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Treasured Moments

It’s been a while since I have (a) scrapped and (b) blogged about it! October has been an incredibly busy month for us, and it’s just not letting up.  This bums me out a bit because it means that I have not had the opportunity to take part in my monthly batch of challenges!  This is only the second one for October!!!

I stole some time yesterday morning to work on the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself:

And this is what I created:




Single Page LO, The Studio Challenges

Our Time Together | The Studio DT

Hello there!

Our next challenge at The Studio Challenges has gone live and it’s yet another awesome for you to join in on. We want to see you use dots in your layout – circles, dots, etc. Easy peasy – so no excuse for you to not play along!

Here is what I created. Most of my paper has polka dots and then I also added some circle ephemera and some other little elements which had polka dots on them. I used a circle / dotty stencil on my background.




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In The End We Are All Just Dreamers | CSI DT

Just look at this amazing image and colour palette of Case File 264 that we have up on the CSI challenge blog today!

And here’s how I solved the case:


I used light grey, white, teal, icy blue and a deep red.

The first thing that struck me on the inspiration image was the distressed look of the walls and the tiles, and this is why I chose to a backing page that has a distressed look and I also distressed all my layers of paper. The shapes on the image drew my eye too – squares and rectangles; I used those shapes on my page and created grid design for my stenciling. I used some script print papers and ephemera to draw in the book element of the image; and I added a little bird. I noted how there was only one bit of red – yet my eye also was drawn to that; so I decided that I wanted to create that same effect on my layout – mostly blue’s and grey’s, with a punch of red; hence the minimal red papers and the red wings.

For my journaling, I chose the prompt “what would you like to find at the end of the rainbow?”

Being an empath can sometimes be a curse; because you FEEL – you really, really feel. While you never know exactly what a person is going through, you have a tendency to understand and empathise. Many’s the time I have sat through a friend or stranger tell their story, only to find myself crying. I wish that at the end of the rainbow, there was a magic wand. A magic wand to take away pain; to understand; to stop fighting; to heal; to soften; to remove all hatred and create so much love … There is a standing joke in this world where a contestant in a beauty pageant says she wants “World Peace”. Well, that’s what I want. If I found that wand, I would wish for world peace. And end to pain and suffering and inconsideration and hatred… I sometimes cannot bear what goes on around us all. No one deserves to be treated badly. No one deserves to be exposed to pain because of how they look or what they believe or where they live. I wish that I could take all of that away. But, as the title of my layout says …. in the end, we are all just dreamers….




Scrappingclearly, Single Page LO

Down to Earth

Hey there!

Today I want to share just one challenge entry; I’ve not had too much time this week to take part in the usual batch, as it’s school holidays and I’ve been working on keeping a certain little 8-year-old entertained!

I adore the colour palette and mood board that Scrapping Clearly have up and running this month:

Here’s what I put together.  I was inspired (obviously) by the colours; and also the round shapes.  I used a wood grain background to echo the trees in the image on the bottom left corner.




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Cherish Everyday | MIUCB DT

Hey everyone!

For the month of October, Mix It Up Challenge Blog have a really lovely challenge for you to join in on. It is “Anything Goes + Monochrome”.

For this one, I decided to go with a colour that I really don’t use a heck of a lot, so I went with creamy-beige. In the end, I felt that it did my photo the most justice, as it really pops from the page. I hope you like it!

AND I do hope you’ll join us!





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Learning Life’s Lessons | CSI DT

CSI’s Case File 263 has an incredible Autumn themed mood board for you to work with.  As Autumn is my favourite time of year (Mother Nature’s best artwork!), I was very excited to work on this one!


I used a sage/khaki green, orange, palest grey, soft yellow and a deep chocolate brown (think bitter chocolate!)

I was inspired by the textures of this mood board, so I incorporated some textured kraft paper and some elements that had a basket print or feel.  I used some ephemera and paper that had book print and I added a few flowers and leaves that matched the colour scheme.  I was also inspired by the round shapes in the moodboard, and as such, incorporated some circular elements on my page as well.

As inspiration for my journalling, I chose an October Prompt – “describe your last life-changing event”.

On the 14th of August, this kitty of mine died.  My dog attacked her completely out of the blue in an unprovoked attack.  I witnessed every second of it and was left with my beloved kitty’s blood on my hands.  I was not able to get to her so that I could just hold her towards the end, and I don’t know if I will ever be able to really get over that.  The event has changed the dynamics in our house.  The dog that attacked her is my absolute best boy – so I am completely torn right now; and we are left with so many questions.  They got on like a house on fire – so much so that most people visiting us would remark on it.  They slept together and she showed him endless love; the two of them would follow me around wherever I went.  Pirate cat came to me in 2005 and since then has been at my side when I needed her the most.  Purring in my face, rubbing against my face or my legs, having little conversations with me and fetching me when her water bowl was empty.  She’d sit beside me in my scrapping room – often right on top of the papers I was working with.  Losing her has meant that a part of me is lost too.  I still cannot believe it and I know that this is one of those events that is going to take a little while to heal.  For the most part, I am ok … but I still look for her and when she’s just not there, the tears come.  We have all lost a pet – and I know that there are 100’s of people who can relate – this in itself brings comfort.  Life has changed in losing her.  Life will change now as we begin a journey with trying to figure out how to ‘fix’ my dog; to find out if he’s ill or … well, we just don’t know.  We may never will – but I do hope that we can figure this all out.  It’s very scary and somewhat daunting.  To be torn between trying to mourn my cat and not knowing what’s going on with my dog… it’s right up there with one of the hardest scenario’s I’ve been dealt with.

RIP my beloved Pirate.  I will love and MISS you forever.  Mommy’s little girl.