Friday, April 15, 2011


Well it's a dreary Friday morning here with not a lot to do except housework, and we all know I will do almost anything to avoid that. I so wish I was one of those people that liked it, but it's just not my thing, you would think it should be in my DNA if you know my Mum but I just didn't get that gene. So here I am!

I have gone around this morning and taken a lot of photos of the earthquake damage to the house, all the little things I know I will forget about and you will just get used to seeing. We won't see ECQ for about 4 months so I wanted to get those done because I have a terrible memory. I think that's one of the main reasons I journal a lot, so many people avoid journalling, they don't know what to say etc, I am honestly aware that I will probably forget. I have forgotten tons of things about when the girls were babies already, but I can go back and look which is lovely.

A couple more layouts I've done, still working through the old photos making myself get them done. Some of the photos aren't great but the memories are!

First layout is one I have been meaning to do, of my sister in law and my eldest...

Supplies: Cardstock-Bazzill, Patterned Paper - Echo Park, Chipboard Buttons - Making Memories, Letter stickers - Basic Grey, I heart you sticker - Grace Taylor, Tiny word stickers - The girls paperie

Our first photo as a family of four...

Supplies: Papers, Diecuts, Stickers, Brad all by MME Stella and Rose, Letter stickers - Basic Grey, Random charm - Unknown, Ticket - House of Three

Have a blessed day

Monday, April 11, 2011

Really into layouts right now....

Scrapbooking for me comes in ebbs and flows, sometimes it's so darn easy it falls together and other times I just sit there and stare at the paper. Being inspired and productive is very much an emotional thing for me, so if it's not there, it's not there I can't force it. I always seem to have loads of time when I'm in one of these slumps. The good news I'm not there right now! I am in the "I can't wait to get the dishes done so I can read my book again" frame of mind. It's just easy right now and I am so loving it. So I have been crafting my little heart out.

Firstly, my little Phia, "helping" in the garden...

Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill, Pattered Paper - October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, Chipboard letter - lil davis, Stamp - Dear Lizzy, Brad - Martha Stewart, Border Punch - Fiskars

Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill, Patterned Paper and Stickers - All MME Stella and Rose Hattie, Lettering - Cuttlebug

Supplies: Pattered Papers- Daily Junque House of Three, Lettering - The Girls Paperie, Numbers - K & Company

That's all for tonight, mainly cause I'm too tired to wait for it to upload.. lazy huh!
Hope your having a great night
Take care

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Nesties....

I got this new set of nestabilities for my birthday, it's called Labels Eight. I really wanted this one because the largest was big enough for cards and mini albums and the smallest were still a useable size.

I have really had some fun with these and I know I'm going to use them a lot.

A couple of card examples...

Supplies: Patterned Paper - Prima, Ribbon - Montarga, Flower- Large made by me, Small - spotlight, Pearls - Kaisercraft, Ink - Tim Holtz, Butterfly - Cuttlebug

Supplies: Patterned Paper - Prima, Ribbon - Making Memories, Flower- Large made by me, Small -Prima , Pearls - Kaisercraft, Butterfly - Cuttlebug, Stamp - Hero Arts

And a couple of mini albums....

Supplies: Patterned Paper - DCWV Mariposa, Ribbon - Making Memories, Flower- Large made by me, Small -Prima , Stickpin - made by me Ink - Tim Holtz, Bound using the Bind it all

Supplies: Patterned Paper - Prima ,, Flower- Large made by me, Quote - Prima , Stickpin - made by me Ink - Tim Holtz, Bound using the Bind it all

Supplies: Patterned Paper - K & Company Jubilee, Flowers - made by me, Family sticker - K & Company, Stickpins - made by me Ink - Tim Holtz, Bound using the Bind it all, Gems - K & Company

I'm off now, I need to finish some cupcakes for Kindergarten tomorrow, I know I know I have such a glam life.
Have a fab week.

Monday, April 4, 2011

One Stamp, Three Ways...

So Two Peas in having this cardmaking and stamping event this month which is right up my alley, they are launching new product lines etc to expand and include a larger range.

They had this challenge the other day and I thought I would take part, I am always looking for a way to get better mileage out of supplies I already own. So you had to use one stamp and make three different cards with it.

Here is my take on it:

Supplies: Cardstock- Bazzill, Patterned Paper - Webster's Pages, Circle Cutter - Martha Stewart, Ribbon - Seam Binding Christopher Pines, Damask Stamp - MME, Just a note Stamp - Hero Arts, Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Supplies: Cardstock- Bazzill, Patterned Paper - Prima, Flower - Spotlight, Ribbon - Making Memories, Damask Stamp - MME, Thanks you Stamp - Hero Arts, Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Stickpin - Homemade

Supplies: Patterned Paper - K & Company Jubilee, Tiny Metal Flower - Etsy, Damask Stamp - MME, HelloStamp - Hero Arts, Ink - Versamark

Have a fab day!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Back into it...

Crafting is great therapy, we often joke that it's cheaper than therapy but sometimes I'm not sure about that! It has been a huge blessing during the last few months to have somewhere to escape to. I can get lost in it even if only for a short time. When everything around you isn't normal it's nice to have that place to go when you can just exhale. And exhale I have. I've actually been fairly productive, scrapbooking doesn't rely on water or electricity (for the most part) so you can actually do it regardless of those circumstances.

I shared a couple of layouts on Two Peas last week but hadn't got around to posting them here so here we go...

The girls and I chilling at the park, we spend a lot of time there.
I love love love all of the MME Stella and Rose collections, you will be seeing a lot of this.

Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill Patterned Paper - Stella and Rose Hattie, Brad and title - Stella and Rose Hattie Butterflies - Cut with Cuttlebug Ribbon: Seam Binding from Christopher Pines

Trying to use up all those random photos ... these papers and embellishments are from the Stella and Rose Mabel collection, love this too.

Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Paper: MME Stella and Rose Mabel, Stickers : MME, Brads: MME Stella and Rose Hazel , Hearts, love title and Butterfly cut with Cuttlebug, Chipboard letters: Heidi Grace

And just a couple of cards....

Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill, Ribbon:Seam Binding from Christopher Pines, Mask: Tattered Angels, Ink: Tim Holtz Distress ink, Paper Tag: Pink Paislee House of Three, Heart Embellishment: K & Company

Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages and Prima, Stamp: Hero Arts, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Ribbon: Martha Stewart, Flowers: White (Prima) Blue - made by me using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Border Punch: Fiskars

Made this one for my brother since he and my sister in law have just built a new home.

Supplies - Patterned Papers: Stella and Rose Hattie, Stamps: House - Autumn Leaves, Congrats - Amy Butler, Ribbon - Seam Binding from Christopher Pines, Flowers: White (Prima) Blue - made by me using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Pearls - Kaisercraft, Gems - K & Company, Cormers - WRMK Corner Chomper

I have a ton more layouts and cards and little projects to share, I'm hoping to free up some time this week. Olivia is starting at a new Kindergarten on Monday as our regular Kindergarten has now been labeled a rebuild after the earthquake. It's been sad but Kidsfirst have done a wonderful job with their priority being keeping the children and teachers together if possible. About 15 children from her morning class will be at this new Kindergarten along with her teachers to help her settle in. I am happy that we will be able to establish a routine again as it has been a little rough on her. So yah for that!

I, on the other hand need to get back to toilet training the little one, kinda hard when the toilet doesn't work! We did however go and let her select a sparkling new potty and I must say she really loves it. So I will be spending a bit of time on that, but I should also get a bit more time to photograph and get my blog running again.
Hope you are all having a fab dayHayley