Traditional 12x12 Stampin Up Layout using Urban Underground Designer Series Paper Pack

Remember when I used to scrapbook. Me too! I love it and miss it. So I did a 12x12 page, my favourite kind of Scrapbooking. The colours in this gorgeous Urban Underground Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!'s 2017 Occasions Catalogue are perfect for black and white photos. This photo of our new rescue cat Teddy isn't technically black and white, but close enough due to his colouring.

Stampin Up 12x12 scrapbooking layout using Urban Underground Designer Series Paper from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

This was a super simple layout! Just a 5x7 photo, a few strips of the coordinated paper nd a journaling block. I did the small 'the story of' on my typewriter. The letters were from my scrapbook stash. The Stampin' Up! colours in this awesome Urban Underground paper are Basic Black, Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon, Silver and Whisper White.

Stampin Up 12x12 scrapbooking layout using Urban Underground Designer Series Paper from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Here's a closer look at the paper and the coordinating embellishments. You can see each item in my Online Stampin' Up! Store by clicking the links at the end of this post.

Stampin Up Urban Underground 12x12 paper from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Available in my online store in Australia.

Stampin Up Urban Underground Washi from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Available in my online store in Australia.

Stampin Up Urban Underground embellishments from Occasions 2017 Catalogue. Available in my online store in Australia.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you tomorrow.



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Art With Heart Team Blog Hop: It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Today some of my fabulous Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls have created some amazing Christmas projects to inspire you with the theme, It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We have tags, gift bags, teacher gift ideas, decorations and many more fun projects to create this holiday season.

I chose some gift wrapping options as my projects for this blog hop. First up I have some cute gift tags I made using the 2" x 2" cards in Project Life Hello December Accessory Kit (on special, along with the matching card kit until 11.50pm AEST Monday November 28th this week for 30% off). I love the colours in these and can't wait to see how great they looked on my Christmas gifts under the tree. To make these, I just cut pieces of  cardstock 6cm x 12cm and scored in the centre. Easy peasy!

Stampin Up Project Life Hello December gift cards by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for Art with Heart Team Bog Hop

The stars and the tree embellishments are included in the accessory pack. I just coloured the tree with a Bronze Sharpie for some added interest (bit obsessed with the copper look this year).

Stampin Up Project Life Hello December gift cards by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for Art with Heart Team Bog Hop


Stampin Up Project Life Hello December gift cards by Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for Art with Heart Team Bog Hop


Next up I have a small quick and easy gift idea which fits 3 Lindt chocolate balls in perfectly. These little Christmas favors would be great for the Christmas table, co-workers, social group members and more. You can buy the clear boxes in packs of 16 for just $13.25 (Item 141699 Clear Tiny Treat Boxes) so they are very economical. I just cut three pieces of DSP 9.5cm x 4.5cm and scored in half and placed in the base and up the side on 3 sides (leaving the front side open). I then just attached a belly band of coordinating DSP and made a bow using the Bow Builder Punch. 

Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat boxes using Bow Builder Punch. Fots 3 Lindt balls. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for Art with Heart Team Bog Hop


My final project is a decorated gift box (I recycled one of the boxes I received charms in at OnStage). I love Poinsettias. They remind me of my grandmother. The Festive Flower punch (10% off in this week's Online Extravaganza sale) has all the bits for this flower (and there's a video showing you how to use it on the Stampin' Up! You Tube channel). If you want to stamp the leaf and flower veins, the Reason for the Season stamp set is the coordinating set.

Stampin Up Poinsettia bo using Festive Flower Punch. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for Art with Heart Team Bog Hop

 Now it's time to check out some more festive creations. Next on the list is Mary Kelly. Enjoy!


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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Rebecca Jacovou
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kathryn Ruddick
  4. Kate Morgan
  5. Rachel Palmieri
  6. Claire Daly (you are here)
  7. Mary Kelly
  8. Monika O'Neill
  9. Tina Gillespie
  10. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  11. Catherine Proctor
  12. Judy May



Stampin' Up! 12x12 Scrapbooking Layouts using the 2016 Holiday Catalogue Products.

Art With Heart Stampin Up Team Australia Claire Daly

Today some of my Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls are sharing some fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available now until 3rd January 2017. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

You have come to my blog from the very talented Rachel Woollard. Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links.

I have decided to show you a double Christmas 12x12" scrapbooking layout to show you how many of the Holiday Catalogue products can also be used in Scrapbooking (double click for a closer look). I LOVE Christmas and love when it's time to decorate the house and tree each year. I like to capture bits and pieces which get added to the collection each year and how the house looks. Just looking at this layout makes me excited for this years Christmas. I can't wait to add the new ornaments I bought in Paris to the tree this year!

Stampin Up Scrapbooking 12x12 layout using 2016 Holiday Catalogue products Star of Liht bundle, Presents and Pinecones DSP and Washi tape, Christmas Greetings thinlits. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


Here's a closer look at each page individually. I have used the Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape for my layout, and my base cardstock is the coordinating Mint Macaron from the 2015-17 InColour 12x12 cardstock pack.

Stampin Up Scrapbooking 12x12 layout using 2016 Holiday Catalogue products Star of Liht bundle, Presents and Pinecones DSP and Washi tape, Christmas Greetings thinlits. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


Stampin Up Scrapbooking 12x12 layout using 2016 Holiday Catalogue products Star of Liht bundle, Presents and Pinecones DSP and Washi tape, Christmas Greetings thinlits. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


Here's a few little details of my layout. I created my own little photo descriptions on my computer as strip journaling. A bit of coiled Gold bakers twine (from the Bakers Twine Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalogue). Love the weight of this twine - perfect for using in this way. That's one of the stamped greetings from the Star of Light stamp set stamped and sitting over the twine. You can also catch a glimpse of one of the die cut Christmas words from the Christmas Greetings thinlits which I have used to embellish my page. I'm a big fan of using words on pages as they really set the scene for the emotion I hope my page conveys,

Stampin Up Scrapbooking 12x12 layout using 2016 Holiday Catalogue products Star of Liht bundle, Presents and Pinecones DSP and Washi tape, Christmas Greetings thinlits. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


The greetings in the Star of Light stamp set are perfect for using on a Christmas scrapbooking layout. I stamped them in coordinating Mint Macaron ink and attached using the Presents and Pinecones Washi tape. I have used the Washi tape in lots of other places as well. It coordinates perfectly with the DSP and colours (which is why I LOVE scrapbooking with Stampin' Up! products) and I find it's great to fill spaces and create flow through the layout. This is especially important in double page layouts.

Stampin Up Scrapbooking 12x12 layout using 2016 Holiday Catalogue products Star of Liht bundle, Presents and Pinecones DSP and Washi tape, Christmas Greetings thinlits. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


The Starlight Thinlit dies which coordinate with the Star of Light Stamp set make fabulous embellishments. I have cut this one using Copper foil cardstock and a layer of Vellum. The piece in the middle is a White Perfect Accents shape, coloured with a bronze Sharpie. Looks great with the Copper Foil I think.

Stampin Up Scrapbooking 12x12 layout using 2016 Holiday Catalogue products Star of Liht bundle, Presents and Pinecones DSP and Washi tape, Christmas Greetings thinlits. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


I'm a fan of using coordinating colour enamel shapes to highlight journaling strips. Love you can get these packs of enamel shapes in our colour groups. I'm always reaching for them.

Stampin Up Scrapbooking 12x12 layout using 2016 Holiday Catalogue products Star of Liht bundle, Presents and Pinecones DSP and Washi tape, Christmas Greetings thinlits. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


I did my title on the computer. It's easy to find the RGB codes for our Stampin' Up! colours using a Google search, and that's how I often print my titles for scrapbook pages if I'm not stamping them.

Stampin Up Scrapbooking 12x12 layout using 2016 Holiday Catalogue products Star of Liht bundle, Presents and Pinecones DSP and Washi tape, Christmas Greetings thinlits. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


I hope this has given you some ideas for getting some memories down on paper today. Scrapbooking is such a rewarding hobby and I have been doing it for over 14 years now and so grateful to have so many fabulous family memories captured.

Now it's time to move onto the next Art With Heart team member blog. Next up is Judy May. You will love Judy's fabulous creations and attention to detail. 

Art With Heart Stampin Up Team Australia. Claire Daly.

If you get lost anywhere along the line, or find a broken link, here's a full list of who is participating so you can get started again.

1. Kate Morgan
2. Ros Davidson
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
5. Rachel Palmieri
6. Rachel Woollard
7. Claire Daly    (you are here)
8. Judy May
9. Monika O'Neill
10. Rebecca Jacovou

Thanks for hopping with the Art With Heart team girls today. 


Stampin' Up! 12x12 layout using Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper

Today I have a traditional scrapbooking layout for you using Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalogue products. As soon as the Holiday Catalogue comes out, I always feel like scrapbooking for some reason. Not sure why that could be, maybe getting all nostalgic, or remembering last years Christmas stories that I want to record? Whatever it is I hope the feeling continues and I get more memories down on paper.

Here's today's layout. This story is going to be about how my son loves to make Xmas treats each year, and how he always takes a plate of what he's made over to our elderly neighbour. 

Stampin Up scrapbooking layout using Candy Cane Lane DSP from 2016 Holiday Catalogue. 12x12 Layout by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I've used the Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper, which is a lovely combination of Real Red, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso with white. I've used Kraft cardstock for the base and added in some Mint Macaron for some highlight colour.

Stampin Up scrapbooking layout using Candy Cane Lane DSP from 2016 Holiday Catalogue. 12x12 Layout by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

This is a pretty easy layout to duplicate for any occasion. Here are the measurements:

  • Base cardstock is 12x12"
  • Each patterned paper square is 3x3"
  • Each of the smaller cardstock squares behind the photos is 3 x 3" with the photos 2&5/8 x 2&5/8" square.
  • The journalling piece in the right bottom corner is 3" x 6&1/8"

Stampin Up scrapbooking layout using Candy Cane Lane DSP from 2016 Holiday Catalogue. 12x12 Layout by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

For the embellishments I have used punched circles, cut out shapes from Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and enamel shapes. The word strips are from a past Stampin' Up! Project Life kit, and the letters were from my rather large lettering stash.

Stampin Up scrapbooking layout using Candy Cane Lane DSP from 2016 Holiday Catalogue. 12x12 Layout by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

Stampin Up scrapbooking layout using Candy Cane Lane DSP from 2016 Holiday Catalogue. 12x12 Layout by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

This page has reminded me how much I still LOVE doing 12x12 traditional scrapbook pages. Looking forward to doing some more for you really soon!

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Art With Heart Team Blog Hop: Memory Keeping

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Welcome to my Art With Heart Team Blog Hop for November. This month some of the girls are focusing on Memory Keeping (Scrapbooking/Project Life). We all take photos right? Well, capturing every day moments is so special and we need to document these to cherish. We are all passionate about memory keeping and we want to continue to inspire each other, and you, as we move forward in 2016!

First up I have a traditional scrapbook page of a favourite photo from last Christmas. I have used the Words of Truth stamp set on this page, along with the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up Scrapbook Page 2015 Claire Daly Australia. Using Words of Truth stamp set and Everyday Chic DSP.


I have white embossed the title (be sure to use the embossing buddy when embossing white on black). Then I stamped the other phrases from the set and used them as journalling. For some additional journalling I downloaded a free typewriter font, and used that on a spare journalling card. I've also added an antique brad and a spare wooden heart I had leftover from a card kit.

Stampin Up Scrapbook Page 2015 Claire Daly Australia. Using Words of Truth stamp set and Everyday Chic DSP.


You will LOVE the Words of Truth stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Just use the title or item number 139397 in the search box in  my online store (red button top right column).

Words of Truth Stamp Set by Stampin Up


I also have another page to show you form the Project Life New York album I am working on. The Project Life by Stampin' Up! Let's Get Away Card Collection is awesome for travel pages!

Project Life by Stampin Up Let's Get Away Travel page New York by Claire Daly

I love how easy it is to tell your story as you go with Project Life. Just pop in the journalling cards and write away. I also use punches to cut out bits of other cards to add additional bits and pieces to the cards sometimes (such as the punched out world shape centre top.

Here is a closer look at the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Collection, Accessory Pack and coordinating stamp set. All of these can be purchased in my online store (red button top right) under the Project Life section.

Stampin Up Project Life Travel Lets get away cards

Stampin Up Project Life Travel Lets Get Away Accessory Kit

Stampin Up Project Life Travel Lets Get Away stamp set


Now it's time to see what the other girls in the blog hop are up to. Next in line we have Alisha Watson.

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If you get lost at any stage, here are the list of today's participants:

  1. Claire Daly
  2. Alisha Watson
  3. Ros Davidson
  4. Tina Gillespie
  5. Kathryn Ruddick
  6. Kate Morgan


Have a great day and see you back here soon.



Stampin' Up! Scrapbooking with Sweet Sorbet Saleabration DSP

Something a little bit different for you today. A scrapbook page of my big boy over 11 years ago when he was just 8 months old. Love those curls!

Sweet Sorbet Stampin Up! Scrapbooking

I've use the Stampin' Up! Sweet Sorbet DSP, which is the pack of twelve 12x12" sheets you can choose FREE with a $90 order during our Saleabration promotion which goes from today until March 31st. Here's a couple of close up photos. I did some stamping under the die cut letter, and also as a title.

Sweet Sorbet Layout Josh close up 1

 I cut various size flags in different patterns of DSP using Framelit Dies and the Banner Punch (another Saleabration freebie). These were adhered under the photo.

Sweet Sorbet Layout Josh close up 2

I tied Soft Sky seam binding ribbon around the photo, together with gold bakers twine which is a new product in the Occasions Seasonal Catalogue. I also tied a scrap of crochet trim into the knot for a bit of extra texture.

Sweet Sorbet Layout Josh close up 3


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Scrapbooking and Mini Album with the Thinlits Card Dies

The Stampin' Up! Thinits Card Dies were released in Australia this week. We all know they make snazzy cards, but did you know you can make mini albums and scrapbook page elements with these too? Here's some projects I did for Stampin' Up! and the Scrapbooking Memories blog with a travel theme. 

First up a 12x12 page with hidden journalling and photos:

scrapbooking thinlits card dies

SM layout 1

and here it is open, showing the hidden sections (the bit clipped down, and the pull tab on the right hand side):

SM layout 4

Next up, a photo mini album. Just love how this turned out! 

SM mini album 1a

All the extra little bits and pieces that go with the Thinlits dies are perfect for inside the album too.

Thinlits Card Dies mini album
Thinlits Card Dies Mini Album
I got the dimension in the custom alphabet, by cutting the letters out (using the Typeset Alphabet Die in my Bigshot) in chipboard first, and then in the coordinating cardstock and adhering them together. That way you can have custom chipboard letters in all the Stampin' Up! colours.

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Finally, a matching card! 

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  Thinlits pic

I Am Me Designer Series Paper Pack (12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double sided 12x12 designs)

I am me DSP

Around The World Stamp Set  (images coordinate with the images in the Designer Series Paper)

Around The World

Typeset Alpha Die for your BigShot or other die cutting machine

Typeset Bigz Die

Hope you have lots of fun with these projects. See you back bere again soon,


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Saying goodbye to the Watercolour Crayons ....

Stampin' Up! made the announcement today that due to some changes with the supplier, they have decided to retire the Watercolour Wonder Crayons and Watercolour Pencils. These items will only be available until current stocks are sold out.

The Watercolour Pencils are just one set of 24, but the Watercolour Wonder Crayons are available in the colour sets, for $29.95 each.

Wc crayons

They are fabulous to colour with, you jut dab your Aquapainter or Blender pen directly onto the crayon tip and colour away. Here's a favourite layout I did lots of years ago, with all the colouring done using the Watercolour Crayons and an Aquapainter. I love the softer effect it gives.

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If you want to grab some before they sell out, email me, or head over to the online store.

Be back soon with some pretty things to show. 


Stampin' Up! Scrapbooking with World Spectacular DSP ........

It was the colours that first attracted me to this lovely DSP when I saw it in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Then I had a closer look and realized what a versatile DSP it was. Great for scrapbooking but also male and kids cards. The DSP was perfect for this focus page of my Melbourne Show photos.

Melbourne show layout

A few other elements I have used on this page:

  • The Chevron DSP is from Sunshine and Sprinkles in the Seasonal Catalogue
  • The flags are hand-cut from a combination of the two DSPs and secured onto some linen thread wrapped around some Island Indigo Polka Dot Brads.
  • The Ticket Duo punch has been combined with the That's the Ticket stamp set for some extra elements on the banner and journalling block.

I really enjoyed this page. There will definitely be some more pages coming soon.

Hope you are having a happy and creative week. It has finally (touch wood) cooled down in Melbourne after our record breaking heatwave. Myself, the family, Oscar the dog, my garden and air conditioner are all giving a huge sigh of relief. Bring on autumn I say !



A Stampin' Up! Layout ....

Just a quick post for you today to share this layout of Sam. A couple of years ago we bought him a Skimmer board on holidays and he has had a go each year, but this year he really got the hang of it and spent hours and hours doing it. At one stage Paul had random kids from the beach sitting in a row next to him while they lined up to have a go too.

I took these 3 shots with the action mode on my Canon 60D and they really tell the story I think.

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I have just cut some circles from Everyday Enchantment and Cheerful Treat DSP, and some random embellishments form my stash. A quick and easy page.

What story would you like to record for your family this week? Get out those papers and tell the story!

Claire xx

A special Saleabration layout ...

I really loved this photo of my husband Paul and I that Josh took on New Years Eve. We are in a good place right now and I think this photo shows that, so Iwanted to make a special layout using the Everyday Enchantment Saleabration papers. I have also used the Fresh Vintage stamp set (another free Saleabration item you can choose with a $100 order) and you can also see a couple of the matching brads from the Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad Saleabration pack.

2 Us wm

More about this photo and layout. Just reflections really. It takes a lot of giving and taking to make a marriage work and there have been times where the stress of us all trying to adjust and work through lifes challenges (and there were some big ones with IVF, losing my Dad and brother and then working through getting Josh diagnosed and help for his sensory issues) had us both going a little nuts. Right now though it feels like we have learnt so much from those challenges and we are working great as a team and each have a much deeper appreciation of each other and what we need to be happy. Life is good.

I had a couple of single girlfriends come and join us for a few days at the beach when we were away last week (lots of pics and layouts coming!) and they reminded me how lucky I am to have such a lovely husband that does so much for us all. Often it's just the little things like today when I was getting ready for work, he sensed I was running a little late so while I was in the shower he took my car down and filled it with petrol so I wouldn't have to and cooled the car down for me. Made me happy (I did say it's the little things!).

Stay tuned for some more Paul layouts coming up!

Layouts 95. 96 and 97 .....

(For those who may have caught my in-between post - I'm having a rethink as I am not sure I have the energy for 2 blogs!. My solution for this dilemma will come to me I'm sure, give me time :) ).

Three more layouts for today, just three to go. I know I will make this goal now (and then take 6 weeks to clean the mess in the house that has developed while I scrapbooked, lol).

Today I have a mix of fun layouts with a heritage style layout. Here's the one of Sam playing Wii with his Grampa. The boys have affectionately called Grampa G'pa since he signed their birthday card with that earlier in the year so I wanted to incorporate that into the title. I have used Stampin' Up!'s Just Add Cake DSP for this layout. It's a great pack of colourful patterns which are perfect for kids pages.

Playing the wii with gpa

This one is Sam playing with a new Christmas gift - a water slide. My little action man loves this thing and it's a great way to keep them happy on a hot day when we can't get to the beach or pool. For this layout I printed my 4 photos in 2.5 x 6" which was perfect for a series of quick pictures. I have created some bubbles using stamping (Stampin' Up! Circle Circus) and also some epoxy circles.

Sam summer fun 2011

For this final layout I have created a heritage page using a couple of photos from my Dad's childhood. I have used the Mocha Morning DSP from Stampin' Up! here, plus a few scraps from my stash. When I have scraps of patterned paper which are predominately one colour, I save them in a page protector as they often come in handy for pages like this. I have also used the First Edition DSP from Stampin' Up!. Love that stuff as a neutral on pages!

Dads childhood

Only 3 more to go! There might be a digital page or two in that lot as I need to find the top of my desk again! I am going to be having a mega change around in my creating room to organise myself and make more room for a creative year ahead :)

Whichever way they go I will be back tomorrow with the last 3 layouts :) Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Claire xx


Three more layouts!

Getting there! I have photographed up to 94 now, nearly finished 95 and have printed photos for 96 and 97 (plus I have a ZILLION pics already printed!). Today was a slower scrapbooking day while I had some fun out and about. I took the boys to see Happy Feet 2 (great movie and loved Pink's voice in it!) and then we had lunch in a cafe together. Then Paul's Dad came over for tea and to stay the night to spend some time with us which is always lovely. I got a fantastic photo of Grampa and Sam playing the Wii which will be next scrapped for sure!

Here is layout 94, again using the gorgeous new DSP from Saleabration. I just love the colours and patterns in this one and can't get enough of it! The layout is of when my nephew Phil came to visit last August. Sam doesn't see him a lot and couldn't stop hugging him!

Catching up with Phil

I liked how I was able to get so many photos onto this layout. I have been printing my own photos for these layouts (I usually get my pics printed but sometimes print my own if I want strange sizes or aren't when the scrapbooking bug takes me by surprise!). I print using a Canon Pixma MP980 printer and use Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi Gloss. I believe you get the best results from a photo printer when you use the same brand photo paper.

Here's what I do to actually create the page to print:

  • I plan what size I want the photos to be.
  • Crop them to that size in Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) using a resolution of 300 dpi.
  • To maximise the use of my photo paper, I then create a new A4 size document at 300dpi and then drop the photos onto that, rotating where I need to to get as many photos as I can on a page.

Sometimes, like in the layout below; I plan the pictures to fit into a grid like shape. This looks best when you allow the same width between and around the photos. Again I think how I want the grid to look and work the photo cropping around that. In this page, the top photo is 5" x 8". I am glad I was able to get a full shot of the house decorated for Christmas.

Our christmas lights 2011

Another trick I have used here is printing your title onto your photo before you print it. I sometimes print journalling on empty space in photos too (as on the next layout). I just do this in Photoshop when I am editing the photo.

This last layout is of a photo I caight of Josh watching the Oxley College light and sound show. He was mesmerised by how these lights coordinated with the carols.

Oxley college 2011 lights

I'll be back tomorrow with more layouts to share for sure. I plan to be scrapbooking for a while yet tonight. I find with the boys home all day I appreciate that silence when the whole house is asleep more than ever!

I hope you are doing just what you love doing as well. Thank you for sharing these fun few days of scrapbooking with me, I promise I will make a card one day again soon!

Claire xx


Some more scrapbooking ...

Seems I'm not done yet! I had a burst of inspiration to do some scrapbooking and now I've just finished layout number 93! Only 7 to go to meet my goal. I think I can do it!

The last 8 layouts have been paper ones again. Here's a few of them and then I promise to post all the remaining 94-100 layouts for the year.

This first layout is an 'all about me' layout which is the left hand page of my 'reflections on 2011' journalling. I found this fabulous post about reflections and intentions and the documenting your feelings and emotions as you say goodbye to one year and hello to another. Tght up my alley!If you would like to check out the blog post you will find it here. This layout also gives you a sneak peek of the gorgeous new Stampin' Up!DSP which is one of the free product choices for Saleabration. It's so nice!

2011 reflections

This one is a very simple layout with my favourite photo of our last dog, Monty who we loved very much. I loved this photo of Paul and Monty at the beach watching the boys swim at the beach near Tootgarook where we go for a week each January. This was January 2010.

Monty beach Jan 2010

This one is pretty self explanatory - the boys 2011 Santa Photo :)

Sam josh santa 2011

These last two are meant to go together. The single photo on the left hand side and the 4 photos on the right hand side. They are from our Christmas eve family photo shoot.

Christmas eve photo 2011

Christmas family shoot 2011 xmas eve

Be back soon with layouts 94 to 100!

Hope you are having a relaxing few days too,

Claire xx

A Stampin Up! layout using Mocha Morning DSP .....

Hello lovely ones. What a fabulous Friday don't you think? I've had such a lovely day today. It's been sunny and warm and I've had a relaxing day and I'm ready for a nice weekend ahead catching up with friends and spending time with the family.

As I mentioned in my last post I have been getting stuck into my scrapbooking lately. Here's a new paper page I did this week. I loved this photo of Josh and our 'puppy' Oscar who was only 8 months old when this photo was taken! Josh loves him to bits.

Every Puppy Needs a Boy layout 

I've used the new Mocha Morning DSP on this layout, it works fantastic with Crumb Cake (kraft cardstock) and has 12 12x12 papers in Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. It also has some metallic and flocked papers. I have also used First Edition DSP which is the fantastic small print paper. This is great to stamp on too. Lots of punches used too and also Creative Elements stamp set and Soft Suede and Early Espresso ink.

Hope you like todays page and I hope you have a fabulous weekend, whatever you are doing,

Claire xx

Hello, school holidays and keeping up with my scrapbooking goal .....

Helo my lovely friends. Tail end of the school holidays here in Melbourne and the boys have finally given me a breather to update my blog! They can exhaust me these days I tell you. We have been having lots of fun these holidays (and I had some fun me time too - more later).

We have been to see Mt Poppins Penguins which we all enjoyed. Great family movie without the usual superheros which made a nice change. Then we played real ten pin bowling and I came last each game times (wt? my boys are 6 and 9!!). In my defense they had the bumpers up and I didn't The best fun has been sleeping in, spending half the day in jarmies and then just hanging about the other days. The boys have also been doing some cardmaking. Josh invited his friend from next door to a card making session with Mum's supplies (her eyes nearly dropped out of here head when she saw the extensiveness of said supplies, lol) and I have also been teaching them the value of using the fabulous creations in the Idea Book and Catalogue as a starting point for their projects. Love this picture of Sam. He came up with this card entirely by himself (I didn't even see it until this point) and it's so close to the one in the book. Looks like I need to teach him the fingernail trick for getting the backs off dimensionals though...

Sam scrapbooking 

I am very proud to say thanks to a fabulous 4 days away with some lovely friends I am well and truly up to date with my scrapbooking goal for this year. I had set  myself a goal of at lest 100 layouts this year, which I easily used to do before I started making a bazillion cards. I wanted to tip the balance back a little this year. We had a fabulous 4 days away. These friends I met when I very first started scrapbooking years ago. Lovely place (very cold outside!) and amazing food too. We laughed and talked and vented and sang 80's songs. Soul therapy. I managed to complete 17 layouts, which brings my total for the year to 59 layouts - 47 traditional layouts and 12 digital (and that total doesn't include my One Little Word album). Very impressed with myself.

Here's a couple of my favourite layouts from the weekends. I can't claim credit for this layout design. It is cased from a lovely layout by Brenda Hurd that I saw in Creating Keepsakes. Love this colour combination of Basic Gray, Rose Red, Baja Breeze and Whisper White. Excuse the angle, but it was taken at night and I wanted to prevent the flash glare on the photos.

Lake mountain 

I have lots more photos from this fabulous day at Lake Mountain, and these will ge going into divided page protectors and into my album along with this layout. Love the 'higgldy piggleness' (my new word, lol) that using different sized and shaped and all sorts of different divided layouts gives in my albums. 

This layout is of a favourite photo of Paul and the boys when Sam was  3 months old and Josh just over three. Paul reading nursery rhymes to them in bed. Love the look of concentration on Sam's face!

Bedtime layout 

If you would like to check out some of my digital layouts, I have completed quite a few pages of the Stampin' Up! conventions over the last few years and have uploaded them here. Looking forward to getting up to date with the rest of the pages there and I might start on the Incentive Trips. Love that I am getting more scrapbooking done and recording these memories.

Hope you enjoy this little update on my life :) Back soon as I actually have a couple of other posts today!

Claire xx

A vintage layout and a special card ....

Hello, remember me? I know it's been a while so thanks for hanging in there. April is birthday month in our house, with all 4 of our birthdays in 22 days. Add in work and some school holidays and it's been a hive of activity around here.

We have had a quiet easter though, and I am looking forward to a quieter few months ahead. I am not sure how much creating I will get done though as I have been having some problems with my eyesight and need some eye surgery, which will probably happen in June. It's worse when I am tired at the end of the day which is usually when I create. I will do my best though as we have the Stampin' Up! convention coming up here in Melbourne and there are also a few challenges I would like to have a go at again soon.

I have managed to do some creating over easter as we are having a quiet family easter at home, so I have spent some time during the day creating. Josh's birthday on Friday made me reflect again on his birth, and I finally scrapped this precious photo of he and I together a few days after he was born. The soft colours in Stampin' Up!'s Elegant Soiree DSP were perfect for this baby boy layout.

Josh few days old layout 

The journalling reads:

I can't believe that nine years on, I have only just scrapbooked this precious photo. I think I was waiting for the the right way to scrapbook it or the right paper to come to me, but in the end it's the photo and the words that are the precious part. This photo was taken one or two days after you were born. Despite the tiredness of labour and all that comes with being a new Mum, I just couldn't believe I was finally a mother. I couldn't stop looking at you and holding you. I wanted to take in every second of finally meeting you after those three and a half long years of trying to get pregnant and nine months of pregnancy. You were perfect and you were ours. Motherhood is the most precious gift, and nine years and a brother for you along the way, I can honestly say I am grateful for you everyday. Love you Josh xx

Here are a few more close ups. I used lots of machine stitching on this layout.

Close up lace and stitching 

Journalling close up 

Close up top left 

I also made this special card for my lovely sister Deb in WA. She has just had major surgery on her back which we hope will permanently relieve the awful pain she has been in. Love you Deb xx

Debs card front 

Again I have use lots of stitching, both around the frame and around the edge of the newsprint paper. I have use the sponge dauber on the Stampin' Up! Upsy Daisy stamp, and used some Crystal Effects for dimension on the daisys. The frame was cut using my digital craft cutter and the greeting using my Stampin' Up! punches and the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set. Here's a close up:

Debs card side 

and here's the inside:

Debs card inside 

Hope you enjoy these creations and you are enjoying a happy easter and Anzac Day. Paul is at the Anzac Day football match today, and the boys and I are watching the lead up to the game and the stories of the ANZACs. Lest we forget.

Claire xx

Hamilton Island Australian Incentive Trip scrapbooking and some autumn gardening ...

Hello lovelies,

It's been a fabulous day in Melbourne day, one of those gorgeous autumn days. As I type this (at 6.55pm) my boys are still outside the window playing dodgeball and laughing their heads off. Makes me happy.

I have some pages from my Hamilton Island Incentive Trip scrapbook album to share today. I'm sorry for the awful photos. but I used divided page protectors on lots of these pages so even in natural light they were a little hard to photograph. All up I did 24 pages, but still have some a couple of last photos to add in to some of the pages, sp will just share a few here. I loved doing this album. I think Hamilton island has been my favourite destination of the three Incentive Trips I have earnt, and this is a nice reminder of the beautiful scenery and my lovely friends I shared the trip with. Sadly I won't be going on this years incentive trip. Last year was a busy year for us as a family and I had a much quieter year with Stampin' Up! so I could cope with all of Josh's IT appointments and planning my dietitian business. I know I will miss the chance to catch up with some of my lovely friends, so thank goodness for convention coming up! Anyway, here's a few pages from my album. Don't you love that Stampin' Up! sign Miriam drew in the sand on Chalkies beach?





and woops to the title section falling out while I was photographing this page!


As you can see I have used the Stampin' Up! Island Oasis DSP on these pages. The colours really suit photos with the ocean in them so were perfect for these pictures. My titles were done using Rose Red cardstock and my Bigshot (Typeset alpha dies). I have also used the Saleabration set Blissas an accent stamp and behind the journalling pages. I love this set! If you would like to buy this DSP and/or earn the Bliss set for free with a $100 order, you only have until the end of March so get in quick. Just email me  if you have any questions.

In other news around the Daly household, can't believe we are into our 5th week of the school term! Sam has his last Wednesday at home this week and then it's school full time. I am really going to miss our "mummy and Sam days" and know next week is going to worse than school starting for me! Luckily I have managed to get a class reading spot, so I get to sneak in on Mondays, lol.

We have been planting a few pots this week too, as autumn starts. Autumn is my favourite gardening season. In April I will be heading off to the International Flower and Garden Show. I love wandering the Carlton gardens and looking at all the floral and garden displays and checking out the newly released plants. I also love picking up my bulbs from Tesselaars to plant in pots on the balcony. My favourite potting bulbs are tulips and hyacinth and grape hyacinth.

This week the boys and I planted some herbs and pansies in balcony pots and lifted up the shades on the side of the deck to let the sunshine in. We need to keep our potting behind our temporary fencing at the moment while Oscar is still in his ratbag puppy stage! So far no damage (touch wood!). Here's some pics of our new plantings (nothing like gardening in your school uniform - woops!).

Sam gardening 

Josh garden 

Plants 1 

and here's a picture of my Mona Lavender which is flowering. This is a lovely plant for a pot and a find from the garden show years ago when I went with my Mum (I think Josh was only 1 at the time, so 7 years ago). The foliage is a gorgeous deep green with lovely pale lavender flowers in late summer early autumn. It's super easy to strike from cuttings too so if you live close by and want to grab a piece let me know. I love sharing my plants.

Mona lavender 

Time for dinner and then I hope to get up to date with my OLW album tonight. Promise to share my pages when I'm done :) Hope you are having a fabulous weekend,


A boy's Stampin' Up! layout with Travel Journal DSP ....

Here I am back with that layout I have now finished.

As soon as I saw this Stampin' Up! Travel Journal DSP (with matching Sentimental Journey stamp set), I had this layout in mind. I just love this quote from Dr Seuss. Then I took this lovely photo of Sam which was just what I needed to finish the page.

Oh the Places Youll Go 

The quote I have used is

"Congratulations, today is your day. You're off to great places, you're off and away. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

The whole passage that this quote came from was read at a wedding I attended last year. It is a great reading for a wedding don't you think?

Here's a run down of the Stampin' Up! supplies I used on this page:

  • Travel Journal DSP
  • Night of Navy, Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie cardstock
  • Mini Vintage Tags
  • Just Right Alpha Stamps (perfect size for these tags!)
  • Pumpkin Pie brad
  • Early Espresso Buttons
  • Scallop Trim Punch
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Linen Thread (for button)
  • Soft Suede ink (for inking the edges - the perfect brown for an aged look!)

Didn't get to finish the cards today, but they are on my plans for Sunday so I'll be back soon. Have a fabulous weekend,



A layout of me with Shelli ....

Well it took me a few years, but at last years Stampin' Up! convention in Sydney the official photographer finally snapped a pic with me and Shelli that I actually liked! I have never liked any of the heaps of other pics I have had taken with Shelli, but this one I liked. It was part of a bigger pic and I do intend to scrap the while pic too, so apologies to those I cropped out of this one!

Now this is by no means a simple layout - it was still pretty quick though! Being Shelli, I just had to add all the bits and pieces that remind me of her - the lace, vintage brads, pearls, bright and happy colours. I have used the Sweet and Sour Specialty DSP and Love Letters DSP and I was wrapped how they looked when I put them together onto a base of Basic Black textured cardstock.

Shelli layout 

Now for the extra bits and pieces. I used the Typeset alpha die with my BigShot for the title, and stuck that onto a couple of pieces of Sweet and Sour DSP, edged  with a border punch. I added a strip of pearls underneath that. I hand-wrote my journalling straight onto some of the Love Notes DSP (that lined page makes it easy!) and then cut that into strips to adhere. The journalling reads: Finally, after over 3 years of trying, I have a picture of myself with the inspiring Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up! Co-founder and CEO) that I actually like!

Shelli closeup 2 

The flowers are from the Floral Fusion Sizzlit die for my BigShot. I used a variety of pieces of the DSP and layered them with dimensionals and popped a pearl on top. In one of the flowers I used a Vintage Brad to create a bit more of a visual triangle. The ribbon is the black and white wide striped grosgrain, overlaid with some Victoria lace from the Summer Mini. Added a Vintage Brad near the top of that too, as well as one bottom left to finish the visual triangle. Finally I stamped the word 'friend' from Basic Phrases (as that's what Shelli is to her demonstrators) onto some of the Sweet and Sour specialty paper and cut that out with the Curly Label Punch and layered it on black cardstock to make it stand out a little more. 

Shelli layout closeup 

I've had a really lovely weekend. Despite the huge deluge of rain in Melbourne yesterday and not being able to get into my office to see my Dietitian clients, I got lots done. I did some scrapbooking, shopped for a gift and made a card (which I can't share just yet!) , had a fabulous massage followed by a fabulous nanna nap (I know you're rolling your eyes now Madonna, lol). Today Paul and Josh and I headed into my office with some more furniture I had bought and set that up while Sam played with his cousins. When we came home we played with the puppy. Like Karen so well said in a comment to my last post - Oh lordy he is so cute! I hope I don't bore you with puppy photo's but here's a couple more I took today (10 weeks) with the portrait lens on my camera  (yes, I was sure  bought that to photograph the kids, lol).

 Sm oscar 10wks 10

Sm oscar 10wks 6 

You'll have to remind me to look back at these cute pics when he has destroyed his first plant or pulled the first sheet off the line! Usually when I say try and tell him off he just does that cute head on side thing to try and get out of it ....

Sm oscar 10wks 7 

Hope you have a fabulous week,