sketch 256 - scrapbookchallenges.

it's Monday and time for another wonderful sketch inspiration by our very own Sookie! the original single page sketch is so versatile and can be interpreted literally in a million different ways. i love it when i am totally inspired by a sketch and can make it my own - really my own. and that is what i did - i made a layout that i love and felt totally comfortable with. so to see the original sketch as well as the wonderful inspirational layouts by the other design team members visit scrapbook challenges here. i turned a single page into a double page (and broke a couple of rules along the way - by only using a single photo - gasp!)...
and here are some close-up details of the layout...
some stunning rub-ons by kaisercraft were the only decorative elements required along with a stunning array of patterned papers.
sewing around the patterned papers makes a beautiful statement adding texture and colour.
paint literally thrown onto the white background directly from the paint bottle - and yes it does take a while to dry but the end result is so worth it!
thought for the day: white space is a good thing...:-)
hope you have a wonderful creative week! thanks for popping in - you are appreciated!


This layout was so inspired by a single page done a while go by my friend Pamela Young. She is such an awesome scrapper and a generous friend. When i saw her layout i knew i had to scraplift it...and so here it is! i love how we can be inspired by different people and different things even if they have such a different style of doing things. so thanks Pamela!
of course it helped that i used the beautiful pink paislee paper to create this beauty. i also threw in some girl's paperie and mme for good measure and good old i can't live without book paper. i used the book paper to create a dimensional border at the top of each flaggy and then added some sewing along the edge in different colours.
the lettering is by a local south african company...and used to death! i added some glaze to make them look them better.
the butterfly is cut from a piece of paper and glitter glue added. the stamp and floral stickers used are from a Prima paper sheet and the rub-ons by kaisercraft.
the lace border stamp used right at the top of the layout is by prima and the butterfly by pink paislee - stamped in grey ink. i hope you feel inspired on this cold weekend afternoon. be blessed! and thanks for popping by xx

colour challenge at scrap and stamp saturday.

this week's challenge over at scrap and stamp Saturday is a colour challenge! the challenge is to use brown, cream and one additional colour - i chose red. i absolutely loved how this layout turned out - the photos, the use of scraps of paper, the stamping, sewing and even those old very old ki memories rub-ons by Love Elsie! (yes they still worked like a charm) For the patterned paper squares i dug around in my scraps and found patterned with creams and browns in and the red came with the beautiful old favourite by Jenni Bowlin. I hope this layout will inspire you to play along, but more importantly to use those old supplies you have - scraps are the best part about being creative. I love that i can make those beautiful papers stretch over a couple of layouts **'cause i really love patterned papers.

I used one of the rub-ons directly onto a piece of the 7gypsies patterned paper and cut closely around it. The text is still visible through the rub-on and in small bits around the edge. Transforming a piece of patterned paper and making it new again! i simply love that.
Beautiful buttons in cream sit nicely alongside a rub-on by scrapbook king. and remember a button finished off with some thread always looks nicer than an empty button!
My title was cut using my Making memories Slice Elite out of making memories and 7gypsies paper. I then used a fine script stamp and stamped directly onto the die-cut words in grey for a subtle watermark effect. The heart is a rub-on trimmed around the edges.
the tag stamp is one of my favourites stamped in Versafine onto 7gypsies text paper, matted onto black card stock and finished off with some jute. The tag was raised onto the layout for some dimension.
Go ahead and play along with us this week. so head on over to Scrap and Stamp Saturday and see what the other girls did with this stunning challenge! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

a bit of recycled stuff.

i finally got a round to scrap some of the pictures and event ephemera from April in Cape Town. The photos are totally random taken from the girls, Tim and the product we used in his class. The papers are all left-overs from Margie's class with some additional 7gypsies and artchix added. I used the cover for my hotel key card and our table ticket to create the flags at the top of the layout - i love how every little remidner can be added to your layouts to create an original work of art. I have been thinking a lot about how the industry has gone from 'original' layouts and works of 'art' to packing kits and just sticking stuff together for those who think they don't actually have the time to create something original. well i say nonsense - why don't they all try and watch less TV and doing meaningless stuff, and get down to doind some quality projects, spending time with those who are really important and be orignal! maybe they are just too afraid to be original - because if you don't fit in with the Jones's this world will surelt crucify you sooner or later. anyways my thought for the you - be an original!

and a close-up of the recycled ephemera ticket stub flags used

thanks for stopping by. hope you have a wonderful friday and a creative weekend

sketch 254.

and finally here it is...a new sketch over at scrapbook challenges. this week has flown by so fast. things have been hectic around here. anyways....this is such an awesome sketch. at first i was stumped, but once i finally found my bracket template things kinda fell into place. the background inked paper is by pink paislee (house of three) and inked with weathered wood distress ink to reveal the 'embossed' design. i used the polkadot on the outside with a sewn border on the inside, and then filled the inside with a making memories ledger paper raised onto foam. the star was die-cut on my slice elite and then coloured using color wash in denim and perfect pearls mists in heirloom gold. the little birdie and lollipop flowers are chipboard coloured using chalk inks and then glazed. for some more inspiration head on over to scrapbook challenges and see what the design team came up with! hope you have a fabulous week heading into the weekend. thanks for popping in...

some inspiration.

i discovered a new online community called let's scrap. a fabulous bunch of girls. and this is where i uploaded this layout and was featured as inspiration of the week - i am honored! it's always nice to get recognition for your work 'cause let's face it there as such talented ladies out there! i used some stunning photos of my nephew for this layout. i am just loving him at this age (3) - really coming into his own and full of personality. so hop on over to let's scrap for some serious inspiration.
some diamante to create a bit of a corner around some of the photos.
pleated ribbon used as a fun accent and to add some colour. i love how this ribbon just picks up on the colours in the photo (his shirt and shorts) for a nice unexpected twist.
i hope you have a fabulously creative week!
cardstock - bazzill basics
patterned paper - MME, Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin & Pink Paislee
brads - making memories
reinforcers - Rebecca Sower for EK Success
chipboard letters - Fabscraps
Other - ribbon, thread & diamante

scrapbook challenges blog hop...thanks Pamela.

welcome to this 'ultra' special blog hop! if you have landed here via Shelly then you are in the right spot! But to start the blog hop you need to go to Brynn's blog.
i am Jowilna and have been a part of this wonderful creative family for a time now (and i absolutely adore them all). i am an addictive scrapper, card maker, mixed media artist, journalist and published writer of craft books! yes i love what i do! i found scrapbook
challenges via Pamela's blog and fell in love with her style and personality! Pamela started scrapbook challenges and has been a great source of inspiration, but she is taking a time out to spend with her family and so Brynn has taken over and will head up the group. Such capable hands i may add too! she is so ultra creative with the digi stuff.
thanks for popping in!
we are celebrating National scrapbook day but also celebrating our friend, fellow scrapper, mentor and creative spirit Pamela Young! please join us as we celebrate her creative spirit when she started this awesome group - share her vision as you are inspired and play along with us this weekend 'cause there are awesome prizes up for grabs!

for this challenge we each picked a favourite sketch that Pamela made and here is my sketch i picked - sketch # 158. here is what the original sketch looks like...
and here is what i did with it! the layout is a 8x8inch and so cool. i have forgotten how fun it is too scrap on a smaller scale (so quick). my patterned paper is wrapping paper and i just thought the pretty images are so feminine and peaceful in a strange way. the photo is of water drops on a lotus Lilly leaf in our pond - they remind me of the many tears i have cried in life.
can you relate? salty tears really is great therapy!
and some close-ups of my layout. some recycled packaging by Margie from the girl's
paperie - i so love that pink writing
i added some circles cut out of my wrapping paper that i used as patterned paper. i inked the edges and added them overlapping the same pattern for a really interesting look.
a beautiful butterfly by making memories and some pearls by kaisercraft.
give-aways are at the order of the day....
remember that there are some awesome goodies up for grabs like Fancy Pants paper packs and tim holtz goodies (oohhh)! so now it is your turn to hop on and then visit scrapbook challenges and join in all the fun!
now it is time to hop on over to the fabulously creative Marilyn for some more inspiration!
Happy National Scrapbook Day everyone!
let's celebrate!
patterned paper - pink paislee, girl's paperie
card stock - bazill basics
butterfly - making memories
pearls - kaisercrafts
baker's twine - pink paislee
brad- making memories
other: thread, tag, pinking scissors, circle punch

sketch 252.

it's been a while since i have blogged. here in South Africa April is filled with holidays and Easter vacation and i took some time to just chill and sort and clean and renovate. we are in month 4 of renovating and i have just about had enough. with a very very tight budget things get done when they get done...and that is so slow! anyways at least the tiles are done and today we hung the light fittings (the power still needs to be connected). i am waiting for the blind to be custom made for the window, then i can paint and then it's the cupboard doors and the floor. grrrr. i have learned to be patient even when making coffee through clouds of dust and mortar. but thankfully the scrapping continues. over at scrapbook challenges we have a new sketch by our very own Jolanda! i loved it and created this layout below....not my usual style but love it! i was playing around in paint shop pro and bumped up colours and played with effects on my photo.
for my title i used some Webster's pages letter stickers. love these - they are so versatile and fun! a layer of dimensional glaze adds some personality to them. the new Prima blooms are simply stunning!
white paint splats on my green background (ancient from making memories) makes for some fun accents. my little butterflies are dressed up with purple french knots and the purple repeated in the diamante.
so hop on over here so see what the design team has come up with! take a look around the site and play along with the stunning challenges the challenge team has in store each week! thanks for popping in and hope you have a wonderful and creative week.

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