Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Double Publishing!

Yesterday, the latest issue of For Keeps magazine arrived (Issue 64, 2008) and I opened it up to find two of my layouts in the Birthdays gallery!
I knew they were going to be published, but I didn't realise it was the issue I had in my hand until I saw the little pic on the contents page!
The layouts are both of my daughter and her birthday cakes - one on her 2nd birthday and one on her 4th!

The first one is on page 24 and the 2nd one is on page 26.

I'm really happy with how they look in the magazine! So thrilled to get a full page for both layouts! This is the first time that I have been published in For Keeps magazine, so to get two accepted at the same time was awesome!
My daughter was so excited when she saw them!

Haven't been doing any scrapping lately as I've been really busy getting organised for the wedding etc and I've also been sick. But I hope to finish some of the February challenges on my to-do list before the end of the month, so I should have something to share in the next couple of days or so. I also took some awesome photos at the wedding that I will share too!

Thanks for visiting - and thanks or everyone's lovely comments - I really appreciate them all! :)


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fabulous Friday!

Today was a fabulous day! And yes, I'm well aware that it's now past midnight, so it is in fact actually Saturday, but I haven't gone to sleep yet, so it's still Friday to me!

My boss, Nicole Cameron from Craftainers came home from CHA the other day with a special gift for me which she gave me today:

It's a tag made by none other than the man himself - Tim Holtz!

I just about died from excitement when I saw it!

She waited for AGES to get to him - squishing her way though women 4 deep until she finally got to the front - just for me! What a champion! She took a great photo too, and I'll share it here as soon as she emails it to me.

And just when I thought it couldn't get any better she says to me "Look at the back"! :


She actually went back to him after she had fought her way out of the frenzied women just to get him to autograph it for me! How cool is that!

So needless to say, this is now one of my most favourite possessions!

So I came home from work, completely buzzing about my fabulous new present, and went in to check my emails. Waiting for me was an email from the fabulous Rachel Greig to tell me that I had tied with another girl as the winner of the prize pack she was giving away on her blog! And we will BOTH be getting the pack! OMG! HOW FABULOUS! I can't wait for it to arrive - you can see the stuff on her blog, and I'll also share a pic when it gets here!

You've gotta check out Rachel's "Macro 366" gallery - she's doing a macro photo every day of the year and they are awesome!

The King AND Queen of my world - all in one day!

I freakin' LOVE Fridays......


Friday, February 15, 2008

February Sketch Challenge!

Here is my example layout for the February Sketch Challenge on the Scrapbook Savvy Forum.

The boy in the photo is my husband's nephew Cody - he's a real character! He's their only son with 4 sisters, so I guess he has to be! LOL!

I have used Kaisercraft patterned paper from the Grunge range which is great for young boys and teens. I've also used Hambly Screen Prints transparency frames and a Heidi Swapp sticker frame to create the background behind the title.

I've also been using Tim Holtz Grungeboard again and loving it! It's really so versatile!
I've used the alphabet and elements sets again, this time with the stripes texture.

Here's a close up of the letters:

I've made them look metallic (kinda like wrought iron) by painting them black with acrylic paint, and them going over them with a copper coloured Metallic Rub-on. They look awesome - and it is so easy to get this effect! I did the same on the hinges, and used a silver Metallic Rub-on for the crown.

Thanks for looking - enjoy your weekend!


Monday, February 11, 2008

Happy Mail!

Today I arrived home from work to find a parcel waiting for me on my scrap desk! Wasn't expecting anything so I was soooo excited to open it up to find all this:

The layout that I created for the January Scrapbook Creations online "Try this Technique" challenge had won!! (See it in this post here).

$200.00 worth of Scrapbooking stuff from the good people at Aussie Scrap Source!

There's so much cool stuff - Heidi Swapp, Basic Grey, Scenic Route, Queen and Co, Jenni Bowlin, Cosmo Cricket, just to name a few! Totally awesome! This will keep me going for a long while to come! Love love love it all! :)

You can see the details of the comp on page 44 of Scrapbook Creations #50.

Happy Day!


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Scrapbook Savvy Cybercrop creations.

Throughout this weekend I have been working on the challenges given to us at Friday night's Cybercrop! It was the first cybercrop I'd ever been to, and I had a ball! The theme was "Love" so all our challenges were based on "love".

Our first challenge was to create a layout about the things we love. But the catch was, we had to use something old (from our stash), something new (recently purchased), something borrowed (either from a friend or given as part of a swap), and something Blue.

Here is my layout:

Something Old = Silver rub ons, and the metal letters.
Something New = Grungeboard "5", and Heidi Swapp Clear letters.
Something Borrowed = Black and White ribbon received in a swap.
Something Blue - Background paper (by Basic Grey).

I ran the big 5 through a heart patterned paper crimper to give it a more textured look.

Here's a close up of the letters:

I created these with the clear Heidi Swapp letters by applying a Basic Grey rub-on over the top of them, then colouring them with a craft marker.

Our second challenge was to create a layout using the supplied layout sketch with the theme "love is..." which included a red heart. Here is my layout:

I really love how this page turned out! It's the first time I've ever done a layout using one of our wedding pics! I promise not to wait another 5 years until I do the next one!

Our third challenge was to create a small valentine's gift using some sort of recycled packaging.

I made a card:

The pink and black background tag is part of the packaging for the Basic Grey rub-on roller tool!

I have used Grungeboard in all three projects - I just love this stuff!! If you haven't tried it out yet, you really should get yourself some!

We all had so much fun at the Cybercrop - lots of games and chat all throughout the weekend! Our next one is on the 11th of April, and we welcome anyone who wants to come along and join in the fun!

Thanks for looking!


Book of Me Challenge #1.

Over at Scrapbook Savvy, we are doing a "Book of Me" (BOM) challenge.

The Challenge is running from February to November, and there will be a new challenge every fortnight.
This is a great challenge as scrappers don't tend to do pages about themselves, and end up missing from their albums. By the end of the challenge I will have 22 pages about me in an album!

As an extra challenge, I have decided to do my album in the 8.5" x 11" size, which is a first for me, as I usually scrap in the standard 12"x12" size.

Challenge #1 was to create a title page for the album. Here is my title page:

and here is a close up of the grungeboard title:

Grungeboard is 15% off at the moment at Scrapbook Savvy, so get in quick before it's all snapped up!

There is a $150.00 Ella Bache voucher (or similar) up for grabs at the end of the BOM challenge, so why not pop over, join the forum, and join in the fun! You only need to complete 18 of the 22 pages to be eligible for the prize!


Saturday, February 9, 2008

"Stamping on Buttons" Challenge.

This Month, Renee C's Technique challenge is stamping on buttons!

It's a great idea that I would have never though of! Was fun creating this layout - but it gave me a headache! Tried so many different stamps before I settled with the flower and the owl from 2 different sets of Sassafras Lass clear stamps. Wasn't hard to do - just hard to achieve the look that I was after. Don't have many small stamps, so was trying large background stamps, but it looked horrible! Thank god for Stazon remover!!

Here is my layout:

I used the "Two Scoops" range of paper and buttons by Basic Grey. I used Hessian underneath the photo to create a "beachy" feel.

Here is a close up of the flower embellishment:

I applied the Delish Designs rub ons directly onto the flower. The Basic Grey rub on was applied to the Basic Grey paper, and mounted on chipboard before I cut it out.

The poem and quote are from a book by Dr Suess called "Oh, The Places You'll Go". It's a really great story/poem and I thought it fit well with the photo. I would have loved to include the whole thing on the layout, but it's really long! So I thought the last 4 lines summed it up the best.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, February 8, 2008

The Savvy Celebrity Spotlight on Rachel Greig!

Today I am thrilled to announce that the Savvy Celebrity Spotlight is shining on none other than my idol, Rachel Greig!

I have posted my interview on the forum, and you can check it out here!

Why today? Because today is Rachel's Birthday! Happy Birthday Rachel!

The return of Mr Dick Sticker.......

Since Rachel is the owner of the traveling Mr Dick Sticker Stamp (it's on a round-robin trip around the world! For more info on what I'm on about see this post) I just couldn't resist creating this "Secret Keeper" card for her!

So I just had to share it with you because I think it's hilarious!
Looks pretty normal until you slide it open.....
In case you can't read it it says "I hope you get a SACK full of presents!" LMAO!!

Poor Rachel opened it up while she was waiting in line at the post office today!! LOL! Apparently amusing those around her! LOL!

So how did I get the image so big? Before he left me, I stamped him a bunch of times on various different surfaces, one of which was plain white paper. I then scanned it into photoshop and made it bigger so that it would fit the 4x6 Secret Keeper card!

That's it from me for now!

The first ever Scrapbook Savvy Cyber Crop is on tonight and continues over the weekend, so come along and join in the fun!


Monday, February 4, 2008

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations go to MEL! You are the winner of the RAK from my Birthday giveaway here!

Your little pack of goodies will be on it's way to your house soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Renee D's Photo Challenge!

Renee D's photo challenge for February is to create a photo that is 85% white / shades of white.

I had fun creating these examples to inspire the forum girls to take up the challenge! They are all photos that I took over a year ago with my Olympus SP350 camera.

A gerbera:

A light house somewhere near Port Macquarie:

A Daisy:

A peacock at Featherdale Wildlife Park:

I've Photoshopped them to get the look I was after. I've added borders here so that you can see then properly against the white background - but you can see them borderless here in the Scrapbook Savvy Gallery.

Are you up for the challenge? Come along and join in the fun!

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think! :)


February 08 Scrapjack Layout!

This month, Jolene Pienaar has been Scrapjacked at Aussie Scrapjacked!

Here is my entry:

I have used Basic Grey paper, MM Noteworthy paper, Tim Holtz Grungeboard, Prima flowers, Basic Grey letter stickers, Bazzill cardstock, Brads, AL journaling stamp, Acrylic paint, ink, Black ZIG Writer, double sided foam mounting tape.

Here is a close up of the Grungeboard:

I pained it with two different colours of acrylic paint, and then scratched at the surface with my craft knife to grunge it up a little and show the colour underneath. I LOVE Grungeboard! It's so easy to use and has so many possibilities! Totally over the fact that it's not acid free - now I just have to work on getting used to the smell of it! LOL!

Thanks for looking!


PS: It's not too late to get your entry in for my giveaway! You have until midnight tonight to leave a comment in my post here for your chance to win! Good luck!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

"Try this Technique" challenge from SC

Scrapbook Creations has a "Try this Technique" challenge in their magazine and on their website every month. The current one is called "Cut it in Half". You can see the details on page 44 of Issue #50.

So here is my entry:

And here is a close up:

I have used Making Memories "Noteworthy" papers, chipboard alphas, and glitter jig saw pieces, (all of which are available from Scrapbook Savvy), as well as Rachel Greig paper, Daisy D's rub-ons, flowers, a brad, ink, ZIG writer, and bazzill cardstock.

Wish me luck! There's a prize pack up for grabs worth $200.00 from Aussie Scrap Source!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Sarah's Random Challenge! Feb '08.

Starting this month, I am running "Sarah's Random Challenge" on the Scrapbook Savvy Forum!

This month, I have chosen to do a 5,4,3,2,1, BLAST OFF challenge!!

Here is my example layout:

Here's what I used: (All products marked with a hash are available in the Scrapbook Savvy store).

* Basic Grey "Two Scoops" paper - "Blueberry Custard". #
* Basic Grey "Two Scoops" paper - "Dreamsicle". #
* Basic Grey "Two Scoops" paper - "Spumoni". #
* Basic Grey "Two Scoops" paper - "Very Berry Sundae". #
* Basic Grey "Two Scoops" Buttons. #
* Heidi Swapp Chipboard letters - Raw "Schizophrenic". #
* Making Memories Metal Index Tab. #
* Maya Road Twill - Coney Island Pink. #
* MM metal circle tag.
* Bazzil Cardstock.
* American Crafts Ribbon.
* Acrylic paint.
* Dimensional Magic.
* Junkitz Flower.
* Autumn Leaves journaling block stamp.
* ZIG writer, adhesives, inks.

Here's the criteria:

5 x Buttons
4 x Patterned Papers
3 x Photos
2 x Ribbons / Trim
1 x Journalling Spot

Now here's the rules:

* You are allowed to use anything else necessary to create your layout, however you are ONLY allowed to use the exact number specified for the items above. For example, you can only use 5 buttons, not 3, not 4. Only 5.
* Cardstock (such as bazzill) is a freebie and does not count towards your "Patterned paper".
* "Ribbons / trim" includes all ribbons, trims, and lace of any kind. Also includes adhesive felt trims.
* Your journaling spot can be made from anything - but if you make it from patterned paper, it counts toward your patterned paper total. Pre-made journaling cards are fine.Your journaling spot must be an actual tag / designated spot - it can not be written directly onto your layout.

Entries must be in by Midnight, 29th February 2008 (Sydney Time) for your chance to win a $10.00 Scrapbook Savvy store voucher!!

I will pick the winner based on the most creative interpretation of the criteria.

Here's a close up of my title:

I created my title using the Heidi Swapp Raw "Schizophrenic" chipboard alphas. I wanted them to match the rest of my layout, so I painted them pale yellow (using a mixture of two Derivan MiNiS acrylic paints) and set them aside to dry. Once dry, I stamped them with pink ink using the "Swirl Background" stamp from Stamp-it. When this was dry, I applied dimensional magic to the letters to give them shine and dimension. So easy!

Thanks for looking! I really hope you will join us on the forum and take up the challenge!

From this month, all 5 of us Design team members at Scrapbook Savvy are running monthly challenges to get your creative juices flowing! There is also a monthly sketch challenge as well as a "Book of Me" challenge. Make sure you drop by and check out all the new challenges - there are fabulous prizes up for grabs so don't be shy - join us for some scrapping fun!