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Woy Woy, NSW, Australia
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Monday, 20 February 2017

Memo, Mail etc...

Decided to join in again with Sian over at FROM HIGH IN THE SKY.
'Cos a couple of days ago I got some fabulous Snail Mail... surprise Snail Mail.
I didn't take a photo of it, but I showed it off over at our Happy Mail
FB page like this:
It looks all fancy 'cos I did it like this for my Instagram feed. SOZZY
to those folks who've already seen it over there :)
And that there is my first attempt at a BUJO or Bullet Journal.
I'm in loooooove!!!!
Here's some links for them:

Mine is all over the show. I'm ONLY using notebooks I've got
sitting around home. This is the Stash Busting Year, after all!
But anyways, here's a bit of what I've done so far.
This is my favourite! I'm tracking 3 things I want to
get better at & be more consistent with:
 Right at the bottom I've got my 'score' for January, so I can see if I
improve this current month! It's really working for me, so far.
RIDER: The eat sweets column? That's eating them AFTER TEA
only!!! HAHA...should see me gutsing them during the day cos
I know I can't eat 'em at night now....!!!!!!!
I had bits of paper, notes on my iPhone, some on my notice board,
some in my purse....so now at least all my books I've heard about or
want to read are in one place!
 The house work tracker [bit of a joke in my case!] will provide a giggle for
certain. I proudly do NOT do it if I can help it. My mother is askance at my
'tude......but too bad! Anyways, I do it so little that I forget what I've done
when so this is rather helpful!!!
 Same with my blogging this year. It's a bit hit & miss & my old system, since
I'm not doing DT work, I've ditched & the bujo is an easy replacement to keep
track...
 The notes are just that. Some ideas, mostly not followed through. But at
least now I've got somewhere to jot them!
Below is my gratitude page I haven't started. Just having fun with stuff.
I ain't no artist, but I like doing this!
 This is the first of my gratitude pages. I do it when I think of something
that fits. So it's not everyday. That stops any pressure. And it is nice to
read back on, 'cos it's like a quick snap of what was going on at that time.
Which is why I add the date when I make an entry.
 I've been experimenting with different pens, markers, writing styles.
I'm completely a confused personality when it comes to writing & can do
lots of styles..... one day I guess I'll pick one??!!!!
You can see here I've been working out how to make my columns
more efficient. I'm not really a 'logical' thinker, so it takes more. I mean.
Graphs are maths, right? And I don't 'do' maths!! OR math. Whatever!!!
I probably won't bother showing you any more of this again, but if you're a
list maker and like crossing off stuff when you do it....then 'Bullets Journals'
might be a thing to consider.
Gotta leave you with a LO!!!
 Using my fountain pen for journaling again:)
And 'V's for my 'A's...
 A Funky Flair with an older one, & some Kaiser Craft die cuts from
the Kitaholics Kit...
A little subtle stenciling with texture paste [added paint for the colour] on the
background & to add some of 'me' to this Kaiser Craft pp. Sometimes I find this
 type of pp difficult to use, but I got there!
Oh~ And my Mum is still in hospital, but her hip operation went well. The recovery
 thing might take a bit, there's always a hiccup or two, I guess :)
Thanks for checking out my as usual rambling posts. Hope you find something
that tickles your fancy & gets those creative juices flowing!
Blessings ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Story of the The Background...

... this particular background paper was just too strong for the photos.
But I was DETERMINED to use it. It came in my Kitaholics kit.
['scuse the mobile phone photo....]
Whether I like the kit or not, my aim is to 'kill' it. This
way I don't feel guilty about getting the next month's!
So, what to do. I thought of gesso. But I wanted to
keep the 'crisp' look.
So, this is what I did:
Used a copic marker. Took an age. Was worth every minute!!
This is the finished page:
I really love all the little embellies with the kit this month.
Once again, channeled a 'project life' style LO, in order to get
more than one photo scrapped. Especially since they were
all of the same event.
Love those little gold glittery hearts....I know I can make them,
but it was a treat to not do so!
 Those big "XOs" are a fave, too. My blue eyed boys!!
 The family really enjoyed the 'fake' snow. About as close to the real
thing we're ever likely to see here!
I actually made 3 pages today. I am loving scrapping soooo much atm!
I'll leave you with some photos of Grand Boy Ollie's little family 2nd birthday
party that we had on the weekend.
This is the t-shirt we bought him, Bahahaaaaaa!
 My Mum - hoping her hip operation goes well tomorrow!
 And the birthday boy, excited MUCH at blowing out his candles,
clapping himself cos we clapped him..... so we repeated it a few more
times!!!
His Mum did such a FABULOUS job of the 'Thomas' train cake, too:)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Take care now & happy scrapping !!
Lizzy ♥♥♥

Friday, 10 February 2017

Winding Down.....

...as I'm writing this it's 8:57pm & still 31.3C. That's 88F.
And we're not the hottest.  A friend just messaged it's 40 at her place.
Crazy hot weather over a lot of Aussie atm.
Anyways, d'you remember the 'pano' photo I took of Umina Beach
Well, I scrapped it!
Made a big photo. This will go inside on our lounge room wall:
It turned out better than I'd hoped & I think it captures the spirit
of the landscape we call 'home' :)

 Even got a tassel in on the act;)
 You know that 'branding' strip along the bottom of the paper?
I cut that off with a little of the patterned paper itself, then punched those
wee hearts - so they appear 2-toned... very little effort for a cool effect!


And Tom has had his cataract operation today.... so that all went well.
Phew!
We drove over at 5:30am to be there by 6:45. He went in fairly early, so then I
had breakfast at the café in the hospital while I waited,
as he didn't come out 'til about 11:00.
It was yummy!
They sure do make sure they operate on the correct eye with this:
Anyways, here's hoping wherever you are your weekend
about to start or coming soon is a GOOD one!
Cheers for now ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥
PS: Now it's just Mum's hip replacement next week
& I'm thinking it will calm down for the rest of the year.
Hopefully!!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Memorandum Monday & some other Stuff!

Hey there!
I think the one real joy I'm finding from NOT being on Design Teams
or going into competitions is I can both blog when I want and fancy it!
And I don't have to 'schedule' posts. That's a HUGE change for me!
So, this week I have mail going out.
I was blessed [NOT REALLY!] when my DIL, Neri, gifted me some
vintage 6x6 paper pads.
So, what to do with them? Well, since I'm a member of a 'Happy
Mail' FB group...I asked if anyone liked vintage mail & I got a
Yes! from a fellow scrapper..... I don't think she reads my blog,
so I figure you can take a peek at this pocket letter happy mail that's
heading her way :)
Thanks to SIAN from HIGH IN THE SKY
for hosting this idea about mail... I sorta went overboard with the trim...
And I managed to use a tassle, too, Lynette J! Miracles..... ;)
Speaking of fellow scrappers...Margy M, I used some of those CUTE resin
moulds you created! And below, you can see I've actually stamped,
and stenciled etc before adding the little bits and bobs:

Now, if you can bare to look at a Christmas page. SORRY - not really [again!],
then this is of my son & his family at the Carols in 2016.
I wanted to make it like a pin-board, where the photos are 'pinned'
at random. I think it worked?
It was for the Other Grandfather & his partner so they can hang it up
for a while, & enjoy memories of that night :)
I've also made some Christmas cards. SERIOUSLY. No shaking your head now.
Did a pile of Very Simple ones, but I didn't bother photographing them 'cos they
were soooo simple!!! How many you ask? Only 7. They were so easy, y'see. I
didn't MEAN to do that many!!
Righto, tomorrow I'm off to Stampin' Up with my Mum. Friday Tom has
his cataract operation. Mum was supposed to have her hip done the following
Wednesday, buuuuut they rang today & put it off til March. She was less than
impressed, so hoping something can be done before then. Time will tell.
We also have Ollie's 2nd birthday party on the weekend. Busy life atm,
which is all good.
Makes the focus on the HOT WEATHER not quite so intense.
Who am I kidding? It's awful. But it makes for good photos if you're
up at 6:30am cos it's too hot to sleep, so pop on down for a beach walk.
Like this:
First 'pano' attempt!
Yup! That's Wally caught in the sun's ray by the water's edge!
Right, on that note, I hope this warms up my European friends...
not sure what's happening in the USA!
And I hope the water brings a bit of coolness to you other hot and bothered
Aussie folks. Apparently it's going to be close on 40C AGAIN in a couple of
days.
Wonderful [NOT!!!]
Oh....& since Sian's into 'firsts' / new things...apparently it's the hottest overnight temperatures
for 2 of our nights this year since records began. One was 33C, from memory.
Blessings one & all ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Monday, 30 January 2017

Memo Monday & sneaking in for a ...

...challenge. Yup. I sorta decided that maybe I could just join
in with ONE a month? And I used to always join with CSI.
I think this one 'called' me as it is open for a whole month.
Suits me, with my slower blogging posting thingy happening atm.
So, here's the CASE FILE FOR #221:
Colours - ✓  Evidence = triangles, letter stickers, enamel dots
& puffy stickers; Testimony is the mix of stickers and handwriting.
Apart from the obvious green, blue and brown, there are touches of
the pink & ivory in the layers behind the photos:
I'm trying to do more multi photo LOs. Have you noticed?
I seem to have a never ending pile of snaps to scrap...so this is an effort
to get through them a bit quicker.
And it worked well with Em's sketch!
Nothing much else to say ;)
Below is one of the locator word stickers I got on sale with a Project Life kit from K-Mart
here in Australia.
Some of the alphas are from it too.
Some are Felicity Jane & Thickers, as well:)


Meanwhile over at Sian's FROM HIGH IN THE SKY blog
I'm joining in with MEMO MONDAY.
This was a good week for me, as I received some HAPPY MAIL.
Now, this is a broad term to encompass things like Pocket Letters,
Flip Albums and the latest trend LOADED POCKETS.
I'd never received one before. This is from Tanya Leigh,
a lovely NZ scrapper.
She actually SEWED the pocket from MATERIAL.
That floored me!
I got it as part of an 'after Christmas' swap, where we could
send whatever type of Happy Mail we wanted, as long as it
was Christmas themed. Brilliant!
Those little tabs above? She DESIGNS them!
You can see why I was soooo happy eh?
Mail like that can come any day.
And today I'm making up some 'HM' to send out.
Nothing 1/2 as fancy as this, but still, I'm enjoying making it!

Thanks for taking the time to look at my post & here's to some
Happy Scrapping at yours!
Blessings ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Thursday, 26 January 2017

I tried. I really did...

...to make a 1/2 decent video.
I seem to have gotten a bee in my bonnet
and simply HAD to conquer The Video!
Who am I joking? It's 1/4 decent. Sort of.
See, for some strange reason I got into my head I wanted to share
how I use up those pesky die cuts and cut aparts that seem to
breed [along with the rest of our stashes!!!]
by making cards.
And so the Journey to The Deep Dark Depths began.
My prob is I do so few videos [cos every time I do one I swear
it's my last] that I forget what to do.
And of course, I filmed on a 38C day. The camera over heated
& kept cutting out.
So, it's a film with no end. Actually, a really funny end.
I forgot what speed I'd FF it in, in some parts.
It jumps around a bit.
There are black bits that aren't black.
And a DOG barks.
WALLY! Honestly!
So, here you go. I actually made these 3 cards in little over
20 minutes 'real time'.
So it is a terribly simple & effective stash busting technique.
But it took me days and days to finish the video.
Give me crafting any day, I say!
And the hesitant voice over at the start....didn't know if I
was 'on air' or not. I DO get better!
Here's the cards. Using scraps up. The only bought stuff is some old
rub-ons from the Op Shop - now THAT was s find!
I made 5 cards all up, but only 3
for this video.
The bg pp is from my stash. Go me;) 
I've popped the cards in here, cos I know not all of us
like watching videos.
And here is the video. Click only if you have a tissue /hanky
to cry /laugh into.
You have been warned!

Hope this provides some inspiration of some kind.
 Or a laugh at the very least.
And for all you Aussies out there,
 Happy Australia Day :)
Cheers ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥