Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It's A Kinda Magic

I went to ground this weekend . . . what with the release of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, I just could not tear myself away. I don't consider myself to be a fast reader, but I started reading the book on Saturday morning around 10:00am, and had it finished by 11:00am Monday. I could not put it down. Well, except for my S4L DT class of course! lol.

That was great too. I had a ball. I was teaching the Advent Calendar Class for S4L. The ladies in that group are just awesome, and very talented too. They had some great results. So, of course I can now reveal the finished product. Tah Daaah!

If anyone still wants to make one, I think that Shelley only has one kit left in the online shop. But she may be able to get more in.

Yesterday I also received my Secret Santa Swap gift, and my RJR July DT kit. I am going to be busy!

Grace has just woken up, so I will upload some more pics later (when I have taken them!lol!)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Secrets Revealed!

I can FINALLY reveal some of the secret scrapping I have been doing over the last couple of months. Here are my projects for RJR. I had such a blast with this colour scheme. It was so completely out of my comfort zone. So drum roll please . . . . (who on earth am I talking too????roflol)
<-------- A birthday card for my friend Vikki from Scrappin Bitz. Just happened that I needed another project, and it was her birthday . . . . lol

I tried to use a bunch'o'ribbon on this LO without it being overwhelming. Poor Henry - he really was a chubby boy wasn't he? ------------------>

<----------And finally, a box mini-album. I gave this one to my MIL. These photos are favourites of mine too. In fact until just before I did this project, I thought that I had lost them, but found them on a disk. PHEW!!!
Well, that is about all I can reveal at this stage. Don't forget to check ou the work of the very talented RJR design team at the RJR Blog. As well as the great new range of Bella Ribbon Cards.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Time to Celebrate

We attended a wedding this weekend in Yalingup – in the heart of WA’s Margaret River wine region. Probably the best I have ever been to (apart from my own of course). For a start, the location was stunning. We stayed at very modern cottages at a nearby vineyard (without the children!). Absolutely stunning. And the actual venue was a sight to behold. A purpose built function centre, but with very modern styling, an open fireplace, soft comfortable furnishings, overlooking a man-made lake.

It was also a very intimate affair with only around 40 guests in total. The readings were also very special. One was a poem that the Groom had written not long after meeting the Bride. The second a poem written by a close friend for the occasion of the wedding. So much more meaningful than an arbitrary verse from a book or even scripture.

The seating arrangements were very different too. We didn’t sit next to our partners, but rather given mystery dinner partners for the evening. I found this to be a great way to get out of my comfort zone, and really get to know some new people.

The speeches were heartfelt and just the right length. In fact the mother of the bride had the whole place in tears.

Fantastic food, fantastic wine and great company. It really was a priveledge to be included in such a special event.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Is the Universe Against Me?

So, if you thought I had been quiet over the last few days, you are absolutely right! Let me tell you what I had to go through to finish the last project for the Scrapbooking Masters 2007.

Sunday 1st July: DH takes my car to the shops in the afternoon. When he gets back he says that he thinks there is something wrong with the car. Didn't seem to want to start. He manages to get it into the garage though.

Monday 2nd July: Tried the car in the morning luckily before putting the kids is to go to do the shopping. DEAD AS A DOORNAIL! Called Ford. They think it is the battery, but should be able to jump start it they say. That night our very kind neighbour comes over to help DH jump it - while our dinner guests wait patiently inside! It starts! 20 minutes later I excuse myself so I can take the car (and Grace!) for adrive around, as instructed. Once back in the garage, I hesitantly turn the engine off, and try to start it again - NOTHING! Dh assures me he will get a battery in town tomorrow and fit it when he gets home in the evening.

Tuesday 3rd July: DH announces that he is taking the computer to work to reformat the hard-drive (meaning he is going to wipe the lot and start again.) "OK" I say, "Can you do it tomorrow so that I can get all the photos organised the mini-album". He assures me that I will have the computer back tomorrow. OK, so now no computer and no car! Desperate times call for desperate measures. I am not waiting for a second longer for that b#$%*y car to get fixed. I call for the mobile mechanic and the car is fixed instantly! YAY! Not in time to get to Tuesday Club though. OH, and no computer when DH gets home either. I will have to wait another day.

Wednesday 4th July: DH brings the computer home in the evening, but needs to reload all the software. This takes all night. OK - tomorrow I can get the photos I need right? I still have over a week before the masters entry needs to go in.

Thursday 5th July: I set up the external hardrive that DH backed up our old computer on, and have a poke around to find what I am looking for. Ummmm, where are all my photos? I ring DH at work and ask him exactly what did he save? The folder called digital photos. Oh - so not the folder called My Pictures? OMG!!!!!! They're gone! Not just the photos I needed for the mini-album but all the photos we have taken in the last six months have gone! And do you know what DH said when I used a few choice words? "It's not like someone has died" - NO, Not yet! I trust you fellow scrapbookers understand how I felt.

Right, so now I have to set about re-taking the photos I need for the mini album, and try to forget about all the rest of the precious pics.

Monday 9th July: Cut DH’s hair in the morning, took some photos.
Not a bad result!
Got them edited and stored on DH’s thumb drive. Finally organised, we get to Big W to print them off and wouldn’t you know it – none of Big W’s machines will read the thumb drive. No problem, we will go to Kodak in the same centre. Only we have to wait for the machine. That’s alright; it can’t be more than a couple of minutes, right – wrong! The only machine with a USB port is being used by some lady that “still has another couple of hundred photos to go through”. That’s fine, we take the kids to Maccas for lunch and Dave runs back to Kodak a few minutes later to collect the photos.

So that night I go off to the scrap room after dinner to buckle down, oh so conscious of the time ticking away before the deadline. I trim up the photos and to my utter horror realize that I have mad a terrible mistake when resizing them. They are too big for the mini-album I have made. What to do?! Well there is nothing for it – I will have to resize them properly and reprint them in the morning.

Tuesday 10th July: Finally!!! All the problems are sorted and I can get to work. Thanks to the support of my DH, I was able to get a solid start in the afternoon, cook dinner, put the kids to bed and get back to it. Worked solidly through the night, feeling my concentration slipping away I checked my watch – 1am – that might explain it. I crawled into bed.

Wednesday 11th July: D-Day. This project must be completed, photographed, burned to disk and express posted to Sydney today if there is any chance of making the Friday deadline. Thanks to my Drill Sergeant, babysitter and coach (DH) I finally get the album finished and photographed, only to have the computer (the one that has just been reformatted!) freeze up about a thousand times while trying to edit and burn the photos to disk. I race down to the post office and get the entry sent off with about 15 minutes to spare. Phew!!!!???

Now, at the risk of sounding terribly dramatic, but all this while fighting a chest cold over the weekend and entertaining two sets of visitors on the Saturday, delivering and collecting AVON brochures, and putting in an AVON order. Oh, and I managed to get my S4L recipe swap cards done and posted in there somewhere too!

Does anyone else need a stiff drink???

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Mastering the Art

I am well on the way to completing my Masters projects. I know it is a long shot, there must be thousands of entries each year, but I am loving the challenge and experience.

I am about three quarters of the way through my double page LO (which is my third of the four projects). I will need to finish the Mini album by Friday if I want to get the entry posted off in time. NO PRESSURE! I was hoping to be able to use the new BG Infuse PP's, but it may be wishful thinking that they will be in little old Bunbury in time. I have my fingers crossed though! Well, speaking of scrapping, I should go and finish that double LO. Just have to do the journaling and tizzy it up a bit and it will be done.


S4L First Birthday Celebrations

It is now July, and the S4L First Birthday Celebrations are about to kick off. There is so much happening from classes to swaps, challenges and Bingo. Busy! Busy! Check out the Forum for more details. I can now also reveal the sneak peaks from the Advent Calendar Class I will be doing on Saturday the 21st of July.
Sneak Peek 1 - S4L DT

Sneak Peek 2 - S4L DT OLC

The sneak peeks for all of the online classes are available now in the Forum Album. There is some fantastic stuff - real teasers. So if you have a few spare scrapping $$$, I highly recommend attending a class. Remember though that you will need to be registered to enter the chat room. Hope to see you there!

On A Roll

I have been scrapping up a storm over the last week and a half. I can't believe it has been that long since my last post - what a slack blogger I am.

Firstly finished off my projects for RJR. There are a couple of sneak peeks available on the RJR blog now. Can't wait to see the rest of the DT's creations. I think the first moth is soooo exciting. So I can now reveal them here.

Sneak Peek 1 - RJR DT Layout

Sneak Peek 2 - RJR DT Layout