Road Trip | CSI

And for my second post, I want to share my take on the challenge over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.

Green, blue and white have become firm favourite colours for me to work with, so I particularly enjoyed working on this one!  And just look at that stunning sketch that Em put together for us!

Here is my piece:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : Plain cardstock, stripes, flowers, arrows, word/phrase sticker

Testimony : 100 random questions – sharing a new exciting thing (no 98)

We decided to take a road trip in the second week of the April school holidays; our Wolfster planned everything to a fine, fine detail.  In 10 days, we stayed at 6 different places – one highlight in particular was our trip to the Karoo.  I had never been before, so it was so special that he included this beautiful part of the world amongst our travels.

But the biggest highlight of all – for me – was when we stopped in the middle of a pan.  I couldn’t get enough of the texture and appearance of the cracks in the soil.  I actually ended up lying down on it to get some very interesting photographs.

There was something magical about it.  And my excitement at finally having to literally touch a pan must have rubbed off on my daughter.  She grabbed her blanket and “flew” all around us, shrieking “YEAH” most of the time; and just generally laughing and carrying on like an absolute loon!

It was the most amazing few minutes I’ve ever had!





Always Laugh Always Smile

Hi guys!

First day of a two week school holiday – and I’m SO happy to still be in my jarmies, at 08:15!!  Much to do this week though, as we are going away for a little over a week at the crack of dawn on Saturday!

Anyway, today I want to share the latest case file over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.  This one is a major case file and as such, also includes a lovely sketch, done by Em of The Nifty Pixel.

Here is the single page LO I made for this case:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : stripes, flowers, wood, frames, triangle, circular element

Testimony : Prompt idea – what was your funniest moment

We need to laugh at ourselves; we really do.  Even in those incredibly embarrassing moments.  A few weeks back, I was walking around a clothing store when suddenly I bumped into someone, I turned to apologise profusely, until I realised I was apologising to a mannequin.  No one saw it happen – but a few heads turned when I burst out into the most raucous laugh.  It was one of those ‘you had to be there’ moments.  Life is very short; how boring it would be if we didn’t laugh every single day.

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Love This Happy Space | CSI DT

Hi everyone,

It’s been a bit of an all fall down week for me – only because my daughter has not been well at all and as such, has been home with me for two days.  Not fun for either of us.


Today I want to share with you, the latest case up for investigation over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration!

Divine, isn’t it??

Here is how I solved the case:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : polka dots, animals/bugs, plants

Testimony : write about what makes you happy

The moment I step into my little art and creating space, the most indescribable calm washes over me.  I do, quite literally, smile, relax my shoulders and exhale rather deeply.  I really can’t say exactly what it is about this room that makes me so happy.  Is it the smell of all the paper?  Is it the sound of my mists as they spray upon a page or creation?  Is it the open window before me that I find myself staring out into as I wait for inspiration to take hold?  Is it reliving the memories in the photographs that I am scrapbooking?  Or is it merely a combination of each, which ultimately culminates into a page or a canvas?

And here are some close ups of this one:










Two {little} Peas | CSI DT

And here we go with my second take on the CSI: Color Stories Inspiration Case File NO 225!

And this is what I threw together for my next journaling prompt!


Scheme : all there

Evidence : stars, something that flies, triangles, circles, diamond shape

Testimony : prompt idea – which relative do you resemble most in personality?

My Popsicle, of course!  Given half the chance, he will tell you (and your family, friends and neighbour) that not only am I so much like him, but I (apparently!) also LOOK just like him.  The jury is still out on the latter…

But as for the former, well yes.  I’m most like my dad.  I have some of mom’s traits (and look more like her – sorry daddy!); but a lot of me is my dad.  We tend to prefer keeping the peace, than facing confrontation.  We don’t like to delegate – AT ALL – and that is because we both know that we can do the task best (apparently).  We have a good sense of humour – and we are both able to laugh at ourselves.  We are both quite cheeky (although I will let daddy take the lead on that one!).  We’re both utterly ridiculously affectionate and we both JUST love to love!  We both like beer (oh wait, is that a personality trait??).  Neither of us like any form of fighting or animosity.  We both like to be right and sometimes can have great difficulty backing down (ok wait wait wait… that’s more him than me!)  We are both very, very social and outgoing; we prefer to go out for a drive or to a market or a fair, rather than sit home on a weekend.  For the most part, I think that we both like to find the humour or the positive side to life.  I think that’s a good thing – it’s got me very, very far in this life of mine!











All Our Yesterdays | CSI DT

So my second (and third!) post today is for the latest challenge over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration – Case File Number 225.   The reason there are TWO posts for this particular case file is because I couldn’t decide between two of the Testimonies (i.e. journal prompts), so went with both!

As you can see, this case file comes with a gorgeous sketch from our very own, very gorgeous, Em of The Nifty Pixel!

And here is the first SPLO I did for this case:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : stripes, something that flies, circles

Testimony : prompt idea – what do you collect?

Well… it’s pretty obvious, if you think about it… I collect MEMORIES!  I think that, that is a big part of what life is about.  Head on out on an adventure – no matter how big or small.  Create memories to look back on.  I hope that one day Isabella will cherish the ones I’ve made into scrapbooks, canvases, etc. for her!

I must drive people NUTS with the amount of Instagram photo’s or FB timeline shares I post – but it’s not really for their benefit – it’s for MINE.  I love heading onto FB to see ‘on this day’… I love how these memories, long since gathering dust in the back of a shelf in my head, can crop up and suddenly there you are, back to that very moment 8, 9 or 10 years ago. I LOVE it!

Collecting memories might not in the physical sense (unless you count the scrapbooks and artwork!), but to me, it definitely IS something I collect – daily!  There is no end in sight for this one!







Little Mermaid | CSI DT

Hi again!

I’m back this afternoon to share with you the latest case file up for investigation over at CSI: Color, Stories Inspiration.  It’s preeetttyyyyy yummy, this one!

And this is how I solved this case:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : plain cardstock, arrows, die cuts

Testimony : use an item in the scene – mermaid!

We took part in a sandcastle competition late last year while at Pearly Beach.  We started off by building a replica of Table Mountain (one of Cape Town’s most DELICIOUS natural tourist attractions), but the wind was just not on our side; so we ended up pulling an idea out of our hats and sat you down so that we could turn  you into a mermaid.

You were AMAZINGLY patient – and most definitely set a personal record for The Longest Time Sitting Completely Still.

Although you didn’t win first prize, you drew a lot of attention and really, you were a sure winner to us!

Here are some close ups!







Ice Cream Monster | CSI DT

Hey there.

Yes, I’ve been MIA blog wise for the past few days!  Not only have I had a lot of scrapping admin going on, I’ve also worked furiously on projects that I’m just not able to share with you …. YET!

I can, however, share with you my take on the latest challenge over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration!

It’s a Major Case File and it includes another wonderful sketch by our Em of The Nifty Pixel.

So this is how I solved the case this time:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : stripes, clouds, food, monsters, distressing

Testimony : journal about a meal, IW – outside

Well, I suppose that technically, eating ice-cream is not a meal.  Not to any adult or sensible human anyway – but to you, my Ice Cream Monster, it is a joyous meal in its own right!  Regardless of what the weather is doing outside, you will eat ice cream.  And you do so with absolute relish.  In fact, it’s safe to say that you are at your most quiet, serene, chilled (pardon the pun) and totally zoned out when you are devouring your frosty, decadent delight.  No thought is spared at how much more ice cream ends up on your face vs. how much goes in your mouth.  The world outside of that creamy indulgence melting down your warm hands does not exist.  It’s a sight to behold, watching (and listening to!) you eat something as simple as an ice cream.  It’s true what they say – enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back (as I do now!) and realise that they are, in fact, big things!

And here are some close-ups of this piece.





Proud Moments | CSI

Color Stories Inspiration released their latest challenge earlier today!  They are also celebrating their FIFTH birthday this month!  I took part in many of their challenges before finally making it onto their DT – this was HUGE for me.

Anyway, here is their latest challenge:

And this is what I put together to solve this really beautiful and sophisticated case!


Scheme : all there

Evidence : floral pattern, stars, glitter

Testimony : IW friends & lovely

This photograph was taken shortly after your graduation ceremony.  Although it shows just you and teacher Bronwyn, it speaks on many other levels too.

It speaks of the friends you have made.  It speaks of B’s amazing, gently, lovely, caring nature and deep love for her ‘kids’.  It speaks of how you’ve grown in the year that you have been in Grade R.  It speaks of your own love for your teacher and your school.  It speaks of how much you have learned.  It speaks of the friends that mommy herself has made.  It speaks of how far we have come with your physical and emotional development from January to December 2016.

This one image has managed to completely encompass the greatness of 2016 in its entirety.  I’m so proud of you, Isabella.  I’m so proud of where you are now and the most amazing progress you have made!


Here are some close ups of this piece:







My Christmas Wish List | CSI

And last but not least – I’m sharing my take on the latest case to solve over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.  As you can see, it includes a rather beautiful sketch by our Em.

And here is what I THOROUGHLY enjoyed putting together!


Scheme : all there

Evidence : polka dots, plaid, holiday accents, snow flakes

Testimony : create a wish list for your topic

My Bluebird.  My wishlist for you is that the life lessons you are learning now and have yet to learn are soft and gentle on your very sensitive heart.  That you carry through with your compassion for others; as well as your loyalty towards your friends.  That happiness finds you always.  That love surrounds you in its comforting cocoon. That you continue to grow with the beauty and intelligence that you are showing now.  That you continue to take pride in helping others.  That all the naivety and inner caring beauty you carry with you now will never be dampened by anyone. That you will always, always know the depth of my love for you; that I will do anything for you; that I am your BEST friend.

Here are some close ups:






Hello This Is Me | CSI DT Post

Well, school is back today and that means that I finally get to catch up on overdue admin!  It’s virtually impossible for me to get anything done while my crazy little goose is around!

First up, the latest case over at CSI – Number 214 – which includes another awesome sketch by the uber talented Em!

I absolutely adored this case!  Every part of it.  And here is how I solved it!


Scheme : all there

Evidence : dots, stripes, triangles, vinyl

Testimony : October journal prompt : the meaning of your name

I have come across many websites that offer up the meaning of your name; most of them differ a lot, while others have a few things in common.  I was named after Elvis’ daughter, so it was not as if I was named for its meaning.  I have, however, come across a lovely and pretty apt description, but have added my own comments in brackets:

“You always bring to completion anything you start (mostly!).  You are generous (yes) but like to see returns from your giving (nope!).  You have an executive ability, you are a leader (not sure about this, as I am an introvert!).  You are moral (yes), balanced (pretty much), honest (yes) and intellectual (apparently so!) and you may attain spirituality (spot on!).  You are wise (am I?) and practical (yes) with an appreciation of beauty (oh yes!). You always think before you act (mostly).  You are intuitive (spot on!) and might be interested in arts, drama or science (yes, yes, and NO!).

You find the best contentment in life when you own your own home (yes!!) and provide well for your family and loved ones (I do the very best I can!).  You have a great sense of responsibility and duty (yes).  You are comforting, appreciative and affectionate (yes yes yes!). Your obligation in life is to hold justice and truth (yes), and if you follow the Law, you can find great happiness and satisfaction”

Here are some close ups: