Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008... not my best one.

Okay, so just a few reflections on the year that was, the things I liked, the things I loved, the things that are best left in the past.

My greatest personal achievment was becoming a better person. In 2007 I argued daily, usually with people at work. Over the '07/'08 holidays I read '25 ways to win with people' and it literally changed my life. I went back to work at the start of '08 with a new attitude toward people, and the rewards were instant. I loved people I didn't previously like, I learnt about people I previously didn't care about, and people embraced me in return. I became someone people could trust, even with thier most personal thoughts. The culmination of this was to be voted runner-up in Kaisercraft's Employee of the Year award - second to my best mate Aaron. A year earlier, I would have been the last person people would have wanted to recieve that award. I was humbled by the honour.

I read about 30 last year, and I think my favourite book was probably '1984', the George Orwell novel that introduced the concept of 'Big Brother'. In fact I started it yesterday, so it just sneaks in for the '08 list. I have about 100 pages to go and so far it is just brilliant. Brilliant! I have read a couple of what are regarded as 'classics' of sorts this year (Catcher in the Rye, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Of Mice and Men, Alice in Wonderland) and none of them have really impressed me. So yesterday when I couldn't put 1984 down I was stoked to find a 'classic' that is actually a great book. Read it!

My kids continue, and will always continue, to be my greatest joy. Anzac is becoming a very special little boy. His heart is so good. His love for his sister is unbelievable, he shares, cares, hugs, loves... He learns new things every day which makes me so proud. Lola Pearl is the apple of my eye. I think the love a Dad has for his girl is that bit different to his love for a son. Lola is walking, playing, laughing and saying 'Daddy'. I can cry just thinking about how much I love my kids.

My seperation from Trinity is an on-going saddest part of 2008. Every day I spend every moment that I'm not otherwise distracted trying to work out my own head, trying to understand what I want in life, why I'm not with Trin, what I don't get from her that I think I need... I don't know so I'm not going to bang on about it here. Just trust me, it hurts.

There were a couple of goosebump moments in 2008. I love these, you know what I mean, when you are sitting there knowing you are experiencing history in the making. The first was the Apology. This was special. I have mentioned this one not because I have a huge emotional investment in it, but I listened to that day in Parliament know how important it was to the Aboriginal people and therefor how important it was for the nation. The other goosebump moment (and I just got goosebumps thinking about it) was sitting in my car listening to Barack Obama's acceptance speech following his election defeat of John McCain. The first few minutes of that speech will go down in history as some of the finest words ever spoken, I'm convinced of that. I have never had any fondest for America, or Americans as a whole, but when Obama won the election I think I did. 'Yes we can!'.

A few random bits and pieces (for better or worse, you work it out) was Geelong losing the Grand Final, opening the Kaisercraft outlet in 6 weeks, perfoming YMCA with the other guys in the leadership group at the Kaisercraft Christmas party, the passing of LeRoi Moore from the Dave Matthews Band, my friendship with Fi, snapping my achilles tendon, resnapping it 10 weeks later, MC'ing Kaisercraft's 100 to 1 scrap off, my 'second mum', Wendy Reynolds dying...

I'm glad 2008 is over, but I'm not convince 2009 will be any better. Time will tell.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I am a cliche'!

Yes, just like every other parent ever I'm going to bang on about how gorgeous my kids are...

Lola Pearl met Santa for the first time yesterday and loved every minute of it... NOT!
Anzac wasn't up for sitting on Santa's knee, but at least he could muster up a smile (or is it an ironic grin?) for the camera!

Aren't they just precious?

Monday, December 15, 2008


"Celebrate we will, 'cause life is short but sweet for certain." Dave Matthews

Here's my newest layout, which I completed yesterday. I pinched the 'passion' theme from a LO I saw on Skye's blog.

I've gone with Kaisercraft's 'On The Dot' paper range for this one. Not super happy with the result, Nicole (from Kaiser's design team) thinks maybe I should try a black and white version of my photo... I think that could improve it.

I went with something I've not done before as well, the strip of paper at the top with the quote on it is actually sewn on. Go me! The sewing machine cracked it with me about halfway along and I feared my LO was stuffed but the impact was negligable.

Oh, you might be wondering who the guy in the photo is... It's Dave Matthews from the Dave Matthews Band, my all time favourite band. They make my life better!

Voice of the People

22 Votes were recieved for "How fast do hotcakes sell?".
You, the people, decided that "Mmmm... hotcakes" was the correct answer with %54 of the vote (12 votes), followed by "Very!" with %36 - or 8 votes.

This week's poll "A horse walks into a bar..."

Sunday, December 7, 2008

More Poll Results.

The results are in again!
A slightly bigger sample size this time. The question was "Natural Selection or Intelligent Design?" and the answer according to you the people was "Who cares? I'm here, you're here..." with 46% of the response. "God created all" was second with 30%, and "Evolution all the way" was third with 23%. "Don't start on the religion debate" didn't recieve ANY votes!

New poll coming soon...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Poll results.

The results are in!
This proved to be a hugely (not) popular (not) question... "How long is a piece of string?"
With a massive 42% of the votes (3 votes) the answer was "Yes!".
So, how long is a piece of string? Yes!

Vote on this weeks poll "Natural Selection or Intelligent Design?"...

Friday, November 21, 2008

GOGOGOGOGOGO!!!!!! Stop...

Ahhh! That's better.
Been one hell of a week. At Kaisercraft we have just moved the entire company into a new premises. It has been mayhem. Six AM starts, 10 - 11PM finishes. I am tired and satisfied in equal parts.
What a team we have, almost without exception everyone just got stuck in, worked as a team, and got the job done. The unspoken boundaries that seperate departments disappeared and it was simply one unit working toward one goal. I am so proud of everyone. No wonder Kaisercraft keeps producing such awesome products - with a team like that, we are bound to!
Personally, I am knackered. It has been a pretty full-on couple of months - organising the new Kaiser shop, then getting the workshop ready for the 100 to 1 scrap off, and then, with barely a moment to catch one's breath, it was the big move.
It's tiring just thinking about it!
Anyway, back to my scotch and coke; a drink well earned. Cheers.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Anzac. More than a name" My 30 minute Layout

So, here it is... my 30 minute LO.
I was really happy with how it was going, and then...
I got to about the 28 minute mark and panicked. The bit with the journaling was done in the last 2 minutes and I HATE it. I don't like how it is a block the same size of the photo, it shouldn't be.
So yeah. That's it. Try and picture it without that bit, I think it would look alot better.

The journaling is a bit hard to read. It says;"Your name is Anzac! Be proud. I want you to understand why we live in a free country... and I want to instill in you the values of those who fought and died for us... COURAGE, MATESHIP, SELF SACRIFICE. BE the best you can be."

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rebecca (who IS high maintenance).

Just for those wondering who 'Rebecca' is who features on my poll "Is Rebecca high maintenance"... She is in product development at Kaisercraft. There is a link to her blog on my page here - she is 'Just me being me".

Thursday, November 13, 2008

You can't have 'scrap' without 'crap'!

And I intend to produce some crap tonight.
I'm going to scrap a layout, but in accordance with Kaisercraft's 100 to 1 rules, I'm going to set myself 30 minutes to complete it. It could get ugly.
Watch this space for a photo of whatever it is that I produce...
PS. Trin and I are getting along famously.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More from Kaisercraft's 100 to 1

So, you may have seen some photos from the Kaisercraft 100 to 1 - but, hey, why not see some more. After all, it was a great day!

Christy Clarke, being presented with her GIANT NOVELTY GIFT VOUCHER!

Chez (Manager of Kaisercraft's Retail operatons - Victoria), Lorraine Bate (Consulting Editor, Scrapbooking Creations), and Me, judging final five.

Me and Aggie!

Final preparations...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Kaisercraft's 100 to 1

Yesterday was the first ever Kaisercraft 100 to 1 scrapbooking competition. What a great day. I was lucky enough to 'MC' the day - a duty that isn't entirely within my comfort zone, but soemthing that I really enjoyed. I couldn't believe the quality of the work that the girls produced in such a short time frame (and with the cameras on them!).
It was an awesome day, showcasing what I think will be one of Australia's best scrapbooking workshop spaces, and on top of that, $1500 was raised to help the kiddies.
Happy days!

Monday, November 3, 2008


My beautiful little Lola Pearl walked this week!

Guys hurt too.

My wife and I split up a couple of months ago, well, I split up with her. It doesnt mean it's not hard for me. I'm sure it is alot tougher for her, but... yeah...
It's strange being alone after 8 years together. I once loved my own company, now I'm not so sure. Going to bed alone is the worst part, not touching someone elses leg with mine. I miss that.
The emotions are the hardest part I think. Emotions are draining. You don't have to actually 'do' anything to be exhausted at the end of the day. Funny that.
Maybe I'll scrap a break up page, or maybe not.
I told the design girls at Kaisercraft (where I work) a while back (before the break-up) that we should design a 'Broken Heart' album... I reckon it could work. But they thought it was a crap idea. Never mind.
Anyway, tomorrow's another day.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It's a guy thing!

Above - ME! in Scrapbooking Memories!

Hey all. Check out the latest issue of Scrapbooking Memories. Myself and a workmate appear in the section "It's a Guy Thing".
Would have been nice to have a LO published, but it's pretty cool to be in there anyway.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Man Scrapping!

Okay, there isn't enough manly scrapping out there! Not sure if "manly scrapping" is an oxymoron or what...hmmmm...

Here is a layout I did of me and my best mate. Nothing girly or pretty about this one. I bloody love the paper range I used on this layout, not sure what it is called, but it by Kaisercraft. I know they have a corresponding 'girl' version of the range coming, looks good.

Hope you like my layout as much as I do, it is actually my second favourite LO that I have done.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My Favourite Girl

These two pages give you an idea of how I did the whole album. As I had a ten page album, I obviously had 20 pages to do. I didn't have the time, or the ideas, to produce 20 complete layouts so I went for the option of a theme for each double page. One page got the full treatment, the other got minimal scrapping which was done around a quote. The pictures will explain better than I can... This is the only girl in the world I love as much as my wife, maybe even a little more.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Page One.

This is the first page of the anniversay album, and as such, I kept it simple. I am lucky to have access to a machine that allows me to make customized embellishments such as the "FIVE" frame in the middle of the page. I like this page...


Here's another page from the same album. This one is also one I like, I have used "Jade's Garden" range of papers from Kaisercraft, as well as paper flowers and pearls, also the Kaiser brand. This was my favourite until I did a couple of others. What do you think?

Really! I'm not a scrapper!

Well here it is. This is one of the 10 layouts I did for my wife for our 5th wedding anniversary and it is my favourite. I love the paper range (I have used "Bohemian Threads" by Kaisercraft) but I also love the subject (my wife) and the way the LO came together. I have also used some Kindyglitz, Kaisercraft Pewter Pearls and Kaisercraft Rub-ons. I particularly like my number "5", I glued the paper on, cut it to size, inked the edges and finished it off with my old mate- dimensional glaze. Concept and execution of this LO was all my own work. Would love some feedback.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Hello, and welcome!

I recently celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary with my wife. We agreed not to buy each other anything so I scrapped a whole album for her. I will try to get some photos of some layouts up ASAP.