“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


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!”