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Creativity is the name of our game!

We all know the feeling when sometimes inspiration is running low and we have to dig really deep to come up with something pleasing…¬† This year it happened to me more often than I care to remember ūüė¶¬† I would sit there staring at the paper and embellishments and my brain would be BLANK!!!

But then – and this is what keeps me scrapping – there are days when you put together paper and bits and bobs and add a little bit¬†of paper tape and a rub-on and a bit more of this and that and you start putting together your layout.¬† And suddenly, the heavens open and the angels start singing!¬† The creative juices start flowing and I would be on such a high that everything around me fades into oblivion until that layout is finished ūüôā

My layout for this week came together just like that and I love, love, love the outcome!

The 7Gypsy paper is adorable and when I saw the girl with her balloon I knew that the chipboard kiddies from FabScraps would go beautifully with it.  The tissue paper on the border is repeated on tags and tickets.

On the right page I used a 7Gypsy¬†97% completed tag from the Paddington range¬†together with film negatives and a brad treated with alcohol ink to match the colours in the layout.¬† A Tim Holtz ticket and a 7Gypsy packaging tag complete the ‘messy’¬†border.

A 7Gypsy tag from the Lille range serves as part of the title.

A flower¬†made from Tim Holtz’s grunge paper was treated with alcohol inks and Perfect Pearls Mist and finished off with a pearl brad.

To finish off the layout and pull all the elements together I used a 7Gypsy rub-on in various places and ta-da!

I hope you will enjoy doing this page as much as I did designing it.

Our last Saturday class for 2011 will be on 26 November and I would like to invite all of¬†you and treat you to a ‘farewell’ class.¬† The theme will be thanksgiving and I would like you to reflect¬†in the coming week on everything that you want to give thanks for.¬† We will discuss our blessings and the things and people we are blessed¬†to have in our lives and have the best of times together.¬† Please RSVP by Thursday 24 November in order for me to finalize the arrangements.

May you all be inspired this week!


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How lovely was the rain and thunderstorms we had over the weekend in Gauteng!  Everything is brighter and greener and all the dust washed away.

This morning I spent a bit of time in my veggie patch and it did me the world of good.¬† The soil was completely¬†saturated by the rains and the earthy smell was just what my soul needed to be grounded¬† again. ¬†The green beans were ready for picking and I started harvesting.¬† While harvesting I had a look at the holes in the leaves that Wian brought to my attention and kept an eye out for the perpetrators.¬† And what did I find… snails!¬† So I started hunting snails after I had gathered the beans and spent a bit of quality time being a hunter-gatherer just like my ancestors ūüôā

My family is my anchor in life and we love spending time together whenever we can.  When I started planning my layout I put together papers from 7Gypsies and Bo Bunny and it inspired me to design a family layout.

Then I added metal numbers from Tim Holtz and since they looked a bit uninspiring the alcohol inks came out and the games began.

I cut tags from Bo Bunny paper and stacked them with odds and ends and the numbers on top.  I selected my numbers with a symbolic meaning Рfirst we were two, then we had four children and became six. Now three of the children have partners and we became nine.  The eldest couple has three children which bring the total to twelve.  What an amazing family,  I am so blessed to be part of it!

Eclectic chipboard alphabet¬†from ‘the girl’s paperie’ with their random fonts¬†were the perfect match for the papers and layout.¬† ‘Family’ was also treated with the alcohol inks to match the numbers, but the rest of the words were left ‘bare’.

The tags are also from Tim Holtz and two of them are kept together by 7Gypsy’s¬†heart paper clips¬†that also got the alcohol ink treatment.¬† I used grunge paper and embossed on it with blue embossing powder before dyeing¬†it with distress stain.¬† The heart with wings was stamped onto the blue striped paper and matted onto red cardstock.

I cannot wait for our December break spent in the mountains where we have only three official times:  time to eat, time for relaxation (which includes swimming, hiking, reading, scrapping and whatever blows up your skirt ) and bedtime. Yay!

Hope you also have a nice break planned for the coming holidays ūüôā

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