Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Scrapbooking: Hold and Frown

And sometimes, I just fall off the face of the Earth... and sometimes I decide that the Journal Challenges blog is all too hard and I give up on that too. Which I have, I am no longer hosting it. And then I also have some DT layouts that I haven't shared in a month either.

These layouts are for Ideal Papercraft using Basic Grey Olivia range.





And that's all I have time for as I am on my way out the door to go to work.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Project 365: September

So this past week I have been taking a daily photo. It's one of those things I like the concept of but fail to execute.



The first photo is of Amy with her new umbrella. It was the first time it had rained since she got it, so of course she wanted to try it out! She thought it was the best thing ever.

The next photo is of Luke, Amy and Kate. Kate has gorgeous ringlets so I was trying to take a photo of her. The others wanted to join in. Who am I to say no to that? Even if they wouldn't stay still!

Then onto Father's Day. Unfortunately the photos of Steve opening his presents didn't turn out very good, but at least I took a before shot of them. He was very spoiled and got a book, DVD, socks, a tool belt and a keyring.

When we went to Melbourne in July, we picked up one of these eggs from the aquarium. We have had one previously but it didn't get very big, but the one we saw at the aquarium was huge so we decided to have another crack at it. I mean, how hard is it to put an egg in water and let it grow? Very, apparently.

The next photos is some flowers the neighbour across the road gave Amy. They are out of her garden. Amy loves flowers and when we go for walks she always asks me to collect her some. When I went to cross the road to go home, I got swooped by a magpie. Ugh.

Steve bought some trees. They were nothing but a stem and a root ball. The looked dead and I didn't think they would green up. Of course it was the middle of winter when he got them and they are deciduous, but it didn't stop me from thinking they weren't alive! They are weepeing birches and they finally got their first leaves of the season.

The stump. Well. Where do I start with this? This stump has been a feature of our backyard since we bought the house. It was chopped down many years ago we have been told and it has turned into very hard wood. So hard that a chainsaw wouldn't go through it. Steve had been hacking away at it slowing with an axe. A few chops each day. Without much success. Then in winter he got an idea. He would burn it out. It took many weeks to do, but he got it out by digging a great big hole around the roots and setting fire to some hot coals every night. He had to do it slowly as he didn't want to hurt the fence. He finally got it out though. We are going to have a celebration and burn that sucker to smitherines.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Scrapbooking: I Love You

A new month of inspiration over at Aussie ScrapJack!

Here is my layout I created. I did mist the acetate, probably shouldn't have as now it just looks dirty! LOL!



And thanks to my gorgeous model, Luke! :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Scrapbooking: Loud

A while ago Sarah and myself saw a call for envelopes in Scrapbook Creations ages ago and thought it would be an interesting twist on creating a layout. Don't get me wrong, I am certainly not a 'scrap for a call' type of girl. I just thought this would kind of be fun. Fun it was once we finally got our envelopes! And look at those old school picture hangers. I love using old crap! :D



And it turns out that our hubby's lived in the same street and used to be friends. Small world, huh?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Scrapbooking: 3 Months

So, this last week has been very similar to all the ones previous to it. My life never changes much. For that I am thankful. Although, I did go and see Luke perform at his assembly. They did a dance to a funky Humpty Dumpty song. Pretty cool, I must say.

I have also been scrapping. Twice this week, and both times I walked away with a layout done, which for me is great as I am a bit slow when it comes to scrapping.

This here one is for the Apple Blossom Studio dt. I just adore their stamps and I love using them. I even managed to squeeze three onto this layout. Ah my little girl, where does the time go?



The next layout was one that I had been thinking about for a couple of weeks now. My friend Sarah and I thought that aqua and red would be a great colour combo. Yep. The colours worked so well together and I love the layout I created and I finally scrapped some of those slip and slide photos!

Ohhh out for publication! Yippee! :)


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Scrapbooking: Kaisercraft

Some layouts! These layouts use Kaisercraft's Up, Up and Away range and were my newsletter feature this month at Ideal Papercraft. As usual I set myself some mimi challenges for completing the layouts. One was to use the last 3 sketch challenges from Ideal and the other was to use the same base cardstock for all three layouts.

Using the August sketch:



Using the July sketch:



Using the June sketch:



Yesterday I went to my niece's 1st birthday! I had a fantastic time catching up with family and friends. My sister's besties, Barb, made the cake. She lives in Orange NSW if anyone lives near there and wants a cake made. ;)



So, my Scrapbooking Memories Master's entry went last wednesday. I spent more hours on my projects than I care to count, I have given it my absolute all. But now that it's gone, I am at peace. I no longer have to look at it and worry that it's looks ok. I know longer feel the need to tweak it every time I walk past it. It's now out of my hands. And while I have written about it here, I feel no excitement. I am not allowing myself. No expectations = No disappointments. And I feel good about that.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

07.08.10

Finally some scrapping I can share. Here is my layout for this month's Aussie ScrapJack. It's a bit simple, a bit straight, but I really wanted to get the story down. Anyways, make sure you check out the new Jacks!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

03.08.10

Proof that even when I try to bribe her with chocolate, she still wont sit still for me.

Any tips for photographing a almost 3 year old?

Monday, August 2, 2010

01.08.10

Well, it's my last night before I go back to work tomorrow. 4 weeks have gone very fast. In that time I have done very little of what I wanted to get done craft wise. That's ok though as I have just enjoyed relaxing and well, doing sweet f.a. to be honest. Back to reality I guess.

And, nup, still no scrapping I can share. I am almost finished my Master's entry. So far I have completed my single and double layouts and I am still working on my BTP. I think I might repaint it as I don't like the teal colour I painted it, I am thinking brown. Brown really does go with everything.

Before I go, I have a photo of Steve. Go karting. You know, I was very apprehensive about him starting in this sport, but I will admit, when he was out on the track I wasn't as fearful as I thought I was going to be. That's a good thing, right?



It's not a great photo, but he was going much faster than I thought he would, so I have a lot of shots of him either zooming in to or out of the frame. Maybe next time I will get a better photo?

Friday, July 30, 2010

29.07.10

Another op shop day with Sarah. This time we decided to hit the lower Blue Mountains. We were quite disappointed in our finds for the first few shops. Then at Blaxland we found some great stuff!



Some gorgeous flash cards. Yep. These were the find of the day. Just awesome. I also found some old photos and I thought they were cute, so I picked them up as well. I think they were taken in the 1940's judging by the subject matter of one of them, so yeah, a good 65 years old I would say. I don't have any old photos of my family, which, trust me, I am more than happy with since I still have 3 out of 4 grandparents!

Well, that's about it for today. Just some finds. Steve was most happy I didn't come home with any more furniture!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

28.07.10

Well, since I am busy working on my Scrapbooking Memories Masters entry, I have naught scrapbooking to share.

I do have a photo though, it's not a great photo as bugger, I forgot my ISO was set to 1600 so it is a bit grainy.

But here is my cheeky wicked little girl. Wicked because she has a wicked sense of humour. Can anyone say class clown?




See the chair she is sitting on? Well, I picked up the biggest bargains. I went op shopping with my pal Sarah-Lou and I got 2 of these for $5 each! They are awesome and just what I have been looking for! Love it when that happens.

Friday, July 23, 2010

22.07.10

Dang it. My hard drive died. Indeed. I backed up my photos so nothing to worry about there. But. I have lost all my emails and addresses. This I find distressing. :(

Saturday, July 17, 2010

16.07.10

Well, I had a lovely time in Melbourne. It was good to see my dad again and it was good to stay there so in all it was a cheap holiday for myself and the kids. We did heaps, but that's a post for another day.

Today I have a couple of scrappy things.

Some layouts and even a couple of cards.

Using October Afternoon's Fly a Kite range:





Hang on, you need your sunglasses for the next layout:






And a card for the Christmas in July comp at Ideal Papercraft:



I will update Journal Challenges over the weekend. We have 2 challenges this fortnight to make up for the last month so crack out your writing implements! :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

04.07.10

Yesterday Steve and I have been together for a grand whole sum of 12 years. I cannot believe where those 12 years have gone. It only feels like yesterday when we went out for the first time to the drive-ins. Ahhh memories.

He is off to New Zealand this week as it is his brother's 21st birthday. I am sorely going to miss him. I already do and he only left this morning. :(

I have a layout to share though. It's for Ideal Papercraft and it is for the sketch challenge this month. My first go at creating this layout, I absolutely killed it using black chalkboard Glimmermist. So, here is take 2.



And here is the sketch:



If you want to play along, just head over to the forums at Ideal Papercraft and join in the fun. While you are at it, maybe you can register for our Christmas in July Card Challenge?

And if you expected to see a C is for photo, sorry I haven't taken one. The cat still moves too fast. Wretched animal.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

01.07.10

Funk. Yep. That's the place I have been for a good couple of months now. In a funk. It's all good. My annual leave starts in two more days. I can survive just two more shifts. Because it makes me happy going there and counting down the days to anyone willing to listen. Yep. I am annoying like that. Did you know? Only 2 more days! Yeaaah.

Now, I haven't even continued with my A-Z photo challenge. You would think B would be easy, Beth, right? Well, you know, my hair is always messy and well, I can't be bothered to set up the tripod. So after about 10 minutes of scraping ice off my car windows on tuesday morning after work, I thought I would take a photo of the frost on my front lawn. Now. The one thing I didn't remember was my ISO was at 1600. I thought it was my lens giving me grief and not wanting to focus. No. Just turns out there was too much light. LOL. I always forget to check that!



So, there you have it, my B is for Brrr photo. Now to think of something for C. Hmmm.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

17.06.09

So, my friend Daph was just starting out with her photography business. Then she was in a car accident and well, she is still in a bit of pain and is not quite as agile as she used to be at the moment. She decided to set herself a challenge in order to help her keep shooting and gaining experience from the little things. Daphne has created her own A-Z disabled challenge. "Photographing whats around me until I'm fit to shoot."

Well, I may not be disabled, but I thought I would partake in this challenge. The best part about it is that it makes me take my camera out in winter. And from looking at my photos in years gone by, I have next to no photos during the winter months.

So, here is A. Really, how could I go past Amy? She is the cheekiest little chicken. She will say "Check it out!" and strike a pose. On one condition, there is no camera involved. Once I crack out the camera, that's it! She doesn't want any photos taken of her! But here is a sneaky one. I had to yell "dad's home!" in order for her to even look at me!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Travel: Canberra

A snap decision saw us taking a road trip to Canberra on Sunday along with my sister and her family. There is so much to see and do in the Nation's capital. First off we stopped at the Australian War Memorial. It is an amazing place. You feel humbled just by being there. The only drawback was the WW2 section was closed for a refurbishment.



I wonder how often they take the coins out of the water because I know the kids absolutely cleared me out of silver just throwing coin into it. I however took a different approach when I tried to frisbee a 20c piece into the water. I missed the water completely. Hmmm. I am always good for a laugh. Or to be laughed at. Either way.



Then afterward we headed over to Cockington Green. I don't think I have been here in a good 20 years. It's amazing the difference between kids eyes and adult eyes and I love the fact that some of the creators have a sense of humour! From zombies to streakers to ripped pants on the man getting on the horse. All good for a laugh.

Amy was quite smitten with the big green buttons. She was racing around the International Display just pressing all the green buttons. Well, not just the International Display, the whole Gardens. Wherever there was a green button, there was Amy worming her way past people to push it.



The displays really are quite amazing. So much work must go in to each and every one. I didn't have a favourite, they are all pretty awesome, but I did like the photo I took of Stonehenge.



Onto Telstra Tower. The kids were scared because Steve may have made some quip about "how much do you trust concrete?" You can always trust that man to make you feel uneasy about situations! LOL!



And here we are at the end of our Canberra trip, up the top of the tower. Don't even ask me what Luke was doing. This was the best photo of Luke out of the two. The other photo really needs to be kept for a 21st birthday embarrassing photo collage.



Well, I guess that's about it. It was a very tiring day by the end. But most enjoyable. Maybe next time we will plan ahead and stay overnight as it really was alot to jam into one day.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

08.06.10

Just two things as I have a cracking headache and I am heading off for a nap.

A Jack layout for Aussie ScrapJack which has moved back to it's old blogger home:



And a card for the Cybercrop at Ideal Papercraft:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

26.05.10

I am a little super excited, my holidays for July have been approved. A whole 4 weeks off work. Oh goodness. I have no idea what I am going to do with myself. Actually I do know. I am going to get my life back. My mental health will thank me for it! I really need to take time out from work and focus on me for a bit. Let's face it, it is completely unhealthy to live the way I live on what little amount of sleep I get. I have aged so much in the past 2 years. However, I still like my job and I love the flexibility it affords me. I love being there for the kids and I enjoy my wage.

Enough of me rambling! Ready for some more layouts?

This one is from the retreat and it almost didn't survive. The thing is I heard Amy talking and she said something like

"I glue it. Scissors."

Ohhh my. I raced to see what she had done. Lucky she had just used my DM to stick a chipboard number in the middle of my journalling. Lucky because it was still wet and I was able to wipe most of it off.

This layout uses the same paper as the Big Boy Sleeps Here layout from my last post. That's because I was so loving the colours that I decided to have another crack at them.



The next layout is one about Steve and Amy. I am not entirely happy with it, but it'll do. (That'll do pig. That'll do. LOL!)



And now for a quick newsletter layout I created last week. How about those foam letters that I picked up at the reject shop for $3 a pack. Exactly the same font as Thickers. Mmmm. Love me an alpha bargain.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

19.05.10

The retreat was good. It was great to get away and not have to cook and clean. Even if we did sleep in tent like structures and it was so cold the first night that it was difficult to sleep. The second night I was too tipsy to notice or care. That's an advantage. I ended up scrapping 4 layouts. 2 I can share because one I made a bo0-boo on the title and I have to redo it and the other isn't exactly finished.

Oh and this is one retreat that wont be forgotten in a while. It was great to meet some new fabulous scrapping sisters too. Fun times. ;)



Saturday, May 15, 2010

Scrapbooking: Bo Bunny

A couple of layouts before I go and finish packing for the retreat I am going on. :)

These layouts are for the newsletter at Ideal Papercraft. I was given the Bo Bunny Flower Child range.





And I even made a card. Cards are certainly not my forte, that's for sure!



That's it for now. Enjoy your weekend, I know I will!!! Now... off to finish that packing...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

11.05.10

Is it possible that I have another layout to upload already? Indeed. I did this as part of a blind layout challenge over at Ideal Papercraft. It turns out that when you sketch something and then make instructions to create the layout, that the layout doesn't actually end up turning out like the sketch at all. Not to worry. Yes, the background cardstock is a bit grubby thanks to a certain persons 'helping' hands. Ha!


On another note, only 3 more sleeps until I go on my scrapping retreat. Yay!


Before I go, I would just like to say a huge thanks to my pal Sarah who showed me how to use up the gazillion Prima Got Flowers I have. You make them into prettier flowers by just folding, squishing and gluing down extra petals. I love them and they put some old stash to good use. Which in my book, is pretty awesome.



And a close up of the pretty flowers:


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

10.05.10

If you have seen this post HERE then you might already know my news. If you haven't seen the post and don't want to click on the link, let me tell you what it is about. Yep. I am now an Aussie ScrapJacker!!! Here is the first layout I did as part of the DT. You may need to click on it to get a sharper view.


Monday, April 19, 2010

19.04.10

Not one, but TWO layouts! Yes, you read correctly!


The first one is a little one I scrapped last night. I was in the mood, and in the groove and this came together really quickly. I love those type of layouts. It made me realise that I shouldn't fight my scrapping style/instincts. I do love little layouts like this which have lots of white space and are cluttered with embellishments. Who am I to fight nature?



The second layout is one for the mid-monthly challenge at Ideal Papercraft. The challenge was to scrap travel or landscape type photos because if you are anything like me, they always get put to the bottom of the pile because they are just so darn hard to scrap! I love that I had a souvenir paper bag that fitted perfectly with this layout.  Here's what I came up with:


Thursday, April 15, 2010

15.04.10

Nothing witty, just a layout for the new challenge up over at Journal Challenges.


The challenge was to not journal on paper or cardstock.


I have to thank Kate who suggested the whole stick thing. You know, she might make a scrapper afterall. ;) Thanks babe.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

12.04.10

You know, for all the photos I take, I only have one thing on my walls. Just one.


This little picture of  a kiwi that Steve's mum gave us when we were in New Zealand last year.



I am scared to put things on my wall. Scared that what I put there wont look good. Scared the style will date. Just scared that I wont like it after I have gone to all the effort.


Watch this space. I am going to put my big girl panties on and start making this house feel like a home.


Afterall, we have been here almost 3 years now... it's about time.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

09.04.10

I admit, you only ever see me when I have a new layout to share. Maybe if I was funny or quirky and made more interesting reading than I would post more. Sadly, I don't think I am all that interesting. So. Yes. Another layout. It was a quick layout because I thought it wasn't due until next week. That'll teach me to leave things to the last minute! It still took about 2 1/2 hours with a vision in my head. I fail to see how people can scrap a layout in a hour. The whole experience was way too intense for my liking!



I based the layout on this inspiration piece for the Cybercrop being held at Ideal Papercraft at the moment.