moving right along.

so what do you do when life throws you a bowl of sour lemons ...why you grab some stuff and get cracking on some secret Santa creativity!
yeah that's right - i make stuff - i get more creative than ever before - i feel better - i let go - i forgive - i move right along. don't let life hold you back from beauty today - let go and create!
be blessed in everything you do today! thanks for stopping by - i give you thanks abundantly!

my version of honeycomb.

so things have been quite busy around here - still! in between getting the last of the class layouts and projects prepared for this year and painting more furniture, my calendar has been filling up quickly for next year which is a good thing. i am thankful! thought i would share my version of the honeycomb - a favourite layout done last week. with scraps! my ultimate enjoyment in paper crafts. so what can i say - i love scraps and lovingly care for them amongst my other supplies. these were all scraps cut into 3x3 inch squares and worked perfectly to trace my template on and cut out. they are far from perfect - like life and just how i love it! the layout is finished off with simple strips of journaling, rub-ons and a title. oh and don't forget the buttons.
for some of the hexagons i went back afterwards and added a second raised layer using a different piece of scrap paper - adding more interest and dimension
my title is created partly using aancient sheet of basic grey lettering and half cut using my slice machine. the word 'dream' was cut using 7gypsies patterned paper and then glazed once it was stuck down. it always amazes me how people can first glaze their words and then trying to get it to stay flat (while it curls madly)while drying. this is not the right way - adhere everything to your layout first and then add your layer of glaze last - move your project to the side and walk away!! trust me - you will learn to love glaze and your projects more...
this half sheet (scrap) of 7gypsies rub-ons have been lying around for ages! and finally they found a home. i am always amazed at the quality of their rub-ons. even after years of floating around without their protective sheet at the back - they glide on like butter. just wonderful!
thanks for stopping by! i hope you are having a creative week and things in your neck of the woods are slowing down a bit! blessings and love...

class kits for sale.

i have 2 of these class kits up for grab in the for sale box. a fun layout in bright colours that can work for boys and girls...simply turn the paper around to give you the option. this kit teaches you some new and exciting techniques using alcohol inks, paint, distress inks, perfect pearl mists and crackle paint. **please note that the products needed for the techniques are NOT included in the kit and can be purchased separately from your nearest scrapping store. *only for south african residents please.
winged chipboard car featuring alcohol inks, distress inks and perfect pearl mists
decorative border cut from patterned paper
kit price R200.00 ex postage and packaging
with full instructions and colour photo included
e-mail me if you are interested jowilna at scrapcouture dot co dot za

finally something to share.

this past saturday we had an awesome event at emperors palace in gauteng. forever memories ( a local distributor in south africa) had a nice group of ladies that got together for a full day of scrapping, chatting, laughing and off course a stunning lunch in between all the creativity. i won't lie and say i am totally in love with all their products BUT they have some awesome tools (the best corner rounder and definitely the best circle cutter) and their new paper ranges are very very nice. i got to work with this beautiful range in greens, blues and yellows for my layout. the ladies enjoyed themselves a lot and we even had a couple of gents in the class too.
some of the beautiful paper flowers included in the kit. they work really well on their own or dressed up with buttons and thread.
beautiful chipboard swirls finish off a circle cut out of the patterned paper with a photo behind it
their huge assortment of stickers gave the scrappers an opportunity to alter them and totally change the look. for this sticker we did a bit of fancy cutting and inking to give a 3-d look.
i have been quite busy with furniture painting and restoration and my little side business is taking off nicely...well so i hope. then there's the telkom internet saga - when will south africa actually have a decent provider with cheap internet. the lack of actually having internet for a couple of hours on end is really frustrating. moving to canada is very very tempting at this stage...besides it would be so good not to have to deal with the current heat here. enough of that though - hope this inspires you for a day or two. thanks for popping in. i am hoping to share some xmas cards if only i can get a decent photo or 8....

a scraplifted layout .

it's been a hectic last couple of months and it seems like time is flying by even faster than normally. but i have been doing a lot of scrapping none the less and have even scrap-lifted a couple of layouts that have caught my eye. this layout was inspired by Jeanette from scrapbook den. Jeanette offers some stunning class with the occasional layout and card making class taught by yours truly at the shop at the beginning of each month. i changes up the layout to suit my style...but regret not having done some misting on the background now. any how...hope you feel inspired to get creative this week.
for my glitter title i cut the word together using my slice machine out of brown card stock. i first adhered it to my layout and then covered it in a layer of dimensional glaze. then sprinkle the glaze with glitter and leave it to dry for a good 15minutes before shaking off the excess glitter. a perfect glitzy title to get you into the holiday mood...
the little flower was embossed onto cream card stock using clear embossing powder. i then added colour using distress stains and misted it with water and letting it dry naturally. **remember that letting things dry naturally always gives a way 'cooler' look than drying it using a heat gun.
most of my strips i embossed using my cuttlebug machine and some embossing folders. i sanded some of the areas to give a worn out look. and don't forget the sewing on the edges for some added texture and colour.
some old PSX (personal stamp exchange) stickers came in handy. i used some glitter glue to add sparkle and change the stickers up a bit.
i can't believe my little pups are 4 years young...they fill our lives with love!
thanks for popping in today -hope you have a wonderful week.

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