Monday, April 20, 2009

The Finale

Hello and welcome to the very last NZ Dare. Its been a wonderful ride and I have enjoyed all of it. I got a huge creative push from the dares and am very thankful that I was asked to become a contributor. I would especially like to thank Lianne, the creative genius behind NZ Dares. All your efforts and time are HUGELY appreciated! Thank you

Without further ado I give you the final dare.

I'd like you to scrap a page about a choice you've made. It could be why you chose to have the lunch you did. Why you chose to marry the person you did. Why you chose to move to where you did. Big or little we make loads of choices every day and they shape who we are.

You have until 12pm on May the 2nd aka (inter)National Scrapbook Day to send us your layouts or add them to the Flickr group. Andrea from SBO has kindly given us a few prizes to give away :)

Heres my page, I chose to do a page about why we choose to vote Green, I think this is an important page for our family scrapbook :)
Lianne's - the scan has given Port Waikato two a's for some reason but the scan looks better than the photo I took, so no I didn't make a mistake, the scan just wouldn't line up there because of the scallops I think. Weird.
Sharon – this is about the choices I made many years ago that lead to my marriage. Funny what can result from a trip to Disneyland :)
Thank YOU all for playing along with the Dares, we love seeing your interpretations of the dares.
Peace out :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's time for NZ Dares to say goodbye

Sadly we must say goodbye. It's time to hang up our dare boots. We have thoroughly enjoyed bringing the dares to you each fortnight over the last couple of years, and it has certainly challenged us (in a good way) coming up with fun and different ideas for you.

It is mainly due to the drop in interest, but also other commitments we all have. So without further adieu our next dare will be the last dare and that will be it. Finito.

We'd love to see some of our old darees participate in this final challenge. Hope you can all join in.

Check out Vickys dare in a few days time.


Dare 65 - winner

We have drawn a winner and it's...............


Here's her cool traffic light layout.
Congratulations Kim and thanks to those who participated.

KIM - Can you email me for a RAK to be sent to you.

Check back here soon for a further announcement from NZ Dares.

Friday, April 03, 2009

WINNER - Dare number 64

Hi everyone.

Thanks so much for playing along with this fortnights dare. Its been wonderful going through the entries and so hard trying to choose who will be our winner.

This week though I've chosen Kim as our winner. Kim, I loved how you highlighted the child in your photo both by having that part of the photo in colour, and also the bling around that area.

A wonderful LO. Can you please email me at and I'll get a wee rak out to you. I have some delightful papers sitting on my desk that need a new home. I'm sure you'll love them.

And we would love to ask Kiwidee to be our guest blogger. Can you please contact Lianne on the email details below to organise? Thanks.

Look out for the next dare, coming up in about 2 minutes!

Dare 65

Hello! Time for another dare.

This fortnight we're calling it "The Traffic Light Dare!" It's all to do with the meaning of the traffic light colours.

You can scrap based on any one or all 3 of the traffic light signs -

STOP - something you need to QUIT doing

AMBER - things you need to SLOW DOWN with, maybe think about

GREEN - something you need to GO ahead with.

The layout needs to feature the traffic light colour somewhere too.

We have 2 Guest Designers this week.

The GD chosen from Dare 63 was Tessah Aihara from Japan. She tells us she's relatively new to scrapping! Tessah, we LOVE your work. Here's what Tessah had to say about the process of her layout:

A birthday always marks a new beginning. For me, its the best time of the year to evaluate yourself as a person, reset your goals if necessary and change bad habits that didn't help you in the past years. And the most important thing for me on my birthday is looking on the brightest side of my life. Turning 27 made me realize the bad and the good things I had for the past 26 years. I had the attitude and bad habits that I stopped doing, I have some parts of me that i have to slow down and keep on my waiting mode and the best part is I have this something or should I say I have this someone that I will want to go on with forever and just stay as it is for the longest time that I could.

Journaling; My Second Birthday with YOU

She also adds that she "also distressed the picture by turning it into a puzzle piece and ink each piece."


I also asked the lovely Annette Hanigan from Australia to be my Special Guest Designer. As a fellow Ambassador for Fiskars, I've often admired Annette's artistic approach to her projects and she certainly hasn't disappointed with her contribution to this dare. I love her colourful creation!


Annette said the dare immediately brought to mind a song from her son's pre-school days which sparked her idea for this layout!

I always love hearing how creative inspiration comes about. This proves, it comes from anywhere!

You'll see from the closeup shots that Annette has used oil pastels which she says were just a cheap dept store purchase. I love the literal inclusion of the traffic light circles too.

Thanks so much for being our Guest designers Tessah and Annette and for providing us all with some colourful inspiration.

As for me, well I've been mulling lots of things over lately and trying to sort out lots of creative ideas I have. I always collect a lot of visual inspiration and am finally going to make an Inspiration Board so it's all in one place, where I can see it together and change it as I find new inspiration. This was the starting point for me...

I was talking to my 9 year old daughter about my muddled thoughts and in her best school teacher voice, she told me I need to list my ideas and then edit them and work on developing my favourites! LOL. And so that became the focus of my journaling. I decided to make a cardboard 'frame' for my photo and my project will stand on my desk as an affirmation of what I'm going to do! I used subtle touches of green for Go.


Last Spring I tried out vege gardening as part of going green. Some success, some failure, lots of lessons :


I hope this dare will inspire you to record something you need to STOP doing, SLOW DOWN and think about, or GO ahead with.

We'd love to see your interpretations!

I will be sending a RAK to the winner.You have until Wed 15th April to get your layouts/projects in.Leave a link in the comments to your LO's on your blog, gallery, or you may use the Flickr group if you like. If necessary you can email your LO to Lianne at (no bigger than 100kb

Come back here for more inspiration as the Dare's team add their work.


I went with using the colours of red (paint), amber (pp) + green (cs) for my LO. And as well for the journalling I used the words we use when we are at the traffic lights waiting for the lights to turn green with the kids.