Fruit: “Operation Baked Pears”

Photographs taken: 26 September 2016

Event: Book Launch

Location: Café @ Tshimo, Kathu, Northern Cape, South Africa

Photographer: Marthani Martins (So Kreatief)

Layout done: 25 June 2020

Design Team Project for:

Woohoo! This is my first ever Design Team project!!! #dreamcometrue

I also entered this layout in the CSI (Color – Stories – Inspiration) Scrapbook Challenge for Case File No. 322 and especially drew my inspiration from the pear image. Some of the colors are similar, but I did not use all of the same colors.

The quote, “One Day or Day One – You Decide” is very fitting for the layout of my book launch. 2016 was the first year I started to set one big goal per year. The goal for 2016 was to write and publish a children’s book. The book was launched on 26 September 2016!

The fact that this project is my very first Design Team project ever is so amazing, because my one big goal for 2020 was to become a Scrapbooking Design Team Member!

In the past month I have been accepted into three design teams – Studio Tekturek, The Happy Craft Challenge and The Crafter’s Café Challenge.

My theme for this project at The Happy Craft Challenge, is Fruit.

On 26 September 2016, my first full length children’s book was launched. The name of the book is “Operasie Gebakte Pere” – literally translated, it would be “Operation Baked Pears”, but it also has a figurative meaning in the Afrikaans language of being in trouble.

At the book launch, the guests were served baked pears.

My mother once gave me this picture of a pear she cut out of a pear box.

When I saw the Fruit-theme, I immediately thought of using the pear and photographs of my book launch.

The papers I used are:

Teacher’s pet by EcoPark.

Caffeine Fix from the Coffee Break Collection by Prima.

I tore the paper and stuck them together to create a background from both.

I used frames from the Mintay Papers Frame Book.

I used “Old Paper” Distress ink on the edges of the frames.

The photographs include a photograph of the baked pears, a photograph of pear ornaments, me with a copy of the book (and a personalized mug I received from the publisher) and two photographs of me signing books at the launch.

I always write the following message when I sign a book, so I decided to write it down for this layout of the book launch.

In English, the message will read: “May the flights of my imagination reach you on the wings of paper airplanes, and fill you with inspiration.”

I used chipboard words from Creative Embellishments and painted the with bronze all purpose ink.

I used dimensional foam to lift the frames from the photographs.

I used glue to stick the chipboard words to the frames. My trick, if some of the glue shows, is to add glitter.

I added some fussy cut elements with foam squares and gauze. The gauze creates softness and texture.

I also stuck down some word stickers to create more interest.

I put flowers, that look like storybook pages, behind the pear.

And finished the page off with some buttons.

This project was very special and exciting to do, because it is the combination of two goals and two success stories!

Also see my process video (Part 1 and Part 2) of this layout on YouTube:


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