CREATE September Magazine: Life is an Adventure

Hello Friends,

Today, i’m sharing the layout created for the CREATE magazine September issue. It is full of ideas for single, double-page layouts as well as techniques, cards and altered projects.


This is a double-page layout created for the journaling challenge. Journaling using an interview was a different but effective method. As I prefer to use hidden journaling in my layouts, I created a booklet which included more images and the journaling about this amazing adventure. It also allowed me to include more information than if I had just added words, phrases and sentences to my layout.

This is a close-up of the hidden journaling in the booklet:



Patterned paper: Teresa Collins; cardstock: Bazzill Basics; glitter paper: American Crafts; letter stickers: Tim Holtz idea-ology;  flowers: Prima; chipboard: Celebr8; jewels: BoBunny; die: Tim Holtz Sizzix; other: cotton lace, button, photo corners.

– Glenda

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Hazel and Ruby: Crafternoon

Hello Friends!

Crafternoon by Hazel and Ruby is about learning and making a really great DIY craft project in an afternoon! Just add photos and a few heartfelt sentiments to create this Mini Keepsake Book.


This mini book is great for a gift idea or as a simple project to keep those memorable moments. I created this Mini Keepsake Album for my niece, Tamzyn as a memento of her recent 21st birthday party. I left space for her to journal and document the memorable occasion. The Mini Keepsake Book kit includes the Crafternoon recipe (instructions), album pages, covers, photo protectors, die-cuts, ring and a charm. I added a few extras: ledger washi tape, ribbon, sequins, rhinestone, button, gem clip and die-cut words left over from another project.


Once you have gathered the photos, using the chipboard covers, cardstock pages and die-cuts, lay out the pages in the order you would like them to appear. Add photos, die-cuts and other embellishments. Remember to add notes and memories to the photos and pages. Once you have completed the pages, simply add them to the gold ring binder and finish off as desired. On the front chipboard cover, add three different ribbons to the gold ring included in the kit. Add a thin strip of pink ribbon around the front cover as well as a button, sequin and rhinestone.

Here are close-up images of the pages in the Mini Keepsake Book:


Add washi tape, ribbon and small gold rhinestones to the left page.


Just add die-cut stars, scallop piece and rhinestones.


Cut pieces of paper the same size as the photos and adhere onto the back of the photos. Insert photo blocks into the photo protector page pockets.


Add die-cut pieces, thin ribbon bow, button and a rhinestone to right-hand page.


Insert 4 x 4” photos back-to back into photo protector page pocket.


Add trimmed scallop strip die-cuts to right-hand page. Adhere typed words onto page. This page I left blank so that my niece could add her own memories of the birthday party.


Adhered photos to left-hand page. The punched photo is adhered to a slightly larger punched paper circle and adhered onto the page. Die-cut flowers and gold sequins were added to finish.


Add die-cut elements to left-hand page and photos to a photo protector pocket page.


Add a gem clip to top edge of right-hand page. Add a trimmed scallop die-cut strip, camera and heart die-cut to the right-hand page. I used a gold foil die-cut word left over from a previous project to add to the page. Additional journaling or photo can be added.


Add punched circle photos and die-cut elements to left-hand side. I added another left-over die-cut word ‘love’ and a bird die-cut included in the kit to the back chipboard layer. A photo or journaling can also be added to this page.


Enjoy creating a simple Mini Keepsake Book in a crafternoon!

– Glenda

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CREATE July Magazine: Wonderful Moments

The July Scrapbook Generation CREATE magazine is available to download…it’s free and has loads of creative ideas for scrapbook layouts, cards and tags.

This is the double-page layout I created for the magazine using stencils. I used photos from my recent trip visiting special friends Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi in Arizona. One of the days we visited Arizona’s Grand Canyon, a natural formation of layered bands of red rock averaging 16 kilometers across and 1500 meters deep along its 445 kilometers length. The magnitude and sweeping vistas are awe-inspiring! The photos capture the wonderful moments shared remembering the now!


1. Place Scribbles Layering Stencil onto background, 10 cm from top and 3 cm from left edges.
2. Apply Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink over layering stencil using a mini ink blending tool and foam – this makes it easy to control amount of ink applied onto stencil.
3. Carefully remove layering stencil to reveal design and place on next area. Repeat on right-side of background, 10 cm from top and 2 cm from right edges. Clean stencil.
4. Repeat above process with Mesh Layering Stencil, inking over some Scribbles areas as well as along background edges.
5. Additional areas can be inked at a later stage.

Products Used:
• Distress Ink: Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose, Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
• Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool and foam
• Layering Stencils: Scribbles, Mesh
• Distress Marker: Walnut Stain
• Adirondack Ink: Mushroom
• Archival Ink: Jet Black
• Stamps: script and quotes
• Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlit Dies: Friendship Words – Block, Shape Strips
• Tim Holtz Grid Blocks
• Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Die: Ticket Strip

– Glenda

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Fancy Pants Designs: Alaskan Sunrise


Hello Friends! Keeping it simple and remembering less is more can be powerful in making a statement. This layout of a sunrise in Alaska is all about the breath-taking moment where no words could describe the awe-inspiring moment. I have used minimal amount of words and text to capture that speechless moment.


For more information and instructions, visit the Fancy Pants Designs Blog.

Products used:
Fancy Pants Designs Making Waves
Paper: Seafood, Blazing, 6×6 Paper Pad | Embellishments: Ephemera Pack, Alphabet Pack, Flair, Button Mix
Fancy Pants Designs Summer Sun
Paper: Gold Foil Paper | Embellishments: Sequins
Other: red and gold glass beads, red thread and sewing machine, Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting Machine

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”  – Confucius
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Clare Boothe Luce

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Hazel & Ruby: Travel Canvas >>> Wrap-it Up Paper and Stencil-Mask


The three travel mini canvas set can be displayed on mini easels or hung on a wall. The re-usable Chevron pattern Stencil-Mask is easy and convenient to use: simply place design, apply embossing or texture paste with a palette knife and wipe clean. As the stencil-mask is re-usable, one can place the chevron strips at the desired distance from each other. I placed the stencil-mask over all three blocks to along continuity of the design across all three blocks.


You will need the following supplies to create the travel canvas:

  1. Wrap It Up Paper Roll: Maps of the World
  2. Stencil-Mask: Chevron Pattern
  3. Die-Cutting machine and globe die
  4. Distress Paint: Broken China and Walnut Stain
  5. Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  6. Mist Sprays:
    Ranger Perfect Pearl Mists – Kiwi and Blue Patina
    Prima Color Spray –  Soft Teal and Cobalt
  7. Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders: Turquoise and Bronze
  8. Embossing Paste and palette knife
  9. Small canvas block
  10. Micro glass beads
  11. Liquid glue


Begin with covering the one canvas block with the Maps of the World Wrap-it-Up paper. I selected an area on the paper that best suited a place I have travelled to. Ensure that you cut enough paper to cover the sides of the block and onto the back of the canvas block. It is recommended that you adhere the paper to the canvas with a liquid adhesive like Ranger Multi-Medium or Glue-n-Seal. Place all three canvas blocks on a craft sheet, aligning top edges. Place the Chevron Stencil-Mask strips across all three blocks. Apply a thin layer of embossing paste with a palette knife between the chevron strips. Carefully remove the stencil-mask and clean with water. While the embossing paste is still wet, add micro glass beads to the embossing paste. Set aside to dry.

When dry, apply turquoise acrylic paint to some areas where there are beads and onto the canvas.  Lightly spritz with different mists and sprays. This will blend with the paint, creating puddles of color. While still wet, add Perfect Pearl Pigment Powders to areas and heat set with a craft heat tool. Lightly ink the edges of the blocks with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Set aside. Cut or use pre-cut chipboard letters and paint with brown acrylic paint. Adhere letters to the canvas and add gold enamel dots.


Lightly spritz onto the block covered with the map paper. Die cut a globe from chipboard or Grungepaper. Paint with turquoise and brown acrylic paint. Lightly spritz with mist and sprays to blend paint. While still wet, add Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders, applying more in selected areas to create texture. Heat set with a craft heat tool. Lightly ink edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Die cut a second globe from gold foil paper or adhere Gold 4” DIY Décor Tape to a piece of chipboard and die cut a globe. Use just the continent section of the globe and adhere on top of the correlating continent inked chipboard shape. Apply liquid adhesive to three different areas on the globe die cut and sprinkle with glass beads. Adhere globe to third canvas, with a section overlapping the right-hand side of the canvas block. Add gold enamel dots to finish.

Your travel canvas blocks are ready to display either on a wall, table or desk.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

– Glenda


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Hazel & Ruby: DIY Decor Tape Burlap Panel


This burlap panel is a perfect gift for a special friend or to decorate a room. It serves a reminder that we are all beautiful in our own uniqueness. The bright and funky colors of the Floralicious DIY Décor Tape add a cheerful tone to the panel. The classic black and white Damask DIY Décor Tape sets the background for the gold letters. Here is a fun and easy way to create letters, words or phrases created from the Gold DIY Décor Tape.

Supplies used:


Cut a 3 x 8” strip of Floralicious DIY Décor Tape. Adhere the strip 1” from the left edge of the panel, wrapping it around to the back of the panel. Cut a 2 x 8” strip of Damask DIY Décor Tape. Adhere the strip next to the floral tape, wrapping it around to the back of the panel. Adhere the Wonder tape or any other double-sided tape to the left edge of the floral strip as well as over the floral and damask join. Sprinkle glitter onto the exposed adhesive tape ensuring the glitter does not spread onto the panel. (TIP: Place a plain sheet of paper next to the tape before sprinkling with glitter. Carefully lift paper and decant the glitter back into the container).


Adhere a flower section of the Floralicious DIY Décor Tape onto chipboard and fussy cut a flower and leaf and adhere to the floral panel. Wrap a double strand of jute around the panel, tying a bow to secure. Wrap tulle around panel and tie a bow. Add a black button to the centre of the bow. Add two pearl dressmaker pins to the jute bow.


Adhere the Gold 4” DIY Décor Tape strips to a 6 x 12” piece of chipboard.


Place the covered chipboard onto the alphabet die and run through a die-cutting machine. Place and adhere the relevant letters to the panel. Keep the rest of the letters to use on another project or layout. Add a few coral sequins to the burlap panel.

Now your BE YOU TIFUL burlap panel is ready to hang or give as a gift to a friend.

– Glenda Viljoen

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Hazel & Ruby: Elegant Key Holder

Here is a simple project using Hazel & Ruby’s versatile DIY Décor Tape, Tissue paper, Stencil-Mask and the awesome Chalk Art Tool Kit. If your household is anything like mine, keys are kept in different places and often spend time looking for them! So this key holder cupboard is perfect to store everyone’s keys and the same time remind my family that they hold the key to my heart.

Key Holder 1

STEP 1: Paint the inside of the wooden box with white acrylic paint and set aside to dry. Paint the inset panel with black chalkboard paint and set aside to dry. Paint the edges of the door with Ranger Black Tie Paint Dabber. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Key Holder 2

STEP 2: Measure the height of the box. Place a piece of 8” Damask DIY Décor Tape onto a craft mat. Measure the required length for the sides of the box and cut with a craft knife. As the DIY Décor Tape is easy to use and does not easily lose its ability to adhere after it has been placed on a craft mat, you can place the respective pieces onto the sides of the box.  Using the same method, measure, cut, place and adhere the Damask DIY Décor Tape to the inside panels of the box. Cover the wooden strips with cup hooks (only add the hooks after covering the wood with the tape) using the same method. Add decorative keys and metal keyholes to the wooden strip.

DIY DecorTape

STEP 3: Once the black chalkboard paint is dry on the inset panel, paint the reverse side with Ranger Pearl Metallic Paint Dabber. While the paint is wet, spritz with Ranger Biscotti and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mists. Allow the spray to run slightly and set aside to dry. Once dry, adhere the black vinyl quote and gold Shine and Sparkle sequins.

STEP 4: Cover the front of the door with Pass the Tissue, Quote Collage tissue paper. Optional: cover the front with a second piece of the same tissue paper to create a subtle shadow effect. Paint the exposed bevel edges with Ranger Gold Metallic Paint Dabber. Cover the inside of the door with Pass the Tissue, Mod Gray/White Polka Dot tissue paper. Decorate the front with flowers and a shabby chic resin. Adhere a door knob with strong adhesive and attach two metal keys and inked seam binding ribbon to the door knob. Add a metal number painted with Ranger Gold Metallic Paint Dabber.

Key Holder 1a

STEP 5: On the black chalkboard, use the on-trend first-of-its-kind  Chalk Art Tool Kit. ‘Season’ the chalkboard by taking a piece of chalk and rubbing it vertically and horizontally across the entire board. Gently clean the board with the felt cloth. If would like your board to look cleaner and more black, spray of the cleaner onto a paper towel and wipe the board.

Chalk Tool Kit

STEP 6: Place the Brooklyn Alpha Stencil-Mask ‘NOTES’ letters onto the chalkboard. Using the chalk pencil from Chalk Art tool kit, trace around the letters. Remove the stencil-mask letters and fill in the letters with the chalk marker.

Key Holder 3

Your key holder cupboard is now ready to use. Remember to add a special note for your family on the chalkboard using the chalk provided in the Chalk Art Tool Kit.






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CREATE Magazine: Live Simply

The Scrapbook Generation CREATE Magazine March card sketch inspired me to use word art to create this project, allowing my own interpretation yet keeping within the guidelines. I used twine for the vertical lines and various paper flowers for the embellishments. The ‘message’ was substituted with a quote on the raised bracket frame.


Supplies Used

Patterned paper: idea-ology; letter stickers: Silhouette vinyl and foil paper;  ribbon: idea-ology; ink: Ranger and Tim Holtz Distress Ink; paint: Ranger; stamp: Tim Holtz; flowers: Prima, Kaisercraft; drop pearl: idea-ology; key: Graphic 45; other: self-adhesive rhinestones, twine.

– Glenda


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CREATE Magazine: Best Friends

I loved working with the Scrapbook Generation CREATE March single-page sketch! It allowed structure yet  enabled versatility and creativity. Instead of using a background mat, I created a frame which was placed on top of the floral paper and vertical strips, creating dimensional interest. The ‘tickets’ were replaced with a leaf vine and flowers to match the theme of the photo. The journaling pocket and tag was combined and replaced with a textured kraft tag and ephemera card.


Supplies Used

Patterned paper: Prima; letter stickers: Prima, Silhouette; stickers: Prima;  tag: Julie Nutting; flowers: Prima;  leaf vine: Prima; wooden butterfly: Prima Marketing inc; ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; ink blending foam tool: Ranger; mists: Prima; texture paste: Prima; stencil: dies: Sizzix Tim Holtz Arrows

Click here to download the March issue of Scrapbook Generation CREATE online magazine…

– Glenda
The best thing about having a brother is that I’ll always have a friend!

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