scrapaholics class.

while we are in Port Elizabeth next week I am visiting my friend Zoe's shop Scrapaholics.
this pic is a sneak peak of what we will be doing on Tuesday. there's the brown and blue version and then for those who prefer girly i have done a pink and lime version...which i really do quite like (shhhh don't tell)!
we are playing with all kinds of fun products along with the traditional papers and embellishments...and you will get to see how i incorporate my quirky way out ways into my regular layouts. and that's only in the morning.....

later the afternoon we are playing with more inks, embossing powders, UTEE, perfect pearls, grungepaper and other gorgeous products

so give Zoe a call on 041 -368 2000 to book your spot!

sketch 206.

sketch 206 is up over at Scrapbook Challenges! and boy was this a challenge...well at least in the beginning...see the 2 pager below - well maybe i should have stuck to the single and things would have been less of a challenge. funny how we sometimes struggle with mojo - that thing we believe we loose just because today's layout didn't quite turn out as the vision.

well with me it was simply a case of get down and just do it! and stick to your style, do what you like and in the end it will all come together!

the sketch worked perfectly with the program that i wanted to include on my layout. and once i ignored the little bits on the sketch and just do what was in my heart it really worked out quite well. sometimes you just shouldn't over-analyze something...but simplify!
anyhow, head on over to scrapbook challenges to see what the other girls came up with - some really stunning single pagers!

scrap and stamp saturday.

this week over at scrap and stamp Saturday i have an easy paint resist tutorial for you. head on over to see what the other design team girls have done ...

you can create your own beautiful patterned papers and accents

you will need: white card stock, white acrylic paint, foam brush or sponge, craft sheet to protect your surface, distress ink or glimmer mist.

1. gather your supplies

2. add a dollop of white acrylic paint directly onto your card stock. use your sponge to move the paint around. leave some open spaces where the paint does not cover the card stock. leave the paint to dry naturally or use your heat gun to speed up the process.

3. using the direct to paper technique add some colour. drag your ink pad across the entire piece of card stock.

4. use a soft tissue or baby wipe to clean off the ink from the painted areas. because the paint resists the ink the ink simply sits on top of the paint and can be wiped clean.

5. some alternatives you may try: stamp images using foam stamps or detailed rubber stamps and then add your colour. they make for fun backgrounds, photo matts and accents on your layouts and cards.
for more tips and tricks head on over to scrap and stamp saturday!

i hope you will give this a try! don't forget to head over to scrap and stamp Saturday, add your layout into the challenge and you could be a winner!

cuttlebug+distress ink=cards.

learn to look at your equipment and supplies in a different way....other than the normal embossing and die-cutting you can do with your cuttlebug we will show you some smart tips and ideas on how you can create fun elements for your cards and layouts.
while at the scrapbookstudio in Jeffreys Bay we are doing a card class incorporating some fun elements using distress inks and your cuttlebug. book your spot today to avoid missing out!

Scrapbookstudio (042) 293 2781

scrapbook studio classes.

we're heading down south to the eastern cape in July and i will be teaching some classes at Cariena's
fabulous shop in Jeffreys Bay
this is a sneak peak of a double page layout i will be teaching during the week of 5th-10th July
please contact them directly to make sure you still get a spot in the class
Scrapbookstudio : 042-293 2781
(the technique class is already sold out and we have added an extra class - also sold out)

the layout has lots of little interesting bits and techniques as well as lots of photos. perfect for those that are not really into the mess of techniques but would rather do a layout using traditional scrapping supplies like paper, rub-ons and embellishments.

dust bunnies in winter.

so lately i have gathered a lot of dust bunnies under the couch and inside my blog...
so excuse me while i do some housekeeping and get my affairs in order before taking a break down towards the south of this space to see what we will be up to

sketch 205.

the new sketch is up over at Scrapbook Challenges. I absolutely loved this sketch - it really is so versatile and fun! Pamela does such a wonderful job with her inspirational sketches.
below is my take on the sketch - i turned things around a bit!
if you head on over to scrapbook challenges
you are sure to find loads of other samples the design team has put together for you. Have fun and be inspired!

scrapbook challenges

supplies: Card stock Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper Jillybean Soup & Websters Pages. Flowers Making Memories & Prima. Ribbon Making Memories. Chipboard letters Fabscraps. Other Rub-ons, pearls, embroidery thread, diamantes.

someone inspirational.

this week over at
scrap and stamp Saturday
the challenge is to scrap someone inspirational.
i chose my friend Kathi! she is truly inspirational in the way she has overcome many of her own struggles and obstacles in life and continues on her own creative journey with style and grace.

for my lettering i used plain white chipboard. i first inked them in stream acrylic paint dabber that turned out to be too bright for the patterned paper. i then added purple zing embossing powder that turned out to be too bright. i then added another layer of Rose embossing antiquities and that did the trick! i love how they turned out in the end. slightly distressed but the perfect colouring for the layout!

the writing paper is from 7Gypsies. they have some gorgeous sets available with envelopes and tags. i used the sheet as a matt to house my photo.

some buttons and bling adds extra bits of colour. hop on over to the scrap and stamp blog to see some more inspirational layouts and join in the fun!

supplies: card stock American Crafts. Patterned paper Making Memories & 7Gypsies. Tag and stamps by 7Gypsies. Other Lettering, embroidery thread, buttons, diamantes & silk ribbon.


after 3 days of no power and no internet i am back....
we had a minor incident with an electrical cable that burnt out and landed
on the ground near our house. they finally managed to find it and fix it....
but now we have a few electrical equipment including the internet modem that burnt out due to the spikes in electricity -JOY!
anyhow...hopefully things will be back to normal...
i will be back later today with some creative stuff...

sketch 204.

can you believe it's Monday again - it seems time is flying by faster and faster these days!
anyhow, Pamela has another fabulous sketch for you this week over at Scrapbook Challenges.
do yourself a favor and hop on over to her blog to see more wonderful ideas on her sketch from the SC girls - the layouts this week are extra special (as always)!

and if you prefer a double page here's the sketch for you to try...

my take on the sketch! I love using scraps on my projects - and i have lots of those. this layout was perfect for using those thin strips of left-overs.

i combined my strips with some sewn stitches, buttons and stickers. I replaced the 2 photos with a single enlarged one. my tiny attaches was used to add some metal crosses randomly across the layout for some texture as well as a masculine feel. hop on over to scrapbook challenges for some more wonderful challenges as well as a chance to win some wonderful goodies...

mixed alpha challenge.

scrap and stamp saturday challenge
the challenge this week at scrap and stamp is using mixed alphas for your title. i personally am not a fan of this but in the spirit this is what i came up with. I used different lettering but covered in the same black glitter to unify the look.

mixed lettering and replacing the 'o' of home with a heart shaped chipboard letter filled with the yellow patterned paper.

double matting of my photo adds some interest. I distressed my edges a bit for texture.
i added some stamping in Versamark that is not clearly visible on the circles.

supplies: Patterned paper Making Memories & 7Gypsies. Card stock Bazzill Basics. Stickers by 7Gypsies. Other Embroidery thread, diamantes and chipboard.

fathersday cards.

a couple of fathers day cards i designed for a class. the aim was to use all those unused stickers we all collected at some stage when we started scrapping.
the first card shows how to effectively get rid of that ugly halo around the stickers and then dress them up with a layer of stickles to give them a bit of a modern look and feel. a painted stroke with tombow pens adds a shadow for that artistic touch.

matting and distress edges gives a nice rough look for dad.

the second card uses some glitzers stickers. Layer and combine a bunch of stickers together for impact. keep things tight and close together. Matt some of the stickers onto white card stock and punch them out or cut around them and then ink the edges.

a few scattered diamantes can also work for dad so go on and make his day sparkle with love.

tips for dressing up your stickers:
1. Add some glitter glue to make then shine.
2. Matt them onto contrasting card stock.
3. Distress the edges with an edge distresser.
4. Ink the edges of your stickers with dye ink pads.
5. Raise your stickers for dimension.
6. Group stickers close together for impact.
7. Add diamantes and pearls to stickers.
8. Punch out parts of stickers and use on bits and pieces of them on a card.
9. Print your own sentiments to match your stickers.
10. Cut away those ugly halo's around stickers.

good luck bafana bafana.

wishing all the players good luck for today!

to the fans - be safe and don't take the mexicans home with you...

and for heavens sake, remember your ear plugs!

we did a quick trip to the local hardware store this morning at the crack of dawn and there they were....the vuvu's ....loud very very loud!
have a fabulous day!

sketch 203.

this week's sketch at Scrapbook challenges is another great one by Pamela.
it took two takes before i was happy with my layout. the first one was quite literal and very pink and then came this one...
head on over to to see what the other girls have done. and while you are there take a look around to see some of the wonderful and creative layouts the members share each day.

instead of using some scalloped edge card stock i used punched circles for the bottom of my layout. i used all my scraps which is my favourite thing to do. some of them are raised to add some dimension, and funky little knots with embroidery thread is repeated from the journaling block.

to create a decorative border along the edge of my journaling block i combined thread and bling.

and then...
with the left overs i made this layout. and yes it's that same 7gypsies pattern that i love so much lately combined with making memories vintage findings.

the oh so lovely Prima flower was sent to me by Pamela!! thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. we here in South Africa are totally Prima deprived ...i could tell you exactly why but then why leave myself wide open. all i can say is wholesalers who order stock - wake up!!!

i love the combination of 7gypsies and making memories, and some bling just because i can.

hope you have a wonderful creative day!

scrap and stamp challenge.

the challenge is up over at
scrap and stamp Saturday.
this week we had a gorgeous sketch to follow by Lacey.

i sprayed some glimmer mist in the top left corner to add some colour.
the circles below my patterned paper strip is punched and then the top cut off and added again to the top of the other circles for some dimension.
to add some texture to my cut out circle at the top I used embroidery thread knots frayed out and repeated it again at the bottom. the rub-on at the bottom was added to a recycled envelopes that housed some Prima clear stamps.

supplies: Cardstock Fabscraps & Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper Prima & Jillybean soup. Stickers 7Gypsies. Stamps 7Gypsies. Other Buttons, diamantes, rub-on, circle punch and glimmer mist.

old flame new love.

i have fallen in love with 7gypsies again...and no it is not even their new stuff. it is this piece of Saratoga patterned paper. and i have been playing around with various colour combinations that includes the yellow...and loving it! this by the way is a sneak peak of a single page layout i did for scrap and stamp which will only appear later this month so keep an eye out. and have you noticed how well 7gypsies and making memories are coordinating lately? something to think about when you are stuck.

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