Friday, May 27, 2011

Where Have I Been?

Certainly not anywhere even close to my scrapbooking world, and thats the honest truth!

Life is hectic, crazy, busier than normal. I have just started my 12 Week Body Transformation with Michelle Bridges so a lot of my time has been taken up with training and food preparation. If you're interested in following my progress feel free to pop over to the 12WBT blog here. I will try to refrain from rambling about that too much here. =)

I haven't been to crops, I haven't even sat in my scrap room for the past two weeks. I hope to change this and make some time this weekend to do SOMETHING!

Until then I can only share what I've got laying around here that is yet to be blogged, such as this layout using the new 100 Days of Summer range from Simple Stories which I was lucky enough to win over on their facebook page.

It was my turn today to post on the Purple Pumpkin blog, here's a sneak but head over here to see my full layout and post about changing up the PP embellishments.

I hope that you've been doing more scrapping than me, and that you are keeping that world turning. I'll be back with some more soon when my world slows the f*** down!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Busy busy week for me! My fourth day in a row at work but we're on the downhill run to the weekend...if only it wasn't looking so busy! I'm starting my weekend with an Activewear Party at my place on Friday night, then Saturday I have my boxing class in the morning followed by Cooper's football and then the School Fete (tired just thinking about Saturday!). Sunday we are celebrating my little Bronte Boo's 3rd Birthday with a little morning tea party at the park, and Georgie has another party on Sunday afternoon. I think I'll need another weekend just to get over the weekend! Crazy times.

I have just finished my latest post over at Purple Pumpkin, so make sure you head on over and check it out! My last two pages for Purple Pumpkin have been created using the latest He's Savvy Kit which looks like it has just sold out! Only a couple of the We're Savvy left and it'll be another total sellout for this month. This makes me happy. =)

Speaking of the We're Savvy Kit, here's the latest Savvy Sketch using the new kit.

And another quick share while I'm here, my boys using an old He's Savvy Kit.

Thanks for visiting, see you again real soon! =)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 15th Sketch... now up at Stuck and time is running out to submit your entries! Here's a look at the sketch...

And my take using the gorgeous Crate Paper Restoration range which is one of my fave lines ever.

This week I am a full-time working Mum, with my jobshare partner off on holidays. OMGoodness, as much I love my job and love being here, I don't think I could work full-time permanently. My house is trashed and honestly looks like we've been robbed...the result of a busy weekend and then straight into work on Monday. I usually have a couple of days after my weekend to get the house in order before my working week rolls around...but omg not this week and I'm feeling it! I take my hat off to all you full-time working Mums out there, I don't know how you do it.

On another note, my gorgeous little Georgie performed in her first eisteddfod on Sunday night in the Illawarra Flame Dance Challenge at the IPAC with her dance studio's Entertainment Troupe. My girl did GREAT and I think Mummy was more nervous than Georgia was. She was more than happy for me to leave her backstage and didn't miss a beat on the 'big stage' as she calls it. Our troupe won but by default, I was very disappointed that the other three troupes did not show as it would've been interesting to see what we were up against. I guess they knew the awesome-ness our studio would deliver and ran away with their tails between their legs, right?!

I didn't get any photos of my girl all dressed up in her costume on the night (she is a sugar cube at Alice in Wonderland's tea party), and obviously we couldn't take any while they were onstage...but here is one of my girl at her dress rehearsal last weekend (her 'sugar cube' was yet to be finished off in white). She's just a bit gorgeous, right?

She was SO proud of herself after her performance and you couldn't wipe the smile from her face for the entire night and next day. Very proud Mummy here, and not feeling one bit concerned about the 5 dance classes this girl does each week...she THRIVES on it and loves every minute. I can't take that away from her and have to just smile and shrug it off when people are shocked at the amount she does at the tender age of 4yo. If she didn't want to do it, she wouldn't. =)

Anyhoo, enough from me, hope you're having a fabulous week...I'll be back soon with some more scrappy shares.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Big Day Out at Scraploot

Another great day & night was spent yesterday at the super awesome Scraploot store. I just can't help but be blown away each & every time I walk into Sue's store, its like the David Jones of scrapbooking. So much stuff, everywhere you look there is inspiration and so much gorgeous product.

I started my scrapping day with San's class, which was using the Echo Park Playground range. I love how both of my pages turned out and the techniques I learnt in the class...the inking was fab (and I FINALLY succumbed to the Tim Holtz Distress Inks & blending tool) and the twine...I admire this on a lot of San's pages but have never been able to do it myself before this class.

Here's the main class page, my Bronte with her 'Little Dirty Feet'...

And a closeup...

And then a second layout using the leftover pieces, Cooper on Crazy Hair Day taking his project to school to hand in. =)

There was also a card with the leftovers, which I didn't do...but omg what an awesome value for money class! Loved it, thanks San. xx

I ended up doing 9 layouts in total (including these two). Some are for deadlines and the others I'll show over the next week or so.

Thanks for visiting! =)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A weekend for me!

This weekend is one just for all of us...both scrapbookers and mothers alike! To start the weekend we had National Scrapbooking Day on Saturday (which I have been accused of making up!) and today in Australia we celebrated Mothers Day. The weekend is just starting to wind am I, currently sitting on the lounge in front of the footy, finding the time to blog while my wine is chilling in the freezer. =)

To celebrate National Scrapbooking Day and to get some mojo happening, some of the DT girls put up some 'mini challenges' in the forum, offering gifts of RAK's for those that took part. Now I can't win the prizes, but I was definitely inspired and got all three challenges done last night whilst cropping at Scrapbooking Delights.

First off I did Anthea's challenge which was to use only Black, White & ONE other colour. Now I may or may not have improvised a little and used cream as well as my other colour, but hey...I can't win so close enough, right?!

This is me & Dan before we went to my bestie Linda's wedding in 2002, before kids, when it was just us. I have used the new October Afternoon 5 & Dime range for this one which is now available in the Scrapbook Savvy store.

And some closeups.

Next up I did Kerryn's challenge which was a card challenge, perfect as I needed a card for my Mum today (although as she was sitting beside me at crop I had to tell her not to look!). Again I've used the OA 5 & Dime.

And lastly (but certainly not leastly) I did Sara's challenge. I've used papers from this kit that I've been using for AGES...finally using up all my scraps now. Anyone who knows me or scraps with me will know that I'm a tad anal about using up my stuff...and will use a kit again & again & again just to get the most value for money.

The journalling on this page read 'At Georgie's 4th B'day party there was a disco and all the little girls were going off! The just loved it. Cooper pretended he didn't...but I snuck around the corner & caught him doing the Macarena on the jumping castle. Busted Coop!'. To me this is what scrapbooking is all about, these funny stories that just don't get told by looking at the photo on its own.

All in all a successful night of scrapping for me. =)

Today, Mothers Day, I was lucky enough to have a sleep in and then was woken at 9am by cries of 'Happy Mothers Day' from my babies, bearing handmade gifts, a present from the mothers day stall at school and flowers fresh from Woolies. So sweet and Cooper showed his thoughtfulness in his choice of present by telling me he knew I liked those 'smelly sticks' (he got me vanilla oil & sticks along with a dayspa gift card, gorgeous boy).

We then spent the day at my Mum & Dad's, a lovely Sunday with all of my family which doesn't happen often enough these days.

Here I am with my babies...

and with my Mummy & big brother & sister...

Happy Mothers day peeps, hope yours was amazing. Till next time. xx

Friday, May 6, 2011

1st May Stuck?! & Purple Pumpkin Sale TONIGHT!

Back to normality for me...home from our holiday on Tuesday and back to work yesterday...and omg back to the freaking cold weather!!! I thought we had ordinary weather in QLD but no was GREAT compared to the chill in the air here!

I did manage to get a bit more scrapping done while I was spending time at Donna's place, but I am yet to photograph most of them. Will show off soon, I promise!

Here's one I can share now though...the new sketch over at Stuck?! designed by Julie, the first one for May.

I had so much fun with this layout and I just love this Playground range by Echo Park which is now unfortunately sold out at Scrapbook Savvy.

Don't forget to upload your sketches over at the Stuck blog for your chance to win some awesome sponsor prizes!

As you can see I've once again used some gorgeous Purple Pumpkin buttons on my layout (is there many layouts lately that DON'T have PP on them?!!). If you want to get your hands on some of these, make sure you head over to the Purple Pumpkin blog at 7.30pm TONIGHT (Fri 6 May) for the next sale with some super gorgeous new releases. Don't leave it till tomorrow or you'll miss out, they've been selling out so fast!

See you soon, hope your Friday is a happy one!!