Tuesday, July 30, 2013

card class and a little visitor

The car is packed and ready to head to Brassall this afternoon for our card class for this term at school with some of the teachers and staff :)  Here is a peek at what we will be creating this afternoon -

My preparations were almost complete yesterday when I started to clear the scraproom of my mess and file away any scraps into the hanging files I have in a 4 drawer filing cabinet at the back of my scraproom.  I keep my patterned paper scraps in the top drawer of one cabinet and the cardboard scraps in the top drawer of the cabinet beside it.  The other drawers are full of plastic boxes housing my chipboard lettering & shapes as well as die cut shapes and stickers and all the other little bits and pieces.  My brother in law brought me home these cabinets when they were being discarded from his work during an office refurbishment and I just love them.  However, this little visitor found coiled up underneath my patterned paper scraps yesterday afternoon was not so welcome.

I am still waiting for an official decision from Wildlife Qld but the general consensus from those in the know is that it is only a brown tree snake and only mildly venomous.  Our concern was that he was an Eastern brown and therefore highly venomous - in fact the 2nd most deadly snake in the world.  The disturbing part of this story is that we actually evicted this fellow from exactly the same spot about 10 days ago - hubby bravely donning his welding gloves and grabbing him and taking him to the bushland at the end of our driveway.  The fact that he is back just 10 days later in the same spot  has led to him being driven 5 kilometres away this time before his release!  Hopefully he not a homing pidgeon and won't be returning this time.

I now have an hour before school pickup is due and I'm free to re-enter my scrap room safely so I'm off to play! 

thanks for stopping in.

Monday, July 29, 2013

One door closes another door opens

This quote was one used often in my family home when I was growing up.  It covered so many different situations - from walking away from a bad situation and looking to a brighter future to taking on a new challenge which required leaving behind the safety of what I knew. 

Some time ago I took a class at Big Picture Classes where I came across a blog link to one of their teachers - Jennifer Mohler.   She had started a project which she outlined on her blog (click her name to go there and check it out for yourself) called 100 Life changing moments.  Her story inspired me to start my own list of life changing moments and to start scrapping my life in the hope that my kids will, in years to come, understand a little more about who I am and how I got to the point of becoming their mum.

This layout is a result of that list and I thought the old quote I grew up with summed up this point in my life really well.  Add to this that Molossi had sent me some wonderful chipboard to play with in July which featured all kinds of hardware including doors, locks and keys and I was ready to have some fun. 

This layout tells the story and shows the pictures of my move from NSW to QLD in 1991.  I was lucky enough to have 2 parties - one with family and the other with friends to celebrate this bold move away from my family home, lifetime friends and everything I knew.  It was scary but exciting at the same time.   I didn't know at the time but these photos would also be the last ones I would have taken in this house as a couple of years after I left the house had to be demolished due to termite damage and a new home now stands in it's place.  For this reason also - these photos with those I love in them are very special.

The journaling for this layout is hidden behind the large Molossi chipboard door on the right side page - it opens on hinges to allow the journaling to be read.  The smaller doors, locks, keys and the gorgeous chipboard hanging sign which the title is displayed on are all from Molossi's stunning range of chipboard.  Follow this link to check out their entire range or ask your local scrapbook retailer if they can get you some - www.molossi.com.au

thanks for dropping by and checking out what I've been scrapping - I'm off to finalise the last card for my school card workshop this Wednesday so I hope to be back to share those cards later in the week.

Molossi have just sent me a beautiful new bag of goodies to play with for August so you'll be seeing something else with their stuff real soon :)

bye for now.....

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The first of many

The May/June eisteddfod season has come and gone and thanks to the wonderful photography from Dance Vision I now have another couple of USB's full of wonderful dance images to scrap from.  Thank goodness for Hope from Dance Vision who had to teach me how to open their rather clever (but confusing for some of us) USBs.

So, this layout featuring my daughter and her friends from Dance Time Studios in their 10 & Under (yes, I do have to keep reminding myself they are only 10 years old) Neo-classical group to a song called "Pure Imagination" is the first of many I'm sure I will be scrapping over the coming 12 months.

The chipboard I have used here is from an old stash I had of Basic Grey chipboard and it went so well with all the colours I was using.  Add some lettering from Bella, some sparklets from Kaisercraft a die cut made from transparency and run through the cuttlebug with an embossing folder for a bit of added interest and a couple of handcut flowers from a Kaiser range of paper and the job was done.

I'm thinking as the last couple of layouts I have done have been about either my daughter or myself, it might be time to go search the files for something of my hubby and my little man and get a masculine style layout together - I've still got some yummy chipboard from Molossi to play with including motorbikes and barbed wire - I'm sure I can find a photo to suit :)

Thanks for dropping by, I hope your scrapping time is bringing you some joy this week

Monday, July 15, 2013

July catchup

Whilst I've been very quiet on my blog for the past month I have been busy scrapping away.  School holidays have been and gone in Queensland and this is week 2 back to school for my little muchkins.

In June, Molossi sent me a wonderful package of great chipboard to play with - cogs, kids on scooters, motorcycles and barbed wire.  Whilst I love my flowers, it's fantastic to do some pages with these more masculine style chipboard pieces.  Here was the resulting page - Scooter Patrol

I had fun playing with texture paste, some distress inks and even pulled out my poor Pazzle die cutting machine which I hate to admit gets no where near enough of a workout in my room :)  The scooter boy & girl and all those wonderful chipboard cogs are all from Molossi - drop by their blog and see the step by step instructions to this layout and also the wonderful inspiration from the other designers - Leanne has used some of the barbed wire chipboard on her layout this month featured here - it's magnificent - http://molossidesigns.blogspot.com.au/

Other than my work with the Molossi chipboard, I've also had a play with some Dusty Attic chipboard - also available from Molossi.  Here is a layout I created last month featuring one of my besties.  We met in highschool and I'm lucky enough to have her living close by and she also shares my passion for scrapbooking - it's lovely to be able to catch up weekly and scrap the night away

There is still journaling to be done which will pull out from the olive green punched piece on the right hand side but nothing like a UFO to work on when inspiration doesn't happen.  These photo was taken at Michele's daughter's engagement party - a great milestone!

Well off to do the usual school run so I'll be back in a day or two with some more scrapping to share.

thanks for stopping by xxx