Sunday, August 28, 2011

Scrapbook Retreat

Hi All

Well the long awaited Handmade by Suzanne scrapbooking retreat was on this weekend at Fairbridge in Western Australia and it was fantastic.  I met some lovely ladies and we all had an absolutely fabulous time.  Thanks Suzanne for organising it and well done on its huge success - can't wait until next year!  For those ladies that couldn't make it this year make sure you get in for the next one.

I have quickly photographed my layouts to share as I have to go out for my girlfriends birthday and I have a huge week before going away on leave on Thursday.  Sorry for the quality of the photography but I haven't got time to fiddle today - you all get the picture though. 

Lucky me I got to sit next to the lovely and very talented Treesa Young and she gave me the idea for this layout - Thanks Treez!  Have used Authentique Journey Papers and embellies, Kaisercraft wooden frame and Rub On, Prima flower, AC Thickers and Martha Stewart Punch, Tim Holtz Distress Ink and string.  Love this photo of my Nephews, Liam and Lachlan.
Trudi Harrison inspired this layout, I love her work.  Have used Kaisercraft Blae & Ivy Papers, Rub Ons and Paper Blooms, Sizzix Die Cut Bird Cage, Pink Paislee Butterfly, Green Tara Mini Rose, Lac, Martha Stewart punches and Tim Holtz Inks.  An old photo of Mitchell, Maddie and Liam at Cafe 58.
Lachlan dressed up in his pirate costume.  Have reworked this layout by adding some Rock Candy to the skulls and some Kaisercraft paper blooms.
Now these are some very old photo's of Liz, myself, Brenton and Andrew visiting Santa in the John Martin's Magic Cave.  We used to visit him every year when we went to Adelaide for the holidays.  Have used the Girls Paperie Christmas range, Bakers Twine, AC Thickers, Sizzix Rosette Die Cut and Cheery Lynn Designs Doily Die Cut.
This is Maddie all dressed up to go to her school disco.  She has straightened her hair for the first time and is looking stunning.  Used Crate paper Portrait papers, Cheery Lynn Designs Doily, AC Thickers, Green Tara Mini Roses, Kaisercraft Paper Blooms and chip Florish.
Each year on holidays the family play Euchre and this year Maddie and her cousin were the champs.  Have used Kaisercraft Timeless Papers, random playing card, AC Thickers, Rose ribbon and MS Punch.  The layout is very simple but with the playing cards it was hard to embellish.  It tells the story!
Well that's all folks my weekends creations!  Sorry it is so rushed but I am already running late to go out.  To all those lovely ladies that I met from Albany and Busselton that wanted to visit my blog a big "hello".  It was so lovely to meet you all, you were great fun.  Will be signing off for a couple of weeks so won't be signing back in until after September 10th.  Until then take care and thanks for visiting my blog!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crop Layouts

Hi Blog Followers,

Firstly I would like to apologise to those ladies who have been checking my blog each week and there have been no posts.  I have really been struggling lately with motivation or inspiration to scrap so therefore I have had nothing to share.  Thank you for sticking with me!

Yesterday was my monthly crop at Northside so finally sat down and created a couple of layouts.

This first layout is my girlfriend Julie the night of her 50th birthday.  We had come home from dinner and both got into our PJ's to share a bottle of wine.  Her personality just shines through in these photo's.  Have used Authentique Uncommon range of patterned papers and AC cardstock, Martha Stewart Floral Vine deep edge punch, MME Lost & Found Two Blush Better Title, AC Thickers, Rhinestones. I have fussy cut the flowers from one of the papers in the range.
My two best friends.  This is the same night and I love this photo of them both.  Have used Kaisercraft Miss Nelly Die Cut that I have halved and then fussy cut the flowers from Echo Park Victoria Gardens Rose Garden paper also used Martha Stewart frong punch and Echo Park Victoria Gardens Element Stickers
Today is my wonderful Dad's birthday but sadly he's away so will have to celebrate when he returns.  This is the card I made for him.  Thanks to my lovely friend Suz for the gorgeous masculine papers from her Kaisercraft Hunt & Gather paper pad.  Also used Kaisercraft paper blooms, Green Tara roses, Tim Holtz Film Strip, String, AC Thickers and Martha Stewart punch.
A close up of the cluster.
Well next weekend is our retreat weekend so I have got two long days of scrapping so let's hope I get my mojo back and I can get organised enough to have a productive weekend.

Hope you all have a great week!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

HBS August Sketch

Hi All

Well finally sat down to scrap again.  This is my take on the sketch by Michelle Fowler at Handmade by Suzanne.
I have used AC cardstock, LYB Elizabeth Park die cut, Fancy Pants Beach Babe patterned papers, die cut embellies and chipboard sticker embellishments, AC thickers, Kaisercraft rub on (can never get rub ons to look good), twine and Prima Pearls.  Have painted the sun with Rock Candy for more effect, added Glossy Accents to some of the chipboard and painted the thongs with Glimmer Glam.  There's a lot happening on the page but I think by putting it on a black background the photo is still the focus of the layout.
This is the sketch by Shell.  It's such a gorgeous sketch and the draw is random to win a great prize so why not have a go at it yourself!  We also love to see new people in the gallery.

The sun is shining in Perth today.  Yippee!!  Heading out to do the shopping and will hopefully find the inspiration to scrap again while the footy is on this afternoon.  Footy tomorrow and then back to work before I know it.  Go the mighty Eagles!!

Until next time have a great week and keep warm and dry, the rain is coming back!