RTS…Heritage Inspiration

Good morning,

Back in November, Janet from RTS Scrapbooking released her 4for4 Series – Heritage Round. It is a great series with many tips and tricks for creating heritage layouts. Now, I’m not a fan of making heritage layouts and I think generally this is because most people use very dull coloured papers with old fashioned flowery/object prints. I’m more a bright colour girl and so, I thought I would challenge myself and have a go. Around the same time, in the Love RTS FB group, there was a post suggesting you sort and collect up papers which challenged you, the ugly, the old, dated and ‘the untouchables’ and make them into kits. Now, I have a stack of papers that don’t appeal to my tastes, so these were the papers I decided to use for my heritage layouts. Some Love RTS members loved the papers which I detested, we all have different tastes and for me, purple is yucky, as are flower prints which remind me of my Nanna’s wallpaper!

Here are my ‘untouchables’, papers I don’t like…

I started off with the pink and green patterned and floral papers, using a photo of my grandfather. Now, flowers and men usually don’t mix but the story behind the photo is quite romantic and I thought I would get away using these girly papers. This is the photo that my grandfather had taken to send to his sweetheart, my Nanna, during the war. On the bottom right corner, you can see the sweet message he scribed to her.


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Janet’s layout features a diagonal patterned paper format and I followed the same process. You can watch Janet’s video here.  As my grandfather was in his motorcycle uniform I found some images related to his job in the war and printed them out to use as embellishments. A tip when using home-printed embellishments, they can sometimes look a little flat in colour, but you can achieve a more polished finish 81Bd+w4oVAL._SY550_by rubbing each image with a little Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze. It just makes the colour pop a little more and looks like a bought die cut. I also printed a heritage document from the website recommended on RTS, https://olddesignshop.com/.

The finished layout turned out quite dashing with just a touch of floral.

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My next layout is of my Nanna, the photo she had taken to send to my grandfather. I used one of the purple ‘untouchable’ papers for the background. For this layout, I wanted to use some embossing folders which I had recently purchased secondhand on FB Marketplace, they had come with a whole heap of steel dies I got cheap. I have hardly used embossing folders in my craft life, they fall into my old fashioned, untouchable category. So, this was the perfect time to try them out. I made embossed papers to use for mounts and layering behind the photo.

It is a simple process of inking one side of the plate before adding your paper/cardstock and running it through my Sizzix Bigshot.

The results are quite stunning and really did remind me of the old embossed wallpaper and brocade furniture in my Nanna’s house.

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The next photo, I believe to be of them both on their wedding day. It was wartime, so times were tough and for them, there was no white wedding. For this layout, I used the rest of the green and pink untouchable papers. Amongst these papers was a rose floral which was just calling to be fussy cut, fussy cut I did! I also used more printable embellishments from the Old Design website, and it gave me an opportunity to use up some ribbon bows.

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It was a fun experience creating heritage layouts and I didn’t mind the end results, however, I did lose interest and moved on to other challenges. One day, I will have another go and finish scrapping the small pile of heritage family photos that I have.

What I did have a go at was getting rid of some more of the purple ‘untouchable’ papers and scrapping some old family photos from the ’90s. I’m not sure I pulled it off, the papers were pretty ugly and gaudy, but I gave it my best shot. Anyway, more layouts in albums…the ultimate goal.

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Keep on scrapping! 🙂

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Counterfeit Kit Challenge March 2019


I am back into the fray with creating and joining in with the March Counterfeit Kit Challenge for 2019. Sadly, I missed out on both the January (I didn’t finish this month) and February CKC (I didn’t start), life was just too busy. Things have settled down a little and I figured if I put together a smaller kit it would be doable. So, here it is my version of the inspiration kit. The kit from Scrapbook and Cards is called ‘Blue Skies & Butterflies’. How lovely is that? Even the name makes INSPO KITyou happy. The colours and patterns in the kit offer up loads of variety for various layout themes and the embellishments are a very versatile mixed bag of objects, text and glitz. I had a lot of fun searching through my stash and selecting papers that mimicked the original kit in either colour, motif or pattern.

Here are my papers. I didn’t have any pink check and I went with a painted pink stripe instead. My large flower paper was lacking some blue, so I added in a small floral print with a navy blue background. I didn’t have any frame print paper, I added a wire (diamond) print instead. My striped paper has a lot more white with rainbow coloured stripes. Some of my B side coloured papers have different prints to the original kit but are similar colours.IMG_6175IMG_6176IMG_6177

My cardstock is a lot like the original.


I added in a lot more text embellishments, I didn’t have any glitter text word Thickers or stickers. I will be using some glitter alphas to make my own words and also forge some using glitter and black cardstock and my Sizzix. I have included a few text and floral stamps and some Tim Holtz distress and oxide inks.


If you are interested in joining in with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge you can find all the details on their blog. Make sure you follow along with the design team and check out the challenges during the month of March.


Merry Christmas

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Wow, December has been a crazy time for me. My life has been overrun with things other than scrapbooking and creating. Well, there has been a little creativity but it has involved many hours of house renovation. This is why I have been MIA from the crafting World. I have been playing with paint and tools but it has been house paint.

We have been expecting the arrival of long lost family visitors for the silly season after my husband invited them several weeks ago. Well, you know what happens when people you don’t know are coming to stay…you panic! Yep, first, you have deep discussions with the invitee about: What were you thinking?, Where are they going to sleep?, Where is our family (our four children and their partners) going to sleep? Um…we don’t have a bathroom! The bathroom had been stripped for renovation and we had been using our ensuite for aeons. Plus, little incidental things like…there is no bed for them too sleep in, no bedding, etc.

Now, our house is 24 years old with 24 yr old paint, and all the other things houses collect over 24 years (including things with 8 legs). To us, it is comfy and colourful, we are used to the many little bits and bothers a country house which has housed a family of six collects, but to others, it may be viewed differently. In my panic mode, I’m thinking that city folk from elsewhere may not see the charm.

So, hubby’s response was don’t worry, they are coming to see us, they won’t care about the state of the house or where they sleep.  Then, he steps over the line and mentions the most sacred space in the house. “If you didn’t have two bedrooms filled with art supplies, etc., they would have somewhere to sleep!”. Woah, I’m going to let you imagine how the rest of that conversation went.

To be honest, he did have a point. I do have two bedrooms of the house, one is my art/craft studio and the other is an office/storeroom for all the paraphernalia which you collect as an Art Specialist and Teacher (of everything). However, there was no way I was able to give up these spaces, where would everything go? How would I ever keep my sanity, if I couldn’t create? Not happening, nope, no way!

Anyway, for weeks I have been scrubbing, fixing, repairing and painting. I have developed new skills, such as I can now damp proof a concrete floor and I can assemble new bunk beds using an Allen key. All of this happening while still working/teaching, writing student reports, dealing with hyped up teenagers who can smell the holidays.  Then there is the Christmas shopping and cooking, buying curtains, quilts, mattresses, etc. You get the idea. So, have I stepped into the most sacred space? Nope, not for a month, unless I needed sticky tape to wrap presents.

Bring on the New Year I say when life will return to some sense of normality and I can have some me time. I am aching to get back into scrapbooking, I cannot wait to play with ink and paint, fussy cut out flowers, and use reams of paper. I’m making a list and checking it twice…

  • Christmas layouts
  • Summer holiday layouts
  • family layouts


house renovation layouts!

Wishing all of you and your families a very merry and safe holiday season.