More pages!

3photo0802162photo0802161photo080216More scrapbooking – this time from a session at my fellow-Scrapmate Carmel’s place. As I was to be crafting away from home I made up a kit of supplies (papers, journalling cards, label stickers, ribbon, and wood veneer; I also included brads and flowers as haven’t used them for such a long time!. Once again I did the 3-2-1 photo layouts, as this sequence usually gets me into the scrapbooking groove quickly. It obviously worked yesterday, as these three layouts took me less than three hours (although I did have to finish off the 1-photo layout’s journalling after I got home).

Three for one

Following an idea from the lovely Shimelle Laine (my scrapbooking superhero) I gathered a set of supplies and some photos. I made layouts with three photos, two photos and one photo using these supplies, and took inspiration from some of my own favourite layouts for the 3-photo and 2-photo pages. I watched Shimelle’s latest YouTube video (Glitter Girl #124) for inspiration for the 1-photo page. I’m very pleased with my results – thank you Shimelle/Glitter Girl!

3-photo page 2-photo page Inspired by GG#124

Something scrappy

I’ve been working with photos from our 2007 trip to the Big Island of Hawaii over the past few months. It might seem a bit of overkill to create an album of 12×12 layouts devoted to just one 10-day holiday, but I’ve been having a great time re-living some of our adventures. In fact, one album is completely full and I’ve started on volume two….

Over in another corner of blog land Jennifer Grace has started her annual Frosty Festivities event for 2015, and although my layout’s not at all frosty or festive, I used some inspiration from her first post in the series to create this:

Brave - the story of Richard's snorkelling adventures in Volcano National Park.

Brave – the story of Richard’s snorkelling adventures in Volcano National Park.

There are lots of ideas still to come in the Frosty Festivities series, and some fantastic give-aways, so why not play along too?

One Little Word

Resolutions aren’t for me. Instead, since 2009 I have selected a single word to be my focus for the year ahead. I first heard about this from Ali Edwards, and you can read more about it on her blog here.

My words have been:

  • 2009 – choose
  • 2010 – present
  • 2011 – clear
  • 2012 – slow
  • 2013 – active

For 2014 I have chosen the word MORE. I believe I have been doing good things for my physical, mental and emotional health – and now I am going to focus on doing MORE of them.

I saw this inspiring video and I created a similar layout to celebrate and record my intentions for how my One Little Word – MORE – will manifest in my life through 2014.

My ONW for 2014I really enjoyed doing the stitching and making the watercolour background. Celine’s instructions on the video were easy to follow – although I did make a practice page first for the watercolour part. I think this is only the second layout (ever) I have made that uses no photographs – but I might do more of them if they all turn out as well as this one!

Look What I Made!

Quilters' Compendium - openRecently, members of Village Quilters learned how to make wonderful compendiums with an ironing board on one side, and a cutting board on the other. I missed the session where they did this, so was very glad when Adie offered to show me how to construct one when she put together a second model as a gift for a friend. Two other members had also missed out, so there were four of us working on the project last  Tuesday. The pattern and instructions had been devised by Sue, and she generously stepped in to offer help, and also supplied the ultra-heavy cardboard and the silicone backing sheets for the ironing board section. Thanks Adie & Sue – I’m so pleased with how mine turned out!

So that you can enjoy a little more of the funky batik fabric I used to cover my compendium, here’s a picture of the project closed:

Quilters' Compendium - Closed


Photo of parcel contentsI had a lovely surprise in the mail last week: a parcel of scrapbooking goodies from Jennifer Grace, who recently taught me during an on-line course (Projects that Wow). When she e-mailed me to tell me I had won a spot-prize, I had no idea it would be such a generous one. Thank you Jennifer! I have spent time happily imagining what I might make with these supplies. One sheet of paper has already made its way onto a layout:

Olives r Us LayoutCan you spot it?

Photo Scavenger Hunt Post 2

To follow on from #1 and #3-6 yesterday, here are #7-11 (I’m on a roll here folks)!

# 7  A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny

# 7 A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny

We saw this in the jewellery manufacturers’ showroom that was part of our Bargains & Bubbles shopping tour in Melbourne. So true!

#8 A tower - take 1

#8 A tower – take 1

#8 A tower - take 2

#8 A tower – take 2

Take 1 is a nice ‘arty’ shot of the Melbourne Arts Centre Tower from underneath. Take 2 shows the same tower viewed from Federation Square in the dusk. One thing that really impressed us about Melbourne was the variety and quality of the architecture – this tower being but one example.

#9 A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong

#9 A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn’t belong

This is our library circulation desk. Baby Hugo is clearly not a book waiting to be checked in or checked out, hence he is a perfect choice for #9!

#10  A bench that is outside

#10 A bench that is outside

This rather lovely, traditionally styled bench is outside the Community Supermarket in our town’s main street.

#11 An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.

#11 An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.

This is possibly a bit of a cheat, as I think Rinda intended that the photo should come from a special visit to an Aquarium (with a capital A). While Melbourne does have a wonderful Aquarium, I’d visited that on my last visit and didn’t want to go again (it would have taken too many hours away from the principal purpose of our visit – shopping!). This photo was taken in a pet shop – but as I was delighted with the pose of this fish, I’m including it as my entry anyway!

What do you think of my photo choices so far? If you were setting the rules, would you allow my entries for #4 and #11? Have you ever participated in a scavenger hunt (of any kind, not just a photography one)?


Photo Scavenger Hunt Post 1

I’ve been on a scavenger hunt – for photos on topics nominated by Rinda of Gallo Organico blog. The hunt began on 22 June, and participants have until 21 September to complete the list. It’s a Summer list for those in the northern hemisphere, but here in the south I’ve still had fun trying to complete it.

I have five of the first six on the list, and here they are:

#1 An Open Air Market

#1 An Open Air Market

This is just part of the Makers Market which is on every Sunday at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. Sunday was our ‘no shops’ day – but of course that meant that we could happily shop at the market instead!

#3 Town or City Hall

#3 City Hall, Capitol or similar Civic building

This is Melbourne’s Town Hall, and very grandly Victorian it is too.

#4 Airplane

#4 Airplane (or Aeroplane – it’s all the same thing)

I’m quite pleased with my take on this one, catching the sunrise from the aircraft window, with enough of the plane in shot to qualify, I hope!

#5 Sunset

#5 Sunset

This one is from much closer to home – it’s the view from the front gate one clear and about-to-be-frosty evening.

#6 Someone or something taking a nap

#6 Someone or something taking a nap

I might get into trouble with a certain young lady for posting this one….

Two new layouts

I’m enjoying working through the prompts from the UK Scrappers Class by Shimelle Laine. Here are the layouts I made for weeks 2 and 3:

How It All BeganIt feels good to tell the story of how DH and I got together – and because the prompt said ‘pick paper you really love’ I finally put to use that pretty floral pattern that’s been sitting in my ‘save for something special’ pile.

Only One StitchThe subject prompt for Week 3 was ‘hands’ and at first I couldn’t think of anything – but when I took a look at some old blog posts (in view of the 100th post coming up) I found this one. Perfect! It’s been a long time since I used a monochromatic colour scheme, and I’ve never, ever, used a red one before. While I was making it I managed to cut myself on something and it took me a while to realise not all the red on my hands was actually ink! (The story from the blog post and additional pictures are in the pocket behind the photos).