Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hello March...


Hello March,
Hello new OLW prompt - totally loving it this year...
Hello to new runners - I suppose this means I need to actually exercise, blah!
Hello to more time with family...
Hello to eating healthy - I might actually do this one month...
Hello to saving and not spending - ha good luck with that one...
Hello to experiencing life without my husband for two weeks while he jets off overseas - 
this may not necessarily be a bad thing LOL!
Hello to doing all the cooking while he is away - not happy about that...
Hello to new challenges at work - staying positive...
Hello to wanting a new blog, a fresh start...
Hello to more crafting time...
Hello to wanting less stress...
Hello to working towards less stress...
Hello to afternoon naps - I have decided I want to take more he! he! he!
Hello to being more spontaneous...
Hello to trying new things...
Hello to learning new things...
Hello to new adventures...

Hello March...
Love me :-)

Friday, February 27, 2015

How much time do you spend on a layout...


I often ask myself this question.  How much time should I spend on a layout.

I often have an idea for a layout, it often involves a lot of time to be spent on it and its usually something I have never attempted before and so I start to wonder if it will turn out.  What if I spend all that time on it and when its finished it looks awful.

So many times I have these thoughts and what usually ends up happening is that I put everything away and go and do something else.  I mean its just a layout right.  A few photos, a few words and an embellishment here and there and you should be done.  Its easy so why try something complicated or time consuming.

For me its probably the fear of getting it wrong which is quite funny because if I never put it out there (social media) no would ever know so whats the problem.  That's just it... what is the problem.  Why don't we try something new, why not take that extra time to do a layout.  Because its not just a few photos and a few words its our history, a memory and it deserves as much time as it needs to tell the story.

So I am trying something new, something that will take me forever (hand stitching starts out fun and then, well, you know, not fun anymore LOL) because this is a story about NYE and the first time that my daughter didn't spend it with us.  It's about me accepting that she is growing up and I think this layout deserves some time.

Have a great weekend
love me :-)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Favourites from today layout...

As you have probably guessed I am getting right back into stamping.  I am determined to use my stamps not just collect them or use them as decoration for my craft room (that was the old me LOL).
I recently came across "Give a girl a blog" (thanks to my friend Donna).  She also designs stamps that are well worth checking out.  I love them and decided to make a layout using some of her stamps.  


I used the "epic" stamp to create a background on white cardstock.  I then added some embellishments from KaiserCrafts "shine bright collection".


I wanted to add some pop in the stamped background so I coloured in several of the words.  It helped them to stand out a little more.


I then added another one of her stamps "favourites from Today".  It was the perfect choice of words.  Going to Boon Tat street which we were in Singapore was a huge favourite and Alex buying us a beer... another favourite.


I loved how it all came together.  I am loving the stamped background so much I might just have to do this same technique on another layout.

TGIF people.
have a good one!
love me :-)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Blendabilities journal cards...

I finally got around to ordering some blendabilities pens from Stampin Up 
and on the weekend I had a little play.


I kept it pretty simple, just drawing lines across a white journaling card and then adding a stamp or a sticker to finish it off.

On this one I used a stamp from Ali Edwards Story stamp kit.  As a side note, I am totally in love with these kits.  Plus the educational extras make it so worth the money.


Kept this one really simple, just added a sticker from an previous Studio Calico kit.  All I need to do is add a stamp or fun embellishment.


and this one, I used a stamp from Ali Edwards Story Stamp kit.
These pens are so easy to use and so much fun.  Now all I need to do is get more colours LOL!

Enjoy the rest of your week.
love me :-)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Had another wonderful fun night at Tomorrow's Memories scrap night last Friday night.  Plus I actually got some pages done (unusual because all I usually do is socialise LOL).  Thought I would share one of them here using some new papers from Kaisercraft's "Shine Bright Collection".


On our last trip to Singapore Alex desperately wanted some converse shoes and she wasn't going to be happy till we found them.  When we did find them they only had the black ones and not the white ones...


So guess what... now we have to go looking for the white ones LOL!


Hope you are having a great week and thanks for stopping by.
Love me :-)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

My thoughts... on turning 50!



Yep!!  The Big 50...

I was never going to turn 50.  I remember back when I was about 15 thinking that 21 was sooo old so you can imagine what I thought back then about turning 50.

To be honest I was hoping the whole thing would just glide on by without giving me a second look, but life has a way of throwing reality at you, so here I am, 50 years old!

As I am sitting here feeling old I am also sitting here remembering my life and all the things I have done, seen, felt, tasted, heard and how my life has changed and evolved.

I remember my husband (first) telling me on a Saturday morning that he was leaving me and how my chest screamed in pain as my heart was being ripped out, leaving me shattered beyond belief and pregnant...
but then I remembered 9 months later being handed my first born child and how my heart felt like it was going to explode because of being overjoyed with love...

I remember my first real love, he had the most amazing eyes I have ever seen and how I went completely numb every time I looked at them...
but then I remember the pang of guilt when I told him that it was time for me to move on....

I remember those amazing nights where we would go out drinking and dancing all night long...
but then I remember that hung over feeling of "oh my god I just want to die" but then all was okay after heading off down to Hungry Jacks for the best hangover cure in town...


I remember my first pay packet and how I was so excited about how I was going to spend it...
but then I remember getting home, ready to share my excitement and finding Mum standing at the door ready to take my first "board" payment...

I remember all those rainy Saturdays playing netball and the thrill of winning...
but then I remember all the ankle injuries that I suffered...

I remember how lonely I felt after being separated for nearly 3 years and wondering if anybody would want to be with me, seeing as I had been married before and that I had a child...
but then I remember being set up on a blind date, nervous as hell but overjoyed when he asked me out again...

There are many more stories like these and so many more experiences, some good, some bad and some I never want to see or do again.   But when I remember all of these moments I am reminded of what a full and amazing life I have had.

So although I am not overjoyed at being 50 years old I am overjoyed to have had such an amazing life and pray that I will continue to live and experience all that life has to offer for many more years to come.

Love me :-)



Friday, January 30, 2015

stamping on a layout...

Sharing a layout over at Tomorrow's Memories 
and sharing some tips on how to add basic stamping to your layouts.


Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

love me :-)