Adventures in Victoria: Sugar Republic

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that a couple of weeks ago, Dannii and I went on a short holiday down to Victoria. One of the most fun things we did was explore Sugar Republic, a pop-up museum with delightful sweets/lollies theme!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

There were so many amazing interactive installations, from a ‘Wheel o’ Treats’ in the first room, to a giant gumball machine you could climb into, to a birthday party room with a ‘press for confetti’ button, to a giant pink ball pit you could basically swim in! Plus, there were plenty of treats to eat at various points along the way too, just perfect for a sweet tooth like me!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

The other attendees were comprised mostly of families with young kids or groups of young women vying for the perfect selfie, haha. You can’t blame them, though – Sugar Republic is pretty much designed for Instagram! Everything is brightly coloured, there’s pink everywhere, and there are tons of amazing photo opportunities.

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

You could walk through the museum fairly quickly and see it all in about an hour, but it’s worth slowing down and taking in every little detail – and doing a bit of people-watching, too! It was almost as much fun watching other people interacting with the installations as it was actually interacting with them ourselves. We spent a good couple of hours moving from room to room, and filling up our camera rolls with some choice shots!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

Sugar Republic is located at MacRobertson’s Factory in Fitzroy, Victoria, and will be open until 17 August – tickets are available online. If you’re heading to Melbourne in the next month, I definitely recommend a visit for a whimsical – and sweet – experience!

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Scrapbook layout – create

Today’s traditional scrapbook layout was largely inspired by the chipboard pencils from the Studio Calico ‘Roman Holiday’ Documenter kit!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - create

I took inspiration for the layout of the page from this old sketch on the Studio Calico blog. I liked the way everything was centered and symmetrical – a nice balance!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - create

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - create

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - create

I’ve had these pencils for ages and never knew what to do with them… And then I took this photo of my niece drawing with my brother, and I knew I had to use them! The pencils were the perfect embellishment for this photo, so I built the whole page around them. That’s what I like the most about traditional scrapbooking – using up beautiful supplies that I can’t easily incorporate into my Project Life albums.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - little moments

Supplies used:

  • 9×12 paper from an old Messy Box kit
  • White textured paper and animal patterned paper from my stash
  • Chipboard pencils from the Studio Calico ‘Roman Holiday’ Documenter kit
  • ‘Create’ chipboard word from the 1canoe2 ‘Hazelwood’ range

Alice in Wonderland Clemence pinafore dress

I bought a couple of metres of Kokka midweight cotton on a whim at the BrisStyle DeStash Market earlier this year, with a gorgeous Alice in Wonderland-themed print. I originally had plans of making it into a Cleo pinafore dress… but inspired by this video by Annika Victoria, I decided to hack my own pinafore dress based on the Clemence gathered skirt from Love at First Stitch!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

To make this pinafore dress, I first made the Clemence gathered skirt, including inserting the zip and finishing the waistband, but I left hemming until the very end. To make the pinafore bodice and straps, I generally followed the Annika Victoria tutorial, though I made my bodice a trapezoid shape rather than an even rectangle. I didn’t have overall/dungaree buckles or adjustable sliders, so I just put in a couple of buttonholes in the bodice before attaching it to the skirt waistband. To work out where to sew the buttons onto the straps and where to sew the straps to the skirt, I pinned the straps to the skirt waistband and the bodice, checking in the mirror and readjusting until I was happy with it. I sewed the straps to the skirt waistband first, then double-checked the button placement using chalk through the buttonholes before sewing the buttons onto the straps. The whole thing took one day from start to finish, so a pretty quick make overall!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

The best part about this pinafore dress is that is has pockets!! I love adding pockets into all my handmade clothes – makes them so much more practical!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

The midweight fabric is perfect for the mild Australian winter with a pair of opaque tights and a long sleeved tee or jumper, and will be just as comfortable with a short-sleeved tee in the spring.

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

Here’s a closer look at the print – isn’t it cute? I love the Alice in Wonderland theme, with all the rabbits, playing cards, chess pieces and tea sets!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

This is the first time I’ve ever tried ‘hacking’ a pattern, and I am really pleased with how it turned out! it’s definitely helped me gain a bit more confidence with going ‘off-book’ with my sewing – hopefully all my future experiments turn out this well!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

Scrapbook layout – little moments

Sharing another traditional scrapbook layout today! This time, rather than start with the photo, I started with the product I wanted to use: the Studio Calico Cypress Grove stamp set!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - little moments

The stamping is the star of this layout, for sure – that row of circles made it super easy to stamp an even grid! I opted to stamp the colours off-centre and hand-draw the page border to give the layout a more playful, organic look.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - little moments

I was inspired by the layout by Geralyn Sy that was included in the booklet for the stamp set, and this post from the Studio Calico blog. I wanted to make a centered design with a lot of white space, something fairly minimalist to focus the viewer’s eye, and I’m really happy with how my page turned out!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - little moments

Supplies used:
From Studio Calico

  • Cypress Grove stamp set
  • Color Theory inks in Coral Bay, Sunny Day and Mojito
  • Wood veneer hearts from past kits

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Project Life 2018 – May pages

It’s time to share my May pages from my 2018 Project Life album! My birthday is in May, so a lot of this month’s pages are about my ‘birthday week’ and the various things we did to celebrate!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - May

This month I had a lot of fun breaking out my new Life Love Paper stamp set from Studio Calico, which I used for the left journal card with Color Theory ink in Power Suit. The quote cards are actually little cards that came with purchases from Innosense and Kikki.K – love incorporating ‘found’ items in my spreads!

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Scrapbook layout – Love love love this

I’ve got another traditional scrapbook layout to share today! This one is based off this sketch from the Studio Calico blog.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - love love love this

My plans for this layout were to use a blue-based colour palette and play with layering/embellishments a little more. It was a little outside of my comfort zone, but I’m really happy with the result!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - love love love this

The page was actually originally 12×12, but after finishing it off, I decided to trim it down to 9×12 as it looked better proportionally.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - love love love this

I really dove into my stash for this one and used up some bits and pieces I’d been hoarding for years. It was a lot of fun to play around with embellishments, working out which pieces looked best together on the page.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - love love love this

I think this is probably my favourite traditional layout so far this year!

Supplies used:

  • Blue patterned paper and flat gold foil heart sticker from my stash
  • Patterned paper strips cut from an Amy Tangerine 6×6 paper pad, purchased from Spotlight
  • Wood veneer frame came in a pack of embellishments, purchased from Spotlight
  • Maggie Holmes ‘Chasing Dreams’ phrase stickers from Studio Calico
  • ‘More of this’ patterned paper, chipboard and wood veneer hearts, chipboard tag, sequins and ‘this’ die-cut from past Studio Calico kits

Scrapbook layout – Little Lady

Today I’m sharing another traditional scrapbook layout, which I based off this sketch from the Studio Calico blog!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - little lady

I knew I wanted to use the title “Little Lady” with this photo, so I chose a layout that made a bit of a feature of the title.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - little lady

I used a lot of my favourite things on this layout – wood veneer and cork embellishments, my beloved gold Thickers, washi tape, and gold accents. It felt good to pull all of these elements together on one page.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - little lady

I am so, so pleased with how this layout looks, and I love having a beautiful and fun way to tell the story of one of my favourite photos of my niece!

Supplies used:

  • Heart patterned paper, cork and wood veneer embellishments and stamps from past Studio Calico kits
  • Plain papers, floral patterned card and gold foil patterned washi tape from my stash
  • Dear Lizzy ‘Woodland’ Thickers from Spotlight