Happy 4th of July

Did I get it right? Is that how you greet people on the 4th of July? Or should it be something else? I’m not sure so I’ll just go with “Yay America” and hope that covers all bases.

To celebrate, I’ve given my older 4th of July pack a facelift, chunked it up and it’s now available in my Etsy store. New packaging, an extra 8 papers but still my core colours, making the papers extra versatile in those non-4th-of-July layouts.

I’ve also been at work on two other paper packs. They are “baby-ish” in theme, meant for layouts of baby showers and those 3819 newborn photographs we all have. However, they aren’t full of cutesy baby bottles, handprints or baby chickens. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s not really my own personal style – even when decorating my daughters bedroom, I went with neutral colours (partly because we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl) but also because I found a lot of baby decorations a bit gaudy – the pinks for girls were too “bubblegum”, the blues for boys too pastel and don’t get me started on some of the greens we saw – very kitchen-countertop 1973. So we chose to go with greys and a splash of red. But did you know that red baby stuff (like cot mobiles, baby blankets, etc) were really difficult to track down? We got there in the end but hooley-dooley it was a lot of work!

I’ve noticed that a lot of digital scrapbooking trends follow “real life” trends – so there’s heaps of cute paper packs and kits with bubblegum pinks, pastel blues and 1973 green. But I wanted a “baby” pack with modern neutral greys and a splash of red. So allow me to introduce Baby Love.

Polka dots, checked chevron, arrows, love hearts, tiny dinosaurs and my favourite owl paper toned down into greys – I just loved this paper pack so much, I decided to do it in a second colour – fabulous funky yellow – and called it Sunshine Baby

All three of these new paper packs are in my Etsy store now – I hope you love them as much as I do.

Summer Lovin’

Confession: I hate summer.

Sorry, I know everyone has these “pretty” views of frolicking on the beach, toasting marshmallows on the bonfire, camping somewhere picturesque and enjoying a cheeky cocktail by a pool.

But this is Australia. In fact, this is Perth. It’s hotter than the surface of the sun for about five months of the year. In fact, even though it’s June (ie: winter!) we’re still getting temperatures of 26 degrees (that’s 78 degrees for those of you who only speak in Fahrenheit).

So basically, at the height of summer when temperatures are regularly north of 40 degrees, frolicking on the beach will get you heatstroke, toasting marshmallows on a bonfire will get you fined by a Parks and Wildlife ranger (we have TOTAL firebans out here) not to mention make you all sweaty because it’s still 4000 degrees at 10pm and camping somewhere picturesque will result in being bitten by something with either many or no legs and will end with a visit to the nearest emergency room. The only thing I can happily partake in is a cheeky cocktail by a pool. (Except I currently can’t do that because I’m breastfeeding. And it’s winter. Maybe in six months time I can enjoy a Southern Buster.)

Hint: A Southern Buster (recipe found in my Granddad’s ancient cocktail book) is something you should definitely try – half a shot of brandy, a quarter shot of dry vermouth, a quarter shot of lime cordial, topped up with ginger beer and garnished with a slice of lemon. Thank me later.

This months Pixel Scrapper blog train is Summer Lovin’ and even though I don’t love summer, I figured I’d partake anyway (because the colour palette is TO DIE FOR!)

Now it’s time for a game I like to call “Spot the whopping huge mistake” or, if you’d prefer “I can’t believe I missed that”.

Look closely. It says “12 plain papers” on my solids pack. Yeah, that’s wrong. You actually get 14 plain papers (with two different textures). Sorry for that – I should really change it but I won’t because the baby will be awake in about 6 seconds and I’ve only managed to drink half a cup of tea, so you’re just going to have to cope with an incorrect preview page. (You’re grown-ups, you can manage, right?)

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Download papers (Dropbox – 38mb)

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Enjoy your papers, enjoy your cheeky cocktail by a pool and can someone please have a drink for me!

 

Nature Escape

Nature is a lovely thing – it’s green and cool and beautiful. Just like my (new) garden. We lived for six months surrounded by sand after we moved into our new house but now we have a lovely green garden, some fruit trees and a lot of grass. It’s bliss! (Mainly I just love not having huge amounts of sand blowing into the house every time I open a door or window.)

The trees will grow up (we have a flowering plum, some Manchurian pears, a lemon tree, lime tree, a few magnolias and some cottonwood hibiscus which have glorious huge yellow flowers). We’re hoping that the native Carnaby cockatoos will come to visit us often – they nest in bushland across the road from us every winter and spring. This year we also have some red-tailed black cockatoos to add a splash of vibrant colour.

The theme for this months Pixel Scrapper blog train is Nature Escape. The cool blue-green colour palette is always soothing to the eye. (Some people say that “blue and green should never be seen” – I think those people just have no idea how to blend colours.)

As always, I have done two packs – one with patterned papers and the other with solid colour (but slightly textured) cardstock.

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I hope you love the huge range of goodies over at Pixel Scrapper this month and don’t forget you can see all my non-blog-train digital papers in my Etsy store.

5 Seconds of Craft Time

The title says it all really – it feels like I have 5 seconds a day to do a bit of crafting, whether it’s scrapbooking or cross-stitching (my other favourite crafty activity). I knew baby-wrangling would be hard work, but when that baby has reflux and insists on being cuddled (re: carried as I pace the house) to sleep, it gets even harder. Plus we’re still finishing off our new house and trying to do normal things like cook, shower, sleep and drink at least one hot cup of tea a day. I think I need about 3 extra hours per day at the moment to do everything I want.

But I have managed a couple of (super simple) layouts in the 5 months since she was born.

My style has always been “less is more” but it’s gotten even simpler. Take this layout for example.

The photos are just snaps I took on my phone. The background is white with grey pinstripes and I’ve used a font similar to my own handwriting in dark blue (so it looks a little like pen ink). Even though it’s so simple, I love this page – maybe it’s the memories of my pregnancy (as horrid as it was, I definitely miss my big bump).

I will definitely try to scrap more. I especially want to preserve the memories of my tiny girl achieving all those milestones and firsts – rolling over, laughing, sitting up. They may be tiny or insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re moments I don’t want to forget about.

DSD Is Open Again!

First things first!

At 3:09pm on the 20th of December, our little girl was born weighing 7lb 2oz at Joondalup Private Hospital in Perth, Western Australia.

The delivery was brutal (stitches – ouchies!!!) but everything went as well as can be expected. She arrived 3 weeks early and needed a little time in the Special Care Nursery due to jaundice but we were discharged from hospital on Christmas Day so we got to spend a very special Boxing Day with family. Since she was born she has thrived and even though I often feel like I don’t know what I’m doing (and sometimes I cry from sheer frustration and sleep deprivation) my partner and I are so in love with her.

Now, onto business – the store is OPEN!!! I have re-branded with a gorgeous image of a dachshund flinging itself forward (as they have a tendency to do) and you can see him on all my paper packs.

To celebrate the store being open again, I’m giving away a HUGE 20-sheet paper pack. It’s a brand new one called Fresh As A Daisy and it’s one of my absolute favourites.

Download Fresh As A Daisy (DropBox – 55.75mb)

Be quick as this paper pack is only going to be available until the 31st May 2017.

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If you love my papers, don’t forget that I have 12×12″ paper packs, A4 (8.5×11″) paper packs and a range of vintage/grunge paper packs in my Etsy store.

DSD is on Maternity Leave

The time has come for me to temporarily close the doors on my Etsy store.

Our new home is finally finished (well, except for lighting, window treatments, the reticulation, garden and all that sort of pesky stuff) and we’ll be moving in just under a weeks time. I’ve been packing boxes like a mad woman but the house never seems to get emptier (when did we become hoarders?!)

Once the move is done, it will be time for me to set up a nursery ready for our first baby who is due in January. It hasn’t been an easy pregnancy and I’m sad at how much I’ve neglected my poor little Etsy store over the past few months. But with severe pelvic pain, hyperemesis gravidarum (still going at 31 weeks!), severely low iron, daily blood thinning injections, irritable restless legs and a surprise (and very unwelcome) diagnosis of obstetric cholestasis, I’ve not felt able to do anywhere near as much as I’d hoped to this year. I’m disappointed with that but I also know that in the grand scheme of things, my store is not as important as growing an entire human.

So for now, my Etsy store will be shut. I’m hoping it will re-open early 2017 but as babies are unpredictable, noisy, messy and entirely confusing it may not be open until a little later next year.

Thank you to all my customers who’ve purchased from me during what has been a very busy, overwhelming and fun 2016! My CraftsUPrint store will remain open and any updates (personal or business) will be made via my Facebook page.

Love Sally. xx

The Monday Special – 5th September

It’s Monday and my week started out pretty well (apart from the ever present nausea of course.) We went to our building site to meet with the Site Supervisor and discuss how our new home is coming along. It’s all looking beautiful and we’ve been told that it should be finished a few weeks earlier than originally scheduled which is FANTASTIC!! Our kitchen cabinetry is in and the tiling for the bathrooms, laundry and kitchen start this week.

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You’ll have to forgive the glare – it was VERY early!

I can’t wait to move in, but I especially can’t wait to get the move over and done with – I’m 22 weeks pregnant and have felt myself slowing down a little over the past two or three weeks so I know it’ll just get worse the further along I get. (As an aside, I’m getting very good at napping.)

Of course, being Monday, it’s time for the Monday Special. This week I’ve decided to offer one of my older but very popular paper packs – Gingham in Green Shades. The 10 papers are all 12×12″ and, as always, 300ppi.

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It’s normally priced at $5.00* but is now $2.50* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 12th of September.

Don’t forget that I’m in Western Australia so if you live on the other side of the globe, don’t leave your purchase until the last minute as the special could disappear Sunday night in your corner of the world.

*All prices in Australian dollars.

Keep It Moving

It’s funny that this months Pixel Scrapper blog train theme is “Keep It Moving” because I’m certainly not doing much moving at the moment! I’m just over halfway through my pregnancy, still sick as a dog and still spending a lot of time on the sofa or napping in bed.

I wasn’t always this lazy though (honestly!) Once upon a time I was young, fit and a ballroom dancer. A very good one (one of the few things I can proudly say I was very good at.) I started when I was 6 or 7 years old and had passed my Oscar – first time around – at the age of 16. (The Oscar is the highest award achievable comprising a long complicated routine within a particular style – Modern, Latin or New Vogue. Not everyone passes it the first time round.)

I haven’t danced for years now and I don’t think I’ll ever start up again – it’s very much “use it or lose it” when it comes to the body and dancing. While I still have great movement in my feet (the way I can hold my toes still freaks out my partner who thinks my feet are unnatural), my knees are completely rooted. Dancing in 3 inch heels for most of your teen years will do that to you.

I had some great teachers over the years and was pretty good at all three styles, although I will admit that Tango and Paso Doble were my weakest dances – all those heel leads made me nervous and I often thought I’d slip in my stiletto heels and go sliding across the dance floor, snapping bones as I went. (I never had any major injuries while dancing, although did fall flat on my backside a few times.)

So for this month’s Pixel Scrapper blog train, I used the “Keep It Moving” theme to play around with some Ballroom bits and bobs. I’ve also done that thing where I experiment – I am a paper girl, I make papers, I use (mainly) papers in my own layouts. But I couldn’t resist doing some glittery dancing figurines and a smattering of word art this month. I hope you like them!

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I hope you love the huge range of goodies over at Pixel Scrapper this month and don’t forget you can see all my non-blog-train digital papers in my Etsy store.

Freebie Friday – 26th August

Almost time for the weekend and I’m looking forward to this one – with our house now sold it means we don’t have to do a top-to-bottom scrub of the inside (and let’s not forget the weeding and mowing in the garden!) Hallelujah! That means a couple of lazy sleep-ins, some relaxation and on Sunday we get to catch up with some friends for a lovely lunch in the Swan Valley.

This weeks Freebie Friday is a sheet of 8.5×11″ paper in a super versatile black and white polka dot pattern taken from my A4 Coral Crush paper pack. (Which is 50% off this week!)

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There’s no catch – no newsletter sign-up, I don’t want your email address, phone number or Twitter password.  It’s free – you don’t have to do anything except click the link to download it.

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Enjoy your freebie and see you next week! For more paper goodness, don’t forget to check out my Etsy store. 

The Monday Special – 22nd August

Hi there! You may have noticed that I forgot to do last weeks Friday Freebie. Well, I didn’t actually forgot, I simply ran out of time. Oops.

That would be because last Friday EVERYTHING happened!

Firstly, an offer was made on our house which is currently for sale. It was a little less than we’d hoped for, but we’ve accepted it as we were able to negotiate a long settlement time – this means our new home, which is currently being built, will (fingers crossed!) be finished a week or two before we have to move out of here. We’re grateful to the buyers as they could easily have forced our hand and made us move out sooner (thus, making us have to move house twice in the space of a month or two – not ideal for someone pregnant.)

Secondly, I had my 19 week anatomy scan. I must admit, I was really scared about it. I have a dodgy gene which meant baby has a higher than normal risk of developing a neural tube defect, so I spent most of Thursday and Friday in a highly strung state. But the scan came back perfect – everything looks very normal and the only comment the radiographer and supervising doctor had was baby looks like it might be quite tall (it clearly takes after its father!) We decided not to find out the gender – I feel like it’s a girl but when I talk about the baby, I often refer to “him” so my brain is clearly a tad confused.

Anyway, so Friday disappeared in a flurry of scans and paperwork at the real estate agents office and Freebie Friday just got shunted out of the way!

Nonetheless, it is time for the Monday Special. This week I’m offering another A4 pack (8.5″ x 11″) at 50% off.

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Coral Crush is a 10 page pack full of lovely coral and bold black with hints of grey and green. It’s normally priced at $5.00* but is now $2.50* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 29th of August.

Don’t forget that I’m in Western Australia so if you live on the other side of the globe, don’t leave your purchase until the last minute as the special could disappear Sunday night in your corner of the world.

*All prices in Australian dollars.