Friday, 15 June 2018

Fresh Air Blog Hop

Welcome to our "Fresh Air" blog hop, if you arrived here from Doreen's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like. To continue the hop click on the link at he end of the post to see more terrific ideas.

When I first saw the Fresh Air collection I immediately thought of outdoorsy photos and projects, but that's not necessarily the case. At this time I don't have any outdoor photos that suit these papers, but the soft colours of linen, glacier and toffee really lends itself to other projects.

I have been wanting the add this photo of my dad to my album for a few years but just haven't seen any layouts that took my fancy. I have this photo in a 5x7 size framed and on display in my home. I came a cross a similar layout on Pinterest that gave me the inspiration for this layout.  This was the last photo of my dad that I took before he was no longer able to carry on a conversation with us. Unfortunately the Alzheimer's became so advanced we saw our dad slip away from us, his body was still healthy but his memory had gone.

 I love this combination of colours, the glacier and toffee with the lovely leaf patterned paper.  I free hand cut the hearts and then added the pen stitching and lines to further define the shape. I mounted the photo with craft cardstock and also used it for the first layer of circles. I do really cherish this photo of my dad because this is how I always want to remember him.

My niece Margo and her daughter Mia live overseas and in 2016 they came for a visit and we took them to Caversham Wildlife Park. They had a great time feeding the kangaroos and seeing the other Australian native wildlife. I recently saw these books and had to get them and send them to Mia, she loves to look at books and Margo reads to her often.

I wanted to make a special card to send with the books and this is what I came up with. It is called a Split Panel card.  There are lots of videos on You Tube with instructions to make this card.

Here are some simple instructions to make the card, cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" fold in half  then cut 2" from the fold save this piece because you will use it for the bottom of the card. Cut the piece that you saved  2" x 41/4" and this is what you use for the bottom of the card.

I have used this great koala stamp from the "Go Wild International" stamp set C1695. This stamp is in the Annual Inspiration catalogue and will only be available until July. I used pigment ink and then clear embossed the image, this was then matted it on the same colour cardstock as the card base. Adhere the printed paper to the cardstock on the front of the card and decorate as desired. Place the bottom bit for the card along the bottom edge so it will be straight then add the piece with the stamped image to hold the two pieces together.  Be sure you only add adhesive to the top and bottom edges.  I added a piece of white daisy cardstock inside the card so you can stamp your sentiment. Make sure you marked with pencil between the top and bottom pieces of the card so you know exactly where to place your stamped sentiment. Decorate as desired.

 I love making pretty cards and this card definitely falls into that category. Pretty papers, flowers and bling are always a great combination for me.

  I used one of the cards from the Value Pack, I then cut a piece of glacier cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"  and added the printed paper on top, these pieces are 1 1/4" x 5 2/8". I spaced them evenly across the glacier cardstock  For the horizontal strip I cut another piece of glacier cardstock 2" x 3 7/8" and added a piece of the woven look paper on top. I stamped the flowers directly onto the beautiful glacier leaf paper and then fussy cut them out. I added the lovely White Pearls Z3370 to the centers of the flowers. These pearls are really economical, you get 90 adhesive backed pearls of three different sizes for just $6.50. The butterfly is made with two different sized punched butterflies, to add a little bling I adhered a Bitty Sparkle to the center of the butterfly wings. These Bitty Sparkles Z1263 are also a great buy they are only $4.50 for 100 sparkly gems. Finally I added the sentiment and the white burlap ribbon which I separated into individual strands.

You can find all the products to make these projects on my website

Thanks again for stopping by I hope you found some inspiration here. There is lots more to see click here to go to Shaunna's Passionate About Pages blog, she will have something really special to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are greatly appreciated.


  1. That floral card is stunning and the layout your created about your father is one of the reasons I love scrapbooking- telling the stories!

  2. Your layout is very special and your cards have great colour combinations. TFS

  3. I love your page layout! Also the floral card is stunning. I love the story behind your koala card, how sweet to receive that overseas. I love all your stuff!!

  4. I love your layout for your dad, Doris. It is a beautiful tribute to him. Your cards are pretty spesh too! Nice to see Fresh Air made pretty :)

  5. Your page layout is just perfect for that special photo of your dad! What a great memory to cherish!