Saturday, October 27, 2012

My last layout for Sketches in Thyme!!!!

Hi all. Happy weekend to you. I am back to share my last layout as a member of the SKETCHES IN THYME DT, I have decided to scale back on my DT's at this point in my life, and just scrap, when I want, and how I want. I have been on the SKETCHES IN THYME DT for 2 terms, and have really enjoyed my time there, I will miss it :)

Here is the page I put together with the latest sketch:

I must say this has to be one of my faves I have ever created for my son Caide, it has a funky trendy hip vibe to it, which I feel is perfect for his "finally thirteen" page. Do you like it?

Here is the sketch we got to play with, as per usual I adapted it to a one page layout!!

We would REALLY love for you to play along with us!!! Once you have created your layout link it at the SKETCHES IN THYME blog!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. GOOOOOO SHARKS!!! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A simple card with the SEPTEMBER DT kit from SCRAPBOOK STUDIO!!

Hello, I am back today with my last tutorial for SCRAPBOOK STUDIO, and this time it is a card!!!

I use a piece of white cardstock included in the kit and my Martha Stewart Score Pad to score a line down the centre of the card.

I cut strips of paper using the various different patterned papers included in the kit.

I trim them in varying lengths and adhere them to the white base in a bit of a staggered pattern.

I cut a 4cm strip of blue paper, and keep it at a length of 30cm. I score a line at every ¼”. 

I fold along every score line in a zig-zag pattern. 

I then manipulate the paper into a rosette shape. The paper tends to jump around a bit, but just be firm with it!!

Stick the two ends together with some double sided tape.

I use a large glue dot to secure the centre of the rosette.

I added some punched stars, and a little bit of machine stitching. I also punched two different sized circles to add to the centre of the rosette. I finished it off with the “hello” sentiment and some green ink around the edges.

There were so many yummy goodies included in this kit, if you would like to order it (or more info on the kit), email Scrapbook Studio at this address: with September DT kit in the Subject Line.

SCRAPBOOK STUDIO is really my fave place to shop, I am not just saying that because I am on their DT, but it's because they stock a wide range of lovely goodies at great prices, and they give awesome service. Please take the time to stop by the shop HERE.

Friday, October 19, 2012

FO - Hitchhiker Shawl

Yay yay it's Friday.....and today I am back with another FO. This time it's the Hitchhiker shawl. For those on Ravelry, HERE is the link. It's a really popular pattern and has been knit 7312 times!!! I have got to say I am in LOOOOVVVVEEEE with this item. It was a fun easy knit, it was just lovely watching the pattern develop in this yummy yarn. After washing and blocking, the shawl has a gorgeous soft feel and lovely drape. 

I used this gorgeous yarn by Nurturing Fibres!!!

Once again I am linking up to the following LOVELY blogs:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog again today. For those that take the time to leave a comment, a huge "THANK-YOU", I really do appreciate it!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend xxx

Monday, October 15, 2012

Challenge # 10 at Scrap Africa

The latest challenge is up and live at the SCRAP AFRICA blog. In the words of Evgenia, this is what it is all about:

After some thoughts we decided to make the white challenge! and if you wish you can add one color of your choice, but white must remain the main color, it must dominate.
You can make a card or a layout or altered art.  You can also use a bit of kraft.

I must admit I was initially a bit scared of this challenge, but once I got going my layout just fell into place. I started putting this one together at 4am on Sunday morning, I couldn't sleep!!!

This photo was taken on my Mom's recent to Dundee, I LOVE it!!!!

And we are very happy to welcome 2 Sponsors:

Check out their blog as well,  full of inspiration!


And our second sponsor is South African chipboard company celebr8

the lucky winner will get the prize worth 250 Rand (about 30USD)

Both prizes will be drawn randomly:) Well worth playing for don't you think!?!?

We also have 4 new ladies joining our team!!! Visit the SCRAP AFRICA blog for all the details, as well as more inspiration from the other fabby DT girls!!! 

Come on ladies, play along with us!!! While you are visiting us at SCRAP AFRICA, please also add your name to our Followers list, we would be so happy if you did!!!


Friday, October 12, 2012

A Gift Box Tutorial for Scrapbook Studio

Hi all, today I am back with a Gift Box tutorial for Scrapbook Studio, I really hope you like it!!!


For this tutorial I decided to do something completely different from my previous tutorials. I grabbed a tin that has been lying in my drawer for ages, and decided to make a gift box. This tutorial will work with any box, you would just need to adjust your measurements accordingly!

I took the measurements of the base of the tin, and of the lid. In my case the measurements of my box were: Base 3.3cm (I cut this the width of the 12x12 cardstock) the top of my box measures 10.2cm x 15.4cm.

I cut the strips and the piece for the top. I used my very trusty (and well loved) Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers to round the corners of the top piece. 

I use double sided tape on the top and around the sides of the box to secure the pieces of cardstock.

I use a border punch by EK Success to cut a masculine diamond strip to add a decorative touch to the base of the box. 

I secure the border strip with a very thin double sided tape.

I cut another rectangle of paper, this time in the lovely red houndstooth paper included in the kit. I size it smaller than the original navy piece. This can be any size you would like, if you prefer more of the red, don’t size it down as much as I did. I also cut 2 mini cards from the gorgeous “cheer ‘em on” paper included in the kit. 

I adhere the 2 cards to the top as well as a tag from my stash. 

I spray the “Winner” chippie included in the kit with Mister Huey’s Color Mist in the color Classic Tan. I love the aged vintage look I ended up with.

STEP 10:
I spray a button chippie (from my stash) with the same Classic Tan, and pop it up with some adhesive squares. I also used the gorgeous FabScraps double page of letters for the word “our”. These letters are part of the kit, and really go a long way!!!

STEP 11:
Using some of my very thin adhesive tape, I adhere some dark brown & white twine to the lid. I see Scrapbook Studio now stocks twine, yay!!! This is such a versatile product for cards and scrapping too!

I don’t often make gift boxes, but I am super happy with the way this turned out. It will be perfect as a gift box for that special young man in your life!!

There were so many yummy goodies included in this kit, if you would like to order it (or more info on the kit), email Scrapbook Studio at this address: with September DT kit in the Subject Line.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

"Friends" tutorial as promised!

Hi all, a very early morning post today. Hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was just lovely, we had family with us, celebrating my Mom's 60th Birthday. I tried really hard to give her a special spoily weekend, cause she really is the best Mom in the world!

As promised I am back with my Friends tutorial. All product used in this tutorial is available from SCRAPBOOK STUDIO. Do yourself a favor and check out their shop!!!

I decided to base this layout on one large focal photo. The idea for this came from the lovely large “Friends” rub-on that was included in the kit. I had just the photo to use, this one taken of my son and his classmates on their recent class tour. I decided not to change the colour of the photo to sepia this time, and work instead with the lovely bright colours in the photo. The main colours I chose to use are green red & blue.

Once again I turned to my trusty (and well loved) Studio Calico Mr Huey Color Mists. I used the colour Real Red and used a Tim Holtz mask called “Compass”. I thought this mask was perfect to work with my travel themed layout! I purchased both of these items from Scrapbook Studio!

I love my punches, and used this Knock-Outs Bracket punch by American Crafts to create a lovely subtle effect on the edge of the lovely red houndstooth patterned paper included in the kit. These punches are gorgeous and are also available from Scrapbook Studio!

These Enmarc Crafts rub-ons were perfect to go around the edge of my photo, some of the wording was just right for the vibe I was trying to create on my layout. I have always been a bit weary of South African produced rub-on’s, but these went on like butter!!!

As per my previous tutorials I used white embossing powder, which I heated and then inked some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in the colour Peeled Paint over the image. I then fussy cut around the edge of the cute little sun!

I adhere some of the elements of my layout. I popped the sun up with some foam tape, it fit perfectly in the centre of the compass mask. 

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut some circles for my layout!

For me, this is the most fun part of putting together a layout, adding all the bits and bobs. I ended up using some of the gorgeous FabScraps alphapbet stickers to add the words “dbn tour”, as well as another Enmarc rub-on. I cut some arrows with my Silhouette and attached them with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I purchased this mini stapler at Scrapbook Studio a while back, and I have got to say I LOVE this little thing, I used it on my layouts, all-the-time!! I see it’s still in stock at Scrapbook Studio!!!

And here it is, the end result, a fun bright and happy layout. I hope you have gained some ideas from my tutorial.

There were so many yummy goodies included in this kit, if you would like to order it (or more info on the kit), email Scrapbook Studio at this address: with September DT kit in the Subject Line.