Thursday, October 30, 2008

I've had one of those moments.

Well, my best friend, back in Australia had a baby yesterday, and i could not be happier for her and her husband, they had a little boy and i just can't wait to meet him (have to wait till March :( )

Anyway after talking to her this morning, i started my daily routine and started to think. My mind started to run quite quickly, like it always does, i started thinking, she had an emergancy c section and i thought, oh who helped her out, who helped her make decisions, and the first people that came to my mind were her parents. But then i realised, no not her parents, she and her husband made all the decsions, we are adults now, married with kids of our own. We are the adults. And she just had a baby.   (insert shocked face here)

But hang on, it was just yesterday that we were playing in my backyard in the pool, or at her house on the canels, it was us celebrating our birthdays and having the most rememable birthday parties with fairy bread and ice cream in soft drinks, . Eating marinated chicken wings (yum!) and pumpkin soup. Its funny, whenever i have any of those things i think of her straight away. 

Reality check that was 18 years ago, 18 years .... where in earth does time go. 

Not sure why it took her to have a baby for it to dawn on me that we are all grown up now. I have 2 kids of my own and have been married 5 years, so it could of hit me in a number of life changing moments over the past 5 years. But no, it happened today. 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

More Layouts

Been a bit sick, have been for 2 weeks now and can't shift it. Its starting to get quite frustrating. Been to the Dr twice now and all he says its a virus, and it will pass. So my creativeness has had to be put to the side for a bit while i just try and keep up with daily life. If i wasnt doing this class at BPS - I dont think i would of scrapped at all (well except for Wednesday, worked a bit on my Week in your life project) 

So had some time to myself yesterday afternoon and i finished up week 3 and started on week 4!

Week 4 sketch 1
Love this paper - from a ScrapMuse kit think July 07 maybe. 

Real World Color Week 3
LOVE these colors together, and would never of thought of it myself. 

Week 3 sketch 2 - love this layout, so simple

Week 3 Sketch 1 - how cute my little boy :) Can't believe he will be 1 on friday

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Little about ME!

Something i found over at Emilie Ahern's Blog
Thought it would be nice to share a little about me!

I am: Kristin

I think: of everything that can go wrong

I know: that tomorrow will be another day

I want: a weekend to myself

I have: a cold

I dislike: very hot weather

I miss: my family and friends in Australia

I fear: that someone i love will get ill

I feel: rather exhusted but happy

I smell: nothing (due to cold ; ) )

I crave: white chocolate mousse with baileys

I cry: when things get too much

I usually: go to bed early

I search: for the good in everyone

I wonder: whether i will ever finish university

I regret: not having a career

I wish: that i can someday work for myself, have my own store

I love: my kids and my man, Rolf!

I care: for everyones problems (and that drives Rolf crazy!)

I always: put toothpast on Rolf's toothbrush if i go to bed before him

I am not: brave 

I remember: my birthday parties as a child, and want to recreate them for my kids

I believe: what comes around goes around

I sing: ALL THE TIME! 

I don't always: fold up the washing, and it piles and piles up

I argue: when things get too much for me

I write: more and more, each year a little more than the last

I win: 

I loose: my hair after i have been pregnant.

I don't understand: why people don't think before they act

I can usually be found: with a paper trimmer in hand!

I need: to finally organize my entire home again

I forget: to do the recycling when the kids are on holidays, and it piles up

I am happy: with life

Friday, October 17, 2008

My third layout for week 2 of my Design Your Life class. I really love this color combination, but not sure about the embellishments. I have just noticed though that i have not scrapped any photos of my little boy in awhile so for the next assignment must do a LO on him. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Life. Right now.

So i thought that i should get a least 1 project done this week and here it is - my finished mini mini album - I love the size, so cute. I took the photos i had been taking from my week in a life project and put 12 in here - they were perfect! I am unsure if it is 100% finished yet - would of liked to put some flowers on it, but couldnt find the perfect color. So we shall see if something catches my eye when scrapping tonight. 

So here is a little peek

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What a great surpise!

When my husband came in with the mail this morning, to my surprise there was an unfamilar letter on top. When i opened it, it was from one of my fav blogs, scrapbookers - Emilie Ahern.
So i got a great mini album so i can participate in that great challenge Stacy Julien put out in the big world of blogs on October 1st.

I have got all the photos printed and ready to go in, just got to wait for the kids to go to bed tonight to get a start on it! 

Next on my task for today was to orgaize some of my bookmarks. There was way too many sites under blogs so i divided them up (and purged through them at the same time for ones i dont read anymore) and now i think they are in more managable groups. Not 100% happy yet but it is for sure a start. 

Monday, October 13, 2008

My scrap space

Very exciting news! My new furniture has arrived for my scrap space. Not sure when i  will get to figuring out where everything will go as the piece my husband bought is much bigger than i imagined. So it is going to take some moving around to figure out the perfect set up. As you can maybe see, i share a room with my kids toys, the idea is that i can scrap while they play. Not sure if this will always be this way as there is another opition of moving my exercise things into the playroom and my scrap space into our bedroom. We will just have to see what happens!

 So while i am doing this, take a look at my before picture. You can see how much in need i am for better storage!

So all of you out there in Blog World - what is your top tip for organizing a scrap space? 

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Week 2

So it is already week 2 in my class Design your Life with Cathy Zielske at Big Picture Scrapbooking and this week was a littler harder for me. We are talking about asymmetery and here is the first assignment 

It really did take me a good while to figure this one out - it was more combining the colors that i had trouble with. I love how it turned out, nice and simple. Didn't have any embellishments that would of really suited it so I am leaving it plain for now. Next time i do an order i might order something to go with it. Thats the problem though not having an actual store to go in to. 

Friday, October 10, 2008

Check this out

How cool is this! From my little experience over at  i highly recommend her Up&Running class and i am sure this free (did you see that, free - got to love a freebie) class wont dissappoint. 

Boy these last 3 months of the year are getting rather busy

I had some friends over this morning and decided to get up early and make some pumpkin muffins. Been making these now for a bit and they are a huge hit with everyone who eats them. The recipe is from Becky Higgins Blog

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (but i put in 1 tsp cause it is a fav spice of mine)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup ground pumpkin (canned)
1/2 cup cooking oil (i use sunflower oil)
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Mix together. Fill muffin cups and bake for 20-25 mins at 350 F (round 170-180 C)

I am going to next time try and make my own ground pumpkin seeing as pumpkins are in season, found this recipe for it. 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

some more layouts

Here are two more layouts from my design your life class. The first one is from a section called Real World Color and the second was for our second assignment. I am really enjoying myself. Couldnt wait to look this morning and see if the second weeks work was posted already. It was and its all ready printed ready for some reading once the kids, well Dylan, is napping. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Birthday Invite

I just made one of Dylan's Birthday invites. 
This is for his Swiss Family Brunch he will get to have a week after his birthday (everyone is too busy around his birthday with other engagements.)

I am really quite happy with how it turned out. Now i just have to print it out!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

How exciting!!!!

Well I am so happy to say that i got two lovely people who emailed me about swapping. 
Just wanted to say how excited I am!!!!
And Can't wait for all the swapping to begin.

Off out tonight with the girls. Have had a crazy day and havent had the chance to even look at anything scrap related. Though tomorrow is anothe day and will try and finish off assignment 1.

I did though list to a great programme from the Organizing Playground. Love their Podcast - check them out they are really fantastic and have great ideas. I listened today all about filing it has got me motivated to change my filing system. But i should start on the entry way first i think. 

Monday, October 6, 2008

Another digital layout

Just finished a bonus LO in my Up&Running with Photoshop class with Jessica Sprague.

I think it is going to become addictive!


I have just been reading all about the world of swapping on this fantastic Blog (and even if you arent into swapping then still go check it out) that i have recently started to read. How fun would it be to get a package in the mail from someone you have never met, filled with goodies you love. I love to get mail so would really love get involved some how. 

So if anyone wants to start swapping with me then let me know! What do i have to offer, well anything from Switzerland to start with, i have some magazines, Real Simple, Oprah. What would I love to receive? All things creative, especially scrapbooking supplies. Especially things i can't find here (which is quite a lot)

Email me  

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Well it is over ....

I did it! I finished the Ali Edward's Challenge, A Week in the life of me - well us, our family. I was unsure if i would make it all the way to the end or get enough photos, but i for sure did. I took a grand total of 653 photos this week, i know 653! At my first look i got it down to 425 but there was no way all of them could fit into one album. So i did a final cut and ordered 181 photos. On average i will have 20 photos a day to scrap, some days (like today) there will be more. 

So here are some of my weekend photos

A surprise brought home by Rolf from England
What a sunset after a very cold day
Dylan's first pair of shoes
Dylan loving the swing
And a big happy 7th birthday to my nephew Ronny!!!!

So the fun now begins. I am for sure going to keep it simple, as I really do not want to take away from the photos as they will be telling my story! Not sure how much journalling i will write, i think that will be a see as i go along thing. 

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ok i couldn't help myself!

I really could not help myself and have gone and practised my new founds skills in PE 6. 

The sketch is from our first assignment in Design Your Life with Cathy Zielske. I used paper and ribbon that i downloaded one day from Jessica Sprague. 

So i installed ....

Photoshop Elements 6 on my Mac today!!!
Tried to teach myself a little and i so failed so signed up straight away for Jessica Sprague's Up&Running with Photoshop Class and boy am I glad i did. I have just finished the first lesson and this is what i produced!

I know it is nothing special, but i am so proud that i did it all by myself.  So much more to learn though, and i cannot wait. Love that you can jump in at anytime and totally take it at your own pace. And the best, there is no time limit. 

Almost there

The week in the life of me has only 2 days left. I am finding it harder as the week goes on to take as many photos. If it wasnt for going out last night with my Aussie friends i don't think  i would have taken many good photos yesterday at all. Not that the photos from last night turned out at all - i hate using the flash, but my photos are so grainy when there is low light. I really need to sit down and learn to use my camera. OR  need to get someone in to teach me all about it. 

So here are some impressions (from Wednesday till Friday)
Breakfast! Vegemite on toast
Thursday morning view from our place

And Friday there is snow

Zeitturm in Zug

Kirstin, myself and Alexandra at dinner

I have also started working on my Design your Life class. Have finished off my pre work and here it is. 

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

IT'S THE 2ND!!!!!

Have been waiting for this day for a couple of months now. Have signed up for Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I have now just downloaded the first weeks material and about to watch the slideshow - so excited to finally begin. Lets hope i learn some things and have that Aha Moment i am searching for!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Day 3

It is now day 3 in Ali's week in your life challenge  and so far i have a folder with almost 300 photos in it. Its going to be a fun task deciding which ones go in to the album.
Here are some of the highlights from today

Breakfast with friends
First leaves fall

Tunes in the car
Stopped at a construction site on the way home
Photo for my pre class work for Design Your Life Class

I am really looking forward to tomorrow as a class i am taking, Design Your Life with Cathy Zielske, is starting. Been finishing up my pre work tonight and printing our photos for the first two assignments. Really excited!

Another challenge I will be taking up is Give yourself a Present, over at Stacy Julien's Blog. Was going to take photos specifally for this challenge, but i think i will find what i am looking for in Ali's challenge this week. So a lot of sifting through photos over the weekend!

Happy October!

Check this out

Was checking out Emilie Ahern's blog and read about this new company Called Handbag Planet
They are giving away a handbag an hour for their opening on October 15th! All you have to do is visit their homepage, register your email and choose the bag you would love to win!
This is the one i choose. 
Zoom In
So cute! and so me!!!

So go and check it out!