Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack Layout #2.

Hi again,

Today I am sharing another layout I made using the Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack collection. This layout features my youngest son at a different stage of his life. The photo I SBC_ac-314693_96233have used was originally a photo of all four of my children together which I have scrapped several times, so they each have one. This time I cropped the photo down to try and just get my youngest son in the image, as I don’t have many teen photos of him to use in layouts. The problem I encountered, as you can see, is that part of my eldest daughter was still in the image. As gorgeous as she is, she had to go for this layout!ย Here’s how I erased my daughter from the image by hand, the old fashioned way and then, put the layout together.

Below are the Wolf Pack papers I used and the washi tape. I selected the B side of the Explorer paper, a fun polka dot print and the B side stripe print of the Zodiac paper, plus the Woodsy paper with the pine trees.


First, I fussy cut the pine trees from the Woodsy paper to use as embellishments.


A little sandpaper worked magic to create an interesting border and camouflage my daughter’s bright dress into the foliage.

Then, Iย layered my fussy cut pine trees over what was left of my daughter. She always did like to climb and hide in trees. ๐Ÿ™‚


When constructing the background I applied strips of washi tape horizontal onto each stripe of the B side, Zodiac paper.

Then, I used Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks and the plastic bag technique to smoosh some colour onto the background. I was careful not to use too much water or the washi tape may have lifted.

Next, I mounted the photo onto pieces of the banding strips offcuts from the papers and adhered it to the background with a layer of foam. A few more pine trees were added on the other side of the photo for balance.


A small cluster of paper scraps, sticker quotes (Tim Holtz) and embellishments were added to the bottom left corner. Then, I covered the photo over to protect it and splashed around some white watercolour paint.ย  I used a few of the Wolf Pack puffy stickers to add a little dimension. I think I did well hiding my daughter in the bushes. Haha ๐Ÿ™‚


I am loving using this collection, it is so very versatile. Please do share what you are making with the Wolf Pack collection.ย  You can share links to your work in the comments section, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

Keep on scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚



Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack Layout Fun!

Hi everyone,

I recently treated myself to some scrap goodies for Mother’s Day and my birthday, amongst what I purchased was some of the lovely masculine Wolf Pack collection by Heidi Swapp. It’s a gorgeous collection with lots of potential and versatility, I saw myself SBC_ac-314693_96233being able to create layouts about my sons, daughters, grandson and Christmas. The lovely outdoor pine forest, mountains and starry nights would work well for our traditional, annual, Christmas tree hunt. The other papers, a mix of contemporary and cultural patterns in black, white and shades of greens, and the wood grain can be used for recording many special events or moments.

For this layout, I chose to use three of the collection papers, the Zodiac, the wood grain (B side of Mama Bear) and the black and white bold stripe (B side of Woodsy). I also wanted to use the washi tape and the very cute puffy stickers.

To start with I used some texture gesso paste and a Kaisercraft stencil (Distressed Dots)ย  on my background, a mix of stripe and wood grain paper. The stencil gives a lovely grunge effect.


After drying of the gesso, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. You just stamp the pad on a smooth surface, mine is a piece of black acrylic, and add water to the ink, then paint the ink onto the stencilled gesso. The fluid ink runs into all the crevices of the gesso and blends together beautifully.

While that dries I got to work on mounting my photo. I used the banding strips trimmed off the papers, each strip has a print motif on it of one of the other papers in the collection…wolves, bears, etc. Because they are little strips and I am using them as edging mounts, you can’t identify them as bears, etc.

Next, I mounted the photo onto the background and began to embellish the layout. Even SBC_ac-314687_85251_0though the papers are quite masculine and I am using a photo of my teenage son, I couldn’t stop myself from adding some sparkle and shine to the layout. The Zodiac paper features the night sky and astrology motifs and I wanted to highlight this in my design. I used a variety of sequins in crystal, navy, aqua and green to decorate and enhance the layout. Then, I splattered on some watercolour paint in white, green, dark blue and brown.IMG_7659

The final touch was to add the puffy star stickers, some moon washi tape and some cotton thread bunches, then a few Tim Holtz quote stickers and a little extra splatter.

I decided not to add a title, the layout was to capture my son at this stage of his life when he was full of dreams and possibilities for the future. The quote stickers were appropriate and told the story, a title would draw the viewers eye away from the photo.


I love how this turned out and it was fun to create. I can’t wait to use the rest of this collection. Who else is using the Wolf Pack collection? Share links to your work in the comments section, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

Happy scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

May 2019 CKC Challenge #1.


This month’s CKC challenge #1. is using the inspiration kit clubs sketch challenge layout. How neat is that? It is a fairly simple sketch to follow with lots of scope for changing it up using our kit supplies. Here is the challenge sketch…



and here is my kit. I have only made a handful of layouts with this months kit and have lots of supplies to choose from.

The use of a circle in the layout sketch reminded me that I had some photos of my grandson riding a train at a local carnival, the train track was circular, though it did have lots of up and down inclines. I originally thought that I could create a train track for the circular background, but I wasn’t happy with how it looked. The perfectionist in me wasn’t happy with the unequal track marks, time to start again.


Starting over, I decided to only use pattern papers and layer them up to create the background. It was then a fairly quick process, with some splatter, fussy cutting and embellishment layering.



The completed layout turned out well, I really liked the embellishment clusters. The title is based on the story, what happened when I took the photos. My grandson did one lap on that train and decided he wanted off, right there, right then! He was scared of the noise and downward speed. The train was stopped and off he got, quick as he could…get me away from here!



Make sure that you keep checking in on this month’s CKC scrappers…

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Guest Designer: Leanne Wagner







Happy scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚


Anna’s Craft Cupboard Cyber Crop!

A quick share of layouts I made during Anna’s Craft Cupboard’s 13th Birthday Celebration Cyber Crop…phew, what a mouthful.

Anna’s Craft Cupboard store is one of my favourites for stocking up on all your essential supplies and the latest products. They also have a fabulous design team who regularly share their creations and knowledge on the ACC blog and FB group/community. The FB community is made up of scrappers and cardmakers from across Australia and overseas, we are a fun loving bunch who love to share our work and support each other in our crafting and life dilemmas. Once the words ‘ Cyber Crop’ is mentioned, it is all hands on deck, ready and waiting to meet the challenges and join in with the fun and games.ย  The Birthday Celebration Cyber Crop proved to be another huge success and lots of fun.

Here are my creations from this event…

IMG_7344Challenge #1. was to create a layout based on this mood board, lots of pink and blue, flowers, cars and frames. My layout is of my youngest daughters recent car accident, she was hit side on by a 4WD vehicle.ย  Her car was written off!

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Challenge #2. was a blind crop, always lots of fun. You are given a list of ingredients prior 2019-04-26 00.32.58to the crop and the instructions to create the layout are released step by step in a live feed during the cyber crop.


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IMG_7345Challenge #3. was to create a layout with lots of negative space. I used an old picture of my eldest son wearing his denim overalls.

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Challenge #4. was to use the sketch below as inspiration for a layout.

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I had been noticing sunburst layouts making a comeback in the scrapbook World and decided to have a go creating a sunburst border for my layout.


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Challenge #5. was another blind crop. This one was messy with gesso and ink!

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Challenge #6 was to make a card and Challenge #7. was a Tic Tac Toe, where you choose a row. I went with row 3, horizontal: die cuts, stencil and patterned paper.2019-05-01 20.34.15

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It was a great cyber crop, lots of fun and inspiration. I encourage everyone to check out Annas Craft Cupboard online store and blog and become part of the community (FB), you don’t want to miss their next cyber crop.

Keep on scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚


May 2019 CKC Layout #3 & #4


Just a quick post to share two more layouts that I have scrapped using my May Counterfeit Challenge Kit. While the rest of the scrapping World is taking the weekend off to scrap, I am trying to squeeze in a few scrappy moments. A very busy weekend here with visitors staying over, some grandbaby sitting and today is my youngest son’s birthday! Can’t quite believe that he is now 27. The whole family is getting together this evening to celebrate his birthday, as he is about to fly off to Victoria, Australia, on his never-ending journey to experience more of life and living. Oh, to be young again and have that freedom to travel anywhere you like.

Speaking of travel, did you watch Leslie Smith (from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group) live on the FB Bash Your Scrapbook Stash(BYSS)? Leslie did an amazing job explaining IMG_7286 - Copywhat and how the Counterfeit Kit Challenge works and how you can all join in. As part of the NSD weekend, Leslie demonstrated how she made her kit for the special NSD BYSS CKC collaboration challenge. The challenge is to construct a past Studio Calico kit called ‘Expedition Scrapbook Kit’. It is a great travel theme kit with lovely patterned papers and wood veneer embellishments, sequins and alphas. Go check out all the information to join the challenge on the CKC website and watch her video on the FB Bash Your Scrapbook Stash page and join in the fun of constructing your own counterfeit kit and layout using the provided sketch.

Now, my May CKC quick layouts. The layout 3. is a simple scrap lift using a PageMaps sketch from 2016. No mixed media at all this time, just some simple layering of paper and embellishments. It is a bright and fun layout of my grandson on one of the summer carnivals rides which are set up on the foreshore in the lovely (small) city of Busselton, Western Australia.


Layout 4. is also about the same location, Busselton foreshore, The Goose restaurant is one of the best locations for sipping cocktails and watching the sun go down over the ocean and the famous Busselton Jetty.

A little bit of paint splatter on this layout and an abundance of embellishments…had to get rid of those pineapples in my kit somehow!


Keep on scrapping and please do share what you are creating during the NSD celebrations around the World. Enjoy NSD ๐Ÿ™‚