Journaling as a healing mechanism

Hello lovelies… ever felt like this?

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We all have our “stuff”, right? No one is spared, yet we’re all so very different. To release some of those built up emotions, I often take to writing it all down. Sometimes those writings turn into scrapbook pages, and sometimes they stay typed up on my computer. Sometimes they get torn up and thrown away. Sometimes they lay around my office or if they’re lucky they’ll find their way into my “one day I’ll scrap these” tin. Either way, I find it so therapeutic¬†to release those thoughts and emotions from my body, through my fingers, onto paper or the computer. Often my writing leads to a deeper understanding of how I truly feel, and from there, I can heal and grow.

To see my tips on therapeutic journaling, pop on over to Polka Dot Creative to read my latest post and watch the video.

April Moodboard for LPS

Another moodboard caught my eye recently, and that was from Life.Paper.Scrapbook. This month it’s a bright board, incorporating the ever so popular brush script, watercolour and affirmations. Here’s what I came up with.

In Their Own World - Sandra Bunch

I think it ties in beautifully with LPS’s April moodboard image. Head on over to check out the awesome work from their Design Team and enter yourself!

I had several titles I wanted to use for this layout. A close contender being “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way”, but I realised that was more of a story for me rather than her, so I’ll save that for my personal art journal.

In Their Own World - Sandra Bunch - CU

After I finished the layout I realised I didn’t even use any patterned paper! I’m not counting the affirmations, which I found online once upon a time – that is simply an image that I printed as 4×6″ twice to fill the height of the page. I have been leaning towards more of my own art and less paper these days. I am quite happy with how my watercolour chevrons turned out. I love how quickly watercolour paints can dry when you use them sparsely. With so many bright colours on the page, I felt I only had to accent with black. This then tied in the with affirmations strip.

Side note: How much are we adoring Amy Tangerine’s Kal Barteski Thickers?!?!!! I love love LOVE them! The small letters are my go-to Tim Holtz ones… they just suit every layout I do, no matter the theme/colour/tone.

Thanks for taking the time…

Sandra xx


Pink and Grey for Jot Magazine

I have been a busy scrapbooking bee the last couple of weeks, so you should see a few more projects pop up on the blog at long last.

First up is my entry for April’s moodboard for Jot Magazine.

Everyday - Sandra Bunch

I absolutely had to try this colour scheme (probably because I am crushing on pink hair at the moment!). I bought the large grey washi tape ages ago, it’s one of my favourites, but often I just can’t get it to work on my pages. So this was the perfect opportunity to use it again.


The pinks and greys were just so lovely and soft, so I needed to pair it with a girly, truly loving photo. I chose to accent the layout with some brighter pinks from the Basic Grey Mint Julep collection. There are also pops of silver from Heidi Swapp and MAMBI.

Everyday - Sandra Bunch - CU

I absolutely adore this colour scheme so I have a feeling I’ll be making more pink and grey/silver layouts very soon!

Thanks for taking the time … :)


Pink & Gold moodboard for LPS

So I might just have the cutest daughter and niece(s) in the whole world. Would you agree?? ;)

Here’s what I came up with for the latest Life.Paper.Scrapbook moodboard challenge.

Happy Place Full - Sandra Bunch


The pinks and golds in this moodboard just sent me into lovey-dovey, girly-whirly heaven. And I might have even taken to wearing all my gold jewellery for a few days when I saw it… that’s ok, right?!


It’s rare that I use a series of photos, typically I just pick my favourite. But in this case, it really helped convey the fun of the moment. You can see that these two were having SUCH a good time playing around rather than really wanting a serious photo taken, so the fact that I captured a few different silly faces adds to the joy of the layout, and captures their personalities perfectly.

Happy Place Closeup - Sandra Bunch

Mixing it up: Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, My Mind’s Eye

I received my February Polly! Scrap Kits Salted Caramel Ice Cream pocket style scrapping kit this week, and I’ve already begun playing! Although not in the way you may think because it’s not on a Project Life layout. You see, I’m on a bit of a mission to use up some old scraps and mix them with the new, and that’s exactly what I’ve done here. Quite honestly, if you had have asked me to mix bright, graphic Amy Tangerine with softly distressed My Mind’s Eye, once upon a time I may have laughed. However, now I can say in all honesty, it works!

Happiest In Nature Top Cluster

This layout in particular is for Jot Magazine’s February mood board challenge with it’s lovely warm colour palette.

Jot Magazine February Mood Board Challenge

It’s quite unlike me not to pull any colours from the photo, but if I really squint, my daughter’s dress does have orange. And when I found the orange woodgrain paper from Amy Tangerine’s Here And There collection in my stash, I decided I’d just have to find a way to make it work! I also wanted to incorporate florals, pulling from the top right mood board photo. This old Dear Lizzy paper also has orange flowers and is nice and soft so not too distracting as a background paper. Obviously the AT orange woodgrain is much richer in colour, so I chose to use that to help guide the eye around the page with some colour pops. Pairing it with the richer brown accents (the camera has been fussy cut from another AT paper), and slightly distress inking all edges… all of a sudden, everything looks matchy-matchy!

Happiest In Nature CU

I certainly didn’t want to go overboard with embellishments, and needed something to contrast from my rectangles, so circles was the perfect option. I kept it soft, and added a My Mind’s Eye project life filler card from the Polly kit, and found some others to punch circles from and use as simple accents.

Happiest in Nature CU2

Finished off with some a simple twine swirl and bow, and punched butterflies. Oh and of course, the number one priority for me on this layout was using the new wooden dots, which I’ve been pining for since CHA! { I must say though, they’re somewhat higher than I expected, so they might not exactly be a Project Lifer’s go-to embellishment. }

I was really done in no time (ok…. not really…. I really need to work on committing sooner so I can get it done haha!)

Happiest in Nature Full

“Happiest in Nature” by Sandra Bunch


Paper: My Mind’s Eye (brand new Record It collection, as featured in Polly! Scrap Kits February 2014 scrap kit) Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, Echo Park

Other: Kaisercraft alphas, Basic Grey alphas, Martha Stewart punch, Stampin’ Up! circle punches

Second big announcement – I’m a Polly! girl

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Yup, you read right – I can hardly believe it myself! I am so excited, and honoured, to be joining the Polly! Scrap Kits Design Team for 2014, with the lovely Ruth Bonser. In case you’re new to Polly!, they have monthly kits and cute little add-ons (currently only available in Australia & New Zealand… sorry).

I’ll be heading up the social media side for Polly! and can’t wait to get to know all her gorgeous customers. Of course there will be lots of fun, chatter and prizes. All in all, we will have so much fun!! Won’t you please join us?!

A new adventure begins with Polka Dot Creative in 2014

Well hello there! If you happen to be arriving at my blog today, there’s a high chance that Jodie from Polka Dot Creative has sent you here. { If not, you should totally visit her beautiful store, filled with anything you need to make beautiful memory keeping a breeze }

I love how Jodie puts such a personal touch into everything she does, and she just oozes love, kindness and feminine energy! So I am absolutely THRILLED that the stars have aligned for me to be a part of her Creative Team in 2014 as one of her Tutorial Writers. I have already been planning some fun tutorials, so I look forward to sharing them with you over there starting in January!

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Mermaid Beach Memory File Feature

Mermaid Beach Memory File

Today I bring you my first Heidi Swapp Memory File project!

Mermaid Beach Memory File Front CU

Before we dig in, a bit of background… There are only 20 days left until Make Pretty Stuff Down Under hits Brisbane, where the super talented Kim Jeffress will accompany the queen of shine herself, Heidi Swapp, in spoiling us with 3 jam-packed classes to make pretty stuff! And in true Kim style, she is pumping us full of inspiration in the lead up, including hosting a challenge on the Make Pretty Stuff Down Under (closed) Facebook group. Here’s Kim’s page, which we were to draw inspiration from. Ummm….easiest challenge yet? Kim always comes up with the most incredible work, so it’s all inspirational to me.

So…time for me to pull out some Heidi Swapp goodies, both new and old alike, and have a play! When my in-laws visited from the States in June, they pampered us with a 4-night stay with them at a gorgeous beach house at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. Before they left, I surprised them with a completed Project Life Mini Album, including photos from the trip. However, I hadn’t done anything with the photos for us. What a perfect excuse to use a Heidi Swapp Memory File for Kim’s challenge, and get some of these photos off the computer, and on display!

Mermaid Beach Memory File Front

Now, if Heidi was to ever see this blog post, I could imagine her squealing when seeing those green banners. They are {very old, like 2005 old} Heidi Swapp Lime Diamonds chipboard ornaments, that I simply cut in half (and then trimmed a little extra) to use as a banner. I found these babies in one of my scrap drawers, and decided now was definitely the time to use them. With the beyond-generous amount of goodies I hear we’re in store for at the upcoming class, I need to de-stash, and fast! I sprayed the diamonds with some Color Shine and blotted/rubbed it all around to get a not-so-clean finish that matches the rest of the elements on the page.

Mermaid Beach Memory File  Middle

Above is the centre spread (I only used 1 file). The texture and patterns of the memory file, means you don’t have to do too much work at all to have a page come together quickly. A few stickers, some washi tape/ribbon, rhinestones or pearls, and the obligatory (for me!) butterflies, and you’re done!

Mermaid Beach Memory File Flap Front  Mermaid Beach Memory File Flap Back

I had too many photos for a 1 page layout, and too few for a second memory file, so my solution was to add interactive flaps and overlap some photos. Although those photos are some of my very favourites, they were all similar colours and lighting so it made sense to group them. I hand-made these little flaps, with my 6 yo daughter for assistance, and added some patterned paper to the back of the photos to pretty it up. {If anyone is interested in how I made the flaps let me know and I will post some instructions.}

Mermaid Beach Memory File Back

And quickly, here is the back also. I included a glassine bag from Greatest View – that one little bag sure does pack a punch – such a beautiful yellow. {I’ll let you in on a secret…I cut that bag in half, so now I have the bottom half ready to use on another project!} I only wish my chevron writing was a little neater…never mind, it all adds to the hand-made feel, right?

So there you have it, my first Heidi Swapp Memory File project, albeit using just the one file, but that’s all I needed, and now I still have loads left to make other pretty stuff. To be honest, when I bought them I wasn’t at all inspired by the cream patterns (like the one on the inside of this file). BUT I had to eat my words (thoughts maybe?), because it was SO easy to use – I could pair it with any colours, and it just added a subtle pattern and texture to the background, which meant I didn’t have to. I will certainly not shy away from using them again, and I can’t wait for another little mini-sized story to fill my next one with.

If you are going to the Make Pretty Stuff Down Under class in Brisbane, I look forward to seeing you there – please come and say hi! And even if you’re not coming, feel free to say hi here too :)

Heidi Swapp Materials: Mini Memory File, Color Shine mist (in Primrose, Mint Green and Mustard), Color Magic Notes, and word stickers.

Other Materials: Tim Holtz alpha stickers, Kaisercraft Pearls and Rhinestones, ribbon, washi tape, Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages Overlay (the delicious anchor transparencies), Martha Stewart punch, Stampin’ Up! punch, Greatest View glassine bags.

Together by Sandra Bunch

Together {Nanna & Baby O}

My oh my, how quickly time flies. One minute, you’re spending {lots of} time on some personal/spiritual development, and next minute, it’s time for another Jot Magazine mood board challenge! And this time it’s bright and colourful, but as usual, perfectly gorgeous and inspirational. Here’s my take on it…

Together by Sandra Bunch

“Together” by Sandra Bunch

The Project Life Honey edition was perfect for the colour scheme of the mood board as you see it below, so that’s where I started. I love when a mood board truly inspires me, and even though there are loads of different pictures, I end up finding a way to incorporate something from each of them somewhere on the layout. Thanks to fellow Brisbane gal, Kim Jeffress, for putting this mood board together on behalf of Jot Magazine.


I couldn’t resist using this cute-as photo of my Mum looking lovingly down at my youngest son. They were both wearing bold colours, so it worked well for this challenge. It’s colourful and playful, but there’s still a softness to the layout. The muted background and paper doily allow the colours to really pop.

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Something new on this layout is this plastic tape, which I found at my local Riot Art & Craft store. It’s by Twin Seven, and given that it’s not paper, it allows for some vibrant colours and patterns.

This is also my first time using stitching on my layouts. I’m not a newbie to stitching (I’ve done plenty of long stitch and cross stitch in my time), but to be honest, I spend long enough on my layouts without getting out thread and needle also. However, I gave it a go, and with simple designs, it didn’t take nearly as long as I expected. I tied it into the rest of the layout by using it in the buttons also. I do like the effect it has on highlighting a particular word as a title.

Oh, and the red stars? That’s simply the negative space from an old cut from my Pazzles Inspiration electronic cutter {which has been very neglected lately, but I promise I’ll pull it out soon!}

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I enhanced my visual triangle by using similar elements in each cluster – circles, butterflies, thread and tape. It’s such a basic rule that can be implemented on any layout if you ever get stuck for mojo. So long as there’s still visual interest by changing up the elements, and maintaining contrast, then you really can’t go wrong ;)

Materials: Kaisercraft cardstock, scrap smooth cardstock, Ranger Dylusions mist, Twin Seven plastic decorative tape, Project Life Honey edition cards, Project Life grid card, Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Write marker, thread, old buttons, Studio Calico wood veneers, Colorbox ink, paper doily

Other Tools used: Stampin’ Up! punches, Martha Stewart punch, Pazzles Inspiration, needle & thread


SleepOrPlay PF

Sleep Time or Play Time?

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in some of my favourite online challenges, so this past Saturday night I indulged in some scrappy time!

First up is one of my favourite photos of my eldest son when he was 9 months old. He was crawling about, and as any child does, would do anything to avoid going to bed at nights. {Hmmm…. he still does it, some things never change!} Lucky he was the cutest kid ever (no bias here!) with a smile that would light up any room. I treasure these photos of him smiling so naturally, as these days they seem to be forced smiles captured, and they just don’t have the same magic.

SleepOrPlay Full

{ “Sleep Time? Or Play Time” by Sandra Bunch }

Before I continue on, I should mention that the colour palette for this layout was inspired by Life Paper Scrapbook’s August 2013 Colour Challenge.

And now on with the show… These Tim Holtz Idea-ology label letters are one of my favourite go-to items at the moment. By now you probably know how much I love my long titles … these small alphas are perfectly on trend but small enough that I can build a nice long title on any page. They’re awesome value for money as you get so many pages in the pack. The quality is great too, the contrasting black & white really ‘pop’ on any page.

For this layout I coloured some of the label letters with a Stampin’ Up! marker – I think it really helps tie the title into the page that much more, as well as giving some playful variety.

SleepOrPlay CU04

Oh and I absolutely adore how these Glitz rub-ons look just like another strip of washi. They’ve been sitting in my stash for years… I can’t believe I haven’t used them yet! The “X” wood veneers have been dyed with Black Velvet Color Shine – the gold tint in the mist works perfectly with the colours on this layout.

My 6yo daughter helped with this layout, and (to give credit where credit’s due) the stamped stars, wood veneer stars and glitter were all her idea. She even helped by colouring some of the stars with various Stampin’ Up! markers. It was right about bed time though, so she didn’t get to finish the page with me, and when she woke up this morning she was devastated that I’d added the Color Shine sprinkles… each to their own :)

SleepOrPlay CU03 Big

Last but not least, this chalkboard tape – what can I say, this stuff is perfectly on-trend for CHA Summer 2013. Ok, so it’s not exactly chalkboard material, but I used my white Gelly Roll pen and it looks fabulous!

HOT TIP: If you wet your finger or a cotton bud, you can wipe off the white pen on the chalkboard tape. If you don’t wipe it all the way off, you’ll keep some residue on there, which will make your ‘chalkboard’ look more realistic!

SleepOrPlay CU01

So there you have it, layout # 1 for the night. Stay tuned in the next day or so for a little tribute to my sister in # 2 layout.

Materials: Light grey cardstock, Studio Calico wood veneers, Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Mustard and Black Velvet), Glitz distressed rub-ons, Tim Holtz Idea-ology label letters, White Gelly Roll pen, Star Stamps by Judith, Stampin’ Up! markers, Doodlebug glitter, washi tape, chalkboard tape, paper flower and a domino