Bacon & Eggs Shadow Box | DOODLEBUG DESIGN

Monday, April 16, 2018

To get the most from our products we quite often need to 'think outside the box' when it comes to themes and holidays. You don't always need to have elves for Christmas, hearts for Valentine's Day or bunnies at Easter. Sometimes you can get away with using cute icons that don't depict the holiday you are working on but they have the perfect color scheme.  

My recent Easter project doesn't have a single bunny or chicken in sight, however, it is covered in eggs... along with bacon, waffles, pop tarts and a few hearts thrown in for good measure and made the perfect Easter gift for my youngest son who loves nothing better than a cooked breakfast. Don't get me wrong... he also loves chocolate so Easter Bunny dropped quite a few chocolates on his way past.

To create the shadow box I started off with a base of Swiss Dots vellum and placed a heart shape underneath to use as a template. I then adhered the largest of the icons evenly across the heart before filling in all the gaps with smaller embellishments.

Using Doodle-Pops and Sprinkles along with stickers gives a wonderful dimension to the project from all the different thicknesses in the layers. And how cute are those egg Doodle-Pops from the 'So Punny' collection?

Doodlebug have both 12 x 12 and 8 x 8 shadow box frames in white, black and brown. For this project I used the smaller size frame in white. Shadows boxes are a perfect way to create a gift for someone that has a little bit of dimension and a whole lot of fun.

Melinda Spinks


Thursday, April 5, 2018

I was recently given the opportunity to guest design for Jillibean Soup and instantly fell in love with the earthy and rustic products. Guest designing is a wonderful opportunity to work with items you don't often get to use and Mixed Media just happens to be one of those products. 

My daughter found this wall art piece in my design box and instantly laid claim to it so I decided to decorate it for her to use on her bedroom door.

To create the letter 'G' I used an electronic cutting machine to create the initial on plain paper and simply placed it over the wood piece before adhering the embellishments to fill the cut-out.

TIP: I wanted the wood accent butterflies to stand out against the wood background so I coloured them using an opaque white pen.

Initial 'G' Wood Plank

Jillibean Soup
Mix The Media: Surfaces 10"x10" Wood White Wash Plank
Embellishments: Shaker Wood Veneers - Butterflies, Farm House Pea Pod/Die Cuts, Felt Flowers - Nosey Navy
Shape Shakers: Sequin Shaker Fillers - Green
Stickers: Farm House Stew Puffy Stickers, Farm House Stew Co-ordinating Stickers, Farm House Stew Soup Labels

Other: Fiskars hand held flower and heart punch, Foam Pop Dots, Opaque White Pen.

Melinda Spinks

Remote Hog Layout | DOODLEBUG DESIGN

Historically February 14 is the most romantic day of the year so I thought it was fitting to scrap about my husband who very rarely allows his face to be in front of a camera. However, because I was using the 'So Punny' collection I thought it would be more fun to do a lighthearted page with the same sentiment behind it.

The entire layout design was based directly from the little television icon which I loved from the moment I found it inside the Odds & Ends packet. I really wanted to replicate the test pattern stripes but I also couldn't shake the idea of having a heart background. So after a few sketches I settled on a striped heart that I could stitch with matching color thread to the test pattern.

And how fun to find a matching remote... which gave me the idea to have 'Remote Hog' as the title to my layout. Although I seriously think my husband would disagree! I also used the little pink 'love' arrow sentiment from the brand new 'Chit Chat' pack.

Speaking of new products, the teenie tiny hearts are the latest Sprinkles and I have used almost two packets already. I cannot get enough of these little pieces because they make the perfect embellishment without being too heavy on the overall design.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day whether they celebrate Valentine's Day or not. It's nice to simply do something for someone you love regardless of the date.

Melinda Spinks


Pizza anyone? I must admit, I probably should have eaten before creating this layout because the more food icons I used the hungrier I became. Luckily our little Pug 'Dusty' doesn't think the same about his pizza toy or we could be in all sorts of trouble. To be honest, he quite often falls asleep on his slice of pizza so I thought it would be fun to use 'So Punny' with all the little pizzas to record this sweet photo of our Pug and his pizza pillow.
The brand new Chit Chat pieces work perfectly to co-ordinate with the icons so I used the 'you've stolen a PIZZA my heart' speech bubble as my page title.
When putting together a collage style layout I always use a variety of flat and dimensional stickers to create small shadows which adds to the interest of the page. That's why Doodle-Pop dimensional stickers work perfectly and I can't go past their cuteness.

Although 'So Punny' is a Valentine's Collection, it's design is broad enough to be used for so much more. So, have a hunt around your photo library and find some fun photos of pizza nights, or take-out with friends, or even camping pics where you are cooking bacon and eggs on a BBQ. All these events make up the 'every day' moments in our lives which are so important to record.
Melinda Spinks

'Zoo Poo' Treat Bags | DOODLEBUG DESIGN

My youngest son has his class 'Show 'n' Tell' roster pinned to my desk calendar so I don't forget when it's his turn. This week the theme is 'Favourite food to make in the kitchen' so he let me know in advance that he wanted to make 'rumballs aka truffles'. The next step was to work out a fun way to package the rumballs and we thought about doing Reindeer noses but one thing led to another and we decided on 'Zoo Poo', much to my son's delight.

Fortunately I still had two full sheets of icon stickers from the 'At the Zoo' collection to use on the front of this sweet little Treat Bag Topper SVG cut file from Lori Whitlock. I made the topper 6" in width which was perfect for snack size zip-lock bags to hold four rumballs for each student.

I also used three different leaf SVG cut files from the Doodlebug 'At The Zoo' collection to create more layers to the front embellishments and give that jungle feel behind each zoo animal.

Just loving the brand new 'Abigail' font stickers that come in all the Doodlebug colours including a gorgeous silver metallic foil.

So, I have made seven bags so far and have seven to go... half way there! I must admit they are fairly quick to make once I worked out the first design and cut out all my leaves and base plates. And believe me, I have one very excited little boy who cannot wait to have his 'Show 'n' Tell'.

Melinda Spinks

Scrapping Influential People In Our Lives | DOODLEBUG DESIGN

So often we find ourselves creating layouts of our children and/or pets yet our lives are full of many influential people that we can also be thankful for. In all the years I have been crafting I think I have created a layout of my Mum once prior to this, yet we talk every couple of days so she is a big part of my life.

We recently celebrated her 80th birthday and she looked so lovely in her outfit that I wanted to create this page for her as a keepsake of the day. And because I wanted to frame the layout I decided to 'go all out' and do a punched flower background in all the fall colours of the 'Flea Market' collection.

Row upon row upon row of teeny retro flowers and a back ache from leaning over for too long...

Once the bed of flowers was complete for the background I started adding layers behind my photograph using patterned paper from the Flea Market collection and added a couple of border trim pieces around the edges from the Flea Market This & That sticker sheet.

I then built up clusters of flowers to create focal points around the photo giving the layout a look of balance and tying the colours and textures together. I think I used up every last flower from the Flea Market Icons Sticker Sheet.  My title 'Mumsy' was created using the Stone Grey Swiss Dot Petite Print and my Silhouette Cameo.

I hope I've given you some inspiration to think about creating pages of people you don't normally scrap. Especially those that have such an important role in shaping who we are today.

Melinda Spinks

Putting Washi Tape To Work | DOODLEBUG DESIGN

Washi tape is one of those particular products we seem to hoard because we can't bare to part with it. However, you will be amazed at just how little you need to use from your stash to add a touch of fun to your projects. Today I'm going to show you how to apply a little bit of dimension using a very small amount of washi leaving plenty of leftovers in your collection for future projects... or just to look at and admire.

I simply used multiple strips of washi tape in layers and gently curled at the ends to create a feathered look to the wing of the flamingo. It produced a soft effect that gave the layout a lift without going overboard on using too much of my tape.

First step was to place small lengths of tape to plain vellum before cutting each individual strip and then punching one end with a rounded corner punch. Next step was to overlap and adhere each strip to the wing of the flamingo before gently bending each tip around a pen to create the dimension.

This gorgeous flamingo is from the Doodlebug - Fun In the Sun cut file collection which you can find at the links below. However I did alter the file a little as I wanted to put the title of my layout 'Flamingo' down the shape of the neck.

Flamingo - Fun in the Sun (Lori Whitlock)
Flamingo - Fun in the Sun (Silhouette)

And just look at that pink eye, it almost looks real - well it's actually from the Shaped Sprinkles (eye candy) in this year's Booville collection. I kid you not!

I didn't hold back in mixing and matching collections on this layout with a combination of Spring ThingsBoovilleFun In the SunMilk & Cookies plus a touch of Petite Prints card stock. I will always find room on my layouts for anything transparent like these sweet clouds and sun from the Spring Things Odds & Ends pack.

Melinda Spinks

Milk & Cookies Layout | DOODLEBUG DESIGN

Here I was hoarding my Cream and Sugar Valentine's collection because I thought nothing could be cuter... until now! The new Milk and Cookies literally makes me smile as I craft because those darling little faces on the icons are just so 'happy'. And the addition of pink and mint to the Christmas colour palette is simply perfect!

After drawing a rough sketch I set about preparing the background with holes for a hand stitched bauble. My intentions were to make a paper bow however I felt it might make the layout top heavy and take away from the icon cluster I had planned.

Crazy stitching is so effective and fun to do but keep in mind that it uses allot of thread and takes far more time than a regular stitch.

This photo of myself was a little crazy which portrays exactly how I feel on the Eve of Christmas after the mad lead up... I usually finish the day with a glass of wine or two whilst waiting for the 'hayseeds' to go to sleep before we can sneak in and deliver the Santa sacks to the end of their beds.

TIP: I love, love, love the speech bubbles from the 'This & That cardstock sticker sheets. However I do like to place them slightly over my photos so I always rub the backs with baby-powder first to remove the sticker adhesive before adding a dimensional pop dot to the back.

Foam adhesive pop dots were also added to the icon clusters as I really wanted lots of layering around the stitching. "Aren't those wee faces just the cutes things?"

To soften the overall look I placed random scatters of Glitter Sprinkles, Matte Sprinkles and Shape Sprinkles then finished the layout with a few splats of white ink.

And just in case you missed them... have a look at the shaped sprinkles from this collection. Now you know why it's hard not to want to hoard them forever.

So, that's a wrap for our Christmas inspiration, hopefully we've given you lots of creative ideas to help you with your festive preparations.

Melinda Spinks


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Every year around October I secretly wish we celebrated Halloween here on the farm in Australia so I could join my fellow USA design team friends and scrap some fantastic 'trick or treating' pics. Alas, I have to rely on my daughter who usually does something once or twice a year that qualifies as an 'almost' Halloween pic. She hasn't let met down yet, although I do believe I'm going to be in a fair amount of trouble for making this photo of her so public.

I'm crushing on the colour scheme of the new Doodlebug Design 'BooVille' collection as they have added pink and blue to the standard colour palette of purple, orange, black and green for the October 31 Holiday. I will never knock back the addition of pink to any collection.

One of my favourite new products... Glitter Sprinkles! They are so pretty and add that extra sparkle without getting glitter all over yourself! And of course I can never say no to stars... so much so that the small scattering of stars I had originally drawn on my sketch somehow transpired into a full blown moon shape by the time I finished adding all the stars and sprinkles.

How sweet is this acetate spider web from the BooVille Odds & Ends pack? Some people shy away from using clear pieces due to the difficulty in adhering them without the glue or pop dot being seen. I tend to work in layers so always hide my adhesives underneath a top layer. And can you spy that wee little spider with his cute purple eyes... he comes from the new Silly Spider Shaped Sprinkles.

Just in case you were wondering... no, I cannot write that neat and I've yet to find a white pen that is 100% opaque so I raided my trusty stash of Doodlebug mini rub-ons. Although they are no longer available they can still be found lurking around some on-line stores, if you're lucky. Otherwise let me know if you come across a really good opaque white pen as I'd love to have a recommendation.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

  1. 1.
    an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.

I'll be honest, I had absolutely no idea what a Meme was when our design team co-ordinator at Doodlebug came up with the idea of a new challenge. So, I had to ask my teenager daughter who gave me the typical "Mum, seriously?".

Now, this was definitely not a challenge to be taken lightly, I literally spent way too much time browsing Pinterest for Meme's and believe me, my daughter was truly shaking her head by the end of my search because I kept showing her all the funny 'Memes' I stumbled across. This particular meme caught my eye as I suddenly realised I had a photo of our 'Mr Wilson' sitting in a basket... perfect!

Dumb idea #1... to think it would be fun to hand stitch the outline of a cat onto my layout background. I didn't give this enough thought as it took far more time than I'd anticipated. Question... why is gold so hard to photograph?

The perfect way to soften a page is to add vellum so I decided I'd punch some leaves to nestle behind the flowers using the swiss dots vellum. It definitely gave a more subtle look to the cluster of flowers.

Don't forget your journaling. I find this such an important part to a layout after I recently sat down and browsed through layouts from past years. The kids were asking me questions about the photos and I seriously couldn't answer half their questions because I'd concentrated more on the design of the page than the content. So, my New Years resolution was to journal the important stuff.

Thanks for stopping by - Melinda x