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Thursday, 29 August 2013

BEAUTIFUL

Hello Everyone :D

Today I have lots of news for you... first of all the new DT has been announced over at Let's Scrap

Our Administrators starting the 1st of September are:
Debby de Wilde
Cathy van de Bruinhorst
Jeaunes Viljoen
Val Thorpe
Our new Design Team for the next 4 months of fun filled inspiration will be:
Narelle Fasulo
Andrea Green
Sheyla Rampon
Ada Nicholls
Carol Burger
Constance Bolander
Bridgie Myburgh
Michelle Looi
Calla Rusch
Janet Musto
Sharon Bessinger
Lori Apgar
Jen Leeflang
Stephanie Yates
Hanne Sinkerud
Linda King
Merisa Calitz
Ezme Hartman
Whoot Whoot.. Congrats to all the ladies.. now hold on to your hats it's going to be a fun 4 months!! 
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you I know you are going to have an awesome term. Here is the last sketch for the outgoing DT created by Debby de Wilde.


Here is my take on the sketch. Yes I did change the sketch again to better suit my layout... but you can still see the sketch. 


A couple of weeks ago I went to a class give by Denise van Deventer at a little shop in Edenglen called Village Scrapper owned by Ansie Saaiman and while I was there I saw a kit of hers that she put together for the Scrap Africa patchwork challenge and I just loved the look of it so I bought it. When I took these photos of Clint and Lin I knew that I wanted to use that kit... Well, it started off that way... using the diamonds and the little chippie bricks and then it went pear shaped but I still love how it turned out and the reaction of my son and DIL when they saw it was so worth it. This is why I do what I do :D

The journalling (on the back) reads:

I don’t think that there is anyone more beautiful than a pregnant woman. They get this glow and air of smug satisfaction about them – like the cat that got the cream - that no-one else can replicate. This will also the best nine months of your life because...
‘I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT’... is a valid excuse that goes un-challenged, by everyone. NO-ONE argues with a pregnant woman because you will NEVER win. :D Use it freely and often. You will not regret it.
This is the only time in your life that you don’t have to ‘suck it in’, you will be happy putting on weight and being able to eat what you like, when you like, and you can just blame it on the babies, and you get to eat for three not just two – how nice is that :D
People will offer you their seats and also to carry stuff for you, wait for you to cross the street in traffic, skip the queue in the loo... let them... sit back and enjoy it :D
You get to cry just because you want to without having to give a valid reason for it... just blame it on the babies.
People can’t help looking at your stomach and smiling... watch... they just do.  Everyone loves a pregnant woman and is fascinated by a baby belly, and not only humans but cats and dogs too – they just seem to know and they are drawn to it, too this miracle of life.
You can, and you must, take naps, anytime, anywhere, anyplace... lots of naps, trust me you will wish you had taken advantage of this one once they arrive :D
You get to name another human, in your case two ... they get to walk around with this name forever, you also get to dress them *wicked grin*. Know as well that I get to dress them :D
You can buy new clothes and it’s not about hiding your flaws it is about flaunting them. Wear your baby belly like a flag, for all to see, enjoy the changes in your body.
You will love the extra attention you get, foot rubs (?), neck massages, breakfast in bed, gifts and support, from friends and family.
Know that today you did the most spectacular job of all us – you are making a little human, in your case two little humans, that is an amazing and continuous sense of accomplishment.
This time is going to fly by faster than you can imagine so enjoy every minute of it... the good times and the not so good times, you will relish the feel of your babies squirming inside of you, your special communication with them that no-one else is a part of.
You will witness the way Clint changes before your eyes once those babies start to move, and he will pull a star out of the sky for you if he can. Talk to them every day, read to them or tell them your hopes and dreams for them, they will hear you. You will spend hours wondering what these little people will look like and who they will take after, beautiful daydreams.
The anticipation of meeting these babies is like Christmas, holidays, and birthdays all rolled into one. Enjoy this time because the first time is so new and exciting and a little scary. Don’t feel guilty about wanting a nice room for them, pretty clothes, a good pram. Get the best that you can and enjoy creating this loving, safe home for them.
These tiny beings are so loved already <3

Here are some close-ups...


I added some peach and orange diamonds to the mix for a splash of colour. and tucked a doily behind the photo and under the title... the quote says:
'There is such  a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.'  Pamela S Nadav
I made the enamel dots with nail varnish on a teflon mat. Works pretty well. I also added some chippie leaves behind the big orange flower.


There is another flower at the bottom and I added a big metal 'inspire' brad next to it. I also added a couple of photo turns. All of the embellishments were given a quick coat of gesso  and the bricks were just inked with dark brown ink.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look I always appreciate it and I love reading the comments that you leave. :D




Saturday, 24 August 2013

NOTRE DAME

Hello Everyone

Welcome to the weekend. :D

I have the new case file for you over at CSI and this week it is such soft pretty pastels.


And... here is my layout.


Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - scallops, art mediums, stripes, architectural accents, tie something
Testimony - journal about a city, hand-write you journalling

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

Although I really loved the photography course that I did I am sometimes still completely overwhelmed by it all. There is so much to learn, all the technical stuff and the settings on your camera and what each of them does and how they all work together, rules of composition, light – probably the most important thing as this can make or break your photos and then above all it also helps if you have a good eye. OMG my mind was scrambled before I had even started. Even though I have an automatic option on my camera I just can’t seem to go back to it when I know I can get the best out of every photo, but from left to right to up and down EVERYTHING changes and you have to reset every time. Shutter speed, ISO, Aperture, where is the sun, is there shadow, portrait, landscape, have I amputated limbs wrongly, is the horizon straight, have I got an interesting perspective. I think being a really good photographer is an amazing thing, to be able to take shots that literally take your breath away is the ultimate. BUT... for me, I want to be able to take the best photos that I can, at the time, with whatever I have at hand. So if I am out sightseeing in the rain or the midday sun – what I must not take photos because they won’t be great? NO! I want to take photos whenever and wherever if I see something that speaks to me.
Recently I had a crisis of faith about my scrapbooking, I was always comparing my layouts to others and feeling like I had fallen short. Then in the middle of one night I asked myself why I was doing this? The answer – because I have stories to tell and I like to make pretty things, and while I realize that there are always going to be those who don’t like my work that is okay I am not doing this for anyone else. I am doing this so that my kids and their kids will know who I am and what I cared about. I had the same crisis of faith with my photography, I knew that there would be people looking at my photos pulling them to pieces because they were not perfect, but as with my layouts I want my photos to tell a story too, and so I will do what I need to do to get a photo that helps to tell my story.
While we were in Paris – I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the constant noise and activity of my family and I took myself and my camera off for the day. The weather was awful but I was alone, I could go wherever I wanted and I wanted to get photos. One of the things that I love most about travel is architecture. I love buildings – all kinds of buildings and as I came up to Notre Dame I was completely over come with a sense of drama and beauty and in that moment the rain stopped and the sun peeped through the heavy black sky to illuminate the cathedral and I was so taken aback that I nearly forgot to take the shot.
Although I am not a religious person I do have a very strong faith and in that moment I was reminded that there is a power far bigger and far greater than our own. I don’t think that there are any coincidences or lucky moments in life. I think that our lives are perfectly choreographed and we are given everything that we need at exactly the right moment and it is just up to us how we react to that, and what we learn from it. Every time I look at this photo (and many others too) I am reminded that I am exactly where I should be doing exactly what I am doing.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.

Because of the colours in my photo I chose to go with predominantly the yellowy/orange and grey, and once again I decided to give the whole mixed media thing a go especially trying to get the water-colour effect that I was after in my last layout.


This time I did not gesso first I sprayed the whole paper with water then I used some pearlised mists that I made myself using acrylic paint, pearl medium and lots of water in a mister bottle... I used yellow, orange and the grey colour (in a very small dose) then I sprayed again with water and let it pool all over the paper. YAY! I got exactly what I was looking for. I dried the page off  and used the cherry blossom mask with gesso and the dots going down the page on the bottom half and dried that off too, then stuck the whole page down onto a piece of grey cardstock and then onto a stiffer piece of cardboard to flatten it properly. I coloured the leaves and the birds and blooms with a very soft water colour and then doodled a little to make it stand out.


Here you can see the bottom half of the layout better. I added some washi tape and then put together my layout. The scalloped border is a Martha Stewart punch. The papers are from Authentique and the colours are perfect. I used a quote from the printables because I was late getting my layout in this week and I just painted the chippie letters black to make them pop.

 

I added some arrow triangles and a couple of tags and that was that. I love that the colours this week were so perfect for my dramatic photo.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I really appreciate your visits. Have a great weekend.




Thursday, 22 August 2013

TODAY


Hello Everyone,

There are so many beautiful layouts at the moment that have beautiful painted and textured backgrounds and I have tried a few times to replicate them (without much success), I really don't like to get all messy... I like it to be controlled... Then I left a comment on Kim Price's  blog about her gorgeous backgrounds and she was amazingly kind enough to send me an email with some tips on how to do it, and after taking a look at her tutorials and some others on Youtube I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go, and while it is by no stretch of the imagination great I am pretty happy with the outcome.

My whole process of scrapbooking is - that the layout starts with a spark from somewhere, photos, quote, story, paper, colours or whatever and then I just roll with it from there until I am happy and I thought the whole painted background thing would be the same... NOOOOOO! But more about that just now... For now here is my layout.


This layout is for three challenges.... YES! It is... first of all for the blue, green and white challenge at Scrap Africa and I had this idea that I wanted a kind of watercolour soft background which kind of took on a life of its own... and also for Erica's challenge 168 over at Let's Scrap, which is to use a number (at least 4) of her listed mediums on one layout...Inks, distress stains, paint, texture paint, mists, stamping and stickles. I used 5 of the 7. Then lastly for the http://berry71bleu.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-challenge-get-creative-with.html - textile challenge which is to use any kind of textiles on your layout... I used - lace, dry wall tape, silk flowers and ribbon...I am beginning to wonder if the universe is trying to send me a message about mixed media. :)

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

Each and every day I am reminded that 'today' is a gift and that it should be enjoyed and celebrated, it is in the clear blue skies and the rising temperatures that signal spring. The birds that spend all day in the fever tree singing their hearts out. The new buds forming on the trees and the waft of Jasmine outside my studio door. The frantic greeting I get from my dogs even when I just go outside to my car and come back in. The look on my hubby's face when he sees me, when I know that my friends heart is still breaking because she will never see her man again. The fact that someone lets you into traffic when you are in a hurry and the that I don't have to beg for food or money to survive, because I have enough. The roof over my head and the fact that I don't have to walk everywhere because I have a car. That I get to play in my studio every day while there are people out there working two jobs to provide for their families. That I get to notice the beautiful things around me like the display in the photo because I am not bogged down by seemingly insurmountable problems. AND... for all of this and more I am truly grateful.

So first of all I started of with a piece of white cardstock which I completely covered with gesso. I then used my Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire - which looks blue but on the paper looked more purple :( Now firstly these paints didn't go on as smoothly or blend as easily as they seem to on tutorials and I am not sure if that is because this was a bigger piece of paper but anyway... Once it was all on and blended... (very roughly in some places) I dried it all off and I thought it was just too dark and in your face so I went over it all with a light coat of gesso.. Yay! It was looking better. I then spritzed it with a perfect pearls mix in turquoise and green.


 I used my new Kaiser Craft stencil with plain gesso, and dried that. By now my cardstock was so warped that I covered the back with strips of double sided tape and taped it onto the piece of card board that came with the stencil. This pulled it all perfectly flat again, and all you have to do is trim it to size...Then came the stamping... I stamped the first image in the top left corner against the edge and then again on the bottom right edge... I stamped the same image onto a piece of the stripe paper and cut the butterflies out. So, because the background blue looked a bit purple I used this paper which matched perfectly for the layout.. You can see my quote stamped on here too it says: Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a present...


I added some washi tape arrows, blue sprigs and music. I also added some strips of dry wall tape.


I added the butterflies that I had stamped and cut out onto the striped paper onto the stamped butterflies to give a 3D effect. Then I finished off by adding some flowers, some brads and my title. I then swiped all of it with gesso to distress a bit more.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. It really makes my day to read what you have to say. :D







Wednesday, 21 August 2013

DISCOVER

Hello Everyone

Today I have two projects to show you :) It is Wednesday which means there is a new sketch challenge over at  Let's Scrap and this weeks sketch is done by Debby de Wilde.


A great card sketch I am sure you will agree ...


Here is my card. I don't think I strayed too far off the mark this week :) I used papers left over from the layout I posted yesterday... I think that these Theresa Collins papers are just beautiful, I added a quote that says...' In this life we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love'. Mother Theresa.
I added a couple of flowers and butterflies and a flair button that says 'This matters, it's important'.

I also have my layout for SATW  reveal  number 4 from Scrap Around The World Designer Eila Sandberg together with an unusual sketch from their resident sketch designer, Jules McKenna-De Lumen!


Here is my layout.


OK - So I may have taken a few liberties with the interpretation this month but here goes... I loved the soft colours of the feathers, that was what initially caught my eye and because of those colours I knew exactly what photo I wanted to scrap but in my photo the flowers were way more pink so I made a slight adjustment to the colours... :D I just don't like photos cut into circles... must be from when I first was introduced to scrapping where the photos were cut into all shapes... Yikes! What were they thinking? Anyway... So I opted to use circles behind my photo, which I cut into four and raised one of the panels, instead.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away'... and this was one such moment. When I travel I like to see all the main attractions like everyone else but I also like to take time just to wander the streets and shops really getting the feel of the place and discovering all it has to offer. It is a bit like going into a second hand shop and unexpectedly finding that exquisite piece, your breath comes out in an aaaaahhhh and then catches as you gather your senses together and try and process what you have in front of you. Doesn't matter what it is that causes you to react that way either, can be a sight, a sound, a smell or even a taste or a touch but those are the moments that make our lives special. This was one of those moments.

We were in Bayeux on a Sunday and in rural France NOTHING opens on a Sunday but we knew that the Bayeux Tapestry Museum was open and I really wanted to see it. We arrived and found a parking very close to the church which was magnificent after we had finished at the church and museum we found a little Brasserie to have a late lunch, and came upon this by taking a left instead of a right. 

A little river lined with leafy green trees, dappled sunlight glinting off the water, the water wheel, boxes of flowers and a gate. A truly beautiful little oasis  right in the center of the town. I don't think that the photo does it justice and nor do my words...

Here are some close-ups of my layout.


I bought these papers last week with this photo in mind too and there is no name on the back so I have no idea whose they are but they are so pretty. I used the greed strip as the background and cut it slightly shorter than the khaki colour.  The doilies were the perfect colour too and the circles were cut using the scalloped nestabilities. The chippie circles was a long strip that I cut up and painted then added micro beads and inking. The  title is Basic Grey letter stickers.


I found this really cool stencil at Decorex last weekend and I mixed some khaki paint into it and I love the movement it creates... I found this definition in my stash.. 
dis-cover (dis kuv'er)n 1 to see or learn of for the first time; find out 2 to recognize or realize the best things in life  - and it was number 2 that did it for me. The flowers are clustered with some gauze and leaves.

I am also entering this layout into the Frosted Designs challenge which is to use chipboard on your project... I have used the chipboard rings on this layout :D

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for leaving the comments that you do. Makes my day :D






Tuesday, 20 August 2013

FINALLY :D


Hello Everyone

I know this post is late but with very good reason - all will be revealed :D

I have a new case file from CSI and this week the colours are just amazing...


This week I am teaming this case file up with the challenge over at OUAS, and  here is their sketch together with their journalling theme which is "I'll never forget"...and that was perfect for my layout. Love it when a plan comes together.


Here is my layout.


and... that is why this post is late ... Clint and Lin wanted to make sure that they got past the 12 week mark. I saw the video with the twins moving and their heartbeats... was so amazing.

So here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - The colours are all there.
Evidence - Tags, something clear (heart), decorative brads, decorative border.
Testimony - Hand write story in cursive.
Jounalling (on the back of the layout in the form of a letter) reads:

I will never forget this moment. Not even if I live to be 100. I am going to be a granny to twins... I never saw that one coming :D
So many emotions - where to start?
The look of pure joy, total shock and absolute incredulousness that swept over your face in a single instant was a sight to behold. You are my boy and now you are going to have kids of your own, and I just know that you are going to be an awesome dad. You are taking your responsibilities seriously but still injecting your wicked sense of humour in wherever you can. I am so proud of you.
I would like to tell you that being a parent is a wonderful thing, once you get past all the gross stuff, all the stressful events, the loss of privacy, and the bewildering numbers of ways you can screw it up and it does get easier, trust me.
Cherish your time with them. One thing that will amaze you is how quickly the years will fly. The time you have with them is short and precious — make the most of it, always.
Share responsibilities – these are your kids too. Get involved in everything, and share the load with your baby mama.
Kids like making decisions. Your job is to allow, in fact to encourage, them to make decisions, but within the parameters that you set.
A little patience goes a long way. That means you may need to take a deep breath, or a long walk, when you start to lose it. That’s okay!
A sense of humour is required, in fact if you want to stay sane it is mandatory :D
Read to them, every day even if it is just a page, it will create a bond between you, and it will open up a whole world of understanding and comprehension for them.
Don’t be the absent dad. Be involved in their lives as much as you can. This will mean more to them than anything that you can give or buy them.
Let them play. Just let them play, and make things up, and have fun. Spark their imagination, whatever they can dream they can achieve.
Learn the firm “NO!”. Parents who don’t set boundaries are going to have children with behaviour problems. Which leads to bigger problems later on. Nothing wrong with NO!
Model good behavior. It is one thing to tell your children what they should do, but to say one thing and do another just ruins the message. Instead, be the behavior you would like your children to learn.
Treat their mother with respect, ALWAYS. This will teach them how to treat others.
Let them be themselves. Love your child for who he is, not who you want him to be.
Teach them independence from an early age this will stand them in good stead later on.
Never be afraid to say you’re sorry when you are wrong and lastly, love conquers all. It really does.

Here are some close-ups of my layout. I use papers from Theresa Collins and stuck to the aqua's, with just little bits of the orange and yellow.


 I layered up my papers with doilies and tucked in a Heidi Swapp plastic heart. The clock is from Theresa Collins too.


I punched a decorative border and also used the chipboard scallop from the sheet. The bling was from my stash. The  letters are Enmarc.


I went to decorex with Clint and Lin last weekend and I found this gorgeous swirly stencil which I had to try out... goes the same way as the bling and is very subtle with the white on white. I added the little love charm too.


I added another clock, brad and quote on this side of the layout too.

This layout was made with a lot of love. Thanks for stopping by to take a look and I want you to know how much I appreciate the comments that you leave. I love to read them.







Wednesday, 14 August 2013

HEROES

Hello Again,

It is Wednesday which means the new sketch over at Let's Scrap is out and it is a cracker of a sketch this week.


I really love how versatile it is :D

Here is my layout. HEROES.


I know, I know I can't always follow the sketch but you can see the design I just changed the sizes and sides of the photos and moved one or two around because I had so much I wanted to put onto this layout. :P

I used a beige cardstock and the papers are Farmhouse and I love them, some flowers, rub-ons, brackets, stamping and chipboard letters :D

My journaling (you know where) says:

The American Cemetery and War Museum can be found at Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy and is the final resting place for 9 387 brave young Americans who died during the Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The Americans sustained the biggest loss of life in Normandy, and among those buried there are the two sons, Theodore and Quentin (although Quentin was killed in WW1 his body was moved to next to his brother), of President Theodore Roosevelt. Also buried here are the Niland brothers on whom the movie Saving Private Ryan was based.

The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach which was one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion and covers 172 acres, of  breathtakingly beautiful grounds. When we walked up the steps which takes you to a half round section to your left (the top left photo) and there in the middle of this half circle colonnade is a 22 foot bronze statue called Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves, which is truly magnificent... if you turn to the right there is a long pool that goes down towards the little Chapel. To the left and right of the pool are just thousands of graves marked by white marble headstones that just hits you and it is truly shocking. All pristine and perfect in row upon row upon row.

We have all heard the stories of the second world war and seen films portraying the loss of life, and the hardships endured by these brave young men, but it is only when you are there that you realize the magnitude of it all. It made me feel ill that these young men were conscripted and sent off to war and were just slaughtered as they got to the beaches, and not only the Americans but anyone who fought against the Nazi's. I sat there looking as far as I could see at all the graves and wondered how I would have felt if they had taken my son and he hadn't come home. I don't know how you get over something like that. The horror of it all hit me with a physical pain that was hard to shake. The absolute beauty of the cemetery and the absolute horror of what it covers will stay with me for a very long time. :(

Here are some close-ups of my layout.


I added the rub-ons in the corner then placed the flowers on top.  I also used some little black photo turns. 
I had this poem from a friends' sons funeral and I just love it and so I used it here on this layout... it says:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye


I put a strip of ribbon over the join and I added a stamped quote here that says:

What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us...

 

I created some splats on the creamy paper using my Tim Holtz distress stains... I love how they look and it was only after the layout was done that I realized after that the splats with death maybe wasn't cool but anyway.

Thanks for taking a look.




BLACK WITH TWO


Hello Everyone

First of all I have some good news to share, and two posts today :D I will be joining the Black With Two design team and your can check them out HERE they are a challenge blog that gives you a colour combination each month and you can create either a card or a layout and you can link it up for a chance to win. Easy Peasy!

This months colour combo is ...

So the requirements are black with sunset orange and tropical waters... you may also use 5% white.

Here is the card I made for this challenge.


I used a light teal card base layered with black. Cut some banners out of scraps and layered them up. I added the flowers at the top with a butterfly in the bottom right I added the letters HB for happy birthday but they don't show up :D I covered the letters and the butterfly with black sparkles.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.




Tuesday, 13 August 2013

TIME

Hello Everyone

I have been busy with a layout for the August Scrap Friends challenge..

 Here is this months sketch.


Here is my layout.


I used kraft paper and washi tapes in black and white. Plus, some stamping and some rub-ons. At the end I couldn't resist adding just a little pop of red.

I always listen to music when I scrap and I have an eclectic mix of music and a song came up by Pink Floyd called TIME and that triggered my inspiration for this layout. I love to take photos of clocks and this particular one is so pretty and looks a little more kraft in real life... and so a layout was born.

My journaling (on the back) says:
How many times over the years have I wished that I could save time in a bottle... slowed down time... had some or other time over again... wasted time... when all I had to do was to make sure that I was completely present all the time, fully appreciating every moment of time.  Instead I have spent most of my life wishing I was older, wiser, somewhere else, someone else, richer, single, married, wishing it was Christmas or our next vacation, wishing I could have kids, wishing that the kids were done with school, out of the house, wishing it was the weekend, wishing it was my birthday. I have spent most of my life wishing for something else instead of fully appreciating who I am and what I have. I promised myself that when I had this ah-ha moment that I would NOT wish that I could go back in time and do it all again properly but that from that minute on I would be grateful for every single moment of time that I have good or bad, hard or easy that I would just be present wherever I was or what I was doing giving that moment 100% of myself.
I am, however, so grateful that I scrapbook so that I can record these pearls of wisdom for my kids and their kids so that they learn the value of time and just how precious it is. The thing is we just NEVER know how much time we have. The song – says it all.
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine
Staying home to watch the rain
And you are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today
And then one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun

And you run, and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter
Never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught
Or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone
The song is over
Thought I'd something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells
Here are some closeups of my layout.


I marked off the areas, with a black pen, where I wanted to put the washi tape. I changed the photo a bit to make it more of a kraft colour (even though it looks verypinky) and printed it out like a polaroid and stamped the 'time' on it. The chippie rectangle behind the photo is left over from some words and I painted it black and randomly stuck some black micro beads onto it. The doilie and pointing hand were also added. Once I had assembled the photo mats I added the film strip washi and the clock rub-ons then the flowers, tickets and butterflies.


Here you can see how I put the chevron strips of washi tape. The word IMAGINE was also painted black and sprinkled with black micro beads and placed next to the pointing hand. Some random bling was added for interest.


Here you can see the saying that I stamped and the little cluster at the bottom with the butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.