Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Cherish

It's Mum and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary this year, so after racking my brains for weeks on what to get them, I decided to make this frame for them.
I've kept it in the creams, with gold highlights as it's a Golden Wedding Anniversary.
The photo is one of their wedding photos.
I did consider doing a frame with a family tree, with then and now, but decided to just keep it simple.

 Now I just need to make a matching card....

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Photo a Day

Yes, I've started this again this year. Last year I managed a full month, but this year I'm hoping for more!
I've downloaded the app onto my phone and fingers crossed it helps me to get taking photos!
So here are this week's photos...






I do know one thing... I need to keep better track of the date!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

About me...

I've decided to use one of my Bo Bunny Misc Me albums for an album about me.
It's going to include stories about my past, who I am now and my dreams for the future. Really anything I feel like putting in it.
So over the weekend I've worked on the binder cover and this is the result...







Be patient for the pages as I will share as I do them!

I also have another one of these which is going to contain my year in review/planner/photo a day photos, and other bits from this year.
Fingers crossed I don't get swamped and discontinue it like I have managed every other year.
I will share once I take the photos!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Yes, I've been playing...

But do you like the new look?
Maybe if I can keep myself on track I might get some things done...
So in that spirit I'm here to share a layout I did last week, and also a money box I completed!

The layout is a review of 2014... just the main points of what ended up being a very busy year!
I pulled out a set of rubons that needed using to add detail around the photo.
I am trying to use up everything I have here on hand without buying anything new (yeh right she says... we won't mention the order from Dusty Attic will we?)

I also was inspired by a Birdhouse Moneybox that Mistra Hoolihan had made using the Kaisercraft range Sandy Toes collection last month and decided to do one of my own.


Though this was originally a birdhouse, I've covered up the hole to give it a beach house feel. It's the perfect spot to save the pennies for a summer holiday!
But more than that, it's given my the push I needed to start creating again... Thanks Mistra!

But I do love this range, being perfect for beach photos, which for some reason I have a lot of! And also with a holiday coming up in September to Streaky Bay, it'll be perfect for a holiday album that I'll only have to add journalling and photos too!

But with an almost free day today, I think it's time to get creating! Have fun...

Saturday, 3 January 2015

And a New Year begins...


I didn't see the New Year in, but was up at 4am for work, so I headed down to the foreshore to see get a photo of the beginning of sun rising on first day in a new year.
I was hope for a spectacular photo of the sunrise but unfortunately there was misty rain around so this is the best I got. Even though I don't have the gorgeous colours of a sunrise, I do love the reflection on the wet pavement with the lights and the hint of the sun in the clouds. A good start really!

I guess with the start of the New Year, we're meant to have all of these New Year Resolutions like losing weight, exercising more, being a better person, blah blah blah... and really most of these are unrealistic, though the intentions are there. I don't think I've ever kept a New Year resolution for the full year and I've decided not to put pressure on myself to keep any either.
This year is about being happy with whatever I do and whatever the year brings.
Will I slow down... probably not! There's always something I want to do, and even more that needs to be done. I'll take those moments of quiet when I get them I guess and try to make the most of them!
I will probably look back on this post in 12 months and laugh... wondering what the hell I was thinking.
As someone said to me, As long as you wake up in the morning and can put one foot in front of the other it's looking good!
That sounds like a plan to me....

I hope everyone has a wonderful new year and it brings them all they hope and wish for.


Sunday, 28 December 2014

And another year winds down....

Can someone tell me what happened to 2014 as I really have no idea.
It still feels like it's January, let alone a full year gone past.

Reflecting on 2014 though, it's been a very big year! Looking back I think I need to try to acquire a few more time management skills... for some reason there hasn't been time for a lot of things I'd like to do and I really don't think things are going to slow down much more in 2015. I think this is the new normal (not that there has anything being remotely normal here!)

So in summary of this past year....

• Work has taken off with flying colours, whether my new graphic design business or barista at McDonalds! I'm loving it, and even though I know why I didn't do it all before, I still wonder how I managed to hang on so long at the Express. The stress is so much less, even though I do have some tight deadlines sometimes. I've met some really wonderful people working at Macca's and even though you get some less than polite people, the majority really are great!

• Of course hockey has played a big part - Nicholas was selected in the WA State Country side that played in Queensland. Tshumba's (Nicholas) and Cascade (Kristofer) played in the Men's senior grand final here in Esperance with Cascade coming out winners of a very 'rough' game - I've actually never seen one so bad here! Kristofer and Jonathan both played in Bunbury and Narrogin carnivals, and were playing 2-3 games each week from juniors, U17s and seniors. And, of course, Nicholas came home at the end of the season with the Highest Goal scorer trophy!

• For the fourth year running, Nicholas was nominated for Esperance Sports Star of the Year Award. The luck must have been in this year as finally he won! Very proud moment and I will always keep the articles as he actually thanked his parents for their support - I have it in writing!

• Kristofer started high school - found all about being in a big school. We've had some trouble getting him to actually knuckle down and do the work, but I think we might have got somewhere by the end of the year. He's also started his first job at Macca's and absolutely loves it - not sure if that's the job or the fact he's earning some money but he's learning about responsibility!

• Jonathan spent his last year in primary school as Head Boy - from all reports he conducted himself very well and they've all told us how sad they are that he's going. At the graduation awards he came home with the Leadership Award. Yes all the boys are now finished at primary school and are all growing up!!!

• Nicholas finally got his driver's licence and with a girlfriend (Liv) he's never home! I think he's found his freedom.

Well that's 2014 in a nutshell... 2015 is looming and looks like it's going to be even busier than 2014!
Already we have Nicholas heading off to uni, Mum and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary and a wedding to attend in Northam - all before March!
Let's throw in a holiday somewhere and work and I'm certain we're going to be busy little Vegemites!

So here's to a New Year, may it be busy, but hopefully plenty of time for creating!!!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

It's getting a bit busy...

So much going on right now it must be the lead up to the end of the year and Christmas.

In the next month (besides Christmas!) we have Junior State Fire Brigade Championships, Cadet wind-up dinner, friends birthday, year 7 graduation as well as working and I have a couple of design jobs on the go so not really much time for anything at all....

But on the up side, Chook Scraps had a CC a week or 2 ago which I actually managed to find some time to scrap...

This one was a scraplift (still one of my favourite photos of Kristofer!)...


Can't remember the criteria for this one but I remember it had lace, birds and a dry medium)... but a nice simple one anyway...

And then a card challenge using a new technique using salt resist. I actually had to google this to find out what it was but did have a lot of fun. The leaves on the card have been cut out from paper I used the technique on. Basically it's wet media (stains don't work well unless you're very quick!) and then sprinkled with salt. Rock salt is the best. The salt absorbs the colour and you get the 'tie-dye' look.
The leaves came up really well....





And I even managed one of the 12 weeks of Christmas challenges.
This weeks challenge included using 7 ribbon... OMG!!!! I actually had to use some of my stash of ribbon... I'm still hyperventilating... lol




So besides working, there's not much been happening. I have managed to work out a new way to hang layouts for display though and will share that next time.

Otherwise if you find a housework fairy, please send them my way... I'm in desperate need of help!