My Lovely Story

Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! I’d like to share my March layout class with you which I’ve had a pleasure teaching to the lovely ladies that attended and purchased the kits.   Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You inspire me to brew up more ideas and classes, and you keep me coming back to teach more.  Here’s my layout:

“My Lovely Story”

This layout features Blue Fern Studios’ super gorgeous Memoires collection, which was a big hit in the class.  So what’s the story behind the photos? My daughter is flaunting here rosy teething cheeks, she’s such a trooper the annoying pain littlies usually get doesn’t seem to faze her.

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That’s it for today’s post.  Thanks for stopping by and may the luck of the Irish be with you.  Have a great weekend!


#Look At Me

Today I’m sharing a layout with Scrapmatts chipboards and Tattered Angels mists, and it is also the second time this month that Scrapmatts is guest designing for CSI-Colors, Stories, Inspirations.  This time we’ve solved CSI Case File#226:

It is also inspired by My Creative Scrapbook’s February Sketch:

Here’s my take on both inspirations:

“#Look At Me”

For the base of my layout, I simply flattened a piece of good ol’ corrugated cardboard and painted them with white acrylic paint.  I love the texture and ridges it gives the background plus the sturdy base.

The background colors are layers of gorgeous Tattered Angels paints.  The #look at me chipboards are given a good mist of Cadillac Pink Glimmer Mist.

Tattered Angels Paints: Navy High Impact Paint, Splash Chalkboard Mist, Glimmer Mists (Mint Julip; English Ivy; Cadillac Pink; Tutti Frutti)

Scrapmatts Chipboards: Circle Mesh (CB5130), Assorted Words (CB6116), Cats (CB1014), Leaf Spray (CB5166), Scrap Words (CB1238)

The rest of the Scrapmatts chipboards have been given a coat of white paint…easy, effective, and works every time.  The leaves were die cut from a scrap of white paper which I’ve given the bubble technique with Tattered Angels’ English Ivy Glimmer Mist.

This is the first time my daughter tried on some bubblegum lip gloss.  She got it from a party loot bag and boy oh boy did she love it.  I’ve written at the back that it makes me happy scrapping and looking back at the moments when she’s growing up to be a girly girl.  Time surely flies!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s layout.  I had fun creating it and it got my daughter’s seal of approval too (lol!).

Many thanks to CSI for having the Scrapmatts team and for My Creative Scrapbook’s awesome sketch.

For more Tattered Angels paints, click here.  And for Scrapmatts chipboards, click here.


Floral Monthly Planner

Planners are the craze at the moment and today I get to share with you my take on a monthly planner, Bella style.  A head’s up, this post is loaded with photos which takes you through the pages of the planner.  Let’s start off with the cover:

Bella Materials: White Florals, Purple Antique Floral Bling, True Romantic Collection, A Year In Review Cardstock Sticker Sheet, Pink Corrugated Cardboard

The body of the planner is composed of Fundamentals’ gorgeous new Cardstock colors and range.

Fundamentals Materials: Rose Cardstock, Serenity Blue Cardstock, Doilies

Inside the pages are beautiful papers from Bella’s True Romantic collection.

One of the reasons I love creating mini albums/planners/books is that I get to use up a variety of pretty papers all in one project.

The lined papers came from an old notebook, and I simply added them to the pages which suited the planner perfectly.

The Fundamentals cardstock are already folded and scored which made it quicker and easier to create the whole planner.  Just trim them down to your preferred size and voila!

I love how the Cardstock colors are made to match Bella and Ruby Rock-It’s collections, and how versatile they are so it goes beyond card making.

The months are from Bella’s Year In Review Cardstock Sticker Sheet, backed with Bella’s Pink Corrugated Cardboard.

If you haven’t got your hands on these gorgeous True Romantic papers yet, then I suggest you do.  Can’t go wrong with the mixture of florals and watercolor motif altogether.  Check out the different Bella/Ruby Rock-It retailers here.

Just a few more pages to go…

The cover of the planner is prettied up with a couple of White Bella Florals and some bedazzling Purple Antique Floral Bella Blings.  In between these is a Doily from Fundamentals’ new embellishment range.

Some light denim tie from my stash has been added at the left side of the planner.  It ties in beautifully with the shade of the Serenity Blue Cardstock.  It’s one of my favourite Fundamentals Cardstock color at the moment.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my floral monthly planner, Bella style of course.  Check out all the Bella and Fundamentals range here.



Spring Butterfly Terrarium for Canvas Corp Brands

Good day guys.  The March “Re-Birth” Challenge for Canvas Corp Brands’ Creative Studio is up:

Use the word re-birth as your inspiration when you create. You can also incorporate items or colors from the moodboard. Create, decorate, sew, knit or paint – release your imagination and be creative!

This month we have a different prize – we will invite the winner of the challenge to be our Guest Designer in May. This means that you will get a box filled with goodies from all 3 Canvas Corp Brands to play with! 

To enter this challenge you need to link up your entry  Blog post, or post on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest (link to the actual project – not the whole page) by using the linkytool HERE. You have until the end of April 5 to submit your project!  All submissions must have #ccbchallenge somewhere to be considered.

Here’s my take on the challenge:

You can check out the materials list and step by step process at The Creative Studio.

We cannot wait to see your beautiful “Re-Birth” creations.


Christmas Hello

Hello and happy March to you.  This month I’m guest designing for CSI – Colors, Stories, Inspiration Challenge in collaboration with Scrapmatts, and today I’m sharing my first of two layouts for two different CSI case files.  Have a look at Case File #225:


This is also a major case file which includes a sketch courtesy of The Nifty Pixel as pictured above.  My five evidences are: buntings, washi tape, things that fly, circles and wood.  My testimony is handwriting on the background, and I’ve stuck to the sketch using one feature photo.  Here’s how I solved the case:

“Christmas Hello”

Christmas Hello

Scrapmatts chipboards: Birds (CB5045), Floral Spray (CB5045), Assorted Words (CB6115)

Scrapmatts stencils: Honeycomb (ST9002-A4), Bubbles (ST5001), Halftone Circles (ST5006), Circles (ST5043)

As I’ve mentioned, Scrapmatts is one of the lovely sponsors for CSI’s challenges this month among other awesome companies:


You can join in and solve the case files here for a chance to win one of their fab prizes from the above sponsors.  Yay!

I’ll be back with another CSI case file layout filled with Scrapmatts goodness.  Thanks for popping in.



SENZ 2017 – Scrapbooking & Craft Expo New Zealand


I’m sooooooooo excited to let you guys know that I’ll be teaching two different classes this year at SENZ 2017 through Scrapaholics…..woohooo!  I’m so in love with the projects I’ll be teaching and I’m trying my best to hold my crafty excitement! Class schedule release will be up at the SENZ website soon and VIP ticket holders get the first dibs on booking them.

More info about the types of tickets and passes for SENZ available can be found on the tickets page of the website.  It seems that there’s only 5 VIP passes left as these tickets are selling like hot hot hotcakes!  Get them now before they’re gone!

You don’t want to miss NZ’s Premier Scrapbooking and Papercraft Event.  I’ll keep you guys updated as soon as class schedule is released.  Can’t wait!



Spring Gardening – Scrapbooking Meets Decoupage

Ruby Rock It Inspiration Banner

Today I’m sharing a Spring layout featuring Bella’s gorgeous True Romantic Collection matched with Fundamentals’ Decoupage.  Let’s have a look at my Spring Gardening layout:

Spring GardeningChristine Santos

Bella materials: True Romantic Papers (Garland, Bouquet, Lovehearts, Ribbon); Bella Florals; Bella Bling (Fancy Flourish, Accent Flourish, Spiral Flourish); Cream Heart Stickers

Fundamentals materials: Birds Decoupage Pack; Font Wood Veneers; A4 Vellum

I’m in love with Bella’s new designs of Bling, and in this layout I really wanted to show them off alongside the photo.  The beautiful birds and oval words came from Fundamentals’ A4 Decoupage Pack.  These sets are versatile and are not just limited to card making.

The purple watercolor drips on the Lovehearts Paper matches the purple floral print of the Ribbon Paper.  As you can see, a Bella layout is not complete without some Bella Florals.

The Fundamentals Wood Veneers are great subtitles/sentiments for any projects.  It’s finished off with the addition of some Bella Cream Heart Stickers.

My girls were very helpful and sure had fun helping with sprucing up our vegetable patches, getting ready for next season’s harvest.  Spring gardening with love it was indeed.

I had fun creating with Bella’s gorgeous True Romantic Collection, new Bling designs, and florals, along with  Fundamentals’ Decoupage to match.  Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed my post today.

Check out all Bella and Fundamentals range here.