Freebie Friday – Sketched

What I was going to do this month was make a whole Christmas kit, split it into bite-sized bits, and then offer it every Friday until the end of the year. Then at the end of December you’d have a nifty little kit for all your sparkly Christmas scrapping.

What I’m actually doing – digging into my stash and finding some backups because I have approximately 5 minutes of freedom a day until the end of the month (and year, eek) and I sure as heck didn’t have time to make a full Christmas kit.

But if you scroll below this post you’ll find a cute little Christmas mini kit in a non-traditional colour palette. That’s as good as it’s gonna get this year.

So lets begin!

Happy holidays!

Freebie Friday – Clipped (A Paperclip Alpha)

I was in the middle of creating elements for my purple and pink and black and silver gothic-inspired kit, and I thought to myself, I like paperclips. I want all sorts of paperclip shapes. Where can I find paperclip shapes? Then I went looking for paperclip shapes.

I found a typeface instead. Check it out, it’s super cool and free!

And the result was this – a simple little paperclip alpha.

Happy scrapping!

Freebie Friday – Red, White & Black

We’re halfway through November. Yikes.

Lots of Christmas preparation happening right now – who am I kidding? Australia doesn’t have Thanksgiving so we pretty much get a head start on Christmas the day after Halloween.

It’s not like I’ve been listening to Christmas music non-stop for two weeks or anything, is it? (Ahem.)

These patterns look like snowflakes. They’re Christmassy without being too obnoxious for mid-November.

Happy scrapping!

Freebie Friday – Sunflower

We’re well in the middle of spring down here. The transitory rains seem to be over (aside from one midweek rainstorm that came out of nowhere and didn’t seem to impact on the temperature much), and the sun is shining beautifully.

It’s the calm before the storm, so to speak. Only a few weeks of glorious spring sunshine before summer starts to creep up on us. Then begin the road-melting, foot-cooking sand, and dashboard egg-frying temperatures.

That’s summer down under.

This week I have a lovely pack of sunflower inspired patterned papers. And a few sunny gold tones to round it out.

Happy scrapping!

Freebie Friday – Pencil Deco

So, my eldest turns 7 today. Yikes.

I still remember how tiny he was. And how brief his wake/sleep cycle was – 1.5 hours for the first six weeks. Yikes again.

We survived the sleepless nights and toddler tantrums, not to mention the smart-arse preschool years, and now he’s a gorgeous, clever and cheeky seven year old.

But now I’m feeling old, so have a couple of art deco inspired patterned papers for your scrapping needs.

Happy birthday to my beautiful boy, and happy scrapping to everyone else 🙂

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!