Thursday, 14 November 2013


Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt.

I once knew some-one that use to say to me that I'm a dreamer and have fins for feet! She said that because I am a Pisces and we all know fish have no feet! I often wondered if this is the reason way I like to photograph my feet? I'm not sure, but this time my feet are the subject of my layout! I have lots of pictures taken over the years of my feet, with and without shoes. The footprints in the sand are actually not mine, but my husband Martin's, taken on Yzerfontein beach a few days after New Years Day 2013.

I created this layout for this week's Let's Scrap sketch challenge - be sure to hop over and see all the fabulous layouts over there for some great inspiration!

I am so intrigued with the watercolour technique at the moment! I played around with Ranger Distress Ink, Ranger Distress Paint and Smooch Spritzers to see the different effects. This was my first attempt with this technique and I think I'm hooked! I eventually used this one, done with Smooch Spritz  on Bazzill card-stock. 

Another technique that I absolutely LOVE is texture paint and stencils! This stencil is from Dylusions, it is  also a Ranger product. I added a few little flowers and some bling, and a brad or two.

The paper layering I did with two different company's papers. The chevron like paper at the bottom is from Authentique Paper, the others are from Fancy Pants Designs.

I love the quote: "To understand a man, you must walk a mile in his shoes". It is so true! We often criticise or judge some-one without knowing anything about their lives. There are a few variations on this theme:  "Before you Judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares... He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!" (Billy Connolly) and: "Until you walk a mile in another man's moccasins, you can't imagine the smell!" (Robert Byrne)

Well, from there the title and journaling for this layout! I journaled on a piece of card-stock with the same watercolour technique, and embellished it with texture paint, a little flower, bling and bakers twine. And finished it off with some faux stitching.

Making my own background paper with the watercolour technique was really a lot of fun. I will definitely use it  more in the future! 

Thank you once a for stopping by! Also love to read your comments!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

This is me

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein

When I scrap, I normally do not like to scrap myself, but when a challenge like the Let's Scrap Challenge "forces" you to do so, it is quite compelling to take a closer look at yourself.

The challenge was to scrap yourself, and something that is super important to you. And to use this sketch:

This is my layout:

I used notepad paper as the background, because I like to make lists: To-do lists, shopping lists, lists of gaols... all kinds of lists. Everyday ticking off tasks completed, carrying over ones to still do. I stamped my favourite image, the damask and masked with pink distress ink, my favourite colour. In the main photo I'm taking a break with a cup of Rooibos Tea, my favourite.

My life's journey has certainly taken a few unexpected paths, but in the real world, I would like to travel more... I could get on a plane without hesitation and luggage and fly away to any faraway destination. (Once on the plane I would probably regret leaving my kitties behind and go on to miss them terribly! ) There are so many wonderful places I would still like to visit!

I do LOVE Christmas! Christmas has always been an all year event for me. From January when the shops are filled with Christmas Sales right through to October when the first Christmas decorations suddenly appear everywhere. I invariably scout the sales and markets for possible gifts for my family and friends and hide them away in a special Gift Box deep in my cupboard until it is time for the big "wrap-up". Planning the dress-up of the Christmas Tree is a major event for me, even more exciting than Christmas Day itself!

Crafting is part of who I am. I think and feel in crafting terms - I think! Working with any medium and creating something, is very fulfilling and rewarding, and I can not imagine a day without being creative! I am a "Jack of all trades, master of none" - as my mother used to say! At the moment I spend most of my time scrapbooking, but I also love Encaustic Art and Cross-stitch Embroidery. When I have time I like to do small projects in Pewter and Mosaic... depends on the inspiration! And so I can go on...

We need our dreams to believe in, and have the determination and dedication to make them a reality. In a dream lies hope for the future. My dreams and hope are for another time...

The greatest lesson I've learnt is to live your life everyday, every moment... with no regrets and guilt. It is hard sometimes, but I try!

Well, this is a glimpse of me - like all woman, I am complex and one page is surely not enough... I'm sure you would agree!

However this was fun, I finished the layout off with little flowers and some bling to add some fragrance and glamour!

Thank you for stopping by, see you next time!