December Musings

Hello friends! Heather here…musing on the fact that it’s already December. December??? Where did this year go? Here at Gauche Alchemy headquarters, we are busy brainstorming and making plans for the upcoming year. New products to share with you (how about a million more styles of punchinella? That would work, right?) an updated format, and content that will spark your creativity and encourage you on your artistic journey.

This month, we will be revisiting tutorials and projects from some of our incredible past Alchemists.

Mary’s video tutorial is the perfect way to kick off this series. Not only does she share a beautiful project idea with layers of lace texture, she gives us some beautiful thoughts on making new years resolutions. Check it out!

Here is the direct link!

Come On Down

I’m not a fan of Summer, and being that it’s currently Winter down here in Australia, I thought this month I would share with you the mini album I made of our last family holiday in April.

I also wanted to tempt y’all to come visit our amazing and beautiful country, you know right now the exchange rate is really good!

We went to Tasmania, our second time, but this time we stayed put in a little terrace centrally located in Hobart, a short walk to everything awesome. My album cover looks like this:cover

It’s a Simple Stories SN@P! binder (8×6) with inserts. It was a prize I got last year. I coloured it with acrylic paints and stamped with bubble wrap. I use pocket pages frequently in my travel albums as I always have more images than journalling. This is the second page with a map of central Hobart, so I could pinpoint our accommodation. Also some pics of the beautiful old stone buildings in the heart of town.


We caught the ferry to MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, a private Gallery owned and built by a local Hobart boy who made a motza with internet gambling, this is one of his ways of giving back. We paid for the the best seats which were inside with complementary drinks and canapes, delish. MONA was amazing, not sure I liked all the exhibits but they were thought-provoking, and the grounds were exquisite. If you ever get to Hobart, it’s a must see. The serving boy on the ferry looked pretty hot in his uniform too.  2aAnd some pics of the grounds …….4We took a wilderness cruise down to the Great Southern Ocean It was more like a 3 hour jet boat ride. We checked out some fur seal colonies! The males live separately from the females and babies, and boy do they smell. It’s good to have the wind at your back when viewing the blokes. We were lucky to spot two albatross on the way back too. Again, another brilliant experience, highly recommended! 5There are plenty of other pages that I won’t bore you with. They are chock full of stories and pics. I do however want to tease you with some pretty pictures in an effort to tempt you to plan a trip downunder. Our land is an incredible experience you really must have at least once in your life, and right now you get $1.37 to the US dollar!

These photos were all taken by me with my Nikon D90 set on auto (yep, I cheated). First some scenerylandscapeAnd now the native animals. We got to pat the koala, and a wombat, as well as feed the kangaroos. Not the Tassie devil, they bite.animalsIf you got to here, thank you for reading my post. Now go make some holiday plans to come on down, you know you want to!!

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December Mini Book

Brrrrrr! Howdy, Gauchies….feeling wintry? Lori here, and I love the cool and icy inspo this month! For the past few years, I have participated in some kind of “December Daily”/document your December type challenge. This year I am following along with The Art Journaler’s 31 prompts (come play HERE) and I needed a cover for my mini book.

I started with two 8×5-ish pieces of chipboard and started patchworking papers and washi tape. I then used some white mist and stencil.

Document December mini book by Lori Wilbanks

I then smooshed some light modeling paste through a snowflake stencil and added some fine white glitter for sparkle. (I don’t clean my stencils, so you can see some yellow that hijacked it’s way on to my project…whoops!)

December Daily mini book by Lori Wilbanks

Then I added some silvery spray mist, a few extras and a title and voila! A wintry cover for my December documentation!

Document December mini book by Lori Wilbanks


December mini book by Lori Wilbanks

Are you documenting your December? Come play along with us!
That’s right…you get messy too!

Rustic Mini Album

Hi everyone! Sandi here. Today I am thrilled to share my mini book for our latest “Rustic” challenge. I had a blast with this challenge, and I know you’re going to as well. For me, I decided to use the gorgeous rustic colors as my base for this mini book of mine.

rustic mini album by Sandi Taloumis

I am such a fan of vintage trinkets, and this challenge gives me a great starting point to store all kinds of “old” goodies that I find along the way of my everyday adventures.

mixed media mini album by Sandi Taloumis

The rusty nail was something that I found, while walking one day, and I knew I would be able to use it for something neat… voila….I have used it!

mixed media mini album by Sandi Taloumis

The flower was given to me and after letting it dry out, the color was a gorgeous deep maroon, which went perfectly with my mini book that I created. I can’t wait to start filling this mini with all kinds of neat treasures!

I hope this inspires you to create something gorgeous for yourself….we can’t wait to see what you come up with!



Positive Scrapping

Howdy Alchemists, Lisa here…

Last blog update for a while and I thought I would leave you with some positive scrapping. A few years ago I completed the 365 day self portrait challenge. Well , suffice to say I have printed a few and still have a couple laying around here and there.

mixed media mini album by Lisa Oxley

mini album by Lisa Oxley

mini album by Lisa Oxley

So I thought I would throw together a little album about me. For the book itself I cut a piece of white corrugated 12”x12” cardstock and started with that. I then folded 3 sheets of cardstock, stuck them back to back, painted the pages roughly and made a little book. Out comes the Gauche goodness packs and the fun begins.

mini album by Lisa Oxley

mini album by Lisa Oxley

mini album by Lisa Oxley

Creative Love and Inspired Mojo to all those in blog World.
Lisa aka Scrapwitch