Kraft+ May 2019 | Holly Jolly

Hello, hello and welcome to my blog today!

Once again it’s a new month and I have my first share for the month for Kraft+ Challenges and I seriously had so much FUN putting this page together!

We have this great sketch and colour combo to play with this month and I hope you find it as inspirational as I did!!

The colour combo made me think of Christmas so I hunted through my photo stash and found this one of my little guys chatting to Santa from last year and ran with that and came up with this

Like I said, I had SO MUCH FUN putting this together and you can see my full process below, just hit play!

And here are a few close ups!

This post is a bit short this month, we’ve had a lot happening with school holidays, Easter, ANZAC Day and, of course, my big craft room move (if you’d like to see my new space click here!) and life!!! 

Make sure you head over here to the K+ blog for this month’s challenge inspiration post and to load up your take on this fun sketch!

I hope you enjoyed my share today and I will be back again soon with another!
Until then, happy scrapping!



{Kraft+ September Challenge}

Hey, hey! I have had a super productive weekend with completing challenges and pages and all I really want to do is SCRAP but alas, I must share on my blog in order to “enter” this challenge so here I am!! haha!

So, the gorgeous challenge this month at K+ is this stunning moodboard – all about the melons 😉

I had so much fun playing along and here is my completed page

I have used some texture paste straight onto the background kraft paper with a stencil and after that was dried I went in with some gorgeous Colour Blast Colour Spray and Shimmer spray as water colours. I simply sprayed a little into a paint pallette, spritzed a little water and then grabbed a paint brush and off I went! I didn’t want to add that mint-ish colour as a water colour as I was pretty sure the colour would go muddy so I ended up just using it for sprinkles and water colouring some of those die cut hearts.

Again I just used some of the awesome sprays by Colour Blast as water colours and let them dry over night. I’ve only used a little wet glue to partially stick them down as I really love the dimension they give! 

Some thread and some stitching. Some very pretty gold glitter thickers and that “hello” was fussy cut from a 6×4 project life card and spritzed with some Bling Shimmer Spray. Oh, and I added a little sprinkle of the watermelon mica powder to some water to create those darker pink splatters across the background, I love the colour and shimmer it brings to the page!

I ended up cutting down the kraft sheet by 1/4″ on all 4 sides and mounting that onto a beautiful pin striped ombre paper from Studio Calico that I may have been hoarding but the colour was PERFECT and just gave the page that final finishing pop!

I love how this page came together and love, love, love the challenge over at K+ so I’m so pleased I managed to find some time to get my kraft on!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy scrapping!!


Kraft+ It’s A Puzzle Challenge

Hi there and welcome to my blog today!

I am sharing my take on this month’s fun challenge over at Kraft+ – “It’s a puzzle” – include puzzle pieces on your kraft project!

I umm’ed and ahhh’d for quiet a while over this and then decided to use a cut file paired with the gorgeous Amy Tan “Better Together” 6×6 paper pad and this is what I came up with!

I knew which photo I wanted to use so went with the blues, greens and and a few pops of yellow from the collection knowing that I had that pop of red from the umbrella in our photo 🙂

A little bit of white gesso in the background so that my mixed media colours were seeable and off I went with the very trusty packaging technique. I used the butter and peacock Heidi Swapp colour shines mixed with some water for all of the colour in the background.

You can also see in the above picture that I sewed all around that heart – even through all the pieces in the middle – that was tricky!! – but I am super happy how it turned out!

After googling “puzzle quotes” I came up with my title “It’s always the small pieces that make the big picture” and love how it came out! Even though I did have to cheat a tiny bit to get a 3rd “E” 😀 I ended up sewing down those little black alphas using yellow thread.

I also pulled in some clear stickers my MAMBI in both black and white – there are the 2 arrows here and that little sentiment on the flowers in the bottom corner in white.

I used some light blue thread in a few places around the layout for some fun added texture. You can see 2 spots above, behind the 2 little flower clusters. Which I fussy cut from the 6×6 paper pad.

And a close up of those little flowers with that thread behind the heart and photo. You can also see here that there is a couple of layers behind the photo – again I used the paper pad and also some vellum.

Another little cluster and for some reason I really, really love how this part of the page came together. Some more blue thread, fussy cut flowers and also a couple of cut aparts from Flutterby Designs that I have had in my stash for way too long. Oh, and another clear white MAMBI sticker.

And last but not least, the little cluster on the left of the heart 🙂 More thread, another clear sticker and also some tiny talk word strips by Tim Holtz. There are also a couple of those tiny talk stickers up on the photo 🙂

Well, that’s it for me, I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and take a peek at my layout!

Happy scrapping, till next time


Note To Self

Hi there and welcome to my blog today! It has been a wee little while since my last post, school holidays, a 6th birthday, sicknesses, it’s all been happening!!

I am here today to share with you a page I created using some of stash to participate in the Kraft+ challenge for January! I have been meaning to get to one of these and the months just keep flying by!

The challenge this month is using our own handwriting. I tend to use mine all the time, I actually really like it most of the time! I remember as a child spending hours trying to get my letters just how I wanted them to look and as I grew up I would try different fonts and for those of you that have seen any of my DD albums or our PL albums you will know I write ALOT!!

When I heard the song “Dont Be So Hard On Yourself” by Jess Glynne it resonated it with me so much and I knew that I wanted to do a “letter to self” type LO. One of those hard learned lessons of life that I am so grateful, for the most part, I have my head around!!

When I saw this page by the very talented Louise Beerens inspiration struck! I was going to write the lyrics by hand on my kraft cardstock and use that as the base for my LO.

So, after lots of playing here is my finished page

Obviously, I started with the kraft cardstock and a black pen. Then some gesso and watercolours. All of the papers are by Crate Paper, from various ranges. There is some pink tissue paper layered up behind the photo as well. I popped a kraft coloured bag right at the back with some hand written journalling – originally I was going to include the song lyrics but the space wasn’t big enough so I printed out the lyrics and taped them to the back of the page 🙂

Some pops of gold with the title, the stitching and also that flower. I have also used some of the ephemera pieces from one of the Maggie Holmes/Crate collections and some flowers from one of the Maggie Holmes flower packages.

And a close up of the title area which also gives a closer look at that chevron paper I cut into and stitched after I did my background work!

I had so much fun playing along this month and hope to be able to play along a few more months throughout the year!

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!!