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Back again this time with a layout for CSI.  Case file no 168 is a fun one with gorgeous colours and lots of fun things to include as evidence and of course the opportunity to journal another great story.168flat

Here is my DT example:CSI 168 framedEvidence: Grid pattern, clouds, a pair of them, transparency (the you are here journal card) and a star
Testimony: I scattered my journaling in two places and I journaled about Liam’s last day at primary school (a happy but sad occasion!)
CSI 168 detail 1 CSI 168 detail 2 CSI 168 detail 3 CSI 168 detail 4Most of the products on my layout are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio – Flying High Collection.  These were just perfect colours for this colour scheme and I can’t say it enough they are just so easy to work with, perfect for layouts of our boys.

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Happy Snaps for Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Today I have a layout to share with you using the gorgeous girly collection ‘Hello Lovely’ from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  Taylor’s kindergarten does an annual Art Show and we all went along and looked at all the lovely art on display.  Anyone that knows Taylor – she does a lot of Art.  The Art on display is a real testament to the teachers who put in a lot of effort to make some cool stuff.  This year we got a wine bottle decorated with nail polish, a small wire and beaded tree and a lovely wooden hanging piece with some beautiful pink and purple painting on it.  Whilst we were there we took some photos of the girls outside.  I really love doing multi-photo layouts but often I love to use lots of product on the page too so it is always a balance of the two for me. So here I have created a quick photo collage and printed out some smaller photos so I had lots of room for embellishing.

The gorgeous pinks and teals of the Hello Lovely collection are perfect for my layouts of the girls.  I first created my background using some teal mist then I have used several strips of patterned papers from the collection to draw you into my photos.

Next I loved the Happy Snaps journal card from the ‘Lucky Dip’ patterned paper which has lots of little cards perfect to add to your pages. I cut this out and added it as main focal point of my layout.  Then, I added lots of Ephemera, Stickers, Vellum Hearts and Wood Veneer as well.  Happy Snaps

Some close ups:

Happy Snaps detail 1 Happy Snaps detail 2 Happy Snaps detailHope you are having a good week!


Log fluming…in Rotorua

Today I have a multi-photo layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring both Hello Lovely and Made of Awesome collections to share with you all.  One of the things I love about both collections is their versatility – here I have used them on a ‘travel themed layout’.  We recently as a family went on holiday with my sister who was over from Sydney.  We took our kids on some ‘adventures’ one of them being a log flume.  Right now I am totally loving scrapbooking ‘grid style’ especially for square Instagram photos.  I love how the Made of Awesome Ephemera works perfectly with the awesome adventures we had.  Again I have done lots of layering of both the patterned papers and the ephemera with the stickers from both collections to create interest on my page. The ‘This Is So Rad’ journal card was perfect for my journalling with my typewriter.This is So Rad

Close ups:

This is So Rad detail 1 This is So Rad detail 2 This is So Rad detailDo go check out these new collections – you won’t be disappointed.  I am loving using them !

Michelle xx


Taylor has been super lucky to have a great friend at kindy.  They have been glued to the hip for just about a year and have been so good for each other. Both the girls love spending time hanging out and playing imaginative games inside and out. They both love doing the ‘monkey bars’ at kindy. Today, Petra started school which is a bit sad but school is on the same grounds as Taylor’s kindy so they can ‘meet’ each other at the fence. Often kids who have started school who have been to the kindy come and ‘visit’ their old friends.  When I asked Taylor today if she thought Petra would be excited about starting school. She thought for a minute and then said Nah.  I was like why is that.  She said because Petra would miss me so MUCH. Bless.

Queens Birthday Weekend Taylor was invited to go and stay with Petra’s family at their bach up North. What crazy four 4 year goes off for a holiday with a friend for 3 days at that age – actually she reminds me of myself when I was young. Taylor had a BLAST, she was spoiled rotten with lots of fun at the beach, games, hot chocolates and playgrounds, scooting to the shop for ice creams, bouncing on the trampoline in the rain in her pjs, pancakes for breakfast. I’m pretty sure she will jump at going for another visit up there with her friend.  I know they will have lots of memories of their adventures up North.

This layout is one of the photos Petra’s mummy took for me.  I just LOVE Taylor’s expression in this photo and I couldn’t wait to scrap it.  I did a weekly challenge for Hip Kit Club which was to be inspired by a layout from Stephanie Bryan  as well as to use up lots of bits and pieces from your stash, stitching, labels, something shiny.

I hope, you and Petra are best friends forever!  You have such a special bond.
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Christmas in June

Hi everyone,

Today I have a layout to share for CSI.  This colour scheme just worked really well for me with some Christmas Advent Calendar photos of the kids from last Christmas.  Here is the case file:
166flatThis month’s file also included a sketch.  Here is my take on it.  I love these photos of the kids opening the advent calendar presents for the day.  All of the kids have looked forward to the beginning of December when the advent calendar can ‘start’.  I used up a lot of my stash for this one.  Including some banner numbers from October Afternoon and Simple Stories patterned paper from the Daily Grind collection.  The STORY of TODAY is a project life card.

CSI 166 unframed

Evidence: Stripes, numbers, pen work,  I created a pocket with the camera to hold my journaling on  the tag, a bird, stamping.
Testimony: I journaled on the tag in the pocket and obviously wrote about my kids traditions and memories of the annual advent calendar in December.

Close ups:CSI 166 framed detail 1 CSI 166 framed detail 2 CSI 166 framed detail 3 CSI 166 framed detail

I hope you can play along with us and solve this case file.

Take care
Michelle xx

Scrap Our Stash – Guest Designer for June


I am super excited to be the Guest Designer for Scrap Our Stash for June.   The June Scrap Our Stash challenge is to use the word = B R A D S as the basis of designing layout.  Here is how I used these elements on my layout.

I just love taking part in challenges which use up my stash.  As like most scrapbookers – I do have a fair bit of that.  For this layout I was inspired by an Instagram photo of my daughter and her best friend at dancing together.  I love using lots of product on my layouts along with white space for balance – so I have included lots of layering and lots of words to portray my feelings about the photo I am scrapbooking and the girls cute bond at such a young age.  I was instantly drawn to using the colour Blue which was perfect for the word challenge.  I started off my layout with some pale blue mist and some hand drawn circles on some white cardstock and then I dug into my stash for some gorgeous products from Maggie Holmes, Dear Lizzy, Heidi Swapp and Freckled Fawn.  Finishing it off with some sequins to add some interest.

B – The colour blue
R – Round circles drawn on my layout
A – Arrows
D – doily/doodling
S – Stickers, sequins, stamping

Guest Designer June Scrap Our Stash v1

Close ups:

Guest Designer June Scrap Our Stash detail 2 Guest Designer June Scrap Our Stash detail 3 Guest Designer June Scrap Our Stash detailI would like to just thank ‘Scrap Our Stash’ for inviting me to be a Guest Designer for June.  I have loved creating a layout for this challenge.  I hope to see all your challenge entries in the gallery so do link up your projects for a chance to win this month’s amazing prize pack full of Simple Stories and other yummy goodies!!.


Take care

Michelle xx

Hello Lovely & Made of Awesome

Hello !

I am super excited to share my first layout with the brand new to be released collections from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  My on My…. these collections are FABULOUS… full to the brim with gorgeous products from flowers to ephemera to sequins to stickers.  Need I say more.

*Please note: The brand new collections will be available to purchase from the beginning of June 2015**

For my layout I was drawn to the gorgeous black and whites in both the collections. I am a HUGE FAN of stripes at the moment and I went for a monochromatic look for my page so that the my photos would “pop”.  The photos I have used are quite busy in colour and in action so I wanted to create a background which didn’t draw attention away from the photos themselves.


Little details:SweetChildofmine detail 1 SweetChildofmine detail 2 SweetChildofmine detail

Thanks for stopping by today xx


Here’s the story – CSI Case File 165

Happy Sunday everyone,

Here it is a blustery, wintery rainy day – perfect day to be stuck inside scrapbooking!  I also have a cold so I’m catching up on some blogging and doing some scrapbooking of course.

Today, I have a layout for Color Stories Inspiration Case file 165:165flatHere is how I solved the case:CSI pink yellow blackEvidence: Stripes, Penwork, Bookplates/label, tags, lightbulb

Testimony:  My journaling is hidden on the tag.  Aimee – your beautiful smile and energy lights up my world – daily.

CSI pink yellow black detail
CSI pink yellow black detail 2The deadline for completing Case File No. 165 is  Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure to include the number 165 in the titlewhen you add your layout to the gallery, and tag your layout 165 (no # symbol).

I hope you can play along with us and solve this awesome case.

Michelle xx

CVS – Oh boy!

Hi Hi Hi

I have a layout to share with you today for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  This one is all about having fun and being a boy.  I always struggle to find good papers and embellishments for boys and having an older boy can be even harder.  Don’t have to look much further than the ‘Flying High’ collection as this works perfectly!  I just love the colour combo of blues, reds, oranges and yellows with a hint of navy. On my layout I have used mostly Flying High but added in the ‘cork’ patterned paper from ‘Sugar & Spice’ as this works perfectly with the tones of Flying High.

As you can see, I have done lots of layering of both patterned papers and stickers with the cork and wood veneer embellishments to create a fun filled layout with lots of interest.

Sometimes as hard it is to find products for ‘boyish’ layouts – finding photos of said child is even harder.  I stole this one from his phone – Liam was like where did you get that from!!  Love it.

Oh boy

Close ups:
Oh Boy detail 1 Oh Boy detail 2 Oh Boy detail

Products used: Flying High Collection – Super StarWood Veneer ShapesLittle Star,Sticker Accessory SheetBoarding Pass, Cork StarsLittle Man

Sugar & Spice Collection:  Pretty PlaidCork Hearts,

Thanks for stopping by today

Michelle xx

(Inter) National Scrapbooking Day

Happy Tuesday everyone,

Over the weekend I participated in a series of challenges over on the Hip Kit Club Members Facebook group as part if (Inter)national Scrapbooking Day  It was a super fun online crop with a whole lot of challenges.  I only managed to do 3 layouts over the weekend – I was a bit scrapped out from the 9 the weekend before so I was pleased to have gotten the three done I did manage.

The first layout was a monochromatic one – using one colour but different shades set by  Terhi Koskinen – who is an amazing scrapbooker who I am in awe of her layouts they are just GORGEOUS!

Here is my layout for her challenge

Hip Kit Club NSD Tones of Colour challenge

Details:Hip Kit NSD one colour detail 2 Hip Kit NSD one colour detail 3Hip Kit NSD one colour detail 4The next challenge I participated in was a one colour challenge – so one colour with only black and white accents set by  Kay Rogers.

Hip Kit NSD one colour


Hip Kit NSD one colour detail 1 Hip Kit NSD one colour detail

And my third layout to share is a ‘balanced layout’ challenge.  Right up my alley this one… I do like to create a nice balance and flow on my layouts set by Aleksandra Gadji 

Hip Kit Club NSD Contrast challenge


Hip Kit Club NSD Contrast challenge detail 1 Hip Kit Club NSD Contrast challenge detail

That’s all I have to share today.  A lot of the product I have used on these layouts have come from my Hip Kit Club kits – definitely if you are in the market for a kit club – this one is amazing.

Take care

Michelle xx