Hello Sandspit!!


Hope you are having a nice Monday morning !  It is first day back at school, kindy and creche for the kids in our household this morning – so I am enjoying some time to catch up on things which have been put to one side over the holidays.

So I have a case file to share for Color Stories Inspiration today.  I loved this colour scheme and how cute is the sketch!   Monochromatic scrapbooking is so much fun so as soon as I saw this case I knew I had to do a DT layout for it160 flat Here is how I solved the case:CSI 160 unframedEvidence: Transparent item, frame, metal stars
Testimony: My journaling was about spending time away over Christmas at our caravan so a trip!

You have until the 30th April to play along with this awesome sketch and case file – there is some awesome prizes up for grabs too.

Til next time


CVS – Watch me Fly

Yesterday I was up on the CVS blog with a layout using the ‘Flying High’ Collection featuring my almost 11 year old son, Liam.  I don’t know about you but I always find loads of cool products and collections for my two little girls but it is a lot harder to find cool stuff to scrap for my son – especially as he is getting older now.  BUT, Flying High is an amazing collection for boys of all ages!!   Here is my layout:

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I used ‘Flying High’ Up and Away for my background offset against some white card stock which allowed me some white space to add my journaling along this border.  Because my son is a bit older I wanted to grunge it up the patterned paper a bit so I added some white gesso and then texture paste using a Prima brick wall mask over the top with a hint of navy mist to create my background.  Then I set  to work adding lots of layering of patterned papers under my photo.  Once I had added lots of layers and a cute thread circle then I set about adding embellishments.  I love the both sticker stars from the accessory sheet and the wood veneer stars as they work perfectly layered together to create a fun eclectic page.  I also couldn’t resist the cute little embellishment cluster at the top left hand edge of my page, adding some flair and a jet stream ‘watch me fly’ which worked really well with the theme of my page.


dreambig banner detail 1dreambig banner detail 2dreambig banner detail 3dreambig banner detailProducts used:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio Flying High Collection – Journal CardsHigh Flyer, Sky HighBoarding PassFlight PathFlair Button BadgesAccessory StickersWood Veneer ShapesCork Stars 

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today – I hope I have inspired you to get crafting with ‘Flying High’ and creating memories of the men in your life – no matter how young or old they are.

// Take care Michelle xx

Love a good Selfie

Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a layout from the Hip Kit Club – March Kit that I created for their weekly challenge 17th March.

Our layout needed to include

* SOMETHING BLACK & WHITE (not your photo)
* A REPETETIVE SHAPE (hearts, triangles, hexagons, clouds, etc…)

Here is my layout:

Love a good selfie

Details:Love a good selfie detail 2 Love a good selfie detail 3 Love a good selfie detail

My background is a cut file from The Cut Shoppe called – Geometric Graffiti – it is such a cool cut file.

Til next time


Scrap your stash

Happy Monday everyone,

I’ve had a lovely morning scrapping with my bestie… it is amazing how just spending some time hanging out and doing something creative has had a positive impact on my day.  I can’t share what I have created yet this morning as it is secret squirrel design team stuff but I can share a layout i did yesterday for a challenge website called Scrap Your Stash – hmmm I think I have a fair bit of stash to get through so it was super easy for me to play along!!

The March challenge is to use the word STENCIL as the basis for your layout.  So S = T = and so on.  Here is my layout:

love this S = Stars, T = texture paste, E = envelope N = number in my title, C = corrugated card stock, I = ink – pen work  L = lined paper

Close up:

love this detail

I used Maggie Holmes Open Book mainly for this one, including the gorgeous gold doily, stars and arrows are Freckled Fawn.

I had heaps of fun taking part in this challenge – I am definitely going to play along when I can.


Love Family Ties – Color Stories Inspiration

Hi everyone,

Today I have a layout to share for Case File 158 over at Color Stories Inspiration.

158And my take:

CSI 148 framed

Evidence:  Stripes and Checks, stitching, mixed font in my title
Testimony: Inspo word: Special

Close ups:

CSI 148 framed detail 1 CSI 148 framed detail 2 CSI 148 framed detail 3 CSI 148 framed detail 4 CSI 148 framed detail

I had lots of fun creating with this colour combo.  I hope you can join us for some cool prizes this month.


Just be you

I’m back with another layout to share.  I have been getting the Hip Kits Clubs’ scrapbooking kits for the last few months – wow that is a tongue twister lol.  I haven’t had much of an opportunity to have a good play with them yet but it has been on my to do list to get stuck into some kits when my design team commitments allow me to do so.

I have created this layout using the February Kit.  As you know I love using kits as I find they just give me enough product to work with at one time and I love how it coordinates together too.

This layout is actually for their weekly challenge on Hip Kit Club’s Members Forum on Facebook. And I just love this photo of my girls with their friend MacKenzie at the caravan.  MacKenzie is always picking up Aimee and carting her a round and of course Taylor has this weird cute expression on her face too.

details:friends detail 1 2 friends detail 3 friends detail

Thanks for stopping by – do check back tomorrow as I have a layout to share for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.



Today I have a new case file to share over at Color Stories Inspiration:

156and here is how I solved it:CSI 155 framed

I’ve used lots of embellies from Amy Tangerine ‘Stitched’ collection on this layout as well as some patterned papers from my stash – I love all the peachy tones that are popular at the moment.  I loved using some different angles on this layout which is a bit different for me.

Evidence: Triangles, Rubons, leaves
Testimony: I used the words a Little Bit in my title

Close ups:

CSI 156 detail 1 CSI 156 detail 2 CSI 156 detailThanks for stopping by today… hope you have time to solve this case with us.



Super Star!

Hi everyone,

Today I have a layout to share with you for Sketch #134 at Sketchabilities.  This is my last sketch as a designer for  Sketchabilities as my second term is up.  I have had so much fun creating with Karan’s sketches over my two terms and will miss creating with these sketches.  I am looking forward to seeing what the new design team create and hope I will have time to play along with some future sketches as a participant.

Righto this fortnight’s sketch

10151435_10202710458349772_4407089071417399802_nAnd my take –Michelle Whorwood sketch 134It is a nice coincidence that my layout features a cricket photo of Liam considering the Cricket World Cup is on right now.  This is Liam on his first game of hardball for cricket this season all kitted out.  It has been a bit of a challenge for him to bat this season with all the gear on but he has had a good season none the less.  I have used lots of Amy Tan Stitched and a bit of Plus One on this one… along with a misted background to make the colours in the photo pop!

I hope you can play along with us for this sketch — If you would like to have the opportunity to be a Featured Designer and to go into the draw for the Sponsor Giveaway please be sure to link your layout no later then March 13th on the bottom of the designer reveal blog post.

Sugar & Spice – Beautiful Girls


Today I am sharing my second creation for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the Sugar & Spice Collection.  The photos on my layout are of my girls taken on the first day back of kindy/creche/school and I love how adorable they both look.  I am excited to see how much they grow up over the year.  I was saying on my CVS blog post that I take heaps of photos and Instagram them and I love the square look photo – it is probably one of my favourite style of photos to scrap.  Here I have two photos of the girls and have done a grid design.  The colours in patterned papers of Sugar & Spice were are perfect match with my photos and I love to layer patterned papers on my layouts.  Here, I have created layered squares under my photos and then balanced out the layout with two journal cards (But you could so easily add more photos onto this design).

Beautiful banner

Then I went about adding some cute embellishments – the sticker sheet is really easy to use – the stickers stick really well but also are easy to move and place in exactly the right spot without too much drama either.  I loved combining the flower stickers with the wood veneers and how cute is that little banner!

Close ups:

Beautiful banner detail 1 Beautiful banner detail 2 Beautiful banner detailProducts used Sugar & Spice Collection: Perfect PosiesJournal CardsAccessory StickersFlair ButtonsWood Veneers ShapesCork Hearts

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.



Lil Piggies


Just sharing my layout for Sketchabilities sketch #133. Its a super cute sketch with lots of white space which I loved.

133I flipped it over and as I had more landscape photos and used a gorgeous colour combo of gold navy and pink with a hint of kraft!!  This is Aimee and Indigo at Paint the Earth painting their money boxes.  They both loved doing all the painting and we then we went out for a hot chocolate and fluffy afterwards.  It was nice to spend some time just one on one with Aimee and her little friend.  
Michelle Whorwood Sketch 133

Please be sure to link your layout on the Sketchabilities blog  no later then Feb 26th
to have a chance at a Feature Designer and our Sponsor Giveaway!