Beautiful Friendship CTMH Australasian Blog Hop




Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Beautiful Friendship Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented consultants from across Australia and New Zealand. If you arrived from Doreen’s  blog you are in the right place. If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on, enjoy my creations and maybe share what you liked about them in the comments. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see lots of different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Beautiful Friendship collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the craft room for some paperific fun.

Beautiful Friendship collection from Close To My Heart. Available to purchase at

The Beautiful Friendship collection is the first featured collection in our NEW Seasonal Expressions catalogue.  It is available for purchase until the end of August 2018.  It is my absolute favourite in this catalogue.

Beautiful Friendship collection from CTMH is available to purchase at until Aug, 2018
Today I am sharing a layout created from Pattern 21 in Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3.  It’s all about my husband’s surprise 60th birthday celebration.  Pink is his favourite colour to wear and he loves a good floral print shirt so this collection was perfect for the photos.

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I had quite a bit to tell and reverted to a tried and true technique of adding journaling behind a photo in a flip flap.  Scrapbooking for me is as much about telling a story as it is about the pretty papers.

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I love creating a focal point of embellishments tied in with my journaling on a page.  Basic Numbers Thin Cuts cut in a print and a plain began the title in the top left hand corner of the page which was then continued in the lower right hand corner.  The two elements framing the photos and drawing our eyes inward.

Beautiful Friendship collection from CTMH availalbe at until Aug, 2018

I love working with the Workshop Your Way Kits, making the layouts and cards.  My aim when working on the cards is to use the basic design elements but change them up in some way so each card looks a little different.  This photo shows what the original designs look like.

Beautiful Friendship WYW Card - supplies and full instructions available at until Aug 2018

And here are two of my variations which I love!  Adding a teapot window to the first card made it more playful . The second card has an embossed front created with the Rose embossing folder.  I LOVED painting the teapot and cups with my watercolour paints.

Beautiful Friendship WYW Cards - supplies and instructions available at until end of Aug 2018


Are you ready to have a beautiful friendship with this gorgeous collection?  Place an order with your consultant.  If you don’t have a CTMH consultant, you can head over to my website to place an order for delivery within Australia.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go. Then click on the underlined link and move on to Vandra’s Blog , Vandra’s Virtual Craftroom , to see the gorgeous project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,

Products used in these projects

G1153 Beautiful Friendship Workshop Your Way

Z4180 Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamps & Thin Cuts

Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z4159 Block Numbers Thin Cuts

Z3314 Black & White Dots

Watercolour Paints

Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Z899 Memento Ink


Sangria – The back story to a photo


As always with old photos, there is a back story not immediately obvious on first viewing of the photo.  When I found the photo on the left hand page I just thought it was a happy family snap of mum’s relatives and then I realised the significance of it.  This was the last photo taken before mum embarked on a full day’s journey to join dad in New Guinea.  She must have been filled with mixed emotions leaving Melbourne for the first time to go to some wild place!

She really was the adventurous one in her family and often lived the addage, “Face your fear and do it anyway”.

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This layout was made using the Sangria Workshop on the Go (G1097).  The stamp set that comes in this kit is pretty gorgeous.  Almost every stamp on the sheet gets used in this layout!  Full cutting guides and instructions are included in the kit.

Here’s the card I made with the scraps.

Sept cards - Page 008The Sangria Workshop on the Go is just $44 and is valued at $63.50.  You receive full colour instructions for 2 layouts and there is enough paper in the pack to make 4-8 pages PLUS 4-8 cards from the scraps AND you get to keep the stamp set forever.  It is great value for money.

Sangria is our featured collection throughout October.  That means we will be created with it in my workshops. You can also see lots of layouts, cards and paper crafting on social media.  I’ll feature several projects here throughout the month and you can view lots of great ideas on the official Close To My Heart Blog, Facebook page and Instagram, @ctmhofficial . Search Pinterest and Instagram using ‘ctmhsangria’

Happy Scappin’


A Splash of Mum and a Dash of Dad


Today’s pages come out of the vault.  They were made 9 years ago but the words hold true today.  Yesterday being Mother’s Day, my daughter posted a link on Facebook about how she will become like me as she grows older.  It got me thinking how similar we are and how like her grandmother she is too.  Then I remembered these pages.

These are 2 more pages from my Book of Me album.  I want future generations to know the character traits that run in our family.

If you are having trouble getting started just ask your family for suggestions of how you are like your parents.

If you are having trouble getting started just ask your family for suggestions of how you are like your parents.

You may just write a list or use dot points.  One thing’s for sure, once you start there won’t be much room for photos on theses pages!

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What do you think?  Is this something you could do in one of your albums?  Give it a go and let me know.

Happy Scrappin’


This Face, These Hands


It’s Father’s Day in Australia on Sunday.  My darling Dad passed away 8 years ago but I wanted to honour him here today.  This is a layout from the vault, made just a few days after his death.  Scrapbooking really is my therapy and making pages of this gorgeous man helped me get through those first hard weeks without him.

My darling dad

I don’t have anything clever to teach you in terms of stamps, embellishments or whizz bang tools. My offering here is what I believe to be the foundation of any scrapbook page – the story behind the image.

This is the face

Keep the tissues handy as you work – you’ll need them.  See the smudge on the photo above?  I’d printed it at home and then cried on it!!!  Ah well, keeps it real 🙂

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Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads making their little girls (and big girls) feel loved,



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