Believe In The Magic Of Christmas

Hey there from a rather hot Cape Town!

Today I’m sharing the layout I created for the December challenge that is up on the More Than Words challenge blog:

Here is what I did with this month’s challenge:

I did some stamping behind my photo and layered cluster, and then I also stamped a frame all around the edges of my page.

My inspiration behind the word believe – is in this picture!  My daughter is now 8 and a half and doesn’t believe in Santa anymore.  Part of me is sad, but I have told her that although he doesn’t exist – the magic that surrounds everything about Christmas, still does.  I just LOVE Christmas and I love that I can pass this love and enthusiasm on to her… allowing her to believe that it truly is an absolutely magical time of year!

Here are some close ups:

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Love This

Last week, I saw that Let’s Get Sketchy are having a Design Team call and I have decided to go ahead and apply.  The criteria is to make a layout, based on this sketch:

I flipped the sketch once, anti-clockwise and made this layout of one of my favourite photographs of my precious daughter and I.

Here are some close up shots:

Wish me luck!!!

Merry Christmas

And the next challenge I am entering, is for Scrap The Girls.

The dress that drew my eye was the third dress in the top row. I loved the dark background and the fun (edible!) Christmas elements on it.  So, here is what I created for this challenge:

As you can see, I copied the black background and then added some (mostly) edible Christmas elements around the photograph of my daughter sitting in front of our Christmas tree.  Here are some close-ups:

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Making Merry Memories

Hi all!

I’ve been very, very busy in my scrapping room this past week – and today I have four projects I am going to share with you.

First up, is the lovely challenge over at Kraft +.

For this challenge, I did’t take it quite so literally.  Instead, I went with Pine Needles. Here in South Africa, our Christmas trees are pine trees – I think that in other parts of the world, they might be a conifer or fir family?  I stand corrected.

Anyway!  I have used paper printed with pine needles, sticker strips and a pine tree ephemera piece, on my layout.  Here’s what I did:

Thanks for looking!

This Is Us | The Studio DT

Hi all!

Today I want to share with you, the latest challenge at The Studio Challenges.  It’s an easy one – just use GOLD on your layout!

Here is what I created:

I wanted to keep my colours subtle to make sure that the gold is very visible.  I used a gold frame tucked between my layering and then I also added some gold die cut leaves, a gold heart and my title is also gold.

My Gift | MIUCB DT

Hey scrappy scrappers! 🙂

For our last challenge for 2018 over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog, we have a nice easy-peasy one for you to join in on.  It’s “Anything Goes + No Stamping”.

I wanted to end 2018 off on a bright note – so this is what I put together for this month’s challenge:





Uh Oh | CSI DT

Hi friends,

Today I am sharing the latest Case File over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.  It’s another stunner – and we hope you will play along with us!

Here is what I did:


Colours : Turquoise, Pink, White, Crimson, Bright Olive

Evidence : Dots, Christmas Elements, Numbers, Star, Stamping

Testimony : Inspiration Word – Advent

I’d just made this Advent calendar AND Elf had arrived in our home for the first time.  There was a considerable amount of excitement where both are concerned.  I think Isabella was happy with the calendar because the little drawers were so big – which meant bigger chocolates.  And she was very excited about Elf (we were too, as we got to use him as a bit of a bribery tool so that she’d behave!); the story of Elf isn’t really very big here in South Africa – but it seems to be catching on fast.  Anyway!  Isabella was completely bummed when she woke up one morning to discover that Elf had stolen one of her chocolates…  With hindsight, I should maybe have scrapped the picture I took of her straight afterwards!  It was too funny!



Christmas Joy | White With 1 DT

Can you believe it’s December?  Time surely seems to fly by when you’re (a) having fun and (b) getting older!!  I remember as a youngster, life seemed to drag by; now it’s going by at a rate of knots!

Anyway, this month at White With 1, we challenge you to use white, with Vivid Gold – and there is also a gorgeous sketch to inspire you as well!

With Christmas tapping us on the shoulder, I decided to use some (OLD!) photo’s from a family Christmas shoot we did in 2011 (note to self – do another shoot!).  I played along with the sketch exactly as it is.