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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Back and brighter...

...okay, I am feeling HEAPS better, so everyone can stop worrying about me now lol ;D STILL working on my emails to all of you to say thanks...I have done a few tonight. Seriously though, I am getting there, day by day, and thank you all again for your support...I couldn't have made it through the toughest times without you guys :o) {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}} So here's some Shannon Noll for you all to drool over! Lachie's fave song at the moment. The words really get me with this one, even though I'm not a huge fan of his. And man does he look noice in this clip...yum yum!!! ;P

First up though, I just want to say how sad is the disaster left behind by Cyclone Larry in Far North Queensland? So many people homeless, livelihoods lost, lives prayers are with you all at the moment. The response by the government has been fantastic so far, and let's all hope that this continues over the coming months and years as people in the affected areas try to return their lives to some form of normality. It is tremendous to see how people are banding together up there to help each other out though...brings tears to my eyes. And the tireless efforts of the SES and all rescue personnel are nothing short of fantastic. Please donate what you can everyone, even $5 will help in some way...there has been an appeal account set up through the Commonwealth Bank for monetary donations. I am not sure of any other donations that are doubt clothes, furniture, etc. but I'm sure that centres co-ordinating any collections of personal items will be announced in the coming days. I just cannot believe the devastation up there...such a beautiful part of Queensland of my fave spots. So very sad.

Happier things now :o) Here's Janelle's layout that I have completed for her...I call her "Nellie" so that's what I have written up the right-hand side. I am so thrilled with this layout, and Janelle really loves it too, which is a relief *pheeew* lol ;P Lots of doodling and jewels again...loving them at the moment ;D

And I have been DYING to show you all my layouts from the Scrap To The Max newsletter! I'll do so next post as blogger is being naughty tonight. Follow the link (see? I've finally learnt how to do it! lol ;P) and check out the girls' gorgeous work :o) And while you're there, don't forget to sign up for next month's newsletter if you haven't already done so ;D

I have been tagged too, thanks to Nic and Lou...I think someone else did also, but I can't remember for the life of me who it was with all of the crappiness in my head lately!!! I am so sorry :o( Anyway, here's my answers...

What scrapbook lines/products etc do you dislike?I don't like purple...yukko!!! Unless it's really vivid and bright and mixed with other pretty colours lol ;P And I don't like heritage colours, so lots of browns are blerk for me too. And pastels...don't like them much know, the reeeeaaly pastel ones. But I'll use midway between pastel and so-bright-you-gotta-wear-shades colours. Jolee's stickers, fibres, and Easter-themed stuff are on my yuk list too.

What is the hardest thing you ever had to scrap?
The canvas that I did for my LSS class that featured a photo of my Nana and I...I cried a river over that thing! I have yet to scrap any more photos of her because I start bawling when I so much as look at them, let alone try to scrap them. I am also yet to scrap about my miscarriage (of Lachie's twin)...another very distressing thing. So things that have a LOT of sadness tied to them are difficult for me to scrap, but I need to push myself to do it more often.

What technique do you use more than anything else?
Lots of different patterned papers, doodling, handwriting, handcut shapes, ribbons, buttons, epoxy and resin accents, and jewels are featured on my layouts at the moment ;D But my own handwriting is used on every page...I never use the computer for journaling.

What is the smallest scrap of paper you save?I save absolutely every bloody thing ROFL!!! I am such a should see me scraps is almost overflowing lol ;D I'll use the tiniest little scrap of pp and ribbon too. Hey, you never know when you might need it for a tag???? ;P

Have you ever had any scrapping related injuries?
I have permanent nerve damage in the tip of my right
index finger because I use my craft knife and write on my layouts so much...seriously!!! It is so dead that I can stick a pin in it and it doesn't even hurt...bleed, but I feel nothin', baby! Wish my damn uterus was numb instead ROFL ;P

Finish this sentence, “If I wasn’t a scrapbooker, I would spend my money on....."
More holidays (to the Sunshine Coast, up north, and to Brissie to see Mark's sister), a gym membership, some Clarins skin care (LOOOOOOOVE that stuff!), and an eyebrow wax (mine are feral at the moment lol) ;P

Give your best storage or organizational idea...Jars and little glass bowls! I have tonnes and store absolutely everything in them...they are cheap and look great too. And I picked a fab idea from Elsie Flannigan too...I've put all of my pretty buttons into a blue bowl and have it sitting on my desk. Looks like a lolly shop...yummo ;P And I don't hide my stuff away...I have them all sitting on the shelves of two bookcases so I can see it all, otherwise I forget what I have ROFL!

You just won a week long scrapbooking cruise for 5. Who is going with you?C'mon, you know me!!!! I couldn't possibly choose so EVERYONE can come...YAY!!!!!

When you received your first publication notification, who did you tell?The owner of my LSS as she was the one who encouraged me to submit so much, my Mum, my DH Mark, my Dad, my friend Bec, and my Scrapboxx buddies...pretty much everyone as I was really stoked and proud of myself!

I'm tagging next...Everyone who hasn't done this one yet ;P

Well, that's it from me for now everyone...stay tuned 'cos I have LOTS of scrapping to share next post! MWAH everyone and xoxo's!!!


Blogger Janelle Wind said...

Oh Karen, I was TOTALLY blown away when this LO came through my email last night. It is absolutley perfect and I am so thrilled and honoured that you have done this for me. I really can't wait to see it IRL too.
I am glad you are starting to see the sunshine again too. Have the best day ever - x nellie

6:48 AM  
Blogger Mel Diener said...

OMG Karen, that layout you did for Janelle is absolutely friggin awesome. I am in awe, I'd have to say it's one of your very best so far. Wow, you are talented.

And yes, isn't it just awful seeing the images of devastation on the news. I feel for each and everyone who's been affected by this tragedy and will be donating as much as I can to help.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Chris Millar said...

Karen, you layout for Janelle is nothing short of spectacular! I bet Amber is rubbing her hands together with you on her team!!!
It is very sad about the cyclone!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Moira said...

What a stunning layout! I think it is my fave of yours yet! Glad things are looking brighter. x

9:24 PM  
Blogger Nicole Finlayson said...

Oooo Karen, what an awesome layout of Nellie, I'm not surprised she LOVES it!!!

So glad you're feeling a bit better. :)

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Alison Shearer said...

Hi Karen

Your LO for Janelle is wonderful! So bright and funky and fun. I'm glad you're feeling better. I don't think you need to apologise for feeling sad either. The Cyclone is just awful - I can't imagine the devastation and how long it will take for people to recover but your grief and sadness is real too.


9:52 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Karen that page is so nice, I love the doodling, I've not yet done it tooscared I guess, but your pages is lovely.

Lauren x

1:01 PM  
Blogger keslyn said...

Hi Karen, just dropped by your blog to say hi, so glad to be part of the CJ with you

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen, you are such a funny girl. I was lol when I was reading your answers to the tag....a numb uterus????? LOL. I've got a dumb uterus too...haha....3 miscarriages!!! Anyhoo, that lo you did for Janelle was simply too gorgeous!


8:21 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Your layout for Janelle is stunning. I would want to frame it & hang it in pride of place!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Karen your layout of Janelle is completely mindblowing - I just love it!!! You are the Queen of Doodling you know - I love what you create!!!!

Megan xx

2:45 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

So glad things are looking up chicky! WOW... what a stunning LO you did for Janelle! Its not a wonder she loves it, its just beautiful Karen!!!
I have been tagged with the same one but havent done it yet!..LOL Might get around to it some time soon...LOL
Take care chick
luv Karen

9:27 AM  

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