Monday, 18 March 2013

My tiny Scrap Room!

I have turned my 2m x 3m entrance hall into a Scrap Room. 
 We never used the front door and hubby suggested that I utilise the space. 
What a brilliant idea!
 While it is very small, it stops me from buying anything that I don't actually need -
 (at least that is what I remind myself)! 
The sliding door allows loads of light into the room.

View from the passage

Shelves with tools & paper on the left

Workstation with chest of drawers on the right
I was so impressed with Carolyn's and Bella's organised scrap rooms that I have sorted,
 binned and labled every item (well almost!).  I made dust covers for my machines using t-shirt material.  The 'jewellary' box on the chest of drawers conveniently houses all my Tim Holtz distress inks and embossing powders.
I recently painted the room and all I need now is an inspirational
scrapping slogan above my desk!
I love having my own space!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Unconventional Wedding Card

I made this unconventional wedding card for my friends Carl & Marelize. 
 It complemented her colour scheme.

I used:
Cuttlebug Quilling
Prima  Flowers & Crystals

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Decorating a Gift Box

A gift box decorated for Jo's Grandmother Lucy, who turned 100 recently!

I used the following dies & cartridges:
Cuttlebug for Quilling and Alphabet
Sizzix Flowers
Spellbinders for Leaves
Cricut Fancy Frames Cartridge

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Helen Dooley

A colleague of mine, Helen Dooley, was a member of The Dooleys, a British pop group who achieved several top-ten hits on the UK charts between 1977 and 1982, including "Wanted", "A Rose has to Die" and "The Chosen Few". The group comprised of eight members - six of them Dooley siblings! Helen moved to South Africa in 1983 to live with her sister Anne and brother-in-law Bob, both ex Dooley members. Together they formed a new band called Shiraz entertaining the local public with their much-loved songs and music. I am fortunate to share an office with this incredibly funny and multi-talented lady. When she turned 50, I just had to capture some snippets of her amazing life!

The Cover

Little tags with interesting information about 11 July 1961

A gift for Helen
Always smiling!
Life as a Super Star

The Dooleys and Album Covers
Shiraz with Terry, Anne, Helen & Bob
and bottom picture
Chenin with Anne and Helen

Extended Dooley Family Tree
The Office
Photo Guide for Office Photos
Recognize some Movie Titles?

Office Girls having a laugh
Helen, Erna & Jo

Funny Girl!
Always the Entertainer!
And finally, a gift to a special friend!
Unfortunately the photo quality is not very good
but I hope you enjoyed the few selected pages
 from the album.

Monday, 4 March 2013

A tribute to Iris

Iris - 1946
 I feel I have to start this journey at the beginning. I started scrapbooking in 2006 when my mother, Iris, turned 80. She had had a debilitating stroke when she was only 60 which left her partially paralyzed and unable to speak, other than a couple of incoherent words. So reaching that wonderful age under difficult and often very challenging circumstances was an amazing milestone. By 2006 she had been in a frail care facility for a number of years. During that September one of her co-residents showed me a breath-taking scrapbook her daughter had made for her own 80th birthday. I was blown away - I had to do something similar for my mom’s birthday. The only problem was that her birthday was on the 31st October – by then only 6 weeks away. I enrolled for two classes just to get the hang of trimming, matting, chalking and journaling. When it took me a week to do one page - the persnickety scrapping thing - I realised that I would have to have a much more minimalistic approach! I presented her with the album with 30 completed pages at a surprise luncheon I had organised with my siblings. It was an instant hit. Mom passed away peacefully in 2009, and every now and then I open that album to remind myself why I started this rewarding, creative and addictive hobby! This is a tribute to you Mom – in life an inspiration to all!  

Iris enjoying the album

Friday, 1 March 2013

My first post!

Hi everyone.  This is my first post.  I was inspired by Carolyn Lineberger to start my own blog.    I still have a lot to learn but I hope to share many of my projects and snippets of my life with you! I love scrapbooking but often get lost in the detail - and thus the Per(s)nickety Blog was born!   I hope you are inspired by my posts.