Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Day 1 - My View -
It is an absolute blessing to be surrounded by such beauty in nature.  Feeding the birds warms my heart and always astounds me that they are never far away and know just when breakfast is served.


Join me in a 29 day photo challenge.  Each day I will post my photo's and at the end of it all it will all be in photo journal.  Looking forward to seeing your photos.

Here is the list:
1. Your view this morning
2. Time
3. Something that makes you happy
4. Where you work
5. Heart
6. A photo of you
7. Handwriting
8. Your front door
9. Sunshine
10. Something you ate
11. Your happy place
12. Your pet (s)
13. Night shot
14. Flowers
15. What you ate this morning
16. Children
17. Trees
18. A friend
19. A stranger
20. Self portrait
21. What you see on the way to work
22. The moon
23. Love of your life
24. Clouds
25. Water
26. What inspires you
27. Book you are reading
28. Your favourite colour
29. Something you never want to forget

Sunday, January 22, 2012


During July last year I was honoured to be invited to design a scrapbooking layout incorporating beads for The Bead Book Magazine http://www.beadbook.net/.

For the background a combination of Prima, Fancy Pants Designs and Kaizer Craft paper were used.  Various chipboard embelishments from my stash were glittered and beaded.  The frame on the photograph was the centre of a frame designed by Enmarc http://www.enmarc.co.za/ .

Glass beads were threaded on floral wire to create swirls in the flower accents and also proved to be useful as flower centres.   Rub-ons were from the 7Gypsies range.

The BATHING BEAUTY in the layout is my beautiful mother, Lorna at the age of 16 on the beach in Durban during 1962 and I believe the photo credit goes to "Scotty".  Apparently Scotty was a roaming photographer from that era who used to snap anyone who was interested and I think the photographs were collected at a later time.

(I just found this on the internet now about Scotty) - A photographer, Scotty, always dressed in a khaki pith helmet wandered around outside the Lido taking ad hoc photographs and giving folk a numbered card to pick up their photos the next day. His circular kiosk, always plastered outside with his shots of beachgoers was on the promenade on the hotel/ road side of the lido and Scotty had a wide variety of painted boards with heads cut out of them to enable people to pose as, for example, a muscular weightlifter, Superman or a busty female in a polka dot bikini. http://www.fad.co.za/Resources/memoirs/Button.htm

What a wonderful time that must have been.


Simple Stories Baby Steps is a delightful range currently in stock at Memory Shed. The designs and colouring of the range are perfectly suited for either boy or girl. It was an absolute pleasure to design this layout for my client Carol during her first class with me this week. The last matting on the main photograph was a piece of felt which was the perfect texture to use on the 'baby' layout and we added a blanket stitch detail with brown embroidery cotton. A number of elements on the paper were cut out and used as an embelishement or placed back into the same spot to accentuate the design.  It is often heard during 99% of the classes that "she made me cut it out".  It is quite a laugh as I seem to be notorious with this technique, but it would be a sin not to as there is so much on the paper to use.  I promise that 'I don't make them' do anything they don't want to, I simply suggest what would look best ;-). 

The cutie pie in the photographs is Carol's grandson Ryan who had just turned one year old this week.