Friday, February 8, 2013


Scrappin Outback

Presents the 16th

Wave Rock Scrapbooking Retreat

22nd – 24th March 2013

It’s time for another epic retreat in Hyden, home of the world renowned Wave Rock, where scrapbookers and the like come together twice a year for an unforgettable weekend of classes, inspiration, great food, good company and lots of laughs.

You are invited to join us for this amazing weekend and you can do so by contacting Karen Smith (contact details below) to register your name and reserve your place.

 Be quick so you don’t miss out!

Our talented tutors have new ideas,

techniques and products to inspire you to preserve

your precious memories and expand your skills.



Audrey Underwood

Mistra Hoolahan
Karen Smith

Contact Karen Smith on

98 805300 (Wk), 98805761(A/H) or 0427 977 672

to book and for further details.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Not long now folks...

Well, it's nearly show time! Only 1 sleep to go (not including this one which I am missing out on) to the 15th Wave Rock Scrapbooking Retreat.

This retreat has been a feat to say the least but we are ahead of schedule and ready to go. I had a little op last week that I new was coming so I prepared well and truly in advance (just in case) and fortunately it went well so we are prepared. I have had some wonderful helpers who have made it possible including my wonderful friend Ann who stepped in while I had the op to man the shop for a couple of days and put together some of the kits. Thanks Ann!!

So tomorrow we will put the finishing touches together and we are all stations go. I am so excited that some girls are coming early too - too much excitement to come on time!

I will be updating throughout the weekend on Facebook so you can see what we are up to.

I look forward to seeing you here in Hyden for those of you who are coming. Sorry if you cant make it but I will post projects after the retreat so you can see what we have been up to.

My apologies for being a bad blogger...just so crazy busy all the time!

Thanks for looking! xx

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Counting down...

Hi there readers! Long time no post, I know...been a little under the weather of late. This doesn't mean I haven't been busy though. The October retreat is now only 5 and a half weeks away and I have been overwhelmed by the response to applications so far. I already have 50 applicants! I'm amazed that so many ladies would come to our outback town, for my humble event....grateful to say the least!

I hate posting without a photo so here's a sneak peak of one of Mistra Hoolahan's classes she will be doing....YUMMY! We are showcasing new mixed media products on the market, as well as new releases by Dusty Attic, and we have a new tutor, Michelle Grant coming all the way from Brisbane...YAY! If you haven't taken the plunge and sent me an application for the retreat please do so asap as class requirements will be out soon and you don't want to miss out! Anyway, here's the sneak....

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The 15th Wave Rock Scrapbooking Retreat...

I am pleased to annouce that I have opened registrations for the October retreat here in Hyden! Stay tuned to your (e)mail box for the application and brochure. If you dont receive an email me and would like to attend the retreat them please email me and I will reply.

Scrappin Outback

Presents the 15th

Wave Rock Scrapbooking Retreat

19th – 21st October 2012

It is my absolute pleasure to open registrations for the October 2012 retreat! I am looking forward to the retreat with great anticipation and I would love it if you would join me for a weekend full of inspiration, laughs, good company and a great shopping experience. Scrappin’ Outback will once again have the shop on site with a huge range of scrapbooking supplies that has expanded even more.
You will be inspired by an amazing line up of tutors, so be quick to put your application in to so you don’t miss out!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Albany retreat and news...

Hello blog readers! I'm back finally - so much going on that I've neglected my blog. I have, however, opened a facebook page for Scrappin' Outback so you can find me on Facebook now if your into that. I decided to move into this century and take advantage of social media that puts the shop out there where everyone can see whats happening from day to day. This doesnt mean I wont blog anymore though.
So, registrations are open for the Albany retreat being held on the 24th - 26th August at Middleton Beach. Please email me if you are interested in attending the retreat as there are still places available.

Registrations for the Wave Rock Scrapbooking Retreat on the 19th of October are open in 3 weeks so stay tuned.

I'd like to share some the layouts I taught at the June Albany retreat...firstly my 'Frame It' layouts using the gorgeous This & That range by Echo Park....

Also, my 'City Skylines' layouts with mutitudes of photos...

Recently I had the pleasure of attending trade classes with Tim Holtz so I feel like a full bottle on all things distress. I have created layouts using distress techniques that are so much fun to do. These can only be shared in a class as they are complex. I have more classes planned with these techniques, and perhaps will share some at the October retreat.

I hope all is well with you and yours! Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Whats been happening...

Well I have recovered really well from the accident and feel almost 100%. Thanks to everyone who left comments and emailed me to wish me well. Its times like this I really appreciate the friendships I have formed over the years through scrapbooking.

I have recovered quite a bit of stock also and lost about a third of what was in my car so I'll have to have a salvage sale I think. The damage was a lot less worse than I orginally thought when I got out of the car and saw paper flying across the paddock! I'm still feeling incredibly thankful that I walked away and no-one was with me.

Well, the show must go on as they say so I was off to Albany last Friday for yet another retreat. It was a great weekend all round, even with a couple of little dramas, and everyone had a good time - at least I hope they did. We had a fantastic view of the Albany harbour from our class room (see picture) that was priceless, and good weather as well.

I have loads of layouts to share over the next few weeks but this is one of my 'no brainer' (simple) layouts that we did.

Be back soon with more to share. Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Unfortunate event...

Hello everyone. Just a quick post to let you know I was involved in a serious car accident on Wednesday which I FORTUNATELY walked away from. I crashed my car on a gravel road and my car was full of scrapbooking supplies. I am so blessed that I am ok and the car and stock can be replaced. Please bare with me while I sort out what I can salvage from the accident and I will be back to post at a later date with layouts to share and information on coming retreats etc. I have lots to share but have to sort out the immediate issues at hand. Love to you all xxx

Saturday, May 26, 2012


The countdown has begun to the next retreat which is in Albany on the 22nd of June. There is less than 4 weeks to go now! Part one of the class requirements goes out today so if you are booked in stay tuned. If you haven't booked a place there are still a few left. I am so excited once again to be going to Albany - such a beautiful place.

Currently I am in South Australia for my husbands Nana's 90th birthday. There are 200 of us that have hit the sleepy little fishing town, Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula. The town is used to these reunions where the family gets together. We are so excited to see Matt's Nana reach this milestone as she is our only living grandparent.

I am eager to share some sneak peaks of the classes we will be doing at Albany so will be back during the week when I get a chance to photograph them.

Bye for now and thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Forever Fall....

The Forever Fall range by Bo Bunny released a little while ago has been a favourite of mine and I came across the perfect photo recently to work with the range once again. I really enjoyed the colour palette of both the papers and the photos so I played with Dusty Attic chipboard, my favourite new product, SMOOCH, and some bling and flowers - a perfect combo. And this is what I came up with...

Then I played with the same sketch with a black and white photo and a monochromatic white/black/grey colour palette and ended up with a completely different look - will have to show tomorrow as the scanned version is not good - promise to photograph it and share soon.

Thanks to the Lake King and Lake Grace gals who attended my classes this week and made it fun - I love coming to see you all!

Thanks for looking - back soon. x

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A layout to share...

This week the Newdegate and Lake Grace girls came to my shop for a day of scrapbooking. It was so lovely to have them here and they loved the choice of supplies. We did a few layouts. Here are a couple of them. Firstly, my first photo of a dragon fly - I finally got one! I used new Bo Bunny Ambrosia papers, and a little Dusty Attic chipboard. I kept this one simple so the focus is on the photo.
Next, my attempt at making my photos look like them but dont have any! I took these photos at the Australia Butterfly Sanctary - just magical!
I am now preparing the application for the next retreat in Albany, hoping to have those out early next week. Then, to participate in National Scrapbooking Day which is on the 5th May (its world wide actually) I am having a crop-in-store night on Friday the 4th of May.
Lastly, a couple of layouts I did at the last Albany retreat which I dont think I got to share. The Paradise range by Little Yellow Bicycle is a new favourite of mine and I just love the texture of these papers - like fabric.
I also did the same layout in My Minds Eye - Fly A Kite...
Thats all for today...thanks for looking.