Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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
Monday, December 15, 2008
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!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
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
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
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
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
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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
Christy Clarke, being presented with her GIANT NOVELTY GIFT VOUCHER!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
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.
Monday, November 3, 2008
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
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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.