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Saturday, December 23, 2017


I'd be lost if I didn't know how to use templates in Photoshop. My goto ones usually come from Katie Pertiet from Designer Digitals.  Quality plus. And I'm forever thankful for taking part in a Jessica Sprague Frame Ups online class eons ago that started me on the path to learning about masks, clipping and templates. Multiple photo layouts are a snap while preserving a lot of white space.

We are having Christmas with these guys at their home and will probably spend the majority of the day in their lovely pool. Bring it on. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

happy father's day

X and O's cut out on the Cameo, add a touch of sewing, a sprinkle of wood veneer and typed the journalling. Layout done.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Every year I do a calendar for all the family members for Christmas. Its always a winner with them and the one year I didn't do it I was reminded how much the family expects them. It does make Christmas shopping a stress free breeze. 

I usually do a quick photoshoot with the kids in October of the year before (2015 in this case) so there is a very recent and fresh photo for the family members to see how much the kids have grown from year to year.

This LO was the top of the 2016 calendar and the Coco Vanilla embellishments for it were perfect.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

father's day

Sometimes a large photo is all you need, and a little journalling to explain the occasion. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

cummins christmas wonderland

For the last 8 years I have photographed the Cummins Christmas Wonderland and have been the admin for their Facebook page.  Its been such a delight to give back to the wider community and share the Christmas joy.

The theme of the Wonderland changes each year and its a totally fresh camera candy.

I've included a couple of pics here to tempt you to go have a look at the Cummins Christmas Wonderland on the Facebook page.

Release the inner child.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

best moments.

lots of Wilna inspo on this one. from the background mask, the water colouring and the print cut file. Love it all. I especially love typing directly onto a photo. I do usually leave it dry overnight so it absorbs into the photo paper and not smudge.

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Back in 2010 I turned 40 and celebrated with an 80's themed weekend with best girlfriends. I booked Sir Issac's, a sunset cruise on the Coffin Bay Explorer and organised tea while on the sea.

Lou flew in from Adelaide, Paige was already home on holidays and the rest of the crew gathered on Saturday.  Kathy couldn't come last minute as she was unwell.

After announcing a social media ban for the weekend but please take lots of photos for scrapping later, we really let our hair down. A lot. I remembering laughing so hard. 

I now have a 50th looming in the not too distant future and I've started pondering what we can get up to for that.

When I spotted these manilla folders in Kmart a couple of years ago, I snagged one with the idea of the 40th birthday photos, without knowing how it would come together.  It wasn't until I found some Twiddlybits kraft hinged pages that the lightbulb came on. And it was all done in a couple of days.

Thanks to Amy, Lou, Janice, Paige, Maryann, Laura, Gina (Dot with the Lot), Leonie (Prudence) and Sandra for letting me share the photos and memories of that sensational weekend.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

fund my neighbourhood - the right to wind in your hair

Wow wow wow. Thank you so much Cummins Tumby Bay and Districts. You voted for The Right to Wind in your Hair and we were 1 of 4 projects that were successful for Lower Eyre. 
Amazingly no projects from Port Lincoln, Whyalla or Port Augusta got through. Regional smaller communities stood up and voted. Applause to all of you who did. And our thanks. And our appreciation for the wonderful support from the Tumby Bay voters who supported our Wind in Your Hair Project and for those who in turn supported the Silo Mural Project. 

Tania Hammond and Tiff Firth are so excited to take this to next step and get the Trishaw bike here and be cycling some time mid next year.

Friday, November 24, 2017

country girl

A bit of Wilna inspired for this one with masking fluid and watercolour paints.

Every kid needs to learn how to milk a cow and not think that milk comes in cartons.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

birthday treasure hunt

Miss A made Master S a treasure hunt to find his birthday present when he was 5.  Miss A asked Kym for a sketch floor plan of our home and she wrote the clues and placed them in position around our home.  The Ozscapes card is where Miss A wrote her idea and first clue.

Of course I kept all the bits and pieces to pull it into a layout at some point.

Monday, November 20, 2017

australia day 2012

Back in 2012 I was going to be away in Los Angles in late January and I wanted to take a couple of recent photos of my kids with me. So with the Australia flags as props I took a few of the kids on the beach.

Fast forward to the present, November 2017.  I've found a photoshop action to create a magazine type effect.  I think it worked quite well.  

I've trimmed the photo and backed it with corrugated cardboard to lift the photo off the white background cardstock. 

I'm really happy with the wood veneer camera and candy dot embellies and that's it, layout done.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

add a little sparkle to the party

I was looking through the Christmas decorations at Kmart the other day and spotted the tinsel wire, the white serviettes with the silver words 'add a little sparkle to the party' and the tinsel star, amongst other things. I had an instant idea with the serviettes.

Some time ago I watched Kate Mason do a serviette scrapbooking class and that had always impressed me.   

Alas, my modge podge was dry and beyond salvation and I wondered about using watered down craft glue. I messaged Kate to find out if this would be ok. And Im so glad I asked. A prompt reply told me 'No, don't use craft glue. It goes yellow over time. Use impasto if you have it.'

The impasto worked an absolute treat. While I had the impasto out I sprinkled any loose pieces of the silver flake that was coming away from the silver wire. And a little sprinkle of silver glitter.  The impasto held it all in place nicely.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

colour & light

This one has many layers even though it may not look like it.   :)

Layer 1 = lots of splats of masking fluid which were left to dry overnight.
Layer 2 = blackboard paint. applied with a credit card. Let dry.
Layer 3 = loading up posca paint pens and banging them against another pen to create the colour splats. Let dry
Layer 4 = rubbing off the masking fluid to reveal the original clean white cardstock
Layer 5 = lots of little glitter stickers to further enhance the posca splats
Layer 6 = scattered colour coordinated sequins randomly adhered to the LO.

I also typed directly onto the photo and let dry overnight.  

So much fun but took a little while. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

college ready

The last couple of days has been sewing labels, twice washing and packing into tubs Miss A's school clothing ready for college in 2018. 
The last thing I want to be doing while on our summer beach holiday in January is to be sewing labels and stressing about the last minute details. 
Miss A went through her entire wardrobe today and labelled everything else. I'm loving the team effort.

capt blood

I cut down the patterned 12x12 paper to make my usual a4 size LO. I covered the cut mark with the washi tape. I found the metal pirate embellishments some time ago and have been hoarding them especially for this LO. That drop of red Color Shine was just the perfect finishing touch.

Friday, November 10, 2017

blackpoint christmas - his and hers

I wanted to capture snapshots to trigger the memories of our Black Point Christmas back in 2011. So in order to fit in all the highlights I decided to do a predominately digi LO with a tiny touch of hybrid.  And *gasp* its a 12x12 LO. The first one I've done in years.

The silver Joy and Christmas Tree embellies I found in Kmart a week ago. I just love to scrap a LO in season with what's in the shops. I don't manage it very often but it sure does make finding that perfect embelly much easier.  


Monday, November 6, 2017

The Right to Wind in Your Hair - fund my neighbourhood project

This is the Trishaw Tania Hammond and I are hoping to raise grant funds for from the Fund My Neighbourhood grant.

Imagine Great Grandparent as a passenger on the Trishaw, with their son or daughter as well. And riding alongside on their own bicycle is a Great Grandchild. How amazing would that be to create family memories and connections for those elderly and their families who find it difficult to get outside and into the community.
Imagine the feeling of freedom for a person who has MS, Parkinsons, or any other debilitating condition, to be able to be outside and enjoy the wind in their hair and the breeze on their face.
Imagine taking a passenger back past the home where they lived to stop and smell the roses they planted years ago in what was once their garden.
Imagine an ex-farmer being taken along East Terrace or the southern/western side of the show grounds for a crop inspection.
Imagine someone who has dementia having moments of clarity by singing songs and taking them outside for stimulation while riding the Trishaw with their carer, while safely being piloted around town.
All this is possible if you vote for The Right to the Wind in Your Hair project in the current Fund My Neighbourhood round.
This is the direct link to click on for 'The Right to Wind in Your Hair' project.
Please also support the Karkoo Klubhouse and Colour Tumby Silo Mural projects.
Thank you for voting as every vote counts in this "popular voting system" to win the grant for our dream to go ahead.
Please have your partners vote. Please have your adult children vote. Please have your grandparents and family relations vote. Please ask your friends to vote. Every vote will count in this popular voting system. If you don't vote for The Right to Wind in Your Hair then it won't happen. Please vote for this very worthy project.
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