Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Miracle of You - My Minds Eye (The Sweetest Thing)

I am really way behind with my scrapping.  Stefan will be 8 months soon...and I only scrapped his birth photos today.  I just found this beautiful My Minds Eye papers perfect for these photos.

Supply list:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned Paper:  My Minds Eye - The Sweetest Thing (Bluebell); Stickers, brads and enamel dots: My Minds Eye - The Sweetest Thing (Bluebell); Alpha's: American Craft and Making Memories tiny alphas; Other:  Stitching template and DMC cotton; Sketch: Allison Davis.

I wanted to add texture so I added some hand stitching to the banners...and the title was chosen because I was blessed enough to be present at the birth.
Some more stitching, enamel dots, and chipboard buttons.
Another reason why I love MME is all the matching embellishments.
Matching embellishments.

I see my layout is 2nd most bookmarked on 2Peas today:-)
Thank you for visiting me today, your comments are appreciated.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Boys will be Boys - Echo Park (Boys)

My two grandsons are so blessed to be able to live on a smallholding.  They have so much more freedom and also experience things that children living in suburbs don't experience.  Two weeks ago they went for a walk and came across Roxy the pig, sleeping next to the road.  This is how I scrapped the event.

Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Printed papers and stickers: Echo Park (Boys); Sketch and kit by Allison Davis of Scrapbook Generation.

 As you can see, a single page would never be able to give credit to the event;-)  ..a close up...
My scanner looses some of the vibrancy of the colours - on this photo you can see it much better.

 Needless to say, they wouldn't mind taking Roxy home...but already have 2 dogs, 2 cats, a Shetland pony and 2 bunnies. That is the life.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Today is worth Remembering - Crate Paper (Farmhouse Collection)

I love making double page layouts...the reason being that often we have events in our lives that need more than just a one page layout. I made quite a few layouts of our home cell's trip to the Baviaanskloof.  I made them all using Crate Paper (Farmhouse Collection) and Allison Davis sketches.

Supply list:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Printed papers: Crate Paper (Farmhouse Collection); Punch: March Stewart; Ribbon: My Minds Eye (Stella and Rose); Flowers: Prima; Chipboard gears: Enmarc; Sketch: Allison Davis.
Here is a close up of one cluster...
...and another.

Here is two more layouts I did of the same event...when we stopped for coffee near the Cockscomb Mountain.
...and when we stopped to stretch our legs at one of the dams:
Initially I was a bit hesitant to use this kit...because of it's "loud" colours...but I am happy with how it turned out.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Snail Hunters *Scrapbook Studio*

Here is another layout I created this month with the November Scrapbook Studio kit.
I took these cute photos of my grandchildren the morning after a sleepover.  They wanted to play outside early the morning and when we let them out they started searching for snails.  To their delight they had these snails glide over their arms.

Step one:  Cut two cardstock to 30cm x 30cm
Step two:  Cut a 29cm diameter circle from Crate Paper: Portrait Collection Bouquet.  Cut a 10 x 10 cm from Crate Paper: Portrait Collection Traditions for your journaling block.
Step three:  Cut three strips by two.  I cut along the pattern of the black lacy paper of the Crate paper: Portrait Collection: Tradition.  I then split the lacy paper in two halves to go across the page.  The other two strips I edged with a border punch.
Step four:  Cut circles various sizes and lay out your basic layout to get the placement of the various circles.
Step five:  Paste down the large circle with 7,5 cm on the left page.  Paste down the strips, bottom strip is approximately 11 cm from the bottom. Then paste down the circles according to your placements.
Step six:  I added some very old “raindrops” by Cloud 9 Design.
Step seven:  I coloured  the chipboard alphabet with a black marker.

You can find the November kit at the Scrapbook Studio store.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

The things I am thankful for....

  • My husband.  We have been together since I was 17.  You could say that in a way he raised me.  I am so thankful that over the years we have grown so close together.  We often finish each other's sentences and often we giggle when one of us start talking about something and the other was thinking about it at the same time. Kobus then tells me "Klim uit my kop" (get out of his head).  I am thankful that he allows me "time out" when I need it.  Even if "time out" is just not going to work for that day. I am thankful that in Kobus being a father to our children I could learn the father heart of God.
  • Wax earplugs:  Okay on a lighter note:-)  Kobus snores so badly that I seldom got a good night's sleep.  Thanks to wax earplugs I now get my much needed sleep.
  • My family:  I am grateful that my children have all found their futures in South Africa and even better Port Elizabeth.  Wynand, Nadia and the boys lives approximately 2 km from us on a smallholding and Kobus, Lache and their three little ones live just around the corner from us in the same neighbourhood.  I love it that I can fetch the little ones at anytime when I miss them.  I am so grateful that we are so intimately involved in their lives.  
  • Reconciliation:  With Bianca.  Since we adopted her at age 14 months I wanted our relationship to be special.  Then it all went pear shaped two years ago.  My heart was broken and in a sense I lost hope.  I give thanks to our Lord and Saviour who is always in control and who works all things for the good of those who love Him.
  • Experiencing the birth of a grandchild:  I had the awesome blessing of being the birth partner for Bianca when Stefan was born in March this year.  It is most certainly the highlight of my year. Seeing his little body appear and hearing his first cry was a miracle.  Being the first to cuddle him was precious.
  • Grandchildren:  Okay, I know I already mentioned them....but I love them so much that I needed to count this blessing again.  I love it that each of them have their own unique personality, their own little quirks and their own ways of twisting me and Kobus around their little fingers.
  • Being relatively pain free:  Many of you know that I have had chronic pain for the past few years.  At the beginning of this year I had a MRI and EMG and the neurologist changed the diagnosis from Fibromyalgia to Myofascial pain syndrome.  No, it has nothing to do with the face :-)  (Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a fancy way to describe muscle pain. It refers to pain and inflammation in the body's soft tissues. Myofascial pain is a chronic condition that affects the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles). There is no cure for this condition and the treatment is basically pain management.  The neurologist prescribed pain blockers and I haven't felt so good in years.
  • Living my purpose:  It is a blessing for me to know that I am exactly where the Lord intended me to be.  Being in full time ministry is a delight to us.  I could never go back to living a secular life.  It is indeed more of a blessing to give than to receive.  You have no idea what it is like to see people's lives transformed.  To see people get out of the pit of depression and finding hope again.  To see the countenance of addicts change as they become free.
  • Returning to my gifting:  You know that whole "love language" thing.  It was always a mystery to me what my love language was;-)  Last month I realized I am missing it totally.  Spending quality time with people and being "there" for them is my passion.  For years I would drop everything and rush to the aid of whoever needed me at the time.  Until I realized that this was reciprocated, others would never do the same for me...I felt so unloved... (really)....and bitter, and I robbed myself of the blessing.  I just stopped being there.  I am thankful that the Lord stirred this up in my spirit last month and I knew I had to do something about it.  I did...and I immediately felt more fulfilled.
  • Being creative:  In her book The Gift of Imperfection, Brene Brown makes this statement on page 96 "The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world, will be born of our creativity."  I love being creative. It keeps my hands busy so that my mind can sort things out.  Very therapeutic.  I also love that my creativity brings pleasure to the ones I love.
What are you thankful for today?


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Remember - WeR Memory Keepers Anthology

First I want to share with you that I have been accepted to be part of the Design Team at Sketch N Scrap for the period December 2012 to June 2013.  I am delighted as I really need to be challenged to scrap more regularly.

I have been scrapping a lot of double page layouts lately....trying to make a dent in my huge stash and at the same time scrap the events that just need more than a single page.  This layout is one of the Allison Davis Hall of Fame layouts at Scrapbook Generation.
Supplies used:  Cardstock: American Crafts; Printed paper and stickers: WeR Memory Keepers Anthology; Sketch: Allison Davis.

Here is some close ups:
The photos were taken while we were away for a weekend in February this year at the Tsitsikamma Lodge.
I am delighted with how well the photos worked with this line and with the sketch.

I am going to be posting layouts more regularly.  Thank you for visiting and thank you for your kind comments.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Busy, busy, busy

I am struggling to get back into blogging, even now that I am private.  I read back on my blog the other day and it all seemed to flow so easily, so I guess maybe I just need to get back into practice.  So here goes, I suggest you get a cup of tea or coffee as this is going to take a while....and you are in for a photo overload.

As the year is winding down for some of you, it is speeding up at a dramatic pace for us.  It is our own grandchildren's end of year events...and it is all the planning of Christmas parties and events at the Mission. Before I get into the children's concerts I want to show you photo's of the first time my two baby grandson's were together and actually took notice of each other.
 My two baba's.  Juan on the left (5 months) and Stefan on the right (7 months)  I have a feeling this two are still going to be getting into all kinds of mischief in the future.
 Juan has the most beautiful dark blue eyes with a white ring around his pupils.
 Time has gone so quickly and this little man is getting ready to crawl.
 Leane is becoming a real little mommy.  She wants to pick up the two babies and carry them around.  Stefan loves his cousins and is always laughing when they are around.
 Living with Oupa and Ouma means that little Stefan is starting to do "chores" from an early age.  Here he is helping Oupa mow the lawn.

Leane started with ballet this year and last Friday afternoon it was their concert and prize giving.
 I love the "attitude" she shows in the photo.
 It is amazing to think that these little girls are only 5.
 The absolutely loved it.
 Kobus Jr, Lache and the Oumas and Oupas was sitting in the front row.  Leane had a lively (loud) conversation with us while the certificates were handed out.
 My beautiful little girl is so allergic to mozzie bites...that is the marks you see on her legs and arms.

The very next day.  Saturday morning last week it was the Siembamba School's concert and we realize again how blessed we are to be so closely involved with our grandchildren.
 Leane was a princess....
 Dewan was a bee....
 ...and Lukas a little pig.
 After the concert I wanted to take photos of the little ones.  Lukas was all posed out and didn't want the pig snout on his face any more.  It was a hot day after all and he had been in this suit for a few hours. Bribes wouldn't even work.
 Leane and Dewan was quite happy to pose as long as they could eat at the same time.
 My beautiful little Leane.
A very handsome little bee ;-)
 The first smile I got from Lukas was when he was in Oupa's arms.  
He was also quite happy to pose with Popsie the clown and her husband.


Forever in Love - Websters (Country Estate)

I haven't taken part in any challenges since 2010 when my life went totally off it's tracks.  Life has calmed down to organised chaos now and my DH is away on a hunting weekend.  Hence three posts in as many days;-)  This layout is for the November sketch challenge at My Creative Sketches.  I used the July 2011 Limited Edition kit to make this layout.  My darling sister and her hubby went to a masked ball last week and the sketch and kit was just perfect to make her this layout.
Supply list:  Printed papers:  Websters (Country Estate); My Minds Eye (Stella and Rose); Doily: from stash; Flowers: Prima; Bling swirl: Prima; Brads: My Minds Eye (Lost and Found); Rub on's: Title - Daisy D's, quote: Kaiser scrapbook.

Here is a close up of the little flower cluster

This is the sketch the layout is based on:
I hope you are having a wonderful restful weekend.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cute little man - My Minds Eye (Stella and Rose)

I decided to spread my wings a wee bit and try out for another sketch design team.  Sketch N Scrap is looking for a few new members to their design team.  I made this layout:

Supply list: Cardstock:  American Craft:  Printed Papers: My Minds Eye (Stella and Rose - Hattie); Embellishments:  My Minds Eye (Stella and Rose - Hattie); Alphabets: Upikit and American Craft.

Here is a close up of one embellishment cluster:

Here is the sketch by Lisa Hidy:

I hope you are having a great weekend.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scrap Africa - Chevron challenge - Echo Park (Sweet Summertime)

It is time for Challenge 11 on the Scrap Africa blog.  The theme for this challenge is all about chevrons.  You can make a card or layout and the chevrons must be noticed at first glance.  Go and check out the lovely layouts  and card that the design team made.

This is my layout:
Supply list: Printed paper:  My Minds Eye (lost and found), Echo Park (Sweet Summertime); Stickers: My Minds Eye (Fine and Dandy); Denim Pocket: Handwork Stickers; Brads: My Minds Eye(Fine and Dandy); Ribbon: My Minds Eye(Fine and Dandy); Felt butterfly: Basic Grey (Lemonade); Chevron Template:  Silhouette Cameo.

Here are some close up views of the layout:
I don't often combine different lines...but here it worked well.
I am loving my Silhouette Cameo...and will be using it a lot.  I love how this little denim pocket embellishment echo's the shape of the chevron.

There are some super prizes up for grabs.

Our sponsor is the South African chipboard company celebr8
the lucky winner will get the prize worth 250 Rand (about 30USD)

Design team member Denise is  hosting this challenge and she is also offering a little challenge "sweetener" ;-)
So there is a second prize, also to the value of R250.
Both prizes will be drawn randomly.

You have until the 30th of November!