Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Learn Something New" Progress Update

Just popping on today to share my progress with "Learn Something New". I am currently a few days behind the schedule, but I am enjoying the time to think about new things I can learn each day. Writing the daily learnings on the little 3x4 cards is working really well.  They are all staying together in the Page Protector and can be written on whenever I have a spare moment.  When the month is over I will slip these pages into my Project Life Album as extra pages.  Very simple and working quite well.

Are you doing Learn Something New this year?  Link up your blog post in the comment and I will pop over and see how you you are recording yours.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Alicia xx

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Father's Day Cards or Male Birthday Cards for Dad


Thanks for stopping by today.
I am sharing two very simple Father's Day cards today that I made recently using Kaisercraft papers and collectables. We celebrated Father's Day a couple of weeks ago in Australia.  These cards could also be used as birthday cards for Dad as well.

Nicky made a collage that we used for his card for Ben.  It is Daddy dressed up as a fireman.

My three shelves from target were delivered this week.  Three big boxes that need to be assembled.

Also I purchased boxes and magazine holders from Ikea.  These need to be put together as well.

I promise to share before and after pictures of our study/craft room as it hopefully becomes more organised!!!  Stay tuned....

Have a happy day,

Alicia xx

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Monday Message

Good morning, and Happy Monday!

We went for a walk around the lake with some friends last Thursday and had a play at the park.  The park had a steering wheel which Nicky imagined was a fire truck.  I don't think I have mentioned how Nicholas is loving Fireman Sam these days. He watches the dvds, plays with the toys and turns all things into something to do with "Nee Naw" (fire truck noise) eg Nee Naw Nicky, Nee Naw Mummy, Nee Naw pole, Nee Naw tuck etc etc. He doesn't really understand "When I grow up, I want to be...." but if he did I think it would be a fireman!  This got me thinking about our dreams and goals. I saw this quote and thought it was inspirational.

We all need reminders to believe in ourselves and have big goals and dreams.  As kids we are encouraged to have such big dreams and goals, people are always asking, "What do you want to do when you finish school?"  When you get older no one seems to ask you these questions anymore.

What do you want to do when you grow up? lol
What do I want to do?

Maybe its time I think up some really big dreams and write them down....

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Have a beautiful day.

Alicia xx

Friday, September 12, 2014

Picture My Life ~ Baby Cakes ~ Pocket Scrapbooking ~ Week One


Welcome to Week One of my Baby Cakes Picture My Life series.  

This is a project I have been wanting to complete for a long time.
I have always wanted to scrap my own Baby photos into an album.
My Mum did a beautiful job on my Baby book and she had another photo album as well that covered the first two years of my life in photos.  I really wanted to put these two collections together.  The photos in the album needed to be removed and scanned and re-printed as they were getting damaged in the old album.  Luckily I did all the scanning, printing and the planning of this album about three years ago.  All that is left to do is use the products and finish it off - the best part! So today I am sharing my first Pocket Layout using Close to My Heart's Baby Cakes Picture My Life Scrapbooking program.

You can join me in this Baby Scrapping adventure too! Do you have an album falling apart with baby photos spilling out? Or could you start an album showcasing your children or grandchildren when they were babies? I would LOVE to see some of your Layouts produced with the Baby Cakes Picture My Life Scrapbooking Kit.  If you are playing along please link up your Layout in the comments for me to hop on over and take a look!

It is important to note that you do not need other products separate from the Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program to make this Layout.  The only things I used were basic tools like scissors, adhesive and 3D tape.  I also used a some ribbon from my stash and some Close to my Heart gold sequins.  So don't think Picture My Life Scrapbooking is going to cost a lot of money and you need lots of extra bits and pieces.  It doesn't.  Everything you need is in the kit.  They take the hard work out of shopping for these products. 

To purchase yours click the image below or go to Jessica's shop here.
Baby Cakes - Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program $24.95 USD
This is my first completed Layout for the album.  This will be the first page (after the Cover page).

The colours of the photos matched really nicely with the colours of the cards in the kit.  My baby photos really have that seventies "orange/brown" feel to them, so this will tie in well with the colours of the kit.  This was just luck and not planned at all!  

The first page of the album is me as a ten-day old baby with my Mum and Dad.  This is the earliest photo I have of myself. I love seeing photos of Mum and Dad so young! 

I love this "Noteworthy" 4x6 card.  I love the font! I added a little heart-banner I cut from another card and mounted it with 3D tape.

I cut these cute little clouds from a 4x6 card and mounted them onto another 4x6 card with 3D tape.  I added some little gold sequins as well.

I am really excited to be working with this kit.  I think it is so cute.
Stay tuned to see more of my Layouts next week.  I have two years of photos to scrap so I am going to be busy!!!!

Watch my You Tube video below to see all the designs on the cards and the contents of the kit.

Have you missed my Chalk It Up School Album? Start reading about it here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A New Publication - Kaisercraft Paradiso

Good evening,

Today has been busy! I have done everything else but blog today, so I am just popping on quickly tonight to share my latest Publication in Australian Cardmaking Stamping and Papercraft.
You can buy your copy here.

My cards are the 12 Quick Feature.  I loved making this set.  I really enjoyed the holiday feel to these papers and accessories.

Instructions on how to create these cards are included in the magazine.

You can see more of my publications from previous magazines here.

I thought I would link up to Papertake Weekly's Challenge - Repeat Repeat. I repeated the same sketch for each of these cards...just changed up the embellishments slightly.

Lastly, I thought I would share a recent photo of our Nicky.  I make him a green juice every day to make sure he is getting his vitamins. He is getting better at drinking them.  Its a bit of an acquired taste!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. 

Have a beautiful evening.
Alicia xx

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Monday Message

Happy Monday!

You have probably seen this quote on Pinterest - I have and something about it really resonates with me.  I thought it might resonate with you too.

Does crafting somehow help us remember who we are and where we come from?
I think crafting is about creating who you are, or is in someway a representation of who you are, because nobody creates exactly the same way you do.
If we were all given a little package with some paper, stickers, glue and scissors then we would all use those products in an individual way to make something unique.

Thats pretty amazing really.  Its amazing that there are so many people in the world but each person is a unique and special individual, yet we are all alike in how we experience emotions and events.  It is comforting to know that whatever you are currently experiencing, someone else has experienced a similar reality and we are not alone.

For example - we all love getting into our craft rooms/areas and making something!


I have been considering some new storage options for the room we call our "computer/craft room".  Well it doesn't really have a name...but it is one of my most favourite rooms of our apartment.

I have recently moved Nicky's cupboard out of this room and into our bedroom and it has left a little bit of space that could be filled with some extra storage options.  Extra storage would be awesome!!!

I am considering something like this:

Click the picture to go to the store.
It is called a "Multi Purpose Wood Grain 8 Cube Storage Unit" from Target.  Looks very "Laundry" in this picture.  But I know you know what it is capable of.  Its only $89 so not a very expensive addition.  We have the 16 cube one in our lounge room for all of Nicky's toys and it really has been the most practical storage unit ever.  I was thinking that the 8 Cube might be better in a smaller room because it could be easily moved around to fit in with the current furniture.  Something like this could possibly fit into the wardrobe in this room as well.  I think I could use maybe three of these units!

I would LOVE to know what you think!
Do you have something like it in your craft room?

Alicia xx

Friday, September 5, 2014

Picture My Life ~ Chalk It Up ~ Pocket Scrapbooking Week Five

I am very excited to share my completed School Album with you today!
I have made this for my sister.
This was such a fun and easy project that I really enjoyed putting together.
I was amazed at how simple it actually was to do!
 I have done Project Life since 2010 so I am not new to Pocket Scrapping.  But this is my first Theme Album that I have successfully completed and my first time using the Close to My Heart Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program.
It was not as hard or time consuming as I thought it was going to be.
It flowed easily and smoothly together. And it was fun to do!

Because this process worked so well for me I wanted to record some steps that I can repeat on future Scrapbooking endeavours. Also I thought these five steps might be able to help others who have School Photos that they want to display in an album.

These are My Five steps to Quickly and Easily Scrap School Photos
  1. Collect all School Photos Together and Sort into Year Groups. Print any photos that aren't already printed so that you have all your photos ready to work with.  I find it daunting if I have some photos on my computer in a big mess and it seems like a huge task to sort through them all and find them.  Once you have a pile of photos sitting on your desk it is so much easier to plan your album.
  2. Buy the Chalk it Up Picture My Life Scrapbook Program from Jessica at Craftin' and Stampin'.  This kit really worked for me.  At one point during my creative process I got some other cards out (that weren't from the kit) and had a play with them and I found it so much harder.  Nothing was matching, nothing was school related, it was taking so much longer.  I ended up packing away all the other cards and going back to the kit then I experienced success again straight away.  This kit just works! All the cards are there for you to use, they are all school-themed, a variety of the Memory Protector pages come in the kit as well.  You don't have to stress about which design you need because you have a variety to choose from so you just choose the one that best suits your current photos.
  3. Set Yourself a Deadline.  I had to blog about my album every Friday.  So I had a deadline.  I also wanted to complete the project.  I made this project a priority in my life.
  4. Slip Photos and Journalling Cards in. I worked away and slipped photos into pockets and wrote on the cards. A month was a good space of time to work on my album - not too long to lose motivation, not too short for it to feel like a stress.
  5. Share your Album Progress with Family and Friends! Blogging my progress really worked for me.  Sharing with friends and receiving encouragement from others spurred me on! I felt like I was making something meaningful and special.  So if you do decide to scrap a school album share your progress with me! I would love to see it!!! And share your album with everyone else too!!

Here is a short video of the completed Album I will give my sister.  I do have some inserts in the album with their class photos, but I have not put those on the internet in order to protect the children's privacy.

Also today I wanted to share two Layouts I made at the end of the book.  These are an example of how you can do a very simple 12x12 Layout with only the products in the kit.  Nothing else was used except  white 12x12 card, scissors, glue and a balck pen

For the last year in this album I only had one photo for the whole year for each child so I decided to do a full 12x12 LO.

Layout #1
  1. Layer the photo onto two 3x4 cards.
  2. Cut the 3x4 card into diagonal strips and paste down.
  3. Cut banners from a 4x6 card and journal over the top.
  4. Cut the stars from a 3x4 card.
  5. Outline with black pen.
Layout #1

Layout #2 
  1. I layered the photo onto two 3x4 cards.
  2. Then I cut a 4x6 card as the base and pasted behind the 3x4.
  3. Then I cut the sentiment and stars out from a 3x4 card.
  4. Then I added my journalling.
Layout #2
Thank you for joining me on this journey!
Please drop by Jessica's shop to pick up your supplies.

I cant wait to start my new project with you next week...a Picture My Life Baby Album using this kit!! You could do it with me! Get your kit from Jessica and lets do this together!
Picture My Life Baby Cakes Scrapbooking Program

If you have missed the other posts in this series see them here:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Thanks for stopping by,
Alicia xxx

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Learn Something New 2014


Just popping in quickly today to let you know I have decided to do Shimelle's "Learn Something New" course again this year.  I have done this course in the past...usually blogging my learnings.  This year I have decided to follow Shimmelle's suggestion of journalling on some 3x4 Pocket Scrapping cards and then adding them into my album.

I went through and counted out 30 something Project Life cards from the Seafoam Edition and I have already written down the first few days of learning.  This simple approach will hopefully allow me to take a few minutes every day and reflect on things I have learnt in the day.

At the end of the course I will pop them into a Memory Protector and add them to my Yearly Album. If I go well I promise to share the end result!

Are you doing this course this year?

Thanks for stopping by,

Alicia xx

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I have been shopping ~ see my New Crafty Goodies!

Good morning Crafty Friends,

I have recently treated myself to three new collections!
The first one is the Pink Paislee Solstice range - I am loving this nautical/summer collection filled with stickers and lots of gold!

I have to admit I couldn't remember what the word Solstice meant so I borrowed this from Wikipedia:
solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In many cultures the solstices mark either the beginning or the midpoint of winter and summer.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun's path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction. At latitudes in the temperate zone, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun appears highest in the sky. However, in the tropics, the sun appears directly overhead (called the subsolar point) some days (or even months) before the solstice and again after the solstice, which means the subsolar point occurs twice each year.
The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year (in summer) or the shortest day of the year (in winter) for any place outside of the tropics.
I am guessing Pink Paislee were thinking the longest day of Summer with this collection - or maybe the sun being at its brightest and highest - a true, hot summer's day perfect for water activities and boating.

The second range is Notes and Things by Crate Paper.  Lots of yummy layered butterflies, corkboard and splashes of gold!
Notes and Things is a pretty straight forward name...pretty bits of paper and accessories to make notes for others...perfect for card-making!

 And thirdly Teresa Collins - Life Emporium.  I havent opened this set yet, but cant wait! Still waiting on my package of more white card stock to arrive!  This will be my first time working with Teresa Collins products.

Emporium means a large market place or retail store where goods are offered for sale.  But this was designed as a Gratitude/Thank you line of products.  How beautiful! Teresa talks about the thinking behind this line and showcases some of her amazing crafts using these products here.

So that is what I am playing with at the moment.
I know you know how inspiring it is to have some new crafty goodness on your desk!

What are you working on?

Alicia xx

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Monday Message

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.
Mine was pretty emotional.
I've had a couple of disappointments in the last few days that have rocked me a bit.
But I am determined to concentrate on what I do want in my life, which is happiness.

My favourite resource of positivity is the Esther and Jerry Hicks recordings and books.  This is what I turn to when I need it.  They say when you aren't feeling the best - Go Global.
This means think big...all the things you are grateful for...things we really take for granted such as:

our freedom
our safe country and neighbourhood
our family that loves us
our house that has plumbing and electricity
our warm comfy beds we get to sleep in each night
our soft lounges we can snuggle up on
the food in our fridge
our washing machine that cleans our clothes
our dishwasher that washes our dishes
our craft rooms filled with yummy products
time to sit and create with those products
technology to interact with crafting friends
the love we share with our families
our beautiful and adorable children
how enriching they are for our lives
our friends we can confide in
our partners who choose to walk this life with us
the nature outside our doorsteps
the beautiful trees
the fresh air we breathe
the animals
the flowers
the sun, sky, the grass
our bodies that function correctly
our ability to walk, run, move, create
just sitting and feeling loved
feeling peaceful
feeling happy

These are some of the things that make up our beautiful lives.
This is what I mean when I say below my Profile Pic - Come and join me lets dream, create and record these beautiful lives of ours together.
We are so so lucky.  Our lives are beautiful creations.  Things dont always go smoothly and their are challenges we face, but we are still so fortunate.

After this little pep talk to myself I think I am ready to start a new week.

I have some exciting posts planned for this week.
My PML School Album is complete! On Friday I will share a video of the finished album.
On Wednesday I will be sharing a little shopping spree I treated myself to, some new crafting goodies! I have been playing with these over the last week or so and have some projects in the process.

I know one thing and that is that crafting makes me happy!
So I choose to do that this week!!
Are you in???

Alicia xx

Friday, August 29, 2014

Picture My Life ~ Chalk It Up ~ Pocket Scrapbooking Week Four

Layout #1
Hello and welcome to my fourth Chalk It Up Post for August!
What fun I have had working with the Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program this month!

If you have missed my earlier posts you can see them below by clicking on the links:
See my final post with this kit and a video of my completed School Album here.

Layout #1

The first Layout (pictured above) was the easiest page ever.  This photo was a perfect fit for the 12x12 page supplied in the kit. 
  1. Cut the matching patterned 4x6 cards edges off and adhere to the side of the photo.
  2. Adhere the matted photo to the page.
  3. Cut numbers from a 3x4 card from the kit.  Adhere to the page.
Doesn't get any easier than that! Sure, you could add more layers if you like...but I chose to keep it simple.  I love this photo and am happy to have it as the focus of the page.

Layout #2
Layout #2

For this Layout I had three photos, but they were all the same just in two different sizes. 
  1. Choose four 4x6 cards.  Add some extra layers, embellishments (cut from other cards) and the photos to two of them.
  2. Leave two 4x6 cards exactly as they are. Slip them into the 4x6 pockets.
  3. Pick four 3x4 Cards for the middle row.  Journal as desired and slip them in.

Layout #3

Layout #3

I kept this Layout simple as well. 
  1. Layer the four photos onto 3x4 cards.  Then again onto 4x6 cards.  Slip them into the pockets.
  2. Pick four 3x4 Cards for the middle row.
  3. Journal as desired and slip them in.

The lovely Jessica over at Craftin' and Stampin' can help you with purchasing this great Picture My Life Kit.  The kit retails for $24.95 USD.  Head on over to Jessica's shop here to get your kit and take advantage of this month's special offer - Only one week left on this so hurry!!!

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

This video shows me putting these Layouts together and a sneak peek of my Layouts for next week.

Click the links to go directly to Jessica's store.