Monday, December 5, 2011

My son's wedding

Hello everyone
For the ladies from the Noosa Retreat who mentioned that they wanted to see some photos of my son's wedding, I am finally getting around to posting them. I still have to see the official photos yet; can't wait for that.

The day was just perfect; beautiful weather, gorgeous location. Congratulations to the happy couple.

TFL, Ann :-)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Another Retreat over.....but here comes Kilcoy!!

Hello everyone

Well we had a fantastic time at Noosa - thank you to everyone who came along and made the weekend so much fun!!

The class with Suzanne Tonga was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone - her layout was just beautiful and all of the ladies had fun learning the new techniques and sewing - some for the very first time!! It was so good to see some of the ladies digressing with the design a little and putting their own personal touch to it - they all did a wonderful job....and Julie finished the layout too...she was soooo excited!!

The Western night was a hit.... a little bit of boot scootin' "with a twist" was done....just to have a bit of a break and do something a bit different. Many had fun "shootin' up the place", posing for their Wanted photos and taking on the Mexican cowboy up in the bar area!! We all had a great was good to just take some time out and have some fun.

It was great to see so many gorgeous layouts being done over the weekend...some only did a few but there were other ladies who did 20+ layouts.....good on you. Some were pampered with massages from Sonya.....sooo nice. We will get Sonya back again.

Here are some photos of the weekend:-

As you can see, we had such a jam packed fun weekend!! I just love spending time with my Retreat ladies - you are such a delight to be with and I thank you all for making the weekend so special.

I hope that many of you will join us at Kilcoy next May; if that doesn't suit you, we have two other Retreats next at Cleveland in July and the other at Kallangur in October. I hope to see you there for more fun and frivolity.

Take care for now, Ann :-)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Photo requirements for the Retreat

Hi ladies

I hope you have all managed to keep your feet firmly on the ground with this windy weather!! I just wanted to give you a bit of a heads up regarding photo requirements for the challenges and Suzanne’s class that we have organized for the weekend, over and above what you plan on bringing to do your own layouts.

1. One of the Challenges will be a Christmas theme – typically Christmas colours with the papers that you will be given, and the sizes of the photos required are:-

One 6 x 4” landscape orientation photo,

One 2 x 2” photo, and

One 3 x 2.5” landscape orientation photo (approximately) :-)

2. For Suzanne’s class, you will need the following sizes:-

Three 3 x 4” landscape orientation photos with a feminine/vintage theme (but who says you can’t put flowers on a masculine page!)

Here is a sneak peek of the layout you will be doing:-

So blue and cream tonings as well as some tealy green and a hint of lilac!! Sounds interesting doesn’t it – it is just gorgeous and true to Suzanne’s style.

More info regarding the Retreat to come so check back soon for regular updates.

If you have been thinking of coming along to the Retreat but haven't yet done so, there is still time to book so visit the website (link on the side bar) or email me at for further information.

Take care, Ann

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hello everyone

Well it is only 5 weeks away until the Retreat and everything is coming together nicely. There are a couple of things I need to tell you about in order for you to be organised for the weekend, as follows:-

Firstly, we have a Theme night on the Saturday night and this Retreat the theme is “Wild Wild West”. So have a think about a costume for the night – it can be as simple as a western style hat, or you can go all out as a Saloon gal if you want to – it all adds to the fun of the night! Prizes are available as usual including one for the Best Costume, so put your thinking caps on – let’s see what zany costumes we have on the night! Yeehah!!!

Secondly, we have a masseuse organized for the weekend to pamper us. Unfortunately the lovely Brigitte couldn’t join us this time were her magic fingers, but I have another lady Sonya coming along and she provides relaxation massages as follows:-

1hr Full Body Massage $55

1/2hr Full Body Massage $30

20min Neck & Shoulder Massage$25

Sounds divine doesn’t it?? Now if we get more than 10 participants, Sonya applies a Group Rate being a $5 discount. Please let me know if you would like to participate (believe me, you will just love it!) This is an additional cost and payment is made directly to Sonya on the day, so please make sure that you have the cash available. If you can let me know asap, it would be appreciated; that way we can organize the timetable to commence just after lunch on Saturday and work around meal breaks etc.

In the next couple of weeks time I will provide a sneak peek of Suzanne’s class on Saturday morning – it is just gorgeous!!

If you haven't booked your place for this Retreat, I can still take bookings - either visit the website or contact me via email to make your booking or enquiry. Day participants are very welcome to attend.

Take care, Ann :-)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

2012 Retreat details now on website....

Hello everyone

Well the long awaited details of next year's Retreats are up on the website. I am still awaiting pricing from the caterers for the Cleveland Retreat, but should have those in about a week or so. Bookings can be made via the Paypal options on the website or you can contact me regarding other payment arrangements directly.

If you haven't already booked for the Noosa Retreat, it is only 6 weeks away, so book now to save your place. Suzanne Tonga has created a gorgeous layout for her class on Saturday morning; I know you are going to just love her style and techniques. I will post a sneak peek of the layout soon.

I hope to catch up with you soon at either Noosa or one of our Retreats next year.

Take care, Ann

Monday, August 29, 2011

Getting prepared for the Noosa Retreat

Hello everyone
Well it has been a little while; hubby and I have been away on our annual holiday in Central & Outback Australia - what a fantastic country we have - so many fascinating and beautiful places we have here in Australia! I have lots of photos to scrap at the Retreat and can't wait to show you some of the amazing places we saw!

Anyway, the retreat is not too far away now....Suzanne has designed a gorgeous layout for the Saturday morning class - so many great techniques and ideas in her page that I am sure you will use over and over again.

We will be having a theme night on the Saturday night again....this time it will be a Wild Wild West theme. So put your thinking caps on for your costume - it can be as simple as a cowboy (or cowgirl) hat or go all out as a saloon girl. I'd love to see what your group can do on the night and I'm sure we are going to have a lot of fun!

As usual, I will be bringing shop supplies with me but I ask that if there is anything in particular that you would like me to bring in the way of stock, if you can please let me know asap so I can get orders in on time.

There will be more news coming leading up to the Retreat, so check back regularly for updates.

If you haven't already booked your spot for the Noosa Retreat, don't leave it too much longer - you don't want to miss out! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Take care for now,
Ann :-)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

2012 Retreat Dates

Hello everyone
Well I have been busy organising next year's Retreats and can tell you that we will be having three Retreats next year!
We will be going back to Kilcoy on the May Day long weekend for some wonderful country hospitality and yummy food from the RSL Ladies Auxiliary.
October we will be going to Kallangur on 12-14 October - only 2 fun-filled days though, but a great weekend is assured.
I am in the process of organising one for July and hoping to have a Christmas in July theme - I am hoping to be on the southside of Brisbane for this one around the Cleveland area if I can arrange it. I will keep you posted on that one soon.
So keep checking back on the blog regularly for that one and I will put the details up on the website soon for the costs of the upcoming Retreats.
Take care for now, Ann :-)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sketch challenge reminder....

I just wanted to remind you about the Sketch challenge that is being run by Multi-Photo Scrapbook layout blog. You have until the end of May to submit your page so check out the blog for further information and inspiration!
TFL, Ann :-)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Noosa Retreat Tutor...... Ta Daaa....

Hi Everyone
I am so excited to tell you that our tutor for our Saturday class at the Noosa Retreat is the gorgeous Suzanne Tonga. Suzanne has a beautiful style of scrapbooking and I know that you will just love her class.

Here is a little bit about Suzanne:-

1. How did you start in Scrapbooking & when?

I have been scrapbooking for about 7 years. I have a background in science but after maternity leave with my second child, I decided I was ready for a change and started working and teaching at my local scrapbooking store.

2. What do you enjoy most about Scrapbooking?

I have always loved photography and stationery, so scrapbooking was a perfect fit for me! I love that we can enjoy the arty process while creating precious memories about our children and our lives. I hope that they will look back on the albums one day and smile and perhaps will be reminded of things that they had forgotten.

3. What is your scrapbooking style?

I always find it hard to define my scrapbooking style but my layouts usually involve multiple small photos, lots of layers and definitely stitching! I cannot create a layout without stitching! The inspiration for me, really starts with the photos. I mainly scrapbook photos of my children, Bailey 10, and Lily, 7, and also of my nieces and nephews.

4. What are your favourite products at the moment?

Working in a scrapbooking store gives me access to a lot of beautiful products and I have many, many favourite brands. At the moment, I would say that Pink Paislee and Crate Paper are the ones that I look to most when new products are released but there are many others that I love and use regularly.

5. Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?

I read lots of blogs and many of them are fashion, photography and decorating ones. The colours and patterns really inspire me and get my mind in a creative mood. I also love to visit our local markets as the atmosphere is really conducive to creativity.

6. How do you get through Scrapper's block?

If you are feeling frustrated during the creative process, my advice is to take a break. Go for walk or do something completely different. Chances are, when you come back you will be ready to try again. I usually take a lot of time to create a layout. It sits on my desk and each time I walk past, I look at it with fresh eyes until I work out what it 'needs'.

7. What is the best advice you would give to newbie scrapbookers?

If you are just starting out in scrapbooking, it can be a little overwhelming. My advice is to take it slowly. Find your style by using other peoples' work as inspiration and you will eventually discover what works for you.

Suzanne adds "During my scrapbooking journey I have been fortunate enough to be published in many scrapbooking magazines and work on several design teams. At the moment I am a design team member of Aussie Scrap Source, a company who is fantastic to work for. The Australian scrapbooking industry consists of many talented people and I feel very lucky to be a part of it."

Suzanne is teaching at the Brisbane Scrapbooking Convention in June and her classes "sold out" very quickly! So I am really looking forward to having her for our Retreat and learning more about her style and technique.

I hope to see you there.

Take care, Ann :-)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone
I thought I would just let you know of the Sketch Challenge that Multi-Photo Scrapbook Layouts blog is running this month. The sketch used is from Got Sketch? and has been created by Janna Wilson.

You have until the end of May to submit your layout and as usual a nice prize is on offer for the winner. You can send your layouts to

Have fun with it and don't forget to check out the blog for some multi-photo layout inspiration!

Take care, Ann :-)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

We had a great time.....

Hello everyone
Well sadly our Retreat has come and gone, but what an awesome time we had!! Thank you to each and every one of you for making the weekend what it was and a special thanks to the ladies from the Kilcoy RSL Women's Auxiliary who looked after us so well with our meals - my goodness we were spoiled.
Here are a few photos of the weekend:-

The class with Michelle Jamieson was so inspirational for many - it was great to see many of the ideas learned in the class applied to some of your other layouts over the weekend. Here is a photo of her layout:-

I hope that we can catch up with many of you at the October Retreat in Noosa - fun is guaranteed!!

Take care, Ann :-)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Today's the day....

Hello everyone
Well today's the day!! I am soooo excited that our weekend is here and looking forward to seeing you all this afternoon at 5pm.
Check your lists that you have everything and drive safely.
See you soon, Ann :-)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Last minute things to bring....

Hi ladies
I hope you are all enjoying your Easter break; not long now before our Retreat - I'm getting quite excited!!

Just a few last minute bits and pieces to let you know about... in addition to the items you have already been requested to bring along, can you also bring the following please:-

  • Your craft mat(s)
  • Cuttlebug/Big Shot (or similar) machine, only if you have one (just would be helpful for the class to save some time)
  • Clear stamp block 15x7cm (only if you have one)
  • an extension cord if you are planning on bringing any electronic equipment
  • a champagne/wine glass for Saturday's Glitz & Glam night
The items above that I have marked in orange are just for the class use; we will have these items available, but if we could have a few more, it will save some time getting around to everyone so if you don't mind sharing, it would be fantastic if you could bring these with you.

By the way, for our group photo on Saturday, can you wear blue/green/purple tonings in your clothes - that would go well with the papers we have chosen for the Photo Challenge.

I will send emails out to you all directly regarding this,but for those of you who regularly visit the blog then you have this info sooner.

Anyway, that's it for now, chat soon
Ann :-)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Only 2 weeks to go.....

Hello everyone Well my house has turned into a warehouse at the moment with all of the boxes of stock piling up. Kits are being prepared and the last minute touches are being done to ensure that you all have a great time at Kilcoy in exactly two weeks time! You all have the information you need for the weekend at this point in time; don't forget to bring your craft mats too and perhaps a cushion for your seat - have to be comfy when we scrap!! The lovely Brigitte will also be joining us to give us some pampering if you so choose it; this is an additional cost, but sooooo worth it. Let me know soon if you wish to partake in a lovely massage/reflexology treatment - you won't regret it, believe me. There is still time for you to book a place at the Retreat if you want to come along, even if it is just for part of the weekend or to attend the fantastic class with Michelle Jamieson. You can call me on 0413 21 6096 or email for more information. By all means, contact me if you need to know anything about what to bring for the weekend - happy to help. The countdown is on!! Take care, Ann :-)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Retreat news update

Hello there
Well for those of you who are attending the Kilcoy Retreat at the end of this month, you would have received an email from us giving you all of the details of the weekend...where we are staying...what to bring....and all the fun things that we have planned!! If you didn't get your email and you are registered to attend, please let me know.

We have a Glitz & Glam night planned for Saturday evening; so dust off your blingiest jewellery, get out your feather boas and get ready for a night of Glam Frivolity!! It will be so much fun!!

If you haven't booked yet, you better get in quick and do so as places are now limited. Email us on for more info or call Ann on 0413 21 6096.

It won't be long now!!

Take care, Ann :-)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Class layout sneak peek.....

Hello everyone
I'm so excited to show you a sneak peek of the layout that Michelle will be teaching us on Saturday 30 April at the Kilcoy Retreat. Here it is:-

She will be showing us lots of techniques and tricks with this one which we can apply to future pages. Lots of colours - so click on the image to see it a bit closer and that will help you to look through and find some suitable photos to apply to it. Otherwise, black & white photos always look good.

I will contact you all directly with instructions, information and your requirements for the weekend shortly, so keep an eye out for an email from us soon.

The Retreat will be here before we know it - I am really looking forward to it!!

Take care for now, Ann :-)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's here.....

Hello everyone, I would like to let you all know that I will post Michelle's class layout on the blog later today - it's a fantastic layout - lots of elements and techniques, so check back tonight for a sneak peek. In the meantime, it seems that I haven't received a couple of emails of late; if you have emailed me at all in the last week or so and I haven't responded, can you try again please or give me a quick call on 0413 21 6096. Don't you just hate technology sometimes!! I ALWAYS respond quickly to emails so please let me know if you don't hear from me pretty much same day. Chat soon, Ann :-)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sneak Peek coming....

Hello everyone

Well, Michelle has received the kit for the scrapbooking layout class on Saturday 30 April at the Retreat, so we will have a sneak peek of the layout very soon - I'm sooo looking forward to seeing what Michelle will be creating. She will be showing us how to make some embellishments as well - something to keep our scrapping costs down and save we can spend on other scrapping stuff!! :-)

I've also got some goodies to show you soon as well, that will be available at the retreat shop which I will post shortly.

If you are thinking of coming along to the Retreat, please contact me or book via the website soon. By the way, if convenient to you, I am happy for day participants to attend and give the local residents an opportunity to come along. You can come along on any day and stay as long as you like (until closing time) then go home if you want to.
You can just come along for Michelle's class if you want to - no problem. Just drop me a quick email if interested - you would be surprised as to how cheap it can be!!

The Retreat will be here before we know it, so make your booking soon.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Take care, Ann :-)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day participants welcome...

Hello there

If anyone is considering coming along to the Retreat at Kilcoy, I can offer day participant rates if you live close-by and would prefer to travel to and from the Retreat on a daily basis over the weekend.

The rates would include your scrap pack, the class & kit for Michelle's class on the Saturday morning (if attending), and all meals. Please contact me if this is a preferred option for you.
I'd love to see you at the Retreat, even if it is only during the day (and part of the night!).

My email address is, or you can call me on 0413 21 6096 - we can tailor a package to suit you.

Take care, Ann :-)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A profile on Michelle Jamieson......

I'd like to share with you a Q&A session that I have had with Michelle Jamieson, who will be teaching our class at the Kilcoy Retreat in April......a bit of a "get to know you" session........

1. How did you start in Scrapbooking and how long have you been doing it?

I started as a Card maker when I was about 18yrs old, by my Mum. She ran a weekly card class and I loved participating in it. Then after going to a Craft Show many years ago, I found my niche…Scrapbooking. I loved everything about it and have been hooked ever since. So, I’ve been scrapbooking about 15 years now.

2. What do you enjoy most about scrapbooking?

The quiet creative time to myself. I scrap mainly at night when everyone has gone to bed, as I have young children. That becomes “my time”, at the end of the day. I’m a bit of a night owl too, which sees me up into the wee hours at times, so I can just finish that layout off!

3. What is your style?

My style is always changing, so to describe it best I’m an eclectic scrapper. I love bright colours, paint and I usually scrap with more than one photo on a layout.

I love trying new designs and techniques and will give just about anything a go!

4. What are your favourite 3 products at the moment and what can’t you do without?

My favourite products would be washi tape(a Japanese washi paper in the form of tape). I love the stuff and use it on everything of late!

I love chipboard lettering, as it gives such great dimension and it comes in so many colours and styles.

Lastly would be bakers twine. I love tying bows and knots and adding texture to my layouts!

5. Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?

I love looking through online galleries, magazines and what’s in style. You can get a lot of inspiration from what you see around you.

6. How do you get through Scrappers block?

It happens to everyone and when it does strike pull out those Scrap magazines or look at online galleries and find something you like. It could be a design, the placement of a flower or they may have used glimmer mist for example. Start with something and expand on it. Get out the cutter and start cutting paper and pushing it around your page. You’ll eventually like what you see

7. What is the best advice you would give to newbie scrapbookers?

Invest in a good cutter and pair of scissors! Don’t expect to create what you see in magazines next week. It’s a process and your journey as a scrapbooker will evolve in time. We all had to start somewhere.

I hope that you have learned a little about Michelle here. I'm sure her class will be an exciting one and she will be sharing lots of tips with us and showing us how to make some handmade embellishments as well, similar to what she has available in her Etsy store at Chelley Bean Designs. I hope to see you at the Retreat.

Take care, Ann :-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Earn yourself a voucher to spend at the Retreat....

Hello again
I hope that you are all well and got through the school holidays ok. I can't believe it is a month ago since Christmas - I can see another year flying by!!
We already have participants registered for the Retreat in April and as an added incentive, I will give you a $5 voucher for each person that registers for the Retreat and mentions your name as a referee. You can then spend the voucher at the next Retreat. So if you have friends who mentioned that they would like to come along to the next weekend away, then why not contact them and organise your group to register soon - don't forget to tell them to mention your name when they do so.
I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great week.
Regards, Ann :-)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

and our class tutor is.....

Just a quick post to let you know that the lovely Michelle Jamieson will be joining us at Kilcoy to teach our class on Saturday morning. I am soooooo excited and can't wait to see what she has store for us.

So book your place for the Retreat soon so that you don't miss out on learning some great techniques from Michelle. All you need is a $50 deposit - see the website for the payment options available.

TTFN, Ann :-)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Retreat Bookings now open....

Hello everyone,
Well for those of you who reside in Queensland, actually throughout most of the eastern side of Australia, I hope you have all managed to stay safe and dry during these terrible few weeks of flooding and disaster. I apologise for the delay in posting details of the next Retreat, but telecommunications have not been good in our household due to the floods, but we are getting back to normal now and I have managed to update the website with all of the costings for the next retreat at Kilcoy at the end of April.

Please check out the website for this information and by all means make your bookings for the package that suits you. Please remember that numbers are limited so you need to get in quickly to avoid disappointment. Web address is

If you need to know any further details about the weekend, please let me know.

Chat soon, Ann :-)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Next Retreat.....

Hello everyone
I just wanted to let you know that we are getting closer to finalising the costs for the Retreat at Kilcoy and even planning the next one for around mid October. Just waiting for other parties to get back to me.
Will hopefully have this up on the website in the next week.
Stay tuned and take care, Ann :-)