Friday, June 3, 2011

Blog Change

Hello Everyone,
I have moved my blog
Please head over there and don't forget to change your bookmark/RSS to my new site.
Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Far Too Long :0)

It has been far too long between posts! There has been so much happening here.....renovations, a school fundraiser, report writing and many other things have been consuming our everyday. As I speak my hubby is out in the back room putting on the last coat of paint on the renovations. Well, fingers crossed it is the seems to have been going on forever!!!!!!

Well, here I am and I have a few little bits and pieces to share with you can imagine the opportunity of sitting and scrapping has been very minimal.
Here is another one for Brayden's 'School' album. I used one of the Get Picky sketches (obviously I am too late to enter the challenge - especially after the fact that it has been at least 2 months since they posted the sketch).
These were some photos taken of Brayden on his first day of Prep last year! When I created these layouts I sanded the cardstock and sprayed them with Glimmer Mist. It is hard to see on the photo BUT looks great in "real life."

And some close ups!

Scrapbookit's May Challenge is still open for you to enter. Pop on over to Scrapbookit's Blog or the Online Shop to check out the challenge. Better still why not pop in and see Jo at the shop.
Here are my projects for this month's challenge.
Part of the challenge is to use products starting with M;
I used Mist on the doily, Memento Ink on the edges of the layout, Material for the Handmade flowers and a Mini stamp - the flourish bird.

Fabric Thickers, Doily, Pink Paislee - House of Three - Daily Junque: Tickets and Junque, White Bazzill Cardstock, My Minds Eye Paper Pad, Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) - Brick, Crystalina Kindy Glitz, Copic Markers, Memento - Rich Cocoa Ink, Kaiser Mini Stamp - Flourish Bird, Kelly Panacci - Clear Stamp - Swirls, Material, Buttons, White Pearls.
Here is the close up of my handmade flowers......
And here is my card for the challenge.
How gorgeous are the Pink Paislee papers??? I really wasn't so sure when I received my pack from Jo BUT was so glad to push myself out of my comfort zone.
Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Together Again

Happy Easter!
I know I am a touch early but we are heading off tomorrow camping for the weekend! Should be fun.....especially now that the rain is falling here! :}

I am still going on the Kaisercraft 'Class of '87' range. I figured whilst I had it out I would get the most from it and try and get the first year of Brayden's school album finished.
For the first time in a long time I completed a layout in no longer than a couple of hours. I was heading off to my first Copic class and had a short amount of time.....I literally threw the papers on to the cardstock and this is how they landed!!!!

Coredinations - Cardinal; Bella! Scholl Days Paperz, Kaiser 'Class of '87' Range - papers and paper pad, We R Memory Keepers - Telling Time Embossed Diecut, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alpha Stickers, American Crafts Thickers - Letter Man Flocked Stickers - Emerald, Jo Sonja's Paint - Pine Green

Thanks again to Jo from Scrapbookit for the pack that never stops giving! Why don't you hop on over to Scrapbookit and get yourself some of these yummy products to play with?

Hope the Easter Bunny finds you over the weekend and leaves you some yummies!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Scrapbookit April/May Challenge

Hey Everyone......hope your weekend was a great one:)
The new sketch and card challenge have started over at Scrapbookit.
Here are some sneak peeks of my layout and card.

Hop on over to the Scrapbookit blog and check them out. The other DT girls will also be posting over the next few days so keep your eye out for their gorgeous creations.....not to mention Liz's - she posted yesterday!!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Scrap That Poetry - Challenge #38

Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day
by Delmore Schwartz

Here is my take on the first of two poems for Scrap That Poetry this month.
I chose the line "What will become of you and me"
This photo was taken of my son and god-daughter on Easter holiday back in 2007 in Echuca, Victoria.
I just love this photo and I often do wonder what will become of the two of them....what will the future hold?

I used papers from the Echo Park Playground Collection that Jo sent me from Scrapbookit.
Echo Park - Playground Collection: Monkey Bars, Capture the Flag, Heads Up Seven Up, Double Dutch; Bazzill Cardstock-white; Kaisercraft - Mini Alpha Stickers; Making Memories - Jigsaw Alphabets; ribbon; Kaisercraft Rhinestones; Versamark Ink - Royal Blue; Pure Blue Zig Writer; unknown chipboard embellishment; Alison Ellis - Sparkle n Soft - Sapphire Silk.

I have got so much use out of this pack - it is so versatile and suits girls and boys.....what more could you ask for? My challenge this time around was the flocking powder. I had never used it before. I used it on the chipboard letters and embellishments and I just LOVE the effect it gives.....but.....BOY is it MESSY to use.....lots of fun though! It reminds me of glittering kids work at school!!!!

There are two poems this month over at Scrap That Poetry - choose to play along using one or both poems.
We all look forward to seeing what you come up with.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

School Bus

Back in February Jo from Scrapbookit sent me an absolutely amazing pack as part of my Design Team challenge. In this pack was the Kaisercraft OTP - Bus Album. I was SO excited as I had been eyeing it off and wanting to complete one for my little fella. Well, after a very successful weekend of scrapping with my friends I am happy to say it is DONE!
Please excuse the photo quality ~ it has been raining and very overcast here so it was the best I could do with what I had to work with:)
As you can see I used the Class of '87 collection by Kaisercraft. I decided to focus on Brayden's First Day in Prep last year. I had some photos printed that came with a line across them...sometimes across faces! I was able to use these photos for the little bus windows as Brayden's face was not effected!
The emotions showing on his face in all of these photos tell enough of a story - from nervousness, excitement to confidence and cheek! I decided to laminate the letters for the cover of the album.....hopefully they will last longer!
I decided to focus on journalling about the day rather than just having the photos! Here are these pages as a close up!

I used an A2Z Scraplet of a School Boy here. I had attempted to use it in several ways.....nothing resulted in satisfaction! As I do....I took the challenge of paper piecing a little boy over the chipboard.....I LOVE how it turned out. Actually as a matter of fact I LOVE how the whole album turned out!
Here is a close up of the A2Z Scraplet - paper pieced.

I hope you have enjoyed looking......let me know what you think!


Monday, April 11, 2011


Well, the past few weeks have been so crazy. We are now on school holidays...yay!!! I was very spoilt to be able to spend the past weekend with 4 beautiful friends scrapping. We had an awesome weekend and I was actually quite productive.

Most of what I created I can't share at this point in time but will be able to next week. Tomorrow, I will share with you a project I have been working on with Kaisercraft products for Scrapbookit. So pop back in then and check it out!

Speaking of Scrapbookit......the NEW website has been launched and in celebration we are having a giveaway. You have a chance to win an awesome Sassafras kit 'Ellie's Tale.'

All you need to do is pop on over to the new website and check it out. Then:
1. Share this giveaway on your blog/facebook page
2. Become a follower of the Scrapbookit Blog
3. Leave a comment about the new site on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Pools

The current poem across at Scrap That Poetry is Robert Frost's "Spring Pools"
For me this was a real challenge.
Here is my interpretation.....
I ended up using two parts of this poem. The title "Spring Pools" and the line "snow that melted only yesterday." I decided to journal "Our Spring Pools are not from snow that melted only yesterday."
This photo was taken in September last year - the first of many floods and as I said not from melting snow.
I used Kraft cardstock; Kaisercraft - Clear Stamp - Flourishes; Versa Mark Watermark Ink; Bella! Chipboard Alphas; Bazzill Ocean Blue Ribbed cardstock; Stampin' Up Stampin' Write - Close to Cocoa pen; quilling tool; Kaisercraft Mini Alphas - cream; Paper - My Minds Eye - Signature Life - by Jen Wilson - Everyday 'Cherished' - Cherished Flowers.
Once again, some more paper rolling......obviously my fascination at the moment!!! I have also traced and cut out by hand the lettering for spring pools. A great idea if you have a nice chipboard set that you want to hold onto.....a hoarder I know!!!
Have a great end to your week, thanks for stopping by and looking.
Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this layout.


Monday, March 21, 2011

And so it begins....

.....he is 6 and in business already!!!! On Saturday Jason and Brayden purchased 25 chicks for the new business......Brayden's Eggcellent Adventure. From the very beginning of life for Brayden, Jason has always said that he would teach Brayden some of the lessons in the business world through an egg selling business......and so the foundations were laid on Saturday.
Unfortunately, one little one didn't survive the first night but so far so good with the rest of them. A quote of Brayden's today was, "Mum, I'm going outside (pen and paper in hand) to study my chicks!"
Whilst they were being entrepreneurs, I zipped around did all of the housework and sat and did some scrapping.
I started with the March card sketch from Scrapbookit. Head on over and check it out....
I have used the We R Memory Keepers - Be My Valentine papers; Core'dinations cardstock (Grassroots and Heartfelt); Cuttlebug Embossing Template - Birds and Swirls ; Green Brad; Kaisercraft Rhinestones (hot pink); Kaisercraft Flowers (pink); Fiskars Border punch; white material roses; Adorn-It letters.
I just adore Melinda Spinks' work and in particular at the moment....paper rolling!
I am heading off now to complete the other project I worked on....hopefully will be back later on today to share it with you!

Mel xx

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Scrapbookit - March Sketch

How nice was it to have a long weekend. Work and life in general has been full on lately and it was nice to have an extra 'free' day in the weekend.
I spent my weekend creating for the current Scrapbookit sketch challenge. Click here to go to the Scrapbookit Blog and check out the sketch
Here is the layout I have created using the March sketch...
I have used the We R Memory Keepers - Be My Valentine (Sweethearts and Together) papers; Core'dinations cardstock (Snowflake and Heartfelt); White cardstock; Pearl Glimmermist; Thickers - Sunny - Glitter Foam Letter Stickers; Organza Ribbon, Flower punches; Kaisercraft Rhinestones (pink); Kaisercraft Flower (pink); Petal Pink Versa Mark ink; quiling tool and paper and an unknown chipboard frame.

Here is a close up of the paper rolling, flowers, frame and paper tearing.
And another of the side details.
Here are those gorgeous glitter Thicker stickers. I just love them.....very easy to work with and a good number of repeated letters. I used the Kaisercraft flower to make the wings of my butterfly isn't she just gorgeous. It is such a shame that the photography doesn't show up the Glimmer just looks so pretty!
Thank you Jo for pushing me out of my comfort really isn't all that bad!!!!
Have a great week everyone!

Mel xx

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Blog Award!!!

How exciting.......the gorgeous Tiff from Breakfast at Tiffany's has kindly awarded me a blog award. Tiff is such a gorgeous friend whom I have met in the blogging world but also as we have been DT members of Scrap That Poetry. Thank you so much Tiff......I am so thrilled that you felt I was worthy.

1.Creating a post where I blog about the Liebster award and reveal my 3-5 blog picks
2.Let them know they've been chosen
3.Copy and paste the blog award on my blog
4.Have faith that my followers will rally and show their crafty love back out to those I awarded
5.Have fun!

I have chosen a few of my favourites sure to stop by and check out their gorgeous work!
4-Me and The Little Rascals
5- Stampin with Pauline

Monday, March 7, 2011

First DT project for Scrapbookit!

At the moment Scrapbookit has a sketch challenge running. I was so excited when Jo sent me my first parcel full of really yummy products to work with. The funniest thing was I had the idea for this layout prior to receiving my parcel. Once opening my parcel I was able to use the products to complete my layout. A little spooky...but very exciting!!!!
I have used the February sketch to create this part of the is a double layout!!! So you will have to pop over to the Scrapbookit blog to see the other half. I love the second half.....a great layout for the keeping of school days memorabilia. Find out how on the Scrapbookit blog! There are also some brief instructions on how to complete the same technique featured on the second half of the layout.

Even more exciting.....I received my next pack from Jo today! A challenge for me and I will be stepping out of my comfort zone........but really looking forward to creating with the products. Pop back soon to see my creations!
Enjoy your week,
P.S. Don't forget the DT Call for only have a few days left!!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Twiddleybitz Life Book

Well, I said I would be back at the end of last week........sorry I am a little late!
Before I start......don't forget that Scrapbookit have a design team call out at the moment. Head on over to the Scrapbookit blog by clicking Scrapbookit above or by clicking the link in the right column to find out how to apply. You have until March 14th!

In September last year my sister had her second little girl. She was born in Virginia Beach, USA. Last weekend was my first time meeting my new little niece.......she is just divine!! As I have done with my other nieces/nephews I have made them something when they are born.
I chose to make a Twiddleybitz Life Book. I apologise for the photos.....I didn't have any luck snapping good shots!
I used a variety of photos from her birth in the hospital to some of the first photos of her smiling.
I only completed the first section of the book and have since handed the rest over to my sister to add her own touches to the book.
I best be off.......I am heading to Canberra on a Grade 5/6 camp with 115 children tomorrow.....I need all the sleep I can get :)

P.S. Don't forget the DT Call for Scrapbookit!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Come Along - We Would Love YOU to Join Us!!

Back to School has definitely hit our household and we have hit the ground running! Besides going back to school we have celebrated the little fellas 6th Birthday, had my sister and her family visit from America and celebrated my nieces birthday whilst she was here......alongside another celebration for the big 6 year old.
Sadly, scrapbooking has taken a back seat as I have been preparing birthday cakes!!!
My boy had a pool party with a few of his friends from school the day after his birthday. I made this swimming pool cake.....probably not my most outstanding however he loved it and so did all of his little friends:)

This weekend, just gone, we had yet another birthday celebration with the family. It was such a lovely day. My sister, her hubby and my two gorgeous nieces were here from America for the weekend - my boy and my eldest niece and goddaughter celebrated their birthdays together. Boy did they have fun! I made the 6 and my sister did the castle cake - so clever!

So now I may have more of a chance to get back into the world of scrapbooking!!

WHY DON'T YOU COME AND JOIN US? You are probably wondering what I am on about. Joanne from Scrapbookit has put a Design Team Call out. How exciting! I would be so excited if you joined in with me. Joanne just recently sent me my first pack and I can't begin to tell you how exciting it is.......I am itching to get going! So if you would like to apply......go on - you should.....then pop on over to the Scrapbookit on the 'Scrapbookit' link in the right hand column of my blog to find out what you need to do to submit an application.

Speaking of Scrapbookit......the gift voucher giveaway is still running on Scrap That Poetry. Joanne has kindly offered a RAK this month......a gift voucher for the store. All you need to do is submit a layout to have a chance of good is that!!

The most recent poem for STP is the poem Children by Khalil Gibran
This was such a beautiful poem and I could have really used it all. However, I chose to use the lines below.
And here is the whole layout.
I have used some gorgeous papers 'Rough and Tough by Lili' - Fancy Pants Designs: Far Out, A Boy's Story, All Star, Rough and Tough Strips, Get Dirty; Kaisercraft Mini Alpha Stickers - Black and White; Making Memries Puffy Alphas - black; cream rik rak, black cardstock, black staples.

Please remember to pop on over to Scrapbookit and submit an entry for the Design Team Call and then pop on over to Scrap That Poetry and enter the challenge for your chance to win a gift voucher to spend at Scrapbookit.
I will be back later in the week to share my Twiddleybitz gift for my sister.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Exciting News!!!!!!!!!

How exciting is this....
Joanne from 'Scrapbookit' has asked me to be her very first Design Team Member and I have accepted!!!!
Check out the intro on the Scrapbookit blog!
Thanks Jo for the great intro and I really look forward to working alongside you:)

I have been sooo busy at work that my creative side has taken a little bit of a back seat! I have however completed my latest challenge for Scrap That Poetry which will be revealed later in the month! Don't forget to pop over to Scrap That Poetry and enter the current challenge for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Scrapbookit.
I have also been madly working on my little gift (not so little!!!) for my beautiful niece Victoria who I get to meet next week.....very very exciting!!!
Will pop back soon with some inspiration.....

Thursday, February 3, 2011

May You Always Be Loved

Here is my layout for Scrap That Poetry

Make sure you pop on over to see the Design Team's inspiration.....the projects are just gorgeous, the girls have done such a lovely job with this poem.

This is a photo of my two gorgeous nieces. I just adore this photo of them!

Now it is your turn....pop on over to Scrap That Poetry and check out the poem 'May you always be loved' Submit your take on the layout and you may just win a Scrapbookit voucher for your efforts and the opportunity to be our next guest designer.

Sorry for the short post but I am up to my eye balls in school work...ahhhh the life of a teacher!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Yummy Giveaway from Purple Pumpkin:)

Check out this really yummy blog candy that Purple Pumpkin has as a giveaway at the moment. Click here to head over to their blog to find out how you can get your hands on it.....well, unless of course I do!! Hehehe!
As for me, this week has been a good scrapping week for me! I had a few days without my little man so that made it all that much easier:)
However, what I am working on I have to hold onto for the moment....only because I know that my beautiful sister will read my blog from America and she can't see what I have been up to! won't be long though, I promise, they head out to Australia for a visit early-mid February.
I have also completed my DT challenge for Scrap That Poetry but you will also have to wait for a little bit to see that.
Speaking of Scrap That Poetry.....there are only a few days to get your entries in for the latest challenge "New Year" by Katharine Lee Bates.
Make sure you get those entries in.
Only a short post sure to check in again for my latest projects - forgive me though if it seems like forever between posts......I go back to work on Tuesday - a new job too!!!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another Giveaway

Keeping It Simple has a fantastic giveaway at the moment.
A Silhouette electronic cutting machine. If you would like to check out this giveaway and all of the amazing things you can do with the Silhouette pop on over to Keeping It Simple to register your interest.
Hurry the giveaway is about to close.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Scrap That Poetry Challenge #33

Currently I am sitting in my caravan having a break away in Canberra, ACT. We have done some great things with Brayden but the best thing has been relaxing!
Scrap That Poetry has a new poem up. It is called 'New Year' by Katharine Lee Bates. It looks at a new year being a white year and focus' on snow. However, snow here in the New Year is not common!! After 2010 being a year we really wanted to see the back of for many reasons I decided to look towards the New Year with optimism.
From this poem I started by using the words 'New Year' for my inspiration. I decided to record my scrapbooking resolutions for 2011. Rather than put them onto a layout and into an album never to look at them again I decided to create something that can sit in my scrapbooking room to remind me of my resolutions for the year! I decided to create a 'Tree of Time.'
I have left my list of materials at home so hopefully I will remember to post them when I get home. However, I used some paper that I received years ago in a mag (have no idea of what mag or what paper company?) to make the flowers. I used my Imaginisce iTop to create the brads, a wooden spoon for the trunk and I recycled a container from a Christmas present for the base.
I have paper clipped the ribbon and Kaisercraft Wooden Embellishments to the tree so that I can change them in the future! My beautiful friend Liz also suggested scrapping them with evidence when they are is a close up of my resolutions...
It is a long story but the top of tree isn't exactly how it is supposed to look hence why the brads came into the project.....I am not disappointed with how it has turned out in the end.
Now the test is to follow through with my resolutions:)
I'm off for some more relaxation and maybe a trip to Parliament House and of course a few of the scrapbooking shops here (shhhhh....don't tell Jason!)!!!!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sneak Peak

I would like to start by saying 'My thoughts and prayers are with all of those in Queensland, Australia. I hope that the rain stops and the water subsides sooner rather than later. You are in our thoughts and prayers.'

I have been busy completing my latest project for Scrap That Poetry. It will be uploaded to the Scrap That Poetry site on the 15th January. I thought you may like a sneak peak before then.
Pop over to Scrap That Poetry on the 15th to check out my project and the rest of the DTs projects.
We are heading off on a little break over the next few days.
Looking forward to it.


Monday, January 10, 2011

We Have a Winner!

I would like to start by saying thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway here at 'Me Time.' I am sooo excited that you have chosen my blog to follow and I hope that you might find something along the way that inspires you to create.
Well, the time has come to announce the winner of the 'Kaisercraft - 'Tis the Season Collection Pack.'
And the winner is.......
Molly Jones

Congratulations Molly! Could you please email me your details ( so that I can get your pack out to you.

No scrapping has happened for me this weekend as I went to Melbourne to see "Mary Poppins the Musical" However, over the last week I have been working on my next project for Scrap That Poetry. As always I have taken the challenging road......not the simple. Pop back later this week to see what I have been up to!
Which reminds only have until the 14th of January to get your entries in for either of the Christmas poems for Scrap That Poetry. Go to Scrap That Poetry to check them out and link your entry.
Hopefully some scrapping will get done this week as it is supposed to rain. My thoughts go out to all of those affected by the flooding in Queensland. Hopefully there will be some relief soon.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Check out this giveaway!

Check out this fantastic RAK!
Pop on over to Embrace Life 2011 by clicking here to find out how to enter.
The winner for my giveaway will be announced in the morning so don't forget to head back here then.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Follow Me

Unfortunately, the response to my giveaway has been extremely lacking :( Therefore I will be extending it until the end of the week.
A big thanks to Julianne from Jules Scrap Haven for helping me put this together.

All you need to do to enter is:
*Become a follower of
my blog here
as well as
the Scrap That Poetry blog
. If you have a blog make a quick blog post about it....the more the merrier!
For an extra entry into the draw:
* Leave me a comment sharing with me what your favourite Christmas range of papers is.

Enter here by leaving a comment (let me know you have completed the requirements and an entry or two will be added for you). You have until midnight 8/1/11 AEDST. A winner will be announced on the 10th of January!

And don't forget about the giveaway on Artful Delight(scroll down to check it out)!
Until next time....happy scrapping,