Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch #3

Good morning! I should be busy working right now, but I just wanted to stop in quickly and share this layout I did for the Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch...


I was lucky enough to win last months sketch competition, and my prize was the gorgeous Magnolia Grove papers and embellishments. See that background paper? Well, it's got this gorgeous velvety texture, and it's so pretty that I almost didn't want to use it! But of course I did, and I love how this page turned out. That's one of my favourite photos of my favourite people - my parents and my babies :) :)


And here's the sketch I used...


I turned it upside down, but other than that, I kept it pretty much as it is :) I'm hoping I get a chance to finish off the other Kaisercraft Saturday sketches tonight, because this month they were all fabulous!!

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Place

Yes, I'm still here! We had a busy weekend, starting with a full day at the kids school fair on Saturday. I was working at the Trash & Treasure stall, so I hardly saw the kids all day, except for when they needed more money. I only took 4 photos that day, and they were on my phone, so I'm still trying to figure out how to get them onto my computer, lol. I've been doing LOADS of scrapping too, none of which I can share just yet, but I do have this little page that I whipped up the other day...


Just a quickie page, using an old, old photo of Jack. I think he was around 3 or 4 here. At our old house, we had one of those plastic cubbie things (actually, we had two joined together), that the kids just loved. Jack used to love putting a blanket on the top, and putting a chair in there, and he'd stay in there for ages by himself, reading the toy catalogues. He used to read the Thomas the Tank Engine catalogue for hours too, until it completely fell apart. So cute. I miss those days when the kids were tiny.


Well, I've got a busy day ahead of me, so I'd better stop procrastinating!!! Hope you have a great week!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We're Back!

Our camping weekend was so much fun! The kids had an absolute ball, exploring, roasting marshmallows, and all that other fun camping stuff. The days were beautiful and sunny, but the nights were freezing cold. We all went to bed with about 4 layers of clothes on, but it was still hard to get warm. I really wasn't expecting it to be quite that cold! Once the sun came up it was just perfect though, and it was just the right temperature to go out hiking without getting too hot. I didn't take quite as many photos as I'd planned to, but there were around 230 all up, and here are just a few of them...


The kids were all rugged up here, for an early morning walk down the creek. It was so cold, and it looked like steam was coming up off the water!


Emily in her favourite spot, right in front of the fire. (and yes, they are Jack's hand me down pj's! I didn't want to take her nice girly pyjamas camping, and poor Em kept thinking people were giving her funny looks for wearing boys pj's!)


Climbing around the boulders at the underground creek. Such an interesting place, with water running underground, and then coming out in little waterfalls over the rocks.


Jack loves his cups of tea! I think he drank more tea than I did while we were camping!


This one makes me laugh. Em found this birds nest, and was planning to take it home to keep some of her toys in!


I love this one too. Jack had a huge meltdown on one of our big walks. He just sat down and refused to move...but he got over it eventually :)

Well, I have a mountain of smokey laundry to tackle, then hopefully some scrapping time later on. Hope you have a great week!

Friday, May 11, 2012

We're Going...

Camping this weekend! It's going to be freezing, but the kids CAN.NOT.WAIT!!! It's been years since we last went camping, so I'm looking forward to getting lots of nice outdoorsy photos, and making some wonderful memories with Jack and Em. And I've already got the PERFECT papers to go with the photos I'm going to take :) :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Laugh - HBS May Sketch

Nearly Thursday already? How did that happen? Monday was a public holiday here, so I guess that always makes the week go fast. I've been so sick and fluey, it's amazing I know what day it is! The poor kids, when they went back to school on Tuesday, I sent them with morning tea only, and I'd written out their lunch bags for tuckshop. But it was only when I was heading out to pick them up in the afternoon that I suddenly realised that I had the wrong day - I was thinking it was Monday, not Tuesday! Tuckshop doesn't open on Tuesdays! The poor kidlets, they were starving when they got home! Although they both still had an apple in their lunch boxes, so that made me feel slightly less guilty. If they were hungry enough they would have eaten it, right?

So anyway, today I finally started to feel a little bit better, and finished off a layout that I started last week. This one is for the May sketch challenge at Handmade By Suzanne...


These are the types of photos I love the most. Not posed, not forced, just capturing the moment. I snapped this one while the kids were watching a magic show at Currumbin. I didn't really watch the show, but watched the kids faces instead. It was so funny, the looks of extreme surprise, with huge open mouths, and then bent over in fits of laughter. They loved it!


I used Bo Bunny Ad Lib papers, and the chipboard alphas are from Kaisercraft. And here's the sketch I used...


I actually stuck pretty much exactly to the sketch, which is a bit of a change for me, but it was just so easy to put together :)

Well, I've got a nice crafty day ahead of me tomorrow (after I do a bit of housework that is!), so hopefully I'll have some more layouts to share very soon :) :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 7, 2012

And The Winner Is...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by on The Scrap Kitchen NSD Blog Hop! And a big hello to all my new followers :) I wish I could give everyone a prize, but there can only be one winner...



Congrats! Please email your address to samjackem@yahoo.com.au and I'll get your prize out to you :)

And to everyone else...stay tuned!! I have a HUGE giveaway coming up VERY SOON!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Scrap Kitchen NSD blog hop!!

WOOHOO, Welcome to the Scrap Kitchen NSD blog hop!!!

You have a chance to win one or more of 50 prizes from 50 different blogs!!!

This is the EASIEST BLOG HOP EVER! All you have to do to win a prize is to PLEASE LEAVE a comment under this post. I would also love it if you would become a follower of my blog!

On Sunday May 6th I will choose someone randomly to win the prize.

My prize is a pack of embellishments, including Purple Pumpkin buttons and doilies, Imaginisce flowers and lots more!!!



The winners details will be posted on here so make sure you check back to see if you have won!

For your next chance to win, please go to Drew Scott http://www.scrappyhappiness.com/ to leave some more blog love.

I have posted the complete blog list here just in case anyone forgets to post or has computer issues!

We would also love for you to come and join us in The Scrap Kitchen on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/groups/358068404230630/ and will also be posting winners names there!

BLOG HOP Participants (in order)

Sherry Mendoza http://sherryscreations.typepad.com/sherrys-creations/
Katherine Prefol http://www.scrapeverything.wordpress.com/
Kristie Taylor http://kristietaylor.blogspot.com/
Melissa Harris Goodman http://melsartjourney.blogspot.com.au/
Jenny Burns http://burns900.blogspot.com.au/
Tina Dalton http://tdscrappin.blogspot.com.au/
LeAnne Payne http://australianscrapbooking.blogspot.com.au/
Sheree Power http://sheree412.blogspot.com.au/
Michelle Clarke http://www.blueshell.typepad.com/
Jamie Dougherty http://www.jaylynnscraps.com/
Liz Hicks http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
Heidi Kelley http://seesterk.blogspot.com/
Irit Shalom http://iritshalom.blogspot.com/
JJ Sobey http://1-goodthing.blogspot.com/
Scraptherapy http://scraptherapysessions.blogspot.com.au/
Gerry van Gent http://gerryscrafts.blogspot.com/
Cheryl Bodkin Waters http://blog.artsyfindings.com/
Mel Connell http://mouldsbymel.blogspot.com.au/
Gine Kristofferson Silvera http://ginesscraproom.blogspot.com/
Sarah Moore http://sarahmoore-thescrapjunkie.blogspot.com.au/
Samantha Hauzer http://justlovescrappin.blogspot.com.au/
Drew Scott http://www.scrappyhappiness.com/
Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com/
Jordie Craig http://combatcardswa.typepad.com/today_is_a_gift/
Kathy Hall http://kat-meowsmusings.blogspot.com.au/
Melissa Elsner http://theprofoundbrunette.com/
Michelle Thomas http://scrapbookdivas.blogspot.com.au/
Trina McClune http://www.trinamcclune.typepad.com/
Nadia Cannizzo http://www.samnadia.blogspot.com/
Lynne Erskine Forsythe http://lynneforsythe.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Leanne Allinson http://leanneallinson.blogspot.com.au/
Wendy Crafts http://wendycrafts.blogspot.com/
Agnus Kasprzak http://www.a-place-in-my-dreams.blogspot.com.au/
Natasja Cats Verbeek http://www.vintagetearooms.com/
Kim Jeffress http://www.glasshalffull-kim.blogspot.com.au/
Gina Rodgers http://gingerbread.typepad.com/
Trudi Harrison http://scrappinwitht.blogspot.com.au/
Steph Devlin: http://www.stephdevlin.typepad.com/
Beck Beattie: http://www.justmebingme.blogspot.com/
Melita Chow: http://simplyscrappingbyhisgrace.wordpress.com/
Emeline Seet: http://www.scrapvilla.blogspot.com/
Crece Thomas: http://www.crecet.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Boyer: http://rebeccaboyer.blogspot.com.au/
Emma Rose Sabourin Rayburn: http://auntieemsscrapbookingbeading.blogspot.ca/
Brandie Partello: http://parttotell5.blogspot.com/
Marjie Kemper http://www.marjiekemper.typepad.com/
Susan Pyrcz Weckesser: http://mysweetearth.blogspot.com/
Iris Babao Uy: http://irisbabaouy.typepad.com/creativecorner/
Susan Mintmire: http://www.papercrafterscorner.com/

thanks so much for joining in!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Future - BITW Challenge

Will you take a look at Jack in this photo? The poor little guy was trying sooooo hard to do a nice smile for his school photo, I think he must have almost strained something, lol! And he's really stretching his neck out there too! I still love it though, he was such a little cutie when he was in grade 1. Sometimes I almost can't believe he's now in grade 6!! Where did that time go?!


So this layout is for a word challenge at the moment at Bird is the Word. To use the word 'Future' in either your title or journalling. I want this page to be a sort of title page for Jack's grade 1 photos in his school album, so I have used the word 'future' in my journalling...


Did you spot those cute definition badges? They are from Greatest View, and I just love them! And the papers are all Bella, from a few different ranges. I've decided to keep the school albums very simple, so this was a nice quick page using up my scraps.


And I just have to post this photo on here too. This happens all the time...


Some of you might have seen on facebook a few weeks ago that a stray cat wandered into our home, and decided she might move in. From the very start she acted like she'd lived here all her life! We were never going to get a cat, because poor old Jack is super allergic to them, but this little critter has other ideas. Still not quite sure what to do with her, I know we shouldn't keep her, but who could resist that sweet face? And EVERY time I try to photograph a layout she jumps on top of it and just stares at me. A bit of a camera hog, I think! Or maybe scrapbook pages just feel nice to sit on, LOL!

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It's Not Often...

It's not often that I get photos of the kids with their dad. It's even rarer that I get photos of the kids with me. I have plenty of photos of the kids with my mum and dad. And heaps of them with their friends, but I really need to make a point of getting into more photos with them, and snapping more pics of them with Patrick. I'm sure they'll really appreciate it someday.

So when I took this photo of the kids with their dad at a wedding we went to last year, I knew I just had to scrap it! They don't always see a lot of their dad, so this was just a really nice moment...


I used Kaisercraft Bonjour papers for this layout, as well as a heap of Kaisercraft flowers, but my favourite thing is that wooden 'Cherish' word. I love it! I got it at Spotlight the other day, and I think I just might have to duck down there and see what else they've got.


Well, it's the start of the month, so I've got a bunch of scrappy challenges I'm hoping to get stuck into. If you know of any great challenge/sketch sites, I'd love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're having a great week!
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