This is my happy place!

Happy Monday peeps!

I’m up on the Cut Shoppe Blog with my second DT share.  I had loads of fun creating this layout… I just loved the stripey piece of patterned paper that was part of a recent Studio Calico kit mixed in with some Amy Tan Plus one collection it makes a really bright and fun layout.  The embellishments are mostly from my July Crazy Monday Embellishment Kit.

So, on this layout, I have actually used three different cut files.  Firstly, I have used the negative images from the ‘It Adds Up’ cut file which are the little plus signs on my layout.  I had cut out this file for something else but I am always looking for ways in which to utilize all parts of an image that I have cut out and using the negatives are a great way of doing this.  I have also used one of the new cut files in store ‘borderlines’ which I just loved and is so versatile with four different borders to choose from.   Lastly, I have used the ‘Stars and Stripes’ cut file to create some visual interest down the left hand side of my page.   I have also added some of the same piece of the striped patterned paper behind this cut file to add some colour to these shapes.  All of my cuts I have outlined in black with my precision pen as I really wanted these shapes to ‘pop’ and be quite graphic.
CTS Second layout bannerClose up:
2014 07 21_5085_edited-1Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have enjoyed my second layout for the Cut Shoppe!



CSI #132

Hi everyone,

The latest CSI challenge is up!

and my take:

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Evidence: Birds, floral pattern and label stickers
Testimony: Using the word cute in my journaling.

Close ups:CSI 132 Michelle whorwood detail2 CSI 132 Michelle whorwood detailHope you have time to come and  play along with us for this fun challenge!

Michelle xx


CSI Sketch 131

Hi everyone

Today I have a layout to share for Color Stories Inspiration #131. Here is the case file:

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And here is my layout:

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I just loved this sketch!  The woodgrain worked perfectly too with my photos from the Rotorua Marathon.    The Pretty Plaid cameo cut is from The Cut Shoppe which can be found here.  Prior to cutting it, I resized it and then trimed it slightly to get it to work under my photo and turned it so that it was up and down rather than diagonal.

Evidence – wood grain, plaid and pen work
Testimony – journalled about an outdoor activity which is on the back of my layout. It was super cold outside on the morning of the Rotorua Marathon but it didn’t stop the three of you from enjoying playing at a playground near the start line and playing with the leaves that had fallen on the ground

Close ups:CSI 131 Michelle Whorwood detail 2 CSI 131 Michelle Whorwood detailThis was a great sketch to get 5 photos on one layout.  Perfect for an event type layout.

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle xx


Be You.


Here is my first layout for The Cut Shoppe!

Aimee decided to dress up in one of her older brother’s Batman costumes and my gosh was just the cutest thing in it! She is such a cheeky monkey and totally knows it too!
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About the cut file – one my favourite things to do is to create titles using cut files so I thought the cut file called Be You – “Be the you you want to be” was just a perfect sentiment that I wanted to instill in my youngest child!!  The title cut quite large – you can definitely re size it but as it was so big – I decided to cut the file in half and add it to my layout as this creates movement and visual interest drawing you into my photo.  I really love how the white cardstock POPs on my black background.

CTS First layout detail 2 CTS First layout detailOhter products on this layout came from the utterly gorgeous “Orange is the New Black” scrapbooking and embellishment kit from Crazy Monday.  I think I am in love with the oranges and the teals in this kit.  I don’t often use black as a cardstock base but I love how it looks on this layout.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!



D-Lish Scraps – Birthday Bonanza – Mood Board by Agnus


The fourth challenge was a mood board set by Agnus.

Not really that sure about this layout… just feels like there is a bit too much going on.  But here it is anyway!

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close ups:

2014 07 09_5001_edited-1 2014 07 09_4999_edited-1 2014 07 09_4997_edited-1The Stars are a cut file from the Cut Shoppe called Counting the Stars which I have used half of it and added it to the left hand side of my layout.

Thanks for stopping by today!


D-lish Scraps Birthday Bonanza – Kylie’s sketch

The next challenge was a sketch challenge set by Kylie.

Here is my take.  I loved the way there was three photos and used some instax photos of when we went up the Sky Tower.  I used some water coloured paints on my background and splatterd some neon Mister Hueys and Heidi Swapp Ephemera to embellish. Lots of goodies from D-lish on here including canvas cuts and freckled fawn stars.Challenge Two Sketch

close up:
2014 07 05_4667_edited-1Thanks for stopping by my blog today.



D-lish Scraps 5th Birthday – Tarrah’s layout


I took part in several challenges for D-lish Scraps last weekend and here is the first challenge to scraplift Tarrah’s layout.  I rotated Tarrah’s layout to use a portrait style photo.   I love this photo of the girls hanging out at cricket with their lunch boxes.  Lunch boxes and cricket go hand in hand.  They shouldn’t be actually hungry at 8:30am in the morning should they? but it doesn’t stop them from diving into the bag looking for their lunch boxes and setting up their little picnic!!Challenge One Tarrah_edited-1


2014 07 05_4668_edited-1Thanks for an awesome challenge!

xx M



CSI #130


Its day 2 of the school holidays here in NZ and the weather outside is nasty!  We are having an at home day just chilling out.  Which is nice if you aren’t a preschooler who wants to be entertained 24/7.  We have just made a batch of the ‘best ever cheese scones’ – love how you can google that and find the ‘best ever’ recipe lol.  Whilst the kids are happily consuming their morning tea/lunch I thought I would quickly come on and blog the latest CSI challenge:


And my layout:2014 07 05_4663_edited-1Evidence: Metal – staples, wow paper clip, circles, splatters and flags.
Testimony: I chose to write 4 things I love about FIJI which is written on the tag

I have also used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe called X File which can be found here.  It is a little hard to see on the picture of my layout but I have lightly coloured the die cut with a grey from my Mister Huey’s water paints and I adhered it to my layout using staples with my Tiny Attacher.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you are warm and cozy where you are in the world.

Michelle xx

The Cut Shoppe!!

Hi everyone,

I have some super exciting news.  I was selected to be on the inaugural design team for The Cut Shoppe!

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Wow – I’m truly honoured to be part of this super talented team.  I  just love using various Cameo cuts on my layouts so it is like a dream come true  to be able to showcase the cuts from The Cut Shoppe!  I will be up on the blog mid July with my first creations.

In the meantime, do check out the July Cut it Out Challenge that is currently running over at the blog.

The details are:

*Create a layout using at least one of the Cut Files, that can be purchased from The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.

*Come back to this post, and leave a link to your layout.

*Make sure you leave your link, by midnight CST on July 31st.

That’s it…easy, peasy right?!  A random winner will be selected for a $10 cut file shopping spree, and announced on August 1st!