26 February 2012

Scrap Room Progress

Hi all

So many of you may know one of my new year resolutions was to get my scrapbook organised.. well my whole house actually. Its been slow going with all that's happened lately but it's coming along nicely.

For my birthday my parents got me an expedit shelf unit from Ikea which has formed a large part of my reorganisation. I love it but geez it was painful to put together. I kind of want one in every room now haha



So as you can see, still a long way to go but that is so much better than it was... trust me. I know many of you will still probably cringe at the site but I'm loving a big clear space on the floor where I never used to be able to walk. So a lot of it is now shoved under the desk or on the other side of the room but I'm getting there.

There is another room in the house that's getting a big bit of a make over. It was a spare bedroom/music instrument storage room... but it will one day hopefully have the special purpose of a baby nursary. Despite our recent loss, I am staying on track with the revamp of this room which is now a fair bit emptier than it was in these pictures:

The bed was sold, the instruments are in another room and the clothes pile has mostly been put away finally lol So now there are some baby items starting to fill the room instead.

So all is going slowly but forwards in my declutter process. More updates to come once I get on top of it all again.

And yes, I'll have some scrappy shares soon. Time to go do some scrapping


20 February 2012

Tranquility Kit - Wicked Princesses

Hi all
A quick post to share my kit creations with the latest Wicked Princesses kit sent to me by Krissy... the Tranquility kit. Its huge and plenty left over to make even more. Sorry the photos are so poor... bad lighting on the day and I didn't realise how bad they were until I uploaded them onto the WP forum. Check out the kits over at www.wickedprincesses.com.au

14 February 2012

Hoping For Better Days

Hello everyone,

Well 2012 got off to exactly the start I'd hoped for. Early in the new year we found out we were expecting. Things could not be more perfect and exciting in our household, imagining life with a new addition.

Unfortunately things took a turn for the worse after 7 hours in the emergency department at hospital on Saturday and today has been our final confirmation that we lost our baby and have in fact already miscarried. This news was not unexpected with many days of physical pain and other symptoms. However seeing that empty space on the ultrasound was still heartbreaking.

At first I was tempted to run scared from the situation and not really want to try again for a while, but my strong desire to be a mother has helped us move past those fears and we are hoping to try again quickly and hopefully have a successful, healthy pregnancy soon. Of course it will be scary next time, worrying that the same thing will happen but we've just got to hope our bad luck is behind us.

So not exactly a happy, romantic valentines day for us. It isn't exactly a major celebration for my husband and I anyway, as it is my birthday in 2 days. Yep, 29 this week. Another occasion I don't really wish to celebrate right now however we will spend it with immediate family at dinner on Thursday night.

What has been amazing is the support from family, friends and everyone really. Even the many people who have no idea what we have been going through have been full of kind words and support. Some  may have guessed what happened, but others simply offer words of condolence without needing to know why. We are blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives!

Now is the time when we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and focus on those better days ahead and hope for that day when we get to hold a precious little person in our arms...


12 February 2012

Scrapbook Awards First Prize

OMG... just got home to a rather unexpected and exciting email.

Hi Holly,
Your entry has been awarded first prize in your category by our panel of expert judges. We will contact you shortly with details of your fantastic prize.
As a category winner, your entry is now in the running to win you the prestigious title of International Scrapbooker of the Year. Your design will be judged against the category winners of future competitions to determine our winner.
From all of us here at The Scrapbook Awards we'd like to offer you our congratulations and wish you good luck in becoming the International Scrapbooker of the Year!
You can now log into your membership page and download your "Winners" Badge to use on your original LO.
Best wishes
The Scrapbook Awards Team

As you can imagine I'm in a little bit of shock as I completely forgot I entered the compeition and never expected to do so well. You can visit the awards here.

And here is my entry:

09 February 2012

Photography Class and Layouts to Share

Hey there,

Been forever since I blogged. Unfortunately its been a pretty stressful time for me and continues to be that way at the moment. I am hoping for a positive outcome to my situation, but am unsure at this stage. However, I did have a bit of fun today doing a photography course with my dad.

We both have SLR cameras and are a bit new to the whole process so I got a cheap lesson for each of us for him as a christmas present. I knew he wouldn't go alone so I got to benefit too lol It was only a 3 hour beginner course and the main focus was on portrature using Apeture. We had to take photos of people in our small groups so some of my photos are of complete strangers lol But Here are a couple of my dad... but he really hates photos so the funny faces say it all!

 The landscapes did not look quite as hoped. This one isn't so bad but I wasn't too impressed with most of the landscape ones I took so I'm not sure what I was doing wrong as I had the settings I was told to use lol
 Bad time of day for good photos maybe. It was about 12:30.
 Here is one of me that dad took with his camera.
And now some new layout shares using the lovely D-lish products
 Materials: Kaiser papers & die cuts; Wow chipboard; twidleybitz chipboard; vintage lace; d-lish scraps flowers, doily, pin, bottle cap, pearl dots.

 Materials: D-lish scraps doily, bottlecap, journal spot, washi tape, bingo card; safarass lass alphas

Have a great week everyone xo

03 February 2012

Want Some Challenge Inspiration?

Hey everyone,
Been a bit of a crazy time for me the past couple of weeks with some pretty major things going on so sorry for the big delay between posts.

Don't you just love the start of a new month when all the blog challenges are released. I know I do! So here are a couple to inspire you that I hope you'll play along with.

A2Z Scraplets Feb Sketch Challenge:
My example:
 Materials: Bo Bunny paper; A2Z Scraplets title and frame; D-lish scraps embellishments (Flower, bottlecap, ticket); My2Angels doily.

Scrapbooking Haven:
My example of sketch 2:
 Materials: Basic grey papers; Basic grey ribbon; Basic grey alphas; Prima flowers; Jillibean soup kraft alphas.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Holly x