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Thursday, 4 May 2017

BREATHTAKING

Hello Everyone!
Well I have my first DT blog post up on the FabScraps blog, you can check it out if you like and see all the other wonderful projects from the other DT ladies, so exciting :D
Here is my layout, I used the FabScraps - C94 My Fair Lady Collection for this page.


My journaling on the front of the layout says...

I can't believe that I am 61 already, how did that happen? Seems like just the other day that I was leaving school :O

My journaling on the back of the layouts says...

I just love this photo of me with London in the background, it kind of takes my breath away when I look at it, it often feels like a fairy tale and I can't help but feel so grateful that I am able to travel so much and get see so many wonderful places. When I think back to my parents they did next to no travelling, money was tight and my mom was so sick, plus they had four kids so it just wasn't an option for them. My mom and her sister did a trip to Greece, Italy and Spain for three weeks about a year before she died, and while I am so glad that she got to do it I have often wondered how she did it. I have read her diaries and they are just heartbreaking, she spent so much money going over there  and spent more days than not in her bed because she just couldn't do it. I don't think my dad ever left the African continent and if he did it was when he was fighting in WW2. So all of this just makes me realize how lucky I am that my life is so different to theirs.

That view behind me is literally breathtaking and I have been lucky enough to see many such sights that do that. I am grateful too that I have good health enough to enjoy it and I will never ever take one of my trips for granted. Every time I look at any of my travel photos and layouts I go right back to that place and time and I can live it all over again.

Here are a couple of close ups.


I did loads of layers and I also used the frame from the chipboard title which was painted silver and then tucked it between the layers. At the end I splattered some Tim Holtz distress spray in silver onto the layout.


I punched out a heart from silver card stock and fussy cut those little cameras and added them to the embellishment clusters.


The title was also painted with Tim Holtz distress paint in silver. That's it, all done!

I have been busy with a few layouts for my travel album which I am organizing by year - one layout per country that I have visited, my idea is that this is the album that people will want to look at to see my travels... all the other photos from each trip will be in add on albums... In theory this should work. My albums are a mess at the moment and there is layouts all over the place and now I am trying to consolidate so that anyone picking up an album will know exactly what is going on :D 

Here they are...


This layout is from my first trip overseas alone, well I went with a friend but not with Simon.  This day we went to the Lake District. January 2003.

My Journaling is in that little pocket with all the ephemera and it says...

I was so nervous going on this trip. I had all my ducks in a row but Mags is so dilly and I was worried that something would go wrong or we would miss a connection and I had never had to sort out all my bags alone - back then we were allowed 30 kgs each and I hadn't thought about humping that dam suitcase, plus a hand luggage, up and down stairs and in and out of buses and taxis alone. We stayed with Gary and Kath, Mags' brother and SIL at their little house in Manchester which was so small I could not get my case into the room, we all laughed so hard but we had a ball with them. They were so good to us and they took us to so many cool places, on this particular day we took a trip up to the lake district to Windermere Lake, and  then to the yacht club where they kept their boat "Hansa", we had lunch there, soup and fresh hot bread and it was so dam cold I thought I would never get warm again, until Kath told me to wear a beanie or a hat it keeps the cold out. LIFESAVER!

Here is a close up of that little pocket.


I think the idea for this came off Pinterest but it was posted in a group I belong to and I thought it was so pretty, it was easy to make and is perfect for holding ephemera.

This next layout is from another country during my trip to the UK with Mags. I flew to Ireland to go and visit my brother and his family who had immigrated some years before from Zimbabwe.


Although it was only two nights it was great to see them and of course we managed to get in some sightseeing at Kilkenny Castle and their beautiful gardens and grounds.

 

Here is my journaling for this layout.

The following year I was lucky enough to be able to go to Ireland and visit them again. This time for a week so we had more time to explore. One of the things we did was go to Achaboe Abbey in Laois, we explored, wandered around the town and found a lovely place to have lunch.


My journaling on the front of the layout says...


My journaling on the back says...

The best thing about visiting family in Ireland, apart from spending time with them, is that by now I have traveled almost every inch of Ireland and seen the most beautiful sights, been to some wonderful little towns, eaten awesome food and last but not least tasted loads of their beers. I would not trade my trips to Ireland for anything. I have been lucky enough to see my nephews grow up and seen my brother and his wife make a life for themselves in their new home.

Later on this same year we were lucky enough to go to the States.. We had three days in NYC at the end but in actual fact it was two full days and a half day but we managed to squeeze in a trip to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty.


My jouranling on the front of the layout says...

It was a pity about our timing here because we didn't have enough time to get off the boat and go and explore Ellis Island. That will have to wait for another visit and we will be back for sure.

My Journaling on the back of the layouts says...

We loved America and we absolutely loved NYC. So busy and noisy and so much to see and do and just not enough time. It was great to get on the boat to Ellis Island and be able to see the NYC Skyline. This place is just so huge. Lady Liberty was everything I imagined and more. I am so glad that I got to see it and I can't wait to go back again one day.


I kept our ticket from the boat ride and used them on this layout in two places one here as the ticket and then again on the opposite page but I flipped them over and you can see the statue of liberty.

2005 and another trip to Ireland to see my family :D


My journaling which is in the little glassine bag says...

This trip we spent the weekend in Blarney. We arrived on Friday afternoon and wandered around the shops, had tea and scones at the tea shop and bought a few lovely bits to bring home. Their linen and woolen stuff was so beautiful, I even manage to get some Christmas decorations. We stayed at the Blarney hotel which is at Blarney Woolen Mill and Castle and it was such a beautiful hotel, one where you still had to dress up a bit for dinner. The next day we went off to explore the castle and grounds and it was so beautiful. We climbed up to the top of the Castle and I was able to kiss the stone... Yes I did it but I was terrified. The gap down is quite big and the guy looked like he wouldn't be able to save me if I slipped through, but I did it and I survived and I reckon I got my lot of Irish luck.

Here is a closeup of the glassine bag. I found a tutorial to make these on youtube somewhere and for the life of me I can't find it again. It was so easy and it looks so pretty. Nice thing is you can make them any size you like.


November 2005 and we took a trip to Mocambique for our 28th Anniversary. 


Here is my journalling.


Our next trip in 2006 was to England and Ireland. I have an aunt who then lived in the UK and my brother in Ireland. This is a DT layout and so I can't share the layout but here is a sneaky peaky of the journaling.


After UK and on to Ireland and a day spent in Kilmore Quay.


My journaling on the layout says...

I am so grateful that I get to travel and that I have been to so many fabulous places. Still one of the most beautiful places is Ireland, I never tire of the greenness, the quaint little towns and villages, each with it's own particular attractions. We spent a lovely day exploring Kilmore Quay which is a fishing village and also has a maritime museum and holds a seafood festival once a year. They also have a little memorial garden for all the fishermen lost at sea. I loved all the boats and this quaint little town of just over 400 people. Had the best lunch at one of the little pubs.

My next trip was to UK and Ireland again :D


I stayed with my aunt in a place call Taunton and we took a day trip to Torquay a beautiful little seaside town, we shopped, took loads of photos and had lunch in a quaint little place called Camelot.

My journaling is on the layout and says...


This was taken after she was diagnosed with cancer and holds precious memories for me as we didn't have a lot of time together after this. Not nearly as much as I would have liked. I miss her so much.

Lucky you this is the end of this post. The end of my first album and now I will continue with the next. 

THANKYOU for stopping by to take a look and if you read this post - big ups to you too :D

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!




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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

LOVE THESE MEMORIES

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!


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Monday, 3 April 2017

I HAVE EXCITING NEWS!

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'
and
'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!




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Monday, 27 March 2017

PHUKET

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!
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