Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Scrap'in Pockets

Hi all,
lm back to show you what l've been up to all of last week,  scrapping of course.
Back in late december David and l went on a holiday to Tasmania with my sister and her hubby and their son, we took oh sooooooooo many photos (about 700) and when l started to scrap them l soon realised that l had so many , there was just no way l was going to get it down, so then l decided, l had to go about it differently.
lm a big fan of the way Becky Higgins  and Ali Edwards  have been doing their scrap layouts lately and invested in new page pockets that are divided into different sized pockets on each page, l brought the multi pack, which has some 6x 6x4 - others that have 4x 6x4 and then a large pocket for larger photos or journaling, These page pockets are from We R Memory Keepers and l just love them, so l was able to get my whole album done in one week -YAY- and now intend on mixing them up with my 12x12, so then  l can use more photos , l still embellished some pockets and made up some journal tags , its still similar to 12x12 but not as fussy,  so here are a few pics, sorry if they are a bit blurry.

this page has 3 x 6x4 at the bottom and a 12x 6 at the top, and l just added a photo with the journal page.

this is the 9x 3x3 pocket page that l used for the letters of our first names, the date and months we went and the next page was for cropped pics.
these are the 6 x 6x4 pockets, and the journaling cards l made, sorry its not a good pic.
another 6x 6x4 pocket , which holds 5 photos and a embellished paper.
lm lov'in that l can still be decorative , do some journaling and get my pics scraped quicker, l have soooooooooooo many photos to do. This way of scrappin will not suit everybody, but for me right now , it fits into my life and makes me happy, for me at the moment, its about the photos and the story they tell, not so much the embellishments and decortive side of things.

Some thing else l wanted to share with you is my new challenge this week, l joined Ali Edwards and her  once yearly project called WEEK IN A LIFE,  and what it entails is taking photos and documenting your life for a week, its about all the little everyday things in life, things that might not seem real important but are lifes moments, then next year you will be able to look back and see whats changed, whats different to what you were doing 12 months ago, cant wait to scrap it all after the week is done, So l am doing it a little different , l normally scrap in 12x12, but lm going for 8.5 x 11 this time, l had a American Crafts chipboard Album in these size (l think thats what they call it ) but anyway its paintable, so l added paint and a strip of paper and added a very simple butterfly stamp  and my cover is done , heres a look.
and then l thought l'd do a front page before l started to add my pics and documents, l want to keep this album simple, really lik'in anything simple and uncomplicated at the moment.
So thats it, until l get my week in pics done, will be back to show you how it all turned out,  hope you all are having a great day, please leave a comment , l'd love to hear from you and get your feedback...........anyway cheers for now ............kate xx

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


Well good morning to you all, hope you are all keeping warm,  l love all the different seasons, and look forward to them all , they all bring something new, in winter  l love to stay inside and get lots of my craft projects done, its been soooooooooo yukky and wet and cold,  l have been doing lots of scrapping , but in a new form this week,  We spent a week in Tasmania over the Christmas break and l wanted to finish off that album, but with so many holiday snaps, l felt it all a bit overwelming, so l purchased some new divided page pockets from WeR Memory Keepers and lve been able to get most of it done but in a more simple way and lm lovin this new approach, l can still journal and embellish and tell my story but not have to worry to much about layout design, these page pockets are similar to what Becky Higgins and Ali Edwards use, and are great if you have lots of photos you need to scrap and want a quick and easy way to do it and still make it look great, sorry , but l haven't had time to take any shots of these yet , so will try and get around to that in my next post, but l will share with you a page l did on my grt grandparent, this is Thomas an Sophia on their wedding day, back in 1889,  l have used the beautiful Websters pages , ( love their papers) this is not how l would normally do a wedding page , and l dont know if you will be able to see in the photo, that Sophia has a spray of daisies on her hat, so l went with that theme.

l love this photo, and so lucky to have it,  l dont have any photos of my grandparents  (on both sides) of their weddings, they we married in the years of the depression (1930's) and had no money, its such a same, and my other grandparents, lost alot of photos in the floods, so no one in the family seems to know if there was ever a wedding pic of them or not, so l feel very blessed to have this one of my grt grandparents.
And getting back to the other joys of winter, lm sharing some pics of my garden today, not much in it this time of the year, but l do have a weeping tree, cant remember if its a apricot or almond, it is the first of the blossom trees to flower and it blooms in mid winter every year and reminds me that spring is not that far away and everything in life seems to look brighter and better, and warmer days ...YAY..

isn't the flower soooooooooo pretty.

My daffodils are popping up .....YAY...

and to my amazement l still have a few roses in bloom , that l should have finished pruning by now, lol , oh well,  it will get done ........one day,  so whatever your doing today, keep warm..............kate xxx

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Aunty Lou 1894-1995

Hi  there  all , hope the start to your day is all good, its early morning here and l was going to post this last night and ran out of time and today lve got lots to do, so good morning to you all. Today lm sharing with you some more family tree pages, the first one is on my Great Aunty Lou, lm not sure what age she was when it was taken , but l would say maybe in her twenties, what an amazing woman, she was born in 1894 , she was the 3rd child of 18 and first daughter, she lived through many eras and expirenced many changes throughout history, she lived to the grand old age of 101 and was still able to recall many memories even at 101. She out lived all brothers and sisters except one, (aunty Tess) who lived till 98.  
Aunty Lou lived through both world wars, the great depression and many other hard times, l was lucky enough to meet  this wonderful lady and her sister Tess when Lou was 99, we were there to celebrate her 100th birthday. When Lou was 96, some family members got together and helped her make a tape with all her memories of growing up in different eras , we were able to get a copy of this and l typed it up in the scrapbook, 6 pages later , (OMG), Never thought l'd get there, but what an important part of the tree this is, to have all this information , when most of the relies of that era were all long gone, what a blessing. So this is Aunty Lou.

I've used beautiful vintage papers from My Minds Eye, vintage buttons from jenni Bowlin, and even used my brayer and black ink to distress white cardstock to match the paper, still lov'in that brayer, there is also some white lace, but its a bit hard to see.

and of course l couldn't have put a page together without adding a bird, (LOVE MY LITTLE BIRDS), from stampin up, well what ever your doing today, have a good one , and thanks for looking.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Just some cards

Hey there bloggers,
hope you are all having a  dandy day, well lve been back in my little room making more cards, l was hoping to get some scrapping done, but  l did have a couple of cards to make , one for DH's Dad  who is not well at the moment and his mum who has a birthday coming up .
For anyone who's been reading my blog, in one of my last posts, l mentioned not having any man stamps, well, yesterday my first one arrived and , just in time to make a card for davids dad and l'm really happy with the finished product, l havn't made many man cards, l think the sanded stamp is gunna get a bit of a work out.

and here is the inside with the wonderful sanded stamp, just  lov'in it.

 The next card l made for davids mum, l have sort of done a little bit of casing here from the beautiful card marker Tenneal Williams,  a while back on her blog , she was using the brayer in her card work, which l think looks so rustic, and gives it  a lovely worn - sort of blended look, so l had to give it  a go, it brought back memories of my painting days .So thanks for inspiring me Tenneal, love your work.

 I'm having so much fun with this techique, l just had to make another one.

Anyway, maybe now l can get some scrapping done and maybe even try the brayer on my pages........kate xxx

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Brrrrrr - baby its cold outside

Well how's this weather, winter has finally set in , its so cold ,just the kind of weather to stay inside and scrap and make cards of course (lol) What else would you do !
Some of the cards lm showing you today are from my card classes,and one l was just fiddling with, that could make it to class, theres a cute little box and another one that lm not sure about, but have a look and see what you think. lve  also been making christmas cards, yes you heard right  - christmas in july is the theme for my next card class,  so l cant show you yet what lve made, but if anyone is interested in coming to a class , just contact me ,
There are 2 classes a month at the moment, so if you are new to paper craft and would like to join, or been doing it for years and want to try some new ideas, give me a call - 0400 646 945 l'd love to hear from you.

This is a simple little card l was fiddling with yesterday which turned out ok, l used some embossed cardstock l had with large daises on it, just perfect for the butterflies,  other than the embossed cardstock and the scallop circle, all other supplies are stamp'in up.
Cardstock - whisper white and tempting turquiose , certainly celery
Scallop circle - nestabilities
Embossing folder  - perfect polka dots
Stamps - bliss set and heard from the heart
ink - pear pizzazz, tempting turquiose, sahara sand
circle punch and dauber
next are my class samples and the cutest little box

l just love this card, so quick and easy to put together, and theres a look at the inside, for this class l used the Vintage Vogue  set and wanted to show the girls a few different ways this set could be used.
Cardstock - Baja Breeze - Very Vanilla - Choc chip
Ink - choc chip -  riding hood red and baja breeze
Embossing folder - Elegant lines
Oval die - pearls
Stamps  - vintage vogue.

The second card lve used
Cardstock - old olive - sahara sand - Whisper white
Ink - old olive - sahara sand - and versamark ink amethyst
Pearls - top note die - punch - curly label punch
Paper - Razzleberry DSP
Stamps - vintage vogue and vintage labels.

This is the cutest little box ever, l love making these, just the perfect gift box for a few chocolates for your favorite friend
Cardstock - regal rose - very vanilla
Ink - soft suede - melon mambo
decorative label punch - dauber
ribbon and tag - not stamp'in up
And there's an card l made today for my dad, he turns 72 next week, not too sure about this one, l dont have any man stamps yet and could'nt think what to do, over the years dad has always kept birds, mainly carnarys and finches, so this retired set of  Touch of nature l thought would maybe suit him , the bottom part of the bird l used crumb cake and the blender pen, but it seemed a bit dark, so l used the blender pen and a build up of craft ink to highlight it, l was'nt sure if you could use craft with the blender pen , as the craft ink is a different sort of ink, but it worked, l just took me a while to get all the white off the pen.

Well thats it for today, hope you like my cards, please leave a comment and let me know what you think, l'd love to get your feedback, ...........so have a great day............kate xx
Cardstock - night of navy - sahara sand
Travel journal DSP
Square scallop die - oval punch
Stamps - touch of nature - retired set
Ink - choc chip - daffodil delight - pear pizzazz - real red and craft - blender pen.

Monday, 4 July 2011


Hi all, lm back, sorry for the absence, but our darling teenage son used up all our downloads watching you tube, dont you just love teenagers, the computer was sooooooooo slow there was no point getting on, so anyway all fixed now.
l'd like to thank the all  ladies who have left  all the lovely comments on my blog, its nice to know that their are some beautiful people in the world who love craft as much as me , lm so grateful for all your positive words.
Today l have a quick card that l made last week for a lady in my card class who had a passing in the family. l have used some My Minds Eye paper  matched with some stampin up products , l have sewn around the edge of the card, sorry if this is not clear in the photo.

Stamp'in up products used are
scallop trim boarder punch, word window large punch,  circle punch, baja breeze and whisper white cardstock, teeny tiny sentiments stamp set, strenght and hope stamp set, the flower is from Kaiser craft and the little blue wren is a retired stamp from stamp'in up which lve used a watercolour pencil and a aqua brush to colour, how cute is this little bird.

Just going to show you some pics l took last thursday, my DH actually had the day off work, but had to take a quick trip to Geelong for work related business, so l went for the ride and we were able to have a romantic lunch (lol) down by Corio Bay, for anyone that has'nt been there they have the most beautiful painted bollards all along the beach front,   all up there are 100 bollards spaced out over about 8 kms , with the most amazing art work, we didnt have time to see all of them , so are planning to  go back in the spring when the weather is warmer and walk the track to see the 100, that will be a good work out,  lol ,

the lifesavers
the carnival man and the clown

the geelong football player

the sailor

and the band,  these bollards are just fantastic,  cant wait to see the rest of them, and scrap them, anyhow thanks for stopp'in by,  back soon with some more cards................kate