Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Here we are relaxing in the heat of Playa del Carmen. The kids' patio had a hammock ~ perfect for afternoon siestas in the heat.  Our mini patio had just enough space for a cute little table and a couple of chairs, to sit and read with a glass of wine in the cool of the evening.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Adventures in Mexico

A few Mexican vacation layouts.  I've been playing with texture pastes, paints and inks so when I saw Scrap the Boys latest challenge for May I thought I'd play along.  The challenge is to go grungy.  My last layout below is grungier than ever.
I started off with plain green cardstock and using my 12 x 12 leaf mask I sprayed green mist over all. Then I smeared bronze paint down my page.  I stamped random dragonflies using the bronze paint, white ink and black ink, then sprinkled black glitter and sprayed some coffee coloured ink mist.
This is Daniel zip lining through the jungle.
The papers on these pages are mostly Simple Stories from the Urban Traveler line.

Daniel rappelling down a cliff face into the kayak below.

Duncan's turn to rappel down the cliff.  He loved it!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Scrap Around the World

We came home with hundreds of photos from our 8 days in the sun.  I've spent the last three weeks organizing photos, planning layouts and journaling. My goal now is to complete a layout every day or two till I have my vacation album finished. 

The first group of photos I scrapped are of my rappelling for my first time.  I wasn't nervous watching my family go over the edge, or even while I got geared up, but when I had to fall back over the edge the fear set in.  I wouldn't call it fun and probably wouldn't do it again. 

Scrap Around the World is a South African challenge site I check out now and again.  This is my first time playing.  I was inspired by the quote "don't overthink, just let go" (minus the 'it'). I used it for my title.  I also love the turquoise colour, butterflies(who'd of guessed) and the texture.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Prima sketch

I used Prima's February sketch for this layout. And Prima papers, rub-ons, felt alpha, stamps, rose mask, flower and leaves, and even a piece of Prima packaging.   

Love using up my stash!
Check out all the great layouts on the Prima blog!

Thursday, 13 February 2014


I played along at White with 1 this month.  The challenge was white with grape.  Photos changed my colours somewhat; this is a very purple layout.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Scrap Friends colour challenge ~ BE MERRY

I had the perfect photo for the Scrap Friends colour challenge this month. The photo is of Butchart Gardens last winter.  We always visit their 12 Days of Christmas display at night when the coloured lights are glowing magically. 

Here is the Colour Challenge. Gorgeous pinks, grey and yellow.
 I used my number stencil and white texture paste.  Then I painted it with pink Maya Roads glimmer mist.  I swiped yellow Making Memories paint across my background and splashed droplets of darker pink Glimmer Mist.  I got pretty messy with it.
I added random pieces of text Washi Tape, lots of bling and some black rub-ons from my stash.

The title is underlined with a couple of 6" bling strips.  Unforgettable Memories has all different colours of these bling strips. Very pretty!

 The yellow and pinky/purple paper strips are plain glossy paper I've covered with alcohol inks. The stickers are from the Echo Park sticker sheet I used on my last layout.  It was still on my desk and some of the designs were grey and black which worked with my colour scheme.