Friday, December 4, 2009

Mini Brag Book

Well hello there!
I’m sitting here writing this newsletter with my water wings and snorkel on. Wonder when this rain is going to let up……

So, here we sit with Christmas upon us and I thought – “why close?” So if you’re bored with nothing to do and feeling at a loose end (yeah, right, as if) or feel in dire need of a bit of scrapping therapy (more likely) or are just plain gatvol of your kids and feel the need to escape your up- country visitors for a few hours (most probably) why not rock in and spend a few happy hours scrapping?

Next week I’m going to be showing you how to make a little Mini Brag Book using just ONE sheet of cardstock. It’s just too noo-noo and makes a lovely stocking filler for Gran, Gramps, Hubby or a friend. Or just a little something special for yourself. It takes 16 (4 up) pics – that’s 4 pictures printed onto one jumbo – unless you’d like to add a bit of journaling, a poem or what have you, in which case you’d use fewer pics.

Although Wednesday 16th is a Public Holiday, I’d be delighted if you’d join me for a morning of scrapping and a bit of a Christmas tea party. You’re welcome to bring pages to finish off, do the mini album or catch up on a page that you might have missed. Please let me know if you’ll be able to come along (even if it’s just to pop in for a quick cuppa tea and a bit of fellowship).

So workshops next week will be:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 09h00 to 13h00 and on Thursday evening from 18h00 – 21h00. I’m afraid there won’t be a workshop on Saturday the 19th (my apologies AGAIN) as I’m off to a wedding.
Hope to see you next week…….
Keep a happy scrappy heart!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas Sale

Howdy Doody!!

Shew! So here we are already, bracing ourselves for “Let It Snow, Let It Snow” in the Malls, over indulging and the terror of family get-togethers.

I’ll start off with a bit of good news: Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday I’m having a 20% off EVERYTHING sale! Yes, I’ve gone completely mad so take advantage before I come to my senses! This includes all the lovely new papers, rub on’s, die cuts etc. (doesn’t include any ForEver Memories or Craft Ed stuff I’m afraid). Do pop in for a nice bargain.

This week’s page is a lovely page of Tracy Shimper’s called “SA Will Always Be Home”. Lovely broad subject. I’m doing mine on all the beautiful spots that I love – Drakensburg, Cape, Umhlanga Lighthouse etc but you could also just do it of your home and surrounds.
The pics you need are:
1 (18 x 14) (main focal picture)
4 (8 ½ x 8 ½)
1 (5 ½ x 8 ½)
1 (5 ½ x 9 ½)
Then there is a tag booklet (Travel Log) which takes a variety of jumbos, 2 up’s and 4 up’s.

I’m hoping to do some Christmas lay outs before Christmas day so we can just add the pics afterwards.

There won’t be a workshop on Thursday 3rd as I have another product knowledge morning. The evening class will still be on though. Then I’m afraid there won’t be a class on Saturday 5th December either as I’ve booked to sell our Koolitz cool ties at Station Market. I hate to do that but I’ve gotta move those ties!
That’s my bundle for this week. Happy Scrapping! And….. as you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never be pointing the wrong way.
Take care

Friday, November 13, 2009

16 - 21 November

Well hello there!
Methinks summer’s here with a vengeance. I feel it in my sweat glands. I can’t tell you how much the thought of February strikes terror in my heart. I suppose that’s the price we pay for such a stunning winter.

Now this week you have a choice of two, yes TWO pages to choose from. The reason for this is cos I finished them both in the same week.
The first one is “UK 2008” – loads of pics.
You need:
4 jumbo portrait (about a third gets chopped off)
2 jumbo portraits (slightly cropped)
2 jumbo landscape (rather radically chopped by about half)
18 (4 up’s) landscape.
Can be of any theme really.

The second choice is “Friends” and is rather stunning. I can say this as it’s not my design. I did it at my teacher’s workshop last Monday and it really is a thing of beauty. Uses the new Kaiser Crafts paper which is the new love of my life. For this page you need:
1 jumbo portrait
2 jumbo landscape
3 10 x 10 pics.
Would look particularly stunning with sepia or black and white pics. Would make a lovely family page.

You are so welcome to do both pages (not on the same day of course) – one this week if you like and one next week.
I’m just a tad stressed about my Kaiser Christmas range which has STILL not shown up in my post box. Maybe it’s the old “watched kettle” syndrome and I should stop bolting up to the post box every 20 minutes hoping to see that little collection slip. Still, it will be well worth the wait.
Now, yesterday I bought the most beautiful My Mind’s Eye paper which I’m bursting to use. Think of 7 Gypsy’s and you’ll have some idea of the paper. A complete departure from their usual style. I’m going to be packing them into the most enticing kits this arvie. Then I also got in a range of My Mind’s Eye in lovely bright colours, Kraft Cuts which I’ve never seen before and also some bright new Crate Paper (another of my favourite lines).
On Monday 23rd I’m off to make up the Advent Frame which I’ll post on my blog. It really looks fabulous. I’ve ordered a limited quantity as this is not something I want to sit with so you’ll have to spring in fast if you want one.

The studio will be closed tomorrow Saturday 14th as I’m off to the Megacrop. I’m afraid there wont be any workshops on Thursday 19th in the morning as I have a Beswick Office Product knowledge day and then in the evening I have book club which I cannot miss (you don’t understand – I LIVE for my monthly book club fix).
I’m happy to do the evening class on Wednesday if you like and Friday morning.
Next Wednesday Kim will be doing an Earth Jewelry display in the studio from 17h00 to 19h00. If you’re looking for some stunning Xmas gifts at excellent prices (think teachers pressie here) or just a little trinket for yourself for good behaviour you won’t want to miss this.
That’s my bundle for this week. Take care and happy scrapping. I’ll end with some.....
Girlie Wisdom!
1. A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills... she has 14 kids but doesn't really care..
2. One of life's mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 lbs.
3. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.
4. The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes.
5. The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.
6. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.7
. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
8. Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.
9. I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knickers'.
10. Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks 2 sizes!
11. Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' .....Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!
12.. The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.
13. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day!

Monday, November 2, 2009

2 - 6 November

Hi there lovely ladies

I bet you thought from my long silence that we’ve not been up to much here at Scrapbook Junction but on the contrary, we’ve been scrapping up a storm! Just never found the time to send out my usual newsletter. Anyhows, in last weeks workshop we used the new Black Society paper with fabulous results and funnily enough, we’re using Black Society paper for this week’s page, this week’s page being Cherish / Adore. It uses only 3 pics (for a change) – 2 jumbo portrait and (1) 2 up landscape. Lovely page for anything or anyone you cherish and adore – your kids, husband, pet poodle, Manlo Blahniks or what have you. So do come and join us.

I’m hoping my new Kaiser Christmas paper will be in some time soon. Absolutely stunning stuff. I’ve found a new supplier so look out for some seriously beautiful papers.
Now, with regards Christmas workshops: remember last year we did calendars (as if some of us could forget!). Now, I’m thinking what to do this year. I’ve recently made up a small 6 x 6 family album which could make a fab gift. Otherwise, Craft-Ed have a really SUPER calendar which we could make up (for those of you who missed last year). They also have a nifty little Christmas tree which can be decorated and some really great ideas for kid’s classes – a handbag or car money box which they scrap, shaker box frames etc. Let me know if you would be interested in a kid’s class. I must say Craft Ed are coming up with some fabulous new products, try and pop in and have a look at their great new catalogue. On Monday I’m also off to do a stunning advent box from Kaiser which looks brilliant and can be stored and used year after year. It has these delightful draws in which you can hide a treat or what have you. As soon as I’ve made mine up, I’ll post a pic. I’d appreciate any feed back with regards Christmas workshops.

I’ll keep this newsletter short as I’m due to send out another one pretty soon. Take care and happy scrapping.

Had a great trip down to the Cape – does bring home what a incredible country we live in.
I’ve just been up to the Berg for a friends 50th and never went to bed on Saturday night, something I’ve not done for years. Anyway, any one of the following could have applied to me on Saturday night……..(tee hee)


And Remember...'A clean house is the sign of a wasted life!'

Friday, October 2, 2009

5 - 10 October

Howdy girls

Well, that sure was one cold and wet week! My mother-in-law tells me this is NOT her idea of holiday weather and she’d be better off back in bright sunny old England.
This week’s page is…. Uh….mmm… well truth be told, there is no page this week. Time has just run away with me and I find it’s now Friday and I sit with nothing to offer you. I do have two great page ideas floating around in the right orb of my brain but that’s not much use to you now, is it? Still, no need to stay away…. Bring in a wad of pictures and we’ll do a Creativity On Tap page or look though past pages for ideas. I’ve been given another great template by Ada which I’m just dying to use. (As you see, I’m in my Template Phase right now – having worked my way through my Arrow Phase and Stitching Phase). I promise to have a great page to offer you next week.

Some of those essentials that we’re irritatingly inclined to run out of are now back in stock: double sided tape, foam core, chalk inks, self healing mats, dimension glaze and Creative Memories black journaling pens.
Remember those great tool totes (blue or pink?). Loads back in stock. Please let me know if you ordered one and never received it. Unfortunately some of these orders slip off my radar. A great buy at R195.00.
Next week I also have some great Black Market Society paper coming in – including really nice black and white papers and some more Enmarc embellishments including some really well priced flowers. Plus Tombo glue which has been out of stock with the suppliers and will hopefully arrive with my next order. I also have some chipboard embellishments from a new crowd on the block – Celebr8. Some really nice stuff. I’m hoping it won’t be long now before the absolutely stunning range of Kaiser Christmas papers arrive. Too too beautiful. There are also some new kits coming in this month. Limited numbers so let me know if you want me to keep one aside for you.

I’ve attached the ForEver Memories mini Oct/Nov catalogue for you to take a look at. I think you’ll be as stunned as I was at how AB FAB the products are!! Feast your eyes. Let me know if you would like to order anything – I’ll be putting an order in in the next week or so.
(Oooops! Was about to send the attachement but I see its 9MB!. Let me see if I can zip or compress it before I send it)

I’m off to Hermanus on the 15th until the 20th for a bit of R&R and possible debauched behaviour. Hope those whales are out in full force. Taking my new camera so am hoping for some great scrapping material.
That’s about it for this week. Have a splendid weekend. Keep it tidy.
Best regards

And in passing……..
Contrary to what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided:
1. A nose ring and bifocals
2. Spiked hair and bald spots
3. A pierced tongue and dentures
4. Miniskirts and support hose
5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
6. Speedos and cellulite
7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
8. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor
9. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
10. Bikinis and liver spots
11. Mini skirts and varicose veins
12. Inline skates and a zimmer

Thursday, September 17, 2009

21 - 26 September

Well hello there!

Loving this bit of rain….makes me want to go dig in the garden. Now, I have to say, I’m not a big fan of templates in scrapbooking but, if well used, they can be terribly effective. I think you’d have to agree when you see the results from our “Weekend In London” workshop (the one with 36 odd pics!). Such lovely results. Of course, one of the great things with templates is that it does allow you to place loads of pictures effectively onto your page. Which as you know, I do love to do. I’ve come to realize what it is I want from scrapbooking: I want my album to be an overview of an event/happening/occasion/travel experience or what have you. In other words, I want to look at the page and have a fabulous rush of memories. It therefore becomes the memory that the pictures evoke in me that’s important rather than the quality of the picture. This is why I’m happy to crop away and print my pictures smaller. I still have the pictures on disc if I want to see them in all their enlarged glory. Which is not to say that I don’t appreciate a double page spread with say 3 stunning pictures on it, but more often than not, I want LOTS of pictures on the page. But as you know, we cater for all tastes here at the Junction.
And don’t get me started on journaling. I can’t tell you how much I think a lack of journaling on the page lessens the quality of the page. No date, no story, no anecdotes, no nothing. I see it often – for shame girls!

Having said all that, this week’s page is again using a template and takes 16 pictures. Suitable for any theme. The lovely talented Miz Linda Hutton kindly rustled up this page for me because, well frankly, I’ve had not the slightest inclination to scrap this week. And a lovely job she’s done of it too. You need an assortment of jumbo pics, landscape and portrait. You’d best bring along extras so you can play around. I’m getting my new camera on the 25th so will once again be able to take a pic of the page.

As you know, Thursday is Heritage Day so there won’t be any scrapping on that day. I’ll be scrambling around trying to find out just what exactly my heritage IS. Do have yourselves a lovely day. Talking about heritage, my maiden name was Conradie and my sister did a little research into our ancestors. Turns out that the first Conradie was a Mr Kuntz who arrived on these shores from Germany in 1662 and had the good sense to change his name to Conrady which became Conradie. I’m ever so grateful to him for the name change. I have enough crosses to bear.

Scrapkits are having a Mega Crop at Sica’s Guest House on Saturday 14 November. I’ve attached the flyer and registration form if you’d like to join them for what I’m sure will be a lovely day of scrapping. I can’t stop raving about Tracy’s new papers. It is just so great to be able to buy such fabulous quality local paper. I have all her new papers in stock so do pop in for a peek-a-boo. Talking about new papers – I went into a mild depression when I found myself sitting here ordering XMAS paper!! Can you believe? Anyhows, the depression was short lived when I saw just how stunning the Kaiser Kraft new Christmas range is. I’ll let you know as soon as the papers arrive. (Tracy’s Christmas range is also ab fab).
Tombo glue should be in some time soon for all of you so patiently waiting….

Anyone interested in a ¾ bed virtually BRAND new? R1000.00? Base and mattress. Let me know.

That’s my bundle for this week. Happy scrapping and remember…….
"Success is not final,
failure is not fatal.
It's the courage to commit that counts."
Winston Churchill

Saturday, August 29, 2009

What's happening 1 - 4 September?

Hi there

Yip yip – spring has sprung. I do love this time of the year. I get this uncanny urge to spring clean which is VERY strange for me as my mother-in-law would concur.

This week’s page is “Brothers” although you could make it any subject you like. Picture requirements would be:
Page 1:
9 (6 x 6). What I did was print 4 up’s and then cut them down a bit. You could also do 4 (9 x 9) if you prefer to use bigger pictures.
Page 2:
1 jumbo – cropped to (9 ½ c 9 ½)
Then there are two little fold out booklets with 3 pictures on each ie. total 6 pics. I printed 2 up’s for these and then cropped them slightly. You can just do two pictures instead of the booklet if it doesn’t take your fancy.

I’m about to put in an order for both Creative Memories and Craft-Ed so do let me know if there’s anything you’d like. I have to say the brochure does not do justice to the Craft-Ed papers which are really seriously lovely.

Rikki and I are proud and delighted to announce the arrival of our baby, Koolitz Cool Ties after a LONG and difficult labour. Viewing times will be 09h00 – 14h00 at Essenwood Market on Saturday 5th September. Donations in lieu of flowers please. (We were about to have T-shirts printed with Koolitz across the front but figured it would be just too easy to misread it as Kooltits for our liking. The name can now be found on the BACK of our T-shirts)

This unfortunately means there won’t be a workshop on the morning of Saturday 5th. Actually, neither will there be one on Thursday evening (I have a very important meeting - admittedly with friends and a bottle of wine but that still counts doesn’t it?) If you fancy a Wednesday evening, I’m happy to oblige.

Have a cool week. Remember to keep it tidy.

To end……..

A friend in Eshowe reminded me of this fabulous verse which was written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune in 1997 as a column which she described as a Commencement Address she would give if ever asked. It was subsequently put to music by Baz Luhrman. I just love it, so much so that I actually used the whole thing in my nieces’ 21st birthday card a couple of years back. Such great advise put across so well.. I think it would be a lovely thing to scrap. I share it here with you……

Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would
be IT.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the rest of my advise has no basis more
reliable than my own meandering experience.

I will dispense this advice now:

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You
will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until
they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at
photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how
much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really

You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying
is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by
chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be
things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that
blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy, sometimes you’re ahead,
Sometimes you’re behind. The race is long, and in the end, it’s
only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults, if you
succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with
your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22
what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most
interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have
children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe
you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding
anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too
much or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance
so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body, use it every way
you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it,
it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own
living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel

Get t know your parents, you never know when they’ll be
gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings, they are your best link to your past
and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few
you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in
geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you
need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you
hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it
makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old and when you do you’ll
fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable,
politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a
trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse, but you never
know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it
will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those
who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a
way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting
over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

(Mary Schmich)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I forgot.......

Me again…. Hello ..….

I tried to loose a kilo this week but instead I think I lost my mind - I completely forgot to mention in my news letter the fabulous new Craft-Ed products that have been released! To DIE for doll!
I’m loving the new Citrus Range and the embellishments are just too fabulous. And have a look at the La Crème range – black and cream – just stunning.
The paper packs are excellent value for money. There are usually three of each paper so lots to play around with and little chance or running out. And I can highly recommend the Card Stock Stacks – very handy to have on hand – excellent quality and great colours.
Go to, then to “Buy the Latest Scrapbook Products” and then “New Arrivals” which comes in a pdf format. And while you’re at it, have a trawl around all the other amazing products on offer. I just love the photo albums which I think are fantastic value for money and of the highest quality. Craft-Ed is just getting more and more exciting as it expands its range.
Phone (082 804 7970) or email me ( if anything takes your fancy.
And have a splendid weekend.
Best regards

Thursday, August 20, 2009

24 - 29 August 2009

Well hi there girls
I had an epiphany, or a rush of blood to the head, or a light bulb moment or whatever you wish to call it. I thought: why not post my weekly email to my sadly neglected blog? That way you have the choice of accessing it via email OR the blog. Then you can read it twice! So hence forth, that's where you'll find it as well as in your inbox.
This week's page is "Celebrate Life". It comes in kit form and the photo requirements are:
1 jumbo portrait
3 (9.5 x 9) cm pics.
Then there are 3 flaps that fold out to about 40 cm each in which you can put a wonderful array of photo's, journaling, quotes, memorabilia or what have you. The pictures cannot be higher than 9 cm otherwise they'll peek out and ruin the aesthetics of the page. If you're one of those scrappers who does not like their page being pulled out of the sleeve then I don't recommend you use all three flaps. If you do 1, you can slit the sleeve but all 3 would make the sleeve fall apart. "Celebrate" is a great theme that allows for such scope in your choice of photos. Book your spot now.
I've just been to collect some lovely new papers. I have a stunning array of the Fab Scraps papers and equally stunning Tracy Shimper papers. I have to say the local papers are just so great these days and I do like to support the local market. And weep no more: I have LOADS of our favourite Treasures Deep Brown back in stock. Honestly, I cannot LIVE without this colour.

Art from the Heart are running a Scrapbook Layout Competition: the challenge is to create an original double page layout using at least 3 AFTH papers and 1 AFTH embellishment sheet. The prize is an Art from the heart hamper as well as the opportunity to join the design team. See in store for entry forms (or to be grammatically correct in this case - "in studio".
I got a message from Scruffy. He was quite overwhelmed at the over 40 phone calls his foster mom received with offers to take him in. He asked me to convey his thanks and appreciation for all the offers of a loving new home. He tells me he's very happy in his new home and is showered with love and attention. So there we are: happy ending for Scruf.
Rikki on the other hand was devastated that there were no phone calls for her Power Vibe 250. So we're trying a new sales pitch:
"Hi, my name is Scruffy II Vibe 250 and my slack fat as#$@d lazy owner doesn't want me any more. I require no feeding, walking or love and affection. In return for a spot in your lounge/bedroom/garden shed I endevour to change the shape of your body.... yadda yadda." There. I admit it doesn't tug at the heart string in quite the same way Scruffy I did. Still, give Rikki a ring on 082 376 7210 if you're interested.
I went up to Gilletts today and to be honest, I thought I'd been tele-transported to the UK in November. Talk about chilly! Brrrr. Anyway, it beats that wind which was making me quite psychotic and seriously freaking me OUT!. I suppose next I'll be winging about the heat.... there's just no pleasing me....
To end, I Quote: Expecting life to treat you well because you're a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge you because you're a vegetarian.
And on that thought provoking note, I wish you a happy week and many happy scrapping hours.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It Could Have Been Worse

Well, here we are, three weeks after our home invasion and still kicking. Still grateful to be alive and unharmed. Although psycologically I feel OK, I sadly no longer see my home as my little safe sanctury in the chaos that surrounds us.
Nothing however has stopped the scrapping! I'm loving the Craft Ed products. As you know, I'm also a For Ever Memories (remember Creative Memories?) consultant and they have just launched a 12 x 12 circle cutter to compliment their existing cutting system. How fab is that! There is also a niftly 12 x 12 mat that goes with it.
I was going to take some pics to post onto my blog but sadly I'm no longer the proud owner of my fabulous Canon E450 camera. This now belongs to someone who probably paid tuppence for it. Keep an eye out - as soon as I have a new camera I'll pop a few pics on.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we're into August already.... another year where I'm not going to accomplish nearly HALF of what I set out to do....

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Craft Ed

I've just added the title of "Craft Ed Consultant" to my mantle. For those unfamiliar with this fast growing company, they sell:
- Stunning Paper Packs in various themes - pets, school, alphabet, travel etc. Papers work out at R1.55 a sheet! (I've had a bit of a skok at the price that some papers are coming in at lately so this is a welcome change). There are usually 3 coordinating papers and 3 of each so plenty to complete a double page spread with paper to spare.
- The amazing DCWV cardstock stacks in brights, neutrals, pastels and best of all: metallic and glitter. Most papers have a white inner core making them fabulous for sanding or distressing. They come in 12 x 12, 6 x 6 and the very handy 4.5 x 6.5.
- Then some really delightful scrapbook "kit in a stack" which is a selection of coordinating papers, stickers, large brads, saying stickers, quote stacks etc in various themes - the Blossoms & Butterflies is to die for!!
- The "just gotta have" Big Bite Crop-A-Dile
- Great tools like corner rounders, guillotines, metal rulers etc
- Herma adhesives
- The most glorious albums - I've been hunting around for a supplier of really great albums at a good price and I've now found it. They are a steal at R265.00 for an album and R70.00 for 25 refil sleeves.
- Powder Puff Ink Sets in really great colours.
- Cuttlebug Kids with a large selection of dies at an excellent price.
As the company grows, so does the range.
Do pop in and have a look-see. I dont think the catalogue does full justice to the product so will be ordering in loads of samples. And I think you'd be pleasantly suprised at the prices.
Until then, keep it tidy and happy scrapping!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Shock 'n Horror!

I just cannot believe I've not done a post since 25th March! Where does the time go? Anyway, I'm trying to commit to taking this a bit more seriously.....
Here's a tip for nothing: (nothing new, but it's well worth the reminder) At the end of each workshop I've been encouraging the happy scrappers to there and then take their scraps and turn them into gift tags, noteletts, mini cards or larger cards if you've got lots of paper left over. It just makes so much sence as you're sitting there with all this lovely co-ordinated paper which you're going to go home and toss into the "scraps" box, never to see the light of day again. You'll be stunned and amazed at how many little cards and tags you accumulate over a very short space of time. And if like me you begrudge paying the price for cards in the shops these days, this is the answer.
Another reason for my lacklustre performance on the blog is that I've been exploring hybrid scrapbooking which intrigues me muchly. Hoping to master this some time soon (yeah, right) and share it all with you.
Hope you're enjoying this magnificent Durbs weather as much as I am!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tersia's Take....

This is Tersia's take on one of my workshops where she incorporated some paper piecing. I must say I've always felt a bit iffy about paper piecing but I do think used stylishly it can add a lovely dimension to the page. I really loved her little pirate!
I'm now madly crazily over the top in love with mosaic! It's all I want to do all day! But scrapping still tugs.....

Tersia's Take....

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Ahoy Matey!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dear oh dear!!

What a nail biting, migraine inducing, sphincter pinching, jaw clenching, vomit inducing, tear flowing week!! My Motherboard crashed and I was kept in suspence for 8 days as to whether I'd lost my entire (unbacked!!) life. Seems as though some of the important stuff has been saved so even though I've lost loads, I've also got lots of saved stuff to be grateful for. Bitter lesson learned here - backup! backup! backup! Which is what I'll be doing most of next week when my computer is returned........
As you can imagine, scrapping is not uppermost in my mind. Hope to be back in the swing of it all in the next week or two.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Not Quite Right.....

Ok, lookee here. I realise I have MUCH to learn when it comes to posting a page. Still, we learn by trial and error and at this stage I'm just chuffed as anything that I could even post the page. I think I'm going to have to employ the help of an expert on this one.... (I'm also bitterly disappointed at the quality of picture my brand new Canon takes so need to investigate that too).
Anyhows, this is one of my MIM pages. I did it of my sister and what fun it was to do. I gave her a list of questions and kept it quite light hearted: Favourite Book? Favourite Quote? Who Influenced You The Most? Who Would Play You In A Movie? Bucket List etc. I discovered that if you click on the picture it enlarges it and you can read all the journaling (if you feel so inclined). Please good people, judge the page kindly! It really does look better in the flesh!
This particular page came in a kit form with the paper, frames, chipboard letters, chipboard shapes etc.
OK - I'm off to find help with photographing my pages and posting them.....

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thought for the day.....

Laugh your heart out
Dance in the rain
Cherish the moment
Ignore the pain
Live Laugh Love
Forgive and forget
Life's too short to be
Living with regrets

Sunday, February 8, 2009

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Oh dear Oh dear......

I cant believe how long I haven't posted anything for! And I read recently that the a blog MUST be regualry updated in order for it to hold any interest. Well, I do actually have an excuse (yeah, right!).... I'm actually on a huge techno learning curve this year and spend MANY (as in FAR too many) hours playing around with all kinds of new discoveries. No excuse I know but I do feel like I'm making huge headway. I'm hoping to shortly post some of the fun stuff that's been going on here at Scrapbook Junction so watch this space...... (if there's anyone left watching).......

Saturday, January 10, 2009


What, you may well ask, is "MIM"?
Well ,those who've been scrapping with me for the past year will know that I've been going on a bit about journalling. I've had the feeling that we've kind of lost the plot a bit with scrapping. A lot of us (and I include myself here) have been churning out pages which, whilst really quiet lovely, don't really say much ergo, don't mean much. So many ladies say "I don't know what to say" when I tell them to slap a bit of journalling on the page. Now I don't know abou you, but I know VERY few women who don't know what to say!
This brings me to MIM - 2009 is the year where we "Make It Meaningful" (MIM - geddit?). Yep, the emphasis is going to be on pages that really tell the story, be it for an album for your children, your parents or just a record you're keeping for yourself of your fabulous life. Let's stop, take a breath and ask ourselves again what it is we're really trying to achieve with our (expensive!) scrapping. To me it's all about celebrating our lives, recording it and preserving our history.
So look out for some of my MIM ideas which admittedly will take some research, effort and dedication on your behalf but the end prodcut will be oh so worth it..... This of course does not mean that we're not going to be doing a few fun pages with great layouts and maybe just a line or two of story.
I wish you all everything good in 2009. I've still got loads to learn about blogging so please bear with me..... Still trying to figure out how you comment, how to post a picture etc