Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Jamie was doing something the other day. I can't remember what it was, but I do remember that he was sitting at the table, fussing over something.
“Damp!” he exclaimed. “Damp!”
“Watcha doing?” I asked.
“Aaah, I’m dust twying to do dis!” he muttered, without looking up. “Damp! It’s not working!”

Hee hee.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Multiphoto layouts

Joining Get Picky and being asked to select two of my favourite layouts for my introduction over there got me reflecting on the multi photo layouts I've created. I've always been quite partial to layouts with more than one photo. Have a look:

And a few more:

And can I indulge in a few more?

Yep, I do like multiphotos, don't I! I'm looking forward to the challenges over at Get Picky!


Yes, I know...

Yep, hot on the heels of my post yesterday about the upsurge of activity at the Link house lately, is this announcement.

I was drawn to this design team. I think it's lovely that it focuses on multiple photo layouts. I really wanted to be part of this venture. So now we will see just how good my time management skills really are!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oh boy, overwhelmed!

Life has been extremely busy here the last couple of weeks. Both Phil and I got approached about taking on new jobs, which meant a flurry of activity creating application documents and attending numerous job interviews. Phil even had to fly to Sydney for one of them.

And, speaking about the man of the house, he has been home on leave all of September and is undertaking a stack of home renovation projects. Yay! We have new carpet, no front fence, a mud patch for a front yard, and various stacks of pipes and wood in the back garden. We also have a new modular sofa on order *huge grin* - I will take photos of the current lounge to show you just how badly we need a new sofa! All of this has involved visits to furniture shops, appliance shops, and much poring over brochures.... and arguing about colours ;).

On Tuesday we have an appointment to view some designs (more designs!) for a new kitchen. You should hear us lately. It's all about laminate colours and benchtop options...

Now Jamie is on school holidays for two weeks, just as my parents have decided to visit my sister interstate for the month.

I am feeling a little overwhelmed, as each of these things adds more tasks into my already full days. Then, on top of that, I am contemplating three days a week work instead of my usual two.

Argh. I need a lie down.

I look at women who seem to spend all day creating and I wonder how they do it? And I have to admit to feeling envious, as my life hurtles along at breakneck speed. Stop, I wanna get off! I'm finding it harder and harder to find the time to be creative at the moment. Lately I've been consumed with writing CVs, poring over home decor magazines, choosing entertainment consoles, and arranging school holiday playdates.

Anyway, this is not a pity me post, but an apology.... I have no creative work to share with you right now. And my inbox is overflowing with sweet comments from all of you. I appreciate the time you take to say hi and interact with me. And, I promise, I will get back to you. Soon! Just bear with me if it takes a bit longer than usual.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Just letting you know

If you live in Adelaide and you want to do one of my scrapbooking classes, I'll be teaching at Seriously Scrapbooking on 30 October 2010, 1.30pm.

We’ll be creating two double boys layouts. Yes, that’s right! Two doubles! Featuring BasicGrey’s Oliver range, these layouts are ideal for recording the rough and tumble of the young men in our lives.

With a colour scheme of overalls-blue, fire-truck red and leapfrog green set against neutral backgrounds, the pages will suit any manner of action pictures. I've kept the design simple and playful so that the focus is firmly on the photos – one layout uses four and the other uses six.

If you live in Adelaide, give the girls at Seriously Scrapbooking a call on 8277 1298 for more information and bookings. I'd love to see you there :).

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


A while back Jeni O'Connor approached me to contribute a layout for an article she was writing for Scrapbook Creations magazine (issue 81) on fathers. Phil, Jamie and I had just been to the Fringe Festival in Adelaide, where the boys had played on the dodgems and then had a great afternoon at the playground. I had snapped a few shots of them interacting, and this is what I ended up creating on my page:

Journaling: You seek out your Dad more and more these days. You wait impatiently for the weekend, when you know he will be home to play with you. Without a doubt, he is your hero.

I love the look on Jamie's face as he leans in to Phil, both enjoying and a little scared of the ride. It's priceless.

This layout was the start of my ongoing love affair with paint and splattering - I love how it messes up a layout a little bit, and makes it more suitable for a boy who is growing up.

Thanks so much to Jeni for her invitation. I was quite chuffed. And this is one of my favourite pages I made this year :)

OK, I'm off to do the kindy drop off, then I have a date with my running machine. First I have to scrounge up some energy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

All clear

Today I went to my dermatologist and had my skin scan. All my spots and bumps got looked at, and found to be harmless. Yay! I have fair skin, freckles and red hair. Not a good combo when you live in Aussie's sunny climate. It's nice to know that my skin got the all clear :)

So, have you had your skin check lately?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A winner tells me that Nadia Cannizzo has won my journaling challenge! Nadia, if you can email me your address, I'll send you out a thank you pack in the post.

This week Caroline McLachlan features on Aussie Scrap Source's series of articles on journaling. Go see her cute layouts about the antics of her family's pets here.

The sun is shining here today. I'm about to go for a run, then I have grocery shopping and laundry to do. What does your Sunday hold for you?


Saturday, September 11, 2010

And even more about sharing our stories

This is my final post in a series where I'm sharing work of other scrapbookers who have joined in my challenge to share pages that tell their stories.

Moira Byrne-Garton sent me links to several pages. This first page is from a class Moi did, by Mel Nunn at Kim Archer @ Home:

I love the whole happy vibe that Moi has achieved in this page. It's fabulous to see a page devoted to happiness. In the next layout, Moi has used hidden journaling to keep the focus on her page, while still being able to tell her story.

Rebecca Young also sent me some pages. On the next page I want to share with you, Bec also uses hidden journaling. It's an older page of hers, like so many in our albums. But it's also one of those pages that draw us back to them time and time again:

This page particularly impacted on me. You see, Bec lost her husband in a mining accident three years ago. That drew my attention straight away, given my occupation as an occupational health and safety adviser. These are precisely the events that I work to prevent every working day of my life. It chills me to read about any workplace incident that results in injury or worse.

My feelings on workplace safety to one side, what impacted me about this layout was that it includes journaling by Bec's late husband. The journaling is tucked away in the pocket (love the blanket stitching!) at the bottom. Go and see Bec's blog to read the words. They are extremely moving.

It's fabulous enough that Ben recorded his thoughts, but for Bec to team those words with the photos on a scrapbooking page makes for a powerful memory keeper. How wonderful that Makenzie has this layout to look at and read one day. How loved will she feel!

And in this, more recent page, Bec journals about her daughter turning three. I love the unusual way that Bec's added the journaling in a circle.

Thanks to Moi and Bec, and to everyone who has linked me up to their pages. I have a package of stuff to give away to someone. I'll be back tomorrow to let you know who.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Funny things he says

There's a new color palette up at The Color Room:

And look what I whipped up:

Journaling: "Did you have fun today at childcare?" I asked him. "Well..." he answered, "I would have had more fun if I had my shrinking cap". And I thought to myself "yes, he probably would have!"

I was inspired to make this after a conversation with Jamie last week. He's coming out with the funniest things these days. Someone tells me that the shrinking cap is from "Grandfather in my Pocket", a show on kids TV in the mornings. I had no clue ;)

Just tonight at the tea table he says "Mummy, is a stwanger the same as a goggler?" I sat there, staring at him blankly, while my mind tried to sort out what on earth a goggler was. "No", he says, thinking "a boggler". And then it dawned on me - childcare has been talking about safety this week, and Jamie and I were talking about keys and locking our windows and doors to keep the burglers out. He was talking about a burgler! LOL. Goggler. Funny sausage.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A great afternoon... and sore feet

We went to the Royal Show this afternoon. Jamie was beside himself with excitement. We went with friends who have a son who is Jamie's age, and it was brilliant.

Here are my two guys, just as we walked into the showgrounds. Jamie was beside himself with excitement.

We went on the Ferris Wheel. The two kids loved it. Two of the adults tolerated it, lol.

Teacups, aeroplanes, fire-engines.. Jamie was all about the rides this year. Which is a first. I think it had something to do with having a mate there to do stuff with.

I soaked up the atmosphere and the colours.

I have some scrapbooking pages in mind.

Sideshow alley.

Jamie and his dad on the slide.

And, just to finish, a pig in a tutu. Yep. Wouldn't be a Show without something just a little out of the ordinary ;)

My feet are killing me. I ate too many cinnamon donuts. And I just polished off a bag of fruchocs from my showbag. Jamie wanted to play with his Ben10 showbag instead of going to bed ;).

We had a blast.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

More about telling our stories

Thank you to everyone who has been linking me to their stories. It is so inspiring. If anyone else is interested in joining my challenge, check here and leave a comment at the end of that post linking me to a page of yours that tells a story. You will be in the running for a pack of scrapbooking product. Challenge ends this Friday.

OK, now... Sarah Hemmings sent me several links to her pages and I loved browsing her blog. She keeps it real, which I admire.

This page makes me laugh, and it's one of the types of pages I enjoy making. Little kids say the funniest things!

And I enjoy reading pages like the one above, that document the things that have been happening in in our lives. I marvel now at some of the pages I made when Jamie was really little. Things that I took for granted about our mundane happenings, but doumented nevertheless, now seem so interesting. Life changes so rapidly.

And I love this next page. Here, Sarah's channelled Pip Prosser (another favourite scrapper of mine) to create a double layout about the time that her son had casts taken off his legs.

Thanks to Naomi for this next page.

Don't you love these old photos? They are from her parents' engagement. Naomi has created her own background paper, using some of her parents' favourite quotes. With text print patterned paper being so popular at the moment, this is a creative way of adding journaling to a page.

Thanks so much for sharing your pages with me, Sarah and Naomi!
I'll be sharing more soon.

Monday, September 06, 2010

And even more pages to share

I had a couple of layouts in Creating Keepsakes (Aust) 15(5) that I haven't shared with you yet. Here they are:

Journaling: It was the first sunny day after Winter. You and I sat out in the garden and soaked up the sunshine and warmth. You played on the lawn while I got out the camera. Even Jak wanted to enjoy the fun and fine weather!

And this one:
Journaling: "Mum?" you say. "Mum?" "Mum?" You have nothing to say. You're just checking. Sometimes you continue with "Where's Jak, Mum? Mum? Mum? Where's Jak?" Usually Jak's sitting right there next to you. Or he's sitting at the window, staring in at you. You know where he is. You're just checking. Connecting. After the third or fourth time you get tired of your game and go and find something else to do. You know, Rabbit? You don't need to test me - you have my attention. Now, change the question!

Back soon!