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Project Life & Stamping Up!

Picture this….. it’s early morning…….I’m snoozing as it’s school holidays….. My phone was beeping like crazy. My Stampin’ Up! friends are messaging me with BIG Stampin’ Up! news…… “Wake up Carolyn, you’re missing everything” one message even said!! Then I see it…. Project Life and Stampin’ Up! are collaborating with a new Project Life Scrapbooking range. *Faint*

I’ve never really been able to ‘get into’ the traditional form of scrapbooking – although I do see the attraction (I’m just too time poor and tend to overcomplicate things). But the Becky Higgins’ Project Life line has always been very inviting…. and now  its going to be available through Stampin’ Up! Yep, co-ordinating Becky Higgins products with Stampin’ Up! colours and inks.

What an awesome opportunity for Stampin’ Up! and Demonstrators. We even get to have a early play with the Project Life Stampin’ Up! products – I can’t wait. If you can’t to, why not JOIN Stampin’ Up! and my team to get your hands all inky prior to the July release scheduled to become available with the new Australian Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue 1st of July 2014.

With the Blendabilities (Stampin’ Up!’s new range of alcohol markers) and lots of new and exciting products set for release in the  next few month – now is an fantastic time to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and start your new business or get your hobby with a great 20% discount, all while finding a fun group of like-minded people to craft with.

My team the Midnight Inklings are a fast growing, energetic and creative group of ladies who love to socialise and share ideas and helpful advice on line and in person if possible and we’d love you to join in the fun. email me or call me on 0401857748 and I’ll send you an information pack for free.


To learn more about Project life and Stampin’ Up!’s collaboration head on over the Becky Higgins & Project Life website 


More news on this as it happens. Would you be interested in having Project Life get togethers as my house? That sounds like fun!

Happy Stamping,

x Carolyn


My Stampin’ Up! USA holiday with the ‘This and that Journal’

I’m so excited to bring this project to you. Last year I was very lucky to be able to attend the USA Stampin’ Up! Convention and the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation as a guest of my dear friend Angela Sargeant. For 10 wonderful days we toured Utah and then Las Vegas and had the most amazing time.

Of course through out my journey I collected all sorts of pamphlets, ticket stubs and photographic memories. Now in the past after a holiday I’ve not really known what to do with these little bits and pieces but this time I knew that I’d be making a ‘This and that Journal’. The ‘ This and that Journal’ or sometimes known as ‘smash book journaling‘ is a really great way to document your every day life or a special event or holiday with or personal anecdotes, photos, bits and pieces, drawings – really anything. It’s very personal and EASY.

Now those who follow my page know I’m not really a scrapbooker but I really enjoyed the process of this style of record keeping. The unstructured layout really appeals to me and I know it will be a book that I go back to and relive my travels over and over again through out the years.

I wanted a very USA feel to the cover. The I’ve just tied the ribbons on the the spiral binding and I love the texture it gives. The Epic Day This and That Stickers and Washi tape have played a really big role in the cover and throughout.


I’ve popped in my very Australian swap card at the front and a photo I love of Angela and myself with the masses of other US Demonstrators behind us at SU! Convention. Was an exciting first day.


The ‘This and that Journal‘ comes with some pockets for you to pop things to read later. Here I have a map of Salt Lake City and some little love notes I left for my little boys to read if they got sad without Mum (I’m please to say they had such a lovely time with their Dad and Grandma they didn’t have to read them until I got home and we cuddled on the couch all afternoon).


Here I’ve used some Stampin’ Up! paper clips to add a pamphlet to the spiral binding – this way I can turn the pamphlet like a page and still open it up to read it. IMG_4539

I’ve left plenty of space for journaling (which I’ve added after the photos were taken) as my words and thoughts is what take this journal as a memory book to the next level. I love re- reading my diaries from my Husband and my back packing days prior to having children. I’m so glad we took the time to write those diaries an I know I’ll feel the same about my journal one day too. IMG_4540

Here is a menu from the welcome dinner on the Grand Vacation at Deer Valley Utah and a photo of the table setting. We were SOOOOO spoilt – Stampin’ Up! is really knows how to turn on a wonderful dinner. Again the menu is on paper clips (I’ve washi taped on the back a little to help it stay put), so I can flip it and add even more photos. I’ve also included a little flower that decorated out table gifts – yummy salted caramels. It also makes the journal more interesting then ‘just photos and writing’. IMG_4541

Finally I bought myself a very special momento of my US holiday and kept the ribbon to add to my journal and the little card too.
IMG_4542I have lots more pages of course but these are just a few to inspire you. I hope you liked them.

While some people take some glue and journaling markers with them to create as the go, some even have their journals in their handbags to have with them all the time to keep record of their daily life – I preferred to do it all at home in the quiet reflection of my craft room…. getting all misty eyed reliving the fun and laughs we had.

and do you know what I did when I finished?  Ordered another one!

Like to order your own? Just click here to visit my online store.

This and That Journal #131268 $18.95

Epic Day This and That Designer Series Washi Tape #131269 $8.95

Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers #131271 $8.96

So what do you think? I’d love you to leave me a comment – it makes my day to hear from you. 🙂

x Carolyn 

Scrapping Sunday

It’s a rainy and cold day here in Balhannah today. We have the fire on and I’m enjoying the company of my Mum who has been staying with us for a couple of weeks after looking after my oldest boys when I went to Convention. I love my Mum and I’m going to be super sad and a bit low tomorrow when she’s gone home. 😦

Here’s another layout from my Mum’s 70th album. This one is me as a baby with Mum and the other page is my little family now. I just love Elements of Style stamp set. Some of my favourite colours are Crumb cake and Baja Breeze….. so this layout was just so very me.

Mum’s Scrapbook Layout 1

A friend of mine said “You know what your doing (scrapbook for my Mum’s 70th birthday) takes some people years to do and you want to do it in just a few weeks??”……. and you know what, she was right. It was a crazy, bite off more then I can chew situation. In the last few days I put in some 3.30am and 2am nights and all day sessions, just to be able to present it to Mum on her birthday which was last Thursday. I’m very happy to say – I DID IT!! Woohoo!!

Now in reflection there are things I would have done differently. Things that I would like to add to and do over. Time was my enemy but also my friend. If I had had more time I would have spent more time procrastinating. Lucky for me Mum is coming back to Adelaide in a few weeks (so I can attend Stampin’ Up! Convention – Yeahar!) and if she finds room to pack the scrapbook, I might be able to tweak a few bits and pieces.

Here my first ever scrapbook page. I’ll post more now and again.

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