Monday, 29 December 2014


Hello Everyone and a very Merry Christmas to you all!

Today I have a new case file for you from CSI, so it is time to pick up your forensic kits and let's get sleuthing. If you haven't played along before it really is a lot of fun and you should check it out and see the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team.

This is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Swiss dots, arrows, light bulbs (in the photo), holiday accents, ribbon, use heat (embossing).
Testimony - Document the holidays.

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

This year Christmas was different.
There were two extra special little people joining us. I got a new tree, bigger, not taller but fatter. I took out all the decorations and cleaned them all, fixed the ones that needed to be fixed. Trimmed the tree and hung the stockings but it wasn't enough - it was time to add a new tradition.
I scoured the internet looking for something special that would be just for us and that could be added to and continued. THEN I found what I was looking for. Christmas baubles - hand made with everyone's names on them - starting with the oldest living member of our family. My FIL, Simon and I, Clint and Lin and the twins, Storm and Lloyd and I have a few spares that can be completed and added to the tree as new babies are born. I have visions of a tree filled with just these balls and it fills my heart with joy. 
I took ordinary baubles and covered them with torn bits of tissue paper, once covered I gave them a coat of podge. Then came the hearts - drawn and painted, and outlined with a charcoal pencil to add shading. I tore a piece of masking tape and wrote each name on it and stuck it onto the heart. The bauble was then given another coat of podge that had glitter added to it. The little bit that fits over the end to hang it up was covered in glue and dipped into glitter. Finally I added the string with three little bells and a bow. 
I have to say they were a hit with everyone, they had such fun looking for their own balls and it just filled me with joy to see the look on their faces as they saw what I had done, something so special for each and every one of them.
For the first time in a long time I saw Christmas through a childs eyes and I liked what I saw.

Here are some close ups.

I used some chipboard baubles that I had and gave them a coat of gesso, then a coat of distress stain in Shabby Shutters, Festive Berries and Gold, dried it off and covered the whole thing with distress glitter. Once it was dry I stamped over it with a script stamp and archival ink in black.

I created a little cluster with some papers and another bauble, some arrows that were covered with distress glitter and the flowers. Finally I added a little Christmas flair and the 25 with Merry Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it and I wish you enough for 2015.

Till next time.


Saturday, 29 November 2014


Hello Everyone

Its that time again :) These layouts are the only things that I am getting scrapped at the moment. Things are just so hectic around here at the moment and to top it all Simon fell last weekend and has torn the ligaments and tendons on either side of his ankle and is immobile at the moment so I have a patient to look after too. Looks like he is going to have the boot on for six weeks. Between him and the twins I have my work cut out for me as my house is not kiddy or disable friendly... On the upside I should be stick thin by the time I am done with all the running up and down the stairs :P

So without further ado here is this weeks case file from CSI so gather your forensic kits and let's get to work.

I have had a serious lack of mojo of late and I just can't seem to find my place in scrapbooking. I feel like I am all over the place and because of the topic and what I had in mind I decided I would like to give Veera Saarivuo's style a go. I really love her layouts and if you don't know her you should check out her blog.
Here is how I solved the case. 

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - book pages, flowers, bird, watercolour, tag, string, staples.
Testimony - Document a daily pleasure.

My journalling on the back of the layout says.

As soon as I saw the testimony I knew that I wanted to document a daily pleasure, which for me is bath time and there was no way in hell I was using a photo of me in the bath.... not ever. Then I remembered when we went to Ficksburg for the cherry festival last year we stayed at this delightful B & B in Ladybrand. I got up early in the morning with my camera to go and explore this lovely place I found this pond with two white ducks and I sat on the edge in the pale morning sun and watched this little guy as he enjoyed the water and it made me think about how much I enjoy it too. The sun was glinting off the water and everything was so bright and fresh and I felt such a sense of peace and calm settle over me just as if I was in the bath.

So I shower in the morning to scrub clean, wash hair, shave etc and for me this is just a practicality, fast and efficient. Then.. in the evening after a long day I soak in the tub and the whole thing is a ritual for me. First I chose fresh pj's and lay them out, get my towel ready, I fill the tub with hot water, very hot water - and yes I know it is not good for you but I don't care. Next goes in bubbles or scented sea salt, I was given these lovely soy candles that you light and as they melt the melted wax is used as an after bath oil and it is so rich and delicious, so they get lit ready for when I need them. Sometimes I take a glass of wine or a book with me, the lights get turned down low and in summer I open the doors to outside and it is my time to lie and relax and absorb all that lovely hot water and melt away the stresses of the day.

It is my time to quiet my mind and reflect on all the things that I have to be grateful for, and they are many. It is the time that I ground myself. It is the time I use to get my thoughts and life in order and it is my problem solving time. It is also my escape and everyone knows that it is my time and I don't want to be disturbed unless the house is on fire.

It is absolutely a daily pleasure and one I hope to enjoy for many years to come.

Here are some close ups.

I only used the one piece of pattern paper with these gorgeous watercolour leaves all over them, that were just the right colours for this colour scheme. The flowers were made using circles and the edges were glittered up. In the photo the duck was having a ball splashing water everywhere.

I layered the photo with tags and book paper and the big leaf was fussy cut from the paper. I added a little of the grey green colour with watercolour pencils in between the leaves and the leaf. Lastly I added a few bling because it reminded me of the way the water glinted in the sunlight.

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, 15 November 2014


Hello Everyone
Well I made this case file by the skin of my teeth. At the moment I am just fighting fires :) I am only getting my DT layouts for CSI done and no other scrapping at the moment. I am busy with a few other crafty things but nothing I can show yet. :)
Here is this weeks case file. So pick up your forensic kits we have a case to crack. If you haven't played before you can check out all the details and see all the wonderful Design Team inspiration HERE.

And this week also comes with a lovely sketch from Em Stafrace over at Page Drafts.

Here is my take on it.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Circles, stripes, polkadots, mesh, rubons, stack something.
Testimony - IW - day, support, ties.

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

I would like to give you some advice and I hope you will take it to heart. It comes from deep inside my soul and from my experiences. Your dad and I have had our troubles along the way - big troubles and small troubles but I have learned a lot and a problem halved is not nearly so bad.  One of the greatest gifts I think we have given you is for us to have stayed together, we didn't quit when the going got tough - we toughed it out. Life is hard and it is not always fair but the grass is never greener on the other side. You have to work at it every single day but it is worth it. A close family is a tie you cannot break.

Say 'I love you' often and show it too. Don't take each other for granted. Keep having private time alone together. Laugh, share secrets and have fun as a couple, he will always be your go to guy. Support one another always.  Make sure that you also make time for yourselves you are a couple and not siamese twins joined at the hip. If you make time to do the stuff that feeds your soul you will always have things to talk about.

Say "Thank you" for all of the the things he does for you. Anywhere he takes you. Any gifts he gives you.  Let him know that you appreciate what he does for you.

You can come and tell me anything you want. I'm your mother and love you very, very much. I don't promise to have all the answers but I can listen and sometimes once you have verbalised something the answer comes to you anyway.

I think you have a good man. Treat him like one and he will act like one. He will lay the moon and stars at your feet for your pleasure. And you will be in his heart forever.

I love you very much and I am proud of the woman you have grown up to be.  I can't wait to see where the next part of your journey takes you and I am so grateful to be a part of it. 

I love you to the moon and back.

(The photo of Storm and Lloyd was one taken by his brother at their engagement party this weekend.)

Here are some close ups.

I used my nestabilities to die cut the circles in black cardstock, and the arrows are all chipboard, one was left raw and the other two were just painted black.

 I painted the title black and  used some diamond glaze on the YOUR....

Lots of flowers layered up and layout done. 
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message I really appreciate it.


Monday, 10 November 2014


Hello Everyone

Well it has been a pretty hectic couple of weeks but I am happy to say that things will calm down to a trot now until the end of January. My whole families birthdays are between December and March except for my son who is in May...but there will be no more BIG celebrations. 

The engagement party was a huge success and I will post some photos once I have edited them all.

Today I have my layout for the CSI/Scrap365 collaboration.

I also used the sketch from Sketch Challenge #38 over at Scrap Africa

Here is my take on it all.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - leaves, transportation accents (the pic), music elements (paper), mist (one the doily and the flowers), heart, metal (title and the car), scatter something (the patchwork pieces are scattered over the page)
Testimony - document a trip or adventure. Handwrite on your background.

The quote on the layout says:
A good traveller has no fixed plan and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu

My journalling on the back of the layout says.
I love to travel with Willie - he is my late aunt's husband and we have always been really close to them and we stayed close to him after she passed away, and see him every year. Either he comes here or we go there or we meet somewhere else in the world We always used to joke about the fact that he would have made a perfect Nomad. He loves to wander and he takes great delight in getting in his car and just driving, finding quaint places to go, wonderful markets to visit, and lovely places to eat.
When I go to Ireland to visit my brother I split my time between them and Willie and because Willie is retired it is easy for us to get into his car, pick a direction and just drive. I think that I have covered most of Southern Ireland with him and we have had many adventures and lots of laughs and I have captured it all on camera. I have trained him to stop on a dime if I make a sound which translates as PHOTO OP! and he is very good at it now. My better half likes to plan, I like to just get up and go and I may not get to see what I should have seen but I sure as hell get to see lots of things I would have missed.
On our way to Dingle we drove through Ballinascarty which was where Henry Fords parents came from and they have one of his cars at the entrance to the town. Of course we had to stop and take some photos of us fooling around in the car which is all silver and just gorgeous. The quote was perfect for this trip and I hope that he never changes and I hope that I get to have many more trips with him.

Here are some close-ups.

I used a beige cardstock for the background and I finally got to use these beautiful papers from Lemon Owl that I won for a challenge a while back at Scrap 365 - they were perfect for this palette.  I wrote the quote onto cardstock and stuck it onto one of the squares. 

I cut hearts and attached them to one of the squares. The stitching is a stamp from Prima which I just love.

I used a white doily for behind the photo mat and sprayed it with a Lindy's Stamp Gang mist - Clam Bake Beige and I also misted the flowers with a pearly mist so they have a lovely shimmer to them

The flowers are Prima and Petaloo and the leaves is a die cut.

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...


Monday, 3 November 2014


Hello Everyone

I have a new Special Collaboration case file to share today from CSI so get your forensic kits ready and get down to some serious sleuthing.

This is the case file.

Here is my layout.

I solved the case using...

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - bird accents, leaves, paint, mixed media background, mist.
Testimony - Journal about nature, handwrite your story, IW - first, outside, nature.

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

We spent such a wonderful day out at Hartebeespoort Dam when Voula came to visit. First we tried to go to the Elephant Sanctuary but you had to book first and on our way there we passed the monkey sanctuary so we turned around and went back. There is nothing better than spending time with my whole family outside, in nature and at the same time supporting such a worthwhile cause. This sanctuary is west of Hartbeesport Dam and it provides an environment where monkeys can be given their freedom in a natural environment. The sanctuary is situated in one of the many Kloofs (Gorges) of the Magaliesberg mountain range provides the perfect environment for Monkeys from around the world. I couldn't believe how big it was for starters, our guide told us they would be able to take in about 700-800 monkeys in all. There were beautiful walkways through the entire place so you could see the primates in their natural habitat...We all loved it and and we learned so much. We also managed to get some wonderful photos like these ones of Storm and this little guy who took a shine to her. It is wonderful that there are people like these that are trying to make a difference to these animals and at the same time educating the rest of us.

Here are some close ups.

I used plain white cardstock for my background and used some gesso with the cracked stencil to which I added a little misting I also added some paint circles. The papers  are from ??? (I can't remember now :P) that were perfect for the colours of this case file. The doilies were also the perfect colour.

The row of owls down at the bottom was fussy cut from the papers and I added flowers from Prima and Petaloo. The border is a punched border. The photos are of my daughter and her new friend :D

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I want you to know that I appreciate your visits and support.

Till next time.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Hello Everyone

I have been making up Christmas Cards :) These were adapted from an Advent Calendar that Kathi Chapman did for last year. :)

So between these and the three layouts I completed from the convention, looking after babies, planning an engagement party a 60th something and Christmas I am being kept fairly busy ;)

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

Till next time...


Monday, 27 October 2014


Hello Everyone,

I have finished all of my layouts from the Fora Charity Scrap Day organised my Michelle van Wyk a couple of Saturdays ago, who also taught two of the classes and you can see more of her work HERE and the other class was taught by Adri du Preez.

Here is the first layout. This is a LONG post so make yourself comfortable :D

I absolutely love these papers by Graphic 45 and the colours were perfect for my much loved pets... I changed this layout a lot and I never took a pic of the original page so you could see, I thought Mich may have loaded her layouts but not yet. It just seemed to flow better for me this way.

The journalling on this layout says:

These are my special babies. Pixi, who is 11 and the oldest of them all. Then Holly and Butch who are both 6 and are brother and sister and then Karma who is 3. All so different and each with their own personalities. Pixi thinks that she is the puppy police and when the others are play fighting she barks at them as if to say 'stop it' then runs to me to see if I am looking. Holly is the quietest of them all and she just wants to cuddle all the time. Butch is the only boy and he likes to think he rules the roost but really he is just a  big baby. Now Karma is a different kettle of fish altogether. She doesn't give a damn about anything and she marches to the beat of her own drum. She is loud and naughty and the cause of all the trouble in the house but she also happens to be the cutest of them all and she gets away with it.
Then there is my beautiful boy Hansa - he is the biggest of all my babies and he and Karma are best buddies and play together a lot. Sometimes the other dogs get involved and they can get a bit pack-ish but Hansa just sorts them all out. He loves to come cuddle in the middle of the night and becomes very vocal if he is feeling neglected. 
I wouldn't have it any other way :D

Here are some close ups.

The 'love' title was a die cut in the pack and I added glitter to the paw print... a dog has to have some glitter. I added some flowers from my stash too.

The envelope was cut using a template that was included and then I added more flowers and the cat and dog stamps.

We made the matchbooks too and I added the little brad and the floral fronts and stamps. I also added some stars which I diamond glazed.

The second layout by Michelle was this one.

Because it was a this layout I used the photos from Storm and Lloyds engagement. The top photo on the right is actually a tag booklet and I will let Storm do her own journalling inside there. 

I added a little chipboard heart in turquoise some bling to the doily and the quote at the bottom of the page.

I painted the flourish turquoise even though it looks more green in the photo :( and add some glitter to the day..

Some journalling cards were added behind the doily and photo.

This piece of chipboard is not really my scene but I left it on there and added another quote inside instead of a photo and I painted the scrolls and added some perfect pearls to the little flowers. 

The last layout is probably my favourite one and although I changed it a little I am not sure, apart from the photo sizes, that you would notice. I really love Adri's style...

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Christmas is always a lively affair in our house and Storm just loves all of it. The build up to Christmas, the decorations, the decorated table, the food, baking mince pies and leaving some out on Christmas Eve for Father Christmas. We have to play Christmas carols all day and take lots of photos. She checks the presents under the tree every day so that she can see how many she has. On Christmas morning we have to get up EARLY - we make tea and have some mince pies while we open the presents one by one, savouring each one and drawing it out for as long as possible. Then the presents get laid out and photographed. There are group shots, selfies, foodie shots and toasts and all manner of other photos taken throughout the day and I love that she is so into it. I can't wait for this year when the twins are here to enjoy it too I think it will be our best one yet.

For me this is just such a fun layout and these photos of Storm are perfect for it. 
We created an envelope look with some stamping for the left hand side.

The cluster at the top is using some of the papers and the journalling cards plus some stamped tickets and a die cut candy cane. I really love these circle flowers. They are are so easy and they look great. The holly leaves were die cut and the little berries just punched with a hole punch and then diamond glazed.

The title was painted - black for the 'Dear' and red for the 'Santa' and then we added glitter to the red bit. The little christmas hat was a die cut.

We made a little banner out of cardstock that had little shapes cut out.. too cute. I stamped the post card underneath.

I created a similar paper cluster for the bottom and I also added the frame from the title and a little flair button. Adri is making the most amazing flairs now and I am happy that at last we are able to get them in South Africa.

The saying was printed onto kraft and just cut into strips.

More of the circle flowers and a couple of chippie buttons. I added little beads to the centres of my flowers.

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