Craftgardenshop – February Challenge


For the first challenge during my term, I was asked to create a project using a colour board from design seeds. This is what I came up with for my project:


This is a folder I made out of mostly handmade or ‘lying-around-the-house’ supplies. The silver paper is a wrapping paper left over, the tag is handmade with a sheet on vellum on top to make the neon pink swirls a little subtle and the clouds and hot air balloon are also hand drawn and painted.

Hope this inspires you to create a beautiful project with the colour scheme for this month! Don’t forget to link up to the craftgarden blog!

Love and hugs,



Story of Us – Notebook




A friend of mine asked me to decorate a notebook cover for her. She had bought it to be filled in by all her friends at the end of the school term as a way of remembering them. The cover was originally divided into three portions – blue on top, pink in the middle and an ugly olive green on the bottom. You can still see the edges of these colours on the spine part because I couldn’t cover the very edges!

At first I decided to keep those colours and work around them and simply cover the parts where stuff was written. But then I realized I really hated that olive green and that nothing in my stash complimented it either. So I gave the cover a complete makeover. I kept it simple because I don’t want things falling off when she passes it around to her friends!


I’ve mostly used Amy Tangerine’s Yes Please and Dear Lizzy’s Lucky Charm collections. Those two are my absolute favorites and go really well together.two

LOVE this hot pink pen and the way it shows up on brown card stock.




Hope you liked this!

Love and hugs,


Wanderlust from Studio Calico


Stumbled across a CHA sneak peek at from Studio Calico and boy, am I in love or what!! The soft pastels and watercolours-y design in their Wanderlust collection is absolutely gorgeous and I adore every single item from this collection! I simply cannot wait for it to be released.


Those hearts, canoes, maps and pastel water colour dots! Oh my God! Adorable!!

Check out the rest of this fabulous collection here!

Love and hugs,


Old and New – Quilting

Last summer I made a quilt for my best friend. I got the idea for it ages ago (winter 2012) from I book I was reading: where a mother made a quilt for her daughter out of all ‘the scraps of comfort’ that she could find. I was instantly smitten by the idea and set about immediately. My aunt is a seamstress and sews at home so I got lots of scraps from her. The difficulty lay in their size; most of them could only ‘support’ three inch square pieces!

The quilt took a looonnnggg time to make. I officially started in the last few weeks of July (It was supposed to be a birthday present – for 29th April – but what with exams and everything, I hardly got time.) In just half a month or so, I had all my squares cut out (about a gazillion!) and sewn into a great big block. I made a rag quilt, so that made it easier because I didn’t have to stop and press seams every now and then. The quilt backing was sewn on at midnight, the day before school started again! And the quilt itself, finished and everything, was given to her the very first day. She was thrilled and though the hard work was very … hard and it even made me a little sick in the middle when I sat for hours just sewing, it was a wonderful experience and just the fact that at the end, all those itty bitty squares became a quilt…!! It was kind of a proud moment.


Now it’s half a year later, and I’ve bought some really nice prints and plan on doing some other quilting project. I haven’t decided what yet, but I’m leaning towards some kind of a teacher appreciation gift because this is my last year of school…


See that circus print? I’m in love! ^___^

Love and hugs,


Share Your Story: Stephanie Bryan

Back from exams and we have a new series: Share Your Story. Joining us today will be Stephanie Bryan from stephaniemakes who will be sharing her crafty story with us.

What was your very first project? My very first memory keeping project was actally a Project Life album for my daughter. I stumbled across Becky Higgin’s Project Life system one afternoon and was immediately sold! It was a pretty simple album – just pictures and words, but it is so priceless to have those memories captured! Now I’m on my third year of PL and I still love as much as I did in the beginning!


To date, what is your favourite project? Or the one you are most proud of? Hmmmm.. that’s a tough one! I think every project, layout and mini album is my favourite after I finish it! I love being able to stand back and see a completed project. But I think the projects that include some kind of mixed media are my favourite. I really enjoy just playing around and creating!

This is a layout I created for some of the NSD challenges at Two Peas in a Bucket. The challenge was ‘focus on photos’ – I went a little crazy with black and white photos, as you can see, but I love the way it turned out! I actually think I’m going to hang it up in my son’s room!

That is a gorgeous and unique layout, Stephanie! I think my favourite project of yours is the Love Letters mini album!


Who/what is your inspiration? I think my inspiration comes from all over the place.  Sometimes ideas just come to me after I look over some paper or embellishments, or sometimes I turn to design magazine and decor magazines for inspiration!  And obviously Pinterest!!  Tons of inspiration on there for sure!!

What are your top five favourite products? Let’s see… ANY embellishment, 6×6 paper pads, watercolours, mists and my sewing machine!

What is that one technique/product you have not tried yet but want to? Using molding paste on a background is next on my to-do list!

Who do you look up to, as your scrapbooking idol? Wilna Fustenberg is probably my biggest inspiration. I always drool over her lovely work. I love how her layouts and projects are so dreamy and beautiful. But what I think I love most about her is that she is so creative and ‘isn’t scared’ to step out of her comfort zone. I recently just finished up her amazing art class at Two Peas in a Bucket. I highly recommend this class for anyone interested in learning new and creative ways to make your projects little ‘pieces of art’.

What is the newest product you have your eye on? I’m really loving ‘The Pier’ collection from Crate Paper! It looks so beautiful and summer-y!

You are on the Colour Combos Galore DT; what colour schemes do you like to use? Is there any specific colour/scheme that usually finds it way into your projects? I love being on the Colour Combos DT! Its so fun to just grab some colours and ideas and start playing around! And I love that the really are no restrictions when it somes to product! It’s just great o let your mind go crazy and create! These are some of my favourites from the CCG challenges…


As for colours, right now I am loving everything pink! I think I have probably created about 15 pink layouts in the past few weeks. There is just something about that soft colour that makes everything seem beautiful and dreamy!


What do you like to do, besides scrapbooking? I am a home-body so I love being at home with my family! We spend lots of time in our backyard just goofing around, which is fun on any day! Other than that, I love to cook, take pictures, read and run!

What would a typical day in your life be like? Crazy! Can I say that? I have a four year old and a two year old and they keep me pretty busy! I feel like I spend most of my ‘weekdays’ in my car driving my two kiddos around to all the different places and activities they are involved in! If we are at home, you can usually find me in the kitchen, in my craft room or on the floor with my kids!

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Stephanie; your work is absolutely amazing! We hope you will join us again sometime in the future!