Look @ Me Now

Hello and welcome to my first post for 2017.

I hope you all had a great New Year and that you have found time to be creative.

Today I would like to share with you my latest DT project for Scrapmatts.

“Look At Me Now”

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This page has been designed with Authentique “Felicity” papers, 45 and Market flowers and fabulous chipboard from Scrapmatts. Continue reading

Heading to Key West – USA Travel Journal 2012

20.7.12

We hit the road early today for our journey to the Keys. It was another hot day today. Great for the tropics.

It took us nearly 2.5 hours to get there as the road was one lane most of the way and then the limit was quite low, and it was extremely busy too which made for a longer time journey.

Well we found somewhere to park and feed the meter and walked off to explore Key West. Dave spied a electric car/scooter to hire, so that was our mode of transport for the next 4 hours. Oh boy did he have some fun and me hangin on for dear life…my seat belt didn’t work. Thank god for those handles to hang on to!!! Like all guys he didn’t miss an opportunity to give it stick in the sand on the pavement and the white lines on the road..the best fun he has had in a long time. It was a great way to see the Keys though. We were able to see parts we couldn’t with the car and certainly not walking. Much fun was had. We did a little shopping, checked out the stores and the marina and the street performers and had a drink or two in the pub. Found a Hard Rock Cafe by mistake…another glass …hehehe…then we found a raffle for a Harley Davidson motorcycle and Cobra Car..super cool. We decided to purchase a few tickets ….300 in fact . So the next hour was spent filling them out and putting them in the box. There is no way I will forget my email address in a hurry!!!! So with pen in hand and tickets in bag, we found the car and the lovely ticket inspector….we spoke in our very persuasive Aussie accent and I think she let us go but only way we will know is when we take the car back…they will have the ticket for us…yah!!

So we are finally home, with the most spectacular light show going off in the sky. Thunder storms all around. A little rain. The drive home was long. I know I won’t be up early any time soon. We pull out of here tomorrow and head up the coast North towards NYC. We are getting closer to that long journey home but I am looking forward to it…Big hugs for my children…we may need to call paramedics as they won’t be able to breathe..lol..and I think the Kleenex will be well used.

Well time to get to bed.

Nite all

J

xxx

The southern most point marker.

The southern most point marker.

Miami Day 2- USA Travel Journal 2012

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Another hot day today, I actually pulled out the dress to wear. Got a little sunshine. We had a sleep in and then headed into Miami to find the Hard Rock to collect another glass ūüôā and then checked out the marina. It was beautiful. I found a little stall that makes street signs, so I was able to get the Jovi sign after all…hehehe!!!

We then headed back to our pick up sight to join a tour of Miami. We had a bus tour for an hour and a half and then boarded a boat for around another hour. It was nice to be on the water and checking out the mansions along the bay..so pretty. The likes of J lo, Enrique, Shakira, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Antonio Banderas all have homes along here. Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor had homes here too at one stage. Mind you I only got the names from the tour guy as these names were all said in English…he spoke Spanglish most of the time. It wasn’t a great tour. The bus driver was so much better. He told us about certain areas in Miami where it was great to party, where the stars once lived.

 

Once that was over we headed out to our stop for the next two days – Florida City. We are off to Key West in the morning for the day and I am hoping in the next few days to book a cruise to the Bahama’s.

Well time to call it a night. Big day tomorrow. Hope you are all enjoying our adventures. I know I am. Its one I will never forget.

Missing my babies like crazy and I think I feel a countdown coming on.

Love to you all

J

xxxMiami Skyline

Miami Skyline

Dollywood/Dixie Stampede – USA Journal 2012

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Today we headed back out to Dollywood to see what we had missed yesterday.

We watched a show about the bald eagle and the foundation. They use the animals to educate everyone about how these animals hunt and how they are being hunted. Some of these animals were amazing. They are all unable to be released into the wild, as they have had life threatening injuries or injuries where they would not be able to overcome in the wild. One of these birds has been taught to take the notes from you for donations and he puts them into his nesting box. He is so cute. Another of them has been taught only to look for pink things. Showing that birds see in colour. Very interesting.

We had booked for the afternoon to see the Dixieland Stampede. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it sounded like fun. It involved watching a story told by entertainers and horses. It was great. They had a blue grass band before the show started. They rocked the place. When we got inside we were seated in a long line, side by side and introduced to our server. We were given free refills of cool drink. The meal consisted of creamy veg soup to start, biscuit (scone) for starters, then out came the main meal…well I nearly died…they put a whole friggin chicken on my plate, along with potato and corn cob and then a slice of ham. Well I knew I was going to struggle with this. And I was right. The chicken got stuck…not so good for Jodie……very embarrassing moment was to occur.

Leaning in to tell Dave I was going to be sick and then Jodie chucking all over herself. Now that was bad enough and I thought it would be ok, as it was dark and no one would see….nope no such luck…at the precise moment they decided to turn on the house lights….arghhh Jodie shrunk into the seat….while Dave was trying to be the doting husband, he was quietly pissing himself laughing….Kodak moment!!! The staff was super wonderful though and got me some wet towels and I was able to clean up quickly….luckily for me it is never a huge chuck….apologies to those with queasy stomach’s. I was able to go on though and enjoy the rest of the show.

The show was such a blast and they have the audience participate. It was definitely worth the $50 and more. So enjoyable.

So now its time to head off to the next destination.

Take care and much love

J

xoxo

Dixieland Arena

Road to Pigeon Forge – USA Travel Journal 2012

13.7.12

Well its Black Friday today…so glad that I don’t let that bother me but the weather certainly is playing along with the day. Its cold and miserable and it made it very hard to see out the windows on the homes of the stars tour in the bus. Fogged up windows. Mind you I’m not sure how, as the bus driver must live in Antarctica. He had the bloody air con on the whole 4 hour trip…Jodie and air con don’t mix…could of snapped my fingers off…brrrrr.

While the tour was interesting it wasn’t something I would recommend, as you couldn’t really see many of the houses, as they reside in gated communities or they were behind gates and up a massive drive way. But I can certainly see why they choose to live in Nashville. That place is beautiful and the homes are some of the most amazing, stunningly beautiful homes I have ever seen and the prices are cheap compared to home…..mmmm wonder if the kids want to move to Nashville????

We went to visit Dollywood this afternoon. They have a deal on, that if you arrive after 3pm , then you can re enter the next day for free.

On our way there though, we had to go through a place called Pigeon Forge….OMG it was amazing. It beats Vegas hands down. At every corner there is something incredible to see,¬† no expense has been spared. Huge mini golf arenas, go carts, dinner and shows. There was a titanic replica ship and the most unusual thing I have ever seen, a giant mansion upside down. Its called Wonderworks and is a house of magic. It truly was a sight to behold.

We have decided to stop here for the night and head on back out to Dollywood tomorrow and then head towards the Smokey Mountains. I wonder if I can talk Dave into renting a log cabin for the night???

Well got to go and load pics and catch up on some sleep.

Take care all and will talk to you all soon.

J

xx

South East Asia Cruise Journal

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Sharing my travel journal I completed on a cruise to South East Asia last year.

The journal is from Kaszazz.

Unfortunately it is no longer available. Such a shame, as it’s a really a great product. I loved that it came in a kit with all the accessories needed to complete the journal. I packed it along with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher, journal pens, tape runner and my Fuji Instax camera. The sticker pack and metal embellishments were from the cruise ship journal kit.

Firstly I love how much room there was to journal. I did find it difficult to keep it on 1 or 2 pages though, as I love to write.

When I travel I like to pick up keepsakes that are relevant to the place I am visiting. I collect currency, postcards, receipts, ticket stubs and embellishments.

I love my little instant camera. I can place the photo’s straight into my journal capturing a special moment or place. I also love to use my Dymo to journal the pictures. It adds some element and texture to the page.

Some of the embellishments I used are from a store called Stroberi in Indonesia. They have fantastic hair clips and brooches. They had some that were film rolls, planes, luggage cases , drinks and popcorn. I just removed them from the clips or brooch. They retail for approx $1-$2 making them a cheap way to embellish the page.

Washi tape is a great way to attach items to your journal, if you don’t have glue, tape runner or a mini attacher, while adding decoration to the page.

Through out my journal, I have added a little doodling to fill up the white space.

Whenever I travel, I look out for postcards. They are cheap and a great way to document where you have been and showcases the main attractions of that city/country. I also like the keep entry tickets from attractions or places we have visited as a visual prompt for that days activities. Envelope pockets are a great way to keep souvenirs, pictures, maps or ticket stubs.

With this page, I have used some stickers to create the beginning of my journaling.

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I also used an arrow brad to keep my brochure from opening and it works as an embellishment for my page.

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I have used my ticket stub as a photo mat to add some colour to this page and it also reminds me of the bus tour we took on the day.

A great way to keep your pictures in place is to use these fabulous adhesive photo corners. I found mine in a discount store. They also create a nice detail to the picture.

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With this page I used my washi tape to frame the photo’s. I found some Kaszazz beach rub-ons in my stash. They have hibiscus flowers on the sheet. This was perfect for this page, as this is the national flower of KL.

These pages don’t have a lot of photo’s on them as these were the days when we were at sea. This gave me more room to journal and I was able to use items from activities that we participated in on board the ship.

I really love this page in journal. I was able to take a photo from each place we visited and highlight the memory from that day.

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To fill up the back of the journal , I placed our luggage tags, vouchers and other memorabilia into the pocket for reference.

I was able to journal and attach most of the items daily. I found this a great way to scrapbook while we were on the cruise and it was fresh in my memory. Having it already in kit form made it convenient to carry and use daily.

Once I was home, I then finished the journal off with some added embellishments, rub-ons, dymo lettering and photo’s.

I am really happy with the finished project and it’s really nice that I am able to have it sitting on the coffee table for friends and family to view and not half finished in my craft room along with the other UFO’s.

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear your travel tips for scrapbooking or journaling on holiday.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Keep the Faith

JD

xx

2016

“A Life Without Dreams is like a Garden without Flowers”

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post.

Recently I was asked to showcase some Dusty Attic products in store, so that customers had some ideas on what the products could be used for and how they looked when altered with different mixed media.

This was a bit of a challenge but I am very happy with the end result.

 All the products used on this canvas can be found on the Dusty Attic website.

The beautiful flowers are from Made with Memories.

 I have used a mixture of  Dusty Attic paint to cover the base.

For some added texture  I have applied some gauze and added some script with a stencil and texture paste.

To create the wall , I separated the chipboard and used the bricks and wall panel.

To colour the bricks, I have used a mixture of red and brown, making some darker than others.

The mason jar made the perfect vase for my display of flowers.

I have painted the jar to reflect the flowers being in a vase of water.

This beautiful flower is made using a technique to separate the chipboard and layering the pieces to form the flower.

Paint in desired colour, glue with helmer 450 and then cut the post from a Kaisercraft Pearl brad

and adhere to centre of flower.

For more information on splitting chipboard I have posted a tutorial that I made.

 You can see the video at the end of this blog post.

 

To create the quote, I have used the mini letters from Dusty Attic and I just lightly white washed them to blend with the rest of the canvas.

 To create this canvas you will need

Canvas (any size)

Dusty Attic paints : Dusty Pink

                          : Oceania

                                    : Crushed Olive

                            : Alabaster

                    : Gold

                                   : Hot Chocolate

                             : Cranberry

Dusty Attic Chipboard : Mason Jars DA1086

                                              : Brick Wall Panel DA0316

                                                     : Mini ABC Set Lower DA0862

                                                         : Flower Layers #4 Large DA0860

Crafters Warehouse Script Stencil

Texture Paste

Gauze

Flowers : Roses & Lilies

Kaisercraft Pearl Brads

Helmar 450

Designed for Made with Memories

Do you love to use chipboard? Do you love mixed media? Are you a more traditional scrapbooker or card maker?

I would love to see your projects.

I had a great time getting messy and it was great to see the end result.

It never is quite like you envisage it in your head though.

Until next time

DREAM * CREATE * INSPIRE

Keep the Faith

JD

2015

Turn a paper bag into a Gift Bag

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Hi

Today I wanted to share with you a very quick , easy and simple project. How to turn a paper bag into a gift bag.

For this project you will need:

  • Paper Bag
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Coloured/Decorative Twine

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Instructions

Take your hole punch and punch 2 holes in the top of the bag.

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Then take approx 40cms of twine and double over. Thread the twine through the hole and then knot on the end. Repeat the process for the other side. Be sure to double knot the ends to avoid the handle coming out.

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You now have a little gift bag.

I pop a sticker on mine, so that my customers know where they purchased the item from. Alternatively you could stamp them or decorate them with patterned paper to use for gifts.

Please take a look a the video tutorial here

https://youtu.be/H1OD8N-NfzE

Thanks for stopping by

Until next time

Enjoy

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest

Keep the Faith

JD

2015 xxx

“DON’T DREAM YOUR LIFE, LIVE YOUR DREAM

“DON’T DREAM YOUR LIFE, LIVE YOUR DREAM”

Photo courtesy of Scrapbooking Memories Magazine

Welcome Again I hope this evening/day finds you well. I am sitting here rugged up as it’s Winter here in Australia and unfortunately my reverse cycle unit has gone on the blink, so no heating at the moment and I’m freezing. If I took a picture right now, it would not be very attractive but I’m sure you would all find it very amusing.

This blog post today is a little tutorial on a canvas that I recently had published in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine.

Scrapbooking Memories Vol 17 Issue 12 Pg 81.

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Published page in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine

When I received an email from Vanessa to say they wou.ld like to put it in the magazine, I couldn’t believe it. I was so overwhelmed that they would think that it was magazine worthy, let alone a full page submission with a tutorial. It had always been a bit of a bucket list item to be published.

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So lets get started.

You will need the following:

  • Canvas (any size)
  • Cardstock – White (to stamp wings)
  • Kaszazz Wing Stamp & Metal Charms
  • Tim Holtz Cogs & Metal Charms
  • Dusty Attic Chipboard & Paint
  • Kaisercraft Word Stickers & flowers
  • Twiddleybitz Chipboard
  • Dymo labeller
  • Acetate
  • Gauze
  • Gesso
  • StazOn ink
  • Ranger Perfect Medium & Embossing Powder
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer mist
  • Adirondack paint dabber – White
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Heat Gun
  • Helmar 450 Glue
  • Scrap Dots

Method:

1. Mix gesso with your chosen paint colours to create the base; brush this over your canvas. Paint chipboard vines with the leftover paint. Place gauze randomly on top of the wet paint. Set aside to dry or heat seat.

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2. Stamp the wings onto some scrap white card stock. Using StazOn ink stamp the acetate with the wing stamp. Colour the acetate lightly with alcohol markers. Emboss a chipboard bodice with white embossing powder and then heat set. Wrap and affix gauze around the piece to create the skirt. Layer your embellishments randomly and use scrap dots to create height.

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3. To finish off the canvas, use a white paint dabber to swipe over the embellishments (as seen in the pic to the right), canvas, flowers and chipboard to give a white wash effect. Lightly spray the canvas with Old Lace Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. Create a quote with a Dymo labeller and word stickers.

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and I welcome your comments below.

You can also find me on the following sites:

Pinterest

Facebook

Instagram

Youtube

Well time to go put my cold feet on hubby and cuddle up. Until next time, stay safe & warm or enjoy the sunshine depending on where you are. Keep the Faith JD xoxo

Tropicana Paradise – Tanah Lot – Temple by the Sea

 Welcome

I wanted to share with you my layouts I recently designed for Made with Memories using Kaisercraft Tropicana papers.

They worked so well with photo’s taken in Bali in April this year.

The shop held the very first scrapbooking retreat and they took 26 ladies to Bali, where they were shown some of the favourite spots to see, shop, eat and relax.

This is the first double layout I completed.

Inspired by a sketch map.

 Debbie Hodge

GIS Sketch 50

 

 

You will need

Tropicana Sunset x 2 – Base pages

Palm Tree – Cut 4 strips – 4.75′ x 12′ ( 2 will be used for other layout)

Sage Bazill – 2 x Barcode strips

Breeze – 1/2 sheet (to cut out Hibiscus embellishment)

Stone Bazill – Die cut 2 x MFT Sea Charms

Cuttlebug/Bigshot or Die Cut Machine

Helmar 450/Glossy Accents or Adhesive of Choice

Embellishments

Dusty Attic – Alphabet Mini Tile Letters DA1109

MFT Die – Sea Charms

Twine – Dark Brown

Dusty Attic – Pebbles #6 DA1111

Hessian – Photo Mats

Jute Ribbon

 Ink РPinecone

To Assemble

Page 1

Ink 2 x base pages with Pinecone.

Ink edges and attach 1 x Palm Tree 4.75′ x 12′ strip to left hand side of page.

Attach photo’s as desired. I used a large photo of the scenery and then used a smaller photo of a group shot.

Attach the sage bar code strip where the photo and Palm Tree butt together.

Take the Jute ribbon and layer over the Sage bar code strip.

Wrap the twine over the Jute Ribbon and Sage bar code strip

Die Cut 2 x MFT Sea Charms Die from Stone Bazill . Attach sea shell to the twine.

Ink Dusty Attic Pebbles with Pinecone Ink. Attach using Helmar 450 glue/ glossy accents/ or other adhesive of choice as desired on page.

 
 Page 2

Ink edges of page with Pinecone and attach 1 x Palm Tree 4.75′ x 12′ strip to left hand side of page

Cut Hessian to desired size for photo mats.

Attach photo’s using a strong adhesive tape.

Layer Sage bar code strip, Jute ribbon and twine as per page 1 instructions.

Attach Charm to twine.

Ink Pebbles with Pinecone ink and adhere to page as per page 1 instructions.

Adhere Mini Tile Letters as desired

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 I love the end result of this layout. There are times I find less is more.

I think you have to let the pictures tell the story.

Pictures are from our trip to Tanah Lot – Temple by the Sea

It is such an amazing place

So peaceful and tranquil but so picturesque

Definitely a must on a trip to Bali

Designed for Made with Memories

2014

 

Keep the Faith

 JD

xx