Saturday, 25 July 2015

Well I never...

I never thought I would ever be into Project Life.
"That's not real scrapbooking" I used to think.

But with my kids growing up, way too fast....they are 12 and 9 now...I just don't have the
spare time that I used to have. Sport, Band and lots of before and after school training and band sessions have taken over. Life is crazy at the moment.

So a few months ago, I was in Spotlight and they had a 40% off sale.
I thought "Why not?"...I'll give it a go!

I took it away on a Retreat back in May. I worked away diligently and 
can I say I think I am well and truly hooked!
Being a time poor scrapper these days I can get a page done in next to no time.
I can still document my families life, to look back on in years to come and have some
creative time, all for me at the same time. Loving that!

Along with that, I'm trying to have some "me" time each weekend, even if only for a few hours!
I think it's reignited my passion. I needed that!

I'm currently working on everyday moments from our year last year, 2014!
I'm into April already and loving it!

So, I thought I'd share a page with you.

This is the Wedding of my beautiful long time friend, Catherine to her now hubby David.
Catherine and I met way back in 1994, from memory. I was a 3rd Year Hairdressing Apprentice
and she started as our 1st Year Apprentice at Betite Hair Salon. We hit it off immediately and
have been through highs and lows, watched our children grow and get married.
She's a lifetime friend!

Catherine and David got married out in the country in January. It ended being the hottest
day in Jan 2014, with it hitting 43 degrees out there. God, it was hot!
But, it didn't matter...the lovely ceremony by the Lake kept us cool, before a few drinks,
dinner and some dancing. It was a fabulous night to remember.

Really enjoying the process!

Chat soon,

Friday, 23 January 2015

Happy New Year and Layout: 1 Little Fish

Happy New Year everyone!
I'm still coming to terms with writing 2015 on everything and the fact that my eldest starts High School this year. Eekkk!

Anyway, this past weekend I joined in a Cyber crop over at Delish Scraps. First time I have ever joined in with them. I was a little bit limited with photos as I left my Hard Drive full of photos over at my father-in-laws place at Christmas time. Damn. Luckily we are heading to his place for the long weekend so I can grab it and I'll be back in action again.

Anyway, Wendy had a sketch challenge that I had a photo for so I had a play.
This was the sketch.

Loved it, so I had a play and this is what I came up with.

This is my Dad holding a little fish. My whole family was on holidays in Hervey Bay and we all went fishing out the jetty. Dad caught this little fella and the joke was, if you stretch it, it'll look bigger!
Then he joked that the kids should kiss him before throwing him back, like Rex Hunt does.
They didn't think that was a very good idea! Lol. Sweet memories.

Here's a few closeups.

Thanks for popping by.
Enjoy your long weekend.

Chat soon,

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Layout: Good Mates

Two posts in two days...I'm on fire!

After having a go at Scrap the Girls, I thought I'd best look at Scrap the Boys Challenge blog. This month it is a sketch and I liked it. Lots you can do with this one.

So, I dug through my older photos in my stash and came across this one. I took it last December in our backyard. Zac and his good mate Ethan, who have been friends since Prep, way back in 2008. They now attend different schools but are still good mates. It's a lovely friendship.

I took the photo with my Fuji Instax Polaroid camera. I love that thing. Very cool! I really like this photo. It makes me smile.

Here's my layout based on the sketch...

and some closeups.

Loved the creative process. I think I may have missed this scrapbboking thing!

Chat soon,

Friday, 19 December 2014

Layout: Ella - Our Pink One

On holidays at last, so I have time to play and finally share some creativity.
It's been quite some time since I pulled out the paper and glue, but to have time to unleash some creativity is always good for the soul. I've missed it, although with our busy life I didn't know I had.

I hopped on Scrap the Girls Challenge blog to get some inspiration.
To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Beautiful soft, feminine colours with a touch of sparkle. I loved it all.

So, I dug through my stash of photos and thought this one of Ella, when she was about 4 or 5 was perfect. Colours suited the look and style too.

So, this is what I came up with...

with some closeup's of course, so you can see the detail.

Loved playing with this challenge.
So pretty and girly.

Chat soon,

Friday, 24 January 2014

Layout: PS3 and COD

I know...Another layout...Loving these holidays!!

Even though I'm not a Scrap the Boys Team member anymore, I still love scrapping along.
This month's challenge was to scrap Something New about the boy/man in your life!

The boy child in our house has been begging for a PS3 and the game "Call of Duty"
or "COD". He's played it at his mates place and has been saving for quite some time.
Santa decided he wouldn't bring it as Zac was so close to achieving that goal.
The Christmas money he received from family got him there. To say he was estatic,
was an understatement! Home it came and he's loved playing it! Kept him occupied
for short stints at a time and he's even played with his sister. They both like playing it,
as does Dad. I can play on my scrap desk right near them(in the rumpus room) and
everyone is happy! Loving that!

So, Zac's "something new" is his PS3 and COD!

I played with my Dylusions inks again to draw the circle. Again using the
spray nozzle and getting this result. I like it. I'm not sure what's going on
with me and purple of late but it's featuring again. Mainly because Zac's shirt
was purple and our lounge is blue.

I used my Stampin' Up water crayons to create the blue and purple effect.
I added some doodling and a few rubons to the circle to finish it off.
I added a few splatters with my Dylusions inks using black and london blue.
I also used a turquoise mist I already had. Let it dry a little before adding some
Gesso and a circle template. Let it dry overnight then added my photo, washi tape
and my journalling. Simple layout but quite effective.

Promise my new next layout won't have any purple on it. It's going to be a bright one.
Just waiting for it to dry!

Here's my layout...

Thanks for stopping by!

Chat soon,

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Layout: Happy New Year

I love January!
Christmas is over. The kids are on holidays and we can fill our days as we please.
Gives me more time in my day, therefore time for creating!

I loved the challenge set by Show us your stuff.
It was a mood board and I had the perfect photo for it!

I've been playing with my Dylusions inks of late, so decided to give them a go with
this challenge. I unscrewed the lid and used the sprayer hose...the bit inside the ink
to create this background. I saw Dyan Reaveley's video about using your ink like
a drawing tool.

I used that idea to create a strip,sort of like a firework. Then I flicked it around to make
the splotches! Loved the result! Left it to dry, then ran my sewing machine up and down
with black cotton and a few across bits too. Added my photo, lettering, journalling, a few
bits of paper and washi, so not as to cover too much of my background. I also used some
very old rub ons that you can see near the stitching. Some splotches in black.

My handmade item is the diamond looking page pebble that I made a few years ago but
had never used. On it went, along with the "funny" pebble. Makes me laugh when I
see this pic, as we had such a fun time on New Years!

Lastly, time for sequins. I never use them on layouts, so why not?
Best part was I had them in the colours I needed!

So, here's my layout...

 Thanks for stopping by!

Chat soon,

Monday, 20 January 2014

Layout: Success

My lovely friend Sue set a Challenge over at Scrapchat in early January.
We had to choose a word for 2014 and scrap a layout about that word.
I chose "Success".

I turn 40 this year and I want to be fabulous at 40!
A few kg's have slipped on since my lowest weight so I am determined
to get them off and a few more before my 40th Birthday in November!
I can do it!

This was my inspiration!

 I LOVE the Rock...aka Dwayne Johnson! I saw this on his Facebook page
and had to use it. It was perfect!
This picture is now pride of place on my wall next to my PC.
Any time I'm tempted or haven't excercised that day, I have The Rock
glaring down on me! Motivation enough? I think so.

 Here's my layout...


Creatively, this layout was a lot of fun.
Started with white cardstock and used texture paste with the chevron template.
Once dry, I used "Postbox Red" and "Lemon Zest" Dylusions inks with water
to get the background runny and merging together. Waited for it to dry.
Then got out my white paint and a credit card and smooshed it over the
centre of my layout, as well as the chevrons. Used my finger a little too to
smoosh it around. Then flicked some more "Postbox Red" over the top to
add some more colour. LOVE IT!!!!

I need to use these inks more often. Love the effect they give.
Bold and vibrant colour...delish!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chat soon,