Friday, February 13, 2009

Still here...

I am still here...just insanely busy. I am so sorry for being gone for so long - I've probably lost you all and I'll be talking to myself but it's worth a go anyway. This post will be a long one as there is lots to catch up on.

I totally didn't realise how much school Mums have to do. I cant believe how organised you have to be with children at school full-time. Maybe this will help me with time management!

I had my first class for the year with the girls at Ravensthorpe including the Condy girls who travelled over, on Saturday the 7th of February. Times are tough for the Ravy community with the mine shutting down and the 2008 cropping season being a bit of a fizzer, but I cant get over how positive these people are and resilient too. It shows how strong people can be when faced with adversity. I love spending time with these girls and I'm so inspired by their enthusiasm. They certainly haven't lost their love for scrapbooking!

Brochures and applications are out for the March retreat being held on the 27th - 29th of March at Hyden. I am overwhelmed with the response so far - so many keen to come again and some new girls too - it's going to be a goody. If you haven't received a brochure from me and you'd like one just pop me an email to and I'll forward the relevant information to you. We have the lovely Gayle Smith, Sharon Manning and Lis Cassey back with us again to teach and they are busily planning classes. I already have one sneak peak from Sharon - a drop dead gorgeous off the page project that is going to get you addicted! Here it is...

Earlier on this year - after Christmas and early January - I began working on classes for the up coming months and I have been back working on more in the last week. I have shown this layout before and I have a couple more versions of the layout with different papers etc. to demonstrate the versatility of the layout and techniques. I am currently working on a 4th layout as well! Getting some mileage! Here are the first 3...

Also, I have been working on more heritage layouts with my family photos. I have found this project the most difficult because I have not been able to find a lot of heritage layouts to gain inspiration and ideas from. So I've stepped out and done it completely with my own ideas and creativity. Although I am happy with the results so far it is scary because I want this historical record to be so special. I am slowly getting through it and trying not to rush the process so I don't have to go back and redo pages later on. Here are a couple I finished recently (well almost finished - I may add a detail or two if I find the right ones)...

I did a layout a while back of Jett with lackeys in his hair titled "too cute for words" and i decided recently to use the layout sketch to scrap some of my childhood photos. The layout includes 4 - 8 small square photos (3" x 3") and I got to thinking, I have loads of small square photos of my childhood because that was how they were processed in the 70's. I must admit I have already scrapped these photos twice before and not been happy with the layouts, but now I am because I have used papers etc. that are more suited to the era. I am stunned at how many K & Co papers and embellishments I have found that suit old and new photos. I am stoked with the results I get from this brand - I am addicted to their stuff at the moment. Here is the layout...

New stock is trickling in for the retreat including items for class kits - it's all eye candy and there are far too many 'must haves'. I'll show some ranges in future posts.

I have made a decision to start having giveaways on this blog as I see the hit counter rising all the time but I don't know who is visiting. So I thought if i can get you to leave comments and reward you with prizes I will know that you have dropped by. Bribery in the 1st degree I know!
Well that's all for today folks. I promise to be back soon. Thanks for looking!


Gigga said...

Hi Karen
I check in everyday, and I am so glad that you have updated...
I love all those layouts.
I haven't officially replied to the retreat, but I will be there with bells on! Looking forward to seeing more eye candy!!!

Nadene said...


Where have you been?? We sent a search party out and they never returned either!

Lovely to see your LOs and you sound really inspired.

On the countdown for Hyden ☺


anna7 said...

Hi Karen,
I have been checking every day for your update as it gives me contact with what's happening in the outside world!So I did miss you while you were gone, I so love your updates with your news and ideas.
How is your brother doing?
I so wish I was coming to your retreat, I had it all planned but my outcome will be worth more than what I am missing, I know how lucky I am.
Keep up the great work.


Condi Scrappers said...

Hi Karen,
Have missed your updates, would check every day but glad you're back! Love hearing from you with your news and all your great layout examples!
Can't wait for Hyden, time just can't pass quick enough!
Thanks for a grat day at Ravy, always worth the drive over from Condingup!!!
Catch you,