Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Forgot this one!

I had forgotten to post this layout that was featured in a recent issue of Scrapbooking Memories.
It was about our visit to Australia Zoo last year - where did the time go?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lots and lots of photos

When Kristy Evans, Editor of Scrapbooking Memories, asked if I could create a layout using 12 or more Travel Photos on a double layout, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Having come home from a trip to America earlier in the year, I had plenty of pics to choose from.
Here is the layout I created and it is published in a recent issue of Scrapbooking Memories.

Thanks for dropping by,

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Canvas Art

I don't often create alot of Off the Page items but I had alot of fun creating this mini canvas for the Keeping It Simple Article this month for Scrapbook Creations Magazine.
Like my style, it was clean and simple and definately not too complicated.
All I need to do now is find a little girl with the name AVA that I can give it to.

Thank you for dropping by and I truly appreciate all the lovely comments.
Enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Holidays

I just returned from a lovely week away at the Gold Coast with my family.
Lots of beach and pool and while the weather was a little wet and overcast, we still managed to have "the most awesomest time ever" .... according to 4 year old Joshua.
Thought I would post a layout that I scraplifted from my beautiful friend, Severine.
I loved the layout the minute I saw it and knew I had to lift it.
As always, this layout has a simple story that I want to preserve.

Thanks for dropping by,

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A busy year!

I recently made a difficult decision to finish up writing the Keeping It Simple article for Scrapbook Creations. I have been part of the team for a couple of years now and have loved every moment of it. I say it was difficult because I truly loved working with the wonderful editor, Kim taranto and team at Scrapbook Creations as well as Belinda Venables and Amanda Hall who contributed with me every second month.
Also my regular monthly commitment as a Scrapbooking memories Master had finished for the year where again I was so fortunate to have worked with an amazing team of girls and also the editor, Kristy Evans as well as Cassie Bellemore and Sharryn Thomson.
This year has been a busy one.
Not only for myself with the wonderful scrapbooking opportunities that I've had but also with my photography and my incredible family and their commitments.
I like to think that I will always give 110% to whatever I can do whether it be for myself and my interests or my family and theirs. So, I've had to cut back on my crafting commitments to do that.
And you know what? Since doing that , I've scrapped 3 layouts this week !
Three brand new, never before seen, not for any magazine, but for me - and that makes me happy because I love what scrapbooking means to me and I love that it reminds me of all the little things about my family and life that I would otherwise have forgotten.
So, below is one of the 3 layouts I did this week - not rocket science, but I did it and it means something to me and that's what counts, don't you think?

Thank you to all who let me know they enjoyed my contributions to both magazines whether it was in the Keeping It Simple Article or as a SM Master - it's been an absolute pleasure!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Surfer - layout!

My Surfer layout as seen in Scrapbooking Memories a couple of issues ago.

I love the use of Kraft cardstock - it seems to work so well with the beach photos!

Oh and on the photography front, I'm having alot of fun and have just started offering some crazy cool Xmas Mini photo Sessions . If you're a Brisbanite or can get to Brisbane on Saturday 30th October, then you will have the best time having these Xmas Photo Booth pics taken - take a look here if you're keen!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

are you in shock?

Yes, another layout on the blog!
One that I created a little while ago about the cute PJ's out there for the kids.
clean, simple, nothing too over the top ...but I like it!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Not so subtle!

I need to clarify that this post ... this very belated post .... has nothing to do with the fact that a certain scrapbooking friend , not-so-subtley reminded me that 'it's been a while' since I posted.
I seriously had this on my to-do list and since I just left her home mere minutes ago, this will surely send her into shock!
As for an excuse .... well things have been crazy around here. With family, school fete, kindy bush dances, photography going beyond my wildest expectations ... well, it's been crazy!
So, here is a layout that was created for Scrapbooking Memories for the Cristina Re Challenge. Lots of pretty product used - especially my favourite Swiss dot Bazzill.

So by chance you want to send my dear friend into further shock, I'd love you to leave me a message of support and I promise I won't take so long to update next time.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

100 pages of USA!

Since I returned home from America in late March I have been working on a Photographic Album for all of my favourite photos from the trip. If you take a look over HERE you can see an online version of the album that's currently being printed in America.
I can't wait to see it when it gets delivered - but that will be about 4 weeks or so.
I'll be sure to keep you posted.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New stuff to share!

I've been meaning to share a layout that was sent to me by Colleen Boshoff who recently won a pack of goodies that I had up for grabs on my blog. Colleen was kind enough to send me a photo of her layout using the products and I think she did a wonderful job.

I also came across a photo of the layouts that I sent to Scrapbooking Memories to display at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Show a couple of weeks ago. Here they are photographed on the carpet in the study - I'm sure they looked nicer framed on the wall at the convention!

Oh, and I'm excited to share a recent layout that I created recently.
The best part is that it was done for me and I like the way it is - simple!
I was hugely influenced by the super talented, Simple scrapper, Wendy Bretz - a US friend from my early scrapping days.

Thank you for dropping by!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Meant to be!

It's been a rugged couple of weeks but I'm happy to report that I'm getting back on track and starting to feel so much better than I was when I was told I had Parvo Virus. I'd like to thank all the lovely friends who sent me photos and texts and updates on the weekend of the Scrapbooking and Papercraft show - you have no idea how nice it was to know that I was thought of and I am still so sad that I was unable to speak about my style of scrapbooking. I guess it was meant to be and that's that!

I wanted to share a layout that I created late last year that I forgot about. I was inspired to create this "walk to school" themed layout by Nicole Southworth who I've seen do this sort of thing before and I loved the concept. It's a double layout done in A4 format.

Oh, and hopefully I'll get my hands on some more photos of the Scrapbook Show and post them soon for you to see how it all looked. Thanks for dropping by and your comments are always so appreciated.

Friday, June 11, 2010

So disappointed

I have been feeling a little unwell for a couple of weeks - the usual tiredness that we all battle through due to over doing it but I sent myself off to have some blood tests on Monday.
By Tuesday, I was experiencing extreme joint pain, inflamation and lots of fatigue. It continued up until today where I have started to feel mildly better. My results came through indicated that I have parvovirus - a virus that you catch from kids that have had the same thing - it shows as bright red cheeks in kids but in adults it shows as rheumatoid arthritic like symptoms.
Fortunately, it's something that will get better with rest but I am so disappointed that the Doctor has suggested I not be in contact with anyone
(particularly pregnant women) for a little bit longer.
So, what does that mean for me?
I was scheduled this long weekend to speak at 11am for Scrapbooking Memories Magazine in their STUDIO at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Show.

Sadly, Dr says I'm not allowed to do it.
Nor can I see my layouts on display in the Scrapbooking Memories Masters Display area.
It's really disappointing.
My apologies to anyone who was planning to go along and hear me speak.
Kristy and Cassie, from Scrapbooking Memories, have my notes and have suggested that they present my talk on my behalf. Wish I could have been there in person.
I'd love to hear how all about the convention
and I'll be thinking of you all especially at 11am each day.
PS. Forgot to add .... thank you for all the lovely feedback about the Art cards.
shillito.rachel.m - I'm having these cards printed at Officeworks - a cheap black and white copy but done on a 200gsm white card so they look nicer. And by all means, this is not an original idea from me, feel free to have a play and do it for your school too
- just note that it is alot of work.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

School Art Cards

As always, life is super busy.
And with a child at school, it seems never ending.
This year I put forward an idea that I had seen at another school for fund raising.
Each class was given an item to draw and then each student in that class had to draw it. I then scanned the drawings and laid them out in photoshop to create a card design.
At our school , we have 20 classes in total - so I have created 2 packs of cards.
10 cards have Christmas Designs on them and the other 10 cards have General Designs.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out and I'm hoping they'll be a great success!
So that's what I've been doing, what about you?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

scrapping simple

It seems like such a long time since I've put some time aside to scrap for myself.
I love the challenges that are put to me by the magazines but I really love it when you have the freedom to create for yourself.
This morning I created this layout with some photos that I've had since Christmas day.
They were the usual Christmas Day photos of the boys that I love to take but this year I managed to hit the jackpot and get a really nice one of the two of them. The journalling tells how I seem to love the crazy ones even more when I look at these photos altogether.
Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this page.
There are 9 different items used on this layout and I love how clean it still looks.
This is definately my new favourite layout.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Scrapbook & Papercraft Convention

I'm pretty excited to have been asked to talk at The Scrapbook & Papercraft Convention on June 12-14th this year in Brisbane. I was even more excited when the program came out in print and I was listed amongst some wonderful scrappers in the industry who will be teaching that day.

Here's a link to the Studio Talks that are being held by Scrapbooking Memories - I'll be talking at 11am each day and can't wait to catch up with some friends (both old and new). I would love to say hello if you come so please don't be shy and come and introduce yourself.

The girls at Scrapbooking Memories have asked me to talk about my Simple Style and how to achieve it. I'm in the processing of trying to think what to say so if you have any thoughts on what you'd like to hear then leave me a message so I can be sure to include it in my talk.

Looking forward a great long weekend in June - take care, Leanne

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Collage layouts - thanks for sending them through

I received three gorgeous layouts this week using quite a few photos - the first two were from Colleen Boshoff and the last one was from Michelle Jamieson.

I love them all.

I thought I might split the pack and send you half each - it's really lovely so start choosing your beach photos and your pack will be in the mail next week - can you email me your postal address? .

Thankyou for sharing your creations.
I'd love to see what you create with this new kit when you're finished.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My next layout .... step 1

I have a layout due with Scrapbooking Memories soon and they have sent me some fantastic papers to use that have a beach theme.
I chose a handful of my favourite images and created a collage from when Ethan had surfing lessons a few weeks ago while on holidays at the Gold Coast. I love collages and I love lots of photos on a layout - I think it really helps to tell the story.
So, if you're in the mood to scrap a layout with lots of photos using a collage, nows the time, because I'd love to send you what's left in the Scrapbooking Memories
challenge kit once I've finished with it this week.
And for those who know how much product I actually glue to a page, then they will tell you that there will be heaps of stuff leftover to send to you - sheets of paper in fact.
Start emailing me your layouts (old or new) at manistamatellos at
and I'll choose someone to send some goodies to on Saturday!
Thanks for dropping by,

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Here come some layouts, promise!

The hardest thing about having commitments to Scrapbooking Magazines is that you can't share your creations until after the magazine comes out and in the case of Scrapbooking Memories, they prefer us to wait 2 months until after the issue has been out in the newsagency.

So, I forget!

I really do forget what I created and also if I posted it on my blog.

Here was a favourite one I did - especially because I got to use that gorgeous aqua flower made by my dear friend, Michelle Jamieson.

Go take a look at her site, Chelley Bean Designs and you'll be tempted no end.

This layout was for Scrapbook Creations - Keeping It Simple Article.
The topic was 'Something Old, Something New'.

It was alot of fun combining old and news scrap goodies to create a layout.

And if you want to take a look at what I did in Las Vegas at WPPI last month,

then my photo blog has the updates there - Leanne Stamatellos Photography

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I'm back!

I know it's been ages since I've posted but for good reason.
I have just arrived back from 3 weeks away in America and I had a fantastic time!

Firstly, I flew alone to Las Vegas for a week at WPPI - this is a huge convention where 15 000 photographers flew in to hear some of the best photographers in the world speak and share their secrets and techniques. I can't begin to say how much I learnt from these incredible artists and I loved every minute of being there.

After that, my husband flew in to join me and we became tourists and did the sight seeing thing in Las Vegas then New York then Los Angeles. We had an amazing time away and I'm looking forward to printing up my favourite photos out of thousands of photos so I can scrap ..... like this one!

It's great to be home!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Keeping It Simple Article - Stamping

If you grab this month's issue of Scrapbook Creations you'll see an article that I wrote with Belinda Venables and Helen Karanfilovski about Stamping.
When I saw that was the topic, I thought to myself 'holy moly' ... I barely own a stamp but I called my trusty scrap buddy, Michelle, and she came to my rescue with enough stamps to satisfy any stamping addict. I chose the scallop border and also the journalling brackets as you'll see in the layout below. Simple I know, but it was a painless start for a non-stamping scrapper.

Thanks always for leaving your comments - it really is lovely to read them.