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Youth’s the season made for joys,
Love is then our duty.

JOHN GAY, The Beggar’s Opera

Aaahh… and how joyful is the duty of love when you’re young and your heart is beating in unison with your sweetheart’s!   It is an added bonus if your sister is a photographer because then you can have the most beautiful pictures as memories of a summer spent in love.  It doesn’t get better than that!

The title of my double page layout for this week is ‘Memories’.

The tags are from 7G (Oh, I do love them so!!!) and I cut the numbers off the bottom of the tags and put two layers of embossing enamel on them to deepen the colour and add dimension and shine.  Then I stapled the numbers back onto the tags in different positions and used them to slide small black and white pictures into.  The tags were fastened to the layout with an assortment of brads to add to the shabby chique feel of the layout.

Masking is something that have always fascinated me and I used two different flourishes to create images on the background.  This technique is really simple to do:  just hold the flourish (or whatever mask you’re using) firmly in place and then use a stippling brush to apply the layers of colour.  Three colours of paint are usually enough to give depth to the colour of the image. I used ‘Red Oxide’ from Chromacryl as a base and layered ‘espresso’ from Making Memories on top of that and just a teensy weensy bit of ‘Cool Red’, also from Chromacryl, on top of the other two.

The title of my layout is ‘Memories’ and it is ordinary chipboard that I painted with ‘Red Oxide’ and then I stamped onto the paint with Staz-on ink an a dictionary stamp.  Two layers of clear embossing enamel provides the finishing lustre to the title.

           Lastly I added the beautiful pictures to complete the page and ta-da!

I am looking forward to scrapping with you on Saturday when we will also finalize our scrapping trip to the Drakensberg 🙂


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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 🙂

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 – first 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 🙂

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