Saturday, 27 September 2014


Hello Everyone
Today I have the new case file from CSI and the final one for Mix it Up September,
so it's time to grab your forensic kits and get down to some serious sleuthing :) You have one week to play along as these are such fun challenges I can highly recommend it. There are so many inspiring layouts from the DT and all the guest designers and you can feast your eyes on them HERE. If you are not a regular player I hope that you will give it a try.

This is the new case file.

This month I decided I would also play along with my old fellow DT friends at OUAS. I miss them all :)

This is their sketch for this month.

 Journalling Theme: Open theme...with a twist
For this month's challenge, you can scrap about any theme BUT you need to include your own handwritten journalling on your page!

Here is my layout.

I don't have journalling on the front but I do have a quote. (My journalling is on the back of the layout)

Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - The colours are all there (I love these colours).
Evidence - Cogs/gears, music elements, penwork, leaves, lots of layers, glossy accents.
Testimony - Odd prompt #33 - Have you ever ridden a bike.

My journalling says:
There is something about gleaming metal on two wheels, jeans and leather that gets my heart racing. I love the roar of a big bike engine as it takes off down the road, the feel of the wind in your face, and the fact that there is nothing protecting you. That is the dark, reckless side of me, thank goodness that age and a sense of responsibility prevail. 
 Being a farm girl I have ridden bikes for most of my life. When we first got married Simon had a Honda 1100 and we spent many happy hours on that bike, and I have some very good memories.
 Now that I am older and hopefully a little wiser I think I am a little afraid of them, oh hell I am a lot afraid of them so imagine my surprise when a few years ago a friend of mine who turned 40 got a Harley Davidson from her hubby. Her birthday treat was a weekend away with the girls. We arrived at Fournos for breakfast and we thought we were going to the Spa in a bus... Outside the restaurant were 14 magnificent Harley's, inside were 14 leather clad bikers. :) One rider - one passenger. They took us on a tour of our city before depositing us at the venue and I don't think I stopped grinning the entire weekend.
The top photo is me donning my headscarf which we each received from the bikers - it said - wild and free. So true! The bottom photo is all the bikes stopped at a traffic light and I leaned out (like a good scrapper) to take a photo. I loved it and I had a wonderful time and it is certainly something that I will never forget is not something that I would like to do on a regular basis. That quote reinforces why.
Here are some close ups.

Lots of layers and a watercolour background using the two shades of green and some lighter green splats.
The angel wings, arrow and title were painted black and the heart was covered with the purple distress glitter.


Th cogs were painted black and some of them were diamond glazed and had distress glitter added the bling was added to some of them. I added some purple watercolour around the flower clusters. 

The quote was written onto strips and added.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Hello Everyone,

I thought I would show you some of the layouts that we created at our Annual Scrapbook Expo that is held year every year in September. It is also our TT girls weekend away and by far my favourite weekend of the year :)

Ok so I have to tell you straight off that NONE of my projects resemble the original pieces but I loved them all and the things we learnt anyway. I chose this one for pictures of Storm and her different looks since she left school because I think that she definitely lives a colourful life :) It is amazing to me how much my child has changed over the last ten years from a young girl into a beautiful young woman. I have a little journalling in the pocket that says.

The Many Faces of Storm 
I think you are just the most beautiful girl - inside and out. I love how you have changed your hair, appearance and your style over the years and I think you just get better and better with every passing year. Like a fine wine :P I love you baby girl. NEVER CHANGE! xx

Another double and I have left one of the tags empty for Storm to journal on... the back of one of the tags has a note from me that says:

I am so happy that you have finally found someone that loves you and treats you with the respect that you deserve. It is a treat to see you two together and I know that you will have a long and happy life together. Never take each other for granted. Say I love you each day. Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight :) Don't forget to show appreciation for all the wonderful things he does for you. Make time for fun and silliness it does you the world of good. Laugh together as often as you can. Give each other space to be alone for it is in your aloneness that you will find happiness. Find ways to continually surprise one another and be thoughtful. Do stuff together. Know that you will disagree and that is healthy. Build a wonderful life together. I love you both xx

I love the papers of this double and Storm has chosen this one to hang in their lounge, the colour are just perfect. I have not journalled on this one at all. She can put her journalling on the back.

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, 22 September 2014


Hello Everyone,

Today I have a layout for the new sketch challenge up at Scrap365. This layout was going to be for another challenge too which I missed - which called for black and white plus one other colour. Yellow is a colour I hardly ever use and I am not sure why because it is such a happy colour and so I decided on that for my third colour.

This is the sketch.

Here is my layout.

 I found the photo on the web and it was just perfect for the colour theme and also for my journalling.

My journalling all around the edge of the layout are quotes that say:

When one door closes ... another door is opened. All you have to do is have the courage to step through. Take chances - a lot of them because honestly no matter where you end up, and with whom it always ends up the way it should. Your mistakes make you who your are. You learn and you grow with each choice that you make. Everything is worth it. Say how you feel always. Be you and be OK with it.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

I don't believe that anything in life is random. I believe that everything that we do every single minute of every single day is made up of hundreds and thousands of choices and every one of these choices has a knock-on effect and these choices make us who we are. I believe that it is not always the choice we make but how we deal with those choices and the consequences of them that determine our course in life and EVERYTHING from what we  choose to drink or eat, to where we go, who we see and what we say impacts on us. We always have a choice and it is what we do with that choice that counts. Apart from the obvious ones I don't think that there are right or wrong choices either. It all depends on what you need to learn. AND I am ok with that.

Here are some close- ups.

I used Bazzill cardstock for the background because I didn't think I was going to do much mixed media and I really hate when the paper buckles. I started off with a brick stencil and some black gesso for the brick work.  I used some washi tape a punched border and some torn strips of paper for length and created the mat behind my photos with the same papers.

I added some rub-ons and used the same set to create my title Yellow Door. Then I decided to add some builders tape and some watercolour and then I added a few splatters. So much for not much mixed media huh?

Just to show you the layers. I love how this layout turned out. It just makes me happy. :)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. It really makes my day.

Till next time.


Saturday, 20 September 2014


Hello Everyone

Well a long time ago - in June I was asked to play along in a Blog Hop with a Difference by Heather Jacob and also by Helen Wallace and although I was a little intimidated I thought it would be such fun but then the people I asked to join fell through and I didn't do it, and I was really disappointed.
Last week I was asked again by Paula Calvanico and I was determined to try again and I got someone to play along with us you will find the link to her blog at the bottom of this post.


What am I working on right now?

Right now I am working on my Project Life, a new discovery for me and one that is going to become a passion for sure. I love how quick it is...

I am doing this album for Spencer and Paige because I have taken so many photos of them and I need to get the little stories down before I forget.

Here is just one of the pages inside - they are all done except for adding the photos and the stories. I have three more like this ready to be done and what I like about these little ones is that you can use one range throughout - nice continuity :D and you can decide on whether to introduce some mixed media or not.
I am also playing along in quite a few challenges at the moment and I am loving that. Nothing like a little competition to make you push yourself a little. Here is my layout for the SATW challenge.

How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

I think what makes my work different from others is that my scrapping is all about the stories. My mother died when I was very young and when I got older I realised that I knew so little about her. What her life was like. How she met my dad. Why she didn't want kids and so much more and there was no-one that could answer the questions for me. I never want my kids to wonder. I want them to know who I am, my likes and dislikes, my hopes and my fears. What made me who I am today and my outlook on life in general. I am all about the stories first.

Why do I create what I do?

I create what I do because it is a multi dimensional platform that allows me to express how I feel, at the same time allowing me artistic freedom to do what I choose without  fear of being told it is wrong. There is no right or wrong way to scrap or to tell a story and I think I have had a very interesting life and I have stories to tell and I have a creative side that needs to be nurtured and fed. I have tried almost all forms of art and craft that there is and scrapbooking is the one that combines my creative need with my need to tell stories. I know that my family loves what I do and what I have to say and it gives me great joy to know that I have made people laugh or cry or nod their heads in agreement or even to shake them in disagreement. It also allows me the opportunity to relive those special moments.

How does my creative process work?

I think as long as I live I will never run out of stories to tell. I am a pathological picture taker too which means that I will also never run out of photos to scrap. Sometimes I start with a photo and sometimes I start with a story and generally I just start and it evolves as I go along. When I have lost my mojo I trawl blogs or pinterest for inspiration or I get a sketch. A very few times I have abandoned a project completely. Sometimes I feel stuck and I set the project aside and do something else and often when I come back to it I can carry on.

How do I become and stay inspired?

I am inspired by the need to tell stories, the artistic side is a little more challenging and I get inspiration from many places. Other scrappers - I have a few go-to favourites, You-tube is a constant source of inspiration when it comes to techniques and I do love to play with them, my design teams also inspire me,  challenges oo - because most of them have a time limit so you can't over think things, nature, magazines and of course Pinterest. My biggest inspiration is my family.

What is my signature style?

I am not sure I have a style yet but if you ask other people they say they can spot one of my layouts anywhere so I guess there is something that is common to all of my layouts. I think I lean more toward Clean and Simple although of late I have been playing a lot with mixed media and I am really enjoying it.

This one is relatively clean and simple in it's design... I know there is splattering.

This one has lots of mixed media on it but the style is still clean I think.

Part of this blog hop is to nominate people to play along and  Cathy van de Bruinhorst agreed to play along to play along with me. Cathy and I have been on the Design Team at Let's Scrap for a long time now, and it was the first DT that I got onto so I have a very special bond there. I love Cathy's style... she is not afraid of colour and always has the cutest photos of her little grandie.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope this gave you a little look into my world.

Till next time.


Friday, 19 September 2014


Hello Everyone

It's Friday which means it's the WEEEEKEND BABY! :0 It also means that I have my little yummies today and they are getting so big and so much fun and I love my time with them we are building a very strong bond.

Seriously! How cute are they and I am NOT biased at ALL.... :D

Anyway I have a layout to share with you, for the first time in forever I have gotten to play along with Scrap Around the World I love their mood boards but I have to confess that I am a little intimidated by the talent there so I have been watching from the side lines. Now I have more time on my hands I am playing more and pushing myself and what fun I have been having.

This is their mood board for this month and it is hosted by Amy Voorthuis and you can see more of her work on her blog, she is seriously talented.

After the fiasco last week with my Sketchabilities layout missing the deadline I decided to just use their new sketch :D

I really love their sketches.

Here is my layout.

I took my inspiration from the Fairytale theme and I especially loved the colours of the first two images so I ran with those.

The quote on the front of the layouts says:
Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

My journalling on the back says:

I believe in fairy tales and I believe in happy endings. I am an optimist by nature and I believe that if you look for the good in things you will find them. I don't believe in living in the past or the future I believe in living right here and right now and not wasting one precious minute that I have on this earth. These are the moments that take my breath away and I will treasure them all the days of my life. This is my fairy tale come true and I thank God that I have been so blessed in this life. These two have changed my life in ways I could not ever have beginned to have imagine.

Here are some close ups.

I used watercolour paper and a beautiful dandelion stencil that I found. While the texture paste was still wet I added some white glitter. I love the ethereal feel it gives the layout.

I added my paper layers and photos then did some watercolour in the green and the blue, and or course some splats.

The quote was stamped and then I outlined some of the words.

Here you can see the stencil a bit better. Lastly I added the flowers, clocks and the title Believe.

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

Till next time have a great weekend


Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Hello Everyone

I am so far behind with my blogging but hopefully this week I will get caught up. I have been trying to finish all of the layouts and mini PL album from the Convention two weekends ago and have been doing nothing else. I am done now and I will post those up later. Plus... I have another fun post to do tomorrow morning.  I also managed to get a challenge in... a layout for THREE (should have been FOUR) challenges... a first for me.

So I started off doing this layout for the September Colour Challenge over at  Lindy's Stamp Gang, I love their challenges and I am slowly building up my LSG stash :) Lovely VINTAGE feel don't you think ;)

Then I came across this challenge site called OLW - One little word and their word for this month is FEAR and I have this quote which I just love.

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Marie Curie


I had this photo which I have been wanting to use.

Then I visited the Scrap Africa blog and guess what their challenge theme is...

I also used this sketch from Sketchabilities only to realise I missed the deadline... hahahahaha that will teach me to check on cut off dates.

So it came to be :D
Here is my layout.

The quote on the front of the layout says :
Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect, it means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.

My journalling on the back of the layout says :

We are all taught from a very young age to be fearful. Don't do that you might hurt yourself. Don't go there it is too dangerous. Don't try that what if you fail? Don't do that you will make a fool of yourself and so the list goes on and on and on and we grow up fearful of things that we don't really understand. The day that I learned to let go of that fear was the day that I really started to live. There is a difference between being cautious and fearful and learning to let go of your fears does not mean you become reckless it just means that you stop being afraid of things that in all honesty may never happen or you can't change. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith to see how high you can fly. I used to be afraid of so many things - and change was right up there with the best of them. Now I embrace change because it gives me a chance to grow and learn and feel even if I don't like the feeling at all. I have learned to not diminish how I feel but to embrace it and then let it go. It taught me to live in the present and not worry about what is to come and to not hold onto things that have happened before, because right now is all we have. I no longer FEAR!

Here are some close ups.

I used watercolour paper for my background and gesso through a lovely odd square stencil. I didn't have the LSG colours from this months palette so I used Starburst - Tiffany's Blue and Furry Navel peach and Whale Watch blue on the cogs. The papers are from My Minds Eye and I chose the colours from the palette.

I painted the cogs with gesso then coloured with the LSG mists, then covered with a coat of crackle medium and once dry daubed them with a TH Distress Stain in Walnut so it would seep into the little cracks. I then covered them with diamond glaze.

I did lots of stamping in TH Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and also with an Archival Sepia - the quote the arrow, heart and title.

I added some splashes of Distress stain too. The chippie frames were coloured with the mists then embossed with clear embossing powder. Some of the random blocks were embossed with the LSG embossing powder  Desert Moon Copper just for added texture.

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, 13 September 2014


Hello Everyone,

I have the new case file from CSI and because it is the second week of the month there is also a sketch from the very talented Em Stafrace, you can find more of her sketches here at Page Drafts.

This is the case file, so grab your forensic kits and get down to some serious sleuthing :) You have one week to play along and these are such fun challenges. There is stunning inspiration from the DT and all the guest designers so go check it out.

Here is Em's Sketch.

This is what I came up with.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Stripes (making up the big triangle), flowers, string, Pastels (in the stamped squares), butterfly, Two of something (cat photo), cats, triangle.
Testimony - journal about pets.

The quote on the front of the layouts says:
There has never been a cat who couldn't calm me down by walking slowly past my chair.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

After Smack (my last cat) passed away at the ripe old age of 19 I was heartbroken and I just could not bring myself to get another cat. I am equally a cat and dog lover and we already had four dogs - unruly dogs who took over as the centre of my universe. However, a friend of mine got three little kittens from someone and was trying to find homes for them a black one that she kept, a blue grey one that my son wanted and the last one was Hansa a Maine Coone, who I also thought was the prettiest, and he was just so sweet that I took him. He was very distant to begin with and I think it was because when he came for attention he was assaulted by four boisterous dogs, now he is bigger than all four of my dogs and is very playful with them and knows just how to sort them out if they overstep the mark.
However, he soon discovered that at night the dogs were put away to sleep and he had the run of the house and so he came to sleep with me... not Simon... just me.
He is one of the most affectionate cats that we have had and he is very demanding in his need for attention, which of course is only on his terms. Often in the middle of the night he starts playing with my face as if to say time to wake up and give me some love. Which of course I do - then we can settle down to sleep again.
He is the most beautiful boy too and he knows it and I am so happy that he came into my life.

Here are some close ups.

I used white cardstock and created the triangle with cardstock, paper, lace tape and a stencil and gesso.
The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and I used the string in the flower clusters.

I used my Prima stamps to create the squares and coloured them with pan pastels and water. The cat and the words were painted black and then covered with glitter. Every cat should have sparkle I think.

The photos are of my beautiful boy.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look, and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it :)

Till next time.