Friday, May 28, 2010

More dress ups

Today on the Aussie Scrap Source blog I have a layout using the delightful Green at Heart line from BasicGrey.

Journaling: You were given the chance to dress up as something from the garden for childcare. You chose to dress up as a ladybug!

Awww. The felt woolies that accompany this collection are soooo sweet :).

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Life Portrait

The May Cropaholic kit is sold out, so I guess that means I can show you the projects I created for it. If you are lucky enough to have it in your possession, that means you have the instructions for these :).

Journaling:Yesterday you wanted to help me hang out the washing. You went inside and fetched your little red chair. And then you hung out the socks.

If you know me, you know that I love the challenge to take what appears to be feminine product and make a boy layout from it ;)

This is the second layout:

This one is so feminine and sweet. Quite diferent to the others.

Nic, this one's for Jazz's album!

And isn't this one cute? This little beauty has just started walking. Love that!

Off to pick Jamie up from kindy and then we have a playdate here. See ya!

Monday, May 24, 2010


Jamie is talking to his Grandad on the telephone. He is describing what he made at his friend's house yesterday afternoon.

"Grandad, you know what I made?" he asks
"Buzz Lightyear Wiiings!!!" (excitement!)

I smile as I listen, with a sense of sadness. "Buzz Lightyear?"

What happened to Buzzlightyoo? For two and a half years we have had Buzzlightyoo in our house. A contraction of "Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue". That is how he has been known.

But now. Now.

Now we have Buzz Lightyear. Just like everywhere else.

He is growing up, my son. His speech is improving.

And whilst I am glad about that on one level, I am also reluctant to let go of my toddler son. It's just another step towards big boy-hood.

Oh well, I still have "annugga", "beepooter" and "bemember". I will enjoy them while they last.

And now he's telling his grandad knock knock jokes.
"Knock Knock. Who's there?"
"Mr Potato Head!"


Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Color Room palettes 6 & 7

It would seem that I forgot to post the layout I did for last week's The Color Room challenge. This was the colour palette:

And this was my layout:

Journaling: At four and a half you are a real bundle of energy. You're inquisitive and want to know how everything works - how "the man" makes iceblocks and gets them in the wrapper, even how you were made. You are learning the alphabet and your numbers. You can even do simple addition sums. You love to ride around the back patio on your new bike and look so sweet all decked out in your Ben10 helmet and knee pads. You are quite a little engineer and can follow simple guidelines to make your constructions. We've put together a craft box full of colour paper, stickers, pipe-cleaners and stencils and you happly sit at your table in the window, creating your "artwork". I see a competitive streak developing in you. You must win board games and any throw of the dice that is lower than three is deemed unworthy and must be repeated. You love kindy. You don't like childcare. You love weekends because daddy's home. You love sleepovers at Grandma and Grandad's. And we love you more and more each day.

This week's colour combination has been posted, and it's gorgeous.

Unfortunately I haven't had the time to sit down and do this one (yet!). But you do want to see what everyone else is doing with it, because there are some seriously beautiful creations in the gallery!


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Happy with this

I am in good company in the top 10 at 2peas today - with other Color Room design team members :)
Three layouts in the first page of "most viewed". Gotta be happy with that!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Kindy and Sassafras

Today's Weekend Inspiration post on Aussie Scrap Source features one of my favourite manufacturers, Sassafras Lass.

Journaling: Today was your first day of fulltime kindy. You've already been going part-time for a couple of terms, so I almost forogt the importance of the "official first day" photo. It was a rushed effort as we headed out the door. "Get the bag Mum" was your main concern.

This layout took on a life of its own. It started minimal. Believe it? LOL.

Apple Jack is such a sweet range. I love the vintage feel of it, and all the images and letters :)

I've since made another layout using it, and still plan on a couple more :)

But more of those later. I'm off to veg on the couch after a busy couple of days. Have a lovely weekend! We have no plans at present, as I've been sick most of the week and just haven't been able to bother to organise anything. But I'll have to get out the phone tonight and tee up a few things, I think! Enjoy it, whatever you're doing.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Aaah, feel the calm.

We are introducing a new manufacturer on the Aussie Scrap Source Blog today.

Journaling: This is where I got to relax. Green grassy slopes, large shady trees and a pool of calm reflective water. Aaah, I can feel the tension slipping away.

The Crafters Workshop make nifty templates. I chose the Cherry Blossom template to play with. I misted through it:

I inked through it:

And I used it as a template for cutting out pattern paper.

And then I added a few other bits and bobs, and it was done! I love this photo! I feel calmer just looking at it!

In the Shop and Crop newsletter I got this morning, it said that the May Cropaholic kit has been very popular. There were only three kits left. If you were planning on buying one, you'd better get in quick.

Until next time.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May Cropaholics Kit Sneak Peeks

Beautiful Life's Portrait papers from Webster's Pages, with a few Prima bits and pieces. Instructions for three layouts included.

Kits are available from Shop and Crop, here.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Published pages

I have some pages that have appeared in recent publications, and I can now share them with you. This first one was in Scrapbooking Memories a couple of months back:

My grandmother and a friend. Love love love this photo!

I kept an art-deco feel to the layout, in keeping with the old 1920s photo.

Butterflies! They keep appearing on everything I'm doing at the moment. And I mean EVERYTHING.

And this layout is in Creating Keepsakes Aussie Reader Gallery.

Now this page is a firm favourite. It was the first page I'd done in a long while where I was unencumbered by design requirements. And it's full of lovely things!

I'm at work for the rest of the week, then we have a busy weekend. And sometime in there I am trying to finish up those layouts for the May Cropaholics kit so you get the instructions when you buy it next week!

So, until next week!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May Cropaholics Kit

I have the May Cropaholics Kit from Shop and Crop hot in my hands at the moment.

Gorgeous Webster's Pages Life's Portrait collection.

You will get instructions for creating three of my layouts with purchase of the kit. Now, these instructions will literally be hot off the press, as I'm still in the 'making' phase, lol. Long story - something about manufacturers and shipping dates etc etc etc.

Kits go on sale early next week. Go here if you're interested.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Handmade with love

I have two new pages up on the Aussie Scrap Source blog at the moment.

Journaling: Grandma's strawberries. Jamie has been watching them grow and, on his last visit, he had his eye on this one all day. Grandma had told him he could pick it at tea-time and have it with his dessert.

I've used a mix of Jenni Bowlin's "Homespun" range, with some Cosmo Cricket thrown in for good measure ;). Pennant banners. I love them. I will be using more.

Journaling: A childhood of hand made clothes has instilled in me a need for fashionable, stylish clothing.

I love all of the October Afternoon ranges they just released. This is the Thrift Shop line.

With a Hambly dress mannequin rubon. Love!

I have more photos, but blogger is being temperamental tonight, so these snippets will have to do. Check out Aussie Scrap Source blog for more. And some gorgeous layouts from Mardi Winen and Jodie Butler too! (And arrrgh! Blogger won't let me link either. The URL is in my side bar on the right).

Life's crazy busy here this week. How's your week looking?

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Joy Ride

Happy Mothers Day! You know, for many years Mothers Day brought me only feelings of emptiness and grief. So it really is a blessing these days to be able to share the day with my little family. I know that not everyone is as fortunate.

I have a layout up on the Aussie Scrap Source blog right now.

Journaling: The Clipsal 500 car race was on in the city and everyone was celebrating. Childcare invited you to come dressed as a car. Your Dad sat down the night before and created your costume. Look at you! You even posed for the camera and made driving motions. Go you!

As I wrote on the blog, Cosmo Cricket's Joy Ride collection is ideal for little boys. I had a hard time not using an entire sheet of the chipboard diecuts. I had serious problems restricting myself!

Love the combo of masculine neutrals with bright pops of turquoise, yellow and orange.

And isn't this little guy so vintage-cute? And the other little fella's pretty cute too ;)

Have a great week!