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Very happy with my most recent Christmas card effort.

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After a few hours of designing and planning I had precut all the pieces, ready for assembly. I created a little production line at a Scrapbook Cottage (my local scrapbook shop) crop night. Overall it took me about 8 hours to make approximately 50 cards, not a bad effort if I do say so myself.

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The card was inspired by the Teresa Collins Tinsel & Company collection. By the time I got around to making cards most of the line was sold out in my area, but I did manage to get the background paper for the cards. I had a moment of inspiration when I saw the burlap ribbon in Bed, Bath and Table on sale and using three contrasting papers with the ornament punch from Stampin Up completed the look.

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It’s time again to finish the year in photos. Here’s a snapshot of my favourite photos and the ones that sum up what my year’s been about. This is a long post, but lots of photos and nothing too onerous to get bogged down in.

The photos I have used are wonderful in my eyes, but there are a lot of other photos with friends and family that should have made it into this post to really sum up my year. But as I don’t use people’s photos on the blog, unless they give their permission, they haven’t been included here. But there are a few of me sprinkled in there so it doesn’t look like my year is all about plants and food!

This first group of shots is from a week in January when I visited Taronga Zoo, the NSW Art Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. I really loved being a tourist in my own city.

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A huge part of my year was being a full-time student again for my Masters course. I did a great variety of coursework and spent a lot of time on campus.

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My schedule was really unpredictable and I was often working late at the library. I ate out a lot, and as I love my food I definitely needed to include some food shots in this post. Looking over the final collection of photos, I was really surprised that there weren’t more food photos.

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Throughout the year I took short breaks from working, studying and caring for my plants to do some macro nature photography. First this was just with my iPhone, but later in the year I acquired an OlloClip, so that became my new favourite photography tool (used with my iPhone). I just love it so much, so convenient and such a cheap set of lenses.

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In October I spent 6 nights in Hawaii on the way to Las Vegas for my brother’s wedding. Even though I completed three assignments while in America it was still relaxing and I had a blast at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and shopping at the outlet malls in Vegas and at my brother’s wedding.

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One of the iPhone photography features I use a lot when I travel is the panorama setting. It really lets me capture the feeling of a place and lets me remember there was more than just one viewfinder’s worth of stuff to see. These are my favourite panoramas from my America trip (from top to bottom: the view of the Vegas lights from the wedding venue; the shopping and restaurant area in the Hilton Hawaiian Village; the palm trees along the Waikiki beachfront; and the lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas).

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The second half of the year was when I really narrowed down what the focus of my Masters project is going to be. I’m looking at the extrafloral nectar (nectar outside the flowers) of Australian native wild cotton plants. I’ve been growing the plants in the campus greenhouses for about 6 months and these are some of the photos I’ve captured over that time. I still find it fascinating that there is so much nectar just dripping out of the leaves that ants can drink it and I can collect it to analyse.

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And to wrap up the year, Christmas photos from my time visiting friends in the Blue Mountains. Lots of laughs and so many beautiful Christmas decorations over our time together on Christmas and Boxing Day.

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Happy new year! Wishing you lots of love and laughter in 2015.

I’ve changed to 8.5 x 11 pocket pages scrapping for my 2014 album, with a few full page layouts thrown in when I feel the urge. My studies have kept me occupied for most of the year, so now I’m catching up on my 2014 layouts over the Christmas/New Years holidays.

Taste of Sydney is a restaurant and food showcase that happens every year in Centennial Park, just outside the centre of Sydney. This year I went with my best friend and we ate ourselves silly! It was so much fun. This layout showcases the dishes we ate and I copied the names of the dishes over from the menu booklet.

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I’m trying out a new style of pocket page scrapping, with the photos smaller than the pockets and making ‘mini layouts’ in each pocket. I quite like the look, but it does take a long time to complete a layout.

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I used two 8.5×11 We R Memory Keepers page protectors and two inserts: 6×8 Simple Stories page protector and a 4×12 Becky Higgins page protector (trimmed 1 inch off the top to fit in an 8.5×11 album).

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Amazing ads – some will make you laugh and some will make you cry.

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An image we love from one of our Ads Worth Spreading honorees. An image we love from one of our Ads Worth Spreading honorees.

Today’s viewing audiences are far too sophisticated for advertisements full of fake doctors, the word “sale” flashing on repeat, and tight clothing on attractive models. Today, we want ads to actually speak to us—to connect to our hopes and dreams, to flip our thinking in unexpected ways and to reflect the world we’d like to see around us. And we know that advertising can offer this because, every once in a while, we find ourselves cracking up or reaching for a tissue after watching a commercial that connects with us.

For four years running, TED has honored 10 commercials that operate on this higher level, offering up bold ideas, real emotions and inspiring visions. Each year, a panel of TED speakers, staff and advertising industry insiders select 10 Ads Worth Spreading, honoring innovation and smart thinking in advertising…

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The journalling reads:

As a teenager I wanted to maximize my sleeping time, but also not be late for work and school so this ‘alarm clock’ was devised.

Each night before I went to bed I’d set the clock to the time I needed to be up, and then I’d sleep like a baby (or more accurately a teenager) knowing that if I overslept Mum would wake me at the necessary time.

This arrangement worked extremely well – apart from making sure I was up when I needed to be, this system allayed Mum’s worries about me not being up when I should be.

And on a weekend it kind of acted like a peace-keeper: I could stay in bed as long as I wanted, but [there was tacit agreement that] normal house noises could commence after the time on my clock.

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