Tuesday, 28 March 2006

Tagged Again...

Lisa tagged me the other day and I was so busy rabbling about nothing last night that I forgot to do it... so here it is!!

Did you know this about me? For instance, did you know......

*Four jobs I have had in my life:*

1. Estimator @ Scott Print

2. Estimator @ Optima Press

3. Estimator @ Scott Print again… and still.

4. … that’s it…

*Four movies I would watch over and over:*

1. The Stand

2. Gone With The Wind

3. Cruel Intentions

4. Legally Blonde

*Four places I have lived:*

1. Kallangur, QLD

2. Singleton, NSW

3. Goulburn, NSW

4. Perth, WA

*Four TV shows I love to watch:*

1. That’s so Raven…

2. Recess

3. Angry Beavers

4. Sponge Bob Square Pants… so OK, Kellan owns the remote!

*Four places I have been on vacation:*

1. Adelaide

2. Esperance

3. Esperance

4. Sydney

*Four websites I visit daily:*

1. LC’s Creative

2. Mistra’s Scrappy Life

3. Scrappi Dais Blog

4. Scrap’n’Crazy

*Four of my favourite foods*:

1. Cadbury Fruit & Nut Chocolate

2. Red Rock Deli Chips – Sea Salt

3. Lasagna

4. Gelare Choc Chip Cookie Dough Icecream

*Four places I would rather be right now:*

1. Not here

2. There

3. Somewhere else

4. Having a cuddle with my son

OK... now I get to Tag... I choose Kim, Mel & Fiona!!

Monday, 27 March 2006

Ummmm... what to say!!

The ever darling Lisa is hounding me for an update... so what to say!!

OK... this weekend just gone was the 2nd LC's Cyber Crop I hosted and was another rip-rouring success I'm proud to say! The crops go from Friday night right through to Sunday night... so as you can imagine it's a hard slog for me... but the most fun hard slog I can imagine! I really love doing it!! I set 3 challenges for the weekend. First was to use a song title or song lyrics as the title for a LO and include a handmade embellishment. This is what I created:
I have since had this song going through my head all day!!

Second was a colour challenge. The colours this time were Blue, Orange and Green in a 60:30:10 colour combination, inspired by the new Queen & Co Fab Flowers and Sassy Sequins in the Cloud 9 colours I just bought from Lynn {they are yumola!!}:

Third was an inspiration challenge. I found an ad with good design elements and a variety of images and challenged everyone to draw inspiration from it. Everyone did a great job and Lee's inspiration is featured on LC's front page! Mine honestly isn't crash hot... I rushed this and vow never to rush one again... until next time!!!

I also had another fab Scrappi Dai to go to!! Lisa set me up with her lap-top so I could host the Cyber Crop and still be with the girls... don't ever want to miss a Scrappi Dais day!! I only did 2 halves of layouts... finished one yesterday {will be unveiled in the Angels gallery soon} and still have the other to finish... we were too busy gas-bagging as usual! Lisa surprised us with a project she'd been working on... our very own Scrappi Dais Blog! It's really cool! Thanks hun...

What else... shall I share the doldrums, well only a bit. I prefer to live in happy world, fleeting as it is!! Oh actually the doldrums really aren't that bad now when I think of it... Darren is FINALLY starting back at work this week... starting 2 x 4 hour days. Slowly slowly wins the race... It's been really hard on us all with him stuck in his depression rut... I know I know... it's not a fun place for him to be either, and I know it's different for us all, but I am so over it! BUT... there is light at the end of the tunnel, he'll be getting back into work and he is relieved also to be starting back, a little apprehesive, but that's par for the course. AND compensation is running it's course and 'hopefully' we will see something soon! So... I am feeling much happier about our predicament! We have had Darren's mum helping us out financially and I am really thankful to have her as a MIL... well was before, but even more now - you all know what I mean!

Have booked Kellan into Vac Care, even though Darren will still be home - Kel will go stir crazy sitting at home with him for 2 weeks and I'd rather scratch out the money for it than make Kellan sit at home bored to tears! He's really excited... this kid lives to play! Wonder if he'll go into child entertainment when he grows up... one of his fave movies is Big... you know the one with Tom Hanks...?

I did some great LO's for LC's Feature Product... and yes, I AM blowing my own horn! I think these are some of the BEST ones I have ever done! But of course, that's my opinion... and although others might not like them {they're pretty busy} I love them... and that's why I scrap! But they are good... keep an eye on the site, they'll be there soon!

My scrap style is changing everytime I scrap... I think it's because I have finally ventured past the Basic Grey into other worlds, as well as getting my hands on lots of funky product! But I'm enjoying the changes in me... my Sunshine one is my favourite at the moment! Using Rusty Pickle Papers from LC's, some Carol-Lea's Paper & SEI letters from Tarisota and Kraft {my first Kraft moment - Nic & Erica would be proud} from Chelle's new store Scrap'n'Crazy... and some bwootiful hand sewing {thread thanks to a RAK from Kerry}. I used Heidi Swapp paints... hmmm not too fussed with these. The colour... yep the colours are to die for, but it has no body and I needed 3 coats to cover the chipboard letters... I much prefer my Making Memories ones. However one thing in Heidi Swapp defense... they have the best glossy finish!

What else... oh I spent about 2 hours sorting all my chipboard letters yesterday. Got sick of riffling through them only to find I'm missing an 'S'. So I split them all up... positive and negatives are separate. Have kept 2 of each outsides. Don't have a cow everyone... I rarely if ever use them.. so have kept 2 so I have one to use and one as a template! The rest are all together in bags alphabetically on a big ring. I can flick through and pull out what I need nice and quickly... it will also help me overcome the mixed font phobia I have... as you can see by the 2 LO's above it's working a treat!! The outsides I had spare are going to be RAK'd to the ladies who nearly died that I was going to ditch them!! Most of the Rebekka Erickson ones were kept however... they are the perfect size for me!

I finally found a great use for all my old Creative Stickers... expensive as they were... Kellan is now making the best sticker collages out of them! Has kept him occupied for quite a few hours!!

OK... see... nothing to say, boring as all heck and if you have made it this far... big kiss!! Go check out the Scrappi Dais Blog... it's cool!!

Sunday, 12 March 2006

Missy's been boring...

OK... time for a blog session! Sorry I have been soooo boring of late! But honestly it's been quite a quiet life in a sense. Darren is still home from work... we are still waiting on Workers Comp decision... we still have only one wage... but hey, life could be worse and we have each other. So long as we always have one another we can deal with what life throws at us.

I have however had the BEST scrapping weekend I have had in ages. I put the next Angel Medley together with Lynn on Saturday, went and bought some yummy fabrics, cut, folded and packaged them... and then got all inspired and scrapped like a mad thing all weekend. I LOVE putting these packs together... the research, the fabric shopping, the photography, - even the cutting and folding - I really get a kick out of it! So go buy them... then I can keep making them!! They are in the shop @ LC's!!

Anyway I worked on my DT committment this weekend and have produced {in my opinion} some of the BEST layouts I have ever done!! I have this amazing feeling of acheivement, real satisfaction at what I have done. I can't show yet so you'll have to keep tuned at
LC's at the beginning of the month!! I am still LOVING working for Lynn... and Kerry, Vicki and Lee are wonderful to work alongside - so many different and new inspirational ideas to be gleaned from each of them. I think we make a great team, and Lynn certainly makes us feel very appreciated!

Kellan did his first scrapping today... he's very proud of his work and I hope to encourage him to keep doing it!! Here's a pic of what he has created:

Pretty cool hey for a 9yo - well balanced anyway!! The photo was a dud, the Kodak printer had a big time fit and printed this way... Kel found it in my scrap pile and couldn't believe I was going to throw it away... so he punched some flowers and decorated it!!

So anyway... a full week of work ahead of me, wish me luck that I survive it! At least I get paid this week... pay a few bills and hopefully have a little bit left over for me. Oh bugger, committee meeting tomorrow - groan - well at least all the minutes are done, agenda set - and I know I will enjoy seeing everyone again - we have a lovely committee and the staff at SOSC are the best.

Oh I know I have been rabbling and rabbling about LC's... but... I bought these printed alphabet booklets, have been looking at them for a while, but kept thinking nahhh. Well... I am so pleasantly surprised that I'm ordering another set in a different style. The are Heartwarming Vintage Booklets of Altered Alphabets. You cut them out and get 9 of each letter in different sizes and patterns. I have mounted mine onto chipboard and distressed them even more, inked them and then put Dimensional Magic over them and they are FAB!! I feel like I found a little goldmine because I haven't seen these used elsewhere, but they are really versatile and really ME!! For about $15 you effectively get 234 letters - I think that's pretty good value!! Scrappi Dais girls - I'll bring them over when we meet up so you can have a see IRL!!

OK... that's about it! Lisa - hope that was enough to keep you entertained for at least 2 minutes!! {Love ya chickadee!} Until next time - happy blogging!!

Friday, 10 March 2006

Tag Time!!

Sorry for the Blog neglect... too much happening but nothing to say! I did however get tagged by Lisa!!

What scrapbook lines/products, etc. do you dislike? Ummm bad quality ones... I'd rather pay more for good quality then get a 'bargain' that stuffs up! As to brandings etc... not putting my hand up to any as they are getting better and better all the time, each time I decide I don't like one they go and get all cool & funky on me!!

What is the hardest thing you have ever had to scrap? On an emotional level none, lucky so far. On a 'too hard' level I struggled with Urban Lily papers... but love them now!!

What technique do you use more than anything else? Some form of distressing... usually sanding... love it!!

What is the smallest scrap of paper you save? Generally if it's about 2 inches wide and 4 high it will be kept... the other bits go in the bin, or Kellan punches little flowers from them.

Have you ever had any scrapbook related injuries? LOL... no - I leave that to Lisa!! Unless we can count a stitch in my side from laughing when scrapping/chatting with the girls!!

Finish this sentence, "If I wasn't a scrapbooker/stamper, I would
spend my money on..."

Give us your best storage or organizational idea. My thin wide drawers on wheels... 10 drawers high and rollable... perfect!!

You just won a week long scrapbooking cruise for 5. Who is going with
Easy... Chelle, Donna, Flee, Lisa, Karen & Kim... yeah I know... that's 7 including me, but Chelle and Lisa are short, Donna's thin... they can be one person!!

When you received your first publication notification, who did you tell? And if you are not yet pubbed, who will be the first person you share the news with? OK, I was so excited it's a blur but I think it would've been : first person... Lisa... 2nd person... Lynn.... 3rd person... hubby.... then anyone that would listen to me!!

OK... my time to Tag!! Fiona, Melanie, Ali P...