Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Scrapbooking Memories Blog Hop!

It's here! The Scrapbooking Memories Blog Hop is here!!!


I know you will have enjoyed the previous scrappers layouts:


and I am sure the upcoming scrappers will be as equally inspirational!

Now, there is a theme with this blog hop. Have you worked it out yet? Make sure you pop back to the Scrapbooking Memories blog for handy hints and you can always have a guess while you’re at it!

Here's my layout. Any ideas on the theme?



Did you notice the epoxy buttons I cut in half? I'm always looking for things to cut in half! This was such a fun layout to create, but I think half the fun was coming up with an idea to fit the theme!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Now, I'm sure I've got something

crafty to share here. Hmmm let me see. Remember when I told you about the Savvy Delights retreat I went to? Well, I haven't shared those layouts yet. Now seems like the perfect time.

These layouts were all created as part of the 29 (I think) challenges you could complete over the weekend. For the first layout, I was required to use the hexagon chipboard.


To complete this challenge you needed to alter some shipping tags.


 This layout was created using a mini embellishment pack with the book paper, lace and crochet flower.


For this challenge we had to use a sheet of journaling spots etc.


They're all a bit simple. There's no journaling. But I must say, the challenges were so much fun!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ghouls and Goblins

I love the concept of Halloween. Honestly, who doesn't like dressing up and getting lollies? As usual the kids get to choose what they would like to dress up as. Of course I gently try to steer them in a direction that would make it easier on myself, but alas, they never take the hint.


Kate hasn't been in the last couple of years. I think she outgrew the idea. She tells me that it was just because there was nothing she wanted to dress up as. So this year she wanted to be the Cheshire Cat. Of course it was on the eve of Halloween that she decided this. I had no costume or even any clothes that we could transform in to a pink and purple stripy cat. However, Kate did have some black and white clothes that she thought she could use. Kate designed almost every part of her outfit. The only part she didn't design were the cats ears. I take full credit for cutting them out of a piece of cardstock. I'm talented, I know.


Luke wanted to go as Gordon Freeman. I had no idea, either. Here's a link to his wikipedia page. I love that a fictional character out of a computer game has his own wiki page. Anyway, I digress. I had absolutely no idea how to make this costume and time was not on our side due to my laziness. So, just how do we make a suit of armour? An empty box that the chips came in, of course! We painted it all up and this was the end result. Oh and the stick is a crowbar. I guess modern day heroes don't need guns.


Amy wanted to be an owl. I had all the material from two years ago as that was what Kate wanted to go as, and then decided she didn't 'do' Halloween. I created her outfit in one evening. It didn't take long to cut the feathers out and sew them on to a shift I made by tracing out one of her nighties. It really was super simple. Although by the time I got to the top I was bored of sewing, hence, the crappy feathers around the neck. I will fix it if I need to use the costume again. Maybe.


The kids received so many lollies, it wasn't funny. The general concensus in the couple of streets that we go to, is that there weren't many trick or treaters this year. Probably because it was a school night. You know what that meant... yep, extra lollies for the kids who did go around! It was really fun, like usual and I wonder what the kids will choose to be next year?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

It's been 5 years

since this little girl introduced herself to us. For her birthday, a family friend brought over a couple of animals from her collection: 2 miniature ponies and a miniature horse. I never really liked horses before... until I saw little ones! Cutest things ever. Amy was extremely excited. To top off the day, my neighbour baked her a unicorn cake! It was such an awesome day. One Amy won't forget in a hurry!






Thursday, November 1, 2012

You're never too old

to try out new things. Over six months ago my training buddy and myself decided we would like to have a go at a triathlon. You know, just for the fun of it. We entered the Nepean Triathlon Enticer which consisted of a 250m swim/10km cycle/2.5km run. Easy, right? Yes, individually. Together... well, I had some training to do!

The swim was in the rowing lake and lets just say that my first experience swimming in that water was not pleasant. The water is green with very low visibility. A far cry from my local swimming pool. I panicked and I was really unsure how I was going to hold it together on race day.

Sure enough when the whistle blew on race day I was not prepared. I started to panic again and I wasn't able to breathe. So, I stopped. Took a deep breath, looked around me, realised I was coming last, then my competitive streak kicked in and that was all I needed. I made up a fair bit of ground and I was very pleased with how many placed I caught up - almost half the field!

Transition. I couldn't find my bike at first, then slipped off it twice in my hurry to get on it. But I got on it eventually and had a fantastic ride. Yes, some people overtook me like I was standing still, but I also overtook a few people too, which was satisfying.

Then the run. Just a word of warning for people considering a triathlon, running after riding a bike feels like you are running in concrete shoes. It's hard and your legs don't want to work. But the good thing is, you feel like you are going slow, so you push harder. I passed lots of people on the run as it's my strongest leg. Not one person overtook me. A very rewarding moment.

To the kids waiting at the finishing line with their hands outstretched wanting high fives and my training partner giving me a high five as we past each other - these are the little moments I will cherish from the day. It was such an amazing experience and I am thankful to the people standing behind me 100%.


My results, you ask?
Swim: 6min 53secs
Cycle: 24min 34secs (which included the bulk of both transitions)
Run: 12mins 02secs

90/178 finishers
30/87 females
13/42 20-39

I'm still so proud of myself and I can't wait to do it all again! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The week that was.

Well, a little more than a week. I don't feel as though I have had a moment to rest this week. There's some big news in the Jarrett household. Mr Jarrett, after almost 12 years, has resigned from his job. He is moving on to do the same role just within another company. I'm happy because he wasn't happy.

Steve and I participated in the Spring Cycle last weekend. We completed the Classic Ride which is a 50km ride starting at North Sydney and finishing at Olympic Park. Here's a photo of us before the ride:


There is no after photo. :( But we pretty much looked the same, just maybe a little bit redder in the face. It was really nice to go out and do something like this with Steve. And bike riding over the Harbour Bridge was pretty amazing.

And now for a layout. This layout was for one of the Master Galleries in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine. It uses Darkroom Door products.


I know I've scrapped this photo before, and as a general rule, I don't scrap the same photo twice, but it is one of my absolute favourites of Amy as a baby.

And here's a just because photo of our home grown, delicious strawberries:


Thursday, October 11, 2012

So while I sit here

wondering whether or not I need to change out of my tracksuit pants to go and get my eyebrows waxed, I thought I would write up a blog post. There is no choice but to go out to get them done, I am starting to look angry even when I am not. I am starting to frighten even myself.

The other week I went to the library with Sarah. The same day we found those amazing cotton spools. Anyway, browsing the crafty book section, I happened to come across this book:

If you haven't seen it before, I suggest you look out for it. It is absolutely amazing! The work involved in the paper cutting craft is just mind blowing. (I had to google another word for amazing, I didn't want to use the same word twice in two sentences!)

So of course I thought, I can do that.

Two things:
1. I am not a good drawer. At all.
2. I am not very imaginative when I do try to draw.

Doesn't bode very well, but nothing like a bit of Pinterest inspiration to help me along.

I needed a saying. So I chose this poster:


And proceeded to make this:


And I must say, it made the millions of ads after every single song on X-Factor, go much faster! I am thinking I might still chuck it in one of my scrapbook albums, as opposed to the bin. It's very dodgy, rubbed out pencil everywhere, but it's ok for a first attempt. Especially with my artistic deficiencies. :)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Here comes another one

just like the other ones. A random posting of random things.

How about a layout share? This was my first layout I did for my Master's contribution. It was a pack from Stamp-It. It included some shaped Bazzill chips, an ink dauber in green, an ink pad in brown, some Bazzill cardstock white, brown, red and bright orange, and a stamp set. I am not much of a stamper. I am not very imaginative with inks and the like. In short, I had no idea what to do with the product. I ended up coming up with this:


Not wonderful, but done.

Onto some Little Athletics results from last night. Yes, I call it Little Athletics. I've never really grown up.

100m            16.4 sec
400m            1min 22.8sec
1500m          6min 42sec
3000m          15min 20sec
Discus           16.43metres
Long Jump    2.87metres

Not as sore today as I have been the last couple of weeks, which is fantastic. So in order to fix that, I went or a 2km swim. Of course.

And some of my October Photo a Day photos:
Day 2. Lunch. I have some tough decisions to make each day. One of them is which piece of fruit to have at lunch and which piece for afternoon tea. Tough, I tell you!


Then there was Day 3. This happened today. A pass the footy comp at work to raise money for the social club for our Christmas party.


 Day 4. What you read. I don't read the MX, I only do the Sudoku. And it annoys me when I can get the expert puzzle out but not the novice.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Long Weekend-ing

What a spectacular long weekend. The weather has been good, nice cool nights which make sleeping so comfortable. Gorgeous sunny days which aren't too hot yet.That wind though, it can go and get lost.

This month I am going to continue the Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. Here is the next months prompts:


The final day in September was: You, Then. I took this photo at the pool after my training buddy Jacqui and I went and did some laps in preparation of our triathlon.


Onto October: Day 1. Where You Stood. Well after Emily's birthday party at Nurragingy Reserve, we thought we would seek out a geocache. We found one within the park grounds and set about finding it. Here's us. Well, Luke and Amy, retrieving the cache. And where was I? Standing next to a swampy body of water being attacked by mozzies. But it's all in the name of fun, right?


And because I love Pinterest, I thought I might share one of my favourites:


Sorry, no source info was on this, so if it's yours, let me know!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wind in my hair...

So today's post is brought to you by Lap the Lake Fun Run out at Penrith Regatta Centre. I mentioned it the other day here, but you'll be forgiven for not reading it because all I look for on blogs is pretty pictures and I am sure you do too.



I ended up running the 10km in 53.44mins (according to Endomondo) which is really good (for me!). Especially because there was a mofo of a headwind for almost half the race. There was a point where I thought my legs were just going to stop moving so I had to tell my brain a thing or two about how things were done around here. Brain listened.

And I am sure I have a layout or two lying around to share. Three even.

I did these layouts for my 'Meet the Masters' feature in Scrapbooking Memories.




Thursday, September 27, 2012

It turns out

that I can pull my finger out of my arse and get things done.

Layouts: photographed.

In fact, I have about a years worth of layouts that I hadn't taken photos of. Don't get excited, it was only 20 of them. But now they are all photographed and I even put them into albums. Shit, who knew if you stopped procrastinating you could actually get stuff done! It's amazing, really.

Alright, this is the oldest layout of the lot. It's taken me over a year to finish the title, so last night I did that as well as the journaling. The irony that the journaling is not finished is not lost on me.


These photos are from two years ago when I decided it would be 'fun' to take the kids to Melbourne, by myself, driving. Funny enough, it was fun and not nearly as stressful as I thought it would be. It's probably got something to do with the fact that the kids are pretty awesome. Totally unbiased opinion.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Another meaningful post.

And this is why I used to use the date as my post title. I am not very imaginative.

As a kid I was a racewalker, but lets face it, as a 20+ year old, it ain't the most attractive way to exercise. So over the years, I started running as a way to drop some weight. And then last year after I changed jobs, I took it up again. Not only to shift some weight, thanks night shift for those extra kilos, but you know, because I actually enjoy it.

I know not many people can say that.

And I'm not really sure I like running whilst in the act. But I certainly feel good afterwards.

This coming Saturday I have entered Lap the Lake at Penrith Regatta Centre. I am going in the 10km. I want to say it won't be too hard as it is a relatively flat course, but I know I will put extra pressure on myself to do a PB because of it.

Which brings me to tonight. I thought I would duck around the block a couple of times for an easy 10km.

It should have fet like this:



Instead of it being easy, it felt like I was pushing shit uphill the entire way.

So it really felt like this:


And even with my bra chafing pretty badly and just feeling blah and hungry, as soon as I stopped I really felt like this:


And that is why I do it.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I know...

I promised that I would photograph my layouts. Turns out, I didn't.

I did take this photo however:


Which is of 11 amazing vintage cotton spools that eagle eyed Sarah spotted at the Salvo's. $4.50, I'll be in on that!

And I made a new header for this little old blog here. It took me 4 hours, but that did include downloading elements and then researching how to actually use them...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

This one time, at scrap camp...

Last weekend I went to the Savvy-Delights retreat. Proudly bought to you by Scrapbooking Delights a bricks and mortar store in Dapto and Scrapbook Savvy an online store. I must say this now: BEST RETREAT EVER! Not only because of the awesome company of some amazing scrappers, but because the retreat was run so well. There were challenges galore which kept me focused and and motivated. Here's the point where I would be showing my layouts. But I haven't yet photographed them. Tomorrow. I promise. I do however have a photo taken by the amazingly talented Lisa Oxley though. I have always been a fan of Lisa's scrapping. I think it has something to do with the fact that I could never free myself enough to immerse myself in the art of scrapbooking. I just cut and stick. Lisa truly creates.


In other news, I had my first official point scoring night at athletics last night. I am a little sore and limping around a bit today. Although it didn't stop me from strolling around the library with Sarah and grabbing a peach ice tea.

So while I sit here in pain, here's some of the crazy but fun shizzle I did last night:
200m - 35.4sec
800m - 3min 27sec
1500m walk - 8min 13sec
Shot put - 5.09m
High jump - 1.10m
Triple jump - 6.26m
Javelin - 13.84m

And here's my photo from September 19. Underneath.


I honestly love the wear on the marble staircase at my work. I walk up this flight of stairs and I often wonder about the people who have also walked this walk. And then when I get to the top as it is a double height foyer, I feel sorry for the poor suckers that have made the impressions on the next flight up.

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's a start.

That's right kiddies. I took a photo. Day 17. In the fridge. See the apple in Amy's hand and the ham on her sandwich? Yep, it used to be in the fridge. And now it's out of the fridge and all eaten up. We had a little picnic for lunch today. Rocking the front yard.


In other news, I went for a run along the M7 today for the first time today. I've ridden on it, but never actually ran on it. Just so you know, it was bloody hard work. One hill was over 2kms loooong. Not a nice gradual hill either. Anyway, I felt like crap when I was running and the fact that at about 1km in to the run, I was already thinking of turning back, didn't bode well. I made it to 7km out. Which darn it, means 7kms back in. Long story short, I needed a nap and I still feel pretty crappy. One would question why I would want to torture myself. Not sure, I still haven't figured that out either yet!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Good intentions.

You know, I say on this very blog, very often, that I have good intentions but I fail to execute the given task. So, here's another round of the photo a day challenge that I probably won't do.


To be fair, I did do Day 1. You, now.

And because it's easy, I might even do Day 17. In my fridge. It appeals to me because I don't even have to leave home for that one.

Ok. In all seriousness, the point of this post is I really have to stop being half-arsed about everything. If I make a commitment, I have to follow through. I really have to get myself organised and sorted and stop making excuses for my laziness. So there. It's out there. Let's see if I can get my act together.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Scrapbooking: Happy Days

What? Not even a week in between blog posts?! And I have another layout to share. This one was made specifically for Scrap It Tv (Channel 74 8.30pm Sunday). I was asked to scrap a layout about current trends. This is what I came up with:


It's a bit simple, I must admit, but I still like it. Besides, it's photos scrapped and in an album and that's the point afterall!

Only 3 more weeks until the City to Surf! I am getting a bit worried. My preparation has been woeful, to say the least! I was running well and then I injured myself during the Blacktown City Fun (aka Torture) Run back in May and then I seem to have caught cold upon cold. At the moment I know I can run the entire 14kms. That's not the problem. What is, I was aiming to run it in under 75 minutes but I really think I'll only get down to 82 minutes. First world problems, really though.

Anther thing I have been trying to do is this challenge I found on Pinterest and Facebook:


Like most photo challenges, I am not going so well. LOL! But I am enjoying the photos I have taken! Well, I must go as I have stuff that needs doing. Insert awful repetitive and boring chores. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Scrapbooking: Search

It's time for an Aussie Scrap Jacked layout! Make sure you pop on over and check out the inspiration. You could win a gift voucher from Scrap Friends or Scrap Therapy!

Here's my layout I created of little Amy:


Thanks for popping by! :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Scrapbooking: Retreat Time!

So I went to a scrapbooking retreat last weekend. I had an amazing time. It was so nice to meet people who I had been cyber friends with for a couple of years. The retreat was so laid back. I think I will make this an annual trip, I enjoyed it that much.

I completed 5 layouts in total. One I even did in the 45 minute challenge, yes, me who takes hours to put together one layout, took 45 minutes! See, miracles can happen.

Here's a couple:
This one was from the 45 minute challenge. It took me 20 of those 45 minutes to get my compass out and draw those hexagons and cut them out. You can tell the rest of it only took 25 minutes. It's crooked. It's annoying me. but you know, it's a layout done and that's all that matters. Oh and it won the challenge, it all came down to Sar picking a number between one and three. Yep, that's how I win challenges people. By the roll of a dice. I also used some more of Donna's Ah Scrap handmade bottle tops. Cute, huh?


And then there was this layout which I was feeling totally uninspired doing. in the end I just thought to myself, cut it, stick it and be done with it. So that's what I did. But you know, it's growing on me.


On the Saturday after stuffing ourselves silly at Sizzler, we ducked into Typo. I love that shop. For $1, yes $1, I bought the most amazing dark brown, wood grain packing tape. Words cannot describe how awesome it is. Really.


And then comes my time on TV. I never realised my voice was so squeaky until I heard it on the TV. Yes. I was on TV. Did I tell you I was on TV? Oh, I must have missed telling you I was on TV. I don't know how something so grand could have slipped my mind. A little while ago I was blessed to be asked to film for Scrap It TV.


This is the layout I talked about during my Scrap Chat with Dawn:


Phew. That's a lot of scrapping stuff. I probably should have strung it out over a couple of posts. So, to summarise, here's a picture of a train I saw at work today, a delicious purple Cadbury train. And yes, they were handing out samples. MMMmmmmm chocolate.