Saturday, 8 April 2017

Loving this Easter themed kit...

I would never normally even look twice at an Easter themed kit but THIS is just gorgeous. Papers and elements that are versatile enough to use all year round.  I adjusted the brightness and contrast on a few elements to make them just a tad darker. Simple little tweaks like that can help make a LO your own and are really easy to make in PSE... I have a very old version and it is still serving me well.

This photo of my beautiful, brave boy is exactly 5 years old tomorrow. I took it on his 3rd birthday (which fell on the day after Easter Sunday in 2012). Just nine days before he was finally, properly and officially diagnosed with Langerhan's Cell Histiocytosis, a rare cancer. His twin brother was also eventually diagnosed with the same disease. Tomorrow they will turn 8 years old.

To say I am grateful and proud is a massive understatement. These boys are just amazing.

Friday, 31 March 2017

hello {my} heart

I just love this snap of my boy. He has the most beautiful eyelashes still.

The Ali Edwards hello heart stamp was added to this photo on my phone using the Letterglow and Dropbox apps.

Playing with white space has always been a challenge for me. I really like the look but I have always been a "more is more" kind of scrapper... adding and adding until I almost always end up with super busy pages.

I did this LO and then merged all the elements (bar the background paper) into one layer and then reduced that layer to 75% of it's original size. I really like how it turned out in the end.

More flowers and butterflies from the Geekgirl Designs Textured Kit

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Geekgirl Designs Creative Team Member

I am excited to announce that I am on the Geekgirl Designs CT.

Christine has some gorgeous new designs... and full kits are available and on sale right now until 1st April 2017 at Berry Applicious.

You can also pick up these beautiful kits and elements at My Memories.

You can follow Geekgirl Designs on Facebook right here.

Here is my first LOs using the Cherry Blossom Kit and Sassy Metal Alphas. I adore this colour palette. After all these years of scrapbooking I still think this colour combination would rank in my top five of personal favourites. And who says you can't use butterflies and flowers on boy pages. ;)

I am loving getting my digi mojo on with all these new kits... I'm off to play some more. I'll be back soon with the results.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

2017 + 6 weeks

So school is back and I am struggling to get back into the routine of everyday life.

I was feeling a bit sorry for myself this morning and lamenting all the mundane housekeeping tasks that need doing (and that I keep putting off like a boss) and then I decided I needed a hit of scrapping happy.

I used the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch.

Mostly washi and some digital printables from Hello Forever and In A Creative Bubble and a title remember THIS MOMENT from Helen Jolly at Jollygirl's Diecuts.

It's busy and messy and way too much... pretty much like us really.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Week In The Life™ 2016  Getting These Photos & Stories Into My Album

OK so I am following along with Ali Edwards' approach and I have chosen these seven photos as my first full page photo for each day which will go in the left hand 6x8 page protector... I think... for now... that's the plan so far anyway.

As I was editing these photos and deciding where the text would go it became pretty obvious that they weren't the best photos in a technical sense... not perfectly composed or even in focus and using the front camera of my iPhone 6+ isn't the best quality either... I decided two things:

1. I am not going to sweat that this year. It is what it is and they captured the moment and the story regardless of my photographic skills...


2. I am going to get my big camera out next year and get some more deliberate and thought out "good quality" shots for this project. The stories ARE the most important part BUT I think the photos are almost always the hero for me in what I would call a good page... So, obviously, really GOOD photos plus stories is the best.

Anyhow, this is what I have come up with for each day so far... using Ali Edwards' Week In The Life™ 6x8 LayeredTemplates Vol. 3.

I am also not going to stress about rushing to get this finished either. I am just going to do one task each day, little by little, until it is complete.

Next up I am going to choose which photos and stories I am going to use for the 3x4 and 6x4 pockets. I am planning on using a 3x8 page protector per day also. I have the Stories of Life 3x8 Layered Templates. So I will either use one of those or a full 3x8 photo or a combination of both. I'ves also popped some shopping dockets in those so it will depend on what days it works. So I will be playing it by ear as it were.

I am sort of trying to keep each day chronological too... which may present a challenge. I don't like things out of order. We will see.

Looking forward to seeing how this all turns out. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Week In The Life™ 2016  Sunday Words & Photos

Well here we are... last day done...

We had a really lazy Sunday. But unfortunately I was awake early. Worrying too much as always. Being bothered by Felix the {always hungry} cat. Though I do love being awake and getting a coffee by myself with no interruptions before the rest of the house wakes up. Austin has been marking days off his count down... there is no special day or date he is counting down to... just for the fun of it. I love his enthusiasm and dedication to this little task he set himself. He is a funny little guy.  And I love that he always comes for a snuggle in bed before the day starts.  Alb came in a little later... Poor boy seems to have picked up Aus' bug. :(  They spent the morning in my bed with their iPods and watching TV.  Dylan's drawings are always a pleasure. Her and Callie have been getting along much better lately which always makes my mumma heart happy.  I gave Alb some medicine. We got into some deep and meaningful conversations this morning. Callie sometimes joins in. I am so glad we get the opportunity to connect with her on the big stuff when she is in the mood for it. Catching her in those receptive moments make me believe that maybe we aren't doing such a terrible job as her parents. She drives me nuts but she is so much like us both it is frightening. ;)  Levi is still being his cute but painful self. Dylan you sweet, darling child, Oh this makes my heart burst. She went down to the shops for me to get butter.  I was in a bit of a grumpy and frustrated mood at not being able to get an app to access my photos on my phone. She came back with this. My favourite. Thank you my girl. You made me smile. I spent the rest of the afternoon making pizza scrolls and baking chocolate cupcakes. Then I put dinner on early.  Albert came running in from the backyard with blood everywhere and Austin was hot on his heels singing, "Nee nor nee nor nee nor. Ambulance, Emergency." Alb had bumped his wobbly tooth on Aus' head while they were playing on the trampoline and it had finally fallen out. It went under his pillow for The Tooth Fairy. More laundry... it really is a never ending story around here.  The world's biggest plane landed in Perth earlier this morning. We decided not to brave the huge crowds and watched on TV instead.  Aaron & Callie have been enjoying the pea and ham soup.  We had a lamb roast with all the trimmings for dinner.

And so there we have it...  A Week In The {very ordinary} Life of Us.

I am so glad I pushed on with this project and completed it.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Week In The Life™ 2016  Saturday Words & Photos

Cuddles in bed with Austin. Thankfully he is feeling much better this morning but it is really cold and raining so we decided no football today. Coffee, Milo and tea all 'round. Dad gets a sleep in. Bacon and eggs for breakfast. Everyone is home this morning. Dylan's game first. Dylan played a great game. She really does always put 110% in but unfortunately a humbling defeat. :( Then Callie's in the afternoon. More than a little disappointing. They played a cracking first quarter and Callie was on fire.... but the coach made a bit of a weird rotation and pulled three of our best players off in one go and then the other team ran away with it in the second and third quarters. :/ More groceries. Aaron made pea and ham soup. Oreos and ice-cream again. Cuddles with Albert too. Grumpy Brad. :/ Homemade beef burgers for dinner. The Chronicles of Narnia on the TV and YouTube on the iPod under the blankets. Bailey likes to snuggle. I am trying so hard to be more cheerful but it is not really showing up very well in these selfies is it? This is me. Right now. And that’s ok.