Friday, August 6, 2010


So I go back to work on Monday after having a year off.
It's quite a daunting prospect for so many reasons. Obviously the most important one being the change it's going to make to my family, but somewhere down on the list is the change it's going to make to my crafting ability and time. I say this as a way of explaining what may or may not happen to my blogging over the next few months. Basically..... I don't know.

I do know I will continue to scrap and craft. For a start I still have my Design Team commitments and I will continue to do these to the best of my ability. And I'm sure I will continue to scrap for myself as well. But it will just remain as to what amount of time I can dedicate to this. Certainly not (nearly) everyday as the case is at the moment. And I do have a back-log of projects that I can share with you over the coming weeks. Starting today.......

Grab a coffee and relax because this is going to be a mega-post (my way of making up for knowing I may be MIA for the next little bit. Apart from starting work on Monday I'm also moving house this weekend. I'm surrounded by boxes as we speak!)

I thought it was about time I showed you all those layouts I made with my first Studio Calico kit (June's Partly Sunny, and the add-on kit of which I can't remember it's name). I've already shared two of them, which you can check out here and here. But there's a few more :-)

I might not write a whole lot between pictures as otherwise this would get ridiculously long. But let me just say that on all these layouts I've used the kit products and nothing else. They are all a mixture of the main kit and the add-on I got. By the way, the main kit is still available to purchase in case you're interested!

I particularly loved the K&Co alphas and fabric embellishments that came in the add-on and I've used them on nearly all of my layouts I think!

I've had those Jenni Bowlin vintage buttons on my 'must buy' list for a while, so imagine how chuffed I was that I got both the white and the green buttons in the kit!

You'll also notice a lot of the photos I've used on all these layouts look the same too. That's because they're all from the same day at the park, snapping photos on the i-phone with the Hipstamatic app.

And did I mention the washi tape and how much I love it?!! A lot! And the add-on kit came with two rolls. That was another reason I needed the add-on (even though it cost more than the main kit!)

I had to think of something spectacular to do with that Buzz and Bloom chipboard piece. It's actually 12x12" so I cut it down a bit, and I'm really happy with how this layout turned out.

This lovely American Craft's Botanique paper has a really nice glittery finish on it so I wanted to showcase it on this layout. I like how it's all nice muted tones.

Wow. I thought I had only done 5 or 6 layouts from the kit. In doing this I realise I've done 8!! And I've still got enough left overs to do at least another two and easily another 4, although I would have to add some more cardstock and ration out my alphas. But I've got one piece of paper that's still intact and lots and lots of scraps and embellishments.

Anyway, I hope this will tide you over until I get back to regular blogging and crafting again. However, I don't think you'll notice any difference until at least September because I'm organised enough to have all the August stuff sorted out :-)

Alright ... I've got to get back to packing!


  1. You are A-MAZ-ING!! These pages are all so spectacular...and that you're so organized to be able to get so much done in the midst of packing & getting ready to go back to work! Such an inspiration!!!
    I've got those white jenni buttons- and have only used them a tiny bit- Must.get.over.hoarding.....! And the way you cut down that cool 12x12 chip piece? I'd have been overwhelmed by it & it would sit with me not knowing what to do with it!! I LOVE what you did!!!!
    Good luck with quick packing! Hope the move goes very smooth....

  2. My word, you've got a LOT goin' on in your life right now! How do you find time to do it all?!?

    The LO's are fabulous ... as usual ... all magazine-worthy and luscious. Wonderful eye-candy!

    Good luck with the move and the return to work ... adjustments to be sure but kids bounce and roll with the changes so easily. Will be thinking of you .. sending hugs!!

  3. Goodness!! Rather busy!! Great pages as always and just love how you've used that big chippy piece.

    Good luck with your packing and moving and also on Monday!

  4. Stunning work, as always Natalie! You have a great eye for colour and I particularly love how you have used the buttons on the "Stop Now" LO.
    Good luck with the move and your return to work next week! :-)

  5. Wow Natalie, to produce such awesome work in the midst of moving ... you're amazing!!!! Love all of your LO's Natalie, and I do hope you'll find the time to keep creating, not just for your sake but for ours as well!!! I just would miss seeing your work too much!
    Let us know how your first day of work went!
    Love xxx Peggy

  6. As ususal gorgeous work. You really used the heck out of that kit! (Is it warm in the winter where you live?)
    Good luck with your move and your back to work, Natalie - you sure have a lot on your plate right now. I'll be looking forward to your updates!

  7. gorgeous gorgeous Natalie I especially love that first layout the design and all your embellies are just perfect!

  8. LOVE what you did with that Buzz and Bloom Chippy, just beautiful.

  9. Simply amazing. I almost teared up at the teacher layout. How very sweet. I admire you for admitting that your life will be very busy and you might not update that often. So glad that you will be doing what you need to do and what you want to do and if you happen to share then I for sure will be stopping by. I've only gotten the chance to know you via blogland but I can tell you are an amazing woman and good luck with packing, going back to work, adjusting and crafting!

  10. amazing how each of these projects is so different using the same items!!! I LOVE the "Little Monkey" page and pix!!! When are you gonna show us a picture with your cape on because you're so OBVIOUSLY Super Woman!!!

  11. Wow your work rocks!! I love your family layout in the latest SC - it's really awesome!!! Congrats!!!

    I'm a follower and I'm also hopping on the FS2S Blog Hop! I hope this is the right spot to hop! :D

  12. I am on the FSTS blog hop but can't find your post for this I will become a follower to your blog as you have some amazing layouts I want to come back and look at more.

  13. Good luck with going back to work! I had to laugh - I did exactly the same thing when I went back after mat leave. We moved the weekend after I started back at work. Nothing like making life challenging :)

    I hope you still can make the time to keep up your crafting. Are you going back to work fulltime? I do find that my free time is much more precious and hard to come by since I work as well now. But you seem very organised, so I'm sure you'll manage to fit everything in somehow!

  14. WOWzers Natalie you sure know how to create amazing layouts, just love what you do with the embellishments and the papers and all the fun bits. Your layouts are very inspiring, thanks for that.

    Good Luck on your first day back at work, hope it all goes well for you and your family!

  15. good luck with work again and Im pretty sure you'll still have time to do some scrapbooking! How can you stop if you are creating such gorgeous pieces. WOW


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