Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Also, here's the Explosion Box that I mentioned in my last post. I used the same patterned papers as Gayle's but different card stock. It's not quite finished - just needs a few finishing touches and journaling. Who better to do a Love theme about than my only little family?! I made this for Phoebe but I'm a bit concerned about how long it will last...she carries it around and loves it a little too much!
I received a Kit of the Month from Creating Keepsakes in the mail that I ordered because I saw it on Ali Edwards blog and it looked like good value for money. It was only $29.90 which is a bargain for the amount of stuff in the kit - only trouble is it cost $37 to get it here! OUCH! I have used a couple of pieces on a layout I'm currently working on...will show you when it's done. Here's a photo although its not very good.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Then there was the incident today where my children stepped up their level of menace. I found clumps of hair on the lounge room floor and thought it must have been Barbie's...until the kids showed up and I realised it was theirs. I have dreaded this day, assuming it happen to all kids and Mums. I have been so careful about hiding scissors but they are just too clever. Phoebe thought she should fix having her hair in her face by attempting to cut a fringe for herself and then started on Jett. His is worse than hers but because he's a boy it's not so bad, and it will grow back. I was a little cross at first (I'm the type that cries over spilt milk), then I saw the silver lining - a scrapbook moment, so out with the camera and here's the proof...it's called 'They did a BAD BAD thing'...
So as you can see I snuck on some scrapping this afternoon after going hard on housework this morning...my little reward. It comes easily some days and today was one of those.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I'm still shopping for venues, by phone and Internet. There are some great possibilities but the biggest problem is price. Thank you to all of you who have been posting or emailing feedback on venues etc. It's great to hear your points of view and suggestions. I'd love to know how you feel about price. So far we have anything from $200 - $500 for a weekend all inclusive of food, accommodation and conference fee, but I'm not sure which end of the scale most of you would prefer. Obviously you get what you pay for so bare that in mind when you think what a reasonable price is. The lower end of the price range is budget food and shared accommodation and the higher end obviously includes a bit of luxury.
I'm only scrapping a little at the moment as we are preparing for seeding. I've cleaned out our pantry which is the size of the average bathroom - big job! Now I have loads of office work I can no longer avoid like the BAS and preparing employee documentation - fun, fun.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
That's all for today. I'm off to Perth tomorrow. I have to check out venues for the Perth retreat, spend some time with Dean and Cassi as they await test results, and I'm taking Matt to see Matchbox 20 (his Christmas present). Be back soon.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who showed support to me and my family when we faced this earlier on - it makes all the difference knowing people care. I do believe in the Power of Prayer to God who is sovereign. I will be praying my way through this and would appreciate any of you who believe, to do the same. I know Dean's case is not isolated and that there are many people out there who suffer terminal illness and many who don't survive. I know alot of you have been affected first hand by the ugly disease - cancer. I said recently at the Hyden retreat that it's not just finding a cure that is important to cancer sufferers - but support as well. Dean was very fortunate to benefit from financial support as well as emotional support from people all over the world and even some who had never met him. Due to generosity Dean and Cassi did not lose their house and to be honest, did not go without anything while going through treatment. I'm passionate about supporting people in time of need. Tonight we are off to a 'Be Brave and Shave' night in Lake King being held for a beautiful women and friend who is currently going through chemo herself. We cannot do enough for people like this.
I'll keep you posted.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Also, a layout using Fancy Pants new range of papers that are very arty farty. Matt moved his office desk into my office at the start of the year and to solve the problem of the kids being bored while we work, we turned his office into a toy room which now looks like a cyclone has hit it - as you can see. Anyway, it solved the problem and they play in there for hours, and think of all kinds of crazy stuff to pass the time. Love 'em.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I finished two layouts last night about our first Easter egg hunt. Both layouts were done with the Making Memories 'Garden Party' Easter range. I love pastels but don't use them often. I figured that while the kids are still little I can get away with pastels for the time being. I love Phoebe's layout...here it is...
..And here is Jett's...
Today I achieved one layout. I used K and Co 'Wild Saffron' papers, chipboard buttons and journal card. Unfortunately the layout did not photograph well but you get the idea. I'm in love with this colour combo at the moment.
I am still working on a venue for the Perth retreat...now I just need to give it a name. Any suggestions?
Monday, April 7, 2008
Then I scrapped some photos I had taken at the Beach House - an indoor playground in Osborne Park, Perth. They are busy photos with loads of colour and it was hard to narrow down which ones to use and which ones to leave out. I don't like printing my photos too small - especially ones with a lot of detail in them, so I try to use at least 6" x 4" 's and lots of them. A little while ago I came up with this layout using 10 regular size photos in one double page. Here it is...
...and here is today's using the same sketch. On this layout I used some of the new Scenic Route 'Grafton' papers.
I am on a scrapping with 6" x 4" photos mission as I realised that so many girls do not have their own photo editing and printing equipment. I wanted to design layouts with standard photos or 3" x 2", 3" x 4" and 6" x 8" photos which you can print from a photo kiosk.
Here's my final layout for today - my favourite. I used some gorgeous KI Memories Love Elsie background cardstock and chipboard buttons. I designed this layout for my class to be held in Newdegate at the end of the month. I am in love with this colour combo!
Bye for now!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I started another layout of Phoebe climbing the lattice too but had to go back to school to pick her up. By then she was dissolving into tears at the drop of a hat - tired girl after such a big week!
I received the new range of Scenic Route papers and embellishments and they are awesome. They will be perfect for my Cocos Island photos. I can remember the days when there used to be sooo much girly paper and not enough boyish or masculine stuff. Well there's certainly quite a bit of it now days - this range has a camouflage paper which will be very useful. The colours of this range are very intense - beautiful in my humble opinion.
Thanks to all of you who have been leaving comments. I love it so much when you leave your mark. I was beginning to wonder, with over 2000 hits, who was reading my blog! Thanks especially for all the kind comments about the retreat...you are all wonderful.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
...isn't that adorable?!
After having such a great weekend, unpacking all day yesterday, working my way through a mountain of washing, driving 350km+ to take Phoeb's to school and picking up the last load of stuff from Hyden today, I am now officially stuffed and need a day off. Unfortunately a mother does not have an off button but I will be putting my feet up tomorrow and resting a little. Fortunately I am inspired by all the creativity that was circulating at the retreat and I'm ready to sink my teeth into some layouts. I've got so many ideas for my classes coming up at Ravensthorpe on the 12th of April and Newdegate on the 30th of April. Maybe I can combine rest and scrapbooking tomorrow (if the kids will let me) and kill two birds with one stone. Don't worry...the kids and I have had some Mummy time. Phoebe and I had a ball cooking piklets on Monday morning and Jett had fun eating them all!
I must mention how well the tutors; Alli, Sharon and Gayle did at the weekend - they were inspirational. And Jo - our cook - did a stirling job! If you'd like to see photos of how the weekend went visit the girls blogs (right side top). I didn't get to take many photos as I was pretty busy but they have done justice to it anyway.