Thursday, August 21, 2014


Hello Everyone :D

Today I have my contribution to the BW2 Challenge which is to follow the criteria on the mood board. 
Use black cardstock background
Use only colours shown (Ice blue and Grey)
Follow our sketch
Use monthly word (Feeling) in your journalling
Use 5% white only

Here is the sketch.

AND... here is my take on the challenge.

 I really love the colours of this months challenge and I knew I had just the right photo for it too.

My journalling (on the back of the layout says):

When I saw this car outside one of the shops in Clarens my heart skipped a beat. It always does when I see old cars. Especially rusty old cars. It always makes me think that there is an exceptional beauty that comes with age. Just like us I suppose. The shiny new models are sleek and beautiful and get all the cat calls and the whistles but as far as I am concerned they are just beautiful shells. 
Now cars like this, with their faded colour and peeling paint, flat tyres and lethargic engines - they have stories to tell, places they have been, people they have carried and things that they have seen, the secrets they have kept and then at the end of it all discarded and left to slowly rot away. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and for me that is never truer - ageless beauty will trump youth any day. I have the feeling that I was born into the wrong era, I can see myself driving a car like this in my gorgeous clothes with a handsome man at my side tearing up the town and probably causing tongues to wag. Those were the days!

Here are some close-ups.

I only used one piece of pattern paper which was a left over... black and white stripe the rest is just plain cardstock. I painted the cogs black and added crackle accents. Once they were dry I gave them a rub over with grey metallic paint which went into the cracks.  I added blue and grey flowers. I love that licence plate and I have no idea where I got it but it was perfect.

 I flicked on some grey paint and also used a new roller stamp with some black ink to make the 'tyre' tracks.

I gave the arrow the same treatment as the cogs - you can see the effect here better. The title is chipboard and also some rub on letters. I punched the hearts added diamond glaze and a little bling. I also added a little lace and the film strip chipboard which was just painted grey.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I love to read them and I appreciate every single one of them.

Till next time. Bye.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Hello Everyone

I found this cool blog called Challenge YOUrself and it is a scrapbooking blog that challenges you to create layouts with you in the photo :) Awesome! How often do you create layouts about yourself, your hopes, your dreams, your fears or your happiness. Not often I am willing to bet.

This months challenge is....

Challenge #9: Celebrate YOUR Age
Scrap your age, right now, today!
{remember to include YOU in the photo}
So I did and here is my layout.

I used these vintage feel papers from Graphic 49 because if I am not a vintage model I am at least a classic :P I have titled it 58 (my age), and I have put all the things that describe me right here and right now around the edge of the layout.

I am comfortable in my own skin. I no longer look outside for validation. Happy. Grandmother to beautiful twins. Mother-in-law. Traveller. Photographer. Blogger. Story-teller. Scrapbooker. Artist. Content. I am no longer a people pleaser. I know that I have made a difference. Young at heart.

My journalling on the back of the layout says.

I think that all of this sums me up pretty well right now. I know how quickly life goes by and I know how quickly things can change and how hard that change can be sometimes. But I have also learned to live in the now and to just be present at all times, this way I will not miss out on anything and I will have no regrets later on. It has been a long road to here and I would not have changed at thing. I am happy to be me and I am happy to be 58. 

Here are some close ups.

I kept this layout clean (unless you count the messy circle) because that is who I am and how I function. I have to have cleanliness and orderliness otherwise.

I used lots of layers because that is also who I am..These colours are perfect for me too and it is not often that I scrap on yellow..I used the cut of of the lady because I think I should have been born into that era.

Lots of flowers which is my love of nature and all things pretty. The little pearls were a subconscious add but pearls happen to be my favourite jewel.

I painted the numbers black and then added crackle paint and after the cracks appeared I gave it a coat of magicals... love the look it gives as it sinks into the cracks. The circle represents how I have embraced my life... shaky at times but I have embraced it.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time. Bye.


Saturday, August 9, 2014


Hello Everyone

I have a layout for the new case file open at CSI. You have one week to play along so pick up your forensic kits and get ready for some serious sleuthing. There is some wonderful inspiration from the DT to get your juices flowing.

I just love the colours - so bright and happy and fun.
Being the second week of the month also means that this week's case file is teamed up with a fabulous sketch from Em Stafrace over at Page Drafts.

This is her sketch.

AND... my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - sun, birds, clouds, circles.
Testimony - journal about something outside.

My journalling (on the back of the layout) says:
I found these two photos while I was tidying up my studio and getting all my photos into one place and in some kind of order. The thing that immediately struck me was how much of you I see in Spencer and when I look at these photos I get a glimpse of what Spence will be like in a couple of years. 
Even at such a young age you showed that you were able to entertain yourself with little more than a bucket and spade and your imagination, a little respite from your constant questions and thirst for knowledge, the insane chatter and story-telling, a time to quiet your mind. Such a good balance for one so young. You played for hours filling your bucket, trying to make a sandcastle but you didn't pack it in hard enough and so when you tipped it up it crumbled. Never once did you get cross or frustrated or throw a tantrum you merely tried again and again. Perfectly comfortable with your own company you played for hours on the beach, swam in the waves and napped under the umbrella. You were such a content little boy, loving and undemanding, and you still are and I wonder if you realise just how much I love you and admire the man and the dad that you are today. I hope that you will encourage the same qualities I see in Spence.

Here are some close ups.

Because the colours were so bold and so vibrant I chose not to do any mixed media on this layout. I wanted it to pop and for the photos to be the focus and I think it does.

The papers are from Echo park and the banner was cut from one of the papers and stuck down. The borders were punched using a Martha Stewart punch.

The sun was made with a circle punch and then I just cut some triangles, the clouds just drawn and cut out and the birds stamped on.

I also stamped the two quoted and the shells were stamped on cardstock, painted and fussy cut. I then clustered them on the gauze with real shells, flowers and the little fish.

The little sayings were cut from the papers and stuck down and the title is stickers.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it :)



Friday, August 8, 2014


Hello Everyone,

I have been playing with Project Life and trying to decide how I want to approach it and do it. 

So here is my first attempts at it.

Sorry about the shine on the pages.. I have to find another way to take photos of the layouts. So I want to do a mix of layouts with pocket pages, I also want to be able to do a bit of mixed media/painting/stamping as well.

Here are some closeups of a couple of the pockets.

(Just seen that the January fell off this one... 21 January 2014 :( )

Here is my second layout.

Managed to cut the glare out on this one.

AND... finally the last one.

Some close ups

The last two pocket pages were done from a class with Cathy Chapman and then adapted to suite me. I kind of know where I want to go with this and these layouts will go into Clint and Lins album.

I am still playing around with ideas as I have soooooo many photos and I really want them in albums. So watch this space.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a message. I really appreciate it.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Hello Everyone,

It has been a while since my last blog post and I have been enjoying my break from scrapping, especially DT scrapping and I have been playing instead. Here is one of the challenges I took part in.

I belong to a group on FB called 'Can we do that' and Catie Kennedy challenged us to make a layout without any, paint, paste, mists or ANY embellishing of the background page which was to be white or kraft.  You could hear the groans from all around the world to this challenge. :)

At the time I was sorting through my offcuts of papers and trying to decide what to do with them, and in the box were these papers left over from another layout I had done.

Here is what I came up with. 

I love working on a white background so that was an easy choice for me. I also just love these Maja Design papers and I had the perfect photo to go with them.

My journalling on the back of the layout says.

My mother loved sweet peas and I can remember them growing in the garden at the various houses that we lived in and I loved the scent and the pretty colours of them, the delicate petals and the little tendrils that grew off the stems. They are now my favourite flowers too and whenever I see them I am reminded of my mother. I found this photo while I was browsing on Pinterest and I know that if she had ever received this little brown paper bag filled with these beautiful blooms she would have been so happy and so I decided to make this layout for her. Just so that she knows she is never far from my thoughts. The anniversary of her death is just around the corner and still even after thirty two years the pain is as raw as if it was yesterday. There are so many things I wish we had talked about and so many things that I wished I had told her and while I know that she is near it is just not the same. I love and I miss you still mom. xx

Now I love the CAS style of scrapbooking and I am quite comfortable with it but the more I play with mixed media the more I like that to and when I finished this layout I felt that it was so bare ... so I added a little something :D

I added some watercolour and some splatters and then I added gesso to all of the flowers. So what do you think? Which one do you prefer?

Here are some close-ups.

A little banner for some interest.

Some watercolour and some splatters.

Some gesso on all of the flowers and tendrils.

At the bottom too.

I also added this quote to it. The rest is as it was before.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment I really appreciate them all.


Saturday, July 26, 2014


Hello Everyone
Today I have the latest challenge up at Scrap Africa which is to create a layout inspired by this Pinterest Mood board.

 I used the flowers for inspiration and the lovely magenta tones.
I also used this sketch from Em Stafrace over at Page Drafts which I rotated 90 degrees,

Here is what I came up with.

My journalling on the back of the layouts says:
Throughout most of my married life, all but the last year, Simon has never bought me flowers (not even when my kids were born) and I understand his reasoning even if I don't like it or agree with it. You pay a fortune and they die after a few days... Well that may be so but it is a week of sheer pleasure and a feast for the eyes. So I have always, religiously, every week bought myself flowers for my desk in my studio. What I get depends on how I feel... Sometimes I want bright and happy, sometimes I want soft and pretty and I think I have had every variety and colour there is at some point in time. The flowers in the photos are possibly one of the prettiest I have had. In a terracotta pot with a slight green patina it was made up of a beautiful white, with a pink centre cabbage rose surrounded by soft pretty pink rosebuds and in between a very pretty lilac frothy filler. I don't know most of the flowers names and I don't really care. I do know that I don't choose the flowers I think that they choose me and for the time that they are on my desk they bring me unspeakable joy and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Here are some close ups.

I used some of my gorgeous Maja Design papers from the 'Coffee in the Arbour' collection... Do you know how much I love these papers? :) Of course you do. So I started with a cream cardstock to match the papers and used some cream gesso (that was coloured with paint) and then I added a touch of magenta glitter to the wet gesso, some paint splats and some stamping.

I added my layers and cut the window chippie in two and coloured it with distress inks and added a little clear embossing powder as well. I am very happy with how they turned out.

The big flower was coloured with distress stain and mists to get the right colour even though it looks a like more brick colour in the photo. the other flowers and some cotton were also added and a few pearls because you can't have shabby without the pearls.

I punched the edges of the paper and added the title which is also showing a little more red than the purple in the photo.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and also for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.