Tuesday, 15 September 2015

*~Let's Scrap Sketch #9-15-15~* Undefined

Good Morning to All my Arty Scrappy Friends

I surely hope that you are doing well today!  I am doing fabulous as Spring is here, the sun is shining beautifully, we had some lovely rain, our garden is green and the birds are singing cheerfully, what can be better than nature at it's best???

Today I would like to share with you my DT work at Let's Scrap this week...
called:
*Undefined*.

The dictionary's definition for Undefined, is the following:






1.
without fixed limits; indefinite in form, extent, or application:
undefined authority; undefined feelings of sadness.
2.
not given meaning or significance, as by a definition; not defined or explained:
an undefined term.


It is a sensitive topic to me... but the fact remains that we all go through a lot of trials and tribulations throughout our lifetime, and I have been no different to any other human on this earth...  I have had more than my fair share. Living life is not always moonshine and roses {we wish!!}. We go through difficult times and hardships.  But... LIFE IS STILL AMAZING!!!

 This quote describes LIFE so beautifully:






Well, life is just not always easy or enjoyable or amazing.

I do know that I will never be defined.  I will never understand.  I will never know why I am me.  I just know that I have been put on earth for a reason and that I do not always know what that reason is, but God has a plan with me which only I can fulfill.


The whole idea is that the things we have gone through, should not define us.  I am kind of a free spirit.  Have always had problems fitting in and by now realized IT IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN, which is just FINE with me. It actually makes me VERY HAPPY to know that I am on this journey and I alone can be who I am.

These lyrics of the Alanis Morrissette song {she is my most FAVOURITE female artist of all time!}: "Hand In My Pocket", always makes me smile.  It reminds me that I am OKAY being me.  That I am only human and just as long as I am trying my best, I am okay with that.  The most important thing to me, is that God knows my heart, He sees me for me and He knows I am doing the best I can.

And that is just fine fine fine!


And... I will NEVER EVER have it all figured out!?!


Here is the lyrics to this amazing song which I journaled about at the back of my layout:
But... I cannot relate to all of these elements... eg. I am tall, not all that young anymore, hate smoking & definitely not very sane most of the time, but you get the idea!? ;-)


"Hand In My Pocket"
Alanis Morrissette



"I'm broke but I'm happy
I'm poor but I'm kind
I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah
I'm high but I'm grounded
I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed
I'm lost but I'm hopeful baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be fine fine fine
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five
I feel drunk but I'm sober
I'm young and I'm underpaid
I'm tired but I'm working, yeah
I care but I'm restless
I'm here but I'm really gone
I'm wrong and I'm sorry baby

What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be quite alright
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is flicking a cigarette
And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven't got it all figured out just yet
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving the peace sign
I'm free but I'm focused
I'm green but I'm wise
I'm hard but I'm friendly baby
I'm sad but I'm laughing
I'm brave but I'm chickensh*t
I'm sick but I'm pretty baby

And what it all boils down to
Is that no one's really got it figured out just yet
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing the piano
And what it all comes down to my friends
Is that everything's just fine fine fine
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab."


I totally love the harmonica in this song!!!!!  One of my favourite parts of the music... I had a little harmonica when I was a child, playing it until the keys started falling out... Made up songs by the dozens... ;-)


This is the fab Let's Scrap Sketch...
#9-15-15

 
And this is my layout:
*Undefined*



Some close ups...


Keys are symbols of opening and closing.  Keys and locks go together like milk and cookies.
To me this key without lock represents my freedom in being me.



 The 3 tickets: Dream, Hope & Soar.... has been punched... this means that these tickets have been used... I have Dreamed {big time!}, I have experienced Hope....  I have Soared like an Eagle high up in the sky.  {And I surely believe I will again!}
And yes, I am an absolutely hopeless Dreamer.




You will see that a lot of the papers are torn, folded and distressed... to me this means all the things in my life that has been lost and painful.  Thus, it is all messy.  Nothing's perfect.



The butterfly right at the top has been fussy cut to fit over the card.
Hope.


I used some Tim Holtz letter stickers for the title and the "E" is the only one in red...
"E" for my name.



Do you notice the butterfly on my nose?  The story behind this is: when my DD#2 was younger, she used to catch butterflies in the garden and make them a lovely "fairytale" home in our old fish tank... That is how this pretty little butterfly landed on my nose... :-)
Which makes this so very special to me, is that I read that the butterfly is a symbol of the soul.

"Butterflies are the power of air, the ability to float upon a breeze. It represents the never-ending cycle of life and self-transformation.  Butterflies appear to dance as they flitter among the flowers. They remind us not to take things so seriously within our lives. They awaken a sense of lightness and joy. They remind us to get up and move, for if you do not move, you cannot dance.
Butterflies bring color and joy with them.  The butterfly will teach you that growth and change do not have to be traumatic. Change can occur as gently and as joyfully as one wishes."
{www.pure-spirit.com}

I Photoshopped the photo as I liked the artistic feel to it...  The photo was taken by one of the very first iPhones I owned a few years back and the quality is not all that good, but I do like how it turned out.  To me, it's not the most "perfect photo" but the most "perfect moment" that counts.



I hope you enjoyed this blog post... please do follow my blog, you will see the Follow button in the right column...

 And do please hop on over to our Let's Scrap Sketches blog, have some fun & play along...
I can't wait to see what you create!! :-)


Well, now that you know all my deepest, darkest secrets, I hope you enjoyed the layout about my Undefinity. {Is that a word???} ;-)
 

Have a Fantastic Day!!

Hugs


~*Erica~*

Thursday, 10 September 2015

*~Feeling Sketchy Card #128~* PARTY

Hi there to All my Arty Scrappy Friends!

I surely hope that you are having a fabulous day where ever you are!

I made this card a few days ago with the fun sketch back at Feeling Sketchy...





I do really enjoy the process of making cards... Almost "short & sweet" if you know what I mean! 

Some close ups... 



I used some Color Bloom Spray Mist in Warn Leather {just LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!} and Stickles for the bling off cause.



I distressed some thin white ribbon with a few different colours of Tim Holtz' Distress Inks... and my DD#2 threaded it through the eyelets for me.




I used a range from Pink Paislee / House of Three I have had in my stash for quite a few years now... Such a beautiful range and I really did buy a full pack of these so I have enough to keep me busy for a while...

It is the Soiree Range and on Pink Paislee's website it looks like it's release date was in 2011!




I hope you enjoyed looking!

Have a Wonderful Day!

Hugs

*~Erica~*



Tuesday, 1 September 2015

*~Let's Scrap DT Layout - **WELCOME CUPCAKE**~*

Hi there to All my Dear Arty Scrappy Friends!

I am so very excited to announce that I have been chosen to be part of the Let's Scrap Design Team again!!  It is so lovely to have this FANTASTIC opportunity to be part of this fabulous team again!!

 Thank you Cathy van de Bruinhorst & Valerie Thorpe!

I would also like to say congrats to all my fellow DT Members, I am so looking forward to working with you and enjoying your lovely scrapbook layouts!

Here is a list of these amazingly talented ladies with links to their blogs:

Roulien Stahnke 
my-scrappy-story.blogspot.com 
  
Laura Kram

Ada Nicholls

Rebecca Daly 

Astrid Logtenberg
  
Suzanne Pipitone
Rhoda Henderson

Barbara Barkelew Greenberg

Savanna Lea Wills Carson

Stephanie Thompson Johnson

Katy Donaldson Taylor

Lisa-Marie Watling



So today is our very first day on the DT and this is my first layout designed for the term!

Here is the fabulous Let's Scrap DT sketch we had the opportunity to work with designed by the ever so talented Michelle van Wyk...



My layout...

*WELCOME CUPCAKE*

 I really enjoyed being able to use lots and lots of photos and getting to scrap this super special visit we had with two of my much loved cousins Amelia & Lelani a few days after Lelani's beautiful baby girl Lumay was born.  My DD#2 enjoyed every moment spent with this sweet little baby who looks just like a tiny porcelain doll.

I found the gorgeous Kaisercraft Tea Party Collection at the Helderfontein Scrapbook event a few weeks ago and just couldn't resist.  The "Hello Cupcake" frase made me think of a sweet little baby right away.  The pretty flowers I had in my stash {as always I have lots of flowers in my stash, actually I do not ever have enough!?!} and off cause I had to use a lot of Stickles Glitter to round things off. :-)




Thank you so much for looking, I surely hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed creating this layout with much LOVE!!

Remember to join us at Let's Scrap and play along with this amazing sketch!


Have a Wonderful Day!! ♥


*~Hugs~*

Erica