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Monday, October 24, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

#scrapshack2016 october

Four of us scrap-a-holics had our second #scrapshack2016 last weekend. That's now 3 since we came up with the idea.  What an absolute blast. Four days of bliss. Much wine was drunk, many many bellies laughs were had, good food, powerwalks on the oyster trail to meet Spring Warrior criteria and meeting up with fellow Spring Warriors for a sesh on the lawns by the yacht club.

#scrapshack2016 was revitalising, refreshing and was an awesome outlet for the creative soul. Mel, Amy and Bec: I love you guys so much. Lets do it again early new year!!

Friday, October 7, 2016

winter warrior stats

Just a note to remind myself later of stats for scrapbooking

In 10 weeks I am:

  • 55.5cm less
  • 10kg down
  • 2 dress sizes down
  • 2 shirt sizes down
  • 3 jean sizes down
  • bra size down. 
  • cup size down

Runkeeper stats when I was on the bike or powerwalking for the last 10 weeks.

pretty damn happy with progress so far

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I am a Warrior

Winter Warrior Testimonial – Tiff Firth  - October 2016

The Winter Warrior Fitness program has been a game changer and a life changer for me. Iron Grit Gym & Boot Camp owner Kate Holman, and her team (Jodi Mickan, Morgan McDonald and Belinda-Jane Moroney), have created this incredible program to motivate you to move your butt.

When I first started my goal was to lose 10kg. 1kg per week during 10 week program. If you lift a 10kg kettle bell, you’ll know exactly how heavy that 10kg is.  That’s the extra baggage I am on the way to losing. I’m so very happy to say that by the end of week ten I have lost the 10kg. Going by the tape measure I've lost a total of 55.5cm. That's frigging huge!    FIST PUMP!  

Kate is on hand if you choose the Challenge and Change package (highly recommend) for dietary and trainer advice. I chose this package to keep myself accountable to not only myself, but to Kate, her crew and to my Warrior tribe. I want them to be proud of me, and to do that I needed to be kept on track. And I can tell you, that is exactly what has happened.

Has it been hard? Not really, surprisingly enough. When something you do is fun and rewarding, then it’s not hard. The support from other members of the Warrior Tribe has been a key motivator to keep me moving and sweating, keeping my end goal in sight.  A fellow Warrior waving or a shout out to you when you’re out doing your thing is so uplifting. 

Do you need to have some level of fitness to go on the program? No. There’s a challenge level to suit you wherever you’re at for your health and well-being.  Is it suitable for any age? Absolutely.  Modifications can be made to each section of the weekly challenges so you can achieve and then extend your goals.

The beauty of this program is that you can do it in the privacy of your own home, or you can access Iron Grit Gym as you need.  Just like a 24/7 gym.

I’ve taken the weekly set challenges for my chosen level by the ears and done more than I need. My philosophy is that I have a lot of booty to move, so I need to move my booty a lot. At the beginning of week 5 I had my second measure up. I had lost a total of 25.5cms. That’s a dress size down, a bra size down, a bra cup size down, and a jean size down.  Man is that a greatest feeling to get back INTO those fave jeans! Now those same jeans are too big. Whoohoo!

The other key factor during the 10 week challenge is diet. For those who know me, I’ve had a love affair with Farmers Union Feel Good Ice Coffee since forever. I can quite honestly say that during the 10 weeks I’ve only had 4 small ones as a reward for a large achievement. For an addiction, it was so simple to go cold turkey and give them up. I looked at the calories on the carton and compared how much I needed to work to sweat those calories off. It just wasn’t worth it, so I stopped having my customarily two to three 600mls ice coffees per day. Now it’s a treat, and only if I’ve really earned it. And I don’t crave them anymore. WIN WIN. If I can do that, then anyone can!

I had a goal to ride my bike from the farm into town (11km), smash out a gym session, and then ride it home.  I’m pretty chuffed to say I did that back in week 6. I’m finding that I’m resetting my goals weekly, as I have been constantly extending myself beyond them. And that’s incredibly rewarding.

TBH I can’t rave enough about what the Winter Warrior program had meant to me. I urge you to contact Kate ASAP 0427 977 414 or email her at irongritgym@gmail.com to get on board the Spring Warrior. I have.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Annie's first photo of her gawjus smile after she had the braces taken off her top row of teeth to close a gap. I've used a Wilna cut file from her Art 2 Heart class and its gawjus too.

Friday, July 22, 2016


As much as I loved the look of the chalkboard in scrapbooking, I really didn't want to hand write a LO with white chalk on blackboard paint. What was I to do.....

A Hybrid of course. After 30 seconds jumping around on Pinterest I found what I needed for the background, the scroll and the fonts. The apple buttons and apple papers I already had in my stash.

Boom. Done.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

spring is in the air

This is what today's unseasonably warm weather is going to remind us of.  Spring is in the air. Just round the corner. And doesn't it feeeeeeeeel good.

I just love love love large photo LO's. Embellishing is minimal with the photo and the journaling are the stars. 

Journaling says "Spring is a time to find out where you are, who you are and move toward where you are going" - Penelope Trunk.

Monday, July 18, 2016

wild & free

This would have to be one of my all time faves for a number of reasons.  

1 - and most importantly, the journaling is Annie's own words. How deep is her wisdom for her age?!!  She often scribes one liners or a paragraph of wisdom in her notebook. She's also writing a novel atm. She's several chapter into it and its developed into quite a good read.

2 - The colour wash in the background just happened to work beautifully with Wilna's cut file that was in the pack at e2c. I didn't plan it that way at all. 

3 -The title was a sticker in that same pack that fits exactly with the sentiment and the colour scheme.

4 - I ended up pulling apart the LO I started with Wilna's class at e2c as I wasn't happy with my painting technique, and the tags on that LO also fitted perfectly with the sentiment and hues on this LO.

I must have had it together all my subconscious as I certainly didn't visualize this one like I do for most of mine. This one just evolved as it happened.

Friday, July 15, 2016


I was lucky enough to receive an extra cut file from Wilna at the recent #e2c2016 retreat she taught at. So I had a second go with one of the layouts she taught with the extra cut file than what was used, and added a Tiff touch with it.

I hugely admired Julianne's layout with her perfect dusting of glitter on her flowers in the masked area. She did it so much better than I ever could, and it must have made a memory as I reached for my glitter gel to do something similar without even thinking why I did. As I said, Julie's glitter effect is so much more lovely than mine.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

hello wilna

The journaling says it all. Its a bit small but it needed to fit on that tiny journal card. Its says:
"Wilna. I've had a scrapbooking girl crush on you for the longest time. So to be able to meet you in real life was a precious gift. Your megawatt smile is what I remember the most. It's genuine and it lights up the room. Thank you for spending time to teach at #escape2create2016."

Sunday, July 10, 2016

lou, wilna & #escape2create2016

The weekend of June 25th to 27th was looked forward to with much anticipation. Not only do I get to spend time with Lou again, both during and after the weekend ...


I was able to meet my other scrappy idol in real life. I've had a girl crush on Wilna Furstenburg for the longest time and to be able to interact with her was a gift I will treasure.

 #escape2create2016 #e2c2016 was held at the Lincoln Hotel this year due to a long term booking at the Lions Hostel. I missed the shed and all the buzz that happens in there. I prefer it to the hotel for a number of reasons, but I'll keep them to myself. 

The scraproom was festooned in colour and 93 ladies were creating all weekend. It was brilliant to be in a room of like minded souls all busy with memory keeping. To be able to switch off from the real world and take some time out for myself was lovely and appreciated.

My lanyard and coffee cup which become my tote as table space was very tight this year due to all of us in a far smaller space on far smaller tables than in previous years.

Wilna had her daughter Tia over for the trip from Canada to experience a bit of our Aussie way of life. She's lovely and a real credit to her parents.

Wilna and I took 5 mins out in the foyer for photos and we couldn't resist tempting the little lady devil inside her to show. My first thought was it would be a great pic for Halloween which she does celebrate back in her hometown in Canada.

Amy had the foresight and creativity to mock up her Wilna Apron which Wilna signed. Oh the envy around our table. 10 out of 10 Amy.

I can't wait to start scrapping these pics. I asked Wilna to sign as special Polaroid frame which I'm about to use to create a LO based on meeting her.

Our fun loving table crew. These guys are da bomb and always good for a laugh.

Ready, set, create.... with these beautiful souls. My love to all of them, they gave me courage this year even though they didn't know it at the time.


with my heart & soul

A Wilna Furstenberg class taken at the recent e2c. Her LO was primarily about her daughter, so I thought I'd take it differently and 'man it up' a bit for Sean. The heart is backed with textured gold card as is the LO.
Keep warm wherever you are.

Friday, July 8, 2016

give love away

Another LO completed at the recent e2c retreat. I love printing onto Linen Bazzil to give the textured look of a canvas print. This one was so easy to do. Pre print the journaling and cluster the embellies. Done.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Rather than dispose the left over green coloured moulding paste during an e2c class with the amazing Wilna Furstenberg, I quickly washed a turquoise background onto cardstock and used a stencil for the paste to create a background for future use. I put it aside to dry. That afternoon I came back to it and quickly whipped up this layout. I love it. Spontaneous and bright with a touch of gold. A bit like me hahaha.  

Journaling says "You need to remember to give yourself permission to love yourself. Warts and all. Forty one today. 2011."

True that!

Friday, July 1, 2016


I had a play with impasto and gold paint to really give it a glossy finish and a bit of dimension. I was inspired by a LO on Pinterest that came from the Bella Boulevard Studio Blog.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


A layout created at the recent #e2c2016. 

Back in 2011 I drove my kids a round trip of 90kms one day to shoot in a paddock of Patterson's Curse (Salvation Jane). I didn't know the owner of the property but when I knocked on his door and asked if I could go out into his paddock for an hour or so to photograph my kids, he was more than happy to let me go for it.  And as a result this is one of the many pics taken on that occasion.

Monday, June 27, 2016


I'm about to run out the door but have 5 mins to post this LO from a Louise Nelson class at the escape2create retreat this last weekend. I used to two complimentary watercolours and just had fun with the process. Now I know now how to stick those rascally micro beads down!
mwah Lou. love it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

I love us

I started off this LO with the checker plate at a light grey to simulate stainless steel. I didn't rock my socks. It was too harsh.  When I found the polaroid frame with the gold title, I sprayed the grey with gold spray paint. It still looked too strong and dominating.  I thought about using gesso it to reduce the gold but I didn't want to lessen the gold effect, if you know what I mean. Then I thought about using vellum on top of the checker plate. Viola! Problem solved. I sprayed the steam punk cogs while I had the spray out and added some grit with the glass micro beads.

Friday, June 10, 2016

love this moment

This one was a joy to pull together. The background was inspired by Wilna Furstenberg and is a background cut file I adapted to my needs, a combination of Impasto and Whipped Spackle and an acrylic paint wash. Its just divine. The rest of the LO is my own creation.