Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bee Krafty

After a visit to Jeffreys Bay and my first and favourite Scrapbook shop, Scrapbook Studio  , I am stocked up on Kraft paper  and ready to take part in some Krafty challenges . 

Surprisingly I made a list of requirements  and didn't give into my wants- a first for me i am sure ( just a few chipboard titles , but they dont count )

So I have scrapped a beautiful photo of my friend Nettie taken in an old phone booth on the railway platform at the Thomas river historical village . 

I love the setting of the photo with the old scale and the worn paint and  have tried to capture that with my wood type paper and the tattered washi tape .
I also love the expression on Netties face which reflects her happy and loving nature . 

The challenge at Kraft+ was to be inspired by the graphic and or by bees. I was inspired by the honeycomb shapes in the graphic as well as the little postage stamp and the stitching effect . I also included a really sweet little bee off to the right of my layout.

Loved doing this layout and hope that you like it too.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Black and white and blue

Good to join in with the challenge at ARTastic  challenge blog again,  with the criteria this month  being to use  black and white plus one other colour on your layout.
 I was also inspired by the artwork of Joshua Miels showcased on the blog ,to use blue as my third colour and to give the layout a splattered effect .

I admire those who are able to get an organised ink  splatter on their layouts, as despite masking off areas and using various sophisticated splatter tools ( eg old toothbrush and paintbrush ) I still did not achieve the desired effect. 
Fortunately I worked outside as my feet also received a coating. ( actually the ink splatter on my feet wasnt half bad)

Nevertheless I do like the way this layout of my gorgeous daughter Ashleigh turned out . 

ARTastic Challenge

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Miles , miles away in Miles lane

I was inspired by the challenge at the ARTastic challenge blog to use pen on your layout . I used a bubbles stencil to create the circles in pen and then coloured them with my Copics.

 The abstract  artwork featured,  also had the feel of lines and multicolours  hence my use of  bright colours and the use of lines , stripes and  arrows .

The photo was taken in 1996 on a visit to England , when I discovered Miles lane was around the corner from where I was spending a few days. ( Miles being my married surname) 

Artastic artwork 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Fathers and brothers and Uncles

I have wanted to do a steampunk layout for ages, as I had already printed a picture which I felt really suited the Steampunk style. The challenge at More Than Words then surely fit the bill . The requirement is to be inspired by the word Father and for your layout to be in the steampunk style.
More then words

My layout is not of my Dad, but rather of my Uncle Ray and brother David . Uncle Ray is married to my late Dads sister Pat, and is a very fatherly figure and a very dear Uncle, who always makes family feel so welcome in his home and treats us like royalty.

This visit to England by my brother,  was in December 2016 and shows the beautiful Tyne bridge in the background which to me adds to the mechanical rusty look of the layout .

I did rather like the King and Jack of spades touch in the background.

PS I only noticed now that a button has slipped over the "L" of Geordie Lads- Oops!

Sunday, April 23, 2017


After a visit from Dawn, and her bringing loads of new Dutch scrapping  goodies , I felt motivated to get scrapping .

 I chose this lovely selfie of Ashleigh to join in the black and white plus one challenge at More Than Words.  As the photo had an almost bluey/turquoisey feel to it, I chose that as my extra color. The challenge also asked for the word dream to be included on the layout. 

All the gems as well as the fox , most of the washi tape and the black and blue lace flowers were from my new range of gifts . I also made use of my new label maker to make the little "believe" label.

As  I had recently had a big craft room rearrange I  allowed sister Dawn  to make pretty labels to mark my containers .🙂😇
( just my little way of saying thanks Sis)
More than words

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Kraft plus sea

My second post for the month and all because of a bit of rearranging.

 I have always enjoyed the challenges at Kraft +, but haven't joined in for a while as I thought my Kraft paper had run out . However, after doing a bit of .. not quite reorganising more like rearranging I discovered a few sheets tucked away so made a last minute dash to get my layout posted.

The challenge is to use the sketch as well as the colours provided and although 'the beach " was not a requirement it just all seemed to have  sea sidey theme.

We have so many beautiful beaches in our area  and it is such a wonderful way to relax and get exercise. I have included a close up of the actual photo used as I think it shows the sea and the sand and my family off to perfection.

Kraft +

Monday, February 6, 2017

& Together

Wow it has been ages since I posted on my blog and this is my first post for 2017. 

I was lucky enough to attend my first National Scrapbook day . Various scrappers throughout South Africa got together at different  venues and scrapped for the day . It was fabulous to see other techniques and ideas and to chat with fellow scrappers. I hope it becomes an annual event. I started this challenge at the event  and after seeing this months challenge at More than Words  decided it would be perfect as an entry.

The challenge was to use an ampersand on the layout and to be inspired by the word together.

 After a 16 year engagement Dave and I decided to get married in 2012,  in a small ceremony at home. I dont use the word small lightly as we only had 3 guests plus the minister! 
The ceremony cemented many years of togetherness and I hope we can look forward to many more happy years  together.
This photo is one of my favourites of the day.

I actually love the way the layout has turned out and hope that you do too.

More than words