Sunday, March 22, 2009

Such a good night last night ....

Hello all :)

Last night I had the opportunity to do a class at Scrapchat, run by the very lovely and supremely talented Leanne Stamatellos (aka the main subject of my scrap-stalking LOL), with the kits available through Tanyah at Scrapncraft with T.

Leanne had designed a beautiful layout for us all to emulate ... and here is my take on it.

I had originally decided to use a different photo to this one, but couldn't think of an appropriate title for it, and I then decided that I wanted to scrap in 8.5 x 11 for the Book of Me album I'm working on, so chose this photo mid-class instead.... apologies for the quality of the photo, but it was taken at around midnight last night. :)

Journalling reads: "Turning 37 this year bothered me a bit. It's getting very close to 40. But then I remembered .... I have a wonderful husband, 2 beautiful children, and many wonderful friends. I am happy being me."

I am very happy with how the layout turned out (thanks Leanne!!), and am also very pleased that I decided to go with the 8.5 x 11 format.

I would have taken a better photo of it today, but we have had a house full of people for most of the day today, and I just never got a chance. Nick had decided to invite 'the guys from work' over for a bbq, and so, with partners, and associated kids, and a mother-in-law (yes, a mother-in-law came as well), we had a grand total of 22 people here for lunch! Phew!

Arrival time was midday today, and here I am .... finally getting some time to myself .... as the last guests left at 8.35pm tonight. Such a long day! But, it was good to meet everyone that Nick works with, and their partners, and I think the day was a success. I'm sure Nick will get the debrief tomorrow at work, but it looked to me like everyone was having a good time.

So now, it's time for me to catch up on all the emails and forum posts, and then I think I might get an early night tonight.

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend, and I'll talk to you soon.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another layout done ....

Hello again!

Here is a layout I did this week for Scrapping Around, using the Kaiser 'Lovestruck' papers.

I just adore this pic of Liam, with his girlfriend (and my future daughter-in-law) Hannah. I have flocked the title (and half of my scrap room to boot ...) and think it's all turned out ok.

In other scrap-related news, I received an email back from Scrapbook Creations this morning - I decided to submit a layout for publication about a month ago, and this morning they advised that they wanted to publish it!!

So, I now have my first ever published layout appearing in edition 67 (which is the June edition I think), and now another layout will be appearing in edition 69. Fingers crossed it doesn't get bumped!

Nothing much else to report in my world at the moment ... so I'll sign off for now.

Hope you're all having a lovely Wednesday!

Talk to you soon,

Saturday, March 14, 2009

March mega month-long cybercrop ...

Hello again -

Well, it was time tonight for me to upload my challenge for Week 2 of the March Mega Month Long Cybercrop over at Scrapchat.

My challenge was :

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a layout that:

- Must have a black and white photo
- Must have 3 different types of patterned paper
- Must have a large journalling tag
- Must have rub-ons
- Must have bling
- Must have some ribbon, and a button on it somewhere.

No problems you say?? Well ....

... to make it just that little bit more challenging, one piece of your patterned paper has to have stripes on it, and one piece has to have polkadots on it!

And here is the sample layout that I prepared for it:

We also had a lovely chat tonight with Leanne Stamatellos - and I have to say that I am VERY much looking forward to doing Leanne's class through Scrapchat next weekend ... her layouts have always appealed to me; I really really love her scrapping style. Kits for the class are available through Scrap N Craft With T - it's going to be great!

Well, I should really get to bed ... I've got to take the boys to a 5th birthday party tomorrow, and a 1st birthday party on Sunday, and I have a feeling I will regret not having enough sleep!

Talk to you soon,

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A week full of scrapping ...

Hello again!

Well, this week, I've been able to get quite a bit of scrapping done, in between housework and coffees of course!

I've finally worked on a Kaiser car album that has been sitting in my OTP drawer for ages now ... it's good to finally take it off the to-do list.

Here are the pics ...

Finally had a play with Heidi Swapp ghost letters - they're tricky little things to use, aren't they?? I ended up running them through my xyron machine, which seems to have worked a treat, and then traced around the edges in permanent marker so that they were defined a bit.

Now I need to finish getting dinner ready, and think about what I want to work on tonight :)

Hope you've all had a lovely Thursday ...

Talk so you soon,

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Scrapping Around March CC is underway ...

Evening all -

Just letting you know that the Scrapping Around March CC has now kicked off, and I have just loaded the first challenge up.

Challenge #1 is:

You need to do a layout ( any size ) that includes your favourite Autumn photo (or, if you don't have one, do what I did and find a new favourite Autumn photo on the internet, by searching for 'Free images of Autumn' thumbs up ).

- Scrap the photo using appropriate autumnal colours
- Incorporate crumpled paper on your layout
- Incorporate ribbon on your layout
- Include a quote about Autumn (again, internet searches are great for this!).

And here is my sample layout (with thanks to Chelle and Kylie for your assistance) -

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Another 2 layouts to share ...

Hello all -

I have been a busy little bee again over the last couple of days - I finished off another layout that I half-started at the crop a couple of weeks ago, and also did a DT sample for Scrapping Around, using the lovely new Kaiser Argentella papers.

I've also got a couple of cybercrops to tell you about too - the Scrapping Around March cybercrop kicks off this Thursday night, at 7.30pm. The theme for this month is 'Autumn'.

Also, the March month-long Cybercrop at Scrapchat gets underway this weekend too - starting at 7.00pm Queensland time on Friday night.

Well, I'm off to go play cricket outside with the boys now - hope you're all having a lovely Tuesday!

Talk to you soon,

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Stampin' Up! Retired List is out ...

Hello all - it's almost time for the new Stampin' Up! Ideas Book & Catalogue to be released, and to make way for all the lovely new items, it's time to retire some of the current Ideas Book stock.

Here is a link to the official list on the Stampin' Up! website of those products from the current catalogue that will be retiring. Some of these sets are discounted by 25%! There is only one more month left to order these retiring stamp sets, so if you would like to order any, please send me an email ( - but be quick - stocks aren't going to last too long at these prices!

Also, with the arrival of the new catalogue, there will be some price increases which will come into effect on the 1st of April 2009. For example, the ink pads will be $11.95 (currently $9.95), and the papers will be $19.50 (currently $11.95).

So, now is a great time to get your orders in, before the price rises!