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.
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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:

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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!

Warrior Princess – CSI #140

Hi everyone,

The weather is super nasty here in Auckland!  I expect we will have some more power outages today.  We have already have had one with this horrible wind.

The latest case file is up at CSI.  Here is its:140flat

My layout:CSI 140 Michelle Whorwood

Evidence used: Stripes, hearts, woodgrain

Testimony: I journalled about an adventure.  The girls dressing up as little warriors for the torch lighting ceremony in Fiji.  The girls had so much fun running around and taking turns lighting the torches with their new friend Alice. I was super surprised you both took part so willingly after being quite afraid of the ‘fire’ when you first saw the torches lit up.
CSI 140 Michelle Whorwood detailThanks for stopping by today!

Michelle x

Clique Kits and The Cut Shoppe Team Up

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I’m super super excited to be sharing two layouts I have created with September kit from Clique Kits.  If you are a usual reader of my blog you will know that I love creating with kits and this one was NO exception.  The Cut Shoppe team was super lucky to receive a FULL kit to play with.  Here are two layouts I have created:
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My first layout is soft and girly – I love pinks and greens together!   I have used the Flash Cards 3×4 cut file behind my photo – cut out on white cardstock.  I have coloured in the 2 & 3 in green with my Mister Huey’s water colours because they are the ages of my two girls in the photo. I have used the Live More Think Less cut file and added these words from the actual cut onto my layout. You will also notice the ‘love’ above the white tag.  I created this word using random letters from the cut file to create the word love.  I have also added some white gesso to the little people, the heart and the triangle sequins to wash out the colours a bit to blend them more with the colours on my layout.
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 My second layout features my 10 year old son with his 2 year old sister and I have used the Right on Target cut file and sewed this onto my layout.  I really wanted to keep the colour palette simple and focused on the blues in the Clique kit as I loved the way these colours worked with my photo.  The black script words in the kit were just perfect for the sentiment I wanted to create on my layout.Clique kits 1
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Michelle Whorwood – – — you are here!


I had the most amazing time creating with the Clique Kit and the cut files that accompanied the kit.  I will be creating some more with this kit for my The Cut Shoppe DT reveal at the end of September.

These are all the cut files exclusively designed for the Study Abroad Clique Kit by Ashley available in store now!


Make sure you comment on The Cut Shoppe Blog to go into the draw to win a $15 voucher for the store.  Also, Clique Kits is giving away a a box of goodies from the September Kit!!!  Gotta be in to win.


Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you have enjoyed my layouts I have created with this amazing kit.
Take care
Michelle  xx

Sketchabilities Sketch Reveal #123

Hi everyone,

The latest sketch reveal is up at Sketchabilities.

10489642_10202145541027192_6107465530814850752_nAnd here is my take,  Taylor is our little artist… well she actually likes scissors and cutting things up and gluing things more than straight colouring in.  Hmmmm, where does she get that from I wonder!  

Michelle Whorwood Sketch 123I have used papers and embellies from my Crazy Monday Kits, mixed in with some Maggie Holmes embellishments.  I am really loving the black, white and green colour combo at the moment.  And with the black and white photo of Taylor I love the end result.   Close up of some of the details:

Michelle Whorwood Sketch 123 detail 1 Michelle Whorwood Sketch 123 detailAND  This month’s sponsor is Creative Embellishments.

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality  chipboard and wood products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near  future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments.
I just so happens that Creative Embellishments has a 25% off Easter Sale going on right now, head over and get yourself some awesome chipboard.
Creative Embellishments is offering up a $20.00 gift card to their online store.  In order to Qualify for this Gift Certificate you will need to complete the sketch below and link using our linky system, by the due date September 28th.
Do go check out their blog to see the rest of the DT’s reveal – so much amazing talent on display!!
Take care

I love what you do!

Hi eveyrone,

My next DT layout is up at the Cut Shoppe blog has two different cut files from the store.

 On my layout today, I have first misted my white cardstock background in Teal using a Heidi Swapp Shine Mist to match in with my colour choices in my photo and patterned paper.  I then cut the Arrows with Attitude cut file also in white cardstock and outlined it in black pen.  I then started layering all my patterned papers and photos and embellishments.  To create another layer I then also cut some of the arrows from the Target Practice Cut file and coloured these lightly in orange and pink to again match in with the colours on my layout.    
You may have noticed I love using white cardstock to cut out my Cut Shoppe cut files for several reasons, firstly I have lots of it and it is so easy and economical to use; and I like that I can add extra layering elements on my layouts without feeling like I am overwhelming my photos and embellishments.
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Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have enjoyed my DT share.