Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Secret is out

A few weeks have passed since I last blogged 
& busy weeks they have been 
I am in the process of: revamping & clearing out my scrappy place to make it user friendly again
2. Our minor damage in the hail storm turned out to be major .. we are getting a new roof !!!
plus the ceiling in the front bedroom is being repainted ..
3. resting 
4. deciding my artistic direction 
 the secret .. 
I am delighted to be staying on at Meg's Garden 
I thank Meg for her absolute encouragement & support
you are such a blessing Meg
Life can be topsy turvy & 
as long as I can withstand the tops & the turvs I'll be fantastic 
first thing to create family wise is my elder sons 
'this is your life'
I started for his 40th & now 12years later I'll finish it LOL!!!!
I  completed an inspiration journal for MEGS GARDEN before Christmas
& my next post will be the details 
Thanks for calling by 
Happy Scrapping 
Hugz Annette

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Hello friends
as the year of 2014 comes to a close & 
the dawn of 2015 is upon us I felt it was time to reflect 
& make decisions ..
upon reflection 
Artistically I have had an amazing journey, 
being part of design teams headed by incredible women,
 My fellow team members were/are talented artists & sometimes I wondered 
how I managed to have the honour of working amid these wonderful ladies 
Please accept my humble thank you for your support & encouragement. 
It has been such a delight to work & learn from you all 
& I have enjoyed every part of the ride.
Even deadlines ... Yep!!!! 
 those deadlines when you tell yourself 
'I work better under pressure' 
LOL !!!
However the time has come to step back & take a rest from deadlines & challenges
This was the hardest decision to make;
because I loved it
 now it's made I know it's a good decision for me 
I hadn't lost my MOJO .. I lost my way ... 
Another part of my decision came about as I really need to do family albums
so there is a heritage for my children & grandchildren
must do it before I forget ... HAHAHAHA !!!!
There is however one little secret I cannot reveal !!!!!  shhhhhhhh !!!!
Personally it has been a year of highs & lows ... 
 my 70th birthday,trip to Sydney, breaking my ankle, hubby in hospital (twice),
my first overseas holiday (Fiji),the charity work throughout the year, a massive hailstorm
 (fortunately only minor damage) very scary
a beautiful Christmas with family& friends
 I wish you all a very Happy 2015 
lots of Happy Scrapping 
Hugz Annette

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MEMORIES ... journal

Hello all,
Today I’m sharing the journal I created with the‘Sherlock Book Kit’ designed by Watson
(Kerry-Jean) that is !!!!

this is available in printed or digital version 
click HERE  to view the video release.

Firstly some directions to form the basis for my journal:
I gathered various pieces of information on the net, have combined a mixture of plans & ideas 
so to all the journal makers who have gone before me
I cut the covers (21.5cm x 14cm) & back spine (21.5 x 5.5cm) using heavy cardboard,
 which I then covered in my chosen papers, wrapping the outer cover over the edges
& then gluing down the inside covers, leaving space between covers & back spine.  
Using empty cardboard centre roll from hand towel paper for the curved spine
I sliced through the centre longways, then glued evenly spaced pieces of string & covered,
to form ridges, when all dry sand & ink & paint inside if desired & set aside till later.
For each my pages cut 2x 21cm x 12cm, 12 pieces in total
fold up 2cm, glue top & bottom, pages now measure  19x 12 cm
cutting three strips of cardstock 1x18 x 9.5cm, 1x 18 x 7.5cm, 1 x 18 x 5.5cm
Score & fold each strip 2cm each long side, centre & glue them
wider to narrower with folds all facing up forming the hinges for the pages ...
Glue to spine... Now to build a journal ....
I built each double page separately then adhered onto a hinge leaving a pocket on outside
all pages have been distressed, inked & stamped 
tabbed insert in pocket
 PAGES 1 & 2 
unclip lock & lift envelope for journalling &/or photo
Tag pulls out of envelope pocket
 2 tags for more journaling or small photos, pocket to hold extra memorabilia 
pocket for post card tag, extra page attached to inside double pages to open for storytelling
brown paper bag a pocket for memorabilia
has a flap attached which when flipped open reveals another journalling page & a pocket with tags 

 PAGES 7 & 8
another small pocket with tag & journalling tab ..
Lift with the tag for more hidden stories/photos
  PAGE 10  
 pocket insert with tag etc..
to complete cover
Adhere curved spine cover onto front & back cover , cover join with raffia ribbon,
 Glue handle onto edge of front cover (brads are bent & glued)
attach picture hanger onto back cover,
attach brass corners to covers 

Book tied with plaited sting 
ta daaaa ... all done
I hope I have inspired you to try the Sherlock Book Kit
Visit Meg's Garden Store 
& check out the wonderful range of products available  
& call into the blog 
to see all the inspirational work from the design team 
you are sure to be inspired 
Happy Scrapping 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Scrap 365 sketch challenge

Hello friends
Today I'm sharing part 2 of the sketch challenge for November
This month's fantastic prize pack is from 
using 7 gypsies papers & embellishments 
Waiting at dockside ready to board the 

Painted the paper  & lightly highlighted the waves
with gesso, added gauze, lace doily & embroideries thread

  painted corrugated cardboard
much distressing, inked with pinecone (versamark)
Thankyou for visiting 
pop over to SCRAP 365 & check out the creations 
from the Design Team
You are sure to be inspired 
take up the challenge & link to share with us 
Happy Scrapping 
Hugz Annette 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


October is Breast Cancer month & 
true to form our wonderful leader Eve
 has chosen pink as our colours for that reason..
Thank You Eve 
Most of you know I am part of a Breast Cancer charity
& this time last year I dyed my hair pink to raise funds  ($300.00)
Be Uplifted is a small team of volunteers who raise money to assist  
the women or men who are on the journey 
with some of their out of pocket expenses
our Website is 
Face Book page 
Pop in  like us & say hello 
We also have an exciting announcement on BW2 
the new design team 
& what a fantastic team it is 
 6 amazingly talented ladies,Lynne, Julie, Janet, Karrie, Tania & Anne  
and 1 super talented man Romain, 
the returning team is:
Di, Cindy, Karen, Jenni, Anne, Ada, Annette( me)
& our wonderful leader Eve

the mood board 
my layout 
together for my niece Lauren's HAPPY birthday
Come on over & say meet the new team , check out the challenge,create & upload to share 
we would love to see what you can do
Wear pink occasionally to honour all the breast cancer journeyers 

Happy Scrapping 
Hugz Annette

Saturday, September 20, 2014

SCRAP 365 Sketch Challenge

Time again for the reveal of the monthly sketch on
based on artwork by Terhi  Koskinen
We have a fantastic prize for the winner of this challenge from 
 7 Gypsies sent us a fabulous selection for our winner 
they also sent a set to our design team. 
I received the fabulous 
I loved creating with the papers & embellishments 

features my grandson fishing in Cairns 
A collage showing the fussy cut coral, cut piece of woven stiffened jute,
inking, distressing & card embellies, metal life bouy & round metal tags.
pop on over to SCRAP365 & check out the amazing work from my fellow DT members 
 be inspired to create a layout using the sketch. 
Put a link back to the Scrap365 blog on your post  
link it up via the linky on the side bar :)

looking forward to seeing your designs
 thank you for calling by 
Hugz Annette 

Friday, September 12, 2014


Hello all 
Today I'm sharing my mini album I made for a gift 
I have had this box with concertina pages in my stash
for absolute ages ... 
one of those 'one day' projects!!!!
 the papers had been around for a while also 
yes I admit it ....  I'm a hoarder !!!
So keeping that in mind I hunted out other older stuff
to create this mini ... 
& gypsies book binding tape, scraps of net & ribbons tied on the rings
rub-ons (Daisy D), door knob & butterfly (Megs Garden)
red ribbon tied with a flat bow to highlight.
Inside cover & page one 
roses washi tape, punched butterfly (Martha Stewart) gingham ribbon
quote reads"
In love & in dreams there are not impossibilities"
pages two and three
papers (7 gypsies, creative imaginations) embellishment (creative imaginations)
music washi tape
pages four and five
narrow black tags trimmed with white rub-ons for writing notes? set in a pocket 
paper doiley, ribbon & epoxy flower
  pages six and seven
punched butterflies ( Martha Stewart), stamped diamonds, rub-on (unknown) 
LOVE epoxy (creative imaginations) doiley (Martha Stewart)
pages eight and nine 
more mini tags, washi tapes, paper doiley
back cover

It's good to go through our stash once in a while and use our hoarded product
I found 'stuff' I had forgotten I owned .. 
Thanks for visiting today 
cheers for now 
Hugz Annette