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My overseas holiday in 2010 included lots of places and lots of stories, so when I put together the scrapbook I felt like I needed dividers to break it up. This is the divider to start the Edinburgh section (the first place I ventured).

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I created all the layouts for Edinburgh and was left with some postcards that hadn’t fitted anywhere. This was the perfect way to use them as they are ‘big picture’ postcards with views of the city. The layouts were focused on smaller stories, so it’s no wonder these didn’t fit in.

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It was an excellent opportunity to use one of my favourite sheets of paper. One of those papers I’ve been hoarding because I love it, but have absolutely no idea how to use it. I added a chipboard title that I coloured with ink. It’s coated with Dimensional Magic to get that shiny effect and make it stand out from the background. Add some rub-ons, cloud stickers and a doily from my stash and its complete.

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I love this photo, but it could never figure out quite how to put it on a layout. The photo’s from 2009, that’s how long I’ve been putting it off. A scrapbooking weekend away allowed me the time to really think about how to scrap it. The flower was one from my garden, and I’m definitely not a gardener – it was growing a little wild, to say the least, so this quote suits very well. Having just the one photo on the page allowed me to include a longer quote, which never seems to work quite as well when there are multiple photos or if I’m using pocket pages. The quote reads ‘the flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all’.

20131212-194824.jpg The wooden feather, leaf embellishment, LOVE paperclip and envelope/heart brad are all from the Freckled Fawn embellishment kit. I combined these with Amy Tangerine white thickers, tiny letter stickers, a chipboard circular design, a Kaisercraft pearl swirl, washi tape and triangular jewelry pieces (repurposed as scrapbook embellishments).

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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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This year I’m doing Stacey Julian’s Inspired Scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes and the theme for January is seasons.

My favourite season is Winter, lots of cosy moments without a lot of being hot and sweaty.

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The journalling reads:

I grew up in a household that didn’t use electric blankets, so I’ve never thought about getting one for my own place.

I love climbing into bed in winter, all warm and the sheets are cool and crisp. I tend to run hot, so the bed warms up quickly, no electricity required. Such a cosy feeling.

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Back in 2009 my Dad’s 60th birthday was approaching and I wanted to do something special to mark the milestone. There were so many ‘famous’ stories in my family about the fantastic times he had with all types of friends – school, work, family, card nights, football and the rest – that I thought it would be fabulous to get them all together.

I enlisted the help of Mum to surreptitiously get the contact details of all the friends and invited them to my place (with a warning for secrecy of course!). Mum and I hatched a plan that she would tell him we were going out for a special birthday dinner and picking me up on the way (and she dropped some hints about seeing my brother so Dad would think that was the surprise).

When they got to my house I didn’t come out when they beeped the horn, so of course they had to come in to get me. Dad got all the way to the front door without realising something was up. I love the photo under the word ‘surprise’ – that’s the moment he cracked up laughing just inside my front door with Mum reveling in the ‘we got you!’ moment!

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All around the walls of my living room Mum and I had created displays of photos from Dad’s life, so as a follow up to the party I created a scrapbook with the 60 year span of photos followed by the photos from the party and the 60th birthday cards – I gave this scrapbook to Dad for his 61st birthday (that’s how long it took me to create the whole thing!). This layout is an overview of the night for my 2009 scrapbook as I can always look at the birthday scrapbook for more shots.

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It’s also my first foray into using sequins on a scrapbook layout… now I’m hooked.


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