Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Scrapbooking Website

My sister has created a awesome new site which is still a work in progress but has her gallery of her creations up. You can go on the blogroll list any challenges you know of and if you have your own scrapbook business you can list it on there as well. In the future there will be articles of scrapbooking with tips and techniques etc. It is FAB go check it out link is on the right or just click below

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Aussie scrapjack - Kim Archer

Here is my take on the Aussie jack of Kim Archer. Nice to get another birthday layout done. I have used basic grey and Karen foster paper.

123 challenge January

The criteria this month was Use a craft knife, have the title as part of journalling and have red in the layout. As you can see there is a lot of red and cut the flourishes out with a craft knife. My title is Lights Up and is part of the larger journalling.

NZ DARE no 37 what tickles your fancy

NZ Dare no 37 was what tickles your fancy or makes you smile. My layout is of Kaitlyn as she does the funniest things that make me smile like this cheesy smile and putting toys like hotwheel traffic cones on her fingers. Been wanting to use this photo for a while and have used some of the paper pesto summer kit again and some kaisercraft paper and SEI alphas..

Monday, January 21, 2008

Scrap therapy scrapping with the stars

This round star is Danielle Quarmby. It was to base your layout on patterned paper and use paint I am very pleased with the result and enjoyed doning this layout. The patterned paper I used was basic greys acid washed and a double sided fancy pants one. the paint is by Heidi Swapp.

My mini wedding album

The front and back of the box.

Well I went to Scrapbook Studios friday Crop and the above is my project I did. I used mainly Paper Pestos November kit A formal affair and added extra bits. This is a practice run to do a bigger album I did 11 pages on friday and then the box and the rest today - about six hours worth and three weeks before our 11th anniversary. I am very happy how it has come out as it is my first concertina album.

Scrapbook studio friday crop

Attended my first crop at scrapbook Studio was quieter then normal it was said - quite hard when you dont know anyone. We got a pack of goodies for a challenge - 2 bits of paper one shaped bazzill and a chipboard piece in colours I wouldnt have put together and the above is the layout I did of my youngest neice. I didnt have most of my stash with me as I went to do a project see next post.

Scrapbook essentials Fortnightly challenge

The first fortnightly challenge for the year I was going to use bright colours but ended up using these colours - its funny how your ideas change when you get going.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Scrapbox NZ Monthly Sketch Challenge

I found another NZ challenge gallery and forum over at Scrapbox NZ and did this layout for the January Challenge. Kaitlyn really had a look as if to say dont eat my cake. A look we get a lot these days stroppy little girl!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Now I know I have already done a couple of posts today but I would really like to put a post up about Paper pesto .

I was introduced to Paper pesto at Senz in May this Year and loved the kits they had on display - me and my cousin were lucky enough to win the deluxe kits they had up for a competition even though we put our names in different boxes.

I didnt end up buying kits for the next few months for various reasons though now I wish I had.
In October I decided to buy a kit and I am now well and truely hooked. The kits are so well thought out and are beautiful. The ladies that run Paper Pesto are incredible and very friendly and helpful. They have a blog and a gallery to give you inspiration.
Please take a look

I recieved Januarys Kit on Saturday and created the above layout with it (the only things not in it are the cardstock under the photo and 3d foam squares) the kit is gorgoues especially if you have a daughter or for your book of mes. I will definitely continue to subscribe in the future.

And if the team at Paper Pesto is reading this thank you so much for all you have done for me since I won your kit in May 2007.

Questions on 2007

Here is a questionnaire I have seen on some blogs recently thought I would try it out

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?

Joined some online forums, started doing lots of challenges scrapbooking wise went to a crop

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make any, have a few things like losing weight and getting fit improving my scrapping and sorting out photos..

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My older siser had a little girl in January

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not in 2007

5. What states/countries did you visit?
went to Northland and Hamilton

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?

More energy and more money!!

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Dont really remember specific dates but going to SENZ was definitely a highlight

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Scrapping wise was getting a few prizes even though some were drawn out of a hat. family wise getting through quite a difficult year.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Putting on all the weight i lost in 2006

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the normal hayfever and colds

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Paper Pesto kits

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Just the scumbags in society who hurt others and wildlife

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent, food, petrol, gifts, and scrapping stuff of course!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Like Louise - new scrapbooking stuff

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Not any I can think of.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
 a) happier or sadder?
happier b) thinner or fatter?fatter

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Family time and excercise

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


20. How did you spend Christmas?
Quietish day with immediate family having breakfast and fairly light meals and opening presents

.21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Am already in love

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Favourite programs House,NCIS, Ghost Whisperer

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Dont hate anyone maybe dislike some people.

24. What was the best book you read?I only read one book all year isnt that shocking - Harry Potter the last book in the series. Reading to many scrapping mags

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
PS2 Singstar rather fun though I do get a bit competitive

26. What did you want and get?

scrapping stuff

27. What did you want and not get?
Cricut or cuttlebug but might be getting a diecut machine which connects to the computer to say on the cost off cartridges.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Stargazer,Finding Neverland and Beatrix Potter

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
This year I turned 36, and it was in June just after SENZ where I spent my Birthday and Mothers day money and went on a dinner date with hubby to Genghis Khan and ate to much.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
I not buying clothes til I lose weight sobut had to buy some as clothes are getting a bit shabby.

32. What kept you sane?

My husband, family, friends and scrapbooking

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Johnny Depp too Louise I used to like him in 21 Jumpstreet back in my teens and now with his very good acting whatever role he plays and for an older man Sean Connery is still sexy.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Anti-smacking bill from a childless PM dont think it would help in abuse cases really .

35. Who did you miss?
My mum and Dad and youngest sister who have moved overseas

36. Who was the best new person you met?
A friend at playgroup who has helped me a few times with the kids

Scrapbooking by Designs January Challenges

Here are my two takes on the January challenges for Scrapbooking by designs.

The first one is using your own homemade patterned paper which I painted orange and stamped blue paint bubble wrap over the top.

The second is for the sketch challenge Christopher is so blonde in these photos - He now has a number four haircut as of yesterday and looks cheekier then ever.