Saturday, September 10, 2016


Hello everyone!
I totally forgot to do a blog post for my last class projects, so here they are now.

In the morning I did a double layout and here it is.

My journalling as always is on the back of the layout (but I am working on writing it on the front - but more on that later).

It was so special for me to see you two really connecting with your cousin up close and personal. You both react to her so differently but so similarly and it is easy to see how much you love her. I don't think either of you moved off that couch the entire time she was awake and when she went to sleep you kept checking on her to make sure that she was ok. I hope that you will always love, take care of and protect your baby cousin and I hope that you have a really strong bond with her always and I promise to do my level best to make sure that this happens. You are all the best thing that has happened to Grandpa and me and I hope you will always all know how much we love you and how special our time together is. 

Here are some close ups.

I used the new Celebr8 'Let's Chat' range and I loved the bright vibrant colours which seemed perfect for my kiddlies.

I wanted this to be a super fun layout so I did some splatter work on the back and I stamped these fun birds and water coloured them in in the colours of the papers. The orange check was from my stash just because I wanted some orange and none of the papers I had fit the bill. I also added washi tape in green and black.

I covered the title with distress paint and then in orange glitter... you can never have too much glitter.
I added some straws for another fun element.

I used one of the pocket cut outs instead of another photo to add a pop of colour.

Here is the other bird that I stamped and coloured in.

In the afternoon I taught a single layout and a card.

Here is the single layout.

I used the same papers as the double layout using up all the scraps :D

 My journalling on the back says...

Paigie you are so funny :D Everytime you see me you inspect me to see what I am wearing and you want to be the same. If I have a necklace on you want one, or a bracelet, or my nail colour or my glasses, and even shoes. This particular day we had to find your sunglasses so you could be the 'same as glan' and then you said 'I want a photo'. We had to take a few to get a half decent one too I might add, because you were wanting to push the button and see the photo that we just took at the same time. I think at some point I am going to have to do a layout of all our selfies just so that later on you can see what fun we had together. 
You are a real girlie girl and I hope that you stay that way, even though you are so particular about what you will or won't or want to wear.
I love you my little selfie diva.

Here are some close-ups.

I fussy cut this border from the back of one of the papers and used it at an angle with the orange paper. I added some washi tape and a paper clip and post it note.

Staying with the glitter them I put glitter on the little camera and used another one of the pocket cut outs.

I also cut a pair of sunglasses using my silhouette machine in two colours - pink and black and then just switched the lenses.

Finally my card.

I made this card using different sizes of double sided tape in a random pattern, I then removed some of the tapes and added the silver glitter, once it was on and the card brushed off I removed more tape and added the gold and then repeated the exercise as before and then finally did the same with the pink glitter.

I saw this done on youtube and can't for the life of me find it again so I don't know who did it :/

The title was also cut on my silly machine three times and I then stacked them so they were thicker. 

The little flower is a glittery chippie flower :D of course and I layered it under the pink flower and popped it onto a banner of white card stock and pink vellum. I then just added it all to a white card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I know how time consuming it is so I want you to know how much I appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Monday, August 15, 2016


Hello Everyone!
I know I haven't posted for a while and I am not sure I want to continue with my blog. There is so much social media and stuff gets posted on facebook, instagram and blogs and it is just so much to try and get to all of it to comment on and I feel so bad when I just can't get to it all. I am still trying to figure out what I want to do and how I want to do it. I do know that I want to get back to creating layouts that tell the stories. I have become so sucked into creating beautiful layouts that I have forgotten my primary purpose for scrapbooking, which is journalling AND... I want to start using my stash. I know!

So I have been watching videos and reading books and I just know that CAS is my style and that the journalling comes first followed by the photo/photos and I don't care if they are not so good if I want to tell the stories. This journey I am enjoying so... we will see where we go from here.

I am back teaching... Only once a month for now and I don't know if I will do more I just know I don't want it to be a chore, I want to enjoy it and share what I have learned. I am going to be doing two sessions on one day and I had my first one a couple of weeks ago and it went really well.

In the morning I did a double page layout.

I used papers from the new Lady Pattern Paper range and chose to work with the blue and gold on white card stock.

I added some strips of gold glitter ribbon and gold paper and the chipboard title and flowers were painted with gold ink and stuck on.

My journalling (on the back) says...

Storm was so worried that her dad showed so little interest in her pregnancy no matter how many times I told her that it just wasn't his thing and that he would be fine once the baby arrived and just to accept it for what it was. 
 Of course I was right, I am always right :D He is totally besotted by this gorgeous little thing, even though she is not doing much right now. He is not really a little baby person, he is much happier once he can play with them and chase them around and talk to them but he does love to see her and get his snuggle time and you can see by the look on his face that he adores her. Already she is engaging with whoever she is with and smiling and gurgling away capturing hearts all along the way.
I know from being a mother that there is always more than enough love to go around and it is the same with your grandies only better. <3
I can't wait to see how this relationship develops and the bond that she will have with her grandpa. It will be strong and happy, and it will be forever.

In the afternoon I did a single layout using the same paper range.

I chose to use a white background for this one too and used the left over bits of paper and some washi tapes to create this layout. The title, heart, arrow and book plate are all chipboard that I painted with the gold ink.

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

I have so enjoyed this journey to motherhood with Storm and I was so lucky to have been with them to so many of the scans, which still fascinate me. We didn't have scans when I had my kids. :D There was so much that I had forgotten and it was so interesting for me to see how Storm coped too. I had not doubt that it would be with the same resolve that she tackles most things. I am so excited to be a 'Glan' again and I love spending time with this little doll. It is so different to having spent time with the twins. Now I get to focus all of my attention on this one little being and I love it. No trying to soothe two crying babies or rock two to sleep or change two. There is just one who gets the whole of me. I can't wait to watch her grow and develop and see her little personality. I love you my Scarli <3

We also had a card to do. Also with the left over pieces of paper.
A 15 x 15 card with a couple of mats and banners and some flowers. The heart is a chippie painted with the gold ink and the title and the butterfly are punched from gold paper.

I finished off the inside of the card too.

Easy peasy!

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. It is really very much appreciated.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Friday, July 22, 2016


Hello Everyone!
It's nearly the weekend and I am also late posting the winner of our Let's Scrap Sketches blog hop.
The random draw winner of my RAK is.....

....DRUM ROLL....

Please contact me on my facebook messages so that I can get your RAK to you...

This was a lot of fun. Thank you to all of you who played along. 

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Friday, July 1, 2016


Hello Everyone! Welcome to the Let’s Scrap Sketches Summer Fun Blog Hop! 
This blog hop runs from midnight July 1st to midnight July 7th, so make sure you join in ALL the fun. 
If you are joining the blog hop here instead of at the beginning go HERE to start at Let’s Scrap Sketches and follow the instructions for the Blog Hop to get in for a chance on all of the prizes! Be sure to comment on my blog and follow my blog for more inspiration. You need to do both of these things to get in on the RAK for this blog, then please go to the NEXT BLOG for more fun and more chances to win more prizes! 
Here is the sketch, designed by Michelle van Wyk, that we had to work with. 

This is how I interpreted the sketch. 

I used the Penelope Dee papers designed by Glenda Viljoen and they are so lovely to work with. I have sort of followed the sketch and the photos I used are of my beautiful daughter just one week before our precious little mite was born. Here are some close ups of my page. 

did some Distress Stain smooching on the page in a few places and also added some splats. There was also some fussy cutting and I like to ink and distress all of my edges for a more vintage feel. 

I coloured the flowers with watered down Distress Paint and the same paint was used to paint the title and the little hearts.

The title and the hearts once dry were covered in glossy accents and Distress Glitter... I LOVE Distress anything. 

My Journalling on the back of the layout says.

Stormie - It seems like just yesterday that I was this big with you. I can't believe that my little girl is about to become a mother herself and I am in awe of the way you have approached this whole new chapter of your life. You are self assured and composed and so organised, you know exactly what you want and how you are going to get it. Everything is already prepared for this new little being to join your family and you are excited to meet her. If she turns out to be half the person you are she will be amazing and can't wait to be be Glan to #3 :D 

I know you can't wait to get your body back and if I know you you have a plan for that too but this is such a special time when the two of you share one body and that closeness will never be there again so enjoy the last few days of it.

I just want you to know how proud I am of you and I can't wait for this next part of our journey and I will always be there to help you - whatever form that takes. I want you to know that how you feel about this baby of yours is how I feel about you. There is no greater love <3

I also made a card from some of the left over paper.

The card measures 15 x 15 cms and the watercolour piece 14 x 14 cms. I smooched the Worn Lipstick and Twisted Citron onto it and left it to dry, I love the effect you get from this technique. The edges were inked too. 

A strip of the butterfly paper and one of the little strips from another. As I didn't use the lace on my layout I used it here. The 'You are Awesome" was fussy cut and popped up on foam tape and the flowers added. Lastly I fussy cut one of the butterflies and added it and added the recipients name.

Thank you so much for stopping bye to take part in our blog hop, I am the last visit so next stop is back to Let's Scrap Sketches I hope you have enjoyed it. Watch this space to see who wins the RAK from me.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!

Monday, June 13, 2016


Hello Everyone!
It has been four months and one day since I last posted anything on my blog. Life has been incredibly busy and for those of you that don't know my third grand daughter, Scarlett, was born one week ago on 6 June and she is just beautiful.
Spencer and Paige continue to grow and thrive and just get cuter by the day.

I have so much love for these littlies of mine. I have also been overseas which was wonderful. I got to go the Amsterdam, my hubby and son were there for work and I was there for play. We also went on to Cologne to Adele live in concert which was truly amazing. Not only does she have a wonderful voice but she is such a character and seems to be so down to earth. 

So all this busyness and also some personal issues have played a part in my not creating at all, anything. However, I am, with the help of a psychologist, reclaiming my life and finding my place again and trying to figure out just where I fit in and enjoying the process. 

I have enrolled in some classes on-line, which I am loving. I have bought myself a couple of adult colouring books which has been great for exploring the different mediums and how they react. I am slowly creating again. At this point in time I want to do PL for my scrapping and I am loving making cards and tags and I have even joined in a couple of challenges. So...... we will see.

After all that I do have some things to share with you. One of the classes I signed up for was Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101, 102 and now 103, and I also decided I am going to play along with his monthly tags - from the very beginning. We will see how that goes. Here are some of my tags using his techniques..

Then I started a PL style album for my daughter documenting her pregnancy. Here is the outside of the album. I will add pics of the inside another day. She wanted grey and white with a touch of pink.. the dragon flies are glittery.

Then I started a recipe book because I am also getting back into cooking and I needed somewhere to store my favourite recipes and this album that I found in my stash was perfect. AND I used my silhouette machine to cut out the cups. I am also trying to master that which is a bit of a challenge but we are getting there.

I grunged up an old spoon and tucked it into the ribbon on the spine.

I had been playing with some card backgrounds too and then made a few cards.

These next two cards are for the Creative Chemistry 103 Week 2 Challenge and I am very happy with both of them.


And... finally this last one I entered into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I have realised that I am a procrastinator to the point of being crippled by fear of what I do not  being ok. Now I am just doing it and I am doing it for myself and no-one else and that has been so liberating.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving me a comment. Although this is for me your encouragement means a lot to me.

Till next time - Happy Creating!


Friday, February 12, 2016

12 TAGS OF 2016

Hello Everyone!
Last year I started playing along with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags challenges and I loved them. Then life got in the way and I got busy and stopped playing.  I decided I wanted to go back to the beginning and do them all the techniques are great and I learned so much from the ones I did do. 
That was my resolution for this year. Well we are in February and I have just completed this months one and I am busy with the January one. I am still planning to do them all so we will see how I go.
You can find all the details of this challenge HERE and this is his tag for February.

This year he is re-visiting previous years techniques and combining two together per tag.

Here is my take on the challenge.

I did the tag with the stenciling on the background and then the metallic paste through another stencil - the hearts... Mine wasn't so shiny as I had to mix metallic paint with paste so I decided to add some gold glitter to a couple of the hearts. I used a second stencil with red distress paint and not ink as I wanted the red to be brighter. 

As I didn't have the old photo ephemera so I chose to use a pic of our wedding 39 years ago and printed the photo out in sepia. I tried his colouring on the photo to make it look even older but it looked awful, too bright and fake looking for me so I re-printed the photo and just left it sepia.

I hand cut the heart and wings onto grunge board and then put them through my cuttlebug and then painted them using the same metallic gold and red as I used on the stencil and because I just love bling I added red distress glitter to the heart. Lastly I added some rub-ons as I didn't have the same word pieces as he did and I added a clock arm with red cotton and a little heart, a bling on the clock arm and lastly a rose.

The ribbon was coloured using Candied Apple distress stain. Because I am giving this to my hubby for Valentines day I mounted the tag onto a card.

I had such fun creating this tag and turning it into a card.

I also have my art journal page for Colour me Positive.

This week the prompt is...

Here is my take on it.

I gessoed the page first and added so watercolour in blue and yellow and rust. Then added some Tim Holtz tissue paper in random places. I did some stenciling and on the butterflies I added some sparkle just because I could. Added more watercolours and then the quote which I love.

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 - Happy Scrapping!


Friday, January 29, 2016


Hello Everyone!
It has been a really really long time since my last blog post. TWO months in fact and a lot has happened in that time.
Apart from the fact that all of our families birthdays bar one or two are from the end of November to the end of January it is a pretty hectic couple of months in that respect. Throw in an anniversary, Christmas and New Year too so by the time it got to my birthday - a BIG one - I was all entertained out so no bash for me. Low key and fabulous.
I also have my nephew from Ireland living with me for six months. He has come here to get work experience before going back to university in September. He is working for my hubby :D
We have our delightful twins who have just turned 2 and I have a third grandbaby on the way. She is due in June sooo all in all things are pretty hectic here in the Thorpe household. Never a dull moment.
I am going away again this year - My birthday present - I am going to Netherlands, Amsterdam and Germany, Cologne to see Adele in concert and I am so excited about that.
In the midst of all this chaos I have had little time to create and even less mojo. I like to spring clean at the beginning of a new year and I did it this year but included a de-clutter and clean and tidy in my studio. It took me a whole week to do but I am more than happy with the results. I even colour coded all of my inks, stamps and paints for easy access and GUESS WHAT? I found my mojo. 

I know right? You also think this is pretty cool, not to mention a little OCD :D
I decided though this year I need to do stuff that makes me happy not stuff that I have to do and that is what I am doing. I joined the Colour me Positive group on Facebook. They run a weekly art journalling challenge and I am just loving it. Here are my first three pages that I created.
Week One - Gratitude

Week Two - Brave

I missed week 3.

Week Four - Believe in Yourself

I am really enjoying playing and finding out what make me happy.
I have also been making a lot of cards. I can try out new techniques with them and I am loving it.
I also signed up at My Craftsy to do a couple of their classes just to help me find my mojo and I did a couple of cards from their tutorials. Just love that site - some amazing stuff.

Clean and simple - just my style.

Then I got brave and started playing with water colour (using my Distress stuff) - I just love this.

Then I thought why stop there so I played with some digital stamps and water colour. :D I made these two cards for the twins for their 2nd birthday.

I am not sure I really love the cutesy stuff but I reckon for kids it is great.

Then I found this awesome tutorial on you-tube by Shari Caroll who is one of my favourite artists, and so I made two cards that I need for birthdays to include vouchers. These are pretty dam cool.

Now these two cards are the same just one for a him and one for a her :D - check out the inside.

So... the card has a little accordion fold in it which allows you to attach this little acetate folder (which has been stamped with white stazon) and then you can slip in tags and also the gift card. Neat or what? I thought it was very cool.

So I haven't been completely unproductive. I am also in the process of making 20 valentines day cards for my daughter, who is doing a fund raiser at the school where she teaches for valentines day AND I am also in the middle of making her a mini project life album documenting her pregnancy :D Watch out for that post.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and thank you so much for the comments that you leave, I really appreciate them.

Till next time - Happy Creating!