Saturday, December 20, 2008

See you in the new year!

Well, I finally have a copy of the masters magazine. LOL, that was a lesson in patience!! I'm enjoying looking through it, and am stunned by the creativity. Some of the projects... Man! They take my breath away. I am once again humbled to have been named a master. That title could so easily have gone to any number of scrapbookers. I don't envy the judges their jobs!

I am taking a little blog holiday for the next couple of weeks, while I unwind and relax with my family.

Thank you all for visiting my blog this year. I hope that you have a beautiful Christmas and enjoy the company of family and friends during this festive season. I also hope that 2009 sees all your wishes come to reality, and that it's filled with love and happiness.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pink Paislee

Well, I promised you last night that I wouldn't leave you hanging with my heartfelt slightly melancholy journaling from last night. So, here. A new post.

I have decided to try out for the Pink Paislee design team. You all know I'm a huge fan of Pink Paislee, don't you! I'm sure that there will be hundreds of applicants, but yagottabeinittawinit.

So, here are a stack of Pink Paislee pages, all together on my blog in the one post. Oh, but there's one in the Masters magazine too :). Is it out in newsagents yet? Argh, I'm so impatient!

Anyway, here we go.

Tripod Sitting
You were so cute when you first started sitting up. Your body would lean so far forward and you had to support your body with your arms in front of you, like a tripod. Every now and then you'd forget what you were doing and tumble forward, flat on your face.

Smiles and Polka Dot Dresses
1969. Two little cuties perched on the piano stool for a photo. Two sisters in their matching polka dot dresses.

Grandma took these photos of you when you went to the park with them. It was the first time that you showed any interest in the camera. Normally you just run around doing your own thing and we have to run after you with the camera. However, Grandma tells me that this day you just lay there on the play equipment and posed for the camera; like a supermodel.

32 months
I watch you as you're engrossed in your task. You're 32 months old now and can occupy yourself for quite long periods of time. This day you were playing with playdough; making "turtles" or "snakes" or some such thing. I love seeing your imagination develop. You are in love with jigsaw puzzles this month and I watch you, fascinated, as you place the pieces exactly where they belong. You have an amazing memory. Far better than mine. You love to act out little scenes. "Jar-Jar go shop!" you declare as you pick up a bag and head to the door. On your "return" we discuss what you've bought: "rock-ben, bwee-bwees, binebabble and pears!" Ah yes, you love your fruit. You count everything in sight: "bun, doo, dee, bibe, bik" you say. You always, always skip four. What is it with that? And you spontaneously break into "happy birthday to you" at various times of the day. It's always your birthday too. You insist on that. Ah, you really are gorgeous. I love you!

Anyone else going to try out for the team?

So, what else is happening around here? We went to Jamie's childcare Christmas party last night. A masquerade party. Bedlam! But oh so cute. Jamie was Woody from Toy Story. I forgot the camera! Doh!

I am thoroughly sick of eating and it's not even Christmas yet. Anyone else feeling it? We have Phil's work's Christmas party tomorrow night and then I think we have a reprieve. Until Sunday lunchtime, lol. Then I think we can take it easy until the eating starts in earnest on Christmas Eve.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dear Santa

This week the entire design team at Shop and Crop are uploading to the gallery on what they want for Christmas. Go check it out.

Here's my page:

Journaling: "Santa, six months ago if you had've asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I would have answered "a baby!". I would not have hesitated. Oh I know, I know, I'm supposed to wish for world peace and all that. But honestly? I would have begged you for another baby. You see, this time last year I was pregnant. I look back at photos from last Christmas and I look so happy! But I miscarried two days after Christmas. I was gutted. Absolutely devastated. And as the months went by and I failed to fall pregnant again, my grief deepened. But, now if you asked me? Now I'm not so sure. Sometime in the last couple of months I've had to confront my emotions and admit that, at 43, it may simply not be possible to have another child. And really, would that be so bad? We have the most beautiful little boy. I am thankful each and every day to be his mum. And so Santa, if you were to ask me now, I think my answer would be different. My answer, my wish, would be that our little boy grow up happy and healthy. Because one's more than OK. One's my blessing, my miracle and as long as he's happy and healthy then all my wishes are answered."

Thanks for looking. I promise to post something else before Christmas, lol. This one's a bit deep for this time of year, don't you think?


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pages that tell a story

I have an article in this month's issue of Creative Paper, about creating pages where the background of the page actually helps convey the story.

I had a quick flick through it at the newsagent and have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. Not that I want to complain - after all, they did offer to publish my work, lol. Normally I wouldn't post my layouts until the mag has been out a while longer, but I want to share images with you that are a bit closer to what the projects look like in real life, because they all look a bit "off" in the mag.

The first couple of pages illustrate the use of paper collage to create illustrative backgrounds.

Journaling: I love watching you exploring your world. Everything is worth observing - like the 'plane that flew overhead on this particular day. OOOH! you exclaim. OOOH!

He Loves His Thomas
Journaling: Thomas, James, Percy - you know them all. You take the trucks out in the garden and fill them with stones

This next page illustrated the use of sillhouetting to "insert" your photo into the background scene you create.

I Need to Get Away
Journaling: Aah, I can almost feel the sun on my back, smell the salty sea air and taste the cocktail in my hand. See that chair there? It's mine! Yes, it's well and truly time to start planning a little getaway. This winter's been far too long. It's just a matter of deciding where to go and then that chair's all mine!

This page extended the theme of the article to using fabric on the page. It is almost solely using fabrics of some sort.

Count Your Blessings.
Journaling: Steaming coffee warms my hands as I gaze out the back windows, watching the rain fall on the garden. This new house is wonderful. A winter spent in this light, spacious home has shown me that. I'm happy. That is good.

The journaling reflects that we used to live in a really old dark house, and towards the end of each Winter, I'd grow increasingly sad and depressed. I really need light.

And, to illustrate that collage/illustrative backgrounds can be used for other projects than simply layouts, I created a shadowbox!

Joy Shadowbox.
I brought the drummer-boy ornament back from Germany with me, about 20 years ago. Last year Jamie broke him - he lost his head! I was going to throw him away, but just couldn't. He sat on the shelf in the spare room, and then I had the thought of making a home for him. Perfect solution!

Little Drummer boy is my favourite Christmas carol, and I can almost hear the beat of the drum when I see this...

pa rum pum pum pum

Ooh, it's starting to feel like Christmas!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Photos of our weekend

On the weekend, I caught up with two friends who I worked with in my first job after university. Yipes, when I did the calculations, it was far too many years ago to fess up to here! It was so fun to sit down and natter over a coffee. And despite the intervening years, it feels like it was only yesterday that Mario would do the rounds of the labs with his familiar "An diamo!" (?spelling?) and we'd all gather in the FMC cafeteria for morning tea break. Good times.

Only, these days, the three of us have kids. And so it's not quite so easy to have a decent conversation. You sort of get that feeling from the photo, don't you? :)

This is our street. I love this time of year. We live in a picturesque suburb and the streets are lined with Jacarandas. They're out in bloom at the moment. Isn't this just the prettiest sight? I literally stepped out our front gate and snapped the photo.

And lastly, Jamie "taking photos" with his Thomas the Tank Engine camera. It's all in the mouth action, isn't it?
Thanks again to everyone who's been passing through, emailing me or PM'ing me in the last few days. I really appreciate your kind words of congratulations.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Texture Paste

I have a layout in this month's Creating Keepsake (Aussie Reader Gallery).


I loved making this project. To achieve this look, you'll need texture paste, acrylic paint, glitter, rhinestones, white flowers, sequins, muslin, lace, distress ink, dimensional magic, and velvet iron-ons.

I've used a piece of neutral distressed patterned paper for the background - from Fancy Pants Papa range, in this case.

The project was originally made for Scrapware, so all the chipboard is from there.

To create the snow, I've slapped texture paint onto the bottom third of my page, using a spatula and being pretty heavy handed. While the texture paste was wet, I pressed into it some strips of muslin and some lace, then I sprinkled glitter liberally in some places.

The chipboard frame was painted with white acrylic paints, and then some Kindy Glitz applied when the paint was dried. I also added a bit of texture paste right on the edge of some of the scallops, as though snow had collected on the edges.

The chipboard title was also painted white and then when the paint was dry, I added a coat of dimensional magic to give it some shine.

The garden fence was painted white, and then I inked the edges with a makeup sponge and some walnut stain distress ink. It gives a really nice aged finish.

Finally I've added some velvet iron-ons down the LHS of the page, some rhinestones and pearl sequins and little white blossoms and there you have it... a winter landscape that makes you want to get out your mittens and sit down with a cup of hot chocolate :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Another share

Remember this little fella?

I have posted the instructions to make him on the Scrapware blog here.

The door hanger was originally created for Shop and Crop. Check out the shop here for an excellent range of Scrapware Christmas related product.

I'm not sure if the Cosmo Cricket patterned paper is still available in the shop - it's been in for a couple of months and may have sold out. If you can't find it, you can create something similar with other Christmas lines out at the moment. You'll just need a couple of papers with a beige background, a couple with a green background and one with brown.


A share

I thought I'd share this layout with you. I believe it was in Scrapbooking Memories a couple of months ago.

Journaling: There’s something that draws me back to this town time and time again. Perhaps it’s the history of this old Hansa League city. Perhaps it’s because of the people who live there. Perhaps it’s the architecture. Like these little row cottages that line the cobblestone alleyways in the Altstadt” (the old town).
When you step through the low entrances to these alleys, it’s like you slip through a portal, straight into the pages of an old British children’s story-book. Terrace houses 300 years old lean down into the stone courtyards. Flowerpots line the walls and colourful blooms spill out onto the cobblestones. Roses ramble up the side of the rendered walls and spill their perfume into windows flung wide. This is picturesque with a capital “P”.

It also happens to be a part of my Scrapbooking Memories Masters competition entry in 2006.

This year was the fifth year that I entered the Masters competition. And until this year I had always been picked in the short list, dutifully sent off my entry and then never heard another word. No honourable mentions. Nothing.

So, to get a call informing me that I was a Master this year was a huge surprise. And I appreciate the honour. I realise that I'm extremely, extremely lucky and that I have big shoes to fill. It makes me a little nervous, to be honest.

Thank you for all your kind words of congratulations.


On Christmas trees and good news

We got out the Christmas tree on the weekend. Got the big box out of the garden shed. Pulled the big box of decorations out of the cupboard. Jamie and I were excitedly hopping from one foot to the other, at the prospect of decorating the Christmas tree.

Except.... we can't find the feet for our tree!!!! Argh. Our tree is completely legless. They could be anywhere in our garden shed. Which means the probability of us ever seeing them again is minimal. DH is a renovator and his shed is chokablock of junk, err, gear, err important tools and parts. Sigh.

But onto better news, lol.

Yes, the news is out. The cat is out of the bag. I am one of ten scrapbooking Masters in Australia this year. I am incredibly amazed every time I see my name on the list of Masters. Thank you to everyone who has been filling my email intray with notes of congratulations and other bits of love. And congratulations to the other Masters, I look forward to working with you and learning from you over the next twelve months.

And, just to include a photo - here's one that Phil took the other afternoon. Gotta love little boys.


Monday, December 08, 2008

Santa wins Round III

The last two years Jamie has been too scared of Father Christmas to sit with him at Christmas.

The first year he wasn't having a bar of the fat man. I had to sit between them, for the sake of a photo.

Last year, he was still sceptical, although quite taken with the white fluffy beard (which apparently looked like our maltese Jak, as much as I could make out from the "Tak!" "Tak!" as he stroked the fluff). He still wouldn't sit on his lap, or talk to him, or really make eye contact. Although, I think Santa did have a slight win right towards the end of Round II, when he handed out the chocolate.

This year... well... this year!

Jamie caught sight of Santa at the shopping centre yesterday. And walked right on up to him. No hesitation this year. Oh no. None whatsoever.
He had his Thomas the Tank Engine catalogue in hand and he sat up there on Santa's lap, opened up his catalogue and had a good ol' chat about what he would like for Christmas.


Let's take a photo she says...

This is what happens currently when the camera comes out.

Let's take a photo, I say. I'll take some photos of you in your pirate boat (a birthday present, by the way).

Ooooh, quick! Quick! Get that door open.

Quick, quick!Can I see? Can I see?

The poor old camera hardly even has time to autofocus before he's raced back and is demanding to see himself.

Gotta love him!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Super excited

I am super excited to see that one of my layouts is at the top of the "Top 10" over at 2peas in a bucket. What a lovely start to the weekend!

I hope that you all have lovely weekends too.

Friday, December 05, 2008

More scrapping stuff!

The Scrapware gallery is bursting with new layouts today, showcasing a load of new product. Go check it out when you have the chance.

This month I got to play with these:

Spring FlowersAnd I made these:

Scrapware is releasing three sets of the Limited Edition Karen Day Design Christmas to the public!! These limited edition sets are 11-12cm tall and are priced at $4 per set, or $10 for all three sets (inclusive of postage). They are donating 50c per pack to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas we all know that at this time of year, every little bit can make a big difference.

To order your sets of KDD Chrissy Trees, send an email to and they will send you instructions...

And if you're looking for Scrapware products, Shop and Crop just got in a huge order of Christmas-y chipboard products, so go have a look.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Homemade Christmas challenge

We have a homemade Christmas challenge happening over at Shop and Crop. Join in and you could win scrapping products.

Here are my projects:
The first is a super simple brag book the we're going to give my Mum this Christmas.

It's made with one sheet of patterned paper and a bit of felt. The instructions are on the Shop and Crop site - go to the homemade Christmas challenge gallery here.

The second project is a hanger I've made for our door. It features a Scrapware boxboard reindeer.

The full instructions for creating him are in this week's Shop and Crop newsletter. If you don't already receive it, you can sign up for it on the front page at Shop and Crop. It comes out weekly and is always packed with information.

Well, that's it from me tonight. Enjoy your Friday. I will be at work reviewing a rather large document from the review panel looking at harmonisation of Occupational Health and Safety laws across all the Australian States. It's actually quite interesting. The panel is making a series of recommendations to Government. More recommendations are due at the end of January. I will be trying to work out what the recommended changes will mean to my workplace, if they should be enacted.

What are you up to tomorrow? Or this weekend?

Conversation with Jamie ctd

Coming home from work in the car tonight:

Jamie: "Doosday Jubby go bimminbul"
(I told him yesterday that he's going to be doing swimming lessons soon... not until Jan though, lol)
Me: "Oh, I thought you were going in an aeroplane on Tuesday. You're going to be a busy boy on Tuesday, aren't you?"
Jamie: "No, Jubby go bimminbul Doosday. Dactl Boa go deesbane bibblebod."

This guy! He's going to the swimming pool. His friends from childcare, Axel and Noah, are apparently taking his place on the aeroplane to Wiggleworld. He's got it all worked out ;).

Jamie-isms #246

Yesterday, on hearing an aeroplane flying overhead:

Jamie: "Jubby go deesbane!"
Me: "You're going on an aeroplane? Where are you going?"
Jamie: "Jubby go deesbane Bibblebod!"
Me: "Wow! You're going to go to Wiggleworld!"
Jamie: "Doosday! Jubby go deesbane Bibblebod Doosday!"

Yes, he remembers our holiday. He remembers going to Wiggleworld and having his photo taken with Henry the Octopus. And he has a thing at the moment about what he's doing on different days of the week. I have no idea though why we are waiting until Tuesday to visit Wiggleworld.

LOL, I did point out to him that he was supposed to be visiting Grandma and Grandad on Tuesday. And was wickedly delighted at his look of consternation.

Have a good day

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Christmas scrapping

This week at Shop and Crop the Design Team has been challenged to create pages along the theme "our house at Christmas time". Here are my pages:

The Tree
Journaling: We didn't put the tree up until you went to bed on Christmas Eve. The look on your face when you saw it first thing on Christmas morning was priceless.

Silly Hats
The one thing about our house at Christmas time is that you'll always find us wearing those silly paper crowns you get out of the Christmas bon-bons. I never thought anything of it until I met my husband and realised that he didn't share the enjoyment. Ah, he's still in training ;), but Jamie's getting the hang of it.

How are your Christmas preparations going? I am thinking about putting the tree up this weekend. It seems I am a bit slow? Everyone else seems to have put theirs up already. When do you put your tree up?

OK, I'm off to bed early as I'm up early tomorrow morning for work. I'll be back tomorrow night though to share a couple of projects I've done this week.

See you then.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


The super talented Evana has tagged me.

The Rules are:
1. Add a link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. List 6 random things about yourself
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog

Hmmm... I find these really difficult. I can never think of anything to tell you. Let me think...:

1. I have never had a filling in a tooth.

2. I used to make all my own clothes. Then I got too busy with work and now I probably wouldn't remember how.

3. I have an honours degree in immunology.

4. I didn't have a child until I was over 40. Talk about leaving it a bit late!

5. I used to teach tap dancing to put myself through university.

6. I lived in share houses for five years after graduating from uni. Fun times!

I am tagging these girls. I religiously follow their blogs and am inspired by their creations!

1. Kate Mason
2. Carole Janson
3. Deb Godley
4. Rachie W
5. Janine Langer
6. Christiane Mueller

Monday, December 01, 2008

December scrapbooking kits

The December scrapbooking kits have just been released at Shop and Crop. I created a couple of layouts for the Crop Kit this month, using WeR Memory Keepers Christmas papers.

One Christmas page and another page that could be a winter layout, or you could substitute the white cardstock with the green paper included and do something with an outdoor theme.

You get full instructions for the layouts included with the kit.

Hope everyone's having a great week. Back soon with more projects :).