Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I meant to thank you all...

Sorry. I forgot to say at the beginning of my post last night that I am grateful for all the messages I received in response to my post before last. Thank you.

I have tried to respond to you all individually; if I haven't it's because you didn't leave me your email addy and I don't have it already.

(If you're a regular reader/commenter of my blog, you might like to drop me your email address - I like to respond back to people when they take the time to leave me a comment. Of the two thousand or so visitors I have every month, only a few people say hi and I appreciate that!)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gotta be in it...

I thought I might just try out for the Cosmo Cricket design team. I have loved working with their products while working with the Shop and Crop design team. So, here are some of my pages. Unfortunately several of my very very favourite pages using Cosmo Cricket products are out for publication at the moment and so I can't show them here. But, oh well, you get that. These are several of the ones I can show.

Rudolph Wall Hanger


Transport Cards - Creative Cardmaking and Papercrafts Issue 14

Row Row Row Your Boat

Notice - Scrapbooking Memories Isue 11 No 4, 2009

[this layout is out for publication]


Wait! - Scrapbook Creations Issue 47

And here's a couple of my very favourite layouts that don't necessarily contain Cosmo Cricket stuff, just to show them again :)

Magical - Scrapbook Creations Issue 67, 2009

Enchanted - Memory Makers May 2009

Love You

Trucks - Creating Keepsakes (US) Nov 2008

At Two - Creating Keepsakes (Aust) Issue 13 No 5

Second Birthday - Scrapbook Creations Issue 56

Sisters Keepsake - Scrapbooking Memories Issue 10 No 10

Dinosaur Toast Keepsake Box - Creative Paper Issue 74

2009 Calendar - Scrapbooking Memories Issue 10 No 10

That's it for tonight. I'm off to watch Spooks!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Work to share

Hello. Hello. Yes, I've been a bit quiet this week. I know. I have been lying low, as I had a bit of a rough week.

Some of you would know that we have been trying for over two years to have another baby. For the last year or so I've been working with my specialist to work out what we might do to optimise our chances. I have been undergoing fertility treatment but that hasn't been successful. This week, we were referred to the IVF clinic, which is our last hope. And the results are less than optimistic. In fact they're downright grim. I'm devastated. We are doing some more tests and will then sit back and see if there's any hope at all.

It also didn't help that last weekend a so-called friend gave me the sage advice that I have much more than what many couples have, and that I should quit feeling sorry for myself and be grateful for what I have.

I try! I really do. But emotions aren't convenient. They just don't go away because your brain tells you that you should be grateful, lol. Suffice to say, I won't be discussing much at all with that particular "friend" again.

So, forgive me. I've been hiding, licking my wounds and trying to practice my gratitude.

Thanks to those of you that have enquired how Jamie's going. He's recovered well from his little procedure last week (or was it the week before? I can't remember now.) He appears to be making good progress with his speech too. Which is great news.

He is such a funny guy. All week he has been moving his toys and containers around, "building" things with them. Houses. Trains. Bridges. And, then when he goes to bed he turns to us and says "I dell you bun more dime. You don't didy up by dings when I in bed. Otherwise I be berry goss and ganky!" (that would be as in "cross and cranky"). It cracks us up.

So, onto scrapbooking news. I had a couple of projects in Scrapbooking Memories magazine a couple of months back. The first was for the Mothers Day gallery.

Journaling: This thing called motherhood caught me by surprise... In my twenties I said why sould I waste an outstanding tertiary education and a promising career by having a baby. In my thirties a doctor told me that I might never conceive. My reaction shocked me. I realised that I wanted to be a mum. I wasn't until I was forty that I finally became a mother and the intensity of my feelings for this little guy just blow me away.

And this next project was for the Masters sellotape challenge. We were provided with a whole stack of Sellotape products, and some journaling pens and invited to create something with it. I used the tacky stuff they make to create this cute little inspiration board from an old clipboard.

You can't tell from the picture, but I've used masking tape (one of the products we were supplied) and text paper to make a collage background on the clipboard. Then I've added the tacky stuff and all my bits and pieces I had lying around as inspiration. The beauty of this project is that I can lift everything off the background and recreate my inspiration board as many times as I want!

I have an article in this month's Scrapbooking Memories. Super excited about that! Can't wait until I can share it with you, but it'll have to wait for a couple more months. In the meantime, you might just have to sneak a look at the magazine ;).

Have a wonderful weekend. I am looking forward to relaxing and doing not much at all.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Jamie is such a trooper. Today he had grommets put in his ears. We first went to the ENT surgeon on Thursday, so this was all rather quick. I hated the idea of him going under his second general anaesthetic in three months, but he's pulled up really well. It's such a simple procedure, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

So, now we wait and see if it impacts on his speaking. I hope so. I want to give him the very best chance of talking, interacting and being understood.

I have an article in this month's Scrapbook Creations. And, before anyone starts to complain.... no, I was not breaching my exclusivity clause with Scrapbooking Memories. This article was actually commissioned in August last year and the work was all signed sealed and delivered well before I even found out I was a Master. However, with the way things go in publishing, combined with the fact that SC has changed its format lately (love how they're photographing the projects now!), it's taken until now for the article to actually appear. Jeepers, some of those pages are a year old already!

Anyway, I hope to be back soon to share some of that work with you.

And, finally, before I go, can I send out a big congratulations to the new Scrapware Design team. Way to go girls! I know you'll love working with all the Scrapware products. Can't wait to see what you create.

OK, talk soon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Computer Addict

Remember my post from the other day? I scrapped it for this week's project at Shop and Crop.

Journaling: 'This month you discovered the fun to be found on mummy's computer. You became proficient with the mouse and navigated with ease around sites like Bob the Builder and ABCKids... until you used up all our download quota!'

Sadly this is my last upload for Shop and Crop as I've resigned from the design team. I have loved being part of the super talented design team, and love those girls so much.

Howver, I am looking forward to having more time to just play with my scrapping for the next little while. I might even have time to do some more challenges. Woohoo! Or do some guest designer work. Who knows.

Talk soon.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

New work

I have a couple of layouts featured in this month's Scrapbooking Memories.

I thought I would post a little peek of my layout that's in the Masters Challenge article. In real life this project is really textural, with tulle, feathers and rhinestones. However, that detail doesn't really show up in the mag. Here's what the front of the layout looks like up close.

See the feather and tulle? So bridal :)

And the inside. Beautiful feathers and rhinestones.
For the thing in its entirety you'll have to wait another couple of months until I'm allowed to show it.

And, Chris made a comment about my inspiration post yesterday and made the connection with the other layout I have in this month's Scrapbooking magazine. This layout is in the Mothers gallery, and again I can't show you the whole thing. But I will show you this peek:

You would be forgiven for thinking that my inspiration for the "pots" in my layout came from the first item in my inspiration post on Sunday. But, serendipity is a funny thing. I only came across metrostation's work recently, and that layout was done over a year ago. Creative minds and all that....

Have a great day. Talk soon.

Friday, June 05, 2009


Little boy in the back seat of the car: "Knock Knock"
Surprised mother, who didn't know her kid knew about knock knock jokes: "Who's there?"
Little boy: "banana orange!"
cackle, cackle, gaffaw, side splitting laughter

I guess you have to be three years old to appreciate the humour.

Have a great weekend

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Layout tutorial

I have this layout in Creating Keepsakes Aussie Reader gallery this month:

Remember When.

The photo is another cute one of my mum as a little tacker. So sweet :)

If you would like to make this or something similar, it uses papers and glazed brads from BasicGrey's Boxer range. I've written a tutorial, explaining how I made it here.

Have a great Friday and weekend!