Have you met my new best friend?

July 17, 2009

You may not know it yet but Cathy Zieleske (not that she’ll ever read this) you are my new Scrap Queen.

I’ve been scrapbooking for coming up 4 years now, slowly finding my way, discovering what I”m good and not so good at, which style fits me best and why the heck I’m doing this.

Hello!! Why didn’t anybody¬† introduce me to Cathy back then!??

The woman is a scrap genius. Not only are her designs clean, clever and timeless but she is hilarious and kooky and has you reading along thinking Yes! Scrapbooking is cool, I shouldn’t be embarrassed to tell people what it is I do in my spare time.

So, just in case you have also been in a no Cathy Zielske zone for the past 4 years I thought I’d introduce her. Her two books are called Clean & Simple scrapooking and Clean & Simple scrapbooking – The sequel. I got my copies from www.fishpond.co.nz an online bookstore.

I have to say that they are thus far the best investment I have made in this hobby and I only wish I’d come across them sooner.

You can also follow Cathy’s blog here www.cathyzielske.typepad.com

One of Cathy’s key messages is that scrapbooking is supposed to be fun. If you are not having fun doing this then something is wrong. This is exactly why I downsized Paper Pesto to become something more managable and something that I can have fun with. Because for me scrapping as a hobby is fun but scrapping as a business was not. When I let go of unrealistic expectations about how far I could take scrapbooking as ‘a job’ and just see it for the enjoyment it brings to my life as a hobby I instantly relaxed, and created more pages that told ‘the story’, pages that made me happy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this,

Kate xx


So our favourite scrappers are…

March 22, 2008

As voted by you:

Christi Nelson, Hannah Blair, Monique Darge, Louise Williams, Yolande Fenneman, Ilka Adam, Megan Renfree, Annelie Maddock and Tanya Leigh.
Thanks to everyone who commented and left links. I will add these to the sidebar.

I drew Katrina Wallace’s name out of the hat and she will win a spot prize from Paper Pesto!

Stay tuned for an Easter giveaway later!

xx Kate, Steph, Fi.

Some more great blogs to check out

January 16, 2008

Hi guys,

Thought you might be interested in these blogs I’ve been reading lately. There sure are some inspirational scrappers and card makers out there.

Stamp Owl’s studio

Prima Hybrid – a brand new site from Prima mixing traditional with digital scrapping.

The music in me – a NZ challenge site about scrapping with song themes/lyrics or the feelings they inspire.

Magistical Memories – blog of a chipboard company with losts of regular ideas from their design team.

BHG scrapbooks TV -instructional videos from BHG designers.

Annelie’s blog – updated regularly with lots of examples of her latest work. Nice to follow her journey.

Scrapbook Update – if you’re interested in industry news and reviews.

That’s all for now folks. If you have some great links you think are worth sharing let me know at contactus@paperpesto.co.nz and I can post them on here.

xx Kate.

some neat scrapping blogs to check out

November 13, 2007

I have been doing a lot of blog surfing lately, way too much but I’ve come across some pretty cool sites that I thought I’d share. You may already know about them but anyway… could be useful. Let me know what you think.

Aussie Scrap Source

Adrienne Looman

Multi photo scrapbooking

Journaling Junkie

Scrap Scene


That should keep you busy for a little bit =) I’ll put some more up next week.

xx Kate.

Some blog surfing for you.

July 23, 2007

I love checking out other scrappers’ blogs for inspiration and there is so much out there! I must come across a new great blog every day to save to my favourites.

Here’s a few great ones to check out below.

Some cool NZ sites to support are:




and two of my favourite Aussie girls’ blogs (although Emily is now living in the States):

www.embers.typepad.com Emily Falconbridge

www.stephdevlin.typepad.com Steph Caskey-Devlin

More soon!