Saturday, 15 June 2013


Hello Everyone

Well it is Saturday morning again and time for the new reveal over at CSI and here is the case file for you. I am also entering this in to the Scrap Africa challenge which is to use texture paint, stencil and paint or mists.

Not the usual pretty soft colours that you would associate with a wedding but I loved them.

This case file came with another sketch from the amazing Em Starface... and here is what I did with it.

Scheme - all the colours are there... if somewhat muted.
Evidence - Circles and frames - the number were supposed to be on the tabs at the top and bottom of the photos but I forgot to put them in before I took the photos :(
Testimony - Document a wedding (mine this time)
Journalling (on the back of the layout) reads:

Simon and I met in January 1977 in Kariba, Zimbabwe where I was working as a croupier, he was in the police force and had been badly burned in a petrol fire and they sent him to Kariba to recouperate and re-integrate him into society after having been in the bush for so long. As he walked down the steps into the casino I caught a glance of him and just knew that he was the one I was going to marry. I knew nothing about him or even where he was from, but I just knew inside that he was the one. The next day a few of us girls went up to the police mess to play poker with some of the off duty cops and lo and behold there he was. I was loud and gregarious the life and soul of the party and he was so painfully shy, trying to blend into the shadows and stay out of the limelight but we started hanging out together and we had so much fun back then.
March 31st, my mother’s birthday, we got engaged but had made no plans further than that. In November Simon got word that they were transferring him out and we didn’t know where to but it would be some small farming town so we decided to get married – quickly. Now every girl wants a fairytale wedding RIGHT? – The whole shebang?... So what was wrong with me because I wanted none of it. No church, no fancy white dress, no guests, no presents, no party... just us getting married. After digging my heels in I got what I wanted. A simple affair in the garden at home. I found a beautiful aqua Gretian style dress from Truworths, (the compromise was the overlay, my dad did not want my shoulders bare), a navy suit for Simon with the same colour aqua shirt, my dad got the same and mom got a gorgeous navy long dress. Once we were sorted out I told my future in-laws my colours.
The guests were my grandparents both sets of parents and our siblings – sixteen people in total. We chose to get married in the garden at my parent’s house around the pool area, with the minister from my dad’s church, another concession. Gran made us a two tier cake and did the flowers for my hair and bouquet. Simon arranged for the police crime scene photographer to come and do some photos for us. It had all be so easy and stress free.
26th November 1977 dawned warm and sunny a perfect day for a wedding. I did my own hair, nails and make up. By 4 pm we were all ready to do this. The photographer arrived on time and so did Simon – with bright purple hair! Yes! Really! At his farewell the night before the other police guys thought it would be fun to dye his hair with Gentian Violet thinking it would wash out. Wrong! While the photographer was setting up to start my dad decided to light all the floating candles on the pool... (I know you know what is coming J) then he fell in – fully clothed in his new wedding finery. After changing he came out in a brown suite with a yellowy colour shirt. Simon’s mom and dad arrived and she was in orange, his dad was in a black suite with a white shirt. What the hell happened to trying to co-ordinate colours for photos, this was so not what I had hoped for so the photographer and I decided on black and white photos, and we only had about 20 photos in all... not professional quality by any stretch of the imagination but a record of our special day ... FINALLY we were good to go... and I went from I do to I did.
If I had to do it all over again I would not change a thing. I love that I got to spend my day with the people I love most in the world without any tears, drama or stress. I loved my wedding day and for me it was all about just getting married and not about the production of a huge, fancy, bigger or better wedding.
36 years later we are still going strong, a few pounds heavier, a few hairs greyer, a little knocked about, a little weathered and hopefully a little wiser, and I still feel that this was just meant to be. We have a lot to learn from one another and while the lessons are certainly not all easy I am glad that I have him by my side.

Here are some closeups of how I constructed this layout.

I started of my mixing some gel medium with a little golden perfect pearls to use with the stencil on the background page. I love how it dries clear but has a golden shimmer. I also sprayed the doilies with TH mini mister in the turquoise colour and then stamped them on top with a script stamp. I made the little red, yellow and aqua flowers with circles.

The photos that I do have are not great but printed out this size they were ok. I really loved this sketch to work with, and I kept pretty close to it. The papers used are from Authentique and had most of  the colours I needed in them. I layered up the mats behind the photos, and doodled around the edges of everything. I used the cut circles to partially frame the photos, and added the flowers and the bling.

I then gave the whole layout a spritz with the turquoise spray (protecting the photos) and then I stamped the music stamp at the bottom.

Thanks for taking a look and for leaving any comments I really appreciate them :D 

Happy Fathers day to all the dads out there for tomorrow.


  1. Such beautiful photos Val and I like your muted take on the palette. Your love story reads like something out of a rom/com movie. What a hoot for your shy bridegroom to arrive with purple hair. I admire your tenacity in achieving the wedding that you wanted, whilst making a couple of concessions to your parents. I agree, the lessons are not always easy, but a great partner helps. :)

  2. Gorgeous Val - love the white space & the shimmery mixed media background...

  3. Oh, Val, did you ear me grown when I saw how long your "journaling" was? I thought, I don't have time for this...but, I took the time, and am so happy I did. You may have had a "tearless" wedding, but I didn't have a tearless reading! Loved every word (just glad there was not fire in the pool!). I love the black'n'white photos, regardless of that macho-induced purple hair!! I have to say, too, that that is one kick-ass sketch. You continue to do us proud, Val!!

  4. Absolutely fab layout to remember your wedding - love all the texture and the handmade flowers.I SO enjoyed reading your story and how glamours you look WOW!:o)xxx

  5. Great title that works so cleverly with the two wonderful photos!!! As always Val, a beautifully composed layout, and a superb story, loved reading about your "unconventional" wedding, hilarious moments....purple hair, falling in the pool, such unique memories to cherish! Love how you used this week's colors!

  6. Beautiful page Val and you really nailed this sketch! I love this page and it really is a stunner all round, with your stamping, background and gorgeous photo's! Love your story as always and love that you kept your special day simple! I think that's exactly how weddings should be, small, intimate and all about the closest people! ;-)

  7. Wow this layout is beautiful Val!!! Love the texture and the colors you used!!

  8. GORGEOUS Val!! I LOVE what you've done with that sketch and the challenge!

  9. Beautiful!Love it!Thanks for playing along with Scrap Africa!

  10. Oh wow, I just love your work Val!! GREAT take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrap Africa! Smiles, Rene'

  11. I just knew this was going to get interesting when I read about your crime scene wedding photographer! Lol! I'd imagine you both look back on your special day with some fond chuckles! Such a fabulous story and the layout is superb!

  12. I posted my comment earlier, but just wanted to say thanks for playing along at Scrap Africa with this challenge too! ;-)

  13. Such a lovely work of art. Where do you get stencils from please xxxxx

  14. Lovely layout, thank you for joining us at Scrap africa! Channa