I'm glad you dropped by. If you are looking for something a little nostalgic of bygone eras with a timeless elegance and a little modern twist...in other words, something slightly “retro” - then you should feel right at home here!


At the request of the friends and followers of Retro Designs, I am now making my kits available for purchase.  Those of you who have followed my blog have seen a number of layouts made with some new kits created over the past year.  These new kits along with my other kits will be added here over the next few months. 


You will be able to purchase all my kits using your PayPal account or your credit card through my PayPal Shopping Cart. You´ll find further info under “Contact Me”.












My most recent kit is called From Time To Time because, although it´s an art nouveau influenced kit and therefore suitable for vintage layouts, it also reflects the passing of time by including modern frames and elements along with the more traditional swirls and flourishes. Also, as the name suggests, there are many timepieces in a variety of styles including some unusual steampunk clocks. The colour scheme is mainly various shades of brown and sepia with copper accents which makes it ideally suited for use in combination with Vintage Whimsy and/or Nostalgic Scrapbook which you will also find in the store. As is the case with all my kits, there are no recoloured duplicates included.









Doggy Treats    This big fun kit with its crimson and teal backgrounds is bursting with crunchy treats specially made for your best friend. All the frames and elements are deliciously edible, some straight from the oven and some just a little nibbled around the edges by my own gourmet doggy treat tester but all with a big paw stamp of approval and an appreciative “Woof”. There´s also a matching crispy crunchy alphabet as a doggy dessert. Treat your dog to Doggy Treats and see those appealing doggy eyes light up.










Nature Notes is a slightly grungy kit in muted shades of sepia and green. It includes many, mostly paper, backgrounds, floral swirls and other nature elements such as birds and flowers of various kinds. One unique feature is a cracked marble clock with adjustable gold hands which tells the seasons instead of the time. And to add a dash of bling there´s a jewelled floral ornament, a floral gemstone brooch and a gemstone brad. It´s a versatile kit particularly suitable for nature, autumn, heritage or vintage pages. Please see my layouts for examples of use.




Jewelled Sea will add a touch of nostalgic elegance to your seaside pages. It includes many authentic art deco trinkets such as a silver gem encrusted fish, a shoal of copper fish and a gold jewelled lobster. Several of the 1930´s ladies who might well have worn these beautiful brooches are also included. There are many original glass and enamelled embellishments too, and no seaside kit would be complete without shells, sea swirls and seagulls.


By the way, be sure to check out my blog for coordinating freebies!









Nostalgic Scrapbook


This huge kit combines the hands on, handmade feel of the traditional scrapbook with the ease of a more modern digital scrapbook. Many of the items in it are either hand drawn or certainly look as if they were! And because so many are 2-dimensional, even a complete beginner can easily recolour them if necessary to suit any layout. Add to that all the “real” 3-dimensional items such as the hand holding the pencil and all the traditional supplies like the scissors, paper clips, pin board and so on and you have just about everything you need to begin to create the most real looking scrapbook pages ever!





Vintage Whimsy


This kit is mainly in warm sepia and cool teal with cream, gold and silver accents.  Included are several whimsical elements making my new kit a heritage kit with a difference in that it´s possible to use it for either elegant or playful layouts, hence the name"Vintage Whimsy".


The teal ornament with bee shown above, the cream jewelled faux flower, and girl on a swing elements are all from "Vintage Whimsy".   Be sure to keep a watchful on my blog for the addition of a QP freebie made just for you using "Vintage Whimsy"!


Spring is just around the corner and hopefully you will soon be seeing a lovely variety of blooms appearing in your gardens and along the roadside.  You can now add some new blooms to your scrapbook pages with the addition of Floral Bling to the store.


You will also find some spring and summer golden and jewelled insects, birds, and other creatures with these two kits, Garden Treasures and Flight of Fancy.


It is exciting to see the store growing and the shelves are expanding.   With this growth, a second page has been added to the store.  Just follow the links in the store to find this new page.  Shown here is a quick preview of all kits now in the store!






All My Kits revised


Keep a watchful eye on my blog for the addition of a QP freebie made just for you using Summer Past!



Check my blog regularly.  Each new kit which is added to the store comes with its own coordinating freebies which can all be found on my blog!


Click the "Kits" button above or the "My Store" link below to check out these kits already posted in my online store.









Summer Past Freebie QP Preview





Simply Serene was designed and previewed on my blog last August.    The clock cluster and the butterfly and bird cluster shown here were both created with elements from Simply Serene.


If you´d like this QP which was also created using Simply Serene, you´re very welcome to it as I´m currently offering it as a freebie on my blog where you´ll also find other freebies which coordinate with each of the kits in my store.



Click preview for a larger view.  For previews of my Simply Serene Kit and to see sample LOs, visit my store by clicking "Kits" above or "My Store" sign in the sidebar!











This page was created from my most recent kit, Sweetness And Light. If you like it, you´re very welcome to it as I´m also currently offering it as a freebie QP on my blog.


Sweetness And Light, which is the companion kit to Simply Serene, was named by Julie in a recent kit-naming contest which you can also see on my blog.


While you are there, take a look at some layouts created using a few of my other kits. Follow the links in the sidebar to layouts by cass, scrapladyandmore, retro, and Jean.  You will find previews of a number of my kits on the blog and they all will be added to the store over the coming months!












Check my blog regularly.  Each new kit which is added to the store comes with its own coordinating freebies which can all be found on my blog!


Click the "Kits" button above or follow the links in the sidebar to check out these kits already posted in my store.




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