About Me Layout

Layout done: 7 June 2020

Typewriter photograph taken: 25 November 2014 – Kathu – by Marthani Martins (So Kreatief)

Main (round) photograph taken: 3 September 2018 – Toadbury Hall, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa – by Renske de Klerk (RDK Photography)

Scrapbooking photograph taken: 1 February 2020 – Boa-Fé, Kuruman, Northern Cape, South Africa – by Ivy Lourens

Camera photograph taken: 15 February 2020 – JAMSS, Kuruman, Northern Cape, South Africa – by Leandri Ludik (Wildemakou Fotografie)

This “About Me” layout was inspired by two challenges.

The first one was Mintay Papers Inspo Place iNSD Challenge 13 – Donna Espiritu’s challenge to create an “About me” layout.

The second one was the June Moodboard on the Random Arts Creative Hub. I love all the pink! The quote is also so perfect: “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

With this layout I wanted to show the three main aspects of who I am: Photographer, Children’s Book Author and Scrapbooker.

The brick background and the frame around my photograph are from Mintay Dear Diary. The frame around the fussy cut camera is from Mintay’s Frame Book. The camera is also from Dear Diary. The metal camera embellishment is from the Celebr8 Photobooth collection.

The pink fussy cut typewriter is also from Mintay Dear Diary. The “Once upon a Time” quote is from Celebr8’s Our Story collection. The wood typewriter embellishment was from my stash.

For the scrapbooking part, I was a bit shocked that I could not find scrapbooking embellishments that were specifically made about scrapbooking… The fussy cut stack of books (imagine them as scrapbook albums) are from Mintay Dear Diary. The fussy cut scissors is from Mintay’s Junk Book. I thought it was so funny to cut scissors out, using scissors! The metal scissors are from Celebr8’s Formal Affair collection. The badge with the quote is from Celebr8’s Photobooth Collection. I thought the quote was very fitting for scrapbook albums: “A good life is a collection of happy moments.”

I used some gauze and foam squares at the back of the fussy cut elements. I also used dimensional foam at the backs of the frames to create the look that it is hanging on a wall.

The teacups are kind of my scrapbooking logo, so I included fussy cut tea cups from De Art Studio’s Tea Time collection.

My brand is “Lugkasteel”. In the Afrikaans language, to build “lugkastele”, means to daydream. The carousel horses from the Mintay Forever Young collection, adds to the dreamy feeling.

I also included the quote: “Live your best life” from free Celebr8 paper, from their New Beginnings collection, that appeared in the Scrap Affairs magazine. I added a little mirror embellishment, because this layout is all “about me” looking in the mirror…

The main (round) photograph (a wedding photograph of myself) is placed on a branded Lugkasteel CD (I use them for my photography clients). Part of Donna’s challenge was to do some distressing techniques. I used sandpaper on the edges of the round photograph and stuck it on silver glitter paper.

I finished the layout off with some diamanté’s and some paper flowers.

My mother-in-lay (who used to be an advanced scrapbooking teacher)’s comments on this layout was: “The detail and relevance of your embellishments and the application of color, balace and design is excellent!”

Coffee Stop #190

This is my last Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenges. It sure has been FUN!

The theme for Challenge 190 is Food / Drinks.

Our Sponsor is The Paper Shelter


Here’s the link for the Digi imageWe have the same image for all the DT

Pixie Caramel Macchiato

I colored the image with my Derwent Inktense pencils and finished the image off with some heat embossing details.

I stained the background with real coffee. Originally I tried to fit everything on a single page, but it was just too busy and the pixie disappeared in the chaos.

I used photographs from 4 September 2018. On our way back from my husband’s brother’s wedding, we stopped at a farm stall in Biesiesvlei for some coffee and jaffles. It is such a magical place!

Please enter Challenge 190 on Scrapping4fun Challenges: https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/

It’s the little things in life that make you smile #189

* Look out for my YouTube Project Reveal * – coming soon

This is my Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenge #189 – Anything Goes.

Our Sponsor is PolkaDoodles


I used Octavia Moonfly Rose Garden https://www.polkadoodles.co.uk/octavia-moonfly-rose-garden-digital-stamp-craft-download/

I used paper from Mintay’s Berrylicious Collection. The fussy cut sunflowers and the “Hello Sunshine” sentiment is by Penelope Dee. The other word stickers are from Studio Tekturek’s Strawberry Shake Collection. The main title is a chipboard piece by Celebr8 that reads: “It’s the little things in life that make you smile”.

I planted a whole packet of sunflower seeds, but only one sunflower grew. I loved watching it open a little more day-by-day during March 2021. Later it even made a second flower! (I don’t know if that is normal for a sunflower).

One morning I saw two lady bugs on the sunflower. I used the macro camera on my husband’s new cellphone to photograph them and I am very impressed with the results!

Being swooped away in this sunflower adventure, I just had to pick my nail art accordingly…

I also entered this layout in the 🌷🌻🐦🐜🐞🍁🍂🍁IN MY GARDEN🐦🐦🐦 MARCH 2021 COMPETITION by 🐝BEE CRAFTY SCRAP 🐝

Head over to https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/ and be sure to enter Challenge #189.

Have a lovely Easter Weekend and remember – “It’s the little things in life that make you smile”.

A Special Day #188

This is my Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenges #188.

The theme is Spring / Easter.

Our Sponsors for Challenge 188 is

Fabrika Fantasy

I used Digi image –Spring Chick 2

The paper is from FabScraps’ C115 Egg-Stravaganza Collection.

The photograph is one of my husband and I during an Easter photoshoot in 2019 – our first Easter as a married couple. 😁

Please enter the Challenge at https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/2021/03/challenge-188-easter-spring.html?m=1

Create Your Own Sunshine #187

This is my Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenges #187.

Our lovely sponsor for Challenge 187, OddBallArt‘s image comes with both a happy face and a sad face.


I wanted to create a project where I could use both images.

I colored both images with my Derwent Inktense pencils and water. My images are 8,5cm x 14,5cm each. This project was originally designed for 10cm x 10cm photographs.

I started by cutting 4 pieces of cardstock at 11cm x 15cm.

Then marked 5,5cm on the 11cm side of the first two blocks.

Then I connected the marks to draw a pencil line down the center of the two blocks.

Along these lines, I marked 5,5cm again.

On one block, I cut a long slit up to the 5,5cm mark and on the other block a short slit up to the mark.

I then repeated the process on the remaining two blocks, but I marked 5,5cm on the 15cm side of the block, connected the marks, drew a line, marked 5,5cm in and cut both up to the 5,5cm point.

I cut my two dolls at 7cm from the top. And stuck the happy top to the first block. My image is 8,5cm wide, so the 4,25 point aligns with the 5,5cm marking on the cardstock. If you use a 10cm x 10cm photo – it will be a lot easier to align the center of the photograph with the mark. All the word sentiments I used also makes it more difficult for the card to turn, so I would advise you to only use the photographs.

I then stuck the happy bottom to the second block. My image is 8,5cm wide, so again the 4,25 point aligns with the 5,5cm marking on the cardstock.

I then repeated the same process with the pieces of the sad doll.

I slided the happy face and bottom pieces into each other.

Then I slided the sad face piece in with the sad face over the happy face, but the bottom part of the same piece between the happy face and the happy bottom pieces.

Lastly, I slided the sad bottom piece in with the picture in front at the bottom part, but at the top part, I slided the card behind both the sad and happy faces.

The happy pieces was landscape at this point and the sad pieces portrait.

The theme for this challenge was stitching. I stitched the landscape pieces together and the portrait pieces together. This did not work as perfectly as I had anticipated. I would rather recommend sticking it together with washi tape or stitching on a separate piece of paper and then using that paper as washi tape.

What I really love about this project is the fact that I could incorporate both the sad and the happy dolls. This card would be perfect for somebody that is feeling a bit down – to turn that frown upside down!

Scatter Sunshine Along the Way #186

This is my Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenge #186

I used the digital image, ‘Follow your dream’ from: https://www.etsy.com/listing/247148068/follow-your-dream?ref=shop_home_active_104

We would like to thank our wonderful Sponsors
Our Sponsor for Challenge 186 isAllDressedUp stamps

I roughly added bright colors to this beautiful image with Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, to give it kind of an arty feeling.

The word sentiment is from Penelope Dee Alyssia Paper – Cheerful: “Scatter sunshine along the way”. I can only imagine scattering rays of sunshine while floating in a hot air balloon…

Please head over to the challenge to enter: https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/2021/02/challenge-186-anything-goes.html

Heart Swing Card #167

What an honor to join the Blue Team at Simply Create Too Challenges.

My first Design Team Project for Simply Create Too is a Heart Swing Card. The theme is Hearts and this card really is jam packed with hearts!

I enjoyed making this card and I look forward to more projects for Simply Create Too Challenges.

To enter the Hearts Challenge, please head over to http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.com/2021/02/ch-167-use-hearts-winners-of-166.html Good luck.

Blessed Beyond Measure #185

The theme for Challenge #185 on Scrapping4fun is “Friendship / Wedding / Valentine”.

I combined Friendship and Wedding with this layout of my make up artist friend, Vicky and I working behind the scenes on a wedding styled shoot and a video celebrating my 10 years as a photographer (video at the end of this post). The layout celebrates our special kind of friendship and captures how blessed I am to have her and talents in my life.

I used paper from Mintay’s “Lady” collection and the digi image – Make it Snappy – Friend Garden by our wonderful sponsor for Challenge 185, Bugaboo Stamps

I really enjoyed this Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenges and I love how it looks in the end.

To enter this challenge, head over to https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/2021/02/challenge-185-weddingvalentinefriendship.html

Challenge 185 – Wedding / Valentine / Friendship

  1. You can create a – Layout, Card, Canvas, Mini Album, Mixed Media, “Off the Page” Creations
  2. Only new creations from the 5th of February 2021 onwards
  3. Enter a direct link to your creations into the link tool, not only to the main page of your blog. This makes it easy for the Design Team to find your creations to leave comments.
  4. Add a link back to our Challenge blog in your post.
  5. You may enter a maximum of 3 cards and on the 4th entry, you are free to select anything but a card!
  6. Only entries from Blogger and WordPress!!!!(to enter Challenges)
  7. MUST BE A FOLLOWER!!!!!! (to enter Challenges)
  8. If your Challenge entries do not meet the above requirements your entry will be disqualified!

This Challenge ends on Thursday, the 18th February 2021, at 23:59 PM European Time.

The winner will be chosen by Random Org

I just have to share the video. How awesome is this?!

Until next time…

“White as snow” #259

Well, it took my until the 31st, but I started Bible Journaling in January 2021, like I wanted too!

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

Isaiah 1:18

My Design Team Project for The Crafter’s Café Challenge #259 is my first ever attempt at Bible Journaling!

I used the sponsored image by My Besties, “Magical Winter Wonderland Doll”


I colored it with Derwent Inktense in pencils. It was also my very first time using these pencils. They are so soft to use and a little bit of color goes such a long way, when you add a bit of water. My favorite technique is the one I used on the green leaves below, where I only outlined the leaves with the pencil and then added water to color the rest of the leaf.

This was normal printing paper – next time I might also use a bit of a thicker paper, so that the water don’t warp it as much.

After coloring and adding water, I added some glitter to the image.

I colored some of the words on the right hand side with the same techniques. For the rest of the Bible Journaling layout, I first added washi tape above and below the passage I wanted to highlight. Then I added some punched snow flakes and left over diamond dots to finish it off.

I might still have a long way to go with the finer Bible Journaling techniques, but it was such a precious experience and I am very pleased with the outcome. I really look forward to the next one.

Please visit The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog to enter Challenge #259


Splashy Mix January 2021

I am so happy to were selected for the Splashy Mix Challenges Design Team, as part of the brand new Paper Craft division! https://splashymixchallenge.blogspot.com/p/design-team.html

This is the Splashy Mix Moodboard for January 2020:

For this challenge I used a photograph of my friend, Miché and I. In our original vacation plans, we were going to see each other. We already made plans to wear our similar red floral outfits for a picture. But our vacation plans got canceled due to COVID regulations. She still put on her outfit and took a selfie with enough space left open for me next to her. So I also took a picture and photoshopped the two together. She added the floral frame in an app. We have been friends for nine years now and we were both bridesmaids at each other’s weddings. Although we could not physically see each other, this is still a special memory. Thank you, Miché.

I drew my inspiration for the layout from the colors in the moodboard. I used the turquoise polka dots in the background and added some red polka dot paper as well. The quote: “Today I will Create Something New” defines the photograph we ‘created’ on New Year’s Day. I fussy cut flowers, berries and butterflies for the layout and finished the page off with buttons (also from the moodboard). I added the chipboard elements and quotes to capture the preciousness of the photograph and the friendship it represents. For a bit of bling, I mounted the photograph on silver glitter paper and added some diamantés.

I loved making this layout for Splashy Mix Challenges and I found the moodboard very inspiring. I hope you do too! Please enter the January Moodboard Challenge on the Blog: https://splashymixchallenge.blogspot.com/

Our generous sponsor for the Paper Craft Challenge for January is Downland Crafts. Downland Crafts is an online craft shop based in Ireland specializing in craft supplies for card making, paper crafting, jewellery making, beading, and pixelhobby art including our own range of clear photopolymer stamp. Please follow our sponsor on Facebook.

I am looking forward to the February layout.