Thursday, May 31, 2012

Down Memory Lane

Over at Inspiration Avenue the challenge this week is School's Out!  Here in South Africa it is soon our winter school holiday which is a month long.  So school will be out for us as well.

The one thing that school taught me is that when I organise the practicalities of my life, it frees me up to do the things that I love, such as writing and painting, to name a few.  So for Lou Anne's challenge I made a daily organiser, a  filofax type diary and notebook.  I love nostalgic and retro themed papers and items.  When I was in Sub A and Sub B (that was the old schooling system here - now it is Grade One and Two) we had Sus en Daan readers.

I took a hardboard filofax folder, painted it, sandpapered, applied some gel medium and decoupaged the covers.

Then I created dividers.  Some were bought and pre-cut and punched to fit;  others I created as I went along.

Some days I feel quite daunted by the overwhelming practicalities of living a modern life :  it is lifting to school, after school activities, food shopping, making lists upon lists of things 'to do' and then still finding time for my Soul and Spirit and all the creativity!!

So early on I decided on this motto :  Create your own sense of self let that your be your measure!  Look at the sweet mathematical instruments I used here!  I love this as I was never any good at maths!

Food shopping!

School notes

and some tongue in cheek pages

Now if I could only put some batteries into the organiser and send her on her way to take care of the details!!

Pay a visit to Inspiration Avenue and see our weekly fun challenge - it helps to keep things in perspective!



  1. Awesome organizer, full of whimsy, nostalgia, and with a dash of the practical... Very fun!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  2. This looks terrific! I admire you for your creativity! Truly a one-of-a-kind Filofax!!

  3. "Create your own sense of self and let that be your measure." This is the best thing I've heard in a long time. I love that and your project is so awesome!

  4. This is so sweet. Really charming.

  5. Ohhh I want to touch and feel your book and flip through all the wonderful pages you have created! Such a great idea and so full of fabulous thought and creativity! Oh, if I could just keep up with my lists!! :)

    Enjoy your holiday my friend!!


  6. "Create your own sense of self and let that be your measure." I need to write this in all my journals and books! I love all of your pages, and could look at them for hours getting lost in those worlds. I think the girls from the Sus en Dan readers were my favorite, but they are all beautiful!


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