Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scrapbook Inspirations Vol 1 is out!

Scrapbook Inspirations Vol 1 hit the shelves today in the UK. I can't wait for my layout to be returned with my complimentry copy of the book. Must check out their next submission list and get creating this weekend. I bought the spray paint on the way to work this week so stay tuned for the results later next week ;0

Here's the link for the book:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2009 Layout

Thought I better figure out how to load pictures to the blog - just to prove that I actually do create masterpieces, not just talk about creating them.

During 2008 and 2009 I was on the Design Team for Better Scrapbooking. I decided not to reapply for 2010 as I wanted to focus on new opportunities and getting some pieces published here in NZ and overseas. (Although, I didn't actually apply in 2009, I was automatically 'rehired'). This layout is done with one of the monthly kits I was sent to work with last year. I really like these candid shots of my friends and I at the beach one evening and I'll let you in on one of my favourite things - fish 'n' chips at the beach (it's the best way to have them I think). The layout is very simple, partly because I don't like my photos to be overwhelmed by the embellishments and partly because I wanted to stick with using only the items supplied (plus stamps). I really enjoyed working on the design team as you are challenged to work predominantly with the pieces in the kit and it stretches your abilities. I put myself in the place of the kit subscribers and thought that if I was purchasing the kits every month I would want the designers to stick with the product supplied and not use additional items, so as a design team member I kept that in mind.

Once I have finally figured out how to manage the beast that is my blog I will upload some more examples.

Monday, March 22, 2010

My ESPN must be working

Isn't it funny how the universe works? I ended up creating a blog yesterday and today I have the opportunity to link to it. I submitted a layout to Creating Keepsakes magazine on Friday and today I received an email letting me know that they are going to post my layout in this weeks Blog - I am ecstatic! I was also asked if I would like them to add a link to my own blog or website - why, yes please do! Lucky I created one; my Dad would probibly claim he was right, if he didn't tell me I should write I would never have created a blog.

Maybe I should post my "Life List" or my list of magazines I want to be published in and see what the universe does...

BTW - the ESPN reference is intended to be funny (not a typo!). I'm obviously not a good comedienne if I have to explain when I'm trying to be funny.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

What have i signed myself up for?

My father has always said that I should write a book. He thinks it would be amusing, witty and well written - but he's my dad and he's supposed to think that. I'm not really sure the rest of the world will agree with him but I have signed up for a blog anyway.

I set myself a personal goal of setting up a blog as a way to connect with family/friends overseas and showcase my marvelous creations (ok, maybe only Dad and the rest of the family/friends call them marvellous). Now that I have signed up I realise that I now have an empty canvas to fill - no pressure! I guess I need to update it regularly so now the panic sets in - is my life really that interesting? Probibly not, but if my Dad is correct (he usually is but please don't tell him I said that) I possess the most amazing ability to make even the most mundane of activities sound riveting. On that note, watch this space for a wonderful rendition of the last time I cut my toenails (circa 1997) - Just kidding!

Well, now that I have ticked off one more goal off my 'Life List' I guess I better go book a skydive as that is next on the list....

Watch this space