Friday, May 16, 2014

Sketches in Thyme - 100% Adorable

Hello Everyone,

This month at Sketches in Thyme we were able to choose our own sketch to work with.
I decided to create my own.

Here it is...

I have used some photos of Brayden at 4 weeks and 4 days old.

To complete this layout I used the Simple Stories 24/Seven collection. I just adore Simple Stories...their collections are always so easy to work with.

I used a Kaisercraft Clear stamp and some Kaisercraft Bark ink to create the background.
I revitalised my iTop tool to create the two brads featured on this page.

I am really pleased with how this layout turned out.

Make sure you pop over to Sketches in Thyme by clicking this link to check out what the rest of the team have been creating!

I have also been busy creating for Jo at Scrapbookit. There are some amazing challenge entries and the Design Team have been doing an amazing job.

Make sure you head to the Scrapbookit Blog by clicking here to see what everyone has been up to.

Happy Scrapping,

Mel x

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scrapbookit Post #2 for April

Head over to the Scrapbookit Blog to see the second of my posts for April.

Here are a few sneak peeks...

Many thanks to Kayla Burns from Burning Memories Photography for allowing me to use the gorgeous photos she has captured in the above two layouts.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sketches in Thyme

After a little break from Sketches in Thyme after a very busy term at work.. today sees the April sketch released over at the Sketches in Thyme blog.

Here is the sketch...

I have used a gorgeous photo of my niece, Aimee. She was a little younger than she is now.

Here is my take on the sketch...

For this layout I have used the Kaisercraft - Fine and Sunny collection. The background is the Chirp page. I have used a bird and birdhouse from another page and some foam tape to create some dimension around the tree.
I have used some parts of other pages to create the cute little embellishments, some tags and a kite. 
I have used the alpha stickers from the collection to create the title.
In the top right hand corner I have used some washi tape in similar colours to the rainbow.

To check out what the other team members have created, head over to the Sketches in Thyme blog.

I did complete the sketch for March however, I failed to post it online prior to the release date.

Here is the sketch...

So here is my take on this sketch....

For this layout I have used the Kaisercraft Hidden Treasures collection. 

Make sure you also head over to the Sketches in Thyme blog to see what the team came up with in March.

Mel x

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Scrapbookit Post

It has been a huge few months, hence the lack of blog love here. 
From the start of the school year to a huge term of Cubs and Scouts commitments.  Some scrapbooking, a retreat and lots of running around. It is finally holidays  and nearly Easter. 
Yesterday my first April post for Scrapbookit went up on the blog. I have had heaps of fun using the collection Jo sent me so pop over to Scrapbookit to check it out. 
Head over to
Here is a sneak peek...

Hopefully the posting may increase whilst on holidays. 

Mel x

Monday, January 20, 2014

Scrapbookit January Post #2

Today my latest post over at Scrapbookit has gone live!

Here is a sneak peek of one of my projects...

To see what I have been up to head over to

Have you heard about the next Scrapbookit Retreat???
We are heading to the Mountain View Retreat in Harrietville March 21 - 23.
Some amazing classes are planned and as per always lots of fun and laughs.
Want to find out more...check out all the details on the Scrapbookit Blog ( or email Jo (

Until next time, 
Happy Scrapping!
Mel x

Thursday, January 16, 2014

#fmsphotoaday addition

The topic for today over at #fmsphotoaday is Sun.
I shared one of these photos as my photo of the day but loved them all (thanks Ja!)
Had to collage them and share them here.

Sketches in Thyme #122

It is very exciting that Sketches in Thyme is up and running again. After it finishing up last year I noticed that completed layouts of my son, especially when he was a baby, had diminished. 
So my task of using the sketches from the Sketches in Thyme blog to complete only photos of my son has just started again. Yay!

Here is Sketch #122

As we are currently on our Summer holiday by the beach in our caravan I had to be clever with what I would take to scrapbook. I couldn't (unfortunately) take my whole collection. Actually, it would be great to have my own caravan for scrapbooking (shhh! Don't tell my hubby! :)). 
Anyway, I thought Santa photos would be the easiest.

Here is my take on Sketch #122.

I have used the Simple Stories ~ Handmade Holiday Collection. Simple Stories would have to be one of my most favourite paper companies.
All of the embellishments and tags are cut from the papers so there was no need to bring along a heap of embellishments.

I have used Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain and have distressed the edges of the papers.

I loved the Kaisercraft Timeless - Scrabble Sticker Sheet for the letters of my sons name on Santa's list as one thing he asked for was Scrabble!

I held on to this years Santa list which I have incorporated into this layout. I used a teabag to change the colour of the paper and have made it into a little tag that hides behind the photo. I loved using this as it is in my sons handwriting and it will be a keepsake forever!

I love how the title fits Santa's Naughty or Nice list but also my son making his Santa list and checking it twice....actually I believe he probably checked it 50 times and was always adding to it!!!!

Here is the back of the Santa List tag.

If you would like to join in the Sketches in Thyme sketch challenge head on over to the blog by clicking here and checking out the fantastic layouts the girls have created. All of the rules and how to's are available there!

Look forward to seeing your entry there.

Mel x

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

#fmsphotoaday 2

Here is my review of the photos I have taken in the last week for #fmsphotoaday.
Loving this challenge each day. 😊

Friday, January 10, 2014


Two posts in one day - wow!!!

I have started participating in #fmsphotoaday. The creators of this challenge give you a prompt each day with the purpose to at least once in the day stopping and reflecting on life and what goes on around us.

It has been heaps of fun finding something in my days to match the prompt but also to stop and think about what is going on around me. I also see it as a record of my day/months/year and hope to use the photos in my Scrapbooking. Well that is the intention anyway.

Here is the collage of the first week of #fmsphotoaday....

Enjoy your weekend.

Mel x

It has been a while

5 months between posts is far too long! A lot has happened in that time...a very busy work year, a trip to Thailand (check out our blog from our trip at, Christmas and a New Year plus lots of other bits and pieces.

Probably the one constant is my creating and making. Unfortunately the busyness of life stopped me from posting it all here but head over to to see what I have been up to.

Speaking of my first post for the New Year has gone live. Here is a sneak peek of the star album I have been working on...

To check out my project head over to

A few new things for this year...well there is only one new thing...#fmsphotoaday! I have decided to participate in the #fmsphotoaday. You can check out my photos on Facebook or Instagram. If you are not on Facebook or Instagram I will do a collage of my photos every few weeks and post them here. 

I will continue to work with Jo and the Design Team at Scrapbookit...which I just love!!

The Sketches in Thyme blog is starting up again starting this month. There are a few changes and layouts/sketches will be posted once a month. I will return to this team this year. Want to find out more... Head on over to

And in amongst that just some work...and all the other jobs us Mums do!!

Looking forward to the year.

Mel x