Saturday, February 07, 2015

My Happy Place - Guest Designer - Megan Gourlay

Hello Everyone

We have a super, duper Guest Designer lined up for you today....she really does create such beautiful projects! A HUGE welcome to Megan Gourlay! ;-)


My name is Megan and I live in a small town called Woodend, just outside of Christchurch, in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand, with my husband and our two dogs, Dougal and McKenzie.  I work part time as a Registered Nurse in a busy general surgical/colorectal ward, and in my spare time you find me either glued to a book, in the garden, or scrapping.
I started off making cards back in 2001 and then progressed to OTP - I was never going to go anywhere near scrapbooking lol.  I love altering items more than any other scrapbooking, but cards would be my next choice - layouts come last!  If you asked what my style was?  Im not quite sure, just whatever takes my fancy at the time I think.  But I am a neat freak ;)
At the moment I'm designing for Cardabilities, BoBunny, and a local store Artful Crafts, and I regularly teach each year at Scrap Away Retreat.

When I saw this months mood board it was a bit of a challenge - I have never done a mood board challenge before!  I decided to focus on the birds, home as my favourite place, lace and the colours. 

 My project is a used chipboard ribbon reel.  I've attached a little house - I had found this when looking for Christmas decorations and knew it would come in handy!

The chipboard fence, ladder and lamp post have all been painted with gesso, stamped and inked to give them a bit more character.

  I've fussy cut my birds and trailing flowers from BoBunny Madeleine papers

 and draped my flower vines around the base and through the birdhouse to give it that cottage look.

This was such a fun challenge!!  I hope you've enjoyed looking and thank you for inviting me along Denise! :)

Thanks so much Megan for creating this beautiful project for us! It really is a soft, blissful and gorgeous take on the January Mood Board! ;-)

Here's a reminder of the Mood Board Challenge and the prizes to be won! ;-)

~February Mood Board Challenge~

Join our February Challenge and share some of the things you love! Our challenge host Dana created this mood board using images that caught her eye on Pinterest. Whether you like birds or butterflies, flowers or feathers, postcards or old books, or something else entirely, just have fun creating a project showcasing the things or people you love. Feel free to incorporate photos, patterns and colors from the mood board in your project, but please do not feel required to use these images. This challenge is specifically about the things you love - no restrictions!
Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors:

First Prize: $15 Gift Voucher to the CAT File Store

Second Prize: Art Workshop Kit Club - Pocket Life Kit


CAT File was founded in May 2014 as a family business of two people: Pawel and Mira. We are a small online store providing fresh and colorful digital designs: cut files and printables dedicated mostly for scrapbooking purposes. We love documenting our life and CAT File is our way of sharing this passion with others. It's the platform where crafters from all over the world can gather together, find an inspiration and give it. It's also the space that we created for young designers to grow and develop their skills.

Art Workshop Kit Club, located in Poland, is a joint effort of Agnieszka Arnold, a huge fan of handicraft and the owner of Art Workshop, and Tusia Lech, designer, coordinator of many scrapbooking ventures and owner of 7 Dots Studio. Our main mission, as a Kit Club, is to get your creative juices flowing. Each month we offer unique scrapbooking kits, with great products inside. We carefully choose the products for each kit, so they match each other and inspire you. Each month there are two main kits - Scrapbooking and Pocket Life. In these kits you will find patterned papers from various manufacturers, colored cardstock, 3x4'' and 4x6'' cards, stickers, alphas, stamps, chipboard, strings, ribbons, crystals and coming soon Art Workshop Kit Club exclusive products.
Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our 

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook pageand Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there! 
Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations this month!


  1. Such a super and gorgeous project Megan! Thanks so much for Guest Designing for us! xx

  2. I love this!! Feels like Spring! Beautifully detailed and inspiring!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Megan - love it. :)


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