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STB July 2020 | Wonderful You

Hey my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog again today!!

Can you believe it is the 1st July already?!? Officially birthday month for me 😉

Anyways, I’m here with my next share for Scrap The Boys. Check out this mood board – it is so, so beautiful and I really love it!!And here is my layout. 

As you can see I was inspired by the soft, pretty colours which steered me in the direction of this beautiful cut file designed by Paige Evans. It’s from the Silhouette Store and simply called “Flower Wreath” (Design ID 232488).

For my title I have used one of the Annabelle acrylic pieces from the “Word Pack 2 Wonderful” set, available exclusively through Anna’s Craft Cupboard paired with some holographic thickers.

I have recorded my process video and you can watch that in the video below, just hit the play button! I hope you enjoy!

And here are some close up photo’s for you.

Make sure you head over to the STB blog to see all of the other gorgeous creations from the team and to enter your take on this challenge!

I hope I have inspired you to play with some soft pinks and blues and maybe even some florals for a boy page!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Mel
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Layouts Rejuvenated YT Series

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today. Though I have not been as affluent at posting here as I had hoped here I am lol I’m here today to share that I have a brand new series on my YT channel called “Layouts Rejuvenated”

If you click on the video below you will see exactly what my plan is for this series and a little later today I will have my very first “real” share up on my channel!


In the mean time here is a layout that I had started at a retreat AGES ago but I just wasn’t loving the back ground which started as this

I was lucky enough that I had a second sheet of this same pattern paper and started all over again and much prefer the second version!


I kept my title and photo layers exactly as I had them in the first version. I really, really love this cut file from CUT to YOU and love it cut on this pretty wood grain paper.


I have added in a little pocket behind my photo for a journalling tag to tell my story which reads as follows:

“One of my most favourite things about Christmas is the GIVING. I so hope that I can pass on my joy of giving to the boys. This starts as encouraging them to buy for each other. This year Mum and I took the boys shopping and each took a child, with the others list their heads and got them to pick out a gift for each other. They both chose something the other had asked for and were both so very excited to gift each other. For ease we chose to pay the lovely volunteers to wrap their gifts. The funniest thing about it all though was they BOTH the boys chose the EXACT same paper and plastic bows to go on the gifts. Both boys were so excited to get home and put their gifts under the tree and I can’t wait to see what they do on Christmas morning.”

For embellishment on the page I have dived into my Christmas stash and used from all different places but also used lots of stickers and that gorgeous bow from a Kikki K “Paper Lover’s Book” and I am so so happy with this page! Here’s a couple of close ups

Here’s a peek at the layout I’m sharing over on my YT channel a little later today. 


This is the “before” page so make sure you come back to check out the “after” page 😉

Of course, feel free to come join me on my other social media profiles for more frequent updates, here are the links:

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel
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March 2020 Homemade Kit | Layout 5 | Seek Adventure in Books

Hello again my scrappy friends!! I made it back here, woohoo!!

Today’s share is one of the pages I created with my March 2020 Homemade Kit! For all the deets on that kit head over here and you can also find the flip through with all the photos on this blog post and this video

This blog post is for layout five – Sue Plumb’s online class!

Here is the link again for Sue’s class if you’d like to follow along.

And here is my process video (sorry, blogger has changed and IDK how to link my YT account anymore!!)

This was a really fun and easy page to put together! I had never ever thought of adding colour to my background like that, thanks Sue!!

Here are a few close ups


I hope you enjoyed this share today! If you’d like more info on my kit etc please follow the links above otherwise, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!

Mel

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March 2020 Homemade Kit | Creations | 7 layouts & a card

Hello once again my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog!

Today’s share is to show you all of the things I created with my March 2020 Homemade Kit – in total 7 12×12 layouts and a card!

First up you can see the video flip through below – it’s long, so grab a cuppa or vodka 😉 The card is not in the video, I was inspired after filming lol


And onto my creations!!

First up was this one for Scrap The Boys March 2020 Challenge

You can see my process video below

Next was this fun page using drippy water colours and a tonne of ephemera pieces and stickers! 

Again, process video is below

Third was this page, inspired by a class I am currently doing with Shimelle


And you can see more close up’s of this on this post on my blog.

Fourth was another layout inspired by Shimelle’s class.

As hard as it was to use it, I love that I used that gorgeous rainbow stripe paper! 

Next up was this page – Seek Adventure In Books.

This page was created by following along with Sue Plumb’s class that was created for a Cyber Crop and you can see her video here.

I did create a process video for this one and you can see that by clicking below!

VIDEO COMING SOON I PROMISE!!

Layout 6 was created while I was Zooming with a scrappy friend actually! I had a lot of these blue and green papers left so decided to create a stack with most of what I had left.

The paper layers were topped with these fun & silly photos of my youngest and this fun cut file I had cut previously from CUT to YOU!
And finally, with mostly scraps left I created this layout, again featuring my youngest.

The “Sun Kissed” title was perfect for this photo!! I kept this page pretty simple. A few layers behind my photo, some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in Gold smooshed onto my background and a loose vertical line of butterflies.

I really, really love the end result!

As I mentioned, I threw together a card after I turned off the camera!

A few simple layers, a giant butterfly and a few of my left over ephemera pieces.
I am really pleased with just how much I got out of this kit!! 

I did learn a couple of lessons too which I can use for future kits

– I added in WAY too many embellishments/stickers
– Though this kit was created using a rainbow stripe pattern paper as the base it became very blue/green
– I do love a bigger variety of coloured/patterned papers

So, I shall apply these lessons to building my April kit!
Which, by the way, you can find here on Khristina’s blog!

I hope you enjoyed my shares and I can’t wait to build and create and with Aprils kit!!

Until next time, happy scrapping & stay safe!!

Melinda

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March 2020 Homemade Kit | Layout 3 | Best Friends

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog today!! 

Yes, you are reading correctly, it is Melinda and this is my blog and this is a brand new post!! It’s been a while I know but, like I’ve said previously, this is not my fave platform to share on so I often forget about it! But, I am hoping to maybe keep it a little more updated, even just for a “here is the latest page I created, you can see it here and here” kinda thing!!

Anyways, firstly, wherever you are I hope you are well, with those you love and staying safe! I am currently at home full time with my 2 boys. We are making the best of the situation though that can be hard some days! Hubby is due to start working from home soon (hopefully tomorrow) so we will then have another “new normal” to adjust to!

If you don’t follow me elsewhere I will start with what I am using and why!


I was inspired by Sue Plumb in March (yes, March lol!) to create my own homemade kit from my stash. Sue was inspired by Khristina Sorge and the monthly “recipe” she shares on her blog each month for said kit. Jumping in while I was inspired I created my own homemade kit and you can see all the contents of that kit here in my YT video.
Here is the recipe I used for the kit and I have linked Khristina’s blog above so you can go check her out too! And see the new April kit lol


I have already created 2 pages with this kit and you can see process videos for both of them below

Process video is below


And the second page


And the process video for this one


Which brings me to THIS share! Layout 3 that I created late one night! 
I am enrolled in Shimelle‘s newest class “Start with a Sketch” and have used one of the sketches in it to create this and I really, really love how it turned out!!

Here are some close up’s


I am so pleased I got so many elements onto this page from my kit! There are 2 paper clips, 3 of the word veneer pieces (which I painted gold) along with some of the confetti type tiny veneer pieces AND I have used some of that Vicki Boutin specialty paper!!

I still have quiet a bit left in my kit and am so eager to pull it out and get it used! This month has seen my finish off quiet a number of things that have sat on my desk for ages including our 2019 December Daily album!! WOOHOO! I will do a video flip through of that when I can find enough quiet time in my house and share on my YT channel!

If you don’t follow me on other social media here are my links, I would love to have you join me on any one or all of them!!

FB page – Melinda Sweetman Scrapbooking: https://www.facebook.com/melindasweetmanscrapbooking

That’s it for me for today but I really am hoping to get over here a little more often and share! I hope you have enjoyed and I’ll see you again soon!

Melinda

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Anna’s Craft Cupboard | Annabelle Acrylics Feature | November 2019

Hello my lovely blog subscribers and welcome to my blog today! It’s been a little while between posts but I just wanted to drop in quickly and share all of my November Anna’s Craft Cupboard shares in one place!!

This month I featured lots of the beautiful Annabelle acrylic pieces available exclusively through Anna’s and here they are!

First up this fun page “You Have My Heart” featuring Annabelle with the oh so fun “Squeeze The Day” collection by Bella Blvd

You can see the full blog post on the Anna’s blog here

And my process video is below

Next was this very mixed media page using a cut file to hand stitch around and some Lindy’s products for the mess “Sprinkles & Fairydust”!


Blog post is here on the Anna’s blog

And video is below!


3rd up was this page “But First… Coffee” created using the Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey collection and again more Lindy’s for my background.


The full blog post is over here on the Anna’s blog

While the process video is below


Warning!! This video goes on a bit of personal journey tangent 😉

And lastly was this page “You & Me Silly Selfies” pairing Annabelle with Pink Fresh Studio’s “Just A Little Lovely” collection.


Blog post can be read here 

And my video is, again, below.


I hope you have enjoyed my shares for Anna’s this month! I really loved playing with those gorgeous acrylic pieces and digging into my Anna’s stash of purchased and left over goodies! So fun!

Until next time, happy scrapping and thanks for stopping by!

Melinda

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Anna’s Craft Cupboard | Bella Blvd – Squeeze The Day | September 2019

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today!

I know it’s been a little while and my sharing has not been particularly consistent but we have had a lot happening around here and I am doing what I can when I can and enjoying the process.

You may have noticed that my blog in general has just gotten less use, especially if you have been around a little while. There are reasons for that and one of those is simply that sharing on my blog is not my favourite platform to share on as I don’t get much feedback and it doesn’t really start any conversations with other creatives!

If, however you follow me on any of my other social media platforms you will have seen that this month I am up on the Anna’s Craft Cupboard blog again. I got to play with the fun Bella Blvd Squeeze The Day collection and have created the following layouts


First up was this fun pun page created of my youngest “Orange You The Sweetest”


You can find the full blog post on the Anna’s blog here
And the process video is below


Next up was another very bright and messy page “Fruit & Vegemite Lunches”


You can find the full blog post on the Anna’s blog here

And, of course, the process video below


Third was another dark background! I just love the way the bright colours pop off the dark background pattern paper. And a title from the Annabelle acrylic collection “Full of Sass”


Blog post on the Anna’s blog is here

And YT process video is below


And finally this bright and happy page “Love You” using another Annabelle acrylic title


You can see the complete blog post on the Anna’s blog here

And YT process video is below



I think in every video I mention that I didn’t choose this collection, Bri did but I love it! The bright bold colours and themed icons really had me scratching my head for a little bit until I decided to just run with it! Hence, my first page “Orange You The Sweetest” lol

You can find the Bella Blvd collection over here in the Anna’s store.

And all of the Annabelle acrylics live here in the store.

If you’d like to follow Anna’s on their social media profiles here is a list for you with all clickable links!

Store: http://www.annascraftcupboard.com.au
Blog: http://www.annascraft.com.au
Anna’s Craft Cupboard Community FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/annascraftcupboardcommunity/
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/annascraftcupboard/
And if you don’t yet follow me on all of my socials I’d love for you to join me! Again, links to follow!

Blog: http://www.melindasweetman.blogspot.com
FB page – To The Stars and Back: https://www.facebook.com/tothestarsandbackms/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m_sweetman/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsr3iyOFoYPK46t1imtGX7w
As always, thank you ever so much for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed my shares for this month for Anna’s and I look forward to sharing more creations as I make them!

Have a fantastic scrappy day/weekend/night!
Melinda
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