Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 12, 2013 in Australia and we wish to honour all mums for your tireless work. You’re often juggling multiple roles including wife, income earner, carer, organiser and more – and the oft lamented wish for more hours in the day is all too familiar. We asked mum-of-eight, Kim Ewins how she manages this and her love of all things scrapbooking.
After the birth of my last child, I realised the importance of all the little milestones that were to come and that it would be the last time I would witness these special ‘first time’ moments. I scrapped pretty solidly for around 12 months, learning and growing, browsing online sites and magazines. Then I just stopped for five or six months. When the scrapping bug hit again it came back with a vengeance and it was wonderful! Not long after, I sent my first layout in for publication and it was accepted. Then another dream came true-I landed my first design team position with Craft Queen and I still design for them today. That’s when scrapbooking became more than just a hobby.
Do the children enjoy scrapbooking as well or is this your ‘me time’? And how do you manage the children and work during school holidays???
On occasion the younger children like to create, but scrapbooking is mostly for me. My daughters have dabbled. When Samantha, my now 19 year old was 14 she created almost two full albums of layouts. I think she will be a keen scrapbooker later in life. Madison, 14, is more a painter/drawer and Sidney, 11, is a keen card maker. My sons, all 5 of them, enjoy drawing and of course gaming….sigh! During the holidays I try to keep things organised, so housework is done by 9am. I try to involve all the children in this; after all it’s our job to teach them basic life skills and to work together. I like to stay healthy so I also try to get to the gym or go for a walk or jog three to four times a week. It is also a great time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Inspiration seems to come when I’m outside enjoying the world around me.
What’s one of your favourite projects (that you’ve created) and how did this come about?
It came about after reading an article on a salted technique. I had tried this before but wasn’t thrilled with the results, so after reading this article I thought I’d try it again and I really loved the end result the second time around (titled Happiness). With this layout I really loved the photo as well as all the micro-beads, muslin, Scrapmatts flourish and Craft Queen flowers. The softness that the salted technique added to this project was perfect!
What’s your idea of your ‘perfect’ Mothers Day, and is this how you’ll be spending it?
Hmmmmm? My perfect Mother’s Day would start with healthy scrambled eggs and bacon on toast in bed with a HUGE cup of coffee of course! Then a long hot shower with no knocking on the door by little people wanting something! Following this I’d like to go out for lunch somewhere special. After this I’d spend an afternoon of uninterrupted scrapbooking. Then a wonderful home cooked roast dinner with a very naughty dessert. And last but not least I’d like to finish this magical day with a phone call from my 21 year old son, Rhys who is currently over at Hiroshima University, Japan on a one year exchange program. In reality, most of the above will happen. Usually it is my husband who cooks my Mother’s Day breakfast (he loves cooking), then the children bring it in to me with their precious Mother’s Day gifts purchased from school and their handmade cards which I love. I have quite a collection of these now as you can imagine. And they will not usually allow me do anything, which is lovely for just one day!
Kim Ewins is conducting classes for Craft Queen at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo, June 8-10, 2013. Check the website for more details and to book your place.