Monday, August 3, 2015

BOYS pretty much RULE - CREATE magazine - Scrapbook Generation

The July issue of CREATE is available for download now.  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 take on this month's sketch.  You know how much I love sketches and I don't get to do colour blocking every day so I just couldn't resist this page.  I used some photos of Juan for this page, he is such a cutie.


Supply list:  Patterned papers: Echo Park; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft thickers, Basic Grey; Stickers: Echo Park; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Brads: Echo park, My Minds Eye; Twine: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Dies: Quickutz stars;  Star clusters:  Silhouette Cameo.

 Some close ups:

 I cut the strings of stars with the Silhouette Cameo and then stitched through them.  The large stars were cut with Quickutz on the Big Shot.

 I love using a mix of sticker alpha's for titles.  I also wrapped some twine around the one pattern paper block.

 This Kaisercraft line is perfect for boys and the words are cut from some of the patterned papers.
A mix of embellies to form the star cluster.

Please check out this magazine.  There is so much inspiration by the Design Team...you will not regret it.

xx

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Currently I am....


I always find these kinds of posts the best to start with when I have been missing from the world of blogging for a while.


Reading:  I started reading "The girl on the train" by Paula Hawkins when we went to Katberg for the weekend two weeks ago and finished it during this week.  I love reading and have way to little time for it these days.


Recent getaway:  Two weeks ago Kobus and I went to Katberg for the weekend.  This was our honeymoon destination 37 years ago and our first visit since.  (I will do a further post on this later next week)

Laughing at:  My grandchildren is a constant source of laughter to us. I love them to bits.  They make our lives just so much happier.


Swooning over:  My newly refurbished home.  I took before and after pics but I really don't know whether anybody would be interested anyway.
Planning:  To just breathe deeply and find time to create and blog again.  These past few months were hectic.  We have started with the Precept study of Revelation.  There is never a dull moment at the Mission and each day brings it's problems and joys.  For the past three weeks my home was upside down with painters, builders, tilers and ONE BIG MESS.  I am enjoying the results and the bug has bitten me.  I plan to just continue and give my guest room, Bianca's room and my study a make over too.

Eating lots of:  Comfort food.  Soups, curries and stews.  We have had miserable weather for the past two weeks which have been grey and very wet.  I am so over the winter...wishing to feel the sun on my skin.
Feeling: Mostly happy and content...I realise just how precious each moment is.  I want to make the most of each day and capture the moments before they slip away forever.

Discovering:  That it isn't THAT bad to join my husband for a round of golf.  While we were at the Katberg resort I joined him and drove the cart while he played.

Thinking about:  Lately I have been thinking a lot about life.  I don't know if it is because we are doing Revelation or whether it is some other reason.  I think on the shortness of life and the magnitude of eternity.  I want to know that I made a difference...and that my life counted for something.

So there it is.
What are you planning to do with your one wild and precious life?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Love This - CREATE magazine - Scrapbook Generation

It is that time again....the July issue of CREATE is available for download now.  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 "Theme challenge".  I decided on the SUMMER theme because it is my favourite time of year and to me summer and beach are synonymous and add to that the fact that I have loads of beach photos waiting to be scrapped my choice would make total sense.


These photos were taken during one of our beach walks at Plettenberg Bay in October last year.  I used a sketch by Alison Davis of Scrapbook Generation.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Prima, Cardstock: American Craft; Stickers: Prima; Bling: Prima; Flowers: Pearls: FabScraps;  Prima; Brads: Prima; Flair; Prima; Chipboard: Celebr8; Resin: Prima; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Ranger: Crackle texture paste: Wendy Vechi; Stencil: Prima;  Punch: Martha Stewart; Title Die cut: Silhouette Cameo.

Close ups:

I found a very old bling swirl that I cut up and used on the clusters of my page.

Some stenciled crackled paste splashes on the edges of the papers.

I love to add pearls to my border and here you see another piece of the bling swirl.

Another little flower and bling cluster...the little lighthouse is by Celebr8.


Thank you for visiting my page.  Do yourself a favour and download this free magazine and be inspired.

xx

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Laugh - CREATE magazine - Scrapbook Generation

It is that time again....the July issue of CREATE is available for download now.  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.  I want to share the first of 6 layouts that is published in this month's magazine.  For this challenge we had to use a stencil or mask.  Here is my page:


Product list:  Patterned papers: Prima: Cardstock: American Craft: Sticker: Prima; Wood Veneer: Prima: Chipboard: 2Crafty; Flowers: Prima: Lace: Prima; Title chipboard: Celebr8; Punches: EK Success, Martha Stewart; Stencil: Tim Holtz; Texture Paste: Daler-Rowney; Butterfly diecut and leaves: Silhouette Studio.

This is my process with using stencils or masks:

Step one:  Decide where you want your photo stack to go and draw a rough outline with a pencil.
Step two:  Choose your stencil and place it where you want the medium you are using to be visible.  
Step three:  Apply texture paste through the stencil with a palette knife.  Be careful to not smudge when removing the stencil.
Step four:  Leave to dry or dry with a heat gun.

Some close ups:

 I added some texture paste through the stencil behind my photo stack as well as to the corner where I wanted to add a little cluster.

 I added the large butterfly that I cut with the Silhouette Cameo to the back of my photo stack.

 A little flower cluster with some Silhouette cut leaves mixed in.

 You can get a wonderful effect when you use lots of layers.

 Here you get an idea of my layering.  I use my Tim Holtz tiny attacher to keep all the layers together.

Please download the CREATE magazine and be inspired by the Design Team.  If you are a South African please remember my monthly give away for July!!!  You can comment to enter HERE.

xx

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CREATE July Magazine


Hi there all my scrappy friends.  Just letting you all know that the July edition of the CREATE magazine is available for download now. You can read and download it HERE.   It is choc-a-block full of inspiration and features WeR Memory Keepers and Bazzill this month.  You can also download the sketches of the month for free.  I am so proud to be associated with this magazine and will be sharing my layouts that is published in the July issue in the next few weeks.

xx

Thursday, July 9, 2015

July give away and June winner

I have been a bad blogger lately.  Life is busy and our work at the Mission will always be a priority in my life.  I prefer it that way.  I remain focused on what is important and don't get caught up or obsessed with scrapbooking or blogging.  We have also started refurbishing our home.  We have been living in our current home for the since 1987 and our much loved home is sorely in need of a face lift.

Anyhow...it is time to open the July give away (South African entries only due to shipping costs) and announce the winner of the June give away...so without further ado...

The JULY give away:
This give away is made up of Websters pages (Ladies and Gents).  Some of the papers have been cut into...but there are quite a bit of embellishments and I will add some further odds and ends to it before I mail it to the winner.

To be considered for this you need to follow me on this blog, through Bloglovin. (you will find the link in the side bar) and leave a comment with your name and e-mail address.  If you share the give away on your blog or on Facebook you will have an additional entry in the draw.

Now onto the draw for the June winner.  The winner was picked by Random Org...and the lucky winner is no 19:  Jen Leeflang.  Congratulations Jen...please e-mail me your postal address to lynette.jacobs11@gmail.com.

xx



Friday, June 19, 2015

Fabulous times together - Scrapbook Studio

Hi there, I am happy to say that I think I have found my scrappy groove again.  I just love Scrapbook Studio's new sketch of the month.  The photos I took of Stefan and Juan on Juan's recent birthday was just perfect for this page.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins (Urban Market); Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood Veneer: Teresa Collins; Brads: Teresa Collins; Flair: My Minds Eye; Pearls: Fabscraps; Buttons: Basic Grey; Twine: Simple Stories; Die Cuts: Teresa Collins (Urban Market); Title: Celebr8;  Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Archival Ink; Stamp: Kaiserkraft.

The sketch
 Some close ups:
 I layered some of the Urban Market ephemera pieces ...and added some twine and pearls.

 I decided to bring some green into my layout by using some embellishments that has a touch of green. 

 This cute title is by Celebr8.  I coloured the word fabulous with a green gelato and inked the rest brown.

 The arrows was cut from some of the patterned paper in this range and layered with some wood veneer.

I love how well the green works with the colours of this range as well as with my photos.

Thank you for visiting and leaving your thoughts.
xx

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June give away

Hi guys.  I am seriously struggling to find my creativity again. My scrap room has stash that dates back years...and it is seriously overwhelming to decide where to start and what to use.  So I have decided that it is time for a BIG purge.  I am getting rid of all old kits and everything that doesn't inspire me.  I will be having a give away every month until I feel that my stash is at a manageable size.  Unfortunately, due to the price of postage and shipping, this give away will only be for people living in South Africa.

This is the GIVE AWAY for June.  
A Crate collection that I will be adding ribbon, lace, buttons and flowers to.

To be considered for this you need to follow me on this blog, through Bloglovin. (you will find the link in the side bar) and leave a comment with your name and e-mail address.  If you share the give away on your blog or on Facebook you will have an additional entry in the draw.

This post will remain at the top of my blog feed until the give away closes on the 30th June 2015.

xxx

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What is not to LOVE - Blue Fern Studios

This is my second attempt at the Blue Fern Studios sketch for June.  I wanted to use THIS photo and it just didn't work with the papers I selected for the first attempt.  While I was going through my stash to decide which of the old kits will be ear marked for "give aways" over the next few months...I came across an old Swirlydoos kit of October 2009...yes I have stash going back to that date :-P  It was an autumn kit and I just loved how the colours combined with my photo...what do you think?  Stefan with all his sleeping buddies.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  SEI (Autumn bliss), My Minds Eye (Necessities); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Tiny alphas by Making Memories; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios (dangle, bricks, title); Bling: Kaiserkraft; Flower: Prima; Brad: Making Memories; Flair: Adri du Preez; Die cuts: Silhouette cameo; Mists: Prima Colour Bloom (Summer Sky, Gold Foil); Stamps: Bo Bunny, Kaisercraft, Marion Smith; Texture paste: Daler-Rowney; Stencil: Crafters Workshop.

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I used one large photo instead of the two on the sketch.

 I love how die cut flowers don't look too feminine for boy pages...and one can always add bling ;-)

 I just inked the bricks and bits with some Creamy Brown Color Box chalk ink.  

 The dangle was originally embossed...but it didn't go so well with these papers...so I just gesso'ed over it.  Love Adri's flair...if you want to see her latest catalogue...just leave me your e-mail address in the comments section.  She makes the most awesome flair.
What is not to love  indeed....

Thank you for visiting and your kind comments are appreciated.

xx

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Juan turns THREE

My youngest grandson, Juan, turned three this month...the birthday party was held at a venue on a small holding outside Port Elizabeth.  As usual I am going to flood my blog with photos...because I can ;-)

Here is my lovely with his pretty Mamma.

 You can see how much pleasure Leane found in driving on the four wheeler.

 Dewan spent nearly all his time on or around this activity.

 Stefan in action on a bike...

 These two are inseparable...and I have a sneaky suspicion that they had a deal....NO EYE CONTACT with Ouma :-P

 Juan on the 4-wheeler...a little apprehension there.

 Stefan also loved it...but I could also see that he wasn't all together comfortable.

 I have long ago found that I don't capture any "in focus" images of these two if my camera isn't on a "super fast" setting....it is just GO, GO, GO with these two little men.

 Why bother inviting other friends when all they do is spend all their time together?

 I would have loved to hear the conversation here.

 Leane and the older children enjoyed the jumping castle.

 ...and they are off again...

 I love this girl ♥

 So full of life and joy.

 The light inside was not too good...here Juan blows out the candle...and as you can see the theme was Ninja Turtles.

 Much eating and getting a BIG sugar rush.

 Only the older kids put on the masks.

 ....ah...eye contact....caught you!

 ...off again ;-)

 ....do not, I repeat do not look at the Ouma....

 ...oops...caught again!

 What is not to adore about the friendship between these two little cousins.

...and I am treated to eye contact AND smiles....SCORE!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for your visit to my world ♥♥