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Just Be Yourself

And here is my second share for the day, using ephemera over at The Scrap Room.

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This was easy as pie for me – I am a sucker for ephemera and you’ll be hard pressed to find a layout of mine that DOESN’T contain at least one piece of ephemera!

Here’s what I created:






Posted in Scrap-Room, Single Page LO

Beautiful Moments

Good morning.

I have two shares today – and both are for The Scrap Room’s August challenges.  This one is for the current colour palette (found on their Facebook Group):

Isn’t it GORGEOUS!?

Here is the layout I created using these delicious colours:





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As you know (if you’re a regular follower of my blog or if you just know me!), I LOVE taking part in monthly challenges; I was rather pleased to have found another challenge site that I’ve never taken part in – Sketchabilities!

Their August sketch looks like this:

I rotated the sketch once, clockwise, and this is the layout I put together; and I included a few close ups too:






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A Laugh | The Studio DT

Hi guys

Right now, we have a really great challenge for you to join us in, over at The Studio Challenges!  August is Happy month in the US, so that is our theme – scrap a happy photo!

Here is what I did.

I chose this photo because it simply oozes the happiness my daughter felt recently when she got to experience snow for the very first time!  Not only did she get to throw snowballs, but she got snowed ON and also caught snowflakes on her tongue!  For us here in South Africa, snow is a very, very big deal!





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Let’s Go To The Beach

You guys!  In June I won the challenge at Stick It Down and was asked to be on their guest Design Team for the month of August.  How awesome is that?  I am so happy and excited and stoked and pleased and ecstatic to have been given this honour!

So, without further ado, here is the sketch I was given to work with:

And here is how I interpreted the sketch.  In lieu of using 3 photographs, I used one of my favourites from our recent holiday – and then added 3 chippie frames instead.  I kept the corner elements a little smaller than the sketch and then I added chippies to those, to draw the eye to the photograph / centre of my layout.


And here are some close ups!




Posted in Scrap Our Stash, Single Page LO

Forever In My Heart

My heart is sad and bereft this week as I lost one of my best friends – at the hands of another.  My dog attacked my cat and she died.  That’s all that I want to say about that.

But I want to share a layout I created, based on the challenge at Scrap Our Stash:

Now, before you start thinking – why would you create a layout with you and your cat, based on Thelma and Louise?? … I ask that you please bear with me.

In the movie, apart from wreaking a little havoc, these two friends stuck together, through thick and thin, right until the very end.

Well, that is the relationship I had with my cat.  She came to me in 2005 while I was pregnant, and then I lost that baby.  After that, I lost many more babies, suffered from severe clinical depression, lost my husband and more recently I lost my daddy.  My cat was ALWAYS there for me – through thick and thin.  She literally followed me around and when I was at my lowest of lows and ugliest of ugly, she was right there with me – without fail.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of the attack by my (also very beloved) dog, I was not able to get to her and hold her until she took her final breath… this will haunt me for the rest of my life, as I was not able to be with her like she had been there for me countless times before.

So anyway, here is my layout.  I have included the word friend and in the last image below, you can see where I have tucked my journal card behind the photograph.





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A Little Sand… | CSI DT

Hello my friends,

I have no doubt that you will absolutely just love Case 260 at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration this month.  The second I lay eyes on it, I found myself wishing I had one of these pretty dresses!  That aside, what a delicious palette and myriad of clues you have to play with and be inspired by!


I used sky blue, navy blue, white, pink and yellow; as well as gold mist splats.

I was inspired largely by the flowers on the inspiration image, so I incorporated lots of those by using various die-cuts and also stamping flowers on my background – which I then coloured with my water colour paints.  I loved how the girls in the image had their backs to their ‘audience’, so I chose a similar styled photograph.  I also used some floral paper to repeat the floral feel of my layout and I added some paper that looked like note paper; and I also added some yellow paper that sort of looked a little like a suitcase.

My journaling centres on our recent trip.  We ended up having two seasons in one week – which was absolutely crazy.  Being that it is actually Winter here in South Africa, we packed jackets, jerseys, scarves, boots, beanies thermal goodies, etc.  When we arrived in Plettenberg Bay, we saw people swimming in the ocean (rather a weird sight, as just three days prior, we were playing in the snow!).  So on this day, when this picture was taken, we had to venture out to some surf shops to buy Isabella a pair of flip flops!

Here are some close up shots: