Sunday, 6 September 2009

It's Been a While but ...

It has been a while since I've updated this blog! It's been a mixture of busyness and also not being well. Life has been a continuous roller-coaster and I haven't been able to get my fingers 'a scrappin' so my supplies are gathering dust. Plus with everything that's been happening I have lost my mojo which is frustrating because I believe that creativity is the way out of feeling sorry for yourself!

Anyway, the downturn of being stuck at home feeling sick is that I have been able to potter with the computer and get some Digital Scrapping done - it's still a big learning curve but as with everything ... practise, practise, practise!

So here are three layouts I have 'whipped up' ... LOL!

Papers and Elements - All Summer Long -

Quick Page - Come on Get Happy from Scraps by Andrea

Credits - Patterned Paper by Cudlebeez Scraps, Plain Paper by Gunhild Storeide, All Flower Elements by Ginas Gems Scraps, Frame by K Pertiet, Small Leaves by Delicious Scraps, Tiramisu, Large Leaves by Cuddlebeez Scraps, Lace by TBugs, Tag by Shabby Princess - Happy Go Lucky, Font - FG Leaf Queen 2, Title - Coventry Garden, Stitching by KSK Designs

So, till next time ...

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Some challenges to share ...

The NCJS group had its monthly Cybercrop two weekends ago and I finally had the opportunity to get some scrapping in (even with a trip to the country on the Saturday!)

This one is a double page using more than 5 photos. Keeping it simple and uncluttered was my goal.

This layout is based on a monotone design - the photograph of my Great-Grandfather is in beige tones so I decided to keep with that colour in different shades.

I thought I'd save time and do a Digi Layout - not as simple as I thought. This one took me about 2 1/2 hours (I did lose my work once when Photoshop crashed!) It was a bit of a play - not quite turning out as I imagined but I learnt some more things along the way.

Till next time ...

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Netball, Dancing Queens, Ferris Wheel, Aquarium and Disney on Ice ....

Nearly one month has passed and I have not added anything here in that time! Creative pursuits have been in very short supply, everything (and everyone) else seems to be taking over my time. But I have managed to enjoy myself with some fun times during the holidays - yes it's the second week of the school holidays in Victoria and there seems to be kids everywhere!

The first weekend started with Grace's Netball Grand Final - her second Premiership in two seasons! Quite an achievement and she played very well.

Ella and Sophie came to Melbourne to spend some time with me and here are some photos of the things we got up to -

Dancing in Federation Square ...

The Ferris Wheel at Birrarung Marr...

Cool fun on the Cup & Saucer Ride by the river...

Feeding fish at the Aquarium ...

The penguins were a big hit ...

And watching them swim was soooooo funny!

They loved 'Disney on Ice - Princess Wishes'

By Saturday, I was totally exhausted and had a Nanna Nap on the couch in the afternoon. They are already planning their next trip to Melbourne!

Till next time ...

Friday, 12 June 2009

Getting Some Creating In!

It's been a while since the last post here! I have done very little scrapping, and then trying to scan/photograph the layouts just escapes me ... so my posts haven't been happening!

I did some digi scrapping last night. Went to the LSBS to learn some more about Photoshop Elements. Doing things with an instructor is so much easier for me ... generally I tend to work things out for myself, which can take so much time. I found doing the class meant I not only learnt things immediately but I had others to talk to and learn more.

Here are the two pages I did - not necessarily the design or paper I would choose, but they are a good start and I feel satisfied with what I achieved.

I am planning to do some paper scrapping tomorrow, finally! But I am certainly interested in doing some more digi scrapping, practising what I learnt and learning more.

Check out these sites for great Digi Scrapping freebies. And here to learn more about Digi Scrapping via Video.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Going Digi

I've had a play around with some digital scrapping today and I've come up with my new header and this layout ... admittedly it was a pre-designed one (Lynn Griffin - A Mother's Love), but I just needed to have a go! Not bad if I say so myself!

Till next time ...

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Heritage Layouts

I have been busy doing some more layouts for my parents album. I have just had some more photos printed and I am really keen to get them 'scrapped.

I am also going to run some classes in May/June about creating Heritage Albums so I really want to have more examples for the class participants.

So here are three more I have completed ...

I really enjoy the vintage look of heritage layouts, there is so much that can be used in the designs, from current trends to shabby chic. The imagination can run wild!

Till next time ...

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A Quick Share

I've been doing some scrapping, getting ready for an Expo where I will be 'showing' scrapbooking and highlighting "Heritage Scrapbooking'.

I was experimenting with some handmade flowers after watching this video, Handmade Distressed Flower Embellishments, and here are the results ...

They were a bit fiddly but definitely worth it!

Here is one of the layouts I have done -

I shall have to photograph the others in the daylight tomorrow so I'll post them tomorrow night.

Till next time ...

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Bruno Torf - A Garden of Memories

Haven't scanned my completed projects yet :-( Life is moving too quickly! My 365 Blog is being kept up to date though! Yay!

We visited Marysville yesterday with my Dad who was staying with us for the weekend. Driving around the destroyed town was quite a moving experience. Bruno Torf's Garden was open to the public so I took the opportunity to visit it.

Bruno was there and I really felt the heartbreak of what has been lost, but a the same time, he is determined to re-build his beautiful little piece of Earth.

Here is a moving video of the amazing garden before February 7th ...

I wanted to share the photos I took yesterday ... with signs that nature is determined to restore itself! I also think the figurines look sad too don't they!

And here are the remains of the gallery ...

My goal is to get back there in 12 months to see the changes!

So until next time (hopefully with some great shares) ...

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Smile :-D

I was just sent this great little video, it's worth watching till the end ... enjoy!

I hope to get some layouts scanned and uploaded in the next couple of days ... so stay tuned!

Till next time ...

Monday, 9 March 2009

Some things to share and passing on awards

More layouts completed and ready to share -

This one is special as it is Grace and my mother before she passed away. Mum was so loving to all her grandchildren - they were the world to her.

I just loved this photo - there wasn't much more I could add to it - it needed to be kept simple.

Another cute photo - I've enjoyed keeping the layouts simple and uncluttered.

The Premio Dardos Award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. The Premio Dardos award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day.

The rules are:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to another 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment.

Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

The blogs I have listed are all talented, giving and generous creators ...please go visit their blogs and pass on some love and appreciation for all they do and share...

Kaz Was Here - Karen Yates
Creative Considerations - Vicki Brunner
Sandie's Place - Sandy Downey
Chantelle's Stamping Place - Chantelle Huizenga
They Call Me the Scrap Nut - Julie Dudley
Our Wonderful World - Liz Weber
Girls Wear Blue Too - Tammy James
A Happy Scramper - Linda Langes
Mel Stampz - Mel McCarthy
Anna's Crafty Stuff - Anna
tikkled pink! - Shazz
Addicted to Digiscrapping - Amanda
Lindsay Jane Designs - Lindsay Jane
Josie Dean - Josie Dean
Stamp A Latte - Leonie Schroeder

Wow, that is a marathon effort! Thank you for bearing with me, and thank you again Libby! Love you!

Till next time ...

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Slowly but surely and an Award!

I am steadily getting some creating into my time and have booked an all day crop on Saturday. I need to complete some layouts and I intend to be fully prepared to get some serious scrapping done. I have learnt, the hard way, it is so easy to do a heap of layouts as long as I am prepared and have the design, photo, paper and embellishments organised and ready to go. It is so easy to waste time pottering around 'looking' for the right paper, design, colours .....

I made a card for Grace's birthday - verrrry bright, in fact much brighter than I would normally do, but I was very happy with it and Grace loved it. Turning 15 means a little more sophistication! I loved the Heidi Swapp mirror bird!

I have also been a lucky girl with an award from the remarkable Libby who is so focused and committed to everything she does! It is called The Premio Dardos Award that acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. Thank you Libby - I shall now have to make a list of 15 other Bloggers to pass this award on to.

As soon as I have made my decision, I will let everyone know.

A short entry today, hopefully I'll post some new layouts and the 15 Bloggers names early next week.

So until next time ...

Thursday, 19 February 2009

I've Finally Done Some Layouts!

Well it's taken me longer than I had planned but I've finally finished some layouts. I've also had to 'fiddle' and 'tweak' with my HP scanner and my old PC 'cos my new Lexmark scanner does a very mediocre job. I printed some photos a couple of weeks ago with my old HP scanner and realised that they are heaps better than the ones from the Lexmark - they actually dried really quickly also.

And I have re-discovered my ArcSoft Panorama to stitch my layouts - so I have been re-organising my PC (although I still love my iMac) for my scanning and stitching. I seemed to be loading, uninstalling, re-loading, cleaning up and so on and so on for ages - at least 2 days worth of fiddling! But it's been worth it!

So here are my latest layouts - I've decided that simplicity is much easier and quicker too!

The heart is actually a soft pink Heidi Swapp Mirror but it came out black with the scanner :-(

So until next time ...

Monday, 9 February 2009


This is a very sad and moving time for many of us here in Victoria. The absolute destruction of the bushfires is so painful to comprehend. There is not one Melbournite I have spoken to that doesn't feel the horror and sadness of the fires.

I liken it to a tsunami of fire - once people realised what was happening it was too late to escape. So many people were caught trying to drive though thick smoke and flames. The small country communities, on the outskirts of Melbourne, that were well known, idyllic places to escape and unwind from the city pressures, have been wiped out, together with many of their residents and enormous numbers of local houses and farms.

One place in particular is the township of Marysville with it picturesque, tree lined streets, the history of 100 year old buildings and very old trees and the beautiful bush arts. It now no longer exists!

Here is a picture of one of the streets in Marysville before the fire -

And this is what it looks like now -

But there are good stories coming out as well - this picture sums it all up -

Saturday 7th February, 2009, with record temperatures and 100kpm winds, will remain in Victoria's history forever now as one of the most devastating days our state has ever experienced.

I hope that everyone of you will support the Bushfire Appeal Fund in one of the following ways -
  • Phone 1800 811 700
  • Any NAB, ANZ, Westpac or Commonwealth Bank branch
  • Any Bunnings store
  • By direct deposit to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund - BSB 082-001, Account number 860-046-797
  • Myer Bushfire Appeal - All proceeds to the Salvation Army. Donate at any Victorian Myer store
  • Baptcare or to make an offline donation, please call 03 9831 7222

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Thank you Libby!!

This woman is amazing! I am in awe of her continuous stream of creations and the way she blogs faithfully - even with a full time job and a family and other craft business creating! Thank you Libby, I feel humbled by the Marie Antoinette Award you have bestowed on me when your blog, Libby's Crafty Scraps, is always a hive of activity and sharing and her cuttlebug creations are out of this world!!

The rules are as follows:
  1. Put the picture of Marie Antoinette on your blog
  2. Link to the person who you received the award from
  3. Nominate at least 4 or more blogs
  4. Link to those blogs from yours
  5. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know you've shared the award with them
It feels like an eternity since I have done anything creative with my hands, I am in withdrawal mode!!! But, I am looking forward to spending Saturday with some wonderful friends in Mornington, at the Paper Squared Demo Day, getting my teeth into some layouts, doing some make and takes and browsing the shelves for some new products. Aaaah, my mouth is drooling just thinking about it! So hopefully, I will have some shares next week!

I have been committed to Project 365 and have a whole month of phots - very unusual for me. It is a challenge but I am enjoying it and it's certainly making me think about my photos. It's also making me think about the benefits of an SLR Digital camera ... but I need to get really good before I get a 'big girls' camera!

So, till next time ...

Friday, 23 January 2009


Life constantly sends us many challenges - that is a constant! Rather than feel victimised - "Why me?" - it is so important to look at what we have been offered and know that it gives us an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our world.

I am choosing the word TRUST as my word for 2009.
  • A trust in whatever comes my way, I can handle.

  • A trust in that everything will work out positively.

  • A trust that whatever I choose to do will create success.

  • A trust that my dreams will come true.
This is my image of TRUST that I got from - I tried to just use the word Trust but it doesn't repeat it so I trust what I have is perfect for me!

I haven't been very 'creative' lately - at least with either my scrapbooking or cardmaking so I really don't have anything to share. Hopefully I will scan some layouts to upload in the next couple of days.

I have kept up my 365 photography and blog which is big for me! My photography skills are getting better - now I just need to learn how to use the camera properly!

So until next time ...

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Twas the Month After Christmas ...

I found this rhyme on Jaimie Emmerton's Blog and I just love it! Hope you don't mind me using it Jaimie ...

T'was the month after Christmas,
and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me,
not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled,
the chocolate I'd taste
At the holiday parties
had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales
there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store
- not a walk but a lumber!

I'd remember the marvellous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I never said, "No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with girt...
I said to myself, as I only can,
"You can't spend this summer, disguised as a man!"

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie, not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie.
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore...
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good diet.

Who's with me!

Friday, 16 January 2009

OMG - it's mid January already!

Well, it has been ages since my last post! It was such a busy time over Christmas and New Year - lots of family events; I de-cluttered and cleaned 90% of the house (not Rob's Office though, too hard!!); I ate lots; I did very little exercise (at the gym anyway!); I enjoyed the company of my beautiful eldest daughter and 3 grand-daughters and I even managed to get in some creating time!

I felt very inspired after Heidi Swapp's workshop and I made Grace an a to Z mini-album for Christmas - lots of fun doing it! I used a Making Memories 6" x 6" Cloth Album in a stunning lime green colour (my favourite colour!) and the base pages were from the 6 x 6 Basic Grey Collection Pad. I added lots of inserts of varying sizes and used lots of embellishments through out the album. Luckily Grace has a zillion photos of her - self portraits - that gave me a great stash to choose the main 26 from. I didn't start till the week before Christmas and the only thing I didn't finish was the ribbons on the spine.

I was over the moon as she was really wrapt with it - even dropped a few tears. I didn't think that Grace was really interested in my Scrapbooking - but she did show one of her girfriends my albums the other day and talked about them as though she has been listening to everything I speak about the pages and the scrapbooking.

Here are some of the pages ...

I started (but still have to 100% complete some scrapbook pages and here is the one I have finished - I will post more at a later date. The colour in this is not very good - the white, red & black are much more vibrant.

I have also started the Project 365 which will support me to be more creative with my photography (and learn how to take better photographs!!) I have decided to start a new blog - 365 Days a Year - specifically for that one. Keeping everything up to date will be a real challenge - but then that's life!

So until next time ...