Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Natural Beauty is gorgeous collection of paper celebrating the natural beauty and wonderful places found in our country. Using all the vibrant colours of our nation, mix and match the different page’s proudly South African feel and patterned accents to capture all the wonderful moments shared everyday in this beautiful country. With its lively feel and layered, textured look, there is nothing stopping you from using these papers for any occasion!  - Scrap Collections http://www.scrapcollectionsdt.blogspot.com.au/

I was once again honoured when Lorna asked me to assist with the layouts using this beautiful range of truly South African paper.  I'm sure that we have not seen anything like this here before.  Thank you for looking...


Tough Love, is fun a colorful collection of paper with a masculine feel. Mix and match the different page’s funky colors and bold patterns to capture all the moments you share with the men in your life. With its confident and rich feel, there is nothing stopping you from using these papers for any occasion.  Scrap Collections - www.scrapcollections.co.za

I was honoured when Lorna Marsh  of Scrap Collections asked me to create a layout with her new range and this is what I came up with. 

Thank you for looking.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Creative Calligraphy workshop starts at 9.30am on Sat 15 SEP ending Sat 29 SEP

R750 for 2 full days: (9.30am – 4.30pm) includes calligraphy kit, notes, refreshments & lunches
Banking details for R750 payment to confirm booking:
(Delegates must please use their first names and calli as a reference.)

Memory Shed
FNB Northgate

Feel free to call me with any queries 083 659 6787


School holiday Kids Art at Memory Shed
R175 p/p morning OR afternoon art/craft workshop includes kit
If they wish to attend same day both morning and afternoon classes (eg. Scrapbooking and Card making), it will be less R25 p/p
Wed 27 JUNE morning 10 am – 12.30 OR afternoon 2 pm – 4.30pm
Wed 4 JULY morning 10 am – 12.30 OR afternoon 2 pm – 4.30pm
Wed 11 JULY morning 10 am – 12.30 OR afternoon 2 pm – 4.30pm

Payment to confirm booking essential:
(Please use first name and kids as a reference.)

Memory Shed
FNB Northgate
http://www.memoryshed.blogspot.com/Feel free to call me with any queries
Gilly 083 659 6787

Gilly 083 659 6787

Wednesday, June 20, 2012



Join us this Saturday, 23 June for an amazing event.  There are numerous entries for the art competition which boasts a cash first prize of R5 000 sponsored by Action Ford Constantia.  In total there are over R22 000 worth of prizes.  There are going to be numerous other stalls exhibiting and selling original handwork, art and food.  This awesome day (although everyday is awesome on the farm :-) commences at 10am and ends at 4pm.  There is ample, secure and 'off-the-street' parking at Weltevreden Chapel just around the corner (follow the signs).  Come and enjoy the day with us, see various demonstrations and indulge in the variety, creativity and inspiration that you are going to find on Weltevreden Farm. 

Bring a copy of this blog post along on Saturday, and every twenty people who present this (no. 20, no. 40, no.60, etc), will receive four classes to the value of R300 absolutely free.

Don't miss out on this amazing event.

scenes from previous markets

Sunday, May 20, 2012


nos·tal·gia/näˈstaljə/noun: 1.A sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. 2.The evocation of these feelings or tendencies, esp. in commercialized form.

Imagine my suprise today when I ran into the first book I ever read...
The Little Red Hen and grains of wheat was the first book I learnt to read in Grade 1 in 1980.  This darling came come (looks like I need to learn how to spell again :-) home with me and is going to join the family of many other special books in my collection.

Monday, May 14, 2012


The next Calligraphy Workshop is Sat 16 JUNE and finishes Sat 23 JUNE.  At “The Memory Shed” at “Second Cup Coffee Shop”, John Vorster Rd, Weltevreden Park

R700 for 2 full days: (9.30am – 4.30pm) includes calligraphy kit, notes, refreshments & lunches

We are taking deposits to confirm bookings now. Limited space available. Look forward to meeting you! Gilly 083 659 6787

Banking details for your deposit:
(Delegates must please use their first names and calli as a reference.)
Memory Shed
FNB Northgate

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Lorna from http://www.scrapcollections.co.za/ constantly comes up with the most beautiful paper designs and I was honoured once again to be asked to create a layout using her papers.  The beautiful lady in the layout is my friend Denese.

All the paper and chipboard are available at Memory Shed now.


...my happy place in the past few days...

This little piggy came for coffee and stole my heart...

Helen, Denese, Lisa, Nicky and Stella
Nancy, Helen and Vanessa
Beautiful Helen had a birthday last week so I had to photograph the gift I have her with her beautiful cupcakes from http://www.cupcakes2delite.wordpress.com/
... you have to come and experience it for yourself...


... stole my heart.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


This is Savannah - a true beauty from the inside and out.  She loves the outdoors and can name and identify all the wildlife on the game farm where she lives.  Truly a free-spirited child and an absolute pleasure to spend time with.
This layout was created using the new Enmarc http://www.enmarc.co.za/ stencils and Dazzle spray which created the 'chicken wire' detail on the background.  The chipboard frames, swirls and birdie element in the bottom left hand corner is also an Enmarc product.


So blessed am I to be surrounded by such beauty, in the form of my friends children.  Tamryn just shy of six years old, is an absolute doll.  It is such a honour to photograph and spend time with such a beautiful child.


Come and browse the shops on the farm and the many stalls this Saturday ahead of Mothers' Day for that special gift for Mom.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Not only does Lisa - http://www.cupcakes2delite.wordpress.com/ create the most beautiful and delicious cupcakes she creates beautiful layouts too.  I recently assisted Lisa in the design of this layout of her daughter and newphew at the seaside.  The photographs definately capture the special bond that this family has.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Thursday 3rd and 10th May / Saturday 5th and 19th May 2012
At “The Memory Shed” at “Second Cup Cup Coffee Shop”, John Vorster Rd, Weltevreden Park
R700 for 2 full days: (9.30am – 4.30pm) includes calligraphy kit, notes, refreshments & lunches
Please call Gilly on 0836596787 to secure your booking.

Monday, April 16, 2012


... are made for taking awesome photographs and creating decadent scrapbook layouts!!!

My little friend Mikayla recently had her ninth birthday and when browsing the shops for the perfect gift for her, I saw these awesome boots at Woolworths.  Of course before she received them I had snap some shots of them and then convince her to let me do a photoshoot with her.

Watch this space for the layout...

Monday, April 2, 2012


Many would think what a crazy statement or question.  I am one person in a world of billions of people, with authorities and governments, that make things impossible for one person to change.  

Everyone has the power to make a change and it can start with you by 'ACTS OF RANDOM KINDNESS'.

I entered a design competition for Enmarc Crafts and was inspired by the photographs that I had taken of a little kitten about 3 years ago, that was found by some school children, who found it trapped under some rubble.  That very day the kitten got a loving home and it's little world was changed forever.

The Basic Grey Plumeria range of paper and Enmarc Crafts swirls were used for this layout.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


I created this layout with the Prima Pixie Glen range of paper and there is so many elements on the papers which I cut out to use to create dimension.  The photographs are of a dandylion in my garden which I photographed sometime ago.  The illusion of the dandylion being blown by the wind was created with the OLBA tiny punches, treated to a bit of bling and stuck down at the base and bent up to create the illusion of movement.

The beautiful poem on the RHS of the layout goes like this:

I have a vision where all people are at peace, fed and housed,
Every child is loved and educated to develop their talents,
Where the heart is more important than the head and wisdom is revered over riches.

In this world justice, equality and fairness rule.

Nature is honoured, so that the waters flow pure and clear and the air is fresh and clean.

Plants and trees are nurtured and all animals are respected and treated with kindness.

Happiness and laughter prevail and humans walk hand in hand with angels.

Thank you for the love, understanding, wisdom, courage and humility to do my part to spread the light.

May all the world ascend.

So be it.

Monday, March 19, 2012


Happy (albeit out of focus) Kiddy Snaps

These are some of the special 'little people' in my life, Musa, Thomas, Mikayla, Ricardo and Ciara.  Missing are Tiago and Lia.

Whilst I was lurking in the bushes at my friends birthday party getting great snaps of the festivities the children caught my attention, but alas they saw me in the bushes and that was the end of the natural and unposed photographs, and then began the face-pulling, sullen expressions synomanous of a deer being caught in the headlights.  And also the 'let me see, let me see' demands after each photograph is taken.

Then much to my dismay they wanted to take the photographs, my stomach turned and my heart pounded, my beautiful, precious camera in the hands of these children.  However, I conceded and after careful instruction on keeping the strap around their necks, fingers off the lens, and trying to explain the 'little green square and the half press of the button to get the photo into focus, these were the results of our future photographers ranging in age from 5, 8, 9, 10 and 13.   

Monday, March 12, 2012


Over the past few months my Wonderful Husband constructed a porch on the outside of our house. This sanctuary overlooks the wetland behind our house and because of the slope of the property it is quite high in the trees. My furry children love spending time with us up there and are quite comfortable on the day beds.

The layout was contructed from cardstock and Kaizer Kraft Lil Primrose collection and embellished with Enmarc crafts chipboard pieces.

Friday, February 24, 2012


So the end of February 2012 is almost upon us and so draws closer the end of the 29 Day Photo Challenge.  Here are some random photos of flowers, pet, what I ate this morning, sunshine, what i'm reading and my front door...

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Please forward this to interested friends, ‘coz if you bring 6 paid people, you attend free! The next Creative Calligraphy workshop starts at 9.30am on Saturday 10 March and finishes Sat 17 March

At “The Memory Shed” at “Second Cup Coffee Shop”, John Vorster Rd, Weltevreden Park

R700 for 2 full days: (9.30am – 4.30pm) includes calligraphy kit, notes, refreshments & lunchesBanking details for your deposit:

(Delegates must please use their first names and calli as a reference.)
Memory Shed
FNB Northgate

Feel free to call Gilly on 083 659 6787 or Lisa 082 561 4144 gillybean@enable360.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Enthusiasm personified - this is Helen.  Anything that I suggest she do for her creations is met with an abundance of enthusiasm and excitement on her part.  Just recently I helped Helen design and create a layout of her granddaughter Gabriella using the Prima Pixie Glen range of paper.  Again a number of elements were cut out from the paper and used with great results, creating awesome dimension on the layout.  I just love the soft, subtle colours of this range and the photograph is suited perfectly.


... in the teacup? 

Not only is Glyn a wonderful person but she has this incredible talent of making the most of her pages and cuts out everything she possibly can on the page to enhance her layout.   Whilst most of my clients complain bitterly about this technique (however, pleased they are with the result), Glyn is at her happiest with a pair of scissors in her hand and cuts away at her page, watching her is like seeing someone conduct an orchestra - she does it with such passion and precision. 

In her latest creation I assisted Glyn in creating an awesome layout of her little treasure J'Adore, a minature Toy French Poodle - who literally fits into a teacup!!!  Intricate cutting and clever use of the elements on the Kaizer Kraft Lil Primrose paper, together with lots of layering really brought the layout to life.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


... and get yourself onboard the journey to complete your travel albums :-)

I have been honoured to create a layout with the new range of awesome paper aptly entitled around the world, and laser cutouts from Scrap Collections (www.scrapcollections.co.za).

This is quite an interactive page, ie the right hand side of the layout rotates to reveal four different photographs through the yellow circle.  The 'indexed' pocket on the left hand page contains additional space and cards for journalling, memrobellia, photographs, etc.