Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Scrapbooking Master Masters entries

Hello all

Thought I might use a little bit of free time today to share my entries for this year's Scrapbooking Masters competition.  This was my second time entering and I absolutely love the thrill and excitement of it. I can honestly say that I loved the journey which lasted about 7 weeks from the time I decided to enter to completing everything before the deadline. I loved being challenged and stretched beyond my comfort zone.

Task One: Create a layout using a 5x7 photo

This layout was inspired by a photo of my friend’s little boy. This photo was perfect for what I had in mind and reminded me of my husband’s occasional hunting trips. I imagined the little guy growing up, doing the very same things.  

Product List:
Watercolour cardstock – Kaszazz;  Patterned Paper – Becky Higgens; Vellum – Kaszazz; Distress Ink Pads – Tim Holtz;  Acrylic Strips – Becky Higgens; Mask – Studio Calico; Die Tim Holtz; Paint – Silks, Viva 3D paint; Heavy Medium Gel ­– Chromacryl; Stamp – Kaszazz; Embossing powder – Kaszazz; Staz On White; Metallic Melts – Tinbe Designs;  Epoxy sticker –Prima ; Chipboard words and embellishments– Scrap Matrix; Chipboard frames;  Buttons, Rub-on words.

Task 2: Create a layout, using unconventional items 

This project was certainly one of the most challenging, but also most exciting and rewarding tasks which I undertook this year. Not only did I it take me on a emotional rollercoaster, but was I stoked to receive an Honrable Mention from Scrapbooking Memories.

To start off my husband and I took a trip to our local dump shop. Believe it or not, but this was one of my biggest highlights taking on this challenge. I went out searching for some rusted corrugated tin and found exactly what I was looking for. To tell the truth I was almost protective over my piece of tin and did not want to let it go in fear that someone else might take it. (Seriously…) It was then when I spotted an old bleached wood fence and just new I want a frame of it. I started fiddling with it and wanted to break off some of the smaller boards. My husband looked at me and cautioned me to leave it, as he does not want me to get hurt.  “I want this”, I said excited. “What do you mean you want it? What are you planning to do with it?.” “ A frame for the tin”, I said. He protested because the wood was in a terrible state and argued that it may not hold up and even if it did, it would not look neat. So I explained that I want it to look grungy and I don’t care if the edges are not straight, because that was the look I wanted. Seeing that I could not be convinced otherwise he agreed and help me break off a few pieces, but first I had to leave my treasured roofing alone and go with him to find personnel to assist us
The looks of the personnel’s faces were priceless when he said: “My wife would like to purchase the rusted tin and fence” “Really” the lady said. “Yes”, he smiled. “Okay then” she said. “Ask the guy over there, he would be best to assist you”. In short, this person did not want any payment but the hubby gave him a handful of coins from my wallet and I was in 7th heaven. Surely very little people would understand, but I was childishly happy, and the proverbial kid in a candy store. Not because I got a lolly, but a rusted piece of corrugated tin… . (Admittedly he later agreed that the wood was perfect for the frame and it really was trash turned into treasure)

I chose to do my layout on Cyclone Tracy, as 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of this catastrophic event. The tin was the perfect background and my search for photos began. Obtaining the right photos and permission to use them was more difficult than I’ve ever imagined. I searched for weeks, on the web, messaging people in Facebook Groups, asking friends who experience it, you name it, and I’ve tried it. I found many photos of damaged buildings and debris, but struggled to find good quality photos of people. But perseverance prevailed and I found what I was looking for.  The main photo by Rick Stevens, was purchased from Fairfax Syndication, whilst all the smaller ones were obtained from the Northern Territory Library.

To include more information about the event, I created a little mini album behind the big photo to flip open from right to left, rather than the traditional left to right. For me this just emphasize the total chaos after the event.

Product List:
Rusted corrugated metal; Wood from an old fence; Scrap paper; Vellum – Kaszazz; Lace & Ribbon – Kaszazz; Tags – Kaszazz; Ink Sprays – Tattered Angles, Lindy’s Stamp Gang, Ranger; Embossing Folders – Tim Holtz; Embellishments – Prima, BradsFinnabair; Tim Holtz, craft markets; German Scrap – Scrap Matrix; Washi Tape; Glue – Ranger, Hot glue; Cheesecloth; newspaper clippings; soft drink can scraps from a tag I made earlier in the year

Task 3: Create a layout with the journalling as the focus

As much as I love talking and especially about scrapbooking and travel, I don’t tend to write a lot on my layouts. As such, I wanted to keep this layout clean and simple. I also wanted to create something fun and funky.

I was inspired this layout by Chantalle McDaniel found on the 2Crafty Blog.( I love d the idea of doing a layout without any photos because it allowed me to be a little bit whimsical.  As such, focusing on the journaling gave me an opportunity to tryout a style that I would never have tried before and I loved every moment of it. With this idea in mind I also started with the idea of a crossword puzzle. I thought about things I could say about myself, so it would still be meaningful to me, without the photos and decided to combine the 2 things I like most which is Travel and Scrapbooking.
 I decided to do a crossword by placing the letters of the word Travel vertically on the page in red to highlight them and then create words horizontally explaining why I love to travel. Some of the letters were partly covered by other words to create a cohesive look. In my view, the question why allows the viewer to search for more clues in regards of the theme, while the arrows guide the eyes from one word to another. When you look closer you also discover the second part of the question by reading Travel vertically, which creates a sense of playfulness.

Task 4:  Create an Art Journal cover



Front Inside:

Back inside:

First Journal Page:


Wow, I absolutely loved creating this art journal cover. I was guided by the beautiful patterns of the 9th Wave paper range from 7 Dots Studio and inspired by the work of both Cristina Tamas and Finnabair. You can check out Christina’s work at I added some doilies and lace on the background paper to match and then played with the idea for about a week, adding different elements without sticking anything down. I fell in love with the textures and just could not get myself to stop once I got going. It was almost like digging into a box of chocolate and not having the control to stop eating. I ended up decorating the both the outside and inside of the front and the back cover and included my name on a tag in the front, because I did not wish to stick it on the journal itself. I created my first art journal page as a way to relax after all my entries were done. Now, guess who could not wait to start using her art journal…?

Product List
Journal – Fancy Pants; Patterned Paper – 7 Dots Studio; Whipped Spackle – Faber Castle; Lace – Finnabair, Scrap Matrix; Ink Sprays – Tattered Angles, Lindy’s Stamp Gang; Ink–  Tim Holtz, Ranger; Perfect Pearls – Ranger; Die- Sizzix; German Scrap – Scrap Matrix; Chipboard letters and words – Scrap Matrix; Stencils – Crafter’s Workshop; Stamps –  Darkroom Door, Kaszazz; Embellishments – Scrap Matirx, Kaiser Craft , Kaszazz, Glitz; Mod Podge; Alcohol inks – Ranger; pearls; hot glue hat pin; metal charms, organza ribbon; lace doily; organza ribbon.


  1. I have just found your blog. You have so many awesome projects, so much inspiration! Thanks!