Sunday, August 24, 2014

A weekend away

We had a beautiful family weekend away and I tell you it was just what I was needing. We stay at the base of Mount Taranaki and enjoy looking at the view daily, the mountain always looks different but my favourite look is when it is covered in snow. Right now it is and it is stunning, so very stunning.

 (view of the mountain from our drive)

Lucy has been asking to go build a snowman for months now, especially an Olaf, so daddy promised her a trip up the mountain as a late birthday getaway as he was offshore on her actual birthday. Off we went straight from school on Friday armed with print out faces of Olaf ready to build him, but of course the weather was not playing the game. The snow just was too hard and too little to build with but we still had heaps of fun.

I tell you what, it is FREEZING up the mountain, so so so very COLD but we took heaps of layers/thermals and made the 30 minute drive up to the mountain lodge. We checked in to our chalet first then headed further up the mountain to see how low the snow had came.

We then headed to the restaurant for our dinner and WOW it was so so good, and the wine was amazing and after our meal we sat by the cosy fire and just relaxed with each other, played games and read.

The staff there were really friendly, one even did Lucy's make up for her, I just love it when places are good to children and just embrace them.

First thing in the morning we headed up the mountain and went a good walk up it, all layered up and cosy. It was quite a hike up there but fun at the same time. Lucy kept stopping to play with the snow and daddy taught her how to make the best snow balls. We couldn't find any snow soft enough to make a snowman so we plan on going back to do that another day.

After we got back down we played Monopoly where Lucy of course kicked our asses as she usually does, I swear she is a Monopoly genius that girl. We also watched movies and just chilled.

Then we headed back to the restaurant for more yummy dinners and to relax by the fire.

What a fabulous weekend, I can not wait to do it again. It was so nice getting away but only driving 30 minutes to get there, yet you feel as if you not at home if that makes sense. I love getting to spend quality time with Gary and Lucy, we are so lucky to have each other, they sure make me happy.

Oh and while up the mountain a friend challenged me to do the ALS Ice bucket challenge so I got right on that, thermal and all :) I had taken this pink tub with us full of milk/wine/snacks etc so I used that, It was the only one though so I guess I got lucky with only one soaking. You can see the video HERE I tell you what it was freezing, but it made me laugh hard.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Having a break

Hey ladies, 

I am sure you have all noticed that I no longer post as much as I once used too? Life has really just gotten in the way and scrap booking is just not my priority right now. I am not sure if you all know but I am currently studying Interior Design and while it is a perfect fit for me, it is hard work, actually it is hard just trying to find the time to work on it. I have so much on in Lucy's school making and painting props for a school production, school trips, absentee phones, cross country help etc, I actually feel like a member of staff, though to be honest I LOVE it and I love being part of her school. Obviously scrap booking comes way down the list of to do, and while I miss it, I have so much other stuff going on that I have zero mojo and also it is becoming a chore as when I do it I am sitting thinking I should be studying etc. 

Another issue is I have been unwell for a couple months, I have always suffered from low iron and just now it is at an all time low, They have doubled my iron tablets and also gave me another pill for the next month to see how that goes. I have zero energy and I am just tired all the time, I have heart pains, and just over all feeling horrible, I just want to feel normal again LOL.

Anyway I will pop in and share news etc, and also when I do get time to work on our US album I will share it when I can.

Hugs to you all, thanks for being awesome followers.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

My Paper Balloon - Guest Design spot.

I am so excited to share with you that I was asked to be guest designer over at My Paper Balloon 

Here is a little bit about them:
My Paper Balloon is an Australian monthly Embellishment Kit Subscription Service, bringing you a collection of paper crafting embellishments delivered to your door.  Our subscriptions change monthly to cover a wide range of embellishments perfect for all tastes and all your paper crafting projects.  Our Subscriptions are offered for 3, 6 & 12 months

 Each month we will endeavour to bring you a kit that is not only fun and practical, but that has variety too. Things that a kit may include: various sized alphas, wood veneers, flair, enamel dots, rub-ons, washi tape, overlays, chipboard embellishments, labels, stickers or cut outs.

You can check out all the past kits HERE.

Here is what I made with the kit.

So there it all is, I loved working with the kit, it was full of things I would totally have bought myself.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Holiday Album (some of)

Just sharing a couple pages I got done in our holiday album, I used all items from the August kit over at Freckled Fawn. I just LOVE that adventure time badge, so so so cute.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014


I thought I would come share a layout that was on the Freckled Fawn blog last month for the Color Crush Wednesday posts. I just LOVED the look of this cake and used it to inspire me with my layout, love the gold and muted colours :)
Here is the original pin for the combo I worked with
Here is what I came up with.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

August reveal over at Freckled Fawn

Hello ladies

Sorry for the long break but I spent over 3 weeks in the States and since I got back I have done nothing but washing/unpack and re organise and purge closets, I am worn out LOL.

I thought I would quickly share the kit for August, I have not played with it yet as mines arrived while I was away but I am looking forward to diving it :)

Super CUTE!!!! and you can pick it up HERE. Pin It Now!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Freckled Fawn - Oh Deer Me - July kit

What a stunning kit from Freckled Fawn again this month, I just LOVE getting my kit each month, as does miss Lucy ha-ha. For this kit I decided to use it in my album for our trip to LA so I made a few pages of what I knew we would be doing and visiting, I think all the pages turned out great, and it was so fun to work with.

Is it not super CUTE!!!

Another thing I love with the OhDeerMe kits are the cute little bags we get with them, I have used a few of them for our trip to LA, we have our toiletries for the plane ride and will go in our hand luggage, PERFECT!!

My pages :)

(Have corrected the typo LOL)

This next page was made using leftover veneer (shop item and you need ten packs) I thought I would just fling them on the page and call it done :)

I am so excited to work on this album while I am away, Lucy plans to also work on a scrapbook while we are away, so it will be fun working side by side documenting our trip together.  

I will buy these amazing printers while we are there, I am having them delivered to our hotel in the first couple of days so that we have them for the holiday. They are amazing and work from their own wifi!! how awesome is that.

Canon Selphy CP910
(I have the CP900 but upgrading to this)

Instax Share
(you can see a demo HERE)
I already have an instax mini but I love that I can get the look but using my phone.

I will see you all after our trip.
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Monday, May 26, 2014


This next layout is one of the NSD challenges but this one is from Two Peas, we were asked to lift something in our faves and I chose this one by the AMAZING Paige, seriously I love every single layout this lady does!! I use my trusty Cameo for this one and a 6x6 pad by Maggie Holmes and just cut a ton of the same word over and over. Next I just sewed it all too my page and stuck the picture on, easy peasy and I have to say I LOVE how it turned out.

Back tomorrow with more :)
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

So pretty

Here is the 2nd layout I did for the NSD challenges over at Citrus Twist kits, This one we were asked to use circles to join our page together. This challenge was perfect for me as I had traded this wooden veneer piece with a lady over at Two peas and it has been sitting on my desk since, so I made sure I used it here.

I have to say I love the end result and even though there was a lot of cutting and gluing it looks simple and clean. I am so glad I used this wood too.

So in my real life I started a design course and I have to tell you it is challenging!!! I am loving it though and it is very interesting to be working on. I just need to be strict with study times when Lucy at school so that I can work through it and then scrapping can be my treat once she in bed at night. I am working on my first assessment this week and plan to have it mailed off by the end of the week at the latest.

Another thing I am doing is decorating our house, we have had a red wall in our living area since we moved in and I hate it!! I always wanted a red room so it was what I went with but I am over it now. So while Gary off shore I am painting it, and hoping it will be a nice surprise for him when he gets home. It has been hard work though, I have done 3 coats of primer to get rid of the red and as soon as my first assessment is sent off I will start on the new colour, I am going to use the same Sea foam we have in our family room as it is so bright, fresh and clean looking. I will share pictures once I get that done :)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Freckled Fawn Tutorial

(when sharing my layout yesterday I realised I had never shown Lucy's banner over here on my blog so thought I had better do that)
For my tutorial this month I decided I wanted to share how I make banners, I always get put off thinking they are going to take too much time, when in reality this took me probably 2 hours from start to finish. My daughter wanted one for her new space so I figured it was perfect timing to work on this.

I decided I wanted some pictures on the banner, and wanted to choose some that shouted Lucy, she is all about her friends, the beach, swimming, and just posing for the camera, these are recent pictures taken of her this month. 

Next I grabbed some papers and embellishments I thought would work well for the banner, Lucy actually chose out the papers herself.

Next I got to work using my Cameo machine and cut out my banner shapes, these are really easy to cut free handed, but I am really trying to use my machine more. I decided to go with 2 different banner shapes.

I decorated all of the pieces I wanted to have pictures on, this was so much fun to do, Lucy was adamant the sunglasses had to be on there so I squeezed them in with the pool picture.

Next I decided to decorate the bits that would hold her name, These are actually letters from a banner I made for Lucy a few years ago, The banner has been lying in the garage for about 2 years and Lucy happened across it last week, we decided to use the letters again. You will notice later that the butterfly does not make the final banner as it just did not work. (You can see the little butterfly in this mini HERE)

Next I got some seam binding and put the whole thing through the sewing machine, this took about 2 minutes and was super easy to do, this is a great way to hold them together.

Finished banner up in Lucy's little study, She is going to love this when she sees it complete and I just love how it turned out.

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