Monday, 14 August 2017

Let's take a selfie... my first... ever!!


Do you take SELFIES?

Well, I can tell you that this is my FIRST!!

Yes, our daughters and son are quite adept at holding their phones at an awkward angle while making sure they are smiling on a completely different angle... but this is not really my thing?

So, the group challenge this month is

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling

I picked up a couple of sheets of Graphic 45 'Midnight Masquerade' papers at The Stampers Hut - which matched the shirt I wore to Katelyn's Birthday breakfast earlier in the month!!
A little fussy cutting... and some paper layers... and a few pieces of chipboard too!!

Will have to add some journalling to tuck behind the photo...
Alison xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Step one, two and three plus a holiday layout by Alison Bevis

Did you miss me last month?
Whoopsy, I moved house, packed my chipboard and totally was distracted with unpacking!!
Yes, my craft room went from an Office to a Bookcase....
my goodness, it has been a challenge!!

So I thought I better catch up a bit so have a few extra projects

Capturing a Moment in Thailand

No automatic alt text available.

and a close up of the chipboard - a combination of Paint powder and sprays were used to colour the cogs and black ink for the title.

No automatic alt text available.

The Look of Love..
I started by drawing a circle about in the middle of my page and then covering the outer edges with crackle medium. When it was dried and crackled, added a little subtle colour with paint powder to capture the 'cracks'.... and then add some floral paper, a photo and chipboard!!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, flower

Added some sequins to each part of the banner for a bit of glitz!!

No automatic alt text available.

From love to Capturing the 'Baby belly'
Capturing the Moment

Image may contain: 1 person

This page came from a challenge by Natalie May to create something with the leftover 'Pie chart' pieces at the Unmasked retreat in July - I began by masking a rectangular space for the photo and then adhered the Pie pieces along 3 sides. I've dabbed on gesso to cover the the pieces, plus a little extra around the sides, before sprinkling with paint powder and spritzing with water and letting dry naturally. 

Image may contain: 1 person

Embellishing with a bit of lace, flowers, a few mirrored arrows and that great title which spotlights a cute belly.

Onto the next step in the story...
the beautiful baby girl

Our Little Girl

Image may contain: 1 person

This layout was created with some resin pieces from a previous kit which I didn't get around to entering in a challenge... with a great Imaginarium Designs chipboard title 'Our Little Girl'

No automatic alt text available.

You'll have to imagine how lovely the shimmer is from the colour spray!!

Another 3 pages for baby Iylah's album 
and one more of our son on our family holiday in January/February 2017
- done!!

Thank you for visiting,
keep creating,
Alison xx

Sunday, 23 July 2017

All that glitters is not gold...

Welcome to my blog, 
you might have clicked to read this blog post for a number of reasons... 
all of which are quite okay!

Image may contain: text

I have always tried to live my life with honesty, integrity and love for everyone's individual journey through life...
although I have carried a few 'secrets' and a bit of baggage along the way, this has played on my sense of 'Honesty' so about 3 years ago I decided to share some parts of my life that I had kept hidden from everyone, except my husband Anthony - hoping that it would lighten my load... and it has!!

My story began on the 17th August 1972, the first born of Ross and Judy White - they went on to have my brother Scott some 4 years later. Our parents led a typical family life, we went to church each Sunday,  Dad was a Police Officer for over 20 years, Mum involved with Community care inc Fostering & Women's refuge's before many years in Public service - they divorced when I was 9...

Image may contain: text

Mum started drinking heavily and continued to be an aggressive 'functioning' alcoholic until 10 years ago, but for 25 years her alcoholism was crippling to our family. My childhood memories are filled with rarely having Mum at home, she would be at the pub with some blokes, no food in the fridge but always wine, missing out on school excursions & activities, meeting numerous 'boyfriends' and always having tension at home. By age 11 I was cooking meals, ironing, cleaning, covering for her drinking behaviours... all while trying to maintain a 'childhood' to the outside world.
Throughout my adult years Mum has come and go from our daily life, mostly for her narcisstic ideals - she is never at fault, never wrong and never apologises! As I look back on the past years she is either talking to me or talking to Scott... rarely at the same time? I see other women who have such a lovely relationship with their mothers, and think of what could have been... I then focus on my own relationship with our daughters! 

Dad would mostly have us each fortnight, but moved around quite a bit, we met a few different 'girlfriends' before he married Sue (who passed away from MS - Sue will always be my Wedding day 'Mum') and has since been married to Perla for some 23 years, but is another story? 
While we were visiting one weekend at the house at The Gap he molested me and on other occasions 'extremely inappropriate' behaviour... I couldn't tell anyone! Who would believe me? I was always told I was such a difficult child, opinionated and 'naughty'!! 

So my life continued down a bumpy road until I met Anthony, he accepted me and loved me and I shared the most vulnerable parts of myself. We have grown and continue to support each other... he is an amazing person!! We were married when I was 19 & a half (they said it wouldn't last!!), we were gifted 3 children and live our life each day.

Through the years, I wanted to be normal, to have what I saw other families were having and so made it happen... for all intents and purposes we 'were' a 'happy family' at birthday, christmas and other occasions. Until some 4 years ago when Perla's daughter Malea created a drama over Fathers Day (just the straw that broke the camels back as there had been lies at birthdays and other such events through the years, that I 'fixed') and my brother & I and our families were excluded, again. Only this time I wasn't going to smooth it all over, and then Christmas was awkward (I love Christmas, always have, always will) Dad's birthday passed in February, and when he came over at Easter and I told him he needed to be accountable for his actions of 30 years ago, that he had to stop the lies and deception and acknowledge what he did to me... he didn't like it...tried to convince me it didn't happen... he just wanted to give our kids an Easter gift and continue to live the lie we had lived, till now... but something in me, finally said this is enough. I did not want our children growing up in an environment that is so 'fake'!!

Yes, I had to share my 'story' with our children, who had managed to grasp the conversation at our front door... a combination of guilt and a weight lifted - a strangely satisfying feeling? I bravely shared my story to my aunt (Dad's sister and someone who I hold in great esteem, even to this day where she has been told by her brother that I must be lieing as he was in the Police force at the time! I have told her to see what is going on with the priests in the church?) I know it's a shameful situation... I've lived with the shame for 30 odd years!! I also shared my 'secret' with my Brother and sister in law... many tears were wept but in the end they choose to have Grandparents for my niece & nephew - we all get to make choices, and consequently the ripple continues to widen our bond... my heart hurts each day to know that I had no support before and still none after - it is what it is - people can only believe the truth when they want to believe it!!

Image may contain: text

I suppose I am writing this as I get a lot of comments about how perfect my life is, how lucky I am and mostly I agree, but it is because 3 years ago I decided to live a life of truth.
Yes, I do make allowances for those who walk blindly along, following the same pathways as their parents because my love is unconditional and yet not all conditions come from love.

I am not interested in being a 'Poster child' nor a 'Victim' I would just like to continue my journey with the knowledge that I am not hiding anything from anyone. I often listen to other people's stories of their journey through life and feel compassion  or lucky but never judge them, we all have different paths.... and this is mine!

In my mid teens I contacted Alanon, for children and families of alcoholics and more recently reached out to Bravehearts... my path is made difficult by those who don't believe, those who continue to play games and it took alot of growth for me to be 'okay' with walking the past 3 years alone with just my husband and children for support. People seem to believe their love is unconditional and yet their actions speak louder. Simply telling me to 'get over it' or 'move on' is not helpful, sorry!!
 I do have lovely friends, some who know and some who don't, some who share a similar story and some who don't but all with a common thread of friendship - I appreciate and am grateful for you all xx

I suspect some of you have made it to here and think 'big deal', I knew there was something or perhaps will treat me differently with their new found knowledge... and that is all to be expected, please know that your feelings, comments or gossip does not have much of an effect on me these days... I finally and actually like the person I am, yes, still so much to learn and improve and work on but I am doing my best each day!!

If I was handing out Gold Stars today, you would get one just for reading to the end, so 
Thank you.. 
I've probably shared 'too much', you should have seen all the bits I have edited out... but have shared from my heart, and that is who I am! A far from perfect person who continually makes mistakes but strives to live each day with hope for the future!

I hope by me sharing something very personal in a very public way will be another step forward in my journey... but, only time will tell...
Alison xx

Monday, 12 June 2017

Masculine Cards - Imaginarium Designs

...and Welcome,
It's Alison here today and I just have a few projects to share with you,
I did have a couple more planned... alas our recent relocation and family 'stuff' mean my 24 hours each day had significantly reduced 'spare' time!!
I like to give myself a little theme and chose Masculine,
so I've created a couple of quick and easy cards for the Men in our life.

Masculine Cards

No automatic alt text available.

The cards are all made with the mini paper pack from Feature Arts Paper and is a great range about Cruising.
I simply cut some squares of patterned paper and layered it with some cork sheet, a canvas star and a couple of pieces of inked chipboard.

No automatic alt text available.

Another quick and simple design - a couple of squares of patterned paper, inked and adhered to the centre of a card base. Trim a striped piece into a banner, and a cluster of embellishments - chipboard cogs have been inked and then coated with Glossy Accents or similar to finish.

No automatic alt text available.

Chipboard pieces are such a great way to add a bit of jazz to a simple card. The negative or rubbish from a cog set is inked and then used as a cute frame on a focal point.

Image may contain: 1 person

A couple of squares of patterned paper, cork sheet, clear stickers and a few pieces of a great mixed cog design roughly inked to add a bit of a weathered look. A couple of extra pieces of metal to finish.

No automatic alt text available.

It isn't always easy to create cards for the men but maybe try some simple designs for you next cards?

Alison xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Imaginarium Designs - Group - Challenge

Hello again, 
and Thanks for stopping by my blog
whether you are here for the first time or the 50th time
Thank you, and Hello!!

Over on the Imaginarium Designs blog today our group post is sharing some ideas for a fabulous challenge being run this month

This is the mood board

and this is what I did with those joyful colours
I also took the circles,
and the photo of Aunty Sandra is 'important to me'

Happy Days

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, flower

Photo of Aunty Sandra taken on one of her many cruises!!

No automatic alt text available.

I snipped apart the layers around a clock piece - one for around the face inked in orange - the circle in the bottom right hand corner and top left hand are one piece snipped into two pieces to 'stretch' the chipboard a little further! 
The stamping is from one of Fiona Paltridge's Aal and Create sets..

No automatic alt text available.

The centre of the clock inked in pale blue and clustered with a flair button, pink crochet doiley and resin flower in orange - a couple of embellishments from the May D-lish JAP kit.

Image may contain: text

The title HAPPY DAYS sprayed in white to highlight the beautiful script - a few little heat pearls sitting along the chipboard circle to finish.

All of the Imaginarium Designs chipboard designs can be found HERE

Thanks again for visiting,
Alison xx


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Saturday's are splendid for a spot of chipboard...

Hello everyone!!
So glad you've come to visit,

We have recently sold our home, so I've been ticking things off my list all month!!
I always try to craft each day, some of the days it means I look wistfully into my craft room...
it was the last thing to pack and, 
It will be one of the first things to be unpacked!!

I was 'gifted' some beautiful photos recently, I tell our family and friends if they give me photos then I will give them back layouts - it means I have a constant flow of different photos, with different people... so I never get bored!!


I bought a few sheets of  49 & Market 'Fairies' patterned paper, did a little fussy cutting then adhered it all done - easy!! Paper purchased from Arnold's Scrapbooking (Queensland)
Well, yes I did fussy cut all the fairy images and some flowers too - I know there is a few who don't really like cutting out images but it is quite relaxing for me - I have a little tray and my favourite scissors and can sit with our family and have a 12x12" page done in no time!!
Hello to little Phoenix - photo taken in the cutest mini clawfoot tub!!

How lovely is this border strip!!
I swiped some Distress Oxide, sprinkled a little water, dried it and then randomly spotted some glue to sprinkle over a glitter and Prills mix for some pretty texture.

The corner flourish just had a swipe of Distress Oxide ink...
so the fairy had somewhere nice to rest for a minute or two...

Me & You... You and Me...

I started with a lovely sheet of Prima 'Rose Quartz' paper and roughly swiped a Distress Oxide in a 't' shape,
randomly stamped with 'brown' ink,
trimmed some coordinating paper into random width lengths and then snipped a banner in each end,
adhered the strips, the photo tucked into the Clock chipboard, added some flowers,
Photo is Shakaela's selfie with Christine, our niece.

The title is actually joined together when you purchase it but I wanted to stretch it a bit longer down the page, so I simply snipped it apart,
I spritzed the title with a couple of shades of Marker Maniacs mist and then a touch of fine glitter over the ampersand,
the swirly flourish under 'you' is misted in Colour Blast shimmer spray.

A super quick flower - a circle of material, misted then adhere the curved pieces to form a contemporary rose - spray adhesive and a sprinkle of fine glitter for a bit of sparkle.


This is a great way to get a bit of value from the more expensive sheets - cut off the part you really like then trim the remainder in half and stick back together to form a whole sheet but be sure to turn them to the reverse for the contrast.
Photo is Emily's friends newborn Clara - she is a Doctor Who fan!!

If you know me, you'll know I am not great friends with glitter (it just hangs around far too long and wears out it's welcome!) but occasionally, it has a purpose - mostly anything Christmas, and little girls projects? After inking with a metallic ink a randomly sprinkled some fine glitter (Every project has glitter today, made at different times so I have surprised myself!! haha) A little bit more fussy cutting - all the embellishments came from a single sheet which was meant to be constructed into a pillow box - a little challenge to myself to think outside the box? Paper purchased at Bella Paperie (Queensland)

Clock face 4"                           Embellishment Corners
Ruth Border                          Beautiful Girl
                                      You & Me                       Loolabelle's Piecharts and Hearts Embellishments

Chipboard is such a lovely addition to a layout, card or Off the page project, it just adds something special!!
There is so many options to colour or alter the original 'out of the packet' piece... unlimited options!!

Thank you for visiting, 
Alison xx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Kraft Plus - Out of the Box - May challenge - Imaginarium designs sponsoring

Imaginarium Designs
is one of the fabulous sponsors at 
challenges this month
so I had a sneak peek at the 'theme'

Out of the Box

Image may contain: 1 person

I do remember a few years ago, okay ...almost 20 - that I loved to 'chop up' photos and shape them to 'match' the page - people were slightly horrified at the thought... it's a 10cent reprint nowadays - bonus!!

So I found some choppable photos and some Imaginarium Designs chipboard and this is what happened -

Don'y forget to get your entry in this month!!

Magical Moment

Image may contain: 4 people

Echo Park paper co has a fabulous 'Magic and Wonder' Collection which has the colours and imagery of 'Minnie, Mickey and Disney' - so much fun!!

No automatic alt text available.

How lovely is this 'Lamp post' chipboard from Imaginarium Designs, I've simply inked it with pearly white ink and made it part of the supplementary title - you could also print a small photo to fit the circle frame - it has a great tapered design.

Photos are from when Phoenix celebrated her FIRST birthday - her Mum and Dad dressed up as Minnie and Mickey... so cute!!
Alison xx