Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chic Tags Challenge

Hi Scrapbookers

How is your day going? Mine is pretty quiet but I thought I would pop in and share a page...

This page was for a challenge on the Chic Tags blog, the challenge called 4C3S.... confused .. me too.

Basically it was to use Cardstock and 3 Chic Tags product and then the 3 S's you could choose...
I chose sewing, the Silhouette and sequins.

I do have a video coming of this page soon, I needed to put it up before the challenge was done though.
I will add the video hopefully later today.

Edited to add the You Tube link:

Hope you get to sneak some crafting into your day.
Take care

Sunday, July 27, 2014

#5 Happy

Good Morning Scrapbookers...

I have a page to share today done with  a sketch from the Elle's studio blog. I really enjoy Elle's studio products and they make putting a page together so easy no matter which collection. Their stamps and wood veneers are wonderful and I also really like the colours they use.

I have a process video of this page, you can see it here:

Also some still pictures:

\I hope you are having a fun crafty weekend!
Take care

Friday, July 25, 2014

October Afternoon

Hello Scrapbookers!

I have a page to share today that is made with the October Afternoon - Girl Talk.
I saw a great sketch on their blog and here is the result....

I have a corresponding you tube video if you would like to see the process:

Have a blessed day

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Morning Scrapbookers...

Wow it's a frosty start to the day... I just looked at the weather report and it says it's 3.1C but it feels like 1.C yes indeed it does. The sun is coming out though and even if it doesn't warm things up a heap it does make you feel a bit better.

I have been working some more on my Scrap Stash Kit Club pages and I have a quick one to share today.
I used a Let's get Sketchy Sketch so it came together easily.

So here is the page....

I also made a process video for this....still learning.... you can see it here:

And a few close ups:

I hope you are having a crafty day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stocking ..... yes a Christmas page in July

Hi Scrapbookers!

How are you? I hope you are doing well and finding some crafty time today.
I have another page and process video to share.
So... I know there must be a way to upload a video and not have it go live right away, but I have no idea how. I uploaded this one yesterday with my first one. planning on figuring out how to schedule it and then I just published it.  I will google later for instructions.

I saw this sketch over at the Chic Tags blog and I thought that is a great sketch, let's do it.

Here is the sketch and my page...

I will add the journaling (I have no clue why I didn't do it at the time, maybe I was interrupted) around the white cardstock border.

You can see my process video here:

Thanks for stopping by today

Monday, July 21, 2014

Something New!

Hi Guys...

Something new...well it's new to me, I made a video.
Yes it's true I have entered The youtube.
You know what was weirdest about it, yes hearing my voice recorded that was weird, but you know the real weirdest part was the learning how to do it.
It's not rocket science, clearly, you have seen youtube, it's full of intellectuals. It has been a while since I had to learn something like this. With the children, which is what I do day in day out, it's all about adaption, you just roll with it. You grow with them.
Thank goodness to help with youtube there is google, oh how I need google.

But I figured it out for the most part. I still have to figure out some lighting issues and speed issues but I actually finished a complete video and uploaded it. It was fun.
I had a few people ask me/tell me I should make them and I really didn't have a valid reason not to, I am sure I will receive some merciless teasing from my husband but that is pretty standard around here.

So here it is...

I'm pretty looking forward to doing another one, I think it could be addictive.
Hope the sun is shining where you are...
We are hoping for snow tonight!


Sunday, July 20, 2014


Hi Guys....

How is your weekend going? Mine is almost over but the silver lining is the children go back to school tomorrow. Oh how I love these big girls but I am happy for them to head back so we can all have a little balance. I still have the smallest one at home so I won't be completely without companionship.

I have a layout to share today... I actually did the layout two weeks ago but have been in two minds about sharing it. It's been a bit of a hard one, an emotional one but really a necessary one. It's part of our story as a family.

I did it for the challenge over at Creative Scrappers, to do a page without any photos.

Here is the sketch....

And here is my page......

The journaling reads: 

Tonight as I drove the children back to our broken home and broken lives, I talked to them about the earthquakes. About how this time it wasn't just things, it was our people, our families, our community that were hurt. It broke my heart but I had to explain to them that some Mum's and Dad's had died.

I asked them what do you think we need to do to get through this together. Olivia piped up from the backseat and said 'We need courage Mama'. I asked her 'What is courage Olivia?' She responded with - 'It's being afraid but doing it anyway.' Amen. Courage is exactly what we would need.

I'm in tears just typing up the journaling, so you can imagine it was a bit of a process actually getting through the making of a page.

The journaling that is inside the file folder:

I didn't know at this point how hard this would all be, that the shakes wouldn't stop for years, that we would be without a toilet for 6 months. Power and water would be intermittent for a long time.  That everything that was once our everyday, our routine was no longer possible, no longer there. No kindergarten, no library, no swimming pool, no parks, no footpaths even. I'm pleased I didn't know how exhausted we would all be, how heartbroken and sad we would all be, how brave and strong we would have to be. How I would have to rely on every little bit of strength I had to be a positive example to these children, when in fact I was in despair and doing my crying in the shower. I'm pleased because knowing now I don't know if I would have come back.

At the time I never thought of leaving. I thought everyone can't leave, we need to stay and help. What would happen to our city and who would be here to build it back up. I didn't know the struggles then, the worrying, I was still in shock. The grief and the loss didn't come until much later. We will never be the same again. Still now 3 years later, we are holding onto hope.

Thank you 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sunday morning

Hi my crafty people...

Wow is cold here today, the sun is out a little so it doesn't look freezing, but I assure you it is freezing.
I haven't had a lot of time today but I wanted to get this page finished up so I could share it, I just had the journaling and last bits to do. 

This page is about what we call Sunday morning music appreciation, where my littliest girl sits with her Dad and they watch you tube music videos together. 

I love using the project life cards on regular layouts, I do this a lot, let's face it I'm never going to use them all up. I stopped buying them ages ago and they seem to just appear like gremlins. I really like the colours of this page.


Every Sunday morning, you and Dad sit and watch you tube music videos together. You listen to your favourites - it was Bruno Mars (monkeys) and Katy Perry (roar) until you had seen Frozen. Now you want to watch 'let it go' over and over. Because he is a good Daddy he sits through it over and over. Daddy sometimes tries out a new song and you and you will say 'Ah, no'. It cracks me up. This is where we will find you every Sunday morning.

Thanks for stopping by today
I hope your day is going great

Monday, July 14, 2014

This child is funny

Hi scrapbookers!

I'm having a day off from sharing squeeze kit pages today.. just to have a little break.
I made this page of Sophia and I last night, actually it's more about her and how darn funny she is.

Here is the page:

I put the journaling on a card in that first white pocket.


Oh child, you crack me up. You are so very funny. If I ask Olivia what she likes the most about you she says 'she is REALLY funny'. The way you walk, the way you talk, the songs you make up, you have always had a way of adding humour to all you do.
Your sense of humour is really very sophisticated for someone your age and your timing is fabulous. I don't think you really realise how funny you are and that is a good thing. You are enough of a show off now without doing it for attention. I love you goofball. Love Mama.

I really hope that this gift of humour will serve her later in life to help her deal with situations that arise. It is a great diffuser in stressful times. I may make another page in the future about that and other ways that she is quite a bit like her Daddy.

Thanks for stopping by today
I hope you are having a happy day
Take care

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Yellow and Orange

Hi crafty people!

I have two more pages to share from my squeeze kit, I know, it's crazy how fast these are coming together.
I did have a little break from the kit tonight and finished up something else I had already started. I don't want to get tired of it. While finishing that other page I came up with an idea for my next kit page!

So here is the first one...

This is not my favourite page but it is growing on me. I sometimes find it a little tricky to work with colour photos when the children wear so many colours! Anyways, do you like that tshirt I made the kid, look at that super old ribbon I used up on there, and those stamps I love those ki stamps. She made the name tag,  I can take no credit for that. The page is about science day but more kinda about the fact that she went with her choice of what she wanted to be and it was not the same as what everyone else did. I love that.

This one came together really easily, about my baby and how she makes me look at everything like I have never seen it before.  She makes me slow down to look at  the wonder that is the learning hero cape.

I'm off to bed now, school holidays continue tomorrow, wish me luck.
No actually, wish me patience, that is way more helpful.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Squeeze Kit Pages

Hi Scrapbookers!

I can't remember the last time I worked with a colour combination that is so vibrant. I wonder if that is why I am finding it so easy. I do a lot of turquoise, pink, peach, and a heap of white so this is really refreshing and really goes so well with some of my photos. 

I purchased some Amy Tangerine 'sketchbook' daybooks on clearance for me and the girls and when I got home I realised the cover was damaged on one. I took the stitching out and added it to my squeeze kit. I just love those papers and I don't have any left from the collection. I like how all of the Amy Tangerine brighter collections can work together, the papers here are all from sketchbook, the meet me in the sunshine sticker is from ready,set,go and the rubons are from the latest plus one. 

As I mentioned previously.. while I'm crazy excited about working from these kits I am going to combine the kit with other challenges I regularly do. So this is the sketch challenge I did for Life Paper Scrapbook. 

Thanks for coming by today

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I'm back with my page...

Hi guys...

As hoped I am back to share my page... the littliest one decided that today would be a sleeping day so YAY! I got a little time to myself, well the other two girls are here with me but they can busy themselves for a few minutes.

So as I said earlier I had almost finished my first Scrap Stash Kit Club page... I just got the journaling done and now I can share. I also used a sketch from Let's get Sketchy to combine a couple of challenges.

I really enjoyed doing this page, it really is refreshing to do something different.
Off to work on my next one while the sleeping is still happening...
Have a blessed day

Scrap stash kit club

Good Morning Scrapbookers!

So I wasn't exactly looking for something else to add to my already insane list of scrapbooking challenges... but then I strolled upon the scrap stash kit club. This is totally me. I make my own kits or do what I call a collection clean up quite often. I liked the idea of doing it together with others and with a colour scheme guide line. I think this is really important or else I just gravitate to my comfort zone every time. 
I joined the face book group and if you want to learn a bit more about it please head on over to scrap stash kit club.

Here is what I included in my facebook post:

Hi stash people!
If you had asked me if I had much in the way of citrus kinda colours for this squeeze kit I would have said no. I was WRONG! Everybody should be doing this just to see what you really have.
I did the papers first and then after collecting all the other bits I know I will need to go back and source a few more. I will be using some kraft and white for backgrounds - that is pretty standard for me.
I have started two pages already, I should have them up tomorrow - just the journaling to do. I'm really inspired to get back to it!

I hope to have at least one page up to share with you later today... it's school holidays so I'll  keep my fingers  crossed.
I think I will use these products in some of my other challenges too, unless they are a colour challenge of course, just to get double the usage.

Hope you are having a wonderful day
I'm off to chop up some fruit for the starving children, aren't they always starving in the holidays!
Oh my gosh they are eating a lot.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

You did it!

Good Morning Crafty people,

I hope everyone is having a lovely day... we are having a quiet around home day today.
I am having some trouble with some eye infections so I'm not too keen to head out to do things that may be difficult - like driving. The children are home for school holidays so we are lucky we don't have to be anywhere.

Today I wanted to share a page with you I did for the 130 Case File over at CSI. I so enjoyed this colour combination, I really like slightly off primary colours, looking back at pages done with those colours are some of my faves.

I made this page about my little girl and her achievement of completing a triathlon. So very proud of her.

The evidence I used was circles, stars, stripes and a ribbon bow.
For the testimony I used the 4 important things and included that in my journaling.

Journaling - It was wonderful to see you racing today. I am always amazed at how effortless you make it all look. Always remember: You are strong, you are brave, you are beautiful, you are capable of anything.

Thanks for coming by today
Have a fab day

Monday, July 7, 2014

Daddy's Girl

Hi scrapbookers!

I have just finished up my page for the Elle's studio sketch challenge.
I really enjoy using their products, I find them versatile and cheerful and they are so easy to use together, doesn't really matter what collection they are from.

Here is the sketch:

Hope you are having a great day.
Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Hi Crafty friends...

I just loved this weeks case file from CSI, the colours are just gorgeous.

This page is about a relationship between me and my oldest friend - we grew up next door to each other and have known each other since we were three.
Our children are friends and it's just a lovely comfortable happy place to be.

I found the testimony part a little hard this time, I found a 6 word memoir I liked but didn't go with the page so I have stashed that away for later. I did get a memoir though - 'That's what real friendship feels like'
I truly do believe that real friendship feels like sunshine. I may journal more private stuff on the back of the page but I don't know as I have other pages I wish to do about this friendship.

For the evidence I used, chevrons, stitching and a number. The stitching is white on white around the edge of the paper.

Thanks for coming by

Friday, July 4, 2014

You are here

Morning all,

Well it's a frosty one in Canterbury today... the girls always think the grass looks like Tinkerbell has sprinkled pixie dust everywhere. Bless them and the way they see the world, it does make it seem a little more magical and a little less freezing.

Today I am sharing a  mood board challenge I did from Life Paper Scrapbook.
Here is the June mood board:

And ta da! here is my page...

I do enjoy making travel pages and I especially enjoyed this colour palette.

I better go and get my chores done, I have to head back down to school in a bit to see Miss Phia say her one line up on the school stage!
Hope the sun is shining at your place today.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

3 in the bed or 24 books

Hi Scrapbookers!

I'm sharing a page today about Sophia and her sleeping/non sleeping patterns.
I actually did the page a few weeks ago and it's been sitting in my "need to journal" tub for a bit, I realised that I hadn't left enough room in the space above to photo to write all that I needed to. You know what is great for that - Project Life cards! So I found three that went with the colour scheme and I chopped the bottoms off a little so they would fit better. 


Sophia, you don't have an easy time sleeping and you have all of these rituals associated with going to bed. You have grown out of some of them but you still have quite a few. You always have at least three soft toys - in this case Addy, Sophia the first and another random bear. You always have a huge stack of books. I'm not sure what they are for, they are not so useful in the dark.

You used to have an awful time going to sleep and you used to try and keep the other girls awake, so you would have some company but you don't do that so much anymore.You seem to be able to go to sleep ok now but staying asleep is sometimes problematic. You have always had big and bad dreams and they have now grown into night terrors. Hopefully this will be a phase that passes too, it's the price to pay for having such a wonderful imagination.

Recently, Olivia went on her first sleepover, I was thinking about how she would handle it and how she would cope. It hadn't occured to me that you would be bothered by it. I asked you what was wrong and you said "But Olivia's in charge...". You had come to rely on Olivia as part of your sleep comfort. I told you that tonight you could be in charge and you did great, no bad dreams or terrors. Hooray!

See all that blabbering on, that so would not have fitted in that space! But I wanted in on there, because things change so quickly and she won't always do this and I want to remember.

Have a blessed day

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My little girl teaching me the big lessons

Good morning scrappy people!

This page was kind of an emotional one for me... you know those times when the emotions creep up and overwhelm you and you are totally blindsided and are all like where the heck did that come from.
Well this page was like that.
I started working on it and it took me three or four times to get the journaling finished.
Even though it was kind of hard I am so pleased I have it done and the story down.

I used the Thursday sketch from Elle's Studio as my jumping off point:

And here is my page:

I will include my journaling here:

While walking to school with your sisters on Thursday we were talking about lots of general things. You said to me “Will we be getting a new home too Mum?” Since the earthquakes many of our friends have gotten new homes and some have moved away. It’s hard for you to understand because our home is damaged, that actually no we don’t get a new one. For a minute there I felt bad for you, that perhaps you were missing out, just then you slipped your hand in mine and said “I love our life Mum”. I fort back the tears and managed to squeak out “Me too, lovely”.
It’s been tough the last few years but my heart is just so full of love and pride for you. You have the most beautiful spirit, don’t ever be afraid to let it show. Thank you for lifting me up Lela. Love Mama xx

My little girl teaching me the big lessons.
Gosh I love her.

Thanks for stopping by today,