Friday, 20 January 2017


Hello Everyone!

I am back with another layout for the challenge at Stuck?! They have such awesome sketches and two challenges per month. 

Here is the January 1st sketch.

Here is my take on the layout.

I  have resolved this year to try and use papers that I already have in my stash. This paper is all from Echo Park and the colours are perfect for this busy, handsome, little boy.

The journalling says...

Spence - You are always going to march to beat of your own drum.
 It is the one thing I love most about you and it is my hope that you never 
get broken down and boxed. 
Be proud to be who you are.
You were born to stand out.

Here are some close ups.

I made the glittery stars using chipboard and covering them with the glitter tape... you can see the joins in the photos but not so much on the layout and I am ok with that.

I used three different fonts from the sticker sheets to create my title.

I did the same thing with the big star. I also splashed some Tim Holtz silver mist on the layout. 
There is a stitched circle on the layout but most of it got covered as I kept adding more bits and pieces and I am also ok with that.

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

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Tuesday, 3 January 2017


Hello Everyone!
Welcome to 2017.
I hope it will be kind to you and yours.

In 2012 I stumbled across a scrapbook site called CSI. My first case was #42 and I was instantly hooked and I played along and then was privileged to joined the design team and I retired last year.

This year they turned 5. Happy birthday CSI! Debbi Tehrani has done an amazing job with this site and it is one that definitely challenges you. Anyway, she asked the retired detectives to come out of hiding and play along for birthday issue. So here I am - playing!

If you have never been and checked this challenge out I highly recommend that you do. You can find all the details HERE.

Here is the case file.

Here is my take on this challenge.

Here is how I solved the case.

I used the sketch and then rotated it and then I needed to change the dimensions to suite my photo and I am pretty sure that if you look really, really hard you will see it in there :D

Scheme - I have used all of the colours.
Evidence - Tiny dots, circles, banners, different colour letters for title, stamp phrases,enamel dots,
Testimony - I used the inspiration words, delicious, sweet, life.
I have some journalling on the front which says...
Paige you are such a happy, loving child. I hope that you never lose that. You have a ready smile and a twinkle in your eye. Arms that are always ready for a hug and I love you.

On the back my journalling says...

You really are Glannies Girl, and you have reminded me what unconditional love is. I hope you never lose your zest for life. You are such fun to be around, you are bright as a button and so inquisitive, you have your own opinions and you wont be swayed by what anyone else says or does. You have changed my life in more ways than I could have imagined and I love how you see the world. You really are the sweetest little thing and I love you so much.

Here are some close ups of my layout.

I am happy to say that I bashed my stash for this layout and the colours were perfect.

Here you can see some of the mixed alphas for the titles and also some stamping. I used some Heidi Swapp colour shine in Gold for the splashes. 

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, 18 November 2016


Hello Everyone! 

Well I am back with another post. 
I just loved Laura Whitaker's new sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches and when I saw the DT inspiration  I just knew I wanted to play along.

Now we are in the process of having our house re-painted and I thought I would use this time to re-do or add to my layout wall, and I knew I wanted to use this sketch to do a framed layout of my new grand baby - Scarlett.

Here is the sketch.

Isn't it just gorgeous. BUT I didn't follow it exactly as the orientation of the photo I wanted to use was different so I adapted it slightly but I hope that it still looks like the sketch. This is one I will use again and again.

Here is my layout.

I didn't put my journalling on the front of the layout as it is being framed but it is on the back and it says.

I don't think that there is any love to compare the love you have for your grand babies and the more there are the bigger your heart gets. It's like it expands with each one that comes along. This little thing has already wormed her way right in to my heart and nothing gives me more joy than to see her sweet face. Scarli, I hope that you will always know just how much you are loved. I love watching your little personality develop and grow, and it amazes me just how complex we are and how much you have had to contend with and learn in your few months on this earth. Our relationship will be so special and I want you to know that you will always be my little angel. I am looking forward to our time together and the bond that we will develop. We have already established our Wednesday afternoon date time just for you and me and I will always treasure it.
Love always.

Here are some close ups.

I used a heavy watercolour paper to work on and used a lovely dandelion stencil with texture paste and while it was still wet I covered it with glitter so it has a lovely little sparkle. Once it was dry I used LSG mists in a peach and a green. Once that was dry I splashed on some Heidi Swapp colour shine in gold.

I used washi tape, some lace tape, some pattern paper and gold embossed vellum to create the vertical layer and the photo was matted in vellum and some paper to keep it light. I used some of the paper and the vellum to create the tags and I also added in an acetate butterfly wing for a bit of interest. The title is black letters and gold stickers. Then I added some flowers that picked up the shades in the pattern paper. 

So now, I have been a very busy bee. I signed up for Shimelle Laine's new Design Decisions online class - I really love her work and I want to use up my stash and I really like how she mixes her pattern papers. I always start off thinking to myself - 'no way that will work' but it always does. This is my first layout from her first class and I can't wait to catch up with the others.

I have to say I was freaked out by using so many pattern papers I had to just breathe but the more I see this layout the more I like it. I love the handwritten journalling on here and it is something I never do because I don't like my writing but here it is and I am ok with it.

It says... Spence, You are my little star and I love our routine at pick up time (at school). Usually you have just woken up and you just want to chill in the tire swing for a bit while you wake up fully. Unlike your sister who wants to swing higher and higher you just want to swing low and gentle. I can see on your face that you just zone out. Once you are fully awake you are quite happy to your bag and go to the car. I love you so much. Glannie <3

Here are some close ups.

Ok, so my starting point was to choose a paper that had all the colours from the photos. This paper is so old I don't even know whose it is and I had about three or four with differing patterns and one of her design decisions is to have a large pattern a medium pattern and a small pattern all picked out to match the original piece. I used 5 different patterns on this layout, that is a biggie for me especially seeing as though the papers are not from the same range or manufacturer.

The other thing she teaches you is how to build clusters to ensure that your eye moves around the layout to the photos and also to make sure there is no awkward trapped space. Things I never even considered. Balancing different textures too.

The rule of threes, three embellishment placements and so on. Like I said VERY different for me but I am learning so much and I am loving it.

FINALLY, I made a birthday card for a friend so I am going to share it and I am sorry that the photo is not the best but I forgot to take a pic of it before I gave it to her.

You can see the shadow from my phone. 

So I made this card on watercolour paper and I stamped the flower, a Tim Holtz stamp onto the paper and masked it off I then masked off the sides so that I could apply distress in to the center panel. Once it was dry I splashed it with water, and only then removed the masks. The flower was painted with distress markers and the Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped at the end. I decided to add the black lines to the edge of the center panel to make it pop more and finally added three little gems.

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

Till next time.

Happy Scrapping!


Thursday, 10 November 2016


Hello Everyone!
I have been scrapping up a storm and I am here to share one of the layouts that I have done for the challenge over at 123 Challenge Blog, I visited the very talented Lizzy Crust's blog and saw her take on the challenge and just knew I wanted to give it a go. If you haven't seen Lizzy's work I can highly recommend a visit to her blog. I loved the challenge for this month. 

Here it is.

1 To use the colour Peach
2 To use the word Pretty
3 To use Pleats on your layout.

Here is my take on the challenge.

My journalling on the layout says...

It has taken me the best part of 60 years to get to a place where I can truly accept who I am and to know my worth. If I could tell my younger self just one thing... it would be that YOU ARE PRETTY FLAWSOME.

The quote on the photo says...
Flawed and fabulous because perfect doesn't exist and normal is just plain boring.
The journalling on the back of the layout says...

 I have spent my whole life trying to fit in, to tick all the right boxes. To be the perfect wife, to be the best mother, to be a good daughter, to be a diligent employee, to be a trendy scrapper, to get better grades at school, to be athletic, to be thinner, to be prettier, to be wittier and more intelligent, to be accepted by everyone. I can't believe that it has taken me 60 years to really get that no matter what I do and how hard I try I am never going to please everyone all the time and that I can't be true to others if I can't be true to myself first. Finally I get that I am not perfect and that is ok, neither is anyone else. I don't need to be I just need to do my best and if that is not good enough for anyone else that is their issue not mine. 
When I think of all the time I have wasted trying to be something I am not and can never be makes me sad. I never want my kids to feel like they are not enough.
We are all pretty flawesome!

Here are some close-ups

I started of with the rose paper which had some very pale peach in it and purple and chose to go with those colours. I fussy cut some of the flowers and then added a little watercolour to them.

I also used a celebr8 chippie which I coloured in Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet distress paint, once it was dry I added some gold embossing powder here and there.
The title is gold thickers and I also used a canvas alphabet for the 'pretty'.

I chose to co with a  pleated flower, love this die from Tim Holtz. I added a punched out scallop and a button and gold thread to complete the flower. I added some glitter washi tape and a butterfly and little word sticker at each of the embellishment points. Lastly I splattered on some Wilted Violet paint and some Heidi Swapp colourshine in gold.

I have also been very busy making Christmas cards this year :D

Here they are...

Whoo hoo go me... I forgot with everyone sending e-cards just how much fun it was to make them and get them posted off. 

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

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



Monday, 24 October 2016


Hello Everyone!

Well it's been a while again since my last blog post and I have been quite busy :D This is going to be a fairly long post too so you may as well grab a cuppa and enjoy the ride :D

For the first time in I don't know how long I decided to join in a challenge.

 I love the Celebr8 Packs that you get here each month and this month's is a cracker. You can find the details to the challenge HERE if you are interested in playing along.

This is the sketch that you have to use.

You also have to use 8 items from the kit.
So here is my layout.
My journalling on the back of the layout says.

My Scarlie, you are just the happiest little thing ever. You are quite happy to be passed around from person to person, and carted around from place to place. You are not phased by trying new things and you just love texture. Nothing makes you happier than playing in the sand, or in the water or even on the grass, with the leaves that have fallen from the trees. 
It was so hot this Sunday and we were all going out for lunch. We thought you might like to cool of in the pool before we went. Daddy took the net off the corner of the pool and you played happily for a good long while. Splashing away and making happy noise. You started off just dipping your toes and ended up almost naked swishing around, most content.
You watch everything and everyone around you and nothing makes me happier than to see the recognition in your eyes when you see me, you never took your eyes of me as I was snapping away, wondering all the while what was going through that little head of yours. I am such a sucker for my grand babies.

Here are some close ups of the layout.

I just loved the grey chevron paper and the splashes of colour were perfect for my photos. I opted to back it onto a polkadot background paper as I wanted to highlight the turquoise and coral. I added some transparent matte texture paste through the stencil that was part of the pack and added a little more of the colours by smooching using my distress crayons on top of the texture past and I then added little flecks of gold foil. 

The dandelions on this paper are just gorgeous and I wanted them to be part of my page so I doodled the lines in black and added gold foil at the tips.

I adored the little hearts and painted them with abandoned coral distress paint and when they were dry I added some foil to them as well. The chippies were all coated with diamond glaze and then covered with glitter. I used a number of the cut apart quotes and things, some around the page and some tucked behind the photos.

The two cameras were also coated with abandoned coral distress paint and hit with the gold foil. I also used the stamps on the little labels and then I cut out one of the little cameras and attached that too with some diamond glaze and foil. I used the little daisy flowers and layered them with some peach petals and tucked in some teal ones too., and finally scattered around a few sequins.

I really had a lot of fun with this layout and the papers are really so awesome to work with.

I have made a couple of other layouts which I am just going to post here too.

This layout is from Gerry van Gent's class at our annual Scrapbook Expo.

A little out of my comfort zone but I love how it turned out and the papers were perfect for my photos.

The journalling on the back says:

Scarlett, I love that each one of my grand babies has shown or taught me something new. I look at you and I am so amazed that here you are, nearly four months old in these photos, and just how much your life has changed since leaving the safety of your mommy's womb. Everything was so peaceful and calm for you there and here you are bombarded with sights and sounds and tastes and you have taken to it like a duck to water. The miracle of life I reckon. Your mom has you on a routine that works well for all of you and you have slotted in like you have been doing this for a lifetime. I can't get over what a happy, content child you are. Your needs are not big... a bed to sleep in, a dry nappy and regular feeds. As long as those needs are met you are happy to stay home or sleep out, you really are such an easy child.
I look and you and wonder what you will be like as an adult. I think you are going to have a wicked sense of humour. I see an intelligence in your eyes already, I am so happy that mommy and daddy read to you and stimulate you each day, through all of your senses and I hope that you will have a love of books and that you will always read. Know that I will always be here for you no matter what. 

This is the second layout of Gerry's

My Journalling on the back says:

You two are just the most special little beings and I have so enjoyed my time with you. Watching you grow, and learn and develop and watching your little personalities come out. 
Paige you are loud and vocal and one of the most affectionate little people I know. You are wary of strangers but so loving with those that you know and you are obsessed with the arrival of your new little cousin. You have an obstinate streak in you and you want what you want when you want it.
Spence you are one of a kind, the gentlest little boy I know. You are loving on your own terms and you are fiercely protective of your sister. You are quiet and will play on your own constructing your games and playing them out. I love that you two are best friends and even though you have your moments you get along so nicely. You share - most of the time :D and you won't do anything without the other. I hope that you never change.

Here is another one that I did for a class.

My journalling on the back says:

You have gone from 0 - 4 in 2 seconds flat. How did that happen. You were a very cute newborn even though newborns are really not that cute but now you are just adorable. It amazes me how much like your mommy you are at the same age. Two peas in a pod. I am so lucky that I am your Glan and that I get to go on this amazing journey called life with you. I hope that I will be around for a long time to come and I am so looking forward to spending lots of time with you. I just want you to know that at four months you are already so loved by those around you. You are a very lucky little girl. I am a very lucky Glan.

This next layout was one with did with Glenda Viljoen at our annual Scrapbook Convention.

I loved this paper and I chose to tone it down from the original a bit and I used photos from our three month trip overseas. 

My journalling on the back says:

Simon and I both love of travel and we have been so lucky that we have been able to travel as much as we have, we also like to travel alone except when we are in Ireland and then Will comes with us. I think that we have explored every nook and cranny of Ireland too. As we were travelling I happened to look down a little alley and something about it caught my attention and I yelled stop. Stop we did and we got out and went to explore it was a lovely little street with a pub, a coffee shop and a couple of other little shops, some animals in a field and some lovely sign posts and flower baskets. We decided to have some tea and coffee with scones and strawberry jam with clotted cream. YUM! The sun was shining for a change and we sat outside and just enjoyed being...There is just something about this place that makes me feel like I belong.

This is the second project we did with Glenda. Three little wooden works of art which sits on one of my book cases. I just loved this mixed media piece.

This last one to show you is from our class with Theresa Collins. I just loved this one. CAS - just my style too and sooooo blingy. I used photos of Simon and I over the years.

This one has a little flap there on the left hand side which opens to reveal more photos. Just my kind of a project.

My journalling for this one says:

We have been married for 39 years this year and there have been more ups and downs than I care to remember but I love that we have worked through them all and that we are still together and still going strong. There is no one else that I would rather have in my corner than you. You are my rock and I love you more now than ever. 

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!