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Hello 2013!

One moment I was leading the race and the next moment my head disappeared under water and I came up spluttering…

We were having fun in the pool after a hectic course of cheese making on Saturday.  My two sisters and three brothers with their husbands and wives decided last year that we wanted to do something together and we chose cheese making since most of us were interested in the process.  Little did we know…

Let’s just say that cheese making is far more involved than I am prepared to invest at this point in time.  But we had loads of fun and after Sunday lunch tried to take a family picture.  I say ‘tried’ because we ended up with a lot of funny, funky pictures… but a proper family portrait?  Well, we’ll just have to try again next time.  Promise!

However, the pictures were perfect for my layout this week 😉

double page layout

I used stickers from Echo Park and paired it up with paper tape from Bazzil Basics.

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Slits in the background provided a place to slip cards with the months of the year and some journaling on it into.  I lined the slits with dotted tape in the same colour as the background that draws the attention to it.

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The title was stamped and highlighted with white and I added black shadows when the paint was dry.  Stickers on top of the stamped  title repeat the title for added detail.

Now all that remains to do is to live, love, laugh, pray, play, pause… and then start all over again!

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(actually just before the end of 2012) in the Drakensberg not too far from home, a Grandpa, Grandma and three grandsons decided to climb one of the peaks.

They took the long way and explored as far as they went.  Up and up they climbed until they came upon a beautiful protea bush in full flower and Grandpa insisted on taking a picture.  He would set up the camera and run to take his place behind Grandma and the boys.  It took some time, but he managed to get this picture 🙂

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As soon as Grandpa was happy the boys were running up the mountain again and Grandma came huffing and puffing behind.  Soon they reached the top of the world with views on the most beautiful wetland below.

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When Grandma’s huffing and puffing had slowed down enough they set off down the mountain on the other side to take care of some boy’s stuff.  Serious boy’s stuff!

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Of course Grandpa kept a watchful eye and every time one of the boys managed to light a set of crackers they scattered in all directions – the anticipation and joy on their faces priceless!

The day ended with the most beautiful sunset and they felt privileged that they were able to enjoy the beauty of this remote spot in the Drakensberg.

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A few days later they set the table for their Christmas meal with friends and family.

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Then Grandma’s sister and her husband came to visit and the two Grandma’s and Grandpa’s set off exploring (being very adventurous spirits, they couldn’t sit still for long!).  They came upon this waterfall tumbling down a forty-foot gorge with an inviting pool at the end of it.

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Inch by inch they made their way down the steep mountainside and when they got to the pool rewarded themselves by getting into the ice-cold mountain water to cool down.

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And then 2012 ended with a beautiful sunset.

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For this year I would like to wish you the best of God’s blessings.

May you be granted the wisdom to figure out the lessons from 2012 and apply them to your life in 2013.

May you be granted the strength to face the adversities that may come your way this year.

May you live an inspired life in 2013.

2012 In Review

I am not going to say it, I refuse!  The end of the year did not sneak up on me and I do not still have a thousand things to do…

Since we finished our biggest project for this year – the Platinum craft market in Rustenburg – I have been out of sorts.  It was the beginning of something new that I really hope will grow  into a very successful undertaking.  At the same time it was the end of a long process of planning and production and being so busy that I had literally functioned on auto-pilot for weeks!  It is only now that I realise how tired I am and how blessed we are to break away to the mountains for a few days to charge depleted batteries…

The market was a huge success and we won an award for the most beautiful hand-made products!!!  I was so humbled when I saw the award displayed at our stall that all I could do was cry 😦  But it was tears of joy and gratitude and only then could I start to relax and enjoy the event.  We came back with some stock left that will be ideal gifts for Xmas and you are welcome to shop on Saturday.

It has been a full year for us with lots of ups and downs.  When I sat down to prepare my layout for Saturday’s class I started thinking about everything that happened this year and decided to call my layout ‘2012 in review’.  What an emotional rollercoaster it turned out to be!

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Each of the twelve months have their own pocket filled with tags for journaling and pictures of the family member who has a birthday in that month.

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I took the time to explore the events of each month and during some of them I smiled and sometimes I cried.  Often I walked away to finish later because journaling about stuff somehow makes it real again and it is difficult to face emotions you thought you have dealt with and buried.

What I learnt out of this process is three very important lessons:

Lesson 1:  I cannot fix everything

Lesson 2:  I am not God

Lesson 3:  Let go and let God

Nothing new – I have learnt them often before, but somehow I ‘unlearn’ them time and time again.  And God indulges me and lets me work myself into a frenzy and allows me to worry myself sick.  And then, when I cannot bear the load alone any more and fall down on my knees He takes my hand and leads the way.

Be warned: this seems like an easy layout and in the practical sense it is, but you have to dig deep and it takes courage to journal honestly about the people and events closest to you!

Looking forward to an amazing morning with you on Saturday 🙂

Joy!

I enjoyed putting together my layout for this week so much!

It is a celebration of different paper and techniques with a lot of work involved and I am so happy with the result 🙂

The wall with the door on the right page is an idea that I scrap-lifted from a Christmas card by Shelley Hickox.  The blue buttons echo the colour of the bird in the bird-cage.

Pinterest is such an inspiration and the idea for the Christmas tree is an example that I found on one of Alisha’s Pinterest boards.

The rest added itself onto the page and I had trouble tearing myself away and declaring the layout finished!  I love the look of the gold foil on the bird cages, ‘house’ and Christmas trees.

As you can see, there is a lot of work involved in this layout so put on your big-girl scrap-panties and come scrap on Saturday!

Problem is…I have a wandering mind and being a Gemini the measure I use today for something I love is not the same one I will use tomorrow 🙂

I love life and only realised last week the influence that my love of life has on my grandchildren.  On the weekend of 19 October the weather bureau issued a warning for severe thunderstorms and many of us suffered serious losses because of the extreme hailstorm that buffeted Gauteng. We were in the mountains with Kobus and Alisha where we also had a terrible thunderstorm with hail and a flood that scared me silly!

We were like children when the rain stopped and couldn’t wait to see what the stream we have to cross on our way home looked like.   Alisha and I ventured into the calmer water at the edge of the stream because Kobus wanted to take a picture.  The water was freezing because of the hail and I couldn’t stand still.  My feet were burning because of the cold and I made a fuss (Kobus said I was doing a rain dance).  The picture was taken with a cell phone so the quality is not that good but just look at that face!

Because we pick our drinking water up directly from the stream the water in the holding dam was muddied and we had to let it run clean.  I tried to open the flush valve by leaning over the edge of the deck but couldn’t reach it.  I gritted my teeth and stretched a bit more… and cracked the rib that was pressed against the sharp edge of the deck!  OUCH!!! 😦

Needless to say, I was very sore when we got home and didn’t move about much.  The kids couldn’t understand why I was so subdued and when they saw the video of me dancing in the water, Frans said ‘Now that is the ouma Marie I know!’  I was still loving life – but in slow motion 🙂

Our layout this week is about the things we love.  I love being creative – be it scrapbooking, handcraft, crochet, knitting- whatever I have an urge for at any given time.  Family is another of my great loves but one layout cannot picture everything I love.  Mmmm, maybe that calls for a new project?

I used ‘Hands’ from 7G’s Off the Wall collection on a Nightmist (Bazzill Basics) background.  Because I had two printed pages I could play to my heart’s content and apart from the two faux folders I made a large envelope and tore it in half after folding it to create pockets for tags.  Two small closed envelopes feature on the right page.

A card with a few nik-naks are held together with 7G elastic and a measuring tape trim.

I used Tiny Text from Cosmo Cricket on the tags, envelopes and on the background.  And…wait for it…film negatives for good measure 🙂 🙂

That is what I will keep you busy with on Saturday.  Cannot wait to show you some of the projects we are working on for the Platinum Market when we scrap on Saturday.  Patience…

On Saturday we had a huge get-together for my brother’s and his wife’s sixtieth birthdays this year.  All his brothers and sisters and all her brothers and sisters were there with some of their children – I would guess about 100 people!

Here is our bunch:

My sister and her husband (in the insert) unfortunately had to leave early and missed out on the family picture.  We caught up on all the news and had a family meal together on Sunday before everybody returned home.

The eight of us who went on the Namaqualand tour regaled the others with all our beautiful memories and what do you know – the next tour is being planned now.  I don’t know where or when yet, all I know is that I want to get on the road and make some more memories with my family 🙂

I used some pictures that we took at the West Coast National Park at Langebaan on our recent trip for my layout this week.

The paper is from DCWV and I hope you will love the flocked paper as much as I do.  The two pockets in the bottom corners of the layout were taped onto the background with 7G paper tape and provided space for tags that I used for journaling.

The chipboard wings were painted red and matted on dotted cardstock.  The word ‘beautiful’ came from a 7G card and were also matted on the dotted cardstock.

I used cotton twine to fasten a metal charm to one of the pictures as well as for a photo corner on the main picture on the left page.

It all begins and ends with family and I look forward to getting together with my scrapping family on Saturday 13 October!

 

Special memory

The sun was setting in a haze of yellow while lazy waves rolled onto broken shells with a rhythmical shhhh…

We were sitting on the wooden stairway leading to the beach at Leentjiesklip (Langebaan) eating fish and chips with our fingers.  An icy south-western wind tried to drive us into the cars like the rest of our entourage but we refused to budge.  What a memory!

Needless to say, back at our tent with the wind still blowing strong I had to make myself two hot water bottles and got under the covers to warm myself up.  Frans and I looked at the pictures on the camera’s screen with the voices of the others talking and laughing in the neighbouring tent.  That’s how I fell asleep on 3 September 2012 – totally content surrounded with loved ones and knowing that I had beautiful pictures to enhance a special memory!

BoBunny’s Weekend Market Combo sticker and alphabet sheet matched the colours of my pictures exactly and it inspired me to create this layout:

Can you imagine a more beautiful end to a special day?

The paper with the blue and white chevron stripes is from My Mind’s Eye and the reverse side of the paper looks like journal paper.  I love how it fits in with may layout 🙂

I used the alphabet to create words that compliment the pictures.

Blue Distress Ranger Ink and a script stamp transformed the letters into grungy words and tied it in with the blue background.  Manilla tags dyed with walnut ink were treated to numbers with the script stamped on them as well as stickers and parts of stickers.

I am looking forward to scrapping with you on 29 September 2012 and would love to show you more of the beautiful pictures we took during our tour of Namaqualand and the West Coast!