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online scrapbooking class q&a's

Thank you to the ladies who have registered for the Same Path mini album on-class.


I have received some emails with enquiries regarding my latest online class. Here's some questions and answers. Let me know if there are any other questions.

Do you know where I can find the Maya Road binder book used in the class?  I did a quick Google search for the book, and found the Maya Road 6"x 6" binder books stocked at the following online stores in Australia:

There were several other on-line scrapbooking stores that stocked the books, but were showing them to be 'out of stock' at the time of my search.

If I can't find the Maya Road binder book, can I use another album? Yes. The Maya Road binder book is a blank book for you to build your album. Any mini album will work, for example a plastic sleeved mini album can be used, you just use a cardstock base instead of the chipboard page.

What forms of payment do you accept? Payment can be made through PayPal. You will be directed to the PayPal site during the checkout stage of class registration. You can pay with your Credit Card using this method. For people wishing to take the class within Australia, I also offer Direct Credit, and our bank account details are shown during the checkout stage of class registration.

Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great week.



my latest online class is now open

I'm pleased to announce my lastest online class is now open. In this class you can create a mini album using a Maya Road Chipboard Binder Book. Please click here to read more about the class and register.


Just a reminder, my classes are available on demand. The classroom has been designed so you will be able to work through the class steps whenever you have the time, rather than at a specific time slot. Look forward to your visit soon.

Have a great weekend.




it's cupcake time again

There's another birthday in our house today. My beautiful Emily is 12 years old.

Happy Birthday gorgeous girl.

We've had the present opening frenzy this morning. Phone calls from Nana and friends. Pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast (Emily's specialty). All very exciting stuff!

And the cupcakes have gone to school... all 36 of them. Apparently, not only do we supply cupcakes for the whole class, but all Emily's friends not in her class must have a cupcake too. It's a good thing we like making cupcakes in this house.


So last night was the cupcake making and decorating marathon. I have a new favourite cupcake recipe. After years of using the same recipe (and being very happy with it), I tried a new recipe a few weeks back. And it is delicious. It's a Donna Hay recipe. If you have the Donna Hay Modern Classics Book 2, the recipe is on page 54 (cupcakes with crushed raspberry cream, except I don't use the raspberry cream, just the cupcake part of the recipe). Delicious!

Have a great day! Thanks for visiting.


National Trust, Science week and daffodils

While I was away recently, Phoebe and friends went to the National Trust office here in Sydney for the presentation morning for the National Trust Schools Competition.


They were thrilled to be placed second (and received a highly commended award) in the competition. This is what the judges said about their project: "A beautifully presented description of the Suspension Bridge. The three students have clearly and simply described the history, heritage and significance of the bridge in an engaging way."


The original post about the scrapbook can be found HERE. And the competition press release from the National Trust can be found HERE. I was so proud of them.


This week is Science week at the girls school. The senior kids were given a project to create a mobile from objects found around the home. Emily worked with two friends to create this:


Yep, the classic combination of coat hangers, vegetables and ribbon, all strung together to balance perfectly.

Vegemobilecarrot Vegemobilesquash Vegemobileyellow

Then it started raining here this morning, and the mobile was meant to be water proof. Sooo, Emily decided to make the mobile an umbrella. (I'm not sure how much glad wrap we have left in the cupboard... note... add glad wrap to shopping list)


And while I was out this morning with the camera I took some photos of our daffodils. Three months back the girls and I planted our bulbs into some pots.


Well, here's what we've been enjoying over the last couple of weeks. They are so bright and happy.


Daffodil1 Daffodil2

That's about all for now! Thanks for visiting. Hope you're having a great day :-)


Fiona x

DCM card challenge

The challenge this week over at Daring Cardmakers is titled Photo Finish (to create a card for any occasion but it must include a photograph somewhere! The photo subject can be people, items, locations, flowers, absolutely anything so get snapping.)

Thanks for the challenge girls!

Here's my card this week.


I love catching up with friends for coffee. (And sadly, I had several photos of my coffees to choose from for this card - LOL).

I also used one of the new Maya Road journaling sheers on there. The colours of the sheers when perfectly with my coffee :-)

Thanks for visiting.



Chicago tourist notes

I have finally organised my photos from my trip to Chicago into an album. After CHA I had nearly three days to explore the city. The ablum can be seen HERE (or in the right column).

On the Monday I spent the day with the lovely Karen of Karen's Scrappin Kupboard, taking a river cruise, wandering the city for the day, shopping, going to the top of the Hancock building, having dinner followed by a horse and carriage ride around the city streets at night.

On the Tuesday and Wednesday Rachel and I walked and walked and walked the streets and parks of Chicago. We jumped on buses (and trains) around the city, not really sure where we were going, trusting the friendly bus drivers to tell us when to get off.

By the end of the trip I think we'd mastered the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority). A 3 day pass for $12.00, was great value for all the travelling we did. We were jumping on and off trains and buses all over town.

Below are a few links to the sights of Chicago. There are certainly many, many things which I didn't see in my short time in the city, but would love to go back sometime with my family to explore some more. I really loved Chicago and it certainly has a lot to offer.

I loved wandering along Michigan Avenue (the Magnificent Mile) and had the opportunity to visit it a few times both by day and night.

I took several photos of colourful mannequins which were displayed along Michigan Avenue (and which are in the photo album). These fashion dressing forms were created by students of the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago and the International Academy of Design and Technology, as well as renowned designers located along North Michigan Ave. You can see the full collection and more information about them HERE. If you love colourful creations it's well worth taking a look at them all.

A couple of places to visit for a great view of Chicago:

Millennium Park home to:

  • the Crown Fountain which has two large block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens.
  • Cloud Gate, an elliptical sculpture forged from highly polished stainless steel. A wonderful reflective surface perfect for some interesting photographs.

Also, Buckingham Fountain was quite spectacular.

Karen and I look a Chicago Architecture Foundation cruise. This was a really nice way to see the city and her beautiful buildings while cruising along the river around which Chicago was built.

Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. Lunch and a ride on the large ferris wheel. Rachel and I also took a short harbour cruise from here.

The Field Museum.

Rachel and I also managed a visit to Windy City Scrapbooking. I had met Christina (owner of Windy City) at CHA and she had kindly marked on a tourist map where the store was for me. The scale on those tourist maps can be deceptive, the walk from the train station was a bit longer than it "looked" on the map. But we found our way, and the journey was well worth it. The store was lovely, packed with so many scrapping goodies and the staff were friendly and welcoming. My only regret is I didn't get a photo of the store.

So that is my random memories of Chicago. I'm sure I've missed some bits, but these were some of the highlights of my trip.

Thanks for visiting, and reading... and looking through the photos.

Also, thank you for your comments and emails regarding my lost books from my last post.

Have a great weekend.

Fiona x

Two mini albums went missing

I'm working on my photos from Chicago, and will pop them in an album very soon. But just for now, I thought I'd put this post up...

Two of my little albums went missing from the Maya Road booth at CHA recently. I'm very, very sad to loose these two albums. Both were special, both were about my girls. Not sure why anyone would want an album with someone else's kids in them.

If, by chance, these albums might want to return home, perhaps they could be sent to Maya Road, and the MR girls could forward them onto me. No questions asked, I'd just love them back!

These are the two books. Any information, let me know.

Below, only the book has gone. I have the box.

Box1 Box2

And this one, a little sheer album. I feel sorry for Phoebe about this one. She was so excited about this album, and watched as I was working on it before I left for the show. I assured her I'd get it back, and now it's gone.




Thanks for any help!

Fiona :-)