Saturday, 11 January 2014


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau
This week's Let's Scrap Challenge 179 really inspired me to scrap... the whole point of the challenge I suppose! Michelle Looi, DT posted the following challenge:

1. For this challenge only a layout is allowed, please use only Let's Scrap sketch.

2. You must use at least 3 colours or 3 elements that you see from the photo to your layout : the vines, architectural arch, fountain, gates, water, shaped bushes, creepers, overgrown weeds (?!) etc
3. Please write a short note how the photo inspires you when you upload into the gallery.

When I saw Michelle's picture it immediately reminded me of a water feature I photographed at a place my husband and I often go to for a meal on a Sunday. The restaurant is situated in a quint little centre in the small wine-land's town, Franschhoek. We love to go there, the food is excellent, the ambience even better and the garden really intrigues me. It is well kept with a mystical air about it. I always feel so privileged and spoiled there, true to the quote: "Living the life I imagined!"

This is the layout I created with the photo of the water feature, framed by Ivy.

I used patterned paper form Pink Paislee's, Butterfly Garden collection, card-stock and a selection of embellishments including Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, Prima, and various other bits and pieces from my stash.

"Imagine the joys of life" as a title sounded so appropriate; looking through the open gate onto this beautiful architectural  structure!

I die-cut a vine (Quickutz) and toned it down it with Gesso and then layered it on the left side of the page. I also distress all the layered paper pieces and used a border punch that resembles a fence for some interest.

The wooden gate is by KaisercraftI mist the gate and the title with Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mists - Heirloom Gold, one of my favourite products. I chose the gate embellishment as it symbolises the gateway into the imagination.

The butterflies and hot air balloons resembles flight of the imagination. The key unlocks the unknown and the star is within reach!

I love little flowers and tiny bling! I also added a small Guinea Fowl feather found in my own garden.

This was a wonderful challenge, thank you Michelle, I really enjoyed doing it! But I must confess, I did have some help from Oros! ;-) 

Be sure to hop over to Let's Scrap and play along!
Thank you for stopping by!