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!”

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.

“Make Today Matter” #183

What an honor to join Scrapping4funChallenges as a Design Team member! This is my first project on the team:

I used a printable image called “Holly Painted Love” from our lovely Sponsor, Polka Doodles. Please visit their website: https://www.polkadoodles.co.uk

Find this specific image at: https://www.polkadoodles.co.uk/holly-painted-love-digital-papercrafting-download/?fbclid=IwAR0pm8gtCPpVFusLQQXxylCMGh9MtJYSmTPYns_PckYFxupBCS5zH7HYUKE

This is such a beautiful image. I really love it. I colored the image digitally using Adobe Photoshop. I then printed the picture on photo paper and inked the edges with distress ink, before sticking it to a white card with double sided tape. I added red glitter glue to most of the red parts. Finally I added the title: “Make Today Matter” from a title page by Penelope Dee. I enjoyed making this card for Scrapping4funChallenges.

Please visit the Scrapping4funChallenges Blog: https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/

Challenge #183 is live now! To enter, visit: https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-183-anything-goes.html

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope” #176

I am so excited to join the Design Team at Through The Purple Haze Challenges! This is the challenge for January 2021:

I used paper from Stamperia’s Provence paper pack to make a card according to the color palette. I added elements from Penelope Dee’s title pages. I lifted the ‘polaroid flower’ image and the words: “Where flowers bloom, so does hope” with dimensional foam. I also used a purple border sticker on the front (and back) of the card. The clip on the top might look like a decorative item from the front, but it’s purpose will soon become clear.

I imagine giving this card to a friend having a hard time. A part of the inside card shows on the right and one can read the words: “To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow.” I can imagine the person receiving this card feeling a bit of hope at this point.

The inside of the card is full of fun surprises.

On the right, I used an digi stamp called “FLOWER BOUQUET GIRL” from the sponsor, Hetty Clare. The image is available on Etsy at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/818891581/flower-bouquet-girl-digi-stamp?ref=shop_home_active_30&pro=1&fbclid=IwAR2ekwFf1jLmAP4OJG2IS-1iV7jdbwEoDKirLpwdOAVEp-YKz3CmHox1xyM

I colored it digitally using Adobe Photoshop. I then printed the image on photo paper, inked the edges with distress. I stuck the image to the card with double sided tape and added a bow in the one corner.

On the left inside of the card, I added some more words from Penelope Dee: “The flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today.” My idea is to add a packet of flower seeds with the clip above these words on the inside of the card, so that the person receiving the card may plant them. Hopefully this will cheer her up.

The FLOWER BOUQUET GIRL thus represents the flowers (of tomorrow) the person receives!

I loved making this card and I look forward to more projects for Through the Purple Haze Challenges.

Please visit the Through the Purple Haze Challenges Blog to enter Challenge #176: http://throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.com/2021/01/happy-new-year-challenge-176.html

“Very Much Merry”

For my December Studio Tekturek Design Team project, I made my very first digital Christmas card!

I used Studio Tekturek’s Very Much Merry digital products and created the card by using both Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw.

This collection by Studio Tekturek has some definite Christmas vibes! It really gets you in a “Very Much Merry”-mood.


Peace & Joy to all.
From Hettie & Phillip

The Crafter’s Café Challenge #256

This is my December 1st 2020 Design Team Project for The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog.

I used the “Magical Mermaid Doll” digital stamp by My Besties. I am totally in love with the images at the My Besties Shop: www.mybestiesshop.com


I colored it digitally, using Adobe Photoshop.

I then printed the image on photo paper and stuck it on a white card.

Lastly, I added the “For You” title.

The theme for this fortnight is “Anything Goes”! Head over to the challenge to enter:


Durban Adventure with my Bestie

These photographs were taken in Durban, South Africa on 23 and 24 May 2013. My Bestie and I celebrated the 21st birthday of our friendship with an awesome vacation!

We stayed at ATKV Natalia, where we had access to a private beach. But we didn’t spend too much time on the beach, because we had a jam-packed schedule: uShaka Marine World, watching The Sharks rugby team play live in “the shark tank”… Having a (surprisingly expensive) rickshaw ride and drinking cocktails on the roof of a revolving restaurant.

In am entering Challenge YOUrself #80 . . . I’m On Vacation! with this layout.

I am also entering this layout into the Academy of Scrapbooking and Art’s August 2020 Challenge.

And I used this layout to solve Case File No. 327 on CSI (Color – Stories – Inspiration) http://csichallenge.blogspot.com/ with the red elements in my layout, especially the airplane die cut, the world map and the original plane tickets! The Case File reminds me of all the planning that went into our vacation.

The layout was based on this sketch by Michelle van Wyk – Sketch 13 of 2019 on the Facebook-group Scrap and Sell Across South Africa:

I actually kept the plane and rugby tickets (this was before my scrapbooking days). I was so glad that I could include them in the layout.

We has such a great time and it was such an awesome way to celebrate the milestone of our friendship turning 21. We are planning a trip to Mauritius in 2022, to celebrate the next milestone of a 30 year friendship!

The Crafter’s Café Challenge #247

This is my second Design Team Project for The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog.

The theme for this fortnight is: “Male, Young or Old.”

I used the digital image, “Relaxing Guy” by Bugaboo Stamps.

Thank you, Bugaboo Stamps.

I printed and colored the image.

The jean paper is from De Art Studio’s Denim & Bling-collection.

I also used two coupons from the “Hey Pop!”-collection by Simple Stories.

Using a craft knife, I cut a slit in the jean paper.

I placed the coupons in the ‘jean pocket’.

I then fussy cut the “Relaxing Guy”.

And used foam blocks to adhere it to the card.

This was the only photograph of my husband relaxing on a chair, wearing a jean, that I could find:

Even better with Ducati sleeping on his lap!

Head over to The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog to enter your male project:


Update on The Crafter’s Café Challenge #246

This is an update on the birthday card mentioned in a previous post:


This is my sister in law, Niki, opening her birthday card on her 12th birthday:

She was very happy with the card!

The Crafter’s Café Challenge #246

This is my first Design Team Project for The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog.

I used the digital image “Bumble Bee Blossom” by Sheepski Designs.

Thank you, SheekSki!

My 11 year old sister in law actually colored this picture. She turns 12 on 7 July 2020 and I plan to give this card to her for her birthday.

I used some silver glitter paper and paper from Penelope Dee’s Victoria-collection for the card.

I finished it off with some green diamantés and the words: “Happy Bee-day”.

The theme at The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog for this fortnight is “Anything goes”.

Head over to the challenge to enter: https://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/07/246-july-1st-anything-goes.html?fbclid=IwAR1Y6JNlYOwSZLjRAON3YvFUkwvoIzYRqDK0_uZLgOdvyo5Tg_4SUjlziHQ