Sunday, January 29, 2012

February Lay Outs for Better Scrapbooking

Well February's news letter is out at Better Scrapbooking so that means I can show the LOs I have done with this months scrap pack!!

I loved this pack it was great for family LOs, nothing to girlie or boyish just in the middle. Great for this time of year when there are lots of family photos being snapped.

I love this Pic of my oldest boy Vinnie, photo was taken on Christmas eve we took all the kids to the park just trying to run some energy out of them before the big fat man came to visit.

This is a photo of all my kids taken back in labor weekend in October we stopped half way though our bush walk to have lunch and a drink and what better photo opp was i going to get, we had a great day out and the kids loved bush walking so much!

This photo is of my little Alex, taken just after his second birthday hard to think he is starting school in a couple of weeks. he isn't so little anymore!

This is a pic of my boy Elliott, so proud of him he was a little king in his school Christmas Nativity play this year. Years 1,2 and 3 do the same play every year so counting this year I have now seen this play 6 times and I still have 2 more kids to But they love and all the kids are very proud of themselves.

Christmas day and what great fun it was. As you can see from the photos the kids got a tramp this year and boy what a hit!! they spent most of the day on it.

I decided to make bag tags with the acrylic scallops, being so close to back to school time. they are already sitting on the kids bags waiting for Monday to roll around!!

So head on over to Better Scrapbooking and have a look at the news letter also check out the message broads while your there we have February's challenges going on and would love to see you joining in

thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Better Scrapbooking February Challenges

Great prizes up for grabs!! We are really trying to get more people involved so tell your scrappy friends and neighbours!! Come on over and get busy at the Better Scrapbooking Community!!

Layout Challenge: Copy this months Layout Guide Use this layout guide to create your layout. Either copy it exactly or let it inspire you.

Photo Challenge: Favourite Holiday photo
Share with us your favourite holiday photo from this summer. The way the weather has been it might even be a photo in the snow.

Colour Challenge: Create a layout, card or other project using this months colour combination.

Have fun and I look forward to seeing all your creations in the Gallery soon!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Crayon Canvas

Crayon canvases  are all over pintrest. It seems like everyone is making one, so I thought well why not me!! only problem is I had no hair dryer or a hot glue gun I wanted to use so what was a girl to do??

Well she whips out the handy dandy hair straighteners of course, only don't tell my husband who used to be a hair dresser I don't think he would be impressed at all.

So I started of by gluing some cheap crayons to the top of a canvas. These canvases are only little ones not the big ones you see on pintrest so I only used half a crayon instead of a full one. And simply pressed my straighteners onto it, I did have the for thought to used grease proof paper so I didn't get a lot of colour bleeding going on.

I am really happy how these turned out and I just love the black one can't wait to hang these in Vinnie's new room!!

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Project House Back Under Way!

A few months ago I started project clean up at my house before and afters. I got very brave and posted before and after pics of some of my many clean ups and problem areas in my house, well now its back, now some of my areas I will be doing I have done before and some of you may be thinking, well that didn't last long, but really this worked for me for so long but after Christmas I have just gotten lazy and can't be naffed doing anything!! so to start off this time I did the lounge window and the top of me blanket box.

See example of laziness, Christmas decos haven't been put away!


And ten minutes later this is what it looks like, now what can you do in ten minuets in your house?? I would love to hear!! Oh and the door that's under the window is going to be used hopefully real soon and a new project!!

Oh and BTW I will add that the TV cabinet has stayed clean and tidy!!

thanks for looking

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bit Of A New Look and A New Challenge

So trying to make myself get into the blogging mood I have decided it was time for a make over. Sort of, I have a new banner what do you think??

And with the new look a new life challenge!! this one I have stolen from Tracy but its ok she said I could. It's called the Charmed life challenge! This to me seems like a fun, sometimes easy way to give myself a but of a boost when needed!!

1. Give something broken a new life (a skirt, a squeaky wheel, scuffed shoes).

2. Put something beautiful on a bit of blank wall you see every day.
3. Wear something you love that you think “just isn’t you.”
4. Send a thank you note, for anything.
5. Spend an afternoon reading.
6. Cook in a vintage apron.
7. Have luncheon: a slow midday meal with cloth napkins and wine.
8. Go out of your way to do something kind for a stranger (offer a seat, hold the door, leave your copy of Us Weekly on the elliptical).
9. Donate five items from your closet that don’t make you feel unstoppably gorgeous.
10. Take care of a nagging life admin item (a trip to the post office, filing an insurance claim, making a doctor’s appointment).
11. Buy an utterly frivolous piece of lingerie.
12. Invite friends over for cocktails, dinner, or brunch.
13. Wake up an hour early to have a leisurely morning.
14. Try something that looks like pure fun (accordion, crochet, burlesque).
15. Dance. In public, in the living room, with a partner, with yourself.
16. Flirt with a stranger. (Smiling counts.)
17. Get rid of five things in your home that don’t bring you pleasure.
18. Go to a parfumerie or department store in search of a signature scent.
19. Buy flowers for your home or office.
20. Make a recipe from a fruit, vegetable, meat or fish you’ve never cooked before.
21. Walk barefoot in the grass or on the sand.
22. Have a media-free day.
23. Write down everything you feel grateful for.
24. Hold a baby.
25. Pet a puppy.
26. Ask someone to tell you their life story.
28. Read a biography of your favorite glamorous screen star, or the bravest, most badass real life heroine.
29. Eat fresh berries, straight from the green paper pint.
30. Create an occasion to wear your most impractical pair of shoes.
31. Write down your wildest dreams.
32. Have a proper weekday coffee break: ceramic cup, idle gossip, and staring out a window.
33. Visit a playground and swing.
34. Make lemonade. (Literally or figuratively.)
35. Go to a junk or antique store; consider what your favorite object has seen in its life.
36. Jump in a body of water. Float.
37. Give someone a hug; let them let go first.
38. Look at the stars.
39. Replace one utilitarian item you use every day––a measuring spoon, a file folder, a key chain––with something really, really beautiful.
40. Pamper your body with a massage, an overdue haircut, a trip to the sauna, or a soak in the tub.
41. Research something that sparks your curiosity (Arthurian legend, photosynthesis, investing). If you’re still curious after a 15-minute google session, dive deeper.
42. Make a collage of beautiful images that resonate with you.
43. Read aloud to someone you love.
44. Forgive yourself.
45. Forgive someone else.
46. Spend an hour in silent reflection.
47. Dine by candlelight on a weeknight.
48. Take a walk after dinner.
49. Wear your no-fail, cheer-me-up lipstick.
50. Give a genuine compliment to an acquaintance.
51. Have a glass of champagne, just because.
52. Spend one day taking pictures of everything you find beautiful.
53. Describe your perfect day in writing.
54. Block out an afternoon (or day) on the calendar to make some (or all) of it real.
55. Select one drawer or surface and organize it.
56. Write a love letter.
57. Do something you loved as a child.
58. Upgrade your sleep wear, or go Marilyn-style.
59. Do the one thing you were relieved/sad wasn’t on this list.
60. Pretend for one day that you are as confident and amazing as you want to be.
61. Buy fresh flowers for your home
62. Take 15 minutes to eat a delicious, artisan dark truffle
63. Go skinny dipping (or at least go swimming)
64. Visit the farmer’s market and inquire about the life of one farmer. Get into his/her world.
65. Tell someone exactly what you desire without shame
66. Spend a day doing nothing except relax
67. Throw a dinner party
68. Dress up to go to the grocery store (I’m talking make-the-butcher-turn-his-head dressing up)
69. Send a surprise I-think-you’re-fabulous handwritten note to someone
70. Get a massage
71. Bring up an intoxicating topic with friends (anything around love or travel is always a good choice)
72. Choose a feeling you desire to experience and think/do/be whatever it takes to create it
73. Serve your dinner in courses and spend at least twenty minutes with each. End with a bite of something delicious.
75. Do something completely out of character (for example, if you’re shy, force yourself to say hello to a stranger)
76. Write a love note to yourself
77. Invite someone you desire to know to lunch
78. Put a trip on your calendar that you desire to take within the next 6 months
79. Learn 5 new words in a foreign language and actually use them
80. Kiss someone (even if it’s your dog)
81. Try an exotic food you’ve never tasted
82. Pretend that everyone loves you and wants you to be a huge success
83. Light candles
84. Ask more questions and talk less
85. Read a poem to someone you love
86. Teach a kid something they’ll never forget (e.g. card trick, secret handshake or a funny word like gardyloo)
87. Take one small step that frightens you
88. Wear a flower in your hair
89. Pretend for one day that you don’t know your age
90. Watch a foreign film
91. Throw a slumber party
92. Turn a common dish into a delicacy (e.g. truffled popcorn, carmelized onion burgers, grilled brie and pear sandwiches)
93. Brag on yourself at least 5 times
94. Pay extra special attention to your posture
95. Listen to romantic, sexy music all day
96. Speak love to every animal you see, including insects
97. Send your worst enemy flowers anonymously (it really does feel good)
98. Catch moments of negativity and charge them with laughter
99. Donate $10 to your favorite charity. Every little thing matters
100. Smile a lot. Best beauty tip on the market
Now what to do first!!!
thanks for looking :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Opps My Bad!

Well time seems to be getting longer and longer between post...I have sort of lost my way a bit in the bloging world, I just feel like I have nothing to say. I haven't been doing a lot of craft stuff lately and my mood has been rather depressing so thought blah why bother no one reads it anyway. (Like I said depressing)

So starting with this post I am going to try and get back on the horse so to speak. It doesn't matter if 1 person reads this or 100!! I have been told that when I got brave and posted my before and after clean up pics of my house I sparked a bit of a clean up al the way from Invercargill to Auckland so maybe me blogging might help some somewhere.

Anyway enough about that, what have I been doing? Well before Christmas we had out dinning room plastered and painted it looks awesome but I haven't taken pics of that yet I should do that soon thou. We have some big plans for the next couple of months for the house, the kitchen computer nook, the dinning room floors and Vinnies new room are all on the list so keep and eye out for that

When I say I haven't been doing a lot of crafting I am still on the Better Scrapbooking design team for this year so I am still doing some scrapbooking at least so will be up posting all of that soon. Also some teacher gifts coming up as my little Alex is soon to be turning five and off to school. Also I have rediscovered art journalling, I started this a few years ago, I was never any good at, it in fact I'm still not to shit hot but meh its for me and I really enjoy it. Go have a look at Just journal on facebook and join in!! Plus I have a lot of pintrest things I want to get done too!!


One the the pintress things are these little toadstools!! well more Tracy than pintress this time, but she got the idea from there so I ran with it too. Made out of a cake tin and a wooden bowl and logs. Super easy to make to!! I have given these ones to the kids daycare but I plan to make a few more!!

And lastly some one may need to slap me, this is the January design team pack for Better scrapbooking! This should have been posted weeks ago but I have just found the pics!! Sorry Megan again!! This Pack was just perfect for little girls and my wedding pics!!

Thanks for looking :)