Posts Tagged ‘scrapbooking inspiration’

Riani recently took the beautiful pictures that I used on my layout for Saturday.  With four gorgeous ladies sharing his life I believe this man is in seventh heaven 😉

The stickers and letters are from Bo Bunny’s Country Garden range and I used an assortment of flowers with it.  A few blue pearls here and there on the layout complete the embellishments.

I used two of the smaller tags pinned together with a safety-pin inside a sticker frame to complete a block of four squares.

I cannot wait for spring (even though we still have to get through August and the wind and dust…) and am excited to report that my jasmine started flowering – almost a month earlier than in 2011!

Looking forward to scrapping with you on Saturday 🙂



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I sometimes experience a moment in life when I want to chip away the walls around my heart and allow softness to creep in.

Everyday life is hectic and I tend to be very focused on matters at hand, driving for results and often forgetting the people I work and live with have unique feelings and needs.  Because I am able to push my needs and feelings aside, I expect others to do it as well 😦

But then a magic moment happens unexpectedly and I have the opportunity to align myself again with the people around me.  That is when I make notes in my head about how things should be.  How I should treat others (mostly my husband) and nurture them and what we have together.  My layout this week is about those notes to myself that I wish I could live by every day!

My layout was inspired by one that The Scrapbooking Den did on their Mayday Mega Crop.  I haven’t used Basic Grey in a looong time and the colours of the paper complemented my pictures perfectly.

I love matchbox folders on a layout and I used the words ‘Follow your heart’ on the bottom flap of mine

The journaling strips are from Cosmo Cricket and I used it throughout the layout.

The title is printed on a transparency, painted on the back and stuck to the page using the paint as adhesive.  Four cream brads define the edges of the title and is repeated next to a tab on the left page.  The trim is from Making Memories and I dyed it to match the colours of my layout.

I am looking forward to scrapping with you on Saturday and would like to hear from you what notes you make to yourself (if you do!)

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That it will never

come again

is what makes life

so sweet 

                                                        Emily Dickinson

To have a resident photographer certainly makes my life a lot sweeter!  Riani recently took beautiful pictures of Kobus and Alisha and I love how their personalities shine through.  I used their pictures on the extra layout that I promised you to make up for the ‘scraplessness’ of recent weeks 😉

Bo Bunny certainly never ceases to amaze me with their beautiful paper ranges.  The range that I used for my layout is Weekend Market and the colours and everything about it just makes me happy 🙂

I created a pocket from one of the cut-outs by cutting a slit into it and then stuffed some more cut-outs into the slit and voilà – an instant point of interest on the layout!

A bit of string and brads add to the rustic charm of the paper and are the only finishing touches that I used on the layout.  I did not want to add too many embellishments because there are a number of cut-outs and this layout for me is all about the pictures – 13 of them!  There are enough journaling spots to keep you busy for a while or you can add more pictures if you prefer.

Looking forward to scrapping with you tomorrow.  In the meantime – live a sweet life and make every moment count!

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of the everyday things in life makes life so much more rewarding for me!

Yesterday after church we stopped at the local grocer and I waited in the car while Frans hopped out to pick up a few salad ingredients.  Suddenly, from a car passing in the street I heard:  ‘ouma Marieeee….’  Moments later the grandchildren’s other pair of grandparents parked in the parking lot and three bundles of energy came running towards me – screaming like banshees – in a race to see who would reach me first.  How I love the three of them!

I love them so much I want to protect them from everything in the big bad world out there.  I love them so much I do not want them to grow up.  I love them so much I wish them all the happiness in the world.  But I know that is wishful thinking and that they will grow up and that they would have to forge their own way through life.  All I can do is to document their lives now so one day I can page through my scrapbooks and fondly remember how it used to be way back when…

For Saturday’s layout I used Kraft paper from My Mind’s Eye and combined it with a 7G sticker to document a part of their lives right now.

My inspiration for this layout came from sketch 284 at Scrapbook Challenges   I used part of a clock on the left page to show the passing of time.  From the ‘Good Times’ sticker the strips with gypsy sayings radiate outwards toward more stickers with journaling on.

In the left bottom corner is a film strip with tiny pictures on it framed with wording strips.

Most of the 7G stickers were matted onto red and then black cardstock to offset it better against the background.  On the bottom of the right page a picture of each of the boys are tucked into the border strip.  This was a clever place for me to hide secret journaling specific to each child behind his picture.  Just thoughts about each one, my relationship with him and … well, I cannot tell you everything because then it wouldn’t be a secret any more would it? 😉  Maybe a few years along the line when they look at it and have the urge to take a peek behind the pictures the secret will be revealed…

Every day is different and I find myself looking at pictures from a few years ago and I would think:  is that what they looked like?  That is why it is so important to me to document our lives regularly.  It keeps it real for me.

Let us take note of what is going on in our lives now and the document it on Saturday 🙂

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