Monday, November 16, 2009

Prima Pick Reminder-Only One More Day!
What would we like you to do:
1. Post this Prima Pick photo or whole entry on your blog (or other online gallery/site) 2. AND then post your link right here in the comment section.
(You are welcome to make a project with our PICKS too! We would love to see the link to your project.)
We will randomly pick a winner TOMORROW from the links posted and send you a prize pack!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Scrap the Girls LO

Over @
CHALLENGE was to Scrapbook an interview style layout with a girl in your life (or yourself)...
I chose to do a LO of my dear friend & new bestie Lisa who I met a couple months ago...GUESS WHERE? A Local Scrapbook Store called Daisy Chains in Nambour!!!
She recently was named as one of the many talented Design Team over @ A2Z Scraplets

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Gorgeous Flowers

from Krissy over @

Go over and check them out her gorgeous handmade flowers...even better than Prima...& check out her other blog @ Have a great day!!! x Melissa

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Jean Junkie"

Over @ the challenge was to take inspiration from the above advertisement...I used the multiple portraits as well as including fashion in there as well...I LOVE JEANS!!! Just really haven't worn them since I have been in Australia... They are the Challenge site to Wicked Princesses
There you will find some great talent such as KirstyP(, Krissy( who sells homemade gorgeous flowers, & Kayla( who won the talented Prima teen contest and is giving some Prima goodies away...go over and check out these gals...
Products used:
Graphic 45 "Fashionista" & "Communique" papers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Ornate Plates, Love word key, trinket pins, snaps, spocket gear, keyholes, philosophy tags, hinge clips, clock hand/hand spinner) "i LURVE timmie"
Maya Road clock
Tim Holtz Love Adage Ticket
Tim Holtz Distress ink "old paper"
Basic Grey Chipboard Alphas
American Craft Thickers
Adorn it Carolee Creations "Tiny Black"
Prima flowers & Kaiser flowers
7 gypsies "General Intructions tag"

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Layout to Share...

Mostly Sassafrass, Thickers, & BasicGrey Pink Lemonade Chipboard, Shimmer misters on the { & the heart, w/ a few bits n pieces from my stash!!!
This is a picture of my new, awesomw friend Lisa that I met only a month ago{guess where? in Daisy Chain Scrapbooking Shop}...She is basically a clone of me from New Zealand...Love ya girl...xx Melissa

Monday, September 28, 2009

123 Challenge

My 1st LO in about a month...this was for the challenge over @ 123 Challenge...It was to use Book Paper, "Smile" & a non-scrappy product. I love using bits of book paper in my LOs (this is October Afternoons) I sewed for the 1st time in my life on this easy & thanks Lisa for teaching me how to sew...maybe one day I will be able to sew my own clothes...
xx Melissa

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Head over to Kristines blog for a chance to win some candy & be inspired with cards, photography & photoshop tutorials...
I have been FULL ON this past month and have not blogged at all...we moved again and I have been teaching a lot and trying to decorate and buy stuff for our new place...(and my scrap room) so I will be back...xx Melissa

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Making your own Tim Holtz Ranger MISTERS w/ Alcohol Inks!!!

2. Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks/Tim Holtz Distress Re-Inkers(only a couple drops...)
3. Ranger Perfect Pearls or some other imitation
4. Mini Mister (Tims or a $1.00 shop one)Tim YOU didn't hear me say that!!!(plus it is next to impossible to get your stuff in Australia...)
Heaps cheaper than all the other misters plus YOU make it as perfect pearly misty as u want it and as colored as you want!!! for 5% of the me I know!!!

I just did these in 2 minutes but the lighting doesn't do the picture justice...double click to see a better picture

Layout for White w/1

I have been trying to do a bit of vintage/shabby lately...Do you see the new Tim Holtz Ornate Book Plate I just picked up today!!! So hard to get Tim Holtz stuff here in Australia... I LOVE YOU TIMMIE!!! Think from now on Scrapbook 911 from the US can ship me everything I need...If you want Tim's Stuff, I can order extra...This was for the White with 1 Challenge(White/Browns/Vintage Embellishment)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I WON!! Thank You...

Go and check out her blog... She has just the cutest card ideas and is an independent stampin up demonstrator & is on the design team for Magnolia Down Under. She has amazing stamping ideas...YUM YUM!!!!Thanks again for the blog candy Tracey! xx Melissa
xx Melissa

What's AD about?

The NEW challenge blog over @ and they are the sister blog to

I was totally inspired by the Ad as I have just moved here from the USA. That day I received a thank you letter from Holly for some baby gift books I had made for her. I thought with all the technology(facebook, email, blackberrys, Blogs, phones) we have nowadays, rarely do we get letters or cards by POST & to top if off now I live thousands of km away from my friends in always seems like such a nice and thoughtful surprise and it "REALLY DOES TOUCH ME WHEN I RECEIVE A LETTER IN THE MAIL"... And just a few months prior I received a gorgeous package in the mail from my dear friend Sandee...Thank YOU girls...Love you both!!!I used a clear vellum printed with "friendship blooms in loving hearts". The picture is of a very dear friend of mine in Texas, USA and I used the title 13192 km from USA as that is how far we are from each other...I miss you Holly!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Let's Get Shabby LO

I have already started changing my LO...any one who knows me is that I usually let my LOs sit for a day or 2 before I file them away because I usually will change, remove, or add something to the LO...Dontcha just love the toilet picture...
I thought this was due in a few days so had not taken pictures or even finished my Layout...I had everything I thought was Shabby as well as all that I had that was Gingham... I have really never done a Shabby LO before... so after teaching today I had to finish my LO and I had to take the pictures on my toilet as it was dark when I finished...oops...will take some more tomorrow...the pictures really don't do it any justice...loved doing this LO over @ Go over and take a look at their site...Awesome talent over there...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A few August LOs to Share...

My friends from the US...
August Challenge Sketch over @

Charms August Sketch over @

I like how she used all different alphas...1st time I have done this...not so happy with my LO, but love combining the letters...thanks Charm for the inspiration

Sketches to Inspire over @
Sprayed the the A2Z Scraplet with Maya easy

Friday, August 14, 2009

OLD Space Vs' NEW Space

In the office of where we lived for 9 months...

My room in the US...This was my retreat loved being here and creating here and this also acted as my office while I was in Pharmaceutical Sales...My computer and work was somewhere under all that scrap

I Miss YOU Lauren

@ of course all the awesome Thickers & ALPHAS and how much fun did we have organizing all of our Stuff...Was there something WE didn't own...I am so jealous of all you at the reteat! Gonna do a trip down memory Lane on my next Blog post!!! Miss YOU ALL...not just YOU Lauren...xx Melissa

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wicked Princess August Sketch

The lovely Kirsty @ designed the sketch below & my take on it...

Used the Websters papers, Tim Holtz (Ideology, Crackle Paints, Grunge, & Fragments) Off white metal (ten seconds studio) squeezed & squished & then sanded, and a few bits n' pieces...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My New HAT

In Australia Schools, all kids have to wear hats outside during recess, PE, morning Tea & Afternoon Tea...Well the TEACHERS are I went out and got one for my 2nd day of teaching as I was the only lone ranger on Friday without a HAT!!! I have about a 30 baseball caps, but those are not allowed...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

X-Mas Card Swap...

I wanna do another one. When I got them today, my hubby goes "Do we get to give those to people for X-Mas or do they go in Your Albums?" He is so funny. Thanks to the girls @ Scrap w V for the lovely cards...
Mine was the JOY card and real easy peasy to make...Cut out the JOY on my slice, Used Tim Holtz Distress Inks & Maya Road Misters as well as my own concoction mini misters (alcohol ink, water, & Perfect Pearls medium) to cover the card & JOY

INSIDE of Card... This I made in Photoshop with a brush and digi paper & printed 2 to 4 to a 4X6 photo depending on size you want.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Scrap w V CyberCrop

Look What I WON!!!

I was so excited when I got home from promoting "ME" the "Science Teacher" at numerous schools around my area that I won over at a new challenge site called
It's NEW & it's DIFFERENT...inspiration from Ads and the first one really touched me, as it was an Ad on the Australian POST..."If you really want to touch someone, send them a letter" and that DAY, I got a card from a special friend of mine from the USA. With blogging, twitter, facebook, myspace, email, iPhones, Blackberries, you rarely get something in the mail anymore, so when I did, I was so happy!!! Can't wait to do the challenge.

Friday, July 31, 2009

A few Layout Challenges

This page pretty much sums up my 2 greatest passions...SCIENCE EDUCATION & SCRAPBOOKING. The challenge was to use our kids artwork on the page, as well as color combo(black, blue, red, white, & silver), chipboard alpha, & old stuff from the stash. Since I have been in Australia, I really haven't bought anything new. Well, the kids artwork was very difficult to do as I don't have any kiddos or bubbas. So I scanned in a watercolor drawing that one of my students mom drew for me when I taught her daughter Rocketry. I gave the kiddos pictures and she painted a watercolor painting from the picture. The Rocket says "WALDEN", my last name. I was so humbled that she did this for me.
Double click on the picture to really see the ARTWORK that she painted for me...It is amazing.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

123 Challenge Sketch

Just finished LO for now...taking pictures at desk...LOVE teal & black together...I want Teresa Collins NEW friendship line...Black & Tiffany Teal...YUM!! Gonna make an album of my friends from the US in that color scheme!!!(Sandee those !!! are for YOU!) It's funny cause I just bought new blades for my fiskers cutter, but WHY??? I end up distressing all the paper anyway so I may just use the old blades that cut like Sh#t...LOL

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bons Scrap Sketch

The bling on the bottom was bugging they are gone...wanted a different arrow but tore the paper so said bugger and the shadows from that day...still learning photography of LOs. It's funny cause I like to work on like 6 different LOs and then let them sit there & then eventually paste down when I haven't changed it for the nth time...I am like okay...DONE. I have ADD so very hard to work on just one. I have changed 4 of the last 6 LOs that I originally took photos of.
Challenge was a Sketch & you had to use B/W photo, arrow, & an animal!!!