Friday, July 29, 2016

Guest Post: Elephants For Education

Last year we learned about a charity I have supported since 2012, Human and Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This month Human and Hope made the transition to being entirely Khmer operated, and I recently had the chance to catch up with my friend, Sally, who successfully made herself redundant from her role.

This month Human and Hope have launched a new crowd funding campaign called Elephants For Education

Congratulations on finishing your role at Human and Hope! How do you feel?

I feel so proud of the achievements of my team, but if I am speaking honestly, I really do miss Human and Hope a lot. I keep comparing my departure from the organisation to how a parent must feel when their child leaves home!

Why was it important for you to make Human and Hope entirely Khmer run?

The reason I joined Human and Hope Association was to help the organisation and staff reach their full potential, then step back. Admittedly, I was naïve at the beginning and thought it would take a year. It has taken almost four years and a LOT of hard work. However, it was worth it as I truly believe that local operation of NGO’s is the way to move communities out of poverty.

The biggest reasons that we believe local organisations should be run by locals is because of empowerment and sustainability. We believe that local people are the subject matter experts, as they are the ones who know the country, culture and traditions best. By promoting team work amongst the locals, they can learn from each other and not become reliant on foreigners. Having volunteers come and go isn’t sustainable. What IS sustainable is training local staff, who can in turn, train more local staff as part of a succession plan.

Tell me about your new crowdfunding campaign, Elephants for Education?

This is something I am SUPER excited about! Our key project at Human and Hope is educating children between the ages of five and 18 so that they can break the cycle of poverty. In order to do something different to raise funds to educate our 150 students in 2017, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign titled Elephants for Education. By pledging funds, supporters can purchase their own stuffed elephants from just $25, with postage included in Australia!

These 10 different elephants are made by our graduated sewing students in Cambodia, so not only are you supporting the education of children with your purchase, you are also providing a fair wage to a Cambodian woman so she can support her family! Not only is each elephant super cute, but each one has their own name. For example, Bopha can provide a whole month’s English education to a child, and Amao Jr. can provide a month of clean drinking water to all their students!

Why is education in Cambodia so important?

Between 1975 and 1979, an estimated two million people (a quarter of the population at the time) were killed in Cambodia through starvation, torture, execution, disease and overwork under the ruling of the Khmer Rouge. Intellectuals were targeted, and as a result, Cambodia lost most of their educated population.

It has taken a long time to rebuild Cambodia, and although the education system has developed in leaps and bounds, there is still a strong lack of education and skills in our community that has led to a life of poverty for our villagers.

With poverty comes other social issues, such as lack of hygiene which results in increased illnesses, domestic violence, and child labour. We work directly with children and their families so that with our support they can understand the value of education and help to address these social issues. We want them to break the cycle of poverty so that the next generation don’t have to deal with the hardships that this generation does.

By educating our students we are empowering them to create sustainable futures for themselves.

To purchase an elephant for $25 with shipping included in Australia, visit Human and Hope’s crowdfunding campaign.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram (@humanandhope) for exclusive giveaways during the campaign!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Scrap It: PinkFresh Studio

Today I'm stopping by with two pages using the PinkFresh Studio line 'Up In The Clouds', that was added to the shop this week.

Lately I have been scrapping a lot of photos from my childhood, and the PinkFresh designs are working perfectly. Fun and bright, they blend graphic patterns with hand drawn designs for a vibrant, youthful feel.

Picture Perfect by Tracey Kinny | Dizzy Izzy Scrapbooking

My cousin and I are in our matching Cabbage Patch Kids dresses to celebrate my 6th birthday. I decided that the Dear Lizzie 'Daydreamer' stamps would work perfectly, so I used watercolour pencils to make her match, then did a bit of fussy cutting.

It's not all 80's glam for this line though, as you'll see it also lends itself to more recent photos, like these photos from my friends wedding. The touches of watercolour and gold foil journal cards and rub ons certainly add to the romantic feel.

Live & Love by Tracey Kinny | Dizzy Izzy Scrapbooking

I'm very into watercolour at the moment, but I'm even more into it when I don't have to clean up the mess and wait for it to dry!  Plus, I just LOVE their metallic washi tape, don't you?

Happy Scrapping,

Tracey xx

Supplies for 'Picture Perfect' layout: PinkFresh Studio Papers: Bird House/Star SprinklesColourblock/FeathersDiamond Cloud/Cofetti; PinkFresh Studio Foil CardsStudio PuffsWashi Tape; Dear Lizzie Daydreamer Stamps; Misc: foam tape, sequins & stamp.

Supplies for 'Live & Love' layout: PinkFresh Studio Papers: Matchstick Geo/Live and Love, Triangle Blocks/Circle AbstractDiamond Cloud/Confetti; PinkFresh Studio Foil Cards, Fresh Drops, Metallic Rub OnsWashi Tape, Misc: foam tape.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Guest Post: Human & Hope

At many of our events, we have collected donations of unwanted craft supplies that are sent to Cambodia to be used by my friend Sally at Human and Hope Association with their children's programs. Today we have a guest post from Sally, talking about their very successful sewing program. 

Breaking Down Barriers to Sew

When Saney was in her early 20’s, she dreamed of being a seamstress. However, for someone living in poverty and only having enough food to eat twice a day, this dream was out of reach for her. Fast forward to when she was 28 years old, Saney’s neighbour told her about a new sewing program at an NGO she had just graduated from. Eager to study, Saney asked her husband for permission. He said no. She asked again. He said no. She continued to persist until her husband eventually agreed for her to study in the year long sewing program at Human and Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Saney’s story is not unique. A big challenge we face in recruiting students into our sewing program at Human and Hope Association is their families. Coming from families classified as the ‘poorest of the poor’, our students’ relatives (and also the students themselves) often don’t understand the benefits of education. It is a hard concept to grasp, that studying for a year will enable them to gain a skill that can move them out of poverty when all but one of our sewing students never even finished primary school. Our students’ families see the program as a waste of time, especially when they need money immediately to pay for basic living costs.

This is where our daily stipend comes in. We provide our students with 1kg of rice a day in return for them studying with us three hours a day, five days a week. Our sewing students also have a patch of land at Human and Hope Association which they are responsible for taking care of. We assist them by teaching them chemical-free farming techniques (unusual for Cambodia) and when the vegetables are ready they receive them instead of rice. Fully involving our students in our program, from feedback sessions to life skills workshops to bringing back successful sewing graduates is what is needed to engage them and retain them in our program. I am not going to lie; it is tough going. We have lost very promising sewing students due to the pull their families have over them, the need to move to Thailand to earn an income (as they see this as the only option) or health issues.

However, our team don’t give up. This is because we have seen first hand how our sewing program transforms lives. The students who complete our program have increased confidence, the ability to earn an income through machines they borrow through our microfinance program and a better understanding of how to overcome personal issues they are bound to face.

Our most outstanding students are chosen to be our seamstresses and make products for us, earning a fair wage and also reaping the benefits of employment with Human and Hope Association, such as constant development, even after they graduate. Their confidence continues to increase as they learn how to make new products, apply their creative flair to existing products and see the photos of happy customers who buy their work.

It is a long journey these marginalised villagers face, but with our support and their commitment, they will reach their end destination; moving out of the poverty bracket and ensuring a better future for their children.

To purchase Human and Hope Association’s products please visit our online store. All income supports the payment of fair wages to our seamstresses and funds our education, vocational training and community support projects. 

To keep updated with what we are achieving in our community, please like us on Facebook 

For further information on how you can support the empowerment of Cambodians, 
please contact me at 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Scrap It: Heidi Swapp September Skies Page 2

Another September Skies page today - this one was done with leftovers (and a few additions) from my last post.

Even though the photos on this page are pretty ordinary, this was definitely a moment that I wanted to remember, with a story to record. I was lucky to meet Heidi Swapp in 2013 at the Paper Crafts Festival, where she demoed her Color Shine skills practically straight off the plane from a 14 hour flight! The ease with which she handle the Color Shine, and the amazing results, blew my mind!

I was lucky to be able to take one of Heidi's demo samples, which she kindly signed before posing for a photo. The combination of the terrible lighting/bad photographer (my otherwise lovely husband) have lead to photos that most people might choose to delete. But I'm a fan of candid shots, and if they are the only photos from the event, I say, scrap them anyway!

I used Teal Color Shine  on the white cardstock before a layered the September Skies paper. I thought it would be really neat to use the piece of resist paper that Heidi signed as one of the layers, and because all of her products coordinate, the colours matched beautifully!

I fussy cut a few elements from the patterned papers, and used foam tape to mix them in with the die cuts and acetate pieces from the September Skies Ephemera pack. After adding a sticker from one of my Buzz Words packs, and a few carefully placed drops of Georgia Peach Color Shine and Black Marble Dylusions, and the layout was complete!

Happy Scrapping

Tracey xx

Supplies for this layout: Bazzill Cardstock 'Lily White'; Heidi Swapp September Skies papers Midnight Shadows, Mountain Trail, Afternoon Breeze; Heidi Swapp 8x8 Resist Paper; September Skies Ephemera Pack; Black & White Buzz Words; Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Georgia Peach & Teal; Dylusions Spray in Black Marble;

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Scrap It: Heidi Swapp September Skies Page 1

I've been scrapping a lot lately, making time here and there to get pages done and tell my story.

I just love Heidi Swapp's September Skies collection - the lime green and navy blue combos just pop against a white background. And I love how Heidi makes her new releases to interchange with her previous releases - your possibilities instantly increase!

For this layout, I wanted to capture the vibrant energy of the group of scrappers from Camp Mojo. I used Gold, Chartuese & Cherry Color Shine on the base paper, using the inner spray bottle tube to create droplets and streaks for movement. 
'Amazing' - Layout by Tracey Kinny for Dizzy Izzy Scrapbooking
'Amazing' - Layout by Tracey Kinny for Dizzy Izzy Scrapbooking

I'm always in awe of how Heidi can combine geometric with floral patterns, its something I find really out of my comfort zone. So I let the September Skies papers inspire me, and used quite a lot of patterns grouped together. I love the results!

Detail from 'Amazing' - Layout by Tracey Kinny for Dizzy Izzy Scrapbooking
Detail from 'Amazing' - Layout by Tracey Kinny for Dizzy Izzy Scrapbooking

The Amy Tangerine stitch template camera was a perfect size to sit inside the one of Heidi's frames from the earlier 'Serenity' collection. And I finished the page off with a freckled Fawn arrow paper clip and some Studio Calico enamel dots (I just love enamel dots!)

Detail from 'Amazing' - Layout by Tracey Kinny for Dizzy Izzy Scrapbooking
Detail from 'Amazing' - Layout by Tracey Kinny for Dizzy Izzy Scrapbooking

Stay tuned for another September Skies layout later this week!

Tracey xx

Supplies for this layout: Heidi Swapp September Skies paper Afternoon Breeze, Open Air, Midnight Shadows, Mountain Trail; Serendipity Frames; Color Shine in Gold, Chartreuse & Cherry; Studio Calico Enamel Dots; Freckled Fawn Arrow; Amy Tangerine Embroidery Stencil Kit 'Hello'; Bazzill Floss 'Sunshine';

Thursday, October 16, 2014

November Retreat - Getting Ready!

The boxes of new stock are starting to arrive, this can only mean one thing - Retreat Time!

In just 3 weeks time, it will be all systems GO, retreat madness. Our lucky scrappers will hopefully be all packed and prepared with photos printed and sorted, papers and embellies neatly organised. Oh, and hopefully some room for clothes and pyjamas in their cars!

Fleur and I, and our invaluable band of helpers, will likely be running around panicking about anything we may have forgotten, pricing the stock that always inevitably arrives the day before retreat.

We have some really fun challenges and games planned, including the return of the very popular Scrapbook Whispers Challenge that premièred last retreat. I can't wait to see what Ange will prepare for us this time. I especially can't wait to see what the results will be at the end of the weekend!

We've been putting together some very creative classes, some 'Quick & Easy' for those who like to churn & burn, others featuring learning new techniques for those who like to push their comfort zone. 

My favourite part of Retreat is always handing our goodie bags out, or as I like to call them, Retreat Treats.  We have been busy packing and crafting some unique handmade gifts, I'm pretty sure that this Retreats 'treats' will top them all! 

Here is a Retreat Sneak to get you curious!

Ooh, what could they be?

It is not too late to join us!  There is still time to book in for the whole weekend. Or if you can only make one day, we have opened up a limited number of Day Scrap places.  Come along with a friend, or come by yourself and make some new ones!

Saturday 8 November:

Join us from 8am until Midnight! (or any time in between!)
At The Tops, Stanwell Tops.
$80 includes all meals (breakfast if you arrive at 8, Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, Dinner, supper), tea, coffee
Opportunity to do classes, make & takes and challenges!
Also includes a goodie bag!

Sunday 9 November:

Join us from 8am until 2pm
At the Tops, Stanwell Tops.
$55 includes all meals (breakfast if you arrive at 8, Morning tea, lunch) tea & coffee
Opportunity to do classes, make & takes and challenges!
Also includes a goodie bag!

If you weren't able to make the whole weekend, but still wanted to scrap and enjoy the retreat experience, this one is for you!

Email us at for more information or to book your scrapping space!

And remember, we will be open for shoppers to come and visit all weekend!
Happy Scrapping, 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Project Preserve The Memories: Get Creative

In this final part of our Project Preserve The Memories series, Kristen gets creative!
Many thanks to Kristen for detailing her journey so thoroughly, and for sharing it with us. We hope that you have been inspired to jump in and get some photos into albums and document your story as well!

If you have missed our earlier posts in this series, you can check them out here

Step 10 – Be Creative With Layouts & Pocket Pages

Just because you are using a ProjectLife© Core Kit and pocket pages doesn't mean you can’t also throw in some full-page layouts when the photos call for it. Larger prints or odd sized photos and memorabilia are perfect for this!

You may also find yourself with one or more photos that ‘just won’t fit’ into any pocket page you have. This might be because it is the wrong orientation, or you have 10 photos and 9 pockets. Or perhaps you just don’t have a pocket configuration that suits that particular set of photos. Whatever your needs, think creatively about what you already have in your stash!

My We R Memory Keepers 9 pocket pages have vertical pockets, I have a collection of landscape photos. What to do...?
Here’s a couple of ideas...

In the example above, I simply rotated my pocket page to create landscape orientation pockets, trimmed off the excess 1.5” with my craft knife and ruler (so it ended up the ‘right’ width for my album including the same 1” margin as my other pages), punched some new holes and PRESTO I had exactly what I needed!  

Your page sizes don’t all need to be the same either, as long as they don’t overhang your album. In my 8.5x11 album I’ve used 5x7, 6x4, 6x6, 8x8 and even 4x4 (We R Memory Keepers instagram) page protectors for ‘mini layouts’ for 1 or 2 photos.

If trimming down a 12x12 page to create what you need, don’t throw away the excess you’ve trimmed off. Turn it into another mini insert! The spaces will be 6x4 or 3x4 in size if you have trimmed closely, so pop in some cards and photos and punch straight through if you don’t have excess for a margin to punch the holes in.

Step 11 – Adding Extra Photos

As family and friends see the album that you are creating, you will invariably find yourself the recipient of ‘extra’ photos that they have that belong in your album. Or perhaps as you work through you will discover photos that you missed previously tucked away.

Creating smaller ‘filler’ pages (using the techniques above) is the perfect ‘no-fuss’ way of quickly adding these extra photos. Simply pop them into the correct section of your ring-binder album, without the need to redo any of the pages you have already done.

I hope you have enjoyed getting started on your journey of preserving your memories as much as I have enjoyed sharing mine with you! We’d love you to share your own story with us, or photos of layouts you’re creating to preserve your memories. You can do this via our Facebook page or email them to us at

Happy Scrapping!