Monday, 14 April 2014

PROJECT LIFE | Camping and Beach layout

You know those pages that take forever to finish. Here are two of those troublesome pages I have been working on for at least a month. Mostly due to own my indecision.

I couldn't decide on a colour scheme and in the end I went with the Midnight Edition journalling cards and the Jade Edition to add colour.

These pages follow on from my October 2013 overview spread.

Here's the camping trip page. My husband takes the boys away on a camping trip at least once a year with my father-in-law (he has the good camping gear too ie. the tent, stove and shower, lol!). It's become somewhat of a tradition and the boys love the adventure. And they love hanging out with their Grandad too.  

Here's a close up. The Summer Fun stamp set from Kellie Stamps was perfect for this page.

Kellie Stamps: Summer Fun stamp set

We had a long weekend in October last year, and it was such a stinking hot day. We headed to the pool but people were packed in there like sardines! We decided to keep walking and hang at the nearby beach instead.

I don't take photos every day, but when we go somewhere or do something together, I end up taking quite a few. Creating a single-page, or two-page spread per "event" suits my way of picture taking.

Here's a look at the page.

Kellie Stamps: MagicalCurrently and Thrifted set

In this next photo, I used the "favourite" stamp from Kellie Stamps' upcoming April release -- it's the Favourite mini set.

And here's a tiny little selfie with my littlest man. The "so happy" stamp is from the Magical set from Kellie Stamps March release. 

I also used the "currently" stamp from the Currently set. I use this stamp over and over again, it's one of my go-to's. This was a September 2013 release and it is in stock. The stamps in this set are so versatile, you will get lots of use out of it.

Kellie Stamps: Magical set and Currently set

It feels so good to have finished these two pages!

This is the last week of the school holidays and I cannot believe how quickly it has gone. No work for the rest of the week for me either so I'm looking forward to getting out and about with the boys and just hanging about with them at home too.

Hope you have a lovely week too xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

ON MY MIND | Bad Day?

Having a bad day? Bad week? Could a different perspective and change of attitude help put new light on a situation? 

What started me thinking about this was when I had a few set backs that were seemingly out of my control over the past few weeks. And then a few more set backs rolled in. And I got a little bit cranky lol...but I wasn't that keen to put it down to just bad luck.  

Let's face it. Sh*t happens. Illness, financial difficulties, grief, disappointment, career challenges, unrequited know what I'm talking about. 

I want to share a little about how my little boys react when they think their entire world is crashing down. And as adults, we react similarly, but in a more grown up way of course!

As an example, my youngest comes to me, stomps his feet with tears welling in those big brown eyes and says "Mummy, today is the worst day ever! It really really is!!" 

I tell him, "Today is not the worst day ever. Today ***insert a 6 year old's idea of disaster here*** happened. Anything happen today that was really really good?"

My little man had just experienced disappointment. Someone or something has built a wall between him and his dream. 

When he comes to me in utter devastation, I ask him:

- do you have mummy and daddy for cuddles?
- do you have food to eat? 
- do you have a house to live in?
- do you have a bed to sleep in?
- do you have toys to play with and books to read?
- are you healthy and well?
- do you have clothes to wear?
- it really that bad?

I do my best to put things into perspective for him and highlight the things he has to be grateful for. More often than not, he snaps out of it quickly. 

When someone or something stands between us and our dreams, or stops us from our ideal way of living or being, it is a normal reaction to blame it on that mysterious thing known as "bad luck". But isn't it disempowering to leave our happiness up to chance?

We have a choice. Every single time. We have the CHOICE to accept a situation and be at peace with it, OR we have the CHOICE to look for ways to change the situation. And sometimes, we need to do both. How awesome to be in control of our own happiness again!?!

My eldest son took a different approach when he was younger. 

He would throw monster tantrums. I'm not talking about "terrible two's" tantrums. These were major 5 year old tantrums. In between tears and screaming, he would say, "Arghhhh! It's all your fault! You made me **insert any of the following: angry...smudge my drawing...break my toy...drop my apple..etc etc**!!!"

Not good, right? We wanted him to learn not to give his power away so easily. What I mean is, when he says it's our fault he is angry, he has given away his ability to control his own emotions to someone us

Not only that, he renounced responsibility for his own actions and feelings i.e. blame.

When we take responsibility for our lives, we reclaim the power to make our lives what we want it to be. We reclaim the power to make dreams into reality. We reclaim the power to be at peace and happy!   

From an outsiders point of view, other people's lives may "appear" better or easier than our own. But what we don't know is the people whom we work with, walk with, wait with, may have just lost a loved one, is fighting for wellness, is desperate to conceive a child, left an abusive relationship, or has just been turned down for yet another job.

We all have our own unique story and our future is yet to be written. We cannot compare hardships. Nor can we compare successes. 

Perhaps the way we perceive a situation, our attitude towards it, and how we choose to react and feel is the key to how much we enjoy the life we have been gifted with. 

Here are two of my favourite quotes that I have made into 3x4 printables, free for you to download. Enjoy. xx





Saturday, 5 April 2014

Kellie Stamps and {scrap this!} blog hop

Hello and welcome to the Kellie Stamps and {scrap this!} blog hop!

Agnus from {scrAp this!} creates the most amazing layouts and makes the most beautiful embellishments. So you can imagine how excited I was to be working with a few {scrAp this!} goodies AND stamps from Kellie Stamps for this hop.

And there are prizes to be won!! I'll get to that later.

Here is the page I created. I have done traditional layouts for a few of these photos already but I just love the idea of pocket pages for giving a snapshot of a period in time. And in this case, these are photos of hubby and I before kiddies (i.e. before the mayhem started!). It was a really fun page to put together! 

Here are some close ups.

I stamped the LOVE arrow embellishment from {scrAp this!} with the "You and Me" stamp from Kellie Stamps' My Home set. I also used the "So Happy" stamp from Kellie Stamps' Magical set.

This lovely hello speech bubble 3x4 card with hand stitching is also from {scrAp this!}. Isn't it gorgeous? I may need one in every colour.

The "Love Life" stamp and the "You're Pretty Awesome" stamp are both from the soon to be released UGH! set from Kellie Stamps. It's another fantastic set from Kellie which you will love.

The "Favourite" stamp is also from a soon to be released set from Kellie Stamps called Favourite mini set. I love adding sparkly rhinestones to the camera veneer lense. 

Here I used another stamp from Kellie Stamps', the My Home stamp set.

To be in the running for the awesome prizes (pictures below), all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop. You have until Tuesday 8th April to enter, and the winner will be announced shortly after.

Just incase you get lost, here is who's in the hop:

Sue: ---> you are here <--- span="">

The winner receives this not yet released wood mount from Kellie Stamps...

...and this amazing embellishment set from {scrAp this!}.

Good Luck everyone!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Liebster Award: And the nominees are...

In a recent post, I shared that I was very chuffed to be one of the 10 blogs nominated by Kellie from Give a Girl a Blog for a Liebster Award.

I was curious about how the Liebster Award began. From what I could find, in the early days of the Liebster Award, the idea was to nominate blogs with less than 3000 readers, and nominees would share 11 random facts about themselves, and then nominate 3-5 other blogs to do the same.

The Liebster Award is an Honorary Award which means it is symbolic and once nominated, you do not have to pass it on. It is completely up to you!

I love the idea of sharing 10 blogs I follow, so you can appreciate them as well.

Without further ado, here are the 10 blogs I am no particular order. 
The Drawing Board - by Tanyalee 
atelier B - by Jina
Simply Bella - by Kylie
Tealily Photography - by Trish
Geekgalz - by Evelyn Py
This and That - by Annette

If you choose to play along, here's what to do:

1. Answer the 11 questions below
2. Nominate 10 bloggers with less than 200 bloglovin' followers, and provide them with a new set of 11 questions
3. Contact your nominees and let them of how it works

Here are my 11 questions to the bloggers I have nominated:
1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
2. What is your favourite breakfast?
3. Describe your dream garden, if time, space, climate and money were not an issue.
4. Who is your dream celebrity to have dinner with? (past or present)
5. Name something you wished you had learnt but haven't yet.

6. Name one of your all-time favourite movies that you have watched so many times you know all the lines?

7. What is your favourite fruit?

8. If you could holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

9. Lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm?

10. Describe what "you-time" means to you?

11. If you could choose 2 super powers, what would they be and why? (ie. invisibility, self healing, speed, strength etc)

Question #11 was "borrowed" from my boys. They are always asking us and vice versa. I love hearing their answers which change every time we play. 

Even if you choose not to nominate any further blogs, i would still love to read your answers to my questions!! xx