Scrapbook planning.

I do most of my scrapbook planning while camping, as you can see my file and notebooks are beside me. I have found that the better I plan a page, the better it comes out. I scrapbook mostly in winter, (this is Canada you know). When I scrapbook, I don’t want to waste the time by searching for ideas, printing photos or going shopping for supplies. I actually enjoy the planning process a lot. I go through magazine articles and books and choose layouts that I like, file the magazine articles and scan or take photos of the one’s in books. I plan my layouts using my Scrap-book Page Planner.

Here is a photo of one of my magnetic boards. I have two big ones and one smaller one.

Here I have two different layouts on the board, “Timeless ” and “Baby in the Garden“. I attach the papers, photos, ribbons, embellishments, etc. with small magnets.

Flower Girl”, on my planning board, includes sketches, inspiration (scraplift) and some of the supplies like lace, patterned paper, etc.

Wedding Day”

Mermaid on my planning board.

My inspiration board for “Retroon my planning board.

Scraplift, sketches, etc. for Van Ellewee Project” on my planning board.


Family Gathering on my planning board.

I sometimes gather supplies, photos, etc. in Iris® 12″x12″ Stackable Storage Boxes.


I like to prepare and gather all the scrapbooking paraphernalia before I start on a layout. These are some of these wood mounted rubber-stamps I used for Altered Tags.

I file magazine articles that I like and these are in alphabetical order. I have many categories like scraplift, embellishments, alphabets, techniques, babies, children, Christmas, Fall, vintage, styles, seasons, holidays, travel, etc.

These wooden shelves hold my notebooks, files, craft magazines, books, binders, etc.


Index cards.


Some of my index cards.

My Inspiration for “Fallwas “Autumn” from the book “How to scrapbook”.

My inspiration for my “Cowboys” layout was “City slickers” from a Creative Imaginations magazine advertisement.

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My Sketch for “City Slickers” on grid paper.

For inspiration, I used “The gift of friendship” from the book: “Hand lettering made easy” by Debra Beagle as a scraplift for “Distant Relatives“.

The Sketch from the book “Hand lettering made easy” by Debra Beagle which I made in Adobe Photoshop

Some of my Blue Embellishments, tools and supplies which I used to make my Blog graphics.

The planning sketch for “Sushi Hirowas made in Adobe Photoshop, C3 Extended, first with grid-lines showing (click on thumb-nail). See next image without grid lines.

Sushi Hiro

Sketch for “Falllayout done in Adobe Photoshop

These are one of my notice boards which I also use for inspiration.

My inspiration board.

My kits are in 12″ x 12″ clear Expandable Paper Organizers and a plastic file holder. See next photo.

Some of the kits I made up for themes such as Christmas, Birthdays, Beaches, Easter, Fall, Halloween, Snow, Winter, etc.

I also use Trading Card Sleeves for planning. I got this idea from Ali Edwards.

I also attach my finished scrapbook layouts on my magnetic board with magnets when I have to photograph them. I use a flash diffuser to prevent the camera’s flash  from reflecting on the photos. I remove the magnets in Adobe Photoshop with the clone stamp tool. Click here for a Tutorial. Corel Paint ShopPro has a Clone Brush. I correct perspective with Adobe Photoshop. Here is a great Tutorial on how to do Perspective Distortion Correction. The example above is called “East Indian.”

The backgrounds and headers for my blog are made the same way.


A Scraptastic Planning Process!

How to Plan a Scrapbook Project + Free Project Planning Tools

Organizing craft supplies.

Scrap-book Page Planner.

Mood-boards on Pinterest.


Scrapbooking-sketches on Pinterest.

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Buddhist Temple, Richmond, B.C.


“To date, the Temple is the most exquisite example of traditional Chinese architecture in Canada. In many ways, it is like a piece of art straight out of the Chinese past, as it resembles any authentic temple that can be found along the banks of the Yangtze River in China, where one of the world’s oldest civilizations originated. The main focus of the exterior of the Temple is its palatial roof, which is similar in structure to that of any royal edifice within the Forbidden City of Beijing, China. The roof is covered entirely with red-orange porcelain tiles imported from China. As strikingly intriguing as the facade of the Temple is its artistic interior, which houses artifacts with superlative Chinese workmanship in sculpture, painting, carpentry and embroidery. Traditional Chinese art and culture are evident in the majestic Buddha/Bodhisattva statues, exquisite shrines, enormous silk paintings of the sixteen Arahats, and the spectacular ceramic murals.: – Buddhist Temple


The Buddhist Temple in Richmond, BC.
We went there in for the first time in May 2006 and again in 2008.
Photos: Nikon D70 ©

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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha



B.C. Vacation 2008

B.C. Vacation 2008

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China Town, Calgary.

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (Chinatown) (Downtown) “One of the largest cultural centers in Canada. Within, the centre features an art gallery, a museum and several businesses.The building also boasts a central dome, the Hall of Prayers, which was designed to resemble the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Its columns have paintings of 561 dragons and 40 phoenixes. The building is open daily at 197 – 1 Street SW. Free

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre.
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Ceiling Nikon ©

 Chinatown (Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre) ( Downtown) Purported to be Canada’s second largest Chinatown, this neighborhood dates back to 1910. It is located between the Bow River and 4th Avenue SW in downtown Calgary. Pedestrian traffic is always steady here, with Sunday being the liveliest. Visitors to this area will find unique and bargain gift shops, a couple of shopping centers, and grocery stores along with a plethora of bakeries and restaurants.

Gee Gong.

Silver Dragon Restaurant.
Calgary celebrates Chinatown’s centennial
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Calgary celebrates Chinatown’s centennial
Canon ©

Golden Happiness Bakery LTD.


BBQ Noodle House

 Peking Palace.



Lion sculpture at entrance to Sien Lok Park.

The Sien Lok Society of Calgary was formed in 1968. Embodying the motto behind the name Sien Lok that “happiness comes through good works” the Society, in co-operation with the community, preserved and developed Chinatown’s lone green space into Sien Lok Park in 1982.

Chinese Street festival 2006

The Chinatown Street Festival is Chinatown’s Premiere Summer Multi-Cultural Festival, a combination of Food & Merchant Booth Tents and Entertainment featured on the Main Stage. The event is located in the heart of Chinatown.”China Town Calgary

Fan Tube by Leilani

Chinese Festival Scrapbooked.
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Chinese Festival
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Dim Sum
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Friends of ours who we have known for almost 30 years,  originally also from South-Africa recently spent a few wonderful days with us in Calgary. They visited us before in 2010. We took them to see another part of  Kananaskis on a cloudy day.


The Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail. Canmore to Highway 40 This gravel road is used for the “backdoor” access to Peter Lougheed provincial park.

Whitemans Pond near Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Friend’s photo.

Deer on The Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail.


Near Ha Ling Peak trailhead.
Gravel road above
Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Friend’s photo.

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
Friend’s photo.

The large, spiraled horns of ram bighorn sheep are distinctive. Bighorn sheep are brown to grayish brown in color, with light under parts, a white muzzle and an obvious, light rump patch. Ewes and young rams have spike-like, curved horns. Bighorns are the largest of all north American wild sheep. Adult rams weigh up to 135 kg (300 lb.), but adult ewes are much smaller, averaging 70 kg (150 lb.). Sheep have soft hooves with hard outer rims that give them good footing on precarious ledges. However, the two parts of the hoof are not independently movable. Thus, bighorns are not as agile as mountain goats on difficult terrain. Bighorns do move quickly over rocky mountain slopes when alarmed. The eyesight of bighorn sheep is acute; they can detect movement over a kilometer away. The rut occurs from November to December. Lambs are born the following spring. Sheep are mainly grazers, feeding on grasses and forbs. They may also browse on alpine willows. They make frequent use of mineral or salt licks. Bighorns spend their summers high in the alpine zone on grass-covered slopes. In winter they may migrate a considerable distance to reach south or southwest-facing slopes where snow cover is minimal. The Fish and Wildlife Division estimates the provincial population (in Sept.) to be about 5,800 animals. This estimate is based on population counts in selected areas and hunter harvest information. ” –Alberta wow.


Alberta, Canada
Friend’s photo.


Buller Pond Day use.
Friend’s photo.


“Buller Mountain was named in 1922 after Buller, Lieutenant Colonel H.C. DSO. It is located in the Kananaskis Range in Alberta.” –Wikipedia
Elevation: 2,805 m


“Buller Pond is on the west side of the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road about 36km south from Canmore and 32km north from the Kananaskis Lakes Trail Junction.”


Loon on Buller pond.

1-DSC_1752 The eerie calls of Common Loons echo across clear lakes of the northern wilderness. Summer adults are regally patterned in black and white. In winter, they are plain gray above and white below, and you’ll find them close to shore on most seacoasts and a good many inland reservoirs and lakes. Common Loons are powerful, agile divers that catch small fish in fast underwater chases. They are less suited to land, and typically come ashore only to nest.” – All About Birds.


“Buller Mountain was named in 1922 after Buller, Lieutenant Colonel H.C. DSO. It is located in the Kananaskis Range in Alberta.”


Buller Pond Day use.
Buller Pond in winter.

Mount Assiniboine.
Friend’s photo.


“Alberta’s Kananaskis is the Rockies best kept secret. To the southwest of Banff National Park, ‘K Country’ as it is known, is an unspoiled paradise. Full of picture perfect mountain scenery, wildlife and flora, Kananaskis can be visited at any time of the year. There are excellent cross-country skiing trails, which become excellent hiking trails in the spring. Whether you camp, stay in a lodge or in a luxury hotel, all the facilities in ‘K Country’ are of an excellent standard.” – Alberta’s Kananaskis.


History: Kananaskis is said to be an Indian word meaning “meeting of the waters”. The Kananaskis river and passes were named by Captain John Palliser, who led a British Scientific Expedition through this area around 1850.” –

1-DSC_9753 Upper Kananaskis Lake.

1-DSC_1758 Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.


“Rocky Mountain bighorns inhabit the mountains from Canada south to New Mexico. They are relatives of goats, and have balance-aiding split hooves and rough hoof bottoms for natural grip. These attributes, along with keen vision, help them move easily about rocky, rugged mountain terrain.” – National Geographic.


“Wild sheep live in social groups, but rams and ewes typically meet only to mate. Rams live in bachelor groups and females live in herds with other females and their young rams. When fall mating arrives, rams gather in larger groups and ram fighting escalates. Usually only stronger, older rams (with bigger horns) are able to mate.” – National Geographic. 1-DSC_1762 “Lambs are born each spring on high, secluded ledges protected from bighorn predators such as wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions—though not the golden eagles which target lambs. Young can walk soon after birth, and at one week old each lamb and its mother join others in a herd. Lambs are playful and independent, though their mothers nurse them occasionally for four to six months.”- National Geographic.


Bighorn sheep have brown coats and a white rump patch. In the autumn, the coat is rich and glossy, but by the spring it becomes faded and grayish. The pelage is never fine and woolly, as in domestic sheep, and is instead short and coarse. Once a year, in June or July, sheep shed their hair and can have a scruffy appearance with patches of matted hair until the new coat grows in..” – Canadian Geographic.







Friend’s photo.



Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada


Opal Falls.
Friend’s photo.


Gate near Opal Falls.

The prairies.
Friend’s photo.


The prairies.
Friend’s photo.


We had lunch at The Twin Cities Hotel in Longview, Alberta, Canada


“The Twin Cities Hotel, its name a reference to Little Chicago and Little New York, was completed in 1938. The hotel was built by former professional hockey players Red Dutton and brothers Paul and Tiny Thompson.”- Highriver times.


Twin Cities Hotel – Saloon Film Locations

Kananaskis Country.

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Horsey Meadows.


We went boondocking again for a few days near Sundre, Alberta, Canada in the Bearberry Valley. It was the second time that we camped at this spot, the previous time was in the Spring of 2016. It was very quite and we only saw one truck loaded with quads pass by.


Feral Horses as seen from our campsite.


“Wild horses” or “feral horses”? The debate rages on in Alberta, Canada. The provincial government believes that the wild horses west of Sundre, Alberta are the descendants of domestic horses used in logging and guiding/outfitting operations in the early 1900’s. The Wild Horse Society of Alberta (WHOAS) believes that they are of Spanish descent. WHOAS is so sure of this that they have sent away DNA samples to the University of Texas, Equine Genetics Lab for testing.” – Wild Horses of Alberta


We have named this spot Horsey Meadows.


The good life.


Skokijan and hubby on the quad.


Skokijan wants to go for a ride in the truck.


Even though it is summer, it got quite cool in the evenings, especially  with the wind.






Hubby made a delicious Chicken “potjie” (pronunciation “poy-key”) (Afrikaans for a three-legged iron pot used for cooking over a wood fire) with vegetables. Our “Potjie oven” is made from a heavy walled Aluminum pot (a thrift-store special.)


Corn on the cob, pork chops and fried eggs. We Steamed the corn in the pressure cooker on the Coleman Propane stove, then we basted them with olive oil before placing on the fire.

Camping in Spring.

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The Other Coast by Adrian Raeside

Me in Kananaskis 8 Jul 2007.

These are some of the trails we have done, please click on links for more information and photos.

Bay Bulls lighthouse, Newfoundland, Canada. 1.11.02
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Beaches PathNewfoundland, Canada.

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Beaver Flats, Alberta, Canada.
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Bell Island, Newfoundland, Canada.
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Blast Hole ponds, Newfoundland, Canada.
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Blue Rock Creek, Alberta, Canada.
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Buller Creek Falls, Alberta, Canada. 13 Jul 2007
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Buller Creek, Alberta, Canada. December 2006

Butter pot Park
Newfoundland, Canada.

Cape Spear Lighthouse, Newfoundland, Canada.

basket cove
Cape Spear Path.
Newfoundland, Canada.

Cape St. Marys, N.L. Canada.
June 2007

It is one of the largest, most accessible and spectacular seabird rookeries in the world. It has Gannets, Kittiwakes, Murres, beautiful scenery and a lighthouse. Photos
We also saw sheep, an Eagle and some Gannet chicks.

Cat Creek Falls

Chester Lake.
Alberta, Canada.
February 2003

Devil’s Gap, Alberta, Canada.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada.

Edworthy Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Elbow Lake, Alberta, Canada.
June 2006.

Elk Falls Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Island, Canada.

Fish Creek Park, Calgary Alberta.

Grayman’s Beard, N.L, Canada.

Grotto Canyon, Alberta, Canada.

Grotto Canyon, Alberta, Canada. Ice walk

Grotto Canyon.
Alberta, Canada.
Summer 2005

Heart Creek Alberta, Canada.

Heart Creek Alberta, Canada in summer.

Johnston’s Canyon.


Johnston Canyon & Ink Pots

Kananaskis Canyon

Kananaskis Canyon

Karst Spring, Alberta, Canada.

Karst Spring, 2003

Karst Spring & Watridge Lake
Alberta, Canada.

King Creek, Alberta, Canada.
Winter 2005

Kings Creek, Alberta, Canada.
July, 2006

Lake Louise Shoreline Trail
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La Manche Falls TrailNewfoundland, Canada.
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Malign CanyonJasper, Alberta. Nikon D70 ©

Many Springs Trail, Alberta, Canada.

Margaret Lake, Alberta, Canada.

Moose Mountain.

Nuu-chah-nulth Totem
Nuu-chah-nulth Trail,
Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.
Pacific Rim.
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Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Radar Hill Trail
Pacific Rim, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
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Linda Rawson meer(2)
Rawson Lake

Rae Glacier, Alberta, Canada.

Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.
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Red Rock Canyon. Alberta, Canada,

Shannon Falls, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Shorepine Bog Trail
Pacific Rim, Vancouver island, B.C. Canada

Signal Hill, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada.

Skookumchuck, B.C. Canada.

Skookumchuck, B.C. Canada.

Skutz Falls , Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.

Spray Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Spray Lake from Buller day use, Alberta, Canada.

Spray Lake from Buller day use, Alberta. Canada in summer.

Troll Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Watridge Lake.

Watridge Lake, Alberta, Canada.

Yamnuska Ridge, Alberta, Canada.


“I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses put in order.”
– John Burroughs.

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Altered Tags.


Butterfly Tag.


Some of the supplies and tools I used were: Shipping Tag, Acrylic paint, Brown homemade Alcohol ink Made with Acrylic paint and alcohol), Tim Holtz distress ink pad, clear acrylic butterfly stamps by Inkadinkado, flourish clear acrylic stamp, Wood mounted Text-stamp from Inkadinkado, cardstock, glass beads from Craftmedley (butterfly bodies), fibers, pop dots, etc. My Inspiration was “Paris” tag”, from the magazine article ” Puttin on the Spritz” from Craftstamper magazine.

Fussy Cutting Made Simple by Connie Stewart

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I ♥ 2 CR8 Tag.


Some of the supplies and tools I used were: Shipping Tag, Dressmakers Dummy and heart clear acrylic stamp part of a set, fibers, pop dots, alphabet stencil, eyeshadow applicator, etc.
My inspiration was Box of delights article from  Craftstamper magazine.


Fussy Cutting Made Simple by Connie Stewart

Fearless Tag Art Video Tutorial

1-Forever Tag

Forever Tag.

Some of the supplies and tools I used were: Shipping Tag, wood mounted rubberstamp, Fiskars ScrapBoss Stencil Sets, Themed Romance, Tissue paper, Gesso, foam brushes, Plaid Mat modge podge, acrylic paint, a hairdryer, eyeshadow applicator, cardstock, sticky notes, etc. I used the hairdryer to speed up drying time.

Fearless Tag Art Video Tutorial


Oupa Tag.

Some of the supplies and tools I used were:Tissue paper, Gesso, modge podge by Plaid, a hairdryer, alphabet stencil, acrylic paints,Tag template, eyeshadow applicator, sticky notes, wood mounted rubberstamp, etc. I used the hairdryer to speed up drying time.

Fearless Tag Art Video Tutorial

Close up of Oupa Tag.
Oupa is Afrikaans for grandfather.
I used this tag in this layout.

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Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Blakiston Falls, Waterton, Alberta.

Blue Rock trail, Alberta, Canada. 25 October 2005 Nikon © Information

Bow Falls, Town of Banff, Alberta, Canada. Nikon D70 ©

Buller Creek Falls, Alberta, Canada. 13 Jul 2007

“Buller Mtn trailhead- Within 15 minutes, cross a bridge to Buller Creek’s north bank. The trail ascends moderately then contours for nearly 1 km through spruce forest. At 2.8 km, 1985 m, cross a bridge to the creek’s south bank. Ascend more steeply, then enjoy a level reprieve. Where the forest opens, you can look up both valleys: right (east-southeast) leads to Buller Pass; left (northeast) leads to North Buller Pass. Mt. Buller is farther left (directly north). At 2100 m (6888 ft), about an hour from the trailhead, pass a turquoise pool where the creek cascades into a rock bowl.” – Hiking

Cat Creek Falls, Alberta, Canada/ 2.9.07

Cypress falls, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Elbow Falls Please click above for more. Alberta, Canada.

Elbow Falls in winter. Please click above for more. Alberta, Canada.

Elk Falls Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  Please click above for more.

Englishman River Falls, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Please click above for more.


Grotto Falls, Kananaskis. Alberta, Canada.


Heart Creek Alberta, Canada in Summer.

Johnston Canyon You can walk along the Canyon listening the water and feeling the breeze.  There is a paved walkway to the second waterfalls about 3 Km one way.  You will see ancient water erosion of the canyon and see how long it took to what we see now. Johnston Canyon Resort. Wear comfortable shoes, a walking stick is handy. Winter: Ice climbing. The catwalk and waterfalls are frozen in winter, use ice-walkers and a walking stick.

Karst Spring Alberta, Canada

La Manche Falls Trail
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Newfoundland, Canada.

Little Qualicum Falls. Please click above for more. Vancouver Island

Mac Donald Falls, Glacier National Park in Montana U.S.A.

Malign Canyon, Jasper, Alberta. Nikon D70 ©


Maligne Canyon, Jasper, Alberta.
October 2001

Matthew River Falls near Ghost Lake on the Back Road to Barkerville.


Niagara Falls

Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada.


Opal Falls, Alberta, Canada.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Ram Falls, Ya Ha Tinda, Alberta, Canada.

Red Rock Canyon, Waterton, Alberta, Canada.

Shannon Falls, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Sheep River Falls, Alberta, Canada.
Sheep River Falls

“Located off a short trail in the Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary and Provincial Park, these falls are a good spot for the whole family. The area is easy to explore around the falls, and has a trail system that follows the river eastward. A second set of falls is immediately to the east of the main falls. Both are certainly worth the visit.” – Mac Donald

Sooke Potholes

Spray Falls, Alberta Canada.

Tower Fall, Yellowstone, U.S.A. “Tower Fall is the most recognizable natural feature in the district. The 132-foot drop of Tower Creek, framed by eroded volcanic pinnacles has been documented by park visitors from the earliest trips of Europeans into the Yellowstone region. It’s idyllic setting has inspired numerous artists, including Thomas Moran. His painting of Tower Fall played a crucial role in the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. The nearby Bannock Ford on the Yellowstone River was an important travel route for early Native Americans as well as for early European visitors and miners up to the late 19th century.” – NPS

Troll Falls, Alberta, Canada.


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I created one 12″ x 12″ page using a photo of my grandfather . I have scrapbo0oked him before in “Games” and “Timeless“. Oupa is Afrikaans for grandfather. The tag has more information about the photo. My inspiration for the layout was “A moment in time” by Amanda Aveiro who blogs at Qween of the Crop. I scanned the layout using an Epson scanner.


Close up of clock which was made with hot glue. Nikon D70 ©


Close up of tags. Nikon D70 ©

Some of the supplies and tools I used were:Tissue paper, Gesso, modge podge from Plaid, a hairdryer, alphabet stencil, acrylic paints,Tag template, eyeshadow applicator, sticky notes, wood mounted rubberstamp, etc. I used the hairdryer to speed up drying time.

Fearless Tag Art Video Tutorial

I fasten the clock pattern under card-stock, attached with pegs on to My Light-Box to do the hot glue clock on the card-stock. My glue gun is on a trivet at the back. Please note, do not use Hot glue for photos, the heat and acidity can harm your photos. I covered the glue with layers of acid-free paint.  Nikon D70 ©

Patterned paper by K & Company Memory Stor,

Some of the other supplies and tools I used were: “Time Will Tell” Nostalgiques Stickers by Rebecca Sower, Inkadinkado® wood mounted Rubber Stamp-“Time Flies”, string beads, photo corners, adhesive, photo mounting squares, Gold acrylic paint, brads, hot glue, a glue gun,  ink, cardstock,  etc.

SourcesClock Face with Roman Numerals from The Graphics Fairy

Photo from layout. My Paternal Grandfather. Jan Harmse Nieuwoudt Smit. (20.9.1894-1.10.1970) Circa 1969 Digital copy of a photo in my sister’s collection. My grandfather was the best grandfather one could wish for; he always wore a pocket watch, a pair of braces, a pocket-knife, a small Derringer revolver, handkerchief, a hat and a jacket. He used to visit us regularly for a few days, arriving by train and then playing board and card-games with me for hours.  He was always very friendly and used to delight my friends and I with magic tricks as well.

Timeless Please click above for more.

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Our Camper equipment.

We have quite a few Hammocks and we even sleep outside weather permitting. This hammock is 11 foot long and 7 1/2 foot wide, so that you can lay across it.
You can read here about the hammock angle.  Hubby made our hammocks from Taffeta material (banquet table-cloths.) Sourced from

Sleeping in a hammock guide.

Sleeping In A Hammock: Your Complete Guide To Healthy Hammock Sleep

The Basics of hammock camping.

A Coffee percolator, Cast-Iron Lid Lifter by Lodge Logic® and #1/2 cast  iron “potjie” (pronunciation “poy-key”), on a portable Coleman propane stove. We cut a whole in the center of a coffee paper filter and put it into the percolator for easier clean up.

Dinner consisting of “pap” (Maize Porridge) cooked in a cast #1/2 Iron “potjie” (pronunciation “poy-key”), Afrikaans for a three-legged iron pot used for cooking over a wood fire, “smoor-sous” (A South African tomato and onion sauce), fried eggs and lamb-chops. The egg rings, keep the eggs round and prevent them from running into the sauce.


We use an Aluminium pressure cooker, 5 quart (pretty and explosion proof!?).


Steaming potatoes in the pressure cooker on the Coleman Propane stove.

Our fire-pit, which we use when we boondock, is made from a pipe culvert collar. There is a number 1/2 “Potjie” next to it.

Lodge™ Tall Boy Camp Dutch Oven Tripod, which we store in a white PVC pipe, Lodge Logic® Cast-Iron Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter – 15”9 (on the newspaper in the right)

Paptert” (Porridge Pie) in a Dutch oven. South African side dish with BBQ!



When we boondock, we rake the campsite with a collapsible rake for broken glass, etc.

We use a small 12V 200 GPH bilge pump, to pump water in the camper from a water container. We got the pump from Princess Auto, but is available at many stores. Please click here for more information.

Some of our Tarps, please click here for more.

We sometimes use a camouflage net for privacy in campgrounds.

We use a shade-net, which fastens onto the canopy, provides shade, helps keep the mosquitoes out, is a wind-breaker and gives privacy when we camp in campgrounds.

Lodge Logic Combo Cooker “The lower 3-quart pan of the combo cooker can be used as a dutch oven, fryer, or even a skillet, while the lid can be turned over and put onto a burner or over a campfire and used as a griddle or skillet.”-Bass Pro

Lodge Logic Combo Cooker on the fire.

We can adjust the height of the grill with the rebar rods.

Baking scones in a cast iron Muffin pan.

Coals on top of the Lodge dutch oven, the lid has a raised lip.

Another pipe culvert collar. There is a dutch oven inside with coals on the lid, on the right you can see the charcoal chimney starter. You can see more photos by clicking here.

Stainless steal grill, which we sprayed with cooking spray before grilling over an open fire.

A Braai Pie in a grill.

We use a Garmin GPS

The lantern is filled with Citronella oil for the bugs and light.

The PetSTEP Folding Pet Ramp works well for the dogs (and us as well, old age and all).

C-Tech Wireless Weather Station.


A small Coleman solar panel.

Electronics charging in the truck. Please see the next photo.

Charging the camera battery in the truck using a MotoMaster Eliminator 100 W Inverter, which is available from Canadian Tire.

Boondocking hints.

Camper hints. Camping Recipes.

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