Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sassy Scrappers - August recipe challenge.

This month the Sassy Scrappers challenge is a recipe challenge...
I quite enjoy a recipe... it narrows the choices.
This recipe included...
Enamel dots

I kept mine very simple...
I had to make the most of that 'You are the best' sticker...seeing as I held it in place to see if it would work and accidentally stuck it to the photo haha.... there was no going back then.

Here is the recipe...
(and check out the Sassy Scrappers blog for the gorgeous DT samples)

 Supplies //  Canson Watercolour paper. Pattern Papers: Cocoa Vanilla. Alphas:American crafts thickers. Embellishments: Cocoa Vanilla enamel dots, Bella Blvd, Echo Park, Crate paper, Simple Stories stickers. Heidi Swapp Mist, Studio Calico wood veneer.  Other: Machine stitching, dies cuts, 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

#2 - Too much stuff - progress

I have been slowly working toward a home and life with 'less stuff'..
it began when I decided once and for all I needed to address my hidden clutter.
I was the queen of 'neat on the surface' when every cupboard needed overhauling.

I bought and devoured Marie Kondos book..
"The life changing magic of tidying up"
and I wrote my first blog post about what I was intending to do.
You can read that ((here))

So I started and all was well....for awhile...
then some road-blocks emerged.
Clothes were easy.... books were too.... but papers had me stumped....not the 'sorting or getting rid of' aspect.... but more how I was going to manage them from this day forward.

I rushed out and bought a new filing cabinet...then immediately regretted it...seeing as now I had less papers than every before so I hardly needed a larger cabinet to keep them.
I ummmed and ahhhed and googled and searched for ideas on how other people kept their papers...
finally I settled on binders for the important stuff...
and a smaller filing cabinet to keep tax papers and that important...need to keep memorabilia.

It was around this time that I became 'stressed and overwhelmed' by the process...
even though I had made good progress to this point... my head was spinning with all I still had to tackle...and I was lost at what to tackle next.

So I searched for some specific lists...even though it didn't quite suit me...
I really liked the list compiled by Juju Sprinkles.. so I printed it out ...took a deep breath and reminded myself... "you can DO this"

Looking back... I have made progress... so I have to be happy with that!



3 garbage bags to Vinnies

Shoes and Handbags

I reduced the bags to 6 shoulder bags..two cloth bags and one tote..
all the rest went to Vinnies.
I discarded about 10 pairs of old shoes...and sold one beautiful pair of brown leather boots that were too large.

Books (including recipe)
My discard pile was small actually... hubby rescued a couple more...but the others are still here waiting for a trip to Vinnies.

eeek...I had SO many...
I gave away over 100 scrapbooking and fabric craft type magazines....seriously I had that many...
I kept all of the magazines I have layouts published in.... and all my 'Real Living' mags..
the rest are all gone...and it feels great!!

I will...I will....I will finish off papers!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Kraft + plus challenge - Zentangle

Zentangle as a scrapbooking challenge?
Are you serious??

Apparently those Kraft+plus girls can make ANYTHING a challenge.
Of course I gave it a go....
I cant let a little zentangle get the better of me.

Here is the mood board in case you havent already give it a go...
and the details are on the Kraft+plus blog.

 Here is a little close up of my zentangle attempt.... lets just say I'm a novice..

Supplies // Kraft cardstock. Pattern paper- Pink fresh studio Embellishments - Cocoa Vanilla, Heidi Swapp 'happy' die cut, Heidi Swapp Minc arrow, pink fresh studio veneer. Other - Jillibean Soup Happy Hues paint.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

July 2015 - a review

I know my Mum and Dad always love these posts....
so this is for them.
This is how our tribe spent July...

There was lots of drawing and practicing sounds.

I celebrated a pretty special birthday.. which was made incredibly special but the surprise arrival of our dearest QLD friends....and a weekend in Adelaide with all the kids as well.
I had no idea... the surprise just kept growing by the minute...
Thankyou so much everyone for all your love and sneakiness.

Brent bought the kids a buggy...they have been having a lot o fun.

I was spoil with a beautiful Kilim rug by Ian and the kids for my birthday....I LOVE it SO much.

Brayden and I hung out together for a few days while Mummy was at TAFE placement.

We had morning tea at the Play-space.

I began the Konmari tidying method and tackled my wardrobe.

Ordered our Veg from Riverland fresh

and a quadrillion other little moments.... that made July such a special month.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Random layout share - #3

Sometimes its nice to create a layout for no reason at all.
My only motivation was these Teresa Collins papers..
and this holiday snap with a silly story to tell.

Supplies // Canson watercolour paper. Pattern paper: Teresa Collins, Webster pages, Kasiercraft, Bella Blvd, Crate paper. Embellishments: Teresa Collins ephemera and Studio Calico dots, Heidi Swapp photo corner.  Other: die cuts, watercolours, machine stitching. American crafts date stamp.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Jot issue - Quick layout

I love the mixed bag...ephemera type packs that often come out with paper collections these days... they are full of gorgeous bits and pieces that just fill a spot. 
I have noticed that my collection is growing at a rate faster than I can my challenge in
 Jot Magazine issue 10  was to ...

"create a layout using as many pieces from a ephemera pack as possible"

So I took a Maggie Holmes pack and filled my layout with lots of gorgeous pieces..

I  hate trying to remember where and what collection all the little pieces came from...
it makes writing a supplies list a nightmare once all the pieces are emptied into the bowls on my desk... but then I had a light-bulb moment...I began saving all the back of packs and clipped them onto a ring and now I have easy reference on hand when I need it.
(Yeah....everyone probably does that already....but it was an epiphany for me)

I also keep the front of packs...
They make the best little disposable paint trays!
Can you tell I hate waste.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Jot - August Mood Board Challange

Its a new month and a new mood board over at the Jot Blog.
This month its a gorgeous blue....silver...stonewashed palette... it reminded me of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul...I'm sure its the tile influence. Anyway....that's a little off track.
It was brought together this month by one of my favourite artists.. Jot girl Amanda.

This is my contribution...

Supplies / Canson Watercolour paper. Pattern paper- Arctic Frog, Typo, American Crafts. Embellishments- Studio Calico flair, American crafts sticker, Heidi Swapp ephemera, Heidi Swapp foil words. Other - Stamp, watercolours, machine stitching, die cut fronds, paper blossom.

You can find the challenge on the Jot Blog HERE....