Saturday, September 29, 2012

Black is Back!

I used to scrap a lot on black cardstock but haven't done it for ages. While on retreat I pulled some out and created 2 layouts using it. I think I have fallen in love again. These are both 'just because' layouts - and they both happen to be full of October Afternoon goodness! This photo was taken by Michala on our Fathers Day picnic.

I have used some OA 'Woodland Park' on this one:

And I've added some Prima flowers and the Studio Calico camera. I pulled out my white gel pen and doodled around the outside of the patterned paper too.

I had had the big kids school photo for ages but wasn't really sure how to tackle the really bright yellow of their uniforms on a layout. So I just focused on matching the navy blue instead. I have used some OA '9to5' here.

And doodled with my white gel pen once again.

These My Little Shoebox alphas were perfect for this layout too!

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another Challenge

Thought I'd better share this layout before the end of the month gets here. I can't believe it's nearly October!! This is another layout I did while on retreat. It's for this months Kraft It Up challenge. I love this photo of my two favourite boys. :) So this is my layout:

which had to use this colour combination:

And here are a couple of close ups:

I've used some more goodies from D-lish Scraps - the bottle cap and the wooden stars. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Friday, September 21, 2012

This Little Pretender

Are you sick of me yet? lol I have another layout to share today. This one is for this months White With 1 challenge - white + orange + black. 

This layout is about Darcie pretending to be asleep so I wouldn't take her photo. The fact that she was smiling kinda gave it away that she wasn't really asleep! lol

I've used another chevron bottle cap from D-lish Scraps on this layout.

And this cute little button is from Ormolu.

The kids are on school holidays as of this afternoon! I'm so excited and really looking forward to lazy mornings! lol My parents are coming to stay for a few days as well. :)

Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Party Food

In preparation for Michala's birthday party I pretty much spent the entire day before in the kitchen, baking. I *may* have gone a little overboard with the sugar! lol I made jelly cookies, cake pops, 2 different types of cupcakes and her birthday cake. I was exhausted! But it was all worth it in the end. The table looked very pretty with all the pinks, yellows and blues. I created this layout over the weekend:

And it's based on the September 1st sketch at Stuck?! Sketches.

And here are a couple of close ups. I've used a mix of Echo Park and Bella Blvd papers and some October Afternoon and Prima embellishments.

Love these little OA brads:

And once again I've used my trusty Dymo labeller. I don't think there is a layout where I haven't used it lately.

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Her Lounge Dance

I have just spent the past weekend at the Savvy Delights Retreat in Tahmoor, NSW with the most amazing group of warm, friendly and uber-talented scrappers. I was very productive with a total of 20 layouts completed over the weekend! 

This will be the first of many shares - a layout for the current challenge at Scrap The Girls. The challenge this month is to use action shots on a layout. I didn't have any current action shots of Michala, so last week I asked her to dance for me so I could get some photos. And being a typical 6 year old, she didn't want to co-operate. So she sat on the lounge and danced instead. *sigh*

I have used the She's Savvy kit from Scrapbook Savvy on this layout. It was available at the retreat. And I have also added this Charms Creations heart. 

Here's a close up of my journalling:

And a close up of the title - using some Thickers and Chipboard Alphas by Bella Blvd.

I loved all the bright colours in this kit and have a few other layouts that I made with the kit to share with you later. Thanks so much for stopping by...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Would You Like To Win?

The Next Product release for Chelley Bean Designs is this Friday night! Michelle is doing things a little differently this month, with the release happening on the Facebook Page.

And to celebrate, Michelle is giving away a $25 Gift Voucher to spend! If you would like to win, you can find all of the details on how to enter here.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Time To Get Organised

I like to think of myself as a fairly organised person. We have a pretty good morning routine and evening routine and I usually plan our meals for each fortnight. But when I look around my house, I see that it needs a good clean and de-cluttering session. I saw this on The Organised Housewife's Facebook Page and thought it would be the kick up the butt that I needed. 

Last week I started a clean up and de-clutter in each of our bedrooms. I went through all of the kids clothes and threw out anything that was unwearable (had holes or stains etc), threw all the clothes that no longer fit in a garbage bag for Lifeline and gave their rooms a good clean. I went through mine and Luke's wardrobe too and had a cull of anything that no longer fits. It felt good to get rid of so much stuff! But that was just upstairs. I now need to tackle downstairs. It's going to take a little time - probably longer than 20 days, as I have a birthday party to organise for this weekend and then I will be getting organised to head off to the Savvy Delights Retreat! It will be nice to feel organised and tidy again (and it may also be an excuse to buy some new clothes and furniture as well! lol)