Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Family Together

In April our family got together for a picnic at Hastings Point. We missed a few family members a lot but we had a great time together and it was easy to capture a lovely photo of us all. Here is my scraplift of C.D. Muckosky's "Angel Face" in CK April 2007 p69. C.D.'s work (that I have seen) is mosly digital and I love to recreate her style in real life.

Monday, 25 June 2007

Permission to Post!

Here is my latest layout - a lovely photo of Annelise and Alan, taken at Hastings Point in April, on a totally scraplifted page by Debbie Mullins called "addiction to paper" - here is some of her work.

Sunday, 24 June 2007


Okay, so it's not Easter.
I decided to use this cute photo of Hudson cuddling the wombat he was given at Easter on a page about Easter rather than about Hudson. It works for me. TFL

Saturday, 23 June 2007

I love my chooks!

As I was putting this layout together I realised that it was not the first time I had done a layout about a chook. In fact, this is the fourth layout about a chook that I have done - and probably not the last!

Friday, 22 June 2007


It DID snow the other day - just a fine dusting, like icing sugar on a sponge cake. The kids were SO excited the night before that it took them a very long time to go to sleep - they were expecting to be building snowmen and throwing snowballs - no such luck! But we live in hope.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

No School Today

We are all too sick to concentrate and do school work today so we've had the day off. We bought some new textas yesterday so colouring-in is in demand, so most of the day has been spent doing 'creative therrapy'!
Here's my instalment. For my 'Artist' layout I used Kim Archer's sketch and 'Backyard Fun' layout in the Scrapboxx Newsletter as my kick start and inspiration. I had fun thinking of a new and different way to attach the Heidi Swapp letters and used my Crop-a-dile for the first time to set the eyelets!!!

Monday, 18 June 2007

Happy Monday!

"The mother of all oxymorons" as Garfield says! If that's the mother then I can think of the grandmothers!
I thought I'd share our family photo from April - it is a little bit of fun on this very cold Winter's day.

Shine (I pinched the title from Peg - hope you don't mind Peg) - Not the best photo of Deb and me but it is the only current photo I have, so I'm working with it.

This layout of Declan playing Memory took a little while to happen. I was stuck on a rather rigid square-ish theme and felt a need to break free. This is the result - a page with a list of Declan's favourite things and to top it off, some photos of his favourite game. I love playing Memory with Declan - just him and me. He is SO sweet and has an amazing, almost photographic memory. He is happy to help me find pairs, which is probably good because I'm not as good as he is! We're both winners.

(I like how it looks like I have taken a photo of part of the layout on an angle. But that is the WHOLE layout, I swear!!!)

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Frosted Roses and Other Things

My 13 year old daughter, Sophie-Lee has been composing since she was 3 years old!!! Just recently we bought a beautiful Kawai keyboard with the software to write and record music. Well, now Sophie-Lee can do wonderful things with it.
Check out some of the tracks from her Olive Branch 'album' - all composed and played by Sophie-Lee.


I like a challenge because a like guidelines and parameters. For this layout the challenge from the Memory Bugs Design Team was to use three different printed papers - and so I did.
One day when Peg was over and Malachi was asking if he could go on the computer Peg said I should capture that look - here it is.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Using Up My Stash

I am having a bit of fun using up my stash. It is very tempting to use some of the new things that have arrived since I gave myself this challenge but I am determined to stick to it until the end of the month.

Here is my latest instalment which I have put in the Layout Competition at Memory Bugs - it is my interpretation of this sketch. Peg took this photo when we went to the Uralla Show in February - finally, I've scrapped it!!!

Playing with Paper

Susannah spent an afternoon creating these gorgeous musical instruments out of paper, sticky tape and the 'sticks' from our now defunct Kerplunk! The reason they are all different proportions is that they are all custom made for Susannah's 'fluff toys'!

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Will it Snow?

'Will it snow?' I did this one for the Weekend Workout at Scrapapple
I had fun using the Hambly transparency with Heidi Swapp's mask plus lots of buttons.

'Jump 07'
Caitlin and I had fun taking these photos about which Douglas says "the lighting is right"! That's good because that was the only angle that didn't show distracting things in the background.

'Colerne National School'
Well, I have just finished a layout using one of my school photos. I realised that I didn't even know what my school was called and my Mum was no help at all. So I Googled (How I love Google!!!) and found a lovely picture of my school which I copied (by hand - lost a little bit of detail in the translation!). I thoroughly enjoyed doing this layout and finding the information about my childhood village in England.
Here's the journalling: I started school in 1967 at the age of 5 years old. As far as I can remember, I started at the ‘new’ school and then, during the four years that I was at school in England, I spent some time at the ‘old’ school. I remember a few things about my time there and I especially remember having this photo taken. I think I am about 7 years old. Each student had to sit on the wall that enclosed the small playground. Some of the kids were scared to sit on the wall because they thought they might fall off backwards onto the road below. To me it seemed that the wall was at least 20ft high but in reality was only 6 feet high. I was a little bit afraid but have always been one for rationalising - plus I remember the photographer doing his best to assure us that it would be fine. Our fears were probably heightened by the rule that no one was allowed to climb or sit on the wall at any other time.


Saturday, 9 June 2007

Declan Draws

This is Declan's first real picture. According to Declan it is a fire engine (of course) with Declan and Reuben sitting in it. The thing that looks like a house (yes it does!) is a house! Then there is grass and sky. I'm pretty excited about his first attempts at drawing (on paper, that is).

Friday, 8 June 2007

Scrapping Challenge

Well I have given myself the challenge of creating 20 layouts this month thanks to the girls at Scrapbook Divas. I knew that as soon as I committed myself to that I would get into trouble - and so I did. All of a sudden new demands have been made on my time. But it is early days yet.
Oh, and use my curent supplies - no buying new stuff!
Here are my first three layouts for June.
Declan and Hudson have been SO cute lately I just want to scrap every moment of their lives!
"Play Together" is my Scrapjack of Jo Carey's layout that you can see at Aussie Scrapjacked. "United we Stand" is a Scrapjack of Jo Carey's "Cricket".
And "Feel the Love" - I just had to scrap that photo!
That's 3 down - 17 to go!

Creativity Abounds

I didn't want to have a blog but suddenly I realised that I could show anyone who was interested all the gorgeous creations that occur in my family - from Hudson's "wall-art", through Declan's first drawings to Susannah's watercolour renditions and Sophie-Lee's musical creations. Not to mention Reuben's drawings, Caitlin's collages and Douglas' fabulous photos. Did I mention playdough?
And then there's my scrapbooking.
So here we go.