Project Memory Gifts Finale

Well, it’s taken 9 months, about 2000 emails, about 200 phone calls, about 3000 man hours and about 20,000 LO’s but guess what?


Honestly, I don’t know how to feel. I thought I would be ecstatic to have my house/garage back in order but I don’t. I think I’ve been concentrating on this for so long that I am a bit lost now that it’s finished.
What I AM looking forward to is imagining the faces on the kids when they open their albums. My DH is driving down to Melbourne with the last trailer load of albums packed and ready for delivery.


The back of the car paxked with the “Starter Kits”.


The boys having a last minute hug goodbye (awww).


Some of the boxes within the trailer (there were over 50 altogether).



….and off they go.

Here we come, Strathewen, Kingslake, Marysille, Taggerty and Wattleglen!

Scrapping news:

Here’s aΒ few shares from this week’s playing in the studio –


TIP: Don’t be afraid to crop your photos quite tightly around the face to help focus on what the real “story” is.


TIP: Embellishments don’t have to cost the earth – cut some extra bits out of co-ordinating papers and mount them off the surface of your page have done with the animals on this one.


TIP: Don’t just use patterned vellum against a white or light background – place it off centre against a textured or flocked paper and the results are gorgeous!

Every single LO I produced this week was about James – purely coincidence because the photos are all jumbled up and in no order (just the way I like things lol). He must have been on my mind LOL.

What else have I been up to this week? A wee bit of socialising and I have to tell you I had a ball – two nights down in Sydney attending a Reunion and a birthday party was great fun.

The reunion was of my old Year 12 class of ’99 – it was great to catch up with them all again and see what lovely adults they have become. There were some suprised there, mind you! (yes, Paul, I mean you lol).

Here is a terrible photo of me with Meeks who organised the do – she is still as gorgeous as always on the inside and out.


Sat night I went to my aunt’s 60th – wow, I was blown away by the entertainment. Has anyone ever participated in a “Drum Circle Event” before? Well, I am addicted and I have to have one now. Basically it means that there are several drummers at the front of the crowd getting everyone to participate in bongo-ing out a rythm together. Everyone has their own drum. There was over 100 of us drumming – awesome stuff! By the end of it we even had my 85 year old great aunt up on the dance floor LOL. Aunty Shirley! two words! BROKEN. HIP.


The guy in black (standing) was the maestro and he had us all swinging, baby. And the noise! We were attracting people off the street to say that at the end of it all my hands were fleuro pink from banging my drum and I was an addicted Bongo player (and the guys were a little bit of “allright” if you know what I’m say’n πŸ˜‰ ).

So that’s all for now until another update later in the week – PLEASE don’t forget to check in and participate in the TWELVE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS weekly challenges and competition we have going on over at the Addicted to Craft BlogΒ – there are plenty of opportunities to win prizes and participate – whether you are a retailer or an individual!

Oh! I nearly forgot! There is something else a little bit exciting I wanted to share with you all – here it is:


That is the cover of the latest Scrapbooking Memories Magazine over here in Australia – and THAT IS MY LO ON THE COVER. O.M.G. I’m a little bit excited – heck I am wetting my pants I’m so excited – WOOHOO! Hannah is getting such a huge kick out of seeing her face on the mag when we go out (me too lol). I am very honoured to be a part of the special Breast Cancer awareness issue too – GO PINK.

That’s all folks – y’all take care now πŸ™‚

Sares x

10 Responses

  1. Gorgeous layouts Sares and man you did so well with the Memory Gifts project and yeh I am with you, wish I could see some of the smiles on peoples faces when they receive their gifts. Awesome stuff hun, give yourself a big pat on the back.
    Hugs xx

  2. How wonderful!!!!!!

  3. OMGosh I don’t even no where to start but I just kind of found you by mistake and I am glad I did lol I have been reading about you and your scrapbooking for about 2 hours now and I must say I can only wish I had talent like you, wow you must be so excited about having your lo on the cover page!!! that is great do you have a site to help the beginers? KIND OF LIKE A STEP BY STEP TYPE OF SITE, I admire you and I think what you have done is wonderful, I am gonna book mark this page so I can find it with ease lol but any how I jusy want to say you are truly amazing!!

  4. Hi Sarah,

    Just saw your name on the Masters shortlist at Scrapbooking Memories!
    OMG…Congratulations Sarah…Im hoping like heck you will win a place on the final list! Rather excited ‘Sarah fan’ here!!!
    Your work is gorgeous and inspirational…give yourself a big pat on the back. Well done!
    Any chance you can show us some of your entries?

    And Congratulations as well on the massive job you did with all the Memory albums. I know they will be greatly appreciated by all the familes who receive them. That was a beautiful thing you did Sarah…and I’ll always be proud that I had a very small part in the project. Thanks for the inspiration there as well.

  5. Oops….forgot to say Congrats for the Cover as well!

    Perfect photo and love the colours. And the essential lace!!!

    You are having a great week arent you…enjoy it all…very much deserved!!!

  6. I was just sitting here wondering if the memory gifts had been given out yet, so i open your blog to find you have written about it today!! I must have known!! πŸ™‚ It is such an awesome thing you did for the bushfire victims and i’m proud to be able to say i participated!! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to hear how they were received!! πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your cover!! It looks awesome!! πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations for the Gift program, I’m so glad that the ladies here were able to participate and do some albums for you!! Are we going to be able to see photos of these people receiving their gift albums?
    Congratulations on making the short list for the Masters!! You rock girl!!
    Congratulations on your Magazine Cover LO!! Sarah that is awesome!!!
    Wow and your LO’s are stunning too!!!
    With love

  8. Congrats on your lil covergirl too!!! Very sweet.
    Fantastic effort on the Memory Gifts…I bet you are sad and glad all at the same time.
    Congrats goes to you Sarah for being Shortlisted for the Masters…I am so so happy for you, your LO’s are just to die for and I love popping over here and checking them out!!! I have linked your blog with my blog for being shortlisted Luv Shaz xoxo

  9. Came on to say a couple of things and then I realise It all can be summed up with a big “CONGRATULATIONS”
    1. for finishing the Memory Gifts
    2. For the cover of the Mag
    3. For the shortlist (crossing my fingers for ya)
    Well Done!!!

  10. Congrats on the front cover Sarah I just made the Scrapbook Creations one and had one very excited little girl in our house. You have done a fantastic job with the memory albums you should be proud of what you have done.

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