Category Archives: Scrapbooking

Love You Two

Nathan and Tania

Love You Two

With this page the background paper I used is by K & C Company “BG Jade Motif Corrugated Embossed Paper”.  It really does feel bumpy – very different, with a great design on it already so I didn’t feel it needed too much in the way of embellishments.

I’ve used strips of yellow and chocolate brown Bazzill cardstock  and Basic Grey Aged & Confused “Vagabond” to pull out some of the designs and colours in the photo. I inked around the individual strips of paper before laying them ‘randomly’ on the paper as a bed for the photo. (Not really ‘randomly’… haha! I spent ages fiddling with them, deciding how to lay them. I’m not sure that it made a lot of difference. Random is good!)


I punched a yellow heart out of cardstock and also one out of some mesh. Then I dipped the mesh into opals embossing enamels after moistening it with a clear embossing stamp pad. Heated the opals with a heat gun, then kept dipping it back into the opals and melting the powder until enough had stuck to create the honeycomb effect I was after. Yes, it was fiddly. And I used tweezers – way too hot for fingers! After it had cooled and I managed to get it off the tweezers, I ran it through the Xyron Create-a-Sticker machine, and this enabled it to be stuck to the heart. I glued all this onto some chocolate card (to make it stand out from the background) and cut around it.


The number 2 is from Thickers and the flowers are joined in the middle with a large eyelet and a brad. Again I was trying to pick up the colours from Tania’s hair and clothing.


A double spread of some great family photos we managed to get at Tania and Nathan’s wedding in 2008.


I’ve used a Fiskars punch to create the edging along the edge of the red Bazzill cardstock. Lettering is from Thickers and I’ve stitched over the Basic Grey paper with my sewing machine.


Memories are made from moments like these.

A special time with my granddaughter at the Hamilton Zoo. A ‘Face2Face‘ encounter with the lemurs. I recommend it!


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Holes along the edge of the white cardstock were made with a Fiskars punch.

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Thickers lettering again! To do the hand stitching, I first place a piece of graph paper over the cardstock and poke the holes through with an awl to get them as even as possible.



I wanted to remember the people at the firm where Dave worked for several years and this photo gave a great opportunity.


I used scrapbook papers cut into different shapes for the background. Ribbons and hand stitching help to frame the picture and I cut up one of Dave’s business cards to add further information. Lettering was created using my old Sizzix machine and Lollipop Upper Case Alphabet Set.





A fun work celebration at the end of a Strategic Planning weekend took the form of a murder mystery “whodunnit”. We were each given specific characters to play and a brief on how to dress up.


Lettering is thickers ‘pajamas’ (lovely felted lettering), and other
elements came in a kit I purchased.

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I used eyelets to help form part of the frame and typed my journaling onto white cardstock. To soften the stark white of the cardstock, I used an old shaving brush and a sepia inkpad.

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Other embellishments included felt flowers and buttons, lace and embroidery thread, a cute wee feather, and a flower that came in the pack.

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This was from another SENZ  class so I cannot take credit for the design. I believe the class was by Rachel Tucker (RT Scraps).

This page is the three men in my life! Husband, son and son-in-law.


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Freedom Comes on 2 Wheels

Touring bikes were a big part of our life for a few years as we
travelled all around NZ on them. This was the last bike Dave owned and loved.


With the “Wheels” lettering I chose a font I liked and, using Word on my computer, printed the individual letters (reversed) onto the back of scrapbook paper and cut them out. I then stuck them onto dark green cardstock and cut them out again.

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I used little strips of paper to create a frame corner around Tim Holtz epoxy sticker “journey”. Below that is a transparent tag overlay from Autumn Leaves (I think! It’s hard to read the name).

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My Favourite Things

This double spread is a favourite of mine. It was produced during a SENZ class with Kerrin Quall, who never fails to inspire and amaze me.

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The little cardstock stickers along the bottom were from Imagination Project. Some of the headings were already written on, but some I wrote myself. The black scallops are felt and I used embroidery
cotton to hand stitch around them. There is a black background
paper with white circles peeping through the cracks between the photos.

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Those pink blobs on the felt heart (above) and above the black ric rac (below) are french knots using embroidery thread. People who didn’t want to bother making french knots across the bottom of the page made pen marks (dots) instead. Much easier! But I’m happy I chose the hard way as I prefer the 3-D finished effect. 🙂

The white spots were made with my favourite white gel pen. Added a bit of bling and voila! Finished!

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You can probably guess by the “I Love …” section, I did this page in the winter. I do like to be warm. And I can’t imagine how I missed “coffee” off that page! (It does say “Cafés” – perhaps that covers it.)

Here is a link to some of Kerrin Quall’s scrapbooking – just beautiful.

Gus, Lucy and Clay


Our special boy, Gus, who left us with many great memories.
Scrolls are part of the design on the paper I used. Title lettering is thickers (Dolce) and I used a Dymo label maker to write the other words. Chipboard shapes are from Creative Imaginations.

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Machine stitching can be done on each strip and then they can be attached to the page. This time I stitched them directly onto the page.

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Lucy and Clay
This was another ‘simple’ page – part of a challenge where we were given certain elements (ribbon, paper and domes) and could add only a limited number of other embellishments. The circles I cut out of the paper given to me and used a white gel pen for dots and writing … love that pen! I used sandpaper to shabby up the edges of the photo.

Lucy & Clay

Lucy (baby Standard Schnauzer) loved to sit on or as near as possible to Clay, another beautiful Boxer who blessed our lives with a few years of his presence. Lucy is now nine!

It’s a Girl! … and two other pages

it's a girl

This was quite a simple page, using papers, lace, ribbons, rub-ons and a flower punch.

I chose to use a black and white photo as the papers are so beautiful and busy (Heidi Grace, ‘A Little Bird’s Tale’), and I didn’t want the photo to get lost.

Rub-ons are Wholly Cow (black scroll) and Studio Basics 101 (“it’s a girl”).

As she grows …


Another black and white print, and another beautiful paper (darkroom door ‘music collection’) that I felt needed no embellishments.
Some papers you just fall in love with – it seems a crime to cover them up. Then I remember it’s meant to be about the photo!

Another year on …


Old lace, white punched paper, chipboard shapes from Creative Imaginations, and gold brads.