Sunday, October 30, 2005

scrap canvas wall

Now I have all three scrapped & on the wall.
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first canvas

Image hosted by Photobucket.comKatya's canvas.  First attempt at scrap canvas.

Alicia's Canvas

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAlicia's canvas (would be mean just to publish Eth's)

Scrapping Ethan

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This is my wee man.  Scrap Canvas.  Used some paper I found in Mosgiel, wooden star shapes from Destination Art in Arrowtown, Bazzill Navy cardstock.  All mod podged (matte) but with some white mixed for around the photo on the bazzill and on the stars - just so the picture of Ethan stands out clear and crisp from the canvas!


So this blogging thing is really addictive (almost as addictive as scrapping but without the real sense of achievement when a layout is complete).
Planted sunflower seeds with children at Sunday School this morning. They loved the hands on activity and had a fantastic knowledge of plants and how they grow (aged 3-5). They all had big smiles when they went to go home with their flower pots just awaiting their TLC so a plant can grow.
I completed a scrapcanvas for my son last night (he's still with mum in Dunners) as I've had one for each of the girls up for a while but had to try to get a 'study' photo of him that I could do up too and finally did. I'm quite pleased with it. Will upload it later.
I want to do some scrapbooking, in fact am itching to do some but need to wait for my photos to arrive as I'm completely out. I'm just finishing off a mini album for my MIL - using some older copies of photos she gave me & putting them in a concertina album - the bits I won from a For Keeps competition 'Megs Garden'. It's fun using stuff that I haven't had to purchase, I'm a bit less frugal.
Was checking out some blogs yesterday and from linking from one to another & then another I read about the idea of spending time in different arts disciplines or creative persuits and how this refreshes us for scrapbooking - thanks for the links whoever (I can't remember who/where). It confirmed why I knit, cross stitch, make cards, garden, paint and develop newsletters on the computer - just so I can scrap better!

standing in the sunshine

The photo I mentioned yesterday - finally figured out how to include it! (Thanks Nic for you advice on kiwiscraps forum).  Enjoy.
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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Yeah for the weekend!

After lots of rain yesterday and last night today is nice and sunny. The girls & I just had a walk down by the river into Arrowtown where I had to purchase some more digitalmax pre-pays as am getting some photos to scrap! (it took 4 1/2 hours for 141 photos to be uploaded). I was pleasantly surprised as they still had some of the old cards (pay $20, get $25 worth). Since getting more I have ordered a larger print of the photo on the right (just coz, as my son would say). I'll wait till the prints come through before getting larger versions of any of the others.
I went out for dinner last night with other Kindergarten Board members & the teachers from our five Kgtns. Nice food. I drove the van so after dropping everyone home (all around the Wakatipu) I got to bed at around 1:30am - at least it was my sleep in this morning!

Must go enjoy the remaining sunshine!

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Well, today's been a really normal day!
Woke up, asked for espresso in bed - and actually got it (making the day not so normal to start with). Dh & I got children ready for school & playcentre, briefly discussed our days then I drove into QT for work with daughter #2 (DS is still at Granny's). Set up Playcentre, joined children in their play, observed children involved in play, tidied up after children, sang some songs, read some stories, and sang our goodbye song. Now I'm home and on the computer - absolutely no surprises there.

The fishing trip was rather non-productive fish wise - they say they saw at least 15! but they enjoyed their time away as I also did! I haven't done any scrapping all week - to much other work to do but I have just purchased my pre-pay to get some photos developed meaning I can do some next week. I have been mulling over what to base my abc album on for the for keeps competition if I ever get around to ordering some of the alphaworks papers. I've also been planning an 8 hour crop in our area (no LSS here) and am considering the type of advertising I need to do & what sort of little 'spot prizes' to organise as well as some challenges & demos to keep the day moving. I'm really looking forward to it.

I did some collage with children at Playcentre yesterday and was thinking how similar some of the collage processes are to scrapping as well as looking closely at some things the children were doing and thinking how well that could go on a layout. Someone did call scrapbooking 'grown up collage' once. Well, I'd better do some paper work so I can have my week end free to scrap!


Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Had a fantastic labour day yesterday. Sat at Waitiri Creek Winery listening to a Jazz band (Continuum) fromm Whangarei, eating scallop salad and enjoying 'Harriet Rose' (a wine). My daughters ran around going for lizard hunts in the rocks, enjoyed a whitebait fritter sandwich with garlic aoli and a hokey pokey ice-cream. It was a fantastic sunny afternoon.

Dh arrived home (after cleaning up from the Jazz at work) and informs me that he, the chef & his fiance are taking my daughters away fishing in Naesby! So I am now alone in my home. Since getting home from work I have cleaned the sliding door windows, hung out some washing and am now back on the computer but I really should be doing a bit more housework.

I have really enjoyed reading some blogs lately from some scrappers - am loving the Heidi Swapp Jeans that I'm seeing on some of them. Must give this a go! I have a few projects on the go at the moment - mini album, mag submission topics, scrap canvas of my son, Christmas cards & letter, Circle Journal entry and am working on some introduction to scrapbooking lesson plans as well as some off the page workshops although I am still to decide definitely to run the workshops - but if I want more people to 'scrap' with I need to introduce people in our community to this art & then maybe move into retail - but who knows what the future holds!

OK, so I need to do some work around this house - summers here & haven't done a spring clean (it needs it I'm thinking as I look around this computer desk with piles of papers, books, albums, work stuff, discs and cords all over - and that's just in this particular square metre of the house!).


Monday, October 24, 2005


Kia Ora
Greetings from Arrowtown, NZ. I'm sure I live in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand! I've just decided to explore this blogging thing because I enjoy reading other peoples ones so much I thought I'd add to the collection! This will be a brief first post as I need to tidy up our home after a quick trip to Dunedin (three hours drive) last night for my dad's 51st birthday dinner and I plan to head out to my husband's work (Waitiri Creek Winery) to hear a Jazz band that is playing there - and to 'scrap' the ocassion as a magazine is asking for sumbissions on 'enjoying the fruit and wine produce of NZ'.

The title of my blog site comes from my main choice of activities (scrapbooking) and my children's initials (Katya, Ethan and Alicia - KEA)

I'm a mum of three, my eldest daughter started school in June so now I only have two at home -an almost four year old daughter and son who is two and a half. The main focus in our home at the moment is fishing, scrapping and toilet training.

Our fishing interest has grown from seeing fish swimming in the river just 200 metres from our house, I quickly went online, bought a family fishing licence, my husband got our fishing gear and set out do get a fish for supper! He caught one later that evening, we smoked it and had it with a fresh mesculin salad - it was great! Almost every evening one or all of us are out fishing. Friends also join us with varying luck. Yes I've been taking photos of this emerging family craze so can scrap them later!

I have been scrapping for almost two years and the idea of it as a hobby has evloved into more of an addiction and I can't seem to get enough of it (hence blog reading). I've just started submitting to magazines and have my first ever submission being published in a New Zealand Magazine (Up2Scrap) in November - yeah for me. Needless to say I'm inspired to submit more and my photography is sometimes more about photo's for upcoming submission deadlines than family moments and memories! I enjoy it regardless of the purpose so for now that's fine.

Toilet training is more of a necessity than a fun activity (I want more money for scrapping so need to save on nappy costs - well that's part of the reason, the other part is that he knows when he needs to go but seems to pick and choose!) I have left him at mum's for the week so hopefully she can have him all trained before she drops him off!

Better get cleaning the house so I can enjoy some Jazz on this sunny day in the Wakatipu!