Saturday, June 26, 2010

Oh My

LogoMyWay is holding a competition to redesign the BP logo in light of the recent disaster. Go check out the entries so far. Very very creative.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

An Award

Amanda has given me this award. Thanks so much Amanda. Along with the award come some rules (of course). They are:

1. Put the Swap Sisters Bonny Blog Award on my blog.
2. Share 5 things about myself.
3. Pass the award onto 5 other Bonny Blogs.
4. Add links to my 5 chosen Bonny Blog Winners.
5. Let them know they have been chosen to win the Swap Sisters Bonny Blog Award by leaving a comment on their blog.

OK, so five things about me. Oh, didn't I just do this a while ago? Hmmmm.... what could you possibly want to know about me?

1. I am a bit of a neat freak. If things get too messy I get cranky because I feel like I can't think straight, lol.

2. I have ridiculously neat handwriting care of a fastidious grade 3 teacher. Oh goodness, I disliked her, but she certainly left a legacy.

3. I have a bachelor of science with honours but regret now that I didn't pursue something in the arts, because I have no passion for my career. At the end of year 10 I seriously contemplated leaving school and studying classical ballet fulltime. At the very last minute, I decided to finish school. Nowadays, I would like to go back and study something more artistic, coz that's what makes me happy :).

4. I am so not an early morning person. When I do get up early (I used to run at 6am religiously) I enjoy it. But, given the choice, I would sleep in until midday...

5. And, because no. 3 is on my mind... I often daydream of having a little yoga studio down the bottom of my garden where I take lovely peaceful classes with the birds chirping and the sun streaming in the window. And yet I don't do yoga, lol. It's a beautiful dream though ;)

I would like to pass this on to some regular readers of my blog:


There's actually more than five people who come here and talk to me ;), so I hope that I haven't offended anyone.....

And, before I leave you... have you seen the sneak peeks for Pink Paislee's new releases? OMG. Just glorious!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Farm Fresh

I have this layout on the Aussie Scrap Source Blog at the moment featuring the October Afternoon Farm Fresh collection. I tell you, I love every single one of October Afternoon's most recent releases. They are a pure pleasure to work with.

I taught the layout at Seriously Scrapbooking last month, along with this one:

I tell ya, this collection is full of the most playful imagery. Perfect for gardening pages, or farmyard pages, or just about any whimsical little people pages.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scrapbook Ideas Inspiration Book

I have a couple of projects in the new Scrapbook Ideas Inspiration Book that's just out in the UK. One of my layouts is up on the Scrapbook Inspirations blog, to advertise the gallery on borders.

Check it out here :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

What makes your work "yours"?

Do you ever get the feeling like suddenly your scrapbooking takes on a new direction? One day you look through your latest work and find that it's got a bit of a different feel to how you last remember it. Do you ever get that?

I had a look and these are the themes in my work at the moment.

Inked edges

Splatter painting


Use of Stencils

Little circles floating

Pennant flags



Negative shapes

Stamped images

Ruched fabric, tissue paper or heavy laces

Black and white lettering

Distressed layers

What do you find appearing time and time again on your pages?

Some of you are in the process of creating projects to enter in this year's Scrapbooking Memories Masters competition. This is a particularly useful exercise if you are intending on entering a large competition like this. It's important to know what your "style" is. To know and capitalise on what sets your work apart from other work.

Do you know?

Have a look at your most recent work. What crops up time and time again? Is it colour photos? Multi photo layouts? Distressing? Prima flowers? Stamping? Misting?

In 2008 when I won Masters I had gone through this exercise when I was designing my projects. From memory, I think that each of my projects had the following six elements:

1. handstitching
2. fussy cutting
3. use of fabric
4. hand journaling
5. whimsy
6. small photos

What six elements would you include on a body of projects for you to feel it was uniquely "you"?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Jamie style

Hello, hello, I hope everyone's having a good long weekend. I have been. Jamie has gone to his grandparents for a sleep over and I have been doing all those sorts of sorting and arranging things that you just don't get to do with a small child under-foot.

Phil was away on business last week and missed my birthday so last night he was going to take me out - just the two of us - grownups - for tea. Except I was too cold and so I opted for take-out with a video. It was so cosy and warm in our house, I just could not be bothered to step one foot outside. I must be getting old! So he bought me home Thai food, and a birthday cupcake (hee hee). I even got a candle and happy birthday sung to me. Awww.

Today I have been looking at vacuum cleaners with Shelley (our washing machine and vacuum cleaner both have packed up, sigh) and then for a coffee (yay for coffee with friends!). And tonight we have Jamie back, and a birthday tea with my parents. Then, I dunno what we'll do tomorrow. Something. We'll see. How are you spending your long weekend? What shall we do tomorrow? Any ideas? Seeing as it's cold and likely to be raining?

I have certainly strung out my birthday though - almost a week. Not bad going, hey? Oh, and did I mention that I took Thursday and Friday off work as well? Happy birthday to me!!

So, this little share is in Creating Keepsakes magazine - I think it's the current issue, or maybe the last one. I lose track.

Journaling: This is what happens whe I let you dress yoruself. A fleecoy windcheater over a pale blue summer shirt, over a bright green polar fleece over a red skivvy. Ah, you're a colourful lad! (At least I know you'll always be warm :) ).

Hee hee, that child makes me laugh.

Oh, and I have just decided to be a bit more active over at I am ever so out of my depth and feeling like nigel-no-friends there at the moment, as it's simply huge. So please, if you are a member, take pity on me and "friend" me, lol? I am kathieL

That's it for today. Have a lovely evening. Stay warm! (Unless it's summertime where you are, in which case I'm totally jealous!).

Kathie xx

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Color Room palette 10

I cannot believe that we are at palette 10 already at The Color Room! This week we are back in "his room" and the palette is another beautiful one:

It's the start of Winter here at the moment, so the palette caused me to reflect back on the summer we just had and I pulled out my favourite photo of Jamie and me at the beach while we were on vacation:
Journaling: "While we were on vacation we spent every morning at the beach. You were so little - every wave threatened to topple you over. But you had the best time!"

He really looks so little trying to balance as the waves wash up to the shore, lol! He had a hard time not falling over at first, although he gradually gained confidence and loved running out into the waves in the end.

I have loosely based the page on this week's sketch, loosely.... only I've used the one large photo instead of four little ones and I haven't included the layering - see my circle though? in the middle of the page? my new Tim Holtz spills and splatter stamp (love!).

That's all for today. See you!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Some pages to share

I have some layouts to share. This first one is in Up2Scrap, a New Zealand publication:

Journaling: I noticed that you were busy sketching on your blackboard. "What are you drawing?"?" I asked. "I dwawing a thpashe-ship wiv windowsh and a wocket" you replied. And I looked. And you were.

I love this series of photos of Jamie drawing on his little blackboard. Again, one of these moments that I'm so thankful that I am recording in photos and words all the beautiful things about having a small boy in the house :).

And this next page is in Scrapbook Creations issue 79, of which I got my contributor's copy yesterday.

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 at Shelley's wedding, ten years ago. These two girls worked with me at Flinders 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 Mon nights, the Grand on Thurs and Sun. 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.

Thanks to everyone who has left me birthday love. I had a beautiful day. I spoilt myself and did no housework. And I did not cook. I managed to eat out for lunch and tea. The downside to be so lazy was that today it was doubly hard to get back with my nose to the grindstone. Oh well.

See you next time!

Friday, June 04, 2010


The next Color Room palette is up.

Isn't it beautiful? I wasn't down to do this one, but I loved it and decided that I couldn't help myself. I wanted to take these colours and give them a boyish twist:

Whatdya reckon? Did I do it? It looks boyish. Doesn't it?

The journaling is taken from my blog post here.

I kept the pink in the palette to an absolute minimum and added some misting and paint splotches to introduce a more masculine feel.

The gingham fabric is inspired by the inspiration picture in the palette. In fact, the stripes and polka dots are taken from it too. I even used the sketch! (sort of)

I'm quite happy with how it turned out!

Well, I've been at work all day and I'm beat. I think I will go curl up on the couch. I am mid-way through a Jonathan Kellerman book and it's at that nail biting what will happen next stage. I have a zillion scrapbooking projects that I could, er should, be doing. But I'm so tired. I sat down last night to read and promptly fell asleep.. and it was only 9O'Clock. So I figure I need a few early nights and evenings of just vegging to recharge my batteries and creative juices. And that's what I'm going to do! Hope you have a fabulous weekend :)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


This layout was in Scrapbooking Memories magazine a couple of months ago:

Journaling: This is the part that I love the best. I will freely admit that, after four renovation projects, my enthusiasm for the building and extending part has waned. Or perhaps it's just that I have far less time these days and I don't want to spend it painting or sanding. But once the big stuff's all done, and it's time to decorate, that's when I start to get interested. I love poring over the decor magazines and catalogues. I love browsing the shops for new furniture and planning where it will go. And finally, I adore finding all the little finishing touches that make it our home.

The picture is of the loungeroom in our old house, after we had renovated. I've cut it into panels and slightly mis-aligned them.

I cut out images from an IKEA catalogue and added them in, along with some patterned paper rolls (they look so much like wallpaper, don't you think?).

Our new house is still a bit nowhere when it comes to home decor. All in good time. We have plans to completely gut the living area of the house, so we haven't bothered to put in nice decor.

Besides, we decided to keep our old 80s couch here, so Jamie can climb all over it to his heart's content without it being too much of a bother. But every now and then (at least once a day, lol) I find myself yearning for a beautiful minimalist leather modular. Sigh. All in good time. Right?

Well, I have a stack of scrapbooking calling me. I seem to have a lot lot lot on at the moment. I never learn, right. Poor Phil gets quite cranky with me. "It's a hobby Kathie!" I can hear him saying it. "Most people do their hobby every now and then. A couple of hours a week". Oops.

Oh well. Back to it.