When you love what you have

18 July 2017

Welcome to July ...
This month we feature the very pretty LAVENDER LANE - we can't wait to see what you do with this gorgeous colour!
and just to inspire you a little more - how about this moodboard to grab your attention.

If you look at my work regularly you will probably noticed that I tend to fill all the spaces on the page, almost as if I am afraid of white space.

Its true, it plays such an important part of the design but I never know what to do with it.  This is why I love the 'white with' challenges, they make me concentrate on the white space, literally.

Playing in lavender fields, with images, textures and layering.

The heart shapes on the moodbaord inspired the use of a heart shaped resin frame, and i have some lovely 2D lavender decoupage elements.

This layout also smells of lavender, the reason why ...

I used the glass balls from a reed diffuser and allowed then to roll about in the puddle of lavender spray under the lattice element to make random background patterns.


Thank you for looking, I read all your comments,



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  • Jane (Monday, July 24 17 03:38 am BST)

    So very pretty and so many gorgeous details! Thank you so much for joining in with us on White…with 1.

  • Valérie Ouellet (Saturday, July 22 17 01:28 pm BST)

    wow! Such beautiful!!!! Thank you for playing with us at Whitewith one challenge!

  • Sandra Brimelow (Saturday, July 22 17 12:13 pm BST)

    Superb layout, the background is wonderful and yes you have white space. Thanks for joining us at WW1.

  • Louise (Wednesday, July 19 17 07:38 am BST)

    A lovely piece. So many beautiful details and well done on including some white space.
    Thanks for joining in with White ... with 1.
    Louise xo

  • Michelle (Wednesday, July 19 17 05:25 am BST)

    Oh wow - this is gorgeous! Love all the elements on your page. Thanks for joining us at White ... with 1 :)

Items used:

  • Lindys Gang starbursts; French Lilac violet and Blue Hawaiian blue
  • Lavender pigment ink
  • White embossing powder
  • Resin heart frame
  • Scrapiniec; lattice chipboard in white embossing and lavender in Magenta Blaze aura embossing
  • Lavender decoupage elements
  • Wild Orchid mulberry rose hips and sweetheart blossom
  • Crystal spray
  • Soft Foliage leaves in floral cafe
  • Handwritten text stamp
  • Cheesecloth
  • Gold microbeads
  • Glitter glue


Entry 10 - closes 31 July 2017


10 June 2017

Welcome to June ...
This month we feature TEAL SEQUINS and I think you are going to love working with this colour, it's scrumptious!

The steampunk inspired teal layout was requested by my husband following the design of 'Portrait of my father - a very extraordinary gentleman'

He asked me to steampunk his first camera, a Kodak colourburst 50, but in hindsight it lacked the appeal of a traditional SLR camera.  I retained some of the design elements and continued with the design.

Whilst we were de-cluttering we found an old photograph from 2008, one of a very few of us together, perfect for this memories layout.


Lots of chipboard elements were used to add interest to this layout, finished with some beautiful Craftbox special edition teal and opal flakes.


The tubes are recycled drinking straws with beads in the ends, to add an interactive element the clear straw was filled with seed beads, micro-beads and glitter.


My husband loves this layout, both style and finished project.

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  • Michelle VO (Wednesday, June 28 17 10:33 pm BST)

    Love all the elements on your page! Thank you for joining us at White ... with 1:)

  • Carol (Tuesday, June 27 17 11:59 am BST)

    Such a lovely page, thanks for joining us at WW1

  • Tanya Heritage (Tuesday, June 27 17 12:23 am BST)

    I love how you have added your little photo into the chipboard piece and then made it part of your photo frame. Thanks for joining us at White with 1 this month.

  • Jane (Friday, June 23 17 09:25 am BST)

    Your background work is fantastic – love all the elements on this page. Thank you so much for joining in with Ww1 this month.

Items used:

  • White heavy body gesso
  • Lindys Stamp Gang starbursts; Tainted Love Teal, Time Travel Teal
  • Tattered angels glimmer mist, craft box special edition; Courage to Discover, I know who you are
  • Craftbox teal and opal glitter flakes
  • White acrylic paint
  • Wooden 'memories' frame
  • Wooden heart shape
  • Wooden cogs
  • Snipart and scrapiniec chipboard flourishes
  • Re-purposed Costa coffee straws
  • Recycled metal spring
  • Heart charm
  • Clear art pebble
  • Prima resin key plate
  • Craftbox white paper roses
  • Sugar stamens
  • Seed beads and microbeads
  • Recycled silver chain
  • Diamante and sparkle gems


Entry 3 - closes 30 June 2017


06 May 2017 [not placed]

This month (May) we feature a classic combination of colours - a little ying and yang if you like.

We hope you like the many possibilities DEEP BLACK might offer you.


See all the entries for the monthly LAYOUT ONLY challenge that uses the basic colour scheme of white with ... 1 other

This layout was inspired by the additional moodboard which mentioned black cats.

This is our black cat, sat at the patio door watching the rain.

Working in a limited palette focuses the layout on shape and texture, as does a classic black and white art photograph.

The rain drops and runnels inspired the inking on the background and the use of teardrop shaped crystals.

The textures on this layout include; lace, ink drops, cheese cloth, wood grain and gloss embossing.


All the white embellishments have unique properties.

The paper orchid flower contrasts with pearlescent resin rose.

The leaves have been punched from dictionary paper and edged in black.


A touch of elegance has been added by using crystals, polaris stone and recycled jewellery.


Seed beads and glitter add the fine delicate details.


I really enjoyed exploring texture for this project.


Thank you for looking,



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  • Tania (Saturday, May 13 17 10:28 am BST)

    Oh wow, love this stunning! Thanks for joining us at WW1 :)

  • valerie (Thursday, May 11 17 11:22 pm BST)

    Wow wow wow!!! I loooovveee
    Thank you for playing with us at whitewith1 challenge.

  • Jane (Tuesday, May 09 17 08:42 am BST)

    Simply stunning – I so love your background. Many thanks for sharing with us on White … with 1.

  • Michelle VO (Sunday, May 07 17 05:26 am BST)

    This is a lovely layout and I love all the elements you have used on your page. Thank you for joining us at White ... with 1 :)

Items used:

  • Lace
  • Cheesecloth
  • Corrugated card
  • Dictionary
  • Resin flower
  • Paper orchid
  • Crystals
  • Polaris stone
  • Recycled jewellery
  • Seed beads
  • glitter
  • Black mica spray mist
  • Menhidi scrapiniec chipboard


Entry 4 - closes 31 May 2017

Design team

Nov 2016 to April 2017

Monthly challenges


more than words runner up bagde Portrait of a Gentleman June 2017
CSI special investigator badge CSI#233 'Feet up' and CSI#234 'Just do it' - July 2017
scrapbook magasine logo I was published in 2013 for 'my eyes, her feet' layout
merely impression top acts badge Awarded Top Acts for 'iron puddler'
ive been on the csi watch list On the CSI watchlist for 'at 50'
merely impression stop acts award icon Awarded Top Acts for 'posh nosh'

Inspired by ...

link to Marta Łapkowska blog Marta Łapkowska
Nadya Drozdova blog banner Nadya Drozdova
Link to blog of Di Garling Di Garling
link to blog of Dorota Kopec Dorota Kopec
link to blog of Ola Khomenok Ola Khomenok
link to blog of Keren Tamir Keren Tamir
Klaudia Szpunar
link to finnabair blog Finnabair

I shop here....

link to craft box web page Craft Box monthly box
link to pink cat charms Charms from Pink Cat
The mad scrapper shop banner Paper & Dusty Attic chippies
link to lindys shop Sprays from Lindys
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