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!”

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