January 12, 2017

Circle garland with leftover scraps.

 I have this OCD thing, that when I receive a Citrus Twist kit that I use up just about everything in there before I move onto the next kit. Yes, that means pesky little scraps too. My scraps container is overflowing that even the kids have free rein to use them and it pile doesn't look it has moved. Sigh. 

Emma had these super cute tutorial for a circle garland. I cut out a hundred or so circles from the scraps of the Citrus twist kit.  Yes, I hand cut the circles, because I didnt have a circle punch the right size. I didnt mind sitting on the couch with a coffee cutting circles. I always find fussy cutting therapeutic.

Now my daughter has new garland in her bedroom. Think I need to make another one for my craft area! There so pretty and super easy and fun to make.
Garland addiction maybe?

Pop over to Emma Instagram or blog to see her tutorial.

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January 9, 2017

Jot girl creation.

I am a little excited to be sharing my first Jot girl creation with you.
January moodboard  over here along with amazing inspiration from the other talented girls.

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January 4, 2017

Remembering today.

Happy New Year! The year may bring tough times. But we should remember there is still always, always, something to be thankful for. We should be grateful because it teaches us and helps us grow. We must never judge others, because we don't know whats going inside there heart. Perhaps the lady at the coffee shop just had a miscarriage and the man who ran rudely through the shopping centre is grabbing flowers to take to his dyeing mother.

We need to find love, strength and kindness to others and to ourselves. Teach our children to be thankful for each day.

I am beyond grateful to  have been invited to join the team at In the Scrap and share my first project.  I need to share my creativity and memory keeping in other lands where there is not as much inspiration in that land as to here in Australia. I want to be kind and teach to them the art of memory keeping.

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December 30, 2016

Twenty sixteen you've been kind

Heres why there in my top nine for twenty sixteen.

1. Mini Album - Part way through the year I decided to take a photo a month of the three kids together and document it in a mini album. If you follow me on Instagram you will see that I love creating Mini albums.  It takes not more than 15 mins a month to pop the photos in. I try to add at least 4 or 5  photos on the session. It shows a serious of crazy  kids are and the not so co-operating children at times in the photos. 6 months full of memories and another 6 months to go.

2. Creative Layouts - Just the last few weeks I have been concentrating more on the story of the page and thinking about how I can reflect that better on the layout. Creating scene like pages and making pictures with paper. Stay tuned for more of this. Its so therapeutic paper piecing and hand stitching.

3. Project Life - Those photos of my daughter make me smile. A place to put all those 'silly' photos of  my children so they can remember them when their 21 years old. Otherwise I'd forget the moment!

4.  Mini Album - This was completed in October for the #31minsfor31days. An opportunity to create each day before the craziness of end of school, Christmas and New year. I also love the handmade fabric cover i made and have this on my list to make another one soon. Even better it has documented MY days.  (not about the kids days but My days as a mother/wife)

5. Layouts on a small scale  - This year I started making some 9 x 12 inch layouts.  My idea is to continue this on. Making layouts this size gives me a smaller scale to play on when time is limited but your itching to create a layout. Another place to try new techniques on a small scale.

6. Tags and cards - These selection of tags are from my advent calendar I made for the kids at Christmas. There just cute and use of scraps and old products.

7. Project Life - One of many finished spreads from the #100dayproject. I also love the brightness of this page and my composition. Being fortunate enough to use Hip Kit project life kit.

8. New techniques - I have always struggled to 'get on the wagon' when it comes to techniques. Fringing technique I have always admired and so glad i tried it. This layout is my favourite. Not just for the fringing but for the memory that is documented of my three kids. There'll be 'more having a go' at something new in twenty seventeen. I want to push the creativity boundary a little more and not be a scaredy cat.

9. Project life cards - I absolutely loved the #100dayproject this year. Not only did I keep up with a 100  a day and got my project life all upto date. It meant I spent a few minutes a day for me. Simply creating and documenting memories.

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I am Jot girl

I still dont know if I can put it into words how excited I am that I was invited to be part of the Jot Magazine team for 2017.

Beside make a coffee, eat chocolate and dance like a mad woman around the house, I called my husband to ask if I was sleep talking. Yes, he thought was a mad woman asking him this whilst he's in the middle of the paddock. It was a short conversation that one! *Giggle*.

Its real folks. I am a Jot girl. Its going to be one magnificent creative year.
Glue, scissors and paper are ready!

P.S.  the husband is pretty excited for me. Despite me interrupting his farming for 30 seconds. I am known to make him giggle and snort at times! That was one those moments! 

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December 29, 2016

Black and White bows

I spoilt myself last month with a beautiful Felicity-jane Kit for my birthday. Because the word 'Felicity' is just well, a beautiful name right. Says a Felicity to Felicity!

Receiving and playing with kits is always something I have loved. All the hard work in coordinating papers and embellishments is done for you, not to mention them being cheaper than if you were to buy all the bits and bobs separate.  Yes, I've tried that.

 I open the contents of the kit and sort the establishments into my little bowls on my desk. Under my elbow is always a pencil and paper to scribble down ideas and thoughts.  A little bit like this pussy cat at home, always under my feet and tripping over it. Pussy cat, just move an inch back to save your mother grief at the clothesline.

Felicity-Jane Oh deer kit had so many fun cute embellishments to fussy cut out. Thats therapeutic in itself. Made a coffee, put my feet up on the couch and cut away. Just look at those scallops on the paper, how could I not fussy cut them and then hand stitch them.

Why do you love kits? For the ease and pleasure of everything being together? For them working out a cheaper price than buying the contents separately? The uniqueness of each kit and the 'especially made' bits and bobs for kits that you cant purchase anywhere else?

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December 27, 2016

Construction complete on December Mini Album

Thats it folks! The not so Daily December is finished.
I shall let the pictures do the talking today.

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