpg and this is where we are up to now. Might add some Prima flowers when I get home from work after its had a chance to dry out. I am thinking it might lighten up a little too during the drying process. We will have to wait to see!
Have a great day!


Class one – homework

After we finished Art Journal class in December I thought I could keep inspired with my renewed arty energy. I should be able to do that, given that I work in a Scrapbook Store, surrounded by talented folk and awesome products, but I found myself busy with Christmas, school holidays and then all of a sudden Term 1 was upon us. It’s not until now, the first week of Art Journal 2 class that I am feeling back into it and I really enjoy the class environment too (except for those rowdy ones at the back of the class- ha ha, bringing Michelle a stick next week to keep them in line… wasn’t me… batts eyelashes) It’s so nice to have the paints back out again, and we all have a new book to play in. I hope you might like if I share some if my Art Journal Journey with you.

I have just now completed part one of our “homework” and I am feeling pretty pleased. Our Journals are each unique and we used a variety if mediums to get to this point, but I am completely in love with the Ava Stencil I used to get the face outlines so perfect. (Thanks Sandra for the loan of your stencil – I was “respectful” with it and cleaned the texture paste off it carefully)
All I needed to do was colour her in! I chose acrylic paints and after a few tries at it and some patient lessons from my daughter I am happy with the result. The words on the cover say “Seize the Day, please use the handles provided” and down the bottom it reads “Dare to be fabulous”
Now looking forward to Part 2 of my homework- the apron. Off to google Donna Downey’s creations now for inspiration, she’s the Calico Queen!

Here’s the “before” shot. Got any ideas of what I should write on it?

Oil Pastel Melting Art

Don’t have crayons to melt? You can also use oil pastels!

20130126-150316.jpg These ones from Crayola worked a treat for Emily, they still need to be hot glued into place on the canvas or board, and then use a heat gun to melt them. So easy and fun!

20130126-150459.jpgEmily allowed the first drops to cool before hitting the pastels again with the gun, creating thick gorgeous layers!


Completed Crayon Melt Art


So what do you think of the finished artwork? It was seriously so much fun to do, if you have ever thought if giving this a go at home, I say, “Do it!”

This is how I glued the crayons onto the canvas, using a hot glue gun (essential) and adding a few extras to give them more height.

Then I used a Heat Gun ( you could try a hair dryer if you didn’t have a heatgun, it would blow the wax about a whole lot more too, could be good for a splattered look?) and the wax dripped as melted. I let a section cool and then went back to add another layer, quite addictive really!

Crayon melt art

Earlier last year Emily and I came across some cool crayon melting art whilst we were floating around on the world of YouTube. We knew we just had to give that a go! Not that I had anywhere to put art like that, it’d be fun to play!

We played with oil pastels as we didn’t have any crayons in the house and had trouble getting them to stick to the board, we’d need the hot glue gun and that was at the shop… So we forgot about it for ages until we saw it again recently on Better Homes and Gardens and remembered we wanted to try this. Also, Joshua’s room is finished and provided the perfect spot to put something bright -right above his bed!

We’re using a long canvas and I went down to my local Jacksons, (love that shop!) and purchased a bunch of crayons. Best time to buy crayons is now, right before school, they are so cheap!

We sat and lined them up in colour order, but then I thought I’d have a trial on a smaller board first… you know… to figure out some kind of technique to use. It took us ages to get them just right, and each one was carefully lifted so not to mark the canvas.

And here is the trial version…

How cool is that? Joshy loves it too (ok, so he just wants to bash it, but that’s how we know he likes it, he’s reaching for it) so we will go ahead with the big one tonight.
It’s sitting here on the table, which is very difficult for boys on the autism spectrum to leave alone… they both have been compelled to line them up straight and I want them haphazard. Emily is using oil pastels again, which will give thicker drips of colour, I’ll be sure to post a picture soon!


A Sterling Day at Stirlings Shopping Centre

Today was the first day of our Free “Make and Take” sessions at our local shopping centre. Boys and girls came by our tables to get a little crafty and make some paper flowers, rosettes and embossed butterflies.
I saw quite a few Mums wearing gorgeous badges and flowers too as many kids wanted to make more.
We used the Cuttlebug machines and some dies to cut out the shapes needed and then emboss them too.
It was a fun day, I loved being out in town, I don’t seem to get there all that often as my “house-husband” does our shopping, and saw so many lovely familiar faces.
Emily will be in the shopping centre all this week making different things each day. Tomorrow is “mini gift bags” and I am sure they will be popular too!


In Gustave’s footsteps

Building of the Eiffel Tower has commenced as a prop for our “Weekend in Paris Retreat” I do believe it will be slightly less elegant than the original. Slightly.

We aren’t using 50 tonnes of paint either, (see I have done some homework) but have relieved Bunnings of many a paint can, and have now resorted to having the King crank up his air compressor and spray gun. He loves cleaning that, not. Well, at least he’s up on brownie points.

Here’s the building crew very busy at work.


Gotta love helpers. Underworked and overpaid. 🙂

Move over hubby, I have found a new love…

Sorry, but I’ll be spending the night with my new Crafters Templates tonight… I love them so much! I have used half a tub of texture paste too!

First there was this one…

This was the one that started it all last year for me… Do you remember that glimmer misting class with all those pages? Goodness it was a 6 page class, how could you EVER forget? Well, that brick was My favourite part of that class, (my least favourite was all that cutting of those pesky little flowers)

Well, the brick started it and then there was this one…


Which we used last term with texture paste and paints in Natalie’s class “Love”
You can’t see the template use in this picture, but it was this the class.


Now I have begun a mixed media class with Heartistry, and just HAD to get a few more… So I picked these ones up…




Tonight I have used, canvas, scrapbook paper, mod podge, gesso, texture paste and tissue! It was so much fun that all my kids joined in making their own creations too. I can’t wait to show you what we are up to with these!

Hubby? Well he just went to bed alone…
Oh well.

Baskets and boxes

Being around creative people is just one of the wonderful things about working in a scrapbook shop. Another is the wonderful people who are my customers. We get the best customers.

One of my older ladies occasionally brings things in to share what she has been doing, and this particular day she brought these origami style boxes in to show me. There is no glue involved in making these, and each is made with a 4 sheets of scrapbook paper.


While she was with me, she whipped up this 1 sheet wonder, in a couple of folds and a tiny bit of tape, we had this cute basket that could be cute for lolly bags and small gifts. I can see these being made with the new Prima Sun Kiss range, with a bunch of flowers and pearls too!


Have a great day!

Fly free

Want a sweet little project to put together? Try one of the chipboard birdcages, like this one by Kira. She has chosen a whimsical blue to paint her Twiddleybitz project and added some gorgeous Prima flowers and pearls.


The roof has one of the sweet papers also by Prima. I love how carefully Kira has painted this, leaving the insides of the railings in the natural chip colour, it gives it better depth, and hidden inside is the sweetest little nest with robin eggs. I have a few sets of these, and was keen to out them on a page, but seeing them in this cage, it’s like they were made for it!
Now if I can just find a bird…




Are you the type of person that is envious of the kids that have art classes at school nowadays? I am! We didn’t have a fabulous art program at school back in my day!
I have looked at a few art and mixed media classes and they haven’t been quite right, and also looked at a couple online, eyeing of Wyanne’s art classes for so long. I can’t do this on my own, and really need a class to encourage me along.
Then a friend of a friend posted a message online about this online mixed media class coming up in April with Louise Williams… and I jumped on it, booking back in early February. I thought April was a long way off, leaving me plenty of time to prepare (both to get all the stuff I need, and a couple of months to clear my messy desk) but it has snuck up on me in my slackness. Oh, I will never change.

So… If you’d like to join this adventure I think Louise is still taking registrations, go check it out!


Artistic kids

Kids need to be kids, and that includes sleeping in and playing games. I don’t know about you, but I love the school holidays when the kids get a chance to kick back and relax, Lord knows it’ll pass all too soon, they’ll be grown and wishing they were teenagers again.
So I let my kids be kids, they sleep late, they play games, they see friends. We chat, we swim and we spend time in the yard together. I do ask them to a few simple things though.

Do something productive
Do something helpful.

And for the rest of the day… Enjoy yourself! (Just don’t bug anyone too much)

Our kids classes are on again next week, and there are two days of free choice… Where kids just get to be kids. They can do whatever they like, a scrapbook page, cards or just make flowers if they choose. Free choice.
We also have some projects and also some scrapbook pages for them to do too. Check the flyer in “current timetable” for projects and dates and times.
On Thursday we did this little project where the kids got inky with the glimmermists, stickers, and other embellishments. They had fun! Some created their own designs, others used the samples as inspiration.


We have scrapbooking for kids also on during Term 2, and if your little scrapper would like to join us you might be wise to get in quick to book a place.


Term 2 kids classes begin on Saturday 5th May, each class is held fortnightly at 1pm – 3pm. Cost is $80 term, (=$16 class) or individually $20 class.


Paper dress

The new Bo Bunny Double Dot paper line has been displayed in a different way in our store today as Emily’s paper dress idea was completed on the gorgeous wire bodice given to me as a Christmas gift by Sharon. Thanks Sharon!
She chose the Tim Holtz rosette die to cut the various colours into rosettes to decorate and the new Cricut machine cut the swirls (they are from the new cartridge that is pre-installed in the newest version of Cricut)
Gorgeous huh?


And here is a closer image. There is also another sheet of paper where we have cut the words out, we love the quote from the book “The Help” You is kind. You is Smart. You is Important.

It seemed only perfect to add this and the other words and banners cut from the paper too…. now I can’t think of the name of that paper now, but it’ll come to me.We have also used the Martha Stewart Border punch and the butterfly punch. Cute huh? We have used plenty of hot glue and the paper ribbon bow is one that Emily drew for her last kids class. It’s very simple, and she has a template at the store, just ask when you are in next if you’d like to trace it off to make your own.


Thanks for looking, I hope you like!

The Travelling Red Dress

Have you ever felt the need to look wonderful even if you didn’t feel it?  My friend Basilia gave some friends this opportunity last weekend and a little magic was shared.

I haven’t been feeling the happiest lately, and have started a dozen blog posts and posted none, lacking the courage to be sad openly and honestly when there are so many good things in my life. Perhaps I might just click “publish” and share one of these posts soon. Perhaps not. Probably not. It’s so much easier to just smile, even if it’s hard to smile. If you are new to my blog then a little background here  is one post a long time ago with a little insight to my boy, who is often, unfortunately, the reason I want to cry.

The Travelling Red Dress is Magical you see, and you could be the next to feel it’s special effects. Yes “you”. Yes “really”.

A short while ago I read a blog post by Jenny about The Travelling Red Dress and loved the thought behind it. I have followed Jenny since I first read about KKMF and I have admired her use of language. She is bold and honest, and fearlessly writes her way into your heart.  God I wish I had her guts! She has had her share of downs and is hilariously funny. Anyway, she posted about revisiting the Red Dress, I read it, and thought along with a million other people that it was a nice thing to do. Then it promptly left my mind. My friend Basilia brought it up a few days later,  I recalled the post and how wonderful it was, but Bas was bent on the idea that she would DO IT! She wanted to buy a dress, have some fun in it and then send it on its way to brighten lives, give smiles and maybe make someone feel good for a while. What heart she has!

From Jenny (aka The Bloggess)
“I want, just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies.  I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be.  And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”.  Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better.  Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it.

And I am worth it.”

” But here’s the thing…you are worth it too.  Which is why this week the red dress will begin a journey, traveling from city to city so that other people can wear it and love it and feel as special and vivid and dynamic as they already are.  Because sometimes we all need a little red dress to remind us of that. ”

The Traveling Red Dress  and The Traveling Red Dress Revisted. Go see her amazing photos and read her words. I love her.
Pay a visit to her Pinterest Board also and see the amazing red dresses. Sigh

Jenny sent it on to Leanne in Canada – she rocked that dress in snow boots as she embraced Winter.  See her here The Travelling Red Dress in Canada –  and here is her post when the magical red dress began it’s journey to her.

This dress is being shared in Australia, starting here in Geraldton and hopefully it will go on and on until the dress is threadbare and completely worn out. Please join the facebook page to see where our dress will go, who it might reach and every once in a while the lives it might touch. Lets scatter this magic as far as we can.
If you would like to wear this dress for whatever reason, please let us know here, it might just make its way to you.
You don’t have to share your experience, you don’t have to share your photographs, the only real responsibility you would have is to send it on to the next person with instructions to keep it going. 
 It fits a variety of sizes, as you will see in the amazing photos as it has a corsetted back, with an extra piece that fits in to make it suit larger sizes too.

On our girlie weekend away, all 5 of us slipped into the dress, and shone for a short while, while our friends photographed us. I must admit it was a little daunting, especially as I was mostly concerned about my weight, my skin, my hair and how it would come up in photographs. Ugh. I am plain, I am heavy. I don’t like to spend money at the hairdressers, and years of oily skin has ruined my pores. I don’t like looking at myself, I don’t really care that much,  and I don’t even own a full-length mirror. I am not usually worried about how I look. But I loved that dress! I would never ever have a dress like that.  Oh how I desperately wanted to look beautiful and I thought that dress would do it. I was disappointed when I saw the photographs, the fat spilling over the edges in some, the silly smile I plaster on because my relaxed face looks like I am angry, or sad, or something. Then I took a better look when I got home and I showed my kids. ” Oh Mum, you are so beautiful”. They looked past the fat, the plain hair, the open pores. They even looked past the dress – and they think I am beautiful. They really do. Then I picked out the fat ones and edited others, oh how I love photoshop. 🙂 And God I love that dress!

Thank you Basilia for the opportunity to look beautiful, to run about outside the police station in a fabulous red dress. Thank you Nat for all the beautiful photographs, you have such an artistic eye and so patient to get the right shot. Thank you to my lovely friends for such a great weekend – golly it WAS FUN~!  (see their photographs here – please click “like” and show your support) and thank you Jenny! You inspired so many people. The world is a better place because people like you are in it~

Want to wear this dress? Click here and you just might be able to!