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Monday, March 31, 2014


Layout number 9 from the e2c retreat weekend. This one was a Celeste Vermeend class that I took. Its the first class I've done in many years. (6 years if I recall correctly) and I did feel a bit buzzed from it.

Its not copied verbatim from Celeste's example, Ive added a lot of me into it instead. ie - changed the colour theme, changed the mist colour, water coloured the tags, changed the colour of the hello adventure cut file label, used my dymo instead of handwriting, used the paper clips, rolled up the edges to reveal the peekaboo buttons, used washi tape.

Friday, March 28, 2014

running away

This photo shoot back in 2010, was inspired by John Sands greeting cards. I wanted to portray kids running away from home in the early 20th Century. 

Lots of textiles on this LO, keeping it muted so the photo dominates and tells the story.

LO no 8 from e2c

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Loved pulling this one together. And I do love discovering wonderful 'finds' at the local Cheap as Chips.

Have a great day.

LO no 7 from e2c

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

magic pink bubbles

Sometimes a LO doesn't need a title or added journaling as the photo says it all.  :)

LO no 6.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

not negotiable

This LO background is totally inspired by Jen Matott for Faber Castell. I had a spill of sequins across my craft table which lead to the idea of using them on the LO as well.

Some accidents are just meant to happen aren't they.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

days like this...

Ever since I saw this large title cut in ombrè card, I so wanted to do it. I thought I saw it in Kerri Bradford's blog or on Karla Dudley's, but for the life of me I can't find it. I hope I have attributed the right person.

Very subtle water colouring and embellished with bits and pieces for the #e2c2014 scrapbooking retreat goodie bag. Layout number 5 from that weekend away

The journaling is heartfelt and those photos are very dear to me.

Friday, March 21, 2014

tennis grand final report

Sean's tennis team made it thru to the Grand Final which was played this afternoon after school

He and his partner lost their doubles and he won his singles which tied the two teams to 7 sets all.   Sean danced his happy dance after his singles game. Little squirt. In the end Molik lost to Fitzgerald by only one set. It was that close.

Both the kids played tennis for different teams this season and they've quite enjoyed it. At times it was a bit of a struggle when, Sean in particular, was just too puffed out from school and being the end of the week, or the weather was so hot or stormy that the games were cancelled.

I'm pretty sure we'll be back next season.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Sometimes when I have a photo that's an important one that has both the kids in it, I'll do two layouts. A his and a hers.  It's rarely that I scrap them twice exactly the same way.

This one is such a case. This one is for him. I don't mind adding flowers to a boys page. It doesn't bother him (I've asked) so that's fine by me.

The rings of twine are actually brown paper bag handles that I've twisted up and stapled together.

The strips of washi tape as a background was inspired by my wonderful and very dear friend, Janice Nicholls. With the subtle maroon watercolour I mixed a fabric dye, some glimmermist and a tiny bit of gelato. I've bottled the brew for future LO's from this same photo shoot.

Layout number 4 from the recent Escape2Create scrapbooking retreat.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I just love the cheeky look on his face in this one. He can still pull it off even under water. I ended up using this pic as his 5th Birthday invitation for a pool party.

Gelatos, sequins and silhouette cut file features on this LO.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

roses are red

Some LO's just don't need a title as the photo says it all.  Photographed back in 2010 and inspired by John Sands Greeting cards. 

LO no 2 from Escape2Create retreat. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014


This LO is by far and away my favourtie that I created at the e2c retreat. Had a go with the Faber-Castell Gelatos that I recieved in the mail from Bec Beattie of Scrappy Chat Designs You want em?? Get in touch with her. They are simply fabulous!! She's a DT for Faber.

Anything with Paige is so much more special, and we played around with the Polaroid camera when she came for a visit recently. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

e2c 2014

The anticipation was awesome, the waiting for it to happen so worth it, and it was gone in a flash. But oh, what a flash. The laughs, the memories, the antics, the faces (both new and familiar), the energy and just the time out from the home life was sensational.

There's a great wrap of it on the escape2create blog. direct link. I'm still going thru my own photos of the weekend but the retreat blog has a heap.

But I will post this one.

And I'll reveal a layout a day for the next little while ;)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

crap out of scrap

Cathy Zielske nailed this perfectly. Her artwork, not mine, but I wholeheartedly agree with her sentiment.

Monday, March 3, 2014


Every now and then I scrap about my DH. Not only does he secretly quite like it, it also keeps him sweet about scrapbooking.

Lots of Mixed Media on this. Mists, texture paste, metallic rubs, distress stains, ink. Its a lot but I still kept it subtle.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


When we see Paige, the camera always comes out. 
She's an incredibly important person in the lives of my kids. She's an incredibly special person in my life who I hold as close in my heart as my own kids. I have a necklace that has the different named pendants for each person in my immediate family, and Paige's name is there too. 

I haven't scrapped consistently for awhile and that really bugs me. I'm still yet to find the balance between photography and scrapping. I seem to immerse into one and totally ignore the other as I feel as if I can't totally give myself to both at the same time. Or I just don't have the hours in my day/night.

With the Escape2Create retreat very near, I was starting to fret about my lack of mojo. But this LO really got the juices flowing, and I've watched a couple of quick technique tutorials that have me excited.  I'm chomping at the bit now to get stuck into it.

I think I'll be scrapping right up until the retreat just to keep the excitement bubbling away.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

pea hen

I casually stalked the peacock family the other night. I was rather tickled to watch the male peacock (Ben) escort his family to where the peahen (Celia) and the four chicks have been roosting for the last 5 weeks. Once Celia and the chicks had flown up to their nightly spot he came back in a hurry to fly up into the olive tree where he has roosted since forever. When the chicks are old enough to roost without being nestled under the wing of Celia, they will all move to the olive tree.

The 4 chicks are now too big to all fit right under Celia. 2 nestle in under her breast feathers and there is now 1 under each wing. She needs to puff up her feathers quite a lot to accommodate them all. I really don't know how she sleeps, balanced on that beam, out in the elements, always aware of any threat, and with 4 little babies all jiggling around.