Thursday, July 31, 2014


Hello ladies, hope you're all well....I wanted to share a lo I created as Guest Designer for a Russian Challenge blog called Anna 'Scrap which you can find here....So there are several Anna's related to this blog post......First there is my friend Anna Rogalska, it was on her blog where she was a guest designer for Anna 'Scrap where I found this beautiful Russian blog.....then I went looking for an interesting photo to scrap for my Guest Design spot and found this lovely photo of the Russian poetess Anna Akhmatova.......


You will hear thunder and remember me, 
And think: she wanted storms. The rim 
Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson, 
And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.” 
― Anna AkhmatovaThe Complete Poems

You can read more about Anna Akhmatova here.....

Here is the amazing sketch for this challenge...

Here are a few close ups of my layout using this sketch....

“I seem to myself, as in a dream,
An accidental guest in this dreadful body.” 

Have a wonderful day,

Hugs, Lisa xo

Monday, July 28, 2014


Hello girls....hope you have had a creative weekend ;)

I found another beautiful Russian blog with great sketches called Fairy's Challenges....
have you heard of it? Really lovely work there, I loved a sketch I saw recently and I went
looking for a photo and found this gorgeously romantic image from the movie 'Jane Eyre'.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 

I have seen the movie 'Jane Eyre' with Charlotte Ginsberg, but I haven't seen the one made recently with Mia Wasikowska, it looks so beautifully done, I adore period films. I have actually been to the Brontë Sisters House in West Yorkshire. My mother comes from a town called Rotherham, Yorkshire, and she took my sisters and I to the Brontë House museum in Haworth for a tour when we were on a family holiday. I think I was sixteen years old.... 
I wish I could see it again now, I think I would appreciate it so much more as an adult ;)

Here is the sketch I was working from...

And you can find the challenge here.....

“Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.” 

Thanks for taking a look, 
I appreciate every visit and every comment so much!

Hugs, Lisa xo

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Hop with a Difference!

Hello girls! So happy you have dropped in...

So a few weeks back the lovely Kay Fatula (you can find her here at 'Embrace Serendipity') asked me if I would like to join in a blog hop, and having never participated in anything like it before, I said why not? I LOVE searching blogs looking for inspiration, to learn some techniques and just see what all the wonderful girls who are bitten with the crafty bug are up to....

So there are a few questions that we answer so that other blog lovers can get to know us a little bit better....

What am I working on right now?

I just created my very first layout for a brand new design team that I will announce very soon, so stay tuned!
I never ever would have considered myself a competitive person, but I really love challenges. I love that there is a sketch, a theme or a moodboard, those instantly spark ideas in my head. I also love meeting new friends and being exposed to a new audience that perhaps has never seen your work before, and then there is the excitement of trying to win! What a great feeling that can be! I am totally in love with antiques and I really love to create layouts with a vintage vibe. So when left to my own devices, I usually like to incorporate some vintage items, lace, buttons, vintage photos, or my favourite vintage ephemera that I collect. 
Here is a sneak peek of a layout I am working on, using some bits of an old magazine....

How long does it take to create a project?

This is something I am really working on at the moment. I am a working mom, so time is really limited to start with ;) It used to take me several evenings or more than 2-3 hours for each lo, but I have started something new, which is to lay out everything I want to use before I even start the project, no more searching through bins of supplies! I want to get a little faster, because I want to produce more projects! 

What are my fave things that I love to create with at the moment?

For me, it's all about the paints and inks. I have dabbled in scrap booking ever since my son was born, but my creativity really caught fire when I saw scrappers using a lot of different color mediums. My favourite brands are 13 arts, Art Anthology and Luminarte watercolors. I am so lucky to be a designer for The Scrapbook Diaries, I get sent amazing products to work with. Recently I was sent a watercolor pencil, and I really really loved it, so that's my next on my list, is to work with those more. 

Here is an example of how I love working with inks and that watercolor pencil....

How does your creative process work?

I usually start with the photograph I'm going to work with and really base the overall design around it. I always try to have an idea in my head about what I want the lo to look like, and the mood I want to create and then choose the colors and the papers.

How do I become inspired?

I find inspiration all around me. In the colors of the sky at dusk, the textures of fabrics, the flowers in my garden, my son's beautiful smile. I love to scrap family photos most of all. I'm not sure why, but I have a strong sense of nostalgia, I am fascinated by old photos, imagining what their lives were like, their struggles, their triumphs, their loves. Scrapping family photos reminds me of my connection to people who I love who are no longer here with us and it also an expression of my love for my family. 

What is my signature style?

It's hard for me to say I have one certain style, it really depends on my mood and the look I am going for. I create layouts with a lot of colors and textures, I love a very random look, with a lot of splashes and drips, and I like my designs to look imperfect, a bit tattered and torn. I am always very drawn to a soft shabby romantic look, but lately I am also really loving very minimalist designs, where there are very few design elements, just some random stamping, a few drips of color and a photo. 

I didn't have a lot of luck in getting girls to join in the blog hop with me, they were either too busy or had already been asked (!). So I thought I would share three of my favourite artists and I hope you will 'hop' on over to their blog and see why I love them....

Joyce Lawrence

I have gotten to know Joyce while being team mates at Blue Fern Studios, and really enjoy her friendship. I nicknamed her the "Queen"because this girl can alter chipboard like nobody's business! Just look at the photo, can you believe these pieces started out as plain cardboard? Her chipboard pieces are just divine, there are beads, rhinestones, pearls, I'm just amazed at how they look like pieces of jewelry. Her work is elegant, stunningly gorgeous and so refined. Her layouts are so beautiful, every element so well done and perfectly placed. 
You can find more of her work on her blog 'Scraps of Elegance'.

Gayle Price

I found Gayle's blog recently and it is one of my favourite blogs to visit. Her work is incredibly thoughtful, intelligent and so artistic. Gayle is very bold and brave in her art, she has touched on themes most of us would find very difficult to explore. She uses so many mediums so well.....paints, stamps, watercolors, I am always floored by her creations. You can find Gayle's work on her blog 'Bliss and Gesso'.

Last but not least is Anna Rogalska

I am always in love with Anna's layouts, her use of color is spectacular. Her compositions are always so well done, and I love the grungy but pretty look to her work. There are always so many incredible details in her projects, and she is such a sweet and supportive blog-friend to me. You can find her work on her blog 'Annar- Mojepasje'.

Thanks for letting me share a little bit more about me and my inspiration...
Please drop me a line and tell me what you think!

Big hugs, Lisa xo

Friday, July 18, 2014

'Beautiful Boy' A new kit for The Scrapbook Diaries!

Hello girls! So excited to have designed a brand new kit for The Scrapbook Diaries!
This kit has some beautiful new Blue Fern Studios chipboard and lots of Prima goodies.

'Beautiful Boy'

I love these title chipboard pieces designed by Janene herself! This kit comes with all the 
materials needed to make this layout and also includes enough supplies to make a bonus layout 
as well.It also comes with color photo step by step instructions, including some cool tips and 
tricks in working with chipboard.

Here is a close up......

You will love the Art Anthology ink in this kit, it goes so beautifully 
with the coral and pink Prima papers and flowers. 

With the bonus materials and using the same techniques you can also create this layout....

You can find more information on how to purchase this kit here.

And don't forget to check out The Scrapbook Diaries online store here
they carry some of the best product lines in the US.

Thanks for stopping by!
Lisa xo

Friday, July 4, 2014

stars and stripes

Hello! Happy 4th of July!

Dropping in to share my lo created for the Blue Fern Studios July sketch challenge....

'stars and stripes'

As soon as I saw these beautiful stars from Blue Fern Studios just in time for the July 
challenge I knew right away that I wanted to create a lo about July 4th.
I found this photo of Liam at our town's annual Independence Day parade a few years ago.

I just kept the chipboard simple with some white acrylic paint as I wanted it to 
stand out against the red and blue.

Here is the beautiful sketch for July...

Remember you don't have to use the exact same chipboard that is in the sketch, any
Blue Fern Studios chipboard or paper is fine, and you have until the end of the 
month to win a great prize pack!

See some of the gorgeous work by the design team using this sketch here.

I am so happy and proud to live in this amazing country....we have so very much to be thankful for ;)
There are so many places in the world where people aren't free...
feeling so fortunate to have my sweet little American boy.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful summer weekend, wherever you are in the world!

Big hugs, Lisa xoxo

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Scrap the Boys!

Hello's a new month and a new team for me!

I entered an amazing Australian challenge blog called 'Scrap the Boys' back in 
April and Wendy was so kind to ask me to join the team.

This month's challenge is all about 'boys and their toys'....
It's very simple....scrap the boys in your life! 

"boys toys"

I tried to do something fun, bright, and 'boyish' with lots of movement....
This is Liam enjoying his brand new bike a couple of weekends ago.

I am in love with this little bicycle from Blue Fern Studios, it was so perfect for this layout ;)
I also used some 13 arts Timeless collection papers, stickers and a gorgeous orange mist. Love it.

Please check out Scrap the Boys here for more info on this month's challenge.

Thanks for dropping in and I hope to see you enter! 

Hugs, Lisa xo

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