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Friday, November 25, 2011

it's retreat time!

Yay! Friday has finally arrived and I am (im)patiently waiting for the girls to arrive at 3 o'clock this afternoon. I have moved all the furniture and the tables are set up ready to go. I have to do the grocery shopping this morning when Lauren arrives and then we are DONE. Can you tell I am just a wee bit excited! I can't wait to spend the weekend scrapping, laughing, eating and drinking. I think this is just what I need :)

And whats a blog post without some layout shares? I still have heaps to show you from when I was at the SFS retreat and the week after at Sar's. I will get there eventually :)

I have used some Studio Calico with this layout and of course a Crafters Workshop Mask with some OA sprinklers. Sar took this photo of me with her phone... awesome camera, agree?

I looooove this little girl so much! This photo of Bronte shows just how much she wants to be like her big sister Georgia.

I am going to leave you with a quote that I found on Pinterest this week. I am going to print this one and stick it to my fridge, I think we all need to be reminded of this occasionally. (if you need an invite to pinterest let me know and I will send one through to you)

thanks for dropping by

D xx

Monday, November 21, 2011

Some EP times and seasons

The new Echo Park 'Times and Seasons' range is a bit different from their usual releases... I am loving the  vintage colours of this range. I have managed 4 layouts from my order and I have heaps of papers and embellies left over for more layouts. As you can see I have used some Hughies Mist and another of the Crafters workshop templates in my stash.. Oh I {heart} these!

This first layout is of Craig and I at my 40th birthday party... my birthday is always special to us as Craig asked me out for our first date on my 16th Birthday and we got engaged at my 21st.... somedays it feels like yesterday and others it feels like a life time ago!

  The next one is of Lauren and I at my party... I love this girl and I am so blessed to have her in my life.. love you honey mwah!
 I don't have many photos of my grandad, and I dont even know how I came about this one, it is quite pixilated but I wanted to scrap it anyway.
 I also thought this range was quite fitting for a photo that I took when we were in Mackay for a trade show last year... oh to be sitting on that beach right now *sigh*

I have a busy week ahead of me as I have approximately 12 ladies coming to stay on the weekend for my first Whitehouse Retreat... I think they are all as excited as me! I cant wait to spend the weekend having lots of laughs (and drinks of course) and to scrap, scrap, scrap! I am planning on have a couple of these a year, very laid back and casual... if you live nearby and want to join us dont hesitate to let me know!

I am about to head into my scraproom to tidy it up so I can at least get in there to find my stash ready for the weekend... at least I dont have to pack lol

thanks for dropping by

D xx

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

show us your stuff!

With using homemade 'stuff' being so popular at the moment I thought I would join in at Show us your Stuff for this months challenge... The sketch was created by my gorgeous friend Sara.

 My homemade embellishment is the Rosette and I have fussy cut the owl from a matching piece of paper.

They also have a TRY THIS challenge for an extra prize..... this months is to use to use blanket stitch somewhere on your layout.. so I did lol

Thanks for dropping by

D xxx

A New Design Team Member means a Whole New Monthly Challenge at Scrapbook Savvy

Last month Renee sadly resigned from the Design Team at Scrapbook Savvy so Sar put out a DT call to look for a new member... From what I have heard she got lots of applications from some very talented scrappers.  But she sadly could only pick one.. and it is the gorgeous Tara Scobie.... I have been a fan of her work for quite a while.. the way that girl works paint on a layout is amazing!
Ok, back to the reason for this post lol. Tara gives us a quote every month for us to draw inspiration from. This month she has set no other criteria to use...... but has warned us that 'we might not be so luck be so lucky next time' lol
Here is the quote for this month
At the Savvy Delights retreat we were given challenges to do and one of them was to use a Transparency sheet that Lisa had designed...I had used a part of it on a layout earlier and it was sitting on my desk because I am hopeless at tidying up after I complete a layout lol and when I was trying to work out how I was going to use the quote as the title... There is was!

I have used the left over class kit from Wendy's class at the Savvy Delights retreat because that is another thing that i am hopeless at.. finishing classes off when I get home (I think San might still have some of these left at Scrapbooking Delights??) and some Scrapware Corrugated Alphas that I bought at the Papercraft Convention in Brisbane earlier this year...... I haven't come across them since... I love them!

I hope you add this one to your list of challenges to do this month

thanks for dropping by

D xx

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Stuck?! sketch and a Scapbook Savvy Kit

Are you a subscriber to a Kit Club?? Every month I receive 3 Kits from Scrapbook Savvy... the He's Savvy, the She's Savvy and the We're Savvy. I never use them all as soon as I get them (short attention span lol) but I love going back through them when I find that perfect photo to match the paper ranges.  For this months first sketch at Stuck?! sketch challenge I wanted to use a photo of Craig in his Monaro at the drags at Willowbank, and it was suited perfectly to the June He's Savvy Kit!

I have used a large WOW cog ( I love these for boys pages) and the Boys and their Toys chippy from Scrap FX...(I cant remember where I bought this from, but I HAD to have it for Craig's album) 

Thanks for dropping by
D xx

October Afternoon 'Sidewalks'

oh I {heart} this range... it is so pretty and girly and just perfect for little girl photos. Anyone that knows me knows that I just HAVE to have the whole range of papers plus embellies, so when Sar posted on the Scrapbook Savvy forum that she was doing a pre order of the range... I just said 'the usual please' bahahahahaha.  I have done 3 layouts from this range already and I still have lots of the range left to do many more :)

isn't it pretty???? And of course October Afternoon has fed another one of my addictions... they have brought  out mists to match the range.. I am going to need a room just to hold my mists and paints shortly :-O

I have also used some new thickers that I bought at the SFS retreat... love love love them... I hope they bring some more out in different colours.

This first layout is of Leesh's daughter Charlotte at our house in April. She knows how to 'work it' lol. I have also used some A lil' somethin embellishment packs that the girls had done up for Peta for the SFS retreat

  Sar's daughter's always have a little disageement over who's Mandy she is.... and of course Mandy loves it. This photo was taken in Wollongong when we went down to visit after Christmas last year.

This last one is of Mandy with the bmx bike that she got for her 12th Birthday... sometimes I am sure that she should have been a boy lol

 I have used another Crafters workshop template and the OA sprinklers on the last two pages. As you can see I have used it as a template for the last one and as a stamp for the 2nd one... loving this technique.

I am planning on scrapping the day away again today as it is going to be tooooo hot to do anything but stay indoors ( well, that is my excuse lol) so I should have some more shares for you soon

Thanks for dropping by

D xxx

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November Scrap the Girls

Do you play along with Scrap the Girls every month?

The challenge is pretty self explanatory.... NO boys allowed! Which I find pretty easy as I am a mother of two teenage girls lol.

Talking about them, they are both in town today  'hanging' out with their friends and Craig left early this morning in the truck heading to Melbourne... so... I thought I would spend the day scrapping. While I was blog hopping this morning while I was eating my breakfast I came across the Scrap the Girls challenge... so that was first on my list :)  The criteria for this month is:


I have used the Authenitque 'uncommon' kit that I won from Aussie Scrap Source a few months ago...love love love the 'girlyness' of this range.
I have used another Crafters Workshop template on this layout.. I love the black Hueys mist on the pink cardstock.

thanks for dropping by

D xx

Friday, November 11, 2011

November Scrapbook Savvy Challenges

The design team at Scrapbook Savvy have some fantastic challenges again this month! So far I have managed to do two of them.

Sara's Wordy Challenge is to use the name of the person in the photo in your title. Easy as!  I have used a photo of my Aunty Maggie and I on New Years Eve... she is more of a big sister to me than an Aunty, as she is only 9 years older than me.  I can remember her cleaning out her wardrobe and giving me her old handbags, make up etc... mum used to hate it lol  Can you see the resemblance?

This next one is Anthea's sketch challenge with a twist... this month she used one of Wendy's layouts that she had done for last months cyber crop.
I have used a photo that Craig had taken of his booth at the National Manufaturing Week in Sydney last year..Part of his role in our business is being the Salesman (I am sure he was a used car salesman in his last life.. he could sell ice to an eskimo!) and he does all of the big trade shows to drum up more business... please dont ask me what we make... I just know that he makes metal stuff parts from scrap steel lol

I have used another of the crafters workshop templates, but this time I used it as a stamp... I initially sprayed the tempate onto another peice of cardstock, and I thought I should use the paint instead of washing it down the drain... I thought this page was more fitting to the layout than the original one :)

I am hoping to get the other challenges done over the weekend.

Thanks for dropping by
D xxx

a Lil Somethin' and a SFS Kit

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to go the SFS Retreat that Peta has at her house every year. One of the kits that really stood out for me was the Bella Bvd "Making the team" I knew that I wouldn't have too much trouble using this kit over and over again, especially with Manda being so sporty. Also, A lil Something had made up some special embellie kits that went perfectly with the range.

I have used this range to do a layout on Manda's touch football team that recently competed in the All Schools South West Queensland Competition In Chinchilla and the All Schools Queensland Competition last weekend at Cleveland.  I am so proud of her and her team mates on the way that they gave it all it got... even in the hot conditions on both weekends.
 You wont find many of my layouts of late that don't have Mist and masking on them... I think I nearly have all the Crafting Workshops 12 x 12 masks now... are you suprised ??? bahahahahaha... You can get them here at Scrapbook Savvy  :-)

I have also used this range and embellies to do a layout of Craig and I at the Willowbank Drags.... of course I had to have my first race up against him... and he beat me! But in my defence it was my first time at the 'proper' drags using the lights. (and I did leave the line before the green light sshhhhh!)
I have heaps of more layouts to share with you from my time away, but they can wait for another day :-)

Thanks for dropping by

D xxx

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November Out of the Hat

Do you sometimes scrap a page that doesn't have a photo? I very rarely do, but I decided last night to scrap the tickets from my recent trip to the Hunter Valley, Wollongong and Sydney. It was such an amazing time catching up with friends and family...just what the doctor ordered :-}

This months criteria for Out of the Hat is to use 2 different border punches, use spotty and or stripes (I have used both) and to have a hand made flower. Easy hey?

I have used the Echo Park 'Happy Days' range from Scrapbook Savvy. This range is so versatile, can can be used for either boy or girl layouts.

Are you going to pop this months Challenge on your list?

Thanks for dropping by

D xxx

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Are you sitting down????

At the moment I am down in Wollongong staying with my Cousin Sar (again lol) Last weekend we were at the SFS Retreat at Branxton, in the Hunter Valley. What a fantastic bunch of girls to spend a scrappy weekend with. I had the best time, just what the doctor ordered ;)
While I was there I was lucky enough to meet the gorgeous Sandie Mallon and she was doing photographic sessions with anyone who wanted too..... And boy am I glad I did! That girl is soooooo talented behind the camera, when I saw some of the photos that she took of me I nearly cried! She made me look so beautiful..... Thank you my friend, you are truly amazing!

I look pretty hot hey lol.

Today some of the savvy girls came over for a crop day, it was fantastic to catch up with the girls, most if them I hadn't seen since Craig, the girls and I were down after Christmas. I even managed to a double, I pulled out a heap of photos that I took of our town when it was in flood early this year and I couldn't decide which ones to scrap, so I scrapped the lot!

I can't remember the last time that I did a double layout, I usually have trouble scrapping more than one photo at a time :-0

Tomorrow Sar and I are off to Scrapbooking Delights to spend the day scrapping with San and Nat, I can't wait! I have visited the shop (and purchased) lots of times but I have never been to a crop there :)

Thanks for dropping by

D xxx

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