Archive for August, 2007



August 24, 2007

is the theme at blue bazaar this week. it was the perfect opportunity to experiment with texture paste (my 1st time). & on wednesday, as i watched bear making tracks in the playdough with thomas, i knew just what to do with the paste & he could even help me!


the texture shot


supplies: DCWV cardstock, heidi swap plastic lettering & journalling spot, texture paste, making memories paint (red wagon & cranberry)


colour your world

August 18, 2007

i’ve been doing carol wingert‘s colour your world class at BPS. carol taught my 1st ever scrapbook class & she’s brilliant! if you ever have an opportunity to take one of her classes – do it! as we explored each colour, she provided wonderfully detailed notes, gave us a great insight into her creative process & shared lots of cool techniques. whilst carol created individual layouts for the class, we were free to do our own thing, so i decided to use a creative imaginations bare library. my cover design was inspired by the fabulous banner on ngaire’s beautiful blog


i kept the design of each colour book nice & simple – with patterned paper & journalling on the LHS & a photo on the RHS. here’s a peek at the yellow book

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there are 11 other albums in the set – here’s a sample of their covers:

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i’ll post some interior shots when they’re finished.

i’d love to hear about any online classes you’ve done & your thoughts about them.



August 15, 2007

on my recent trip to sydney, my SIL took me to her favourite shoe shop & they had a fabulous sale on … so i couldn’t help but indulge in some shoe-therapy … a lovely pair of josef seibel boots & these slides for summer (how could i resisit what was clearly a perfect match!) 


is it just me?? or do other women get pleasure from something as simple as a new pair of shoes??

totally loving this shade of green atm!


this fabulous funky farm mug was just $3 in a QVB basement sale. gotta love that!


the blue shirt

August 13, 2007

that’s become his new favourite! it’s a minature version of michael’s & i swear he’d wear it every day – if it didn’t end up so dirty & need washing.


i found it & a great pair of matching jeans in the DFO thomas cook outlet. gotta love that place!


just for fun

August 12, 2007

after seeing this layout by jennifer harrison at 2peas, i was intrigued by the idea of simpson-izing our family. so i googled, found this cool website and here we are:



her gappy smile

August 11, 2007


she’s lost another 2 teeth since her birthday!

today we went up into bladensburg national park – its a beautiful, rugged spot with waterholes the kids can’t resist


frequent encounters with wildlife


i love this one where both the emu’s feet are off the ground!


the bigma was perfect for shooting these slithery critters


checking out the view at the escarpment (love the body language here)


the view from the lookout (towards winton)


we’ve been fortunate to have marg & bill with us for 6 weeks this term. marg is a vise tutor & bill is an angel – literally! vise volunteers give their time & expertise to support the education of isolated children & their families (you can read more about vise here & here). they arrived at a time when i was worn down & exhausted from a long struggle with health issues & the stress associated with educating your own kids. because of them, i had the time to go to sydney, see a variety of specialists & find some alternate treatments that worked! because of them, i’ve returned feeling energised & hopeful about the future (rather than stressed about having to "catch up" 2 weeks of schoolwork). because of them, i can enjoy just being mama for awhile. i’m so grateful for the time we’ve had with them … their support has been such a blessing!


new banner

August 9, 2007

after my 1st kiwiscraps event (august 2005), i had a fun morning with my BIL & twin nieces wandering around the north sydney foreshores & taking lots of photos. most have sat in a folder on the computer … until today. i had a chance to play & discovered the harbour shots looked fabulous when cropped panorama style (making them perfect for blog banners!)



i also liked these shots of J & C




on my most recent trip (july 2007), i captured these shots while they were playing netball (which they both love!):

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