26 May 2016
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by May Design Team and marketing director at Altenew ( . I wasn't expecting it at all. I really felt it was time to wander back into the world of scrapbooking and the idea of being on a DT really tickled my senses. So I accepted. I am thrilled and over the moon of being part of the wonderful team. I can't wait to start showing you projects made with their AMAZING products.
I'll be back soon with some more projects.


Here we go ...

15 May 2016
I had big plans for regular posting etc ... but pain got in the way again. I have got a layout to share and I will be back on a more regular basis. At least I hope.
I created this layout with the idea of really using very little because I LOVE the patterned paper from PinkFreshStudio. I added some colours using watercolours and then created two clusters. One with the photo and a second one on the right to create flow and balance. It is simple and very whimsical and I had fun playing with my paints.


The next layout was created a couple of weeks ago but haven't had time or the courage to post it. Sitting it a real nightmare at times. Once again I added some watercolours. I drew a couple of hearts and painted them. I love adding little details like this.

I'll be back in a couple of days with more layouts to share. 

Have a lovely evening and week. 


Hello Love

6 April 2016
As promised I'm back with another layout and a video. I wanted it to be simple and focus on the photo of my husband and I. There aren't a lot of photos of us two and those we have are precious and special.

In the mean while ...

5 April 2016
While I'm waiting for my video to upload (still need to tweak it a little) I'm going to share two more layouts that I created.
For the first one I created a star cut file and used some funky colourful paper beneath. I kept the embellishments simple and didn't want to add too many layers. That way the photo and the cut are the centre piece of the layout.
The second layout was one I created for the hipkit DT call. I went with a yellow and grey colour scheme with a main element with a photo in the bottom left hand corner and a smaller duplicate with the title in the top right hand corner. This creates flow and balances out the page. The scattered butterflies guide the eye over the layout. Some of the butterflies are covered in washi tape to add a bit of detail as does a little bit of stitching. 

Both layouts were created from older stash and kits from the HipKitclub. I have decided to stop my subscription which makes me sad but I have some plans for home improvements and need to save a little. I might buy one or two collections but I really need to work through my stash.
See you later today or tomorrow with a little video.

Getting back into it

3 April 2016
Hello .... 
It has been a while. I have been resting and trying to get back into shape. I still experience pain daily but it is manageable and I'm working on strengthening my back. It is a long healing process and I might have a relapse but I am feeling a lot better. Getting to know my body and learn how to move correctly will in the long run help me. My back is my weak spot and I'll have to learn how to function differently.

I have been scrapbooing LOADS and I'm starting on filming my new class next week. I have so much to do but it'll be such fun. Today I have two layouts to show and I'll be back on Tuesday with a video.

This layout was created for a guest blog post at the CraftyMavenGetaway for a TwoPeas Throwback series.
You can see the video HERE:  Click here.

The second I made for the Design Team call for HipKit club. I wanted to get back into the DT business and decided to have a go. Unfortunately I didn't get picked. I really just wanted to get scrapbooking again and making two new layouts for the call got me back in the groove.
This is one of the layouts. White space, layers, a little reminder in the corner: all things I love in a layout.
 See you soon.


When life hits you ...

4 March 2016
And there I went planning out the month of March and than something popped up which meant I have to make some big changes in my plans. As most of you might know I have been suffering with back pain for a couple of months. I had a scan last Friday and on Sunday I started having excruciating pain. The results show I have a herniated disc which is the cause of these pains. I'm on heavy medication (which is something I don't like but which is necessary) and it also means I am in no state to create or to do anything else. I feel like a zombie and all I want to do is sleep. My doctor just reduced my medication to help get rid of the sleepiness.
 I need to give my body time to rest but I feel that little voice in me already worrying about preparing exams for school, how I'm going to help my students and how I am going to keep things going at home. I feel useless and as if I'm letting everyone down. Maybe I try to hard and put to much pressure on myself. I think that if I can't keep up and live up to expectations people will see me as a failure. They don't. I am the one who puts that image into my mind. I am working on letting myself heal but that urge to always be on top of things is still deep down inside. I am my worst enemy at times. 
I'll try to keep up with the schedule so tomorrow I'll be back with a little class close-up from one of my many fellow teachers at BPC.

And just to finish off with a bit of creative fun, here is a colour combo I created over a year ago for Esprit Scrapbooking .

Have a great weekend.


New schedule ...

11 February 2016
I am working on a new blogging schedule. I'd like to blog more regulary but I have limited time so organisation is the key.
Each month I'll post a new monthly blogging schedule. I'll be starting this new set up in March. It will mean that I won't have to blog everyday or on set days but that I can spread my projects over the month as I please. Here is what you'll be able to find in the monthly schedule:
  • product close-ups: I'll take a closer look at product and see how we can use them. I'll use new  as well as older releases
  • lift yourself: as the title says I'll left an older layout and give it a new twist.
  • challenges: I'll regularly post challenges which you can participate in. Winners will receive a prize.
  • Classes: I'll also post about some of my classes and classes of fellow teachers at BPC. There are so many fabulous classes out there.
  • Layout videos
  • Favourites (favourite layout, favourite recipe, favourite photo ...)
  • and ...... random items which might tickle my inspiration. 

I decided to lift this layout I made in November 2012. It has all the design elements that I love using. Layers, flow and white space. I'd love to see you lift an older layout. If you do add your link using the INLINKZ button below. At the end of the month I'll randomly pick a participant who'll get a RAK from me. 

I went with a white and blue look with some hints of grey. I used some older stamps to add detail to the background. As I'm running low on white cardstock I used some a sheet of paper from a 12*12 patterned paper pack from AC. Usually only one side is printed. I have so many and some designs I don't use so using the white side is the best option.
See you soon with more projects.