Scrapbook layout: Hello Darling

This year I’m trying to push myself creatively a little more by making some traditional scrapbook layouts! I used to make traditional layouts when I was a teenager, but haven’t really made any since discovering pocket pages. I often have a few random photos in my desk drawer that don’t fit in with my normal Project Life albums, so I’m going to work on using those up on traditional layouts!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Hello Darling

Since designing one single page is not my forte, I looked through the ‘Sketch’ tag on the Studio Calico blog, and picked out an old sketch from April last year that worked with the story I wanted to tell with this photo of my niece. I’ll definitely use the same technique for designing my next few pages, until I feel more confident designing something from scratch!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Hello Darling

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Hello Darling

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Hello Darling

Supplies used:

  • Striped paper from the Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ 12×12 paper pad
  • Patterned paper from wrapping paper scraps, originally purchased at Nook
  • Plain silver and corrugated turquoise cardstock from my stash
  • Patterned vellum and mint brads from my stash
  • Die-cuts and ‘darling’ chipboard word from the 1 canoe 2 ‘Hazelwood’ collection
  • Pink letter stickers, pink enamel dot, die-cut washi sticker and phrase sticker from past Studio Calico kits
  • White enamel heart from the Amy Tangerine ‘Finders Keepers’

I had so much fun putting this page together – can’t wait to make more traditional layouts!

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Wedding Wednesday

all the little happy things - Wedding Wednesday - Room With Roses

all photos by Lily&Thom

We held our wedding reception at Room With Roses, a gorgeous cafe specialising in high tea, located in the beautiful Brisbane Arcade in the city. It was a fun, relaxed light lunch featuring a lot of seriously delicious finger food and Room With Roses’ specialty raspberry punch. Every part of the planning process for the reception was so easy and painless, thanks to the amazing staff!

all the little happy things - Wedding Wednesday - Room With Roses

all the little happy things - Wedding Wednesday - Room With Roses

I loved every part of our reception – it was so wonderful to be surrounded by our friends and family, all enjoying themselves and sharing in the happiness of our big day. I remember laughing a lot, giving and receiving countless hugs, and crying a little during the speeches. I remember feeling joyful, excited, and so, so loved.

all the little happy things - Wedding Wednesday - Room With Roses

all the little happy things - Wedding Wednesday - Room With Roses

To celebrate our 4th anniversary this year, we decided to revisit Room With Roses in a different way – we picked up two delicious hampers filled with their signature high tea treats, and shared a picnic at New Farm Park!

all the little happy things - Wedding Wednesday - Room With Roses

The hampers came boxed up very nicely together, including disposable cutlery, cups, napkins and plates, but we decided to re-pack everything into our own wicker picnic basket so we could use our own real silverware and plates and have less to carry on the way back.

Unfortunately we did have a little mishap in that the savoury tart contained pesto, even though I had let Room With Roses know about my nut allergies when I booked the hamper. However, I emailed them on Monday and the owner left me a message straight away apologising profusely for the mistake and offering to refund one of the hampers, which I very much appreciated. I’m glad to see that the customer service at Room With Roses is still as high quality as I remember it being in 2014.

all the little happy things - Wedding Wednesday - Room With Roses

Here’s to four years together and many more to come!

Dino-print Ultimate Shift Dress

I bought a gorgeous textured geo-print cotton in Japan that has ‘1960s shift dress’ written all over it, so I’ve been on the lookout for a good, basic shift dress pattern. I stumbled across the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress Pattern and immediately fell in love. My in-laws were nice enough to buy me the physical pattern for Christmas, so during my holiday break, I decided to make a wearable toile in fun dinosaur-print cotton!

all the little happy things - dino-print Ultimate Shift Dress

all the little happy things - dino-print Ultimate Shift Dress

I opted for the sleeveless version and omitted the sleeve frills. The size 8 pattern fit very well, though the fabric doesn’t hang super nicely due to the shape of the dress and the lack of drape in the fabric itself (I used a quilting-weight cotton). My geo-print fabric has a lot more drape to it, so I think it’ll look much better. I do, however, really like the way the dino-print dress looks belted!

all the little happy things - dino-print Ultimate Shift Dress

all the little happy things - dino-print Ultimate Shift Dress

all the little happy things - dino-print Ultimate Shift Dress

all the little happy things - dino-print Ultimate Shift Dress

This was a very quick make – only 4 pattern pieces, no zippers or fasteners to worry about, and it only took up about 1.5m of fabric. The pattern instructions were clear and easy to follow – I think I’m a Sew Over It convert now! I’m happy with the fit and look of this dress, and can’t wait to make it in my geo print cotton!

Double-gauze Bettine dress

My first sewing project of 2018 was also my first project with the fabric I bought from Japan – a lovely Bettine dress in snuggly blue double-gauze!

all the little happy things - double-gauze Bettine dress

The fabric was from Nomura Tailor in Kyoto, and it is just perfect for a Brisbane summer dress – so soft and light and comfortable! I’m definitely a double-gauze convert – I just wish I’d bought more while I was in Japan! I love the woodland/forest print of this fabric, with all the little houses, foxes and rabbits scattered among the trees.

all the little happy things - double-gauze Bettine dress

all the little happy things - double-gauze Bettine dress

I made the pocket skirt version, because I just can’t resist a skirt with pockets!

all the little happy things - double-gauze Bettine dress

all the little happy things - double-gauze Bettine dress

I also opted for the tab on the sleeve, finished with a couple of fabric buttons I found in my stash.

all the little happy things - double-gauze Bettine dress

The whole dress came together in about half a day, and I am super pleased with it! I really love the Bettine pattern – it’s both flattering and incredibly comfortable. I’m looking forward to wearing this dress on casual Fridays to the office!