S1705 Live, Laugh, Love Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Maz’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Live, Laugh. Love (S1705) stamp set which is May’s Stamp of the Month.

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Doesn’t this stamp set just make you want to grab some snaps of your smiling family and friends and make a gorgeous page?  I sure did!  I have a collection of happy snaps we took disembarking at each port on a cruise and when I look at them I laugh at the sweet memories we made together living life and loving being together.

Once the layout is complete, embellish with the bright Prickly Pear sequins.  Double the number of photos on this layout by adding Flip Flaps.  The layout remains clean and uncluttered and the Flip Flaps provide a fun interactive element for your album readers.

Live, Laugh Love (S1705) is May 2017 Stamp of the Month. Perfect for scrapbookers. I've added Flip flaps to include extra photos. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Live, Laugh Love (S1705) is May 2017 Stamp of the Month. Perfect for scrapbookers. I've added Flip flaps to include extra photos. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Before you move off to the next blog in this hop, let me share a little tip if you make a mistake like I did.  I cut one of the smaller yellow pieces the wrong size and had it glued down before I realised.  Rather than waste the paper, I used the Rub & Remove eraser to take the adhesive off and popped the paper back in my packet.

Rub & Remove Eraser - great for taking unwanted adhesive off paper. www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

You will find a list of the products used on the layout at the end of this post.

Live, Laugh, Love (S1705) is only available during May, 2017.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart, to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Products used on this layout:

  • S1705 Live, Laugh, Love
  • X7221B Prickly Pear Paper packet
  • Z3324 Prickly Pear Sequins
  • Z2806 Emerald Ink
  • Z2809 Tangerine Ink
  • Z2810 Blossom Ink
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z3022 E-Z Dots Tape Runner
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1207 Rub & Remove Eraser
  • Z1386 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors
  • Z3230 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps
  • Z3231 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps
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Australasian April SOTM Life In Pictures Blog Hop

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Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from  Vandra’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Life In Pictures (S1604) stamp set which is April’s Stamp of the Month.

 

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I think everyone of us needs this set in our craft room.

Our fridge door photo gallery was looking very tired.  Mismatched magnets holding photos and covering some of the image, fingerprints and smears on some photos and no sense of how important the photos are to us.  So!  I created my own magnetic fridge frames.

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Use Paper Fundamentals because the paper is decorative and heavy weight so it won’t curl or tear easily.  Cut a piece 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ and cut a 4 1/4″ slit 3/4″ down from one short end.  Use the measurement guides on your 12″ trimmer to make this easy.

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Take a 4″ x 6″ Flip Flap (Z4114) and trim off the adhesive strip.  You want the side that had the adhesive strip to be higher than the other side of the pocket.

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Centre the flip flp on the front of the Fundamentals Paper, making sure the lower edge side of the Flip Flap is glued to the paper and that this edge lines up with the slit you cut.

Slide your photo into the Flip Flap.  Use Shimmer Trim around the edges of the Flip Flap to hold it in place and highlight your photo.  Add decorative elements as desired.  Corner round the frame if that takes your fancy.

When you want to update your photos you can slide the orignal out and replace it with a new one.

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In these samples, watercolour paint was used on watercolour paper.   The paint was allowed to dry and then the images were stamped using Memento Black ink (Z899) for all the sentiments and some of the cameras.   Other cameras were stamped first and then painted with a watercolour wash afterwards.  Each gives a slightly different effect.

Your last task is to recycle those magnets you were using and stick them to the back of your frame.  Liquid Glass (Z679) is perfect for the job!

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Super easy and lots of fun.  This would make a great holiday project to do with the kids.  Why not make a set for a Mothers Day Gift?

Life In Pictures (S1604) is only available during April, 2016.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this idea? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you leave.

Kay was next on our hop but we are having some technical issues so fo now, plese leapfrog over to Wendy’s Blog by clicking here.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

La Vie En Rose Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Australasian La Vie En Rose Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Mez’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the La Vie En Rose Collection from Close To My Heart

La Vie En Rose Sampler

My layout today features my favourite scrapbook product – Flip Flaps!  The design is adapted from one shared on Pinterest which featured a birthday cake.  I don’t know the name of the original creator.  I loved that layout but it was a bit of a fiddle.  I’ve streamlined the process so it can adapt to any theme.

My Bunch

The flower pot design comes straight from the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  You make it up on a piece of 10″ x 6″ paper and when everything is stuck down you cut it in to sections ready for the Flip Flaps.  This idea can be changed up to suit any theme.

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I shared this layout at a class on the weekend and my customers came up with some fabulous variations.

Click this link  to download a copy of the instructions.  My Bunch Flip Flap Layout

The La Vie En Rose WOTG, papers, assortment and complements suit any photo theme. If you use only the black and white patterns you can team it with any solid colour for a real wow page.   Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Australasian Urban Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Urban Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Mez’s Craft Room you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Urban collection which is available through until the end of August 2016.

CTMH Urban Paper Collection

I love the textures and architectural elements featured in the designs of the Urban papers.  They are a perfect pairing for photos taken during our tour of the Sydney Opera House earlier this year.

CTMH Urban Paper CollectionThis photo looks a little different to the first one… this is my base layout and the photo above shows the layout with Flip Flaps added.  I wanted the layout to have strong clear lines, just as the Opera House does but, of course, we took way too many photos.  My favourite product solved that problem.

CTMH Urban Paper CollectionThis is what the LH page looks like with the 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps open.  I love that I have lots of room for journaling now.

CTMH Urban Paper CollectionAnd this is what the RH page looks like with the long 4″ x 12″ Flip Flap open.

Adding a few stickers from the Complements Pack to the banners and journal boxes helped pull the layout together without making it too busy.  The titles were cut using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge.

Urban papers, assortment and compliments can be  ordered from your CTMH Consultant . It’s our featured collection all month so keep your eye out for more inspiration throughout November.

Urban Sampler

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Denise’s Blog ,  Scrap Stamp Share, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Australasian November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – S1511 Cheers, 2016!

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Blog BadgeWelcome to the November Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Anne’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Cheers, 2016! (S1511) stamp set which is November’s Stamp of the Month.

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I know we have 2 full months to go of 2015 but it’s time to start thinking about your goals and dreams for the new year.

I recently attended the Close To My Heart Australasian Convention.  We talked about goal setting for our business and were set some challenges for the next 3 months.  I have set my own, much higher goals and wanted a way to keep a visual reminder of these goals for the next 12 months.  Here it is.

Tahiti Goals

If I meet the goals I’ve set myself, Mike & I will earn an all expenses paid trip to Tahiti.  I loved going to Hawaii this year – Close To My Heart sure know how to spoil a girl.

I used the Paper Fundamentals for this layout.  There are 4 packs – Enchantment (Z3126), Adventure (Z3125), Whimsy (Z3127) and Basic (Z3128).  I love that one side of the paper is embossed and shiny while the other side is matte and features a subtle pattern.

The tags you can see are tucked behind the challenge cards we received at convention.  I used 3″ square Flip Flaps to make a pocket for the tag to slide in and out of.  The “I Can” phrase is heat embossed with silver and the Base & Bling charms are attached with Thick Twine.

Here’s how I made the hidden pockets…

Flip Flap hidden pockets

Begin with a 3″ x 3″ Flip Flap from the Small Assortment pack (Z1747).  Cut off the tab with the adhesive strip.

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Attach the Flip Flap firmly to the back of your challenge card (or photo).  Add adhesive around all edges of the Flip Flap and attach to your photo mount.

Flip Flap hidden pockets

You now have a pocket made of plastic for the tag to slip into.

Flip Flap hidden pockets

I stamped the lines and the banner from the Cheers, 2016! stamp set and hand wrote my title.  The letters are for each month.  At the end of the month I will record my final figures and see if my goal was achieved.

Cheers, 2016! (S1511) is only available during November, 2015.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Lauren’s Blog , CTMH Craftings, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

White Pines – Trim the Tree

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I LOVE Flip Flaps!  Today I have a super cute way to display photos of some of the decorations you use at Christmas time.

Trim the Tree Flip Flap Page

I’m not happy with the centre bottom photo but have to wait until Dec 25 to re-shoot it 🙂

All the Flip Flaps come from the Small Assortment pack (Z1747).  They are attached to the OUTSIDE of the page protector.  Begin at the bottom and work your way up.  I found the easiest way to do this was to place the empty page protector on my Versamat so I could see the gridlines through it.  This helped to centre the design and keep the rows even.

Trim the Tree Flip Flap Page

When all the flaps are flipped you see my beautiful family enjoying last Christmas.  The photo of the tree is stuck to the White Pines paper (Z7200B)  inside the protector.  I created the photo mat & title using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

Super easy and lots of fun.  No-one can resist the urge to flip those flaps and discover what they are hiding.

Order your Flip Flaps here.

Like a kit with the Flip Flaps, page protector, White Pines paper, pre cut photo frame and a BONUS tree cut you can place behind the main photo?  I can do that for you – just $12 plus postage.  Email shaunnarichards@bigpond.com and we’ll get it organised.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Australasian October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – Twinkle S1510

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Blog BadgeWelcome to the October Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Vandra’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Twinkle (S1510) stamp set which is October’s Stamp of the Month.

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a Christmas stamp set.  But look closely and there are some cool ‘all occassion’ stamps hiding there.

S1510 TwinkleI’m up to date with my Christmas photos so I made a layout of the Chinese New Year parade in Sydney this year.  I chose the Sangria Papers for the lovely red shades which go so well with the theme of photos and stamps.

A Christmas stamp set is perfect for Chinese New Year photos! #ctmhsangria

A Christmas stamp set is perfect for Chinese New Year photos!
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Twinkle blog hop - Page 003The little frames were the perfect size for my title stamped with the NEW alphabet, Jennifer’s Hand (B1484)  The letters are just 1/2″ high.  The small cluster of stars made a pretty background and the ring of stars really popped when I heat embossed it with gold powder (Z2066).  The Campagne square was dry embossed with our new Confetti Stars (Z3119) Embossing Folder.

This really was such a fun parade and I took heaps of photos.  I loved this layout so decided to make it expand with the use of Flip Flaps.

12" Flip Flaps are amazing

12″ Flip Flaps are amazing

By adding 2 of the 6″ deep Flip Flaps I effectively added 2 pages to this layout without needing lots of extra decoration.  A 4″ x 6″ Flip Flap on the LH page was the perfect spot for the last few photos I wanted to include.

12" Flip Flaps line up with the edge of your protector.

12″ Flip Flaps line up with the edge of your protector.

Simply remove the white tape to reveal the adhesive.

Simply remove the white tape to reveal the adhesive.

Twinkle (S1510) is only available during October, 2015.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Merryl’s Blog , Mez’s Craft Room , to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna