Wednesday, September 7, 2011



My little ones started school today.  I have so loved having them home for the 9 week summer break.  As sad as I was to have my favorite little people off at school, I did utilize the time by getting a bit of scrapping done!!!  I did a bit of stuff on my travel journal, and really had fun "reliving" the holiday through the photographs.

I managed to do a bit of catchup on my Project Life album, and have had to be a little creative with the flow of it, as I didn't have pictures from every day, or had a million pictures I wanted to include from one day....I got around this by changing the format briefly for the duration of our 6 week vacation.  More on that in a later post, once I have it up to date and can show you how I got around not having a picture a day :D

I want to share a layout I did just a few minutes ago!!!  From start to finish, all done in 40 min.  This is one of the reasons I swear by pre-planning a little on layouts.  When I get some spare time, but not enough to sit down and do a layout, I choose some photos, print them out, then get at least the paper to go with that photo sorted out.  If I am a little flush with prep time, I rummage through my embellishments to see what goes with the layout.  That way, when I do get time to scrap, I don't spend valuable time trying to find the right things to go with the layout.

Just an example, I have 14 pages ready to go (mostly just with the photo and paper).  What I do then, is when I am going through my embellishments, like I did for this layout, if I find an embellishment that will go with one of the other pages in progress, I just add it into the relevant sleeve....

For me, I find it is the best way to economize on my scrapping time!!!

This is a layout of my precious daughter and my adorable niece.  There is just 6 months age difference between then, and because they are in South Africa, and we are in Dubai, they don't get to spend nearly as much time as we would all like together.  The last time these two little sausages saw each other was in 2009

There is a little story behind this picture, as you can see, they are wearing swimming goggles, and you are right in guessing they were swimming, what you probably don't know, is that it was WINTER in South Africa at the time.  The weather was chilly and the water was freezing!!!  Only children will not even bother about the elements when it comes to having fun with friends!!

I layered many different embellishments here, including chipboard, prima flowers, fabric and ribbon flowers, die cut sticker flowers and chipboard die cuts from Basic Grey and American Crafts.

Tim Holtz is the man!!!!  I absolutely love these tickets!!!  Not to mention the super duper flower ribbon trim from Webster's Pages :D

YEs, even my little owls got in there.  This Martha Stewart emboss and punch is my all time favorite.  I try and squeeze these little cuties in to every layout :D

Keep Creating!!!


  1. i love those flowers!!! my son will start school on Sunday :) He is super excited!!

  2. hi there,

    My name is Neelu and I'am a new scrapbooker living in Dubai. I've been trying to get in touch with other scrapbookers with little success. I've been pondering over the idea of having a crop session at my home and wondered whether you would like to come. Hopefully, you could bring along some friends too? I'am very new to this craft and would love to meet other ladies in Dubai to share some ideas and techniques.

    Looking forward to hear from you,