Sweet Sixteen……….

Sometimes when you are searching through a storage box you stumble across something that takes your breath.  I had such a moment recently.  I found this photograph.  Sitting.  Waiting.  It’s a photograph that is 52 years old.  A photograph of a young 16 year old who had found the man of her dreams.  (as you do at 16!!!)

I was attending a sports coaching camp in Narrabeen, Sydney and met this delicious young man who stole my heart and held it in his hands for a few years.  We visited each others homes (geographically we didn’t live close by).

As time went on I began to believe the lie that most childhood sexual assault survivors tell themselves. i.e.  “how could YOU ever be good enough for him or his loving and close-knit family”?  I came from a fractured dysfunctional family.  I convinced myself that our lives could not collide, and broke both our hearts by ending the relationship.

Here staring at me was a memory.  So vivid.  So memorable.  So vital.  I had to scrap it immediately!!!

Here is the result.  I’ve used Stampin’ Up! Moroccan DSP.  It suited the aged color of the photo and was quite kind to the coloring.  I’ve left space to journal some personal thoughts.  I’ve even left space for a wee envelope on the right hand side of the page because I still have a letter that Peter wrote me and I’ll pop that into the envelope.  Another beautiful memory preserved.  Thanks Stampin’Up! for making it so very easy.

Did you know that during the month of October if you buy three (3) packs of DSP you get a fourth one free (offer excludes speciality papers).  Contact me now to place your order.IMG_1521 (1).jpg

Recipe for Success:

Cardstock – Kraft, Very Vanilla, Basic Black

DSP – Moroccan

Stamps – Writing Notes

Framelits – Banners (largest)

Inks – Crumb Cake and Black Archival

Until next time, stay happy.


Why did I wait so long?

This photograph is almost 30 years old!!!  #1 daughter Sharon was shopping (read wagging school) and ran into this man in a red suit.  He was handing out jelly beans to good children.  I’ve no idea what story he was spun but he did give them a jelly bean each.  Sucked in Santa!!!!

I’d put off scrapping this pic as the blue/teal uniform really had me struggling to use some Christmas themed papers.  So the photo had remained in the bottom of a drawer for some time (read years).

I don’t know why I waited!!!  I think it looks fine in traditional red and green Christmas colours.


Recipe for Success:

DSP – This Christmas Speciality DSP

Cardstock – Real Red, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight

Punch – Festive Flower builder

Until next time thanks for visiting me and stay happy!



Every now and then a pack of DSP really takes your eye.  So it is with S.U.’s Speciality DSP – Affectionately Yours.  Delightful floral prints with a hint of copper highlights.  Just magic.  This is the pack I chose to scrap this pic. Way overdue to be dedicated to it’s own page.  When this photo was taken Tannikah was going into year five.  Now she is finishing her year twelve.  Oh my goodness how time flies.

I saw this layout on pinterest some time ago and pinned it to a board int he “must do sometime” box.  When I completed this layout I went back to find out who the original designer was, but unfortunately the blog had been abandoned.  So I cannot give credit to the person who actually dreamt this beautiful design into being.  Whoever it was I’m so glad that you did!!


Recipe for success:

DSP – Affectionately Yours

Cardstock – Crumb cake, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron

Stamp set and Punch – Birthday Blossoms and Pansy punch

Thanks to my kids for being so photogenic and very gorgeous.  Love them to bits.

Until next time, stay happy,



I just love the new Festive Birthday DSP from Stampin’Up! and when I found these photographs of our grand daughter, Tannikah I knew that this paper was PERFECT to scrap them.

I don’t usually do bright colors and this page took me right out of my comfort zone.  but I love the results.  This DSP features the New In Colours for this year.  They are just beautiful.  I’m also so lucky to have such a beautiful Grand daughter to scrap.  These photos are of her and her dog Uno.  They obviously love each other.


There’s a plethora of colors on this page, but that’s the character of this beautiful DSP.  It’s so bright and happy and screams fun.

Thanks for visiting, until next time, stay happy!!



I bet  you are so surprised that I’ve scrapped my grand daughter again!!!!!  I love her so much and she’s so photogenic.  Together with her friend Samantha, they were on holidays in Coolum when these photos were taken.

Who would have thought that scrapping two beautiful young ladies I’d use the DSP from the outgoing mini catalogue, “Going Places”.  It’s such a boy paper!!!  What was I thinking??  But you know what?  It looks fabulous on these two.   I’m going to miss Lost Lagoon…..very much.  *sniff*.


IMG_1319The stamp set used for the journalling “Feel Goods” is also retiring.  Oh dear!!!  I love this set so much also.  *double sniff*.

Contact me if you you would like a new catalogue, I’m happy to post you one.  Free of charge !!!!

Until next time, stay happy!

Jacqui    xo

Have you ever considered scrapping with Project Life?  Project Life (or PL) is a relatively new way of recording your memories.  For me, it will never replace traditional scrapping, but! for events like ‘muck up day’ at my Grand-daughters school, a trip that you’ve taken, a party, or any event where lots of photographs have been snapped, it’s the perfect way to record your day.

Warning however.  It’s just as fun and just as addictive as traditional scrapping.

This group of photos is the Muck-up day at Tannikah’s school.  Lots of happy faces, lots of shenanigans and lots of love between these gorgeous girls.  I had so much fun recording her memories for her and she loves the pages as much as I do.  Of course only she can journal the events of day so there lots of wee places for her to do that.


Page one.  Sorry for the page reflection on some of the photos and journalling cards but PL is impossible to photograph perfectly because of the pocket-system

IMG_1291As you can see from what I have done here, you can use whatever you like in the PL pages.  I’ve used a mixture of home made pocket inserts, S.U. PL inserts and some stamped images, punched shapes, bakers twine and washi tape.  Everything works! and there’s no real right or wrong way.

Make it fun or make it formal.  But you must give Project Life a try.

Until next time, stay happy!



Do you have your copy of the Occasions Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!  ?

If you don’t you really don’t know what you are missing.  There’s a fabulous ‘bundle’ in this catalogue featuring the Botanical Blooms stamp set.  Purchase all three products in a bundle and save a motza!  Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, plus the Botanical Blooms stamp set and the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper for just $87.75.  (Purchased separately the cost is $103.25).

Once again I’ve completed a layout of our grand daughter, Tannikah.  (she’s a wee bit older in this layout than the previous one lol).  Layout was sourced from Pinterest.


Don’t you love how the framelit cuts the petals in these flowers?  And what about that adorable fern leaf.  You will love every part of this bundle.

Want a copy of the catalogue.  Contact me now and I’ll forward a copy to you.

Remember!  we are in the last month of Sale-a-bration.  Spend just $90 and choose free product from the SAB catalogue.



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