Tim Holtz workshop: The Artful Journal

Guess what I did this weekend? Okay, that subtle title probably didn’t leave much to the imagination, but it’s only because I still have an afterglow from the event! That, stained nails, and this crazy desire to shut myself in my studio and create-create-create!

Aaaanyway… I have to warn you in advance, I may not be able to resist the excessive use of superlatives or pointless panegyrics, but considering the super awesomeness of it, if you know you are prone to brain explosions caused by bad sentence structure or excessive rambling, SKIP THIS POST.

Everyone else, I HAVE GOT TO SHOW YOU the cool stuff we made!

The Artful Journal by Tim Holtz

The Artful Journal sample made by Tim.

Inside cover of the Artful Journal by Tim Holtz

The inside cover.

Pages of the Artful Journal by Tim Holtz

Some of the pages.

Tim has blogged about his Jo’burg adventure. Apparently he likes our food. So do we Tim, so do we 😉 BTW, I had to smile while reading about his fondness for the South African saying “see you now now” (which can mean “see you now” or “see you later”, basically “see you when I see you”). One tends to forget that one’s ‘culture’ – those everyday things that are simply part of life – are strange and wonderful and unconventional to people from other places.

Of course, it wasn’t just a one man show – Margie Romney-Aslett from The Girls’ Paperie also taught some classes: a mini-album, and a double-page scrapbook layout. She has also blogged about the Jo’burg event, with some lovely photos to go with it.

Here’s what we made in her class:

Double-spread scrapbook pages made by Margie

Margie's double-spread scrapbook layout

Mini-album by Margie

The mini-album by Margie.

I must admit, I’ve never made an album on a stick before. Must be an American thing… 😛

Here are all the photo’s I took (well, most of them). I elaborate a lot on the photos in the photo gallery, so click on the first thumbnail to view the gallery 🙂

About The Event

In case you’re still reading, this was SA‘s International Scrapbook Convention (ISC)’s annual one-day event (there’s also a two-day event in September) where hundreds of women get an opportunity to attend classes by international scrapbooking teachers. We’ve had some high profile teachers over the years, like Stacy Julian, Donna Downey, Heidi Swapp, Tim Holtz, as well as some well-known Making Memories teachers.

While I have the opportunity, may I just say thank you to Glenda and all the people who have made it such a success over the years! I have been attending ISC since 2007 and it has been consistently well organized, with excellent workshops, great teachers, and exceptional value for money.

Wow, if anyone is still with me after all that, I must commend you. No, I must reward you! Anyone up for a give-away? I’ll give away some crafting goodies to the first person who leaves me a commend about the give-away!

“Treasure” card

Vintage card with pink, black and cream paper, a butterfly, and a tag with the word Treasure on

“Treasure” card


In keeping with the vintage-style romance cards this month, I made this card for a good friend of my husband who is getting married this weekend. I used papers from a local company, FabScraps, and went to town with my red distress ink! 🙂 It is based on the week 2 sketch for the Viva la Verve! February challenge.


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A Vintage Valentine


rom_vintageTags_CU-2I just love vintage-style romance cards! This paper collection from K&Company is just amazing, and on top of all the double-sided papers, it also comes with three sheets of small collage images that are just too cute! Scrapbooking compliments card making so perfectly, don’t you think? IMHO paper crafting would not have been half as fun if not for all the beautiful scrapbook papers. And, of course, the tools – I am the worst tool junkie!

This card is based on sketch SC318 on Splitcoaststampers.com which I made last week along with the baby card. Yes, a second sketch in one week – if it starts snowing around here, you’ll know why ;).

Happy crafting!

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Baby card


bab_kleinSchalk_CU-2I just realized that this is the first baby card I have EVER posted on my blog. Scandalous, I know. And it’s not like I’ve never made any baby cards before – I’m at that stage in life where everybody around me is having babies. Okay, that probably came out wrong, but you know what I mean ;).

CPS sketch #203I made this card for our neighbour who had a little boy recently and it’s based on the CPS #203 sketch. It has been a very long time since I’ve participated in a sketch challenge – I’ve forgotten how much fun it is!

And isn’t that little duck just the cutest thing? It’s from a small baby-themed stamp set by Imaginisce which has never seen any ink in the years I’ve had it. I guess that means I’m breaking new ground on many levels tonight!

Thanks for looking!

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Photos of the memorable Tim Holtz event in 2009

Photo of me with Tim Holtz at the April 2009 scrapbook convention in Stellenbosch

As promised, here are some photos I took at that memorable event I attended two years ago but never blogged about. You have to click on the photos below to open the gallery – that’s where all the juicy details are!

Update: If you missed my post on his return in 2011, read all about it here.

Bookmark for W & H wedding card


bookmrk_WHI made this bookmark to go with the W & H wedding card (see previous post).

I embossed the couple’s initials and wedding date on the front, and there’s a place to insert a wedding photo.

I don’t know about you, but I find making bookmarks extremely satisfying. Maybe it’s because bookmarks are made to be used, and used again – not like cards that end up in the trash more often than not. Since I’m a reader, I know I get a lot of use out of my bookmarks.

Happy stamping!
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W & H wedding card


I know I promised to post some Christmas cards, but I haven’t
photographed them yet, while I did have this wedding card “on film” already, so I guess Christmas cards will have to wait. Again. 🙂

It looks deceptively simple, yet it took me half the night to make it. I used an interesting patterned paper from Basic Grey for the background which I distressed, then overlaid with a loose vellum sheet that I stitched on. I used the ends of the thread to dangle some rhinestones from, then I stamped the bride and groom’s initials on the vellum with metallic ink.

I also made a matching bookmark, which I’ll share with you next time!

Happy crafting!
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Beautiful Technique Card


tech_beautifulEmbossedCU_09I made this during a demonstration to show how easy it is to create a striking card with little more than white card stock, stamps, ink pads and a bit of creativity.

I coloured the bottom third of the card with Celadon ink by masking the top area and then rubbing the ink across the page. For the top I repeated a large solid stamp which I clear embossed, then, using an ink blending tool, I created the background with green & black Distress Inks. Nice, huh? Even the “ribbon” is an embossed stamp strip. The black bird is raised with foam squares to add dimension and interest.

Happy stamping!
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