Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I Need to Scrap!

With all the Christmassy things going on, I haven't had a chance to do much scrapping and I miss it! Actually Emma has been scrapping more than I have. She got lots of scrapping goodies under the tree and has been crafting like crazy, while I have been unpacking the last of the boxes, cleaning, cooking and organising. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though. My scrapping room is just about done and I am in here at the moment. I still need to get a few more storage things and I will be ready to scrap. I have so many new photos from Christmas that I can't wait to use. Most of my favourites were taken on Christmas Eve, as I decided to put the camera away on Christmas morning, after taking just a few, so I could really enjoy it with the kids.

I was sooo tired on Christmas morning. Jack was too excited to sleep on Christmas Eve. He kept hearing Santa's sleigh on the roof, and didnt go to sleep until 12.30am! Of course Santa couldnt visit til he went to sleep. Then Emma was up at 2am, so excited because she saw that Santa had been and she could see all the pressies under the tree. She wanted to wake Jack up then and there and get started opening presents, but I made her some toast and then popped her into bed with me. Finally she went back to sleep. I managed to get a few hours sleep before they both woke me up after 6, then we called mum and dad over and then the present opening began!

The kids got mountains of new toys, as usual. Jack got so much Lego, and some of the boxes were huge, but he had them all assembled by boxing day. I can't believe how quick he is these days. Em got plenty of crafty stuff, which she just loves. We had such a nice day, and I really loved being at our house for the whole day and not having to go out.

As much as I love Christmas, I'm glad that it's all over for another year. I'm looking forward to getting the house completely sorted. I went out and bought a heap of new furniture yesterday, and a nice big new tv too. I cant wait til everything gets delivered next week! I am looking forward to things getting back to normal and having a bit more time. I am really missing scrapping, so I am making some time tonight to finish off a few things that I had started before Christmas, so hopefully I'll have something interesting to share in the next day or two.

Hope everyone has a great New Years Eve tomorrow night!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Layout and a Sketch

Wow, I have had such a busy day, Christmas shopping this morning and then this afternoon I have been busy trying to set up my scrap room. Just got some new shelves today but I think I will need a lot more. I have so much stuff and I'm finding heaps that I've forgotten I even bought, still in the bag from the scrap shop. It's like Christmas when I open up a bag and see what's inside, lol. I haven't had much of a chance to scrap, but here is a layout I did a little while back for A2Z Scraplets, and it's on their blog at the moment. It's one of the only photos I got of Jack being a page boy at my cousins wedding. The light in the church was not so good for my camera, so I'm glad I got this shot.

And this is the sketch which is up on the A2Z blog at the moment. Entries for this sketch close at the end of January so you have heaps of time to do it. I cant wait to give it a go :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Some More Layouts...

Just a quick post again, these layouts were for A2Z Scraplets...

At the moment I am setting up my scrap room! I have been waiting for this day for soooo long. I got some tables today and now I am unpacking all the boxes (you wouldnt believe how many - seriously, I think I could probably open a shop with all that I have!) I can't wait til it's all sorted, a room just for my scrapping, and I wont have to pack it all up every time we have a meal and need to use the dining table. Life is good!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Imaginisce Polar Expressions

I totally love everything that Imaginisce bring out, and the Polar Expressions range is no exception. The papers are just divine, and I just love the polar bears and the cute little bird with the ear muffs. I am determined to use up every little bit of this range, and I have quite a few works in progress, but here is what I have finished so far...

I was going to call this layout "Secret Santa" and journal about how my dad sometimes dresses up as Santa and visits the kids on Christmas Eve. He didnt do it last year because I thought they might work out who it was, as they are getting older and a bit more clued on. But when they were looking at this photo as I was making the page, all they saw was Santa, not Poppy, so I just called it "We Love Santa".

This next layout was made using a sketch over at Scraps of Us. I quite liked the sketch and the page came together so quickly. That photo of the kids was taken a few years ago, and I used it on some of my Christmas cards but I still hadnt scrapped it, so it was good to finally get it done.

This frame was made using a plain wooden frame that I've had lying around for ages. I just painted it, and then covered it with papers. It looked a bit plain so I made a little scalloped frame for around the photo. (I am so addicted to scallops!) And dont you just adore that little polar bear?

And lastly for now, here is a few gifty things that I've made - an altered tin, gift tag and card. I used the I-top tool to make the brads on the card and the tag, and I totally love it! There are loads of projects using this range on the Imaginisce blog so make sure you go and check it out.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I'm Back!

Yes, I know, it's been a while. I have been staying down at mum and dad's to sort the last stuff out at my old house, but now I'm up here for good! Finally! This is just a super quick post, to share a few layouts that I havent put on here yet. I havent scrapped hardly at all lately, because I havent been home, so I am dying to get stuck into it!

This is a layout I did a little while back for Blossies (one of the last ones I did as a dt member. I can't believe how fast the last year flew by!) The theme was hidden journalling, so I hid it behind the snowman. This layout is about how Jack always wishes for snow every Christmas. I wish that his wish would come true, I'd love a white Christmas!

This one was made for the DoCrafts magazine, and I also added some hidden journalling behind the photo to fit into the Blossies theme. So funny, Em is still worried that she is on the naughty list. She had a cry today, sobbing out "I just can't help it, I keep being naughty". She really isn't that bad though, not as naughty as she seems to think she is anyway, lol.

Well, that's it from me for now. The kidlets are tucked into bed, so I think I'd better get started with some present wrapping.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kaisercraft Christmas Layouts

Just wanted to share some of my Christmas layouts that have been featured on the Kaisercraft blog. This first one uses the Christmas Carnival range, which is one of my all time favourites. It went perfectly with that photo too :)

This next one was made with the Dear Santa range. I love how the product tags are so good to use on layouts too. This range is so gorgeous for using with black and white photos, I just love it.

And this last one was made using the Kaisercraft Belle range. I have been waiting for ages to scrap this photo because it had such a big space over on the side, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. And I just love that photo of my little elf :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

I'm Back Online! Yahoo!!!

Well, I've finally moved and we are totally loving our new house and living near the water. I have been without internet for a little while now though, but I'm finally up and running again, thank goodness! It was so frustrating being without it. I've just got a couple of scrappy shares for now, cos I'm just about to head back to my old house to pick up the last bits and pieces and to give it a good clean. I really dont feel like driving down there today, especially seeing as it's perfect beach weather here today, but I guess it has to be done.

This is the layout I did for the Saturday Sketch on the Kaisercraft Blog. I love the Dear Santa papers, they are so nice for distressing. I just need to keep unpacking my scrapping supplies to find the brads that I want to put in the centre of those flowers to finish it off. I got Em to write on the Dear Santa postcard on the layout. You probably cant read her writing, but it says "I've been trying to be good, love Emily" So cute. She is really worried that she wont be getting any presents because she thinks she may have been too naughty, but she really is a good little girl, most of the time anyway, lol.

I've also been making some decorations for the Christmas tree with the kids. I've done this as a step by step project on the Blossies Blog. This one uses Kaisercraft Christmas Carnival papers, and it's a really simple fun project that's easy for kids to do as well.
Well, I'd better be off. I'll be back real soon though with lots more to share. Hope you all have a happy scrappy weekend!!!
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