Friday, June 25, 2010

I am so tired!!

What a crazy week this was. We moved to a bigger apartment this week and I realized once again that moving is no fun - it's hard work!! I thought it would be quick & easy since we've only been living in Seoul for 4 months, but boy oh boy, was I wrong!! The new apartment is really lovely, though, so it makes all the hard work worthwhile! I will post some pictures later this week when everything is neat and tidy!

On to some scrappy news now. I haven't done any scrapping this week ... I was busy packing all my supplies in boxes. But I wanted to do a challenge and I found this one on Kreative Krafts facebook page. You can make a project of your choice, but you have to use orange in it. For me, orange isn't a colour I usually scrap with, but it was fun and interesting. I made this at one of the crops in our Saudi scrapbooking group.

I love how this one turned out! I was very unsure about the orange Bo Bunny papers, but in the end I'm really glad I went with my gut feeling and used it. It works beautifully on this project. The title reads: "Children are a gift from God". The original title is in Afrikaans.
I want to try to do a layout tomorrow. Sketch Inspiration has a beautiful sketch out for this week but to be in the draw, your sketch has to be in by Saturday night.

Have a wonderful, blessed and fun-filled weekend!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Father's Day Wallet

Look at this wonderful idea I found on Canadian Nickel scrap'n-blog!!!








I immediately started to create this clever father's day gift for my husband and I was truly amazed at how easy is!!! Something like this, I thought, should take much longer to create!! But it was fast, easy and I only used one 12" x 12" piece of cardstock!! I used a textured cardstock just to give it a "leather" look!

You will start by cutting you paper in 6 stips:










For the biggest, or the outside
of the wallet - 9" x 3 1/2",
For the inside of the wallet - 8 1/2" x 3 1/4",
2 strips of 4 3/16" x 2" and
2 strips of 4 3/16" x 1".

You will need to score the 2 largest pieces for the wallet to help it bend easily.

Score the biggest piece at 4 7/16" and 4 9/16",
and the inside piece at 4 3/16".








After scoring, I used my distress ink pad and inked all the edges, I also distress the outside of the wallet quite severely to give it a "used" feeling.


I decided to stitch the outer edges of the wallet to make it more authentic!



I used my paper piercer and pierced the outer edges, and then stitched it with needle and threat. You can always use a sewing machine to do this. I decided not to use my machine because I wanted to add a masculine feeling. If you don't want to stitch, you can do the piercing and leave it at that, or you can do faux stitching with a pen, or even faux stitching with rub-ons, whatever works for you!

Now we can start to assembly our project!
Take the inside piece and glue 3 sides, then glue it to the outside piece of the wallet. Make sure that your score lines line up with one another to ensure a neat fold of the wallet!
Take 1 piece each of the smaller pieces of paper. On the smallest piece apply glue to ONLY 3 SIDES and glue it to the bigger piece. Repeat this step with the last 2 strips of paper you have left-over.


Glue the 2 smaller pieces to the inside of the wallet to make little tabs. We need the tabs to put family pictures, maybe a gift card or a little father's day card for Dad!
When glue-ing the smaller pieces to the inside, make sure that you have a little space in the middle of the wallet for easy bending! It you glue the tab piece to close to the inside the wallet will not close properly, make sure you allow enough space for this!!

You can now decorate the outside of the wallet in any way you like! I used a contrasting piece of cardboard and stamp on it, punched the edges and glued it to the front. I also repeated the stitching around the title!

I printed pictures of our children, laminated it and put it inside the little pockets.









We also made a small card to go along with the wallet. If you want to you can also give Dad some money instead of a present!









I hope I was able to explain this clearly to everyone! If not, let me know and I try and do it better! I really love the simplicity of this project, and it really is such a cute idea! In total it took me about 1 hour to complete the wallet! If you make one of these, please leave me a comment with a link to your project, I would LOVE to see what you come up with! I you want to have a look at the original post here is the link to Canadian Nickel Scrap'n blog: http://canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.com/2010/05/video-episode-21-fathers-day-wallet.html.
While you visit with Nicole, be kind and leave her some love on her fab blog!!

Hope you have a awesome day!

MY FIRST TUTORIAL THURSDAY!

As promised here is the tutorial on the handmade flowers as I promised yesterday! Let me just be clear that I did not came up with these wonderful flowers on my own . . . I wish I was that clever and creative!!!! You can find the link to the blog where I found the flowers here.
Here is my version. This is a fun way of using left over scraps from the project your busy with or even scrap that you have in your stash already! Start by cutting 4 to 5 circles, ranging in size from 1" to 3". I like to use 4 circles, but you can use more of less, depending on the project and your own personal taste! Since I am terrible at cutting shapes without a guideline, I used my Hot off the Press Easy Circles template to cut out the circles. Please note that your circles shouldn't be perfectly cut! It should be unevenly cut to give it more character!!




Once you have your circles cut-out, you can ink the edges, emboss them, use some stickles on the edges or even glimmer mist works great to add charm to these flowers. I inked, and embosses some of mine and I used stickles on the green one!

Next you will use the back of a pencil and fold the circles one-by-one around the pencil and scrunch them up a bit to give them dimension.

Now you can layer them and add your bling to finish it off. I love to use buttons and brads with some bling just to make them pop some more!!
Be creative here . . . anything you fancy can be added. You can also use different types of paper. Layer patterned paper with tissue paper, use vellum instead of paper for a softer, romantic feeling on your layout, even felt works nicely!
This is really easy and fast to make, and it lets you coordinate easy with your scrappy project!
Have fun making flowers!! I'll be back a little later with a really, really wonderful father's day project I found on a very creative lady's blog!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sketchy Thursdays July Guest Design Challenge

I was doing some blog hopping this morning and since I love to use sketches for my layouts I was specifically looking at sketch sites. I came across the Sketchy Thursdays blog and the July Guest Design Challenge sketch just grabbed my attention and I knew I had to give this one a try . . . and I'm so glad I did!!! Here is the sketch that's on the Sketchy Thursday site:















And here is my layout for the challenge!



I used some of my older paper, but one's I loved from the start and which I was saving to do something special with. I used quite a bit of distressing on this one - a technique I truly like to use. I distressed and inked all around the outer edges of the page, the photo and the edges of the paper strips. I folded the lace at the side of the photo and then sewed it with my machine to keep in place. I wanted to use the lace to give it a softer feeling. I also used Picasa's "soft focus" feature on the photo to give it a softer feeling.


Since handmade flowers is all the rage right now, I created this one
in a jiffy to com-
plement my page.
I will post photos and a tutorial tomorrow on how I created the flower. It was quite easy and fast to do and I love the result!

Supply list:
Papers - Hot off the Press - Bohemian
Corrugated Alphas by Jillibean Soup
Vinyl Thickers by American craft
Prima

I'll be back tomorrow with the flower tutorial!


Monday, June 14, 2010

Something to share!

I quickly wanted to share 2 layouts I finished today! I'm not entirely "WOW-ed" by either one, but I just can't through a layout away if I'm not happy about the outcome!
The first layout is one where I decided not to use anything other than paper - maybe that's why the layout seems "naked" to me! I used a Julie Bonner sketch that I found on her blog! Thank you Julie! Here is the sketch:















and my layout:















The second layout is my take on this week's "Let's Scrap" sketch!

I loved the sketch from the moment I saw it! I'm sure I'll use it many more times in the future! To go to the "Let's Scrap" site click here.
I was really frustrated last week! I tried to scrapbook but wasn't happy with anything I came up with! Eventually I decided to just not to scrapbook! Let's hold thumbs that this week will be better!!
May you all have a creative & blessed week ahead of you!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

What a WEEK!!!

I'm still here and still breathing!!! This was a SUPER busy week at my house! With summer break upon us, and we moving to a new apartment at the end of the month AND finishing up all the arrangements for my sisters visit from South Africa in July this week just flew by in a heartbeat!!! I didn't have time to do a single layout and I miss it terribly!!

Some scrappy news from my favorite blogs: Cheri over at "Let's Scrap" has the new sketch for the week up - and it's SUPER cute!!! Lots of circles and stitching!

Here is the sketch:


I hope to complete my layout for this cool sketch over the weekend and then I'll share with you all!

Soccer fever is HIGH - even here in Korea - all everyone is talking about is the start of the Wold Cup being held in my home country SOUTH AFRICA! Good luck to our national team Bafana Bafana as well as our host nation South Korea's Red Devils!!

May you all have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of special times with your families!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Discovering Western Bukchon















Yesterday we went on a SIWA - Seoul International Woman's Association - tour to explore one of the older neighborhoods in Seoul.
We started our tour at a 600 year old white pine tree!! It really made me feel small to think how long this tree has survived wars, weather and construction all around it.













We discoverd traditional Korean style houses called "Hanoks". This is beautiful wooden houses with lovely curved roofs.
We visited with a local couple in one of the hanoks and admired their lovely garden. After we had some team we were on our way again.
Summer has finally arrived here in Seoul and yesterday was a beautiful day to explore this culture rich city we live in!!










I don't think I will have any scrappin' time this weekend, but look out Monday for
some new layouts! I'm also still pondering if I must apply for some of the DT calls that's out there! Decisions, decisions!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Combining challenges!!














Here's a layout I created today! "Let's Scrap" is having a sketch challenge for the month of June. I combined the sketch with a colour challenge I found at "Scrap Tiffany"'s-blog. For the colour challenge you have to use the following colors on a layout: Dark grey, light grey, purple, orange & pink. This is what I came up with. Using this colours together was quite challenging for me, but I'm happy with the end result. I loved using the Pagemap, it's a easy fun sketch with lot's of circles! Have a wonderful day, and happy scrappin'! TFL.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Meet my family!!














Meet the loves of my life!! Herman and I will be married for 20 years in December. We've met when I was only 14 years old!! He's such a sweetie-pie and after many, many years I still love him very much! Monique is our first-born and she's 17 years old. Everyone always comment on how much to 2 of us looks alike!! She's one amazing young lady!! Her ability to adapt to her surrounding when we move at difficult times for her is really amazing! We are really proud of her! Ruan is our (almost) 15 year old young man! He's such a funny kid!! He is such a technology geek!! He loves playing with his PSP, PS 3, and computer games. It's hard to believe they are already this big!! How time flies!!!


It's a start!!

WhOoP wHoOp!!! This is the official first post of my new blog!! I'm really very excited about this blog. I thought for a very long time about it and finally . . . I DID IT!! At some point I would like to try out for a DT post, or to get published, and I realized that a blog really is the best way to showcase you work and abilities. I've decided to use this blog not only for scrapbooking, but to share our experiences here in Korea, and the diverse culture we're living in. This will also be a space where I'll share my faith as a Christian with you. From time to time I will post scriptures I love and have a deep meaning to me, as well as praise and worship songs. I will also post regular links to other scrapbooking blogs and sites where I get inspiration from. "Let's Scrap" is one of the sites I really, really LOVE!! They have wonderful double page sketches and you'll find a wonderful group of ladies there who will encourage you, and who have the kindest words on you layouts. You can check them out here: http://letsscrap.ning.com

Blessings to all!