Sunday, December 30, 2012

I am a Master

Yes, I can finally announce it ....

I am a Master ......

No not a Scrapbooking Memories Master silly, a Master of Forgery

I am so excited to be joining the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Design Team for 2013.  They have a wonderfully diverse and talented team so no matter what your style you are bound to find some inspiration.

As I mentioned in a previous post I have a self-imposed scrapbook spending ban from January to June and my plan is to do some serious stash busting with my kits. I can't wait to start reinventing my old supplies. Yes those old papers shall be loved again.

I do hope you all come and play along at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

Be sure to check back soon for our January kit reveal.

Happy Scrapping


* for non Aussie readers the Scrapbooking Memories Magazine Masters for 2013 have recently been announced. Lovely to see a few local ladies with Honourable Mentions this year too. Congrats Tanya and Deb.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

2013 The Year of.....?

I have been thinking a lot lately about what my word for 2013 will be. I have several goals in mind for myself and my family over the next twelve  months including:

1. A six month scrapbook spending freeze. From January to the end of June all I am allowing myself to purchase (and only if I am completely out) is adhesive, neutral cardstock and page protectors. It is going to take some serious willpower but I certainly have enough supplies to keep me scrapping and I will think of it as a challenge to be creative with what I have. Don't we all enjoy a challenge??

2. Reducing the amount of scrap supplies I have and the amount of space they take up. I would like to see the amount of stamps I own at least halved so I will be selling some on ebay over the next few months. I am no longer a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and I think it is time to let some of my less loved stamps go. My scrap supplies and table currently take up a little over a third of our rumpus room and ideally it would be less than a quarter of the room. Definately time for some downsizing.

3. Cleaning out the clutter. We have been in our current home since 1999 and with four children you can imagine the amount of toys etc that have built up. It is time for a serious clean out. If we don't love it and use it, it needs to go elsewhere.

4.  Paying off some consumer debt and consolidating our finances.

5.  Being more active and cutting down on my weight.

All of these ideas have led me to my word for 2013


Yes, 2013 will be the year of reducing my waistline, my clutter, my scrap stash and my consumer debt. Easy huh!! Wellmaybe not but I will be checking in regularly with my progress on these goals so be sure to keep me accountable.

If you see a new paper on my scrap layout I better have a good explantion LOL.

What is your word for 2013??

Happy scrapping


Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Day!

I am back with another layout to share from my mammoth scrappy weekend effort (okay well maybe mammoth is taking it a little too far LOL but it was a lot for me).

This page features the Cosmo Cricket Joyride collection. I had a few odds and ends left from another layout so created this. I have to admit that is one of my favourite things to must have something to do with decisions being easier when there is a limited amount of product to use.

I used the B side of a Kaisercraft paper for my background and then layered up all my leftovers.

I will add the journalling in there one day (promise). This is a pic of me with my boys: one in the pram, one either side and the last one who refused to have his photo taken skulking around in the background. It makes me giggle seeing him back there. In this family there is always one who doesn't want to co-operate. (Hey maybe I just did my journalling??)

Here is a close up of the title. I used October Afternoon Mini Market stickers to complete the title on a tag from the Cosmo Cricket collection. I am loving the Mini Market stickers at the moment - they are just perfect for that finishing touch to titles.

And lastly a look at the cluster in the top right. How cute is that camera motif? 

I think I have about three tiny scraps of the paper left now. I still can't throw it out though - I think I may have a problem (My husband would say I definately do but that is a whole other story LOL).

Happy Scrapping


Thursday, November 29, 2012

A very scrappy weekend

This past weekend was spent with some of my dearest friends and family scrapbooking, giggling and generally having fun.

We hired a little hall/cabin close by and spent several nights sitting up way too late chatting and scrapping.

It was a lovely time and I must also say thank you to Cindi and her hubby Gordon who organised and prepared the food. Nothing like being spoilt with a meal prepared for you.

I actually managed to complete 16 pages and most of my December Daily foundation pages whilst I was there - very impressed with that effort.

The page I am sharing today was actually one of the last pages I completed but definately one of my faves from the weekend.

I love love love the colour combination here which was based on papers from Making Memories (I can't remember the name of the collection but needless to say it is an old one).

The layered "baby" sticker was from K & Co, flowers by Prima and pearls from Kaisercraft.

The journalling card is from Simple Stories, thickers from American Crafts and small letter stickers from October Afternoon. These three were the only recent purchases used (and by recent I mean the last six months LOL).

These photos are of my sweet niece Nykola who is now aged 10!! Where did that time go. I had cropped the photos and started a page with them many years ago but it sat in my unfinished pile until I finally pulled it apart and started again. Much happier with this second attempt.

Do you have an unfinished layout pile too? What motivates you to finally finish those layouts? Please share, I would love to know your answers. I still have quite a few ufos to go.

Happy Scrapping


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BJ - Scrapbook Remix Page 3

I enjoyed a lovely day scrapbooking at home yesterday with my mum and Cindy. Thanks ladies - we need to organise a scrap day more often.

I completed another layout from Shimelle's Scrapbook Remix class. This time I have used 3 colours in the mix - red, blue and green. To my original kit of 3 Bugs in a Rug papers I have added an unknown green paper (could be from a K & Co paper pad??), more of the blue chevron from Crate paper and some embellishments from Studio Calico and Basic Grey (the sweet little flag)

I am enjoying scrapbooking some baby photos from almost ten years ago - where does that time go. Love these pics of my BJ (and look I used that Dinosaur paper - finally).

Happy Scrapping


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Always Together

This is my second layout from Prompt 1 of Shimelle's class Scrapbook Remix.  Once again I have based my layout on Shimelle's example.

Carrying on with the same papers from yesterday's post this layout is two colours (well mainly - just ignore that multicoloured stripe) - blue and green. I have "mixed in" some Echo Park For the Record, Crate Paper Storyteller, a Making Memories Note book sheet and Scenic Route (the blue and green chevron).

I embellished with some October Afternoon label stickers, wood veneers from Studio Calico, red brads and a chipboard number.

Not the best photos of my little man with "his puppies" but they make me laugh. Poor puppies are always getting cuddles (whether they like it or not).

Happy Scrappin'


Monday, October 29, 2012

Scrapbook Remix

I have started a new class from Shimelle.

Prompts have started arriving in my inbox and I have started sorting through mountains of paper (well maybe it is not quite that bad). My giveaway box is just about overflowing at this stage but it feels good to know what I have I will use.

Of course the focus of the class is not getting rid of paper but using older collections with new (the declutter has just been a side effect).

The first part of prompt 1 was to pick a paper collection (Shimelle used a summery collection). I have pulled out from archives 3 Bugs in a Rug Playtime.

I purchased it originally because those little dinosaurs were so cute and it has now sat in my collection for way too long. So cute yes, useable maybe not so much.

Now to the remixing... taking it slowly we created monochromatic layouts.

My first effort combines My Minds Eye Bohemia paper (from around 7 or 8 years ago) with an MME Christmas paper, and a strip of Websters pages from my scrap basket (another welcome side effect of this class is that I am actually using some of those scraps!!). Combined with Lil Davis and Daisy D Rubons, Making Memories fabric flowers, chipboard pieces, a small piece of german scrap, an October Afternoon label, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, some butterflies stamped onto a transparency and Shimelle's page design I created this:

The paper from the original kit is the aqua polka dot. Here is a closer look at the embellishments.

If you are in need of some scrapbooking inspiration I would highly recommend Shimelle's class.

Hopefully I will find some time this afternoon to attempt some of the other prompts (and maybe even use that dinosaur paper).

Happy scrapping



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