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This and That and Retro Ways to Keep your Memories

As a child and later in my teen years, I loved making my own journals to keep track of my ideas, thoughts, designs and memories and I often used writing to get through some difficult times during my life.  In those days, I used A3 project books which were pretty basic and I prettied them up by covering them with wrapping paper, photos, brown paper or painted newspaper and used coloured pencils, markers, paint, calligraphy, lettering and fabric to decorate my pages and photos.

So…when Stampin’ Up! announced the launch the This and That range, I was pretty excited as these products bring back so many memories of how I used to scrapbook.  Even more exciting…there’s no need to wait for the new catalogue…This and That is available through my online store NOW!  I’ve ordered mine and it’s on its way and I can’t wait to share my work with you.

In seven days, I will start the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation program and I am going to use my journal to keep track of my journey.  Every week I’ll post a page of my journal that represents a week of the ups and downs of this life changing journey.  I’m so excited about this program and am so ready to take back control of my health and wellbeing.  What better way to keep track of my progress…through my love of papercraft.

Ok…enough about me…to check out the exciting This and That range, simply click on the pic below.


Happy scrapping!



Heartfelt Scrap Page

Gosh it’s so hot here tonight (oops…it’s now morning and the birds singing).  I can’t sleep when it’s hot so here I am blogging again.  I’ve made a promise to someone that I would post this project and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this one with you all.  I hope you enjoy.

Christmas Scrap page

You can see that this page is a 3D pop up page. Boy did I have fun working out how to make this.  I wanted to create something really different for the Stampin Up Sydney Heartfelt Event and found inspiration from a pop up scrap page that I found in one of my magazines.  Whilst searching through my photos I remembered (yet again) that I had never scrapped one of my son’s Santa photos.  I’m sure I’ve tried to scrap one of these photos every year  for the past 10 years and my son is now 17! That’s when the idea of making a 3D Christmas tree hit me.  I have no idea where it came from, but you know what happens when you have these bright ideas…you then have to work out how to make it happen.  And I’ve got to say, I’m a bit tenacious when it comes to bright ideas.  Just ask my work colleagues.  I know they love it when I pipe up and say ‘I have an idea’.  The eye rolling is fantastic and I know it means that my plan is simply awesome LOL. Anyway, I digress.  So… there I was in my fabulous craft room and I looked up towards my stash of trusty punches and the Full Heart punch seemed to call my name.  Ok…maybe I’ve been spending a little too much time in my craft room lately.   But, once I had that sorted, the rest came together.

Here’s a quick tutorial and list of supplies.

To make the pop up page

  • Score across the page at 9.5cm (3 ¾”). Using your bone folder, fold the page to get a nice crisp fold. Open out the page ready for your background paper/s.
  • Adhere your background paper/s in any layout you like. I’ve used 2 contrasting pieces of DSP for my layout. TIP: The most important part when adhering your background paper is to make sure you don’t adhere over the score line.  If you want your pieces to look like one piece across the score line (like mine), you need to cut your sheets where the score line is and adhere both pieces as close as possible to the score line.  This step is important as it will ensure your page sits nicely.
  • Now turn your page over and place the paper in your paper-cutter at 10.8cm (4¼“) and begin a vertical cut at 14.7cm (5¾”) from the top of the page down to 22.8cm (9”).
  • Keep your page in your paper-cutter and move your page to the right to the 3.5cm mark (1 3/8“).  Cut another vertical slit parallel to the first.
  • Score across at the top and bottom in between the parallel slits.
  • Score across again at 2cm from the top score line.
  • Turn your page back to the front and use your bone folder to make crisp folds so that the sections pops out towards you and the bottom of the page folds up.  The popped out section is where you will mount your photo when it’s time to do so (not yet – too much fun stuff to do first!).

To make the heart Christmas tree

  • Punch 9 hearts of one colour DSP and 10 of a contrasting colour.
  • Score and fold each heart in half.
  • Starting with four hearts, turn them over and using sticky strip, connect the hearts together.
  • Set aside and repeat with the contrasting set of 4.  Repeat with each colour so that when you have finished, you will have 2 rows of 4, 2 rows of 3, 2 rows of 2 and 1 single heart for the top (see project photo for a guide).
  • Attach a small piece of sticky strip to the fullest part of the heart at both ends of each row and on the single heart.
  • Take off the sticky strip backing and attach the first row to the page, lining it up approx. 2mm (1/16”) from the score line.
  • Attach all rows making sure your hearts are not flat.

I’ve cut the photo to suit the size of the page and mounted it on the pop out section, using snail.

Final Flourishes
You can decorate the rest of the page anyway you like but here’s what I have used:

  • Decorate your tree anyway you like.  I have used a mix of punched pieces of DSP and stamped card using the merry minis stamp and punch set.  I’ve then threaded each punched piece with a thread from the sweater trim. I’ve used glue dot to attach the garland to the tree.
  • Don’t forget your tree topper.  I’ve made a small version of the star using a 6.5cm (approx. 2 ½”) square of DSP (a link to video instructions are here).  I’ve used glue dots to attach this to the page.
  • For the garland at the top of the page, I’ve used the piece of sweater trim that I pulled a thread from. You can see that this makes the trim into links and I have used a single strand of the sweater trim to attach the decorations. I’ve attached this to the page using glue dots.
  • Sentiments – I’ve used the Heart of Christmas Stamp and stamped one in real red and another in Early Espresso.  I’ve then cut each so that I have two separate sentiments.  I’ve used dimensionals to attach.
  • Parcels – these are super fun to make.  I’ve simply cut two rectangles and two squares of DSP.  I’ve scored each side at 1/8” using the simply scored, and adhered to make faux boxes.  I’ve attached ribbons and strands of sweater trim to finish.

  Merry Minis, Heart of Christmas
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red
Card: Very Vanilla 12×12, Whisper White,
Paper:  Candelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper
Tools: Full Heart Punch, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Paper Cutter, Simply Scored, Paper Snips, Bone Folder
Fabulous Flourishes:  Gumball Green Sweater Trim, Early Espresso and Real Red Tafetta 3.2mm Ribbon
Adhesives:  Dimensionals, Snail, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots

I hope you have enjoyed this project and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.  I’m always happy to clarify anything.  Also, if you do give this project a go…I’d love to see your creations.  Feel free to email a pic to me at or if you have a blog, pop a comment on my blog with a link to yours and I’ll head on over and take a peek.  Make sure you mention the project so I know your link is not spam.

Happy scrapping!


Scrapbooking Stampin Up Style

I don’t scrapbook much anymore but when I saw the latest scrapbook challenge by Ruth Clarke over at Just at Ink I thought it was time to enter my first ever Scrapbook Challenge so here is the sketch.

I’ve wanted to scrapbook this photo for years but I’ve never been able to find the right colours. So when I opened one of my new pretties, Patio Party, I knew I finally had it!!  This gorgeous paper, combined with Ruth’s inspiration made this page come together in a flash.

I’ve added a brand new flower that one of my Avid Inkers besties, Carolyn McPherson, shared with us at our monthly meeting.

Don’t you just love it?  The shimmer is super easy to make.  Simply pour a small amount of shimmer paint (around ½ cm) into one of the brand new Stampin Spritzers, fill up with Isocol and there you have it.  Fast drying shimmer spray.  I’ll be buying more of these let me tell you.  I can’t wait to try more combinations.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamp Sets:
occasional quotes (retired), outlined occasions (retired)
Ink: midnight muse
Card and Paper:  midnight muse card, patio party DSP
Fabulous Flourishes:  vintage faceted designer buttons, frost white shimmer paint, whisper white bakers twine, rhinestone brads (retired)
Tools:  paper cutter, 6cm scallop circle punch, 4.4 cm scallop circle punch, 3.5cm square punch, stampin spritzer, paper piercer
Non Stampin Up:  Isocol

Happy scrapping!


Stampin Up Scrapbooking

I just had to share this sweet little 6×6 page with you today. This page is one of the projects from my Up, Up and Away class that I held today. Don’t you just love cheeky two-year olds?  I just love the expression on my son’s face in these pics.

Stamp Set: Up, Up and Away
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools: Paper Cutter, Big Shot, Scallop Edge Punch, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Small Heart Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine
Sticky Bits: Dimensionals, Snail, 2-Way Glue Pen

Didn’t get to my class?  Well. I have good news!  This class is now available as a Stamps by Mail Class.  You can also order the PDF instructions.  Head on over to my Stamps by Mail page to buy now.

Need to add to your stash??  Order Stampin’ Up! products here.

Happy scrapping!

Memory Book

When Stampin’ Up! asked me to run the Simply Scored Product Playground table at my first convention this year I was absolutely floored.  As part of the playground, I was asked to make some projects using the simply scored to show off the versatility of this fantastic tool.  I made a few items, some I have already shared with you, the wedding favour holder, scrapbook page and the little house.  I still have a couple more to go but this one is by far my favourite of all.

When I started planning this project, I wanted to make a paper dolls house?  Don’t ask me why!  There are only boys in my house so maybe I needed some girly stuff at the time. So…for inspiration…I surfed the internet for ideas as you do, of course!  I googled ‘paper dolls house’ and I found a cute vintage 360 degree pop up dolls house book. The concept was exactly what I was looking for but then I stumbled upon this more modern concept and decided this was definitely it!  There is a tutorial to make this but it is quite large.  I resized mine so that 1 piece of 12×12 card could be used as a cover. It’s about half the size and it took me several prototypes to get it right but it was well worth the trouble.

Whisper White, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz
Twitterpated, Vellum
Ink: White StazOn, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz
Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored

I’ve also used buttons and brads and a number of stamp sets, punches, markers, embossing folders etc etc but you can use anything you like to decorate each page to make this your own.

As you can see, in the end I got over the dolls house idea as I decided I wanted something more useful.  It took me ages to work out what I was going to do.  I knew I had to use the concept but I didn’t know how I was going to decorate it.  As was searching through my photos for my house project, I discovered all of my son’s school portraits.  Jake is almost 17 now so I get a little nostalgic looking through his photos and I’ve been wanting to do something special with his school pics for ages. And it hit me, use the concept and turn it into a memory book.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of each section or a photo of it open and tied but I will when it is returned. The Stampin Up! Office have it at the moment to share at Regionals around Australia over the next few months.

I had several demonstrators ask me for the instructions for this project and I am in the process of putting together a tutorial that will be added to my tutorial and templates page so keep an eye out or subscribe and receive updates direct to your inbox.

I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Happy Crafting

Technique Class

I made this card today for one of my work colleagues who is leaving us.  Sad for us but fantastic new opportunity for her and I’m so happy for her.

I had one of those good craft days today, where everything just came together and I’m pretty proud of this card. Not to mention my photo today. I don’t know what setting I had my camera on but I’m going to have to work it out next time because it makes the colours really pop! I really need to take a photography class. Sigh…another thing to add to my bucket list.

I’ve used the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge for inspiration to get me started and I had to try one of the new techniques I learnt at convention.  I love this tumbled tile look that Sophie Zadeh shared with us and it’s so easy.  The instructions are below.   

Watercolour paper, Real Red, Whisper White
Paper: Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper
Stamp Set: Up in the Air (oops)  Up, Up and Away
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Versamark Refill
Markers: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Fabulous Flourishes: Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder
Tools: Paper Cutter, Build a Cupcake Punch, Simply Scored, Heat Tool, Brayer 

So…here’s what I did:

  1. I  stamped my images on watercolour paper.  I used watercolour paper because I wanted more texture.
  2. Using my simply scored, I scored vertical and horizontal lines at 1/2″ intervals.
  3. On a piece of plastic, I poured out a small amount of versamark refill.  Using my brayer I spread this across the plastic.
  4. Using my versmark ready brayer, I rolled it across my stamped image a couple of times.
  5. I then poured clear embossing powder over the image making sure that it was completely covered.
  6. Using my heat tool, I melted the embossing powder.  I set aside for a few minutes to cool.
  7. I then turned over the image, sprayed with a little water and…wait for it…scrunched it up a few times!  Yep…that’s right after all that work, I scrunched it up.  Open out and you have your tumbled tile look.

You should have heard the audience when Sophie scrunched hers.  It’s a wonder there was any oxygen left in the room – soooo funny.

I will be holding a class where you can learn this technique on Sunday July 8 at 2.00pm.  You will make 3 cards, a gift card holder and as a bonus, a scrapbook page.  Come along and enjoy an afternoon of craft, chat and champers (can’t forget the champers) and learn this tumbled tile technique and how to make the cloud background.  The cost will be $20 and includes everything you need.  Email me at to book your place.  I need final numbers by July 1.

Happy Crafting

Reason To Smile Scrap Book Page

The following three projects feature the Reason To Smile Stamp Set*.  I love the simplicity of this set and as you can see it’s very versatile.  These projects have come from my Web-site.  If you haven’t visited, be sure to head on over as Stampin’ Up! add projects on a regular basis to give you even more ideas and inspiration.

Project Supplies:
Stamp Sets:  Letter It, Reason to Smile
Card:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi
Markers:  Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Fabulous Flourishes:  White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons
Scallop Border PunchProject Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Loving Thoughts, Reason to Smile
Card:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink:Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch 

Project Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Petite Pairs, Reason to Smile
Card: Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Ink: Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, White StazOn
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine, Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Tafetta Ribbon, Bitty Buttons
Tools: 1/2″ Circle Punhc, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Fancy Favour Bigz XL Die, Labels Collections Framelits 

*Get the exclusive Reason to Smile set FREE with a $125 purchase until 30 June 2012.  Email me at or click on the order tab above.
Happy long weekend!




Simply Scored Scrapbook Page

I don’t scrapbook much any more so I thought I’d create a page as part of my convention projects.  I created these projects to showcase the new Simply Scored and I was able to really make the most of this fantastic tool with this page.  I’ve used the tool to pleat the background paper, make the rosettes and make a little picket fence.


Project Supplies
Stamp Set:
Vintage Vogue
Whisper White 12 x 12, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Twitterpated
Ink: Basic Gray, White StazOn
Fabulous Flourishes:  White Bakers Twine, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Clear Rhinestone Brads, On Board Alphabet Soup, Baja Breeze Pleated Satin Ribbon, Designer Buttons: Twitterpatted and Neutrals
Tools: Simply Scored, Boho Blossoms Punch, Pinking Hearts Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch

I’m working on a gorgeous little project that I learnt during convention from the wonderful Stampin Up! trainer Sophie Zadeh  using this tool.  Sophie is one of the concept artists at Stampin Up and teaches us wonderful, yet simple techniques from the art world.  Her style is  gorgeous and I can’t wait to have a go and share this new technique with you – I just hope I can make it look as good as hers.  Be on the look out – you never know you might even see projects that feature products from the new catalogue.

If you would like book a Simply Scored workshop where you can learn some of these techniques or you would like to purchase the Simply Scored, email me at tania_willis@bigpond to place your order.  Check out the video here to see the Simply Scored in action.


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