No Bones About It


Did you see my post on Monday where we created a card using this Stamp Set?  Well, today, I am sharing with you the Memories & More Scrapbook Page one of the kids created.  The same products were used as the card.

The next Kids Class is tomorrow up at the Community Hall or My Place, Saturday.  They will be the last ones before Christmas.  We will start again, 4 January 2018.No-Bones-About-It-Scrapbook

The page could be used for either girls or boys.  The parents especially loved this idea as a couple of them had boys who would have loved doing the page, so fingers crossed they will be coming along next time.

Of course, my page will be going down to my niece to add to her albums.

One thing we did at the end of the class was have a little play with the new Brusho Crystal Powders (coming in the new 2018 Occasions Catalogue) AND they loved it.  The looks on their faces & the squeals they let out when the powders hit the water was so funny!  So, don’t think they are only for your adult classes.  If you hold kids classes, let them play, you will be amazed with what they can do.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’




No Bones About It, Memories & More, SUO

Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop


G’Day Stampers.
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I am participating for the first time in the Stamping Dreams Blog Hop for September.  The theme this month is “Something Different”.  It could be a fun fold, a shaker card, a spin card or even a technique.

I decided to go with Scrapbooking & share one of my pages we created last week in our Memories & More Scrapbooking Class.  We used the “Pick a Pattern” DSP along with the “Pattern Pieces”,Blender Pens, Stampin’ Write Markers & more to create our page. Pattern Pieces1 (2)

The page could be used for a boy or girl.  In this case, my page is going down to my niece for her son.  Once my page/s have been used for a class I post them off to Bon to add to her albums.  I have been doing this for some time now, she enjoys getting the parcel in the post & I enjoy creating them.

Sometimes, I will add photos & journaling to page, other times Bonnie adds her photos & journaling.  I think the surprise is not knowing what she will receive in the mail but the albums are slowing growing.

If you click on the link below you will be able to download a free tutorial which includes the product used to create the page plus measurements (metric & imperial).

Thank you so much for stopping by & checking out my project today.

By clicking on the links list below, you will be able to check out the other lovely creations in the hop

Until next time, Happy Stampin’


239. Scrapbook Page 1 – Pick a Pattern

Pattern Pieces 2

Roll Call for the hop –

1.       Jessie Holton – Australia

2.       Vicky Wright – Australia – That’s Me!

3.      Imogen Tutty – New Zealand

4.      Debbie Henderson-USA

5.      Stephanie Fischer – Australia

6.      Lou Kitzelman – Australia

7.      Kim Oliver – Australia

8.      Elen Woodbridge – Australia

9.      Jenny Hall – USA

10.   Jenny Hayward

11.    Sue Vine – Australia

12. Narelle Fasulo – Australia

13. Sarah Fleming – USA

14. Christy Kroboth – USA

15. Vicki Hunter – Australia

16. Cheryll Miller – Australia

17. Sandra Mastello – Australia

Scrapbook Page

Over the past month or so I have slowly been scrapping away at my niece’s photos & getting them posted to her.  Some I have kept for future Memories & More Scrapbooking Classes (check out the Class Page) while others have gone straight down to her.  Bonnie is loving the surprise of opening the packages & not knowing what photos have been done or if photos have been included…

Today’s page is one we created in our class on Sunday week.  It is going to be repeated later on at the request of a couple of ladies who couldn’t make it on the day but want to create the pages.  There have been a few ladies saying that they will be back to do the same class again, as they have heaps of photos to scrap.  This means that the pages will look totally different with new photos.

For my page I cut a piece of the retired “Peace This Christmas” DSP, adhered to a strip of Garden Green before adhering to a piece of Very Vanilla & then to Cherry Cobbler Card.  The Garden Green & Cherry Cobbler are part of the with the “Be Merry” Cardstock Pack.

A piece of Very Vanilla was cut back to size so that we could fit 4 x photos on it & adhered Holly-Berry-Happiness-Page-to the Cherry Cobbler Base.  Some of the ladies settled for 2 x photos which looked fine on the layout.

We stamped a couple of the holly branch image from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set onto scraps of Very Vanilla CS in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, coloured & blended with our Blender Pens before fussing cutting.  The bows were stamped in the same ink but coloured with Cherry Cobbler & punched out with the matching Holly Berry Builder PunchWe stamped a number of the small holly images onto scraps of Very Vanilla CS, coloured & blended with Garden Green before punching with the same Punch & adhering to the braches of holly with the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

They were then adhered down the side of the page, the bows adhered to the tops with Mini Glue Dots & Cherry Cobbler Candy Dots (retired) adhered to the branch.

For the title, we cut a banner shape into each end, adhered a couple of the left over holly images to each end along with the Candy Dots before adhering to the bottom part of the page.

To finish off the page, some of the ladies then scattered a couple of the Candy Dots around the page.

The page would suit the new Be Merry DSP too.  It is just that my order didn’t arrive in time.  The ladies were more than happy to see how I use the retired DSP.  Mind you the pages were great sellers for both the Stamp Set & DSP.

Be sure to check out the Class Page for our next class.  We will be creating 2 beach pages.  All you need to bring is yourself & or a friend.  Everything is supplied.

Be sure to check back in a few days time when I will show you our 2nd page.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’






Scrapbook Page

I am a member of a Facebook Group called “Stampin’ Up! Scrapbook Global” & the challenge last week was to case (copy & share everything) a favourite layout from the gallery.  There are so many wonderful layouts that I was sort of torn as to which one to do, but eventually I settled on a great page created by Scrappam Boum  Thank you so much for your inspiration!  You created a gorgeous page.

I have used retired DSP but I am happy with the page just the same.  You could easily change out the designs to current product.  For me, it is a great excuse to #loveitchopit some of my DSP that is still sitting on my shelf.

If you read my blog, you know that I often create pages for my niece & post them down to her.  Sometimes I will add photos, other times the pages are left blank for her to add photos.  The same goes for the journaling – sometimes I do it & other times it is blank for 180617-(2)blogBonnie to do it.

I randomly stamped the bunch of flowers from the Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set onto a 12″ x 12″ Whisper White CS in Night of Navy, Marina Mist & Calypso Coral Inks.  I wanted to bring the colours out in the photo but at the same time not make it to “flowery”.

I cut a couple of pieces of the Celebrate Today DSP (2015 Occasions Catalogue) & layered them down the Whisper White Card.  I again cut 2 pieces of DSP from the same pack, punched a banner shape into 1 end of each piece with the Banner Triple Punch, cut each piece back to size & adhered them across the same Whisper White Card.

The photo was matted onto a piece of Marina Mist CS so that it wasn’t White on White & then mattered onto a piece of Night of Navy – again bringing out the colours the blokes are wearing & adhered to the page on an angle.

A flower was stamped onto scrap Whisper White with Calypso Coral Ink, punched with the matching Pansy Punch & adhered to the page with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  I then decided to stamp a leaf onto scrap Whisper White in Old Olive Ink, fussy cut it before adhering under the flower.

My journaling section was stamped with the bunch of flowers in Calypso Coral Ink, punched at one end with the Banner Triple Punch before layering onto a piece of Night of Navy CS which was cut back enough for a small edge to show around all sides, punched with the Banner Triple Punch & adhered to the page.  The actual journaling has been done with the Journaling Pen.

If you would like to join, please head on over to the FB Page & click the “join” button.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’




For the past few months or so I’ve been creating pages for my niece for her albums.  I create the pages using the traditional method as well as Project Life.  I’m doing both 12″20170515_110800blog1 x 12″ pages plus 8″ x 6″ pages.  Every so often, I will pack them up & post down to her so that she can then put them in one of her albums.

I purchased a couple of albums & pages for Bonnie & had them sent direct to her.  Bon loves getting them & seeing what I have done & what pictures I’ve selected.  Sometimes, I will do the journaling but most of the time I have left that bit blank for her to pop her story onto the page.

Today’s page is one I had half completed but was just sitting there waiting for a little bit of embellishment to be added.  After seeing a page created by Kris McIntosh a light bulb went off.  Of course, I had to use the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set & Botanical Builder Framelits both of which are retiring.  Why hadn’t I thought of that, seeing as though I had used the “Botanical Gardens” DSP (retired).  Thank you Kris for your inspiration.

For my layout, I drew a rough sketch & then sort of followed it.  Mind you, what I 20170515_110750blog2sometimes draw doesn’t always end up what the page will look like.  I cut a strip of Basic Black Card & adhered it down the left side of the DSP.  A piece of Hello Honey Card (retired) was layered onto a piece of Whisper White Card & then to a piece of Mossy Meadow (retired) before layering onto the DSP.

As the photos were sort of dark in colour, I decided to print them out in back & white which works out great in some cases.  Don’t be scared to experiment with your photos.  You will be surprised how different they look when printed in black & white.

For the leaves, I’ve again used Mossy Meadow, while the flowers are Cajun CrazeHello Honey & Basic Black.  I popped Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centres to finish them off.

This layout could be used for lots of pages.  All you have to do is change out the embellishments, colours & DSP.

I do hope you enjoyed my page today.  Hopefully I will be able to share a lot more pages I’ve created for Bonnie if I remember to take photos before they go off in the post.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’



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Our new challenge is up & running over at Sunny Challenges & Creations

All you have to do is share something that you have created for the Christmas Season.  Maybe you have created your own decorations, table settings, boxes, banner, scrapbook page, etc. 
For my first sample, I decided to do a couple of scrapbook pages ready in time for Christmas Day. I am really happy with how they turned out.  Today is Page 1 of the pages which will fit a 5″ x 7″ photo with a small white border.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Morning Post Numbers
Ink – Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Whisper White, Textured Old Olive
DSP – Season of Style
Ribbon – 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain – Cherry Cobbler
Washi Tape – Season of Style
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Paper Piercing Mat & Tool
I cut 2 strips of DSP into 2″ wide x 11″ while the 3rd strip was 2″ x 12″ & adhered them to the RHS of the Old Olive Textured CS.  I just love Textured CS for scrapbooking!
A 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ piece of Whisper White CS was adhered over the strips of DSP.  I stamped “2013” onto a piece of Whisper White CS 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ using Crumb Cake Ink.  Prior to adhering to the page, a “V” was cut from one end.
With my Paper Piercing Mat & Tool I pierced a double layer around the Whisper White Mat.  A bow was tied from the Cherry Cobbler Ribbon & the adhered to the RHS of the year.
I then adhered a couple of strips of Washi Tape to the top LHS of the page.  I also placed a piece of Whisper White, cut into a banner for a little bit of journaling.
All in all a very simple page, but one that represents Christmas!

We know everyone is busy at this time of the year, so we have extended this challenge out to the new year, which means you have lots of extra time to play along.  We would love for you to link your creation or creations with us.  All you have to do is post it on line & then link back to Mr Linky.
Until next time, Happy Stampin’!


Today’s post is from my Scrapbook Classes last month. 

I have lots of photos from when I worked in Dilli, Timor Leste a couple of years ago.  Not only did I love my work, but I met some great people – local, defence, federal police, non-profit organisations & ex-pats, have a lot of great memories – funny & serious, saw many things – some I want to remember, while others I don’t!!!!

The people in Timor Leste are wonderful, very happy & very laid back – my kinda lifestyle, which is probably why I fitted in so well.  It may also have had something to do with the fact that at the beginning I was one of very few ex-pat females in the country, blonde hair & freckles, so everyone got to know me.

As soon as I saw the DSP from the Seasonal Catalogue, I knew immediately that the papers would suit Timor.  It also has the colours of our uniform. 

I actually changed my ribbon since the photo was taken. “Circle Circus” stamp set goes great with this paper.  The journaling was created in MDS (My Digital Studio), with Chocolate Chip & Cherry Cobbler Inks & printed onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus – 114375
Ink – Not Quiet Navy – 126971, Daffodil Yellow – 126944, Cherry Cobbler – 126966
Cardstock – Early Expresso – 124276, Daffodil Delight – 124275, Not Quite Navy – 108606, Very Vanilla – 106550,  Crumb Cake – 124274
DSP – Parkers Patterns – 131021
Ribbon – 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain – Night of Navy – 126874
Punches – Scallop Edge Border – 119882, 7/8″ Scallop Circle – 129404, 1/2″ Circle – 119869, 3/4″ Circle – 119873, 1″ Circle – 119868, 1 1/4″ Circle – 119861
Accessories – Snail Adhesive – 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430, Stampin’ Trimmer – 129722

Double Page Layout –
Page 1 –

Page 2 –

Shop Online Here to purchase your own supplies to create your card
Until next time, when I will post the matching card we created using the same supplies


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I don’t know about anyone esle, but the weeks just seem to be flying by.  It only seems like yeasterday that I posted last week’s challenge,  But here it is a new week & a new challenge.  This week, the challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been set by Shirley.  It is her last challenge as Guest Designer.

I would like to personally thank Shirley so much for filling in for us at the last moment.  She has been wonderful.  I only hope her time wiith us has been as great as we have had having her with us. Thanks again Shirley.

 For this week, we only have the 1 part so it should be easy for everyone to join in.  Send Shirley off with a big bang & start those wonderful creations that I know are out there.

As I have sadly neglected my goal for the past 2 weeks including “Scrappy Saturday“, I decided to create a scrapbook page.  The page is of my nieces running wild in Sydney & very excited to see “Acca Dacca” Concert.  True fans will know I mean “ACDC“.
Scrappy Saturday will be back next week!
Now I had to hold myself back here, as I was sooooooooooo very tempted to add a tiny bit of Red to the page, but did hold back!!!!!!!
A very simple page, but one I am happy with!
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Array of Sunshine
Ink – Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Versamark
Cardstock – Textured Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy
DSP – Neutrals Designer Pack – Basic Gray
Punches – Decorative Label
Ribbon – 5/8″ Satin – Very Vanilla, Linen Thread
Accessories – Heat Tool, Snail Adhesive, Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals
We would love for you to join us this week.  Hop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations, check out what Kris & Shirley have created, create your own project, post to your blog or online forum, link back with Mr Linky.  You have until Friday night, 2 March.
Happy Stampin’

Scrappy Saturday…

Where does the time go?  It only seems like yesterday that I was posting for last Saturday.

Today’s topic is Storing Your DSP.  I know everyone has their own way of storing their Cardstock, but this is the way that works best for me & hopefully will help you in sorting your DSP & storage issues, if you have any.

People store their DSP & Cardstock in a lot of different ways. I think it is best to do it the way you are most comfortable with & what suits you

As my space is limited, my A4 Cardstock is stored lying flat & in SU Colour Family. I have a couple of drawers that are made for A4 Cardstock & about 3 colours of each from the one family are stored in each drawer. On the front I have a small colour sample of each with the name written each colour. I know exactly what colour/s each drawer has & because this has been my system for years, I don’t even read the front any longer, just open.

12″ x 12″ Cardstock Drawers – LHS
My 12” x 12” Cardstock is stored in drawers where each drawer holds a Colour Family, including IN Colours. The Cardstock is not taken out of the plastic bag it comes in, but stays in there so that when I need a colour, I just pick up the whole pack & select the colour I want.
Nothing too fancy, but it does suit me & I have had this system for years.
I love my SU! DSP, although it does take me a little time to purchase some of it! It is stored completely different.
When I purchase a packet of DSP, I open it from the top & leave it in the plastic packet until such time as it there is none of it left. I find this works best for me as I am able to store my scraps inside, AND contain them… Who can toss out a scrap of DSP – NOT ME!!!!!. I also find that there aren’t any bent corners to contend with. Doing it this way, there is NO labelling involved!

Information Form…

When my DSP order has arrived & as I love to co-ordinate, I fill in all the information pertaining to the DSP onto a small form I have created & place in front of each pack of DSP. This way, I find I don’t have to keep going to the Idea Book & Catalogue to see what colours go with the DSP, what stamp sets match, dies, etc. It is all there for me….
It did take me some time to work this system out, but now that it has been refined to suit me, I love it!!!! I could easily just write the information on the back, but I sometimes take the thin piece of white card & use it on my projects.

This is especially helpful once the DSP has retired. All the information is there for you & stays with the pack when filed away for the new range of DSP, including the Catalogue, Year & Mini too!!!!!

All current DSP sits on top of the boxes that hold my retired DSP.

Retired DSP in their boxes with currect DSP sitting on top…

Retired DSP on the other hand is something entirely different.

Once a DSP has been retired, I grab the whole lot & store in 12” x 12” boxes for that year. I mark the boxes with the year & the matching Catalogue.

 Storing DSP & Cardstock as above works for me and is taken me years to refine it. Believe me when I say I have just about tried everything, as has most of us. If there is a specific idea that I have seen & works for me, I will give credit where credit is due.

I hope this helps you a little on trying to sort out the way you store your papers & cardstock.

Okey Dokey, on with today’s sketch & layout!

I took this sketch from a very old layout I had completed about 5 years ago.  I love the simple, clean looks of the sketch, although it is open for a lot more.  It is entirely up to yourself. 
After seeing my photos, you will understand the reason for leaving my pages the way they are.  Mind you, if I come across something that I think will suit the page, I will add them at a later stage.  That is the great thing about scrapbooking, you can add later on!
Because I didn’t want to change the colour of the photos, I decided to stick with the oh so very bright colours & try & work them into the pages, finally deciding to work with the colours of Avatar’s costume – Bonnie!  Please ignore the creases in the DSP.  Since taking the photo, I managed to get the creases out by placing a pillow case over the page & ironing over the top of the creases. 

The photos are of my nephew’s 21st birthday last October.  It was a Fancy Dress with the Theme being “Come as your favourite Hollywood Character or Star”.  Jess dressed as Peter Parker, ailais “Spiderman”.

Once I created the first page, I thought it only proper that I do another page with a photo of his family.

As I stated above, the photos are so very bright that I left them blank intentionally & just embellished with a little bit of Ribbon & DSP….. 

I really love the costumes my brother & sister-in-law wore – Mr & Mrs Potato Head.  If only you knew Michael – it suits him to a “T”!!!!!  Love It!!!!

Supplies –
Cardstock – Textured Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP – Pink Flamingo 2009-2010
Ribbon – 1/4″ Grosgrain – Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Accessories – Snail Adhesive
Remember, Scrapbooking is meant to be FUN!!!

Scrappy Saturday….

Today we are going to talk about Scrapbooking with Stamps. 

Most of us love how stamps & love stamping. So why not combine the 2? Using your stamps on your scrapbook pages to complete your layouts – gives you a much wider range of choice & options.

Backgrounds –
By using a single stamp or multiple stamps from a set or coordinating sets, you will be surprised by the totally different look to your page. Don’t stop there! Use colored inks, Versa-mark, same ink as your cardstock which will give you a soft muted background.

Borders –
By using a single stamp or multiple stamps from a set, you can create a border for your whole page or as an embellishment on its own.

Embellishments –
I love to use my stamps for single images. I often cut them out, emboss & adhere to the page individually or by grouping them. Add Brads, Buttons, Ribbon, etc to your page or to your cut out images. It will not only create more interest, but add dimension to your page.

Journaling –
I am always using my Stampin’ Write Marker – I would be lost without it! Some people love to write their feelings, memories, etc with the photo they have scrapped, while others will only add the place, date, year. It is up to the individual, but just think of those looking through your album in future years. It is entirely up to you, but use a good Marker. Another way is to type the story on your pc print out & add to your layout.

Theme Pages –
Stampin’ UP! have the best combination of products I have ever come across. All the guess work has been taken of for you. By using their DSP, matching stamp sets, embellishments, you will have a themed page finished before you know it. As previously mentioned last week, some people like to do a complete themed album. This is the perfect way to create that sort of album!

Titles, Captions & Letters –
For my Titles, etc I like to make use of a whole lot different embellishments, stamps, etc. It gives your layout another element, as well as creating something truly unique for your layout. Use of alphabet stamps, buttons, punches, phrases, etc are just some of the embellishments you can use. Give it a go! I guarantee you will love it! Use of Monograms is another option you may want to go. Highlight the first letter of the word to convey the message, eg Smile… Don’t stop there, highlight different letters in the word.

Wheels –

These are fantastic to complete your page, but an item which is sometimes forgotten. Next time you want to complete a page, dig out that dusty box which has all your wheels in it & put them to your page. Great for a background or to create DSP! Match the stamp set with your wheel your page is nearly done for you even before you put anything on paper!  Ink your wheels with colored inks, Versa-mark, same ink as your cardstock which will give you a soft muted background.
Have fun experimenting & playing.  You will surprise yourself as to how your pagr will turn out!

Now onto today’s page.

I played with these photos of my niece, Bonnie & her cousin Brooke.  As I really like the effect of the photos, I created the pages so as not to take away from the photos.

For both pages, I have pretty much stuck to the sketch.

I did add a little bit of Pink Pirouette ss a colour & at first I was a little hesitant as to whether I liked it & if it would stay, but after looking at it for awhile, I have come to like it.  In fact, the lights on the ceiling are a little pink, which is where I got the colour from in the first place – am not sure if you can see them!
So, me being me, I had to create the 2nd page to match the 1st, but I did rotate the sketch.
My journalling I typed using my PC & printed onto Very Vanilla Cardstock before punching out with the Decorative Label Punch.  I also did one in label in Basic Black, cut down the middle & used for both captions.
The “Girls Night Out” & “Best Friends” was also created on the PC & printed direct onto the Cardstock.  I used different fonts…
Supplies –
Cardstock – Textured Pink Pirouette, Textured Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
DSP – Timeless Portrait
Ribbon – 5/8″ Satin – Basic Black
Punches – Decorative Label
Accessories – Snail Adhesive 
Non-SU – Pearls
Remember, Scrapbooking is meant to be FUN!!!!!