Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Long Road Home

Sometimes the longest journey we embark on is the one that brings us home again, and this is certainly the case with my blog. This time  year ago I'd just found out I would need a second spinal surgery (after the first in July) but with one thing and another here I am only now returning to my blog after that long awaited fusion that will hopefully enable me to regain some quality of life (read allow me to sit for long hours scrapbooking) *grin*. I still wouldn't be sitting her now without the help of Lesley, or Tailz as I'm more likely to call her, from Nutkin Tailz Designs. She not only designs the beautiful kits I work with but has also become a dear friend, the kind that doesn't wait to be asked but rolls her sleeves up and gets a job done that she can see needs doing. And I thank her for jumping in and revamping my blog all ready for me to come back to as I'm able to.

Meanwhile I'm currently restricted to 5 minute layouts, but being the quotaholic that I am that hasn't been too big a drama, and over the coming weeks I'll be posting some of the layouts I've worked on during the past year that just didn't make it to my blog :)

Today's layouts feature Aidan's Reef by Nutkin Tailz Designs a wonderfully tropical kit based on summer sunset colours. A mixture of realistic elements makes this kit a must for all your summer layouts. Kit contains 30 12x12 papers and 74 embellishments. Everything is 300dpi with Shadows added for preview purposes only. Scrap for Hire OK and available at both Nuts4Digi and Digital Design Den

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ostara Odyssey

One of many kits in her Wheel of the Year Series, ancient pagan and modern christian traditions are beautifully interwoven in this ode to spring. Ostara was the ancient holiday that celebrated the eternal cycle of rebirth and renewal, and the colors and textures of this kit reflect the freshness of the season whichever way you celebrate it. You'll notice that this kit can also be used for Easter but it's so versatile that you could also use it for a unisex baby layouts.

16 papers and 41 elements all at 300dpi. Shadows for display purposes only.

Ostara Odyssey by Nutkin Tailz Designs is available now at Nuts4Digi

the delightful Mz Chloe and her first easter

Mz Chloe meets the Easter Bunny

a lesson nature to be learnt from nature

and saving the best for last ... my sister's first grandchild
Carter James and his mother Stacey

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nutkin Tailz Designs now at NUTS4DIGI

Exciting NEWS!!!

Nutkintailz Designs can now be purchased at Nuts4Digi

There are 3 kits instore right now but here's Sand n Sea, inspired by our holiday last November when we spent a week taking photos so Lesley could design a kit for our holiday snaps!

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A beautiful kit inspired by a holiday to Shoal Bay in NSW with my good friend and designer Lesley at Nutkintailz Designs. All the pictures for the backgrounds and the elements in this kit were taken in the local area of Pt Stephens NSW. A kit perfect for your holiday snaps or could be used for any number of layouts. Over 20 papers and 40 elements all at 300dpi. Shadows for preview purposes only.

And to celebrate I've got a wordart using the gorgeous starfish from her new kit Sand n Sea you can pick up here for one week only, after which it will be !

After you pick up your wordart be sure to pop along to the store to check out Nutkin Tailz Designs

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sometimes life has a way of getting in the way of what we really want to be doing, and thats certainly been the case for the first quarter of this year! By christmas I was in so exhuasted from the chronic pain I'd been experiencing from what was put down my "arthritis" I was ready to cut off my arms and legs just to get relief. But rather than do this I went back to my old doctor for a second opinion and this lead to 2 months of exhaustive investigations which finally resulted in a diagnosis of FMS, for which there is no cure, just a long haul of treatment protocols ahead. After almost a month now on immunosuppressants I can say the pain is being managed reasonably well and I've regained the energy I was so lacking for so long. Life is indeed good again and its been reflected in a renewed motivation for scrapbooking. Lesley from Nutkintailz Designs also has been on sabbatical while she sorted out issues in her life but is back designing so you will be seeing a lot of kits here again. But for now here's a couple a layouts inspired by the journey ahead, and to serve as reminders when my spirits flag.