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Monday, December 7, 2009

a gorgeous end to 2009 | songbird avenue


The December 2009 kit is in the shop and wow…it is stunning. You simply cannot miss out on this beauty!

I scrapped a shot from Christmas 2006 with this kit, but it is great for all sort pages, not just Christmas!


a gorgeous end to 2009 | songbird avenue

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I’m on the Songbird Avenue creative team!

I’m honoured to be on the creative team for Songbird Avenue, scrapping to raise funds for Charity. If you want to read about me then see my profile. Here’s the announcement from the Songbird Avenue blog:

I’m so happy to get to introduce you to the lovely ladies who have been working so hard behind the scenes at Songbird Avenue! We have an amazingly talented creative team and we are so excited to have them here with us, sharing their inspiration with you. Be sure to check out their Quick Page pack in our store. Now let’s get right to it, shall we?

new ct img

We’ve also updated our creative team page! Be sure to visit and check out everyone’s bios. They’re so much fun to read! You’ll be seeing a lot of these ladies as they show off our kits each month. And don’t forget to check out our inspiration gallery to see all of their amazing layouts!

We hope you have a lovely day

songbird avenue » Blog Archive » introducing our new creative team!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Registration for Holidays in Hand is closing tonight!

I love the free classes Jessica Sprague does – so much fun! You don’t need to be scrapbooker to enjoy it.
You're invited to our FINAL class of 2009, and best of all, it's FREE! Take advantage of this special opportunity to refocus on what matters most to YOU during the holiday season, no matter how you celebrate.

We'll be making a great project to help you tell your holiday stories both past and present, and I'd like to extend a personal invitation to EVERYONE. You don't have to be a digital scrapbooker, you don't have to know Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Registration is easy and free!
  1. Log in to your account at JessicaSprague.com. If you don't have an account you can create one here.
  2. Copy this code by highlighting it and typing Ctrl-C (Cmd-c on your Mac): HIHFREE2009
  3. Click the image above, or click right here, then paste (Ctrl-v or Cmd-v) the code.
  4. You're registered! Click on your My Classes link to view the introduction to the class! (I'll be posting the supply list on Wednesday)
I know we're going to have an amazing time together in class, and I would LOVE to share this information and experience with everyone! Please tell your friends and family, spread the word, share the love!
Welcome to Holidays in Hand!

Quick FAQs

  1. You don't need to KNOW Photoshop or Elements, but it's a good idea to HAVE it, since you can use it to add to your project.
  2. You don't need to be on at a specific time - all the content for the class will be available to you FOREVER (just like all our classes).
  3. If you need help creating a new account or are having trouble logging into your account, send an email to accounts@jessicasprague.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  4. Yes. I really DO think you're awesome.
Registration for Holidays in Hand is open!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

songbird avenue » new quick pages on sale now!

We’re so excited about our newest product in the Songbird store! Our creative team has put together some amazing quick pages for you all! They are a serious talented group of ladies and we’re thrilled to be able to offer you their fun pages! They’re made exclusively with our November kit, “Toys in the Attic” and we know you’re going to love them!songbirdnov09-qp-preview.jpg

This quick page pack is an absolute steal! And remember, 100% of our sales (minus Paypal fees) goes towards Toys for Tots this month. Come and help us make Christmas a bit brighter this year. :)

songbird avenue » Blog Archive » new quick pages on sale now!

Monday, November 2, 2009

songbird avenue » Blog Archive » november is finally here!

Check out this charity kit :) Thanks to Songbird Avenue for the post.


We’re so excited to debut our November kit! It seems like it’s been forever since our last kit and we are ready to get back to raising money! For those of you who celebrate Halloween, we hope you had a lovely one!

We’ve got an amazing kit for you this month! We’ve collaborated with the seriously talented designers of Scrapbookgraphics.com to bring you one incredibly loaded kit for the holidays! For the third year in a row we’ve teamed up with an entire store to bring you the largest holiday charity kit on the web. Our proceeds this month will benefit Toys for Tots! But enough of the chatting! You want to see the kit! ;)


This kit is so huge that we couldn’t even fit it all onto the preview! To give you a better idea of how many ways you can spin this kit (for holiday layouts and everything else!) we’ve got some amazing inspiration layouts from our brand new CT! We’re going to give them a proper introduction soon with their bios so you can learn a bit more about them and why they want to help us raise money each month. For now, though, let’s take a peek at their gorgeous layouts!

2 layouts by melissa (mshanhun)



We would like to thank the incredibly generous designers at Scrapbook Graphics. This kit is simply show-stopping and it’s all because of them! We know you’re going to have so much fun with all the goodies they packed in here for you! To purchase your own kit and to raise money for Toys for Tots, please visit our store.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check back often as we have a ton of goodies and surprises in store for you this month! And, as always, thank you for your support! We love raising money for Toys for Tots each year!

songbird avenue » Blog Archive » november is finally here!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

mgl Scraps CT » Why are we excited?

The mgl Scrap Creative Team is excited because we are hosting a speed scrap/chat THIS FRIDAY at Scrapbookgraphics! I will be your hostess for the evening. We are giving away a $10 gift certificate to a lucky scrapper PLUS there will be surprise freebies for everyone who participates!


See you there!

mgl Scraps CT » Blog Archive » Why are we excited?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Franziska's Scrap-Blog: New Kit Seaside Fall

Yay! I got blogged – love Ziska’s new kit!


Grab it here!

This cute little hybrid calendar from Melissa is really amazing, I plan to do one on my own, make sure to check out Studio Wendy for the template.

Franziska's Scrap-Blog: New Kit Seaside Fall

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Some pages about Emily

Recently I’ve had time to do some scrapping, so here’s a couple about Emily…

This one of her at 12 days – with some vintage photo effects I learnt about from Jessica Sprague’s course.


Her first visit to the park at 8 1/2 weeks


We had a wonderful time in Perth in July for Emily to meet her rellies too!


She’s doing really well and has been sleeping through the night for the last a couple of weeks and has even started trying to do lizard sits (push herself up off her tummy). Her first proper one with fully straightened arms was for Daddy last night!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Introducing Emily Celeste

Our little blessing, Emily Celeste Shanhun entered the world at 1:25pm on the 2nd of June, just a couple of days early. Weighing 3.07 kg (6lb 12 oz) and 48 cm long.

Phill, Melissa and Emily

It was a blessing that Mum Okely happened to be in town for the long weekend and she could stay on for the week. In Emily’s first days she was also able to meet Mum Shanhun, and my Dad, Lauren, John and Caitlin. We can’t wait to come to Perth and show her off to the rest of the family.

Emily’s doing really well with her sleeping and loves meeting people, she’s such a little sweetheart and has just started to smile.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

May Update

I'm going really well pregnancy wise but I've had a cold so that's been annoying. I saw the doctor yesterday and all looks good for the baby to arrive soon (head's engaged etc). I've been some walking in an attempt to help it on it's way! Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly!

My parents are up for the long weekend so hopefully 'Pebble' may even arrive a little early.

We've pretty much had everything ready for the last week or so, Phill's still working on renovating the cot that I and my brothers and sisters had. Yes, it is practically a family heirloom now! We do have a bassinette for the first couple of months. We are both pretty keen for the baby to arrive now, so I'm trying to keep myself occupied with little bits and pieces to do at home.

I’m really excited to be an aunty - our first nephew Jake was born on the 12th (I got to see him as we were in Perth for Phill's work) – Daniel and Amberley’s precious new boy is so adorable! A couple of other friends from church had babies on the 14th and 19th and one of Phill’s engineering mates had their baby on the 23rd so it’s all go on the baby front!

I guess next time I blog, it will be to let you know of our happy news – each day is a day closer to the arrival!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Here Chickie, Chickie! at The Digichick Blog

I got blogged :) I make this card for Phill for our 2nd anniversary. How exciting to see it on the web!

And this week, instead of highlighting some of our New Releases, I’m going to show off some of the fab new release creations from recent weeks!  Let’s have a look shall we (the images are all linked too).


Here Chickie, Chickie! at The Digichick Blog

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

mgl Scraps » Blog Archive » In the Meadow now @ SBG !


I got blogged:


Hi guys!

Remember Mónica’s collab with Nicole, In the Meadow? Well now you can get it at SBG!!

In the Meadow it’s full of Springtime goodness and sweet feelings. You’ll love the soft and playful colors and the charming elements! It contains 22 patterned and plain papers, over 25 unique elements and two full alphabets!

Here’s a peek at the 22 gorgeous papers included in this kit.

And some LOs made by Mónica’s wonderful CT:

mgl Scraps » Blog Archive » In the Meadow now @ SBG !

Why now check out our CT blog scraplift challenge is closing on the 15th! Enter to win $10 to spend at Studio mgl.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Questions for mgl Scraps CT Blog

In a little while I’ll be doing a Question and Answer session on our blog so I’m looking for your questions about mgl Scraps, Monica, our blog, scrapping in general, tech questions, printing questions and anything else you want to know. I’ll be hunting down some of the best people and sites on the web to make sure you get an answer! So ask away!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monica’s Madness Challenge

Check out this cool challenge from Kerry at our CT blog

OK ladies-

One week is all it is gonna cost you. One week is all it is gonna take to create the madness layout. Everyday you will be required to come visit us. (hahahaha)

Come to the blog on a daily basis and see what new goodies you are allowed to add to your layout. You are only allowed to add exactly what we specify in the daily madness. No cheating!!!! Once you put it on the layout it must stay exactly there…no moving or replacing is allowed. See why it is maddening….you never know what is next….

You must link all 6 of the previous layouts in the credits of the final layout in order to qualify for the prize. Of course, you get extra kudos for using at least 75% mgl Scraps products. We will be playing on your honor that you are actually playing every day!!!!!

Final layout due date is April 30!!!!!

The prize for the winner will be a $10 GC to mgl Scrap’s store!!!!!!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My Birthday

I had a fun day. After getting up at 4:30 to open my cards and pressies (thanks everyone!) before Phill went to work (he had a shutdown so an extra early start) I headed to church for service planning (Easter services). I love catching up with Ros for lunch and then did a bit of shopping.

Once Phill got home I was able to open up the present he gave me (well it was a rather large box!) You can see the present here:

I’ve been wanting a new chair for a while and this will be perfect for feeding Pebble in! It glides rather than rocks – very cool! And the footstool glides too! I love it! :)

Thanks to Becky we had a yummy tea with friends before heading off to antenatal classes so that was really nice.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Win from Scrapbookgraphics

We've got a new twist on Spirit Club! Sport the SBG Fan blinkie on your blog, linking it back to http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/home.php and you'll be eligible to win two $25 coupons from two participating Studio Girls. That's a whopping $50 of digital fabulousness!! (Note: coupons cannot be used for CU items) One random winner will be selected each week on Friday. To qualify just register in this thread with a link to your blog that has the SBG Blinkie.
Here's the blinkie!

Coupon prizes are:
Week 1: Maya and Wendy
Week 2: Miss Vivi and Hillary
Week 3: Doris and Birgit
Week 4: Manu and Jen
Week 5: Lorie and sussieM
Week 6: Baers Garten and Line Designs
Week 7: Flergs and mgl Scraps
Week 8: Berna and Coralie
Week 9: Natali and Franziska
Week 10: Ellie and Alana
Week 11: Helene and Glam Fairy
Week 12: Em-ka and Tangie
and more to come...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I've been planning to update you all on our South West trip - but I just haven't quite got around to it yet! I've been putting some photos up on Picasa - just email me if you'd like a link.

Needless to say, we loved our trip and though I was pretty tired we stayed well and still got to see quite a few things! The weather in Margaret River, Pemberton, Walpole and Denmark was lovely but the second day in Albany it turned very overcast for Bremer Bay and Esperance. We managed to run into plenty of people we knew - even Phill's boss from Kal happened to be waiting at the tourist tram in Pemberton!






In February we had visitors from Perth - Natalie, Lauren and Caitlin, which was great fun. We took in a few of the sights - the Town Hall, Boulder Sweet Shop, the Superpit and of course the Hall of Fame with its underground tour and gold panning. We also got to enjoy a free concert by the Fab Four (Beatles Tribute Band) at Centennial Park 13-18 February 2009


In March we had Dad S up for a few days for work, so that was great to see him, though Phill had 2 days of shutdowns and a trip to Perth, so he didn't see too much of his dad, we did manage to catch up for dinner. Plus I enjoyed a couple of lunches at Bliss Cafe. I love the fact that we have such a great cafe just down the road. Literally 2mins drive!

PrintLast Saturday night some friends from church all went to the last Sunset at the Soundshell Concert, it was a fun night, with lovely weather, great company and an awesome bring and share dinner.

The weather here is cooling down (27-30 most days) so Phill and I are going for a walk most evenings, sadly the hospital doesn't have enough interested mums to run their usual exercise classes at the moment, but I'm on the list, hopefully it will start soon. We've started antenatal classes and I managed to make it through the first one without fainting! Phill's finished making the change table, we've just got our basinet set up and I'm just itching to get everything set up. But as Phill says Pebble's not due for 11 more weeks so I'd better leave some stuff to do then!

At the moment Phill's away for work, but he's able to get a quick trip to Townsville in to see Grandad which is a great opportunity, as we probably won't make it to Queensland this year - strangely enough we have something else happening in June, when we usually go! :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Studio Matters - Impressions of Heritage


I got blogged for my Wedding Day Layout at Studio Matters:

I created this layout with Impressions of Heritage using Wendyzine's Template, Flergs Alpha and Ziska's Mini Kit

Here's the larger version of the layout:


My grandparent's wedding day,
12 January 1946. They married at Prahran Methodist Church, Melbourne in Royal Australian Airforce and Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Forces uniform. Both served in Signals during World War 2

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Christmas 2008

As seems to be the tradition we were back Perth a couple of times in December, with Simon and Angela's wedding  on the 13th and Phill's 27th on the 14th. We were back again in time for Steve's birthday, and a lovely dinner of free fish and chips due to a mix up! It was also great to see Kath as she was in town.

After Christmas day morning at Mum and Dad Okely's with present opening and a roast lunch we spent the afternoon at Shanhun's - Les's Christmas pudding was too good to refuse so I had to have some of that too.

We headed up to the Turnbull's for Okely extended family Christmas BBQ which was fun too! It was great to have Angela and Simon there (the newlyweds!) and see all the Okely rellies.

My dear friend Sarah got engaged to her boyfriend A Spencer on Christmas day so I flew back for the Engagement party on New Years day. On my arrival on New Years Day I got picked up from the airport in style as Dan and Amberley just got their very cool new XR6 and got to celebrate the new year and Lauren's 18th

We had our 20 week ultrasound and everything seems to be going well with the baby (or Pebble as it is currently known). We are really looking forward to our holiday down south as Phill has had a really busy year. We will be taking the 'scenic' route home to Kal via Margaret River, Albany, Esperance and a few places in between.


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