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.

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.

Back To Nature

My morning sickness is (marginally) better so I’ve decided to have a go at this months Pixel Scrapper blog train.

The theme is Back To Nature and I’ve taken inspiration from a trip I did almost two years ago. From our home in Perth, Western Australia we drove three days all the way up to tropical Broome. If you’ve never been to or seen much of WA, it’s a state of colour and contrast. In the south-west there are rolling green fields (with many incredibly wineries dotted about), majestic forests and a tranquillity that can’t be described, only experienced. The enormous WA coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with waters ranging from deep blue to the palest turquoise. Inland and northern WA has spectacular red/orange dirt, amazing wildflowers and a heck of a lot of cows (yeah, cows. Roos too, but mainly cows.)

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Sunset in Broome – where coast and red dirt country meet.
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Sunset in Broome
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Stunning turquoise water on the northern coast.
There were fields of Sturt Desert Peas on the inland road.
There were fields of Sturt Desert Peas along the inland road.

So while “Back to Nature” may mean camping in forests and a lot of brown and green shades, for me the phrase reminds me of this trip where I saw colours and sights I’d never seen before. I’ve decided to use the blues, yellow and orange from the palette to create this months blog train paper pack.

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Enjoy your gorgeous nature-inspired packs over at Pixel Scrapper and don’t forget you can see all my non-blog train digital papers in my Etsy store.

Happy Birthday

Don’t worry – it’s not my birthday. (It’s probably not yours either.) But “Happy Birthday” is the May Pixel Scrapper blog train them.

So….HAPPY BIRTHDAY! *insert streamers and party poppers and sparklers here*

*better insert cake too because I like cake*

I’m not really into celebrating my own birthday – being the centre of attention makes me feel like an elephant is standing on my chest. As a kid though, my main memories of birthdays are the cakes Mum would make my sister and I from the book every Aussie kids mum owned – The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book.

Even when I met Himself at the age of 21, we bonded over this iconic cookbook.

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He and his brothers always had their cakes made by their dad. They had cricket pitches, swimming pools and the upright piano. I also had the upright piano, along with the butterfly, teddy bear, Miss Piggy and one rather freaky looking clown (sorry Ma, that wasn’t your best work.)

That's totally me on the left, grinning at the mountain of chocolate before me. Not much has changed if I'm honest.
That’s totally me on the left, grinning at the mountain of chocolate before me. Not much has changed if I’m honest.

Even these days, cake always seems to be the centre of any family celebration. (I could talk about cake for a really long time, but you’re here for digital goods, not cake so I’ll stop now.)

I really struggled this month – both with time (read more about that here) and with inspiration. But I’ve come up with one patterned pack, one solids/texture pack and one bonus pack full of splatter papers which I created to comprise all the colours from this months extensive colour palette at least once. Each splatter paper contains three colours which I hope will help tie some layouts together as I noticed people were a little concerned that the large palette would mean everyone’s contributions wouldn’t quite work together.

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Download bonus splatter papers (Dropbox – 70mb)

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Enjoy your BIRTHDAY theme and see you next month! And if you can’t wait that long then don’t forget you can see all my digital papers in my Etsy store.

Life In Full Bloom

It’s (almost) April and spring is in the air!

Except it’s not. Because I’m in the southern hemisphere. And it’s autumn…..

We’ll just have to ignore that awkwardness and pretend that everything is flourishing and flowering and looking pretty instead of the post-summer shade of brown we’re currently experiencing here.

So as you know, the April Pixel Scrapper blog train theme is Life In Full Bloom. And I have taken the opportunity to embrace my girlishness! Not being a particularly feminine or girly person, I have gone full floral this month. (Just between you and me, it was quite fun – I can see why women like florals and shabby chic cuteness.)

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I hope you enjoy this months goodies from Pixel Scrapper and that if the weather is warming up that you get to spend some time in sunshine. Me, I absolutely love the cooler weather so I’m pretty chuffed that the temperature is finally heading south.

Don’t forget that if you like my blog train contributions, I have a whole store full of papers looking for new homes!

Unwind

Unwind. It’s a lovely thought. Sadly, it’s something I’m not very good at.

Some people take a long walk through the woods (I don’t, too many snakes – thanks Australia!) Some people love nothing more than to spend some time at a day spa (I tried that once – the massage was nice but the fragrance of “Dead possum in roof cavity” kinda ruined the experience.) Other people meditate (I’m WAY too fidgety for that.)

These days I spend most of my time either working on my stores or working to figure out our selections of just about everything for house we’re building – Honestly it feels like the worlds most difficult jigsaw – does the colour of the gutters compliment the colours of the bricks and the gutters and the garage door and the paving and the…. You get my drift.

I do get to unwind a little but I always need to be doing something with my hands so I tend to sew (I love cross-stitch), go fishing down by the river (I catch heaps of blowfish), research family history or bake (my ANZAC biscuits are somewhat incredible.)

This month’s Pixel Scrapper blog train had the theme of Unwind. Remember in my last post I said that this blog train was going to be experimental? Well, here it is – my experiment! White on white.

I was originally going to do a 100% white-on-white paper pack but I got cold feet. So I added in some other relaxing-type papers – a meadow of flowers, ocean waves, incantations to chant while in a meditative state. (Or things to write in your diary and mutter “I’ll get to that tomorrow” like most people.)

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As I mentioned above, the white-on-white is completely experimental – I have test printed them on two different printers (my crappy old $40 Fuji Xerox printer and I made Himself test print it at his office on a very expensive cost-five-figures professional whizz-bang machine that does everything except make coffee.) They both printed out great results (otherwise I wouldn’t be sharing) but I would recommend you test print a 1×1 inch square on any home printer you use for printing craft paper or digiscrap layouts.

So, now that I’ve added my “Shit I hope it works” disclaimer, I can say that I hope you have a great weekend and I hope you enjoy the Pixel Scrapper offerings this month.

Now, it’s Friday night which means it’s time for me to go make pizza and binge watch old NCIS episodes.

 

For The Love….

It’s (almost) February. The month of love, as some think. (Or as I think – the month when summer is at it’s peak and it’ll be so hot it’d be cooler to set the house on fire.)

As is becoming habit, I’ve joined the Pixel Scrapper blog train again and I’ve kinda done something a bit….awkward.

Without even realizing it, I’ve done almost the exact same colours as last month.

Oops.

Well not the EXACT same colours obviously because Pixel Scrapper leader extraordinaire Marisa organizes different colour palettes for us. Which involve at least a dozen colours. And I’ve accidentally (because all good stories contain the word “accidentally”) used the red and brown hues for both January and February.

Oops.

In my defence, it’s not like I’m conciously CHOOSING reds and browns, I just always seem to end up there. It’s like being in the supermarket and finding myself in the chocolate aisle. I don’t know HOW it happens, it just does. The heart wants what it wants.

Anyway, I’ve somehow landed on the reds and the browns again and that’s a good thing because Arlene from Arlene’s Scrapbits has picked this exact same colour scheme (great minds think alike) and she has some fabulous goodies for you here. (Her picture frames are to die for!)

For my part of the blog train I decided to go for a slightly blokey edge (hence the browns) because let’s face it, blokes always cop the bung end of things when it comes to romance. Girls get flowers and chocolates and perfume. Guys get…… maybe like a new wallet or something?

There are ten patterned papers for you and twelve plain papers, six with a subtle paper texture and six with a subtle grunge texture.

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Himself and I aren’t really into organized romance so we don’t do anything on Valentine’s Day. (Okay that’s a lie, I recently started a tradition of making burgers on V-Day, because burgers are the unsexiest food you can eat.) But whatever your feelings are for the month of love, I hope you enjoy the offerings over at Pixel Scrapper.

Crafty Evening

It’s Pixel Scrapper blog train time and the title – Crafty Evening – makes me think of cold wintery nights on my squashy armchair doing some cross-stitch, drinking tea and (because it’s me) eating my body weight in chocolate (even though right now it’s summer and disgustingly hot….)

When I originally saw the colour palette that was on offer, I was immediately drawn to the dusty purples. Yet as I began playing with designs, I found the rust reds and cool greens just seemed to work better. Even with the glut of green and red Christmas papers on offer (and I will admit, I was worried it would turn out “Christmassy”), I think the colours work well.

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I have played with some stitched papers, creating a basic repeating cross-stitch pattern (which took WAY longer than anticipated – every stitch is individually placed) and included some lace and crewel papers as well. My solid papers include my traditional plain cardstock (with a very subtle texture) and heavier textured papers – this month with a cracked and scratched texture.

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Enjoy your freebies and I hope you’ll have fun creating some great layouts with all the fabulous goodies on offer this month!

Let’s Get Festive!

I’ve been toying with getting involved in the Pixel Scrapper blog train for awhile now and decided to jump right in with their December train that features (of course) a Christmas theme.

I love Christmas – most of my family traditions revolve around food which is great as I love to cook (and eat!) Fruit for the Christmas cake needs to be soaked, the ham and turkey need to be bought before all that’s left in the supermarket is dust, I need to forage for the ingredients for my Extreme Rocky Road (if I don’t start early then the ingredients are as hard to find as genuine Christmas pixies) and – most importantly – I need to cajole my mother into promising me she’ll make her rather famous chocolate rum slice for her annual Boxing Day shindig. (Eating this rich, creamy and slightly boozy slice is honestly a religious experience and I MUST get my yearly fix.)

Anyway, back to the blog train – I saw that many designers took advantage of Marisa’s bold and bright colour scheme to create some fabulous mod/mid-century designs so I knew I needed to do something a bit different, to add a little variety. I decided to play around with some great textures I’ve got in my little “texture” library and go for the imperfectly dirty/grunge look.

Patterned papers

Plain and textured cardstock

You’ll have to forgive me if I didn’t exactly follow the file naming rules (the PS forum thread got a bit confusing for a moment there) or have done anything a tad untoward – I’m a complete newbie!

The download files are split in two – the first is the cardstock/plain paper file – five colours come in both a plain cardstock and a textured grunge cardstock. The second file contains ten patterned papers using the same five colours.

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I hope you enjoy my first contribution to the PS blog train. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a mince pie with my name on it.