Monday, 19 November 2012

My Parents

Been working on a very special picture - MY PARENTS
Celebrating their 40th Wedding Anneversary this picture was taken.
It was also the first time the kids (us) x4 were together in about 12-15 years !

So here is my creation from scratch, back ground and all - no guidance what so ever, i am stepping out  - eeekkk

Now they are such strong colours for me to use ,  i have had these items for over a year and stepped out and used them - but i must say i was rather happy with the end result....

What do you have hiding in the back draws?

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

last day of the month....

Right time to share what i have done for my mission a month this year !
I hosted a Creative Memories party for a cousin not so long ago. I have heard of them but NEVER seen or been to a party so this was my chance! I fell in love with these colours called Reminisce series, so I just had to get them.....
Once they arrived i got to work and this is what i have created

I started inking the back ground and got hold of my daughters craft glitter paint and stenciled in the wall and to my surprise it looked ace. It slowely came together with the flowers ......

Here is another page. I followed a sketch from
They have many so take some time and have a look.....

Hope you are creating ! Not long and Chrissy will be here !!!!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hidden TREASURES . . .

Yes its been some time since ive posted which means i have not had the chance to scrappe - very sad.
So i thought i would share some hidden treasures from when i created pages of my first born when she was sooooo still little....

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Sketch time....

Hi there BLOG world
I have been creating and thought i would share a sketch via Deer and Fawn Designs. A fairly a new website with divine products and a fantastic owner. They have monthly challenges and this months sketch just caught my eye
so here is my take on the sketch:

Love my little girls smile

I hand sewed the stems and thought i would stop randomly....

I recently went to the Stampin' UP new catalogue launch and could not resist the new season colours which i used in this layout ! They are just divine and had a ball using their Stampin' Write markers to create the back ground with a stamp.... I could not add a title for i felt the quote was just beautiful and says it all.

Happy creating XOXOX Maryleen

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Wedding album page - DONE for September !

Well i must be on a roll
Here is my next page already! My album is coming along so well this year . . . .

This is a new thing for me - creating your own background! so here is one i played with. I recently got a stencil of bricks and used Gesso to get texture. Then added Diamond Dust and SmoochSpritz and the back was complete..... I still did not know which photo i was going to use BUT last night i played around and came up with this simple combination. A few rub-ons and bling....

I am very happy with it indeed ! I think simple is really becoming my thing at moment....

XOXO Maryleen

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

sketche challenge

Well i have been very busy...
I was sent a link by my beautiful friend Beck to give a sketch challenge at a go !
Lets just say it was challenging for me. i chose to do a boy lay out (my husband and his brother) and used the 'flag' shapes that are in at the moment. This is what i came up with....

As you can see i am still struggling with taking pictures of my work. So any tips and ideas bring it on...Weird the close ups came out better...

XOXOX Maryleen

Saturday, 25 August 2012

my wedding album continues

It has been far to long but i have been busy creating....
As mentioned in earlyer posts i am working on doing 1 page a month for my wedding album this year

 A very basic one but very happy with what i came up with while following a sketch.

I did do this page a few months back and was based on a sketch ( i am really trying to challenge myself into trying new ways to display)

Hope you are all scrapping and being creative especially with this bad weather.... perfect to be indoors creating....

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

NEW Freetyle

Last night was a time of finishing half done projects and totally excited to share this one. I went to Brisbane Expo in June this year and took a class by Louise Nelson - its worth taking a look!
The title of the class was 'Getting your Freestyle on'  ----  Well thats just what we did !
We got to use all sorts of media - gesso, watercolour paints, wire, staples, heat gun and the list goes on... I loved the freedom it gave and anything goes!!!! My first post in blogger land was one of the items i completed in Brisbane yet i had one more to go.... here it is:

My Miss A

Happy creating XOXOX Maryleen

Monday, 23 July 2012

Its been awhile....

Mornings ALL

Well its been awhile due to some very secret planning for my sisters 40th Surprise Birthday party which went without a hitch! ( thanks to many people who were involved) so due to this I have been working on an explosion box as her card which she now has, which i will be sharing in the coming weeks..... ( i have asked her to photograph it due to her learning more about photography so it will look fantastic i am sure)

BUT i wanted to share this page:
Pregnancy @ 39 weeks Miss Z - 2011

It has become one of my favourite at the moment - we got professional photos done of my pregnancy with Miss Z and love this picture and the quote is just perfect. I am really enjoying using rub-ons at the moment ! Have you used many lately?

i hope to share my explosion box with you soon - Happy creating though XOXOX Maryleen

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Clean layout - about time !

Mizz Z just born and still in Hospital 2011

Finally i have done it - a simple clean layout... It has taken a long time and alot of restraing to create a clean layout. Love the look and the colours and how it came together !

I used the glimmer mist and Smooch spray on the white and added the stamping effect...
Then Mounted the photo on 4 colours and added some rub-ons and stickers....

Another page for her baby album - XOXO Maryleen

Saturday, 7 July 2012

A new DOUBLE layout

I have been on my first BLOG HOP and I have been inspired!
Such beautiful new things happening in scrapping and enjoyed traveling a site called Swirlydoos. There are stunning prize packs to be won so starting hopping if you can . . . .

On a very differant note -  i have been busy creating a sketch challenge for a page for my Wedding Album. Yes its at Frosted Designs (totally love at moment) which was a double layout ! It is a first me again  ( i am having many firsts since this blog started...) and must say its ok for my first double - not overjoyed but ok.


Close view of the left
Close view of right

I am still working on the photo side of my pages but hope you like XOX Maryleen

Monday, 2 July 2012

My MiSSiON this year....

In the begining of 2012 i decided to start scrap booking my Wedding Day photo's... Seeing as all i seem to be doing lately is my beautiful girls, so this was something of me/for me to show my life journey.

This is one of my first pages so far.

My husband Nathan before he headed to the Church

The idea would be that i would find a sketch (any one in that fact that grabbed my eye). One sketch a month and create a page for my album that would eventually give me a beautiful story of my day.

So far i have remained true to my mission - except 1 due to my excitement of setting up a blog in June and entering my 1st challenge on line. Over the weeks ahead i will share them with you. So for today is one that took me some time to do seeing as its masculine. . . and i tried to be very simplistic tin the layout for i love that look YET it is outside my comfort zone.

Now i did follow a sketch, but for the life of me i can't remember where i found it .... possible Frosted Designs....... - YES! here is the link (i used a card sketch though) What do you think?

Have you created any pages of a special day you can share?

 XOXOX Maryleen

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

and the WINNER is. . . .

Well its tuesday again and i must say i was totally excited when i got the results from Forsted Designs for the compition i entered! No... no... i did not win but got TOP3 ! ( link ) so im waiting on my first ever BLINKI thing - whooooo yea - Thank you :-)  The result kinda left me stoked and a little bit more determinded to try again. . . . this week.

Allthough at the moment i am giving my work space a clean out and reorganising it ( might not find things though ). It seems to be taking forever BUT i must remember with a 3year old and a 1year old at my feet... these things take time.
So while i sort out my space and think about the new challenge at Frosted Designs -  head over to Frosted Designs for their new SKETCH and be inspired by the design team.

XOXOX Maryleen

Sunday, 24 June 2012

My 1st on-line Competition !

On the Frosted Designs web page ( i mentioned in my last update ) there is a current sketch challenge (sketch 43) which i just fell in love with  and thought i would give it a go and enter .....

At first i was very hesitant and the 'pieces' just lay on my bench in my creative space for a few days. But with the submission date fast approaching , last night i buckled down..... and the page came together rather well :-)

 So here it is ladies my first page i am going to submit and see what happens...
The top right of page - tried to add some height
Sorry about the odd angle still learning how to take pics to...

Thanks to my beautiful sister Chareen who has loved my work and been trying to get me to get a BLOG  to show my work - here is my current layout of Miss Z. YET, also with the help of a fantastic friend - Rebecca who has encouraged me to enter competitions and to continue to learn new skills i will be entering this into Frosted Designs Sketch Challenge !!!!

PS although now i have to figure out how to link it all ! I'll keep you posted !!!

 XOXO Maryleen

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

MY current fav . . .

I was rather excited to find this fantastic site and had to show you !!!
If you are looking for some great tutorials on Card Making , Scrapbooking and Techniques then keep an eye out on this site.  There are weekly sketch challenges for card making and scrapping which will keep the creative side flowing all year through . . .

Frosted Designs host:

You can find them on Facebook and Pop on over and take a look.

What are some of your favourite scrapbook DIY blogs/sites ?


Monday, 18 June 2012

Welcome to my newest adventure

This is a steep learning curve for me but I am pleased to be here.

I want to use this blog to capture some of my creative moments and share them with you.

This is what I learnt while up in Brisbane at the Scarpbook and Papercraft Expo with my friend Rebecca Beatie. It was fantastic to try something new !!!

Beck has a great blog full of inspirational ideas called: Just Me being Me.

Thank you for visiting my first page