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Thursday, August 4, 2011

My first ever challenge - Whimsical Wednesday's "Sense of Humour"

Hey everyone

I hope you're well and happy, and that life is treating you wonderfully!

You know what?  I'm so LUCKY!  Yep, I am!  I was born into a wonderful family with three siblings whom I love and my parents are awesome.  Now I have a family of "my own", five gorgeous kids and my real, honest-to-God soulmate to spend the rest of my life with.

I'm lucky in so many other ways too.  I live in Australia - so so so lucky for that!  Yet, I have been fortunate enough to visit other countries such as Indonesia and pass on some love... Whether it be gifts and time for the kids at the orphanage, or some money towards two Indonesian boys' education, I know my family and I have made a difference! How lucky is that?

Ok, so you may have realised by now - I love talking.  I talk a LOT!  So yes, I know I'm dribbling but I guess coz it's my blog, I'm allowed to, hehe.  We are one very busy family.  Not more busy than you and your family necessarily - it's not a competition by any means - but we are exceptionally busy.  EVERY SINGLE DAY.  We have the five kids schooling to run around for, we have sport, singing lessons, piano lessons, the kids' work commitments, OUR work commitments, playdates, sleepovers, birthday parties, family dinners, the occasional Church visit and lots of other things too...

My house is noisy too!  Noisy is the understatement of the year!  But you know one sound I hear every single day year in and year out?  Laughter!! We are one happy family and I love love love it!  How lucky are we that we laugh each and every day in our home, where we are safe, comfortable and loved like crazy.

Ok Shan, stop rambling and get to the point.  The point is I finished a double LO on the weekend that is PERFECT for my first ever challenge!! Whimsical Wednesday showcases wonderful scrapbooking talent the first Wednesday of every month and this week, their challenge is "Sense of humour"...

I went outside with my family and we were all playing a game of basketball.  I decided it would be a good time to grab my camera (read: iPhone) and take some happy snaps of the people I love most in the world.  Well, we were laughing for hours after this.  We all share a good sense of humour, we are able to laugh at ourselves but we definitely can also laugh at each other!!

Check it out:

I really do believe the saying "A family that plays together, stays together".  Which in our case, we'll be together for eternity, because we sure spend a lot of time playing and having fun.

I didn't take my cricut along to retreat so I have no wonderful hand-made embellishments to show, but I did use my new gorgeous "glitter silk" cardstock - look at the gorgeous sparkles in the black cardstock.  A little bit went a loooonnnggg way when I ran it through my Cuttlebug for the title...  I fell back in love with my Xyron too, I hadn't used it for ages, but it was so handy for the small letters.  Check out the brand new Candi too!  The little dots that are "legless brads" are so cool.  I won some from Chloe's blog, but then bought a heap more too!  (Gotta have one in every colour!)  I also used my brand new Tim Holtz Distressed inks, sponging here and there!

This was SUCH a cool day!  Totally unplanned, EVERYBODY in a wonderful mood and so so so so much fun!  The neighbour even popped his head over the fence to see what the fuss was about, haha!  Too funny!

They couldn't stop laughing long enough
 to actually stay on!

I can still hear them laughing out loud!
All composure was well and truly gone!

Jump on while you can!

Not thinking about Uni or exams at the moment! 


The pyramid crashes again!

The final product - 
a double LO that makes me laugh!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time, I'll be creating memories - one moment at a time!


So often we're caught up in the hurrying around.  School,
singing, school, basketball, etc.  This is now a beautiful
memory, a moment in time!


  1. oh how great is that?... Luv your photos and those usually are the best ones :)
    thnx for joining us girls over at Whimsical Wednesdays..

  2. What fun pictures!!! And sounds like such a fun time!!!

    Your layout is wonderful and good luck in your first challenge -- you certainly designed a great layout for it!!!

  3. This is adorable! I love the outakes layout! This made me smile! Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays!

  4. Shannen!!! I love it so much! I'm so proud of you for inking and CANDi-ing! Woooo! Green and Purple look hot together. It's great too that you are using the photos that are outtakes. One's that perfect straight scrappers may ditch are our most memorable fun moments. Such a great title too. I'm so excited that you joined the challenge at Whimsical Wednesday! Loved seeing all the sneak peaks before seeing the full picture as well! LOVE your work! xx

  5. Shannen what a great layout showing of all the fun of your family looks like you all had a great time thanks for sharing

  6. Fabulous job on your first challenge, your layout is awesome!!!!!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesdays! Hugs, Cathryn :)

  7. Really cool layout, Shannen! Looks like so much fun! I love that this moment is recorded for your family forever!!! Oh and I loved reading your blog post :-) Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday :-) I hope you will be able to join the next challenge!

  8. Shannen your LO is filled with so many fun filled photos. They make me happy to just look at them. I love the green and purple together, the candi, and the distressing! I am wondering about your Xyron. I have the one that is green and is 5 inches wide. I have a very very hard time getting my small cuts to feed into the machine. I really would like to get more use out of it. Can you give me some tips. Do you think I need to buy the small xyron for the smaller cuts? I really enjoyed reading about you and your family. And yes, you can talk as much as you want...this is YOUR blog. :) I am so glad that you chose Whimsical Wednesday for your first challenge. I hope you will come back often. New follower here!

  9. I am blown away by your AMAZING LO! Your title is so true! Your family is beautiful and you have captured the love your have for one another beautifully! Your colors are perfect and your embellishments wonderful but I am right back to the main focus of this LO~ your wonderful family :)
    Congrats on doing your first challenge!! It is truly beautiful and I hope you will join us again over at Whimsical Wednesdays!!
    Well done!!! I am a new follower and can not wait to see what else you have to share :)

  10. This is so cute! I love the layout.

  11. I absolutely love your LO! I have 15 siblings and my parents used to make use spend every Sunday together doing things as a family. no friends! and when we would complain my Parents would sing: "A family that plays together stays together." It would drive me crazy but now that I am a mother to 5 of my own children I now understand exactly what they were trying to teach us. I now have the same rule at my house and Sundays will always be just family days. Any way sorry to leave a mile long comment. :) Great job on the challenge and thanks for playing with us at Whimsical Wednesday. :)

  12. This is just a FUN layout!AWESOME job with it, Thanks so much for playing along at Whimsical Wednesdays!:)

  13. I love, love, love your title! You created a really great layout that really captures the fun and laughter your family shares. So glad you joined in on the fun for this week's challenge at Whimsical Wednesdays!

  14. WOW! What a beautiful family and an amazing, fun layout! The pictures look like it was a hysterical moment! The title is perfect too! Those glittery letters look great! Great job with your first challenge! I must warn you that they are addicting...hehe! Thanks for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesday!

  15. What a beautiful layout and full of so much life! Your family is beautiful and you captured some great moments~It will be so fun to look back on as they grow! You did a wonderful job on your first challenge:) Whimsical Wednesdays is a super fun challenge to play in...I enjoy playing each week:) I am happy to follow you:) Can't wait to see more from you!

    Sherrie K


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