1-France 1

1-France 2

1-France 3

1-France Tag

The tag pocket contains journaling and information on the photos. I added Gold Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger Ink to the edges of the pocket.The layout and tag was scanned with an Epson scanner.

How to make tag pockets on and for tags.
You can find some of the templates on my Pinterest board.

I traced some of my templates with a permanent marker on opaque flexible plastic cutting board sheets as used for cooking. I got them at a Dollar-store. I then cut them out.
I punched holes in them with a hole-punch and hung them from a shower curtain ring. You can see more of my hints here. Nikon D70 ©


I scrap-booked three 12″ x 12″ pages in February 2016. The photos are of my husband when he went on a business trip to France in August 2002. The third page has a pocket for mementoes and a tag pocket. My inspiration was “Paris at Epcot ” by Susan Stringfellow, from the Better Homes and gardens. Scrapbooks etc.magazine of August 2004. I used rubber-stamps to make the background.  pattern. Nikon D70 ©


Some of the Wood mounted rubber-stamps that I used were Stampin’ Up! Travels Abroad (Retired Stamp Set). World traveler, Text, Disney Castle, “Time Flies”, Inkadinkado, Musical Score by Recollections, “Memoir”, excursion”, “Forward”, “Archive” and “Autumn” from Acey Deucy, “Vision” by Stamper’s Anonymous.The clear acrylic stamps I used were International Intrigue” by All Night Media-Plaid.

Some of the other supplies I used were Gold Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger Ink, postage stamps, ink-pads, Cardstock, ribbon, brads (brass paper fasteners), Fridge magnet, 3 D pop dots, etc. The font I used for the title is Bradley Hand ITC.

Some of the tools I used were acrylic blocks, paper trimmer, a scoring board (optional), hole punch, a bone folder (optional), paper piercer (optional), ruler, scissors, etc.



I always try out my stamps on a piece of scrap paper before stamping onto my projects. You can see more of my hints here. Nikon D70 ©


I used brass paper fasteners for the brads. Nikon D70 ©


I painted them black with nail polish. Nikon D70 ©


I always sign my work at the back, and cover the backs of the Brads (brass paper fasteners) with adhesive tape, so that I don’t damage my scrapbooks. Nikon D70 ©


I work at the dining room table in the winter, so that I can get more natural light. You can see more photos here. Nikon D70 ©


Me working at the dining room table on this layout. Nikon D70 ©


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South African Genealogy Links.

Ek vra om verskoning vir enige gebroke skakels.

I apologize for any broken links.

South African Genealogy

My South Africa Genealogy Board on Pinterest.
My Suid Afrikaanse
Genealogie op Pinterest.

Genealogy Links


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50’s Baby.


Page 1.
Photographed with a Nikon D70 ©
The page was too bulky to scan.

1-1-50 's Baby 2

Page 2.
Scanned with an Epson scanner.

I scrap-booked two 12″ x 12″ pages in January 2016. The photos are of me as a baby and were  taken by my uncle at he’s studio in Alberton, South-Africa. The dress and bonnet were made by my other aunt, my mom’s sister. My mother Miriam Blackie who was an artist colored some of the black and white photos, she made the dress pink, so I think it must have been pink. I always knew that my uncle had taken the photos, but I only recently found out that my aunt had made my clothes. I have scrapbooked these photos before and you can see them here. My inspiration was “Baby” by Trisha Ladouceur from the Canadian Scrapbooking magazine of Fall 2010.

1-50 's Baby 1aClose up of clip-art.
Photographed with a Nikon D70 ©

Some of the supplies and tools I used were:Patterned paper “Celebrations Memory block 4″, the clip art is from Memories to keep “Baby Girl” Kit by Frances Meyer Inc. stickers from Time 4 crafts, Dustic Basic Ding brad from Around the block, cardstock, tulle, fabric rose petals, buttons, fibres, ink, hot glue, glue gun, tag template, ink pads, chipboard letters by “Forever in time”, wooden numbers, 3 D pop dots, cotton, adhesive, acrylic paint, etc. I used the How to draw back paper edges technique by Gabrielle Pollacco, There is more information on the tags.


Close up of flower and button.
Photographed with a Nikon D70 ©

1-1-LS Staan stoeltjie kleur-adj.
Photo from layout.

Polka Dot Fifties Digital
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Polka Dot Fifties
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Created: March 2008

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I scrap-booked two 12″ x 12″ pages in January 2016. They were scanned with an Epson scanner. The photos are of my lovely sister, who I have scrap-booked before and you can see here. My inspiration was “Musical Men” by Lauren Hartman from Better Homes and Gardens, Scrapbooks Etc. Winter 2007. The photo mats open up to reveal information. Some of the supplies and tools I used were: Patterned paper “Celebrations Memory block 4″, Musical score wood mounted rubber stamp by “Recollections”, music notes wood mounted rubberstamp by Rubber stampede, metal beads, photo anchor brads, fibers, an alphabet stencil, metal brads, cardstock, black acrylic paint, rubberstamp ink, 3D pop dots, etc. Some of the techniques I used were collage, tearing, inking, etc. The musical score used for the background is called Joyeux anniversaire partition (Happy Birthday) Found on


Close-up of fibers and beads.


Close-up of fibers and beads.

My Sister’s Christening

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

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Seasons Greetings 2015.

Christmas Tree 2015

Clip art from Clipart Queen.

Season's tree

Seasons Greetings

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Scrapbook Slide-show.

View on YouTube.

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40 Years.

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I scrap-booked one 12″ x 12″ page in December 2015. The photos are of my husband and I, who I have scrap-booked before, here and here. The wedding photos were taken by Claudia’s, in Anderson Street, Klerksdorp, South Africa. My inspiration was “57 Years by Missy Neal from the Scrapbook magazine. The tags contain more information. The layout was scanned by me with an Epson Scanner. Some of the supplies and tools I used were: Alphabet stickers made in Holland, Paper-flowers, Textured Patterned paper from Old World mat stack by DCWV, cardstock, tag template, plastic buttons, brads, ink, hot glue, glue gun,  ribbon, Pewter ribbon slide by “Make it Special”, fibers, photo-corners, etc.

You Are The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me


Our Wedding
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Bowring Park Page 1.
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Bowring Park Page 2.
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School Girl.

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1-Schoolgirl 2

I created two 12″ x 12″ scrapbook pages in November 1015. The photographs are of my sister-in-law Hester, who I have scrap-booked before. My inspiration was “Back to school” by Teri Fode from Creating Keepsakes magazine 2004.  The files contain more information. The layout was scanned by me with a Epson Scanner. Some of the supplies and tools I used were: Clear alpha stickers from “Forever in time”, photo-corners, Brown Aquarelle, Cardstock, brads, paper-clips, ink, alphabet stencil, brown Zig Memory System Calligraphy pen, ink, scoring board (optional), bone folder (optional), Dymo tape & Label printer, staples, stapler, ribbons, negative strip, shipping tag, alphabet & date stamps, etc. I decorated the background cardstock with wood mounted rubbertamps by Stampin’ up!Inkadinkado, etc. The Fotka camera stamp is from Light in the box.

Sources are: Tab template, library card, Report Card, etc.

Mom’s Schooldays

School Years.

Class Photo.

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Wedding Day.

1-Brits Wedding Merge copy

1-Wedding Day 2

1-Wedding Day 3

I created three 12″ x 12″ scrapbook pages in November 1015. The photographs were taken by Nate Gates Photography in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. My inspiration was “These are the times to remember” by Keri Babbitt. The font is Bradley Hand ITC. The handmade envelope was made by the bride, is in an acid-free pocket, with flower petals from their wedding. The yellow card opens and has more information about the wedding.


Close up of handmade flower, I used this method and added Stickles by Rager Inks to the edges.

Handmade Flowers using a Heat Gun!! Tutorial


I gathered the supplies in a 12″ x 12″ Storage Box before I started, the boxes are available in different colors from Micheal’s, but I got mine from a thrift-store. The handmade flower is also in the box, attached to a piece of paper with a brad. The patterned paper is from the Weddings kit by Deja Views, I used this paper for Hester as well. Other supplies and tools that I used were acid-free doilies, flowers cut from Rosewood by Colorbök, card-stock, lace, ink, fabric, embossing powder, a heat gun, wood based wedding cake rubber-stamp by Stampin up ! and Stickles by Rager Inks used on the card and flower.

wedding board

Here is the layout on my magnetic planning board, at that stage, I was going to use black and white photos, but then I changed my mind as I did not have enough Horizontal photos.


My Parent’s Wedding.

Our Wedding

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