As a child sitting with my mother at her sewing machine as she sewed beautiful garments or as she knitted I was destined to follow her example and create with my hands.
After retrenchment in the late 80’s, from a major bank, I started my own business teaching patchwork and embroidery, doing commission work and the market circuit. I had completed a Commercial Needlecraft Certificate at TAFE earlier. I did this for 8 years and then went to work for another major bank – whilst there I completed a Certificate 4 in Training and Development, and spent a lot of time travelling Australia training staff on new systems. Patchwork was just impossible to complete when travelling, so one wet and windy day I ended up at Papercraft store in Bendigo, Victoria. My paper obsession began – both cardmaking and scrapbooking.
In 2008 I spent a year in China teaching English at a University and not long after I returned to Australia I left full time work. Moving to the Central Coast this year has been inspirational. I want to make a difference – I know it is a cliché – but I love to see people’s reaction when they create something they never thought they could – be it a card or a layout. I make scrapbook pages for charity and making cards for Australian Defence Force troops overseas.
My scrapbooking style has evolved, I still like to design around the photos and make them the focus of my pages, however this year I have stretched myself and delved into more mixed media pages – I think I have a long way to go and will continue to challenge myself to learn new techniques.
In this layout I have used a patterned paper that had flowers and writing, Impasto Medium over a brick mask and then when dry Gelato crayons to colour match the outfits we were wearing and of course our hair colours.. The cousins quote came from the internet and so I raided all my stash to find flowers to add to the layout.
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