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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Christmas in July: Sneak Peek

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA           I'm currently planning an awesome crafty event in Perth to help us all get a head start on Christmas.

We’ll spend a couple of hours getting a head start on any Christmas Crafting projects (cards/decorations/etc) that usually get buried during the Christmas Season.
Bring along your half finished Christmassy projects (I've got an advent calendar to complete) and enjoy an hour or two of crafting with friends.
SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA           I’ll be providing come Christmas treats, and a goodie bag with all you need to create a couple of fun Christmas cards in just a few minutes!
We'll have sewing, calligraphy, and papercrafting set up, plus some inspirational magazines and completed projects. I’ll have some tools and supplies on hand for paper crafting, but feel free to bring along your supplies and tools.
Not feeling Christmassy yet? Then you are welcome to bring along anything crafty, such as your latest sewing project, UFOs (unfinished objects), scrapbook pages etc to work on.
And what if you are a digital scrapbooker? You can bring along your laptop and play too!
For more info, check out the facebook event here: Christmas in July Crafting Party
Want more ideas for a head start on Christmas? Check out Katie’s posts about Christmas Prep.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Art Journalling: June One Little Word Sneak Peek

After hearing Julie Fei-Fan Balzar on the Paperclipping Roundtable I’ve been thinking about getting back into some fine art. Then Ali Edwards prompt for One Little Word in June was all about colour, texture and art – so I had to try.


Here’s a sneak peek of my partially finished work using Derwent Metallic Pencils and Art Masking Fluid. I’m completing the rest of it today and will be posting more for the One Little Word Blog Hop on the 1st of July.

If you want to share your latest creations, link me up in the comments!

Smile Melissa

Monday, June 20, 2011

A fresh start for Memory Keepers in July






Would you like to have a fresh start for your memory keeping without waiting til January 1 2012 –then the Memory Logbook is for you.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA           In an aim to simplify my life in 2010, I decided to combine my scrapping ideas, monthly round-up, diary and journal into one and so the Memory Logbook got put on my wishlist for Christmas 2009. Phill bought the printable version for me and it sits on my desk. After 18 months later, I’m using the new half-year printed version, and still loving it! I’m planning events on the notes pages, smashing bits and pieces of receipts, business cards –writing my monthly summariesSANYO DIGITAL CAMERA           for a quick and simple overview of our year, events and snippets of life for future journalling and being inspired by the weekly challenges.

It’s not too late to start recording your memories, the half year Memory Logbook starts July 1, so those empty pages won’t haunt you! Whether you use it a scrapbooking prompt, a journal or an day planner, the fully customisable Memory Logbook will work for you.

Why not check out the Memory Logbook 2011: July to December Download or the Memory Logbook 2011: July to December Print Edition to get started on recording your memories!

If you don’t mind having a few blank pages, or you want to smash in your memorabilia from the months already gone, along with notes and more, then check out the half year sale! A couple of items are on sale!

All of the 2011 Sale ends at midnight (MDT) on Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kristin will be discontinuing the 2011 line will be discontinued soon after the sale ends in preparation for the 2012 series, so buy now! Interested? You can take an extra 10% off with Coupon Code: HALFYEAR10

Memory Logbook - July to December 2011

Want to see more about my Memory Logbook?

How do you record bits of life for your scrapping? I love having an all in one tool to help me capture the little things.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fathers Day Card ideas

An idea for a simple and effective father’s day card.
fathers day card Dad Shanhun just celebrated his birthday, and I thought I’d share it here. This idea would be perfect for Father’s Day.
I started with my go-to A5 folded card. You could cut and scorethe following cardstock (or any in your stash that will tone in with the paper you are using.
I chose a masculine stonework patterned paper you could try:  
Fancy Pants Designs - Like Father Like Son Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Big Guy
E-Paper Kit - Chore Day 1
I then used some glue tap to stick on 2 pieces of black satin ribbon:
and stuck on some letter stickers.
All in all I think it turned out looking great! Simple and effective!
card for grandad

Friday, June 17, 2011

Make your own photobook

SANY0249If you are interested in getting your layouts and photos onto paper or shared online – join me  for a free webinar.

I’ll be sharing some tips about:

  • Proofing your layouts
  • Saving your files for printing
  • Creating a photobook
  • Saving your files for sharing on Facebook, Flickr and galleries
  • Saving your files for a digital photoframe

More from Learn to Scrapbook in Photoshop Elements:

So what do you do once you’ve created a page? You can share it online, add it to a digital photo frame or print it share it with others in person.

Confused about the best way to save your files to upload them and share them? Come and join my free online workshop!
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Over the past three years I’ve been putting my scrapbooking in print thanks to Snapfish Australia, Shutterfly and MyPicTales. I’ve printed five Photobooks and about 60 12×12 layouts.

Come and join me as I walk you through:

  • Proofing your layouts
  • Saving your files for printing
  • Saving your files for sharing on Facebook, Flickr and galleries
  • Saving your files for a digital photoframe
  • Creating a photobook

Have you ever printed your scrapbooking layouts? Join us to share experiences and learn some tips to help you get it done!

As always there will be a chance for you to ask your Photoshop Elements questions!


June 20, 2011 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (June 19, 2011 9:30PM EST) Show in My Timezone

Register now to secure your seat in this Photobook workshop!

I hope to see you there!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Digi Dares: My Personality

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Our Lifegroup did the Smalley personality test last week and then I saw the current Digi Dare, so I just had to scrap this page!


I didn’t come up with any obvious type, but Beaver and Lion were strong. Attention to detail and strong-willed, bold leadership combined!

Melancholic sanguine

This has remained the same since year 7 when I did my first ever test. I also took one in year 12 and  one on the web the other day. As usual my weakness is my Sanguine inability to stay quiet! My strengths come from the Melancholic side (the creativity is great, but perfectionism is something I struggle with). The rest of my strengths are mix of Choleric and Sanguine (I’d say my love of leading and communicating fits in there). I am completely unphlegmatic! I think I spent most of my time repressing the Sanguineness to a level that is socially acceptable, without allowing the depression of Melancholy to set in.
Wikipedia summarises it thus:
  • sanguine quick, impulsive, and relatively short-lived reactions. (hot/wet)
  • phlegmatic a longer response-delay, but short-lived response. (cold/wet)
  • choleric short response time-delay, but response sustained for a relatively long time. (hot/dry)
  • melancholic (Also called "Melancholy") long response time-delay, response sustained at length, if not, seemingly, permanently. (cold/dry)[6]
…Also, the melancholy and sanguine would be sort of "opposites", as the choleric and phlegmatic, since they have opposite traits.


This test has bobbed around quite a bit, I took two at Uni, one in the year 2000 and one a couple of years later. The second time I took the test I scored ENTJ. I think ENTJ does describe my learning style – lots of questions and a desire to be the best, and my attitude to confrontation (that it can be a helpful and even enjoyable way to learn about others’ points of view and get yours across). The first time I did the test I got an INTJ, which I’m not sure describes me, but there’s that learning through arguments again!
Now my results came back as ENFj – I like that an artist is one of the occupations suggested for this type! I’ve italicised where I identify with this description – interest.
Ethical-Intuitive Extratim - ENFj (The Actor)
Based upon original work by Victor Gulenko with some alterations
ENFjs often have slim arms, legs and torso. They look rather slow and relaxed, especially among friends. However, there are ENFjs that are very nimble but they tend to suffer from a lack of co-ordination, giving the impression that they do it deliberately. ENFjs often have big, straight, sharp noses. Their eyes usually have a melancholy look about them and at the same time have that obsessed shine that shows a great emotional charge.
ENFjs usually hold their heads up straight, often giving the impression that they are looking above the heads of others. This can lead others to believe that ENFjs are arrogant people. ENFjs clothes are usually badly matched [Mum will attest to my agony over learning to chose my own clothes!]. There is often one particular detail that catches the eye and is completely out of place with the rest. They are well aware of this and therefore pay close attention to their wardrobe and are suspicious of any outside evaluation.
ENFjs enjoy the company of people who give off plenty of positive emotions. They like and in fact need to laugh in order to discharge the emotional energy that accumulates within. Their own emotions are of a dramatic nature, which they try hard to control. Sometimes, however, ENFjs can unexpectedly explode attracting unwanted attention to themselves.
ENFjs always warn others about impending trouble. They often dramatise reality a little too much as they seem to see the world in shades of grey. When interacting, they are sometimes parasitic and intrusive with their opinions and comments. ENFjs often express their true opinions during conversation as they find it difficult to keep them to themselves. They will often talk to themselves even if there are many people around.
ENFjs posses the ability to be great orators as they know how to paint speeches in many colours and how to keep the attention of the listener. Besides containing dramatic emotions, their speeches often contain sharp sarcasm and powerful bitterness. ENFjs know well how to combine humour with tragedy. As a result their narratives are always breathtaking.
ENFjs are inclined to trust only official published information. However they like gossip and discussing the details of peoples private lives, especially famous people, movie stars etc. ENFjs like to fantasise, often developing the same subject over a period of time. They also have the ability to persuade others that their opinions are right. Their completed projects are global in comparison to what they were when they were began. They have also tendency to create problems where there are not any and moreover to convince others of it.
ENFjs respect hierarchy and relate to people accordingly. If a person is in a lower position, their interaction can be cold and disrespectful. However, their behaviour towards someone in a higher position than themselves will be tactful and humble. They believe in the concept of leadership and leaders. ENFjs also have tendency to behave aristocratically. They can give the impression that they are from noble families [lol!]. At the same time they are very polite and correct.
ENFjs do not like to work if someone is there, observing them. They really do not like others to see how they manage their homes and day to day matters. Because of this they often send other people on missions with various instructions in order to get rid of them so they can work comfortably.
ENFjs have no problems undertaking very difficult tasks and projects or working long unsociable hours. ENFjs strongly believe that human potential is unlimited. They often believe in a wide range of mystical phenomena, religion, the evil-eye and omens. They like to spend some time alone in order to contemplate life and the role of humans. "To be or not to be" is a question that ENFjs may ask themselves regularly.

For those who know me, do you agree with these types to describe me? What about you? Do you like taking these kinds of tests? (Phill hates them!) Do you agree with the results?
PS I used some of the Digi Game goodies for this challenge!
Get Your Digi Game On

PPS for this interested the challenge was:
This week, we are scrapping our Personality Type. For you that might be a combination of letters from a Myers-Briggs assessment, or maybe your combination of The Four Temperaments. Or maybe you know you are a Type A vs. a Type B. Whatever your personality is, let’s scrap about it! What do these assessments say about you? What’s your type, baby? Do you agree with the results? Or no? Let’s journal it out!
Dare Flair:
  • Include your Personality Type in your title. Use an alpha to make it stand out. (For example, use an large alpha to spell out “ENTJ”).
  • Use a label sticker… but in an nontraditional way. Maybe it’s layered in with a ton of other elements on top of it. Maybe it’s clipped to something else. Use your imagination!
  • If choose to go photoless for this Dare, you need to journal like crazy all over your page–you should fill it up with your thoughts about what this personality test says about you or how it’s true in your life.
  • If you choose to use a photo, make sure that it’s a recent snapshot of yourself. Use a wooden or metal frame. (And you must still include journaling on your page–there’s no wiggling out of that!)
  • What color do you think best suits this description of your Personality Type? Work that color into your layout and make it the dominate hue on your page!
I did somewhat scraplift Nicole’s design with the lace and fabrics – I used a Scrapping with Liz template as the jumping off point and then added some Kitschy Digitals and Studio Tangie goodies. For colours I chose white for Melancholic and bright orange for Sanguine. I used the labels to add to the journalling describing my character traits – or the ones I have seen in these temperaments.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Celebrating Monday: Our last BBQ in Kal


Will he risk life and limb?

Some fun after dinner (a last minute barbie) at our place, with Kris and Mitch, Meran, Emily and Brad, Suzie and Nie and Keren.

Aah the memories!

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Friday, June 10, 2011

10 things on the 10th: Making progress

  1. One dinner all ready (yay!)
  2. Two classes in progress (at Big Picture Classes)
  3. Three layouts in progresspowerscrap
  4. My fourth webinar to run
  5. New programs to learn (in CS5.5)
  6. Six DVDs to create for my workshop
  7. One album in progress (more on this soon!)
  8. Assignments to finish marking and return
  9. Exercise outside in the sunshine (or maybe inside on the wii since it’s blowing a gale and Emily’s not well)
  10. One little girl growing up fast!
Thanks to Shimelle for the meme!
What are you doing today?
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Power scrapping with Katie: my work in progress

I’m working along with Katie in her workshop over at Big Picture Classes. It’s all about using your time effectively to make more scrapbook pages, you can read more about Power Scrapping here.
So far I have a few sets of photos together for layouts I’m working on:

My 29th Birthday

I’ll turn this on into 2 pages for this I think, it was an eventful birthday.
Melissa Birthday

Emily’s words

This is actually a few more pages album that is already 1/2 done, I just have to add embellishments to most of the pages
Emily wordsMoving to Perth
Emily’s 2nd birthday (still rounding up a few more photos for that one from other camera)
I just starred some photos I liked:
Selecting Photos to use
As I see more photos I want to scrap I’m adding them to new albums in Picasa, so then I can come back to them later, and concentrate on the pages I’m ready to scrap right now.
I’m just about ready to layout the photos and then I get to start adding digital goodies – and I know a lot of them will be coming from the Digi Game (which really is the best deal in digital scrapbooking!)
More about The Digi Game
Want to see my progress in the other classes I’m working on over at Big Picture? Here’s a sampling:
I’m enjoying blogging about these classes – it helps me remember to actually make the pages too! Do you have system to remind you of classes that you are yet to complete?
Get Your Digi Game On
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

New52 Crafting out and about

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A few months ago I found this Craft meetup group in Perth and I finally got to go to the May meetup.
I really enjoyed meeting up with four other crafty women, who were knitting, crocheting and smocking, and of course chatting. I managed to use my Martha Stewart train punch, a few felt stickers and card stock to create a few cards while I was there. Emily came along and had a great time playing with the other toddlers.SANY0225
I’ve missed the occasional crafting group I used to host in Kalgoorlie, it was fun to meet some new faces. I'm going to host the Meetup with Scarborough Crafts at my place in July – want to come?
Do you meet up with fellow hobbyists on a regular basis? It can be fun to meet new people and expand your skills! I’ve just started hosting digital scrapbooking workshops in Perth, with another one coming up on the 13th of June.

20+ weeks into the year I’m still going strong with the New 52 challenge, thanks for running it Peppermint & Christine! I’m finding that looking out for new experiences is helping me appreciate that my life even more. Read more New 52 posts:
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One Little Word June OLW Blog Hop

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Welcome to to my stop on the One Little Word blog hop. If you’ve come from Rebekah’s blog welcome! The full list of blogs is at the end of this post.
SANY0144For our April prompt, I took a photo of myself and I wrote a letter to my self, which is still sitting in the binder where I keep my class materials for all my Big Picture classes. I’ve just shared a snapshot of it a left.
In May we have been writing our to do list:
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This is still in digital form as we just moved house and have no printer! I’ll printed add it to the album later. I’ve gone fairly deep with the journalling this time – but I can share that growing a garden is on my list. We used to have such a lovely garden and now in our new home we are back to sand again!
Want to see my album? I’ve put together a few photos of my One Little Word album so far.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
Did you know we have a OLW flickr group? Join us here
See more about my One Little Word adventure:
Ali sends out monthly emails with a prompt for the month, and I’m working on my June one now. Did you know that the One Little Word class is still open? You still have plenty of time to catch up or why not just jump in with this month’s prompt?
The next blog in the list is Lisa A http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog/
Thanks to Margie for organising this blog hop! Want to see the other blogs? (We are all in different time zones but the posts will be up from 8am PST June 1)
Margie http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog
Jamie http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com/
Jill http://jillconyers.typepad.com/
Amanda http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Lynn W www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com
Rebekah http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
Melissa S http://blog.mshanhun.com – That’s me!
Lisa A http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog/
Sam http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com/
Jenn www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Junelle http://yesandamenblog.blogspot.com/
Jen S www.byjen.com
Monica B2 http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Cindy http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Nikki www.inkyart.com.au
Karen D http://womenontractors.blogspot.com

Happy hopping!

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