Get Hitched with Bella Fundamentals new wedding themed collection

How sweet is the new 'Get Hitched' collection!  Love at first sight this one was for me!  I created two layouts recently using this and adding to our Wedding album at the same time!

For this layout I teamed the beautiful papers with Spellbinders die cuts and The Crafter's Workshop stencilling in the background, the decorative patterns on both really help to finish off the page and tie the background paper in with the stunning patterns in the paper.

Products Used:

Bella Fundamentals Rustic Charm Collection Pattern Papers
1459 Droplets
1473 3D Sticker

Partner Product:
Spellbinders Labels 42 Decorative Accents

Other Products
The Crafters Workshop Quatrefoil stencil
white cord
DecoArt Media Modeling Paste

Products Used:

Bella Fundamentals Rustic Charm Collection Pattern Papers
1459 Droplets
1473 3D Sticker
1435 Die-Cut pack
1434 Clear Stamp

Partner Product:
Spellbinders Labels 42 Decorative Accents

Other Products
Pan Pastels Titanium White
Watermark ink pad

I would love to show you how I created the white chalkboard feel stamping into the background of the Together Forever layout.  It really is a simple technique but very effective!

I used these fun products teamed up with the divine Bella Fundamentals Rustic Charm collection

Products above:  Pan Pastels Titanium white and applicator tip, 1434 Clear Stamp, Watermark resist ink pad.

Using a watermark ink pad stamp the image from the 1434 Clear Stamp set onto your background numerous times.  It will just look a little wet in the stamped areas

Take the Titanium White Pan Pastels and applicator and gently rub over with the white colour.  You will see the stamped image come to life with a white cloud look.

To remove the white cloud created around the stamped image, gently rub a clean applicator over the area and it will take off the excess white leaving just a chalk dusting as thought it was written on a blackboard.

This looks so beautiful used on a card as well!  Where will you give it a go?

Happy Crafting!


Australian Scrapbook Ideas Cover Girl

I am so excited to share with you the layouts I created for the current Issue of Australian Scrapbook Ideas of which one of those is featured on the cover!  I was SO thrilled when I got that happy news from the editor of the magazine that it was going to be on there.  I must say it is hard to get used to seeing your face on a cover of a magazine though... more happy to save that for my boys LOL

Having my eldest boy just start school I have been reflecting on his 5.5 years and boy have they flown... I'm still pinching myself that he is a little school boy!  After a week now it is starting to sink in as we get used to our new life with strict routines and new experiences.

As part of this reflecting I have been looking back on my journey with this wonderful craft and so thankful for the amazing opportunities I have had.  When I looked back at my time with Australian Scrapbook Ideas I realised that it was exactly 4 years ago that I had my very first commission with them published, which was a layout I did for the cover of the magazine celebrating the theme of weddings due to the marriage of Prince Williams and Kate Middleton.   It wasn't a photo of my wedding, but not surprisingly I cherish this cover so much.  I had not been scrapbooking for all that long when I joined the team (just over 2 years) so you can imagine my thrill in being trusted with this opportunity to fulfil the editors vision for the the given theme not to mention write an article! I can't believe I have been with them for over 4 years (as obviously it takes time before work goes to print and I had that very first exciting email the August before).

Here is my first cover - thought it would be nice to share before a little about my feature in the current issue.

My feature in the current issue is all about using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft's Mix and Match products.  They really do make experimenting with mixed media SO EASY and I hope my article helps those curious about how to use the products together to try something new.

My three layouts experiment with the products in a number of different ways, and here they are.

Be sure to order your copy of the magazine online here or visit your local stockist to pick one up.
Each project in the magazine has step by step instructions including some step pictures as well, it is amazing value for money with so many tutorials in one magazine!

I hope you enjoyed my share today!

Happy Crafting

True Love - The only way to fall in love

Hi Everyone, I'm here to share with you some projects I recently created with the True Love Collection.  I was so inspired by the timeless and elegant feel this collection has.

I created this wedding favor from an inexpensive jar, filled it with some humbugs (not sure if they are called that internationally - aniseed flavored black and white candy) and then decorated it finishing off with some silver cord.

I created another version of a wedding favor in the noodle box.  They are probably my favorite off the page item to decorate.  The always look so sweet and fit lots of Chocolates in them!

This next project is a cake box, how sweet would it be to give each of your guests a piece of cake to take home in a beautiful crafted gift box

I also created this 'save the date' card perfectly matching the decorative elements for this 'True Love' wedding!

Lastly the next one is a ceremony booklet.  You don't need too much on these to have them looking stunning while handed out at the ceremony

And to finish off your wedding memories by capturing the day in the same paper used for your stationary!  Here I created a wedding Scrapbook Page using the same collection.

Product List:
Bella Fundamentals 'True Love collection papers
Bella Fundamentals 'True Love collection 3D Stickers
Bella Fundamentals 1435 Die Cut pack
Bella Fundamentals JA5226 Floral white
Bella Fundamentals JA0305 Floral white
Bella Fundamentals YRS098 Alpha Glitter

Other Products:
Silver Chord

I love how divine collections help projects come together so quickly and easily while looking so elegant.  Wedding or any celebration costs can easily be kept down creating some of the wedding stationary and party favors as well as other decorative elements yourself.

Being black and white they work in with any wedding colors (you could easily add a different colour cord to the projects to tie in a different color) and to top it off they are SO easy to work with - I fell in love.I hope I have inspired you today to get creative for your next celebration!

Happy Crafting!


Guest Designing - Scrap Africa Challenge blog

I am so excited to share that I am the Guest Designer over at Scrap Africa this month!  I was so humbled to be asked as they have SO many talented designers and the guests are ALWAYS amazing.

They run two challenges a month and the one I am guest designing for is the Sketch challenge.  I really enjoyed the challenge of this sketch.  I don’t create that many pages of hubby and I, so it was nice to be pushed in that direction with the heart theme of the sketch – obviously this could be interpreted in SO many ways not just love for a partner.  Although February is the month of ‘Valentines’ I decided to use some more trendy and fun colours on my page.

 Products used:

Spellbinders Blooming Collection die set, Fabric Weave embossing folder & Classic Heart die set
The Crafters Workshop - 'Art Is' stencil
Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts - Lagoon
DecoArt media - Modeling Paste
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  - Gelatos Snow Cone & Peach
IndigoBlu - Ledger background rubber stamp
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Tattered Rose
Prima Marketing - Flowers
Kaisercraft - Flowers, Rubons and XO collection Collectibles
Natural Twine
Sequins in black and clear
Silver bead trim

The Challenge

Here is the sketch the layout was based on and you can click on the picture to take you to the challenge site

I hope you have enjoyed my share today - head on over to Scrap Africa to play along!    There are some AWESOME prizes up on offer!! 

Happy Creating xxx
Beck BT

Scrap Around the World

Ok, so I secretly challenged myself to enter in a challenge a month this year as I really enjoy the challenge they set me and help me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new or take a new direction.  Well this month I have REALLY challenged myself with my first real Art Journal page!

I was so inspired by the challenge over at Scrap Around the world that I knew that this month that was the challenge I wanted to complete.  I guess not much goes to plan having one boy home the last two weeks on his own who LOVES to chat... I call him Sir Chat-a-lot.  I think I have REALLY taken for granted how well my boys play together and allow me time to get things done around the house and for my work.  There was a number of trips into the city also which didn't help for appointments and also a seminar I wanted to attend.  So I ran behind on some things this week.... ANYWAY... I digress!

So the challenge! I haven't played along with Scrap Around the World before - just always run out of time, but here I am today sharing my take on the challenge.

Products used:
The Crafter's Workshop Stencils - Tattered Lace, Albanbra and Coffee Splotch
Spellbinders Captivating Squares
Tinby Designs Metallic Melts - Lagoon
Manor House Flowers
DecoArt media Modeling Paste
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Champagne Gold and Pink
Distress ink - Tattered rose
White Cardstock
Kaisercraft pattern paper
chipboard border - can't remember the brand - had it a LONG time
Twiddleybitz Custom chipboard circle
Mesh tape
Pattern paper scraps
Prima - say it in pearls rhinestones

The challenge is to be inspired by the mood board in any way.  Here is the mood board and you can click on the picture to be taken to the challenge :)

I was inspired by a number of features in this board:

  • The ornate frames
  • The colour tones (although I added a little more blue in)
  • The natural wood feel - the words actually came of paper with a wood background
  • The roses/flowers
  • And the clock being my inspiration for the words on my page and the circles.
I have to admit I have never really 'Art Journalled' as I experiment so much on my layout backgrounds so I never felt the need.... I have sure learnt from this experience in probably what is an important part of this process 'the words' and to take inspiration from them.  I will sure do this as it is these words I'm trying to build more into my everyday life.

You can check out  a tutorial of the stencilling on this page over at The Crafter's Workshop blog including the stencilling on the circle frame where I took lots of inspiration from the mood board for this... truth is I tinkered with it after that post as I felt it needed a little more, but it is only a slight change to the embellishments.  Check out the post here

I am going to leave you with some up close detail pictures of my page for you to enjoy!  

The challenges are fantastic for inspiration and there is SO much talent over at this site to inspire everyone.  Why not have a go!  

Now I'm off to have a look at all the diving entries!  Just under 200 of them!  Just shows you how popular this site is and all the inspiration over there!

Happy Crafting!