February 21, 2017

Friendship - Pocket letter style | Ivytree Studio

Hello there

“Art strives to express, craft strives for excellence.  
Good art has good craft, good craft is artistic.  
Within every craft there exist artists".

Craft is what I do all day; art is what I have at the end of it”

How do we relieve stress and decompress from everyday pressures? 
How do you ease your pain, distract your mind, and soothe the soul?

If you are anything like me, you craft.  Scrapbooking is not just about layouts. 
It is about having fun and taking some time out to spoil yourself and others.

In November last year, I stumbled across a group of South African ladies,
who love to receive snail mail and who like to share their stash.
The idea of receiving mail was so exciting that I joined straight away.   
The December challenge was a loaded pocket for Christmas but because 
I am so late -  life happened - I decided to create a  loaded summer pop-up card/box
filled with flowers, instead. 

Pocket letters are cards cut 6cm x 9cm and decorated, front and back and the pockets are 
filled with gifts.   I like to add non-scrapping goodies and in this case, 
added bath salts and a pen. I also added my famous microwave
brownie recipe!

The papers I used for this project:

  • A4 Pocket or A4 business card holder
  • adhesive - Tombow
  • assorted embellishments
  • ribbons
  • washi tape
  • chippies
  • stash
  • additional gifts - a pen, bath salts and Christmas ornament


Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za
Buy some of their pretty paper here
Connect with the team on their Facebook page here.
Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here

hoping you have a lovely time being creative
'til next time

February 8, 2017

Family Matters : Ivytree Studio DT

Its already the second month of the year and the month of love to boot. I celebrate my wedding anniversary this month (phew...33 years) so lots to celebrate. My DS has just turned 21 so, I am now officially the mother of two successful grown -ups.
This is my first official post for Ivytree Studio and choosing which range to use first, was quite difficult but... I had to choose and decided to use their very first range, the Hadeda Garden Collection to create a birthday calendar with all the dates that are important to our family.
Ivytree Studio designs with double pages in mind (whohoo) so I simply added some extra embellishments and a border or two!!

I used odd photos that are lying in my photo box (note to self - sort photos) that I would never be able to use on a big LO.  There were also odd photos from previous projects that I included.

The paper I used for this project are from the Hadeda Garden collection

#161/1      Hadeda Gardenia - fussy cut
#161/21    Agapanthus blooms - border
#161/30    Scallops - flowers
#161/36    Dark Salmon/Salmon - border
#161/49    Pretty Pocket cards
#161/50    Pretty Pocket cards
#161/53    Double twins - white (left) - my background
#161/54   Double twins - white (right) - my background

Additional products:
glue, paper roses, assorted pearls and bling, ribbon and punches

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za
Buy some of their pretty paper here 
Connect with the team on their Facebook page here. 

Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here 

hoping you have a lovely creative month
'til next time

January 1, 2017

Design Team - Ivytree Studio

Happy New Year
I am very happy to announce on this first day of 2017 that I am back on
on a design team.  It is going to be an interesting and busy year with lots of new beginnings for me.
A new job, a couple of side line jobs and now the design team.
Ivytree studio have some very wise words for 2017

1. Never ever give up! Just keep moving forward one step at a time as that is the Light God gives.
2. Don't follow anyone else's way of doing things. Follow Christ and the Holy Spirit. Father knows best.
3. Work hard.
4.  Rest when you are tired.
5. Make time for God and family first.
6. Always try to give the best service you can for any client. Their loyalty is your reward and you never know who will become your best client.
7. Don't disregard small beginnings. You don't know where you will end up.
8. Don't let stress take over your life. Manage it.
9. Remember God is King and clients and service providers are not. Keep your perspective.
10. Don't let other people's bad attitudes become your focus or influence you to the point of giving up. The best thing you can do is to live your life well and to know that you are loved, blessed and favored by a God who cannot wait to see what you do next with the gifts He gave you. Keep looking up and keep moving forward.
11. Dream big because your God is big. He brings solutions to the table you didn't even think about.
12. Change is part of life. Growth is a process. Comparison kills creativity. Be a trend setter.
13. The challenges and resistance you face are actually part of the learning curve you need to become the person God wants you to be, to grow your business the way God wants you to grow it and nothing, no lesson is in vain. You were meant to experience the things you did, so you would know how to proceed, what pitfalls to sidestep and which directions to take and which not to take. Take note of every experience. It is valuable.
and last but not least....
Always always always trust God for every step.  If you build your life on anything else, it is shaking sand. The accolades of men will not give you the life you dream of or the life you need to be happy. What will give you true happiness and contentment is to know that you lived the life God intended for you. Don't follow your heart, lead your heart. Guard it, for it is the wellspring of Life.

I am so looking forward to working with Ansu and Surita, they got me scrapping again, how is that for inspiration!! To learn more about these inspirational ladies please stop by here .  Congratulations to my fellow DT members as well, I think we are very blessed to be chosen as the first DT.

      Watch this space for some creative awesomeness.

My wish for you, my friends, is that you make the time to be creative.  It is very important for the    soul.  Let that be your new years resolution.

Don't forget we have the very first South African National Scrapbook Day happening on January 28. 
If you have not already done so, contact one of the area co-ordinators nearest to you.  There will be a great deal of fun.  Bring along a friend and scrap the day away.  There will be teachers that can assist you, some fun easy challenges and some retail therapy.
      Durban –Pietermaritzburg
Main Co-ordinator / Volunteer :  Kim Kok
Contact Details :  Kim : 0796946571 or 0333470059 / scrapit@telkomsa.net
VENUE CONFIRMED:  North Baptist Church , 14 Grosvenor Rd, Pietermaritzburg.

Durban – Pinetown / Durban South 
Main Co-ordinator / Volunteer : Merle Zulberg
Contact Details : Merle – 0825622541 / merle@worldonline.co.za
VENUE CONFIRMED: Firwood Sports Club in Northdene....

Durban – Umhlanga / Durban North / Ballito
Main Co-ordinator / Volunteer : Wilna Cremer
Contact Details : Wilna - 0764596694 / cremers@mweb.co.za 
Co-Ordinator / Volunteer:  Janine Esterhuysen
Contact Details:  Janine :  0832865656 / jay9cc@gmail.com
VENUE CONFIRMED:   St Luke's Congregational Church in Glenashley
Roger Place, Glenashley

Until next time
keep being creative

November 21, 2016


once upon a day I came across this gorgeous paper from Ivytree Studio and I just had to get some and scrap up a storm.  The package duly arrived and I decided to create an idea I been mulling over to blend one LO page with a Project Life page.
Package arrived
I have been out of it a while so it has taken me an age to scrap this page coz I ummed and aahed and second guessed myself constantly.

This is how I started

Next step was making flowers

and this is what was finally created

I have not put a picture on yet coz I want one with a very special friend whom I don't get to see very often, so I am prepared to wait.

Pop on over to Ivytree Studio, I know they have launched a simply gorgeous new range with a floral zebra nogal!!

until next time
keep creating 

October 8, 2016

South African National Scrapbook Day

Are you ready for the biggest SCRAPBOOKING DAY of the year?
1 Day
9 Regions
 22 Venues
1000’s of Scrapbookers

Join us to celebrate this amazing hobby of ours.  

Only R 250 for the day, includes tea/coffee, venue,  lunch and a day full of fun.

08h30 - 16h30

Bring your unfinished projects, new projects or kits and come and scrap  the day away with your friends !  No SET classes, Open Crop only.

BOOK your seat today at the VENUE closest to you.
FREE Demo’s, Make ‘n Takes, Games, PRIZES, On Site Shopping, etc at each event  (will differ per venue)

Spend the day Cropping, Chatting and having ME time ! 

Book today with your local Co-Ordinator. 
All queries can be forwarded to Michelle van Wyk 
(Scrap and Sell Across South Africa)
at 081 383 7944

Durban –Pietermaritzburg
Main Co-ordinator / Volunteer :  Kim Kok
Contact Details :  Kim : 0796946571 or 0333470059 / scrapit@telkomsa.net
VENUE CONFIRMED:  Merchiston Prep School, 324 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg

Durban – Pinetown / Durban South 
Main Co-ordinator / Volunteer : Merle Zulberg
Contact Details : Merle – 0825622541 / merle@worldonline.co.za   

Durban – Umhlanga / Durban North
 Co-ordinator / Volunteer : Wilna Cremer
Co-ordinator: Janine Esterhuizen
Contact Details : Wilna - 0764596694 / cremers@mweb.co.za

Pop into the official National Scrapbook Day blog HERE