Monday, December 30, 2013

Hello / Play

My last two layouts of the year for D-lish Scraps.

The first layout is Hello and would you believe, I actually used Gelatos! I still have no idea how to use them properly though. For this layout I added some flecks to some texture paste and smeared it over a chevron mask. Then I drew along the top and bottom edges and used a water brush to spread it out. If anyone has some more ideas on how to use them, I'd be happy to hear them!

My other layout is Play. I love these photos of my little man. No Gelatos this time!

Well, that's it for this year crafty wise. I hope to do more and varied projects next year. Stayed tuned. :)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas 2013

I blinked and it was over. Gone.

So much effort is put in to just one day of the year. It's a shame that we don't put as much effort in to every day of the year. Honestly, Christmas does bring out the best in me. I'm more tolerant when things aren't going my way, I'm more pleasant to people in that I talk more to strangers, I give more to help people out like buskers and in general, I just feel nicer.

Here's a recap of the Jarrett Christmas 2013.

Our Santa photo was taken early this year as I was trying to be more organised:

We decorated the tree early too as the kids were excited after I bought a new pack of ornaments.

We saw The Polar Express at the local outdoor cinema:

We painted plaster Christmas ornaments:

We made Gingerbread Houses:

We made paper snowflakes:

And then, Santa came to visit:

Merry Christmas! :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

In the Backyard

I have a plethora of old un-scrapped photos of the kids. It's coming in quite handy since Kate refuses to smile in photos at the moment.

So here's another layout I scrapped for D-lish Scraps last month. 

I must say, I am loving being a part of the D-lish team.I get to play with the coolest embellishments.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Adore You

Another month of D-Lish Scraps reveals!

This time I tried to be a little bit girly. I can't really pull off the super flowery stuff. This will just have to do!

I do so love that photo of Amy! She was such a sweet little baby. She's now 6 going on 16...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Episode 2: Stupid Things I Do.

Yes, a new segment to my blog.

I'm sure I've done more than two, but that's all I've blogged about so far this year. Remember my trail run?

Last week I decided to go for a ride. I wasn't really keen on it. It was a bit windy and my legs were tired from a biggish run the night before. I went to the shop and grabbed a few things and on my way home, I thought that it was a beautiful afternoon and to stop being so lazy and go for the ride!

10kms. Nothing fast, nothing far. In fact, I won't even ride on my race bike, I'll just take my commuter bike and just take it easy.

Off I go.

1km into my ride and I'm heading towards a roundabout. I think to myself, I'll slow down a little bit, then if there are no cars, I'll just shoot through.

I never even made the roundabout.

I, in a huge error, pulled on the front brakes.

They grabbed and I flew over the handlebars.

I stopped myself with my face.

Some people stopped to help and the looks on their faces were pretty priceless. Or maybe the fact that I was running around on the the road yelling "I need to find my tooth! I need to find my tooth!"

It was never lost, it was still in my mouth, well, half of it anyway.

I rang Steve (thank goodness I had my phone!) and he came and collected me, took the bike home, left the kids with our neigbour and took me straight to the hospital.

They took me in straight away into a resuscitation bed and called trauma over the speakers. I had a giggle as I didn't think it was that bad (it wasn't!)

Luckily it wasn't. I was still holding on to the handlebars when I went over so I banged up my knuckles quite badly, but hey, no broken bones! Not a scratch on my legs, just some pretty horrific bruising. Oh and you know, the half tooth thing...

And you know, gravel rash on my face:

Yep, the hospital had given me some pretty good tablets by that stage. ;)

My hands are still suffering quite badly. The bones and tendons hurt quite a bit still, over a week later. This typing business is painful and slow. Oh and there's my glasses. They're in the bin now as they were very damaged, thankfully as they saved more of my face being hurt!

And lastly, here's a picture of me recovering.

The girls came out with some corker zombie jokes.

It heals more and more each day. Thankfully.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Project Life: Week 19

Another week, another Project Life spread.

You know, I love nothing more than flicking back through my album, remembering the things we have done so far this year.

I'm so glad I started this project. Don't get me wrong, I've had moments where I thought I would never catch up and I'll be behind for the rest of my life and I'll end up giving up. You know, like my attempts at Project 365.

I always start with good intentions.

But I think Project Life is different. there's something in me that wants to see this project through because I will cherish it for ever.

Besides Mother's Day, not much happened this week. It was an ordinary week in our lives, so there's not much documenting going on, but that's ok. Not every week is full of stuff.

And yep, I got a totally awesome fondue set from the Mother's Day stall. Anything chocolate related is, in my opinion, the best present ever! Love my babes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Project Life: Week 17

Another double page spread! But we did heaps this week! I guess a four day weekend will do that!

The thing I struggle most with when creating Project Life is the 'week' card. Until I happened to come across this stamp I bought years ago. The dot circle one around the number seventeen. Now, it's my go-to. I love it.

The other go-to is a Fiskars arrow punch I also picked up a couple of years ago from Spotlight on clearance for about $5. And I got a speech bubble one too. Awesome buys, now that I think of it!

I know, I have a blank journal card. I have a lot to say on that card and I just need to decide on the best way to present it. I'll get there. ;)

Wow, what a week. Highly enjoyable and now it's immortalised in my Project Life album. :)

Book Review: Snow Falling on Cedars

I must first up say that this is a book that I had wanted to read for some time. I had not watched the movie, as I am one of those annoying people who like to say "that's not what happened in the book!"

In short, Snow Falling on Cedars is a book about prejudices on a little island after World War 2. It involves strawberries, snow and cedar trees. Lots of cedar trees.

In all honesty, it was boring. It bored me so much that I couldn't bring myself to read another book for about a month after I had finished it. It's true. It had some good bits, don't get me wrong, but it was slow.


I'm never watching the movie.

My favourite quote from the book is:

"It was a matter in part of posture and breathing, but even more so of soul. Mrs. Shigemura taught her to seek union with the Greater Life and to imagine herself as a leaf on a great tree: The prospect of death in Autumn, she said was irrevelant next to its happy recognition of its participation in the life of the tree itself."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Project Life: Week 18

Just a single page spread this week. We got out and about a couple of times this week, just to get out of the house!

And well, it's all pretty self explanatory.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


I know, I'm all out of whack and I'm out of order, but I just came across this years Halloween photos.

Luke wanted to be an Army man this year. It's not the first year he has wanted to go as one. He really wanted me to make him camo pants and a bulletproof vest. We set off to Spotlight and grabbed some camouflage drill and some puffy quilted black fabric for the vest.

The pants were super easy to make. I just traced a pair of his tracksuit pants and allowed room for no stretch. They honestly took less than 30 minutes all up to make. The vest was made in a similar fashion, I just traced a t-shirt and then made it larger and with no sleeves. Really, it was super easy.

Luke's hat has almost been blown off in this photo, what is it with it being windy every Halloween?

Amy's costume was even easier. The only part I had to make was the tail, and by make, I mean stuff a stocking with newspaper. Yep, a cat would have to be the easiest costume. A leotard, a skirt for modesty, ears, a tail and some whiskers. Too easy.

Amy drew her own whiskers on.

Nope, no Kate this year. She went to a friends house for a party and to go trick-or-treating. But here's the other two evil weevils:

I wish we had Halloween when I was a kid. How awesome is it to dress up and get lollies?!?!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Project Life: Week 16

Week 16 was a pretty quiet week, but somehow I managed to create a double spread with inserts.

The insert consist of a booklet Amy did at school. It's really sweet. The other side of the A4 sleeve is a story Luke typed on the typewriter. I also included a 12x12 sleeve with a painted picture on both sides, one by Luke and the other by Amy.

I also tried running sticky barc through the Cameo. It worked really well, but the light colour gets a little lost against the aqua. Still, it was fun to try out.

And there the kids are, creating the paintings. What a creative week we had. :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday Amy!

It only feels like yesterday when I was posting these photos from Amy's 5th birthday.
This year we had a party with some of Amy's kindy friends and her cousins. We had the ponies again and the kids loved them!

The donut game was a huge success and the winners were the kids who kept persevering as most of them gave up! LOL!
Luke having a good go of smashing the piƱata!

The butterfly cake and cupcakes (thanks Woolies free magazine for the inspiration!)

The photo booth was a big hit, too!
 We played pass the parcel, balloon races and we had a sack relay. The kids for the most part just loved tearing around and jumping on the trampoline! But all in all it was a fantastic day and I couldn't thank the parents enough for their generosity in their presents. We have gone from having 2 Barbies to 7 and a Barbie horse! Amy had a fantastic day and I was so happy to be able to share it with such a great bunch of kids.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Silly Smiles

You know those 'money shots'? The photos you know are going to be great, even if they are slightly blurry or not quite in focus. The ones that capture emotion and character. Perfectly.
My second layout for D-lish Scraps uses some of those photos. Some of my favourite ones ever.
My happy, silly, smiling girl, Amy.
Have you checked out D-lish yet?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

At the Zoo

My first layout for D-lish Scraps. I love all the little bits and pieces in the store. If you like embellishments, you need to go to the store. But first, here's my layout:
Now. Go to the store. You won't regret it. Your wallet might, but you won't.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Project Life: Week 14

And here is a snapshot of our life from Week 14.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October Blue Bazaar Kit

My final kit for Blue Bazaar for 2013. I have enjoyed the challenge of creating with these kits.

Here's my final five layouts:

It was a tough ask, I had 2 weeks to complete 5 layouts. In that two weeks, I was away for work for a week, and Steve's parents stayed with us for 4 nights as they were over from New Zealand. But I somehow managed to get them done, including instructions.

I always did work better with a deadline.

Friday, October 11, 2013


I started this layout back here, when I went to Delights all day crop. I was feeling a little inspired to outline everything with a black marker.

I then ended up with all these bits of drawn on paper. It looked a hot mess. So, I started layering bits and pieces and it seemed to tone it down somewhat.

I managed to put some more old crap on this layout, Tim Holtz Grungeboard that I've been hoarding for years and some Heidi Swapp chipboard alphas that I've been hoarding even longer.

I hoard things like that.

Because you just never know when you'll need something like that to save your life. Which is probably never, but you just never know.

And I don't want to tempt fate, or anything.

And I've just realised I wrote the wrong date. Dammit.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Project Life Weeks 11 & 13

That's right, no sign of Week 12. Not really sure what happened there, but it seems that sometimes I just don't take any photos.

Week 11:

Week 13:

There's two pages of 4 pocket 6x6's here. But you know, I didn't photograph them either.

I'll be back with some more...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Project Life Weeks 09 & 10

I'm a bit behind in my Project Life. I tend to put it off for some reason. The fact is, it is so easy to put together a couple of little cards, so I'm not really sure why I agonise over it so much.

Anyway, here's my first of a couple of blog catchup posts (as I'm behind there too!).

My February Photo a Day photos (no need to point out that I missed a few days!):

Week 09:

Week 10:


Well, back to it, I guess. :)