Monthly Archives: May 2009

Hema – New Online Store in the Netherlands


The Hema is a well known department store in Holland. It was one of my favourite stores when I lived there! I especially have a weakness for their “worsten broodjes” Yummy! (like a sausage roll – but different!).

Anyway, they have just set up a website so you can do online shopping, Have a look at their product page, you are unable to order anything as the site is not accepting orders yet – but just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens. Make sure the sound is turned up on your computer!

Personally I think its brilliant!

Scrapbooking on a Budget


With the way the world is financially at the moment, we all look at ways to save money. So I have challenged myself to create a few layouts spending $10 or less.

Here is the first one:

Here is what I used:
* the white page inserts that are in the albums – $0
* 1 sheet of patterned paper, making memories – $1.45
* sheet of vellum stickers from EK success – $2.99
* 4 eyelets – $0.10
* 1 sheet of Cardstock – $0.70
* 1/2m ribbon – $0.50
* Metal ribbon slide, alpha beads, washer and rub ons from stash, but probably valued at $3 (as they are not full packets)
So total spent: $8.74 (less than $4.50 per page!!)

And here is the 2nd one:

I used:
* the white page inserts that come with the album as backing pages. – $0
* 3 sheets of patterned paper (marked down as it was last seasons!) $1 each – $3.00
* Mulberry Flowers – $3.00
* 2 packets of Kaiser Adhesive Pearls $1.80 each – $3.60
* Brads and rub ons from stash – probably about $3 value
So the total is $12.60…..and yes I have gone over budget!

Has any one else made some budget pages? How much did you spend? Are you willing to share your layouts here? What are your best money saving ideas?

I will list all ideas here next week. The person with the best Scrapbooking money saving idea will receive a bag of 100 mixed shaped brads from my online store.

Till next time!

A Mother’s job….

I have just received this e-mail…and I thought all the mum’s out there would appreciate it!


Six married men will be
dropped on an island
with one car and
3 kids each for
six weeks.

Each kid will play
two sports
and either take music
or dance classes.

There is no fast food.

Each man must
take care of his 3 kids;
keep his assigned
house clean,
correct all homework,
complete science projects,
cook, do laundry,
and pay a list of
‘pretend’ bills with
not enough money.

In addition, each man
will have to budget
in money
for groceries each

Each man
must remember the
of all their friends
and relatives,
and send cards out
on time–no Emailing.

Each man must also
take each child to a
doctor’s appointment,
a dentist appointment
and a
haircut appointment.

He must make
one unscheduled and
inconvenient visit per
child to the A & E.

He must also
make biscuits or cakes
for a social function.

Each man will be
responsible for
decorating his own
assigned house,
planting flowers outside
and keeping it presentable
at all times.

The men will only
have access to television
when the kids are asleep
and all chores are done.

The men must
shave their legs,
wear makeup daily,
adorn himself with jewellery,
wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes,
keep fingernails polished
and eyebrows groomed.

During one of the six weeks,
the men will have to endure
severe abdominal cramps,
back aches,
and have extreme,
unexplained mood swings
but never once complain
or slow down from
other duties.

They must attend
weekly school meetings,
church, and find time
at least once to spend the
afternoon at the park or
a similar setting.

They will need to
read a book to the kids
each night and in the
feed them, dress them,
brush their teeth and
comb their hair by 8:00 am.

A test will be given at the
end of the six weeks,
and each father will
be required to know
all of the following
each child’s birthday,
height, weight,
shoe size, clothes size
and doctor’s name.
Also the child’s
weight at birth,
length, time of birth,
and length of labour,
each child’s favourite colour,
middle name,
favourite snack,
favourite song,
favourite drink,
favourite toy,
biggest fear and
what they want to be
when they grow up.

All the above must be completed whilst working
in either full time
(preferably) or part time
employment to assist in
the financial input for
the family.

The kids vote them off
the island
based on performance.
The last man wins only if…
he still has enough energy
to be intimate with his
spouse at a moment’s

If the last man does win,
he can play the game over
and over and over again
for the next 18-25 years
eventually earning the
To be called Mum!

Brads and Eyelets


When I first started Scrapbooking about 5 years ago, eyelets were all the rage! Everyone I knew used them to adhere photos, add accents etc, but now most of my friends (myself included!) rarely touch an eyelet and always use brads. Although I have seen in some of the Scrapbook Magazines – eyelets are making a comeback! So I was wondering…..

What do you prefer to use? Brads or eyelets or both?

On average how many brads or eyelets would you use per page?


The process of making Brads for Scrapbooking


Brads start off as a coil of metal as shown in the image above.

The above machine is used to make the moulds for the shaped brads.

Brads made in the mould

The brads are processed through the machine and come out at the bottom.

The above picture shows Crystal Brads. The form and Acrylic gem need to be put together which gets done by hand.

The painting is done in a different factory, and I will be receiving those photos in the coming weeks.

Above are the images of our brads which should arrive in our store in about 10 days. They still need to be packed and the 5mm ones still need to be sprayed with glitter.

If you are interested in making your own design of brads, any shape or size, contact me and I will get you a quote from the factory.

Daylight saving


On Saturday Western Australia will once again go to the polls to vote on the topic of Daylight Saving.

Here are some wise words just e-mailed to me…..

When told the reason for Daylight saving time, the Old Indian said:
“Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it at the bottom and have a longer blanket”

Book of Me

How many of us find that we are always taking the photos, and scrapping only other people in our lives?

My goal this year is to scrap a book of me. It will start from birth till present.

Any ideas on topics I should definitely have in there? Has anyone done a book about themselves?

All comments very welcome!

Happy Mothers Day!


Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s and grandmothers!

The above photo is of the wonderful present I received from my 20 month old DS. I love receiving hand made presents…especially from my kids. My 5 year old DD made a beautiful card in the shape of a handbag and a decorated noodle box filled with treasures including chocolate…which disappeared into her mouth when I wasn’t looking!

How did your kids spoil you this Mother’s Day?

Kaiser Tissue Box


Last night I was in a creative mood, so decided to make a tissue box cover. It took about 3 hours from start to finish – and my daughter loves it! (as it features her!)

Products used:
Kaiser tissue box large
Imaginisce Papers
Basic Grey Rub Ons
Prima Flowers
HOTP flowers
Kaiser Adhesive Pearls
K&Co Metal embellishments
MM Chipboard
Buzz and Bloom Chipboard Crown

For the scalloped edges I used a Fiskars border punch. (best punch I have ever bought!).

The papers are not listed on the website, as I normally just sell them locally – but I can list them on request. There are 6 papers in the collection.

I wish you all a creative weekend and a Happy Mothers Day for tomorrow!

The new man in my life!


I haven’t been on here for a very long time. But that is about to change!

My last post, August last year, I had just found out I was pregnant, and now I am the proud mother of Alexander. He really is the most perfectly behaved baby, he even sleeps through the squealing and giggling from his older siblings. (and that can get quite noisy at times!). I wonder how long it will last….

You can also follow me on Twitter. My twitter user name is ScrapbookWA.

On Saturday 16th we will be at the QE2 building on Durlacher Street, Geraldton with all of our products on sale. We have a lot of new Kaiser products and Scrap Kits all below retail price.

That’s it for now, but I will be back very soon!