Rugged family time

Welcome

Regardless of what is happening with Creative Memories I still have my son’s album to complete.  This double page layout is special as it shows my husband and I spending some special time with James.  James cried a lot as a baby and often my husband, Matthew was the only one who could settle him which helped me a lot, and gave me some time out.  On the whole though he was a good baby and was so cute!

Double page layout Father and son layout Growing up - Rugged layout

 

Products used:

Creative Memories Rugged Photo mats

Creative Memories Decorative papers (sorry I have forgotten the name of it)

Creative Memories Cardstock – Metallic green

Creative Memories Cardstock – Cloud

Creative Memories Custom Cutting System – circles

Creative Memories  ABC Monograms Swirly – Black

Creative Memories Rugged Title Stickers

Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer – straight and deckle edge blades

Creative Memories Tape runner

Creative Memories Epoxy stickers – Enchanted

Happy scrapping

Patricia

Reaching for the sun

Just a little photo to cheer people up after the last few days. I was really pleased at how this photo turned out and I did not have to do a lot to improve this photo. The daisy seems to just pop out on the page. Some days I can get great photos and other days I delete a lot, but I am improving.
I hope you all have a great day.
Patricia

 

Creative Memories News

Hi there. I just want to reassure people that at this stage it is still business as usual for Creative Memories.  There are still products available for sale and you can still order story books from Creative Memories to print.  I went onto Trade Me yesterday and the bidding for some products have gone crazy.   I gather Ebay in Australia has also had some crazy prices as well.  A Creative Memories colleague in Australia has written a really good post about using Trade Me and Ebay to buy CM products – please check out this link:   http://jensdigiscrap.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/leeches-lemmings-and-legends/#like-197.  She puts it so much better than what I could.  You can buy these products through online auctions but you end up paying huge amounts and to me it is tantamount to scalping tickets to concerts etc.  I would urge people to wait and see if there are any solutions to this situation and save your money.  It is not worth spending hundreds of dollars on products that are only worth a fraction of that.

Also, my website is still functioning so please check it out and see what is still available.  There must have been a glitch yesterday when I tried it out but it will remain up until further notice.

So hang in there and be positive and keep scrapping. Patricia

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Sad news

Hello there

I have had some very sad news over the weekend.  Creative Memories Australia and New Zealand has been placed in Voluntary Administration.  This has been as a result of the parent company in America filing for bankruptcy and unable to continue to provide products for the Australasian market.  This has resulted in my website being disabled and my business being placed on hold.  The recession is really hitting us all hard, but we have to stay positive and continue to spread the word about the importance of memory keeping and documentation.

I am sure that the staff at Creative Memories are doing their best to find solutions to this situation and I guess it is just a matter of watch this space.

There is still a limited range of products available so if anyone would like something please contact me to see if it is still available.

I will continue with my scrapbooking and crafting and blogging my efforts as I have enjoyed interacting with many people around the world, and getting a lot of inspiration from the many talented people in the blogosphere.

I would like to finish of with the mantra from the consultants in Australasia – Keep calm and scrapbook!

Happy scrapping

Patricia

Pink Parfait

Pink Parfait by Patricia Manhire
Pink Parfait, a photo by Patricia Manhire on Flickr.

This is the companion to my other photo. I don’t have a lot of flowers left in my garden as we are in Autumn here, but the geraniums are always good for photos.
Happy snapping
Patricia

Hanging in there

My photo of the day. Yesterday I went out in between showers and managed to get a few photos and here is the best one. The colours are just beautiful and I couldn’t believe I managed to capture this perfect rain drop.
I hope you all have a great day.
Patricia

 

Baby boy two photo layout

Welcome again

Much as I enjoy taking lots of photos I still have to do something with them and now it is time to get back to my scrapbooking.  James’ album will not get done on its own!

As I have said in previous posts, James is growing up in front of me again and here is a two photo layout using the Rugged Baby Boy Addition,s as well as a decorative pack  that I received when I went to a Creative Memories training day last year (I am sorry I cannot remember the name of the decorative pack, but it is no longer available).  The colours go so well together.

I have used a lovely striped pattern as the base of my page.  I then placed a smaller cream patterned paper on the page and then put a trimmed sheet of grey paper from the Rugged Range over it.  The two photos were placed side by side (I was just going through my page sketches from Chris Lothian and found a similar sketch from her!) and I have added a couple of embellishments on the photos.  With this decorative pack came a gorgeous green metallic cardstock and I have tried to make it last several pages as it tones in so well with this album.  I cut a strip of this green cardstock across the page and then placed a small strip of floral paper to add some decoration to the strip and break the wide  strip.  To tie in with other pages in the album I have used cloud cardstock to place under the cream paper for a tag.  I finished this off with a title sticker from the Rugged Baby Addition Pack.  I then finished off with a couple of black epoxy stickers from the P.S. I Love You range.

I am sorry that I am unable to give any precise measurements for my layouts but I tend to use whatever I have in my stash.  I never throw out my scraps because I never know when I might need just that sized piece for a project.  Small strips of paper make great ribbons for other layouts, and different shapes make good embellishments as well for both scrapbook layouts and cards.

CM Two photo layout

Materials used:

Creative Memories Cardstock – Cloud

Creative Memories Cardstock – Green metallic

Creative Memories Rugged Baby Boy Addition Pack

Creative Memories P.S. I Love You Epoxy Stickers

Creative Memories Decorative Pack – sorry I can’t remember which one it was but it is no longer available.

Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer

Creative Memories Scissors

I hope I am showing that scrapbooking is not that difficult and the important part about scrapbooking is actually putting the photos into albums and writing down all our memories for future generations to understand where we have come from.

Happy scrapping

Patricia