Hey-ho there!

If you’re finding your way to my blog today, you may be visiting from Jot Magazine Issue 9 – isn’t she a beauty! I am thrilled to have 2 pieces included this issue – a home decor piece and a 12×12 scrapbooking layout.

The first uses Kellie Stamps’ gorgeous deer stamp. This cute little baby came in very handy for my Christmas tags, and is uber modern – deers are popping up all over the design world! I simply stamped him all over some white cardstock, as a cute background for this home décor piece that sits proudly at our front entrance. {When I say “simply”, I mean I carefully measured and marked out in pencil where I was going to put him – OCD much?! It was totally worth it though, and I only made 1 boo-boo… so I went with it anyway.}

B for Bunch on Deer background 02

I experimented around with some different fonts – I wanted to make sure I filled the 8×10 frame appropriately. I simply printed it from Word onto regular printer paper because I was only going to use it as a stencil to trace onto my Jac paper anyway. For those new to Jac paper, it’s simply a big piece of paper with one side entirely sticky. After I cut out my Jac paper “B” I doused it with Martha Stewart glitter – it’s super fine and sparkly, and the colour names also happen to be crystals {total bonus that makes them that much more fun for me to use!}

B for Bunch CU01

The second layout in Jot is a farewell of my daughter’s school year a few months ago. She had a tough year, including some health issues early on and a teacher she just didn’t gel with. I loved this photo, but didn’t want to publicly dwell on the bad stuff (I’ve kept a school letter with all the details in the album sleeve behind this layout). I kept the journaling short and sweet, and embellished with some bright and cheerful Heidi Swapp and Maggie Holmes. I used some pink watercolour as a bit of a border, which I really love – super quick, easy and keeps the layout together effectively.

Farewell Grade Two by Sandra Bunch

Thanks for visiting. Make sure you pop over and read the full latest issue of Jot Magazine – I swear it just gets better with each issue!

Sending you all much love and light

Sandra xx

Eli Moments {Jot moodboard}

The January moodboard by Jot Magazine is so bright and fun, that I just had to make another layout using this photo of my daughter and a good family friend. It was a gorgeous Spring day on our recent holiday on Fraser Island (about a 4 hour drive north of Brisbane plus a ferry ride). We took a day trip over to the Eastern side of the island, and visited Eli Creek. The smiles on all our faces were just priceless as we floated down the creek – this photo of these two just oozes the joy we all felt!

Eli Moments by Sandra Bunch CU02

My favourite collection of 2014 (and possibly of all time!) is Heidi Swapp September Skies, and being as bright and colourful as it is, I just had to use it for this moodboard. The teal glitter Thickers worked perfectly with Heidi’s glitter teal embellishments and made for a simple but cute title.

Eli Moments by Sandra Bunch CU01

The layout came together quite quickly with a few choice Heidi embellishments and a scattering of sequins.The speech bubble heart is an exclusive acrylic piece from Amy Tangerine for Scrappy Canary (then Polly Scrap Kits) throughout 2014. I love these pieces for a punch of colour!

Eli Moments by Sandra Bunch

Here’s the original moodboard from Jot Magazine. Thanks again Kim and team for a fun challenge!


7 Logics for Peaceful Living

I came across this poem last year, and it just resonates with me so beautifully.

7 is a pretty major number in my life. It’s always popped up in various places, and for good reason. 7 major body chakras. And if you’re interested in just how important the number 7 is in the Liquid Crystal modality, you can read more about that here. But I digress.

I just knew I had to scrap these words, and thought it would be perfect to use the 7 chakra colours to outline each of the 7 logics. They’re happy and positive words, so I used my vibrant Ranger Dylusions spray mists – I was so thrilled that they matched perfectly with these chakra images I found online! I held my white cardstock vertically and sprayed each of the colours one by one a few times, enough for them to run down the page. That left me some colourful, creative lines to write each of the logics.

7 Logics for Peaceful Living by Sandra Bunch CU01

I wanted to include a photo somehow, but nothing quite worked with the vibrant Dylusions quite to my liking. In the end I chose a casual photo captured by my husband, and used Photoshop to add filters and up the vibrancy to coordinate with the Dylusions. (Yes, my hair was already very copper to start with, so that helped!)

7 Logics for Peaceful Living by Sandra Bunch CU02

Here is the full layout.

7 Logics for Peaceful Living by Sandra Bunch

And here is the January moodboard from Jot Magazine that helped inspire this layout.


Love and light to you all,

Sandra xx

Tackling the big question

QandA last week finished with such a cool question being asked of the panel (full of scientists, mathematicians and musicians)… “what is the purpose of life?” This is definitely one of the big questions I’ve been asking seriously of myself the past few years. I believe the answer is different for every single person, although many panelists summed it up quite nicely “to be good people, to help each other” etc. And yet here we are, surrounded by so much pain in the rat race, we are so quick to bring down the people around us. I don’t perceive many people think or feel before they act on many occasions… perhaps as a human reaction to protect our own hearts or pride? In saying that, I am human. I am not excluded from this statement, and I’ll openly admit it. But I believe that by recognising it, I have the power to overcome my ego, or at least master it and learn how to use it for the benefit of everyone, including myself.

So my simple answer to “what is the purpose of life?” is “to evolve”. To become a better person every day. To actively work towards finding who I am, and what I am here to do, then actually doing it, being it.

By “better” person, I mean

more kind,

more educated,

more creative,

more wise,

more loving.

It is my belief that if we could all work on doing that ourselves, and helping each other with the same, we will all evolve more rapidly, and in the direction I truly feel we all want to. One team, one dream.


{ image from DaphneGraphics }

Three Cuties {for Scrappy Canary}

The Scrappy Canary September Scrapbooking Kit was so fun to work with. My love for Shimelle continues to grow with these pocket/journaling cards.

I have a new layout up on their blog today. Pop on over to find out my new favourite mixed media product at the moment!

Three Cuties by Sandra Bunch for Scrappy Canary

For the 12×12 layout on the left, I used primarily the September Penny Lane kit.

Three Cuties Shine On by Sandra Bunch for Scrappy Canary

The pocket page on the right came about after my 2 year old son let himself into my studio, opened my glitter medium, then spread it all over the original page, my desk, chair, carpet, and of course himself. I decided to save as much of the original background as I could, and that’s what you see in the pockets on the right. To enhance the gold, I added a We R Memory Keepers foil card, along with continuing the gold glitter medium using Heidi Swapp stencil.


There are still a few kits left in the Scrappy Canary store, but hurry, Shimelle is popular!


Love and light,


My Shimelle Obsession & a new layout for Scrappy Canary

So, if I’m being completely honest, I have a total scrap crush on Shimelle Laine. It really goes without saying then, that I have been really looking forward to her first collection with American Crafts. Of course I was thrilled when I found out Scrappy Canary’s September Main kit included Shimelle products. They are just colourful enough to pop on the page, but also toned perfectly to suit the softer palettes of Crate Paper Notes and Things, which was also in the kit. I have a layout shared on the Scrappy Canary blog today, highlighting that very thing.

Perfectly You by Sandra Bunch for Scrappy Canary

The ‘perfectly’ part of the title was hand drawn with my Wacom tablet, then cut with my Silhouette. The machine is a bit of an outlay, but I love how I could use the same paper in the title as I used for the punched butterflies.


Love and light,



1 kit, 4 ways {for Scrappy Canary}

I’ve been using Scrappy Canary kits (formerly Polly Scrap Kits) all year now, but I’ve never used up as much in a kit as I did this month using the August Scrapbooking kit, Bohemian. I have done 4 layouts in total, and am down to about a 4 inch wide scrap of paper, but still loads of embellishments – probably because of the huge Grand Bazaar embellie pack.

Today I’m up on the Scrappy Canary blog showing this 1 kit, 4 ways. And as you can see, those 4 ways are very different!

Sandra Bunch Scrappy Canary August Layouts

Have you picked up your kit from Scrappy Canary this month?

Love and light,


Lovely & Perfect – Shimelle papers with gold accents

Every now and then, I end up with a photo full of so much love and femininity, that it changes my style up, and I find myself digging into my flower stash. In this case, I also had to add more than a touch of gold. The relationship my daughter has with her great-grandmother is beyond special. They share the same birthday, 79 years apart, and they are similar in so many ways. They both epitomise girly girl, as well as being independent and strong. This photo of them was perfect for Life. Paper. Scrapbook.’s latest (and final) Moodboard Challenge.

Green and pink are my favourite colours, so I always have a soft spot for this colour scheme. I also included loads of gold in this layout, mainly using Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold Lame. I just adore how shiny the gold is, so I use it often. You’ll find it painted onto the wooden pieces, and splattered around the page, alongside My Mind’s Eye gold spotted washi. The papers used are from the Shimelle Collection by American Crafts. I have been using Shimelle products on nearly every layout recently – I LOVE her style, and can’t wait to get my hands on more of her goodies!

Lovely and Perfect - Sandra Bunch

Here’s the gorgeous moodboard this page was inspired by. I haven’t participated in nearly enough of these challenges, but I am super sad to see them coming to a close.


My grandmother adores flowers, especially pink roses, so there are always flowers on any layout of her. In this case, the wool from the mood board inspired me to use crocheted flowers – pink, green and white, to match the wool in my daughter’s scarf that her great-grandmother made her this winter. I also pulled on the buttons from the moodboard, and used buttons for the flower centres, as well as scattered around the page.

Lovely and Perfect - Sandra Bunch CU02


I blinged up the edges of the flowers with the Color Shine. This helps with cohesion across the page, tying it into the wooden pieces and the Maggie Holmes word sticker. This effect takes some patience, but I always love how it turns out. I simply unscrew the bottle and move the bottom of the feeder around the edges of the flowers, dipping the feeder back into the bottle as needed.

Lovely and Perfect - Sandra Bunch CU01


I love the inspiration that the LPS moodboards give me, and will very much miss their challenges. Let’s hope they return soon!


Love and light,


Bohemian Beach Babe {for Scrappy Canary}

I’m up on the Scrappy Canary blog today with a little surprise. Whilst the bright colours of the August Bohemian kit were at first a little daunting to me, I looked further and found a way to use all those cute, softer coloured elements too. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the colour in your August kit, I assure you, you will still find a way to make it work for you!

Beach Babe by Sandra Bunch for Scrappy Canary

This is a photo I’ve been wanting to scrap for quite a while now (this baby is now 8 years old!), and I’m glad I found just the right kit to make it come together.

Side note: I am so glad I have finally found the courage to learn how to use my sewing machine – I am now officially hooked! Now just to become interested in sewing with material…. uummmm…. maybe one day ;)

Love and light,