Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ray's World


Yep, I'm learning to say HELLO!! in all the languages so I can extend a warm welcome to all the football crazy supporters soon to flood our lovely land. For those of you not quite as far ahead as me in the language stakes, Konnichiha (con-nee-chi-ha) is Japanese for hello. Do use it.

Well done to all of you who tackled this week's Baby page despite my very incomplete sample. You make me proud. I'm hoping to finish mine this weekend.

Next week's page is "Ray's World" and I've used one of the lovely shabby ranges from Fab Scraps. You require:
8 x 2up Portrait (7.5 x 10cm). No easy task to find this number of portrait pics so alternatively you could cut jumbo landscape pics into 7.5 x 10cm
4 x 4up Landscape (7.5 x 5cm)
Can be of any theme using any paper range.
Oh I must mention: I've been having such fun using the "text" option to put titles directly onto my pictures using the Kodak machine at C N A. Cheaper than rub ons, you can make up any word or sentence and it's just as effective. Do give it a go.

We girls were chatting this week and decided we need to do a page of ourselves scrapping. After all, this is a big part of our lives. So we're all brining our cameras next week and will be taking pics of each other scrapping for a future page. Nice idea hey? Feel free to join in. Don't forget to slap on a bit of extra make-up.

Next weeks evening class will be on Thursday 29th. I know it was meant to be Wednesday but last week I was looking at the wrong month and got all deur mekaar. Now I see its book club next Wednesday. I'm not off to such a good start am I?
I'm setting myself Free(dom) on Tuesday 27th so will be closed for business.

That's all folks. For those of you taking a long weekend, have a good one.
Stay safe and happy scrapping. (I'm luuuving this cooler weather!)
Kind regards

Friday, April 16, 2010

Baby Page

Ola Scrappers!

I have spent the entire week spring cleaning the studio. All I can say is thank the lordy dirt doesn’t kill. Jeez Louise, talk about dust and dirt. Took me about two hours just to clean the Scrap Patch. So no need to give me the lazy eye anymore when you touch the stock. Your fingertips should no longer change colour.

I don’t have a picture of next week’s page or even a sample of the paper mainly cos I haven’t done it yet. It’s one of Maryna from Occasion’s pages which I’ll be doing at my Monday teacher’s workshop. However, I can tell you that it is a Baby Page and you require:
2 (10 x 14 cm) landscape
3 Jumbo landscape
1 Jumbo portrait
4 (4 x 6.5) either portrait or landscape
For those of you who don’t have any, or have no inclination towards baby pics, fear not: we will use other papers and McGyver the page to suite your pics.

Some great new stuff just in:
Great Fab Scrap papers including a really nice black and white range which we’re always on the hunt for, some silver (and I do mean SILVER) paper (they’ve come up with a really stunning range which would be particularly fabulous for card making). And a lovely range of African style paper suitable for all those game park pics, amongst others.
A really nifty self healing mat that is square – just larger than a 12 x 12 sheet of paper and best of all, it has ½ cm measures as well as centimeter lines and nifty lines for cutting diagonals.
Great craft knives with a handy grip plus Stanley knives
Double sided tape, new chalk inks, pearls etc

Now, regarding the Wednesday / Thursday evening classes: As in real life, there was no happy consensus with some people preferring a Thursday and some a Wednesday. So, in a bid to please all, I’ve decided that we’d give this a go:
1st Wednesday of the month
2nd Thursday of the month
3rd Thursday – Bee’s card class (ie no scrapping)
4th Thursday of the month
Most evening scrappers only come once, maybe twice a month so this hopefully will suit you all. If the attendance is low, I’ll make it just one Wednesday and one Thursday a month. I’ll remind you which evening it is in each newsletter. Next evening class will be Thursday 22nd.

Please note that workshops are charged per layout and not per visit (I still have the cheapest workshop rate in town. In fact I’m still charging what I charged in 2003!!). So you’re welcome to do more than one workshop per session but the charge will be per layout. You’re also welcome to photograph a layout to do a home but this will be charged for. I’m more than happy to email instructions and send a pic of the layout.
Could I ask you to please collect stock that you’ve asked me to put aside as soon as possible – I sometimes sit with stuff for months. Alternatively, you can pay upfront and I’ll be happy to bring it to you in the old age home.
I’d be so grateful if you would return the plastic sleeves the paper kits come in if you have a stash of them at home. I like to recycle and it saves me a bit of money.

A very happy birthday to you Alanna for your birthday on the 20th from all of us – may you have a bright, sunny and blessed day and many more to come.

That’s all folks. Hope to see you for some therapy some time soon. Take care and blessings to you all,

My apologies in advance if the following offends anyone but I thought it was kind of funny:


1. "'SCATTERED F*****G SHOWERS' my ass!"
~ Noah, 4314BC

~ Pythagoras, 126 BC

~ Michelangelo, 1566

~ Custer, 1877

~ Picasso, 1926

~ Amelia Earhart, 1937

~ Albert Einstein, 1938

~ The Mayor of Hiroshima, 1945

~ J F Kennedy, 1963

~ Bill Clinton

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I guess like me you’re all doing double time on the treadmill following the Easter Pigout. Why oh why can’t I exercise a little restraint? Why so many Easter eggs? I’m finding just looking at anything oval shaped right now is making me vomit a little into my mouth.

So, what do we have this week? We’ll with my “Jem and Morgan” page I seem to have backtracked to my sepia phase using the Keiser Craft range. I’ve attached a pic of the paper but it absolutely does not do justice to the paper. It really is quite lovely and looks fabby dabby with sepia pics. However, this layout can be adapted to use any paper and any theme – so you can really brighten it up. The photo’s required are:
1 jumbo portrait (cropped to fit into the lovely frame)
4 jumbo cropped to about 9 x 9 cm
4 (2 up’s – ie 2 pictures printed onto on jumbo)

I’ve had a few requests to change the evening class from Thursday to Wednesday and from 18h30 to 19h00. This is fine by me except for the last Wednesday of the month when I have book club. This I cannot miss. It’s really what keeps me just slightly unhinged as opposed to totally unhinged. I’m also thinking of only doing the evening class on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Any comments? Can we give this a go from Wednesday 21st and see how we get on?

I’m getting some really nice new Fab Scrap stock in soon and I finally got the long awaited MM Sanding Blocks in but these are already nearly sold out. I’ll order more. Bone folders are in (@ R62.00 which strikes me as pricey but they are so indispensable especially for the card makers.

And talking about cards, Bee’s next card class is on Thursday 15th at the Pigeon Racing Club @ 17h30. I know lots of people feel making cards is a waste of time and effort but it’s a really lekker way to use up your scraps and there’s something rather therapeutic about sitting around with a group of gals, making cards and solving the worlds problems.
(OK – that might be stretching it, more like solving a few minor problems like how to remove bubblegum from hair).

That’s my bundle for this week. Hope to see you some time soon.
Stay happy. Be blessed. (and pray for our beloved country in these troubled times)

Best regards

I’ll end with this little bit about Mothers. I just love it! Hope you do too…..

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.
She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
"What I mean is, "explained the recorder,"do you have a job or are you just a ...?"
"Of course I have a job, "snapped the woman.
"I'm a Mom."
"We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation,'housewife' covers it," said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myselfin the same situation,
this time at our own Town Hall.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman,
poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
"Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."
"What is your occupation?" she probed.
What made me say it? I do not know.The words simply popped out.
"I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."
The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right.
I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was writtenin bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"
Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply,
"I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't)
In the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out).
I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
The job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers
but the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.

"There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.
As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."

What a glorious career!
Especially when there's a title on the door.