A special guest spot!

Hey there!  I've got some exciting news to share with you today!

I'm a special guest over here

I would love it if you could hop on over and take a peek!

Thanks so much in advance and have a great day!


Chantal :)

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Three years on… :)

Hi everyone!  I have scrapped some school photos - I'm slowly getting through them all!  I have three school photos from the last three years...

I have used The Studio Challenges' 9th November Sketch for this layout.  

I have used a combination of  7 dots studio's collections, "Illumination" and "Messy Head", for this layout.  I have added an extra splash colour with alcohol ink pens, misting and masking and pearl pens.

And just one more close up...

I love how these papers already have a mixed media look which you can easily build upon for extra depth and interest if you like.

This is the sketch that I used.  It has a nice balance and design!

So, that's all from me for now!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Chantal :)

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Perfect moment :)

Hi there!

Today I would like to share a layout created using a variety of 7 dots studio goodies.

My layout uses a combination of "Soulmates", "Illumination" and "Messy Head" collections - all by 7 dots.  I love how nicely these collections work together!

My layout is called "Perfect moment"…

I have used the latest mood board (November 2014 - Challenge 19) over at Scrap Around the World for my inspiration…

My primary source of inspiration is the bottom right hand image.  I have cut up my woodgrain patterned paper into strips and created a floorboard/decking pattern just like the photo by adhering the strips onto a darker coloured paper.  

The matt of light coloured patterned paper was directly influenced by the white paper image, and I was inspired by the linked script on the paper by my use of linked script labels/stickers and the link script stamping which is located around the entire outside edges of the layout.

The bold use of flowers on my layout was taken from the top right image and the use of jute string underneath my photograph was inspired by the top left image.

I really enjoyed using this mood board - they are really inspiring images.  I could happily create lots of layouts using them!

These paper lend themselves so well to inking, stamping, painting and glitter gluing - as I've done here. Such a lovely thickness and finish.

Well that's all from me for today.  Thanks for stopping by!


Chantal :)

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A "WOW" Layout...

Hi there!

Today I'd like to share on my blog a layout created for a Scrapbooking Memories Master Challenge, sponsored by "Words of Whatever".  I was provided a lovely variety of chipboard, wood veneers and stencils to work with for this layout, "I love that Miss Ambler"...

This layout featured in magazine volume 16, number 10 and as always it was really interesting to see all the different layouts using the same products.

Here are some my ideas that were featured in the article;

- Customise chipboard quickly and easily by painting acrylic paint, then immediately sprinkle iridescent glitter over the top.  The chipboard dries quicker this way and it looks gorgeous with little fuss!

-  Use two very different masks using different coloured spray inks for depth and interest.  I used two masks one at a time and once I'd finished, I used the sprayed masks as stamps on my page.  The beads of ink end up looking like cool splats on the page.

- Alter the wood veneer shapes with pearl pens like I have with the butterflies.  I added some pearl pen to the abdomen of each butterfly for a 3D effect.  You could also use beads or sequins.

I have used three felt Mottled Moths on this layout.  These are available from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg, and have incidentally previously featured in Scrapbooking Memories magazine in the "Product Spotlight" section.

I have really enjoyed my time as a Master and it really flew by for me so fast!  I'm excited to find out who the next lucky 10 will be!  :D

That's all for now, have a great one!


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#schooldays :)

Hey there,

Today I have a school layout to share.  I've kept it pretty simple, using a nice large school portrait photo as the main focus…

For something different, I have journalled using coloured pencil on the background patterned paper.

Those Denim Hearts are from byChantalVandenberg, my online store on etsy.  They are $3.50 for a pack of 20 - three different sizes come in one pack.  I have used two smalls and one medium here on this layout.

The chipboard bike, year and ink nib is by 2Crafty.

You can see a bit more of a close up of my doodling/outlining and paint details here. :)

I have created this layout for The Studio Challenges' "Big Photo" Challenge.

Well that's all for now!  Stay scrappy!


Chantal :D

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Our Growing Girl :)

Hi there!  Today I'd like to share a reflective layout, using an assortment of photos over the years of my youngest daughter…

I have quite a few "left over" photos/doubles that are perfect for this kind of layout.  I have used a scalpel knife to cut shapes out of the background paper for the photos.  By doing this, I can doodle my own custom frames, which in turn, focuses or zooms in on the details I want to highlight.

My layout has used the latest sketch over at That's Just So Cute.  The sketch is called "So Cute Surprise - October".  I have actually used the sketch twice over for the one layout…

… so I have used this sketch in the top left hand corner for the first three photos and journalling block, then again for the second lot of three rectangular photos and the house embellishment (which like the journalling block, fills in for a photo).  I've added an arrow just like the sketch and the title is at the base of the layout too.

Here's a close-up of my frame cutting and doodling.  I'm enjoying doodling at the moment… :)

And one more closie, this time focusing on my title - mostly drawn, broken up by some gold and white AC Thickers for dimension and order. ;)

I have used papers by 7dots studio and embellishments by BasicGrey.  The delicious cherry flair button is by A Piece of Cake Designs.

Well that's all from me for now, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have an awesome day!


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How to play dodgeball... :)


Today I've got a new layout to share.  It's a fun instructional layout using some backyard dodgeball pics…

I've used the latest sketch from Creative Scrappers for this layout - CS Sketch 280.  I've hand drawn the "dodgeball" title and the circles which have incorporated the bulk of my journaling.

I've used a Pink Sunbeam Sweetie on here, along with a Blue Denim Heart (Denim Hearts come in packs of 20 in three assorted sizes - the smallest size is used here).

There's also a small white Fuzzy Felt Cloud on the top right of my layout.  All these embellishments are available from my etsy store.

Here's the sketch that I used;

I have followed the sketch quite closely (for me!), just choosing to use more photos but keeping the general orientation shown.

Well that's all from me for now, thanks so much for stopping by!

Chantal :)

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Hey it's show time!

Hello there!

I hope my post finds you well.  I thought I'd share part two of my "mastering the art of bright and bold colours" article as published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine Vol. 16 No. 9.

My layout, "2013 Royal Adelaide Show" uses a medium pink patterned paper as the base colour and a medium blue cardstock as the complementary colour.  I primarily carried the complementary colour throughout the layout by using a piece of punched patterned paper, a ticket, letters, a ribbon bow and a sticker using the rule of thirds.

One of the key factors when using bright and bold colours is outlining; I like to use black.  This can be combined with doodling but it's best to stick with outlining around the layout's elements first and then if you feel there is room for it then you could add this at the end.  Outlining with a good quality black marker will give your layout that wow factor; it is an important part of this technique.  I personally prefer to use American Crafts Slick Writer, but I also like the good ol' Sharpie marker and Uniball Signo gel pens totally rock as well. :)

When using bright and bold colours, I usually like to incorporate some neutral-toned elements such as creams, browns, whites and black.  I find the lighter neutral tones help the layout breathe while the darker colours help stabilise or ground them.

For this layout, I have tried to encapsulate all the excitement, busyness and fun of a fairground atmosphere.  I've added some show-themed ephemera on here such as tickets and die cuts.  I have made my own glittered pegs - by covering one side of mini wooden pegs with American Crafts' glitter tape.  No mess or fuss! :)

I have also used three goodies from my etsy store;

A Candy (top right - pictured above) and Popcorn from my "Treat Cuteness" pack, along with a Swirl Sweet Pop in Dark Pink (bottom left - see below).

These embellishments add just that little bit of fun factor - perfect for a fun-filled memory! :)

The Popcorn and Candy come with a Burger...

…and that is the Treat Cuteness pack! :)

The Swirl Sweet Pops come in packs of two.  This colour way is "dark pink"…

These cute embellishments can all be found at byChantalVandenberg.

The chipboard year title is by 2Crafty.  They are so handy - those years!

Well that is all from me for now.  I hope to back sooner rather than later on my blog - time is ticking away so fast… seriously it's almost Christmas again!  Wowza!

Anyway, thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have an awesome day!



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The Fox in Socks :)

Hi there! :)

Today I would like to share one of two layouts that I created for a "Mastering the art using bright and bold colours" feature for Scrapbooking Memories magazine (Vol. 16 No. 9).

For my layout, "Fox in Socks", I used turquoise as my base colour.  The striking chevron patterned background is one of the bold elements I used whilst the addition of the hot pink die-cut doily is my complementary colour.

When using complementary colours (which are strong colours that contrast yet complement each other as they are directly opposite on the colour wheel), I try to stick to the rule of thirds.  In this case I have used four hot pink elements on my layout, but visually I haven't broken this rule because the off-cut from the large doily has been placed underneath the bottom left photo.  By doing this I have added the hot pink elements in five places which keeps with the rule of thirds!

The memory I've captured here actually incorporates a fun costume that I made for my daughter.  I made some cute fox ears for her and upon printing my photos, I noticed that these ears were mostly cropped off!  Oops!  So I made up for this by making mini versions of what I'd made and highlighted them by adding them to overhang the page!  They look just as cute in the album tucked in too.  Just a cute little interactive bit that came from a whoopsie! :)

I've used a couple of products from my etsy store on this layout.  They are the Fox Cutie from the Woodland Cuties pack and Fuzzy Felt Clouds in Kawaii Colours. :)

Well that is all for now, stay tuned for part two from my bright and bold feature!

Thanks for visiting!

Chantal :)

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A new smile!

Hello!  I have based this layout on this month's challenge at Once Upon A …Sketch.  I have documented a milestone which inevitably happens in every child's life - the first lost tooth!

My layout is thus called, "A new smile" :)

I've created a unique background by using inks, water and a laundry sink. :)  The circular part with nothing on it is where the empty plug hole was… lol.

I love these canvas frames by Crate Paper.  They are part of an exclusive Maggie Holmes collection, as are the bows, pegs, die cuts and papers. :)

I have sneakily made the wooden pegs less dimensional.  Here's how;

1. Pull out one wooden half of the peg, so that you have one wooden half with no wire on it.
2. Using wire cutters, snip the piece of wire which would normally be seen at the top of the peg.
3. Adhere the snipped piece of wire to the top of the peg, inside the indent.
4. Presto!  You have the look of a wooden peg without the bulk.  Plus you have more bang for your buck!  Another half to play with! :D

Here is the sketch that I have based my layout on…

I was inspired by the two photos placed left and right, but I decided to use the right photo's position as negative space.  This gave me the opportunity to use a larger photo on the left and multiple photos on the right.

I hope you have a lovely day!  Thanks so much for stopping by! :D


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Sisters make the best friends :)

Hi there!

Today I'd like to share the full layout "Sisters make the best friends", which I created recently for Berry71Bleu's monthly challenge.

byChantalVandenberg was one of the sponsors for the sketch challenge and I created this layout based on the sketch provided.  I have used a gorgeous tag by Marivic, of Berry71Bleu, which includes one orange Sunbeam Sweetie from my store. :)

I have also used tow other handmade products from my shop on my layout; the Bright Star, which is a new product in stock (large size used here), and the Fuzzy Felt Clouds in white (various sizes pack used here).

I have also die-cut some gold glitter cardstock in round shapes and placed them in three places on my layout, inspired by the lovely gold buttons on the tag.

The eclectic assortment of embellishments on my page, which range from handmade and vintage… to delicate and funky, were all inspired by the collection of embellishments included on the exclusive Berry71Bleu tag. :)

Also, if you were wondering what happened to that yellow bottlecap, I just smashed it flat with a hammer.  Lol!  Less bulk that way!

Well that's all from me for now.  Until next time, happy scrapping!


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A guest spot!

Hello!  Today I am guesting over at Berry71bleu!

I have created a layout based on this month's sketch challenge that my shop, byChantalVandenberg, is sponsoring!

Here are a few sneaks for you…


I'd love it if you could pop on over there to check out the full reveal and this month's sketch!

Thanks for visiting!


Chantal :)

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