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!

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!