Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the "Batmobile" Margaret

Wow, Batman - two posts in one day!!!  Yes, that is true......this time I was inspired by a challenge over at ARTtastic Challenge to be inspired by the photo of the children dressed as Batman and Robin below. I have just looked at it more closely and it is street art by Fintan Magee - amazing!
I have always been a movie fan and my favourite trivia questions are Movies and TV, so I was like a bat in a batmobile when I toured Warner Bros. Studios last May.  Pure Hollywood!! Perfect for this challenge. 
The cardstock is from Stampin'Up! (r) and the word and film embellishments are from Paper Loft Accessory Sheet called Shades of Gray. I love the "Be" words and they sum me up perfectly. Die cut stars and a bit of bling rhinestones complete the page.
One of my favourite quotes that I have loved and lived by for many many years is:
Whatever you are--be that:
Whatever you say--be true:
Straightforwardly act--
Be honest--in fact,
Be nobody else but you
The inspiration photo:
JANUARY inspiration by Fintan Magee
I am also posting over at layout sketch 32 at The Memory Nest
I was inspired by the half/half layout and the layering behind the photos - which I used for the title/journaling card.

The boarding of Flight 2015

The words of wisdom on this layout are from an email sent to me by a friend at the beginning of 2015.  I loved the words so much that I decided that I would make it the front page for an album for the coming year.  I created the layout last year at Great Lakes Mega Meet scrapbooking event in Novi, Detroit, Michigan USA.   Not my normal style of layout and it has laid in my pile obviously just waiting for the right occasion and I am sorry I did not record from what company created this kit. A joyous and healthy New Year to everyone............Margaret :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Australia Day 2015

This weekend my brother and sister-in-law came up to stay.  Fishing, relaxing and watching movies was the go for most of the weekend. 
This morning, we were watching the ABC telecast of Australia Day ceremonies from Canberra, ACT and when they announced that the National Anthem was going to be sung I quickly headed for my Australian flag and a serviette I had and sung along.  I asked my brother to take photos - never miss a scrapbook opportunity.
This layout was done for a challenge over at Mystical Scrapbooks - the challenge was an ode to Australia Day.  On the layout we were to include - the colours red, white and blue, stripes and stars.
I know our stars are not red but artistic licence was applied to the layout.  A clean and simple layout.
It is late and the photo of the layout has not been captured to its best advantage - I may just take the opportunity tomorrow if the sun comes out to take another.......
Do you know the words to the Australian National Anthem?  If not here is the first verse that I have included on the bottom stripe of white cardstock.
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
We had lunch at my sisters - a barbeque (BBQ) and Pavlova for dessert - can't get more Australian than that! 
OOP's just saw that I put 2014 - of course it was today in 2015 - blame the long weekend!!!!
I hope all my fellow Australians had a great day, thank you for checking out my blog today.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

# Umina Beach Stroll

Last Wednesday, Lynette a friend of mine (we both worked together) called in after she had attended a meeting in Gosford, NSW.  She arrived at about 4pm on a very hot day - cup of coffee, chat and then a stroll on the beach.  But first, she need some flip flops or thongs as we call them here in Australia, to replace her work shoes.  And then we set off for our stroll along Umina Beach.
Both Lynette and I have had family members affected by breast cancer (which I will not go into here) however, suffice to say that I support any initiative that raises funds for research.  Avon has these great flip flops in their current catalogues and I just fell in love with them.  I purchased a few pairs to give to my visitors when I take them for a stroll along the beach. And they are only $5 a pair.
The paper and summer stickers are from Echo Park - the cork stickers from K-mart.  The cork stickers did not behave themselves - almost like sand they kept breaking and separating as I put them down with no option to remove them later as they stuck like sand to the bottom of your feet!!!!
I was inspired to make this layout from a challenge at Pixels and Paper Challenge  - to be inspired by this photo
Thanks for looking,  Margaret

Beautiful fleurs

This orchid plant was a gift from my sister for my birthday in December.  On one beautiful sunny day in January the sun shone through my window and the flowers caught the sunshine - quick get the camera I said and capture this beauty for all time.
I deliberated for the longest time as to who to embellish the layout. The tag is the one that came with the plant tied with some ribbon and old lace that I had on hand.  Three small paper doilies and three adhesive gems. 
“Keep Calm and Grow Orchids.” -Unknown (from the internet)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

LOAD Challenge

LOAD Challenge has a facebook page that I came across where we are challenged to do a LOAD monthly challenge... LayOut A Day... not to hard... cards, layouts.. let's get them done!!!
Christmas and New Year - check
Sister out of hospital and rehab. hospital - check
Scrapbook layouts started again - check
Pages for SCKC (Southern Cross Kids Camps) started - check
My sister arrived home from hospital and subsequent rehab hospital on 21st December, Christmas this year was at her place. 
This pages shows the swimming noodles I have her and my sister-in-law who kindly bought and made lunch for us.  The swimming noodles!!!  Well my sister and I have started swimming each day in a local heated pool.  Good for her and good for me.
Showing the double page layout.   Now the Christmas title looks a little tilted - no alcohol was involved (I don't alcohol - except alcohol markers!!!!) just my bad.......... I used glue to adhere an by the time I realized it was too late.........
My birthday in December occurred whilst Heather was in rehab hospital.  So she organised for a Ginny (bottom left) to buy and bring a cake and for Claire (sitting with me) and another patient Cheryl (top left) to join us for morning tea in her room.  Heather (top right) is showing an antique bauble that Ginny bought her on her recent trip to England.   The tag was made by Claire and I have used it to journal on and if you lift it up the journalling is continued underneath.  
I have started making pages for SCKC (Southern Cross Kids Camps) and so far I have made 12 packs of 20 pages each.  I love doing these and helping to make camp a great place for the kids to remember in years to come.
One last photograph - fireworks at Gosford, NSW taken from a friends place at Tascott on New Years Eve.   More pages to come for sure, if I am to keep up with the challenge.
Cheers to all and every good wish for the year ahead.  Margaret :)


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