Monday, January 17, 2011

Product Pick - Sneak Peek

Hello again,

Last blog for tonight...

Thought I'd share a sneak peek of the layout I finished last night... This is a layout I created for the February PRODUCT PICK class at Scrapbooks ETC. In this class you get a kit of materials and are shown 3 different layouts completed by the Creative Team.  Class presented by the wonderful Mel, she will help you create awesome layouts, whatever your photos.  February timetable is out now....

So my sneak....

This monthly the bulk of the kit is BLACK and WHITE, so you can add your own colour - like I did! Gee hope I didn't give too much away!

Thanks again!

White with one

Next challenge I did this month was from the blog White with 1 - my first time to complete this blog challenge, but an easy one as I just love to use white backgrounds.  Only adding ONE colour was a challenge - this month was royal (or navy) blue, plus add banners (I used the ribbon). 
Here's my page....

I used about 4 different page borders and inked and layered them on the left side + rub-ons!.  I found it really hard to find matching blue papers in my stash and at my local scrap shop, so when I found one, I stuck to it and didn't add any other patterned papers like I normally would.


Scrap the girls

Ok here is my entry for this months SUMMER scrap the girls challenge.

Head on over to Scrap the girls to see everyone else's girlie layouts for this theme...

Here is mine!

Oh... my sweet livie... looking all the more sweet surrounded by Glitz Design and Prima papers...


Blog AWOL!

Ok so it is only a few weeks into having a blog and LOL! I've gone AWOL! Well real life has taken over and I am now busy get everything done before I go to LA.... OMG! Yes I just wrote that right, I am going to LA, like in America! Ha! I can't believe that is now so close - in fact only 9 sleeps away. For those scrappers out there, they will understand, but I am going for CHA with my friend Susan from Scrapbooks ETC where I am on the design team.  4 days conference checking out all the scrap stuff plus a few days either side for shopping and... I don't care what else I see, I'm just so excited to be going!

Before I go to LA, I will be posting some layouts and stuff I've been working on.

On a serious note, the floods here in my home town of Brisbane, have been devastating.  We are far enough away from the river to not have been affected at all, but my heart goes out to all those who are. It is incredible that just 20 minutes away from me there are people that have lost everything! I think the effects of the flood will be felt for a long time to come.

So... more from me soon!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Some of my favourite layouts done 2010

2010 was a busy scrapbooking year... Yes i still have piles of layouts waiting to go into albums... (a job for next month after our move).

I decided to put together some of my favourites for the year... I hope you enjoy....

Lovely new puppy

me and bits and pieces

check out Jessie's double chins!


Sweet Jessie

Love these colours

Abby - happy and yes crazy!

My man.....

Thanks for stopping by...


PS> Have you tidied up your desk and stash yet this year???? Ready to make a NEW start on your projects... watch this space....

Friday, January 7, 2011

I use sign language and pictures

I just needed to let everyone know my passion.... yes scrapbooking, but also, and probably more importantly, my work with special children.

I am a speech therapist (pathologist) and i feel so much love and passion for the work I do.  I am so lucky to go to work everyday and know that I am making a difference for the little guys I am working with.  My favourite thing is using sign language (I use just Key word sign with AUSLAN signs- aka Makaton) and symbols ( use Boardmaker) to help communication as/or if speech develops. In fact tomorrow, I will be teaching 15 new people how to sign and use symbols with the little people in their lives...  And do you know what - I'm excited! I can't wait to wake up tomorrow morning and share my love and passion with these people. I know tomorrow people will leave feeling excited and confident to help support their children more.

We all can take talking for granted.  Learning to talk is one of the most complex motor acts we EVER have to learn - I mean, how did any of us learn to co-ordinate our voice box, mouth, lips and tongue to say sounds, words and sentences.  So many children just can't do it, and others just can.  For so many children we can use sign language and symbols to support and extend their communication development.  It gives them a way to successful communication and successful communication means happiness and less frustration.  Quite often children have to use sign and symbols for a long time as their speech develops. I just love helping kids to communicate (in any way they can!).  I am blessed to be able to help so many and in doing so, enrich my own life with pride and happiness and fulfillment.  This is not new (my 2011 word=new) to me, I have always felt this way and I hope I always will...

Thanks for listening!

My word up in lights....

My word for 2011 is NEW. New beginnings and all that....

I made this cool word collage using wordle and I'm going to use it to create an artwork for the wall, or cover for a journal, not sure yet!

Here it is...

I love this and love the inspiration and meaning behind it...


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Woohoo... I have followers...

Thanks friends... I have people following my blog... well this is exciting! Here I was thinking I just would write this blog and noone would read it!  I even convinced my Mum to enter the world of blogs and read mine the other day...

More layouts and inspiration coming over the weekend.....

Thanks again.


January 1-2-3 challenge

I am just having SO much fun with these blog challenges right now!

Here is my latest entry for the blog at 123challenge
We had to use the colour PURPLE, the word BEAUTIFUL and punches.

Purple is not my favourite colour, but I found enough bits in my stash to come up with this of my mum...

Thanks for stopping by....

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Pleased to announce that I will now be on the design team for Sassy Lil Sketches.  There is a forum and blog and I am looking forward to opportunity of working next to an international team of girls.  They have weekly scrap and card sketches.. so bring it on I say!

Even though my commitments start in February, I did the December sketch, just because it inspired me.

See the sketch here...SEE DECEMBER SKETCH,
And here is my layout.....

EASY! plus used some awesome scraps up from some of my favourite paper ranges... basic grey, crate paper, pink paisley, fancy pants, little yellow bicycle.

Have a great day....

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Moving sale announcement

Hi everyone!

We move house in 5 weeks.  We will move from our current huge gigantic house into a smaller (but still awesome!) house.  This means a lot of our furniture, toys, baby things all have to be sold.  As we have run our business from this current house too, we have lots of chairs and desks that will no longer be needed.

So for the next 3 weeks (from Monday  3rd January to Sunday 23rd January) we will be selling off stuff, big and little.  We will be open everyday by appointment, AND open from 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for anyone to pop in and grab a bargain.  Final sell off day will be Sunday 23rd January. EFTPOS OR CASH is available for all purchases.

Here is a list and photos of some of the “big ticket” items that are for sale.

BIG ITEMS for SALE at our house in Tingalpa, QLD

Large Wooden TV/entertainment unit- $200

Wood display cabinet with glass panelled doors - $75 – SOLD

2 X cane/cast iron bar stools - $50 for the pair SOLD

Coffee table - $30 SOLD

Birch wood laminate corner desk - $30 SOLD

Birch wood laminate side return for corner desk - $10 SOLD

Birch wood laminate1.8m high book shelf - $15 SOLD
oops - The shelf does not come with this mess!

2 X {1-draw} solid wood/cast iron bedside tables - $50 for the pair

Solid wood 7 draw chest of drawers - $50 SOLD

Solid wood 6 draw chest of drawers - $40 SOLD

Solid wood baby change table - $50

Solid wood cot - $200
(AHHHHHHH! I’m selling our baby stuff….. well, this let’s you all know that any plans for baby number #4 are on the back burner for a while…. I do feel sad to say goodbye to these, but we have no space to store them and if #4 does happen, then we'll buy them as needed)

Small round wood side table - $5

Portable Fold-down Massage table - $50 SOLD

2 X Birch wood laminated desks- $75 SOLD

Birch wood 2 draw filing cabinet - $25

2 X fabric tub chairs - $40 for 1, $60 to buy both

9 X white plastic metal chairs - $3 each

Birch wood laminated 2m shelf - $25 SOLD

Vintage wooden cupboard- $30

Three wheel pram with toddler seat - $75

Black Queen size Futon bed - $100

2 X black side tables (Match futon) - $10 for both

6 X outdoor fold down chairs - $5 each
 - might need a good wash!

Walking frame – $20

If you are interested in any of these items, please send me an email, and we can discuss details.

So it’s out with the OLD to make for a whole NEW life in our new house --- see I’m already living by my One Little Word!

Thanks very much!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

One little word.... for 2011

Thank you to the amazing Ali edwards for the concept of "One Little Word" - the idea of choosing one word to guide and define and lead you in the year ahead. Check her blog to read more.

Dave and I have both chosen words this year.  We will be journalling (not sure in what form yet) each month and checking our progress through discussions on date night.

My word is NEW.

I want this year to be a NEW start.  The beginning of an amazing cycle filled with balance and happiness and prosperity.  My approach to achieve new is two fold....
1. Obviously moving into a NEW house in February is an important step for us.  This NEW experience and NEW space, not to mention, NEW financial position is going to change so much for us.  I am going to embrace the NEW-ness of the situation and put all my heart and soul into making this NEW change one that leads us forward into a NEW positive cycle.
2. Start NEW patterns of thinking... let NEW and positive light shine on old relationships that I have let hurt me.  Seek and find NEW challenges and relationships that push me to be a better person.  Put away old patterns that sabotaged my progress and emotional growth.  Focus on NEW creations that make my heart sing. Find NEW ways to support and love my family.
(Oh!? can I add a few extra, maybe selfish NEW things, just for fun? -a little but more NEW stuff in my scrap stash and NEW stuff from a visit to IKEA- c'mon it's been 12 months since my last visit to IKEA)

I am so excited about my NEW year.

Now Dave's word is temperance -  you might have to look it up and I can't talk for him as to why he chose this word and what it means for him... all i know is that I am so proud for choosing a word and being the man that he is and wanting to change that part of his emotions that challenges him.  So here's to Dave and to him finding the moderation and balance in his emotions that he desires... Love him.

So that's it - onwards and upwards with 2011...

Leave me a message if you are here reading, just so I know you are out there.