Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Officially we have passed the half way mark of the year, does anybody else find that frightening. I am glad however, that I can feel good that I did actually start my Christmas Shopping early in the year…so that part of the panic is in control. But I am still stressing that another year is almost gone.
Retreat #10 is only 11 weeks away, so if you haven’t booked yet – best get too it as there is only 7 spots left. And the beginning of July marks Lay-by payment instalment time…for those of you wishing to make it a payment plan booking, please email me with your request.

Please welcome Belinda Boyce [aka [bj]} as this month’s featured Scrapper in the spotlight. Belinda has only been with us a couple of months, but has already proven herself a place in our family, inspiring many of us with her fantastic scrapping style. We hope you enjoy her scrapbook story!! Be sure to check out our Scrapper In the Spotlight Inspirational Sketch.
Well what a huge month June was with record breaking entries in the gallery and attendance in the forum. Proving to us you are all so competitive and that you LOVE our FAMOUS POINT SYSTEM. You can find out the winners of all those racked up points below in our Winners Role Call and Prizes show case. For those of you, who just can’t resist the competition, be sure to come play in our July Cybercrop for more POINTS action.

We are about to launch into spotlighting one lucky Guest Designer once a month, anyone is eligible,
Be sure to be an active part of our Forum and Gallery, especially the CyberCrops
We fell in love with Teresa Collins Designs [could be the colours {wink}] so check out the DT inspiration.
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. excluding 17th & 24th July.

12 Hour Crops – 12th July, 9th August

Cyber Crops – July’s Cybercrop will be held 11–15th July, August’s Cybercrop will be held 15–19th August.

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

Sharryn Thomson takes us on a journey of discovery with Fabric and Scrapping...check out all the techniques and inspiration the Design Team shared.

Join us in Inspiration Alley…
  • Scrapper in the Spotlight – Sketch

    As a new feature this month, we have created an inspirational sketch from our Scrapper in the Spotlights Layout – We hope that our sketch inspired by Belinda’s Layout helps inspire you to create.

  • Colour Combo Challenges - Red, Black, Cream/Kraft
    CHALLENGE: - Share your colour combo layouts with us in the gallery and you could earn a Sonia Signature Pack. Check out the Design Team Inspiration.
    CHALLENGE: - show me your colours, and email me your signature combos….you may see them in our future colour combo challenges, with YOU as our Featured Artist.
  • July Sketch Challenge

    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 30th JULY 2008. The winner will receive a gift pack to the value of $15.
    Printable copy of the sketch is available in our
    Archives which you can access from our sketch challenges page.

  • 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, we hope we can challenge and inspire you to amazing creativity.
  • weekly ‘Recipe Scraps’
    Every Thursday during the month, one of the Design Team will take all your control away, and aid you in a ‘follow the recipe’ style layout. A FREE CLASS with a difference. You haven’t seen the end product. Sometimes these recipes will involve a technique, other times it’s just a fun quick layout. Check out the forum for the ‘ingredients’ list on Tuesdays.
    This challenge is our modified version of the old kids game ‘Simon says’. We will be working in teams of 4 with 1 week to complete the layout. Rules of the game:
    Complete a layout then pass it on via email to the next person with one of the 5 ‘Sonia’ Says’ instructions from the list with the original email; the next person completes their own layout using the original layout and their ‘Sonia’ Says’ instruction as inspiration, then passes it on adding another instruction and so on down the line till all 4 participants have completed their layouts. Then all layouts will be uploaded to the gallery to share and see how they evolved.
    You can find more details about this in the forum. Where you can register your interest, and sign up for a round of this game. We hope you enjoy the fun and the inspiration.
  • 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.
    Although registration has officially closed, we would love to see more of you completing this project even if it is just for fun…it’s a fantastic project and family keepsake…so come and join us in the forum.

new PRODUCT arrived today

Sonia’s review…well you know I don’t shop if I don’t like it…LOL, I just have to say the Bo Bunny paper is yummy not only in its redness but it also is textured, and those brads in a bonus magnet tin – You know I love my storage. As for the Fancy Pants collection, the stamps we have seen Paula use and I am not sure if her addiction is bigger than mine, but I just had to have them, and they match the about a boy papers wonderfully. I certainly can’t wait to play with them all!!!

JUNE Winners roll call

Check it all out in the newsletter...there were lots of prizes and lots of lucky winners.


..IN OUR JULY NEWSLETTER - download the pdf

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