Thursday, August 28, 2014

BRIONY TURNS 21

So it happened....
our baby girl turned 21 !

It seems only yesterday she was born.. our little blonde blue eyed girl...
who has given us so much joy and pride.

She is kind..generous...hardworking and reliable..
she loves us all with every inch of her being..and we love her back.

So we threw a party...
Brent and Alex kindly provided the venue and the invites went out.

We had an amazing night...with family...and friends...
Kate all the way from Queensland was a huge surprise.
Obviously it was themed..
we all came dressed as something beginning with "B"

 
I have shared a few of the photos from the night...
obviously there were many many more..
but this is a little recap of her night.

We are SO very proud of our Briony Jane...
and cant wait to see what the next 21 years brings...
Love Mum and Dad xxxx

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MOTOCROSS -

I tell you what... the weather yesterday was ridiculous...
Cold...steady rain...and mud!
It was SO NOT our typical weather... we are almost always dry here..
so when Lachie found he was racing at Renmark this weekend... James and Kel were looking forward to a nice dry track and some pleasant spectating 
(and I'm sure Lachie was looking forward to a nice dry track too)  
Instead of that... poor Lach had to race in a quagmire..
and we poor spectators weren't that chirpy either.
Although it was a lot fun to see it all in action.


 The girls loved a catch up with Evie regardless of the weather...
So it was smiles all round for them.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

OUR JULY - MEMORY PLANNER

I love the Memory Planer style of recording our year.... its so do-able..
even when I procrastinate and don't know where to begin... it still comes together easily.
Its becoming quite a chunky album full of additional bits and pieces tucked inside.
(Oh and see that Silhouette cut word??.... I was a very spoilt birthday girl this year)



 I clipped in some extras this month.... a handmade card from Bella for my birthday as well as some of the other beautiful cards I received. I used a giant paperclip that the lovely Anna had given me for my birthday which hooked through the spine easily and held everything in place (nice and flat too) 



 ...and then as she flips the cover shut....she realises...its almost half way through August already..
time to get started on the next month.

Friday, August 08, 2014

OUR JULY -

What a whopper July was....
Here is a snapshot of our crazy month...

1. Worked my night shift on-call from home.
2. My birthday - Not only am I totally spoilt by family... but these exciting birthday club gifts arrived as well.
3. Prepping to teach a class for 'Relay for Life'
4. Watching Bella at Sports Day
5. Its tree planting day at Brent and Alexs (one poor tree didnt make it...the goat ate it)
6. Working on Sundays :(
7. Another gorgeous bithday club gift arrived today
8. Briony and Jarrad left on their cruise to Fiji
9. Working on my Memory Planner today.
10. Bella and Brooke scrapbooking with 'Jot Kids' inspiration
11. Scrapbooking - 'Jot Pockets' workshop
12. Breakfast club at Crocketts
13. Planning my week
14. Washing washing washing
15. Another gorgeous birthday club gift arrives
16. Busy busy in my scrap room
17. Briony and Jarrad arrive home from their cruise with big news - they are ENGAGED.
18. 3 munchkins raiding the biscuit tin after school
19. Gardening day - roses pruned...lemons picked
20. Poor Mitch is in the Emerg Dept tonight
21. Mitch admitted to hospital - so begins a week of hospital..tests and specialists again
22. Morning coffee and my sweet crochet coasters made by Tammy
23. Booka in her favourite spot
24. Afternoon sunshine
25. Bella drawing again...as usual
26. Scrapbooking for upcoming Jot themes
27. Engagement gift from Mario and Rosie our neighbours.
28. Creating for Jot
29. Choosing fabrics for my Mary Mary Quilt I hope to cut out soon.
30. Gracie wearing her adorable bear hat made by Sheree..
31. Pumpkin soup

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Jot Magazine "Something challenge Board" ..

This month a brand new challenge kicked off at Jot Magazine...
Its called a "Something challenge"..
and is Based on the .. Something old. Something new. 
Something borrowed. Something blue rhyme.

So...here is the August Something challenge... all the details are (HERE)
I was inspired by...
The bold script..
the gold.
the floral in the background 
the watery looking aqua in the cloth..
and this cute pic of our Booka and her new love of drawing.




Friday, August 01, 2014

Blog hopping with a difference..

Have you seen this going around? It's called a Blog Hop with a Difference, and the reason it's different is because there's no end to it! It will expand outwards and onwards into the big wide blog land for ever and ever and ever......(or until it stops I guess..haha).

Last week....a dear friend and a superstar of  Scrapping and Blogland ..and the incredibly talented publisher of Jot Magazine Kim Archer tagged me to join in the Blog hop...and seeing as its always nice to share the love.... I am jumping in 'boots and all' to share a little more about me...and to tag in some of my dear friends as well.


I have been asked to respond to these questions....

(and then invite three of my friends to continue on carrying the honour of the blog hop into next week)
So without further ado....

1.What am I working on right now?

Geee......had I jumped into this blog hop last week I was knee deep in a few little projects...I was prepping for a "Relay for Life" fundraiser class using some gorgeous Heidi Swapp products to create a Mini-book.

 I was also designing layouts for the upcoming "Jot Magazine" Issue 7 which is due out in September.

The other project I have been working on....and that is the current project on my desk is the very popular  'Jot Pockets' workshop that is running now (there is a waiting list for the next round too if anyone is interested). I have been loving the process of 'Pocket Style scrapbooking' as a stand alone project.





 2. How long does it take to create a project? 
If I am in the mood to scrap and on a roll I scrap quite quickly ...I may scrap 3 layouts in an afternoon and find the entire process seamless and easy.
HOWEVER....if I am not in the mood...under pressure... or begin scrapping too early in the day I can spend literally hours...snipping my papers into ever reducing pieces...huffing..puffing... running my hands through my hair...pouring yet another cuppa... procrastinating...telling myself I am over scrapbooking...I cant do it anymore... and so on...
I wish I could bottle those moments when my creativity peaks..and I morph into the scrapping wizard who can create magic in under 30 mins.

3.What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment? 
I have noticed that since I ran out of my previous 'signature white cardstock' I have been using pattern paper backgrounds a lot more and I like them. I also love small prints.. inks for splatters... paper blossoms...machine stitching...and speech bubbles.



4. How does my creative process work? 
I usually begin with a story  want to tell and a photo that illustrates it or relates to it. My next step will be to think about what I have in my stash that will help me tell the story. I might have a sticker sheet that fits the brief...or a pattern paper that will work well. I then use the colors from the product and the photo to begin my layout palette.

5.How do I become inspired and stay inspired? 
I am inspired by stumbling across an amazing layout in a gallery or on pinterest... that Oh WOW moment that just makes me feel like scrapping. I am also inspired by the funny things the kids say and do and the urge to make sure those moments are not forgotten. ANNNNNDDD....Im also inspired by pattern and colour ...this may sound random but I have been known to kick of a layout based solely on the way two papers looked together in my paper stash. I might just glance down and notice that gosh that plaid check looks frickin awesome with that soft rose pastel... or those bright orange thickers look sensational against that navy spot and yellow damask. Those are the moments inspiration hits.


6.What is my signature style?
I am never sure what Id call my style....but I often hear my work described as ecclectic... its usually a mix of random colours and patterns. I love contrasts.... so scrapping with a coordinating pack is a challenge for me its all too 'samey' ...I cant get the look I'm after from coordinates. I also love my layouts to be a bit on the shabby side...I don't line up... or cut neat...or measure..or worry if my alphas are crooked. I do love the page to be balanced though and without thinking usually work in threes.



 Now I get the chance to pass the banner on to a couple of girls that inspire me.... 

1. Yvette Adams (Look what I made) - a total sweetie...and a long time dear friend of mine stretching waaaaay back to the early days on my scrapbooking. I am so glad that throughout the years of our online friendship we did actually meet in person a few years ago at the @home retreat which was so special. Yvette not only scrapbooks gorgeous timeless layouts she is also a skilled dress-maker and somehow whips up amazing dresses...skirts and other garments in no time at all. I love that she often styles them and shares on her blog too. I also need to mention that Yvette is not only an avid reader but she has probably watched more movies and stage shows than anyone I know.

2. Janelle Wind (Janelle Wind) - one of my dearest friends...who is also an amazing and inspiring talent. Scrapbooking brought us together many years ago when Janelle and I met through Scrapboxx and became close friends. The designer and owner of "The Janelle Wind Collection" who creates the most amazing designs. Janelle is a perfectionist in every way...her eye for detail... her colour combinations..and her skill at writing an easy to read pattern are second to none. I also love Janelles "What I wore Wednesday posts" ...her recent home renovation posts...and her skill at embracing a new knitting hobby.

3. Kate Mason (Messy Miss Kate) - This beautiful soul...is such a sweetheart....and such a talented artist... no matter what she touches...I love it. Kate has such a whimsical...colourful...fun style.. and she chooses the quirkiest subject matters which are right up my alley. I have a number of Kates prints framed throughout my home...and I adore them. The moment I met Kate... my heart just knew she was a special friend.. she has a warmth...kindness and compassion that is so very special. Kate blogs about her incredible art... her gorgeous children..travel as well as some wonderful health and lifestyle tips.


4. Please insert yourself and consider yourself tagged

Monday, July 28, 2014

FUNDRAISING FOR 'RELAY FOR LIFE"

Gosh the last week went in a blur...it seems so much has happened in such a short time.
But I did want to mention that I had THE BEST time teaching a lovely group of ladies a 'Mini book class' as a fundraiser for a local "Relay for Life" team.

Its always a little off-putting standing out the front as everyone files in.... I was searching for some faces I knew...and of course there were a few....but lots of lovely ladies I had never met before too.

The mini- book involved some play with Heidis masks and mists....so there was lots of misting..
experimenting....and mess created at the 'misting table'.


I was so grateful that everyone embraced the class and made it their own. 
I am always aware when I have been asked to choose products for a class that every one has their very individual tastes when it comes to scrapbooking and my choice of the bright 'Favourite Things' papers may have not been to everyone's liking but each and every class participant just dug in and had fun which I was so thankful for.


Silly me didn't think to get a shot of all of the albums until after some of the ladies had left... but we grabbed up these that we could....and I was just SO chuffed with what had been created. How cool that from the same kit of products...we ended up with so many versions of the same thing.

I had my photo taken with Sandy and Sandra my friends...

... and of course... in hindsight...maybe I should have kept my tongue in my head...seeing as this photo was the best of the bunch in my opinion....other than my tongue of course...oops