Friday, November 21, 2008
Just a quick reminder for you all to get in your registrations for the next crop. I know it is a crazy time of year and some of you may be busy with other Christmas parties. There will be many more days to come.
For those of you who are wondering where we will park on the day - don't stress.
McCanns - next door closes at 12.30 - this is one of the reasons for the time change. Also there is parking behind Pegasus antiques.
Had a few people not happy about the change - please try and understand that this is a trial and we will see how it works out in comparison to the church. If you knew how long it takes to set up at the church you would all understand why I am jumping at the chance to try out the new workshop area. Just the fact that the workshop area is permanently set up is a bonus in itself. Im sure you will all tell me which you like better after the day.
Little bit of news - Kylie Hatton, one of our regular ladies who attends the crops - went into labour early and has had a little baby boy - Mason. Can you believe she emailed me shortly afterwards and said that all she could think was now she can attend the next workshop. Congratulations Kylie and IF you are feeling up to it we would love you to drop it and say hi....make sure you bring your new little bundle to show us all...
Look forward to catching up with many more of you again in a couple of weeks.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Lets help put a smile on these kids' faces. Go to www.liveoutloud-lissy.blogspot for information on a challenge to get 200 page layouts done by mid december for this fantastic cause.
Form more information - contact me:
Sunday, November 9, 2008
After the huge success of the first ever 100 - 1 Scrap off - we are going to hold the next workshop in the Kaisercraft Factory Outlet workshop area (back of the shop)
This is truly exciting..... Well for me it is - the workshop area is awesome and it means I don't have to set up tressles and lugg around stock as it is already done. If you haven't checked out the new outlet and said hi to Chez in there then you are seriously missing out but at least this will give you a good excuse to have a look.
As it could be difficult for parking in the morning for such a large number of you - we have decided to change the times for this one....(and see how is goes) as after 12.30 there will be extra places to park next door. Before I woffle on too much here are the details and if you would like to register please get all forms to me as soon as possible.
WHEN: Saturday 6th December
TIME: 1pm - 11pm
Dinner is included (bring your own snack/lollies etc or rest of day)
WHERE: Kaisercraft Factory Outlet
506-508 Latrobe Blvd, Geelong. (next to Pegasus Antiques and McCanns)
COST: $25 - $35 (Depending on kit)
PLEASE BRING ALONG A NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM or something to add to the Christmas hampers.
Money raised throughout the day (sales and raffles etc) will be given to Debbie Grinter for the Leukemia foundation and the Christmas hampers will be given out to some of the families we have helped out during the year.
$25 - Come along, bring some friends and just scrap and chat for the day - dinner included
$35 - For this you also get all the new December paper releases for FREE (This is 12 new double sided papers - 3 new paper collections)
Please make sure you mark down what you want on your registration form.
Numbers are strictly limited and places will only be reserved for those who have paid and registration forms have been returned.
Close off date is STRICTLY 30th November.
For those of you who haven't yet attended a Crop for A Cause, bring along what you are working on at present and enjoy some well earned time out, meet lots of new friends, lots of laughs and hopefully actually get some scrapping done - all whilst helping out someone at the same time. As I say by outselves we may feel that we can't do much but together we can make a difference.
Look forward to catching up with you all then.
Friday, October 3, 2008
This time this has nothing to do with Crop for a Cause but it is for a cause just the same….
Just letting you all know of an event some of you may be interested in. Would love to see many of the familiar faces from our workshops.
This is about that event I mentioned at the last workshop – You all know the shows on TV – Ready steady Cook etc etc, well we are having our own scrapbooking version – Paper, scissors, Cut….. Ok well not quite but ....
It’s the Kaisercraft Scrap Off….
Kaisercraft are holding a 100 to 1 Scrap Off competition
– 8th November. This is something you won’t want to miss. Be apart of this and possibly see yourself on our planned DVD. We have an exciting day planned for those participating and something you probably have never done before - I know I haven’t seen this happen before.
I am personally inviting you all now as Im not sure if you plan on getting into the outlet prior to this date. This event has strictly limited places. What I CAN’T do is hold a place for you. You will need to register and pay yourself through the outlet.
If you are interested visit the new outlet shop on the 11th October to pick up registrations forms etc. These will all have to be handed in from 18th October to receive kits.
It does cost $30 to enter but believe me when I say the kit for the first rounds are well worth it. You will then have two weeks to complete a project with what you are given.
ALL money raised will be going towards the Kaisercraft causes – orphanages, homes etc
Lorraine Bate from Scrapbook Creations Magazines will be down from Sydney and is sponsoring one of the rounds(prize is awesome), along with Fiskars sponsoring another round.
Winner will receive a $300 Kaiser gift voucher to spend on their choice of products. There will be other door prizes (vouchers $150, $50, $25) and giveaways on the day.
Feeling that you all NEED to register….lol… are you feeling it yet???
Come on out and support the kids again and have a fun day out.
If you are knocked out in one of the earlier rounds feel free to hang around and scrap…..
Download information here. If you need further info feel free to email me regarding this, otherwise see Chez at the outlet.
Feel free to pass this onto any friends but please note – this is event is limited to the first 100 people only. It is being advertised through the outlet and on the Kaiser site - so don't leave it to late to register.
The new outlet shop hours are 9 am – 5.30pm Monday – Saturday
(not as in attached flyer)
Hope to see you all there on the day….
LIVE out LOUD: LIFE: To be Enjoyed. Live it, Experience it, Laugh about it, Learn from it and then…. SCRAP it……
Saturday, September 27, 2008
As mentioned at the workshop, here is the informtion about the cruise...
A SCRAPBOOKING Cruise - how does that sound.
Are you tempted yet..
21st November - 1st December 2009
Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef etc etc
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Rhapsody of the Sea
10 days -24 hour private work room
and guess what??????
If being picked as one the Masters this year wasn't enough, I have been asked to take the classes/workshops onboard this cruise... As well as an awesome opportunity
How much fun is this going to be. I still can't quite believe I have been asked to do this as I thought that maybe they may be after a bigger "name" if you know what I mean but still totally stoked to be asked and can't wait. Hope I don't get sea sick!!!!
What would be even better though and make the trip even more unforgetable would be if some of you guys who I know could come too...
Check out the details HERE and download all the info.
Have a read and if you have any queries you can email me or Lorelle, the organiser on firstname.lastname@example.org
Also the deposit has been reduced to only $100, so get your names in early. You even have a whole year to save up.
We are going to have so much fun - if you think Kaisercraft has some great products out - wait until you see what we have planned for this.
These crafting cruises happen regularly in America but rarely here so why not make the most of this opportunity...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thinking all you ladies need a bit more practice with the handballing skills though. Only gave away two prize packs. Anyway lets hope the Mighty Cats and their skills are better this Saturday. Car'n the Cats.... back to back would be nice..
Tracey was a little dumbstruck when we called her up and handed her the cheque. She honestly didn't guess it was for her so it was a lovely surprise. A few teary eyes when we placed the song
"PROUD" - by Heather Small. It says it the song "What have you done today to make you feel proud?" and I just hope that everyone who attended did feel proud of themselves for what they achieved that day and for helping out Tracey in a small way....
Anyway a huge thank you again to the Winter family for cooking and catering for us. They do such an awesome job and it just wouldn't be the same without your support, thanks Robyn and Terry for everything (and family too) and also to Raqual at Chandon for her genereous discount vouchers, and helping out with the Cricut machine etc.... The poor machine sure got broken in as it was running hot all day. Thinking though at the next workshop there will be page limit for everyone at a time as there were some people waiting for quite some time for a go....
Also thanks to all who helped with set up and pack up
Thanks to Fiskars for the aprons, and Scrapbook Creations for the magazines and naturally Kaisercraft for the goodies in the showbags....
Next workshop is still planned for 6th December - more information regarding cause to follow.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
For those of you who are interested we have 80 participants paid up and registered. Registrations have now closed so I am hoping you haven't missed out. The blinkin' footy is keeping a few away - and then we have hubby's who just don't get it that us girls NEED to scrap for 12 hours... and why not ...
We have been given some wonderful donations from Fiskars and Scrapbook Creations and am really appreciative of their support. Lots of other little prizes and raffles throughout the day so remember to bring your small change.... The "Cause" for the day will be revealed on the day but Im sure you will all believe me when I say it is a worthy one....
Another exciting thing is I have finally purchased us Cricut Expressions machine to have for the workshops- this will be demonstrated on the day and there for you to use (not abuse.....) and so trusting that if you really aren't sure how to use it after demonstration you get someone who can to help you out.
For those of you who were there for the Samaritans Purse Christmas shoe box appeal - I will have shoeboxes available next week to pick up. So if any of you are interested in filling a shoebox for a child in a third world country - make sure you grab a box before leaving th eworkshop. These will have to then be returned to me by the 15th October (so they can be shipped off)
Also thinking we will have some very exciting news to tell at the next workshop regarding someone who maybe coming down to do a special little class during the day.... trust me girls if this happens you will want to bring the "Poise". This is one of the loveliest, down to earth and funniest person I have ever met but one extremely talented lady - anyway can't get you all excited just yet as nothing is confirmed.... the last workshop for the year will be the best yet... Mark in your diarys 6th December and stay tuned.
Well look forward to seeing you next Saturday. Bear in mind there is still a lot of work happening around the church but we will be in the new function room - with the most gorgeous views overlooking the valleys. woo hooo - how exciting...
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Only places that have been paid for will be reserved. All payments to be received, along with completed registration formed prior to the 31st August so we can start catering for the numbers.
If you have any queries please contact me.
Looking forward to another fun filled day
It is looking like we will be in the new function centre at the church - but as carpet has not be laid yet - you may need to dress a little warmer.
More details to come closer to the date
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
There are so many people to thank but please forgive me if I forget any of you.
- ALL of you who wore their PJ's and to B1 and B2 for their huge effort.
- everyone who gave of their time and made a layout one/both of the families
- Richelle, Linda, Karni and Al for helping make all those little goodie bags out of paper - never ever again...... OK probably we will but I promise it won't be 2 days before a workshop....
- Winter Family for their awesome catering and for looking after our bellies again. We all look forward to what you have prepared for us
- Barry and David for moving all the church pews - its a horrible heavy job but we could couldn't do it all without their help
- Marelle - for getting her friends to do some pages for the families even before the workshop
- Chris Millar for donating some prizes
- Raqual for her generous discounts again and again
- Karni for making some jewellry for the raffles and give a ways
- Julie for donating movie tickets for the families (thanks heaps).
- for all of you who stayed behind and helped me clean up too.
Im sure I must have missed someone and if I have Im so sorry. I wish i was feeling a bit better on the day to sit down and chat to you all a bit more but maybe next time.
Its so nice to see you all starting to mix with each other and become friends too. Our core little group of 11 has grown some what hasn't it. The money we raise for the cause is the added bonus of the day but what means more to me is to see all you guys enjoying yourselves too.
The next workshop is on the 20th September - and yes i know if Geelong makes it to the finals we may have a few people short - but you know those two big screens - well if we make it for those of you who don't go Im sure i will be able to get it put up on the screens - so hoping that doesn't deter you.
Now as for the cause - i really are going to have you trust me on this one.... The money is going to go to someone who NEEDS it and it is someone many of you know from our workshops BUT... really want to keep this a surprise so please..... don't make me say. If you really must know personally email me but bear in mind I may just wan to keep it a secret....
Anyway here is a couple of snaps of the day -
Thanks again to you all for making the day so much fun and another successful Crop for a Cause.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
just a quick message before Saturday - we are now well and truly BOOKED OUT - We have 88 people registered - what a hoot.
There will be lots of little extras and games.
We also have been given photos from the families and i would love to get an album finished for both famiies on the day. With 88 ladies, surely we could all do a couple of pages each. Cardstock for these will be supplied. We will have stamps and rubons available for journalling boxes and i would like to leave them blank for the families to fill in themselves.
COULD EVERYONE PLEASE BRING AT LEAST 3 PHOTOS OF THEIR FAVORITE THINGS - these will need to be cropped down to 6cm x 6cm (This is for a little surprise) so regardless of if you are doing the favourite things option for your kit - this is an little extra surprise - trust me on this one.....
ME album - if you are doing the ME album please start thinking about and gathering some photos of :, memories from your childhood, your favorite color, who inspires you, personality traits, loves, likes, dislikes, things people don't know about you, what you want to be when you grow up (if you haven't already - i know I haven't), dreams, hopes, things you would like your children to know. These are all examples of what could be in your album, there is no formulas for the pages as it is a book of YOU........ So think about what you would like to pass on to future generations.
FAVORITE THINGS: Well obviously you will need photos of your favorite things
Friday, May 2, 2008
Again the beautiful Raqual has given the OK to give you all vouchers for discount at Chandon Craft up until the workshop (one time use though girls- and please don't pass it onto others as I am also giving her a list of people who have paid). So once you have sent the money to me and i have received it I will pass a voucher onto you.
There is limited places so only when payment is received are those positions CONFIRMED. Thanks to everyone for letting me know of their intentions to come along though - it has helped me plan.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Four kits to choose from. (apologies - these are just examples - I haven't finished the projects just yet but trust me you will like)
1. All about ME Kit: Many of us scrap everyone else except ourselves but who is going to tell your story... soooo you are... No one knows you better than yourself so get out from behind the camera and snap a couple of photos of yourself or hunt them out. In the meantime have a little think about the following: - Where you are right now..., Your personality, favourite things, people who have inspired you, things you love, some good advice, goals, dreams, what you are good at, basically just WHO YOU ARE..... The list could go on and on and naturally you can add pages to your album as you think of other things. (You will receive the Me album and Dbl paper collection: 2 sheets of each paper in that collection.)
2. Favourite Things. For those of you who don't want to go that deep maybe you have photos of your favorite things, people, friends, pets and just want to dedicate a little album to them then this kit is for you.
( You will receive little flip album and 1 paper collection: 4 papers)
3. Papers Please:- For those of you who just want to get some of the new papers and do your own thing (you will get 10 papers of your choice)
4. Scrap and Chat: This one has your dinner included but you just want to come along and do your own thing and catch up with your scapping and naturally chatting.
Remember you need to bring all own scrapping tools and any special little extra embellishments etc as the only products on sale are Kaisercraft. So if you know what you are doing and see something that matches - get it now.
Registrations are now open - I know some of you have given me your names - but to complete your registration and confirm position- the form downloadable on your right - NEEDS to be filled in,RETURNED TO ME and payment received as soon as possible.
Just want to leave a couple of photos with you for now. Sometimes putting a face to a name makes everything more real and these two people who we are supporting for the next Crop for A Cause as mentioned before have young families as many of us do. Being able to see them and think about if it was us in their situation brings things a lot closer to home - I know it does for me. I ask you keep these families in your prayers too.
The Guthrie Family
The Robinson Family
Friday, April 18, 2008
When it comes to choosing a "Cause" for a workshop it is a really hard decision because it appears at the moment whichever way you turn there is somebody needing a helping hand. YOu only have to open a newspaper or listen to the news and it is truly heartbreaking to hear some people's stories and you can easily become overwhelmed by it all.
I couldn't decide between two families in Geelong so we are going to help out both. Both of these families have young children and have been/will be effected due to Cancer. In both situations the prognosis is not good, though we can always keep praying for a miracle.. The details of these families (both in our local community) are as below:
The Robinson Family
Brett (43) & Marie (42) Robinson of Highton. They have 4 children, Ashleigh 16, Connor 14, Billy 12 and Deklan 8. Brett was diagnosed late last year with Terminal Gastric Cancer which is in stage 4 . He also now has secondaries in his spine and ribs.
The Guthrie Family
Kim and Tim Guthrie. They have 3 children, Meg (9), Stuart (6) and Jack (2). I believe Kim is in her mid to late 30's. They live in Grovedale. The husband had not long started a new job, so hasn't accumulated any leave as such, so Kim's mother has been doing alot to help out with the children, etc, etc. Not sure the name of her cancer, but it is in her spine, pelvis, breast, lung, liver and brain. I believe she has or is having chemo & radiotherapy, but not on the spine or pelvis, as there isn't a who heap that can be done when the cancer is in your bones.
Not sure how that makes you feel when you read this but these parents are around the same age as many of us and our children. For me and some of you it would be unimaginable what these families are going through. I know for some of you others, you know exactly how they are feeling as you have been there.
I am just hoping we, TOGETHER, can stand by them, show them we care and can help them in a little way to fight this battle.
So the plan is obviously to raise as much money as we can on the day. But also are in the process of trying to get hold of photos from the families, from friends, so that we can put together a couple of albums on the day for them to get one each. We raised over $2000 at the last workshop so would love to be able to give at least $1000 , an album and a lovely hamper to each these families. Just a small token to show them that there are people out there that care about them.
Start to think about simple page layouts that we you could complete (I will bring a number of examples) but I would love to leave journalling boxes on each page that the members of the family can fill in and obviously we don't know the personal details of each photo. In the event that we don't get many photos we can still put together an album but just leave a spot with a photo matt, that the family can then add photos later.
Now along with the serious side as per always there will be lots of fun and laughs and plenty of time to do your own scrapping. Dinner again will be included in the costs as well as an awesome kit. (this though is still be decided but as per usual there will be a choice between just papers or Beyond the Page- will put the choices up later)
Date: Saturday 21st June
Time: 10am - 10pm
Where: Barrabool Hills Baptist (entry now via the new roundabout in Scenic Road)
Price: $35 - $40 depending on kit chosen
Dinner is included. BYO Nibbles and lunch to share.
plus... other little surprises throughout the day... but they're secret for now...
Papers will be supplied to make the albums - though if you want to donate towards the cost of these you may. Raffles etc will be held throughout the day again to raise extra money
100% of ALL product sold on the day will go to the cause. Again we will have Kaiser product on hand during the day if you need any extra bits and pieces.
Feel free to invite friends, for those of you who have been you will be able to guarantee your friends they will have a fun day and of course meet lots of lovely new friends.
RSVP: Please let me know if you would like to be included in this day by 15th May and payments to me prior to 31st May. I will have choices for kits up well before then.... For now I just need an indication of numbers.
If any of you have any ideas or can get product or gifts for raffles or silent auctions to be held on the day I would love to hear from you also.
Hope to see you all there and in the mean time
REMEMBER ALL THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN LIFE and hold on tightly to the ones that matter the most....
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Just want to include this letter here for you all to read. It came addressed to me but want to share it with you as you all were a huge part of being able to raise the amount of money we did...
Dear Melissa, (and all you ladies who attended)
Thank you again for your hard work in raising money for Vavuniya Childrens Home in Sri Lanka.
As mentioned in my note to you, Pastor Kevin Hughes has just returned from a trip there. He has sent me a report of his time there. I have attached it, and thought I would give you the whole report because it’s interesting to read about the other homes and what life can be like there in Sri Lanka. I have also printed off four photos of the home at Vavuniya (one is of the well and water tower which has recently been completed).
I have told Kevin of your donation, and apart from the couple of things he mentions in the report, he has given me a more comprehensive list of specific items which he said “I do not have quotes for but I think the funds would go a long way to covering most of them”.
Shelving for the kitchen & store room
Blackboard and stand
sports equipment – cricket, soccer
Maintenance – windows have to be sanded back and lacquered (need to employ someone to do this)
Fridge – approx. $500 to $600
Repairs to small motorbike used to take the kids to school – approx. $200
We really appreciate your support of the children at the home, and hope you will be happy with some (or all) of the items above being purchased for them to help fit-out the home with just some of the things we take for granted here in Australia.
7 boys 4 staff
The children all seem very settled and look very healthy. One of the boys has severe eye problem and will need glasses. He will be taken for tests. There are some problems with the drinking water – the area is renown for high calcium content, and we are seeing what can be done to rectify this. Fruit and vegetable gardens are being established and look great. We will be investing in some chairs, white board, some extra shelving for the kitchen and some sports equipment and another bicycle. There is an obvious need for a fridge also.
The kids travel 3 kms to and from each day on the small motorbike with Ps Murali. Utimately we will have to purchase a 3 wheeler and/or van as the numbers of children increase. There are now some new regulations which we must meet prior to children being granted permission to stay at the Home – this is a frustratingly slow as there are many children in need.
Because of the military restrictions in place, no vehicles are allowed past the last major checkpoint about an hour south of the town. This requires walking quite a distance through a large checking area, presenting passports and identity cards for locals, and then cramming onto buses for the ride into town. There are two other checkpoints on the way – all passengers have to leave the bus and proceed through the area on foot and having thorough searches made of any luggage or belongings. This is quite time consuming and a little alarming for any newcomer. The same system applies on the way out. On the day before I arrived a motorbike bomb was detonated at a police checkpoint only a few minutes from the Boys Home, resulting in the deaths of two policeman and a soldier and 7 others injured.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Give yourselves a huge pat on the back- you are all very inspiring and I thank you so much for the effort you all put in to complete them.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Michelle Lugg won the "Dream" competition. There were so many beautiful entries but considering the cause for the day this layout grabbed my attention.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Just a quick note. I will be sending out the discount vouchers for Chandon Craft this weekend to all people who have paid. Please note this voucher is only valid for this week and not after the workshop.
In regards to the workshop next week. Please note that there is a lot of work being done around the church at the moment. The entrance to the church has changed if you haven't already noticed. Entrance is now via Scenic Road near the new roundabout. Follow that road around and you will see the new church entrance. There is also a huge amount of work happening to the front of the actual church too. You will be able to drop off your supplies etc at the front door but please make sure you then go and park you car in one of the newly created car parks out of the way. Sorry for the inconvience but trust me it will all be worth it once the building works are all finished next year.
Due to the success and the fun had by those who took past at the last workshop I will also be running a couple of little competitions of the day.
Just to give you a clue on what one is about......Think about your dreams....... (that is all Im saying). Dream big....
Im really looking forward to this workshop. Stephen Kaiser, owner of Kaisercraft will also be coming to say a little bit to us on the Orphanage that he has set up in Sri Lanka so that is something to look forward to also.
If you have any further queries, please contact me.
Friday, January 25, 2008
to be held at Barrabool Hills Baptist Church.
Choice of three Kits:
Option 1 - $40 Ocassional Planner, (Included BTP Planner, Rhinestones, Chipboard words, Rhinestones, paper and flowers) and one rubon (this is not the friends rubon as pictured though)
Inserts will be made available on the day but only printed on white paper but downloadable below if you would like to print on colored cardstock to match the illustrated colors eg. lime or pale blue)
Downloads for Inserts for Occassional Planner
Address List http://www.box.net/shared/rdbg7lo8wk
Birthday Listing Jan-Jun http://www.box.net/shared/mz1o6s8u84
Birthday Listing Jan-Jun http://www.box.net/shared/dtpyvzcg8s
Tags for Tabs http://www.box.net/shared/bhm4hsu8wk
Option 2 - Paper pack $35
(10 pieces of printed paper of your choice
and 1 new "Seals" rubon )
Option 3 - Own Scrapping $25
Maybe you don't need anymore supplies so just come along and scrap with your own supplies. No kit will be supplied with this option but DINNER is included.
Registration forms is available for download here: http://www.box.net/shared/cv5aq6hwk4
Feel free to pass this onto friends. Lots of fun to be had catching up with old friends and making new ones. If you don't know anyone, don't worry - you soon will.
Indication of attendance would be appreciated prior to the 7th February and payment to be received at the latest by 20th February due to having to hire in tressles and organise catering.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Tentatively looking at 15th March - but cannot confirm these dates yet.
As my church - where we hold our workshops - is currently being renovated - and massive amounts of work is being done around the grounds - things are still up in the air about what we will be able to get at around thistime - so when I have more information I will pass it on. Okay - hope you all understand