Saturday, May 31, 2008
...and here are my babies checking his babies...
On Tuesday the studio was packed out with a full house of scrappers. It was so good to have the room buzzing with friends who lave to scrap.
Then Wednesday in Newdegate was even more of a full house. It was a great day and most of the girls took advantage of the album sale and almost cleaned me out! There are still more albums coming though and the sale still runs till the end of June.
Other than that I've been cleaning up (it never ends) and packing. We are off to Brisbane on Monday for a break and for me to attend some trade classes at Printblocks which I hope to gain great inspiration from. The thing I love most about this is I will get to see lots of new products with my own eyes so I can order products knowing what I am getting. I also love rubbing shoulders with inspirational people who share the passion. I hope to come home with some great ideas to pass on to all my fellow scrappers and of course with a whole heap of new photos to scrap and implement those ideas.
Thanks for looking! I'll be back.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I mentioned earlier that we have finished seeding which is a wonderful thing, but my dream of never seeing a container again has been smashed. Throughout the last few weeks I've been sending out packed lunches in Chinese takeaway containers and when they ran out I was sending Tupperware out and then there were none left and although it was frustrating having none left, I didn't really mind....but alas...now they are all coming back..and their breeding...I have so many to wash that I've run out of dish washing liquid! They have been stashed in vehicles and machinery all over the property and they bred and now they are returning...thank the Lord for dishwashers! Sorry...I'm being a drama queen aren't I?!
I'm off to Newdegate again next Wednesday, the 28th of May for classes...cant wait to see the girls over there.
Also, I'm going to some trade classes in Brisbane in a few weeks which I'm very excited about and cant wait to see some new products and ideas, and see whats happening in the wide wide world of scrapbooking, outside my own small nook. We are going as a family and are looking forward to the break.
Thanks for all the comments on my last post - its so good to hear from visitors.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The next one is a professional photo taken by Miller studios, on Canning Hwy in Perth, of Phoebe when she was 5 and half months old. She has a big dribble on her chin, which we love - makes us chuckle. I must admit that I have wrestled with these papers and the layouts but I am hoping that what I visualise in my mind will look good when it all comes together.
I also started and finished a quick layout of Phoebe and her cousin Asher using Sassafras Lass papers and journaling cards, and an old metal sign for the title, which 'says it all'.
In personal news, My Brother, Dean, and his wife Cassi, their kids and my parents all came for the weekend and we celebrated a late Mothers Day together as a family. This time spent was priceless..very special. Dean started chemo again on Monday and we were warned this one will be brutal but we are hoping that the end will result will be remission. Dean and Cassi are amazing. They have incredible attitudes that will get them though the really tough times - I feel pretty weak in comparison but I guess you can rise to the occasion when you are in these situations if you make up you mind to. I hope to.
Also, some good news...we have finished seeding...WOOHOO! I couldn't care less if I saw another container ever again. The washing up I will not miss!
Thanks for looking...and don't be afraid to leave a comment to let me know who is visiting!
2 new Sassafrass Lass paper ranges have arrived, Robotics and Sunshine. They are very bold busy and FUN! I love the scalloped and pinked edges on the patterned papers. Cant wait to have a play...got lots of playing to do...
And then there's the new Pink Paisley range of papers also with scalloped edges...more playing...
...and some new felt ribbon from Queen and Co. Love the trains and cars! I'm currently playing with the brown vine felt on a heritage layout...having a little trouble with the layout but I'm sure I'll finish it soon..I hope!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Condingup Scrapbooking Retreat
25th – 27th July 2008
Come and join in on a relaxing and friendly weekend of scrapbooking in Condingup. This is an opportunity to dust off your supplies and equipment and be inspired.
Contact Karen Smith on
98751021 or 0427977672
for booking, details and prices.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I also wanted to mention something that I am passionate about. Thursday the 15 of May was Compassion Day. Compassion Australia is a child sponsorship program that Matt and I support. Compassion has an excellent track record of helping thousands of children and communities living in poverty. Soon I will be an advocate for Compassion so I can raise awareness and help people learn more about it. I encourage you if you have ever thought about sponsoring a child, to do so and you can do it online at http://www.compassion.com.au/ We sponsor children ouselves and so does Scrappin' Outback and we feel that even though it is such a small contribution every bit makes a difference. I'll leave it with you.
Thats all for today folks. My little King has cut his day sleeps short this week so I'm short on scrapping time for the moment hence the quick and simple layouts. Bye the way we got more rain and the end of seeding is in sight (about a week away)...YEEHAH!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Firstly, I just received my Making Memories Desktop Caddy that I ordered yonks ago. I have seen these in Magazines and always wanted one. I am so wrapped with it. You can fit quite a bit into it. I have one more in stock if any of you desire one. It's $79.90. I can order more if more than one of you want one.
Cropper Hopper make a tool centre that's pretty good.
Then there's paper storage. There are a lot of options but my favourite for home and mobile usage is the Cropper Hopper paper tote that is like a mobile 12 x 12 filing cabinet I have one in stock. They are $99 and they are hard to get because they are so popular.
Ribbons can be messy when they are not stored right. I use a Birch embroidery floss storage container and floss cards. They are compact and inexpensive.
Also I discovered these Cropper Hopper ribbon roll storage containers. They are fiddly to set up but are great for pulling out what you need for a project and they come in different sizes for different size ribbon rolls.
One of my best finds was this Cropper Hopper photo box which is the perfect size for Heidi Swapp chipboard letters - if you have them in every font and colour! This box is $15.95.
Then there's the Cropper Hopper Zip n Flip for small embellishments. It's handy for flat packing embellies and the pages fit a 3 ring file that I got at a stationery store. I also fit doodling templates in the same file.
Stickers are a tricky one. I've tried everything! I like the Clip it Up sticker storage for home and also the Cropper Hopper Shelve It range which I use to display stickers in my shop. For mobile storage I recommend a divided A4 expanding file or a good ol' shoe box!
Thats all for today but theres more for later and a layout to share tomorrow. Bye.
Also, due to the exchange rate Bazzill has come down in price so I'm passing on the saving to everyone. The new price for Bazzill cardstock is just 80c per sheet (12x12). This doesn't happen often - price reduction - I can tell you. All scalloped and Bling Bazzill are still at regular prices though. My favourite range at the moment is Double Mates double sided card stock (different shades off the same colour on each side), the colours are TDF and the best part is that it is also only 80c per sheet.
I have a large selection of products at bargain prices for you to pick through if you dropping in or coming to a class. These items are reduced to clear as I have to stock take at the end of June - its a huge job (isn't it Jo? - she helped me a couple of years ago).
I have just received confirmation today that I now have a credit card facility which will be up and running shortly so if you see me and want a swag of stuff or want me to mail product out you can pay by credit card and pay it off.
All patterned paper is still $1.50 per sheet and a lot of it retails for around $1.75 so it will stay at the lower price until July. I do still have boxes of 50c papers and $1 papers that I keep adding to so there's always a bargain.
I'm about to photograph some storage solutions to show (later on today if I get a chance) and a page in progress that I hope to finish so stay tuned.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I also knocked up this framed layout for my Mother-in-law for Mothers Day. It is of Matt's sister Kimberly who lives in Montana with her son Miles. The photos were taken at Christmas time during a family photo shoot while Kim and Miles were visiting Australia. I know this will mean a lot to Mum so she can see her girl everyday. I used Bazzill, K& Co Ancestry papers and paper ribbon and 7 Gypsies stickers. Very happy with how this turned out although photo does not do justice.
I have been working on my holiday album, on finishing off the pages with embellies and journaling. I'll get it finished eventually, then show and tell.
Sarah reminded me the other day in the comments that I've had an artical written about Scrappin' Outback in the latest edition of Scrapbooking Memories. Ann also spotted it. I was so excited to be asked and stoked to see it in the magazine although I was a little dissappointed that the write up didnt read how I thought it would, but its out there and hopefully people will notice it.
Other than all of that I've been tidying up again - it never ends does it?! and back to cooking for the boys after a weekend off. At the moment we are planting seed and praying for rain!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
1. I apologise for not posting much recently...I have a heavy heart as my brother is not doing so well. I think he'll be ok - it's just so hard at the moment.
2. Thanks for visiting - AND PLEASE DONT STOP! I'll be back on track soon. You have no idea how happy it makes me to see that people are visiting my blog, and how wonderful your comments and emails are. I am so blessed.
3. A huge thank you to the girls at Ravensthorpe for having me there for classes today. It was a great distraction and I thoroughly enjoyed the day out, the food, the company and the inspiration I got too.
4. A couple of dates to remember; 28th of May - scrapbooking in Newdegate and 21st of June in Ravensthorpe. Also, there will be a craftathon on the 17th and 18th of July 2008 in Hyden fundraising for Breast Cancer. All crafters are welcome.
I managed to start a layout today at Ravy with some photos of Phoebe when she was 2. I'm surprised I found a creative bone - must have been because I was watching all the girls play with supplies. I'll post it tomorrow. Have a lazy Sunday!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I don't have any other scrapbooking news to share except that I had an awesome day teaching in Newdegate again - always do. I'm looking forward to sitting down to my pages-in-progress tomorrow. Bye for now.