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some scrapbooking layouts

The first layout was in a colour theory article. The colour I had to use was yellow. Not an easy colour to use, I find. Anyway, I remember I had the perfect photos when I was assigned to create a yellow layout for this newsletter. Emily went through a little phase last year of leaving me drawings in the butter. When I would open the lid to make the sandwiches I'd be greeted with these drawings. I thankfully remembered to take a couple of photos, otherwise this little memory could have been lost for ever!


The little book below uses a little Maya Road chipboard heart book, lots of Paper Salon Smitten papers and Arctic Frog letter stickers.


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Last one uses photos from KiwiScraps last year:


And totally unrelated to scrapbooking...

The other night I dragged my family out into a massive Sydney traffic jam so we could witness a little bit of history. At 8.45pm I put my family in the car with the intention of driving over the Cremorne Point to see the Queen Mary 2 which was docked on the opposite side of Sydney Harbour and the Queen Elizabeth 2 which is moored up at Circular Quay.

Well, we sat in the car on the road down to the point for 3/4 of an hour. The fireworks came and went {we saw glimpses through the apartment buildings and houses}. Anyway, we finally got closer, parked the car and walked to the point.

I think the girls liked it despite being tired once we got there and Paul is convinced I need my head read for even wanting to see a couple of big boats on the harbour! I got some photos. The one below is the BEST by far of what I took, so you can imagine how bad the other photos are - LOL! Just shocking! {And yes, this was taken with a tripod}.


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Hope you're having a good day.



classes and a layout

Just wanted to pop in with an update about my scrapbooking classes at Scrapabout Australia.

I have three classes booked in for the next calendar. One will be on March 17 in the morning and then I'll teach two classes on April 28. I'm working on samples which will you will be able to view in store in the next couple of weeks (after Scrapbook Australia's VIP night). I will update with times and sneak peeks very soon.

And a quick layout share to start the week. This one was part of the Heidi Grace gallery in the latest Scrapbooking Memories. Love those little sheer flowers. If you are a lover of coffee and you live in Sydney, a day spent around the Rocks during the Aroma Coffee Festival is a must!


Have a great week.



sharing a bit of love today

***warning... this post contains lots of hearts, reds and pinks, proceed with care!***


Well, my valentine has made an early delivery this morning. Along with my morning cup of tea, I was given this beautiful bunch of roses. Aren't they gorgeous and they smell so sweet! What a perfect way to start the day.



A few of the projects I've been working on recently all seem to have one theme... love. So I thought I'd share a bit of these love-themed projects all in one big post today.

Here we go...

I'm loving the new Maya Road clear stamps. Below is a card I made using one of these new stamps, some MR chipboard and velvet ric rac. I promised myself that this year I would get back to sewing more on my projects. I used to sew a lot and, for no particular reason, I stopped. So this year I'm returning to my sewing, cause I always love the look of it and sometimes its the most effective way to attach something to a layout. This card marks my return to sewing!



Next love-themed project is a mini book about my loves, created using a Maya Road 6"x6" Heart Chipboard Binder book, Paper Salon papers and some MR chipboard shapes to decorate.


And a few of the inside pages:

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Emily loves to take a little valentine's gifts for each of her friends at school. Last night we made these chipboard heart hangers. The hearts were covered with Paper Salon Smitten papers, then decorated with chipboard hearts and a letter to represent the initial of each friend. On the back she's written a message. We've stuck a chocolate on the back too.

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About a year ago {not sure of the exact dates} I taught a couple of scrapbooking classes to forty lovely ladies at the Scrapalicious Tassie Retreat in Hobart. It was such a great weekend, Sarah and Mel were fantastic organizers and hosts of this event. Rachel Richter was there too and she is always fun to be with :-)

Thought I'd share the sample layout from one of the classes, since it is a love-themed layout and today is a day of love. A year after teaching this layout I'm still seeing lots of scrapbooking layouts with big hearts on them.


If you are still here and reading... well done! :-)


Thanks for visiting and have a fantastic day.



phoebe the euphonium player - the layout

I have scrapped the photos of Phoebe with the new euphonium (see a couple of posts below with original photo).

I have used lots of new goodies I received recently in my latest Maya Road DT parcel. In that parcel was also some new Fontwerks papers which I've used as well.


So some details below...

Three Maya Road products used in these shots. The circle shape is a Maya Road chipboard shape which I've covered with pattern paper. The "A Day to Remember" is a stamp included in one of the new, new CLEAR STAMPS sets now being produced by Maya Road. This particular set of stamps are designed to fit on the chipboard circles! Lastly on these details is one of my favourites.... stitched velvet! It is gorgeous. I only received a small sample but the colour went so well with the Fontwerks papers.

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Next.... a chipboard scroll which is covered again with matching Fontwerks paper. I've detailed with the Maya Road blossom sheers, brads and some vintage buttons from my supplies.

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Lastly, the Maya Road Chicago chipboard letters, again, covered with Fontwerks papers. As the word EUPHONIUM is rather a long word to include on a layout, I have overlapped the letters on the layout.


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winter CHA

I may not have been at CHA in person, but it was exciting to see some photos around in web-land with a few of my projects on display in the Maya Road stand.

The first one can be seen HERE. This is a new Maya Road chipboard display book joined by jump rings which I made into a weekly planner. I also used some new scalloped chipboard squares (which actually come as a set of coasters on a chain) for the daily timetable sections. I used Urban Lily papers with lots of Maya Road rub-ons on this project.





I also made created an album using a new Maya Road arrow shaped binder book which can be seen HERE on the right of the shelf. And also, there were all the canvases that the design team created too, which were displayed in the stand.

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new urban lily

I'm loving the latest 2007 collection from URBAN LILY which can be seen seen HERE. New papers, rub-ons and chipboards which, I believe, are available tor pre-order.

One of my favourite things from this new range would have to be the new URBAN CUT COLLECTION. I particularly love the little urban cut mini books.

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Looking forward to working with some of these yummy products!




the euphonium is in the house

Its been a few weeks since I've posted here on the blog. I've enjoyed taking a short break from blogging. We've had a lovely summer holiday which has come to an end all too soon.

The girls returned to school last week and have settled into their new classes for the year. There has been the usual flurry of activity associated with the first week or two of school; swimming carnivals, little Athletics zone carnival, band registrations, soccer registrations and new teachers to get to know.

Phoebe has joined the band this year at school. She is the one and only player of the euphonium. I didn't even know what a euphonium was last year, but I do now! We picked it up yesterday and so far she has been a very diligent player of a couple of notes which she's learnt from her book.


She had a trial blow of this instrument last year during a band meeting (when they were assigning instruments to the kids). It's not as big as I remember it (or maybe she's grown over the summer). And I'm sure it does make a lovely sound when played correctly :-))

For some reason my girls like being loud, which certainly extends to the instruments they play. We now have the euphonium as well as the drum kit playing away in our house. I've purchased the best ear plugs I can buy, but I still hear them practicing. I'm not sure how popular we are with our neighbours (we usually have to "encourage" Emily not to start playing the drums until after 9.00am on a Sunday morning).

Anyway, I just wanted to capture this photo of Phoebe in her enthusiasm for her new instrument, and hopefully a layout will follow soon.

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