Friday, January 30, 2009

A LAYOUT and some photos!!

I actually did this layout for Scrapbox NZ's colour inspiration challenge last week making it only my third layout this year. Hopefully have more to share next month. I love the Bella goodies Spotlight has at the moment.


and Day 28 photo
I went with CJ to the inline skate rink and put these on and stood up and in my mind I had visions off landing on my bum and took them off - I didnt like inline skates when I was younger much preferred roller skates. CJ didnt like it either so lucky it was free and it was wheels day and he had a bit of a ride on his bike.


Day 29
While Im doing this Brendan is doing this (trying to get his Dad off the top of the board) -Katie was asleep behind him


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

365 Photos - day 24 to day 27

Im getting my photos done but only done a little bit of scrapbooking looking forward to getting back to it next week.

Day 24 - Auckland zoo visit we saw the monkeys having a play in their enclosure they were running up to this small hill then throwing themselves down and sliding down the hill so cute


Day 25 - a lego Trex


Day 26 - the mad hatter - I went into Katies room and she was playing dressed like this - she loves having her photo taken


Day 27 Birthday party time at a friends playing in the spa a bit crowded!!


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Day 22 and day 23

Day 22 is a photo of a car inside our fish tank which recently had a good clean out.


Day 23 is a photo of a kete bag Brendan painted last year at school I love the kiwi he painted.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Day 21

Brendan went for a day holiday programme at the leisure centre today - I had a coupon for a free day so he picked Carnival day - I think for the candyfloss!! He jumped on the bouncy castle, did bowling and basketball among other activities. He also had his face painted hence the photo of the day (it was a bit smudged by the time he got home)


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Queen and co latest release and a giveaway on their blog

I have been looking at a few manufacturer at all the new releases and look what Queen and co have come up with they are so cute

Go to their blog and leave a comment and you could win one here is the Blog Address

Day 20

Here is the photo for day 20 - smashed up lollipops from Candyland the kids were having trouble eating whole so I took to the lollipops with a meat tenderiser hammer :)


A mini album

I was guest designer at Paper Pesto in October and did my projects for them and started on the album back then with the reminder of the kit - so I finally put the finishing touches to it. I have made it so it is like a reader so the inner pages are pretty basic for me. On the final page I have written what the album is about on a journalling block I made from scenic route paper and a spellbinder die that I got a set of from NZ Scrapbook with the promotion they had recently of one item for 50% off. I'm so glad I got this set they work so well through the cuttlebug. I want some round scallop ones now :).

Here is the album

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Day 19

A photo of a painting my mum did that she gave to Andrew for his Birthday one year.


Monday, January 19, 2009

A layout and day 16 - 18 photos

I decided to have a go at Primas Frugal scrapping challenge that is on their blog and created the following layout using packaging from their clear stamps and a transparency I bought last year.


The flourish,paper and clear flowers and title are all created using the clear stamp packaging while the paper behind the photo is the packaging paper from the transparency. The ribbon is a scrap left over from another layout and was originally a rak and the buttons from a pack of 100s. The cardstock is from a bulk pack from the warehouse. So if you dont include the cost of the items in the packaging this layout cost less then 30 cents including having the photo developed. I might just look at packaging more carefully before throwing it out!!

Im a bit behind in my photos so here are the last three days

Day 16

The kids were driving me crazy on Friday so this photo relates well (a xmas pressie from Katie)


Day 17

Board game time - Monopoly has recently been introduced to the kids (katie and CJ are to young yet) but Brendan has already beaten me on his second game - though I'm no good at Monopoly - he is getting to know a few tricks.


Day 18

After the rain today the kids went jumping on the trampoline - a bit difficult to catch a photo of them! Trampoline is a new addition and takes up half of the little bit of lawn we have.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Day 15 Photo

The kids and I went exploring a couple of parks/reserves today and the photo of the day is of a gaggle of geese by Lucas Creek.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Day 14 and do you want free papers?

Here is my photo for day fourteen - a newly opened rose by my bedroom window


I was blog hoping and found this
Michelle, from Canada, is giving away 47 pieces of yummy patterned papers. Just leave a comment until Saturday, January 24, 2009 11:59PM (Mountain Standard Time). She'll ship those papers wherever you are!

365 Album

I was not going to do this but after seeing Becky Higgins free downloads I thought of an easier way to do my album saving me time. I am doing two mini photos on each 6 X 4 block other then the first day of the week which will have one photo. I will do the printouts of the photos every sixth day as I am printing it out using the collage function of Picasa I then crop the photos to 3X3. The journalling will just be a short description of the photo and I might do a monthly wrap up. The 6X4 blocks are double sided.

The First page


The second page


Edited : These 6X4 blocks are being put in 12 X 12 protective sleeves that are divided into 6X4 partitions which are side loading (where in the back of a fancy pants ring album I bought a while back

Scrap the Boys

I am so glad scrap the boys has restarted - I find scrapping boy layouts just a little trickier then girl ones and its great to have a bit more inspiration out there.
You can find Scrap the Boys here

and here is my layout for January's challenge which was to be inspired by their new banner.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Scrappin' Patch Emily Falconbridge Challenge

Part three of scrapping with the stars was to do an album Emily Falconbridge style and I decided to go down the art journal path as I received a hand made notebook from Trade Aid for Christmas from Christopher (he chose it for me) as well as some homemade paper. So lots of paint stamping tearing I created the following and had great fun doing so. (click on each image to see a larger image)


Monday, January 12, 2009

Mini album of Recipes

This is what I created for my Holiday Inspiration at Scrappin' Patch. Before Christmas Taristo Collections (an Australian kit company) had recipes on their blog that you could download and print out to put in a mini album so I decided to create one.

You can find these recipes on Taristos blog at
by searching the blog archives in December - there is a reference of the recipes in one of the columns on their blog but it only has photos and not the recipes. There are 25 recipes in total ranging from salads to shortbread. When you print them they come out in an 8X8 size. I have used a 6x6 album so had to adjust the size of my printouts.

Here is the front cover


A couple of inner pages


The back cover


Products I have used (* bought from Scrappin' Patch)

Lil Davis mini album
Kaisercraft Sakura Park paper ( 7 Gypsies Savannah paper could be alternative*)
Prima Journal paper
Jenni Bowlin tags*
Green Tara flowers*
Zva Creative rhinestones*
Kaisercraft and Basic Grey rubons
plain tag with string
Bazzil brad
MM alphas
Beverley Cunningham

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Lovely Blog award

As you can see above I have received a lovely blog award from Carol
Thank you so much Carol its my first award.

Now I can pass on this award to seven people , this is how it works:

The rules are:
1. Add the logo to your blog.
2. Link to the person from whom you received this award.
3. Nominate 7 or more blogs.
4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are “One Lovely Blog”!

So I nominate

Kim A lovely blog award for a lovely amazingly talented artist and person (and its not Bias little sis)
Hannah another talented artist and writer inspiring for scrapbooking and for life
Janine love reading your blog and seeing your creations Janine you are inspiring - have made me do some decluttering and want to do more
Niella wow your creations are so funky and such a lovely person deserves a lovely blog award
Trina I have just started following your blog recently and love hearing about another mums adventures with her kids and seeing all your awesome creations and that you take the time to comment on peoples comments - I'm a shocker at lurking let alone commenting
Delys love your creations they look so professional and stunning
Heidi Your blog has been one of the blogs I have lurked at the longest and I love your bold vibrant creations and thanks so much for the E card its really cute.

There are lot more people I would love to nominate that have inspired me but I will stick to seven as it is my lucky number and some have been nominated already today and I need to go lie down and put my foot up as I fell when on a bush walk with the kids today and twisted it - just when I was about to restart my fitness regime GRRRR.....

Friday, January 9, 2009

Scrappin' Patch Fortnightly Challenge

They are back . Yes Scrappin' Patch fortnightly challenges are back and I'm the first one to set the challenge. I have chosen not to do a sketch but to chose a colour inspiration challenge.

So the challenge this fortnight is to do a layout using the colours of the forum ie brown, cream,orange,black, white and olive etc. You do not have to use all the colours. The close off for this challenge is midnight the 23rd of January.

Here is my layout

products used
Cratepaper and Sassafrass Lass papers, k and co chipboard, basic grey alphas, kaisercraft rubons and pearls, other unknown scraps of paper, fancy pants stamp.

My first post for 2009

Wow my first post for the year and we are into the second week. I have been doing my bug ATCs and real inchies and my Emily Falconbridge over at Scrappin Patch and two layouts so far. I can only show you one layout (I will show you my first one tomorrow).

Well I decided to join another forum where my sister is a guest designer at the moment - Direct 2 U scrapbooking in OZ. I signed up for a fun challenge and was picked to do a layout using three criteria forum members picked for me on the first day I was there! The criteria were to have three photos that were of treasured things not people(thanks Kim :) ), any colour except blue and brown(those are my staples!) and to include stitching. here is the layout no 2 for the year.


I also haven't shared my final layout for 2008 - it was to show my technique Tuesday over at Scrappin Patch - Using clear elements on layouts