Friday, August 26, 2011

Finishing the unfinished...

Quite often I will start a LO and not be able to complete it because of time constraints or because it needs some finishing touches that I just can't put my finger on... here are two of THOSE pages! The first I started a few months ago and finally took it to a scrap day at Sar's last week to finish it off.... and I am happy with the end result: "Twins separated by 3 years" - My boys Jared and Mason looking very similar in matching Thomas the tank engine shirts.

The next I started when my friend Kindra and I were scrapping together one night... at our "scrap" nights, more gossiping than scrapping usually gets done LOL... this LO was also completed on said scrap day at Sar's and is a Savvy sketch that was never entered!

"You and me - so happy together": Well, I like to think that's what it's like most of the time... lol

Until next time ;)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stuck?! Sketches blog hop

If you have arrived here because you are hopping along with the Stuck?! Sketches blog hop, welcome! One lucky winner from those hopping will receive a We’re Savvy kit from Scrapbook Savvy! Who wouldn’t want to win this gorgeous kit?

For your chance to win, leave a comment and collect the words from each blog on the hop. The words are just a list, they do not form a sentence, so no being tricky and skipping any of the blogs. Once you have finished, email the list of words to along with your name and location by midnight Sunday August 28th.

If you've just discovered the hop, you can get started HERE.

And, here is the full list just in case you get lost...






Linda <<< you are here






So, your next stop on the hop is Melinda

Don't forget to write down your word, before you go – CELEBRATE

Friday, August 19, 2011

Marathon journey - 4 weeks to go!

It has been a hard but enjoyable journey leading up to the Blackmores Marathon in September. My training started in February this year and needless to say there have been some ups and downs. I have managed to accomplish a few goals, learn more about training techniques and my own limits, make some great friends as well as endure a couple of bouts of sickness along the way.

As part of my marathon adventure, I am raising money for the McGrath Foundation. I did this last year when I ran the Blackmores half marathon and raised over $1300. I chose this charity because of it's link to the great Kerryn McCann, a brilliant runner whom I have admired for many years. I hope to raise more money this year and just wanted to remind everyone that it's not just the 42.2km I will be running on the day that I will be doing for this cause, but all the training leading up to the event....

I was lucky enough to receive a garmin GPS watch for my birthday from Anthony back in May and I have been keeping track of my mileage since then. On average, I run between 45 to 70 km per week.

In May, Nella and I ran the SMH Half Marathon in a time of 1:46:10. Our aim was 1:45:00 - so close but we were still thrilled with the result. On Sunday, I ran the City2Surf in a PB of 68:22mins. Very stoked. My aim was under 70mins and my time was 5 minutes faster than I ran last year! Our aim for the marathon is simply to complete it and I am quietly confident we can achieve this.

I am also so happy that my marathon journey has inspired my friends to run as well. I don't know how, but I managed to encourage my besties Sarah, Alicia and Helen to run the city to surf!! I am so proud of them for completing the difficult 14km course. Here are Alicia, me and Sarah after the run:

So, with just over 4 weeks to go, I am feeling prepared but nervous at the same time. So glad to have had some great running partners to train with - Nella, Bridget, Janet, Helen.... thanks girls. I also would not have been able to do this without the support of my husband, Anthony. Having two kids under 5 always makes time for training a struggle, but we have managed somehow! Thanks babe x

Oh and if you would like to sponsor me by donating to the McGrath Foundation, click here!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Not much scrapbooking has been accomplished by me this month... but I had my besties Sar and Leesh over for a bit of crafty-girlie time last week and managed to create two off-the-page projects for a "pay it forward" challenge on facebook. Thought I would turn a girls weekend away in Sydney into something to remember for a few of my high school besties :)

Both of these girls are such awesome friends of mine... this first one is for Lisa. I love this range, I took from one of my scrapbook savvy kits:

This one is for Helen. I thought better than to use pink for Helen!!

I still have one more OTP project to complete for Nicole who lives in South Australia and couldn't come out to dinner with us.... it's coming soon, Nic - I promise!

Check back later in the month to see. Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More Birthday Stuck?! Sketches

The August 15th sketch is up over at the Stuck?! Sketches blog. This one is by the creative Karen Wilson:

and here is my take of me with my beautiful friend Janet:

Check out what the rest of the CT have created over at the blog.... oh and I am very excited to be back on the Stuck CT for another term!! Yay!

Bye for now :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It's birthday month over at Stuck Sketches...

and there will be not 2 but 4 sketches this month to get your creative juices flowing. Double the inspiration!

Here is the first bonus sketch:

and my take:

So, head on over to the Stuck Sketches blog and check it out. There is loads of fun to be had :)