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Journaling – Telling the Story

Recently I had the good fortune to attend Heidi Swapp’s “Make Pretty Stuff Down Under” Workshop in Perth with my lovely friend, Marion. It was a great workshop! We learnt new techniques and had the opportunity to play with lots of Heidi’s products including her colour sprays and one of her memory files. We also received three very generous workshop kits and I now have lots of lovely Heidi products to play with.

Here’s a pic of the first kit and there were four colour sprays to keep in the “Make Pretty Stuff” bag.


Experimenting with all those wonderful products was heaps of fun but the most important lesson I learnt was the importance of telling the story behind the photos. Heidi and Kim (who ran one of the workshops) both shared very moving stories with us that highlighted the importance of journaling. One of the things Heidi spoke about was how we remember or focus on the few negative things that happen while forgetting the hundreds of wonderful things that occur in our lives every day. Recently, I was looking at one of the very first scrapbook pages I had made. I had added some journaling to the page and the story was something I had completely forgotten. This confirmed for me how important it is to record our stories before they are gone forever.

With 2013 ending and the New Year just around the corner it is the time to make resolutions for the coming year. I think one of mine will be to record those important stories – whether it be on my scrapbook pages, in a journal or in some other way.


A Last Minute Christmas Card Idea

Here is a quick step x step for those of you needing to make a last minute Christmas card.


  • 10cmx14cm piece of card for the background
  • Triangular, piece of patterned paper for tree – the triangle needs to be about 12cms tall and 8cms wide
  • Rectangular piece of patterned paper approx. 2cms x 3cms
  • Various punched shapes – I used 6 small stars, 3 small flowers, 3 medium flowers
  • Selection of buttons
  • Sentiment sticker or stamp
  • Kindy glitz
  • General scrapbooking supplies
  • Blank card


  1.  Ink the edges of the triangle and rectangle.
  2. Adhere the rectangle and triangle to the background card so they make a tree shape (the triangle will overlap the rectangle)
  3. Decorate the tree with the punched shapes and buttons
  4. Ink the edges of the background card and adhere to the front of the blank card
  5. Add your sentiment and finish decorating the tree by adding some dots of kindy glitz 
  6. Share your card with us by posting a link here.


Christmas Crafting

Hi everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.

I was wondering if anyone has or is planning on some Christmas crafting this year. I haven’t done any thing myself but I have been doing a few projects in the kids classes. One project was a snowflake hanger which we made from some snowflake cut-outs, snowflake stamps, a little bling (a must have for a Christmas project) and ribbon. They were really cute when they were finished so I thought I would share them with you.


If you have any Christmas projects that you would like to share with us please upload them in our gallery or on our facebook page.

Kaisercraft Gingerbread Man Step x Step

Hi everyone! Well it’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 37days away and if you are like me you are totally unprepared.

For my last kid’s class I had the students decorate three Kaisercraft gingerbread men. These are a quick easy project that are perfect for giving as a gift or using to decorate your home. I thought I would share a quick step x step to help with those last minute gift ideas.

Kaisercraft gingerbread men or other MDF shape
Acrylic paint
Christmas scrapbooking paper
General scrapbooking supplies

Step 1
Paint the edges of the gingerbread man shape.


Step 2
Trace the outline of the gingerbread man onto the back of your chosen patterned paper (you need to do this twice – once for the back and once for the front.) Cut out the shapes and adhere them to the gingerbread man. When the adhesive is dry sand the edges.


Step 3
Add some stickers, stamps, cut outs, die cuts or rub ons to decorate and ink edges with a blending tool.


Step 4
Add final touches – facial features, buttons, ribbon etc.


You can then add a hanger for a single decoration or string them together to make a garland.

I hope this project has inspired you to create some Christmas decorations.

Guest Design Team

As many of you probably remember, last year we had a competition for guest DT spots. It has been truly wonderful to work alongside so many fabulously talented ladies so thank you all who have filled that role over the past year and a half or so. Today we bid farewell to Jem. Jem, you always humble and inspire me with your ability to use such heartfelt and wise words and I so wish I could get a glimpse of the way your creative mind works. Know that if when you make it to a retreat I will be watching every creative step you take 🙂 Your input into the challenges over the past four months has been truly wonderful. Here are a few of Jem’s creations:
Jem 1

Jem 2

Jem 3

And, as we farewell Jem, it is with great anticipation that I introduce out new Guest DT – Marion. I have the good fortune to be able to watch Marion create on a fairly regular basis and she is not only amazing with her ability to ferret out and (successfully) try new techniques but I have never met a person who is more generous with their knowledge. Marion’s use of colour is always perfect and the finish on her creations is truly superb. I am so looking forward to having you as part of the team over coming months Marion. Here are a couple of Marion’s beautiful pages:
Marion 1
Marion 2

Marion 3

There’s movement in the nest

Yesterday saw the start of our major competition for this year – “The Chook’s Run Around Australia”. We are taking the Chook’s “jet” on a holiday around Australia – stopping at various towns and cities which will provide the inspiration for our challenges. Of course our journey is starting in Collie. Here is our first challenge:

Collie was named after Dr Alexander Collie RN, a ship’s surgeon aboard the HMS Sulphur, who explored the region and in 1829 discovered the river from which Collie took its name. The area was originally recognised as being ideal as pasturelands and for timber production, however with the discovery of coal in 1883, Collie’s direction was set.

The town was formally declared a townsite in 1896 and from its humble beginnings Collie grew to become an important West Australian town supplying the State with coal, the all-important resource for power production in railways, shipping and the generation of electricity.

More importantly Collie is the home of Chookscraps HQ and it is from here that the competition will start. The Chooks’ jet is available otherwise you can catch flights into Perth and then head down here by train or bus. If unsure just ask Kathy… she gets herself here quite independently several times each year Wink We are about 2 1/2 hours south of Perth and not too far from the beautiful fruit growing region of Donnybrook or the wines of Margaret River… so if you get your page done early there may be time for a little sight seeing.

For more information you can check out the visitor centre info here:

Okay… the challenge….

As mentioned above Collie is the only coal mining town in WA…. which results in many big mining trucks and other equipment. Despite this Collie is set amidst beautiful forests on all sides.
– USE A METAL EMBELLISHMENT for the mining trucks
– INCORPORATE FLORA (so leaves / flowers and / or trees etc)

And some samples from our design team:

Sample by Sue-Maree

Sample by Chookie (Lorraine)

Sample by Scrapdragon (Toni)

There is still time to join the competition and we’d love to see everyone’s interpretation of the challenge.

Hope you are all having a creative weekend.



New Graphic45 has arrived

Two gorgeous new ranges from Graphic45 are now in store. These are the beautiful French Country range with its lovely vintage style and the very pretty Secret Garden which is perfect for all those girly projects.

Here is the Secret Garden range on display in the shop:




My Girl Page

As promised here is a page I made using the My Minds Eye My Girl range. The colours are lovely and bright and the My Girl Genuine paper is great for making quick and easy embellishments. The ititle for the page is also cut from the Genuine paper. Other items I used from the range were the decorative buttons and flutterby paper.


My Girl and Boy Crazy

These two bright and funky ranges from My Minds Eye have just arrived in store. They are great for projects for little girls and boys including cards, scrap booking pages and off the page items.

Here they are on display in the shop.
Keep an eye on the blog for some projects using papers from these ranges.

March 2013 Retreat

Once again the long weekend in Mar saw a number of us come together for a fabulous weekend of scrapping, yummy food and plenty of fun! The theme for the Sat night dress up was ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow’ so there was a lot of colour about! Some other folk there were just a little bewildered by some of the sights!!

Kate, Kelly, Donna and Lorraine

Kate, Kelly, Donna and Lorraine

Megan, Sharon, Sue-Maree and  Narelle

Megan, Sharon, Sue-Maree and Narelle

Marion, Narelle, Christine and Leanne

Marion, Narelle, Christine and Leanne

Karen and Lorraine (check out those legs!!)

Karen and Lorraine (check out those legs!!)

Colourful Karen

Colourful Karen

Katherine and Lola

Katherine and Lola

Steph and anna, representing unrefracted light.

Steph and anna, representing unrefracted light.

The group on the steps before lunch on Monday

The group on the steps before lunch on Monday

Thanks to Lorraine and helpers for another wonderful time.