Saturday, March 31, 2012

Perfume is sweet

These photos were taken in Grasse, France. We spent the day here walking the perfume shops and Fragonard village and perfumery. This layout was another challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges. I was certainly challenged to complete this one as my starting point was the DCWV Die Cuts with a View) paper that had the perfume bottom and words. I found the perfume labels in my stash, I punched, colour misted, ink distressed edges, and made a large die-cut flower (Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers). I am happy with the way it all turned out - got to love a challenge. Thank you for looking and take time to smell the flowers.

Silent Saturday - 31 March

Friday, March 30, 2012

Surf's up - monochromatic layout in blue

These photos were taken last year on a holiday on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. It was a period of rough seas along the coast. And it was cold in the water. This layout was for a monochromatic (one colour) challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges - the rules were one colour and background had to be solid colour. Enjoy.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Another challenge card - old magazine, new card

This card was another challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges to make a card using hand-made large flowers. Whilst cleaning up today I found an old USA magazine,called Good Old Days, from Summer 1975 and I thought I would make some flowers with the some of pages. The smaller coiled flower was a die that I have (and I had never used before! how often do I do this buy something and not use it), then it was a challenge for a big flower, so I free-hand cut a coil (like pealing an apple in rounds) from 6" square paper, and then bigger from an 8.5" x 10" piece of the paper. I coiled them and then flattened the flowers, and in the process as the paper was so frail, it tore in several places but I think that it adds to the finished flower myself. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Challenge card

My friend Danielle had a challenge:

"Make a scrapbook page, card or beyond the page project using items from our everyday lives as inspiration. Have you looked at the colours used on your shampoo packaging or favourite chocolate??? I often look at these and think I could make a card in those colours or I have a stamp similar to that design."

I was inspired by a wrapper that was around a packet of soft jube sweeties at one of the large retailers here in Sydney. I loved the colour and the stars and that is probably what drew me to purchase them!!!! My story anyway and I'm sticking to it!!!!! I had purchased these before Danielle set the challenge so it was off to the paper recycling bin to recover the wrapper and make a birthday card. Inside I have punched out 3 more stars and adhered them and stamped happy birthday.

A good challenge Danielle. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Embrace the Neon - Euro Disney

My birthday present last year was a day at Disneyland, Paris. I love Disneyland, I love the colour, I love the fun, I love the characters, I love that it brings out the kid in you, I love the .......................! I have now been to all but Japan Disneylands. A favourite - no they are all my favourite. I loved this parade in Euro Disney, and so I decided to embrace the Neon - I found all the neon embellishments in my stash and again I was inspired by a challenge at Scrapbook Challenges for this layout. This is certainly one of the most brightest parades I have seen even the entertainers had neon socks and they were dancing around - probably to keep themselves warm as it got colder as the day progressed, but thankfully no rain for my visit.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lunch at Joyce's

This layout was for a challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges, where you had to use the letters from your first and middle names (with a maximum of 10) and a corresponding items from the list supplied.
M = Monogram (J for Joyce on tag)
A = Acrylic Paint (Paris blue painted on CS)
R = Ric Rac (Blue on tag)
G = Glitter (My favourite Sparklets from Kaisercraft also Laura Ashley glitter stickers on side of photos and envelope)
A = Acrylic Paint (Pale Gold painted on CS)
R = Ric Rac (again - down left hand side. This was white, but I tea-dyed)
E = Envelope (Next to tag, and has my journalling on tag in side)
T = Twine (on tag)

L = Lace (On the doily that I just had to use as Joyce had lots of these in her house)
A = Acrylic Paint (AGAIN - I painted the tag with Plum Pink and also the small flower embellishments)

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Card


Just taking a break from scrapbooking and have made this card. I have used SU markers to do a little watercolouring of the image.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lunch in Prague

Alphonse Maria Mucha (11860-1939) is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping French Art Nouveau at the turn of the century - "Le Style Mucha". This restaurant was full of his art on the walls and had a most magnificent glass ceiling with his designs. When I saw this Graphic 45 "steampunk debutante" range I knew it would be ideal for our photos of our lunch in the restaurant. My sister had eaten here on a previous visit to Prague and certainly enjoyed this second visit. I fussy cut images from some of the pages in the range and applied them to the layout.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I'm on a roll in my scrapbooking

I have really enjoyed playing along with the sketch challenges at Scrapbook Challenges. Here is one I have just completed. Just after we took these photos at Harrods, London we were told that we could not take photographs, so these photos certainly capture a moment in time. I bought small chocolate bars - white, milk and dark chocolate and of course I bought them just for the ribbon - for my scrapbook page.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More scrapbooking of Europe

Fun in the Snow. More photos from my excursion into the mountains outside of Salzburg.Sparkling Nice, France. Inspiration was from Creating Keepsakes March/April 2010 (just shows keep a layout that you see in a magazine you never know when you have the photos that are just perfect).Close up of the glittery paper (from Creative Imaginations Signature Collection) and my current favourite Sparklets from Kaisercraft. The title was created using glittery alphas from Thickers.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

52 Walks - Week 10 - Stretch

I found that this challenge was a challenge. During my walks, this week, I did not see anyone stretching after walking/running, no stretch limo's, no stretching rope across a road - I did see spider's webs stretched between two trees in my garden, I tried to photograph but with no success I could not capture the image despite several attempts at different angles.
And then today, whilst walking the supermarket aisles I found it!!! Stretch hair elastics!!! In the shape of a colourful lollypop - love it, love the colours, love the design. Good enough to eat!!!! I asked a random shopper to take my photo - alas once again there is glare on my glasses. These pictures will make a great scrapbook page, keep reading to view when I have completed the layout. Thank you for looking.
From http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stretch. stretch (verb used with object)
1. to draw out or extend (oneself, a body, limbs, wings, etc.) to the full length or extent (often followed by out) : to stretch oneself out on the ground
2. to hold out, reach forth, or extend (one's arm, head, etc)
3. to extend, spread, or place (something) so as to reach from one point or place to another: to stretch a rope across a road.
4. to draw tight or taut: to stretch the strings of a violin
5. to lengthen, widen, distend, or enlarge by tension: to stretch a rubber band.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Silent Saturday - my pictures without words

I will periodically publish a photograph, that I have taken during the past week, that has taken my breath away. No words needed.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Christmas Cards for the troops thank you

I was very excited to get another thank you - this time from Royal Australia Navy - HMAS Parramatta. They received some of my christmas cards to send back home to loved ones. It took a while to get here, but it is great to know my cards were appreciated. I don't do it for thanks and I thank them for taking the time out of their busy days to write this letter. Thanks for looking

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

52 Walks: Weeks 1 to 9

This is probably the longest post I have ever done. Over at Scrapbook Challenges they have a challenge to get out and walk, photograph and scrap following a weekly prompt. I am late to the challenge and today I was down in Wollongong and got out and walked along the beach and a nearby dam and completed Weeks 1 - 9. The rules *Just to clarify a couple of things - your photo absolutely must be taken on your walk, and the prompt can be interpreted as loosely or as precisely as you wish.
Week 1: "Out of Context" Is it a fish? No a plastic spoon that had washed up on the beach.Week 2: "Blue" a beautiful blue bottle and a blue peg washed up on the beach. The bottle had a blue filter and could have been a perfume bottle. I could not choose just one of these images they are just so bizarre.Week 3: "Reflections" I loved this wharf and its reflections as you walk along it.< Week 4: "Framed" A perfect circle frame in this rock pool.< Week 5: "Cloud" After days of rain clouds around Australia it was good to see these light and fluffy clouds.. Week 6: "Silhouette" technically a shadow. Me taking a photo.Week 7: "My beating heart" Who could not not have a beating heart seeing the views here. I love the water, and sometimes I think I should have been born an Aquarian!!! Close to it born in December!
Week 8: "My Way" my shoeprints in the sand.Week 9: "New" This was the first time I had visited Cordeaux Dam and also it is the first time in 14 years that this spillway has had water running over it. To think not all that long ago Australia was in drought and currently we have so much water that our dams are overflowing

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Scrapbooking - I'm on a roll

When we were on our Trafalgar Tour - Imperial Europe we visited Salzburg, Austria the site of many iconic Sound of Music locations. Here I am at Schloss Hellbrun and in the gardens is the gazebo the scene of "I am sixteen going on seventeen". It was moved here to make is more accessible to fans of the movie. I am doing my best dance around the gazebo, which unfortunately is firmly locked. Many years ago I read Charmaine Carr's (Leisl) biography and she wrote that during the filming of these scenes she twisted her ankle dancing around on the seats, she had it taped up and she went on to complete the dance sequence. If you look closely in the movie you can see the bandage.
This layout shows the Christmas markets held at the Schloss - there was an advent calender on the front of the Schloss. Very colourful.This is the double page layout of the two above.Now to London. On this day we had made a visit to Blade Rubber Stamps - a store selling scrapbook materials that I had researched before leaving Sydney, of course we visited and purchased some goodies. Next door, was the London Review Bookshop and Cafe, we stopped for tea and mince pies. Whilst Heather was reading the book "Tea and Cake in London" she found the cafe was featured in the book and she made a note of others that we could visit or she had visited before. The mince pies were yummy!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Charity Scrapbook pages


With the assistance of friends supplying their excess scrapbooking materials and making some of the pages I am pleased to advise that I will handing over 2200 6" x 6" scrapbook pages (i.e. 100 books) to Southern Cross Kids Camps next week. I thank everyone involved. As you can see I have packaged them in plastic and labelled for boy or girl.

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