Ballet Solo.


I scrapbooked one 12″x12″ page, using a photo of myself as a child. I covered cardstock with lace using modge podge. The layout was photographed by me with a Nikon D70 © My inspiration was “Heritage 3” by JLRich on


Close up of the flowers and string pearl ribbon cord, which is attached with hot glue. I got the flowers from a thirft-store, but they are available in the bridal department. I added Pearl accents to the centers, which I attached with hot glue. Nikon D70 ©


Close up of the dress I made, I used pearl ribbon cord for the shoulder straps and decorated it with a Pearl accent Nikon D70 ©

Dress Up with Stampin’ Up!
Here is the video


Corset invitationTemplate on Pinterest.
I resized it on the computer.


I was lucky the lace I used for the dress had a scalloped edge, which followed the line of the template. Nikon D70 ©


I cut out the template for the dress from an opaque flexible plastic cutting board sheet as used for cooking. I get them at Dollar-stores. It is marked with a permanent marker. The shape was cut from chipboard.  I was going to use the little hanger made from a paperclip, but I decided it was too small. I use these little pink clips while drying the glue. Nikon D70 ©

I punch a hole in my templates and hang them from a shower curtain ring, you ca see more photos here. You can find some of the templates on my Pinterest board. Nikon D70 ©


The dress taking shape. I didn’t singe the tulle as shown in the video, as my hot glue started to melt 🙂 Nikon D70 ©


Sources: Dress tutorial and videoPaperclip hanger, dresses, etc.
Some of the supplies and tools I used were: Pearl accents by Forever in time, Cardstock, Chipboard, Lace, Tulle, fabric flowers, pearl ribbon cord, by “Home Sweet Home”, Modge Podge by Plaid, foam brush, a Glue-gun, hot glue, acrylic paint, a silicone mat, craft knife, ruler, pencils, Emory board, a brad, etc.

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Photo of myself used for the layout. Taken on 9.20.1963 when I was 8 years old, after competing in The Springs, South Africa music festival, which was held at the Springs, South Africa town hall.  I received a merit award in the 7-9 yrs solo section.  The white tutu was rented. The photo was taken by Johnson’s Studio in Springs, South Africa.

I was very fortunate that I was able to take ballet lessons since I was about 6 years old. My first teachers were the Gardner Sisters who taught Royal Academy of dancing at the Masonic Hall, which was on the corner of First avenue and 7th street, in Springs.

Springs, South Africa town hall, photo from

Ballet two pages.


    • Ag, baie dankie ek waardeer dit ♥♥♥ Ek was baie bevooreg om daardie daë ballet te neem en dan het my ouers my nog na ‘n fotograaf geneem. Pappie het my nog met ‘n “cine” ook af geneem, die film is vandag op ‘n video. Ek het ook die sertifikate. Ek is baie dankbaar dat ek dit het 😉

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      • Dankie, ek was 15 jaar weg sal moet kyk hoe dit verander het. Ek het net vinnig by die Avenues mall gestop en gesien dis vuil en stil nou nie soos toe ek Springs verlaat het nie, toe was dit baie populer.

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  1. What a lovely picture. You are so lucky they took it – obviously so proud of you that they took you to the photography studio. I remember making tutu’s was such a mission!! Lovely to hire one. We weren’t that advanced in Verreniging.😜 However my poor mother also made Spanish fish tail skirts which were even worse to sew than tutu’s. How she did it I don’t know.

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    • It is 😉 I was very privileged, my dad even took a cine, of which we have a video of today. After leaving the Gardener sisters, my mom had to make tutus and costumes, which was quite an accomplishment on the old Singer. We are fortunate that we had such talented moms.


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