Thursday, October 22, 2015

Smile - Blue Fern Studios

Hi there,  It has been more than a month since I last scrapped.  First my life at work were hectic before we could leave for our two week vacation...and when we got back it was hectic once again to catch up on  all the admin that were waiting for me when I got back...and our annual audit all happened at the same time...yay me!!!

Anyway!  I played along with the Blue Fern sketch challenge for October.  I can never get enough of this company's extensive chipboard range...and since I was able to lay my hands on their paper I am completely smitten.  It is beautiful and the papers are thick and sturdy enough that you can throw any mixed media at it without it buckling.  I have a phobia for buckled papers...but that is just me.  The papers are relatively feminine and as you know I am grandma to 5 grandsons.  I have therefore challenged myself to apply myself to making pages that aren't feminine to showcase the photos of my boys.  This month I have used the photo that was taken at Stefan's creche.  Here is my take on the sketch:

 Product supplies:  Patterned papers:  Blue Fern Studios (Frolic); Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studios (Smile word, Grid pieces); Flower:  Websters; Brads: Basic Grey, My Minds Eye; Flair: Adri du Preez; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Stickers: Teresa Collins; Ink: Color Box (Creamy Brown), Distress Ink (Stormy Sky); Stencil: Prima (Shell Ginger); Texture Paste: Daler-Rowney.

The sketch ( I turned it anti clockwise)

Some close ups:
I love this new stencil by Prima.  I applied texture paste through it around the page.

Sometimes I do believe that a lollipop flower works perfectly on a boy page.

I looked for the brighter pieces of paper and added a few Teresa Collins stickers.

The "life" and "always" tags are also by Teresa Collins.  "Mon Tresor" was cut from the cards Frolic paper.
I love how vibrant the page turned out.

Thank you for visiting my little blog...I will be sharing a "life" blog post soon.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Kirstenbosch Gardens - CREATE - Scrapbook Generation.

Hi there. The September issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  Today I am sharing my take on the Sketch challenge.  You can download the sketches on the above links.  I dug into some photos that was taken all the way back in 2011 when I visited Bianca in Cape Town and we visited Kirstenbosch Gardens together.  Yup...I love botanical gardens.  The beauty of the Lord's creation always draws me in.  Here is my take on the sketch.

Supply list:  Patterned paper: Kaisercraft; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Pink Paislee; Butterflies: Pink Paislee; Flowers: Petaloo; Page pebbles: Pink Paislee; Embroidery floss: DMC; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink.

A few close ups:
 I adore the colour scheme of this Kaiserkraft Blue Bay collection.

 ...and you don't have to use it for only beach photos...they display the botanical garden photos to perfection.  Needless to say, I have quite a stash of this pretty papers and they will go a long way if you cut them up the way I did for this page. 

 I teamed the papers with some page pebbles and butterflies from the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden collection.  (Yup...I still have that in my stash too)  Just look at that hummingbird on the Aloe.

 Some more wordy stickers and a butterfly page pebble.

...the stitched lines were perfect for the flight of the butterflies.

Thank you for visiting my page today.  Please go and have a look at the lovely pages in the CREATE magazine.  There is something for each style of scrapbooking.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Winter Splash - CREATE - Scrapbook Generation

Hi there. The September issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is now available for download.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.   Today I am sharing the last page that I was for the "Altered" challenge and I used the card sketch that is available free on the above link.  I took this photo of three of my grandchildren playing in the waves on a mild winter's day.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Prima; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft, Making Memories tiny alphas; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Flowers: Prima; Brads: Prima; Flair: Prima; Die cuts: Memory Box; Ink: Ranger Archival, Donna Salazar Inx, Ranger Distress Ink; Mists: Prima; Paints: U Kraft, Gesso; Stencil: Crafters Workshop, Studio 490 Texture Paste; Stamps: Prima, Scrapbook studio.

 My background was made with various stamps, a stencil and some crackle paste.  The bubble cut was made with a die from Memory Box and misted with Color Bloom Worn leather mist.

 The pretty circle chipboard is by Blue Fern Studios and was just inked a soft brown.

 I painted my title with acrylic paint and applied gesso over it.

 Pretty blooms, flair and brads all by Prima.

I used a lot of patterned papers from the Prima Seashore collection and some tags to add extra layers.

Now off you go and download that will be inspired.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Plettenberg Bay - Photo post

Hallo there.  Please explain to me why time always, always fly when you are on vacation?  I wish I could just press the pause button for a while.  I believe that is part of the reason why I have become a serial just feels like a way to capture those ordinary life moments.  I am just sharing a couple of photos that Kobus and I have taken during the past few days. can be sure that this early bird didn't catch the worm.  My darling man is the early riser and on the first few days here, his internal clock was still set on our work routine.

 The start of a perfect day.

 Our modern technological children ;-P

 The lagoon side of the hotel.

 Assuming the position.

 The Harkerville Saturday market where Kobus and I spent the morning last Saturday.  I will do a seperate blogpost on this lovely farmers market soon.

 In line for the Full Monty breakfast.  The biggest breakfast I have ever eaten.

 Early morning beach walk.

 The entertainment at the hotel is focused on keeping the children occupied so that the parents can have a good time too.

 Kobus playing paparazzi.

 We meet up with these friends from Sweizer Reneke each year at this time.

 I love this man...and love to see him so rested.

 The most beautiful place in the world.

 No place makes me feel so at peace.

 One of us together.

 Some of the beautiful scenes at Old Nick's village.

 Beautiful iris.

 Look at the size of that Arum lily.

 Shopping in the quaint little shops at Old Nick's village.

This beautiful shot was captured by Kobus.

Thank you for coming along and sitting a while.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

1st DAY - CREATE - Scrapbook Generation

Hi there.  The September issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download now.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  Today I want to share a 2 pager I made for the Theme challenge.  This month's themes are either Halloween, fall or school.  I decided to scrap some of the sweetest photos of Lukas' first day in Grade 1.  Here is my page:

Supply list:   Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, American Craft; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers: Pink Paislee, Scenic Route; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Brads: My Minds Eye, Echo Park; Flair: Adri du Preez; Buttons: Teresa Collins; Stickers: Doodle Bug; Die cuts: Jillibean Soup; Embroidery Floss: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink: Colorbox, Ranger Distress Ink.

I have had this "alphabet paper in my stash for many years and they were perfect as a backdrop to the photos.  I cut the blocks, inked them and stuck them down in a grid pattern.

 I just love the effect of the stitching between the blocks.

 I cut the typewriter from another piece of patterned papers and a few buttons and a few of Adri's pretty flairs and the page was complete.

The owl stickers are by Doodle bugs and the little ticket buttons are from a Teresa Collins button pack.  The words on the little black board in Lukas' hands says:  "Mamma don't cry."

Please go and check out all the awesome pages in this months issue of CREATE and be inspired.  


Thursday, October 1, 2015

When life slows down...

...and you breathe real deep.

We are on holiday (vacation).  Two weeks of bliss.  I must confess the last week before our departure was hectic.  The wage envelopes had to be filled for three weeks in advance and I had to make sure that each and every payment due is scheduled and VAT and PAYE returns done.  Sometimes I actually wonder whether all the stress that lead up to a holiday is worth it.

But then we arrive at our destination...and it is as if this huge weight rolls off my shoulders...and my body goes into a totally different mode to which it is accustomed.  This is really, really my happy place.  A place where my body, mind and soul is restored and refreshed.  No stress...the biggest decision we have to make is where to go for our next meal...not too shabby :-P

Our routine quickly becomes set.  We sleep until we alarm clocks and no grandchildren banging on the door for Ouma and Oupa to wake up.  Kobus is a morning person which means that I am spoiled with coffee in bed.  We then go for a long walk on the beach.  The first morning we walked the nine kilometers from the hotel to Robberg and back.  We then decide where we want to go for a late breakfast.

On warm days we soak up the sun on the lawn of the hotel where there is also entertainment for children as well as grown ups.  Yesterday was overcast and cold and we woke up late.  So we decided to drive through to George and visit a colleague of Kobus from his Pick 'n Pay days.   Round about 4 o'clock the heavens opened up and the rain came down in buckets.  I was instantly chilled to the bone and we were off to search for a Cape Union Mart.  I needed a fleece jacket and I knew that they would be the only ones to stock it at this time of the year.  We packed for summer and the cold was unexpected and unwelcome.

I have brought enough reading material with me.  Reading is something I seldom find the time for and when we are on holiday I read until way past my bedtime and sleep late the next day.  A book is also a welcome escape if your husband is an ardent Rugby fan and he "needs" to watch all the World Cup matches.  I finished my first book "Smacked" an autobiography by Melinda Ferguson within the first day here.  It is a book that gives a lot of insight into the psyche of a drug addict and hopefully I will be more patient with the people in our care in the future.

I am now reading the latest Corban Addison book "The tears of dark water".  It is a gripping story and Kobus frequently moan at me to "put of the light" when he wants to sleep or to "get my nose out of the book" when he wants attention.  Today he is on the golf course and I can read as much as I want.  I might get time to read a few blogs too.