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Sunday, April 4

April 2021 Mood Board -

I couldn't resist some Easter fun for the April Mood Board. With Easter Eggs and Cute Hearts and a yellow, pink and blue colour pallet. It will be super easy to create a layout of any size, or a card or Mixed media project. ⠀⠀

Remember it doesn't have to be based on Easter!! you can be inspired by the colours and other images. ⠀Use the sketch for inspiration and the Cut-a-Part file which has a sweet Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, colourful washi, florals and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Submit your challenge entry by the end of April over in the Facebook Group April Mood Board album to win a $25.00 shopping voucher to spend over in the SScrap of Your Life shop ⠀⠀
The Cut-a-Part file is a downloadable file over in the Facebook Group under the Files section as a PDF
Head over to the Facebook group to find out more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Wednesday, February 10

Aaaaaaaand for the final contender in our DT favourites from 2020.....

When I asked Marion what her all time favourite product to play with from 2020, she had absolutely no hesitation in mentioning Art by Marlene Die Cuts.

To be honest, when Marion first mentioned them, I hadn't given them much thought but in my research for this post, I've gotta say I was suitably impressed!

From the quirky little drawings to the colourful bits n pieces so lovingly included in this A5 pad which is bursting with fresh ideas and concepts - there's no doubt that ALL of these precious little tidbits lend themselves perfectly to any crafting project - whether it be from a 12 x 12 scrapbooking page with mixed media additions right through to the most traditional of hand made card projects.

If you've not seen these precious tidbits before or even if you've seen them and have been sorely tempted to make a purchase, I urge you to dip your toe into these creative waters - I guarantee you wont be disappointed!!!

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Saturday, February 6

The Mood Board Creation Process

Hi peeps

I have had a few questions lately about mood boards and what they are so here is a brief description, courtesy from Wikipedia.

"A mood board is a type of visual presentation or 'collage' consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. It can be based on a set topic or can be any material chosen at random. A mood board can be used to convey a general idea or feeling about a particular topic. They may be physical or digital, and can be effective presentation tools"

So in a scrapbooking sense you use the colours and images in the Mood Board to provide you with the inspiration to kickstart the creative process.

For instance you could focus on the blossoms in one of the images from the Mood Board below, by  creating a Spring or garden themed card or scrapbook layout. Or you could focus on the party image and create a scrapbooking layout featuring a party or baby shower. These particular images are very much Valentine type images so of course with Valentines Day next week, you could create a Valentines Day card or layout. 

Or you could focus on the colours in the images which then makes the  possibilities endless. It's really very much open to your own interpretation. 

I create all my mood boards in ( as well as the sketch and the downloadable Cut-A-Part file. I start off with a theme in mind or one image and just build on that until I am happy with the images and colours I have in the mood board. Canva highlights the colours from the images in the colour palette so it actually makes it easy to create the colour palette on the side of the board.

Sometimes the mood board is created quickly and other times it takes a little longer. It depends and I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I always want the complete set to be perfect.

Once the Mood Board is complete,  I start on the sketch and the elements. The sketch is probably the one file that does take a little longer, however once done I pull the images from the sketch and make sure they’re included in the Cut-A-Part file. 

I may enlarge them of course and then sometimes I look for other complimentary images. All in all it takes me a few hours to create the set.

However, I believe the creation and the process is just another way for me to express my creativity and I get much enjoyment out of the process itself 

Here is the last Mood Board Set for February 2021.

Til next time


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February Mood Board Challenge at Scrap of Your Life

Hi everyone, the February Mood Board Challenge is up. Inspired somewhat by Valentine’s Day which only a week or so away.

The colours are a softer red with muted pinks, mint and white. There is a sketch to provide  you with some inspiration and a free download Cut-a-Part file. I love to see the Cut-A-Part file used in your project 💕 Upload your entry into the Mood Board Album in the facebook group here 

You must be a member of our Facebook Group  to access the Mood Board set.

All the entries are judged by our Design Team and the winner posted at the beginning of each month and the same night the next mood board set is posted. 

Read a little about the Mood Board Creation process here 

Til next time

Julie xo

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Friday, January 22

Here's the triple treat for Design Team favourites - Miss Michelle...

 The lovely Michelle Mohr


from Southern NSW gave me plenty to think about when I asked her about her favourite product from 2020.

2020 cant have been all bad right??? There are plenty of good things that have come out of 2020 !!!

Here's what Michelle had to say...

STENCILS!!!!!!! Michelle fell in love with stencils throughout 2020...and when pushed on a particular brand she said "All of them!!!"

This response at first made me smile because if you know Michelle, you know that she does nothing by half! So I decided to look back through the Scrap Of Your Life blog as well as Michelle's blog and I found that she likes a LOT of stencils all of which are available at the Scrap Of Your Life store.

There is such a generous array of stencils in the Scrap Of Your Life store, including but not limited to The Crafter's Workshop, Dusty Attic, Kaisercraft, Dylusions, Uniquely Creative, Taylored Expressions, Scrap FX and last but definitely not least, Tim Holtz/Ranger.

If you're in a stencilly sorta mood and would like to update your stencil collection prior to the arrival of The Crafters Workshop Stencil Butter, then please feel free to place your order today!!!

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Thursday, January 21

Further to our favourite products of 2020's what Miss Mel has to say...

 So when I asked the beautiful Melanie Parnell,


 Design Team Member from Hills District in NSW, the question of "What's your favourite product from 2020?" she had no hesitation whatsoever!!!

Straight away she had her favourite 2020 product as well as her favourite partner for her chosen product.

Without a shadow of doubt, Mel's top pic was Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Watercolour Markers and then to team these up, Mel's second favourite is Stamperia's Heavy Body Paste - which is like a thick, heavy texture paste! The Scrap Of Your Life shop is currently out of stock on this Heavy Body Paste, but there are boxes and boxes of product winging its way to us as we speak so don't be afraid to ask Julie when she expects this will arrive!!!

The Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Watercolour Markers are second to none and after seeing Mel's at a craft day mid way through 2020, I decided that I simply had to have them ... I just say that I wasnt disappointed at all...they are sublime!!! The colours are subtle in some and vibrant in others and they glide on like a hot knife through butter!!!!

If you have a birthday coming up or even Mothers Day if you can wait that long, then these markers are a must have!!!


Happy Crafting xoxo

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Tuesday, January 19

Do YOU have a most favourite product for 2020? Miss Kate from the Design Team definitely does ...

Yes I know 2020 was a year - and one that most likely, most of us have good reason to want to put it behind us and to kick off into 2021 and hope like hades that life will only get better from here on in.

So, I did a quick run around the Design Team and asked them what their favourite product for 2020 was...It certainly was interesting to see their responses and to look back and remember them using these products on their projects in 2020.

The first DT Member that I spoke to was the lovely Kate Liekefett from Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Kate's response to the question "What is your favourite product from 2020?" was rapid and definite.

Without a doubt, her favourite item was the Nuvo Mica Mists range - but certainly, the project that stands out most from Kate's 2020 work with this range of mists is "Perfect You". 

This project seamlessly fuses together many colours from the NUVO Mica Mists range but the stand out, kick ass colour that really makes this page POP is the Violet Lustre.

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