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Friday, August 31, 2012

Zap! Pow! True Scrap 4 is on its way!

I am excited to see that True Scrap {Fantastic 4} is coming!

If you’re not familiar with the event, True Scrap is the galaxy’s ONLY online, LIVE scrapbooking event. 15 instructors over two days = TONS of inspiration, fun, and community.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Take 12 August 2012 #take12

I’m sharing my finished layouts this month yay! I love this kit from Paislee Press in the Digi Game this month.

201208 Take 12_3600 Take 12 August: A Winter's Play

Winter in Perth is delightful. Despite Emily's cold we had a lovely day with the normal washing, cleaning, cooking interspersed with:
Role playing
Jigsaw puzzling
A lovely winters day.13 August 2012

Diptych by Paislee Press (The Digi Files 44); Fonts: Verdana,Georgia-Bold

So I was a bit late on Ella's Take 12. On the 12th of each month I stop and take (hopefully 12) photos of our daily life. I ended up taking these photos on the 13th, but who’s counting?

I used a 8.5x11 template this month and resized it. Wondering how? Here’s a demo.

Resize digital scrapbooking templates


What is Take Twelve?

The goal of the 2012 Take Twelve Project is to take 12 photos on the 12th day of each month for a full 12 months—and scrapbook them! You can join in the fun any month of the year, but we hope you'll join in starting January 12. Get the scoop at ellapublishing.com/taketwelve.
Learn more about the history of the Take Twelve project and see Ella’s FAQ section.

Are you taking 12? Don't forget to share them on Instagram or Twitter with #take12 hash tag or in our Flickr group

I've been using Instagram to take my photos each month (mostly) supplemented with my Canon IXSUS point and shoot.
Here’s my photos for the Take 12 year so far…
Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
PS Have you got the free Ella Sampler ebook yet?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking: My baby boy and my little girl

Silly Billy by Karen Lewis available at Scrapbookgraphics http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Silly-Billy-Designer-Kit.html; Stitch Mania by Karen Lewis available at The DigiChick http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Stitch-Mania.html;  Fonts: MuseoSlab-500

<a href="http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Silly-Billy-Designer-Kit.html">Silly Billy</a> by Karen Lewis available at Scrapbookgraphics; <a href="http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Wordart-Bits-No.1.html">Word Art Bits 1</a> by Karen Lewis available at Scrapbookgraphics; <a href="http://shop.scrapbookgraphics.com/Life-Is-Good-Designer-Kit.html">Life is Good</a> by Karen Lewis Designz available at Scrapbookgraphics; <a href="http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Stitch-Mania.html">Stitch Mania</a> by Karen Lewis available at The DigiChick;  Fonts: MuseoSlab-500,Pacifico-Regular

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Emily at her first show

Daddy was excited to take Emily to her first Royal Show on the  5th of October 2011. Mummy was a bit disappointed she couldn’t come, as she was expecting Nano and had morning sickness.
Heading off on the train, Emily could hardly contain her excitement and kept breaking into big smiles every few minutes.
Emily was very brave and patted all manner of animals, she and Daddy liked the furry donkeys and the house of the three little pigs.
Of course no trip to the show would be complete without watching the Wood Choppers in action.
There was just a little time for a ride on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ride (who knew they were still around?) and then some blue icecream before the trip home.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Essie summer spotty #nails @cait_ok @starofmay

My first scrapbook album

In my interview at This Memory Keeper's Life I mentioned my first scrapbook album, well here it is! IMG_1980.JPG

It’s all about my 21st birthday complete with digital photos cut into shapes and Creative Memories paper.

See my first album

Get Your Digi Game On
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Handmade stationery from Ivory Leaf

P7251748Today I've got a special post for you. You all know how I love to make cards and crafty projects so I was excited to see a friend open her own stationery store on Etsy.
We met nearly 10 years ago when she was a cataloguer and I was a records manager in previous lives. Sally is a woman of many talents with
cooking, writing and crafting to name a few.We are now both building our own creative businesses, and I am looking forward to seeing Ivory Leaf grow as the years go on.
I've invited my dear friend Sally to share a little about her Etsy store and small business.  - Melissa


Hi, I'm Sally and I own Ivory Leaf - a small Etsy store which sells wedding invitations, cards and
stationery sets.

P4201394As a child, I loved colour. I didn't have just one favourite colour, they were ALL my favourites!
Honestly, how can someone say they love red more than blue or white or yellow or purple! To
me, picking a favourite colour would have been like a mother picking which child she loves more.

So as a child, when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I didn't know -
I just knew that I wanted to work with colour. Somehow. But try telling a high school career
counsellor that you don't care what you do for a career, as long as you get to play with pretty colours all day. (Eventually, I opted for studying library and information services.)

I worked in a library for a little while, but I never loved it. I found the work dull and tedious so I
quit and began to look for ways to work with colour that didn't involve painting every room of
my house. Again.

My aunty was the one who introduced me to paper crafts. She's always been an avid card-
maker and I loved to spend time with her in her little craft room at the top of her house. I would
look around and see colour everywhere - deep blues, rich reds, minty greens, soft pinks, vivid
yellows - colour!

P6161636It took a few years to get up the courage to launch an online store, but now it's up I have no idea what took me so long.

The style of my products is clean, contemporary and classic - I try to keep things simple for two reasons. Firstly because I think the design of an invitation or card or stationery set shouldn't
distract the recipient from the written word and message. Secondly, overly fussy designs just
aren't me in the same way that molecular gastronomy isn't me - I believe you shouldn't fiddle
with amazing ingredients and you shouldn't fiddle with beautiful papers which all come with
their own amazing texture and character.

P7051715In keeping my designs simple, I also keep the costs of my products down, which is something
very important to me. I don't believe that a cute little stationery set should cost $35 or that a
wedding invitation should cost $12. Beautiful things should be affordable.

As I said before, I don't know why it took me so long to open an online store. Getting a sale is a huge thrill and I hope the people who buy my products get a similar thrill when their package
arrives in the post. What's also thrilling is waking up each day knowing that my little home
studio is full of amazing papers and stamps and inks and COLOURS!

P5311477Sally has gorgeous designs and attention to detail so head over now to see Ivory Leaf on the web:


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