Wednesday, 5 April 2017


Hello Everyone!
I have another layout today, another one from Saturdays fund raising day, one I didn't finish in class. I am not normally a vintage girl but I have to say I enjoyed doing this layout and it was perfect for my photos.
Here is my finished layout which looks nothing like Shain de Bruyn's - who taught the class.
My journaling on the layout says...
I really love cars especially old cars and so for me a visit to Anton Rupert's car museum in Cape Town was a real treat... so many cars, so few photos.
My fathers hobby was to build vintage cars and his pride and joy was a 1924 model A ford called Henrietta. He bought the body and restored her to her former glory with all the original parts, that he searched for. A real labour of love.
My journaling on the back says....

Although I never really had any interest in my dads old cars back then, or at least the collecting of the bits and pieces and then lovingly restoring them, somewhere along the line I developed an appreciation for them and the time and effort it took to get them back their original state. He would spend as many hours as he could working on his cars and I think all in all he completely built four cars and had one half done. Henrietta was always his baby. She was dark green with a black fold back hood that went down when the weather was fine. There was a bucket seat at the back that opened up to allow two more people to sit. It had shiny silver running boards and headlamps and a grill at the back to put luggage onto. The inside of the car was all wood and dials and a gear stick that came out of the floor boards. Most weekends he took her out for a spin and we went on many vintage car runs with other like minded people. Hundreds of these beauties driving to some or other destination with celebrations at the end of it all. I used to love going on those runs. Seeing all of these old cars made me wish that I had told my dad that I loved that he was so passionate about making something so beautiful. I would love to own a vintage car now. :D Who knows maybe one day again.
Here are some close ups.
The papers were from Penelope Dee and they are related to all things posty, letters, pens, stamps and so on. Lots of fussy cutting again and I had to change the layout as I wanted to use lots of photos again. I felt that the original layout was a bit pale for me for me and so I decided to add a little hit of blue which I took from the stamps. I added some ribbon and some flowers and of course the stamps to the postcards. Then I decided to mount the whole layout onto a darker colour too.

The pens were fussy cut and then tied together with ribbon. I added a real nib too which was silver so I just dabbed it with my gold distress paint dabber... it worked a treat.

On the other side I layered up some of the elements and tucked in another 'fold nib.

The title chipboard was just coloured using distress ink in  dark brown, and I used one of the postcards to do my journaling.

I also added some gold/champagne glitter washi tape because it just looked so pretty with the whole vintage feel.

Although vintage is not really my things I am really please with how this turned out. I love that I have finally made a layout for my cars :D

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 - Happy Scrapping!


Monday, 3 April 2017


Hello Everyone!
I am back with another blog post and I have some very exciting news to share too. I will be joining the FabScraps Design Team for 2017. This is my first venture into DT's since I stepped down over two years ago and I am very excited to be working with such talented ladies and gorgeous product and, the fact that it is a home grown business is wonderful.

You can read all about them HERE.
I also got a Guest Design spot on Stuck?! Sketches for April st.
Here is Laura's sketch.

Here is my layout.

My journaling on the front of the layout says.

Kinky Boots has to be one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. A great story line, wonderful costumes and fabulous music. They had this board outside that you could stand behind and take your photo. I wanted Si to do it but he said no ways! So I did it. This photo will always bring back good memories.

My journaling on the back of the layout says.

Kinky boots is the story of a man whose father owns a shoe factory, he does not want to follow in his fathers footsteps and leaves to go and live in London with his fiance.
His father dies and he has to go back and sort out his fathers affairs and he wants to sell or close down the business and put all the workers out of a job.
He comes to the aid of a transvestite one night who broke the heel of her boot in the scuffle. They strike up a friendship and to cut a long story short he ends up making boots for these ladies which they want to take to Milan fashion week. It deals with his relationship with his fiance, his workers and the transvestites and the relationship of the workers with the transvestites. It is a gritty and heartwarming story of friendship.
I really loved this show and if I ever get the chance to see it again I definitely will.

Here are some close ups.

I used papers from my stash in colours I picked up on from my photos. The big red heart outline was cut on my silhouette machine. The camera, tickets and tags were fussy cut from papers also in my stash.

A peak at the cluster on the other side. I layered up flowers from my stash.

Same thing with the cluster at the top I also added in a doily, some glitter washi and some bling.

I also made two uni-sex baby cards for employees of hubby's who are having or have had babies. I used white cardstock and added a strip of corrugated card which I swiped with gesso and then added some mint paint. The 'baby' word was cut on my silhouette machine and then I stamped the welcome and created a little banner and finally added a small heart. There is a sentiment stamped on the inside which says... Babies are a nice way to start humans...

Finally I went with some friends on Saturday to a Charity scrap event and we did two classes. One by Shain de Bruyn and one by Taryn Johnson.

I didn't finish either layout there but I have finished one of them which will be added to my travel album.

Here is Taryn's gorgeous layout.

Here is my take on her layout...

The quotes on the layout say...
'Oh, the places you'll go'
'Traveling leaves you speechless, the turns you into a storyteller.'

I loved this quote and had to find a way to use it on my layout so my page is quite different to the one that Taryn taught but that's how I roll.

My journaling on the layouts says...
I haven't been to London since 2003 so this was a real treat to do. The weather was great apart from the one day of rain and even that didn't spoil it for us. We had such fun re-visiting the old sights and even finding a few new ones. I really love London and I can't wait to go back again.

We used the new Penelope Dee range for this layout and I loved it those houses though they were a pain to fussy cut are just stunning and they look amazing I think. Seemed to work perfectly for all my inner city London photos from our trip.

So for starters Taryn had three large 5 x 7 photos and I like to use lots of photos on my layouts plus I do like the journaling or at least some of it to be on the front page so I made a few adjustments. First of all I had more of my houses showing at the top and I love the vibrant splash of colour there.

I still matted my photos but I had to change the mat a bit so that I had a cohesive look. I kept two of the embellishment clusters where they were and added another at the top middle. I know my clusters are a bit spread out but that is because I had to change it from the original layout.

I also felt that the wood elements were now to heavy for my layout and photos so I had a rummage around in my stash and found something smaller which I could use. I backed them in the same red paper of the photo mats so that they would pop.

I love the vibrancy of this layout and it totally depicts how I see London.

Here are some close ups.

Lots of fussy cutting on this layout and I am glad that I did it. The chippie piece was painted with distress paints and I added a little red puffy heart to the center.

More fussy cutting and layering and I added another heart and enamel dot. I also added the journaling block here.

I didn't have another world map so I used the compass and layered it up with the tickets the world map and a little puffy heart. Underneath the clusters is some texture paste that I mixed with black perfect pearl to get a dark grey. It doesn't shimmer as much as I thought it would but it looks cool.

More fussy cutting and here you can see some of the texture paste as well as the little camera.

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 - Happy Scrapping!