Saturday, May 31, 2008


JUNE ALREADY - HALF THE YEAR IS OVER....We have hit the cooler weather, which actually means more scrapping for most of us, which is a good thing. It also means more sickies – yes we have all been hit with the cold in our home.

May has seen Brian have another birthday slip by; yes he likes it to fly by unnoticed these days. Not that I will be letting July slip by yes the big 40 is approaching.

Retreat – WOW what a fantastic extended weekend, I had comments from many saying that they enjoyed our play theme and that the challenge style classes were fantastic. They can’t wait till September to get in scrap more and learn more along the way…everyone was chilled and relaxed and the competitor came out in us all with those really quiet moments during BINGO games. Its great getting wonderful reviews like these, it makes us who work behind the scenes feel appreciated…

“Thank you so much for a fabulous retreat filled with lots of activities and
My favourite was "pass the parcel". What a great way to
have others involved in
your creation but for you to complete in your own

“Also a big thank you to your mum & Di for a feast of
delicious home cooked meals.
To Brian, Bianca & Dylan's help to bring
this retreat to the success that we all enjoy.
Please book me in for the Sept

Yes September RETREAT is only just 16 weeks away, so if you haven’t booked yet – best get too it as there is only 7 spots left.

Please welcome Angela Lovel as this month’s featured Scrapper in the spotlight. Angela has been with us since our very first Cybercrop, we hope you enjoy her scrapbook story!!!

Since April, we have making changes around the place, the biggest being OUR FAMOUS POINT SYSTEM, and due to its success, we hope you enjoy our huge Birthday Celebrations; we have a huge month planned. Just check it all out below, presents, points and prizes galore….and even surprise parties….

Birthday celebrations

Shop and win
Its simple just PLACE AN ORDER FROM 1st June to 29th June
And go in the draw to win.
$50 Surprise Pack$20 Surprise Pack
$10 Surprise Pack
Winners will be announced in the July Newsletter.
**NOTE Minimum of 12 orders to be received for prizes to be awarded.

Forever Always challenge

With the success of our Cybercrops, we have decided to employ OUR NEW POINTS SYSTEM in our monthly challenges this month, as part of our Birthday Celebrations, we hope that this points system, stirs the competitor within you all, to strive and play with us all month long.

The prizes
Crop in Style Junior Tote filled with 36 sheets of Bazzill Raw Silk Cardstock

Valued at approximately $120
Hot of the Press Birthday Pack, includes Album and Papers
Valued at approximately $55
Making Memories Signature Class Kit - Mini Book
Valued at approximately $30
Heidi Swapp Natural 12x 12 Calender Kit
Valued at approximately $30
Making Memories Foam Stamps Stencil
Valued at approximately $20

Come and join us for a little family rivalry in the
‘Forever Always Forever Family’ Challenge
We all know how rivalry is strong in Families; well our little family community is about to Search again, for a guest designer! Are you up to the challenge of joining us for this 6 week project, packed with family rivalry?

This competition has a benefit, each entrant will get to complete a memento Album, it will run similar to other book of me challenges but this will be a book of FAMILY, as here at Forever Always we pride ourself on being a Family run business, anyone who has been to retreat or attended a 12 hour crop or been apart of our online community can testify to this sense of family. So with this said, we have decided that our mini book project will be titled ‘Forever Always Forever Family’
Each week one of our Design Team Members will run a challenge inspiring you’re to complete a page in your family mini album.

As you our family community are what we aim to please here, we want your input in our winning position, so at the end of each week, we ask that you vote on your favourite Participant – when voting, we ask you to consider, the style of the participant, the work involved and the participation {yes chatter} level in the forum. Email your vote for your favourite to – this tally will be kept, and occasionally put out there for you to see….after all it’s nice to know where you stand in a competition.
The Winner of our competition will be sent a DESIGN TEAM PACKAGE and asked to contribute to the September Newsletter. Good luck and happy scrapping.

· The rivalry begins Monday 16th June and ends in 6 weeks on the 27th July.
· All entrants must register their name in the Registration Thread before midnight 15th June.
· No late registrations will be accepted.
· Only one entry per person, per challenge is allowed.
· All entries must be in an Album measuring no smaller than 6”x6” and no bigger than A4
· All entries must be NEW originally created Layouts specific to the challenge they are entered for.
· Layouts may not appear in any other online store gallery or online gallery. You may however feature your layout on your blog with a link back to Forever Always.
· All entries can only be submitted to magazine submissions at the completion of the Competition not before hand.
· When uploading to the gallery please be sure to put the CHALLENGE NAME in the description before the page title {eg FAFF-Week 1 – page title}
· There will be no deadline extensions for anyone under any circumstances.
· One winner will earn a 2 month Guest Designer Spot, and all the perks that go with it, with first work being shared in the September 2008 Newsletter.
· We reserve the right to change the rules at any time.
· There is a thread in the Forum dedicated to Questions – please ask them there or feel free to email –

Important dates

Be sure to pencil these in your diary…then ring and book in, space is very limited!

Thursdays – 10am till 2pm (bring your lunch), Every Thursday – just call and book in.

12 Hour Crops – 7th June,

Cyber Crops – Thursday 12th, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th May & Monday 16th June with all Challenges completed by Midnight Tuesday 17th June. July’s Cybercrop will be 11 – 15th July

Retreats bookings now being taken for all these dates
Retreat #10 - 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st September
7 Dorm spaces left

Learn more about FONTS AND MIXING THEM UP WITH GAB C and the Design Team with loads of inspirational tips, and layouts.

Colour Combo Challenges.
When Forever Always began back in 2003 we started out as that PURPLE building in DEE WHY, so we thought that with it being our birthday what better colour inspiration than Monochromatic Purples.

May Sketch Challenge
This month’s Sketch inspiration comes from Gab’s – ‘So Happy because…’ layout, clean balanced and fun…hope you enjoy this sketch.

So your challenge is to create an ORIGINAL Scrapbooking page based on this sketch. You can view the sketch and Design Team inspirational layouts and also upload your entry to our Gallery. Entries close on 29th JUNE 2008. Be sure to Register and add 4 points to your tally of points in the forum

Printable copy of the sketch is available
in our Archives which you can access from our sketch challenges page
This is also perfect for printing and keeping in an inspirational ideas folder.
Changed weekly 'WORD' Inspiration
Every Monday during the month, we will issue a new word inspiration. This word is meant to inspire a layout. The challenge is to complete a layout using the weekly word; you have all month to work on the words. For every layout you complete using one of the words {and no sneaky combining challenges allowed}, you will receive 1 point if you manage to complete all 4 layouts using all 4 words it becomes 5 points in total.

1 comment:

Paul Sears Photography said...

Wow - you have a lot going on! I surf a lot of blogs for inspiration for my photography and my blog. I like your widget - I may add that to my blog as well.


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