Saturday, February 28, 2009

Love this boy!

He decided to drag his table and chair outside last night when we got home from work. I decided it was the perfect excuse for the camera to come out. He created with playdoh and I snapped away.

He really is such a funny kid at the moment. He comes out with some hilarious things. I must get better at writing them down. I have been so busy lately that I haven't been remembering to do it.

I am busy, busy, busy. Lots of creating happening. Back soon. Promise!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wasn't she cute?

This layout appears in this month's Creative Paper, along with full instructions of how to make it.

Wasn't my mother such a little cutie? I love this photo of her and my grandmother watering the garden.

Monday, February 23, 2009

February cropaholics

I haven't had a chance to upload the projects I did with this month's Shop and Crop Cropaholics kit. Can I say that I absolutely LOVED this kit? The WeR Memory Keepers Nonsense range is delicious and perfect for bright layouts.

When you purchase the kit, you get full instructions for making the following 2 pages and a minialbum.

Journaling: You delight in the simple stuff - like rolling over and over on the back lawn.

Journaling: My Grandma was the first person to congratulate me after our wedding ceremony. Our photographer captured the moment with these two photos and I'm so glad, as they're some of my last photos with her. Miss you Grandma!

Minialbum: Three

Three sets of photos that tell a story.

A collection of things about Jamie, age Three

But it could be used for any collection of photos, colour or black and white.

The base is a clear heavy-duty acrylic sheet that we cut up to make the album.

I don't know if there are any kits left. Check here if you're interested.

Aaaaand.... I have completed my projects for the Shop and Crop retreat in April and we are going to have so much darned fun in my class :).


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Remember this?

Well, I have written up a sort of tutorial on how I made it over here.

Valentines, weddings, anniversaries

I made this little album for the Shop and Crop newsletter this week.

It was a cinch and worked out so well!

It celebrates the ten years that Phil and I have been together. Look at that top photo. Eeek. That was two months after we met. Awww. I gave it to Phil for Valentines day last weekend.

If you want instructions on how to make it, sign up for the Shop and Crop newsletter here.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


My final project I want to share with you, is the single layout for the Masters comp. It had to be "shaped". There was never any question what I was going to do. It has scanned terribly. I really must take it outside and make a pic of it...

This series of Jamie is one of my favs from when he was little. Little baldie that he was :).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2009 Calendar

The third piece of work required in the Masters competition was a 2009 calendar.


This taxed me the most of all the projects. Really. I was completely clueless about what I was going to do and left it until last. I almost ran out of time because I was procrastinating, waiting for "that" idea to hit. In the end I decided to go with a theme of seasons.


In terms of product used, I've simply used a stack of pizza box cardboard as the base for each page in the calendar. Simple. Cheap. The stand probably is the most expensive thing in this entire project ;). Heee, I love it so much when frugal works out well.


Lots of fabric, stitching, whimsy, glitter, handwriting....


And I've covered the back of each page with some distressed paper that I can write notes and stuff on. As if, lol!!!! I haven't. I wonder if I ever would..... No.

This ended up on the cover of the Masters magazine issue, so I was especially pleased with my last minute efforts :D.

Back with the final project tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Goals

This was my double layout for the Masters competition.

The theme was to scrap your goals and dreams. I was lucky that I found some journaling that I had done five years previously, when I was severely depressed and doing some creative therapy. It was a piece of journaling about how I saw my life in five years time.

And that really sparked my layout.

The journaling close up:

Some details:
I still count my blessings on a daily basis that I have one healthy child. And I feel so selfish when my heart yearns, even screams, for another. It tears me apart somedays. But then I look at my little blonde haired boy and I pull myself up and give myself a stern talking to. And I smile and remind myself about all that I have to be grateful for.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Some scrappy shares

I think that finally enough time has elapsed that I can start showing you my Scrapbooking Memories Masters entries.

This was my keepsake. I created it for my sister.

I found the shadow box in the sale box at Lincraft. It was originally black, so I sanded it back and painted it with cream and pink and then sanded it back some more, and then painted it some more. I love it when I'm frugal and it works out well :).

The photos are old photos of my sister and I when we were little kids. They were originally black and white, so I've tinted them using Photoshop before printing them out. Then I cut out the figures and reinforced them by twisting wire up the back of them, then embedded them into the scenes on the shadow box.

The end effect is very dimensional, which I love.

Lots of little touches on this. This is probably my favourite item that I entered (although, watch me, I'll probably say it about each of my entries, lol).

And, writing this has just reminded me that it is yet to get home to me. Grrrr. It was returned to someone else and, when I last checked, she hadn't yet sent it back to SBM. It was supposed to be a Christmas present for my sister. Sigh.

More tomorrow.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Scrapware give-away

Look at these cute new products from Scrapware :)
And this little fella:
And new mini albums

More product here. Look for them at a scrapbooking store soon....

To celebrate the release of their new 5x7" mini albums, Scrapware is going to do a giveaway! Leave a comment on the Scrapware blog by midnight AEDT on Wednesday 18th February and you will go into the draw for one of their new albums - Kindy, Kinder, Prep or School. If you make a suggestion for a word you would like to see on a similar album, you will get TWO entries in the draw...good luck!

Friday, February 13, 2009

5 minutes with me

I'm featured on the Scrapbooking Memories website at the moment. All you wanted to know about me here.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Journaling: It's not often that we get together these days. In fact, the last time that all three of us were together was probably Shelley's wedding ten years ago. These two girls worked with me at Finders in my first job out of uni - far too many years ago to admit to. We used to work together and hang out in the same social group. Austral on Monday nights, the Grand on Thursdays and Sundays. Then Mandi left to travel overseas and never really came back. Shel fell in love and moved interstate and, although she's back again now, who knows for how long. Ah, I've missed these girls. And I hadn't realised how much until we were all together again.

This page uses this week's product kit from Shop and Crop. BasicGrey Porcelain. Now this is such a dreamy line! Perfect, soft creams, pinks and greens.

My favourite bit about this kit was the little bird die-cut in the bird hanger. I tried soooo hard to work him into my page, but he just WOULD NOT go. So he will hang in his hanger for another day, when I will find a home for him on another page.

This next page is for the 5 products 5 ways challenge for the design team. Go check out the newsletter (or our DT gallery) to see the huge variety in pages that we got out of these products.

Journaling: This is what we hear, every day. "I do it!" You are Mr Independence. On this particlar occasion you found your old rashie suit, now far too small for you, and decided to put it on, over the top of your clothes!

I've taken the five products and added some scraps from my stash of Shop and Crop goodies over the last few months (any appropriately coloured pattern paper/ cardstock would do). I drew the little articles of clothing, cut them out, stuck them down and then drew the coathangers straight onto the background using a black sharpie pen.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vintage scrapping

Just reminiscing with a few old pages that have a vintage/heritage feel to them and might lend some inspiration for wedding layouts or vintage wedding colour schemes...

From 2008

From 2007

From 2006

From 2005

Hope these help Amanda.