November 15, 2010

Just hanging around!

Posted in 6 x 6 Scrapbook layouts tagged , , , , at 6:20 pm by bejewelledcreations

It’s been so long since I completed a scrap page – I have LOTS of un-completed pages and I can’t even count how many ‘stacks’ of photos, papers and embellishments that are simply lying on my scrap desk waiting for me to do something with them. LOL. However, here is one that I DID complete and it was super quick.

Life is a Matter of Moments. Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I’ve used the very bright and funky Melon Mambo as my base page, with a Pink Pirouette Top Note shape (gently sponged with Melon Mambo around the edges). I’ve used Early Espresso as a feature strip with a scallop Trim border and then finished it off witha layered paper daisy that has been embossed in the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The leaves are from Stampin’ Up! also. The stamped saying is from the Elements of Style stamp set, punched out with the Modern Label punch.

I was telling my friend Maria a little while ago that I was just going to “do it” and start scrapping…. sorry Maria, I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Why is it so hard to get on with scrapbooking? Does anyone have any tricks to get things moving along a little bit quicker and easier? Will it always be so hard to dedicate time to scrapping?

Thanks for visiting.

June 9, 2010

Deals of the Week #2

Posted in Stampin' Up! Promotions tagged , , , at 10:58 am by bejewelledcreations

And so begins week two of  Deals of the Week.


Designer Series Paper - select packs discounted!

Stampin’ Up! are offering you a select range of the very beautiful Designer Series Papers. Our paper is excellent quality, double-sided for extra versatility and come in 12×12 size – perfect for all your scrapping and cardmaking needs.

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
112470 132 Haiku Designer Series paper $16.95 $10.17
113976 132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper $16.95 $11.02
113992 133 Tea Party Designer Series paper $16.95 $10.17
113975 133 Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper $16.95 $11.02
114037 133 Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series paper $22.95 $14.92

Be sure to check the Stampin’ Up! web site or my Blog each Monday in June to see what new deals are up for grabs that week! If you’d like to be kept up-to-date via email, please sign up for my Stamping &Paper-craft email Newsletter! (Click the link on the right side-bar of my blog —> )

Haiku DSP

Pink Flamingo DSP

Tea Party DSP

Raspberry Tart DSP

Sweet Slumber Textured DSP

The Sweet Slumber Specialty Paper is printed on Cover-Weight textured cardstock and you’ll love the feel of this DSP!  It’s super cute for children and baby cards & scrapbook pages. If you’d like to know which colours co-ordinate with each of the papers, simply leave me a comment and I’ll let you know.

Check out pages 132-133 to view these Designer Series Papers in the current Idea Book & Catalogue.

Go wild! Have fun with these papers while they’re discounted.  Please let me know via email if you’d like to place an order. Remember that this DEAL will end 15th June 2010.

April 21, 2010

My beautiful dad.

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts, Family tagged , , at 9:44 pm by bejewelledcreations

My beautiful dad gave me the best news today – his cancer is in REMISSION! It’s gone. The chemo worked! He’s having his last cycle of chemo tomorrow – just as a ‘booster’ shot really, but he’s all clear.

Dad was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma right on Christmas after struggling with various symptoms for months.  We all had a difficult time coming to terms with the news, but once that diagnosis was FINALLY made things moved along very quickly. From that first day with the confirmation of NHL in the doctor’s room at the Hospital there was always a lot of HOPE. We were all very optimistic and up-beat about it and knew it was just something we had to get through and that dad would do what had to be done.

In the beginning, dad was very weak and couldn’t even drive or walk without getting exhausted, so I became the transport for mum and dad – which I felt at that time was the only thing I could do – I couldn’t help in any other way, so this was my ‘bit’. I keep saying I  was fortunate to go along with mum and dad to each appointment and chemotherapy cycle because I was then able to see, feel and take in all the positives that the staff  gave out either deliberately or just by their beautiful natures. For every bit of hard news or side effect from medication there was always a positive piece of information or a suggestion about what to do to counter-act side effects – everything was balanced (perhaps even tipped towards the HOPEful) and there was ALWAYS so much support from the wonderful staff. I think that if I hadn’t been able to hear the ‘good’ news with the ‘bad’ news, I could easily have fallen into the depths of fear and hopelessness. So, yes, although no one wants to watch someone they love go through chemo, I feel blessed to have been able to share these moments with mum and dad.

I’m getting teary even now, which I know is just relief and joy at dad’s wonderful news but perhaps it’s also a release of the anxiety that I was holding in all this time. We’re so lucky that treatment worked – I have my beautiful dad and I’m the luckiest person in the world today.

Last month, I took this photo of dad and his three “girls” at the Lyell McEwin hospital – these nurses kept our spirits high and brightened each chemo day with their laughter, cheeky-ness and smiles. Oh the laughs we had! Most often it was at dad’s expense, but he was ‘hooked up’ and couldn’t really fight back. LOL.  They truly are angels of HOPE.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I can’t even say how relieved and happy I am. Thankyou to all my friends and customers who have kept me and my family in your thoughts, it has been truly appreciated.

Julia XX

March 31, 2010

Scrapping with Rich Razzleberry

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged , at 9:07 am by bejewelledcreations

I’m loving playing with the NEW Rich Razzleberry colour – perhaps it’s the name!? Say it- Rich Razzleberry!

I haven’t scrapbooked for a long time – something I ALWAYS plan on doing, but never make time for. So I decided that I’d better on with it. No more excuses! I’ve got plenty of ideas – and collect papers and ‘stuff’ that I know would be perfect for ‘that’ photo… but never get around to making the page. *sigh*

Here’s the page I completed last week *YAY YAY!!!* with Rich Razzleberry and the Cottage Garden stamp set.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

Do you realise how hard it is for me to use papers in scrapbooking? I love them so much and think they’re so pretty that I can’t bear to use them! However, I’m trying to overcome this and began by using a large circle of Cottage Wall DSP that I punched all around the outside with the Corner Rounder punch to create my scallops. The rest is just simple layering of papers, cut out flowers and ribbon.

I feel quite happy with this page and am excited to try to complete more pages! Cheer me on!

Enjoy XX.

May 10, 2009

You have to see the funny side…

Posted in 3D items, Beyond the Page tagged at 2:51 pm by bejewelledcreations

Happy Mother’s Day to all my mummy friends! I hope you all got spoilt with breakfast in bed and lots of hugs and kisses from your loved ones.

It’s quite ironic that today, Mother’s Day, I’m spending on my own looking after the children who are sick. *laughs* It had to happen! Hubby has gone to the Mother’s Day Lunch with his brothers and their families and his mum, and I’m home tending to sneezes, coughing fits and admistering Ventolin as needed. The children aren’t too bad (in fact I know they’re better than before because they’re arguing!!), but because my Mother-in-Law is undergoing Chemotherapy for breast cancer we just can’t risk her catching anything (she spent Easter in hospital because of a sore throat.)

However, I did have breakfast in bed and receive  some creatively-wrapped presents the children bought from the school Mother’s Day stall for 50c and $1 each. Sooo cute! Hubby told me he loved me and was very sympathetic about me having to stay home – so all is good!!!  The children are watching a DVD at the moment so I have a moment to share the Scrapbooking Beyond The Page album that I made for my Mother-in-Law. It was a lot more fun than I expected and I’m quite pleased with the result. I thought it would be nice to give her something with pictures of the children as we haven’t given her any for quite a while (our bad!!).

I’ve used a combination of Stampin’ Up! and non-Stampin’ Up! products. Some SU products were retired in March but they fitted the theme of the page.

Front page

Front page

Sports Day

Sports Day

Best Friends. Awwwww.

Best Friends. Awwwww.

I Cherish this photo!

I Cherish this photo!

I coloured the white flowers with a Pretty in Pink Marker and the blended it with an Aqua Painter. It creates a lovely soft effect.

Looking for crabs

Looking for crabs

Coobowie Rock Pools

Coobowie Rock Pools

Last page

Last page

I’ll list the Stampin’ Up! products I used for each page although the other items were in my stash and I won’t list them by name if they aren’t SU.

Front Page:Polka Dots & Petals stamp set (retired), Petals and Paisleys DSP (retired), Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White C/S, Taken with Teal ink, 3/4″, 1″, 1&1/4″ 1&3/8″ circle punchs and Scallop Circle punch..

Sports Day page: Nursery Letters Jumbo wheel, Pacific Point ink, Good Morning Sunshine DSP (Pacific Point sheet), Certainly Celery C/S, Certainly Celery 1.6 cm Grosgrain ribbon, Riding Hood Red striped ribbon, Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon, sponges, sanding blocks, own buttons and paper clip.

Best Friends page: Flower Fancy set, Basic Grey textured C/S, Pretty in Pink C/S, Regal Rose and Wild Wasabi (retired) C/S, Basic Grey and Regal Ink, Pretties Kit, Cherished Memories rub-oons (retired), self-adhesive die-cuts from Crew Kids  Girl Simply Scrappin’ Kit (retired), spiral punch, sanding blocks, various adhesive pearls.

Looking for Crabs Page: Life’s a Breeze stamp set, Something Fishy jumbo wheel, Crab & Co. stamp set (retired), Dashing DSP – River Rock polka dot sheet (retired), Brocade Blue C/S, Ink and 1.6cm Grosgrain ribbon, Night of Navy C/S and ink, River Rock C/S (retired), sponges, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, sanding blocks and various half-back pearls.

Last Page: Heidi Grace Garden Words Paper, 5 petal flower Punch, Regal Rose C/S and So Saffron C/S, half-back adhesive pearls, bashful Blue ink and sponges.

I hope she likes it. Now I need to do another one for us to keep for ourselves!!!

May 3, 2009

McLeod’s Daughters

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged at 8:18 am by bejewelledcreations

McLeod's Daughters

McLeod's Daughters

Last year, when McLeod’s Daughters wound up its filming, the Production Company sold off all their costumes, clothing and props that had been used in the filming of the series. Myself and my friend Kelly were lucky enough to get many items of clothing worn by the stars and we took numerous visits to the clothing sale just down the road from where we live.  I’ve got an Akubra worn by Rose that fits my daughter although all the other clothing (jeans especially) were so tiny that I sold them on ebay. I do have a shirt worn by Moira though! It was great fun and the buzz was huge! I was quite a fan of McLeod’s but must admit that the last couple of series lost me a bit – but visiting the clothing sale and seeing old clothes that were recognizable as being on the show (and I even saw a ‘bloodstained’ jacket) reignited my interest.

Kinsgford Homestead was opened to the public for a couple of days while they sold off larger pieces of furniture and fabric, and I was able to get a lot of photographs. Here are a few that I scrapbooked.

McLeod's Daughters

McLeod's Daughters

I’ve used the following products: 

Bareback and Wanted stamp sets, Weathered Background stamp, Outlaw Designer Series Paper, Jumbo Eyelets, Chocolate Chip double stitched ribbon, Hodgpodge Hardware, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Lovely Lilac, Sage Shadow and Ruby Red cardstock and Close to Cocoa Textured cardstock, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa ink.

January 31, 2009

12 x 12 double layout – water-logged

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged , , at 10:51 am by bejewelledcreations

Here’s the layout that I was working on when we had the power failure the other night.

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And a closer look at each individual page:

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I’ve used Spring Break Designer Series Paper (DSP)  as a starting point for my colour combinations (Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky and Old Olive), and added the following embellishments; Soft Sly double stitched ribbon, pewter jumbo eyelets, pumpkin pie & not quite navy brads and I just love the Crystal Effects used as water droplets to mimic the droplets on Ronan’s face!

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(The title stamps and metallic feature that is threaded onto the soft sky ribbon are non-Stampin’ Up!)

I just LOVE this pack of DS Paper – it’s so… boyish, yet because it has flower images all over it, it’s very cute too. It really lends itself to being used on ‘little boy’ layouts.  The other thing I LOVE about this particular sheet of paper, is that it matches (to my mind, anyway LOL), the stamp set called Live Your Dream. So, I’ve coloured the small flower stamp from Live Your Dream with Markers (Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie), and stamped it onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock to create an all-over background image.

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I’ve coloured and stamped the main flower from Live Your Dream and used it as a feature on the page. I stamped it again on a separate piece of paper and cut out the flowers and leaves to adhere with pop up foam pads.

This set of photos makes me laugh – Ronan was absolutely SOAKED! He couldn’t have got any wetter. LOL. He was having a blast spraying his dad with his soaker gun but in return was getting drenched! It was so funny. He thought it was hilarious to ‘sneak’ up on dad, trying to get as close as possible to squirt him, only to be saturated with the hose. Oh happy days!

I think I’ve used too much Crystal Effects for the water droplets… but it was fun making them. I’m still learning ‘when to stop’ in regards to embellishments, so bear with me. :o)

Thanks for looking! (Please don’t be shy about commenting and saying “hi!”)

January 29, 2009

Scrappin’ in the dark!

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged at 4:45 pm by bejewelledcreations

Even a power failure can’t stop me from scrapping when I feel like I’m in ‘The Zone’. LOL.

Yep, after a day of 44+ degrees temperature, we had a power failure at night just as I was in the middle of a double 12 x 12 layout. I’d finally managed to sit down to my layouts after putting my daughter back to bed AGAIN – she ‘d one excuse after another;  ‘it’s too light’, ‘I’m thirsty’, ‘my tooth hurts’, ‘I can’t sleep’…. when the power went off.  GREAT! There followed a comical shuffle/run/scramble-whilst-trying-not-to-bump-into-anything to get to screaming daughter, telling her to “be quiet, mummy’s coming – don’t wake Ronan!”

After setting up the camp lights in strategic positions near the children’s bedrooms, and after letting Laura sit with me a while, she went back to bed and I was then able to consider my options. Hmmm… uncomfortably hot (nothing I could do about that!),  can’t watch ER on telly (again, nothing I could do about that),  lights… Gone! Scrapbooking layout… interrupted rudely…. BUT… perhaps…..? LOL. Yep, I took my hurricane lamp and continued scrapping. I actually felt quite peaceful. I had the rough layout design worked out, but I was at a critical point and really didn’t want to leave it for another day. It’s the first 12 x 12 layout I’ve done for a good few months so I didn’t want to lose my mojo. LOL.

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The pictures are pretty dark – I swear it seemed a lot lighter when I was sitting there working, but you get the idea – it’s not how I’m used to working but it was kind of fun too!

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You can’t see much, I know, (it’s a “mystery layout!!”) but I finished one side last night so it was TOTALLY worth keeping on working in the dark, and I’ll work on the other page tomorrow. I have a niggly headache today (must be the heat *swelters*), so I’ll post pictures as soon as both pages are done. It’ll be a nice surprise for you to see how they finally ended up.

Thanks for reading!

PS – the power came back on after a couple of hours and we could put the aircon back on – *phew* it was the hottest night too! We’ve got the rest of the week of heatwave temperatures to endure – not looking forward to that, so keep your fingers crosed that there aren’t any more power cuts.

January 20, 2009

In-Colour Scrapping.

Posted in 6 x 6 Scrapbook layouts tagged , , , at 9:00 am by bejewelledcreations

Woah! I’m very surprised at how much scrapbooking I’ve been doing lately. *insert surprised expression here!* O_o

Anyway, I thought I’d play around with the In Colour family as it won’t be available soon (and-I-have-tonnes-of-In-Colour-cardstock-to-use-up!)…

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Products used: Soft Sky textured C/S, Soft Sky double stitched ribbon, Groovy Guava C/S, Wild Wasabi C/S, Chocolate Chip C/S, Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper, Vintage Brads, Antique Brass Jumbo eyelets, Crop-A-dile, Chocolate Chip Ink,  Live Your Dream stamp set, Whisper White C/S and Corner Rounder, scallop square and Scallop Edge punches.

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To create the stamped flowers on the right hand side, I coloured with Chocolate Chip Marker,  only the flowers of the 3-flower stamp from Live Your Dream and repeatedly stamped down the side. I forgot to press harder on the first few images to compensate for the textured cardstock, so the topmost flowers are fainter.

🙂

January 12, 2009

Sweet Boy

Posted in 6 x 6 Scrapbook layouts tagged at 3:33 pm by bejewelledcreations

I’m continuing to experiment with scrapbook pages – and I’m slowly feeling as though I’m ‘getting it’. I know there are some beautiful pages out there with amazing embellishments and features – there’s NO WAY I can come close to their level of expertise  (I still have trouble deciding where to put everything!) But I feel that by keeping my layouts simple I’m able to come up with something I’m (usually LOL) happy with.

Here is a SUPER simple page I made for a photo of my son wearing fairy wings – yes “Real men wear Fairy Wings”. *grins*.

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Cardstock: Textured Going Grey, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Wanted

Accessories:  Star punch, large star punch, Crew Kids Boy Simply Scrappin’ Kit.

I’m still have trouble with Titles though. I guess it’s hard with 6×6 layouts but there must be a knack to fitting Titles on the pages, although I’m yet to discover it! If anyone has any tricks to adding titles to 6×6 pages, I’d be glad to hear them. Thanks!

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