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!


Monday, 27 March 2017


Hello Everyone!
I am back after a fabulous two week holiday in London and Paris. We had such a fabulous time and I can't wait to scrap my photos. I have so many wonderful overseas holiday photos and I don't suppose I will ever get close to scrapping them all, but I do love to go through them every now and again.
I have another layout for my travel album from back in the day. Part of our Far East holiday in 2001 it was such a revelation to me. I just loved it and I have never looked back since then and I have had the most amazing experiences.
So today I have another double layout for Phuket.
My Journalling on the layout says...
I absolutely loved Thailand, from the weather, the people, the food and the sights and sounds. All go, go, go, 24/7. We toured the city and went out to a couple of the islands by boat. Blue warm water and white  beaches. Amazing fruits to eat and little market shops to explore. The night life was something else, I have never seen so much sex for sale as here and the boy/girls had bigger boobs than me - How does that happen??
I will do more in depth journalling on other pages for the specific events.
Here are some close ups.

I used papers from my stash for this layout. A mix of patterns from various places and I am so bad at keeping track of the papers. So sorry for that. The butterflies are a punch I have. I used black pen to doodle around them then white pen to highlight.  I layered up some chipboard flowers, hearts and a fussy cut camera from a paper in my scrap box. I love using my stash and I am getting more and more comfortable with mixing my brands and patterns and I am really enjoying it :D

A similar cluster at the inside bottom - I also used a stamp.

Another cluster here under the title which is paper letters that are just sooooo old. I used some white gel pen to highlight and they look better in the photo than they do in real life. :D

THEN I had a play with making up some Project Life cards using all my scraps... I have so much stuff and I had a ball. Here they are. 

Oops this last one is upside down :D Sorry about that :D

Oh and just by the way. You all know how much I love Shimelle Laine and her product. I wanted to buy some when I was in the UK but I had to get it delivered and I just wasnt sure about it so I left it... Well I found some here in good old SA. Soooo I ordered it all and it arrived today. I can't wait to play and I am over the moon.

Just look at all the yummy goodness <3
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it. Now I can get back to doing a layout for my last holiday :d Watch this space.
Till next time - Happy Scrapping!

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!