Wednesday, 9 May 2012

All About Little Miss Chatterbox...

My occupation is officially driving my partner MAD! Every other week I am rearranging things or working on some new bizarre project with scrapbooking, art, or decorating. My grandfather is an amazing photographer, and I have just added that to my list of hobbies!

Main Beach, QLD

My life revolves around my family and friends. I absolutely love hand crafting things for them, doing art projects with my boys and bringing an extra touch of personality to our family memories through scrapbooking.


I am waiting for a time when days last 30 hours and there are 8 days a week to fit in all the things I want and need to do (a feeling most women probably have, especially when you have a family to run). I thought if I start a blog, it might encourage me to get those scrapbook pages finished, that latest art project completed, the boys room organised, my most recent photograph edited and printed. I need motivation too, and if you have subscribed to my blog, you just motivated me! So thank you!!

I am also planning our wedding at the moment, and I feel that that may overtake some of my blogs in the not too distant future! For the next 18 months, I am going to be one hot mess trying to organise this as I am someone who loves lists, loves organising things, but I've got 1000 people in my ear about what I should or shouldn't be doing for our wedding.. And a $12 000 budget! (I can practically hear anyone reading this telling me "Good Luck") 

I just hope to share some of my creativity and to get some tips, advice and inspiration back in return.

Every now and then I'll get on and ramble and I hope you enjoy those blogs just as much as the other bits and pieces I'll be adding.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your time on my humble ablog

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

To Create: Name plaque

Hello readers,

<3 My Sweet Boys <3

Just thought I'd share this little project that I did a few months ago when I cleaned out and redecorated my boys' room.

You can get all different shaped plaques for this or you could even cut your own from some MDF or something similar.
I just bought one from Spotlight for around $7.

I painted my plaque black and did the edges a beautiful aqua colour which really stands out! I had to do quite a few coats though, because the wood really soaks that stuff up.

I was originally going to hand paint the boys names onto the plaque.
I bought these white foam letters from KMart for scrapbooking ages ago but I thought they'd be super cute on a black background and could give it a bit of dimension and some added texture (which my little one loved touching very much).
Plus, if you don't have super steady hands and are worried about making a mess of handpainting those letters on, stickers are a great way to avoid ruining your efforts so far.

I also read somewhere (one of my scrapbooking magazines I'm sure) that things in threes are the most attractive or appealing to the eye which is why I chose three buttons with that same aqua colour as the edging for the plaque. I picked them up from Spotlight out of the $1 bin

I just used a cute little iron-car and glued it with wood PVA glue. I also got this out of the sales bin at Spotlight (Stingey!).

When I showed Aaron that I'd painted the face of it black he kept saying how morbid it was, especially for a child's bedroom. Even he had to admit when it was finished it turned out really well.

I really like the way that when I look at it, my focus isn't on the black but the pop of aqua and the bright white letters.

My next name plaque project on the way...
I totally forgot to take pics along the way!! I have a ton of other buttons and a new iron-on car and a little motorbike too, so I may just make another!!

Hope you enjoyed my little project and it inspires you to get even more creative and make a really fun entrance for your little boy or girls rooms.

Have a great week and stay tuned for more tutorials!