2 layouts

I haven’t been around much lately, in truth I have been really busy. Scrapbooking will be taking a backseat for now as I am working my way through an applied writing certificate and hope to go on to a diploma next year. This is all new and exciting for me, its been years since I did any study so finding it a little hard going but fun too. I have always wanted to be a writer, since I was a wee kid, but never thought I would be able too. Now I can feel it within my reach and its so exciting.

So it will be bye bye to scrapbooking for a while though I can’t see me giving it up all together, its my de-stress tool but I wont be doing nearly as much as I have in the past. And in saying that I have two layouts to share today. The first for Artfull Crafts June/July challenge and is taken from this sketch


I kept this one very simple, using Rosie’s Studio shimmer cardstock as the background and also to cut out the rockets using my Silhouette, one of which I inked using Mustard Seed distress inks and then embossed using clear embossing powder. I added some Scotch washi tape along the side, an old brad that’s been in my stash forever, a chipboard pinwheel, also used distress ink and clear embossing powder. the photos were backed using some old Echo Park paper and the title was cut using my silhouette. to finish off I added 3 wee Studio Calico veneer birds at the bottom along with some wee enamel dots.

This second one is for Scrap Our Stash and is from this sketch


I used Heidi Swapp paper, some tags from my stash, wood veneer, glitter book cover I picked up at Kmart, a 6×4 cut out from my silhouette backed by some scrap paper. a 2×3 card, a badge, some wire and a variety of alphas from my stash.

I just love this photo, my wee dd is not so wee any more, heading into the sulky preteens. somewhere between childhood and teenager. Its all about the pout these days. And the awesome mood swings lol.

anyway must dash, I have study to do.


V xxx

Busy May Fly

Ok maybe not a mayfly but I have been busy the last few weeks. Between making my son a album/sketchbook for his birthday next month (watch for photos of that soon) and helping look after Dad who has a badly damaged knee and is stuck in a wheelchair while waiting to get a knee reconstruction (men make the worst patients!) Not to mention being laid up myself with various RA and Fibro issues, it has been a busy few weeks but I have still managed to get a few layouts done for this months challenges.

I have three to share today, 2 for Artfull Crafts and  1 for D’lish Scraps. I played with allsorts of techniques for these, for the first, using the D’lish Scrap mood board I kept it pretty simple, lots of clean lines and simple embellishments. I just went with the softer colours of the mood board and tried my best to make it my own.


I felt it was more important to tell the story of this photo of my Dad and my Daughter, this is all about one of their wee traditions. I used Rosie’s Studios shimmer cardstock in cream, Amy Tangerine Stitched paper, plain black cardstock, one handmade flower with a Kaisercraft Sparklet in the middle, some Prima flowers, mulberry roses, Studio Calico wood veener coloured with distress ink, Freckled Fawn veener and some flatback pearls to finish it off.

This next one was done using the sketch at Artfull Crafts and using two of the very few photos I have of Katie playing sport. Unfortunately she inherited my talent for sports off all kinds, another words non existent. But she did manage a full game of Netball on her first try last year which is more than I ever managed. In fact I think my coach’s words where along the lines of “Vicky please put down that ball and go sit down before you hurt someone else” lol. When I asked Katie if she wanted to play this year she just laughed at me. Oh well, we can’t all be good at everything and she is so talented in so many other ways.

This is the sketch.


And this is my take on it


I used the Kaisercraft Game On collection I won from Artfull Crafts last year. I cut the netball one into bits to use as the layers and used the soccer one as the background. I also used some of the netball stickers from the same collection, a feather cut from corrugated cardboard to much her top, 2 Heidi Swapp resist stars with Spun Sugar distress ink on it. I took the Netball title sticker from the sheet and coloured it silver sharpie and covered the netballer and netball stickers with Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint. I really love the quote that was with the stickers “whether you think you can or can’t, your right- Henry Ford” so true.

and now my final layout, which I just finished using the sketchabilities sketch for this fortnight and Artfull Crafts colour palate for this month.

And this is my mashup of the two featuring my wee princess, granddaughter Lily


I started with paper from Maggie Holmes, added some Stampin Up water colour pencils I just got, and LOVE, in yellow and dark pink. Add in a script stamp from Couture Creations in gold and black.Then I cut out some doodle circles with my silhouette and used ink in pink and yellow, clear and gold embossing powders to change the colour a bit. then layered on gold Craft Smith cardstock cut to make a banner, a scrap yellow paper from my scrap paper bin, 2 tags and a ticket from my stash, a gold stripped polaroid frame from Rosie’s Studio and some diecuts from Rosie’s Studio. The title was done using wood veneer words by Rosie’s Studio that I coloured with ink and clear embossing powder, a bling word from Kaisercraft and a diecut from Rosie’s Studio. To finish off I used twine, 2 Prima wood veneer pieces, and some resin pieces from my stash (I have far too many of these things but they are just to cute to leave on the shelf)

And that’s me for now. I have just over a month before I start my course so I will be making the most of it while I can because I can’t see me getting much time to scrap or anything else once I start. So wish me luck with these challenge entries and I will post some photos of the book I am working on for my son as soon as I finish the covers, the outsides are done but I haven’t touched the inside yet.

take care one and all


V xxx

2 challenge layouts

I have 3 layouts to share today. One for Scrap Our Stash and another for Sketchibilites. I did two using this sketch for SOS but only one is going to be entered since I didnt use the colour scheme in the other.  


This is one was made using Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic pp, American Craft POW glitter paper, Heidi Swapp pp, a doily, canvas which was sprayed with Heidi Swapp gold spray, Sassafras Lass felties, washi tape, gold twine, KaiserCraft bling word, Amy Tan thickers, a Silhouette  diecut ice-cream, a lace bow, a chipboard butterfly, various stickers, a journal card, a pin and a few bits of bling. I made a folder out of the Heidi Swapp pp so I could use the 2 photos, my wee great niece Mia and Katie sharing an ice cream, just too cute to miss.

The word this month is STAMP, I think I have it covered, S – Stencil, spray and Sassafras, T- Thickers, Tape, A-Arrow, M-Mist, Mia, P- Pin, Pink. yip got it covered lol.


This is the other one I did using the sketch. This one was just for fun and because I have a serious lack of layouts featuring my eldest son.


I had fun grunge this all up and trying different techniques.

The next challenge layout is for Sketchabilities using this sketch


I just finished this about half an hour ago. I used Amy Tangerine’s Stitched pp, some Studio Calico pp, Rosie’s Studio polaroid frame, diecut and wood veneer, washi tape, Freckled Fawn wood veneer bird which I covered with gold Gelato, Kaisercraft wood veneer, some Franchiville glitter alpha stickers, a few heart punchies and a few bits of bling. I added water to some distress ink and using a medical syringe I put drops over the page to add a bit of interest and break up the white paper.

So that’s my out put this week. I am enjoying scrapbooking while I can, I have until July then I start my Applied Writing and I can hardly wait, its something I have always wanted to do.

Now I am off to have some lunch. Having a bit of down day today so going to tidy up my mess and just take some me time.


V xxx

Sketchabilities challenge

I love the sketches at sketchabilities, I’ve gone there for inspiration more than once but never entered one of their challenges so this time I thought I would get brave and actually enter one of my layouts this time. I actually did two layouts with this sketch so will share them both but was only going to enter one but then I reread the rules and found that you can enter more than once. in for a penny in for a pound right?

First up is the one I did with this photo of my handsome son Steve. This photo was actually taken last year but my then 8 year old daughter. She has a real natural eye for photography. I used Maggie Holmes Open Book pp, some Amy Tan pp from the Cut and Paste line. Rosie’s Studio journaling card and wood veneer word (amazing) which I covered with white ink, a studio calico wood veneer typewriter, also covered with white ink, Tanya Leigh Designz chipboard arrows also covered with white ink. handmade wire word (be) and its finished off with washi tape, kraft tape, sequins, Studio Calico rubon stars,  a paperclip, a watch charm and a quick spray of Mr Huey’s.


unfortunately when I took the photo of this layout there was a bit to much light and it came out a lot lighter than it actually is. I just love the Maggie Holmes bulls eye paper, sort of suits Steve and his many goals in life, as do the arrows.

Ok on to layout two, which oddly enough I did first but wasn’t sure if it was good enough for the challenge. I started with black chalk cardstock from DCWV, then I took the last piece of Tim Holtz grunge paper that has been in my stash forever, I sprayed it with Heidi Swap gold colour spray, inked it, ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder the just generally beat it up some more. The rest of the papers all come from the Rosie’ Studio Into the Woods line (and I can’t help singing the theme song from the movie Into the Words in my head every time I use the line lol) Also used was a snappy polaroid frame from Rosie’s Studio, diecuts from the Into the Woods line, that fox is super cute and gold words from the same line. Its finished off with some flatback pearls, 2 tags, a butterfly cut from a aluminium coke can and dry embossed then  covered with Ranger alcohol ink and finally a few flicks of Heidi Swapp gold spray which I let dribble down the page


So that’s it for now. I have a few more layouts I want to share but will leave it for another day. Let  me know what you think. Thanks for popping by.


V xxx

Scrap Our Stash Challenge

Another layout for Scrap Our Stash March challenge. This one was a word challenge with a twist. You need to use items starting with the letters in the word STENCIL. It really caught my imagination and challenged me.

It took several days of thinking before I even sat down at my desk. I started with Amy Tangerine Stitched pp with clouds (that took care of C) I took some white tissue paper and pleated it then stencilled clouds on with distress ink (S, T and I)I used some glitter tape and kraft tape I found at Kmart (more T’s ) I took some acrylic Heidi Swapp letters and used a Sharpie to colour the B navy blue (N ) and the rest of the letters are spotted with the same Sharpie. Then I used Diy Thickers and added distress glitter (love this stuff but man it makes a mess) and the Cool cut file from the Silhouette Store. I finished off with a Fab Scrap chipboard butterfly which I embossed (E ) and a label (L) which is stamped with a Heidi Swapp stamp that says Noted (N again) and using chalk ink (I again) and finished with a red heart because it was cute Smile 


Now I need to rush over to SOS to post this as it closes like NOW lol…trust me to leave it to the last moment.

wish me luck


V xxx

3 Challenge Layouts to Share

It’s been awhile since I shared or even blogged. Not having my own laptop has been a pain but its been good too. Less time on the computer means more time for other things I love, like scrapbooking and reading and hanging out with Miss Pre-tweenie attitude girl. Yes it has happened, my sweet little girl has turned into a wee diva, and I am hoping its just a faze, fingers crossed.

anyway to the layouts. First up is this months sketch from Artful Crafts, such an awesome sketch. I used Rosie Studios shimmer cardstock, Maggie Holmes pp, washi tape, flowers, a cut file from the Silhouette store, a Prima veneer clock, a diecut from Rosie’s Studio’s Into the woods line and title cut from American Crafts Pow glitter paper. I Finished it off with a sprinkle of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Shabby Tuxline Teal. Its hard to tell in the photo but this layout is so shimmery, I am just loving the shimmer look at the moment.


The next layout is also for Artful Crafts march challenge, this challenge is to use inks and splatters.

I used some Amy Tangerine pp, a piece of dark blue vellum and the background pp I think is an old Crate Paper one but don’t quote me on that, its been in my stash forever, lurking at the bottom of the pile waiting for its chance, and it was just perfect for this layout. Once the papers were layered just right I splashed on some Mr Hueys Calico Shine to make it look like stars. I used a small piece of glitter paper from DCWV to mat the photo, a veneer clock (get the idea that veneer clocks are my thing at the moment?) a font called WS simple gailifreyan which I printed out and went over with some silver holographic embossing powder. I cut the title and the tag line (Come along Pond)  using my silhouette and white cardstock, for the tag line I used more holographic embossing powder and for the title I used some blue distress ink and water which I flicked on using an old toothbrush and the dotted it with an embossing ink pen and added the holographic embossing powder to finish it off. Finally I used a cut file I brought from Pretty Paper Graphics, which is of Katie’s favourite Doctor, #11 played by Matt Smith. I found a picture of the Tardis online, print and cut it and added pop dots to the back for more dimension , cut out the pictures Katie drew and added them and finally added a tag which I stamped the date on.


Its taken 9 years for me to get Katie into Doctor Who but now she loves it almost as much as I do lol. That’s 2 out of my 3 kids I have turned into a geek lol…that’s some good odds.

Now to contestant number three lol. This one is for Scrap Our Stash using this sketch

scrap our stash sketch for March 2015

I used Maggie Holmes Open Book pp, some Rosie’s Studios gold cheveroned pp from the Into The Woods collection, Prima flowers, wood veneer words from RS’s Into the Woods collection, Kaisercraft rhinestone word “Girl”, a string of flatback pearls which I coloured gold with a sharpie, some RS’s Into the Woods diescuts (leaves with gold foil) a script stamp Couture Creations, gold embossing powder, scrap Love Elsie paper, a Rosie’s Studio polaroid frame, a acetate overlay and a cork star. Gold Heidi Swapp colour shine and a moustache and I heart moustaches cut files from Silhouette, finally I used some Mr Hueys dark calico mist and a plastic circle to make the coffee cup stains and a medicine dropped with the mist to make the splatters.


This the first time I have entered a Scrap Our Stash challenge so wish me luck Smile

I think that is enough sharing for now. Mum is waiting for her laptop back and I have a bit more scrapbooking to do, like always lol.

hugz all round

V xxx