Monday, January 18, 2010

Where has that week just gone!!! I can't believe that in only 9 days time I will be sending my little man off to school. I can't believe that it is time for my influence in his life to slowly start to decrease........his Prep teacher will very quickly take my place.......

KAISER BLOG PARTY
Last week, much to Jason's disgust, I attended the Q3 Kaiser Blog Party. It was lots of fun chatting to all of the lovely ladies on the live chat. I lost connection but still enjoyed looking at the blog and entering all of the competitions. Not to mention checking out the Q3 collections and the beautiful work all of the very talented ladies had done.
I was very excited today to receive in the mail a prize pack from Kaiser. I won a small collection of embellishments and the new mag for answering one of the questions. I was so thrilled......it is not often that you get something for nothing. So a HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful team at Kaiser ~ you made my day!!!

STAR ALBUM
I have FINALLY completed my Star Album. I am not even going to mention how long it has been in UFO pile......I have altered it a little to my original plans (probably because I couldn't really remember them..hehehehe).
In my scrapbooking time I have rarely created a piece about my two best friends and most
extraordinary sisters who I love dearly. Finally I have completed something and it brought back so many beautiful memories and has created so much conversation in our household.

CANVAS'
About 6 months ago, my hubby renovated his offices. As beautiful as he is and as supportive as he is of my love for scrapbooking he requested that I make some canvas' to hang in his office. So we rushed out to buy some 12x12 canvas' and in my normal form..........they sat in my UFO pile. Does that surprise you?????
Anyway, a gorgeous friend of mine, Liz popped in for a day of scrapping last Friday. We had a fantastic day. Whilst Liz was here I got one canvas completed.........this did inspire me to complete the other two THAT NIGHT!!!!!
The first layout I created was very simple. The papers I used were trying to capture the Asian culture.......seeing the clothes we were wearing were made in Thailand. I used the 'Ballad of Mulan Collection' of papers by PiggyTales.
The second layout I created was also using the same papers to try and keep the same theme on one wall in the office. This photo was taken at our hotel - Karon Beach, Phuket. It is one of Jason's favourite photos from our trip.
The last layout I have created is of our 'little man.' Again I have used the same range of papers to try and keep the theme running on the one wall. At the bottom of the layout I have identified the date of the photos using cardstock and my own handwriting......I love making my own very simple embellishments....I think it just adds that personal touch!
When Jason took the canvas' to work today he decided to hang them.....when I asked him how he put them on the wall......he replied with "Oh there is one on each of the three walls!" Hmmmmm, glad I used the same papers so that they sat well together on one wall! He now claims that I will have to do more for the other walls..........that is something I won't disagree with!!!

Anyway, I have had a busy, creative week this week!! Please feel free to let me know what you think of these canvas - I value any comments at all.
Have a great week,
Mel

Monday, January 11, 2010

I am sitting here reflecting on the last week in my life and what a week it has been. My Dad has spent the week with us....actually it has been more than one week......we are not complaining because we hardly get to see him and wish it was more often. He heads home in the morning and we will all be very sad to say good-bye. The next time we see him will be May....seems such a long time away! We have had a lovely week.
Most of the week we have spent surviving the heat and doing things around the house. My girlfriend Nikki has been talking about her word for the year being 'Change'.........I have been clearing out cupboards and things that haven't been touched for years. Even Jason has attacked 'The Shed' (shock horror).
Dad and I took Brayden to see Alvin and the Chipmunks on Wednesday.......he loved it and laughed at the appropriate times......for a little man I thought that was pretty good! We all enjoyed the laughs it gave us.

On Friday......my beautiful sister, Jenn, her hubby, Ted and my beautiful little niece Charlotte arrived. It was wonderful to spend some time with them. The most special memory is of Charlotte and Brayden running around together giggling and having great fun.......Charlotte loves 'Brady' and he loves her!!
Yesterday we made the trip to Melbourne. Charlotte was christened at St Paul's Cathedral. It was a beautiful ceremony and Jason and I, along with Ted's brother, Michael, were privileged enough to become Charlotte's Godparents.
There is a bit of a tradition in the family......we decorate a candle as a memento of the very special occasion. I made Charlotte's Christening Candle.......
















As far as scrapbooking goes.....hmmmmmm.......Charlotte's Christening Gifts have been my focus. I scrapped the Kaiser Handbag and the Small Daisy Mirror. Charlotte was very impressed! I found I really had to push myself outside the square with these two items purely due to the fact that they were girl's items. I am so used to completing boy's pages and OTP that I felt a little out of my comfort zone. Mind you once I had a vision........bling, glitter, flowers, butterflies.......it just came naturally!!













Other than these......I did pull my Star Album out of my TBC pile (or should I say 'mountain') and have made a start (AGAIN!) on completing it.......I am keen to get it done!!!


Take Care - Have a great week,
Mel

Monday, January 4, 2010

Change

Please bear with me while I fiddle around with my blog. You may have notice that I have had a few changes recently. I am happy with this one that I received from Leelou Blogs. Thanks Leelou!