Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Prima May BAP 2016

I cannot believe how long it has been since I've found time to do a challenge sketch. This month I've done the Prima Build-A-Page sketch challenge, and here's my end result. As is my nature, I've gone with beautiful, bright, bold colours...sigh...I just can't help myself, lol! 

I am in awe of my daughter, and her strength to be herself, to express herself, and to stand out from the crowd. Malayla, like me, is an artist, but she has no fear of accepting that and making it part of herself (it took me a lot longer). 

Here's a few close up photos of all the details. 
If you don't have the correct colour chipboard alphas, what do you do??? You paint them of course (using Dylusions paints for an awesome colour and coverage).

I have had these vines for a long, long time. I'm so glad I kept them and didn't throw them out. I think they may have been in one of the first ever batches of vines that Prima created. 

I hoard Prima resin too, lol! I have soooooo many that I need to use. 

Flowers, and glitter. Yes, I went to town with both of these. :)

Layers. Lots and lots of layers. This is not a page to sit flat in an album, so I guess I will frame this one, and hang it on my wall. It is, after all, one of my new favourite layouts. 
Here's the sketch that I used for inspiration. It's not my usual style, but that was half the fun, and the point of the challenge. 
Thanks for joining me, and I hope you are having an awesome week!
Happy creating, xxx 

Monday, 30 May 2016

Scrapbook Papercraft Expo Brisbane 2016

Have you heard the news? I'm teaching at the Brisbane Scrapbook Papercraft Expo in June. If you've ever wanted to know how I create my pages, layer those papers, doodle those lace edges, or create those cute medallions, now is the time to find out. 

Tickets can be purchased here: http://scrapbookexpo.com.au/scrapbook/

Every kit will be filled with Magnolia Lane goodies, including the very rare feather die that is now "out of stock". You will receive papers, paper ephemera, trinkets, a full pack of bling, pearls, lace and many pretty things. 

And everyone will have the chance to win some bonus embossing folders!!! 

I hope to see you there!

Happy creating, xxx

Friday, 6 May 2016

Prima Design Team Application

I guess I'm a sucker for punishment, lol! Every year Prima announces it's Design Team search, and every year I apply (except last year - I was busy getting a separation and divorce). After all I have been through in the past 12 months, I was hesitant to apply this year, but a certain Stephanie Devlin kicked my behind, and told me to get my act together. Lucky I love that woman, lol!!! 

So, this one's for you Steph! Let's keep our finger's crossed. :)
And before we go any further, I'd like to wish all the Prima DT applicants the best of luck. Putting yourself out there isn't easy, but for a select few, the reward will be worth it. 

I have always loved creating canvases, and this is one of my all time favourites. Mixing chipboard and metal can create some amazing effects. 

This project was a huge learning curve, and extremely fiddly, but the end result was completely worth it. This was a project I created for the Australian Scrapbooking Ideas magazine, using a Pringles can as the base. 

I have recently started creating dream catchers. This is the very first one I ever created, and it now hangs proudly in my youngest daughter's bedroom. I must have done something right, as she is not a fan of anything pink, but she couldn't wait to claim this as her own.

I have recently started buying old and unwanted frames, and repainting and decorating them. This was my very first attempt with an old brown and boring frame. It now has a second lease of life. 

A girl has to make a living somehow, so I decided to learn how to create bracelets (and other jewellery items), and I now sell these items in my Etsy store (Jules & Bling). 

Here's another of my jewellery creations. Have I mentioned how much enjoyment I get out of creating these? I love playing with the colours and embellishments. 

What can I say? I love colour!!! Mix it with some texture and layers, and the results can be spectacular. 

This one is all about the softness and femininity. 

There's something addictive about layering flowers in-between layers of paper. I think it's the illusion of depth that makes it truly magical.

This one was all about the gold and glitter. And using stamps to create a background. Throw in some spray droplets and hand-written journaling, and what do you have? FUN!!!

Sometimes, it's the border that makes and determines the layout. Finish with spray mist, flowers and bling, and you have a gorgeous feminine page. 

I have always been a fan of colour, and unusual colour combinations. This layout was no exception. I tend to gravitate towards bright and bold.  

Sometimes, less is more. White space will never go out of fashion. :)

Easel cards are truly special. They create such a beautiful 3D image. 
Seriously, who wouldn't want to receive one of these on their birthday???

Like all artists, I have second guessed myself so many times in choosing which projects to show case. Are they my best projects? Do they look good enough? Should I add more? Should I add less? And you know what - the worry isn't worth it - I'm letting it all go and leaving this one to the universe. I love what I do, and I'm just thankful that I get to share this amazing hobby with other crafters. 

So I will take this moment and say thank-you for joining me, and thank-you for taking the time to view my projects. And regardless of the outcome, it has been a huge honour to share these projects with you. 

Cheers and happy crafting, xxx


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Brisbane Scrap & Papercraft Expo June 2016

I still cannot believe this is happening! I can remember 10 years ago when I used to go to this convention and take classes with tutors that I adored and worshipped. Now I have to pinch myself because I AM one of those tutors!!! I am absolutely honoured, and thrilled to bits, to be one of the tutors at this years Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo in Brisbane, 10-12th June 2016. 

I would love to see you there. Drop by and attend my class, or stop by and say hello. 
Here's the link for the CLASS TIMETABLE.
You will find me in Classroom 1 with Arnold's Scrap Book Supplies. 

Hope I get to see you there!
Happy scrapping!!! xxx

Just Cruising Along...

Well, this has been a HUGE year for changes. I'm still trying to catch up with everything that has happened. For starters, did you know I am now wearing reading glasses!!!. Oh my goodness! They are taking some getting used to, lol! Secondly, I have taken up creating and making jewellery - I have some beautiful bracelets available in my Etsy Store (Jules & Bling). Thirdly, I am teaching at the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo in Brisbane in June (10th-12th). You can find me in Classroom 1, working with Arnold's Scrap Store. And finally, this amazing offer happened - I am teaching next year in April (2017) on the Needleworks Patchwork, Quilting and Papercraft Cruise, sailing to New Zealand on Celebrity Cruises. 

This is where you will find me next April:


So, who's going to join me for the best scrap experience ever??? :)
Would you like more details? Here's the link to Needlework Tours

Happy scrapping!!! xxx


4 Years On With Imaginarium Designs...

I have spent four AMAZING years with Imaginarium Designs. I love this team with all my heart, but it is now time for me to move on. Life has called, and it has other plans for me at the moment. So I will share my last two Imaginarium Design projects with you, and several other projects that I have created over the years during my time with Imaginarium Designs 

My very last project with Imaginarium Designs. Not an easy project, but the final product was completely worth the effort. This now proudly hangs in my youngest daughter's room. 

My second last project with Imaginarium Designs. This item is actually for sale in my Etsy store if anyone is interested (link at the top of my blog). 

My second ever canvas. I created this back in 2013, and it is still one of my favourite creations. This also hangs proudly in my eldest daughter's room. 

Another of my favourite projects. I just love all the details and butterflies. 

My second favourite canvas - I created this for a charity auction back in 2014. I have no idea who purchased it, or where it now hangs, but I sure do hope it brings smiles to someone's face.

Layouts have always been my "thing". I was a late bloomer when it came to off the page projects and canvases. This is still one of my favourites. Created back in 2012. 

Over the years, I have learnt not to be scared, and to scrap in different styles. Here's one of my more grungy attempts. Created in 2014.

How time flies, lol! I think I created this back in 2014 at the E2C Retreat. I can remember wanting to experiment with layers and washi tape. 

Still one of my absolute favourite layouts. I just fell in love with the colours. 
Created back in 2012. 

And so an era comes to an end. 
But I cannot wait to see what life holds for me on the other side of the door that has opened. :)

Happy crafting!!! xxx

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Scrapbook Papercraft Expo Brisbane

Australia's biggest and best papercrafting event 
and this year we are very proud to sponsor 4 classes

This year as there is no long weekend in Qld the show is on 
Friday June 10th |  Saturday 11th June | Sunday June 12th 

Tracey is our Special Projects Designer and is our on air presenter for Create and Craft TV in the UK and was one of our designers who created projects for The Cardmakers Collection Sea Breeze Magazine released in the UK recently.
Tracey also won the Best Tutor Display at the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo  in 2015 with her gorgeous and unique display
 This year Tracey is teaching two classes in Craft Giraffe's Classroom. (Room 8)

Tracey is back teaching her sell out card class!!! This year Tracey will have you creating five gorgeous shabby chic cards that contain a touch of whimsy and will be perfect for any occasion. In Tracey's class you will discover how to get more from your cutting dies and store bought flowers.

Join Tracey for a day by the ocean with a cool sea breeze. In this class you will create a double layout with a seaside theme and explore texture with sand, embossing folders and die cuts. 
(both of your very generous class kits for Tracey's classes includes a decorative die and embossing folders for you to keep)  

Sue has been on our Design Team for 3 years now and this year  saw the release of our Ultimate Crafts Magnolia Lane Collection which Sue designed. Sue is queen of off the page and loves to create amazing objects using repurposed items. Sue also had published her first book 3D Papercraft Projects this year, so she has had a fabulous start to 2016.
Sue is teaching in Arnold's Scrapbook & Craft Supplies classroom (Room 1)

Make a canvas, décor piece perfect for your own home. Along the way learning techniques with embossing, mixed media and working with glitter. You will use the latest mixed media products and papers from Ultimate crafts.
(Along with everything included in your very generous class kit for Sue's class you will also receive an embossing folder for you to keep)  

Katrina is part of our Roundtable Creative Team and also was one of our designers who created projects for The Cardmakers Collection Sea Breeze Magazine released in the UK recently
Katrina is teaching in Arnold's Scrapbook & Craft Supplies classroom (Room 1)

 Join Katrina and create a set of beautifully layered cards embellished with lace, flowers and resins. Learn to make the most of your papers and to create well balanced projects while cutting, layering and clustering your flowers. Enhance your embellishments with sprays and inks to coordinate with your projects. 
(Along with everything included in your very generous class kit for Katrina's class you will also receive an embossing folder for you to keep)   

Julianne was one of our 2015 Design Team designers and and has been published in  as Scrapbooking Memories, Scrapbook Creations, Scrapbook Trends and Australian Scrapbooking Ideas magazines.
Julianne is teaching in Arnold's Scrapbook & Craft Supplies classroom (Room 1)

Create a gorgeous layered layout, focusing on layers, details and fussy cutting. You will also learn how to create a rosette and add doodling to your page for extra definition and detail.
(Along with everything included in your very generous class kit for Julianne's class you will also receive a decorative die for you to keep)  

book early to avoid disappointment 

Hope you come along and join in the fun!!! :)