Friday, September 28, 2007

Dare # 31 "Out My Window"

Hi Darers! Sorry it has taken me so long to get on to putting this up for you tonight but it has been one of those headless chook days - you know where you run around in circles but never achieve very much? That was my day. Anyhow on with the dare...

Do you have a favourite window in your house? Is there somewhere where you love to sit and just look out? My favourite is my kitchen window, it faces north so is really sunny, and of course I spend a lot of time there as mums do preparing meals and cleaning up etc. It is also my favourite vantage point because it faces the end of the street so I can see my loved ones coming home from there.

This is what I want you to scrap about this week, the view from your favourite window. As you can see in my layout I have scrapped about how as a mother it doesn't matter how old your kids get you still like to watch and make sure they get where they are going safely. I have to admit that this is not really my window but a digital frame I found but the view is totally out my kitchen window.
Gwen our guest designer has scrapped a beautiful layout about her favourite window but this layout has a I will let her tell you in her own words...

Here is my take on the 'View from my favourite window' dare. A bit of a twist. I can see the wall from my kitchen window, but it is only in a short window of time that I can see the rambling rose flowering. It flowers in November for six short weeks, but is glorious. I just had to go outside last year, camera in hand to photograph it.
So I would love to see your view from your favourite window, can't wait to see what you come up with. Please leave a link to your layout at a gallery or your blog in the comments of this post. The deadline is Wed 10th October 6pm. Our favourite for this dare will be our guest designer for Dare #33.


This is my favourite window to look out, not only because of what's on the outside but what's on the inside too - part of my collection of coloured glass bottles, my window decal and hanging crystals that capture the sunlight and send a rainbow around the kitchen. But behind that fence and past those pine trees I know are the sand dunes, and the beach.


I love streaming sun through windows so I chose this photo I took of my mums cat sitting in her favourite spot soaking it all up.


This is such a cool dare. I love that I can be in the kitchen (and I seem to be there alot!) and look out the window and see the kids playing. It was extra cool seeing the kids this early Spring day enjoying the sunshine at 8am in the morning.


This is a photo of my daughter looking out the french doors one sunny day back in March. I just had to capture her silhouette and wondered what she was thinking. This is a digi layout too - I've been having a lot of fun lately playing around with digi scrapbooking.

Our dare the fortnight is sponsored by the lovely Meg at

Scrapbook Essentials

thanks again Meg for your support.

Slide Show - Dare # 30

and the winner of Dare 30 is.....


congratulations Beverley, you are the winner of our draw for this dare and you have won some awesome product from NZ Scrapbook. I had my son in law (who is a police officer) draw the winning name so we can officially say it was drawn under police supervision. :-) Can you please email Lianne with your details so we can get your prize to you.

and my favourite for this Dare was


Contratulations, we would LOVE you to be our guest designer for the dare 2 weeks away, can you please email Lianne and she will let you know the details.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Slide Show - Dare # 29 - 1,2,3,4 challenge

WOW can you believe it already DARE # 30

and you have been great joining in with us on the past 29. Thanks so much for your support.

This week's dare is sponsored by NZ Scrapbook and is to document something in your life to do with TV. Whether it's a show you watch now, one you watched when you were young, one that reminds you of something special in your life or an event. Anything to do with TV.

My layout is all about how Connor and I sit every week and watch Deal or No Deal, how this silly programme seems to have improved his negotiating skills - Mum, if I just eat 2 more pieces of potatoe will I have eaten enough? Is it a deal? this pretty much happens every dinner time - and how he loves to participate when we are watching. So noisy in our lounge with his arms crossed yelling at the TV. NO DEAL, NO DEAL, as if the contestants can hear him. Love those memories.

Most of the journalling is on the back of the layout as I got a bit carried away with the embellishments on the front. Used lots of Glossy Accent (like dimensional magic but glossy) on the Owl some of the stars and the crossed bones. Other than those just 1 piece of cardstock and 2 patterned paper, coloured pencils, letterstickers (little bitty making memories - still can't live without those) and the Owl is a from a digi kit. I like using those for accents because you can play with them and make them any size you want.

I can't wait to see your layouts! Please leave a link to your layout at a gallery or your blog in the comments of this post. The deadline is Wed 26 September 6pm. Our favourite for this dare will be our guest designer for Dare #32.

Special thanks to Rachel Tucker who is our guest designer for this dare and who created this amazing layout.
The Journaling on the record (and it really is an old record) reads

"Happy Days" First showed on t.v. in 1974 which is the year your dad and I were born. We grew up watching this programme and are now living the happy days with the two of you. Happy days was a comedy about the cunninghams. An average family, and showed the every day routine as fun. It was set in a time when hanging at the local diner listening to rock n roll records on the juke box was the rage. Today it is flat whites in the café and MP3 players! Enjoying every day, what more could a family want... here's to "happy Days"!

Thanks Rachel. This layout brought back some happy memories for me. When I was at College every Friday night we (my group of friends) would meet in the local dairy, drink milkshakes and play the jukebox. See how daring I was even way back then! :-)

Thanks again to Kathleen & Linda at NZ Scrapbook for supporitng us this week. If you are in Auckland and haven't called in yet get over to their great BIG new store in Link Drive, Glenfield. I'm loving having this great big amazing space to meet up with others again to scrap.

I have used some pages out of the TV Guide to highlight which programs I am watching at the moment. I have added some 'notes' about why I watch them!

Hi. Trina Here. I've taken another approach to this dare and have talked about how I used to watch tv before kids and how having kids has affected my ability to see the telly now.

Journaling reads:

It used to be different. I could sit down and watch tv without dripping.

Then one day I couldn't.

At first I blamed it on the hormones but after I had my babies I realised it was more than that. The way I viewed things had changed. I came to understand how the things I saw on tv could happen to my children and it became more personal.

I still love tv, but in a different way. Somethings changed and there is nothing I can do about it except to go with it and smile through the tears.


This canvas is inspired by the tv programme Project Runway (my absolute favourite show) and is also a little bit like Project Runway in that I followed a collage blog challenge to make it and the contestants on PR have a challenge to follow every week. I wanted an OTP of some sort to hang in my scrap area to remind me that I should perservere when my layouts don't go quite according to plan. Tim's words on project runway are perfect for this, he is always saying "carry on" or "make it work" which is why I have included these phrases in my collage.


I love to watch Trinny and Susannah work their magic on What Not to Wear and recently some of their advice has been sinking in to this jeans and t-shirt girl!

And the winner of the 1,2,3,4 challenge is ...

congratulations Kate, you are the winner of our draw for this dare and you have won some awesome Pink Martini product from the lovely Sara Jane and Pink Martini Designs. Can you please email me with your details

And Andrea's favourite for this dare was


congratulations Gwen, we'd LOVE you to be our guest designer for the dare 2 weeks away, can you please email me and I'll let you know the details

Thank you for all your fantastic entries, we appreciate your support. Look out for another cool dare later today from the lovely Faye, it's a goodie!! And I'll get the slide show up tonight too.