Sunday, January 06, 2013

Scrapbooking in 2013

Hi all,

So, on to 2013! I bought a Project Life set last January, but oops never started it. So today I went to a get together at a friends place where we all started on our PL for this year. Since I actually have (nearly) finished a whole scrapbook on last year I have faith that I can give this a good go. 

I also wanted to try a new type of scrapbooking. I like to try all different ways of doing things to see what suits me best. With this one I set the book up with 52 "weeks" and populated it with some of the journalling and other cards. I feel that if I have each week already started I might actually be more inclined to get it done ... we shall see!

Have any of you tried Project Life? If so, how did you find it? I'd love to know any hints or tricks if you've got 'em.

Actually, I'd better go and print of my photos like a good little girl and complete week one before week two begins. 

See you,


Saturday, January 05, 2013

Christmas packed away

Hi all,

After it took me nearly three weeks to get around to finishing off putting the baubles on the tree all it took was one day to pack Christmas away. It had to be done, but it's always sad to say goodbye to the Christmas season. I normally try and put all my decorations up on or just before 01 December, but this year I was so busy doing other things it took me ages because I was doing it one or two things at a time.

I am so impressed with the decoration boxes I bought from Spotlight at the end of last year. All the baubles and doodads fit in one of my craft room cupboards... obviously the tree and other big stuff has to go elsewhere (under the stairs).

When so you normally put your tree up and pull it down?


Friday, January 04, 2013

Masculine Birthday card

Hi all,

It was lovely and cool here today. Apparently the heatwave from Christmas to New Years was the "fiercest heatwave in nearly 80 years" ... thank goodness for refrigerated air-conditioning! I only mention it because every time they say it has been the hottest/coldest/wettest/driest since whenever I laugh since the "whenever" part is usually "since 2007". To me "since 2007" really kind of loses the drama impact they were going for  ... "in nearly 80 years" however, now that statement has some meat on it!

It was such nice weather today I drove to town with Miss Six and went Christmas decoration shopping. Myers, where I normally buy my decos had 75% off. Yay! Not a lot of stock left, but enough baubles in the right colours to add a little more depth to the tree next year. I ended up with this huge bag full of stuff (not heavy, just huge) then had to lug it around for the next couple of hours. We also bought school shoes for Miss Six, so that's out of the way for the new year of school. First grade! My baby is growing up. We had lunch in a food hall and I ordered something I'd never seen before -- Chicken Goz -- Yummo. I had to google it after. Turkish food. I'll definitely be having it again.

Anyway, I recently made a card for my brother-in-law. So, so hard to make guy cards, I just never know what to put on them if the guy is not obsessed with sport or cars or some such.

Alan's favourite sporting team's colours are blue and yellow, so that was my colour inspiration, and I've been looking to use this stamp set for ages. All items used are from Stampin' Up! Very, very simple. Looking at it now I wish I'd used some patterned paper. Oh well, live and learn.

One thing I am very excited about is the scrapbooking class I have attended throughout 2012. We went once a month and were given a two page layout to do for the previous month. The hope being that we would have a whole album of 2012 by the time we finished. The final class is next week and I am very pleased to say that Jan to Nov is (nearly) done. Layouts are finished, photos have been stuck in, I just have to do the journalling for Mar to Nov. I am sooo bad at journalling. Well, probably not completely horrid, but it is one of my big procrastination points. But still, this is a huge accomplishment for me. It has been a couple of years since I've done any real scrapbooking so I am quite chuffed with myself.

Have a lovely weekend,


Thursday, January 03, 2013

2012 Personal Challenges recycled

Hi all,

I decided last year not to call them resolutions, so I called them my personal challenges (like a change of name would make it more likely that I would achieve them!)

So here we are in 2013 and since I failed to achieve 9 out of my 10 "personal challenges" I have decided to recycle them.

  1. Attend another Wedding Expo as a stall holder
  2. Be a stall holder at the Up-Market in Perth (higher quality market)
  3. Use all my Cricut cartridges at least once this year
  4. Get healthy
  5. Complete 2012 scrapbook
  6. Get back in touch with the world (friends, family)
  7. Be a better parent (play, listen more, spend time)
  8. Get more energetic
  9. Start living outside my comfort zone
  10. Stop Faffing! (Procrastinating) Get on with it.
So we shall see how I go this year.

What would you like to achieve? Especially with your craft.

Take care,


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Children's Door Signs Dec 2012

Hi all,

Here are the door signs I made for some friends. I decided to do something different this time ... the last few times I made door signs I used ribbon to trim the frame. This time I placed the completed signs in cheap picture frames I got from The Reject Shop. This obviously dictated the size of my signs (16" x 20"), but I think the finish turned out better.

Bianca and Dominic are shown with their frames, Heidi and Kyra without.

I used cuts from the following cricut cartridges:
Disney: Happily Ever After
Tinker Bell and Friends
Pooh and Friends
Everyday Paper Dolls

Heidi - Gypsy Font
Kyra - Pooh Font Set
Bianca - Winter Woodland
Dominic - Robotz

Woo hoo .. two days, two posts. I shall not promise this all the time, but I will try this year!


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hi all,

Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you all had a lovely night. I decided to stay home last night since it is still revoltingly hot here (I am sooo NOT a fan of the heat and a week of 38C-40C is testing my patience). I spent NYE watching TV shows I had taped over this last month ... I had a few gin and tonics too, I'm not completely anti-celebration. Of course I got silly and stayed up until 1am, then my morning loving six year old came and bounced on me at 6:30am -- luckily some Panadol and lots of water has made me feel more human now.

I have so much to catch up on, and things to post that I have made. I did really well this Christmas season, getting out all my Christmas cards and I made four kid's door signs for some friends. 

As for my New Year's resolutions ... I am ashamed to say I will have to recycle my list of "things I want to achieve" from last year. Moving house seemed to distract me for most of the year -- and the evil Kindle took up another chunk of my year. I need to fight my inner procrastinator every day just to get things done.

One thing I did achieve last year was to go to a scrapbooking class once a month and scrap the previous month. I have nearly finished the whole year... one more class and some journalling to finish and I will be done. It is the first/most scrapping I've done in ages, so I'm pleased I stuck with it and it's nearly done.

Now I'm setting myself a bigger challenge for 2013. I've had the Project Life stuff for 12 months or more now -- time to crack on and get it done!

Craziness! ... it just "dropped" to 30C and there is a bit of a breeze so I have turned off the aircon and opened all the doors to get some fresh air in the house. Looking forward to Thursday as it is supposed to be 27C here - yay!

Anyway, best get on and entertain Miss Six. Will download photos to computer and put up all my projects ASAP.

Take care,