Scrapbooking for a good cause


On June 20th to the 22nd 2014, forty-four ladies made their way from all over Australia to Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Camp near Gunnedah NSW for the 2014 Art and Craft Retreat.

The retreat was organised by long time scrapbooker and mixed media artist, Deb Godley, to raise much needed funds for 2014 Kidney Kar rally participants, the Warren family of Tamworth, aka ‘Kar 24- Cody’s Country’.

The Warren family

The Kidney Kar Rally raises money for Kidney Health Australia kidney kids’ camps, and the Warrens know first hand all about having a child with chronic kidney disease. Their youngest, Cody lost one of his kidneys after several operations to try and save it.

So not only did the scrapbooking and crafting community come to the rescue – they had a wonderful time doing it.

 Classes and demonstrations with Anita Rodway and Jodi Dolbel inspired the retreat attendees, along with a Dusty Attic Birdhouse challenge, a layout challenge and a ‘Heroes and Villains” dress up night.

Anita Rodway having some fun in her class.

A couple of birdcages from the Dusty Attic challenge.

Donations from Kaisercraft, Manor House Creations, Flutterby Designs, the Scrapbook Nook, Scrapbooking Memories plus independent Stampin Up! consultant Joanne Slee,  Kaszazz consultant Allara Bamforth, and Kim Jeffress for Heidi Swapp made raffles and goody bags a bounty of crafty goodness.

Many of the girls didn’t sleep – they just created all weekend – so there were many beautiful things to look at! Everyone left on Sunday exhausted but with a smile on their face, desperate to know when the next one would be.

The retreat managed to raise just over $2000 for ‘Cody’s Country –Kar 24’ which will all go towards Kidney Health Australia’s goal to raise one million dollars in 2014. Great work ladies!

Guest post: My time at the Scrapbook & Papercraft expo by Beck Beattie

Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo Brisbane, what an amazing time we had!  This is the biggest event we have on the papercraft calendar in Australia and is held every June long weekend.  People come from across the country and New Zealand to be here for the event.  Some focus on attending as many classes as they can fit in and others shop til they drop.  The inspiration on the stands and in the tutors displays are always a highlight and really showcase what paper and glue can create!

This year I was fortunate to be a tutor at the expo on behalf of Craft Queen and I was also Demo Artist for Faber-Castell, sharing all the fun you can have with Gelatos, which have recently been released in Australia.  I shared my time with two amazing artists, Heather McMahon and Michelle Grant, and here is my account of the weekend through photos, and some of the fun had both in and out of the expo doors.

As the weekend came to a close and I got back home, it was nice to see my boys (all three) and found it funny how the little ones suddenly look younger when they are in bed asleep after you have been a way for a few days.  Although I hadn’t fully recovered the next day from the big weekend, funnily enough I was already busting for next year to come around!  Guess that is definitely the sign of an awesome weekend!

I feel very inspired and ready to take on the world (well my little scrapping one anyway lol).  Next year I hope to see you there, and as I will be – make sure you come say hi wherever I am!

xxx Beck BT

Tying the knot

Hi all!

As promised, I’ve put up some pics from my wedding as requested. It’s taken me a while, but I’m happy to share these photos with you of our very special day. Everybody warns you of just how fast the your wedding will fly by but I was still unprepared for everything happening at hyperspeed!

It was a beautiful day though and I could not be happier with how it all went. My husband Alex and I were just overwhelmed with how just how perfect everything was and we were so lucky to share it with our family and friends.

Thank you all so much for your well wishes, they were very lovely indeed. We’re so excited to start this new phase of our lives together.

Have a sticky beak below!

Just for the love of it – Cassie’s wedding

Hello SBM readers!
I miss you all! Hope all is going well for all of you. As promised, here are a few of my wedding pics. It’s been three weeks since the event and I still remember it all like it was yesterday. The weather leading up to the wedding was horrendous; pouring rain and flooding had made our outdoor wedding seem like a fairytale – one that wouldn’t happen! But the sun came out the week beforehand and dried it up enough to still go ahead with it. Everything went off without a hitch and it really was the perfect day. Both Andrew and I had so much fun with family and friends.

                                                      Husband and wife!

                                      Myself and my lovely bridesmaids

                                    These boots were made for walking…

Special thanks to Lizzy Hill who made me a lovely wedding card. Thanks Lizzy, you touched my heart!

                                Card from Lizzy Hill

All the best,
Cassie Watts ;)

School time scrapping

School Day by Linna Ding using Feature Art’s Back To School collection

Now that kids are all well and truly back to school (a collective sigh of relief from all the mums out there I’m sure) they will be creating great memories for you to record of their time there. I look back at school as some of the best times of my life and I love reminiscing about the harmless fun we got up to, the lifelong friendships I made, the teachers who inspired me and the goals I accomplished. These really are the golden years for most kids, so make sure you scrap your children’s school journey. Linna Ding, owner and designer for Feature Art created these gorgeous layouts, with her Back To School collection, of her daughter as she starts kindergarten. I’m sure in twenty years both Linna and her daughter will look back lovingly on these layouts, as they will hold special memories for both.

Kindy by Linna Ding using Feature Art’s Back To School collection

Make sure to grab your camera and start taking those photos of uniforms, homework and awards ceremonies. Collect ribbons, certificates, reports, artwork and anything else the kids bring home from school – they make for great ephemera!

What are your favourite memories from school? What do you want to capture from your child’s time at school? What’s the best piece of advice you can give them about that stage of their lives?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all brought the new year in with a glass of wine, some great friends and plenty of style!

New Year’s Reflections

Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.

Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.

And when we ponder those who do,
We immediately think of you.

Thanks for being one of the reasons we’ll have a Happy New Year!

By Joanna Fuchs

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that you are all celebrating with family and friends today, and cherishing a beautiful occasion. I hope you all have a lovely break and find the time to scrap these wonderful moments! Here is a poem for you all to enjoy.

What Do We Love About Christmas?

What do we love about Christmas;
Does our delight reside in things?
Or are the feelings in our hearts
The real gift that Christmas brings.

It’s seeing those we love,
And sending Christmas cards, too,
Appreciating people who bring us joy
Special people just like you.

By Joanna Fuchs

Quick cards using the Scrapbooking Memories free paper and scrapabet

Free paper cards

Materials for all cards: Paper – 7 Dots Studio free paper and scrapabet; Other paper – Bazzill; Cardstock – Core’dinations; Punch – Stampin’ Up!; Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, Brilliance Ink; Embellishments – Stampin’ Up! Write Marker, Artee Supplies embossing powder, twine.

These cards were made in less than 10 minutes each using this month’s free paper and scrapabet, designed by 7 Dots Studio. Try it out today when you purchase Scrapbooking Memories Vol 15 No 3.

The links for the free paper and scrapabet can also be found below.




Dealing with creative block

Sometimes, no matter how much you want to scrap, the ideas just won’t come. I’ve spent plenty of time at my craft desk, with all my supplies around me only to walk away in frustration because nothing is coming together to make a good layout.  So how do we get past creative block? Sometimes looking through the magazine at amazing work and cool techniques is the key to inspiration, and sometimes just walking away and doing something else for the night like reading or watching TV is the answer. It all depends on whether for you thinking about it more leads to ideas or whether obsessing over your inability to create sucks you further down that hole. A really effective method for me is to organise my scrap space. Cleaning out your supply cupboard (or room if you’re lucky) not only helps to declutter the chaos of your surroundings – and mind – but it also helps to rediscover hidden products that you forgot you had. Sometimes just seeing a product brings an idea. So at worst you’re decluttering your space but more likely you’ll also cure your scrapping funk!

Whatever works to get you out of creative block is a winner but just remember, whether it’s in an hour or a couple of days, the funk will pass and you will scrap again!