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Weekend Fun

This weekend was rather busy with the shop, family and friends. How blessed I am to have so much to do!

Friday night was the Art Journal class, using Distress Ink, Paint and Stain. Here is Kim’s page – I’m loving the colour tones in this.

Art Journal Page Distress Ink, Paint, Stain

Saturday after the shop had closed, we had a children’s birthday party scrapbook class held at the shop where we shared the afternoon with 13 little girls (and some helpers who didn’t quite know they’d signed up) as they crafted and chatted the afternoon away. Jo shared a photo with us afterwards – so cute as they left, walking to afternoon tea, hand in hand in rows of two.

The Scrapbook House Geraldton

The Nagle Year 12 Ball was held this weekend too, and how wonderful it is to see our beautiful young people dressed in their finest, on their special day. I think half the town heads out to the Marina, it seems to be “THE” spot for photos, the perfect venue for “Pre- ball greeting and photos”

IMGP0200 Geraldton Museum Nagle Ball

I had the pleasure of shooting with some friends – they all looked so beautiful.

Nagle Ball 2015

At the beautiful Marina and also the 50 cent ‘seat’ (more commonly known as the 50 cent swing)

Nagle Yr 12 Ball

And my darling hubby had his beloved old car out tonight.

Monaro Nagle Ball

Then we all went out to dinner for my Mum’s birthday – we were late… but we were there! Happy birthday Ma xxx

I’m not sure where Sunday went, but it whizzed by far too quickly. I did go see The INKS at the Freemasons as usual for a few hours – chill time, so good 🙂







Never Stop Dreaming

Love Life, Live it.

Quotes play a large part in art journaling, we find words that we have seen and use them in our books. Social media has quotes by the dozen everyday, but in years gone by I would save the quotes and poems I loved in files on the computer, and years before that they were written in little books. Now it’s a little prettier. More time consuming and definitely more fun!

Never Stop Dreaming

Lift up tags were part of Michelle’s Art Journal paint class and I loved them, I would like lift up tags on every page! How cute is that owl? Did you spy him?

Never Stop Dreaming The bottom of this page has a few “bricks” that were heavily embossed with gold powder (heat set) and stood up on their ends. These were wrapped with wire to give the impression of an old rickety fence.

Never Stop Dreaming

In dreams we catch glimpses of life larger than our own



Dear Karma

I have a list of people you missed.

Not that Karma needs my help by any means, what goes around comes around eventually.


This page is done with a whole lot of embossing powder… (lots and lots) and it’s glossy and yummy even though its grungy and gross. It ‘feels’ nice, this page.  It has layers of gesso, colour inks and sprays, then the clear embossing powder was heat set over the top in a thick sheet.

Dear Karma I have a  list of people you missed

Stay true & be nice x



The answer to the secret is here

psst… wanna know the answer to the secret? Lift here.


This is a page in one of my art journals that I was just playing with Distress Inks. They splatter in the most awesome pattern. You have to just tip them dabber side down and splat quickly onto the page, and the ink sprays out in this cool drippy pattern. (let each one dry before layering though, otherwise they’ll blend, unless of course you want them to blend)

IMG_6945So, the secret?

The secret of having it all, is knowing you already do. 

Live a good life.



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Ever since I saw the movie Frozen I have this darn stupid (incredibly wonderful) song in my head. If my daughter’s not belting it out, then I see it online and even catch myself telling the kids in sing son g voice to  “Let it go… let it go…”
Then I see this about the craft store – I think there’s a few of us who can relate.

Conceal Don't Feel
There’s some pretty good variations of this song out there on you tube – try this one for laughs

And if you haven’t seen Disney’s “Frozen” movie yet – do yourself a favour and go see it. It’s wonderful, but be prepared to have “Let it go” in your head.

I never minded the cold anyway.


Washi is not sticky tape

Showing hubby one of my new washi tapes today, his response was less than excited. “Isn’t it just sticky tape?” he asked, surprised at my enthusiasm.
What? What was that? Sticky tape? I thought I knew him better than that. Is sticky tape like masking tape? No. Is masking tape like duct tape? No. Do I not know who I married… he doesn’t know about washi tape. Well… he does now. He is a learned man now. (Now he knows to show a little enthusiasm when I show him my new sticky tape)

I was glad to see the new shipment of washi in the store the other day, lots more to choose from. Pretties!

Washi Tape

Washi is removable, so when I decorate something like my keyboard I can yank it off when I feel like a change.

washi keyboard

Wall art with Washi is interesting too, amongst other things.  Check out our Pinterest Board Washi for some more cool ideas. 

washi tape

Siamese Sun Lovers

I had another day off today, to laze about, sleep in and catch up on some housework. I don’t usually like Summer cleaning, but after our super hot day the other day of 46, I am warned that there are plenty more days of Summer to endure yet.

My 2 kitties love the heat though… here they are sun baking. Meet Milo and Bailey, my Siamese lovelies.

Milo and Bailey Siamese cats

So I pulled down the Christmas tree ( yay, finally, I know I know… I am slack! ) and it is all packed away in the shed. It gets really hot in there, so I was glad today was such nice weather, did a little vacuuming, cleaned the bathroom cabinet. Phew, that’s enough for me… back to hanging out with the family.
Josh has had us a little concerned for a while now, he’s brewing something, but we can’t put our finger on what it might be. He’s not sick, but something weird is happening, and he’s lethargic, sleeping most of the time and occasionally bringing things up before breakfast. Very unusual, doesn’t seem to have pain, and his blood sugar levels are fine. Weird. The kids are all on “go-slow” with lots of relaxing… just as the holidays should be. Right now, they’re all watching tv.

I’ll leave you with another photo of my kitties sunbathing, I woke them, but they couldn’t open their eyes… too bright!

Siamese cats sun baking in window

Back to work tomorrow.


10 minutes to decorate a caddy

I had a few minutes whilst “waiting for mate” tonight and saw this Dusty Attic Caddy sitting on the end of the table. Sandie had brought it in and it was put together, just clicked in place, it didn’t even need glue, tight fit!
It was looking very plain though, and I only had a couple of minutes till my friends were due to arrive so I wondered what to do with it that would be quick. Not really wanting to get the modpodge out (well, more to the point I didn’t want to wash brushes) My first instinct was to Glimmermist it, quick and easy. Then I decided that would not be pretty enough, so I grabbed a roll of Washi tape and went to work- a few minutes later it was covered! It adheres so nicely, conforming to the edges where the chipboard has a lip. You could use almost any colour it pattern, I chose a busy floral pattern so it wouldn’t matter if I overlapped or if it didn’t line up.
For the inside – not wanting any overspray, I brushed on Brick Glimmermist with a soft brush.
20130701-220346.jpgDone – this used just over half a roll of tape, and it fits a family of 12 Dylusions sprays or Glimmermists! We also have the large caddies if you have more in your family.
Have a great night


Printing photos at home

Seems to be the topic in town at the moment…
What options are available to us now that some of our printing labs have closed down?
Have you decided to print some photos at home, just don’t have the spare time during “opening hours” to sit at a kiosk, choosing and editing every photo? My home computer is so slow it infuriates me trying to send photos online.
Gone are the days when you had a camera, took some photos, then dropped the film in to the ladies at the lab, and viola, collected them one hour later! Hey presto, we had packets and packets of photos back then! Now, we have more photos than ever before, but less “real life”, tangible, hard copies. Now they are still on the camera, or on a computer, or maybe your phone, a USB, a cd, or if you are good, they are backed up to a external hard drive, or somewhere up on some cloud in cyberspace.
Think about this… In 100 years, when your future generations are looking through the boxes of their ancestors, will they really be able to access that hard drive?
Will your babies photos be printed off your phone? Or will they disappear when it’s lost, broken, stolen or even so old they don’t make batteries for it anymore?
I have a feeling there will be a gap in photos for many of our time if we don’t print them.
But I’ve been so fussy for so long I am thinking its time to let that go; perhaps a low quality photo, or a home printed photo is better than no printed photo at all.
Being in a scrapbook store you would understand that I need photos, and it was just getting ridiculous at how long I would go between visiting my printing store. It’s no wonder they closed down, even with the best intentions and will to support local business my measly few bucks wasn’t going to pay their rent.
So, I decided to buy a printer to do it at home… Well actually, I bought two. I know I know, but when I’m an all-in kinda girl and the features I wanted, weren’t on just one printer.
I use an iPhone, it has a great camera, and wanted to be able to press “print” directly from the “camera roll”, all wirelessly. I love it. I can take a photo in my garden, hit print, and the photo will be drying as I walk back in the house! Great for scrapping too! Its great for copying photos, I did this for Mums birthday recently? Took iPhone photo of original (make sure the phone is directly above the photo and straight) and was presented with a printed copy in the next room a minute later. Love how easy this is!
Downside? Ink and paper aren’t that cheap!
So, I also wanted a high quality print at a good price. This is where my little mate comes into the discussion,
I purchased a Epson Picturemate 235, it is a standalone printer (or can hook up to your computer) and only takes 4×6 paper. The quality is lovely, and will do a variety of sizes (all of course 4×6 or smaller). Go see Ricky or Dave at Mitchell and Brown and tell them you heard about it at The Scrapbook House, they’ll look after you. Papers and ink too!
For example 150 photos, paper and ink $45.00 that’s about 30cents a print. Pretty reasonable considering don’t have to leave the house! Pop your SD card in and away you go! Quality? Pretty darn good for an ink printer! Lovely and sharp, colours true.

So in a nutshell –
One dedicated photo printer for SD card, easy, cheap, quick, high quality prints. 4×6 only or smaller, no need for computer. Epsom Picturemate 235
Another printer for wireless quick iPhone prints and all other printing and scanning requirements like emails and documents. HP Eprinter.

Have fun!


A new friend

I had the pleasure recently, of spending much of the working day with Michealle, my newfound friend as she created a piece of artwork for her wall.
I didn’t get much work done, but I had a lovely day, chatting and playing with paper, adhesives and wood. We broke out the sanding tools and the walnut distress stain too.
Michealle had a clear idea of what she wanted her artwork to look like, and that makes my job so much easier in delivering the right products and techniques to make it happen.

Michealle wanted a wall plaque, to go with another she was given by a friend. It didn’t need at match it, but to complement it as they would reside on the same wall. This was to be bigger than we usually work with, and a 15 inch wooden panel was the base board. Oh what fun! The main focus of the board would be the kindy picture of her daughter, (how sweet is this little girl? she is now in high school) Immediately I recognised this as I had helped the teacher with this very project many moons ago. I know of a few parents who have kept these photo gifts, the old calendars that were once below them now removed. I think the teacher would be happy to know how loved her gifts were. She put a lot of effort into them to have them so nice got each child to take home.
So Michealle’s coordinating wall art had panels of vintage looking pattern, a little blue to contrast and a huge butterfly dominating the board.
We still had a few sheets of the popular Prima Engraver papers and this worked beautifully. We figured out an overlapping design and began to adhere the papers, then added the layout to the board. Inking edges as she went, I loved showing her the tools and products. It’s always so nice to be able to teach someone something, and for Michealle being so new to the craft, she was getting a crash course on everything from cutting tools to inks and dabbers. I was in my element and her enthusiasm was contagious, with both of us, enjoying the afternoon together.
Next she discovered the Cuttlebug and the new Memory Box butterfly dies, the shadow along with the delicate overlay… They looked so sweet and added the finishing touch.

20130603-012625.jpg Layering the butterflies is effective and easily done with the dies that are designed to fit over each other so perfectly.

20130603-012940.jpgand of course a picture of the final work, ready to hang on the wall…

20130603-013059.jpgShe was so pleased with the final product, and rightly so too I believe.
Be good to one another


A baby for Kate

Do you remember Kate? She was that fresh-faced girl who we were lucky enough to have working and teaching in our store years ago. Here’s a layout I did of her as a “New Kid on the Block”

20130524-234852.jpgWell, she is still gorgeous with that fresh-face but no longer a girl- today she became a Mum!
Congratulations to Kate and Matt on the birth of their baby boy Mason, in the early hours of this morning. And a big congratulations to Janine and Kym – now a Nana and Pop! How so very exciting for your family xxx
It doesn’t seem all that long ago I was holding my own newborn son in my arms – it was one of the most incredible days in my life. That amazing feeling, it stays with you.


A flower to brighten the day

Walked into the store this morning and this lovely big flower greeted me with it’s beautiful orange petals.

It’s from my Mum’s garden – there is something quite special about being given a flower from one’s garden… Thank you Mum I love it!
Flowers brighten up any space – I think it looks lovely right here on my front counter where I get to see it all day. Just hope I don’t knock it over.

20130517-102201.jpg I meant to bring in a proper vase, but forgot again, so this KFC Homer Simpson cup will do for now with a piece if card and a ribbon. I have to figure out a better option to make it stand in the middle of the cup – sticky tape is doing the job now – ha ha… So classy! Have a great day wherever you are


Not a morning person

Are you a night owl or an early bird? I’ve never been one to enjoy the early hours of the day, I was the kid who was last into class every day. I had some long suffering friends who would walk me to school and they’d wait do patiently for me as a dragged my feet every morning. I wished school would start at 10:00 and finish later, I would perhaps have been more awake for more lessons.
The Scrapbook House just happens to open at 10:00am, and that is a very good thing… because when I get home from class at 9:00pm I am very glad I didn’t have to be completely switched in every day at 8:30. Some says I don’t get home till 10:00pm and tonight we whizzed through class and we were out in record time.

20130516-212612.jpgA page from my #1 Art Journal

I find it SO HARD to get up in the mornings. I know, the simple solution would be to go to bed earlier, why can’t I just do that? I know I should. Still, silly me will stay up late again. Enjoying the quiet house once all the children have finally succumbed to sleep. I can see they are like me… I hope they get the chance to work a job that suits their “night owl” character too.
I hope you’ve had a great day – or night – as the case might be.


Something Bright For Joshua’s Room

He loves looking at it!

The canvas is now on Joshua’s wall, he spends a great deal of time here, now it looks just that bit brighter.


Completed Crayon Melt Art


So what do you think of the finished artwork? It was seriously so much fun to do, if you have ever thought if giving this a go at home, I say, “Do it!”

This is how I glued the crayons onto the canvas, using a hot glue gun (essential) and adding a few extras to give them more height.

Then I used a Heat Gun ( you could try a hair dryer if you didn’t have a heatgun, it would blow the wax about a whole lot more too, could be good for a splattered look?) and the wax dripped as melted. I let a section cool and then went back to add another layer, quite addictive really!

Crayon melt art

Earlier last year Emily and I came across some cool crayon melting art whilst we were floating around on the world of YouTube. We knew we just had to give that a go! Not that I had anywhere to put art like that, it’d be fun to play!

We played with oil pastels as we didn’t have any crayons in the house and had trouble getting them to stick to the board, we’d need the hot glue gun and that was at the shop… So we forgot about it for ages until we saw it again recently on Better Homes and Gardens and remembered we wanted to try this. Also, Joshua’s room is finished and provided the perfect spot to put something bright -right above his bed!

We’re using a long canvas and I went down to my local Jacksons, (love that shop!) and purchased a bunch of crayons. Best time to buy crayons is now, right before school, they are so cheap!

We sat and lined them up in colour order, but then I thought I’d have a trial on a smaller board first… you know… to figure out some kind of technique to use. It took us ages to get them just right, and each one was carefully lifted so not to mark the canvas.

And here is the trial version…

How cool is that? Joshy loves it too (ok, so he just wants to bash it, but that’s how we know he likes it, he’s reaching for it) so we will go ahead with the big one tonight.
It’s sitting here on the table, which is very difficult for boys on the autism spectrum to leave alone… they both have been compelled to line them up straight and I want them haphazard. Emily is using oil pastels again, which will give thicker drips of colour, I’ll be sure to post a picture soon!


In Gustave’s footsteps

Building of the Eiffel Tower has commenced as a prop for our “Weekend in Paris Retreat” I do believe it will be slightly less elegant than the original. Slightly.

We aren’t using 50 tonnes of paint either, (see I have done some homework) but have relieved Bunnings of many a paint can, and have now resorted to having the King crank up his air compressor and spray gun. He loves cleaning that, not. Well, at least he’s up on brownie points.

Here’s the building crew very busy at work.


Gotta love helpers. Underworked and overpaid. 🙂

Arty farty


So, the journey begins… The course I am doing with Heartistry is an 8 week course… Hold the bus? You mean I have to wait each week for the next lesson? What? WAIT? Really?

Now, this is very difficult for me to do… I am an all-in kinda girl and once I get the mojo flowing, I don’t wanna stop… Other than the pastels, I think I have done most of the techniques we are going to learn, I just wanted to learn from somebody… A teacher! But I have to wait… and that means so will you. Hopefully I am able to post the finished product, and I am not the artist I would like to be, so it’s all a learning journey for me, but I don’t mind that my art is not great so I’m not too bashful to show it to you. After all, no art is terrible… or at least if it is… there will be someone who likes it.

Thats the great things about art, its all how you see it. Mostly for me, I don’t like looking at it, I just like doing it. Which is why (unless I give it away) I end up reusing canvases and painting over them after a while.

So… This is what I did last night…that’s Basic Grey Pyrus. under that Gesso and texture.


And here you can see better with one of my new Crafters Templates, the ink splotch, I am loving that one too!


We don’t get to add any more until next week.
Oh no!
I went shopping (at my favourite art store Jacksons) and bought chalk pastels (thanks Sue)… And we don’t get to use them today? No no no… What to do? Of course, just take them and play! So, Em and I set ourselves up at the table and we tried pastels for the first time, just on a rough sheet of watercolour paper, and this is what we came up with. Now of course, as soon as the art supplies are out, so are my 3 youngest, all wanting to get creative too. So the Princess wanted to draw too, (her art blows me away every time, makes me want to ban her because she makes me look bad) needless to say, I have a LOT to learn about scary chalk pastels before I can say I like them. They are not nice to work with.



Em’s dark-eyed girl turned out gorgeous. Pfft. Beginner.

Treasure hunting

I am a firm believer in the fact that you are never too old to go on a treasure hunt. Especially when you KNOW there is chocolate at the end!
My kids have had treasure hunts throughout the years, and I usually sit up at night writing on bits of paper and working out where I am going to hide them. It is challenging and each year they grow I have to change the level of difficulty. It started out as pictures, then words, then clues. This year I enlisted the help of and printed out the fabulous clues and puzzles leading to various places around the house.

Some years we have had 3 hunts going at once, sometimes it’s a take-turn kinda thing, other times it was a team effort, with clues that I knew each child would have to contribute with their individual knowledge.
For Easter this year, we had an extra “hunter” so we divided into 2 teams with different clues. Two girls on red team, and two boys on blue.
The distinct lack of enthusiasm disappointed me after I had hidden all the clues and the goodies, and the late start to the morning is nothing usual in this house of teens. (Slow and uninterested are 2 words that spring to mind) But… as soon as they had that first clue in their hands they were off and flying, running throughout the house! Working out the answers was hard, and the pressure on each team to win was hilarious, the girls flew ahead, but we’re stumped with the conundrum at the end, giving the boys time to catch up and beat them by a whisker… All pushing and shoving,laughing and shouting for the prizes in the hallway.
Great fun, and everyone’s a winner!
Go to the website to print your own out and have yourself a chocolate hunt!