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Frosted Designs Blog Hop

I hope you are enjoying the Frosted Designs June Blog hop - I am stop number 5 of 10 if you have just join in with me you can go back to the start here.

The theme this month is a lot of fun - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

The best part about this.... pretty much anything that has to do with girls having fun qualifies for this one! We just want you to have fun!!!

Here are some ideas.....Mums, daughters, girlfriends, sisters, mother in laws, could be any photo you've had with any other lady in your life, a photo you have with mum on your wedding day, or you and your daughter on a holiday, even a party with the girlfriends, the list goes on. If it's a card or OTP project, it just has to be girly, the more girly the better.

1. Brenda
4. Lori
    Manda <<<< You are here
6. Amanda
8. Narelle

Here's my girly layout (as girly as I get anyway LOL) but it has flowers and glitter and really what else could you need on a girly layout :) 

Now onto the important business - prizes! We have two awesome sponsors for this months hop and each are offering a $25 gift voucher:

All you need to do to win one of these prizes is:
1. You need to hop to every blog on this list.
2. Leave a comment on the FD blog telling us that you completed the hop.
3. Complete a Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Type of project and link it up on the FD blog. 

I am also offering a little prize of an Alphabet Stamp from Studio Calico & Hero Arts to win this all you is leave a comment here (which also enters you in the prizes above) For extra entries follow my blog or follow Mandalika Designs on facebook and leave a comment saying you have. 
Next stop on the hop is Amanda, have fun and I can't wait to see all those girly designs. 
Have a great weekend, 

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge

I adore patterned paper but when I think about the most versatile patterns Polka Dots are always at the top of this list. It's such a classic pattern that will never go out of style and there should be some in every stash. So that brings me to this weeks Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge - we challenge to use polka dots on your creation - easy!
As you can see I went all out with the polka dots from the patterned paper to the Maggie Holmes fabric fram and washi tape. 
The kitty on this page is Raji and we recently lost him to the devastating feline HIV, it was an absolutely heartbreaking loss because we didn't know he had it and he went downhill so quickly and unexpectedly. If you have a cat I strongly urge you to make sure they are immunised against it.
Mr. Raji was a wonderful, gentle soul and while he was only in our lives a short time, he brought so much joy and happiness to us.
So now you have seen what I have made head over to Frosted Designs for more DT inspiration and to play along, this weeks prize is a $25 gift voucher from Oh My Crafts.
Hope you have all had an awesome weekend,

Life.Paper.Scrapbook. June Colour Challenge

I can't believe it is less than a week until the next issue of Life.Paper.Scrapbook. comes out! I have been so busy getting it finalised and hope people like it as much as the first issue.
Today I am sharing my layout for the latest LPS colour challenge. I really liked this colour palette because it added some colour to the dreary cold winter days here.
So I am still working through my stash of NY photos so I tried to keep the style similar to the other layouts I had done which is pretty clean and graphic.
I used the dark blue as a mount for the page and the photo, I selected a dark navy yet when I have photographed it, it appeared to be black. I am not sure why because in person it is clearly navy, I can only put it down to the lack of sunshine when I took the pictures. 
I have recently seen a few layouts that have used clusters of wood veneer so I thought I would do that as a centrepiece to the layout. I really like the way it came out and might try this with some other embellishment types too.
One of my new favourite things is the Pink Paislee Luxe Rub Ons, I like the little spots in different sizes because it is a quick way of adding the effect of splattered mists but with less mess. I wish they made sheets of just the dots in all different colours.

This months prize is a neat Amy Tangerine pack so make sure you head over to Life.Paper.Scrapbook. for more inspiration from the DT and for all the details you need to play along.
Thanks for stopping by,


I moved house last week and while I was moving I found a packet of B&W photos I took in NYC back in 2002 (they were taken with a camera that had... film!), I shared a layout I made with one last week here. I liked how it turned out so I decided to do the rest of them rather than let them disappear to the bottom of a box again.

Last week on Two Peas In A Bucket, Paige Taylor Evens shared a video of scrap your stash using 6x6 papers where she rolled the paper in to tubes and I quite liked the idea so I decided to give it a go.
Although this is a pretty simple looking layout it took a long time to roll all those paper rolls. Originally they were all 4 inches long but then I decided I wanted a more staggered look to match the skyline of the city. 
I love the look of these alphas from CP The Pier Collection and think the bold, red font works really well with the B&W pic. My tiny attacher wasn't long enough to get all the way up the page where I wanted to place the title so I just went with my normal stapler.
Hope you all had a great weekend and found some time to get scrappy,

Sketchabilities #93

I am so excited to join the design team at Sketchabilities, as you know I am a huge fan as sketches for a starting point so to join a team that focuses on just that is such a joy. So today I am sharing my very first layout as part of the team for Challenge #93.

Because I am pretty much a one photo scrapper I had to adapt the picture part of the sketch so I used a pocket for journalling and added the little Crate Paper frame from the Pier Collection.
Now head on over to the Sketchabilities blog to get more inspiration from the other amazing DT members and to link up your own entry to have a chance to win a fabulous prize from Want 2 Scrap.

Want2Scrap are also offering up a $25.00 Gift Certificate to their online store for **one random winner who follows and likes--details below**
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Color Me Scrappy #40

Today I am sharing my last layout for the Color Me Scrappy Design Team, I have had such a great time on the team working with all the talented ladies but the term is over and I have a lot of commitments at the moment on so I made the decision to not renew for another term.

Today's challenge #40 and I really loved this vibrant colour palette, the twist was to use a black and white photo and a square/grid pattern. 

I recently found a pack of B&W photo's I took in New York in 2002 and they have been gathering dust at the bottom of a box so I thought I should scrap them. This one of course is of Grand Central Station. I thought it was perfect because of the grid of windows behind the clock.
There is actually a bit of method to my madness with how busy this layout is, I wasn't sure where I was going and as I started to put it together I had all kinds of embellishments spread out and it reminded me how busy inside the station is so I thought I would try to reflect that. 
And just so I don't get reprimanded for my grammar and spelling I am perfectly aware that it should be "Isn't it grand" but I thought this had a nice New York 1960's comedy movie ring to it!

It has been an awesome three months at Color Me Scrappy and I will miss working with the team so much. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Love To Read

Oh wow I cannot believe how half the year has almost gone, I have been so busy I feel like I haven't had a chance to breathe. I am currently in the midst of editing the June issue of Life.Paper.Scrapbook. as well as working on finalising the exclusive Day To Day Project Kit for them (details are here) plus I am moving this week and I am sure I do not need to tell you what a nightmare that is especially around my scrap supplies it looks like a shop has exploded!

Today I wanted to share this layout I did that was inspired by Garden Girl Jill Sprouts Scrap Your Stash video from last week where she shares a layout using journalling cards. I really like the idea and I do have a tonne because I am *meant* to be doing PL but never seem to get around to it.
This layout is about my love of reading and there are two tags with hidden journalling sharing my thoughts on that and also some of my recent favourite books. I also included two quotes from a couple of my favourite books - Alice In Wonderland and The Great Gatsby. 

I really enjoyed using the journal cards for layering and will definitely try this again in the future. 
I read almost every night before I go to bed, sometimes I pour over books in a couple of nights, other times it takes me a while to get through. Last year I read 35 books. Generally I like historical fiction and thrillers. Here are a couple of my recent favourites if you are looking for something to read:

Frosted Designs - Sketch + Things With Wings

It's time for another Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge and this week the challenge is to use the sketch below but to also include things with wings.

I started this layout a bit differently, usually I start with a photo and work from there but I knew that I wanted to use some embellishments from my Maggie Holmes Collection Pack and the papers so then I had to find a photo to fit.

Because of the vintage shabby chic of the collection I knew I wanted this page to be about something similar so I used this photo is of a recipe of my grandmother's. She was a bit vague with recipes and usually just wrote down the ingredients then just knew how she went about making things. I have a lot of her recipes and I used to cook with her when I was little (she died when I was 9 years old) so I kind of know how things are meant to be added and they are so precious that I haven't written the method on them. I know I should take the time to transcribe them with the directions but I never get around to it, which I think may have been the case with my grandmother too. 
I really love how this page turned out, I think my grandmother would have loved it too because she adored pretty things and also she adored craft so if she was still around today I know that we would definitely be scrapping together.

So now you have seen my take make sure you head over to the Frosted Designs page and see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.This weeks sponsor is Molossi who are offering a $30.00 chipboard pack. 
Thanks for visiting,

SG June Blog Hop

Hello, I hope you are enjoying the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop. If you this is your first stop you can go back to the to the start HERE. Each blog will share a project using one of the SG sketches as a starting point. SG offer a fantastic range of sketchbooks and individual sketches to keep you inspired at the scrap table. "Scrapbook Generation sketches make scrapbooking a breeze! Don't spend precious time moving pieces of paper around on the page. Let Scrapbook Generation sketches do all the heavy lifting, while you have all the fun." You can find the sketches in their books and downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out.

They also offer a free sketch each month so you can try them out. For this hop I used one of the free sketches from April (I chose this one so if you would like to try them out you can use this one). 
Those who are a regular to my blog know that I am a sketch addict. They are my absolute favourite way to start a page, but when I first started scrapping I took the sketches very literally and didn't "colour outside the lines" but that is the beauty of the sketch you can do that if you need a template to follow or you can turn it, twist it, flip it to make it your own. I have made a few changes to this sketch, for example this was originally a sketch for 5 photos and I moved the embellishment on the right down to the bottom of the page. 
Thank you for stopping by, the next stop on the hop is Sheree, make sure you leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be draw on 10 June.

Manda - http://mandalikadesigns.blogspot.com/  ----------- You are here.

Colour Me Scrappy Challenge #39

Hello, hope you have all had a great weekend. Winter is finally here and it has been a bit chilly here in Melbourne but it has given me some time to organise my scrappy supplies for my big move it a couple of weeks and to have a bit of a play too.

Today I am sharing my layout for the Color Me Scrappy Challenge #39. Here is the colour palette:

I won't lie, purple scares me and I went through all of my supplies and I have NOTHING purple so I had to get a bit creative and did some watercolour splotches to start off the background. 
These pictures are from Balinese NYE (Nyepi) and are of an Ogoh Ogoh which are papier mache "monsters" that villagers make to scare away evil spirits. They carry them down the street and make lots of noise to confuse the spirits. Traditionally the Ogoh Ogoh are burnt at the end of the night however now a lot of them are very grand and a lot of time and money has gone into building them so they are kept after the parade for the following year. This huge pig one was my favourite, it was easily the size of a bus and had around 40 men carrying it. 

If you would like to play along and see all the awesome inspiration from the design team head on over to the Color Me Scrappy Blog.

Thanks for stopping by,