Saturday, June 26, 2010

Live for the Moment

Howdy Doody

So, this World Cup has got me thinking: why can’t Durbs, or the country for that matter, have this many foreign tourists, level of security and fabulous vibe ALL the time? Seriously, does the place not feel Alive With Possibilities? Every single foreigner I’ve spoken to has been blown away with the fantastic fabulosity of the people, the facilities, the service and the general bonhomie of the place. I’ve asked them all to be ambassadors for South Africa and go and spread the good news about their very positive experience here. Then we just need to get those bleeding expats to stop bad mouthing the country. I’m also going to get hold of Durban tourism and give them some of my (brilliant) suggestions for making Durban even better, all year round. (Can you begin to imagine all the fabulous activities they could put on at that new beach front?). We’re no longer feeling so much the poor cousin anymore nê?

Anyway, I digress, this is meant to be about scrapping:
This week’s page is another layout by Tracy Shimper – “Live for the Moment” - using her delicious Argyle Sweater, Houndstooth Blue and Chocolate Stripe papers: all brown, light blue and olive green colours. I’ve printed my pics in sepia but her colour pictures look just as good (pic to follow this arvie). The pic requirements are:
1 x (15cm x 20cm) landscape photo (6 inch x 8 inch)
1 x (13cm x 18cm) landscape photo (5 inch x 7 inch) – cropped to (12.5 x 17.5cm)
1 x (10 x 15cm) portrait photo.
1 x (10cm x 15cm) portrait photo – cropped to (6.5 x 15cm)
1 x (10cm x 15cm) portrait photo – cropped to (8.5 x 15cm)
4 photos – suitable for cropping to (7cm x 7cm)
You can do it of any theme – could be a butch page if you like although it does have a splatter of blomme on the page.

Now, in case you think I have no intention of scrapping anything to do with the World Cup – you’re wrong. I’ve got two lekker pages in the pipeline. Just waiting for the suppliers to deliver the goods. I have in stock right now chipboard “South Africa”, “2010”, “Soccer”, and soccer balls.

Us die hard scrappers decided we like this All Day scrapping lark so will be planning another one some time soon.
Next week’s evening class will be on Wednesday 30th – book if you’re keen.
Don’t forget the Prawn Festival at Colisheen in Ballito 2nd, 3rd, 4th July.

That’s about if for this week. May the festiveness last long after the WC ends……..
Blessings – Alison
(I’ve just heard on the radio that the Italians just visited an orphanage in Gauteng. “They had such sad forlorn faces” (according to Sipho, aged 7.) Tee hee.

Do more than belong: participate
Do more than care: help
Do more than believe: practice
Do more than be fair: be kind
Do more than forgive: forget
Do more than dream: work
William Arthur Ward

Monday, June 21, 2010

Soccer Fever Reigns

Hi there Girls
So sorry for the lateness of this weeks newsletter but I’ve been running around after all these lovely foreigners trying to ensure they leave here with a positive experience. Tiring work. But ever such nice people.

This week’s page is "Soccer Fever" which unlike it may sound, really is not in a soccer theme at all but can be a lay out of anything. It’s of my surrogate grandchild who is naturally soccer bef*k right now (‘scuse language) as you might well imagine. The page is in bright orange, blue and green and is ideal for a smaller girl or boy theme, maybe in the garden, as it has bugs all over it. However, you could well leave the bugs off and it would still make for a lovely page. Or even use completely different paper. I’m forgoing my dance class tonight to finish it and hope to get a pic of the page off to you girls tomorrow.
Photo requirements are:
1 A5 Portrait (1/2 A4): trimmed to 13.5 x 20 cm
6 (2 up) portrait : 2 trimmed to 6.5 x 10 cm
2 trimmed to 6.5 x 9.5 cm
2 trimmed to 6.5 x 9 cm
9 (2up) landscape: trimmed to 8 x 6.5 cm

I will be doing a proper World Cup page in the near future. Watch this space.

I’m going to have to ask you all to bear with me this week. Our B&B guests are all on holiday and are in NO rush to get up for breakfast. Some even strolling in as late as 09h30 looking for a meal. So if you like my undivided attention, this would not be a good week for you to come and scrap as I might be rushing between the two. There is even the faint possibility that I get confused and give you the fried eggs and bacon and toss a packet of brads at some poor Norwegian.

This week’s evening class is on Thursday 24th. Booking is essential. Do hope you can make it.

Got some new Fab Scraps papers in – lovely they are too. I’ve had a sneak preview of what they’re launching next month and it looks fabby dabby. For those of you who were waiting for the African range, that’s now in so you’re welcome to come along and do the Wild Times page if you prefer. Also got a sneak peak at the Art From The Heart range for next month – really great. I’m just loving all this local paper.

Don’t forget to blow your vuvuzela (or voo voo sailor as my Canadian friend called them) for Bafana Bafana. This is our LAST chance. I thought it was a bleeding disgrace the way the supporters left the stadium before the end of the game. What an insult to Uruguay!! Makes me feel a bit ashamed when I see that kind of thing.

Blessings to you all and happy scrapping.

I thought I’d end with this bit about how times they have a’changed…..

SCHOOL 1979 vs. 2009
Scenario: Jimmy and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1979 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Jimmy and Mark shake hands and end up friends.
2009 - Police called, arrest Jimmy and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Jimmy started it. Both children go to anger management programs for 3 months. School board hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programs.

Scenario: Robbie won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1979 - Robbie sent to office and given 6 of the best by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2009 - Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for attention-deficit disorder . Robbie's parents get fortnightly disability payments and School gets extra funding from state because Robbie has a disability.

Scenario : Billy breaks a window in his neighbour's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1979 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2009 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.

Scenario : Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1979 - Mark gets glass of water from teacher to take aspirin with.
2009 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug taking. Parents car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario : Muhammed fails O-Level English.
1979 - Muhammed has additional English lessons, passes and goes to college.
2009 - Muhammed's cause is taken up by Parliament. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that Muslims believe teaching English is racist. Lawsuit filed against school system and Muhammed's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Muhammed given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario : Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from November 11th, puts them in a bottle, blows up an ants nest.
1979 - Ants die.
2009- Police & Anti-terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, Anti-terrorism Squad investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario : Johnny falls while running during play time and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1979 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2009 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sawubona!! Howzit!! Môre!!

Let the Beautiful Game begin…….. Yeehaaaaaa!

Well we sure did have a full and fun filled day with our card making Soup and Slippers day on Tuesday 8th. I don’t think any of us have EVER seen the table in quite such a state of disarray! And it rained all day which is to me the best snuggy weather to scrap in. We’re definitely going to do more full day events – it really was great fun.

Here’s a brief summary of what’s happening in the next week:

Tuesday 15th: Another card Slippers and Soup day by popular demand with one or two people scrapping instead. 09h30 – 16h00

Wednesday 16th : Closed for Youth Day (what the heck am I going to celebrate – maybe “Young At Heart Day”?)
This means that the evening class will now be on Thursday 17 not Wednesday 16. Please do book as I’ll go to my mosaic workshop at 17h00 if there are not takers

Thursday 17th: Just a happy scrappy day. 09h30 – 12h30

Friday 18th: Kids Card Class. Rikki and I will be doing a fabulous Kids Card Class (was going to be a whole day event but I came to my senses in the nick of time!). This workshop is not suitable for kids under 8 as some of the cards are a bit intricate. Cost is R120.00 including all supplies and will run from 09h00 – 12h00. Please send them along with a drink and snack. Plus a ruler, pencil, scissors and Pritt glue. Booking is essential.

For those of you who wish to scrap next week, the page is a lovely Tracey Schimper layout. It’s in lovely bright lime, yellow, red, light blue colours and is suitable for a variety of themes. The requirements are:

Materials required but not supplied
- Dark brown liquid chalk
- Olive Green Pastel liquid chalk
- Brown acid free journaling pen
- Pop dots- Corner rounder punch
- Eyelet punch to create holes for the file fastener
- Stapler and staples
NOTE: The photos specified below are those immediately visible on the layout. Additional photos may be included in the booklet if desired. Tracy has lightly sanded the edges of all her photos using medium-grit sandpaper – this is optional
- 1 x (15cm x 20cm) portrait (vertical) photo (6 inch X 8 inch)
- 3 x (7.5cm x 10cm) portrait (vertical) photos
- 2 x (10cm x 15cm) portrait (vertical) photos – cropped to (7.5cm x 15cm)
- 2 x (7.5cm x 10cm) landscape (horizontal) photos – round the corners
- 1 x (7.5cm x 10cm) photo – cropped to (6cm x 6cm) – suitable to fit into a “frame”

I know it’s been done before, but Wednesday 23rd will be a Colour Blocking workshop by request. This to me is still one of the best ways to put loads of different pics on a page.

That’s it for this week. Wishing you all a fun filled and safe World Cup. The country’s gone mal!! Do join in.

I’ll end with this sad little poem by Pam Ayres (really moved me as I could feel myself relating to it)

Oh, I wish I'd looked after me dear old knockers,
Not flashed them to boys behind the school lockers,
Or let them get fondled by randy old Dockers,
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me tits.

'Cos now I'm much older and gravity's winning.
It's Nature's revenge for all that sinning,
And those dirty memories are rapidly dimming,
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me tits

'Cos tits can be such troublesome things
When they no longer bounce, but dangle and swing.
And although they go well with my Bingo wings,
I wish I'd looked after me tits.

When they're both long enough to tie up in a bow,
When it's not the sweet chariot that swings low,
When they're less of a friend and more of a foe,
Then I wish I'd looked after me tits.

When I was young I got whistles and hoots,
From the men on the site to the men in the suits,
Now me nipples get stuck in the zips on me boots,
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me tits

When I was younger I rode bikes and scooters,
Cruising around with my favourite suitors.
Now the wheels get entangled with my dangling hooters,
I wish I'd looked after me tits..

When they follow behind and get trapped in the door,
When they're less in the air and more near the floor,
When people see less of them rather than more,
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me tits

Friday, June 4, 2010


Whoop Whoop!!

Can you feel it girls? Soccer fever is HERE! I’ve been having what I call “the warm fuzzies” all week - so much positive stuff happening. What a wonderful time to be in South Africa, and indeed, to be a South African. Please do join me in giving all the visitors to our shores a warm welcome so that they leave here with loads of positive feedback about our stunning country and not the usual bad news stories the press so love to spread.

So, as you know, with the schools breaking up next week, we’ve decided to have our Soup & Slippers Card Marathon on Wednesday as so many of you are going to be tied up with kids. This is going to be a lovely chilled day just making cards with all our old scrap paper and embellishments. Please do wear your old track suit and slippers. We’ll be stopping for a delish drop of soup with some crusty bread. And as has been said, if you don’t want to do cards, you’re welcome to join us for a “page finishing” session (yes, those gazillion unfinished pages we’re all sitting with). You can also just come along and scrap if you like.
I’ll be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as usual for scrapping – come along with your pic and we can do a missed layout or make something up.

Now you might think that all this card stuff means that I’ve been snoozing in the scrapping department. Not so. I been a busy little worker bee. The following week’s page is a Tracy Schimper page using her lovely Fizz Pop, Lime Juice and Lemon Twist papers. Lovely bright paper, perfect for kids. I’ll be sending out the requirements for that next week (not on Friday, that’s when I’ll be leaping around blowing my vuvuzela).

Lovely to have Melanie here as a guest teacher – such a fabulous page although we all looked like dancers from Teazers afterwards with all that glitter. Thanks Mel.

Next week’s evening class will be on Thursday 10th.
My scrapping mojos back big time with LOADS of page ideas floating around the right side of my brain – I just need to get them translated onto paper.
Anyhows, I know its school holidays but I’m hoping some of you are still going to be able to snuck off for a bit of scrapping therapy.
All that’s left to say is….. GO South Africa!! Go Bafana Bafana!! The country is going to ROCK!!
(I love the enthusiasm of the guy in the attachment!)

Take care, happy scrapping and a HAPPY & SAFE World Cup.
Kind regards