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!

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