chasing dreams

A catch up with tons of layouts!


Hi guys! Sorry I haven't done much blogging lately, I've been busy doing various challenges for National Scrapbooking Day.

Here's a few of my recent layouts...


A layout for a challenge to use circles as the predominant design element at Hey Little Magpie. I used Crate Paper Cool Kid and flair from Cuts2luv. The alphas are Pinkfresh - I love them so much!

'Stop and smell the flowers'

A layout for the Paper Issues Notable Quotable challenge. I used Pink Paislee Oh My Heart, and combined my two favourite techniques - fussy cutting and stitching!

'Best of Friends'

This was a page for the sketch challenge at Paper Issues, and I used Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love. The bunny cut file is a free UKSA file, and the title is from a free Paper Issues cut file.

'You're my happy'

A layout for the Free File Friday challenge at Paper Issues, which was to use a free Paper Issues floral cut file. I used the 'negative' cut outs here because they looked far too pretty to waste! This layout is mostly Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love, with stickers from Maggie Holmes.


A layout made for the new Add It Up challenge at Paper Issues. The cut file is free from Paper Issues, and I used Elle's Studio, Crate Paper Cute Girl, and Maggie Holmes Bloom.

'Mum in a million'

I made this page for the Paper Issues New Issue Monday challenge, and I used Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams and Bloom.

'Muzzy love'

A layout for a mood board challenge at Hey Little Magpie. I used Crate Paper Cute Girl, and the cut file is free from Paper Issues.


Really enjoyed making this messy inky page for a multiple photos challenge at Hey Little Magpie. I used Dylusions Ink Sprays and black Distress Ink for the background. The cut file is the All Boy file from Just Nick Studios, and I've used Simple Stories So Rad.

'Here there be dragons'

A really fun page made for the Pinspire Me challenge at Paper Issues. This is the Doodlebug Dragons Tales collection, and the large dragon and title are both from the Silhouette Design Store.

'Live life in full bloom'

I made this layout for a 'monochrome plus one colour' challenge at Hey Little Magpie. I couldn't resist this bright yellow colour scheme and I really enjoyed pulling out all the yellow bits of ephemera and stickers I had! The flair is from Cuts2luv and there's a bit of every collection on here!

'Enjoy the simple things in life'

A layout for the Paper Issues Take 5 Tuesday challenge, using Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom.

'Be brave'

My DT layout based on a sketch for the UKSA blog, I used Crate Paper Cute Girl.

'This is what life is all about'

Last months DT layout for the UKSA blog based on a mood board. I really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone and painting the watercolour tulips. I also used Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love, and the flair is from Cuts2luv.


A page I made for the UKSA sketch challenge for NSD. I used Elle's Studio.

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Paper Issues - Notable Quotable


Hi everyone! Today I'm playing along with the new Notable Quotable challenge on the Paper Issues Facebook group. This months inspiration is...

When I saw the quote I immediately knew which photo and papers I was going to use! 
This photo is my cute stepson smelling the daffodils on a walk we went on. 
And the perfect paper for the quote was Paige Taylor Evans' Oh My Heart - 2 whole sheets of flowers just begging to be fussy cut! 

First I cut the title on my Cameo and hand stitched around the edges of it. I placed my photo opposite and arranged the fussy cut flowers in a wreath shape, tucking them around the title, too. A few ink splatters later and I was finished - quite a simple page really, with my 2 favourite techniques - fussy cutting and hand stitching!

Thanks for dropping by!

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Paper Issues - Take 5 Tuesday


Hi guys! Well sadly my 4 month term on Paper Issues is up, but the good news is that I'll still be playing along with the challenges in the Facebook group!

Today is time for a brand new Take 5 Tuesday...

I used Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom, and I chose Prompts:
2: blue
6: frame
7: triangle
8: sticker
13: patterned paper

And this photo of my cute and cheeky little man swinging on the zipline at the park.

This collection is very American but I had to have it because the colours and patterns are gorgeous! I particularly love this navy flower paper that I've used for the triangles. I used the star vellum on top of it to tone it down a little, and attached the vellum with staples since glue tends to show through.

I now need to take photos with lots of red and blue to match the rest of the papers! LOL!

Thanks for popping by!