Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Hello Everyone!

It has been a while since my last post :/ but here I am.

FabScraps is one of the sponsors for this month over at CSI and we were asked to make a layout for the challenges. Now as most of you may know I used to be on the DT at CSI and it is absolutely one of the best teams to be on, and it is great to be back as a guest DT. They are a great group of girls and Debbi Tehrani is a wonderful administrator who comes up with amazing themes for her challenges. If you have not played along before I highly recommend that you do. Go and check it out now!

Here is the case file.

Here is my layout.

Scheme - I used all the colours in the Scheme.
Evidence - Stripes and polka dots, banners, scallops, string, triangles, skull and cross-bones and buttons.
Testimony - Document an adventure... my journalling says...

Spence, You just loved your pirate outfit and you wore it all the time. You do make a very cute pirate but you are not fierce enough to be one.
To be a good pirate you need to...
Have a pirate ship to sail the seas, pilaging and looting.
Speak the lingo - Aaarrgghh me Harties!
Drink rum - YOU are way to young for that.
Be able to fight with a sword and you are too soft for that.
You still look so cute though!

My journalling on the back says:

I love how you are able to play on your own for hours. Making up games and getting lost in your own little world. Taking your pirate treasure from here to there and building up your wealth of things collected from your adventures. I hope that you never lose this ability Spence it will be your greatest gift to yourself. Play your games and enjoy your own company while you can, it doesn't last nearly long enough. 

Here are some close-ups.

The papers I used were from my stash I pulled everything that was the right colour and created lots of layers. The little skull and swords was cut on my silhouette machine and layered onto a tag. (I have just seen I forgot to complete the date. I must have been interrupted :D I will have to go and do it.)

Some of the bits didn't have the right colour so I covered them up like ticket that says 'The Story'. I cut the tags and the banner from left over paper and added the buttons on top.

The title was cut on my silhouetted and an assortment of other alphas from my stash.

I have made a couple of other layouts too so I will just show you them as well.

This one is Hello Bunnies!

For this layout I used my new Shimelle Laine - Little by Little collection. Most of you know I am very partial to Shimelle anything :D These papers are just so pretty. I would NEVER have used a paper like this as a background before but I love how it looks. 

My journalling on this layout says.

We discovered little bunnies on the verge outside of our estate and one Sunday we decided to take our 3.5 year old grandies to go and feed them. All armed with little bags of lettuce. They were so hesitate at first but once the got the hang of it they had a ball. Now every time them visit we have to take them to feed the bunnies. Sweet moments!

I layered up the critter paper onto an American crafts circle patter that was the right colour. I felt that it was too much pattern on pattern so I broke it up by layering a thin black border onto the critter paper. The yellow is from my stash and the pink is the B-side of another Little by Little paper. I used a couple of the journalling cards to journal on and fussy cut the cameras and the big bunny. The little flowers were from a sticker sheet and I added a little black washi tape film strip to bring back the black.

Here are a couple of close ups.

I popped some of the elements up for a little visual interest.

Because I wanted to make the HELLO part of the title I added some glossy accents to it.

You can see the black washi tape. I love this one and I can't find more anywhere :( I am very sad about that.

Here is another layout using the same collection.

My journalling says...

The 'Royal' family :) How cute did you all look. What a fabulous idea for fathers day too. You always make such an effort with Lloyd and Scarli to make life interesting and fun. You had a big dream and you are working hard to make it reality <3

Lots of layers and some faux stitching and some circle flowers for a little dimension.

Here are some close ups

You can see the faux stitching and some washi tape too.

The heart came from a chipboard sheet and already had stitching on it... win win.

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

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Hello Everyone!
I have had some time to play this week and as I just love Laura's sketches over at Stuck?! Sketches  I played along.
Here is her new sketch... isn't it gorgeous?

Here is my layout.

I pretty much kept to the sketch.

I did add a tag to journal on and my journalling says....

You two look so angelic here :) On the whole you get on very well but you do have your moments. I am so glad to have been such a big part of your life so far. Seeing your personalities form and develop has been so special. <3

Here are some closeups.

I used papers from Echo Park for this layout I love these colours together they are so playful. The yellow heart paper was from my stash and I can't remember whose it was :D

The flower cluster was cut from the green and white stripe paper. The little ' <3 this' is a die cut from my stash that was cut from white cardstock then I used Nuvo drops to fill in the heart. Had a HUGE accident on my desk while using it too. The lid popped of and there was red Nuvo stuff everywhere - how it missed my layout I don't know but I am glad it did.

I created a little cluster on this side of the photo for a little weight.

I also doodled around all the paper pieces to add a touch of whimsy.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. They really make my day and I appreciate them.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Monday, 10 July 2017


Hello Everyone!
I am excited to be a part of the Chasing Rainbows Blog Hop which will be running from 10 - 20 July. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs. I will be drawing a random prize at the end of the blog hop so make sure you follow all the blogs and leave a message for each one. Come back here and tell me which was your favourite and you may be the lucky winner.

Here is the card I created for this blog hop.

These are the supplies I chose to go with - my all time favourites for creating striking cards.

I wanted to use this stamp... don't know whose it is or where I got it - I am pretty useless like that.

I inked up areas of the stamp using only three colours. Fired Brick, Faded Jeans and Shabby Shutters. I love these three colours together.
I used my misti tool to get a good impression on the water colour paper.

Once I was happy with my image I used Tea Dye and a sponge blending tool to add some colour around the edges.

I added a pen nib to the butterflies body that I swiped with a blue shimmery metal paint. I also die cut the word thanks in a blue suede paper which I just love, and it cuts so beautifully.

I tied some blue gauze ribbon onto the card and added a rose that I dyed with a blue spray mist... one I made using Tim Holtz re-inkers. I added a few bling in the blue and the card was then mounted onto a piece of beige suede paper.

The whole card was then mounted onto dark blue cardstock.

The girl with a tape runner - <---(Start here)

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

Till next time - Happy Stamping!


Thursday, 6 July 2017


Hello Everyone
I have been a bit bad with posting of late, but things have been seriously hectic around here. We have had major work done on our pool and garden area.

 We had to re-marbelite the pool so the tiles had to be removed... then we decided to pave a big area around the pool.

We had water tanks installed so that when we have water outages we still have water. Not very pretty but VERY practical. So I decided the pave the whole area outside my studio too... watch this space :D

I have had two cataract surgeries :O and a grandies 1st birthday - so never a dull moment. I can't show you the layout for Scarli's birthday yet.

I was also asked by Carien Basson and Scrapbook Studio to design a kit for her Kit Club. Can't show you that one yet either :D

I do have a few projects to share with you though.

This first layout is a double layout using the FabScraps C94 - My Fairlady Collection. This was the first collection that I got to work with and I decided to create a double layout for my travel album as the colours were perfect for my photos of Stonehenge.

My journalling on the front of the layout says...

Stonehenge had been on my bucket list for a long time and I was so excited to there with Willy and Emmy. Truly magnificent. Now my goal is to get there one more time to experience the winter solstice.
Now the stones are all roped off so you can't get close to them. They have been around since about 200 BC.
There are many theories surrounding Stonehenge and spirituality. Maybe why so many go to the solstice!

I kept the page very simple just using the papers and a doily and also some lace tape. I made he flowers using circles and punched the butterflies with my favourite butterfly punch.

I painted the title with a distress paint to match the paper and then I embossed it with some gold paint. I also used a FabScraps stencil at the top left and right with some gold perfect pearls. Worked a treat. A little bit of stamping finished this layout off.

I also made a card using the cardmakers kit from this collection.

Not my normal style at all but I think it turned out ok :D

So, I have been a fan of Shimelle Laine for a very long time. I recently re-watched her videos and tutorials and I have been using some of her principals and sketch to scrapbook pages ... I really love her style and I think it is a good fit for me. Here is one of the layouts I created from her 15:06:11 Sketch to Scrapbook challenge.

I love this photo from our little beach at Uvongo and I really love these colours.

I have been journalling as much as I can on the front of the layouts so that it is easily readable.  It says...
We have had our house at Uvongo for a little more than 10 years. I love to comer here, just to chill and unwind. Feel the sun on my face and the sand in my toes. Just bliss!

This next layouts is another Shimelle layout but I loved to colour on her layout. Black, yellow and white. I wanted to use these photo of Scarlett at her first birthday party. I think that this colour combo is just so happy and cheerful and perfect for her photos.

My journalling for this layout says...
Mom and dad had a cake smash for your first birthday. I don't think I have ever seen anyone enjoy it as much as you did. At first you looking around to see if this was really for you. You tried a little first to taste and then you went all in. When you lay on top of it to eat I was finished. :D


I added some paint around the bingo card and big splats too and some fine splatters. The butterflies were painted with distress stain to get the colour I wanted. I also painted the big butterfly it was originally white and black. 

I have completed a few more of my travel album pages. I am getting there now.

The first one is a trip to Thailand and we took a day trip to the island Krabi. This is also a Sketch to Scrapbook page from Shimelle from 29:06:11.

Journalling says...
We took a trip with the Waspe's to Krabi Island for the day. Perfect. warm weather and the boys were so excited to gon on the big boats. It was such a pity that Sim got ill and missed it. He would have loved it! Lunch and swimming on the island and a stop on the way home at Pranang Cave beach where it is said that seamen make offerings to the Princess.

Next a page for my trip to Northern Ireland. Sketch to Scrapbook page 22:06:11.

My journalling says...
Ali and I did a girls trip to Belfast for five days. All of a four hour drive from Kilkenny. We stayed in a hotel in Belfast and toured all around Northern Ireland. We even tried to go to my family home but were not able to as the lady who lives there now was in hospital. I loved this place and I can't wait to go back.

Next is a layout for Belguim - Spa 2015.

My journaing says....

After we left Ireland we flew to Belgium and our first stop was Spa. Simon had made a mistake with the Formula 1 dates and we missed the Grand Prix. We did go to the track and watched a bit of a 24 hour endurance race which was cool. I loved it. All they had to drink there was beer and so not only did I develop a love of racing but also of beer. Hooked on both now good/bad thing?

This next layout is just one for our annual album and it was created from a kit I got a while back. Nothing was working for me but I really liked some of the paper so I just changed it. Not what I wanted but it is ok.

Journalling on this one says...

When we bought our place at the sea the idea was to go down every six weeks or so for a week. (Simon would work from there). Well that didn't happen. This year we went down for my birthday and decided to put it on the market. I am not sure if we have done the right thing or not but here we are in July and we have not been back down. We love it when we are there and our little beach is so nice. I wish we could get it right.

Then my last layout for now is another for my travel album.
Spa was so boring so we decided to take a day trip across the border to the Netherlands to a place called Maastricht.

This layout was created for a Challenge that Shimelle Laine is running for the month of July which is all about titles and journalling.

My journalling on the front of the layout says...

We decided to drive from Spa to Maastricht in the Netherlands for the day. What a lovely little town. It was so wet and cold and we had a hot chocolate to warm up before we braved the wet to explore the town. One of the churches had been made into the most wonderful bookstore with a restaurant outside. I want to go back.

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it. If you read this whole post THANK YOU! 

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Thursday, 4 May 2017


Hello Everyone!
Well I have my first DT blog post up on the FabScraps blog, you can check it out if you like and see all the other wonderful projects from the other DT ladies, so exciting :D
Here is my layout, I used the FabScraps - C94 My Fair Lady Collection for this page.

My journaling on the front of the layout says...

I can't believe that I am 61 already, how did that happen? Seems like just the other day that I was leaving school :O

My journaling on the back of the layouts says...

I just love this photo of me with London in the background, it kind of takes my breath away when I look at it, it often feels like a fairy tale and I can't help but feel so grateful that I am able to travel so much and get see so many wonderful places. When I think back to my parents they did next to no travelling, money was tight and my mom was so sick, plus they had four kids so it just wasn't an option for them. My mom and her sister did a trip to Greece, Italy and Spain for three weeks about a year before she died, and while I am so glad that she got to do it I have often wondered how she did it. I have read her diaries and they are just heartbreaking, she spent so much money going over there  and spent more days than not in her bed because she just couldn't do it. I don't think my dad ever left the African continent and if he did it was when he was fighting in WW2. So all of this just makes me realize how lucky I am that my life is so different to theirs.

That view behind me is literally breathtaking and I have been lucky enough to see many such sights that do that. I am grateful too that I have good health enough to enjoy it and I will never ever take one of my trips for granted. Every time I look at any of my travel photos and layouts I go right back to that place and time and I can live it all over again.

Here are a couple of close ups.

I did loads of layers and I also used the frame from the chipboard title which was painted silver and then tucked it between the layers. At the end I splattered some Tim Holtz distress spray in silver onto the layout.

I punched out a heart from silver card stock and fussy cut those little cameras and added them to the embellishment clusters.

The title was also painted with Tim Holtz distress paint in silver. That's it, all done!

I have been busy with a few layouts for my travel album which I am organizing by year - one layout per country that I have visited, my idea is that this is the album that people will want to look at to see my travels... all the other photos from each trip will be in add on albums... In theory this should work. My albums are a mess at the moment and there is layouts all over the place and now I am trying to consolidate so that anyone picking up an album will know exactly what is going on :D 

Here they are...

This layout is from my first trip overseas alone, well I went with a friend but not with Simon.  This day we went to the Lake District. January 2003.

My Journaling is in that little pocket with all the ephemera and it says...

I was so nervous going on this trip. I had all my ducks in a row but Mags is so dilly and I was worried that something would go wrong or we would miss a connection and I had never had to sort out all my bags alone - back then we were allowed 30 kgs each and I hadn't thought about humping that dam suitcase, plus a hand luggage, up and down stairs and in and out of buses and taxis alone. We stayed with Gary and Kath, Mags' brother and SIL at their little house in Manchester which was so small I could not get my case into the room, we all laughed so hard but we had a ball with them. They were so good to us and they took us to so many cool places, on this particular day we took a trip up to the lake district to Windermere Lake, and  then to the yacht club where they kept their boat "Hansa", we had lunch there, soup and fresh hot bread and it was so dam cold I thought I would never get warm again, until Kath told me to wear a beanie or a hat it keeps the cold out. LIFESAVER!

Here is a close up of that little pocket.

I think the idea for this came off Pinterest but it was posted in a group I belong to and I thought it was so pretty, it was easy to make and is perfect for holding ephemera.

This next layout is from another country during my trip to the UK with Mags. I flew to Ireland to go and visit my brother and his family who had immigrated some years before from Zimbabwe.

Although it was only two nights it was great to see them and of course we managed to get in some sightseeing at Kilkenny Castle and their beautiful gardens and grounds.


Here is my journaling for this layout.

The following year I was lucky enough to be able to go to Ireland and visit them again. This time for a week so we had more time to explore. One of the things we did was go to Achaboe Abbey in Laois, we explored, wandered around the town and found a lovely place to have lunch.

My journaling on the front of the layout says...

My journaling on the back says...

The best thing about visiting family in Ireland, apart from spending time with them, is that by now I have traveled almost every inch of Ireland and seen the most beautiful sights, been to some wonderful little towns, eaten awesome food and last but not least tasted loads of their beers. I would not trade my trips to Ireland for anything. I have been lucky enough to see my nephews grow up and seen my brother and his wife make a life for themselves in their new home.

Later on this same year we were lucky enough to go to the States.. We had three days in NYC at the end but in actual fact it was two full days and a half day but we managed to squeeze in a trip to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty.

My jouranling on the front of the layout says...

It was a pity about our timing here because we didn't have enough time to get off the boat and go and explore Ellis Island. That will have to wait for another visit and we will be back for sure.

My Journaling on the back of the layouts says...

We loved America and we absolutely loved NYC. So busy and noisy and so much to see and do and just not enough time. It was great to get on the boat to Ellis Island and be able to see the NYC Skyline. This place is just so huge. Lady Liberty was everything I imagined and more. I am so glad that I got to see it and I can't wait to go back again one day.

I kept our ticket from the boat ride and used them on this layout in two places one here as the ticket and then again on the opposite page but I flipped them over and you can see the statue of liberty.

2005 and another trip to Ireland to see my family :D

My journaling which is in the little glassine bag says...

This trip we spent the weekend in Blarney. We arrived on Friday afternoon and wandered around the shops, had tea and scones at the tea shop and bought a few lovely bits to bring home. Their linen and woolen stuff was so beautiful, I even manage to get some Christmas decorations. We stayed at the Blarney hotel which is at Blarney Woolen Mill and Castle and it was such a beautiful hotel, one where you still had to dress up a bit for dinner. The next day we went off to explore the castle and grounds and it was so beautiful. We climbed up to the top of the Castle and I was able to kiss the stone... Yes I did it but I was terrified. The gap down is quite big and the guy looked like he wouldn't be able to save me if I slipped through, but I did it and I survived and I reckon I got my lot of Irish luck.

Here is a closeup of the glassine bag. I found a tutorial to make these on youtube somewhere and for the life of me I can't find it again. It was so easy and it looks so pretty. Nice thing is you can make them any size you like.

November 2005 and we took a trip to Mocambique for our 28th Anniversary. 

Here is my journalling.

Our next trip in 2006 was to England and Ireland. I have an aunt who then lived in the UK and my brother in Ireland. This is a DT layout and so I can't share the layout but here is a sneaky peaky of the journaling.

After UK and on to Ireland and a day spent in Kilmore Quay.

My journaling on the layout says...

I am so grateful that I get to travel and that I have been to so many fabulous places. Still one of the most beautiful places is Ireland, I never tire of the greenness, the quaint little towns and villages, each with it's own particular attractions. We spent a lovely day exploring Kilmore Quay which is a fishing village and also has a maritime museum and holds a seafood festival once a year. They also have a little memorial garden for all the fishermen lost at sea. I loved all the boats and this quaint little town of just over 400 people. Had the best lunch at one of the little pubs.

My next trip was to UK and Ireland again :D

I stayed with my aunt in a place call Taunton and we took a day trip to Torquay a beautiful little seaside town, we shopped, took loads of photos and had lunch in a quaint little place called Camelot.

My journaling is on the layout and says...

This was taken after she was diagnosed with cancer and holds precious memories for me as we didn't have a lot of time together after this. Not nearly as much as I would have liked. I miss her so much.

Lucky you this is the end of this post. The end of my first album and now I will continue with the next. 

THANKYOU for stopping by to take a look and if you read this post - big ups to you too :D

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!