Wednesday, August 16, 2017

turning corners, setting goals, believing in yourself...

i turned 50 this year, hard to believe but ever so true and until you turn 50 you think nothing of that age, what you might look like, what you might feel like, how life impacts on you and kinda like what's next!

50 for me seemed so far away, obviously when you're younger you think 50 is fairly old, life slows down, you function less and all those things that come with aging.

so when i turned 50 this May, i kinda went whoa...slow down girl, life is moving by far too fast and in a blink 50 years have gone and i won't have another 50 years left. how the heck did that happen????!

my kids are all grown up, i have a beautiful grand bubba i adore, i've been married, separated, divorced, single, in a relationship and forever swimming in a sea of uncertainties. and as much as turning 50 felt old when I was younger, now that i am here, it's pretty dam awesome to be honest.

i am one of those fortunate women that genetics have been kind to me regarding the quality of my skin, lack of wrinkles and most people are shocked to find out my age as they always place me in my late 30's, which i must say is pretty cool too.

what has the last 50 years taught me...the ones i remember, the ones i grew up in, the ones i lived a life in...firstly and for certain...once we hit this age we're pretty sure we're not going to live another 50...well at least not like we've lived the last.

the aging process has well and truly kicked in and as much as it's a scary place, it's also pretty cool.

i choose not to dress for my age, i still consider myself as quite attractive and easy on the eye (those genetics), my children have all grown up, i've lived through terrible moments, bad moments, hideous moments and survived...do i call myself a surviver? no...not anymore. i choose to live here...in the now ready to take on all that i can, ready to live life to its fullest because i can, because i didn't get to 50 to live life on a downer, negatively or feeling like crap.

i've already been there, lived those moments and now even through the tough times, i need to remember that i have managed to get to 50, i have survived the trauma's, i have survived the gossip, the stories, the bullying, a sudden unexpected marriage breakdown of 28 years, the loss of who and where i belong. i've been there and i don't wish to stay there.

50 to me has also brought about great things. i have lived a life of experiences....the bad, the good and the inbetween. i have finally come to a sense of belonging in my own skin and i don't need negative or insecure people in my life. i have been known to be intimidating and at 50 i will no longer apologise or feel guilty for that like i have for the past 40 odd years. i have grown into me, my life, my character, my personality and my soul and for those that brought me down over the years because they were jealous...i have got to 50 and i'm really okay with my life. and if you didn't like me because i was bold, confident, creative, smart, lovable, empathetic, brave, articulate and educated before i turned 50 because your pettiness, immaturity and your character...yes you got in the way...you won't like me now because i am even more of all those things and i am okay with that too.

i have turned corners, set goals and for once believed in myself and all that i am...i have that right!

a few weeks back i wanted to start exercising again and all that goes hand in hand with that. i have a dicky back and a dicky hip but i really try not to allow for those 2 body parts to bring me down. so i've started walking again, i have bought a good skipping rope and i've decided i'm going back to gym.

these are my goals and i am going to embrace them with everything i have. you see i don't want to be that 50 year old or that 55 or 60 year old that looks older and way beyond her means, i want to live an active life, enjoy life, enjoy the clothing i wear, the makeup i wear, the shoes i wear, the jewellery i wear for as long as i can. i want to enjoy everything i can in life because one day...i will be too old to do those things! and i am not going to like living those years as much as i love living them now.

so from an older person to a younger person...if i can offer a few words of wisdom...stop living your life for everyone else. it will never be in your best interest, remove the negative garbage from your life and live because we only have one shot at this life, we don't get a do over, once we're here we have a few shorts years to make the most of that time so make every bit of it count and don't let those that love to live in a world full of their own misery and hate lead the way!

oh and one of the other awesome things since turning 50....my creative mojo has grown in leaps and bounds and i get to do what i love...being creative. so here's a few of those creative mojo moments below :)






some of the above goodies are already in my Scrap Girls Store but the rest will go live this Friday and they're always on sale for that time.

until next time, be happy and stay safe :)


Thursday, August 10, 2017

new goodies and my latest campaign...


Hey hey hey lovely people out there and those of you who have stopped by to check up on things. Life has been busy in a creative non chaotic way and look at all those gorgeous goodies now in store. I have been busy.

Firstly there is a need on our family and it has taken all my courage to ask for help, help from friends, family and the community big or small.

My son lance, his partner Tiahana and their gorgeous 6 month old daughter are carless. They have gone through 2 cars in the past 6 months. The first car was written off from the result of a car accident and thankful no one was injured in that but the car. So the family all helped out to purchase a car that had all the paperwork done in regards to the fact it passed a roadworthy, had a few new bits fixed on it etc etc and a little registration left. So we all helped out so they could be independant once more and back on the road without having to rely on anyone else.

That car has now gone through 3 engines, other parts and lasted a whole 55k's on the clock before it broke down for good. First up not only were we so upset that the guy that sold it to us did so on the sly...in other words the roadworthy was false and everything that was meant to be fixed on it as part of the roadworthy was a lie.

So once more they rely on family to get them to all the normal places folk need to go....grocery shopping, doctors, maternal health nurse etc etc....you get my gist.

We have exhausted our resources and I have set up a gofundme campaign with the hope that we can reach a $6000 target and buy a reliable and stable car that will help them get back on the road and give them back the independence they need.

If you, your family, your friends, co-workers or place of employment can help in any small way, our family would be ever so grateful and thankful for it.

To donate please go here and from me to you, thank you with all my heart xxx

Next up there are brand new goodies in store over at Scrap Girls and they are all Commercial Use products.

You can find them all here at Scrap Girls. So I've kinda been a tad busy. And then come this Friday there's a few more to add to the collection and help grow your digi stash :)













okay next up is something near and dear to my heart and although I had difficulty emotionally do start a fund up, it's kinda been the last resort.

My son lance, his partner Tiahana and their gorgeous 6 month old daughter are carless. They have gone through 2 cars in the past 6 months. The first car was written off from the result of a car accident and thankful no one was injured in that but the car. So the family all helped out to purchase a car that had all the paperwork done in regards to the fact it passed a roadworthy, had a few new bits fixed on it etc etc and a little registration left. So we all helped out so they could be independant once more and back on the road without having to rely on anyone else.

That car has now gone through 3 engines, other parts and lasted a whole 55k's on the clock before it broke down for good. First up not only were we so upset that the guy that sold it to us did so on the sly...in other words the roadworthy was false and everything that was meant to be fixed on it as part of the roadworthy was a lie.

So once more they rely on family to get them to all the normal places folk need to go....grocery shopping, doctors, maternal health nurse etc etc....you get my gist.

We have exhausted our resources and I have set up a gofundme campaign with the hope that we can reach a $6000 target and buy a reliable and stable car that will help them get back on the road and give them back the independence they need.

If you, your family, your friends, co-workers or place of employment can help in any small way, our family would be ever so grateful and thankful for it.

To donate please go here and from me to you, thankyou with all my heart x

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

just a tad busy...

what can i say, life is busy and although i seem to do alot, there just aint that many hours in a typical day to do it all. i've caught up for the time being...well that is until tomorrow...lol

since becoming a Scrap Girl Designer, i have created exclusive kits that for the most part you won't find in any of my other stores and if you find something a tad similar it will have been added to for Scrap Girls.

and i have loved every minute of it!

except the fact that i've been quite sick for just over a week now where i could barely function. but like all good things time has helped and although i am not 100% better, i am clearer in my thoughts and able to function.

oh btw...i have a new freebie coming out with this weeks newsletter. yes!!!!!
finally i managed to create a gorgeous little freebie that i know you will all love and i may create something else to go with it for you all.



you don't really want to miss out on this gorgeous gift from me so if you've come by my blog and read down this far and perhaps you like to create online or digi scrap etc...sign up for my newsletter and you'll get this when i send it out with the next newsletter at the end of the week.

it really is as simple as that.

well guys it's late here, in fact it's the next day kinda late here so i'm shutting down and heading to bed.

until next time...look for all the positive in your life despite where you are mentally. you may have to work at it but it's there...yep...all that good and happy stuff, all that positive and loving goodness...it's there, i promise you!

Friday, July 14, 2017

I'm a Scrap Girl Designer...

Woohoo, it's now official and I am so happy to announce that geekgirl designs is now designing for Scrap Girls. I am so grateful and thankful to Angie (owner of Scrap Girls) for asking me to apply and then accepting my creative designs.

It is one thing to be a designer, it is another to be a designer to one of the top 10 digital sites there are. Scrap Girls was one of the first digital scrapbooking stores to open in 2004 when Rozanne Paxman first opened it's doors. I had been a huge fan way back then even in my digital scrapbooking infancy.

Everything even back then was professional and friendly. Scrap Girls has grown in leaps and bounds and although Rozanne is no longer at the helm, SG is a happy friendly and very professional digital scrapbooking website.

Angie Briggs is now the proud new owner with an outstanding team that I can now say I am not only part of but very proud to be one of the design girls.

geekgirl designs is also growing in all things digital and busy creating some of the most gorgeous kits you'll set your eyes on.

When I started out in digital scrapbooking around 2005, I discovered an art form that I fell in love with straight away. I was already a huge fan on the scrapbooking side of things and worked in the community helping others create, but digital designing allowed me to bring my love of creating and computers together in perfect harmony.

Back in those days I was a designer for Pickleberry Pop under my own name Chris Turnbull...

My how things have changed and evolved for me. geekgirl designs happened by pure chance...my computer and I are one and I love to keep my hands and mind busy with design.

I'm here and kinda the gal in the middle of all those faces...the best of the best and an incredibly talented team.

Head on over as there's a sale on all my goodies and although there is only a handful at the moment, over the next few weeks my store will fill up with new designs exclusive to Scrap Girls.

I'm excited...

And here I am...

geekgirl designs

Monday, June 26, 2017

50% off EOFY...



yep it's true...i have a 50% off sale for all 3 of my digital scrapbooking stores. so grab a bargain while you can and add a heap of both CU and PU bits and bobs to your overflowing digi stash.

aint nothing like a sale and a great one at that. head on over, sale ends 30th June! 



store links:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

new designs and 50% off sale...

hi all, a little quiet of late these past couple of weeks as i started my new job and have been away from my home town for the most part since then and am still away for a couple more weeks yet.

everything is slowly coming together although am somewhat nervous for when i'm out on the road on my own. i've got this christine!

so new freebies and designs have been somewhat limited and once my training is finished and i'm home for the most part, then i can settle down and get creative in any spare time i have...lol

oh and i have some really exciting news i can't share just yet but hanging out too. so when i can i shall!

okay on the design scene, these paper packs which i absolutely adore are now available in my stores for half price over at Berry Applicious and Wilma4Ever however they are still in the processing part over at MyMemories!





yes yes yes...i am having a 50% off sale in all my online stores. Why? well truth be told, i turned 50 years of age yesterday (29 May) and it just seemed the right thing to do to celebrate. so everything in all 3 stores is 50% off and that includes all my commercial use products as well.

grab yourself a bargain and head on over and grab yourself those goodies you've all been after for some time!

enjoy and until next blog post where i hope to share my great news...ciao!

Monday, May 15, 2017

design consultant...

today i started my new job as Design Consultant for Blockout Blinds. this is going to be a very exciting journey, one full of challenges and all in a good way.

so i survived my first day...not that it was hard by any means as it gives out such a positive vibe and everyone on board has a great positive attitude towards their job and towards Blockout Blinds.

i believe the more we can learn and the more we immerse ourselves in our jobs, family life and hobbies, the more we absorb and the more we can be and do.

you need that great work/life balance to achieve greater things in life and if you're not happy...do something about it!

life is where you allow it to take you and if you don't like jumping out of your comfort zone every now and then, how can you take the risks needed to succeed?!

many years ago i learnt what going the extra mile was all about in my early teens i started using this approach quite naturally as it seems to be part of my genetic makeup and have lived by it every single day of my since. being a people person, gravitating to those less fortunate, supporting those that need it...whether they put there hand up or hand out, always wanting to give back to my community whether it's online or on the street.

life for me is important, it happens quickly and it faces challenges often. life is short and it does not discriminate but in one life time you can achieve a lot and so much more.

so on to my next topic...designing!

first up if you didn't get geekgirl designs latest newsletter then you.are.missing.out
there are always freebies attached to my newsletters. sooooo if you haven't signed up then you should.

link here

and for those that have, i hope you've enjoyed the freebies

next on the blog list is my latest Commercial Use products and Paper Weights and Pistachio Pink. just click each image and it will redirect you to it's place in MyMemories Store

oh and you're not seeing things...to make my life a little easier as i sell in several shops, placement of logo and name is now on the bottom of each preview











well that's about it ladies and gents so subscribe to the newsletter and enjoy. BTW when subscribing you'll receive an email with a freebie link just for subscribing. have fun!