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A fun work celebration at the end of a Strategic Planning weekend took the form of a murder mystery “whodunnit”. We were each given specific characters to play and a brief on how to dress up.


Lettering is thickers ‘pajamas’ (lovely felted lettering), and other
elements came in a kit I purchased.

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I used eyelets to help form part of the frame and typed my journaling onto white cardstock. To soften the stark white of the cardstock, I used an old shaving brush and a sepia inkpad.

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Other embellishments included felt flowers and buttons, lace and embroidery thread, a cute wee feather, and a flower that came in the pack.

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This was from another SENZ  class so I cannot take credit for the design. I believe the class was by Rachel Tucker (RT Scraps).

This page is the three men in my life! Husband, son and son-in-law.


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Freedom Comes on 2 Wheels

Touring bikes were a big part of our life for a few years as we
travelled all around NZ on them. This was the last bike Dave owned and loved.


With the “Wheels” lettering I chose a font I liked and, using Word on my computer, printed the individual letters (reversed) onto the back of scrapbook paper and cut them out. I then stuck them onto dark green cardstock and cut them out again.

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I used little strips of paper to create a frame corner around Tim Holtz epoxy sticker “journey”. Below that is a transparent tag overlay from Autumn Leaves (I think! It’s hard to read the name).

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My Favourite Things

This double spread is a favourite of mine. It was produced during a SENZ class with Kerrin Quall, who never fails to inspire and amaze me.

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The little cardstock stickers along the bottom were from Imagination Project. Some of the headings were already written on, but some I wrote myself. The black scallops are felt and I used embroidery
cotton to hand stitch around them. There is a black background
paper with white circles peeping through the cracks between the photos.

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Those pink blobs on the felt heart (above) and above the black ric rac (below) are french knots using embroidery thread. People who didn’t want to bother making french knots across the bottom of the page made pen marks (dots) instead. Much easier! But I’m happy I chose the hard way as I prefer the 3-D finished effect. 🙂

The white spots were made with my favourite white gel pen. Added a bit of bling and voila! Finished!

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You can probably guess by the “I Love …” section, I did this page in the winter. I do like to be warm. And I can’t imagine how I missed “coffee” off that page! (It does say “Cafés” – perhaps that covers it.)

Here is a link to some of Kerrin Quall’s scrapbooking – just beautiful.

Gus, Lucy and Clay


Our special boy, Gus, who left us with many great memories.
Scrolls are part of the design on the paper I used. Title lettering is thickers (Dolce) and I used a Dymo label maker to write the other words. Chipboard shapes are from Creative Imaginations.

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Machine stitching can be done on each strip and then they can be attached to the page. This time I stitched them directly onto the page.

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Lucy and Clay
This was another ‘simple’ page – part of a challenge where we were given certain elements (ribbon, paper and domes) and could add only a limited number of other embellishments. The circles I cut out of the paper given to me and used a white gel pen for dots and writing … love that pen! I used sandpaper to shabby up the edges of the photo.

Lucy & Clay

Lucy (baby Standard Schnauzer) loved to sit on or as near as possible to Clay, another beautiful Boxer who blessed our lives with a few years of his presence. Lucy is now nine!

It’s a Girl! … and two other pages

it's a girl

This was quite a simple page, using papers, lace, ribbons, rub-ons and a flower punch.

I chose to use a black and white photo as the papers are so beautiful and busy (Heidi Grace, ‘A Little Bird’s Tale’), and I didn’t want the photo to get lost.

Rub-ons are Wholly Cow (black scroll) and Studio Basics 101 (“it’s a girl”).

As she grows …


Another black and white print, and another beautiful paper (darkroom door ‘music collection’) that I felt needed no embellishments.
Some papers you just fall in love with – it seems a crime to cover them up. Then I remember it’s meant to be about the photo!

Another year on …


Old lace, white punched paper, chipboard shapes from Creative Imaginations, and gold brads.


It’s been a while since my last post (stating the obvious), but September through December is a really busy time for me and I don’t get a lot of opportunity to play.

This is a scrapbook page I did a wee while ago – preserving memories. Often I don’t get time to scrap at the same time the photo is taken, so I just make relevant notes and put the photo away until I have time. I always have a good supply for my scrapbooking!


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Here you can see I used ribbons – the yellow one down the side and the red one threaded through slots I punched into the white card.
Lettering used: thickers ‘poolside’.

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The red striped ribbon I placed across the corner of the photo and the “Original” stamp is from Rubbadubbadoo. I stamped the image onto card, embossed it, cut it out, shaded the edges and glued it on here.

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Fabric flowers with buttons, and sticky embellishments by
Mod Design.


Tribute to my Dad

To get photos of my Dad, you had to catch him when he wasn’t looking.  Otherwise, he would hide as he has done in one of these photos – behind a hat. But I took the photo anyway!



Even though the number of photos I have is few, I have lots of memories. Dad farmed for all of his life; he loved rugby and his family.

Another keepsake I have is this letter he wrote to me, in red pen on a torn out piece of paper from an exercise book, over 40 years ago. The only letter he ever wrote. Ever. I felt very special.






This photo of our daughter Tania is over 30 years old now. When I compare it to photos of her daughter Elliotte, taken at a similar age, they are so alike! If it wasn’t for one having auburn hair and the other blonde, they could almost pass for the same little girl. Check out my previous post, “Bookworm”, and compare mother and daughter.

I made the dress Tania is wearing, and the photo was taken by a professional. She was about two years old at the time. This photo is so precious. I’m happy I’ve finally created a page to display it and it’s now protected in an album.



There never seems to be enough time to do all the activities I’d like to do – hence some things get put aside. One of those activities to be relegated to the ‘one day’ list, over the past few years, has been scrapbooking. Consequently I have a number of pages that are crying out to be created and these two are the start of my foray back into this much-loved activity.

I love that scrapbooking is permanent, that it’s about preserving memories and that if I want to, I get to share my thoughts and stories about the photos.

These two photos were taken at Christmas a few years ago – Elliotte is now six! She was then – and still is – a bookworm. When she came across a bunch of books in the top of her Christmas stocking sack, she was happy to sit and flick through the pages rather than explore further and see what other goodies might be in there.

One of the gifts we gave her was a little pushchair. She loved it. Her dollies were firmly squished in there and she was off – as fast as she could possibly walk – in and out of the house at full speed. If I was going to take a photo, it would definitely need to be an action shot.

After a few attempts, and results that were less than satisfactory, I asked her to “please stop” so I could take a photo.

In true Elliotte style, she paused, tilted her head, smiled, then was off again. All in the space of about two seconds. Fortunately I’d managed to capture the moment in time.

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