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Lots and Lots of Love – Five Photo Double Scrapbooking Page Layout with A Whole Lot of Lovely

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Even if you don’t personally do scrapbooking, I hope you take a moment to enjoy the layouts I share from time to time!  Not only are they fun to look at, but I hope you can learn a little idea or two and find inspiration:

I struggled for a while getting these papers to work with the photos I wanted to use, and finally gave up and made the Whole Lot of Lovely papers the star – and reverted to black and white photos.  In the end, I think that was a great choice.

This layout can “stand alone”, or pair it up for a coordinating double layout like I have here.  I’ve kept everything black and white except for the papers and the embellishments so they really stand out.

These Whole Lot of Lovely papers have quite a few colours in them – I’ve only used a small selection from the pack.

I’ve used the Large Letters dies here for the title, embossed with the Pinewood Plank folder.   It seemed just right with the large, bold letters to go with this crisp layout.


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Flirty Flowers is one of my favorite sets, and this is the first time I’ve pulled it out – love it!  I just love how we can colour our stamps or colour in images to match our projects PERFECTLY!  Oh Stampin’ Up! does it so well!


A little sub title here using the new Lovely Label Punch – nice, clean, and clear to match the mood here.  I’ve shadowed it with the same punch done in Basic Black just for a little bit of contrast.  Supply list below.

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You Mean So Much Emboss Resist Scrapbooking Layout

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This month’s scrapbooking layout features the Emboss Resist technique – a FUN and different way to use your stamped images!

I love the colour combination of blue and green, and the new Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist are a fresh duo:


I will confess this is one of those projects that just looks like a big mess until it’s all put together and finished!  Even my daughter told me it was ugly when I was “in process”.

The background is done with just a sheet of Whisper White, which I’ve stamped and clear embossed with various images.   Then I took three inks: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pool Party and sponged colour in a diagonal “line” across the page.

The die cuts are from the Flourishes die set, one of those “must haves” if you like pretty details!   I gently inked them up.

I used the Stitched Shapes dies to create the two circles on the page. (Quite honestly, the Stitched Shapes die set is another “must have” – I use these so much!)



I designed this page in May when I didn’t have access to the new papers and the existing ones were all being discontinued, so . . . .I made my own!   The element above with the dragonfly is just a sheet of Whisper White stamped up using the Awesomely Artistic set so create a unique “printed paper”.

This is a great little tip for anyone – when you just don’t have that quite right paper, with inks and stamps, it’s easy to make one to perfectly coordinate.

Hmmm this piece across the bottom of the layout is a bit different!   This is also emboss resist, so it perfectly ties in with the main page, but is different enough to be visually interesting.

And although almost nobody in class gets this part done, sometimes I like to include a coordinating pocket page with the layout.  I hope it shows how easy it is to get a few more photos in using the same bits and pieces one probably already has out doing the first page.  And it’s a good way to use up any little leftover scraps.

And that’s me for this Thursday evening.  Thanks for stopping by!

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South Pacific Thailand Grand Vacation Swap

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I’m back in the land of winter and freezing!  Well after super hot Thailand, New Zealand certainly feels freezing!  We had such a fantastic time. I was lucky this year and was able to take my two youngest children, Sofie and Kjirsti.  It was the first time we’ve taken “extras” on the trip with us, which sure made the trip even more fun and also more logistically tricky.  However, I do thoroughly enjoy that all three of my daughters have now been on a trip and all three of them can see a tiny bit of the “big picture” of Stampin’ Up! – that there is SO MUCH more than just papercrafting to this team and business.

Phi Phi Island

The South Pacific Achievers decided to have a smaller swap between ourselves, something we’ve done for the last few years.   We decided to have a Memories & More (Pocket Page) swap, so we could all take home not only fun samples, but use them to create an album right away with our Thailand photos.  I love this idea!

Here is my submission, a 3×4 inch card for slotting into the pockets of the Memories & More pages to enhance photos:

I used a card design from my Open House as inspiration.  These go together so quickly – even those who aren’t “into” scrapbooking could totally get into this!

And here are the swaps from the other South Pacific Achievers:

The variety is neat! We all stuck with one colour theme, though, so they will all work in together. Each one is a mini piece of art.

Clever girls. Some even worked in a wee elephant!

I saw with sincerity that the other demonstrators in the South Pacific have become like family over the years.  When we had the smaller Grand Vacations (just New Zealand and Australia), it gave us a chance to become really close.  I so appreciate their warmth and friendship.  And now our trips are global, which although there is less intimacy, there is also greater opportunity to expand our circles of friends.  How I love Stampin’ Up! and all it stands for and all the opportunities it provides and good people involved.

Feeling greatly blessed tonight.


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Wood Textures Meets Colorful Seasons

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It’s been a week since I last posted.  We are down to the wire now with my eldest daughter leaving to serve a mission, and there has been so much to prepare, and of course, spending all the last moments with her that I can.

Today’s share is inspired by a display sample shared by Paula Dobson at our last OnStage (Stampin’ Up! training day) here in Auckland.  I loved the page she created, then adapted the concept to suit my style and photos:


I would describe my favorite style as “clean vintage”, and this layout is exactly that.   Using the flower image from the new Wood Words set, I love the little bit of border with copper splatters on the expanse of white.  Here I’ve used Elegant Eggplant to tie in with Madeleine’s sweatshirt.



I love, love, love the look of stamping directly onto these new Wood Textures papers, so we will be doing that more!   And this awesome branch and flowers are from the new Colorful Seasons dies.  They have a bit of an Asian feel which just adds a bit of interest and unexpected to a project like this.



Another fun details is the crumpling of the doily here along the edge.  And I love the copper embossing powder.  And I love how it looks like I’ve spilled it, but it totally just works with the colours.  Great stuff!


Thanks for stopping by on a cold Thursday evening in New Zealand!   I look forward to seeing some of you this Saturday at our Tauranga Extravaganza where we will make four projects with all new products!

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Cool Treats Pocket Page and Scrapbooking Layout – and Last Day for Retiring Stock!

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And it’s already the last day of May!  I am surely glad it’s been a mild winter so far!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to order from the Retiring List (and check out the Clearance Rack while there).   Good bargains to be had and there are always items that are sorely missed.  Please do have a look before midnight tonight.

Today’s share is a scrapbooking layout I designed months ago and never posted.   These yummy papers are being discontinued as of tomorrow, so today is the day to post:


I’ve used the Cool Treats Bundle along with the Sprinkles Embellishments and the coordinating Designer Series Paper.   How I adore these fresh, miniature ice blocks!   It’s easy to create the different shades of the same colour even with one ink pad:

  1. Stamp off (onto a scrap) and then stamp your project for a lighter colour.  You can even stamp off multiple times
  2. Or stamp over the same spot twice for a darker colour.  So easy!



The design for this layout came from the Demonstrator-Only magazine, Impressions.  They had a sample done in different papers and images, and I adapted to what I wanted to use.  We are very inundated with inspiration being Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators – finding ideas is no problem at all!!!

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I forget to to this, but using die cuts and tone on tone paper is a great look.  And what an inexpensive and easy way to embellish or create a background, too.


I also created up a simple Pocket Page to go along with the layout, seeing as it was only a single page layout.  Pocket Pages are a great way to add in a lot more photos; you can just slip these pages in with your standard 12×12 pages.    I’d put a lot more photos on this than I have here; I just put all the embellishments facing one way for ease of my students and the photography.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you tomorrow in a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue year!

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Carousels Vintage Double Layout – Two Classes this Weekend!

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Happy Friday and I’m excited for this weekend!  Saturday I’ll be in Hamilton and Sunday in Tauranga teaching both cards and scrapbooking. Today’s share is one of the awesome layouts we will be doing in these classes:

stampin up carousel cupcake single photo layout vintage


I love vintage style projects, and the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Stack (paper) lends itself beautifully to this sort of style.   It was easy to layer so many prints together when they all work together so beautifully.


I’ve accents this layout with flowers from the Flourish Thinlits die set as well as many of the items from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment pack.  And those glittery centres of the flowers – well those are a sneak peek at what’s coming 1 June!


My particular style appreciates small details that don’t detract from the focal point: the photos.  The little bits of ribbon and twine,  layers of cardstock, and the scattering of sequins are some of my favorite things!     And of course, most layouts are about something we love, or at least something important to us, so I use a heart on every single one.


The elements in the Embellishment Pack are fantastic for adding that extra something. And it gives you a little bit of a lot of things!  Great for the at-home crafter!


Now I did say this was a double layout, so here is page two!   I wanted to make a really awesome page one and then a more simple, coordinating page two that allowed for a lot more photos and story to be told.  I just love how these photos portray the relationship between my three daughters.


These will look great together in an album or on a wall!

If you’d like to join us Saturday in Hamilton (1-5pm $35) or Sunday in Tauranga (10-5pm $45), I’d love to have you along!  Beginners more than welcome!

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Masculine Urban Underground 5 Photo Double Layout

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Today’s share is a Masculine Double Layout using the new Urban Underground Suite – coordinating paper, stamp set, washi tape, embossing folder, and embellishments help make this project come together beautifully.

Well we are getting the tail end of a tropical storm here in Auckland at the moment; I’m pleased I’m tucked in at home warm and dry while the storm outside does its thing!

stampin up Urban Underground double layout scrapbook 5 photo masculine


I kept this layout relatively simple; I wanted the photos to tell the majority of the story and everything else to just support the love on display.    Plus – masculine layouts don’t always call for fine details.

I have used the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper as the foundation for this project.  I crumpled them up and sanded a little to bring out the creases.  I found as I taught this last month that some loved that look and others really “didn’t want to ruin a perfectly good piece of paper”!   I embrace either philosophy!  As long as you are happy with the end result, that’s all that matters.



The Urban Underground papers also feature a few prints that have foil in them, so we used those as accents.   We also used a strip of the actual Silver Foil, a product I’ll admit has never taken my fancy UNTIL I saw it embossed!  It goes from ho-hum to amAzing!   Here I’ve used the Sparkle folder.


My title reflects the truth of the relationship between my husband and my youngest daughter, Sofie.   I’ve found that the Crazy About You stamp set and Hello, You dies have been just invaluable in my scrapbooking projects.  I’ve hand cut the words for a more casual look, too.


Every single one of my layouts has a heart, either prominently or hidden.  I’ve used them on this double layout as a bright red accent against all the black and silver.  Not too much, though.

stampin up urban underground layout masculine district


stampin up urban district underground masculine layout silver foil


I do try to give my students options when doing scrapbooking so that everyone has something that really fits their own style and needs.   This double layout could be used as two single layouts if someone wanted, too.

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Succulent Garden 5 Photo Double Layout

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I had so much fun in Tauranga on Saturday teaching an all day scrapbooking class!  It was fun to share many of the new products and to see new friendships begin.  This is what makes my job so rewarding.

This is one of the three double layouts we did:


This layout features the new, yummy Succulent Garden Suite – something a little different from the usual flower.

We used a mix of all the prints in the Designer Series Paper pack, so everyone’s was a bit different.


The first page also features a little mini book for more photos and/or journalling. This is a great idea if you want to share a photo or a thought that is a bit more private.  Also a great idea if you just have a lot to write or more photos than will fit on the page!

stampin up succulent garden mini book double layout


I also did a bit of stamping using the Succulent Garden stamp set in coordinating colours, of course.


The succulent “flowers” are something a little different from the traditional daisy-type flower. And these can be made quite 3D if you want.  I inked the edges here with both Tip Top Taupe and Sweet Sugarplum inks.

stampin up succulent garden flowers coordinating sugarplum double female layout


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