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a Maya Road project (sneak peek - CHA Summer 07)

I've been working on a few more projects for the Maya Road stand at CHA next month. (Using some previously released products from MR, not CHA-S 07 releases)

This project is one of three little books using the Maya Road TRANSPORTATION Chipboard Books set. Decorated with Scenic Route papers and the Maya Road Chipboard letters. Lots of Derivan KindyGlitz again and miscellaneous leftover letter stickers.


And a couple of inside pages:



I've put the whole album over in the gallery on my website. And I'll be back with the next installment of the board books in a few days!

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day.


Fiona x

a quick catch-up

I feel like I've been MIA over the last week. Lots of things, good and sad, have been happening around our house over the last week or so.

My girls continue to make me so proud of their achievements and who they are as individuals. So many good things are happening in their lives at the moment.

The album Phoebe and her friends created for the National Trust, has been shortlisted, and they are in the final round. They've been invited to morning tea at the National Trust office in the city next term where they will announce the winner. It is just fabulous that they have had the opportunity to take part in this competition.

And Emily just amazes me the way she is growing up and what she is achieving at the moment. Absolutely incredible, gorgeous girl!

My mum is out of hospital, and doing well. Thank you for the well wishes and emails.

And sadly, I am taking Emily to the funeral of one of her classmates this afternoon.

Thank you for visiting my blog, for your comments and emails recently. I read and appreciate them all.

Hopefully this week we will return to our slightly normal life.

Bye for now.

Fiona x

a couple of scrapbooking projects

Thought I'd share a little project which will be making it's way to the Maya Road stand at CHA Summer very soon.

This is a Maya Road Secret Box and matching Secret Box Chipboard Book. The little book is very cute, only 3"x3" in size. I've used lots of Urban Lily products to decorate. The word "celebrate" on the outside of the box has Derivan KindyGlitz added for a bit of girly shimmer. This little book lists just a few of the many, many things I love about my gorgeous Emily.


Inside I've writting the "I love..." in journaling shapes stamped from the Maya Road Foundations Jouraling Clear Stamps.


The little book can then be stored inside the box.


I was also thrilled to have a couple of my layouts using Fontwerks Write Line papers appear over on the Aussie Scrap Source blog last week. I've shared my 'The Euphonium' layout previously, but here's a new one I completed using some Fontwerks papers.


The letters in the large title {WAIT} are covered Maya Road Philadelphia chipboard letters. And I'm pleased to report our bulbs which we planted in the above layout are now sprouting little green stalks. Bring on Spring!

Thanks for the well wishes for my mum who is in hospital, she is doing OK.

Hope you have a great week. Thanks for visiting.


Fiona x

DCM little extra challenge

The little extra challenge at DCM was to incorporate the following into a card:

Something Old,

Something New,

Something Borrowed,

Something Blue.

I made this card last night for my mum who is heading into hospital today. More felt and fabric.


Something Old: the button from a HUGE box of OLD buttons my friend bought me from St Vinnies recently.

Something New: felt rick rack for the stem.

Something Borrowed: the embroidery (as we could borrow from other crafts).

Something Blue: denim from an old skirt of Phoebe's (which could also be something old).

Thanks again for the challenge girls.

Last night Emily and I made this little canvas for one of her friends:


Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a great day.




DCM card challenge + one

I've been wanting to take up the challenge over at the Daring Cardmakers blog for a little while now. It's always a great blog to visit with lots of fantastic ideas for cards. The challenge this week is to create a card with a "Celestial" theme. So here's my interpretation of the theme... with felt :-)) Paper is from Scenic Route paper company. Thanks for the challenge girls!


And also, here's the birthday card I made for Phoebe for her birthday on Saturday... with more felt :-))


The pattern paper in the background is some gorgeous Paper Salon from the Pristine collection. I love those Maya Road velvet blossoms! And some new ribbons from Ribbons Galore.


Thanks for visiting.


Fiona x


I was tagged by the gorgeous Rachel Richter a few weeks back, and I'm just catching up. Thanks Rach!

1. Four of my favourite jobs
2. Four of my favourite local places
3. Four of my favourite foods
4. Four of my favourite international places
5. Four name's of people I am tagging


  1. I loved {most} of my jobs in the hospitality and catering industries (boy they seem like a lifetime ago now.) But one of the best jobs I did was a casual job (only about a week long) in the English country side. I had just finished my course at the Cordon Bleu cookery school in London, and one of the teachers asked me to work with her catering for a big family get together she was planning. We worked all week preparing the function and the food. They erected a large {huge} tent in the local village green, and we cooked for a several hundred people for a lunch, and THEN a casual BBQ for another couple of hundred people the same evening! {It was a big family reunion, people came from all over England}. It was exhausting, but a fantastic experience.
  2. Working in product development for an Aussie inbound tourism company. Loved this job, very rewarding. Was able to watch many new tourism related businesses start and advise them how they fitted into the tourism world. As part of this job I also co-ordinated the company staff education trips, so I got to see many parts of Australia.
  3. Crafting. I've always dabbled in many different crafts and I'm loving my scrapbooking and cardmaking at the moment!
  4. Being a mum, something I take very seriously. I love being part of two very different little individuals lives, guiding, teaching and loving them.

FOUR OF MY FAVOURITE LOCAL PLACES (this one is really hard, cause I have so many favourite spots around this beautiful city in which I live)

  1. Maitre Karl: Always great coffee and food. Got to love a place that knows your coffee order without asking (yes, I go there THAT often).
  2. Balmoral Beach: nothing much more to say, I just love this place.
  3. Chowder Bay: a new find on the Sydney Harbour foreshore.
  4. My home :-)


  1. Chocolate :-) Lately I'm enjoying the darker, slightly more bitter chocolate.
  2. Sushi
  3. Thai food
  4. Spaghetti Bolognaise (a childhood favourite and I still love cooking it and eating it)


  1. Greek Islands
  2. Bali (up in the hills, well away from the tourist areas) and Lombok
  3. Hong Kong (I've visited here twice and although it's been a while since I last visited, I loved the hussle and bustle, the food and the shopping)
  4. Disneyland :-)


  1. Melissa G
  2. Greetje
  3. Narelle F
  4. Rachel G

Have a great day. Rain is pouring down here in Sydney. I hope it is reaching the areas that are really in need of some rain.


Fiona x

last week for the Journal Jottings online class


My latest online class is now in it's last week. It will be finishing on Monday 11 June.

If you'd like to read more about the class details please visit my website.

When you register for the class and your payment is received (which is within a few minutes if you use PayPal), you will have access to the detailed class steps on-line, as well as the downloadable resources. You can then enter the on-line class room when ever it is convenient to you and as many times as you like until Monday 11 June 2007.

Everyone is welcome to join the class. If you live outside Australia, please use the currency converter on my website to convert the Aussie dollar to your own currency.

Thank you to the ladies who have taken the class.

Hope you're having a great week.




lots of layouts...

Here's a few layouts to share.

"Topsy" is a vintage/heritage layout, created for a challenge to use older small photos (the small black and whites from the 1930's, '40's and '50's) BUT create a layout that was not the "traditional" heavy and dark heritage look. The photos on my "Topsy" layout are of my mum's family dog when she was a little girl and were taken in the 1930's and 1940's. The journaling remembers some of my mum's memories of Topsy. The papers on this layout are from KI Memories and the title uses American Crafts thickers.


"Carrot Harvest" was for the paint feature. The letters were from five different sets of Heidi Swapp chipboard sets (all different colors) which I painted. Also the large BIG uses some Maya Road sheers acrylic letters over which I've rubbed the paint. Papers used are My Mind's Eye Front Porch.


"Let's Celebrate" was created for the Occasions feature. These birthday photos were not the best, but I wanted to scrapbook them (and mum's yummy sponge cake with fresh cream and strawberries). Papers used My Mind's Eye Magnolia, letters are American Crafts felt thickers:


And a few more Paper Salon layouts also. These were done a little while ago, but I had not shared them. I've used one of my favourite Paper Salon collections on all three, the All Stitched Up collection.


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Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a great week.