Freebie Friday – Renaissance Faire [PixelScrapper September Blog Train]

I was really excited when I saw the theme and colour scheme for the September blog train at Pixel Scrapper. I’m a supreme history geek. Especially the romantic, idealised version of history you find at faires.

We don’t have many of them in Australia. I only just attended my first last year – and it was amazing. We went this year too. Google tells me there’s a big one up in Queensland, so I’ll have to check that one out when I find the time to ditch my kids and go on a holiday. Blisfully alone.

Anyway, the subject matter called to me and I ended up with a lot of stuff. Between school drop-offs, piles of laundry, meal planning, homework, 15 minute naps (wtf, kid?) and keeping my darling children alive, I photoshopped until I could photoshop no more!

Actually, I ended up with a pretty impressive kit and it was already mid September, so I figured I’d stop.

I weeded out some cute brads and papers for this week’s freebie for the blog train. (Click on the image to download the zip file.)

This is the full result of my labours, which you can get at my Etsy shop:

Happy scrapping!

Freebie Friday – Winter in the Tropics [Pixel Scrapper July Blog Train]

I find that lately I have less and less time to do things. Little things that I’d like to do, like shower and eat and drink that cup of tea that’s been sitting, forgotten, on the kitchen counter since breakfast. (And I’d absolutely love to go to the loo by myself and when I want to, but I understand that’s at least two years off.)

So scrapbooking and designing has been flung straight off my to-do list. Hopefully it’ll slowly creep back on as baby Thomas grows older and (hopefully) starts sleeping on surfaces that aren’t me.

I do have a few things in reserve, and when my husband isn’t at work, on occasion I’ll fling the baby his way, pop on my very dated playlist (Backstreet Boys, anyone?) and bring up Photoshop. Then I have to remind myself how to use it – I’m rusty, you see. And my creativity seems to have buggered off with my brain. But I push myself and occasionally pretty things result.

Here is one such small, random collection of pretty things. It’s not quite a kit, but it has elements of one. I’m sure some of them will go nicely with the rest of the July blog train. It’s a beautiful one!

Happy winter!

Freebie Friday – Mum In A Million

I was hoping to get this out before Mother’s Day but I got sidetracked by my cute (and incredibly annoying) sproglets. But overall, I’m calling it a win – despite being chronically sleep deprived and in an eternal state of ‘what have I forgotten to do today?’, between my husband and I, we’ve managed to keep all three of our children alive, fed, and (usually) dressed.

I’ve even managed to sign and return permission notes and homework to school on time! That is, of course, assuming I get the notes before they’re due back … but that’s a worry for another day.

So basically, I’m celebrating myself.

And my darling mum, who still thinks my children are the best in the world and has way more patience for them than I do. LOVE YOU, MUM!

Head on over to my Etsy store and celebrate all things mum (or mom) with a bright and sparkly bundle of mum-isms, Mum In A Million.

Or you could just grab a set of complementary floral wallpaper patterned papers below. Click on the image to download.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums, bio and otherwise, the grandmothers, grandmas, and avós! And to all the dads doing double time!

Freebie Friday (and a bit of shameless promoting)

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for being so lovely and supportive throughout my pregnancy whining and the tragic blog neglect that followed. I appreciate all the well wishes and congratulations – and the sympathy at my pre-baby pity parties!

Secondly, this week I’m going to shamelessly direct you to my Etsy shop. Because I can.

Baby Thomas is now 6 weeks old – so all scrap bundles at Pixel In My Pocket are 60% off for this week only. So it’s an excellent time to add to your digital scrap stash! It’s an awesome deal – for less than $5 you get a huge full-sized kit along with a whole bunch of various extras, including papers, journal cards, alphas, and embellishments.

I’m offering two freebies this week featuring complementary papers for two of the discounted bundles: Tudor Rose and A Grimm Sort of Tale. The first is a set of glitter papers and polka dot foil patterns for all your medieval and historical needs, the second features one of my absolute favourite papers, the fairytale-inspired pattern that makes up my current header. And now you can download it for your collection!

Happy scrapping!

Freebie Friday – Mardi Gras [PixelScrapper March Blog Train]

It would seem that I somehow missed Christmas and the new year and skipped straight to March. So, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day!

In my defence, it’s been crazy and, while technically the last two months just flew by, they’ve also been the longest of my life (at least since the last time I was pregnant, of course).

I’m now only 4 weeks away from meeting my tiny new baby (although my bets are closer to 3 weeks), and I have all the time in the world and so much to do and absolutely can’t be bothered doing any of it because I’m freaking huge, it’s ridiculously hot and humid, and I’m pretty sure this kid will grow up to be a gymnast.

So in between attempting to Marie Kondo my house and napping every half hour, I’m trying to build up a stash of scrap stuff to share and sell. No guarantees, of course, and I can’t say that I won’t disappear for a couple of months again, but I will try!

In the meantime, I’m getting into the groove with a paper pack for the March PixelScrapper blog train, Mardi Gras (go on and check out the other submissions; they’re gorgeous). I just love the colour scheme and couldn’t resist all those jewelled tones. The pack comes with 7 solids, 7 shimmery foils and 15 abstract geometric patterns.

Happy scrapping!