I taught 2 photography classes today at Scrapabout Australia in Parramatta, Sydney, and it was so much fun :) Leanne, the owner, is a sweetie, and all the ladies in my classes made me feel very welcome! The classes were very full on with loads of technical stuff, and by the end of it everyone's brains were swirling with info and ideas!! They all have lots of homework, so if you did my class today and you're reading this (and I know some of you do!) then go out and practice, practice, practice!
I didn't get a shot of me with the ladies in the class, but I had one with Leanne in the shop, and notice that big round mirror in the background? I used that for a silly self portrait too!
You can see the girls laughing at me in the background :)
I'll be back in a couple of months to teach some more classes there, so keep an eye out for their next newsletter. I'll be doing some scrapbooking classes too, so that'll be fun.
In other news, I had an interview with Handmade magazine this week. They're featuring me in their 'Inspirations' section, which will be in their September issue. It was a fun interview, all about how I got into photography, stamping, scrapbooking, and general stuff about traveling, kids, family etc !
I've also donated a prize pack into Ngaire's National Breat cancer Foundation fundraiser! If you haven't yet bought a ticket in the raffle, go here for the details. Such a worthy cause! What a trooper Ngaire is for doing such a great thing for such a great cause (and kudos to everyone who has also donated prizes!)
Here's a layout I did last night just for fun. Using the new Crate Paper papers, bit of ribbon, some tags I've had lying around for ages and Making Memories rub ons and a chipboard number.
The journaling is hard to read, but it says this:
'I feel like I say this ALL the time, but I still can't believe how fast you are growing! You're almost FIVE. Where did those 5 years go? Sometimes I want it to slow down, just for a while. I'm really grateful for these photos. You won't be five forever. I look at them and see a glimpse of the teenager you'll become, of the baby you once were, but mainly the spunky gorgeous beautiful boy that you are right now.'
I know I'll be creating another layout similar to this when he's 10 or 15 or whatever. I know the years will just whizz past. I remember when I was traveling through Europe with Stew in 96-97, and no matter how many photos we took to remember it by, we knew it would never be the same as experiencing the real thing. We'd say to each other 'this is the moment. Right now. Right this minute. Remember this. Forever.' And we'd literally squeeze our eyes as if we were taking a mental snapshot of the whole scene, including the smells, sounds etc.
I've had many moments like that. Real life moments where no matter how much I try to record it, whether it's photos, video footage, journals... it's never the same as the real thing. I love those moments.
I created this layout when Ethan was sleeping last night. He's 5 now. These photos were taken in February, so really I'm a bit behind. But he still looks exactly the same, just a few months older. After I finished it, I wanted to just squeeze him in a big hug. To remember this time. Instead I just went into his room, tucked him in again and kissed him on the forehead while he slept. But at breakfast I gave him a huge squeeze :) One day he probably won't like me doing that, so I'll savour that for now too :)
I went to the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair today and caught up with the Scrapbooking Memories girls! Met up with Leah Latham & Fiona Carter (all of us are on the SM Creative Team together.) It was the first time I'd met Leah and she is as lovely in real life as she is in emails :) Caught up with Larissa (editor of Scrapbooking Memories) and Rebekka Erickson (designer of fabulous scrapbooking product!) Also Met Alison Shearer for about 5 seconds, but didn't get a chance to catch up with her again. Had lunch with Leah and Fiona... it was so much fun catching up with them, and if you didn't know already, Fiona celebrates the big FOUR-OH birthday on Friday, and her hubby is taking her and their kids on a surprise holiday! They have no idea where they are flying to. How exciting!!! Hope they all have a wonderful time, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY FIONA!!!
Ok, here's some mug shots from today...
Here's Rebekka, me and Leah...
and here's Larissa & I!
I also caught up with Kristina from Scrapbook Mania and Dina from Catchy Crafts. I'll be teaching some classes at Catchy Crafts in the next few months. I'm yet to finalise dates, but will keep you posted!
Bought myself a copy of Cathy Zielske's new book today and also another book called The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery. Yum. I'm going to curl up in bed now for a bit of reading :)
You may remember late last year I photographed my friend's 2 little girls (the photos were up here on the blog). One of them has now made it to the cover of the latest Scrapbooking Memories :) woo hoo! The layout itself was made with a stack of Scenic Route paper and chipboard. Gotta love that stuff!!
And if you just happen to be flicking through my In Focus article on page 130 you might have noticed that the Opera House has now changed sides of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Ha! Totally funny.
Have a happy Thursday!
The winner drawn for May's RGP papercraft competition is Kass Jane, who receives a delicious prize pack of RGP stamps, filmstrips, greeting cards and scrapbooking papers! All of the entries have been added to the papercraft gallery under 'Competition May 2006', so be sure to check it out!
If you'd like to be in this month's draw, email your creations now! Here are the full details:
NEW MONTHLY COMPETITION!
To go into the draw to win a prize pack of Rachel Greig Photography products worth $35, simply email images or scans of your creations that use any product from the entire Rachel Greig Photography range. Creations can include cards, scrapbook layouts, books, mini albums, or anything else you have created with the products! The complete range of products can be seen in the RGP Shop. At least one of these products must be used in your creation, and preferably be the most dominate aspect of the design (other than photographs on layouts.) Entries must be a minimum of 350 pixels in height @ 72dpi. All entries received may be used in a gallery on the RGP website, where full credit will be given to the creator of the artwork. All entries received by the end of each calendar month will be placed into a draw. The first name drawn will receive a prize pack worth at least $35 retail. Postage is free. Entries received after the end of the month will automatically be entered into the next month's draw. There are no limit to the amount of entries, so please enter as many times as you like! Email your entries here.
The winner will be announced in our monthly email newsletter. If you have any questions regarding the competition, please contact us!
NEW PAPERCRAFTS GALLERIES
The papercrafts gallery has had it's biggest update ever, with over 80 new cards and layouts for you to enjoy! The papercrafts gallery is now in themes, which should make it easier for you to navigate through each gallery to find a subject applicable to your needs. I also had the privilege of working with Tim Holtz during SDU, and during his demo's and classes he used many of my stamp designs. He has given me all of those cards for use in the gallery. Check them out here
SHOP BY THEME OR BY RELEASE!
I have added a new feature to the Rubber Stamp category, where you can shop by theme or by release. For example if you'd prefer to see all the word stamps grouped together, you can now do so, rather than looking through all of the different catalogue release groupings. Likewise if you'd prefer to just see the newest releases, then you can simply look at the latest release category. I'm sure this will make your shopping a little easier!