Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A PL Catch Up

Hi girls, it is Donna here.

When Project Life hit Australian shores I was determined that I was not going to get on the bandwagon. I was sure that we didn't do enough as a family to do the traditional 
Project Life albums.

After seeing the journalling cards from Becky Higgins,  
Me and My Big Ideas, Photo Freedom and Simple Stories in the shop, I knew I just had to have some

... and the rest is history lol.

I don't do the 'official' format for PL, I just do events. (ie Easter, holidays, retreats) I have these in separate albums. But I do work out of a Work in Progress album to save the backwards and forwards between several albums.

I want to share with you my Easter PL pages 
that I have just completed.

I love how this turned out! 

I even made a shaker card! I will share and tutorial  all soon on how I did that.

Thanks for popping by

Friday, May 23, 2014


It's time to clear out all collection kits and Designer Kits to make way in the shop for NEW ONES!!!

We have taken 30% of all Collection Kits, Mini Kits, Photo Freedom Kits, Everyday Moments Kits 
[perfect for PLing]& SFS Designer Kits.

Many are one offs, so be quick - grab a bargain today!
**** 30% OFF ****
Sale finishes on Sunday 25th May 11pm

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

We are pleased to announce that we now have Jo Kinder working with the team here at SFS. 

She has been busy creating some free digital PL cards.

And just because it is Easter we have decided to give you some Easter Freebies! 

How cute are these?? 

For the hybrid and digi scrappers, here is a link to the jpg's and the png files.
The free printable is available here.

We hope you have had a Happy and Safe Easter

Monday, March 31, 2014

April's Challenges

It's April Challenge Time here at SFS

Everyone LOVES a sketch
and this month Anita has this fantastic one for you all to use for challenge #1

and her is her gorgeous sample using the NEW Simple Stories DIY Boutique Collection pack.

And to spice it up our head sheeple is on challenge #2 this month
Project Life by Peta

HAND WRITTEN Journalling... yes YOUR hand writing!!!
Don't let your next generation never see your hand writing
Journal on at least 3 cards in your double spread

The linky tool to load your pages will be active tonight.

We cannot wait to see what you create

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WOW - 'Boys Rule by Anita

Hi, Anita here!
It's my WOW this week & I'm sharing with
you the Crate Paper 'Boys Rule' PL kit
in the SFS store.
This kit contains the Journaling Cards,
cardstock sticker sheets & die cut Vellum shapes.

I've created a PL spread (this is a WRMK sleeve).
There were still a few more cards remaining,
you could easily create another spread or two.

With the the die-cuts & stickers, it was
easy to add layers & extra details to my cards.

Here's a few close ups:



You can find the kit HERE
Thanks for popping by :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Step by Step with Charm...

Hello Everyone! 
It's my turn to create a layout Step by Step!

I have used the fabulous 
Carta Bella - It's a Celebration Kit 
- only $25 in the SFS shop HERE!

Step One: Creating Background
I created my background by using a White Cardstock and a few splats at the top of the page using my newest LOVE Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Squeezed Lemonade

If you've never attempted splats I suggest you practise on a scrap piece of paper first. I decided to try to create the "candle light" effect.

Step Two: Photo Matte and Paper Layering
While that dries, I matted my photo, which is an Instagram square photo, but you can quite easily adapt using a 6x4 landscape photo. I cut a piece from the "Happy Birthday" Music paper 7x5in, making sure I cut the piece where there are the coloured streamers/stars in the bottom left corner of the paper. I've then matted this paper with the red/white striped paper.

I've attached my photo with double sided tape to the right side.

I've cut another piece of paper from the "Happy Birthday" Music paper approximately 13cm {just over 5in} This time I have used the blue side attaching it about 6cm from the bottom of the layout.

Using the opposite side of the red/white striped patterned paper, I have measured a piece 17x18cm, using minimal double sided tape I have attached it approximately 7cm from the top of the page and about 2cm from the right hand side of the layout.

I have then positioned my photo matte 4cm from the right side of the layout and about 9cm from the top of the layout.

Step Three: Embellishments and Title
Using the Cardstock Stickers from the kit, I have attached the camera to the right side of the photo overlapping it. Then using other cardstock stickers to embellish, including the "Birthday" Cardstock sticker as part of the title and the awesome Thickers for the "Happy" part of the title.

Step Four: Sewing
To secure the patterned papers down better, I have machine stitched around the edge of the Photo-Matte, but only the top, right hand side and the bottom. I machine stitched around the edge of the blue paper and also around the edge of the layout {you can omit this, or add doodling if you wish!}

I also stuck this Journalling card from the kit too {which I machine-stitched around the edge too}
Step Five: Create a Hidden Journalling/Photo Card 
Using two patterned papers - the blue paper measuring 17cmx10cm, and the blue/white paper measuring 9cmx17.5cm create the backing for the pull out hidden journalling/photos card.

I've added a leftover strip from the "Happy Birthday" Music Note paper, a couple of smaller photos and added a few more Cardstock Stickers. The "present" was perfect to use as the "tab" which I have stuck to the left, so that overhangs. I stuck another little patterned paper behind it so it wasn't sticky at the back.

I added journalling and machine stitched around the edges of the patterned papers as well...

it then slips behind the Photo Matte as you can see...

Step Six: Finishing it off
I couldn't go without adding my usual twine

I loved using this kit and I hope you enjoyed my Step by Step! I have created another 3 layouts and two cards with the Kit with enough to make another card or even two!

I would LOVE to see your creations using my Step by Step! Please link it up here so that I can see!

xo Charm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Road Test with Echo Park 'My Life'

Hi girls,

This month I am road testing one of the new Echo Park Mini Kits called 'My Life.'

In the kit, you get 6 double sided papers (2 each of 3 designs). Here is a sneek of one side..

And this is the other side..

I love papers that have the cut apart sheets..they can be used for journalling, to ground titles and embellishments or even for Project Life :)

And lastly there is a 6 x 12 sticker sheet...

Here is my first page...

And this is my second. I enjoyed creating a grid/Project Life like design for this page using that one cut apart sheet.

I hope you like what I have created. If you would like to buy this kit you can find it in the shop HERE..

Thanks for stopping by
Kel :)