Wednesday, 1 March 2017


Hello Everyone!

This is a looooong post so maybe you want to grab a cup of tea and get your glasses :D

I have been doing loads of online classes and my favourite ones so far are the ones I have done of Shimelle Laine's - at long last I have found a style that feels right for me and I am scrapping like I haven't in a very long while, which is a good thing. What I love about them is that she shares her thought process and that is what has helped me... I have changed the way I look at scrapping, how I decide what I am going to scrap as well and what and why.

One of the classes that I am doing of hers is 'Cover to Cover' where she lays out how to make your albums read like a book to engage the person looking at it, what works for her in terms of how she achieves that. Makes so much sense to me, but it wont work for me as I have over 50 albums and 15 years of layouts to re-sort  - so I had to do a little tweaking but I think I can make it work in a better way than it is right now. 

At the moment my albums are done following an idea from one of the early scrappers - and I kind of think it may be Ali Edwards and my albums are done as one for each member of the family, one for Christmas, one for holidays, one for things we do, one for places we go, friends, pets and so on... Shimelle does hers chronologically and each year has its own albums. If there is a big event that needs more than one page then you can have an offshoot album... anyway I decided that the easiest one to start with would be my travel album. Now I keep pretty good records, all my photos are stored on my computer by year and event. All ephemera, notes or anything else is stored in an envelope that has the same ID as the corresponding computer file and is stored in a box - well boxes actually - efficient right? So if I want to scrap my Mauritius photos I go to the computer file and decide what photos I want to scrap then I go to the box and decide if there is anything in there that I want to add to my layout.

So here goes with all of the early layouts that I never did for my travel album, There will be a single, double or project life style layout for each and every trip that we have ever done... AND... the bonus is that all of these layouts have been made using my stash... I want to bash my stash this year :D

There is long journalling on this layout and it says...

Our first trip overseas was to lovely Mauritius in 1998. It looked so beautiful, white beaches, blue seas, sunshine and wonderful hotels. So very different from home - or was it? I had built up this idea in my head that it would be picture perfect, a paradise.
We arrived at the airport and found our transport to the hotel, the roads for the most part were awful just like back home. There was so much poverty - we drove through large areas of shacks - just like home. I remember thinking... This wasn't on the postcards... What the hell have we done?
I was so not prepared for all of this, I just wanted the picture postcard stuff. No internet for us back then, all we had to go on was the brochures. Picture perfect they were. Our hotel was lovely - the beaches were pebbles and you had to wear shoes to go and swim - WHAT? The weather was less than perfect and not as hot as I hoped - I don't think I swam more than once.
We went into 'town' it was more like a market with muddy water running through the stalls - and - they wanted us to eat there. I was horrified. I felt like I never wanted to travel again. I had this idea in my head of what it would be like and it fell short. If this was travel you can keep it.

I used up papers from my stash and kept to the blue greens with a pop of red. I used a circle chippie for my title and a couple of shells.

It really did take me a while before I would travel again and this time we went to the Far East... talk about a polar opposites. 

Singapore was our first stop.

My journalling on this layout says...

Our next overseas trip was to the Far East, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. So completely different to anything that we knew or were comfortable with. I vowed to go with no expectations at all - just to enjoy the ride, and that is what I did. I loved every minute. Singapore was our first stop and nothing like anywhere I had been. The roads were wide and in good repair, cars looked so well cared for. Everything was so clean and orderly. Shops were just mind blowing and we ate such nice food too. Spicy - just like I like it, we had the obligatory Singapore Sling at Raffles hotel, we saw Singapore by day and night, went to the aquarium, had tea with the chimps at the zoo and saw all the amazing orchids. Spent a day wandering around Sentosa and we loved it there. I would love to go back again soon.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.

I painted the chipboard title black and highlighted it with a white gel pen. The papers that I used are from the new Celebr8 collection.

I did some stenciling on this one and mixed in a little Victorian Velvet distress paint with the texture paste to get the same colour pink as in the paper. I loved the hibiscus stencil it is so pretty.

The cluster consists of the cut apart sheet a stamped ticket and a blackboard label with a chippie arrow.

Next stop Bangkok.

This layout was made using very old papers from MME So Sophie collection I think :D

The journalling on this layout says...

Visiting Bangkok was an assault on the senses, sights, sounds, smells and the sheer number of people there. We stayed in a stunning hotel called the Indra Regent - right across the road from one of the biggest markets I have ever seen. So many bargains.

I loved all the beautiful temples there. So much marble, so much gold. 'Wat Benchamabophit'

On the back my journalling says...

I absolutely loved everything about Thailand. From the fact that right next to the Kings Palace with all its grandeur you would have shacks and poverty just like Africa , where we have suburbs that are lower, middle or higher income - here everything is mixed up and no one seems to mind. The people are so gentle and accommodating and so friendly - nothing is too much trouble for them. The boy-girls blew my mind and the huge numbers of them even more so. The food is just to die for and I tried so many different and new things - me who was always so particular about what I ate and how it was prepared. I even managed to eat off the carts on the streets. A big step for me from Mauritius where I wanted to disinfect everything I came into contact with. I loved the buzz of this place and can't wait to get back here.

Here are some close ups.

I cut up the back of one of the papers to get the journalling blocks. The flowers are made from the papers cut into circles and I folded a real flower under it all.

I used some glittery washi tape and a couple of stamps too.

Had such fun with this layout.

I haven't finished this trip but I jumped to our next trip just because I can.

England :D London in fact.

This layout holds very special memories for me as we met up with my Aunt (who is no longer with us) and her hubby (my favourite travel companion).

My journalling on this one says...

I loved London. So fast and vibrant and what amazed me was if you just stood and closed your eyes and listened you would not know where you were. Such a diverse city. So cosmopolitan. I will be back.

On the back of the layout my journalling says...

The thing that amazed me about London was that is buzzed 24/7, how safe everyone said it was and how everything worked just like it was supposed to,you don't need a car there they have the most amazing transport system. Nothing like back home where everything is so far apart and there is no transport system unless you want to risk your life in an un-roadworthy taxi most likely driven by an un-licenced driver. I loved that we could walk everywhere at any time and the pubs.... the pubs were wonderful. Then there was Oxford Road, Nottinghill and Covent Gardens not to mention all the touristy must do's. Oh yes I loved London. Having said all of that this was the place where I had my bag snatched. This safe city that was supposed to be safer than South Africa, which is riddled with crime... and, I was in a pub with my bag between my feet under the table. WTF!

Here are some closeups.

I used these papers from my stash by fab scraps and they just happened to be blue, red, white and grey and have the word Britain on them... Perfect! I used a border punch, some lace tape and a few other little embellishments. Love that this one is CAS. 

The title is glitter thickers.

The white circle paper is an embossed 12 x 12 sheet that I fussy cut to reinforce the circle theme I had on this layout and the little journalling card is from my stash. Love that it had a crown on it.

Deep Breath - and lastly, another one out of sequence. Our 25th Anniversary to Maputo in Mozambique for the weekend in 2002.

This was really around the time I started scrapping and I kept all the tickets and stubs from our trip and I thought it would be fun to incorporate them on this layout. Even now looking at it and the cost of things back then :D

My journalling on the layout says...

We had heard that Maputo was lovely and people went there for the seafood, so we decided to go for our 25th anniversary weekend on 26 November, 2002. We stayed at the Polana Hotel which was gorgeous and so colonial. Did a tour of the city and ate the most delicious seafood.

My journalling on the back says...

This is my Africa. Noisy, crowded, poor, run down and still beautiful all at the same time. The food was lovely and the people so friendly. We did a tour of the city which didn't take too long but we managed to spend a while at Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora de Conceicao the Portuguese Fortress where we got to hear all about their history. Later that evening we found the much talked about seafood restaurant and ate there and yes the food was outstanding. On the beach front too - a pity that the water was so polluted we couldn't swim. All in all a lovely chilled weekend in very pleasant surroundings. This is a place I will come back to.

Here are some close-ups.

Because I had so much ephemera I used a Tim Holtz glassine bag, which I cut a notch into, this was then layered onto the left hand side of the layout. The flowers were fussy cut from the paper.

I kind of repeated the layering up on this side too with a few bits a pieces from my stash.

The photos were of the hotel and the fortress and the CBD. So different to Europe :D but there is just something about Africa that never lets you go.

Thank you 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!


Saturday, 18 February 2017


Hello Everyone!
Time for another blog post. 
I just love Laura's sketches over at Stuck?! Sketches and the February 15 one is a cracker.
I also joined a whats app group of local girls called 'Mystery Box' where each girl gets to give and receive a made up pack and the receiver has to make something - any paper craft - using all of the stuff that they receive.
Now I lost all the stuff on my phone when it got corrupted so I don't have a pic of the pack that I received from my bestie Ilse McCarthy but it was the Penelope Dee Cocoa Love Mini Collection.

So I received all of these papers PLUS a rose die cut, three rose stencils, small, medium and large, a rose stamp and some filigree looking metal hearts that you can colour and use they are just gorgeous.

This is what I came up with to use all the stuff.

Firstly a layout.

I stuck pretty much to the sketch and as I am more of a CAS style scrapper I didn't use any texture past or stamping on the background which I felt was busy enough.

My journalling - which is on the back of the layout says...

I have learned so much being married to this man of mine for almost 40 years. 

A good marriage will have it's share of conflict, frustration, boredom, unresolved arguments, slammed doors and nights spent in the spare room. The thing is to have enough good things to balance them out, that is what makes it all worthwhile. All these ups and downs are necessary in order for you and your relationship to grow healthy and strong.

There is a big difference between being happily married and living happily ever after - that seldom happens. No-one is happy 24/7, everything takes work and compromise and the thing about compromise is that no-one wins.

When you think to yourself - "I really shouldn't say this" - you are probably right and that also means not saying things in anger or when you have been drinking. Once it is out you can't take it back. Saying afterwards that you didn't mean it doesn't cut it.

It is all about give and take and you will be alternately giving and taking at different times. It is important that each of you knows what it is that you will take care of in a marriage, work, home, kids, finance, and sometimes that too will change. It is a constant negotiation, which will also change over time.

The grass is not greener on the other side. Either there is more crap or they are watering it. You can do the same on your side. Marriage can make you a better or a worse person - the choice is yours.

Would I change it? No! Not for anything. It is the best thing that I have ever done and I am looking forward to the next 40.

Here are some close -ups.

I fussy cut some of the flowers to add some dimension to this layout and add some layers. The bow was created with two lots of ribbon tied twice to make it full.

I used the heart doilie behind the wooden looking heart which was fussy cut from one of the papers. I added the little sayings and the red hearts... I diamond glazed them to give more depth.

I also did some fake stitching around all the elements to make them pop more. The title was painted with two shades of distress inks in brown and then coated with diamond glaze.

I coloured one of the metal hearts with gold distress paint and then once it was dry coloured it again with two shades of pink distress stain.

Then because I still had unused products in my kit I made a card for a friend who has a birthday.

I used the medium stencil with some texture paste that I coloured with distress pain in pale pink. I love the softness it gives. I layered one of the 3 x 4 cards with another of the hearts that I stamped on using the stamp. I used the same colour brown to stamp with so the effect is very subtle. More fussy cut flowers layered up and then finished it off with a ribbon.

I finished of the inside of the card with the die cut flower and a Happy Birthday sentiment.

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

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Thursday, 9 February 2017


Hello Everyone!

I have been playing :D and I managed to do a layout for THREE challenges. I started off with the Let's Get Sketchy Challenge which has a sketch (obviously) and a mood board. I used the red and pink the floral aspect and the drinks or jelly shots whatever they are. Check.

I am also linking up with Challenge Yourself which requires you to have a photo of yourself, and include the colour red and some stamping. Check.

Lastly to Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge which requires you to use the word TODAY on your layout. Check.

Here is the layout that I created for this challenge.

On Saturday 28 January South Africa hosted its first National Scrapbook Day and I went along with these girls. In my previous post I shared some photos of this fun day.

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

Today is the first time in a couple of years that I have scrapped with these girls and I forgot how much fun we always have and how much I have missed them. NSD - SA - 28 Jan 2017.

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

I met two of these girls, Felicity on my left with the blonde hair and Ilse behind me, maybe ten years ago or more. I met them separately, but at the same time - Felicity because her daughter was dating my son and kept telling her that I was a scrapper too and that they should include me - and Ilse at a tea, organised by an online stamping group that we both belonged to, so that we could all meet in real life. It was at this tea that Ilse realized who I was and from that day on that we all became friends. We went away together, we scrapped together, we did Christmas Advent Swaps together, Christmas lunches and birthday brunches and got together socially too and we always had a lot of fun.
Then our kids broke up and they got married to other people and I felt it would be weird for my son and his new wife if I still saw so much of his exes mother so I pulled back - a lot - so much so that I didn't see these girls for at least two years. When Ilse said she had organised to go and scrap for NSD I said I wanted to go too. It was just as if we had never been apart and I really had a good time. I hope that we will go back to the way we were because I really like them all a lot. 
I felt at the time I was doing the right thing. Always putting my family first I am, and I don't know if they know what I lost and it doesn't really matter now. This year I have said is my year and I want to have fun again.

Here are some close ups of my layout.

I followed the sketch pretty much as it was. I may have added a few bits and pieces and I raided my stash for this layout too.  Lots of red here and also floral paper from the mood board. I have also stamped a film strip here.

I found this PL chalkboard card and fussy cut the mason jar to use.

I have used the word today in my title and my journalling and there is stamping here with the chevron arrow thing.

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!


Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Hello Everyone!
I am back with a 'just for fun' layout today.
I have been doing some of Shimelle Laine's online classes and I love her design principals and the fact that everything she does on a layout is thought out from the sketch to the colours to placement and even to proportions and it has helped me to find my love of scrapping again. This is my style.
I used this sketch from Sketchy Thursdays.

Here is my layout.

My journalling on the layout says..

You are such a busy little thing at the moment. Sitting on your own, crawling like a little crab, trying to stand and walk. So much to see and do and try. You want it now!

My journalling on the back says...

It never ceases to amaze me how you are so focussed on learning all of the things that we take for granted. Sitting up alone, crawling, reaching up to pull yourself into a standing position, tentatively taking your first steps, trying to feed yourself.  Your head whips around at the sound of something new or interesting and you want to touch and taste anything and everything. The world is yours to conquer. In a few short months you have learned so much. Your brain is like a sponge soaking it all in. You are fearless and it is so hard to let you learn on your own knowing that you could get hurt or fall or get sick from something you should not have eaten. It is that caution that makes us all so fearful and hesitant in life. My wish for you is that you never stop trying and learning. That you have a long and happy life and that I am around to see a lot more of it.
You are a constant delight to me child and I love you more than you will ever know.

Here are some close-ups - very glad that I bashed more stash for this layout.

These papers that are so old they are like copier paper... very thin are demin colour and were perfect for her dress. I added some rub ons around the flowers.

Some big glittery flowers behind the smaller ones for a little punch of pink.

A punched border in some yellow polka dot and the title is thickers.

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!


Saturday, 4 February 2017


Hello Everyone!
Last Saturday - 28 January - South Africa held their first National Scrapbook Day. This country wide event was organised and co-ordinated by Michelle van Wyk and I am told that there were about 1 400 women that attended. Five of us girls went to the event held in Edenvale and we had a ball.

Here we are Pam, Me, Felicity, Ilse and Vanessa. It was a very small gathering but lots of fun.

Ilse made us vodka jellies which went down a treat.

We were spoilt with little goodie boxes. I forgot to take a photo of what was inside but there was papers, templates, ribbon and stickers and stuff like that.

We also had champagne and orange juice :D

There were demonstrations and make and takes... Here Denise van Deventer is showing the girls how to make beautiful tags. It was so nice to see her again.

Yummy food for all of us.

And... Yes! There was even some scrapping. I joined in the sketch challenge created by Michelle van Wyk for the day and came up with this layout.

This layout was made from a kit I got for another layout completely but I wanted to use these papers and the theme worked perfectly for my photos.

There were prizes for the top three and I got one of them - a lovely paper pack from Bo Bunny.

So all in all a lovely day. So good to catch up with friends and meet new people. Chat, laugh, scrap and just enjoy each others company. I can't wait for the next one.

I also managed to do my title page for my 2017 Project Life album.

The HELLO 2017 and the hot air balloon were all cut using my silly machine which I am loving using now I am not so scared of it. The Resolutions was a card I found online and liked it so I printed it onto white cardstock.

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!


Friday, 3 February 2017


Hello Everyone!

I have a couple of layouts to share with you and this first one is my layout for the Stuck?! Sketch challenge for February 1.

Here is the layout.

Here is my take on this sketch.

As I was browsing through a couple of the groups I belong to on FB I saw a layout done by a lady who suggested that all scrappers should do a layout on why they scrapbook. Do you think I can find it now? Nooooooooo! Anyway I decided I wanted to do it because so often people say you do what? Why would you do that? A bit like the reaction you get when you tell people you are a stay at home mom. 

The quote on the front says...

'A picture is worth a thousands words, but a scrapbook is worth a million memories.'

My Journalling on the back of the layout says...

1. I don't want my kids to have thousands of photos and not know who is in them or where they were taken, or what they are about. All of my childhood photos were lost in a fire and I have a few that I have begged borrowed and stolen from family and friends very few of them are of things I remember. Both parents have passed on and I have lots of questions and very few answers and I don't want that for my kids and grandkids. I want them to be able to look at their albums and go back to that time through my eyes.
2. Scrapping is like Chicken Soup for the Soul, and scrapping hard or painful memories can help facilitate the healing process by letting you voice your feelings about that particular event. You can then start focus on all the positive aspects of it.
3. It helps me to de-stress and it calms me down. It is my happy place and somewhere that I can be alone with my thoughts and fears without fear of being ridiculed. It gives me a great sense of well being and accomplishment when I am scrapping.
4. It allows me to be creative in a way that pleases me. There are no rules and I can do or not do whatever I like. I can paint, draw, doodle, write. Play with paper and paste or ribbon and flowers. Do very masculine pages or pretty feminine ones. No-one else has to like it or approve of it.
5. I want my family to know who I am. What I like and don't like. Where I came from. What my dreams were and how life turned out. What I survived. What challenged me. What I am grateful for and most of all what they mean to me.
6. It allows me to express myself in a way that I find non-threatening and confrontational. I am more able to articulate myself by writing than I am by talking, and I love to tell my stories.
7. I love to take photos of everyday life as much as the big moments and it is the everyday that I miss from my childhood.  I want my kids and grandkids to know about the funny, quirky, naughty, scary moments as well and the happy, grand and important ones.
8. It is a hobby and I think it is very important for everyone to have a hobby. Something that you are passionate about and love doing.
9. It is very social and I have met the most amazing women through this hobby of mine both in real life and on line and I wouldn't change a thing. It has brought so many women and a few men from all countries and walks of life together with one common goal. To scrap our memories.
10 They also make awesome gifts :D
When you start to scrap your story you start to see life for the precious and tenuous thing that it is.

Here are some close ups.

These papers came from my stash and I have no idea whose they are but they were really pretty and in colours that I love. I chose the ombre effect paper for my background and I followed the sketch pretty much without changing it :D I used washi tape under the photos through and not a punched border.

I cut the star and the hearts out of glitter paper on my Silly machine which I am starting to love. The butterfly is a resist canvas one also from my stash that I painted with watered down TH distress paints.

The journalling card and the chevron one next to it are re-cycled packaging from my stash and I love the faint script on the journalling one... except now in the photo is looks like I didn't rub out properly :/ The aqua hearts were also from my stash and were orange and bright blue so I painted them with distress paint. I added some Heidi Swapp colour shine splatters in gold to carry on the gold theme.

I found the grey sticker sheet in my stash and used that for little saying and for part of the title. I am loving mixing it all up.
Lastly I had to add some flowers and used a pop of the raspberry pink to finish it.
I may get brave and add my journalling to the front of the page too.

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!