Thursday, October 11, 2007

KylieM's Noteworthy

My latest CT kit at nuts4digi.com is by one of our new designers KylieM's Noteworthy. This minkit has a real grungy look with splattered and scribbled paper, puzzle pieces, and chipboard elements all in blue, green, beige and brown. A verstile minkit - I found the papers just matched Ethan's clothes perfectly. Preview:


And my layouts:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Scrap Review

Just to let you know of a new blog starting up - Scrap Review. A place where you can give some feedbacks on digiscrapping products based on the preview and also read full reviews by a panel of reviewers. You can leave comments for the designers as well (moderated so no nasty stuff - just CC). I think this would be a great forum for designers to get some honest feedback on their products which is great if they're trying to improve. Also we can see and hear about more products out there. Go check it out, it's just starting up but there is already a preview you can vote on. This could become a great resource for both scrappers and designers if we get behind it.

As for me I've been very busy. We went to the AFL Grand Final a couple of weeks ago. It was a great day and we had fantastic tickets.

The day after we had Sara's birthday party with 27 kids and 15 adults so after that I was wrecked. The kids have been on 3 weeks school holidays and have gone back to school today. We went down to Pt Lonsdale for 5 days and came back on Saturday for a friend's 40th. With all this I haven't been getting much scrapping done. I enetered SUAS competition had it's been a struggle just to get those layouts done the last few weeks. Hopefully everything will settle down. I've got one layout nearly finished that just needs the title and journalling so that should get me on my way.

Friday, September 21, 2007

My dreams ...

... that is the ones I have when I'm asleep. Still trying to follow the blog prompts at DID today's from Heather is about dreams.

I have vivid dreams. They are often very bizarre or scary. Geoff has been woken up any number of times during the middle of the night with me slapping the bed covers yelling BUGS! BUGS! The first few times he thought there really was something in the bed. I have often woken to find myself standing up out of bed and wondering what it was I was supposed to be doing, then realising it was a dream.

The girls started holidays this week - don't know how I'm going to last 3 weeks with them all home. This week Ethan still had kinder and swimming lessons were still on. We have Sara's birthday party in the middle of the holidays and I've planned to take the girls to the NGV for a workshop next Thursday which should be good. I'm also in the middle of spring cleaning the house - HELP! I'm hoping Geoff can get some time off and we can get away for a long weekend the last few days of the holidays - he hasn't committed yet.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

CT Kit: April Staker's Girl's Camp

I just loved using April Staker's Girls Camp this month. The elements have a beautiful look to them and the colours are really unique. There are a lot of different flowers that can be layered together with the buttons for a beautiful 3-D look and there is also straight and crumpled ribbons included. April has also included some great ready made clusters which make creating layouts a breeze. There is also TWO alphas and some notepaper. This kit really stands out among a lot of the kits for girls. Preview below, click to go to the store. Followed by my layouts.
We went to Collingwood Children's Farm for the afternoon with Hayley's class:

Friday, September 14, 2007

Don't Look Now

I won the humpday lift on Lauren Reid's team blog with my layout Don't Look Now. I took this photo of Ethan in June and hadn't done anything with it but I think it looks quite effective cropped wide.

Credits here

I have more good news, I won a guest spot on Amber Cleggs CT team and got the first links this week. They aren't in store yet so I can't post any layouts - what this space.

And some silliness:

Your Brain is Purple

Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Roadtrip

The blog prompt @ DID for the weekend was "describe your perfect road trip!"

I would love to take the kids on a roadtrip in western USA. My parents took us when we were at school and we went to SanFrancisco, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and LA it was fantastic. Of course the kids would be angels in the back of the car and we would all enjoy long hikes and bike riding along the way - LOL. We're hoping to do this in a couple of years.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Why Blog?

As my last prompt for my week of blog prompts at DID I asked "Why blog?" Tell us why you first started blogging and why do you keep it going?

I first started a private blog to keep my husband who travels a fair bit and my parents who also like to travel up to date with what we were up to. They could read about what we'd been doing and look at some photos and I still have this blog. After a while I also wanted to share a little bit of my life, and scrapping with a wider audience so now I have this blog which is a mix of a little bit personal and layouts. I also use it to promote the CT kits I work with so once I 've finished my layouts I usually post a kit review, a preview, and my layouts. I usually post to a blog train after my CT posts so I get a few more readers - LOL.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Today's photo

For today's blog prompt I want to see and read what's happening today. So go and take some photos - show and tell us about what is happening in your life today. Of course if you do this prompt on another day make the photo from that day - LOL.



Today we started making costumes for the girls book week dress-up day on Monday. They have to pick a character from a book, then dress-up as the character and bring the book with them. The whole school does a parade in their costumes. Sara is going as Angelina Ballerina, this is a photo of her painting some mouse ears to put on her headband.

Friday, August 24, 2007

What type of Superhero are You?

For todays blog prompt I thought we'd just have a bit of fun and do one of those silly quizzes - so go here and find out "What your superpower should be"

Her's mine:
Your Superpower Should Be Manipulating Electricity

You're highly reactive, energetic, and super charged.
If the occasion calls for it, you can go from 0 to 60 in a split second.
But you don't harness your energy unless you truly need to.
And because of this, people are often surprised by what you are capable of.

Why you would be a good superhero: You have the stamina to fight enemies for days

Your biggest problem as a superhero: As with your normal life, people would continue to underestimate you

Thursday, August 23, 2007

What would you like to do?

Blog prompt for today is "Share something you would like to do or achieve."

One goal I have is to swim in the Rip View Classic which is a 1.4 km open water swim at Pt Lonsdale each Christmas holidays. I hope to do it either this year or next year ,depending on whether I can get in some training before the event. Ethan is only at kinder two half days at the moment so I'm still pretty tight for time to myself.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What's your favourite layout?

For the blog prompt today I want everyone to show their favourite layout - one of your own layouts, tell us what you like about.

I actually found this really hard to pick because different pages tend to have different strong points - some have a striking design, some good photography, others have interesting journalling or a clever title. I finally went with "Hayley in You Own Words" and the bonus is that I haven't put it up on my blog yet.

I like painting outside, jumping on the ball on the trampoline and being mum in “mums and dads”. My best friends are Nicola, Anna, Simone and Marnie. My favourite food is tacos, nachos and pasta. One thing I wouldn’t like about being an adult is driving the car because if you break the rules the police will put you in gaol.

Credits - Bg paper timeless by Debbie McKenzie @ nuts4digi
Yellow and red papers - Weeds and Wildflowers celebrating Color @scrapartist
Blue papers - Candy Giggles by Eva Recinella @ sweetshoppe
Edge overlay (recoloured) - Worn Flannie by 2Chicks @ nuts4digi
Pin and stitching - In Vogue scrapartist 2nd birthday freebie
Jeans label - Going West by Weeds and Wildflowers @weeds and wildflowers
Atomic Cupcake sparkle action

Font - Beautiful, Bookman Antiqua


It is actually a lifts with a twist page I did. I love this photo of Hayley, I love that I've managed to record some of Hayley's own thoughts (I did an interview) and I like the colours too. I look forward to seeing everyone else's favourite layouts.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Good, Bad and Curious

For the blog prompt today I thought we'd play a little game that we sometimes play with the kids called Good, Bad and Curious. What I want you to do is select something that is in the room you are in at the moment list the good, bad and curious things about that object.

I have a TV next to me:

Good:
Catch up on the news
Learn about new things, people and places
Entertainment
We can watch our family videos and photos
It keeps the kids quiet

Bad:
Don't talk to people as much
Reduced exercise
Commercials
False information
The kids may see things that we don't want them to see
Uses electricty which costs money and causes pollution

Curious:
How can we tell if something on TV is real or pretend?
How do they decide which programs to show?
Why does my head get fuzzy when I watch too much TV?
Why are the ads after midnight all for sleezy phone lines and dodgy home shopping?

How many houses have you lived in?

I'm running this weeks blog prompts at DID - hope I can keep a bit more up to date than last week LOL.

For my first one I thought I'd ask the question "How many houses have you lived in? Tell us about your favourite or worst and are you someone who likes to move often or not?"

So far I have lived in 3 houses. The first I only lived in for less than a year while Dad built our family home. I then lived in our childhood home until I got married. While we were there dad renovated twice and bought the blocks on either side as well. My mum's mum lived in her own house on the block next door so that was good to have a grandparent close when I was growing up. With the three blocks it made an acre of land so when we ere young there was plenty of room to play and we also lived next to the farm that was part of the school my sisters and I went to and a park with a playground. It really was your ideal family home.

When I got married we moved into a 1930's art deco weatherboard which is gorgeous but getting a little bit squeezy at the moment. We are hoping to renovate if the council will let us because we have a heritage overlay on our street. I'd hate to move beacuse I really love our area and we have a great backyard for the kids and I'm someone who hates to move house.


And now something completely silly "What Colour Crayon Are You"





You Are a Yellow Crayon


Your world is colored with happy, warm, fun colors.
You have a thoughtful and wise way about you. Some people might even consider you a genius.
Charming and eloquent, you are able to get people to do things your way.
While you seem spontaneous and free wheeling, you are calculating to the extreme.

Your color wheel opposite is purple. You both are charismatic leaders, but purple people act like you have no depth.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ct Kit: Designs by Marguerite 3 Cheers

This month my first CT kit was Designs by Marguerite 3 Cheers, More 3 Cheers and More 3 Cheers Alpha. They were really fun to work with. I knew when I unzipped them I just had to use the pocket elements with keys and also the ready curled papers. This kit incorporates two of my favourite colours - blue and red. There was heaps of chunky chipboard elements, ribbons and rivets. It's a great kit to have a play with and suits a variety of photos. I made five layouts and a card and the photos included both my girls and boy and Christmas photos - that's what I call versatility. Here are a few layouts I did using the kit. You can see some more of my layouts using this kit in my CT gallery at nuts4digi.com.



...and the DID blog prompt is "What do you do on rainy days"

In our family we usually, watch some DVD's, do some craft projects, go shopping at Chadstone, maybe set up the electric cars. I love to read a good book or have some computer time.

DID Blog Prompt Catch-ups

Ok so I've fallen a bit behind in the DID blog prompts so here goes ...

Thurs Aug 16th "What is your very first memory? How old were you and what happened?"

One of my earliest memories was at kinder and I remember we has a tortiose. I also remember playing at home in the dirt near the cubby digging it up with Tonka trucks.

Fri Aug 17th "If you have had a pet - which was your favourite? If you haven't had a pet and could have ANY pet (real or imaginary) what would you have?"

At the moment we have a golden retriever called Harry and he is the most gorgeous dog. Even when the kids climb all over him he just shakes them off and walks away when it gets too much. He never barks either, I think he barked once just after his voice had changed and scared himself and he's never barked since. When I was young we had a beagle that used to wander the neighbourhood. She would sometimes come up to our school and pinch the girls lunches. We always pretended we didn't know her.

Sat Aug 18th "You need a holiday - where will you go and why? What will you do if money and time were no issue? Would you go alone?"

I would definately go on a holiday with DH. It would be hard to choose just one place because there is so much of the world I would love to see. I would probably pick first to go to Europe and visit in a leisurely manner. Staying in villas and pottering around. I love visiting all sorts of places seeing, art, historical places and also scenery and just experiencing the food and culture.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Impacted by the internet?

the DID blog prompt for Wed was is "Tell us how the internet impacts on or has changed your life. This can be either the positives, the negatives or both. Reflect on things like friendships, relationships, disagreements, how in keeps you in touch with family and friends, things you have learnt etc ....'

I use the internet everyday. I get to read the opinions and ideas and converse with people I would never have met in real life. I share my passion for digiscrapping and get to view fabulous creations by people all over the world. I pay my bills and do my banking so I no longer have to spend time listening to the computerised voices over the phone. When I want DH to pick up milk on his way home I just Skype him instead of having to go through the receptionist.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Special Holidays and Traditions

The DID blog prompt for 14th Aug is "This wednesday we have a public holiday for our local show called the Ekka. So that has made me think ....... What holidays do you enjoy and love to celebrate in your country/family? What makes that day special to you? Do you have any special traditions that are associated with your favourite holiday? How would you feel if your special holiday was suddenly taken away from you?".

On New Year's Day our family gets together with an old family friend. He is German and makes a full German lunch which is absolutely delicious. Mum makes a plum pudding. We alternate at each others holiday house. So in the years that it's at their house we catch a ferry across the bay to Sorrento. I love this dinner and look forward to it. He makes these potato dumplings that are so yum and it's the only time we ever have them. If there's leftovers I try to snag them to have cold on toast the next day. After we've all stuffed ourselves full of good food we all them move onto schnapps shots. Our friend insists that it eats the fats - LOL. I think most traditions for our fammily revolve around food.

Least or Most Favourite Job

DID prompt for Aug 13th was "What has been your favourite or least favourite job?"

You're going to think I'm really weird here but when I still lived at home in the holidays we used to help mum clean the house and my sisters and I used to divvy up the jobs. I always chose to clean the bathrooms and toilets. For those wondering - NO I do not think these are enjoyable but I find it oddly satisfying to see them clean at the end. The funny thing is, when we go away together now I still look after the bathrooms and she looks after the floors.

Monday, August 13, 2007

2 Things I Can't Live Without and a Layout

The blog prompt at DID for 11th August was "What are 2 everyday items you can't live without?" (I know I'm behind again).


This is a hard one - I'd have to say I need my computer. Although I could live without it life just wouldn't be as fun and my car. I know that's not very PC with global warming and everything but we don't live in walking distance to school or any of the kids activities and I can't imagine how much more difficult my life would be if I had to bundle three young kids on public transport every day, not to mention the shopping, extracurricular activities etc.


I also have a layout I want to share. Credits here.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Purpose in life?

The next DID blog prompt is "What do you sense you're supposed to do before your life is over?"

Being a Christian I believe that God has a purpose for my life but in practical terms I'm still working through what that means. Being a mum I really believe one of my major purposes is to provide the right encouragement and environment for my kids to grow up into mature, capable and responsible adults. I pray that they will come to know Jesus and have their own faith, be able to make good decisions and have good relationships but I know that I can't make that happen but also that it is a major purpose in my life to help them on their journey.

I would also like to have made a difference to the people in the wider community, maybe not in a huge look at me way but just in those small things that over time can make a big difference.

Friday, August 10, 2007

An extra $100 a week?

the DID blog prompt for today is "What would you do with an extra $100 dollars a week?"

At the moment I'm obssessed with going skiing but $100 would only get me one days lift ticket - and a couple of hot chocolates. Although if we take it as US$100 I could stretch it a bit further but if I go with the skiing idea I'd have to leave DH and the kids home (hmm - that's a plan). Of course it would be good in our mortgage or renovation fund but that's pretty boring (and probably what I would do) For the sake of this exercise I'll go with some fun and/or frivolous things:

  • Scrapping products that I just love but would probably only use once.
  • I could put a couple weeks together and get some new lens
  • Tripod
  • Photography course
  • New sheets (OK not frivolous but I just remembered we need some because the ones we've got have worn through in the middle)
  • Cleaner and ironing lady (hehe)
  • Books - love books but then I'd need some new bookshelves and a bigger house.
  • Blowdry at the hairdresser

Well I think that's enough from me.

My Childhood Friend

I am going to try to follow the blog prompts at designs in digitals but I'm already behind - LOL.
Yesterday's was "Your closest childhood friend - what was she like?"

I became friends with Helen when I was in Primary school. She was the youngest of 4 girls and had sisters already in high school so she knew about a lot more than me. She lived at the top of our court and we used to spend most afternoons at one or the others house. We made cubbies, talked, laughed, listened to her big sisters music. I went to Lake Eildon one time with her parents, we stayed on a house boat. I remember jumping in for a swim and being worried about what was under the water beacause we were swimming around all the dead trees. Then we took our towels to the shore and layed them out on the grass and the got covered in bindies and we got bitten by march flies. In year 4 I moved schools and because of that she said I was a snob. I tried to keep the friendship but she always seemed to be playing with her new friends. I was very lonely.

When we were both at uni we met one day on the train. I told her I wasn't a snob and she agreed but that was just the way things were back then. The funny thing is we still really got on well together and started going out clubbing and had a ball. I haven't seen her now for over 12 years beacuse we both moved out of home.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Mt Buller

We took the family skiing at Mt Buller for the first time on the weekend. The weather was cold and snowy and the visibilty was terrible, but it was good to have nice fresh, soft snow. It was quite hard up the top because you need to traverse across the top and we didn't know the mountain and were hoping we were heading in the right direction. We didn't want to get lost when we were due to pick the kids up from ski school. Bourke St is quite choatic. Geoff thinks it should be classified a black run because of all the "obstacles". This is photo looking down to the bottom of Bourke St. Hayley skied with Geoff and I on Friday afternoon and Saturday then did a day at ski school. On Sunday afternoon a lot of kids went home from ski school early so it was just Hayley and one other girl left in the afternoon in brown cockies. She started learning to pole plant which she hadn't done before and they also had a go on the rails at the terrain park. Hayley wasn't too sure about that. I managed to catch some photos of her coming back to ski school.

Ethan did really well. His instructor described him as a "real goer". He got out onto Bourke St and rode up on the chairlift but he needs to be lifted onto the lift because he's too short.


Sara kept improving and will be a green possum when we go back.




Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Featured Layout on The Hub

My layout Outside Our Window got picked as the Featured layout on the scrapartist blog. It was a layout I did for Yvonne's "Outside My Window" challenge at nuts4digi.com.

Journalling: Last year we relandscaped our backyard. The brief - easy to maintain and plenty of room for the kids to play. Outside our window is a beautiful neat yard with plenty of lawn for the kids to run and play on, paved paths to ride bikes, a trampoline, a deck with a built in sandpit leading to their cubby and playroom containing dolls, lego and trains and a fish pond. Now the kids can play and we don’t have to spend all weekend gardening.


Sunday, July 29, 2007

CT Kit: Caroline B.'s Baby Blue

Wow, I had the busiest day today. Our seniour associate pastor at church finished up today to pastor another church so we had a delayed combined morning service which of course went over time. Sara and I then had a mother/daughter lunch which started at the same time as they finished the church service. So we were a bit late then we had to leave there a little bit early to go to my neice's birthday party - arriving 40 mins late. I really hate being late so it was one crazy day.

Caroline B.'s Baby Blue kit is my most recent CT kit. This kit has the most dreamy papers and the cute fluffy alpha is gorgeous. Caroline's kits always offer some really original designs and even though this kit is called Baby Blue - if you love the colour blue (like me) I'm sure you'll use it for more than just gorgeous baby boys. Kit preview is below followed by my layouts.

Love this photo of Ethan. Journalling: Ethan stopped having daytime sleeps not long after he turned two. With kinder and school pickups it was also very hard to fit them in anyway. We tried to get him in bed early but he still got very tired. He was constantly falling asleep in the car or on the floor. This day he put his pyjamas on and flaked out on his couch exhausted. 14.11.2006

This next layout was for the sketch challenge at nuts4digi. The sketch is from pencillines.com. On Nancy Comelab's blog she challenged people to write down their dreams or goals and scrap them and this is what I came up with. My goals:

  1. Learn to ski black runs
  2. Go back to competition tennis
  3. Swim in the Rip View Classic
  4. Renovate our house
  5. Travel as a family
  6. Get published in a magazine
  7. Volunteer - other than at school or kinder

It's actually good to have them written down. I hope to scrap each dream as I achieve it - so stay tuned.

The final layout is one I did of Ethan when he was a baby. I've been getting my old negatives put onto CD's by our local photo lab so I've finally got some baby photos to scrap.


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mac or PC?

Now to the big question asked over at the digishoppe "Hot off the Press" thread - Mac or PC? As I sit here I'm typing at my PC, I've always had a PC at home and never considered anything else. At uni we used Mac in the chemistry lab but they were tiny clunky boxes back in the '90's. Anyway, DD comes home about a month ago says maybe our next computer we should get a Mac. I'm like "What do you mean", and he's like "they look cool". I must admit they look pretty good. One thing is that we need to still be able to log in to Geoff's work which is all PC based. That's a question for our "Computer guy". I'm sure there must be a few diehard fans of PC or Mac out there so give me your opinions. At least we have a few years before we will need to upgrade.


Which leads me to whole new topic - renovations (which we have started getting plans drawn up for) and why men feel the most important design question will be where the HUGE flatscreen TV will go. The first thing DD looks for in the plans is where the TV goes then if that's to his satisfaction he's like OK what else have we got here. Yes he's obsessed with "toys". One bonus is I can hold him off on any upgrades until after the renovation - LOL.


And lastly I have been scrapping this week - I'd lost my MOJO but I've been getting back into it. Here's my Hodge Podge challenge for this week:
Credits here




Thursday, July 19, 2007

CT kits: lauraskathi

I used two of lauraskathi's kits this month - All About Paper and Stitches commercial use. The first kit contains several textured backgrounds ready to be coloured for your own use along with crumpled papers, tape and cardboard. The stitches have nine different stitch styles, great if you want to move away from the more common stitches and also really easy to recolour. I tried to use the kits in different styles to show their versatility. Here are my layouts:


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

LOTD at N4D

I got picked for LOTD at nuts4digi.com for my layout Crazy. I have had heaps of comments about the cute felt flowers. They are by Lena Brandenburg at A Cherry on Top.Credits here

We had some wild weather today. We were just about to get out of the car at school this afternoon and it started to hail. Luckily we were a bit early so we could wait until it stopped. By the time we got back to the car with girls Ethan was crying because he's hands were so cold. Poor kid, I put them all in a warm bath when we got home.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Toot: LOTW Tracy Ann Designs

Wow, I can't believe it. Each week the Tracy's team cruise the galleries checking out layouts using Tracy's products and this week they picked mine and I win a GC. Read about it here, and here's the layout.

Credits - TracyAnn Project26 kit @ SBBTracyAnn Folded notes @ SBB; Worn Flannie by 2Chicks @ nuts4digi; Grungy, Springy Easter Thingys by 2Chicks @ nuts4digi; Font - Century GothicFilmstrip - unknown

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Been to the snow

We've just come back from a week at Falls Creek skiing. Going up we got stuck on the road about 6km from Falls Creek because power lines dropped on the road in front and behind our car. We had to wait for 2 hrs. Luckily we had the portable DVD player to keep the kids entertained and Geoff had bought the paper, because we weren't supposed to leave the car. When we finally made it up the oversnow transport was chaos because everyone arrived at the same time. We'd planned to ski that afternoon but it was 5:00pm before we even got our lift tickets. We stayed at Huski apartments which were good. I could go down to the cafe each morning and get my latte whcih was nice. This is the view from our balcony taken on the one sunny afternoon we had.



After a bit of a shaky start our holiday was great - wild weather but that made for some great snow. We only lost one half day because the lifts went on wind hold. We had a blizzard one day and got 30cm over the day. Visibilty was pretty bad a lot of the time but I managed to only have one stack where I didn't see the slope drop away and ended up with one ski up and one ski down but no injuries and we had a lot of fun. We even went off into the powder in a couple of our lessons which was a different experience because the last few seasons the snow has been pretty thin on the ground. The kids had a ball. Hayley actually got a little bit cold this time - she usually complains that I put too many clothes on her. She was really happy by the end of the week she could parrallel all the way down Main Street (a blue run) which means she'll move up a level next time.




Sara had forgotten how to ski so she started in the first lebel again but progressed pretty quickly. She didn't do blue runs this year in her lessons but the last part of our home trail is a blue run and she came down with me. I was a bit nervous taking her the first time but she had no problems and just snowplowed straight down - my knees were feeling the strain from having to go so slow all the way down.







Ethan was very keen to ski but I think he preferred rolling around in the snow. Every time I saw him he would be falling over or putting his head down in the snow. He spent a couple of days in the ski school area then moved out to the beginners slope. He can stop and turn and ride the magic carpet lift but I think he found it a bit tough going in all the thick snow. He doesn't have enough weight behind him to push through it. I saw him quite often skiing and he'd come down off the lift, kick off his skis and walk off leaving them for the instrustor to collect. By the end of the week they finally got him carrying his own skis.