....I'VE BEEN CHOSEN TO BE A WICKED PRINCESS!!!!! I've never applied for a kit DT before but there's always a first time for everything and I've sworn of retail design teams forever so I was looking for something else to try. I stumbled across Wicked Princess kits by accident while having a blog hop and really liked the kits. I've always been wary of buying kits because I was worried that even though you see a picture of what's in them, somehow it's not the same in real life and I'll end up with things that aren't quite the colour I thought they were or something. I guess I've always liked the safety of having my money in my hand and going to the LSS to buy exactly what I want so I know I'll use all of it. I saw Karen and Tam's call for a design team not long ago and figured why not? I looked at their kits and the pictures were very good and I liked just about everything in them so I thought I'd take te leap. I'm hoping they'll learn to love my creative yet slightly inappropriate side!!! lol So I'm very excitedly waiting for my first kit so that I can go totally crazy with it and the add ons are awesome too so I'm very keen for my AP courier to turn up hopefully this coming week. I'll let you know how I go and post some layouts when they're done. Also very importantly, because October is breast cancer month, Wicked Princess are donating $5 from every kit purchased in October and up to 15th November to this fabulous cause. What better reason could there be to grab a great kit plus support a cause all close to our boobs...ahem, I mean hearts!
I haven't been scrapping much lately, I'm still trying and failing to get that work/life balance right. I did however take on a wonderful new client which means I'll be able to cut down my transcription company work a bit and maybe have a full day of once a week now. The lack of scrapping time hasn't cut into my ability to buy scrapping products though! lol I'm still going hammer and tongs at that because I figure I'll get to scrap one day soon! I've raided Spotlight lately and been looking for interesting habby stuff and ribbon and trim, plus they've got a great selection of feathers, flowers, etc for making fascinators (you know, feather dusters ladies at the races wear on their heads that isn't quite a hair accessory and not quite a hat?). There's so much stuff that's scrapbable that isn't in the scrapbooking section. Quick question, does anyone else dislike the fact that Spotlight have their scrapbooking papers organised by colour instead of by brand or range? I find it really annoying because I know what I'm looking for. I don't know if the colour system is easier for seasoned scrappers or beginners but I don't like it and end up not buying any of it. They also have a great range of Kaiser products which is good to see. Oh wow speaking of which, keep an eye out at your LSS for the new ranges coming out this month; Distracted, Dancing Jewel and Rustic Charm. They are awesome! There's also some fantastic new rhinestone releases and chipboard - yep, I said CHIPBOARD ALPHABETS!!! These days Kaisercraft have all the bases covered and the prices are always great. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some of that too. The Distracted range is my favourite so far. I've also been to a couple of LSSs around the place and picked up new Basic Grey and I've been feeding my Thickers habit as well. So the sad bit is that while I have lots of nice stuff to use I feel like I have no time to use it all. I'm hoping to shift my scrapping into the loungeroom soon (hasn't happened yet) and that way I'll be more inclined to do stuff while I can watch TV or hang out with the kids etc. Right now I spend so many hours in front of the computer that I don't feel like staying at the same desk for more hours to get scrapping done. We did have a crop night last week at Cass's place with some friends over - hi Peta and Kylie!!!! - and we had a great night catching up and I did get a layout done - see above. It was for Aussie Scrapjack and I'm really happy with it although it is way OTT. The huge purple flower is from Spotlight and the big chipboard circle is from Magistical Memories. The photo was of my catch up with my aunty Anne and my grandparents when Cass and I were in Townsville on our way to Hughenden back in August. We only had a couple of hours so I took heaps of photos. It means so much to see myself in pictures with people whom I look like, so I can say I can see a family resemblence. Being adopted, I missed that growing up and was always envious of my friends for having family whom they looked like. So I was so glad to see them all as Granddad is not well right now and I was very lucky to have gotten the chance to see him.
THe kids are all good, glad to be back at school as it's the last term and they just want for it to be over. They're all looking forward to Christmas already and let's face it, the shops are not making it easy as they are putting stuff out already!!! We're still tossing up colour options for the tree this year. We wanted to get a black one with lights wired into it but I haven't seen Target's tree display yet (as, kindly of them, they haven't put theirs up yet). I change colour schemes every year but don't worry, I don't waste last year's stuff, some years I mix and match what I have from previous years or Cass and I have a very successful decoration exchange programme going on so we always have colours to choose from! lol
I'm off to get some typing done (the paying kind, not the playing kind) so have a good weekend and I'll try to be more regular with my posting although I'm not sure anyone reads here anymore! lol Chat soon, Lu xx