Wednesday, October 7, 2009


You will need:

1 piece of cardstock

a strip of cardstock about 5 inches x 12 inches

a strip of patterned paper about 1 inch x 12 inches

a huge chipboard number or letter

word stamps or decorative - we will be using this as a border ribbon,

fringing or something frilly eg lace or that felt ribbon flowery stuff

Your photo needs to be quite big. Mine is 15cm x 15cm square collage (so you can use 4 small photos or 2 medium ones)

Glimmermist or paint - this is not a necessity as you could use patterned paper to decorate your raw chipboard number or letter.

Journalling block

alphas of your choice for your title.

Now I would love you to join me at 8.30pm - surely the kids will be tucked up in bed by then.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Forever Always ANATS

If you love reading and scrapping and want to combine both then head on over to FA and discover "A NOVEL APPROACH TO SCRAPPING" or ANATS for short.

This month rediscover "Flowers in the Attic"

The challenge is to Create a layout using :

One of the chapters listed below as your title.
4 pattern papers - to represent the four children
Hidden journalling - to represent their hiding place in the attic
Something Golden - to represent their golden locks.

Good-Bye, Daddy
The Road to Riches
The Grandmother's House
The Attic
The Wrath of God
Momma's Story
Minutes Like Hours
To Make a Garden Grow
The Christmas Party
Christopher's Exploration and Its Repercussions
The Long Winter, and Spring, and Summer
Growing Up, Growing Wiser
A Taste of Heaven
One Rainy Afternoon
To Find a Friend
At Last, Momma
Our Mother's Surprise
My Stepfather
Color All Days Blue, But Save one for Black
Escape Endings, Beginnings

October out now!!!

ok so its October...arghhh freak xmas around Its time to check out the 123_challenge for the month...oh and its a good one......

1. Use 5 different patterned papers ~ Paula Perry
2. Use 1 colour and 1 black and white photo ~ Jodie Armitage
3. Lots of tearing and crumpling ~ Tam Partridge
Email your entries to: by October 31st

Thursday, October 1, 2009


and ready to download
over on the FA NEWS & MORE BLOG ....Enjoy!!!!

October's Inspiration for "A Novel Approach to Scrapbooking"- see right column
and Forum for further details.

This month you will find, our favourite Techniques



Our October Sketch Challenge
Including inspiration from the Design Team

THATS ARTASTIC....OCTOBER ARTIST IS UP... of my all time favourite artists....introducing your October inspiration...
Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night
Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist whose paintings have had a far reaching influence on 20th century art.

...if you like what you see check out DT layouts over here

Heres my interpretation of Van Gogh's Starry Night....TFL

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


September 1,2,3 Challenge is....

1. bookpaper Posted by: Lea
2. the word- SMILE on your page. Sandie Mallon
3. include a "non-scrappy" item Kate Middleton

We have some amazing Inspiration from some of our 123 Creative Team Members.... to get your imaginations and mojo flowing!!!

cant wait to see yours.....


ARTist for September - Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky: (4th December 1866 – 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first modern abstract works.Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow and chose to study law and economics. Quite successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—he started painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30.

In 1896 he settled in Munich and studied first in the private school of Anton Azbe and then at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. He went back to Moscow in 1914 after World War 1 started. He was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Moscow and returned to Germany in 1921. There he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France where he lived the rest of his life, and became a French citizen in 1939. He died at Neuilly-sur-seine in 1944.

The inspiration for your layouts will come from this sample of his abstract workcalled 'On White II'
So come on all you ARTASTIC chickys.....cant wait to see how this artwork inspires you!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


but not 100% ATM so will update some more tomorrow especially for the September ARTASTIC CHALLENGE and 123 CHALLENGE BLOGSPOTS......tune in later :)



Oh i guess you wanna know the ingredients...ok i'll tell ya....and i'll even give you a sneaky peak

-cardstock (i've used yummy bazzill swiss dot...mmm)
-24cm x 18cm die cut or cut out paper
-large tag (with string or ribbon for loop) :
-6 x 4 portrait photo
-25cm string
-25cm ribbon (thin)
-20cm (length) x 12cm (height) bottom right corner of a shield type shape patterned/plain paper.(hope thats not too confusing an explanation so just ask if not sure) :
-journal pen
-stamped image cut out and raise mount it on a circle (circle approx 5cm diameter) :
-alpha title
-book page or similar paper 6cm x 10 cm and chipboard to frame it or make your own frame for it
-diecut embellie to suit page medium size
-rubons...something in a straight line small and appox 15cm long.

now this may sound like a lot of ingredients but its all really bibs and bobs and one of my fav all time layouts i've been saving for a special occasion.

FA September Newletter....OUT NOW!!

September newsletter is ready to download over there in the RIGHT column....Enjoy!!!!
This month you will findBirds, Trees the Amie Taylor and the girls.

September's Inspiration for "A Novel Approach to Scrapbooking"

- see right column and Forum for further details.Our August Sketch Challenge
Including inspiration from the Design TeamAll that and more is just a click away over in the newsletter downloads on the blog.
If there’s anything we can do to enhance your experience on our site, please let us know. We want you to be delighted with your visit and our service.


the monthly sketch challenge at FA....what havent.....well you should cos its based on my layout....LMAO....yeah now you gotta go have a looksee.


Come on .....join us by registering here


.....and dont forget that you could be our next monthly GDT member just by doing your favourite thing......scrappin!!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


oh yeah thats is my b'day. had lunch with the girls and got some gorgeous flowers and choccies....and my bestie gave me a bobblehead figurine from "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE" that book. DH has an iphone on order for me and the kids scrapped some cards and gave me a yummy vanilla candle and chocoholic coffee mug.....and my gorgeous girl SONIA...has made me the most beautiful album and card which i will cherish forever (thanks chick). will have to take photos of everything and post later....having a fabbo day!!


It's Paula's turn with the Chef Hat on this week over at Forever be sure to pop on over and cook up a storm with us in the forum on Wednesday Evening from around 8pm
You will need...1 cardstock1 piece of pp or 2 pieces of co-ordinating scraps.journaling spot (I've stamped on cardstock for mine)alpha's for title2 flowers in different sizes4 photos (all portrait; 1 @ 4x5.5", 3 @ 2.5x3.25")Any questions, simply ask. Look forward to seeing you all Wednesdaynight.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


FOREVER ALWAYS August Newsletter is up!
and ready to download....Enjoy!!!!This month you will find blog challenges galore, including our new one - see Forum for further details.Including inspiration ideas for Augusts Scrap the Girls Challenge Blog - of which we are a sponsor this month.....Our August Sketch ChallengeIncluding inspiration from the Design TeamAll that and more is just a click away over in the newsletter downloads on the blog. there’s anything we can do to enhance your experience on our site, please let us know. We want you to be delighted with your visit and our service.
Here is my layout inspired by Amie's gorgeous sketch, look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


August Challenge
Scrapbook the female/s in your lifeDue August 31st. See....nice easy one to start off the Find out all about Scrap the girls here


Thursday, July 30, 2009

the coolest august challenge......

So you take one Andy Warhol Artwork......

and you scrap it to be your own.......

and you cant go wrong because art is what you want it to be......sound like is!!!
If you love art (and i'm sure you do) then pop on over to ARTASTIC CHALLENGE and join in the fun......very inspiring on the link on the right to get there.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

and now its done....yes i found some time last night!!

to do the 123_challenge July layout....very, very happy with how it turned out. been thinking my bedroom needs a makeover and i would love the black, white and lime theme....yep these colours have definately been on my mind!!!

oh and a new profile pic too!!!....i love my hat :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I'm joining a very talented bunch of ladies as a member of the Creative Team for..............123_Challenge....woohoo. Soooo excited!!

So the July challenge is up (yes i've started mine), and here it is:


1 altered photo - either digitally altered or manually altered (eg, sanded, journalled on) /Kate Middleton
2 Use paint on a stamp (s) for your layout. /Mandy Dodd
3 polka dots/ Karen Brierley

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Email your entries to by the last day of July!!!


so what r u waiting for......go on.....get creative now!!! :)

Spent the weekend making these.....

arent they the coolest wedding invitations you ever did see......nod your head....yes they are!!!
my best friend is getting married in late August and we designed them to her taste (and mine...hehe) thrilled with how they turned out and am sure its not something people will expect to see for a wedding invite. now to get all the other scrapping i'm dying to do. TTFN.

Kye's turn to nite- 08/07/ there!!!

Yes its recipe scrap time again at FOREVER ALWAYS and Kyes the chef....YAY.

join KYE here for a very quick layout on Wednesday night.

We will kick off about 7.30ish.

Ingredients :
2 x 4x6" portrait photos
1 x cardstock
1 x patterned paper (a scrap piece 12 x 4.5" will do)
1 x large journal tag (approx 8cm x 14.5cm)
1 x large flower 1 x large brad or button
1 x large chipboard arrow or flourish
Ribbon or ric rac (approx 12cm)
Optional - rubons

....HOPE TO "SEE" U THERE!!! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

FA layouts.....

just sharing a couple of layouts that you will find on the FA newletter first up is "Havies"....twas a layout about everyday living and for anyone that knows me they know i live in my i'm a nth qlder!!!....second one is my July Sketch ..."FAIRY SWEET" .

Its July and time for FA newletter.....

WOW, what a month JUNE was!!! And with June over, that means we are well and truly passed the mid-point of the year, and Christmas is coming.... find out more in the Newsletter, downloadable from the left hand side of our blog...

The Design Team Girls and I have been discussing changes, and we hope to bring you lot’s of those in the coming months…..hopefully some of these ideas will help you with your Christmas planning.

Our Extension to the deadline of entries for the FA 6th Birthday Celebrations means you still have 6 days to complete those amazing layouts and upload them to be in the prizes.

The major prizes - Two vouchers of $25 voucher to spend at FA!The minor prizes - for winners of various random challenges and games during the competition - are $5 FA Vouchers, RAKS and FA Stars!

To enter: Simply add your name to the Registration thread of the forum and your current post count. New Members are welcome to come join and play today too!

You can enter at any time.

The winners will be determined by a public vote on selected challenges a random draw from all challenge entries and who has progressed the furthest in their post count during the competition. All posts must be legitimate posts and not spam.

Be sure to join in the fun and the prizes oh and those inspirational challenges that you will be inundated with by clicking on the below


Our Carolees Product giveaway has been given an extension too….so to be included in this giveaway, all you need to do email us here at Forever Always { } with the subject line 6th Birthday Gift to be included in the draw.

The Draw will take place on the 6th June and announced with our winners shortly after.Here are just a few of the things you can find in our Newsletter this month.

Retreat #13 yes you asked and we are going to make it happen...see the details and choose the date - yes you get to pick which one will suit you.
Important DATES

We check out the simple things to scrap in the everyday moments

Check out our page of the week on the HOME PAGE- is it YOU?

winners are grinners - revealed well somebody is.....the rest will have to wait till the 6th July.
SKETCHES Galore....with loads of inspiration but don't forget our

Check out the JULY monthly Sketch Inspirational layouts that the girls have ready to inspire you as well.

All that and more is just a click away over in the newsletter downloads on the blog.
If there’s anything we can do to enhance your experience on our site, please let us know. We want you to be delighted with your visit and our service.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


ok for some random reason my blog want to post the writing down the side of my pics and i cant figure out how to change it....sooooo annoying. (just venting....a little)

.....ok have fixed it a little....still not working properly.

another one down.....

Well i finally completed my 123 blog party "BIG CHALLENGE". Thanks for a great night Charm and an awesome challenge!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

BLOG PARTY TONIGHT 123_Challenge - June layout

Well its blog party time tonight at 123 challenge so i thought i better blog my layout for June.......isnt she the sweetest little girl you ever did see.
Go here ..... for 123 blog party.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Just a couple i whipped up last night.....

NOT...gee i only wish i could scrap that fast...LMAO!!! and wish i had more time ATM to scrap scrap scrap.

anyhoo....need to be getting some house work done.....ciao for now :)

WOOT WOOT....123 Challenge Blog Party in da house!!!

"Have you checked out the 123 Party Blog??? There are 12 Websites donating.... with LOADS of prizes up for grabs.... and only ONE criteria to be eligible to join in.... to complete the June 123 Challenge by the last day of June!
SO BE THERE - Monday June 15th!!!
Complete the June 123 Challenge before the 123 Blog Party for a chance to win a $15 Store Voucher - one person who has created a layout with be randomly drawn!"

Friday, June 5, 2009

Aussie Scrapjack....woot woot...fab new site!!! all need to check out the new AUSSIE SCRAPJACK site amazing!!! well done to everyone at ASJ, just love it!! you just gotta bear with me til i find my way around it though...sooooo much to look at, take in and do.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Forever Always June Newletter is out....

May was jam-packed and is now over and June is now here....with lots of excitement revealed in this newsletter. Here are just a few of the things you can find in our Newsletter this month.
Retreat #12 reviews shared.

Retreat #13 yes you asked and we are going to make it happen...see the details.
It's our Birthday - check out the Fun, Frivolity, chatter, challenges, prizes and of course specials and give aways.

Important DATES- check them all out on the newsletter so you dont miss out!!!

The girls have got Winter all covered in our Winter Wonderland article.
Check out our page of the week on the HOME PAGE- is it YOU?
winners are grinners - revealed

Check out the JUNE monthly Sketch and JUNE colour combo Inspirational layouts as well. .All that and more is just a click away over in the newsletter downloads on the blog.

If there’s anything we can do to enhance your experience on our site, please let us know. We want you to be delighted with your visit and our service.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Yay Recipe Scrap time again!!! i'm the chef ....and here are the ingredients...

- lots of luck......just kidding but got your attention didn't I ;) ...ok now seriously here is what you need!!!

- cardstock for background
- paper A, 12"x 5"
- paper B, 6"x 1"
- paper C, 6"x 1"
- 6x4 landscape photo
- journal box
- rectangle tag/sticker (smallish, about 1cm x 5cm)
- 4 x buttons
- 2 word title
- staples/er
- pen for some written journalling

so off you go now....chop, ready to cook up a storm!!

.....and dont forget we would love to see new members joining us no matter where in the world you are!!! just pop on over to FOREVER ALWAYS...and register :) in the forum.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

123 Challenge - May

Sugar and Spice...

123 Challenge for May is to use 3 different ribbons, mixed alpha title and journal spots. had so much fun with this challenge. how cute is my friends little girl....a real little spunky monkey!! some fantastic layouts for this months challenge and you can check them out by clicking on the link at right :)

Friday, May 15, 2009


Because we are sisters....

I think this is the quickest i have ever done a layout for a cybercrop....twas fun!! and i've just realised how many crappy photos i have from pre-digital days ...there is more background than there is subject, but it is challenging trying to make them look good.
oh and i love raw chipboard......just randomly throwing that out there....lmao.

Some layouts to share....


Santas little home girls

Thursday, May 14, 2009


High Tea CyberCrop
HIGH TEA RETREAT CYBERCROPWith Sonia, Paula, Michelle and Kye away, its time for us non-retreaters to play.

Amie and Renae would like to cordially invite you to our HIGH TEA RETREAT CYBERCROP commencing promptly MIDDAY FRIDAY 15TH MAY.

We can't let the retreaters have all the fun, so why not join us for lots of great challenges, BINGO and maybe another game or two!!

Bring your HIGH TEA MANNERS.....oh and your scrap stash of course!!Please register your interest by RSVPing to the HIGH TEA REGISTER HERE THREAD.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Artastic Challenge Blog....

This months ARTASTIC CHALLENGE artwork is from Salvador Dali....very inspiring. check out the ARTASTIC site here
and here is my layout inspired by "landscape with butterflies"......TFL


Forever Always May Monthly Sketch and newletter

How do you Hula

yes its a double....but a fantastic double to work with...just love how it turned out.

The FOREVER ALWAYS NEWLETTER is ready to download now....see the link in the right of this blog.

What happened to April, it certainly flew by, was it just me or are you all the same, it feels like you blinked and missed a month too. Lot’s of events, with Anzac Day and a 19th Birthday. Yes it is hard to believe my little girl turned 19 this last week, she amazes me more and more each day.
With the school holidays over, perhaps things will slow down a bit, and I will be able to do more challenges, or is it going to be just a huge challenging month, with NATIONAL SCRAP BOOK DAY and our Super CROP. We hope you enjoy our fun and frivolity this weekend, during our SUPER CROP NSD with all the Challenges flying up in the forum, there is bound to be something to get your mojo flowing.

Our next big event is May Retreat just 2 short weeks away – we still have spaces, why not come and play.Our May Cybercrop will be run in conjunction with our RETREAT, with lots more fun and frivolity and games galore, with our early start, all your stay at home scrappers will only miss out on the food and instant shopping, but Amie and Renae will keep you busy with loads of fun, chatter and challenges.

The girls share there favourite hot item in their stashes - lot's of great inspiration and bargains to be had. - Check out the SALE items.

Time for me to stop rambling on and let you grab yourself a hot cuppa, yes the weather is really showing signs of winter snapping at the door, get comfortable, and get ready to be inspired to create with these fantastic ideas and inspirational works the FA Family have put together for you.

Be sure to pencil these in your diary…then ring and book in, space is very limited!

Thursdays - 10am till 2pm (bring your lunch), Every Thursday – just call and book in.- except for the retreat Thursday 14th May 2009

12 Hour Crops- 12 noon till 12 midnight $40 includes Afternoon tea/Dinner/challenges and our signature crop food M&M’s2nd May 2009

6th June 2009Recipe Scraps – 2009 – NEW now on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS from 8/8.30pm13th May with Amie

Cybercrops – 2009 – NEW now the second last weekend of the month and lasting for a weekMay 15th – 18th ; June 19th – 22nd ; July 17th – 20th ; August 14th – 17th ; September 11th – 14th ; October 16th – 19th November 13th – 16th ; December 11th – 14th

Retreat #12 – 14th -17th May PRIVATE ROOMS ALL BOOKED OUTDormitory Accommodation $250 Please make sure you get your space booked, your non-refundable deposit of $50 is due when booking

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Aussie Scrapjacked May Layout....

You are you.....

Mays scrapjack is Ruby Bisson.....such an inspiring layout to jack that i just had to do it NOW!!! It reads: you are you!! and i love who you are....TFL