Life is Better with a Smoothie

Hi everyone,

Today I have a layout to share with  you for Sketchabilities.  It is the first reveal of the new DT so do check out all the amazing inspiration over at the Sketchabilities Blog.  Sketch 127:
10438138_10202710417788758_3191306043171748799_nThis is such a cute sketch.  I love the smaller photos  as it allows you to add lots of photos but still have white space and lots of layering and details too.  I actually rotated the sketch and used landscape photos of us taking selfies and having smoothies last summer.  I broke into a fresh Crazy Monday Kit and mixed it in with some Amy Tan Empherema and Maggie Holmes is in there as well.

Michelle Whorwood Sketch 127 no watermark

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Michelle xx

You’re A Gem




Welcome back!

I’m sharing my layout for Sketchabilities Sketch #126 today.  This is the sketch.  I really love this one… from the square photo, to the layering and the prettiness of those drips! 

My take:

Michelle whorwood sketch 126

This layout features a super cute Aimee in Fiji after being at the kids club and having her face painted into a cat.  I first painted my white cardstock with some white gesso to create a base for my misting.   This helps the mist to not ‘sink’ into the cardstock.  I sprayed some neon pink and gold Mister Huey mist and then spritzed some water and held my page up so that it ‘dripped’ down my page.  I love the hot pink and gold colour combo and this worked really well with this photo.  The ‘You’re a Gem” is a cut file from the Cut Shoppe which I love as it sums up Miss Aimee in three words!  Although right now she is definitely a bit of a madam!  I hope that is just a stage…

Some close ups:
Youre a gem detail2 Youre a gem detail1 Youre a gem detailWe have a brand new sponsor :

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Color Stories Inspiration


I have two layouts to share with you all for Color Stories Inspiration.  The first one for Case File 146:  146flat

I totally loved the hot pinks and white combo and offset this with touches of black to give it a bit of pop!  Mostly, I have used up some of my Crazy Monday Kits on this one again.  One of the main things I love about doing colour challenges is that it gets me using up that stash.  Again, Project Life cards feature on my layout – I find these work so well slipped in under photos and I love the ‘so this happened’ card which was pretty fitting for having our third child!!  The white arrow is from the Cut Shoppe.

CSI 146 unframed

Close ups:
CSI 146 detail 2 CSI 146 detail 3 CSI 146 detailMy second layout is the CC-3 collaboration file.   Which is also the first dt reveal for the new DT at CSI.  There is some AMAZING inspiration up on the blog here

cc3flatAnd my layout:

CSI dt reveal layoutTo create my background I first added some sprays of water with my spritzer onto my white cardstock so that it is nice and wet and then I added some pale yellow water colour from my SC Mister Huey watercolour set.  I then used a Heidi Swapp mask with some texture paste and added some mist splatters.  The feather is from the Cut Shoppe which I have misted with a Heidi Swapp mist to match the colour scheme.

Close ups:
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Both case files are up now on the CSI website so I hope you can play along with us !!




Elmo Banana & Me

Another layout I have created recently for Color Stories Inspiration is another layout featuring a photo from Fiji.  The kids all had a ball with the kids club and the Fijian people have a real love of kids that come to visit.  The case file:


CSI 144 no bannerEvidence: Ampersands, polkadots, paint (on the wood veneer &) metal – wow and staples, and sticker phrases.

Testimony: Used the world REAL.  Journalling is behind the photo.

Close ups:

CSI 144 detail 1 CSI 144 detail 2 CSI 144 detailAs you can see I have used the cut file from the Cut Shoppe – ‘And then’ which I used in my previous post here.  I love how one cut can go two ways with the positive and negative images being able to be used on my layouts.

I will have another layout to share for CSI shortly.

Michelle xx


Hi everyone!

I have my last layout  to share with you all for my DT term at the Cut Shoppe. As much as I’m super sad to be finishing up working with Ashley and the team but I have had such an amazing time creating with Ashley’s cut files and I know I will definitely continue to add them to my layouts going forward.

On to the layout…. I thought I would do something a bit different and I have used  ‘And Then’ cut file on my layout but instead of using the actual file, I have used the positive left over Ampersands to create a mixed media background using texture paste.  It is a really simple technique background to achieve, firstly, just paint on some texture paste or similar gel medium would work.  I then used this is a glue and added the Ampersands randomly overlapping to create some texture and interest.    I love the white on white look as it creates interest without too much clutter on the page.

XO framed
close ups:
XO detail XO detail 2 XO detail 1

the ‘and then’ cut file I’ve used:
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my layouts using the Cut Shoppe cut files as much as I have enjoyed creating them over the last few months.
Until next time.
Michelle xx

Now &Then

My latest share for The Cut Shoppe was on the blog a few days ago.  I have just realised I haven’t actually shared it properly on my blog.

This layout  features my family posing for a photo in Fiji – back in November 2011 and then recently when we travelled in August 2014.  It was so much fun comparing our family portraits (I was pregnant with Aimee in the ‘then’ photo).  I just love that scrapbooking allows me to document stories such as these.   I have used the Peace Out 12×12 cut file to layer over my background patterned paper by Shimelle.  There are so many cool backgrounds in the shop and I love adding these as an extra layer on my layouts.  Shimelle’s patterned paper makes a gorgeous background especially for summery photos.
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Close ups:
then and now detail then and now detail 2 then and now detail 1I hope that I can do ‘another’ family portrait in Fiji soon… its a such a fun place to take the family on holiday.  All the kids had a ball!


Michelle xx


Cheese Volcano


The sketch #125 has gone live at Sketchabilities.  I’m super excited to be back designing with these sketches for another term.  There are some AMAZING sketches coming up in the next few months so I hope you can play along with us to win some cool prizes.  Here is the sketch this fortnight:10542798_10202145543027242_4946112808054503865_n

Here is my take:  What I loved about this sketch is that you could use a multiple of photos or just one.  I have used one photo and then added some project life cards and tags and little bags to represent the other photos or rectangles in the sketch.
Michelle Whorwood Sketch 125

This was a super cute photo of Aimee in Fiji.  At breakfast she was eating a rectangle of cheese.  She toook a bit out of the cheese and announced that it was a cheese volcano!  At creche they had been doing some work on volcanos and specifically Rangitoto which actually looks a bit like her cheese. I don’t know where else she would have picked up this from apart from what was going on at Creche.  It just goes to show how much they are little sponges at this age.  I don’t have many flowers in my stash at the moment so I decided to get my trusty cameo out and cut some flowers and leaves from the Funky Florals cut file from the Cut Shoppe.  And added these to my layout.  funky florals

cheese scone detail 1 cheese scone detailThanks for stopping by today.  Hope you get to play along with us for this sketch.


Michelle xx



My Cute Bula Girls

I have another layout to share with you all today. It is for the latest Sketchabilities sketch #124.  I must admit – hexagons aren’t my favourite shape to work with.  I haven’t had much success when trying to add them to layouts that I usually give up and work with something else instead.  10436199_10202145541187196_9027577617475370797_n

But – I am reasonably happy with how this one turned out.  I love this crazy photo of my girls with their friend Alice in Fiji.  I snapped a whole lot of photos but I like that the girls are so preoccupied with their costumes and their nails to be looking at the camera.  for the little rectangles I used two more photos from the series of my girls actually looking at the camera.

Michelle Whorwood Sketch 124

I have used a combo of a Studio Calico kit and my Crazy Monday September Embellishment Kit.  I am in LOVE with those little hearts. The ‘love’ arrow is from the same cut file set as my previous layout.  Called ‘Target Practice’  - I cut a few of these out in white cardstock as they are so handy to have on hand to add to your layouts.  Close ups:

Michelle Whorwod Sketch 124 detail Michelle Whorwod Sketch 124 detail2 Michelle Whorwod Sketch 124 Michelle Whorwod Sketch 125 detail2

Please be sure to link your project for sketch #124 no later than October 13th on the Sketchabilities Blog in order to qualify for our Sponsor giveaway.

Have a good one


CSI -141


Today, I have a layout to share for Color Stories Inspiration.  Here is the case file:141flat
My layout for the case.  Liam was just being crazy and hanging around upside down on the couch.  Sometimes I feel like he spends a lot of his time upside  down and being silly on the couch- it just drives me nuts.  Love this photo though. CSI 141 Michelle Whorwood

Evidence: clouds, lots of layers
Testimony: – hidden journalling between the layers on a journaling card (this photograph)


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The ‘like’ arrow is from a cut file from The Cut Shoppe called Target Practice.  Which has eight cute arrows you can cut out.

target practiceThanks for popping by

Michelle xx


Cheese Scone!

I shared another layout on the Cut Shoppe Blog using the amazing Clique kit, Study Abroad and the following two cut files.

My layout:
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I have also used two cut files from The Cut Shoppe – the ‘Think Less Live More” and the “Flash Cards 3×4″ cut files.  I first used the ‘Think Less Live More’ phrase as a border strip to create visual interest down the left hand side of my layout.  I do really love using the word ‘hello’ on my layouts and incorporated this cut file into my title.   To do this – I cut the 3×4 flash card out with the ‘hello’ on it (enlarging it first) and then removed the border frame from it so I was just left with the word itself. I then misted the word with a yellow mist and outlined the word and speech bubble in black pen.
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Thanks for stopping by today!