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

 

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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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.

The Monday Special – 15th August

It’s the start of another week, and it’s been a frustrating seven days if I’m honest. I’m still battling morning sickness (does that EVER go away?!) and things are frustrating on the “house-selling” front.

I told you that our current house is on the market, right? Well it is. We’ve had a couple of home opens now and it’s an immense task to get ready for them – it’s even harder when hearing feedback from people who don’t want to buy our gorgeous house – they don’t like it because the block can’t be subdivided easily, the sink in the kitchen is too small (it isn’t), they don’t like the oven or the colour of the carpet in the minor bedrooms. *insert massive sigh here* It’s really disheartening to hear people say that mostly minor things are stopping them putting in an offer to purchase.

Never mind, I’m sure things will work out eventually!

Time to get the week started on the right note – with my 50% off Monday Special. This week is a bulk pack – 30 of my favourite colours in a fabulous gingham pattern! The papers are all 12×12 inches and 300ppi.

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This pack normally priced at $6.50*, is now $3.25* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 22nd 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.

The Monday Special – 8th August

So, how was your weekend? I spent mine glued to the television watching the Olympic Games! I’m not a huge sports fan (although I do love cricket) but there’s something about the Olympics that I thoroughly enjoy, especially the gymnastics, equestrian, diving and swimming. (I know nothing about any of them, but I like to pretend I’m an expect every 4 years….)

Apart from that, the house we’re building is slowly coming along, hopefully we’ll have windows and doors by the weekend which would be good as our current home is on the market, so the quicker the new place is built the better!

I struggled to choose what paper pack to give the “Monday Special” treatment too and I’ve decided to pick my Camp Ground paper pack. For one reason – I love the owl paper!! It took me weeks to create the template and it’s super cute so I always get a real kick out of using it.

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This pack is a 12 page pack full of earthy greens and browns – normally priced at $5.00*, now $2.50* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 15th 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.

Freebie Friday – 5th August

It’s a cool Friday here in Perth – about 12 degrees Celsius outside but I’m sitting in my cosy living room munching on raisin toast and drinking litres of milk (it’s my latest pregnancy craving). Not much has happened this week, apart from our house hitting the real estate market, our dishwasher dying (sob) and Mr Sparkles – the wild rabbit who lives in our garden – deciding to build a new burrow beneath our rosemary shrubs. I hope your week has been a good one!

This weeks Freebie Friday is a sheet of 12×12″ leafy paper from my fun and bright paper pack called Funky Bunches which is also this week’s 50% off Monday Special.

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The Monday Special – 1st August

Happy Monday!!

Or perhaps it’s only “Happy Monday” if you work from home like I do. (I will admit that in my previous life as an employee of the state government, Monday’s certainly weren’t “happy”.)

Over here the weather is desperately cold (for Perth, which means it’s about 3 degrees celcius outside), Mr Sparkles – my wild rabbit – is still happily living in my garden, and my morning sickness is still kicking my backside. (I’m almost 17 weeks now and convinced the baby hates me.)

This week’s Monday Special is an entirely BRAND NEW paper pack! It is one of three 20-page paper packs that is currently in store and more will be added over the next week or so.

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This pack is called Funky Bunches and even contains NEW colours! That’s right, I’ve added eight new colours to my 2016-2020 paper palette. As usual, all 50 of my colours co-ordinate so no matter what paper packs you buy from my 2016-2020 collection, they will co-ordinate and open up so many possibilities for creating your own page palettes. 

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Packed full of bright florals, this weeks Monday Special is normally priced at $7.00*, but is now $3.50* and only available in my Etsy store. This 50% offer will expire on the 8th 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.