Friday, September 19, 2014


Hello Everyone

It's Friday which means it's the WEEEEKEND BABY! :0 It also means that I have my little yummies today and they are getting so big and so much fun and I love my time with them we are building a very strong bond.

Seriously! How cute are they and I am NOT biased at ALL.... :D

Anyway I have a layout to share with you, for the first time in forever I have gotten to play along with Scrap Around the World I love their mood boards but I have to confess that I am a little intimidated by the talent there so I have been watching from the side lines. Now I have more time on my hands I am playing more and pushing myself and what fun I have been having.

This is their mood board for this month and it is hosted by Amy Voorthuis and you can see more of her work on her blog, she is seriously talented.

After the fiasco last week with my Sketchabilities layout missing the deadline I decided to just use their new sketch :D

I really love their sketches.

Here is my layout.

I took my inspiration from the Fairytale theme and I especially loved the colours of the first two images so I ran with those.

The quote on the front of the layouts says:
Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

My journalling on the back says:

I believe in fairy tales and I believe in happy endings. I am an optimist by nature and I believe that if you look for the good in things you will find them. I don't believe in living in the past or the future I believe in living right here and right now and not wasting one precious minute that I have on this earth. These are the moments that take my breath away and I will treasure them all the days of my life. This is my fairy tale come true and I thank God that I have been so blessed in this life. These two have changed my life in ways I could not ever have beginned to have imagine.

Here are some close ups.

I used watercolour paper and a beautiful dandelion stencil that I found. While the texture paste was still wet I added some white glitter. I love the ethereal feel it gives the layout.

I added my paper layers and photos then did some watercolour in the green and the blue, and or course some splats.

The quote was stamped and then I outlined some of the words.

Here you can see the stencil a bit better. Lastly I added the flowers, clocks and the title Believe.

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 have a great weekend


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Hello Everyone

I am so far behind with my blogging but hopefully this week I will get caught up. I have been trying to finish all of the layouts and mini PL album from the Convention two weekends ago and have been doing nothing else. I am done now and I will post those up later. Plus... I have another fun post to do tomorrow morning.  I also managed to get a challenge in... a layout for THREE (should have been FOUR) challenges... a first for me.

So I started off doing this layout for the September Colour Challenge over at  Lindy's Stamp Gang, I love their challenges and I am slowly building up my LSG stash :) Lovely VINTAGE feel don't you think ;)

Then I came across this challenge site called OLW - One little word and their word for this month is FEAR and I have this quote which I just love.

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Marie Curie


I had this photo which I have been wanting to use.

Then I visited the Scrap Africa blog and guess what their challenge theme is...

I also used this sketch from Sketchabilities only to realise I missed the deadline... hahahahaha that will teach me to check on cut off dates.

So it came to be :D
Here is my layout.

The quote on the front of the layout says :
Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect, it means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.

My journalling on the back of the layout says :

We are all taught from a very young age to be fearful. Don't do that you might hurt yourself. Don't go there it is too dangerous. Don't try that what if you fail? Don't do that you will make a fool of yourself and so the list goes on and on and on and we grow up fearful of things that we don't really understand. The day that I learned to let go of that fear was the day that I really started to live. There is a difference between being cautious and fearful and learning to let go of your fears does not mean you become reckless it just means that you stop being afraid of things that in all honesty may never happen or you can't change. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith to see how high you can fly. I used to be afraid of so many things - and change was right up there with the best of them. Now I embrace change because it gives me a chance to grow and learn and feel even if I don't like the feeling at all. I have learned to not diminish how I feel but to embrace it and then let it go. It taught me to live in the present and not worry about what is to come and to not hold onto things that have happened before, because right now is all we have. I no longer FEAR!

Here are some close ups.

I used watercolour paper for my background and gesso through a lovely odd square stencil. I didn't have the LSG colours from this months palette so I used Starburst - Tiffany's Blue and Furry Navel peach and Whale Watch blue on the cogs. The papers are from My Minds Eye and I chose the colours from the palette.

I painted the cogs with gesso then coloured with the LSG mists, then covered with a coat of crackle medium and once dry daubed them with a TH Distress Stain in Walnut so it would seep into the little cracks. I then covered them with diamond glaze.

I did lots of stamping in TH Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and also with an Archival Sepia - the quote the arrow, heart and title.

I added some splashes of Distress stain too. The chippie frames were coloured with the mists then embossed with clear embossing powder. Some of the random blocks were embossed with the LSG embossing powder  Desert Moon Copper just for added texture.

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

Till next time.


Saturday, September 13, 2014


Hello Everyone,

I have the new case file from CSI and because it is the second week of the month there is also a sketch from the very talented Em Stafrace, you can find more of her sketches here at Page Drafts.

This is the case file, so grab your forensic kits and get down to some serious sleuthing :) You have one week to play along and these are such fun challenges. There is stunning inspiration from the DT and all the guest designers so go check it out.

Here is Em's Sketch.

This is what I came up with.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Stripes (making up the big triangle), flowers, string, Pastels (in the stamped squares), butterfly, Two of something (cat photo), cats, triangle.
Testimony - journal about pets.

The quote on the front of the layouts says:
There has never been a cat who couldn't calm me down by walking slowly past my chair.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

After Smack (my last cat) passed away at the ripe old age of 19 I was heartbroken and I just could not bring myself to get another cat. I am equally a cat and dog lover and we already had four dogs - unruly dogs who took over as the centre of my universe. However, a friend of mine got three little kittens from someone and was trying to find homes for them a black one that she kept, a blue grey one that my son wanted and the last one was Hansa a Maine Coone, who I also thought was the prettiest, and he was just so sweet that I took him. He was very distant to begin with and I think it was because when he came for attention he was assaulted by four boisterous dogs, now he is bigger than all four of my dogs and is very playful with them and knows just how to sort them out if they overstep the mark.
However, he soon discovered that at night the dogs were put away to sleep and he had the run of the house and so he came to sleep with me... not Simon... just me.
He is one of the most affectionate cats that we have had and he is very demanding in his need for attention, which of course is only on his terms. Often in the middle of the night he starts playing with my face as if to say time to wake up and give me some love. Which of course I do - then we can settle down to sleep again.
He is the most beautiful boy too and he knows it and I am so happy that he came into my life.

Here are some close ups.

I used white cardstock and created the triangle with cardstock, paper, lace tape and a stencil and gesso.
The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and I used the string in the flower clusters.

I used my Prima stamps to create the squares and coloured them with pan pastels and water. The cat and the words were painted black and then covered with glitter. Every cat should have sparkle I think.

The photos are of my beautiful boy.

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

Till next time.


Monday, September 8, 2014


Hello Everyone :D

Well I made it back home from our girls scrappy weekend in one piece after a, we had a wonderful time and the convention was great. Six classes with international teachers and beautiful paper ranges and came home with lots of projects to complete and lots of new goodies to play with ;) and a prize or two :D Not to forget the wonderful goodie bags that we always do for each other. Such spoilings :D

I have the new case file from CSI for you today and my layout for it.
So ... pick up your forensic kits and get ready for some serious sleuthing. You have till Sunday night to play along, and if you haven't done so before I can highly recommend this challenge and I am not at all biased :P

I have to say that I REALLY struggled with these colours this week and I tried this layout three times before I finally got it :D and I love the end result.

I really love this sketch from Stuck Sketches.

Here is what I came up with.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Wood (stars), damask (stencil), tags, numbers (date), stars, paint(splatters), loops, twine (in flowers)
Testimony -  journal about school. Write a letter. (From my older self to my younger self)

My journalling (on the back of the layouts) says:
You look so young and innocent in these photos proudly wearing your new school uniform ready for your first day at big school, this was to be a huge adventure for you - you were getting so big and grown up. Little did you know what was in store for you - this was to be the worst 12 years of your life and 
I am so sorry that they were such miserable years for you and I wish I had been able to protect from the continual knocks that you would get. The austere teachers meeting out punishment for minor infringements with a whack on the back of the legs or across the palms of your hands with a ruler. Trying so hard to please and never quite making it. Being teased by kids because you always got your homework wrong or weren't good at sport, or music or art.
To all of the teachers who spent years and years telling you you were stupid and that you would never amount to anything, instead of trying to help you which was their job ... Well I say to them - Look at you now. You have created a wonderful life for yourself, you have held down good and responsible and such interesting jobs, where your skills were valued. You have raised a family to be proud of. You have travelled the world, seen amazing things and made wonderful friends. You have friends that find you intelligent and entertaining and that seek out your company and your counsel. You are well read and can hold your own anywhere you go.
Best of all you did not allow them to totally break your spirit. You march to the sound of your own drum and you will not allow people to bring you down. You know your worth and your value and you are completely at ease with yourself and your choices. You do not have any hangups or insecurities and you are not bitter and that is an amazing achievement. You do not wallow in self pity because you got a rough deal you just went ahead and proved them all wrong and for that I am proud of you and I admire you. NEVER let anyone tell you you are stupid or not worthy. You are!

Here are some close-ups

I used my favourite range of papers for this layout Maja Design... the colours were perfect, once I realised I could use just two or three colours as my main ones and little bits of the other colours. The damask was created with a stencil and gesso - watered down paint created the splats. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch.

I also used the script stencil - I thought it was perfect for school days.

I love that quote and I try never to forget who I am. I added the flowers and then swiped them all with gesso to make them a little more vintagey.

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek and for taking the time to leave me a comment I really appreciate it.

Till next time.


Friday, September 5, 2014


Hello Everyone.

By now I am packed and ready to go to our annual Scrapbook Expo here in Johannesburg, Gauteng. It is my favourite time of the year. Not only because of the convention which is held over two days and we get awesome overseas teachers and new product but also because it is a weekend that us TT girls spend together. We stay over at the hotel and swap gifts, eat wonderful food, have lots of laughs and generally have a perfectly chilled time - not to mention the number of margaritas that are consumed and the vodka jellies. I love this weekend.

I have a couple of new project life layouts that I have done that I want to share. I am so excited about this style of memory keeping. I fits in perfectly with my naturally CAS style of scrapbooking and it allows me lots of space to record all my thoughts and stories, and it is quick. I am all about the stories, the good ones, the bad ones, the happy ones and also the sad ones. They all need to be told. I want my kids and my grand kids to know what I was like as a person. My hopes, dreams and fears.

At the moment I am not doing a week by week. I may start that in the new year, for now I just want to get the hundreds of photos I have, scrapped. This first layout is some photos I took of Spencer at 6 months. OMG I love these kids, just in case you didn't know ;) 
What I really love about PL is that I can use my scraps and my stash I don't have to have pre-made cards I can make my own and that suits me perfectly.
I have used papers by I don't know who but I seem to think they may be Kaiser Craft but not sure. I love the animals on them and thought they would be perfect for my little boy. I used a little bit of mixed media with the splats and splashes and the stamping. I love these Heidi Swapp stamps and I think I will get a lot of use out of them too. All of the diamonds and triangles and the little animals were fussy cut and stuck onto cards that I cut to size.

My journalling says:
I am so grateful that I get to be such a big part of your life and to be able to create a bond that will last forever. I get to share so many of your FIRSTS with you, like trying new foods, watching your face as I read you a story, watching you sit and roll over. Best of all is watching your face light up when you see me. I would not change a thing <3


The next one is of some photos I took at a Charity Race Day we were invited to.

And it is a double page spread. I was never going to use these photos on a layout but it was such a fun day and I really wanted to record it all. I decided to used some Teresa Collins papers in red, black, white and sand which were perfect for the decor which was Casual French.

For the first card I used the original invitation and printed it out smaller to create the card. The other half I created a piece I used to journal on... it says:

Invited by Hans and Kim to a Charity Race Day at Turffontein
Hans and Kim
John and Nicolette
Joe and Debbie
Cedrick and Sandra
Simon and I
and a good time was had by all of us.

The rest of my journalling says:
Simon doesn't do dress up, but the theme was casual French. He wore chinos,  a white shirt and a dark jacket with a white scarf. I wore white linen pants, striped top and a red scarf with lots of pearls. It was fun to see all the other outfits. Perfect for a day at the races.


I have only been to the races twice before and I had forgotten how much fun it can be. We are not gamblers so it was fun to put some money onto a kitty and have a flutter on all of the races. We were right down to the last few rand at the last race and decided to go for broke. What a win! Ten Grand :)

Here are some close ups of some of the cards.

The little stars are Tim Holtz grunge board that I painted red and then diamond glazed. The 'Just because' is a stamp. Maybe now I will get to start  using all my stamps :D

 What I am really loving about PL is that I can choose when and where and how much mixed media to use on the cards. On this one I used a Tim Holtz stencil with some gesso. The @ is part of the title which is 'A Day @ the Races', across the last three cards on the top row.

This card is a Heidi Swapp stamp that I embossed with black embossing powder and the little Paris is also a stamp. See what I mean about using my stuff ;)

My favourite of all the cards on this layout. That money is going towards an overseas trip for Simon and I. :)

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.


Thursday, September 4, 2014


Hello Everyone
I completely forgot about this post :( but better late than never.
This is my final layout for Black with 2 and I am sorry to be stepping down but I just have so much on the go at the moment and my babies are getting bigger and demanding more of my time. I also want to let you know that they have a Design Team Call for the next term if this is something that would interest you you can find all the details HERE it really is a wonderful team to be a part of.

Here is this months mood board.

I just love these colours together :D and here is the accompanying sketch.

Here is my interpretation of it all.

 My journalling on the back of the layouts says:

I am very fickle when it comes to colour. I don't really have a favourite more like a favourite of the moment. I think it all depends on how I feel or perhaps how I feel is determined by the colours I like. When I am reflective or pensive or broody I like the soft muted tones, pastel colours. When I am grounded I go more for the neutrals and when I am happy and buoyant I like strong, bold, bright happy colours that scream LIVE!... like these ones above. When I see them I want to dance and sing and wear bright clothes. This is a perfect combination of sunshine and love for me. When I look at this layout I can't help but feel happy. I guess that also determines the types and colours of flowers I buy for my studio :)

Here are some closeups.

I mixed yellow paint in with the texture paste to get the right colour for the background stencil. I also splashed some yellow and pink splats onto the black background.

The edges were randomly punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

I painted all the chipboard the same colour pink and added flowers and bling.

Lots of layers and lots of happiness for me. I really enjoyed making this layout.

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.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Hello Everyone

Today is the launch of the NEW Let's Scrap Blog. We have decided to switch to a blog for a number of reasons and the main one is that it is so much easier to navigate. 

You can find the new blog Here.

They have a new sketch up and a new challenge. You have one week to play along.

This is the sketch to use for inspiration. You can do a double or even a single page as long as we can see the sketch in there :)

I always used to do double pages but I haven't done one for ages and I thought it was time again. 

The quotes on the front of the layout say:

The ornaments of a home are the friends that frequent it.
Having a place to go is a home
Having someone to love is a family
Having both is a blessing.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Stomie and Lloyd bought a home together that was fraught with trials from the very beginning. On the day that they moved in Simon got a phone call from a very distraught little girl. She hated the house it was dirty and falling to pieces. Of course Simon dropped what he was doing and went to take a look. The carpets were filthy so he organised someone from his office to come and clean them, the walls were awful too so he organised a painter to come and paint them and the shelves in the cupboards were held up by sticks and so he organised someone to come and sort those out too. It took a couple of weeks of hard work to get the house into shape and then they were able to move in. She asked me if I would go and sort out the garden and so for two weekends we worked hard and got it ship shape too. They had there housewarming at the beginning of August and it was fabulous and she was so proud to show her new little house off to everyone. She just needed to see that when you have family nothing is as bad as it seems and if you all pull together you can achieve anything.
So my little girl I wish you many years of happiness in your new little house and I am forever grateful to know that you still need your mommy and daddy and I want you to know that we will ALWAYS be there for you.
Love you to the moon and back.

Here are some closeups

I used cream cardstock for the background and the pattern papers are from K & Co and they just happened to have the right colours for my photos of their house which were taken on the day of their housewarming. I painted the 15, which is their house number, to match the stripey paper which is Teresa Collins paper. The quote is a rub on.

I used some brick chipboard pieces on here to replicate the stencil. The little birdhouse was also painted and I added some bling to the little holes. 

I added the flowers and then swiped them all with some gesso.

I hope that you will find some time to come and play along.

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

Till next time.