Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SEM August sketch

Being with you...
This is true. The photo may have been taken 13 years ago on our honeymoon but you still make my heart sing.

Scrapbooking Everyday Miracles has a great sketch to work with this month.
Scrap Twist:  We would love to see you incorporate at least one STAR on your layout.
 I've used some vintage sheet music and a Maya Road frame, and used a flower in place of each of the 2x2" photos since I condensed my layout. To incorporate the scrap twist I punched stars from left over sheet music and attached them to some fishing line, alternating with adhesive pearls and adding them to my little flower cluster with Scrapdots to add just a little more dimension. A smattering of pearls and I'm done!

Thanks for looking xx

Monday, August 27, 2012

Colorful Creations Augurst Pocket challenge

Season 2012 in print

During this season of under 10's footy I seem to have accumulated a lot of newspaper clippings, club newsletters and even a photo in The Gazette of my talented and upcoming footballer (indulge me, I'm a mum!) Now, I wouldn't dream of throwing out any of the articles where he got a special mention but I needed to work on a storage solution for them.

For this layout I have folded a concertina envelope from a single sheet of 12x12" patterned paper. Simply embellished with some shipping tags, machine stitching and painted chipboard alphas I have the ideal home for CJ's memorabilia from the season. On the white cardstock background I stamped his team name - the Blues, his age group - under 10's and his jumper number - 25, just in case he forgets these very important details as he gets older.

I'm having a little play with some new challenge sites, and have found Colorful Creations offer a huge variety of different projects to challenge you each month. I am entering this layout into their pocket challenge.

CJ addressing his team as Captain, before the Blues U/10 second game
at the 2012 Lightening Premiership, held at Yarragon.

Thanks for looking xx

Friday, August 24, 2012

SEM Challenge #19


The main challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles this month is to scrap a favorite vacation, and the twist is to use a stencil or mask on your layout.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am slowly scrapping my way through our Gold Coast family holiday that we took in January.These pictures taken on our Broadwater cruise suited the theme perfectly. We had such a lovely afternoon enjoying the smorgasbord lunch, the sightseeing and the slower pace. I think it was the first time the kids could remember being on a boat and they thought it was fantastic. Watching their expressions was a real joy and reminded me of just how special time spent together as a family is. Like me, I know they will keep the memories of this holiday in their heads and hearts for many years to come.
 In reality we would not have been able to take this holiday without the help of my mother-in-law. Sadly she passed away in March 2011 and it was with some of her inheritance that we were able to spoil the kids on this dream holiday. No matter how hard we work and save there is simply no way we could have afforded it on our own. Thanks Gran, you are dearly missed.

I made my mask by drawing and cutting out a sun pattern. I spritzed it with some paint that I watered down and poured into a spray bottle, and also used 'Sunflower' Glimmermist.  I added lots of glitter, jewels and seed beads to the sun to make it a bright sun-shiny sun.

And just to prove that you don't always have to use expensive product from fancy manufacturers I have used 'cheap and cheerful' papers and embellies from Crafters Choice. I picked up a paper pack, journalling block and chippie embellies for under $10 at Spotlight and have enough goodies to make a couple more layouts. A bargain if you ask me!

Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, August 19, 2012

August @ Sophies Corner - use buttons

Game Boys

This month for Sophies Corner at Show us your Stuff Connor decided to do the scrapping!
He really liked this photo of him (on the left) and his mate Jack playing on the Nintendo DS when he came over for a sleepover. I gave him free reign over my supplies and he took a real shine to the Sassafras Lass feltie monsters and found some matching buttons. The Kaisercraft Technologic paper suited the theme and we are all really happy with the results.
Great work Connor!

Friday, August 17, 2012

CSI Case file no. 32

Annual Family Picnic

We had so much fun on our family picnic on the Tooradin foreshore. It has become somewhat of a Hancock tradition to get together around Australia Day and celebrate what it means to be a family and an Aussie. My mum has 5 sisters and 6 brothers and they are all married with kids - except for one sister. And some of us grand kids are old enough to bring great grand kids with us so it takes a lot of organisation, but boy is it worth it!

I knew the moment I saw this CSI case file that I would scrap our beach picnic.
  • The scheme was right - I have used all 5 colours
  • The evidence was easy to find - I embossed beads into my wood flourish to give the appearance of grains of sand and I sanded and rounded the corners of my matts
  • And the testimony fit the bill - our day trip to the beach
It is amazing what a difference a change of orientation can make to a layout. I am really happy with my venture into vertical layouts this month and a BIG 2 thumbs up for free the CSI Co-ordinates.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Deb is Scrap Jacked

Scrolling through the Jacks this month I was immediately drawn to Deb's layout. The simplicity of it, the opportunity to scrap in a size I wouldn't normally tackle and the idea of scrapping a favorite toy. So, I had a tinker - changed it up a little - and here's my effort...


CJ has a renewed love of Lego lately... very complex and detailed Lego sculptures that often take days to complete. Sometimes he gets very frustrated by the directions and the intricate pieces, but he perseveres and the results are amazing.

While working on the layout I realised why I wouldn't normally scrap in this size. What would I do with it? To make it more workable for me I made a matching page to house my journalling and  turned it into a mini double spread.

I embellished simply with some buttons and chipboard arrows and stuck down some foam dots before I applied the gesso. When it dried I  removed them and the result was more little circles to carry through the lego block theme.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

and so it is August already!

You spoil me

Kraft it Up gave us a sketch for the month of August and challenged us to use lots of layers and different textures. I used Kaisercraft pp, alphabet stickers and flourish, adding machine stitching and some coffee dyed lace, flowers and splatter.The the pretty green flower matches my favorite cup and saucer perfectly - a Christmas gift from my kids.

I feel so lucky to have a family that spoils me! Suprising me with a coffee machine - just for me. And the reason why? Because I am always doing things for them. I was a little embarrassed, after all, it's my job as a mum and wife to look after them, but mostly I was really touched by their kindness.