Shop and Crop July Moodboard Challenge & Dino Friends

Hello crafty friends, I am here today with two layouts for you on behalf of Shop and Crop Scrapbooking. The first one is inspired by the July moodboard challenge as pictured above – have you given it a go yet? I had this background that I had started some time ago (I like to use a piece of cardstock to swipe brushes of left over paint on to), so I just add to it with colours that matched the moodboard. Using a stencil and ink from my stash I added some interest to the background. I also used a stencil and texture paste to add some further dimension for the background. Lets take a look at the layout;


Whilst the background is quite busy, I like the grungy look of it – kind of messy like my son’s journey to find boxing – something he loves to do. The photo had a white border (also as per the moodboard) and matted with various patterned papers from my stash. The title – ‘Follow your Dreams. They know the way.’ was again inspired by the moodboard. The colourful letters used here were from the Echo Park Paper Co Dino Friends collection. This collection can be purchased in store

The second layout for today has been created using the collection mentioned above – the Dino Friends collection by Alisha Gordon, created by Echo Park Paper Co.


The double sided patterned papers in this collection were used for the layout base and matting for the photo. This photo is of my 3 year old son trying on a dinosaur dress up costume that his older brother once wore to kinder. It’s still a little big for him but nevertheless, he was still happy to pose for a quick pic. I used Dylusions paints in three shades of green to give some texture to the background, particularly around the photo area. I added some white gesso around the edges of the laout and some green punchinella under the photo mats and top corner embellishment to give some extra interest on the page.

The Dino Friends collection come with a fantastic array of cut apart cards and element stickers. There are brads (I havent used them for so long and it was fun to revisit them) and they are just the cutest with a lot of bling for the diverse range of layouts and card ideas you could create with this collection.

I hope you enjoyed these layouts and you will give the Shop and Crop Scrapbooking July moodboard challenge a go – there’s always great prizes to be won! All details can be found at the website Until next time….


Jungle Palms Planner for Scrappers Delights


Hello planner friends, I have for you today a planner layout from the Scrappers Delights Planner Design Team.  The digital images used on this layout are Jungle Palms, that can be purhased in the online store at

jungle palms

For my planner layouts during July, I will be using patterned paper as the base. This layout uses the A5 vertical planner kit.

The Planner range can be viewed and purchased online at

Dylusions paint was added to the edge of the page for embellishing, along with some Pinkfresh Studio folied die cuts from the Live More collection. The glittery numbers and hearts were from a Heidi Swapp planner sticker pack.  I also like to add some photos to the page to personalise it.

I hope you enjoyed this layout, and please stop by the Scrappers Delights blog at  to see all of the Design team’s amazing work!

Scrappers logo


Miss Lilly yummy pocket card for Little Blue Button Stamps


Hello stamping friends!  Sarah here today with a cute little pocket page card you can us for those scrapbooking pages or easily make in to a gift card.  I have used the Miss Lilly yummy digital stamp that can be purchased in store at for only $2!

I am currently working on a family pocket scrapbooking album so thought this would be a lovely insert on a page where we are celebrating someone’s birthday or just enjoying the little things that life offers – like yummy cupcakes!!  A favourite past time of mine!

For this project I coloured Miss Lilly using Touch Five markers and Stampin Up blendabilities.  The pocket card was taken from the Stampin Up Project Life set called ‘Moments like these’. The card is a 4×6 inch card and I have simpy added on some additional stickers and sequins from this set.

The focus of this card really is Miss Lilly and that yummy cupcake!  I hope you will try to include some of your digital images throughout your everyday scrapbooking pages – be sure to stay tuned for some more ideas with pocket pages from me.

Until next time…..



Spike and Anna having coffee for Little Blue Button Stamps


Hello crafty friends, I am here with the July new release digital stamp ‘Spike and Anna having coffee’ from Little Blue Button Stamps. This is can be purchased in store at  When I saw this stamp, I knew immediately I wanted to do a scrapbook layout about my dog Bronte.  Bronte certainly is getting on in years now, but I had a few photos of her as a puppy when I first got her from the local pound.

The background for this layout was created using Dylusions paints with some black splatters.  I layered some white tulle and red punchinella under the photos that were mounted onto some pink tissue paper.


The image was coloured using Touch Five markers and Stampin Up Blendabilities.  The skirt had some Wink of Stella shimmer added to it, though it is difficult to see in the photo.  The heart embellishment is from Charms Creations.


Thanks for joining me and be sure to check out the design team projects for this new release on the blog at


Day One – Acrylic Pouring…

Well, the day has come…off sick from work and tired of just watching all the painty goodness roll around other people’s canvas. I had been collecting materials so when that day came, I’d be ready to roll!

Rather than sit on the couch, I decided to give it a go….doctors’ orders was to ‘rest’, but I figure this counts towards that…right?!? 

I tried out the different types of acrylic pours I had seen on the many you tube clips and from the amazingly inspiring Facebook groups….here’s what I came up with. I used Helmar PVA craft glue and Helmar PVA woodworking glue (I used this by mistake but think I prefer it). I tried WD40 but didn’t have the right one. I then remembered almost at the end of my session today, being on the Helmar creative team, that I had the Helmar silicone spray…OMG, it worked a treat!

My first pour ever….a flip cup

A dirty pour…

A puddle pour…

And dipping…

A C Moore have a fantastic clip that tells you the technique for each of these types of pours at

Most exciting of all was remembering my Helmar silicone spray and using it to create this beauty. The Helmar glues and spray can be purchased at

Whilst I perhaps need to buy a butane torch to fully get the cells to produce, I had such fun with this one (may have slightly jumped off the ground with excitement when the cells formed!).

What I learnt today was not only that I can apply the techniques I’ve been studying for the past couple of months, but I need to believe in myself…to just do it! Really, what’s the worse that could’ve happened?!? Using some cheap canvas and cheap paints to get started, I can’t see myself stopping now!!

Sure, I still need to work on the formulation of how much paint versus pouring medium and I’m busting to now try other mediums to pour with…so much to explore….the world really is my oyster! Who knows, I may even be able to sell some artwork down the track or exhibit in a local art gallery…I have high ambitions! Why don’t you too!

May Crop Kit layout ideas for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking


Hello crafty friends, I am here with you with two layouts using the gorgeous May Crop Kit…and I still have lots of product left to use from the Pinkfresh Studio Live More collection! You may have seen my planner layout using this kit earlier in the month – well even after these layouts, I still have heaps of product to play with from this kit. I just love it and it’s so versatile for many types of projects.

I am working on my boy’s school / day care albums at the moment and wanted to create some cover pages for them. This first layout is the opening page for 2016, using the Live More patterned papers, foiled die cuts and puffy alphabet stickers. I used some paint on the base of the layout to add some additional layers. This kit can be purchased instore at


This second layout again uses patterned paper from the Live More collection. I have applied Dylusions Paints to the edges of the layout and to the page to frame the photos. Colour Blast pastes in Deep Water and Sunshine have been applied through stencils and the puffy alphabet stickers used again here for the title. The gorgeous puffy stars also come with the alphabet stickers.

I hope you enjoyed these layouts and they have inpsired you to use them in your next layouts.