Our family journey, scrapbooking & more

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

Cocoa Vanilla Studio – In (LOVE) with Sugar & Spice

Hi everyone,

On the weekend I shared this layout on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog featuring the gorgeous Sugar & Spice collection!

Here I have used a cut file which I have outlined in black pen from The Cut Shoppe to create a cute background for my photo.  I love adding pieces of patterned paper underneath the cut file to add interest and it is a great way of using up your left over scraps of paper too.  How cute are those banners wood veneer – they have to be one of my favourite products from the whole collection.

Love banner

Some close ups:

Love banner detail 1 Love banner detail 2 Love banner detailProducts used:

Sugar & Spice Collection – Dot to DotCandy StripesJournal CardsWood Veneer Shapes,  Accessory Stickers,

Flying High Collection: Cork StarsWood veneer shapesSky High

Have a scrappy day!

 Michelle xx

Scrap Our Stash

Another layout from scrap camp was for the Scrap Our Stash – April sketch challenge with a cute mood board.  Here is the sketch and the mood board!1461342_778114218940222_1831827043737265683_n10858551_778113795606931_3581758712879821667_n (1)And my layout.  ScrapyourstashaprilsketchI dug into my stash of Maggie Holmes for this layout.  I just loved the colours and the shapes of the mood board and this was the starting point for the colour choices and embellishment choices.  I also used my last embellishment kit from Crazy Monday Kits and used the WeR Memory Keepers “Hello Darling” ephemera pack for lots of my embellishing on this layout.  My title is from the Amy Tangerine “Rise & Shine” Thicker words – these are stunning and so easy to use for titles.

details:Scrapyourstashaprilsketch detail 1 Scrapyourstashaprilsketch detail 2 Scrapyourstashaprilsketch detailThanks for the cool challenge Scrap Our Stash!

Michelle xx

Anything Goes

Hi everyone,

Some of you may know that me and the bestie Annelie went up to my teeny tiny blue and green caravan for just over a day for some scrapping time.  This was quite strange for several of my family members who all requested that they come.  I had to explain several times that there was no room for them as we had taken over the annex with all our stuff and we were sleeping in their beds in the caravan.

We arrived after dark on Friday night and spent all day Saturday scrapbooking apart from a breakfast stop at the Matakana markets in the morning.  9 layouts later, I packed up all my stuff and went to bed on Saturday night and woke up Sunday morning to have breakfast at Little and Local Cafe in Snells beach before heading home to our families.

Whilst I can’t share half of what I have done I did scrap a couple of challenges and and one layout even just for fun and I can share them with you all in the next couple of blog posts.

Firstly, I did a layout for Clique Kits – Anything Goes challenge.  I like these challenges as it means you can kinda get away with anything.  It is sometimes nice to scrap without restrictions but sometimes I find this harder than if I had specific things I need to achieve on a layout.

Clique anything goes challengeThe photo is of my girls saying goodbye to their friend Chloe at the Coffee Club in Sylvia Park as she is moving to Australia.  To create my background, I first added some texture paste through a mask and then once dried I coloured in the little circles with a Prima water coloured pencil in yellow.  I just loved the gorgeous camera from  Websters Pages and cut this out to use as big embellishment on my page layered with some Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine Epherema. My title “friends” is from the Amy Tangerine Grace Phrase Stickers and I have finished my layout off with a pink doily and  with some sequins from the Maggie Holmes confetti collection.

Clique anything goes challenge detail 1Thanks for stopping by today.
Check back soon for some more inspiration from my weekend away!

Take care

Michelle xx

A,T & Fred


It is time to share another layout for CSI, Case File 162  This one has a super fun colour scheme – perfect for scrapping those summer photos.

162 flatWhich is exactly what I have done.  Here is my layout and how I solved this case:CSI 162 unframedI’ve used lots of Amy Tangerine – Stitched collection on this one along with some of my stash of Heidi Swapp and some Elle’s Studio as well.  I mainly used the 6×6″ paper pad which is a really cost effective way of buying up all the new products out there without having to buy the full 12×12 sheet.  The circles are just pencil circles which I have traced around a jar lid  to get this effect.

Evidence: Circles, Solid Background, Stars, labels

Testimony: Document Your Story in a Q&A format.  Here the girls favourite part of going on holiday over Christmas was taking part in the lolly scramble.  Where they collected lots of lollipops and ate about half of what they collected.  The bell rings at 6pm and they go running with all the other little kids to wait eagerly for the lollies to be thrown out to the crowd of children.

Thanks for stopping by today.  You have until Thursday 7th May to solve this case file!


Michelle xx

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



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