Memories Like This


Posted by Cathy Lane

12 August, 2014 -

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Hi there Maja fans! I hope you have all had a lovely happy-scrappy time since the last time we chatted over here:) To my utter dismay I realized that my post is two days late and although my layout was ready a week ago, I kept thinking and reminding myself to post on the 14th. Why the 14th?? No idea!! I wish I remembered that not all months have the same amount of weeks. That would have helped me!! Anyways, here I am with another layout of my darling daughter and her fiancee Justin. I am so blessed to have these two fabulous people in my life and you have no idea how excited I am about the upcoming wedding. It seems that it is all I can talk about lately. The last time I was here, the wedding was three months away and now there is only eight weeks left. Eight very, very busy weeks, but I am loving every minute of making all the arrangements. I am only going to do this only once in my life so I am going to make sure it is fabulous!!
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Here is a little close-up of the pretty Petaloo flowers I used:
Close Up 1
I have a really hard time deciding which Maja collection is my favorite so I tend to use a little bit of as many as I can. I just love them all!! For this layout I used the following:

All the stamping on this page was done with Kaisercraft stamps.
Till next time, lots of love and hugs to all of you!!



Posted by Cathy Lane

13 July, 2014 -

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Hello there Maja friends! Gosh it feels good to be back here again. The last year or so has been an up-hill battle of epic proportions and just getting through every day was a major challenge but here I am, not quite the same person I was when last you saw me in this beautiful setting but never-the-less it is me. So much of me was broken, physically, mentally and emotionally, but I am getting stronger and stronger every day and THAT is what matters. The best part of this whole experience is that I will get to see my beautiful daughter walk down the aisle on her Daddy’s arm in October. Yes, that is my Heidi in the photo. I shudder when I think how different things could have turned out had I not gone for a routine check-up on that day. I am still having treatment and I am totally okay with it because I still need to see my grandchildren some day. For now, every day is a gift and I do as much as my body allows me to do. It’s not always easy when the mind and the body are not on the same page (giggle!!). For that reason, I don’t mind telling you that scrapping for the first time in over a year presented another major challenge, not to mention a blog post. It feels like I have to learn everything all over agin. “Chemo-brain” is a reality and last night I went to bed in tears because after three days of trying to put a page together, I still wasn’t getting anywhere. This morning I woke up determined to get this right, ignored the aches and pains and took out every bit of stash I own and spread it all over the place. Wow, it felt like I received a whole bunch of gifts as I have not seen my goodies in such a long time!! It was crazy but exciting and even though I didn’t scrap during my treatment I still bought a few little things here and there. Once and addict, always an addict!! So, I got to work and it came together and you know what? My aches and pains disappeared for a while as the puzzle came together. Now I just need to keep going and I have Jenny to thank for bringing me back and making me realize how much I loved this hobby. Also, thank you so much Jenny and the Maja team for being so compassionate, patient and understanding over the last year. It means a great deal to me. x

So here is my first page of 2014!! My daughter is a whole lot more comfortable behind the camera than she is in front of the camera and so I treasure every photo of her I can lay my hands on.

I used paper from three different collections as seen below.

Here a re a few close-ups..

The flowers and the brick stamp is from Prima. The little wispy bits you see amongst the flowers are just pieces of paper which I sliced super-thin and that way you achieve a natural sort of curl. The peachy ribbon flowers came out of my stash and goodness knows where I got them from. The branches were cut with a die from Memory Box called “Woodland Branch”.

The beautiful leafy circle is also from Memory Box called “Tupelo Circle” and I adorned it slightly with some Perfect Pearls. Both butterflies are stamps from Marianne Design called Eline’s Huis. I stamped them, cut them out and stuck it on. The title work is done with clear stamps from Chiswick and the stamp on the corner of the photo is a tiny little Prima stamp.

The little circles above and to the bottom left of the photo (sorry, I forgot to take a close-up of them) is just a little bottle top I saw lying on my shelf and I grabbed it, dabbed on some ink and stamped it on the page and stuck a drop of Perfect Pearls inside the little circles. I liked it:)

And that my friends, is my story for today:) The last few days have been absolutely freezing here but I love the cold weather right now. So for those of you experiencing winter in all its’ glory, keep warm, be happy and take care till next time. 🙂 xxx




Posted by Cathy Lane

20 July, 2013 - , ,

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A very good morning to you from South Africa!! Today I am sharing with you a layout I did of my big old teddy-bear Rottweiler Delta. I am still not convinced that I bought a Rottweiler…I’m sure she is a Labrador in disguise and I love her to the moon and back. She’s never too sure about a camera aimed at her but as always, she loves to please and is very obliging but having said that, she’s very happy when it’s all!
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In the close-up below, you can see the cute little die I used from “die-namites” called Butterfly wreath.
The blue flowers are handmade with some voile which I inked with distress inks.
The mask is from Tim Holtz and the photostrip stamp is from Clearly Impressed.
The cherish, adore, love worded stamp is from Kaisercraft and the gear stamps above the photos are from Inkadinkado.
I mostly used papers from the “Walking in the Forest” collection.

Mountain Ash BS

Knitted sweater BS

Flannel Shirt

Crea Diem – Ord flyger bort

And with that I am going to love and leave you. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!



Posted by Cathy Lane

6 July, 2013 - ,

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Hi there ladies! It is so lovely to visit here again and I really just want to thank Jenny and the team for inviting me into the Maja home this month. Today I’d like to share a layout with you featuring my niece Cathlene who is such a beautiful girl in every sense of the word. Gosh, I wish I was as photogenic as my nieces are. I am doing an album for her and I just find it so amazing that she can look so very different in every photo. So, before I start babbling to much, let me just get on with it.
Beautiful (Lientjie)
Here is just a close-up of the flower I made and I have to tell you that they are so much fun to make. The link to the tutorial was e-mailed to me by my lovely friend Miri and I got stuck into making them straight away. You will find the link on my blog.
Flower close-up
And then I also included another close-up of the little vine I made.
The little dressing table chippie is from Enmarc which is a South African distributor and I simply coloured it with water-colour pencils and splashed on a little crackle medium.
I used the papers below:

1926 – BS



I sincerely hope you like my project and thank you very much for looking. It’s been a cold, windy, rainy day here in our neck of the woods and the whole day I’ve been looking forward to snuggling up in bed with my book. Here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!




Posted by Cathy Lane

27 April, 2013 - ,

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PreciousHello there Maja friends!! This is my last project as guest for April and I really want to thank Jenny and the team for having me. It’s been an absolutely awesome month and I will be back here on a daily basis to see the gorgeous projects from the very talented creative team. The little treasure in the photo is my little niece Isabella and my heart aches every time I look at her pictures and I miss her so much and it’s definitely time to plan another trip to Australia quite soon. I wanted to make a bright, happy page and the “Life in the country” collection was perfect for what I had in mind.
DSC07949I dabbed some white acrylic paint on the chippies, waited for it to dry and then added some Crackle accents and when that dried I just rubbed a little ink into the cracks. The stamp is from “Elise’s Huis” and the rub-on is one I’ve had in my stash since Pa fell off the bus.
DSC07951Here I gave the chippie the same treatment and the cherry blossom stamp you see peeking out there is also from “Elise’s Huis” and I just coloured it in with some watercolour pencils.
These are the papers I used:
Maja design: Life in The Country Collection

Maja Design: Kitchen Garden

Maja Design: Strawberries With Ice

Maja Design: Sowing Seeds BS

Maja Design: In My Flower Bed

And last but not least, don’t forget to pop in again soon as besides having the gorgeous creations of the Creative Team to look forward to, you will also have the added bonus of seeing some of Heidi Kelley’s beautiful projects as she will be joining the Maja Team as Guest for May.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!