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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Photos are a big deal...!

Wow it's been too long since my last post, I apologise.  I have just figured out I can use hubby's iPad (shhh).  Once this house is finished we are definitely moving to where there is better internet reception and closer to a high school which we will chose for our eldest daughter next year. Yes you read that right high school - I am almost beside myself with that notion, Year 7 is now high school.  Well after hours on the iPad & iPhone I just figured out I cannot upload from hubby's iPad so I am back on my iMac to share with you all that I have been up to… 

What I wanted to share today is the importance of taking those photos not for just the big events but also for everyday, to remind ourselves of the wonderful life that we have.  I have just spent 3hrs on my photos downloading to USB drives ready to print from this year, now this is not to say I haven't backed up which I try to do regularly.  This year has been full of big events but also small ones too & without photos I wouldn't remember half of it or the emotions attached to these times.

The end of February I was on camera duty for a Show skate night for own club to "Show the Love for Steve".  This night saw me as club photographer take 1200 photos in three hours of the antics that everyone got up to that night to celebrate the life of a wonderful man who's life touched the skating community around the globe.  Also this night was our youngest daughters first night skating in front of a crowd which she did very well at.  The memories in these photos will fill a 12x12 album on it's own.

We blasted into May with a wedding!!!  My little step sister married her lovely man & I have a new step brother.  Even though it was windy & a slightly cool morning it was the perfect day.  Along with my hubby I was the photographer for the day...oh my and was I worried I wouldn't be able to take the right photos of the wedding.   I didn't have to worry I was working with a beautiful bride. I love many of the shots that we got - so full of fun & emotion.  
Our daughters were apart of this special occasion - the cheeky little flower girl made my dad, step-mum, my big bro, hubby & I laugh many a time during the day.  It was her first wedding party & I couldn't believe how well she behaved!!!  

This photo of the happily married couple would have to be one of my favourites - their first quite moment together after the ceremony.

 The end of May our eldest daughter competed in her second competition for the year, in Artistic Rollerskating which is her challenge that she thrives on… My albums are always celebrating these special moments that I once again catch on the camera.  Without these photos I would not remember that this was the day she received two bronze medals for two events which saw her grinning from ear to ear!  Plus look at that height off the floor.

 Now without photos how would I remember the day, the emotions, the fun.  Then along comes the journalling so that I can convey these words, these feelings about these days too those who looks through the albums, including our girls who love looking through these photos and they can enjoy the day all over again.

And this is why I scrapbook…  This page was made for my sisters wedding, a family photo dad took of us.  This page sits with many other pages including some project life which I like to incorporate hence the no journalling on this layout.

This is the reason that we love the beach… works well for mixed media.

My daughters antics waiting for her sister to finish skating resulted in this layout & I really love it.  I used a lot of embossing powder to create the background.

 I finally figured out the layout to create for these skating photos from last year.  Mists were a great way to add interest to this layout that keeping it simple so that they eye is drawn to the photos. 

This layout is all about the journalling that goes with the photos.  It speaks volumes when you can read the story.  You become engaged with what is happening & understand why the photos are there.

 I am still figuring out what I want to write about these photos…I was just a little girl with my big bro & I only remember snippets of these days from the actual photos.  My parents have told me alot from this time at the Gold Coast where we always holidayed.  The yellow fun in the sun paper is the main paper that I used backing onto the blue for added definition.

Kaiser craft paper was used for this layout… Another holiday on the coast with my family when I was a little girl.  I can remember more about this day just from the photo & will be journalling as such.

 This page is one of my favourites…
Wow look at my mum after having two kids - lucky lady she is a stunner!!  Journalling has been added in two ways, around the circle & the yellow strips.  I remember nothing from this holiday at Kirra - Gold Coast I was too young.

 The last page I wish to share with you is of my daughter last year.  Her dress up day at Kindy and she decided that she wanted to be Elsa… Okay dress bought that was easy…photos taken & Queen Elsa pose certainly down pat.  Now came the challenging part scrapping these photos.  As usual I draw on the certain colours in my photos & work from there - trying to create a layout that suits this actual them - The Snow Queen.  
I just love how this page turned out, when I started I had no-idea what it was going to look like, I just went for it.

Well if you stayed with me all through that long post, Thank you very much indeed.  It has been a year full of ups but also full of a few downs where two precious members of our family passed away.  In my grief I work through layouts to help.  At this stage I cannot as yet scrapbook these members that I loved so dearly, but in time I will be able to do so which will include all the emotional journalling that will be present on the page.  
Until then I will keep scrapping the happy times until I can scrap those I have lost.
Hence why I say photos are important and so is spending time with those we love, because you don't know if tomorrow will be yours.  
Tomorrow the sun will rise again.  
A new day will begin but right now is the here and now.

So enjoy those precious moments, even if they are full of chaos, family are the ones we love the most.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Inspiration…

Well the drama's of internet not working when there is so much to get done, it's crazy how much we have come to rely on it… Thankfully this morning after a 5min phone call my internet provider got it going again so painlessly that I can now share with you the March Inspiration Board…

This was a definite challenge for me, I think just because of the colours…Mind you it wasn't long before they grew on me.  There are so many ideas that one can take from this page.
The Inspiration from the current team including myself & the rules of the board can be found here Caribbean Skies.
This is my page resulting from the above Inspiration board ...
I used all embellishments from the D-Lish store & really played around to get the right feel for this photo.  Love those paper bags which can give just that big pop of contrasting colour.  
I still achieved glitter & bling even on this page.  All these Paper Flowers & the Leaf Spray can be found in the store and there are so many goodies to go through… Just go take a look & see what I mean WOW plus excellent postage rate too.  

If you would love extra challenges on top of this come & join us over on Facebook at The Scrap Suite where there are challenges set once a month for the cyber crop & you have the whole month to complete them!!!!  Yes you read that right the whole month!!!

So until next month which is literally only days away bringing with it Easter happiness & school holidays YEAH!!!   Make time to spend with family & taking precious photos to cherish!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

February Fun...

Well this weekend is raining, flooding and just plain wet, which presents a great opportunity to stay inside and scrap a page or two so why not come on over to D-Lish Scraps Blog and check out all the lovely inspirational pages by the team for this mood board Beachside Bliss…
Sigh I love this board, I love these colours!
Well I just loved all the elements (do you get the feeling that I am drooling) on this mood board & I can see many more pages being made from this lovely board but for me I created this page of my beautiful little sisters wedding.  I couldn't help myself… you know me - glitter, pearls, flowers, silver doilies oh just perfect for these photos.
Now I used the flowers, the words, doilies & glitter all from the D-Lish Scraps Store where there are so many embellishments for exceptionally great prices… So grab a cuppa and go cruise the shop, you will be pleasantly surprised at what is on offer!  There is always new items being added and the beginning of every month there is a new Just Add Paper Kits which coincide with the current Inspirational Mood board for that month.  Great value for money too!

So find some time to let the creative outlet go & scrap some of those precious moments in your life.
Enjoy your weekend.  Happy Scrapping!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Last one for the month.

Well January has almost gone and I didn't get to make 30 layouts for this month but I am really happy that I achieved 18!!!  This for me is a huge amount as life can get so busy.  So considering this I thought I would share a layout I completed back in October just for fun.
I used this sketch...

Resulting in this layout which for me is a little different to my normal style.
Sketches are a fun way to kick start a new page & new ideas so when you come across one you like give it a go and see what happens.

So until next month Have fun Scrapping & enjoying those you love!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

30 Days = 30 Layouts…?

Welcome to the last week of January…
(A long post with lots of layouts - so get comfy and enjoy)
In Australia this means Back to school.  The school holidays have been a blast, Sun, Sand & Surf…plus much needed rain.  Plenty of family time was spent on the family dairy farm & also at the beach!  It has been a wonderful 8weeks. 

This month I decided to take up the challenge and create 30 layouts for January…Just for the fact that I feel like I am not getting many layouts done & starting to get overwhelmed by all these photos that have been taken.  So my plan is to try & accomplish a set amount of layouts per month this year if I can.  If I don't achieve the target then what I have done is a bonus thankfully, otherwise they wouldn't be completed and the photos would still be looking at me.

For me as you know its all about the bling bling… This is where I am up to at the moment. 

If you have never been to D-Lish Scraps go and take a look at what is on offer in this online store… So many goodies for such a small price!  

These pink bows on this page are just one of the items in the store along with this massive 8" doily.
 Lots of texture paste & bubble wrap stamping was use on this layout...
 Love Heidi Swapp and her Color shine plus her resist papers = colour magic.  
These doilies were also from D-lish which I coloured with the colour shine.
 Chipboard works wonders as a border around photos.
Easiest background ever - kaisercraft paint & marbles in a pizza box … plus of course glitter.

 My sisters wedding - these layouts were so much fun to make.
Spellbinders dies used to border the photo.  Plus another big doily from D-Lish & I sprayed it Black.
The same Spellbinders die as above was used on this page too and silver doilies from D-Lish.
 So simple & easy using glitter ribbon as a background.

This Challenge sketch I just had to have a crack at...
Ending up with this layout from the sketch.

 Another challenge was 3 colours on the colour wheel I chose the Triade colour & came up with this… Lime, Blood Orange & Purple Blue.

Playing around with a kit from Scrappy Chat Designs where you buy the kits which have instructions & also a video tutorial…Creating 3 or more pages etc.  I added purple & the glitter background to personalise for my scrapping.
 Another one from the same kit that came with the layout above which I changed to suit me once again.

I was having a play around with these next three layouts.
Doilies, chipboard butterflies, string & a few well placed flowers helps create this layout.

These two have lots of gesso, texture paste, bubble wrap stamping with ink... 

Don't hold back the glitter on my layouts… 
In total for the month I have completed 18 layouts & it's already the 28th of January so not sure how many more I will actually get done but would love to have a play around tomorrow.  We made many wonderful memories over these holidays & try to create memories everyday.  So take the time to spend with your family as you don't know what tomorrow holds.

Until next time…Happy Scrapping.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year - 2015!!!!!!!

Wowee Happy New Year!!!!!  2015 is here along with new opportunities & a fresh start.  
I did not make a new years resolution I just wish to spend more time with my family & scrap those photos that seem to get printed but nothing more… So I will be busy getting my scrap on.

To start off this new year our D-Lish Inspiration Challenge Board for January is ready to go!!
This is such a fun bright colourful challenge so come & join us & you could win a $30 D-Lish Store voucher to spend on some yummy product.  Who doesn't like to win?
Under the pump as I have had sick children in the lead up to getting this layout done I didn't think I could work so well under pressure…but oh yes I can!!!
Photo was taken on my iPhone so not the best quality as camera's have died & new camera only has a long lens for skating photos so need a shorter lens. 

Anyway I used all those gorgeous colours…
Making my background using one piece of white card stock & my dylusions sprays I built the colours from there.  Yes I did use glitter too you know I just can't let a layout go by without some sort of dazzle on it.

You & Me Together
You can find all these items that I used in the D-Lish store so go take a look at the lovely products with exceptional prices.

So welcome to 2015 where the possibilities are endless, photos are memories & life is to be lived with love.  Until next time find the glitter & have fun.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Still time to Play...

Christmas is done & dusted again under the Australian summer sun… 
Such a special time that I hope you got many photos of fun & togetherness. 
 I have had one heck of a busy month…the lead up to christmas was insane.

I am still over the moon that I am on my first ever Inspiration design team at D-lish Scraps… I was blown away that I have been given this incredible opportunity to share my layouts on this wonderful blog… 
You can read all about the new team Inspiration Team & Current Board Here and join in all the fun & create a layout to share.  Plus there is a Facebook page as well!!!!  
Isn't the Summer Sorbet board just lovely & mouth watering… Yummy.

This is my layout that I created for this board… I just had to use these 8 inch doilies that I got from the D-Lish online shop… Yes you read that right online store & I used my Heidi Swapp Color shine to change the colours so that they reflected the colour of the board.

So pleased with how this turned out… 
What I used from D-Lish Store; 
Paperclip arrows, Flowers, 8inch doilies, glitter, small foil hearts & mini confetti words.    
You know I would used glitter I can't help myself and the store has lots of glitter in sweet little glass bottles so I can get more & more & more.

So come over & join in the fun there is lots of inspiration from our team & also the design team… Cybercrops once a month & so much more.