Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sassafrass lass, and a sneek peak :)

Goodmorning my friends,

Happy 'Autumn' everyone :( Im sad because it doesnt even feel like we got a summer this year in 'umm, sunny Victoria'. We have only had one or 2 days that could be called hot, and it seems like the rest of the summer has been wet, and raining....

The end of the month marks the release of the BOXX NEWSLETTER, and its chock full of amazing layouts, and projects from the design team girls. If you dont already receive the newsletter, do yourself a favour and sign up for it, its free, and is full of scrapping inspiration. Heres what I did with this months 'Boxx of scraps' kit. Using the gorgeous Sassafrass lass 'Mix and mend' papers, and lots of other goodies.

Kaisercraft have released 2 fabulous new collections today also , Nan's favorites, and Bubblegum hills. You MUST call in to their blog to check them out, and have a look at what the fabulous design team have created for you this week. I am busily working on some projects using these ranges, but they will have to wait till next week, when Im blogging.

All I can show you today are a few little 'sneek peeks of what Ive been working on. Im excited about a 'flower tutorial' I have done for Australian scrapbook ideas magazine, which will be out in April, so if you are interested in learning how to make your own, handmade flowers, all the instructions will be in there :) ....

And a little sneek of the new Kaisercraft collections Im working on

A little edit to my post to add my 'weight loss challenge' weight for this week. TA DA !!! I have lost almost 1 kg this week (900 g to be exact) I am happy with that, considering Ive lost 50 kg to date, I think any loss at all is a good thing.

I am at my goal weight now, according to all the weight loss gurus, so Im wrapped !!! I never in a million years thought I could lose 20kg, let alone 50 !! I have been overweight my entire adult life, I gained weight with all of my 5 kids, and finally got to a point where i was 50 kg overweight, and the thought of losing that amount of weight was just too overwhelming, so I didnt even try. I stopped weighing myself, and just resigned myself to the fact that I was always going to be overweight, and got more and more depressed about it, which caused me to gain more.

I remember the day that I finally decided enough was enough, My son was 4 and a half, and was terrified of the water, lots of his little friends were swimming around, and here he was clinging to the side of the pool... That was MY FAULT, because I was so embarassed about my weight, I hardly ever took them to the pool, and would NEVER dream of actually getting in the pool and swimming with them. For me that was so overwhelming. I still get teary about it now... My poor kids had missed out on so much, because I was overweight, and had issues about it.... Thats the day I decided I was going to change my life, not for me, but for my kids.

Ok, if you are still reading this mammoth post, thankyou :) and have a wonderful week....


  1. Oooohhh What a fun and inspirational blog post!! Love the LO and the sneaks...x

  2. Yes, a fun post. I blogged yesterday about Perth's rotten heat wave. It's 7:30pm and the AC is still going and will probably be on all night again. The air scorches you during the day here. So not nice. Plus, I normally love summer. I like Nan's faves. Looks good to me.

  3. fantastic work as always! Love the design, color combo and layering. Great job!

  4. Well I love your LOs - my favourite is the cockatoo one - great pic too. As far as the weightloss, wow, that does stir something inside of me - there are shades if that in me - its a big wake-up call. Thankyou for motivating me even more today.

  5. Congrats on reaching your goal weight Karen!! Thats amazing. Well done!!
    Love yout layouts and that sneak of the flower tutorial looks devine. Looking forward to getting the mag. Have a great day. xox

  6. Congrats on reaching your goal weight Karen!! Just awesome!!
    Gorgeous LO's too, love the misting!! Lovin' the sneaky peaks too, I love those flowers, definately need that mag LOL

  7. oh these are goooooorgeous!!!

  8. You and your story are an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Your layouts are really beautiful Karen :):):) I love all the little details and your layered embelli's. Congrats on acheiveing your weight loss goal too! What an amazing journey the last little bit must have been for you. I'm sure your kids are just thrilled and so very proud of what an inspiring example of courage and strength their Mum is :) Take care x

  10. Woo hoo!!! W.T.G Karen, you are there!!! Well done. I need to get a wiggle on and get motivated myself.