Friday, 30 September 2011


It's the weeeekeeeend baby... and as promised here are the first two completed pages from the Convention this year. Although I have changed the pages a bit I have kept to the same sort of layouts. I like my pages to be linear and uncluttered on the whole. 

I loved this page and used our pictures from our visit to Paris a couple of years ago. These colours are so me.

This page I changed quite a bit but I loved all the cool things they showed us. Behind the main picture was a pop up card using the round template with the heart and the wings, but I wasn't too keen on that. I am not big into hidden photos because I feel they are wasted in an album or a frame.  I also loved the use of the Tim Holtz concertina flowers which on the original page formed a banner. I love the end result and I really loved the colour of this page. We used cuttlebug folders and also lots of glitter on the butterflies.

I will post some of the mini albums next week. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011


Hello Wednesday... the song says "the wheels of the bus go round and round" but I don't think that these wheels are going anywhere - much less round and round.

Earlier this year when us girls went to Mabula for a week of chilling and scrapping we came across this old yellow bus at a little farm stall, and being committed scrappers we could not pass up the opportunity for a photo (ok more than a photo).

Finally I got around to scrapping the pictures and I love how it turned out. I was seriously intimidated by the fact that the pictures were very yellow and yellow is not a colour I wear, have in my house or like to scrap with., which is funny considering I love yellow. It is such a happy cheerful colour. I found the patterned paper on the bargain table at Scrap Therapy where we scrap and it was perfect for the page, and it was cheap too :D

I tell you I am scrapping up a storm, and it is pretty dam scary. So till next time - have fun.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Good morning Tuesday, welcome to my world. I cant believe that we are already at the end of September and before we now it it will be Christmas again. I know, I know there are already Smart Alec's out there telling me how many weeks to go. I don't want to know :D 

I am learning to live in the NOW. Not worrying about next week or next month or next year. Just today and just now. And right here right now it is a wonderful spring day. I love that everything in my garden is starting to sprout leaves and buds and the grass is turning green and I can leave my studio doors onto the garden open.

Have have created another page on my latest obsession. My little Karma. She is just the cutest little thing, I had to take her to the vet this morning for her next lot of jabs. In the month or so that we have had her she has grown so much and now weighs 2.5 kgs, when we got her she was just 1.5 kgs. I had to take the other three with me to the vet for their annual jabs. A bit tricky with four dogs, in the car, when all of them want to sit on your lap. Thank God for my domestic worker Stephen who came with me. Anyway, enough of that.

The pictures were taken on the paving at the flat at the coast and there were orange blossoms on the ground that she was fascinated by and this paper just worked perfectly.

I have finished most of the projects from the convention and I will be posting them over the next couple of days.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 21 September 2011


Hello everyone, I know I haven't posted in over a month. What can I say I have some serious issues at the moment. Truth is I am not sure what I want to use this blog for or what I hope to get out of it. It seems to me to be a bit one sided like writing in a journal - which is the whole point I know, but it just seems to be a bit fruitless. So over the past month I have done some serious soul searching and come to amazing realizations - well I think that they are amazing. I called it Val-Belle's Ramblings for a reason - so that I could ramble on and on about whatever. So here goes nothing.

I have been severely depressed. Stemming, I realized, from my weight issues! Arrrrgggggg - there I said it. With the gentle prodding and strong support of one of the most amazing people I am blessed to have in my life and in my TT group WE (Cher and I) embarked on a weight loss journey. In three months I have lost 10 kgs and I feel like a different person, and while I want to lose a few more I have found that I have more energy, I want to go out of the house again, I am able to create once more and I am loving life again. I truly never realized just how much it affected me, and I don't know how to thank her for seeing where I was and helping me out of it. I am posting two photos here, one from the convention last year and one from this year.

I have't felt so good in myself for a very long time, and I never want to get that big again. There, rant over.
So I am going to post twice a week to begin with, a little less daunting than trying to do it every day with something new that I have made. Even if I do play 24/7. I never remember to take pics of what I am doing. 

I have nearly finished all the pages from the Convention which was fantastic as always. So I will start by posting those projects. 

Have a wonderful humpday.