Saturday, November 29, 2008

KJ's challenge #15

See...I told you I am a sucker for a challenge...cannot seem to pass on! So here we go again. Kim posted this cool layout of Lacintha...yes the ex-South African now living in COLD Canada. This layout forms the basis of the challenge and other rules are as follows:

- Tilted photo/or photo's
- Hand written journaling
- Circles or dots somewhere e.g.papers, embellishments, journaling etc.

Well...if you have followed my blog for a while you will know that this was a CHALLENGE for me...usually I don't do tilted photos and I hate my own handwriting...I can live with circles and dots...actually I love circles and here goes:I used papers from the K & Company Margot range. The silhouette stickers, chipboard flowers and butterfly is also from the same range. The background is dots and I cut some circles from the printed paper. These pictures were taken in April 1999 (when we were still young and good looking), shortly after our 20th wedding aniversary and specially for a brochure for the ministry we are involved in. The journalling reads : "After 20 years love, the stories we can tell about our life....will fill a book."


Friday, November 28, 2008

An Attitude of Gratitude

I love to follow various blogs...and blog hopping I came across a few little gems that I want to share with you...the first is this beautiful wordart made by Stephanie Ackerman over at Creative Souls.

This beautiful image I found on a bloggy friend Jules of the Roost.
Firstly I want to wish all my American friends a blessed Thanksgiving. Wow, don't you think it would be great to have a day set aside just to give thanks to our awesome God? But then again I realise that God calls us to a life of gratitude. It makes this scripture in Colossians 2:6-7 come to mind: "My counsel for you is simple and straightforward; Just go ahead with all you've been given. You received Christ Jesus, the master; now live Him. You're deeply rooted in Him. You're well constructed upon Him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you've been taught. School's out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let you living spill over into THANKSGIVING." (From the Message)

I have so much to be thankful for and my wish is to live my life with an attitude of gratitude. Today I am thankful for:
1. God giving His son Jesus to die for my sins so that I could be reconciled to Him.
2. That when God looks at me, He does not see me clothed inthe filthy rags of my sin, all He see is the robe of Jesus righteousness.
3. That God gave me the most wonderful, loving and godly husband that has taught me everything about the love of a father when I look at his relationship with our children. Without this I would never have understood the Father heart of God.
4. I am thankful for health.
5. That God has provided every single thing that we need and that we lack in nothing.
6. That I have beautiful and healthy children and grandchildren, whom I love very much.
7. That He has given us a beautiful home that has become our sanctuary.
8. That He has called us into His "field" to spread the gospel and care for the broken and rejected. That He has given us to these people as a father and a mother....something they have never had.
9. That He is building His kingdom and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.
10. That in Him I live, and move and have my being. Without Him I would be nothing.
Be blessed

Monday, November 24, 2008

Vulnerable I know I am a scrapping junkie. I cannot pass up a challenge. Kim just had to mention the Cocoa Daisy challenge....and off I go. Whether I will be able to upload it to Cocoa Daisy in time is another I just registered and my account is still inactive. Anyway this was the challenge:And here is my attempt:

This photo goes all the way back to December 1998 and the journalling reads as follows:

"We started in full time ministry in July 1998. Three months later Esmerelda came into our lives. She was not yet 3 years old and was badly beaten by her step father. Within 2 hours she was removed from her parents and our home became an emergency “safe place”. Bianca was only 9 at the time and cried when she washed the battered little body and my boys wanted to go and give the dad some of his own medicine. We were cautioned not to get too emotionally attached. (How do you do that with a child?) In our welfare system, children are placed back in their homes within six months. So for six months this little girl lived in our home and we loved her. Then she left and we never saw her again. Today she must be a 13 year old girl and I often wonder where she is and if she is safe……."


Saturday, November 22, 2008


I did this layout of my daughter Bianca and her boyfriend Marc. It makes me so happy to see the two of them together. They bring each other a lot of happiness. A few months ago Bianca was still dating some other guy when Marc's best friend, Dale, was killed in a car crash. Marc turned to Bianca for comfort and that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. It is wonderful to see two young people that respect each other and take each other into that is something rare....

I used my January 2008 Personal Scrapper kit for this and I love the quote: "Happiness is contagious, when you reflect happiness, then all others around you catch the happy bug and are happy too." The wordart is by Melanie.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Journalling Junkie: Challenge #44

Journalling Junkie's next challenge is to make a layout about "shoes". I had to really dig deep for this one. After searching I came across this photo of my boys taken in 1985. Here Kobus Jr. is wearing my shoes and Wynand is wearing his dad's. The journalling is a poem I found on the internet and the author is unknown.
Sandals, pumps and highheeled boots,
it really is a treat.
To wear Mom's many pairs of shoes,
upon my litte feet.

Loafters, wingtips, cowboy boots,
it really is a treat.
To wear Dad's many pairs of shoes,
upon my little feet.

I used the Personal Scrapper November 2007 kit for this layout.


Challenge #13: To the Starres and back....

For Kim's next challenge she used this layout of Adia who lives in Singapore.The challenge is to use the layout to lift. The 'rules' are to use a butterfly somewhere in the L.O, give your page title a twist...(no plain horizontal placements) & layer, layer, layer!

Here is my attempt. This photo was taken in December 1999. I am the oldest of five girls...and this was the last time we were all together. Elsa lives in Australia and she was out for the holidays. From left and youngest to oldest is: Ansie, Elsa, Herlien, Anita and me.

I used my Personal Scrapper October add on kit....Crate Paper: Prudence.


Monday, November 17, 2008

My weekend

Okay now...guess what I did this weekend. No, no scrapping I'm afraid. Wynand and Nadia went away for the weekend and left little Lukas with us. Shame poor little thing... he is teething at the moment and he was so sick.... became feverish every now and then. So all he wanted to do all weekend long was this.
He would lie on my would seem he is fast asleep. But every time I moved or spoke, he would open those huge beautiful blue eyes and look at me. How precious these times a year he will not want to do this anymore...I am so enjoying this little man.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Journalling Junkie Challenge 43

Journalling Junkie has the following challenge:
She has given us a sketch and the following criteria.
:-since Oct is breast cancer awareness month,
-the layout should be feminine
-at least one pink item on the page
-hand stitched flourishes
-the girl symbol somewhere on the page (like the symbol on the bathroom doors)

This layout brought back so many sweet memories. The pictures were taken shortly after we adopted Bianca in 1990 when she was 16 months. The journalling reads : You were not born from my body, you were born in my heart. From the moment I first met you, you crawled into my heart. And I knew you were mine..."

Thanks for looking


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

For the Love of Coffee

I love coffee! In the mornings I cannot even wake up without it. When Bianca has college she is the one that will brew the coffee and wake us with steaming mugs. When she is on study leave or the college is closed for the holidays....Kobus is the one that will get up and brew the I get to wake up in my own good time. I am afraid I am not much of a morning person.

Coffee shops are the best place to meet. Over many cups of coffee Kobus and I have discussed our children, our lives, our ministry and our christian walk. So many memories... So many great times spent with my sisters and friends over a cup of coffee.

I always wanted to do a layout about my love for coffee. There is currently a crop challenge on Noel Mignon's site and one of the challenges were posted by Jana Eubank. It is a sketch challenge and this is the sketch used:

Here is my attempt. I loved using the fibres for texture. The word "coffee" is a Wilna Furstenburg creation.

Have a cup and relax.


I have been tagged!

I have been tagged by Shayne on 4 November (sorry completely forgot) to list 7 random or weird things about myself. Now that is difficult because I am positively square and never maybe weird?

1. Can't wake up without my first cup of coffee in my hands.
2. Hate, hate, hate answering the phone...talking on the phone...anything to do with a phone.
3. I put off buying groceries until there is no more coffee, sugar or Ellis Brown.
4. I hate noise...and shouting...I can happily be at home with total quiet.
5. I am rooted in my home, where I have been living for more than 20 years.
6. I totally dislike driving, my best time was the beginning of this year after spinal surgery...six weeks of no driving.
7. I only wear flat shoes...just looking at high heels makes my toes cramp.

I geuss neither random or weird....just me! Now I am tagging two of my blog buddies.....Desire and sister, Anita.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Challenge #12: Amaze

At last I am back to scrapping...I have been itching to scrap. Kim's challenge 12 needed to be done as the challenge ends tomorrow. Kim was using Christine's layout below as the sketch and the title had to be "Amaze". I took the most "amazing" pics of Lukas last week and it was the perfect pics for this challenge.
This is Christine's layout....we had to use at least 5 different printed paper.
Here is my attempt...I used MM Fresh Anthology paper, brads and buttons.

The beautiful poem by Julie Camacho reads as follows:

Heaven Sent

You often are gazing upwards,
When your mouth turns into a smile.
I wonder if you've met Him
And are remembering for a while.
I think that you were held
In your Creator's arms,
As He was putting the finishing touches
In your mind, your soul, your charms.
I hope that you remember,
I pray you don't forget.
Please seal it in your heart,
You were heaven sent.

Have a blessed week!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Circle Album tutorial

Many of you asked for the circle album tutorial and after struggling for a long time I managed to get it should enlarge if you click on each "page" another option is to right click on it and save it. I want to give ALL CREDIT TO MICHELLE DU PLESSIS OF CAPE TOWN WHO MADE THIS TUTORIAL AND FREELY SHARED IT... now I freely share it with you. If you can't get it to open in a larger format you can e-mail me and I will send you a Doc.file. off you go and please send me pics of your circle can send it to I would love to post your attempts on my blog. To win a RAK leave a comment and I will choose the winner in a draw.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Latest layouts I ended up not being able to complete the L.O.A.D. challenge. My mom came up from Cape Town for a visit and it would be rude if I just scrapped all the time. Another reason for not being able to complete the challenge is that my computer is really not loving me at the moment. It freezes up when I open my photo folders, it freezes up when I try to resize my layouts, it does not want to read my large format scanner anymore. This weekend my scrapping attempts were so frustrating that at a stage I wanted to take an axe to this awful machine. I have now found a better very bright IT minded son is going to be building up a new tower for must be fast and have a lot of space for photos!

I did manage to finish these three layouts in this past week:
My son Wynand (pronounced Vaynand) took this pics of us in our front garden. The wordart reads: Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it. The wordart is by Mel.
These pictures of my grandkids were taken at Homeleigh Farm last weekend. As you can see they had a ball.

Christian and Leane eating icecream...For little Leane it was a new experience. It looks painful in the pictures....but she kept coming back for more and everytime she pulled her face.

Tomorrow my sister will be coming up from Cape Town as well...her husband has business meetings here. Thursday morning we will be driving through to Jeffreysbay....believe it or not...this surfing paradise has the largest scrapbooking shop in South Africa. Melody when you move up from Cape Town there is that to look forward to!

Have a blessed week.