I hope you enjoy your visit
Jessie James

Friday, 23 November 2007

Rod Stewart

I remeber when I was young and Rod brought out Maggie May. I always associate with the time in my life when I was a Royal Navy Reservist. We had great times at the club at HMS Drake in Plymouth and spent many weekends at HMS Sultan in Gosport.

These pictures are from the BBC website and I just think Rod is still the greatest.
Well one month to go until Christmas and the madness that is the holiday season. Start counting down.
This is a page I did for the sketch challenge on snap and scrap

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Pop Rock

There is a great new kit out at Snap and Scrap called Pop Rock and it really is worth checking out.

There is also a brag book available with it and this is one page I did as a quicky

Friday, 26 October 2007

Spring is Sprung

You know spring is here and we should be enjoying the warmth but this weekend was freezing here in Jo'burg. A definate movies and hot chocolate day.

Here is a new LO to remind us of how great spring sunshine and warmth can be.
This is using the spring fling kit by Kylie Moore. Great kit with really nice colours etc.

Thursday, 18 October 2007


Hey we scrappers are really sad but if you check out the blog at snap and scrap you will find a song for scrappers. I think it is really great and can be found under this weeks sketchy tuesday post. Hope you are having a great day.

Thursday, 11 October 2007


Well it is Thursday and time is still flying. I wonder if it is eating special vitamins or something which is making it move so fast. If it is I want to get some of the same.

We will need all our energy this weekend to pack yet again as we move house on Monday. We are so looking forward to it and I hope that this will be our last move for a long time. We are looking forward to more space and room to breath. Also want to open a studio for people to come scrap or make cards or do artistic work for themselves. I hope it will be a creative space.

I doodled around the other day in Photoshop CS2 and had a ball just playing. I loved this picture which came from the web as a copyright free image and not sure who it is of or who by - philistine I know - but love the strength of this woman. The quote and boat are from a design by Bronwen Van Esch and her 'All Aboard Kit' available at www.snapandscrap.net. The rest is doodles I did myself. Oh I also cloned the picture and 'drew' it in the corner.

What I enjoy about this is that it may not rock any one elses boat but I had fun, and I enjoyed it. So go out there and let your creativity go wild and enjoy.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

All Girl

Well I can't believe it is Sunday again. The weeks are flying past and it will be Christmas before we know it. If you are looking for presents why not visit the shoppe at http://www.snapandscrap.net/

There is a kit there where you can produce your own calenders for family and friends. A friend of mine did that a couple of years ago using black and white photos and it was such a stunning personal thing. She had it bound at a printers for a very small cost and honest it was fabulous.

These pages were made using the 'Jazzed' kit from snap and scrap. If you are clever you can get parts of it for free by going to the blog there. It is a really great kit with loads of denim and is good for boy or girl.

It is strange to think that the girl in the bath (top picture) is the mother of the girl Hayley in 'All Girl'

Time really does have wings

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Alice in WOnderland please grant me a wish

Oh if only wishes could be granted by caterpillars

Would it not be nice if we could all be Alice in Wonderland and get down to the size we want to be.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Here is another one of those older photos. Take in 1976 it really takes you back to the fashions the times. Sitting on a shingle beach. We were made of much hardier stuff it seems in those days.
I remember this summer very well as it was the year we had no rain for months. I remember drinking wine at around midnight sitting outside with friends.
Paper is my own design but the scroll element at the bottom is from the ALL ABOARD kit available at www.snapandscrap.net

Friday, 28 September 2007

En Vacance

I love France and wish I could live there. I love the French way of life and the way everything revolves around family. My husbands father's family live there and in fact my husbands grandmother was a French woman who married an Englishman during the 1st world war.

My father in law escaped from France and through Spain during the Nazi occupation of France. He ended up in a prison in Spain from which he eventually got away. The funny thing is that once him and my mother-in-law went to Spain on holiday and his wallet was stolen. Guess where he had to report the loss? That's right the prison is now a police station.
Anyway he met an English woman and reversed the whole process as he went to live in England. There goes a brief history of a fascinating story.
Anyway these were taken the year we went for two weeks to a Gite near St Omer. Unfortunately my Mom died while we were away - we were expecting it and I had said Goodbye on the day we left. She was in a comma from which she never awoke.
I learnt the point is be there while they are alive and need you not when they have died. A funeral is just for the living not the one who has died. In many cases the people that go never visited the person for years, but they were good they showed up at the funeral.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Quad Bikes

You may have seen the 4x4 Post I did. Well that same day my son-in-laws mom, who is very glamorous, got on the grand kids quad bikes and she adored it. She even gave a lift to her cousin's wife Credwyn.

Life is so precious we need to enjoy every moment of it. Yesterday 28 September Yvonne turned 60 and I just want to say I hope her day was great and that the days and many years ahead are also great. Can you believe we are these ages. I still feel like I am in my 30's - may not look it but that's how I feel.

The only thing I did not design is the striped paper which was a freebie from www.scrapgirls.com

Have a great day

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Tuesday Blues

Well it's normally Monday blues but with having a long weekend it really feels yuck to be thinking about working and the like.

Hope like a load of South Africans (last count we got was 77523 people) you had a braai or barbecue yesterday to celebrate Heritage Day. (check this website http://www.braaiday.co.za/)

We went to one with the family and it was so nice to sit in the sunshine and enjoy fabulous weather. It was so funny though as everyone was just praying for rain as being on the Highveld we have not seen rain for months. Everything is dry and in need of water. In fact tired of the dogs going out and rolling in the grass and dust and bringing so much dirt and dry lawn in. Shouldn't complain though as we are blessed with so many things and you can always sweep up the grass husks and dust.

Here is a page showing my grandmother, aunt and other friends and family. This brings up one of my favourite subjects. Journalling. I inherited loads of photos when my mom died and because no one had ever written names times etc on the photos or the like, I have lost so much detail. SO when you do that page put journalling on it so that your descendants can know their antecedents. It also is a historical record of what life was like. Look at the little bow tie and outfit of my cousin. Can you imagine a modern day child dressed like that?

After all that is what scrapbooking is about.

Have a great day and think about journalling.

Monday, 24 September 2007

Great Digital Kit

You know I keep ranting about snap and scrap but hey they have fab kits. I just tried out one called fresh and fruity that will be available very soon.
Do you know within minutes of receiving the preview I was hooked and just wanted to play with it. So no TV on Sundays just playing away with these great fruit flavours and elements.
Keep looking here for it's availablity and join in on the challenges. They are great fun. So go to

Saturday, 22 September 2007

A Wake Up call

Sometimes we go merrily along with life without thinking. We are so wrapped up in day to day problems that we don't think about what is important. Somehow we need a wake up call and I got mine yesterday when I had a medical. I had not been taking care as I should have. I had not appreciated what was important in life and had not given the respect to everyone that I should have. Thank You God for making me realise what precious gifts you have given me. I know that whatever the outcome God is with me and that he will see me through this whatever the prognosis.

Don't wait until you get a wake up call as it just might not come. - I am lucky.

Thank you firends and family for being you.

Friday, 21 September 2007

Turning corners

I just did my first page where i made a folded corner. Instructions on how to do it can be found here http://www.snapandscrap.net/index.php?categoryid=15 at Snap and Scrap. It is 'Easy Page Curl' and if you check it out there are loads of other great tutorials

Here is my first effort. Unfortunately when I saved it I did not realise my corner had moved and so it is not right, but that just means I get to keep trying until I master it. So watch out for another corner curl soon
Get trying it

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Star Quality

This is made with my own paper design. The stars are curtousey of the APCS2. The lady is my daughter at a corporate event.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Fab Web Site

I jst want to tell you of a great website for a shop based in the Cape. I love the circle Journals they have created at a class. Here is the address http://www.scrapbox.co.za/

go to the layouts page and you may just see these. Gorgeous aren't they! Must work out how these were done and have a go

Monday, 17 September 2007

Global Village

I never cease to be amazed at how the internet allows us to interact. Being born long before computers let alone the internet or windows etc. I still get amazed with technology. My brother in law David is busy digitizing his 35mm slides and he sent me pictures from them that we had never seen. This is a page made with a photo of my second daughter Sarah. Because she was second I hate to say we did not have a lot of photos of her - cost etc as we were really hard up with one salary only.

I can't believe how brown she is but it was a year of drought in England and it was so hot and sunny. She also has a predispostion for turning brown instead of burning like me.

Life has changed so much since those days when I remember sitting outside in the heat at 11h00 oclock at night with neighbours and a bottle of wine {a real treat}

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Postcards from the Edge

Isn't she cute?

I loved this new kit from http://www.snapandscrap.net/ called All-A-Twitter by B van Esch. It is stunning. so had to get a couple of pages done. To see more check out the gallery at snapandscrap

Friday, 14 September 2007

Pen Holder For My Desk

I needed a new pen holder for my desk at one of my companies and decided to do a bit of altered work. I started of with a Woolworths Chick Pea can. This was good because it is a ring pool and so inside the edges are not so sharp. I tried really hard to cut myslef but only managed a paper cut.

Empty it, wash out and remove the label. here it is together with some ribbons and card from My Minds Eye Bohemia range and this is Bluebird "Brothers" harlequin/brown.

Next cut a piece of card or paper to the correct hieght and using double sided tape attach it to the can

Now decorate as you please. I used ribbon at the top and bottom and a flowere secured together with a brad.

A simple quick idea and they sell them at some craft shops etc. for money.

I am now going to make a container for paper squares for telephone notes in the same card etc.

watch this space

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Herbs Are Great

How would we live without herbs? This is a challenge page I did for http://www.snapandscrap.net/

You can see all the other entries at the gallery on this site

Fantastic Shops on Line

If you are looking for great digital scrap booking things then you must go to the following sites

I love all these sites and they give great freebies. I am also on the creative team at snap and scrap and there is just so much happening with new designers coming on board. Go to the blog and get tutourials, recipes, challenges what more could you ask for. Check out the forums for the challenges and then also check the great talent we have worldwide with uploaded pages.

Here is a recent page done using all freebies from the above sites. It is great to remember such good times when we bring back the laughs we shared and the friends and family. We so often forget how important they are to us

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Welcome to this site

I am addicted to scrap booking and love digital scrapping, but do prefer the feel and touch of good old fashioned paper scrapping.

Here are some pictures of my grandson on holiday