Altered,Fragrant Heart ‘Pop Up’ Box

Wednesday 9 March

Today I had the house all to myself and enjoyed a little crafting time. Don’t know about you,but in my house ‘Me time’ is  very rare….. I had a small strip of paper left from a kit and this is what I did with it….


The strip of paper that I had left from a kit,was just enough to alter this little box.

A few close ups….


I punched the edges and inked it. I found this ‘Love of my life’ sticker and it was perfect for the side here….


The Lid. Flowers are from Prima and I did a bit of fussy cutting…


The inside of the lid was left plain to write a message to your loved one….I did not paint the box on the inside,I love the brown….


The inside…..filled with Roses…so romantic


Not sure if you can see, the inside heart is raised….for a 3D effect….


The inside heart was raised with a little ‘spring’….


I used a  wooden spoon and twisted floral wire around it to form a ‘spring’. I attached it to the heart and it ‘pops’ up when you open the lid…..


…and very lastly,I added a wax Fragrant cube…I just popped it behind the little heart. So every time you open the box the heart ‘pops’ up and you ‘smell’ the love!!!

That was my ‘Me Time’ well spent…

Thank You for looking

Till Next Time






Mixed Media – On Canvas

Tuesday 8 March

This Morning I would like to add  a Mixed Media Canvas to my Blog…

‘Mother’s Day’


I prepared my canvas with gesso and then used thin gel medium to stick tissue paper all over. Next I used a stencil from Prima with some model paste and then with brown Tim Holtz ink for texture …Next I used papers from the Sunrise-Sunset col from Prima,I cut some in hexagons and some in ‘flags’ to add behind my photo. I cut the paper ‘lace’ from the papers and wet it,while it was wet I gathered and scrunched them up and left it to dry. When dried,I unfolded the ‘lace’ and added it under my photo…I build some more layers with cardboard,Spellbinders frames and a doily. The flowers are from Prima and Petaloo, I covered all the flowers with gesso and added some yellow color spray and added a few metal pieces…

Thank You for looking

Till next time


Sunrise – Sunset – Mixed Media

Monday 7 March

I continue my take on Mixed Media…. As I was saying: I am not very brave and bold when it comes to using texture mediums,sprays,paints,beads and all other ingredients that makes for the perfect  Mixed Media layouts and projects,but I do love looking at it and find inspiration…. I get a kit from a kit club  every month and this is what I did with mine…

‘Cherish ? Always’


I used Prima Sunrise – Sunset col. I used a stencil/mask from Prima and colored the modeling paste with yellow paint on the background. I used another mask with plain white modeling past as well. I cut slits in the top left and bottom right corners with my craft knife and slit a punched strip in there….I used Vellum,a paper doily and black mesh for texture and interest. The flowers are all from Prima and Petaloo. The stickers and wood buttons are all from the Sunrise-Sunset col.


‘Young at Heart’


A quick,easy one with a photo of my Father-in-Law. I Love the photo and wanted it to be the focal point. I used a stencil/mask with brown ink from Tim Holtz in the background together with black mesh for texture. The gorgeous zipper flowers was from Prima. The stickers are all from the Sunrise-Sunset col. I added some stitching and ‘snap buttons’ from my stash…


‘Like Old Times’


I absolutely LOVE this lacy paper – Sunrise-Sunset col. I used  a baby photo of myself here. I do sometimes wish life could slow down a little bit and be a little more ‘Like Old Times’ when we had No worries in the world. Nothing to make life more complicated. When it was all good to eat cake and not worry about jeans not fitting…… For texture, I used ‘cheese cloth’ in the back,behind my photo and flower cluster. I had no more flowers left from the kit,so I just used some from my stash…I used modeling paste with a Prima stencil on the background. The flowers,bird house and bird cage are from Prima  and Petaloo (the butterflies and big roses)

This was it…

Thank You for looking

Till next Time


Sunrise – Sunset – Mixed Media

March 6 2016

Hello – I am not very Bold where it comes to Mixed Media scrapbooking. In fact,I am not brave enough to use all the color sprays and texture mediums that’s so in fashion in the scrap community….But I do love looking at it and drool… A Year or two ago,I got the Sunrise – Sunset paper collection from Prima,in a Kit and this is my version of Mixed Media…

‘Beautiful Sunset’


I chose ‘X – Radiant’ for my first layout. I distressed the papers a little bit and ‘stitched’ it back where it had torn. I did some gesso and paint splatters and stamped here and there…I added sewing thread and ‘snap buttons’ and pulled it all together with ‘Sunrise – Sunset’ wood buttons and stickers. The flowers are from Petaloo


‘Perfect Sunrise’


I had these beautiful photos from wild flowers from our visit to the desert in bloom back in my home country,South Africa. The plain card stock in the kit was perfect for these. The flowers are from Petaloo and the wood flourish from Kaisercraft.


‘Beautiful Lady’


I loved this lacy paper!!! Perfect for ‘Vintage’ photos… Sunrise – Sunset col ‘Aperture’. It was perfect for this beautiful photo of my Mother- in- Law.I used yellow paint to stamp with in the background, together with gesso, modeling paste and a stencil from Prima. The flowers are from Petaloo and I use the Spellbinders dies for the frames behind my photo.


‘Inspired Art’


I used an old paintbrush on this lo….I used gesso,modeling paste and a stencil. I left some paint splatters and stamped here and there….the flowers are from Petaloo and Prima.


‘Grateful for Everyday’


Here I have just let my imagination run wild…I made ‘waves’ with rolled up paper and added some gesso to it…The white mesh was an onion bag recycled…


‘My Everything’


Using plain Card stock from the kit.I started with a ‘flag’ of Vellum paper. I added stickers from the ‘crystal sheet’, flowers from Prima and Tim Holtz ink.


‘Mother & Grandmother’


I used the ribbon from the kit behind my photo.Added paint and color spray drips on the back ground. The gorgeous Zipper flower is from Prima  Sunrise – Sunset col


‘My Mom’


Again,I used a photo with  my Mother-in-Law. To add texture to my paper,I cut slits with my craft knife here and there and added lace and inked the edges. I made paint splatters and used a glass and blue ink to make the circles…

That’s it for now… will continue..

Thanks for looking

Till next time

Easter Basket

I made a Basket for  a table center piece for Easter…


…and this is how I did it..


I Used Meg’s Garden ‘Spring Paisley’ col – Burgundy Paisley – ( as this was part of a kit from Scrap That Kit Club) and cut it in strips and I cut a circle for the bottom of the ‘basket’… mmm…Coffee…..


Next I painted the strips with Mod Podge to make it more sturdy and wipe clean with a wet cloth….if you so wish… and let it dry over night…


To make the basket base,I cut a circle and cut slits in it to the ‘center’….and folded it up and tied a string around it to keep it in tact….



Next I added a foam ball and glued it down… this base is also for a ‘Cupcake’…….

Forgot to take a picture of the next step….hahahaha…. I weaved the paper strips around the base to form my ‘basket’….


I decorated the basket with lace trim,a paper doily and I added a ‘handle’ to it…..

Next I just went wild with adding flowers…..a cute bunny and a sentiment…..


…. the ‘back side’ of the basket…


… and the front side….

Thank You for looking…

Till next time




Meg’s Garden collection

I have started scrapbooking a very long time ago and my blog (scrappybychoice) not too long ago – I am trying to bring some of my older scrap pages and projects onto my blog….This collection of scrap pages was done for a monthly kit club that I really loved – Scrap That.  Sadly the club discontinued . Not sure if these papers and flowers are still available….The first one I did with these gorgeous papers was :

‘My Garden’

I used plain white card stock in the back and painted it with gesso. Then I used one of the sheets of paper from Meg’s Garden ‘Spring Paisley’ col (Spring Green Toile) and I fussy cut the corner of the beautiful roses and leaves.DSC_0772 I mounted the ‘corner’ on cardboard for a 3D effect and then glued it to my white card stock…For texture,I used dry moss that you would use in flower arranging.I used: –  Meg’s Garden  ‘ Spring Paisley’ col (Spring Green Toile), Prima Shabby Chic ‘Resin Birds’, Metal Bird cage,Wood buttons from the ‘Craftsman’ col ,Prima flowers ‘Tessitura B’ and I used Tim Holtz die cut for the bigger bird cage…and some Kaisercraft die cut pieces (eggs inside the cage and the Dragon flies) …

The next one I did was:

‘Backyard Beauty’


With this layout,I didn’t do anything to the background.The papers are so beautifully detailed already… I used a  round cut photo of my garden statue (we called her Edwina) and backed it with a  paper doily. I stamped the chipboard butterfly with green and added micro beads to it. Here I used : Meg’s Garden ‘Spring Paisley’col (Green Eau De Lavade) , Prima flowers ‘Romance Novel’ (Black velvet) , ‘Tessitura B’ ,Wood Buttons from ‘Craftsman’ col, Junkyard ‘Industrial lamp’, Wood clips (Peg) and Chipboard butterfly from Dusty Attic.

‘Us 3’


Here,I cut a strip out from behind the photo and made a ‘banner’ and curled the edges to the front and glued them down. I added doilies and flowers under the banner for a 3D look and added micro beads to the title. Used :Meg’s Garden ‘Spring Paisley’ col (Pink Eau de Lavande), Prima Resin Angel and flowers.

Up next:

‘Prima Ballerina’

DSC_0766Here,I just cut some of the flowers and leaves with my craft knife,inked the edges and lifted it a little with pop dots to give that 3D look. I’ve cut out the photo of my little girly and added stamped wings.I made the flowers with the ribbon from the kit. I added a few ballerina stickers from my stash.

‘Dear Lord’

DSC_0773I used plain card stock from Bazzille here and added my fussy cut pieces to it on the background and added some micro beads to it. To add texture,I used cheesecloth and dry moss…The flowers are from Petaloo ‘ New Camelia’ and Kaisercraft.

‘Cherished Time’

DSC_0769On plain card stock. I used a stencil in the back with a marker for some interest. For texture I used dry moss and leaves.Here and there I used pieces from my stash. Used on the LO are: Flowers from Petaloo ‘Penny lane’ col , Prima Junkyard Lamp and clock hands , wood clock and buttons from the ‘Craftsman’ col. The film strip was from Tim Holtz.  The photo is my very,very young Father-in-Law

‘New Beginnings’

DSC_0770Again on plain card stock. I still had some flowers left and still felt like creating…..


DSC_0771  …still going strong…using every last bit of paper from the kit….

and way at the end, I used the very last bit of paper and made an …

‘Easter Basket’

DSCN1639I used the ‘Burgundy Paisley’ paper…cut it into strips and used both sides of the paper to ‘weave’ the basket. I used flowers and trim from my stash to fill the basket with Easter flowers….

Thank You for looking

Till next time






Altered Box and Mini Album – in – One

Hello….I am in the  mood to be creative and make something other than just Layouts. I have so many wooden birdhouses,boxes,frames and canvasses that’s begging for my attention….So this week, in-between cleaning house,doing the laundry and caring for my family,I made this little box and mini album. Because it’s February,the month of Love,I used a heart shaped box….


I used Simple Stories ‘I Am’ collection. I covered the box with some papers and punched the edges and inked them.


I used foam dots to create 3D with the stickers and fuzzy cutting on the lid and a Prima mask ‘Basket weave’ and Molding paste for some texture…


The flowers are from Prima ‘Frost Danse Roses’ on the lid…


The lid opens up to reveal the Mini Album….


The Mini Album is attached to the Lid and the bottom of the box…I used Hot glue to make sure it stays put when you pull the lid off…..Again I used Simple Stories ‘I Am’ collection.


The Mini Album folds up into the box…..


It was a Lovely,Messy process and I Loved it….

Thank You for looking

Till Next Time


Altered Birdhouse

Today is a beautiful,snowy day. It is Saturday 13 Feb. My family had a late breakfast and everyone is looked after,the dog,the cats and the birds….Now it’s time for ‘Me-time’…Hopefully!! I bought a few birdhouses a while back and had this dream of doing something with it,but never did…So today I decided to pull one out and make something….and what better place to take photos of my project than outside in the snow…..

This is What I made….


It started off with a little wooden Birdhouse from the Dollar store ($2). I tore little strips of paper,inked the edges and started on the roof…DSCN9175

..I curled the edges up for a 3D effect..


I cut a hole in the back to insert a tea candle (the battery operated ones)…


…and this is what it looks like with the lights off and the tea candle on inside the little house…..


Some close ups: I used Kaisercraft ‘Base coat’ col – ‘Rock’ for the walls and chimney. Prima flowers ‘Hello Pastel’ vine and a Resin birdy (I used markers to color the birds…DSCN9236


I used Kaisercraft ‘Base Coat’ – ‘Concrete’ for the roof and inked the edges with Prima inks….’Ingvild Bolme’s ‘Dark Rust’.


Prima birdie,little nest and a Prima flower. I used twine around the base of the house…. (…and real snow)



…and there it is on the mantel in the TV room,with the ‘candle’ burning,warming the room on the snowy Saturday.

Thank You for looking

Till next time


Black and White Plus one

Funny sometimes how you look at other scrapper’s layouts and you think that you will just never ever be able to scrap like them…Long time ago there was a challenge running on one of the many scrapbook sites. You had to use black and white plus one color. I made these layouts,but was not brave enough to enter them…..But now I feel like sharing them on my blog…for me….

These photos are special to me. This was my very last year of school. My Last School Dance….

# 1 ‘Last Year of School’


I used plain black and white card stock with lots of Prima and Petaloo flowers and bling.

#2 School Dance’


Plain black card stock on black and white paper. With a paper doily Prima flowers and a Resin pillar….

#3 ‘Cherish’


Using plain black and white card stock with Prima flowers,bling and a metal lamp…

Thanks for looking

Till next time.

Off the Page – Cake for a friends Birthday

To give a gift has become so hard! Everyone has everything already… A perfect handmade gift is the best way to go nowadays. I made a ‘Cake’ for a friend….and put a  gift card inside. Later she can use the ‘cake’ to store little nick knacks inside…..

‘Happy Birthday,Carol’


I used 2 sizes of boxes from the Dollar Store. Using Tim Holtz papers to cover the boxes.


I punched and inked the edges…DSCN5686

I gathered ribbon and added lace to decorate the cake….and added a metal butterfly.


I used foam roses and pearls and a stencil with gesso…


….and last I made the ‘cake stand’ with an empty ribbon spool….DSCN5690

Thank You for looking

Till next time.