Thursday, 27 February 2014


Hello everyone

It has been so long since my last post and I have been so busy with my new Grandies and all my DT layouts for March that I haven't had much time for anything else. I will be posting more layouts shortly.

Well I made it through to round three of the SUPREME SCRAP TOURNAMENT 21014 - big surprise - the competition is really stiff and some of my scrapping icons are involved too.

Here is the list of requirements for Challenge 3

Make a scrap booking layout with lots and lots of doodling on it.

Format 30,4 x 30,4 cm (12x12 inch)



Minimum 4 photos 
No photo’s with people (foreground or background) or parts of people on them. 

You will have to add doodling ON 2 of the photos. (exactly 2 no more no less)
Add a hand written/doodled title directly on the layout 
Add a handwritten journal of minimum 20 words directly on the layout. 
All doodling must be hand doodled!

Not to be used: 
Flowers in any form. So no flowers on your LO. Including your papers and photos and doodling. You can't even doodle flowers on your layout. You can doodle anything else. 
Alphabet stickers, alpha thickers, die cut, punched alpha, hand cut alpha, stamped alpha, punched alpha, alphabet using a stencil or any other alphabet embellishment.

Cutting machines and punches are allowed except for alphabets and flowers.

Now I am no doodler and I absolutely love flowers so this was a tough ask for me but I did it and here is what I came up with :D

I used just one piece of white cardstock, and a couple of book pages from a dictionary.

The title says: 
LIFE is better at the BEACH.

The dictionary paper says:
Loved the Weather :D

The journalling around the circle says:
There is no place I would rather be than at the sea. The gentle sound of lapping waves soothes my soul, love the smell of the salty air and warm breezes on my face and sand between my toes. Thailand.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
Thailand is one of our favourite places to go when we need to unwind and regroup and the best place to do that is Phuket. We love the people, the food, the vibe of the place and the beautiful white beaches and warm blue waters. The beach massages and the fresh cut fruit and ice cold drinks keep us going back year after year. Heaven on earth.

Here are some close ups.

I covered most of the cardstock with a layer of gesso and left it overnight to dry properly. Once it was dry I kind of decided where I wanted my photos to go and lightly penciled the outline. I used my gelatos on the page for colour and smudged them in with my fingers and then moved the colour around the page with a very wet paint brush. Once I was happy with the colour I spritzed it with water and perfect pearls for a little sheen and again left it to dry naturally. Once it was dry I used a plate to make a circle around the photo mat and drew in the lines using mists in the colours of my layout. I doodled in a sun and some flying birds as well as the arrows to my photos.

Two of the photos had to have doodling on them and so I chose to use the little circles for water and used them on the two portrait photos. I also wrote the title by hand. Around the circle I put little hearts and round brads and doodled around them too.

In the bottom I doodled a little bird sitting on a post with a heart in its mouth. The little bird of happiness I reckon. I also doodled around the edge of the layout.

Here is a close up of the photos and the book pages. I added some tumbleweed to the layout too just for fun and also some builders tape.

Wish me luck for this next round.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. :)


Monday, 17 February 2014


Hello Again.

I have another post today it is my layout for Round Two of the Supreme Scrap Tournament.
Here are the rules for Round Two.
Make a monochromatic colour layout

1. Pages : 2 pages Layout (double page!)

2. Theme: You can choose your own theme

3. Colour LO: The monochromatic color scheme you use is up to you

4. How many Photos: Minimum of 1 photo

5. Photos: - One photo must be partly on the left and partly on the right page - One photo needs to be black     and white.

6. Not to be used: - You are restricted from using black anywhere on the layout including, ink, paint, pen           lines, journaling or any other elements.
- There is not to be black on the page with the exception of your black and white photo(s).
- You can not use brown to antique elements unless brown is the colour you choose for your monochromatic    colour scheme.

7. Materials you may use: embellishments, ink, media stuff, everything that you want in the monochromatic         colour.

I based my layout on this sketch from Becky Fleck at Pagemaps.

Here is my layout which I kept fairly true to the sketch which is not like me but I really liked it.

The journalling on the front of the layout says:

Our dreams disturb us because they refuse to pander to our fondest notions of ourselves. The closer one looks, the more they seem to insist upon a challenging proposition: You must live truthfully. Right now, and always. Few forces in life present with an equal sense of inevitability, the bare knuckle facts of who we are, and the demands of who we might become. 
Marc Ian Barach
My journalling on the back of the layout says:
I fell in love with this house the first time I saw it and I would love to live there. I mean who would not want to live in a converted 1800 something stone church. The inside is a beautiful as the outside. I love the huge oak tree at the entrance, the wide open spaces and the view. I can imagine spending time in that cemetery wandering among the tombstones wondering about the people buried there and the stories they have to tell. I can imagine sitting on that bench under the tree in the cemetery overlooking that amazing vista with a good book and a picnic tea. I can imagine ringing the church bell just for the fun of it but most of all I can imagine lying in the bath looking out over that beautiful sight. I can but Dream Big. :)
Here are some close- ups.

I used my brick stencil with some inking and gesso to re-create the stone work of the outside of the church. I also did some sewing on this layout... quite a lot of sewing actually which is not like me. :D The hearts were all dry embossed for texture and my black and white photo is just behind the colour one of the cross in the garden.

I also did some stamping on the layout and added flowers and bling.

I did more stitching on this layout and also stamped a quote which says:
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live full the life you have imagined.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. :)



Hello Everyone - IT'S MONDAY!

I don't know what happened to the weekend it has been a busy time for me with my little Paige and I am enjoying it so much... so much so that I forgot to post my challenges so here they are.

This one is for the new CSI case file. 
Here it is.

This week it comes with this wonderful sketch from Em Stafrace.

Her sketches are seriously fun to work with.
Here is what I did with it all.

Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme... the colours are all there.
Evidence...Pet accents, crown, flowers, pearls, lace, solid background.
Testimony...Journal about a pet and tell the story through your pets point of view.

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

The World according to Karma...
Why don't you sit down and I will tell you how this really works?
As my pet human you may think that you are in control and you run the roost, but seriously take a good look at me and I will lay out for you how this really works.
What you give out you get back, I have a whole lot of love to give, anytime - anywhere - anyhow, and I get lots in return. Everyone thinks I am just adorable and they ALL want to take me home... so exactly who is doing who the favour here.
When you are cute you are cute and you must use that to your advantage to get away with as much as possible all the time. I am seriously cute and it works - trust me.
What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine too. If you leave it in my way and I want it I will take it, shoes, clothes, food and even your place in the bed. No holds barred!
Barking is GOOD! Especially when welcoming your humans home. It shows you how much I have missed them and how much I love you. It is also very welcoming for other humans visiting. I will only stop once you have given me the attention I require.
There is only ONE way to drink tea and that is out of a china cup or mug. There really is no other way. The same can be said for water... the only way to drink it is out of a glass, preferably your cup or glass... after all sharing is caring :D
Hiding when it is bedtime shows you that I DO NOT want to sleep with the other dogs – after all haven’t you heard that if you lie with dogs you get up with fleas.... Eventually you will get this and I will sleep on the bed with you.
When the front door is opened that is the signal for fastest dog out...BOLT! this is the best game ever, I think you love it... you chase me down the street arms flailing, wailing like a banshee. The best part is when I stand still until you are about to grab me then bolt again... I can entertain you for hours doing this.
Watching TV is the time to wait until you are comfortable then I will lie on top of you, close to your face so I can lick you occasionally and snore in your ear...if I lie like a baby you won’t kick me off.
Chasing the birds is my way of showing you how clever I am and that I know when they are on the wall of the garden, I bark so that you will come outside and see how clever I am.
The world according to Karma is a very special world and one that I am so glad I live it. I am glad that you are my pet human and that finally perhaps you will get it.

Here are some close-ups

I used white as my background and distress the edges, did some stamping and then some stencilling, lastly I added a yellow wash. The doily was sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang mist in Clam Bake Beige, I added some torn strips of washi to the outside of the layout and mounted it onto black card stock.

I traced a circle and punched holes in it to do the sewing and the title was created using different font stickers. I added a brad to the stitched circle and then some flowers.

I added pearls to the centers of the flowers and a couple of the photos have run-ons on them.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I love your visits, they make my day.


Saturday, 8 February 2014


Hello Everyone,

It's the weekend baby! A very special weekend too as the first one of my new grand babies has been allowed to come home :) Paige had a fairly unsettled night which is to be expected and Mom and Dad didn't get much sleep. Now we just need to Spencer to take all of his feeds himself then he can come home too :)

It is also reveal day for the new case file over at CSI, I hope that you will take a look and play along with us.

Here is the case file.

Here is my layout for this challenge. Another layout using Georgia Heald's techniques.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Book pages, silver accents, stack something (layers), textured paper, dry embossing.
Evidence - Journal about your reading - Prompt... second first time.
We all know the beauty of reading a really wonderful book for the first time—when everything about the story and the writing and the timing click to make a reader’s perfect storm … but it’s fleeting, because you can never read that book for the first time again.
So … if you could magically reset things so that you had the chance to read a favorite book/series again for the first time … which would you choose? And why?
And then, since tastes change … Do you think it would have the same affect on you, reading it now, as it did when you read it the first time? Would you love it just as much? Would you risk it?

My journalling (on the back) says:
When I read this question one book came to mind immediately - Mercy by David Lindsey. One of my all time favourite books and also this quote sums up perfectly for me why I read...

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy. ~Edward P. Morgan

That book for me is Mercy, and a friend recommended it to me many years ago and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down and I immediately transported to that time and place and to those characters in this book.
I love nothing better than a psychological thriller and this book for me is right up there with the best of the best. The twist at the end is just the cherry on the top. I found this quote that perfectly sums up why I love to read and what I get out of it, and this particular book among the thousands of books that I have ever read and loved still stands out in my mind as one of the best.
 I while I don't think that you can ever get back that first time I did enjoy it the second time just as much just in a more comfortable way because I knew the story. And while my taste in books hasn't changed that much I do think it has expanded to encompass a much wider range of literature this is still, for me, a great book. A wonderful story, great details and an unexpected twist. I think that this book will always be my all time favourite fiction novel, so yes I would love to have that first time again and I have no doubt in my mind that the effect would be the same and I have no doubt that I will read it again some day.

Here are some close-ups.

I started off by layering strips of the different green papers and book pages onto the white cardstock. Once this was done I gave it a coat of gesso and dried it off. I then used some Mystic Green Olive mist from Dazzles, then I have these really cool crayons that look like wax crayons but they are watercolours - I have no idea what they are called or who made them as all the labels have come off - anyway I used the blue and yellow from those for the accent colours.

I stamped the stitches randomly all over the layout and the same with the bubbles stamp.
I used a book page and also the green papers under the photo mat, added some builders tape, tickets and flowers to finish it off.

I also used my Tim Holtz eye test stencil around the layout.
This was such a fun layout to do. I think I am getting the hang of this whole mixed media thing and I am beginning to enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I love your visits.


Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Hello Everyone,

I am back with a challenge or two today...

I used the sketch from Creative Scrappers ... If you ever need inspiration you should take a look at their sketches they really are lovely to work with.

I chose to work with their latest sketch release.

 I am also linking my layout up with Challenge Yourself a fairly new blog that has started and they are challenging you to put yourself in front of the camera and scrap your story too. I love this idea and I was too late for the first one but I just made it by the skin of my teeth for the second one which is based on Ali Edwards - One little Word. If you don't know about this you can read all about it HERE.

So the challenge is
Challenge #2: One Little Word

Chose a word that you will focus on and reflect upon all through the year and create a layout that celebrates your chosen word.  

The word that kept coming up was TRUST... I have huge trust issues and I reckon it is time to resolve them so that is the word I have chosen to reflect on for 2014.

Here is my layout.

I used papers by Authentique - Lovely Collection which is so me.

The journalling around the layout says...

I will trust that I am where I am supposed to be, I will trust that I am doing what I am meant to be doing. I will trust my gut and stop second guessing everything that  I do. I will trust the fact there is a higher power and  that there is a plan for me. I will learn to trust others, and I will learn to be trustworthy. I will trust that trust is enough. Trust me.

My journalling on the back of the layout says.

I learned very early in life that often the people that we are meant to trust are the ones that hurt you the most and when you learn that at such an early age you learn that you can trust no-one and that makes the whole world an unsafe place. Little did I know that that would taint the way that I perceived life and all the people in it.
Now I am learning that trust is in fact something that I can chose to do and it is ok to do it even if I still get let down now and again. I have also learned that we are all just human and we will hurt one another, let one another down and disappoint one another. The alternative is to live with suspicion and to close yourself off to people and opportunities and thereby denying yourself an opportunity to learn and grow.
I have learned to forgive and move on and not allow myself to be defined by what happened to me. I will try and give life the benefit of the doubt and I will trust that whatever happens to me is to teach me some higher lesson, to be present in the moment and less attached to outcomes that often I have no control over.

Here are some close-ups.

I created an additional little banner and stamped a saying that would remind me to trust.

I used photos of me from by birthday this year and used a doily behind the photos to bring out the yellow in the papers.

I used a long title this time and the trust was painted red to match the papers.

 Thanks for stopping by to take a look :D


Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Hello it's me again - with another blog post :)

This time I have the new challenge from Black with 2, the rules are simple - use black cardstock and  two colours from the mood board - this month the colours are Hot Pink and Aqua, usethe sketch and use the word dream in your journalling. We would love for you to play along. The DT has come up with amazing inspiration for you and you have the whole month to do it.

Here is the mood board and the sketch.

Here is my take on the challenge.

I love these colours together and I saw on another sketch the use of the triangles which I loved so I rotated the sketch so that I could use them

My quote on the front of the layout says:
Mom, the sweetest word you will ever hear!

On the back of the layout my journalling says.

Lin handled her pregnancy so well and even though she had problems she never complained or let it stop her doing things. We were all so worried when she was admitted into hospital early and overjoyed to hear that the twins had been delivered safely. The day after her c-section she was up and taking care of her babies like an old pro. She is such a good mom and I know it is breaking her heart to have to leave her babies behind now that she is  back home. Her head tells her that it is for the best and that they are being taken care of well, but her heart is screaming that they should be with her, and she is doing what she can to make the best of it. She loves nothing more than to go to the hospital each day to feed and cuddle them and she is quite happy to just sit with them no matter how tired it makes her. She is willing her babies to get stronger so that she can take them home with her and make her family complete.
She had a dream and now it has come true.

Here are some close ups.

I cut and placed the center part of the layout and then placed the triangles on the page.

Once the page was assembled I used my triangle stencil and some gesso to add some additional triangles.
I tied a bow to the photo and added some hat pins that had little flags attached to them.

I also sprayed the background with some pink spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and I added some bling to the layout too. Lastly I added the flowers and the quote on the front of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I appreciate your visits and the comments that you leave.


Monday, 3 February 2014


Hello again... got another post :)
This time it is for the new Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge #26, there is so much inspiration on the blog from the rest of the DT... we would love you to come and play along with us.
Here is the sketch to use.

Here is my take on the sketch.

The quote on the layout says:
Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
I love how you have embraced your new role as a husband and a dad. You have taken to fatherhood like you were born to it. You are so easy and natural with the kids and you don't show any hesitation at all when handling them, and they are so tiny. The look of happiness on your face as you hold Spencer is like nothing I have seen before from you and I think it suits you. I know you are going to be an awesome hands on dad and you will love and guide your children as they grow up. I love that you and Lin are such wonderful parents, working together to be the best that you can be.  I am looking forward to the next phase of our journey with you and I am so proud of you and I love you more than you will ever know.

Here are some close ups.

I added some gessoed brickwork that I coloured with water colour pencils.. The quote was added to journalling strips. The butterflies were punched with my Martha Stewart punch.

I added the flowers and also the little light bulb and the leaves were cut using a die cut.

Closeup of the flowers with the hat pins.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.



Hello Everyone it is MONDAY!
A very wet and cold Monday here in Johannesburg too.
So I signed up to be part of the SA team for the Supreme Scrap Tournament that is being held worldwide. You can read all about it HERE.
Here is the Challenge Criteria for round 1.

Scrapbooking: 1000 steps from home

Make a double layout or double mixed media project that shows where you live. 
But it all has to be within 1000 steps from your home!!!!
For example you could make photos of your favorite tree, bus stop, house as long it is within 1000 steps of your home!

- You can not use any spray inks!
- You will have to use at least 3 photos on your project (scrapbooking and mixed media!!)
- You will have to add a visible journaling of at least 50 words
And... here is my layout.

I used papers by Echo Park and plain cardstock. The layout shows the drive into our estate to our house and though it into the garden. All under 1000 steps from the house.

My journalling on the front of the layout says:
HOME is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other. It is the place of confidence. It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts. It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule.
Frederick W Robertson

My journalling on the back of the layout says.
This is not a house it is a home. Where all are welcome, feet can be put up on coffee tables or furniture. It is a place where we love, and laugh and sometimes fight. It is the hub of my family and the place where everyone gravitates to for comfort. It is a place where everyone chips in with the cooking and then goes home and leaves the mess behind. It is the place where we have loud raucous parties cheering on our favourite teams during rugby season. It is the place that birthday celebrations are held. It is everything that the quote on the front says it is ...
There is NO place like home.
Here are some close-ups

I used my Tim Holtz Sun Rays stencil with Wild Honey Distress Inks. The birds is also a stencil that I used together with black paint. The fence was coloured with Wild Honey Distress Stain and then I used a coloured and textured paste here and there to distress it. The compass coin shows the direction of the house too.  I stamped the word delight and added the flowers.

The birdbath is a replica of the one I have in my garden and was given the same treatment as the fence. The quote there was cut from the paper. More stamping at the top of the layout and some ink splashes.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.


Sunday, 2 February 2014


Hello Again :)
I love this time of the month :D 
Another challenge revealed is the new sketch for February over at OUAS, also some wonderful inspiration from the DT.
Here is the sketch. The journalling theme for this month is 'Totally addicted to....' (that was an easy one for me).

So I started off by using a mirror image of this sketch because I just find it easier to work from left to right. Weird I know...but also because my photos (which I got off the net) were looking the other way.

Here is my DT layout for this reveal.

This is another layout inspired by one of the teachers on the Pop and Colours Site and this time the teacher was Georgia Heald who is one of my scrapping icons. This was my first mixed media piece and I am thrilled with the way it turned out.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

I am totally addicted to coke zero. I  ONLY drink it out of a buddy bottle and I have tried, sometimes successfully, to limit myself to one bottle a day and I ALWAYS have a bottle with me and it is the ONLY thing that I drink as a soft drink. I guess it started around 10 years ago or so and I am not really sure why or how and now it really doesn't matter. I have tried many times to give it up because I know how bad it is for me, I have read the effects of aspartame on me but I figure what the hell I am going to die anyway so I may as well die happy because when I have tried to give it up I am a really grumpy b*&^h. I also justify by saying there are a hell of a lot worse addictions that I could have... well that is my story and I am sticking to it. Please may I have a coke zero?

Here are some close-ups.

I started by layering strips of paper, onto my background page, going up and down and also across, I then covered it all with a coat of gesso. I used stamping, mists, stencils and washi tape, building up layer upon layer until I was happy with it.


I added some lace, bling and silver foil for interest and the cotton under the tags.

I also added a doily and the photos were matted onto black and silver. Finally I added the flowers and the brads. 

I had so much fun with this layout.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.