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.

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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.

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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,


Crushing {with Shimelle} for Jot

I am happy to report that I am on a huge scrappy roll at the moment! I’ve done 4 layouts in the last 10 days… which is a far cry from the 2 layouts in 6 weeks prior to that. Most of them are for DT assignments, so I’ll have to wait to post those.

But… Jot Magazine have changed up their monthly board challenges, and I love the new spin, so of course I had to join in! The challenge was to use… Something STRIPEY, something BOLD, something GLITTERY, and something GOLD.

Crushing - Sandra Bunch

Ever since Shimelle revealed she would be releasing a collection with American Crafts, I knew I would love it. I adore Shimelle’s style and use of design, colour and her way of making sure she gets all the details in her journaling. I finally got my hands on her papers yesterday. My LSS had completely run out of everything Shimelle already, even though they only got it in this week! I snapped up the final piece, which was the 6×6 paper pad. Just enough to get started, and make something straight away for this challenge!

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The colours happen to match Heidi Swapp’s ephemera too, so I mixed and matched with those. I used some of the Color Magic pieces with Sweet Cherry Color Shine – it’s a perfect match for Shimelle’s pink! Of course, Heidi’s glitter words had to make an appearance. They are so lovely and big, and perfect to use for titles. It could have covered off the gold and glittery, but more gold was of course required. I picked up the gold doily at my local dollar store.

Crushing CU1

Thanks for looking, I’ll have more layouts up soon if I stay on this creative roll!

Oh, and here’s the original Jot Magazine Something Board, that this layout is inspired by…

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.