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A boy's Stampin' Up! layout with Travel Journal DSP ....

Here I am back with that layout I have now finished.

As soon as I saw this Stampin' Up! Travel Journal DSP (with matching Sentimental Journey stamp set), I had this layout in mind. I just love this quote from Dr Seuss. Then I took this lovely photo of Sam which was just what I needed to finish the page.

Oh the Places Youll Go 

The quote I have used is

"Congratulations, today is your day. You're off to great places, you're off and away. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

The whole passage that this quote came from was read at a wedding I attended last year. It is a great reading for a wedding don't you think?

Here's a run down of the Stampin' Up! supplies I used on this page:

  • Travel Journal DSP
  • Night of Navy, Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie cardstock
  • Mini Vintage Tags
  • Just Right Alpha Stamps (perfect size for these tags!)
  • Pumpkin Pie brad
  • Early Espresso Buttons
  • Scallop Trim Punch
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Linen Thread (for button)
  • Soft Suede ink (for inking the edges - the perfect brown for an aged look!)

Didn't get to finish the cards today, but they are on my plans for Sunday so I'll be back soon. Have a fabulous weekend,

Claire

 


Happy Friday lovelies .....

Lovely to have the opportunity to pop in and post today, a lovely Melbourne day in a quiet house with the boys off to school. I feel like things are getting a teeny bit less crazy this week. Sam has settled in well to school, and although he gets tired he loves it and has proudly had his first two 'kiss and drop' drop-offs with Josh this week. I think Josh LOVES his role of big brother while Sam is in prep. I am sure it will get annoying for Sam later on, but right now it's exactly what Sam needs. I'm busting with pride for my boys. More about our daily ramblings later!

I'd love to say I have stacks of creating to show you, but to be honest I only feel like I am starting to have time to create again the last couple of days, so this post will be sadly lacking in creativity again. I do have this card to show you though. My gorgeous level 1 Tanja, had her precious bundle of joy Ivy in late January and I put together this card for her. Paul and the boys bought me a digital craft cutter for Christmas, and I have been getting to know it. I've used the sentiment from Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Sentiments, as well as a retired linen background stamp on this card too. The paper is one of the random bits I have thrown in a folder from years ago, knowing I would use one day because I loved the cute floral pattern.

Ivy card 

I have a scrapbook page on the go too and hope to finish that and post later today - imagine that - two posts! I also have a few cards to make this weekend for various friends and have volunteered to make the invitations for my mother in law's big birthday coming up too.

In other ramblings, Oscar the puppy is going well and turns out he loves his art as well, as demonstrated by this photo where he decided to try a little 'nose painting' with the (non-toxic) paint Josh was using in the garage (and Paul left the door open!).

Sm oscar yello paint 11 weeks 

I have been seeing clients part time in my Dietitian practice again for 3 weeks now which is going really well and I am booked out several weeks ahead now. I have two contract Dietitian's also working with me to see clients in areas I don't usually work in and it's nice to have that company as well. I still have lots of setting up and some more cosmetic things and purchases to make, but that will happen with time. These last few weeks I have found it a bit tricky to keep the balance with creating etc, but I needed to be in there on days I would normally be at home for things like lock changes, technology set up and deliveries etc. I know that will get into a good groove in weeks to come. The funny thing is, I think I actually like being more busy, and am certainly much more organised this year than I was last (so far ....). I think it's because the things I am busy with are giving me a great sense of personal satisfaction, so I feel happy and well, and get more done.

I've also been continuing to be working on my One Little Word project with Ali Edwards. I've been enjoying taking lots of pictures this month that represent what areas of my life I am nourishing. It's really quite diverse so some very abstract pics happening! I really like the holistic view of wellness, where so many different factors integrate to create wellness as represented in this diagram.

Health Diagram Concept_Map 

This year I am trying to focus on these different areas in my approach to the word 'nourish' so there has been lots of random note taking and collecting bits and pieces for my OLW album. I am just LOVING this project!

I hope you are well too and that you have a great weekend full of the happy things in life. (Ooohhhh postie just dropped off some nice SU goodies for me. Makes a doubly happy day and perfect timing for a cuppa and some stamping!).

Claire xx

 


A layout of me with Shelli ....

Well it took me a few years, but at last years Stampin' Up! convention in Sydney the official photographer finally snapped a pic with me and Shelli that I actually liked! I have never liked any of the heaps of other pics I have had taken with Shelli, but this one I liked. It was part of a bigger pic and I do intend to scrap the while pic too, so apologies to those I cropped out of this one!

Now this is by no means a simple layout - it was still pretty quick though! Being Shelli, I just had to add all the bits and pieces that remind me of her - the lace, vintage brads, pearls, bright and happy colours. I have used the Sweet and Sour Specialty DSP and Love Letters DSP and I was wrapped how they looked when I put them together onto a base of Basic Black textured cardstock.

Shelli layout 

Now for the extra bits and pieces. I used the Typeset alpha die with my BigShot for the title, and stuck that onto a couple of pieces of Sweet and Sour DSP, edged  with a border punch. I added a strip of pearls underneath that. I hand-wrote my journalling straight onto some of the Love Notes DSP (that lined page makes it easy!) and then cut that into strips to adhere. The journalling reads: Finally, after over 3 years of trying, I have a picture of myself with the inspiring Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up! Co-founder and CEO) that I actually like!

Shelli closeup 2 

The flowers are from the Floral Fusion Sizzlit die for my BigShot. I used a variety of pieces of the DSP and layered them with dimensionals and popped a pearl on top. In one of the flowers I used a Vintage Brad to create a bit more of a visual triangle. The ribbon is the black and white wide striped grosgrain, overlaid with some Victoria lace from the Summer Mini. Added a Vintage Brad near the top of that too, as well as one bottom left to finish the visual triangle. Finally I stamped the word 'friend' from Basic Phrases (as that's what Shelli is to her demonstrators) onto some of the Sweet and Sour specialty paper and cut that out with the Curly Label Punch and layered it on black cardstock to make it stand out a little more. 

Shelli layout closeup 

I've had a really lovely weekend. Despite the huge deluge of rain in Melbourne yesterday and not being able to get into my office to see my Dietitian clients, I got lots done. I did some scrapbooking, shopped for a gift and made a card (which I can't share just yet!) , had a fabulous massage followed by a fabulous nanna nap (I know you're rolling your eyes now Madonna, lol). Today Paul and Josh and I headed into my office with some more furniture I had bought and set that up while Sam played with his cousins. When we came home we played with the puppy. Like Karen so well said in a comment to my last post - Oh lordy he is so cute! I hope I don't bore you with puppy photo's but here's a couple more I took today (10 weeks) with the portrait lens on my camera  (yes, I was sure  bought that to photograph the kids, lol).

 Sm oscar 10wks 10

Sm oscar 10wks 6 

You'll have to remind me to look back at these cute pics when he has destroyed his first plant or pulled the first sheet off the line! Usually when I say try and tell him off he just does that cute head on side thing to try and get out of it ....

Sm oscar 10wks 7 

Hope you have a fabulous week,

Claire


She Scrapbooked!

Hello lovelies. I have some scrapbooking to share with you today. Some simple pages recording everyday moments and memories in the Daly house.

One of the things I am hoping to do each month this year is a double page collage with journalling for each month which records what we have been up to each month. I am doing these on kraft (woops Crumb Cake) with some black on white journalling and one other colour for the title and the border. This should allow some uniformity in the look of the album when it all comes together. I try to think about these things when I am doing an album. Here is January's page. I have used the Stampin' Up! Circle Circus stamping in Versamark ont the kraft to help the eye flow through the photos.

January merged 

Here's another page I did last Sunday. Just a simple everyday page about what we were all doing on a normal Sunday at our house. I want to try and record more of these everyday moments this year. I have tried to keep it simple with just Crumb Cake and other cardstock (So Saffron and Real Red) to blend in with the Stampin' Up! Playdate DSP.

Sunday 

I've been working on my Ali Edwards One Little Word album too, finding this so enjoyable! I will post some random pages here and there when I get to the scanner again. I have found the process really uplifting so far. It's reminded me to not to forget to nourish myself as well as others and I find I am often asking myself the question 'is this nourishing for me?'. This is helping me to focus on my goals and directions and balance that with the needs of others. That's a good thing I think. I've experience many nourishing things this last month - the unbelievably yummy smoked salmon sushi hand rolls at Leo's, playing at the beach with my family, starting to meditate again (today I bought myself a lovely relaxation aromatherapy candle to burn while I meditate), starting consulting clients again in my nutrition business (nourishing for my brain and spirit and hopefully nourishing for my clients too), nourishing Sam in his transition to school and many many more. I am loving this journey.

Just a few more pictures (thanks Sue!) to get printed and my Hamilton Island album will be finished and ready to share too. Thank goodness the damage from Cyclone Yasi  to the island was only minor. Not so some other beautiful parts of Queensland. I am thinking of you all and of those affected by this flooding we are seeing in many states.

You will notice in the pictures above that we have another puppy, another white German Shepherd called Oscar. he is very cute and cheeky and we all love him to bits! He's 10 weeks old now. Here's another picture of him.

Oscar 8 weeks 

Off to do another scrapbook page now - might step this one up a bit and get a bit carried away. I Need a page like that every now and again!

Hope you are happy and safe and dry wherever you are,

Claire xx