Sunday, February 07, 2016

Day Three teaching at A Place To Create

Yesterday I got to spend the day at Gayle's  well set up store - A place to create. It's a lovely store with so much beautiful things to look at. Even I was distracted by all the bowls of lovely vintage lace and braids. For me it was the equivalent of a lollie bar with the person looking at it having been sugar free for a year! I had to touch and stroke all of them
First class was mixed media tags, and we all had so much fun. The two tags were quite different,  so lots of different things to do and products to play with. The first tag was had a white foundation with white laces and flowers. It looks quite beautiful and would be perfect as a wedding tag. At this point it takes a bit of courage to add the colour. All the ladies just jumped right in, and really got quite adventurous.  I really enjoyed watching their faces has the colours on their tag came together.  The second tag had a black background,  and two of Louise Nelsons peaacock feather chipboards to paint and spray.
Every one was so nice, and the mini cheese cakes for morning tea was so unexpected. 
Gayle had a delicious lunch for us, then it right back into it with my second class.

As I am doing this post on my tablet,  I can't drag my photo, very frustrating. So the photo below is my Victorian tag class, and the one above my which is my evening canvas class.

 The Victorian Tag class was a more traditional scrapbooking
project. So I was able to sit with the ladies at the table and just chat,. A plate of home made mud cake all helped the time pass.

Tea was a hummy gluten free pizza,  so I really felt quite spoilt.
Then it was time for the last class. 14 lovely ladies joined me to get their hands really dirty. We got to blow inks and flick paint, heat emboss chipboard, and sort out a pile of metal charms and cogs. At the start they were a bit tentative, but by the end they were flicking their paint like a pro. We used so many different mediums, textured paste, heavy white gesso, silk glaze paints, mica powder and more. It was great fun and I had a ball. The mud and cheese cakes made appearance again and when down well. So much for loosing weight for the cruise.
Gayle was so welcoming and like all the ladies I have taught for, really looked after me, checking I was drinking enough water, and making stop and sit down to eat.
It was a long but so enjoyable day. All you Queensland ladies are so nice and generous. It's a pleasure to teach and spend time with you all.
Today I am teaching at work shop wonders, as the oldest teacher, I get to go last, so now I am off to help in the other classes, will post again later today

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Day 2 at TJ's Scrapping with style

Hello everyone

Had another great day teaching at Toni's wonderful store. She has the nicest workroom and air conditioning! 
She definitely is a kindred spirit as Anne of green gables would say. I felt right at home in her store. It's a nice size and again packed full of lots of lovely scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies. She has one of the largest range of Imaginarium chipboard I have ever seen.
It was so wonderful catching up with an old but dear friend Belinda (old as in time, NOT age). Belinda used to do scrapbooking with me in my store in Adelaide but moved a few years ago to Queensland. Though we catch up on facebook, it's not the same as seeing each other in real time.
 So back to Toni's,  she has her workroom well set up and she had everything ready for me. She runs her store the same way I do mine - her ladies can do classes or pop in and spend time in her workroom, they can work or just chat. Her store has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  I am sure she has many lovely ladies as customers who have become friends through her.

I taught 2 classes, both were layouts and I had a great time, so I hope every attending did as well.
Everyone is so friendly and so relaxed, it must be the weather!
The first class was a layout called "little things, big memories" using papers from some of Graphic 45 older collections and a lovely title from Imaginarium designs. The ladies got to do some heat embossing, painting and more. It was to be an easy and quick layout, but due to the fact that we had plenty of time, we were able to chat heaps and take our time, which was really nice.
The evening class was a bit more full on, the ladies did a male layout which was a bit more of a challenge, (again I got to catch up with an old friend. Leonie has been doing classes with me every time I come to Queensland for a few years now, and it was lovely seeing her again).
It kept them quite busy, and for some of the time very quite. They also had some painting, inking and even a frame around their page to do. This class took a bit longer than I thought it would. But like all good scrapers they continued working on, long into the night to get it finished.
Toni's helpers even stayed on, not doing the class, but working in the background helping out, they were wonderful and a special thanks goes to them for sorting out the extra kits needed for those who missed the classes. Due to both layouts having some mixed media techniques,  these lovely ladies, painted the chipboard and some metals for all the kits, along with bagging up the extra items needed.
Thanks so much Toni for having me teach, I really enjoyed it. It was so nice chatting to you and your girls after the class. Please invite me back again soon.
Sorry if the post looks a bit funny, but I am doing it on my tablet,  so can't move the photos around.
Nearly time to leave for a day teaching at A Place to Create. I have 3 classes today, one of which is a mixed media canvas, so really looking forward to teaching it tonight.
Lastly, thanks to Alison,  for taking me opp shopping in the morning, Ikea for lunch, and Toni's in time for my classes, you are one amazing lady.
Catch up again tomorrow

Friday, February 05, 2016

Teaching in Brisbane - Day One

Day one and teaching at The Stampers Hut. The lovely karen was so welcoming and made me feel at home. Her shop is amazing, I have ever seen so much scrapbooking supplies in one small store. I taught 3 classes, starting with mon amore cards in the morning. The two gentlemen in the back row were delightful, along with all the lovely ladies in the class as well. I really enjoyed teaching them all.

 My 2nd class was a by the sea billboard, which the 8 ladies who did the class enjoyed making. Again a lovely group of friendly ladies.

Lunch was supplies by the wonderful and organized Karen, who during the break even changed the classroom around so I could be under the air conditioner (85% humidity - lucky for me my hair still stays straight). Tea at a delicious Chinese restaurant, then the last class. This class was a double layout - the first one I have ever taught outside of my own store. It was so full on, I forgot to take any photos, sorry to the very busy ladies who attended. I know Karen took some. 

 So a full on day spent with a really lovely group of fellow scrapbooking friends. Who all seemed to be enjoying themselves and having a great time. Not everyone finished their double layout, but have all promised me faithfully that they will either email me proof that they finished or will post on facebook. Some were even going home to finish it before going to bed.
Special thanks to the lady who went home and got me a fan for which I was was very grateful for, to the lady who asked me to come back next week and teach again. To every one who wrote such lovely comments in my book and to Karen at the stampers hut, for having such lovely ladies and gents doing my classes, for feeding me and checking everything was ok.
I had a lovely day and look forward to teaching there again.
Special thanks to Alison at workshop wonders for running me around and getting me where I need to be.
Today I will be at TJS scrapping with style, teaching two single layouts, if you would like to join me, then contact her and check if their are any spare spaces.
Another great day planned.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Teaching in Brisbane early Febuary

Hi Everyone
I'm very excited to be invited to teach at Workshop Wonders Sunday February 7th.
Before and after the event, I will be teaching at 4 Scrapbooking Stores in Queensland. I have listed the stores below along with their details. I have also put a sneak peek in for each class, Some of the stores have limited seats so you will need to book in early. Please contact the stores directly to secure your space. It will be a busy 5 days as I will be teaching 10 classes, all different projects. Some stores are hosting 3 classes in a day and some 2 classes. I will be doing 2 different card classes, 3 different off the page projects, 5 different layouts and even a mixed media canvas. It's going to be amazing and I am really looking forward to teaching in Brisbane early February it as I will not be at the Brisbane Scrapbooking and Papercraft expo in June this year due to another commitment.

Thursday 4th February

The Stampers Hut

 Store Address:  4/146 Cotlew St, Ashmore QLD 4214
Phone: (07) 5539 5188
Double Male Layout
I don't often do double layouts in a class, but this one really is quite perfect as a single but even better as a double. Learn how to piece a layout together. You will be using a few mixed media techniques in this class as well. Learn how to emboss chipboard, paint metals, and more.

Mon Amour Cards
I love making Cards and these circle front easel cards are really something special. Once you know the trick to making them - there are so many possibilities. I have a set of two beautiful Easel cards for this class. Using Graphic 45 papers from the Mon Amour collection, these cards will be perfect for a very special engagement or wedding.
Lazy Summer Days
Off the page projects are great fun to make. I designed the chipboard billboard used in this class a few years ago, and I still love the concept. Billboards can be used to display or celebrate many different events. I have done ones for Wedding, Babies, Christmas, Females and Males. This one is to celebrate Lazy Summer Days of which, here in Australia, we have lots of. So join me using lots of different bits and pieces to make a lovely keepsake ready for a perfect summer photo.

Friday 5th February

TJ's Scrappin with Style

Store Address: 10 Mayes Ave, Logan Central QLD 4114
Phone: :(07) 3290 1201
Facebook Page here.

Pictures of You.
I have 4 girls and only one son. But for some reason I really love doing male pages. Girls are always easy, just add lots of bling, flowers and ribbons. But boys- well they are harder.  Male layouts lend themselves to using mixed media products so you will be making your own elements for your layout using different mixed media products and chipboard on your layout. Learn how to combine traditional scrapbooking techniques like making a frame around a page and mixed media elements.
Little things Big Memories
I love this photo of my two girls and I really wanted a special page to show it off.  Learn how to construct a layout and use lots of different mixed media products on a traditional scrapbooking page. Lots of different techniques to learn in this class. You will be using, micro beads, glitter, wire, silks glazes, embossing powder gel mediums, metals, chipboard and more.

Saturday 6th February

A Place to Create

Store Address: 24/1147 S Pine Rd, Arana Hills QLD 4054
Phone: (07) 3851 2200
Facebook Page here.

Male Mixed Media Canvas
I really do love making mixed media projects. I don't often get a chance to have a real play, so when I was asked for a mixed media canvas for a male, I was delighted. It's a great way to learn lots of techniques. This class you will be using, masks, texture paste, distress sprays and paints, embossing powder, mica flakes, silk glazes, chipboard and much much more. Be prepared to get dirty in this class, so come prepared.
 Victorian Tags
I love making tags, they are more substantial than a card and can be tied to a present or just hung. They are great fun to make and the two I have to share with you, have a real vintage feel to them. You will be using lots of gorgeous vintage style bits and pieces to decorate your tags.  If you enjoy card making then try tag making.
Feminine Mixed Media Tags
Sneak peak coming soon...

Sunday 7th February

Workshop Wonders

Facebook Page here.
Where: 29 Chardean St, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110
Love Cherish Blessed Adore
I love using mixed media elements on my scrapbooking layouts. In this class you will use, micro beads, silk glazes, mica powders and gel mediums. You will need to bring 2 large photos that can be cut. The page would also work so well as a layout to show how one person has grown. You can use each arch for a photo of the same person at different stages of their life.


Tuesday 9th February

Daisy Chain Scrapbooks

Facebook Page here.
Store Address: 7 Daniel St, Nambour QLD 4560
Phone:(07) 5441 6797

Steam Punk Cards:
This set of three cards is just amazing, so many little bits and pieces to look at. Learn how to create a set of specialty folded cards perfect for male and females. One I have shown you how to make the card foundation - you will be able to make this card again and again for any occasion or theme.
A beautiful layout using Graphic 45’s “World’s Fair” collection. Lots of bright colours, some Imaginarium Designs Chipboard, a touch of glitter and more. This layout is mainly focused on creating effects with paper and would be suitable for most occasions.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Mon Amour Cards

Hello Everyone
Graphic 45 are sharing some cards I made using their lovely "Mon Amour" collection.
I decided to share them here too.

As soon as I saw my bundle of Mon Amour paper I knew I wanted to make lots of projects using this collection.
The first project I used it for was my Graphic 45 cards. I have a group of Ladies who join me each month for my card class and I like to challenge them.  I decided to make two circle easel cards. 

Circle Easel Cards are quite simple to make. All you do is make a regular easel card, but cut a circle for the front of your card rather than a square. I chose some lovely lace for the edge of my circle just to neaten up the edge.

There are so many wonderful images in this collection and one of the great things about cards is the fact that you can fussy cut lots of bits and pieces and layer them on your card.

I cut lots of roses and leaves from Dearest Darling, along with images from My Beloved. It was just a case of working out how everything would fit on my card and filling any bits in with more roses and leaves. I just added some chipboard from Imaginarium Designs and metals from Seriously Scrapbooking to finish my cards.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

September, October & November Monthly Layouts

Graphic 45 are posting my September, October and November Layouts which are long overdue so first of all I would like to apologise for the delay. The months have just flown by and so much has been happening I haven't had a chance to get them to Graphic 45 on time.
I always appreciate the patience of the lovely Graphic 45 team.


For me September is all about the Father’s Day celebration, so it was an easy choice to do a layout on Malcom.

We have been married for over 32 years. We met through our Church youth group, I was a city girl and he was a country boy. We dated for nearly three years before we got married. 

We have five children so life for us while they were little was very busy.  We both are very active members of our church so there is always a lot happening in our lives. Malcolm works very hard at his day job and has been with the same company for his whole working life to date, having started as an apprentice at age 17. He also helps me with my two businesses in his not so spare time.

 Malcolm has a wonderful tenor voice and has had years of training.  He has performed many solo pieces at performances over the years of our married life. His singing in the shower is amazing and I love listening to it.   Marriage is a work in progress and requires commitment, patience, and understanding along with a lot of love.

The secret is to not take each other for granted and to put the other person first.  With everything happening in our busy life this doesn’t always happen every time, but we both are committed to our marriage.  I am so grateful for having Malcolm in my life and I do love him very much. We have so many things in common, our children, our faith, love of music and more.  We are now starting another stage in our marriage with our grandchildren starting to arrive and old age becoming something we are starting to think about and plan for.

I am very grateful to have Malcom alongside me and for his support in everything I do.  Without him, my life would be so much harder and without his love – a lot lonelier.


Well, October is my month; I was born on the 26th of October 1962 in New Zealand.

I wasn’t even sure if anything happened of any great importance that year, so I googled it.

I discovered the following:

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize was Linus Pauling.

The USSR announced that it was going to build missile bases in Cuba until Kennedy ordered a Cuban blockage which he lifted after Russia backed down.

The Yankees won the World Series over the San Francisco Giants.

Rod Laver won the men’s single title at Wimbledon.

The Oscar for best picture went to West Side Story.

The song of the year was Moon River.

Marilyn Monroe passed away.

I am sure there were many other important things that happened that year, but these are just some of the high lights I chose.

My life so far has been pretty easy. I didn’t have a great time at school though, due to being dyslexic and my teachers telling me I was just lazy. I knew I wasn’t but a lot of what I was learning just didn’t make any sense. I wanted to be a school teacher, but with my learning difficulties I would have found UNI too hard. So I worked in retail and really enjoyed helping & serving customers.

I grew up in a Christian family and from a young age attended everything happening at our Ecclesia.  I  met and married my husband over 33 years ago.  Have 5 wonderful children and now have three lovely sons-in-law.  My grandchildren are now starting to arrive and I am loving this next stage in my life.

I have had some interesting events in my life and some challenging ones too, but with my faith and support from family and friends nothing has been too big to handle.

So on the whole it has been really good and I am so grateful for this. Not everyone can say that about their lives like I can.  Through scrapbooking I have met some lovely ladies who have had not so good lives. Some have really sad stories to tell and I am always touched that they feel they can share with me. I always hope they feel better for sharing and not so alone or at least that their load feels lighter afterwards. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone had an easy life and could be grateful like me?

 I know we need to have sad times in our life so we appreciate the good times. I always think of our lives as quilts or now a scrapbook layout – that we work on as our life happens. The highs in our lives are the bright colours – the reds, yellows and oranges. The lows in our lives are the blues, greens and browns, and the really sad events and tragedies are the greys and blacks. A quilt or layout in bright colours is too much to take in. It’s the lows and the sad events that give us the shadows against which our bright colours really stand out and make our quilt or layout really beautiful.

So I am grateful for how my layout is turning out, at this stage it is very bright but with a little blue, green and brown. It has a touch of grey but thankfully no black.

Hopefully there are still quite a few more years for me to work on my layout. It will be interesting to see how it changes as time goes by.

I would love to hear how everyone else’s quilts/layouts are going.  Please share in the comments so I can read them all.





We are so blessed – our first grandchild has arrived safely with all 10 toes and fingers.
Harry James is just beautiful and I know that you may think I am biased but I did ask around at church and everyone assures me that he really is beautiful and I’m not just imagining it.
I didn’t think I would be such a doting Grandmother, but I am. I had taken 200 photos of Harry by day 4! I have to keep stopping myself from showing everyone I meet all of them!
I can’t go more than a couple of days without a cuddle and I can’t believe how fast he is growing. It’s going to be so hard next time around as our second grandchild, due in March, will live in a different state.  I won’t be able to visit this little treasure as often as Harry. Hopefully we will be able to skype and watch this one grow daily.
Babies are a miracle and not to be taken for granted. I didn’t really understand how precious and fragile babies were until at age 22 I had Anna.  She was so sick and needed major surgery to live, we were given the option of not having the operation and leaving her to die in the hospital – unthinkable now, but we were given that choice back then.
I didn’t even consider it – she was mine and our responsibility. She was given to me for a reason and I just needed to work it out. Well, after so many years, I have worked it out; she teaches me more about myself and life than I have taught her. She teaches me to be compassionate, patience and loving.  Not to take life for granted anymore and to treasure each day. Her life is quite simple, she doesn’t worry about too much – she leaves that to me. She doesn’t want much, her needs are quite simple – she has no concept of needing everything she sees or what brand names are.  She has her likes and dislikes and she doesn’t bear a grudge. If she is angry with me, she forgets quite quickly and forgives even quicker. She finds delight in little things and loves sharing. She’s not an angel by any means and sometime drives me batty but we love each other and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. If I had my time again I would not change anything.
So my November month started out with me being grateful for my first grandchild. Feeling so blessed that he arrived safely with everything as it should be. Watching my daughter take to mother hood, like she has been doing it all her life, has been so rewarding. Watching my son in law being so protective of his first child is a real delight. But I know that it isn’t always like this for everyone and from my own experience I know how hard it can be when it doesn’t go according to the plans we make.
In our family, we have so much to be grateful for. My children are quite close to each other and supportive. They keep in touch and watch out for each other. They help each other out  and they all know that they are there for each other when needed. For that we are very grateful and with another grandchild on the way there is even more to be thankful for.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Graphic 45's "A Christmas Carol" Collection - Cards

Hello Everyone,
Graphic 45 are sharing a pair of Christmas cards I recently made using their beautiful "A Christmas Carol" collection so I thought I would share them too.

I have wanted to do some pop up cards for quite a while. When I saw the new Graphic 45 “A Christmas Carol” collection I decided that this was the collection to use. I really love the Charles Dickens feel to the cards with all the vintage images.

I fussy cut lots of pieces from the Christmas carol sheet; I loved the flower clusters which were just begging to be put on my card front with foam tape. A touch of glitter to the flower centres just finishes them off.

It’s always lovely opening a card with a pop out surprise. The first time I taught these cards my ladies really enjoyed the pop out feature, especially when it actually worked; there were lots of Oooh’s and Ahh’s. These cards will be the perfect Christmas cards for those of my friends who appreciate the work involved

Card 2

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Friday, December 04, 2015

Imagine Layout

Hello Everyone
Graphic 45 are sharing one of my new layouts on their blog, so I thought I would share it here too.
It's called Imagine...
A layout using Graphic 45's “World's Fair” range.
My eldest daughter was married late August this year, after being with her partner for 5 years. They had a beautiful wedding with lots of stunning photos taken by David Henry for me to use.   
Before their wedding they had a photo shoot with David and again I got another lot of stunning photos. Beth has the most amazing coloured hair – I don’t call it red, but rather copper. Anyway it is just beautiful though she does not agree. I have always told her to be grateful as you cannot get her hair colour from a bottle!
Every time I see a collection from Graphic 45 with red, yellow or orange, I open my box labelled “Beth’s Photos”. So when I got my bundle of “World Fair”, I just loved it right away. The colours are amazing, blue and green with all that bright orange and yellow; it’s just perfect. But more important are all the wonderful images just begging to be cut out and built up with foam tape.
I chose a selection of Beth and Noah’s engagement/pre-wedding photos for this layout.
I am sure you will agree with me that the photos and papers look really great together.
I did rummage through my old papers to find an orange border for my layout. It is one of the papers from “Olde Curiosity Shoppe”. I just happened to have a few sheets of it left.  I added a very narrow blue border just inside of my orange border.  Another old paper I used, was for around my photos, I wanted something a bit more dramatic as a mat for the photos to bring the orange from the background paper out.  I chose a paper from Happy Haunting, which had lots of smaller squares I could cut out and use for the photo mats.
So starting with my sheet of “Counting Down” I just cut my piece of “Mind over Matter” to fit inside. Then I added a piece of “Inspiration Station” to go under my photos. I decided to mat my bigger photo and place a larger blue photo mat under it.
I did some fussy cutting for the bottom of my layout using foam tape to give it a more 3d look. “Be yourself everyone else is taken” looks great matted on some black cardstock and fits so nicely on my layout.
I painted my Imaginarium Chipboard flower stem with some green silks paint – this gives them a rich shimmer look. I added some beads and glitter to my flower heads. To help them stand out, I just tucked a paper flower underneath the flower heads. Some Prima wire rapped around the stem just looked great. An orange ribbon and mesh with a heart charm, all add to my layout. I added a chipboard title at the top, some blue brads in the corners along with some black photo mats. Then all I needed to do was choose which of Beth and Noah’s beautiful photos to use.  
I love the way I can use any Graphic 45 paper from any collection and they all work together.
This layout will be making its way online as a kit early next year if all goes well.
To view my range of kits available just visit Seriously Scrapbooking.
There are also a few Christmas projects available including a Christmas Layout, a Christmas book & Christmas Cards will be coming soon.
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