Monday, 30 September 2013


Hello Everyone :D

I am back with a second post today and this one is my first post as a member of the OUAS DT. Please go and take a look at the challenge and all the inspiration from the amazing DT. Play along - there are wonderful prizes to be won.

Journalling Theme: "The Journey..."

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is! 

Here is the sketch to go with the theme.

Here is my take on the challenge...

The quote on the front of the layout says 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.'

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

One of the things I love most about travelling is not always the journey but the destination. Well actually it is the journey too but for me one of the nicest things is when you discover something totally unexpected like the day we found this little church in the Midlands.
We had taken a road trip with my FIL for his 87th birthday down to the coast so that he could see the sea one last time before he dies (his words not mine:)). We decided to surprise him and break the trip by booking into a beautiful little guest hotel that we discovered on a previous trip and we knew he would love it. It is called Lords of the Manor and was built in the 1890's in true English style with thick stone walls covered with ivy. After we had settled him in we took a drive around the Midlands which are beautiful, real English countryside with green rolling hills and on this day even the guti (fine misty rain) rain and mist. We were told at the Manor about this little church so we set out to go an find it and I am so glad we did. I really want this to be my next house. 
It was originally built by the same people who built Lords of the Manor, at the same time on the same property. A couple of years ago the ground was de-consecrated and sold to a private individual who has turned it into a self-catering guest house. The outside of the church has not been touched but the inside has been turned into the  most beautiful guest house that is completely open plan. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs (the main bathroom is in front of the upper church windows) and has the most magnificent views across the valleys. The downstairs is an open plan lounge dining room and kitchen with an aga stove. The original stained glass windows are still there and a couple of the pews have been incorporated into this beautiful guest house. The gardens are open and very English in style. They grow their own fresh herbs and veggies and right next to the church on the other side is a beautiful little grave yard with a bench that sits under a magnificent tree for people to sit. I absolutely fell in love with this place the minute I laid eyes on it and now I am hatching plans to get my hands on it :) This is one journey I will never regret taking.

Here are some close ups of my layout.

I used some Tim Holtz distress stain splats on the background page and then added some dry wall tape and some script stamping. I sprayed the doily and the news print with some Lindy's Stamp Gang mist to get a softer colour. The flowers were added at the end.

I also used a stencil with some gesso and then doodled around some of them. The heart chippie and the bird bath are from my stash.

I stamped the quote at the bottom and used black letters for the title. I doodled around the edges of the papers too and the punched borders were cute with a Martha Stewart punch.

Thank you so much for visiting and I want you to know that I really appreciate the comments that you leave. :)


Good Morning Everyone, from a windy and slightly chilly Johannesburg :D

I am late with this weeks CSI file but I was man down for two days with an awful migraine and that really set me back, but I have it ready now.

Here is this weeks case file.

Here is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there
Evidence - Bird, leaves, teapot, metal accents (pins) ,irredescent (Flowers)
Testimony - Something(s) I enjoy daily.
My Journalling (on the back) says:

Well I am not sure that this is as much something I enjoy daily as it is essential to my happiness and sanity. :D
I cannot begin my day without a cup of tea, and my DH brings me my first cuppa bright and early every single day. There is NOTHING quite like that first cup of tea of the day. It is kind of like the first ciggie of the day for smokers. It allows me time in the morning to gather my thoughts, ground myself and plan my day.
I have music playing all day every day, sometimes the radio but more often than not my iPod. I have collected over 6000 of my favourite musicians and songs and I just put it on random and it plays from morn till night, filling my soul with happiness. I just can’t imagine a life without music.
I scrap every day too, my studio is my safe place and it is mine alone. No-one comes into my space unless they are invited. I can create to my heart’s content. When I walk in there I am immediately calm and a peace with the world. Sometimes I just sit and enjoy my space surrounded by all the things that make me happy, paper, photos, my dogs, music, and tea. :D
I read every day, normally before I go to bed, and although I have all my books on my iPad now I still prefer the feel and smell of a real book. I have collected all the books of my favourite authors and they can be found all over the house. Visitors will not be short of reading material here. :D I love that I can immediately be transported to a different time, place or culture just by opening a book. What a wonderful world we live in.
Finally, I also take photos every day. It started about two years ago when I joined Fatmumslim on her photo-a-day quest and then continued when I got my new camera. I love that it makes me really look at things and I have learned also to see beauty in things that are not necessarily conventionally beautiful, a big thing in today's society.
These are the things that I do every single day without fail and no matter where I am and who I am with and they are essential to my happiness and well being. I thank God every day for my life.

Here are some close- ups...

I created my layout with a photo of myself with strings radiating out to all the things that I consider essential to my happiness.

The happiness meter on this paper was perfect and I used Tim Holtz clear blocks to highlight the 'Like Clockwork' and 'Totally Ecstatic' on these papers. I used the flowers with the bird at the top of the layout.

At the bottom I coloured some seam binding with Tim Holtz distress stains to make it yellow and added the flowers with the pins in it. I have journalled along the strings to the various photos.

Thanks for taking a look, I really appreciate the visits. Have a great week.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


Hello Everyone

Today I have my layout for the Scrap Around the World Challenge...

I loved this month's mood board all dramatic, in black and white... and the sketch is just gorgeous. You still have time to play so go and check it out. This is a fab site.

Here is my layout.

The quote on the front of the layout says...'Ones destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things....'

My journalling (one the back) says...

When we were in Germany we stayed in a little village called Naght's Heim for the weekend of the Grand Prix. While Clint and Simon were at the race Storm and I went to another village about 15kms away called Mayen, to have a little look around. It was a really pretty little place and right in the center of the town they have this church called St Clemens, which had a crooked spire. The story goes something like this... when the church was built the Devil was so angry that he bent and twisted the spire as a reminder of his displeasure... and so it stands with its twisted spire...It looked to me a bit like an elfs hat :D I couldn't make up my mind if it was a pretty church or not but it certainly was different. I am not a religious person either but it was also one church that I had no desire to go inside... Superstitious or what?

Here are some close-ups.


I only used plain white and some black, for mattting, cardstock on this layout. The rest is washi tape all in black and white. First of all I used my new stencil with gesso just for some texture. The doily at the top is a rub-on by Kaiser Craft. I am not sure whose the chippie is but I just painted it black.

The stamp on the side was stamped in black ink and the butterfly was cut using my Martha Stewart punch.

At the bottom I added some lace with bling in it and then just clustered flowers in black, white and silver.. The quote at the bottom of the layout is a rub-on from my stash. I swiped all the flowers and lace with gesso.

This was such a fun challenge to play along with. Thank you so much Helen Tilbury and gang for providing such a wonderful challenge blog. I appreciate ALL of your hard work :D

Thanks for taking a look. I love to get the visits.

Saturday, 21 September 2013


Hello everyone,

It is a freezing day here in Johannesburg... doesn't it know this is spring and not the middle of winter. The wind is blowing, the sky is grey and the temp has dropped right down... so it is back out with the jersey's and boots again. :(

It is also Saturday which means there is a new case file is out over at CSI and here it is...

I used this sketch from OUAS as inspiration for my layout.

and here is my take on it...

Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme     - all the colours are there (fabulous colours too)
Evidence   - Birds, triangles, polkadots, stripes, white space and fabric.
Testimony - Document a friend.

My journalling (on the back) reads:

Voula and I have been friends for 40 years J Back in the day we had to go to the school that was zoned for the area you lived in, my parents moved house in my last year of school so that meant a change for me. She was the first person I met and we soon became best friends we were inseparable - every weekend was either at her house or at mine, and we got into a lot of trouble together.  After we left school in 1973 she moved with her family back to Greece and I moved to Victoria Falls. She came back to Zimbabwe in 1977 the year I got married and because Simon was a policeman we were transferred to some little one horse town, but still we stayed in contact. Then she went back to Greece and we moved to South Africa and we lost contact for a few years but I found her again just at the time that computers and the world wide web came into being. I tracked her through the Rhodesians website and re-established contact. It was so much easier with email and skype and then facebook.
This year she retired and decided to a world tour to visit friends and family. She travelled over four months to Europe, USA, Africa , India, and Australasia and I was her last stop before returning home. I have to say I was a little nervous at having her come and stay with me for five days, 37 years is a long time and God knows I have changed a lot, but she arrived and we just picked up where we left off. We had such a good time, catching up on each others’ lives. Finishing each others’ sentences and just enjoying the time together. We went out and about and I took her to some wonderful places nearby, we had a school reunion too which was interesting to say the least and we still share many of the same interests. Photography being one of them J, twins in the family another, kids, marriage and travel. It reminded me that you may change over the years but at the heart of it all you are still the same person.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.

I painted the chipboard flouish black and stamped the little bird with black ink. I also tucked some gauze in among the flowers.

The title was also painted in black and all of the flowers and embellishments were swiped with gesso, I also doodled around all of the edges of the papers.

I have another layout to show you quickly. This was one of the layouts from the convention that was recently held here in Johannesburg. It looks NOTHING like it should have but I am very happy with how it turned out. So I apologize Theresa Collins :D

I love her papers they are all so beautiful and this one with all the glittery stuff on it (so not my style) turned out to be one of my fave layouts. What I love about this layout is that there are flaps so you can hide stuff... On the right hand side under the revealed is one and the black flap with the 16 weeks pocket is also a flap.
I decided to use this layout for my son and GF's album on their baby bump progress.  I am so glad that they are happy for me to take loads of pics....

Here are some close-ups...

Behind the 'All will be Revealed' bit is this flap... on the left hand side I have put journalling cards for Lin to record her thoughts and feelings for the first 16 weeks. I have also put her scans (where you can see both babies) for 8, 10 and 12 weeks.

Behind the 16 weeks pocket is another flap where I have put her 16 week scan and the photo I took of her on the examining table... I didn't think she would want that out for everyone to see :D

This is the front of the flap and the rest of the scan photos are inside here.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, I appreciate the visits and the time it takes to leave a message and they always make me happy to read them.

Have a great weekend and if you are anywhere in SA - stay warm. 


Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Hello Everyone,

It is Wednesday and that means that there is a new sketch up at Let's Scrap and here it is...


It is a friends birthday today and we are having breakfast tomorrow so I thought I would make her a card.

I also decided to do a gift bag for her gift and used the left overs to tart up this brown bag. :)

So why don't you head over there and take a look at what the DT came up with this week. The main page looks wonderful.

I also want to remind you all that there is still time to play in the Black with 2 challenge... here is the colour palette.

All you have to do is create either a card or a layout with black as the main colour and add two other colours and link it up to the blog. The challenge runs till the end of the month.

Saturday, 14 September 2013


Hello Everyone

I have a new layout for you today... With the new case file from CSI and this is this weeks case...

Beautiful soft colours this week and because it is the second week of the month there is also a lovely sketch by Em Starface...

I really love her layouts she is one talented lady...

and... Here is my take on the sketch.

Scheme - the colours are all there (even though the green and the yellow look very similar in this photo)
Evidence - Animal accents, stripes, brackets (on the back), two alphabets, triangles.
Testimony - Journalling in brackets.

My journalling (on the back) reads:

You are beautiful and I think that you should have the right to live a long and free life in your own natural habitat, to have access to food and water and to be able to reproduce free from the fear of being hunted. It pains me to think that because of mans stupidity, greed and vanity that you may become extinct and that future generations will never have the opportunity to see your exquisite grace and beauty.
I hate hunting of any sort other than for food, I hate to see photos of these beautiful animals being held up by the hunters like some kind of trophy, just to boost their egos and because of hunting their numbers are dwindling and these cubs were being raised at Zebula until they were big enough to be shipped back to a protected wildlife sanctuary in India to try and boost the numbers again. ‘Hunting is not a sport.  In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.’  Paul Rodriguez
The only way any wildlife should be shot is with a camera. The quote on the front of this layout is true of most wild animals... when a man kills something he calls it sport, but when he is killed by a wild animal he calls it ferocity and invariably the poor animal is put down. How is this fair? I don’t think I have ever seen such a beautiful animal ever, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to get so close and to be able to take these photos.

Here are a couple of close-ups...

I changed the sketch a little and put a quote under the title...the stripey chevrons are washi tape that has this on one half and the other half has photo notes on it... 

I also dropped the photo on this side of the sketch to lower down.. just felt a better fit for me.


There is a little tag up at the top here that says something to the effect that no-one was injured in the shooting of these pics... just appealed to me. I also dripped some teal mist by Heidi Swapp.

Thanks for taking a look and I appreciate the comments that you leave me. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


Hello Everyone

I have a couple of projects to share with you today :D

The first one is my layout for CSI #88, here is the case file. I didn't think I was going to get this one done because I have had a school friend staying with me who I haven't seen for 37 years :O I know... it was so nice to catch up again, she lives in Australia and decided to treat herself to a four month vacation visiting friends and family. We were so busy for the week that she was here, and she only left last night but I managed to get it done today :D Love it when a plan comes together :)

Here is my interpretation of it.

I found this pattern paper in my stash and I have no idea whose it is but it was perfect. Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - all the colours are there.
Evidence - Floral pattern, clock, pen, doodle, book pages.
Testimony - Something I have learned. Bullet point.

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

As far back as I can remember I have loved reading, and I make it a point to read a little every day. I started a reading programme with some online friends and we challenged ourselves to a book a month at least. Some months I read more than one book, but never less than one book, and I read books from every genre. This is why I read...
1 Because it stimulates my brain, there is nothing like a good book to get the grey matter churning, and the older I get the more I need to keep my brain working.
2 Because it relieves stress... no matter how bad my day has been once I start reading I am transported to a new realm, I can lose myself in the story and in the characters.
3 Because every book teaches me something I didn’t know before and I have never read a book that didn’t leave me with something new.
4 Because it expands my vocabulary and enables me to articulate myself better.
5 Because it strengthens my analytical thinking skills. I love nothing better than solving a case in a good thriller before I get to the end of the book.
6 Because it improves my focus and attention span, it forces me to concentrate and remember the characters and the plot and how the all fit together.
7 Because it improves my writing skills, this goes hand in hand with the vocabulary.
8 Because it is the best entertainment there is and you can do it anytime, anywhere and with anyone.
9 Because it can change my mood. I get completely engrossed in whatever book I am reading, and I totally forget about everything else.
10 Because it enables, in fact in encourages, lifelong learning, and I never want to stop learning and taking in new information.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.

I cut the pattern paper just smaller than the cardstock and adhered it, the images were then stamped on opposite corners of the layout, the photo was printed twice. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch and I just love them.

I also adhered a strip of music washi tape to this side of the layout, andmade the file folder using the plain cardstock, added the orange washi tape and wrote 'reading list' on it. The chippie above the photo and the heart and title were just painted using a black Tim Holtz dabber and left. I added the flowers and the bling and the quote which says - The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. James Bryce. The book page is from a book called the Fourth Hand and although I hate tearing up book to use this one had been destroyed by one of my dogs as a puppy so rather than throw it away I will put it to good use. :D

Here is my other project and that is the card I made for this months Black With 2 Challenge. Here is the colour palette for September.

This months challenge is a little different from the other because there are a few colours in this one and this month you have to use black, as usual, plus you can choose any other two or more colours. :d 

Here is my card for this challenge.

I decided to go with the black, the lime, the magenta and the teal.  I created a 15 x 15 cm card and punched the front portion with a scallop punch. I adhered some of the patterned paper to it and then created a small mat with the purple, teal and black cardstock and adhered some of the striped paper onto it. The quote image was stamped first in black archival in and it says - Always know in your heart that you are far bigger than anything that can happen to you.. The flower image was then stamped so that it overlapped very slightly. I added black micro beads to the centers of the flowers. Under the mat I added some black lace threaded with the purple ribbon and finished it off with some flowers. I added the tags last.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, you know that I appreciate it. :D

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


Hello everyone ...

Today I have two exciting bits of  news for you and one layout :D

The first piece of news is that  I will be joining the DT Team at OUAS  and together with Tracey Sabella we will take over the social media co-ordination. We will ensure the smooth running of the blog, the challenge entries, FB page, and all the other stuff that is required to keep it all running like a well oiled machine. I am really looking forward to working with Nadia and the rest of the team. :) Thank you so much for putting your faith in me, I will not let you down :D

The other bit of news is that I am staying on at Let's Scrap for another term but this time as an Administrator, and together with Debby, Cathy and Jeaunes we will keep this site running smoothly.

I am so excited to take on these new tasks and I hope that you will pop by take a look and perhaps play along with the challenges. :)

Being Wednesday also means that the new sketch for this week isrevealed at Let's Scrap and here it is.

Here is my layout. Yes I changed it a bit, but not so as you would notice it.

For this layout I used papers from Fab Scraps and plain cardstock in white,black, grey and green.

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

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris - more commonly known as Sacre Coeur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church that is situated at the summit of the butte Montmartre and is the highest point in Paris. It is also a double monument, political and cultural, and was designed by Paul Abadie, who died in 1884 just after the foundations had been laid. Construction started in 1975 and was completed in 1914, and it was consecrated at the end of World War 1 in 1919.
I think that this is one of the most beautiful churches that I have ever seen. I love the proud way it sits on top of the hill overlooking the whole of Paris. Regal and imposing, almost like it is guarding the city. I love the white walls, travertine which exudes calcite that ensures that the Basilica stays white even with weathering and pollution, and the beautiful Roman-Byzantine architecture, large and imposing.
Then there are the most magnificent views of Paris too, as far as the eye can see in every direction. It truly is one of the most breathtaking landmarks that I have ever visited. It doesn't matter when you go there there are always throngs of people wandering around the Basilica and spilling into the streets surrounding it soaking up the atmosphere where artists peddle their wares, stalls selling curious and brassieries offering food and drink. Buskers perform on the street corners and there is chatter and laughter that invites you to stay awhile and take it all in. Once you are there you really don't want to go :)

Here are some close-ups.

I started of my stamping on my white card with black ink and adding some mesh tape.

I added some banners and made the arrows using plain cardstock.


The stamp used on this side of the layout all relates to Paris... I also cut some film strip using my Tim Holtz die cut and the leaves were cut using my Silhouette machine.

I created a little cluster here with flowers, leaves and more film strip.

I finished it all of with a couple of Pediments by Tim Holtz. The whole layout was  doodled around and brushed with gesso, to tone it all down and blend it all together. The photos were taken on our recent trip to Paris with our kids.

 Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look. I love the comments that you leave and I appreciate the time that it takes. Till next time :D