Wednesday, 28 December 2011 1 comments

Coming in 2012 ...

Do you love the little things, but find it hard to remember them when you need to? Do you love taking photos but find it a hassle to get them printed out?

Some of you who have been following this blog for a few years will know I am a big fan of Project 52, or Photo a Day, or 365 - whatever you like to call it. I have been creating a photo diary keepsake every year for the past few years and now its in my blood - I cannot give it up.

It's evolved from the way I first started out, with rigid instructions to take artistic shots once each day throughout the year. Now I just take it as it comes - there's some days when nothing happens and so I don't take a photo. Other days, several things might happen that I want to remember, so I take several. And they all go into my Project 52 album like that.

As long as they all fit on a 2-page spread, with plenty of room for the journalling (I write because I cannot remember one day from the next - how the heck am I going to remember details 10 years from now?) I see fit to call it my Project 52.

I've honed my experience of Project 52  down to several key factors; I mention some of them here, here, here and here.

In a nutshell:
1. Make yourself a template or a set of templates that can be easily customised (or buy some if you don't need the strain!) and stick with them. It gives your album a unified look - especially if you plan on using whichever scrapbooking kits you like from week to week.

2. Don't make it a chore. Set aside a specific time of the week to sit down and do it. Mine is Sunday night. I try and do this week's layout, and if I have time left over, I will make up next week's background and elements so it's ready to just slot in the photos and journalling next week. So work ahead if you can.

3. Take a photo even if it's not the best light or situation - even if it's just to jog your memory when it comes time to write up the week's activities.

4. Give yourself some breathing space to add more photos when you need to, and less on other days. Clip a patterned paper on anywhere there are blank photo spots ;) It actually ends up looking better than having too many photos all next to each other.

5. I will be putting out a Project 52 scrapbooking line this year (to help me keep up too!) and I've arranged it so each month you get 4 layered templates, a scrapping kit that co-ordinates all month long, some little journalling extras that slot into the templates WITHOUT having to resize, and from month to month, all the kits will co-ordinate, but in different colours and patterns.

At the end of the year, you will have a beautiful album to show off to your family and friends. Or to keep to yourself (especially if you've written something bad about your neighbour, hahaha!)

So keep an eye out in my store for my Project 52 line in my store. First one goes up on January 6.

Here's a sneak peek.

Good luck with it, I'd love to hear how you're going with it as the year progresses, ok?

Saturday, 17 December 2011 0 comments

Zig Zag Scrap SALE 40%

As all this Christmas cheer spreads around at this time of year, we thought we'd spread it a little farther and host a 40% storewide SALE!

So if there's anything in my shop that you've had your eye on, now is the time to steal in and grab it!

Merry Christmas everyone, exciting times ahead!

Friday, 9 December 2011 0 comments

Christmas Twinkle Collection: everything you need for your holidays!

Ho ho ho!
I am so excited to present you with my latest collection, Christmas Twinkle!
I hope it has everything you might need for scrapping up your Christmas photos, for wrapping up your small gifts or making your teacher's presents, creating your own photo cards and for decorating your tree!
The Christmas Twinkle Collection comprises:
An Element Pack full of unique and classy items to embellish your cards and pages with;
Two Paper Packs full of stunning 12 x 12-inch digital papers;
Three alphabets;
A hybrid pack to make cute 2-inch circular paper ornaments, which includes patterned paper unique to that pack; and
Three layered templates sized 4x6 inch to make your own Christmas cards (simply clip some digital paper, insert a favourite photo, save as a jpeg file and take it to your photo lab!)

Take a look! 

And looky what my fabulous Creative team has done with this! Talk about inspiring!

 Hope you all have a wonderful, magical Christmas!

Monday, 5 December 2011 0 comments

Blog Changes

Just making a few changes around here... There may be a bit on inconvenience as I figure out how to transfer all my widgets and links. Stay tuned ...
Sunday, 4 December 2011 0 comments

Autumn PotPourri in store!

Just a quickie post to tell you lovely ladies out there that Autumn PotPourri is now available in the store. Thanks for your patience, we've had horrible electrical storms here and our power has been out (which for us also means no water and no septic too, yuck!)

Grab it here.

Thank you again for your patience :) As a token of my appreciation for all the lovely comments about this little kit, and because I had to keep you waiting (ggrrrr) here's a 15% discount coupon for the first 5 customers.
Type in this code at the checkout: patienceVIRtue
Thanks again!
Friday, 25 November 2011 6 comments

More stitches! And a Little Bit of Nostalgia ...

So I've returned to work in an office full time and it's doing exactly what I've geared all my goals toward since I was 11 years old. I'm back in a newspaper newsroom, doing exactly what I'm comfortable with and what I feel I know like the back of my hand.

After so long working from home and raising my babies myself, I was worried I would be so "out of it" that I wouldn't remember what to do once I sat in that desk. But that's not the case at all. In fact, the job is very similar to the very first job I got as a cadet journalist, only now I have a lot more wisdom that only comes with age and the experience of raising three kids! So I'm feeling like I'm caught in a time-warp where the last 15 years haven't happened - before kids and experience on a metro daily newspaper.  It's not a bad thing, it's just weird. The juggling of the kids' extracurricular activities and work hours has been complex, notwithstanding the fact that dear hubby has been working in Sydney of late. But honestly, he is going so far out on a limb to help me adjust to this big life change. He even packs the kids lunches at night! Well, ok, he's packed mine too on occasion!

This is the first time I've ever pictured this scenario, as I had always planned my career up to the point of having children, then after that I was happy to be a completely devoted work-from-home mum. I never envisioned going beyond that point, yet, here I am. Working in an office again, as a mum. And a journo. And I'm so much more relaxed about it all. 

So, what does that mean for my designs? I'm not sure at this point. I plan to continue but at a more relaxed pace. I still have hundreds of projects on my hard drive that are itching to be put into the shop. I am still overflowing with creative ideas for kits and templates, and I still enjoy making these to sell. But I am wondering if I haven't sacrificed my own scrapbook albums along the way. My kids milestones' are piling up and I have no layouts to showcase and commemorate them. This keeps me up at night. Much more so than worrying about whether something I published today will get me and my company sued tomorrow. And now my design time is even more finite, it's going to be hard to fit everything into my day.

Add to the mix my newfound enthusiasm for community volunteering as a Scouts leader (because I'm soooooo into canoeing and camping! No, really, I am. Seriously.)  and becoming a soccer coach (even though I know not the rules of ANY sport!) and I find life is all happening around me whether I am ready for it or not!

Do any of you out there ever feel this way too?

Anyhoo, here's something that's overdue to come out and will be popping up in my store this week.

Included in the download are 25 separate stitches, all measuring almost 12-inches long, and a stitch hole if you prefer to add those to your background. They are available in Personal Use and Commercial Use versions. AND if you are one of those scrappers who prefer to work all off the one png sheet, I've catered to you too, by adding in the uncut version as well as individual png files.

So I hope to see you hanging out at Zig Zag Scrap, the girls are so wonderful there and I feel so lucky to be a part of the team!

Catch'ya on the upside.
Sunday, 6 November 2011 18 comments

DSA Blog Hop & ZZS Blog Hop!

Hey Digi Scrap Addicts blog hoppers!

With the sudden closure of 9th & Bloom, I'd like to point you all to my new store at Zig Zag Scrap. Not all my products have been installed there yet, but I hope you'll find some of your favourites in the 35 that are there.  The rest are coming soon. There's also a 50% store-wide sale going on too, just sayin'. Check my previous post for a peek at some of my grab bags (PU and CU). Been playing around a lot with decorative stitches lately (wink wink).

Here's Autumn Potpourri

Download includes 5 patterned textured papers, and two layered templates (PSD and TIFF versions) with journalling prompts and separate custom shadow layers. Enjoy :)

(Download link now expired! Please find this in my shop soon.) 

So you've probably hopped here from Amy Stoffel's blog. Now it's time to move along to Jen's Yurko's blog.

If you didn't get the chance to download my Zig Zag Scrap Memory Keepers blog freebie from yesterday, you're still in with a chance! It's an absolutely stunning blog train, and the full kit will be available in the shop soon.

Pack includes: 1 x png frame, 1 x decorative stitch stem, 2 x worded journalling cards, 1 x solid Kraft cardstock and a string flower.

(Download link now expired! Please find this in my shop soon.) 

If you are following the ZZS blog hop, you would have just come from Damayanti Studios  and this is the last stop on the blog train. If you want to check the master list of participants, click here. While you're there, join in some fun activities! 

Have a great weekend!

Both downloads have now expired and the items will be installed into my shop soon.
Friday, 4 November 2011 14 comments

Welcome DSD buddies! Blog Hop Freebie!

Busy weekend? Tell you what, head on over to my shiny new store at Zig Zag Scraps and you'll save yourself a lot of shop-hopping and sore cyber feet!

There's also a lot happening in the forum - lots of games and GREAT prizes to win in the challenge section! Did you know you earn shop points when you buy too?

Here's some of what I've got going live 5pm this afternoon: (quick! Before they sell out, lol!)

 Here's where all the action's at this weekend! Great prizes up for offer in the forum. Also, did you get a load of the blog hop?? Whew!

And here's what you've been waiting for! My contribution to the Zig Zag Scraps blog train, Memory Keepers.

Pack includes: 1 x png frame, 1 x decorative stitch stem, 2 x worded journalling cards, 1 x solid Kraft cardstock and a string flower.
((Download has now expired. Look for this item as part of the store collaboration at Zig Zag Scrap))

If you are following the ZZS blog hop, you would have just come from Damayanti Studios  and this is the last stop on the blog train. If you want to check the master list of participants, click here. While you're there, join in some fun activities! 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 3 November 2011 3 comments

New Store in time for DSD!

How's everyone shaping up for DSD - International Digital Scrapbooking Day? It's generally the equivalent of "Boxing Day Sales" here in Australia, and that means, it's BIG! But you don't have to camp out the night before to get in line for the shop doors to open, and there's no chance that you'll get trampled in the rush to get in! Yay!

Well looky here .... This place sure looks like it's going to ROCK during DSD .... Hhmmmm, what a nice friendly happening new place I've come across here ..... (wink wink!)

Oh, what's that? Just in case you missed it ...

Stay tuned for an excited new designer opening there in the nick of time for DSD!
Sunday, 30 October 2011 7 comments

9th & Bloom has shut down

Hey everybody,

It's with a lot of sadness I have to tell you all that 9th & Bloom is to be shut down immediately because of an ownership malfunction (! No other way to put it!) regarding Paypal.

Please do not try to checkout with any of my designs, as you will not be able to process it through to completion, and if you do, the download links will not process, and I won't be paid anyway :( It is the same for all designers there at the moment.

It's been a thoroughly alarming 24 hours and I am SOOO not into all this drama and chaos. I'm without a shop for the time being, and it's still too early to announce any decisions regarding the future of Brine Design scrapbooking kits. I'm thinking I'll retire them for the time being, I'm feeling so completely gutted from this.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience you may have had at the checkout for the past 24 hours. I'm still not aware of the full extent of it all.

I'll continue my blog and will announce any decisions on here, or on the facebook page. So stay with me!
Friday, 14 October 2011 1 comments

New Release: Tatch-Its Series! CU and PU

So it's finally time for me to raid my hard drive and get some of these babies out there on the shelves!

For a long time I've been wanting to make up some useful practical element packs that serve the scrapper well in every situation. I'm talking about go-to packs full of staples, stitches, fasteners, tape - you know, stuff that you use over and over again on every layout. Generic in look, but classy in that they add all the realism to your page. I just hate it when kits don't come with something to attach ribbon or note-cards with.

And I know that if you scrap anything like me, you really just stick to your favourite staple, favourite stitching line, favourite button or brad, when attaching stuff. If I find something that prints out fantastically on my page, then that's it. Done. It's my new must-have accessory on every page for the next few months or so (or until I find something better).

So I've made up all these packs, and called them the "Tatch-It Series". There will be a lot of them. I mean, a LOT! There are still more in the works. And just when I finish packaging up a new lot, another idea strikes me down and I feel obliged to provide it, hehe hee.

For the first time ever, I've made up some Commercial Use packs as well. These are intended for other designers to use when making their own kits, or for scrap-for-hire artists to use when making hybrid projects for their customers. So if you're planning on making a profit using these designs, then you will need to buy the CU version ($2 extra). But, if you're happily going about your business scrapping your own memory pages for your own unprofitable enjoyment, you get the cheaper version.

Here we go, enjoy the ride!

 Some CT inspiration ...
 Milmomma (using Dew Indulgence Mini Kit and Dew Indulgence Alpha Set)

MummytoThree (using a River Rose kit from 9th&B)

 Be sure to keep checking back here on my blog for more Tatch-Its releasing soon!


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