Wednesday, September 23, 2015

#Moments - CREATE - Scrapbook Generation

Hi there.  Last week the September issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine went live.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  Today I would like to share with you the 2 pager I made for the Product challenge this month.  The challenge was to use a stamp in an innovative way on a traditional layout.

I used photos taken last year when we visited the beautiful Kirstenbosch botanical Gardens in Cape Town.  I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch.

Product list:  Patterned paper:  Kaisercraft (Antique Bazaar)
; Cardstock: Bazzill; Letter stickers: American Craft; Pearls: Kaisercraft; Flowers: Prima; Brads: My Mind Eye; Flair: Adri du Preez; Enamel dots: Prima; Die cuts: Kaisercraft; Rubons: Kaisercraft; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink, Archival Ink, Mediums: Neocolor II crayons; Stamp:  Marion Smith; Punch: Martha Stewart.

Mini Tutorial:

1.  Attach the flower stamp to an acrylic block and dab well with archival ink.
2.  Place watercolour paper onto stamping foam before stamping the image onto the paper.
3.  Shade and colour the image with Neocolor II watercolor crayons and blend with wet brush.  If colour is to bright tone it down by applying a layer of gesso.
4.  Fussy cut around the image and embellish the center of the flower with pearls.
5.  Use as an embellishment on your layout.

 I used some pieces from the embellishment pack and a rub on quote from Kaisercraft.

 Another stamped and cut out flower embellished with pearls.

The sky is really the limit when it comes to using stamps, die cuts in traditional scrapbooking.  Please go and check out all the awesome layouts made by the design team.  I am sure that you will find loads of inspiration in this month's magazine.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Happy - Blue Fern Studios

I played with the Blue Fern Studios sketch today.  Their chipboard is just the best and I have more than just a slight addiction to them.  Svetlana Austin of Colorful Memories are the only supplier of Blue Fern Studio's products in South Africa.  I recently purchased some of their patterned papers and they are thick and strong for those who love to you mixed media. I have been nursing a headache for more than a week now and my poor head would not handle anything today I just kept it simple and used no mixed media.

Here is my page for this month's challenge.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Blue Fern Studios (Paisley and Vine); Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios (Techno Scape & Happy title); Wood veneer: Prima, Studio Calico; Flower: Websters; Triangle studs: Crate paper; Flair: Adri du Preez; Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye; Hot air balloon: Websters Papers; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Walnut stain), Dew Drop (Coffee Bean)

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I cut the hot air balloon from a very old sheet of Websters (Your life Beautiful).  The gears are by Prima and I inked it with Coffee Bean ink.

 I cut the Blue Fern Studios Techno scape in two and inked it with Coffee Bean Ink.

 The diamonds was fussy cut from a sheet of Paisley and Vine paper.  The cute little robot flair is by Adri du Preez.

 The flower has also been part of my stash for a long time.  It is a Websters flower and the lollipop shape works well on boy pages.  The little triangle studs are by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.

 I cut the red "love this" block from the cards side of the patterned papers and added some Studio Calico veneer arrows to it.

Thank you for visiting my little place in cyber space and thank you for the ♥

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Our visits to Katberg

We were blessed to be able to spend a weekend in Katberg at the beginning of August.  It was our honeymoon destination many moons ago and the first time we visit the area again after 36 years of marriage.  I want to document what the Katberg Hotel is like now because in the past I had written how Kobus and I used to go dancing at the Minetti Hotel in Seaview...and I was shocked to learn that no photos of the Minetti in its Hey Day still exist today.

When I booked the only option was to rent one of these golf villa's.
The golf villas are on the golf estate a stone's throw away from the original Katberg Hotel.

The beautiful Katberg mountains.

We didn't know just how bad the dirt road to the estate would be...if we knew we would have travelled in the bakkie...all the winter rain caused a lot of erosion of the road.

The second day there we walked to the hotel and found it abandoned.

We stayed in one of these rooms 36 odd years ago.

The path leading to reception and the dining hall.

The empty pool and pool area.

Yup...I was there too.

Kobus and old man's marbels ;-)

A baby donkey next to the it's woolly coat.

I drove the golf cart while Kobus played.

A stunning golf course.

This old bridge was also along the road...very high.

This last weekend it was a repeat performance.  This time the Bravehearts Golf members booked for a night and two games and the ladies were fortunate to be invited along.

Sitting outside in stunning weather.  Have I told you that we have had a very wet, grey and cold winter.  Just sitting and feeling the sun on my skin was medicine for my soul.

Spring has sprung in this part of the world and beautiful blossoms were plentiful.

I had breakfast with these two ladies.

The pool area at the Spa.

More pretty blossoms.

The three of us visited the hotel grounds again and this time it was in full bloom.

Azaleas in every colour imaginable.

The fresh green leaves of the oak trees are so bright they hurt the eyes.

Beautiful Camellia.


The gardens of the hotel are in full bloom but the buildings are still abandoned.  According to the managers of the golf estate a lot of money needs to be spend on getting the hotel back to it's former glory.  Unfortunately the road to the hotel has deteriorated so badly that occupancy has dropped and employing 80 staff members when only 20% of the hotel is occupied just does not make economical sense.  The hotel will only be opened again if the local government agrees to upgrade and maintain the road to the hotel.  Sad but true.  If you have a 4x4 vehicle however I can highly recommend this destination.  It is beautiful, quiet and peaceful.  Medicine for the soul if you live in a city.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Life moments

I am sure you all know what I mean if I say that scrapbooking is something that will never be up to date.  We all take far more photos for it to be possible to scrap them all.  I have been concentrating more on scrapping those travels and events that require a double page.  Sometimes we hang onto some papers because we have this idea of what we want to do with it.  I remember when I first lay my hands on the Basic Grey Wander that was released in 2010...I have scrapped so many pages using this range and they were not all "travel" themed pages.  The colours were just vibrant and great to scrap boy pages.  One specific paper I have hoarded all these years because I could just "see" it being used on a page...Basic Grey Wander Metropolis....

Then we traveled to Cape Town in August last year and while we were there we visited the Waterfront and took some spectacular photos...well it took me nearly five years but I have now done the page ;-)

Supply list: Patterned papers:  Basic Grey Wander; Cardstock: American Craft; Pearls; Fabscraps; Stickers: Simple Stories; Flair: Prima; Rubons: Kaisercraft; Border punch: Martha Stewart; Sketch: Scrapbook Generation.

 A bit of fussy cutting and some outlining around the buildings.  A few stickers and flair.

 I have a thing for border punches and pearls.

 I loved these rubons...but they are tough to get off without it breaking apart.

I love Cape Town and my favourite sister lives there.  We will just have to go there again soon.

Thank you for visiting and leaving love ♥

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A day in my life at the Mission

Today was a day of high highs and low lows...a totally bipolar day.  My inability to switch off and go to sleep has me sitting here and trying to put into words what I find so difficult to process right now.

Today we celebrated the fact that Arno had been at the Mission for 5 years and the last 3 years he has been clean from his heroin addiction.  If you know that the success rate of rehabilitation for heroin addiction is only will understand why we are so elated and thankful.  Today Arno is part of our management team and heads up the Victory group for addicts and also counsels at the Mission.  Bianca was cute and she bought five cupcakes and put three candles on them to signify his 3 years of sobriety.  In the past years Kobus has become Dad to him and I have become his precious and I am so proud of him that my heart wants to burst.

A half an hour later our social worker walked into my office and her face and her body language told me that she wasn't the bearer of good news.  The shocking thing is that some of our 7,8, and 9 year old boys have discovered s*x and that they are active in experimenting with s*d*my between them.  They have been exposed to too much too early in life.  At an age that they should be normal little boys that should still be playing with cars, marbles and balls they have found something morally degrading to keep them occupied.  My shock and horror grew as the social worker told me that her subsequent calls to the social service departments had no results and that there is no resources out there that will help us to turn this trend around.  There is a program for the victims and there is a program aimed at teaching the children to keep safe...but there is no program that can help the perpetrators.  So now we have little girls and boys that need to be protected from these little se*ual predators.  I can't even begin to describe my feelings of utter despair.

In the late afternoon Wynand walked in with a woman in tow.  "Mamma, do you remember Desi?"   I looked at the woman and I honestly would have walked pass her in the street without recognizing her.  The once soft skinned blond girl that I knew now have the ruddy complexion of an alcoholic and her skin is tough and leathery from the exposure to harsh heat and harsh cold that is experienced by those who live on the streets.  She reeked of alcohol but I reached out to her and pulled her into a long tight hug.  She burst into sobs and her tears soaked my blouse.  Between sobs she told me that she had been raped on the streets twice...and I saw the tell tale cutting marks on her arms.  My heart broke.

15 Years ago Desi and her children moved into the Mission.  She was a timid, shy little thing and slowly we won her trust and pulled her out of her shell.  First we let her work in our clothing bank, a while later she was the leader in the laundry and eventually she became my right hand in the reception office where she was trusted with large amounts of cash.  Desi grew up in a home with an alcoholic father and mother, her siblings all became alcoholics in their teens, but Desi never touched alcohol.  Then she met and fell in love with a man that was on our rehab program for alcohol.  Against our advice she married him and the trouble started.  Desi started drinking with him and when she started she could not stop.  She is an alcoholic.  For the past 7 years she has been living on the street. 

I told her to come home.  We want to help her.  She had every excuse in the book why she cannot come yet.  We gave her a solution for each of her excuses. Eventually I realised that she loves drinking more than safety.  She loves drinking more than a warm bed and a full stomach.  She isn't ready to be helped.  So tonight I lay in bed with pictures of Desi outside sleeping on some verandah of a business.  I pray for her safety and I pray for God to give her the sense to accept the help we want to give her.

So there you have it...a day in my life.  Just one single day.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Delight - CREATE - Kaisercraft

...and so I have fallen off the blogging wagon AGAIN.  I will just put it down to actually having a "day job" that is demanding and the tiredness of arriving home at 5 o' clock and still having the normal woman duties like cooking.  If you add to this a demanding study of the book of Revelation that requires at least an hour of study each day.  On the days that I have time to blog, I just crash with a book and go into my nothing box.

The September issue of CREATE is due soon and I still have one layout of the July issue to without further ado....

The magazine is downloadable HERE and the free sketches are available HERE.    The magazine is choc-a-block full of ideas and inspiration. This month the featured manufacturer is WeR Memory Keepers and Bazzill.

Today I am sharing my layout based on the card sketch for the Altered challenge in this month's magazine.  I was inspired by the general design layout of the card and I knew I wanted to use the star theme.  This is the page using a photo of my grandson Lukas.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Kaisercraft, 7Gypsies; Chipboard title and stars: Blue Fern Studios; Bling: Jillibean soup; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Stencil: Studio Calico, Glitter: Melissa Francis; Other: Burlap from my stash.

Some close ups:
 I love the Kaisercraft Antique Bazaar line.  Just look how beautiful it shows off this photo.  The shooting stars chipboard was gesso'ed and then just glittered.

 I used a Studio Calico stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut and Peacock Feathers to fill in empty space on the patterned paper.  The little gems are Jillibean Soup staples.

 I love adding layers behind my photos...and the piece of burlap just looked perfect to form the base.  The Chipboard title was gesso'ed and then coloured with PanPastel in Red Iron Oxide.

I finished off the large star with another Jillibean Soup gem. 

So off you go now and download the magazine...there is so much inspiration shared inside it...and it is free.