A picture is worth a 1000 words

A picture is worth a 1000 words


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And so the last day of November has arrived...........................................

Over at Let's Scrap it is once again time for a new sketch, designed by the very talented Cheri O'Neill

When I saw the sketch I was very excited to get started and choose some pictures.  The reason, I do not have a lot of portrait pictures, and this layout is filled with ONLY portraits.  So I had to do a bit of digging, but in the end I found some lovely pictures to use.  Here is my take on the sketch.  

The pictures were taken while I was in the Kruger National Park during August.  I really wanted to scrap something african, as I had the BoBunny Zoology Collection that I wanted to use, so I decided to use the KNP pictures and the Zoology collection.  All the paper and embellishments were from that range, except the word "Kruger Park", which is from FabScraps.  Instead of using a die-cut for the middle part of the layout, I made my own, by just cutting a square and I used a border punch around the edges.  

I had a bit of a mishap with this layout - The day made this layout, I was scrapping with my mother-in-law.  Once she left and I had finished the layout on the Saturday, I left it on the patio table where we sat the whole.  Needless to say, my dear puppy - Sherlock - decided that evening, that he also wants to contribute towards this layout.  So when I arrived downstairs the following morning to let him out, I got a bit of a surprise.................  (thinking about it now, I should have taken a picture to scrap).  I had to do some damage control, luckily I could salvage MOST of it!  So in the close-up pics, you will see some teeth marks - those are Sherlocks :-)



What was really awesome about this collection from BoBunny, is that I got hold of all the stickers as well as the brads.  I could use the G (giraffe) and Z (zebra) and E (elephant) as well as the "Monkeyin' around, as they matched the pictures perfectly.  Below are pictures of the brads that I used.  What  I really loved about the big brads, was how they incorporated the South African monetary system into their brads!


For the title I had three portions:
  1. "Day Trippin'" which is also from the sticker sheet, I just added some staples to each side;
  2. "through the" is from the alpha-set, also part of this range; 
  3. "Kruger Park", a chipboard word made by Fabscraps.  

Well that is about it regarding the layout.  Now for some prices!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

This week's sponsor over at Let's Scrap is 

Here is a little about Tupperware Rep. 
Kim McKiernan
I have been a scrapbooker for years, but to help pay for the scrapping addiction, I need a day job.  Enter Tupperware – a company with a history of over 60 years of history and brand recognition.  Tupperware has allowed me the opportunity to meet fantastic people from all over and make their lives a little easier, healthier, more budget-friendly, and a little kinder for the environment.  
Find me on Facebook (tupperkim) for sales specials, gift ideas, and recipes.
In need of Tupperware, shop my website.  Interested in hosting a party and earning free stuff for yourself (and who doesn’t like free stuff?) or want to hear more about earning money to help support your scrapping habit, feel free to email me: kimmckiernan@my2.tupperware.com.
Kim McKiernan
Link to my site to shop:  www.my2.tupperware.com/kimmckiernan
Find me on Facebook for sales specials, gift ideas and recipes: www.facebook.com/tupperkim

Here is the wonderful prize she is giving away!

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Marinades make food taste great―but they can make a mess. Put meat or vegetables in the container, pour over the marinade and close with top cover. Now, simply turn it over every three or four hours. Special grills on top and bottom ensure marinade flows―plus meat, fish and veggies stay extra fresh, even overnight.  

You are welcome to do one or both sides, flip it, rotate it, interchange them for cards or layouts. You will have until 11.59pm (main page time) on Tues. Dec. 6th to upload your creation to be entered in the draw. For each time you upload a layout or card your name goes in the hat one time for our wonderful weekly prize! So let's see what you do with this sketch!
Please tag your layout: 11-30-11.  To be entered into the draw you must post your layout/card no later than December 6th at 11:59 pm (by the main page clock).  

I hope you enjoyed reading the post and have an awesome day!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

 As you all know it is that time of the year again where the Christmas decorations get taken from the cupboards; the shops start playing Christmas carols and the of course, us as scrapbookers start with handmade crafts as Christmas gifts and of course, making Christmas cards. 

In general I do not make Christmas gifts, as I found that they can get very expensive and people just do not tend to appreciate them as much as you want them to.  They also take a lot of time, and I always run out of time, as work and life get in the way.  If I do make Christmas gifts, they will be for the very close family that I know appreciates it more than what I do. 

I do however make Christmas cards.  I have a few orders this year for family members and some work colleagues of mine.  Needless to say these few orders are totally about 70 Christmas cards, oh my word, I only realised now that is A LOT…………………..  Well at least I have started, 7 have been done J  I must say, if it was not for Let’s Scrap and the awesome card sketches designed by Debby de Wilde, I would probably not have had 7 and definitely not had to motivation to do another 63 J 

So let me show you the 7 I have made so long.  


When I started with these Christmas cards, this was one of the first one I made.  I used Let's Scrap Card Sketch 2-16-11.  The products that I used for this card is from My Mind's Eye.  


I used the same My Mind's Eye paper than for the previous card, but just a different sketch - Let's Scrap Card Sketch 2-17-10.  I have a few leftover bits and pieces from this My Mind's Eye range, which I find works very well with making these type of Christmas cards.  


I recently attended a Christmas class where we made a Christmas layout using the new Fancy Pants Christmas range.  There were some leftover bits and pieces that I used for this card.  It is based on Let's Scrap Card Sketch 5-10-09.  The die-cut in the top left corner, is from Making Memories and I raised it with some foam squares.  For the title I just used a rub-on from Kaisercraft.  I decided to not place the rub-on on a piece of cardstock, as I liked the way the stripes came through the negative pieces of the title.  


The above card was made using the Let’s Scrap Card sketch 8-17-11.  I had off cuts from the Kaisercraft Christmas range that I used for this card.  All the paper and embellishments is from that one range.  I kept the embellishing to a minimum, with only the Christmas tree (made from chipboard) and the tree rubons.  


I used the Let's Scrap Card Sketch 7-20-11 for this card.  The papers I used and all the embellishments are from Making Memories.  Instead of using a flag banner, I took one of the papers from a journalling book from the range and cut it into two pieces.  The outside piece is the scalloped banner I used in the top left corner and the inside piece I used at the bottom of the card.  


All the paper and embellishments I used for the card was one of the Christmas ranges of Kaisercraft from last year.  The card was based using Let’s Scrap Card Sketch 9-21-11.  


This card was based on Let’s Scrap Card Sketch 11-16-11.  I used the Noel Range from Making Memories.  All the paper and embellishments for this card was from that range.  

Well, since I still have a ton of cards to make, let me get back to that!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So, another week has passed and it is Wednesday again.........
I am really glad it is Wednesday again, closer to our office closure for the year and time for our annual Christmas holiday to begin.  Then again, over at Let's Scrap it is time for a new sketch.

Here is my take on the sketch.

When I received the sketch a while back and started with the planning, I printed some pictures that I took during my recent conference in the Kruger National Park.  However, when I started the layout, I realised that I did not feel like scrapping the pictures that I printed.  So I went through my stash, I decided to scrap some pictures of Sherlock instead.  This is only the second layout I have done of the little pup, and he almost isn't a pup anymore :-)  These pictures were taken on the 8th of May 2011, a few days after we got Sherlock.  

I battled a bit to match paper to my pictures, but in the end I found the Homemade Collection designed by Kaisercraft and used the bits and pieces I had left for this layout.  The embellishing I kept to a minimum.  

For the title and used chipboard letters which I inked with a brown cats eye and then applied Tim Holtz' Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint over each of the letters.  For the second half of the title I used some wooden scrabble blocks that I had in my stash.  Here are some close-ups of the title.  

And some more detail pictures.  

And now for some information on this week's sponsor.  

Here is a little about them:

CropChocolate.com – Sweet Deals for the Scrapbooking Addict!

At CropChocolate.com™, we sell all-things scrapbook. But here's the catch, we only sell one item at a time – at a delicious price. Every day several items will be posted – so act fast – a limited quantity will be sold at deeply discounted prices. No time to let it temper.

The Nib:

Several times a day, items will be sold on CropChocolate.com at delicious prices. It may be an embellishment shelf with all the works, a scrapbook kit, scrapbook tools or an organizer with some added goodies. What ever it is you can count on this – you'll get great products at outstanding prices.

Visit us at: 
Twitter: @CropChocolate 

Here is the wonderful prize they are giving away!

A $20 gift certificate to their store!

Please tag your layout: 11-23-11
to be entered into the draw you must post your layout/card no later than
November 29nd at 11:59 pm (by the main page clock).


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I have this terrible habit of starting a layout and then getting distracted, starting something else and then leaving the initial layout/project I was busy with and never finishing it...............  Well this is one of those, but I can say with all honesty, that I finished this one :-)

This was a sketch for the week of the 24th of August 2011.  I started the layout for the DT that week over at Let's Scrap.  But work and life got in the way and I never got to finish it.  But after I finished all my DT sketch duties for November, I decided to go back and do layouts of sketches that I did not get to.  This was one of them.  Here is the sketch that was designed by Cheri O'Neill.

What I loved about this sketch was the fact that there is space for SOOOO many pictures.  The pictures I used on this layout was again pictures of Sherlock, just after we got him.  I took so many pictures that day and printed them almost immediately after loading them onto my computer.  But unfortunately I never got to scrap them.  So when I saw this sketch, I decided to use the pictures and instead of making a few layouts with the pictures, I combined them in this one layout, by cutting off the green in the pictures.  Here is my layout.

I used the only dog paper that I own - BoBuny.  All the embellishments are also from that range and because of all the pictures I did not want to over do the embellishing.  Here are some close-ups of the layout.  

Hope you enjoyed it and happy scrappin'


I am very excited and proud to announce that I have been chosen for the next DT over at Let's Scrap from December to March!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I thoroughly enjoyed the first term and was really excited to apply again!

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my fellow DT members.  I am really looking forward to working with you!  Here is a list of the other DT members with links to their blog addresses.  Go and have a look, as they are ALL incredibly talented!!!!!!!!!!

Beth (United States)
Kay (United States)
Susanna (Finland)
Mindi (United States)
Elizna (South Africa)
Michelle (United States)
Teresa (United States)
Roulien (Saudi Arabia) 
Sue (Australia)
Cathy (United States)
Betty (Canada)
Wilna (South Africa)
Erica (South Africa)


Oh my word, not only did last week Wednesday pass me by, but I realised that it is almost time for this week's sketch over at Let's Scrap, but I have not even blogged about last week's sketch.  Sorry ladies.

Last week Wednesday was the third Wednesday of November, which meant it was time for a card sketch, designed by Debby.

I am very busy at the moment with Christmas cards, so most of my cards lately have been for the upcoming Christmas season.  So my take on this week's card sketch is none other than a Christmas card :-)

I used the Noel Christmas range by Making Memories  with all the embellishments, tags as well as the epoxy square with the title on, coming from this range.  

The sponsor for this week is 

My Etsy shop is a little mix of various paper crafting supplies perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and gift wrapping.  I also include some of my own paper craft creations now and then.  It is also where the {ippity} Stamps by Unity Stamp Company line is available for sale.  This is a special line of stamps offered by Unity Stamp Company that are only available through about 30-40 individuals like myself who sell them.  
The link to my shop:  www.endlessinkabilities.etsy.com
Thank you,

Here is the prize that is up for grabs :-)

2 {ippity} Stamp Kits
10 Itty Bitty Red Chevron Striped bags
10 Itty Bitty Green Chevron Striped bags
10 yards of Holiday Divine Twine
10 White Medium Shipping Tags
10 Green Medium Shipping Tags
80 Carnival Tickets Bundle
So head on over to Let's Scrap and have a look!!!!!!!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

With my DT duties over at Let's Scrap I have not really been able to to a lot of other layouts these past few months, other than those for Let's Scrap.  So with all of those up to date, I got a chance last week to make a layout without a Let's Scrap sketch.  

But oh my word, what a mission it was..............................

I had 4 pictures that were taken at my aunt's wedding, 24 years ago, where I was the flower girl.  Initially the layout was going to be for the DT application for Pencil Lines (which closed in October already), but I never got round to it.  The layout just never got "together".  I was not sure whether it was the paper or all the pictures, it just did not want to work.  Then I came across (and bought) the new range from Prima - the Pixie Glen Collection.  

When I saw the paper and embellishments, I just knew that those pictures would be perfect for this range.  So I headed home and the creativity started.  Here is the end product

In the end I decided to only use two of the four pictures and to make another layout at a stage with the other two pictures.  All the paper and embellishments I used were from the Prima collection. Here are some close-ups of the detail.   

I hope you enjoyed it and are now inspired to use that collection.

Happy scrapping!


Hi there everyone,
It is that time of the week again - a new sketch on Let's Scrap has been posted.

Here is my take on this week's sketch!

I only used the left hand side of the sketch this week and rotated it 90 degrees anti-clockwise.  Instead of using one big picture, I used 4 postcard size pictures, but you will see I matted them on one sheet of paper, thereby making it look like one picture.

The pictures in the layout are from the stack of pictures for the "Baby Ulrick" album.  I used paper from a My Mind's Eye range, that was all black and white and the tag at the top of the right hand corner is from Kaisercraft.  The rub-on on the LHS is from Scrapbook King.  

When Cheri posted the sketch in the DT group, she warned us, that she hopes we have a square punch...  Luckily I bought one a few years back, that I do not get to use that often :-)  Thanks to Cheri, I used it in this layout, by creating the border at the bottom of the layout.  

Now for some information about this week's prize......................

This week's sponsor is none other than

The Cutting Cafe is your one stop shop for affordable printable stamps and cutting files.

And the wonderful prize they are giving away this week - any three (3) of their sets

So let's see what you do with this sketch!


Dear readers, you will see that my blog has changed a bit..................  

I came across an awesome website and blog yesterday while searching for a blog background, namely Leelou Blogs.  Leelou blogs is run by Julie, a blog-a-holic who designs some awesome blog templates and backgrounds, as well as buttons and answers just about any question you have about blogging.  Here is a little more about Julie that I got from the Leelou blog.  

My name is Julie...and I'm a blog-a-holic.
Four years ago, I was sick of viewing boring/generic blog designs. I like to customize just about everything I can, so I knew that there must be a way to make these blogs a little more attractive!  I began studying HTML like crazy! I was becoming such a nerd...and I loved it.  Thus, Leelou Blogs was born.

I get asked a lot where the name Leelou comes from. When I was 3, my best friend Jason Johnson couldn't say Julie, so he called me Leelou and it kind of stuck. If you're out there Jason, let me know! I'll give you a free blog design  :)

I am also one of the co-founders of the Casual Blogger Conference and I occasionally find time to update my family blog. I am addicted to buying domain names and have at least 4 more sites I hope to launch by 2045. When I'm not blogging it up, I can be found consuming baked potato skins, laughing loudly, attempting to take pictures, reading Fancy Nancy and changing diapers.

Leelou Blogs has changed my life. I really do love what I do. Everyone is unique and I want to help make your blog more creative, more exciting, and more YOU!
Whether it's your family journal, recipes, an upcoming wedding or a business you're sharing, custom blogs are the way to go! There are over 175,000 blogs created every single day. Make yours !

If you're looking for a free blog template, custom blog layoutlogo design, invitations or even just some free printables...whatever you need, we've got it! All your graphical needs in handy one place :)

Well, enough about Leelou for now and a bit more about why I am really here............

While looking for a background I not only came across a new template, but also came across this awesome blog post about your computer desktop background

So I decided to download it and of course, this is now my Desktop Background

But there was also a template where you could add some pictures and an awesome tutorial in using My Memories Suite.  So I jumped right in and followed the instructions, which I must say is very easy to do.  And this is what I came up with:

I hope you enjoyed that and head on right over to Leelou and have a look at her AWESOME templates and downloads!
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