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Thursday, August 25, 2011

A scrappy weekend

As some of you know, I had a few girls over to scrap for the weekend... A Whitehouse scrappy retreat :)
Lauren and Lisa brought their families with them too... we had a house full! 6 adults and 9 kids... am I mad you say??? No way, it was the best weekend! All the kids got of fabulously and the men did too... they didnt shut up lol. They spent most of the time down at our dam or at a friends property searching for 'yabbies'. They managed to catch enough for a couple of meals.. (yuck!) On Saturday my gorgeous Friend Sarah joined us as well. We also had a quick visit from Josie and Nadine, no scrapping from them but quite a few laughs!

here is a couple of shares from the weekend!

I am loving the new lines filtering in from CHA!

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meeting Great Nana 08.03.1997

Over the last week or so My Grandmother has been in hospital with heart failure and a few other issues. And when I found this photo of Kirsten and her the day after she was born I just had to scrap that memory.

 I have used a sketch from the gorgeous Wendy at Anna's Craft cupboard.

 With my own twist of course lol

My grandmother is home from hospital now, but we arent really sure how long she will be there for.

Thanks for dropping by and also a big thankyou for all your beautiful comments
Donna xxx

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Inspired Blueprints sketch number 78

I am really enjoying doing sketch challenges this month... Maybe that is where the mojo has come from??? With this layout for Inspired Blueprints I decided to sew my bunting instead of using paper... and boy did some choice words used lol.

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xx

The Scrappiest Number 132

I have spent the afternoon scrapping again today, what else can you do when you have all the housework up to date??? hee hee
I loved this sketch from The Scrappiest

Yesterday we had a new addition to our family. My Nephew Chris and his wife Sara had this beautiful little girl. Baby Annalise, born at 3.20pm weighing 7lb 1 1/4 oz. Isnt she beautiful???

She is the second grandchild of my sister, Donna. Yep, that is correct! Her name is Donna lol. When my mother was young she had a baby and had her adopted. Her adoptive parents changed her name to Donna...talk about freaking us both out when we found out we had the same name lol. We found her a couple of years ago and I finally got to meet her in January when we were in Sydney. On the last school holidays, on our way home from Wollongong, we stayed with Donna and her husband for a few nights and got to meet her three kids and her grandson. The boys say that they take after me with our shared passion of drag racing lol. I have kept in contact with them all through facebook and texting. So I was really excited when I heard that Annalise had arrived yesterday... a good excuse to go pink shopping!

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Equal Numbers

Do your children keep count of how many layouts that you do for each member of your family? Recently Kirst made a comment that I seem to be just scrapping old photos of Amanda and not her, so I had a quick look at the ones that I had done recently and she was right lol... so I went digging for some older photos of her.

I have used a denim and lace butterfly from Lovelybugs Bits and Bobs in this layout... isnt it gorgeous?

Do you think that will keep her happy? lol

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Monday, August 15, 2011


"True friends are never apart, maybe in distance, but not in heart" 

I have been lucky enough to have made lots of amazing friends through scrapbooking. Some of them live close by and some live afar. Earlier this year I made the road trip to Brisbane to go to the Scrapbook Convention with CrystalGigi and Lauren.  It was fantastic to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones.

Lauren managed to get this photo of Crystal and I while we were being inspired in the Master's Gallery.

I have used Inspired Blueprints sketch number 178 for this Layout

I have used some more of the Authenique 'Uncommon' range with some American Crafts thickers,  Lilly Bee Design Alphas, Prima Flowers, Kaiser Pear Flourish and a button from Lovelybug Bits and Bobs.

I hope you like it Crystal xx

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Manda's Pumpkin Face :-)

I found this photo of Manda last week and I instantly thought of the layout that Lauren Bell had done of her daughter Darcy eating pumpkin soup. I just had to lift that title from her.

do you think that she enjoyed it???

thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Friday, August 12, 2011

Authentique Uncommom

When I saw this paper range when I was released at CHA last month I knew that I just had to have some of it when it arrived in Australia. Peta at Scrapbooking from Scratch had the kit listed as a pre order and there was no way that I was going to miss out! And the added bonus was that there were some A Lil' somethin' ebellies that Wendy and Susan had made just for the kits!

Aren't they just gorgeous! so perfect for little girls layouts???

All that I have added to the kit is a Maya Road Kraft doiley ( omg I love these!) a Kaiser flower and a Kaiser Pearl Flourish.

The photo is of Kirsten and I on her first visit to the hospital to meet her new baby sister... she wasnt intersted in the screaming bundle all she wanted was mummy cuddles :-)

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xx

A Wicked Princesses Sketch

Wow I have had a great start to this month with scrapping! I have managed to get 14 layouts done already :-O I wont tell you what my house looks like lol

When I saw this sketch at Wicked Princesses I thought I would give it a go.

I have used a photo that I found of our first home that Craig and I bought together in 1992 (seems like a lifetime ago!)

I have used some Sassafrass Lass Papers from Scrapbook Savvy ,some Prima flowers and a charm from D-lish Scraps. And yes! I did do some hand sewing on this page :-O

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Another Girls Paperie Share

Just a quick share this morning... I know I have said it before but I love this paper range for photos of my girls when they were little.

I found this sketch over a Pencil Lines... I have always added their sketches to my large file of sketches on my computer, I really loved this one when I saw it, so I decided to use it straight away.

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Monday, August 8, 2011

Are you playing along??

I know it is a bit early but the gallery at Out of the Hat is looking a bit bare ladies and I would love you all to add this months challenge to you Must Do List :-)

One of our regular sponsors are Amanda from D-Lish Scraps whose store has a large variety of Embellishments. I placed an order with Amanda not long ago and this is what I received in the mail today

 I cant wait to break open the packets and start using them on my layouts

thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Sunday, August 7, 2011

It's Birthday Month!

This month is birthday month over at stuck?! sketches. And we are the ones that get the presents! That's right, Stuck?! is releasing 4 sketches this month not their usual 2, so lots of inspiration to be found!
This is the first bonus sketch
Another Layout of Amanda (must find some photos of Kirst before she gets cranky with me lol) I have used some Jillibean Soup papers for this one... from all different ranges.

Thanks for Dropping by
Donna xxx

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Renee's Music Challenge

Over at Scrapbook Savvy Renee challenge this month was to use the lyrics from this song, December 1963 (Oh What a Night)

I instantly thought of a photo that I found the other day of Craig and I on the dance floor doing our bridal waltz.. and boy was it a great night... (from what I can remember because it seems like a whole life time away ;))

I have used some My Minds Eye, Lost and Found - Portobello Road.............and boy did I have glitter everywhere!

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Friday, August 5, 2011

I have been scrapping again!

My gorgeous friend Kerryn is on the design team for the blog sketch site The Scrappiest. I have never given one of the sketches a go so today I thought I would.

I have used another baby photo of Amanda that I found.... she is only just home from hospital in this one.

I have used A girls paperie range and embellies again for this one..such soft beautiful colours... just perfect for baby girl photos.

Thanks for dropping by, I really love reading your comments.
Donna xxx

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mr Mojo has been to visit!

I have had a great week of scrapping this week.. and one of those days I was in Brisbane!

With all the dramas of last month I didnt manage to get my OOTH sample done for last month (I am sooo sorry Star :( ) but I did get it done this week.

The criteria was

- a doiley
- negative space (less than 50% coverage of base paper)
- monochromatic colour scheme (black and white will be allowed with one other colour)

This photo was definatley calling out for some Pink!!!!!

I have used Echo Parks 'Dots and Stripes' for this layout of my god son's big sister. I have also used a purple pumkin button, a doiley and flower from 'The Chip Chop Shop' Etsy Store, a Kaiser flower, a Petaloo flower that I bought from Scrapbooking Delights and of course a handmade 'by Me' rolled flower.  For the title I used some American Craft Thickers and some Sassafraslass letter stickers.

Thanks for dropping by
Donna xxx

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Scapbook Savvy Monthly Challenges

For the first time in a long time I have made the time to do some of the monthly challenges over at Scrapbook Savvy. 

Amanda and I spent a couple of hours on the weekend going through some old photos that I have stored in boxes of when the girls were babies and I sorted through some and have started scrapping them.

For Sara's Wordy Challenge this month she has given us the word 'sweet'

I did this layout this afternoon with a baby photo of Manda when she was one day old.  Anthea's sketch was just perfect for the photo.. I have used some Girls Paperie that I have had for a few months and havent had the right photo... that was up till now!

I received my first delivery from Lime Tree Creations today and I just couldnt resist using one of Becci's handmade doilies of this layout... Love love love!
isn't she beautiful?? Makes you bit clucky hey????

Are you going to have a go at some of this months Savvy challenges where you will get a chance to win some Savvy $$$$$$

Thanks for popping by
Donna xxx

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I have signed up already!

Have you seen this?????

These are the sneaks from Giovanna Scott's canvas class that she has ready to go on her blog!

you can find all the details here....

are you going to join me and get messy???

Monday, August 1, 2011

Out of the Hat Sample for August

I had a lovely day scrapping today... I love the first of the month when all the new challenges come out.

I have did my sample for Out of the Hat. I loved this months criteria!

A square photo/s (this doesn't have to be all of them just at least one)
- Paint
- Strip journaling
I have a bit of a love affair at the moment with adding paint to my layouts so this one was right up my alley ;)

I managed to get 3 more layouts done today... I will hopefully show you on Wednesday as I have to take Craig back the surgeon in Brisbane tomorrow. Hopefully it will be a good report!

thanks for dropping by
Donna xxxx

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