Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Created by Sweet M using the Handmade Holiday collection from Echo Park, this layout is perfectly merry for your Christmas memories.  You’ll find joy in creating the fun banner and Christmas tree and then put your sewing skills to use when you add some pizzazz with fabulous stitches.

Here Nutty M used the beautiful Gentler Times papers from Paper Loft to create this Heritage inspired layout, however this should not limit you as any pictures would be perfect for this layout and you have a choice of titles to use.  You will have endless fun putting together your clocks, envelopes and flowers – but don’t worry, you don’t have to make these flowers, they are all ready for you to add to your layout.

All kits can be ordered by contacting Nutty at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za and remember, these 2 kits are a package deal at a mere R290-00 for both double layouts. (excluding delivery and bulk kit ordering).


Created by Nutty M.. this layout uses the fantastic new range of papers by SCRAP COLLECTIONS called Hippie Dreams.. you will be the first ladies to be playing with this range as it is really new to the shops.  
Very girly with Candi Dots and heats, you are sure to find the perfect photos to suit this layout.
There seems to be a very new image status lately with men.. that they have a "man cave".. LOL.. I know my hubby sure has one.. his little spot where he listens to music and relaxes.. This layout is dedicated to our men and their special "space".  If you dont' have suitable photos, no worries.. just use a different title.  Layout can be adjusted as to your photos.    Layout is created using Paper Loft's FUNKYSAURUS range of papers.. these are too adorable.  
I have also thrown in a card idea to make with the scraps. 

All kits can be ordered by containing Mitch at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za 
R290-00 for both double layouts. (excluding delivery)

Thursday, September 27, 2012


As mentioned last month, our HALLOWEEN kit has been designed and if you plan to have a Halloween Party this year (or have tons of photos from Halloween past), then this kit is definitely for you !  

As we know that not everyone celebrates Halloween, we have only packed limited kits.  So if you are interested in adding this kit to your monthly order, please let Nutty M know ASAP as orders on a pre-booked/paid basis only.  Price is only R 150-00 for this double page kit.  Using My Minds Eye LOST AND FOUND HALLOWEEEN collection, the layout is full of glitter and fun !

To order, email Mitch at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za soonest as kits are limited !


This layout has been created by our Guest Designer Elanie Maree.  Elanie is a dedicated scrapper who’s work is fantastic.   Using Fancy Pants – Wave Searcher range of papers, this layout is perfect for your beach / holiday photos.   It has space for 10 photos and in the bright yellows and reds, it is a fun and definite holiday layout to add to your collection.

We just fell in love with this range of papers by Graphic 45 (Old Curiosity Shop), and had to create a layout that would showcase it perfectly.  Create a little shop and include any photos that show the wonder of curiosity, the possibilities are endless.   We know you are going to love this layout.

To order these kits for only R290 for both kits, contact Mitch at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za.


Let the Adventure begin with Bo Bunny's new range of papers - Camp-a-lot.
Hopefully you have an awesome distresser because this layout is calling for lots of distressing to give it a well worn and outdoorsy feel. 
There are other cut-out's available if this Title doesn't suit you, but you will still have lots of fun with flags, banners and creating a fun tree of leaves.

This fantastic new range from Echo Park (This and That Charming collection)  is just perfect for that “amazing man” in your life.   Whether it be your hubby, partner or your child.. this paper is sure to work well ! 
Lots of banners create a fun layout that you are sure to enjoy.

To order: complete the order form and email back to info@thevillagescrapper.co.za
R 290 for both kits (excl. P&P)

Thursday, August 9, 2012



Echo Park recently officially announced the launch of its new Sister Company.. called CARTA BELLA.  
The very first Carta Bella collection to be introduced is called Beautiful Moments and was designed by Carina Gardner.
So, in our pledge to bring you the latest papers and products we can find, we herewith bring you this month’s first  layout using this fantastic new range of papers.  
This layout is simply called Happy as it makes us so happy to share it with you !
With a mix of burgundy, creams, pinks and browns and suitable for any photo's capturing the things or people that make you happy, it has lots of room for photo's including pockets to either add some more pictures or hide some journaling.


Who of us do not LOVE Basic Grey?
I remember a few years back when BASIC GREY was all the rage.. however with all the new wonderful lines popping up they seems to have taken a bit of a back seat in the industry.  
However.. when I saw this new range by BASIC GREY called Whats Up.. I just couldn’t resist buying it and designing a page with it.  
The hot air balloons are fantastic and I hope that you enjoy this layout as much as I did in creating it.  
In my normal style, there is a lot of cutting out to get the finished effect, (sorry girls)  but I am sure you will all agree it is so worth it !  
The title is self explanatory and can be used for a wide range of photos.  The colors also work well for both boy or girl photos.

Kits are R290 for both layouts (excl. postage) and can be ordered by emailing Mitch at info@thevillagescrapper.com soonest to book and confirm your kits.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


MARIE ERASMUS is one of our very loyal customers and has been purchasing our kits for ever.. she kindly forwarded me some of her completed layouts.. I just love how they came out..

Check these awesome layouts for yourself:

... and this past weekend, I (sweet M) also finally got a chance to scrap at a Retreat and managed to finish one of Nutty M's layouts.. really love how this came out..

Photos of my son and his best friends taken a month before we moved to Australia.. he almost cried when I showed him the page.. shame.. he misses them lots.

Thanks for looking and thank you MARIE for sharing !

Please send us your completed pages.. we would love to show them to everyone !

Hugs, Mich

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Our Weekend Retreat is only a few weeks away and the ladies are so excited and eager to get scrapping. 

Here is a sneak peek of the projects for the weekend:

We have had such a huge demand for the Scrap-a-holic Retreat kits, which were sold out, that we have decided to pack a few more of these kits.  If you are wanting this full set of kits, at the mere cost of R700, excluding delivery, please contact Nutty M asap.  Unless otherwise arranged, full payment is required by 13th July as we will not be ordering the extra product for the kits unless they are paid for.


Hope you are all snuggled up and scrapping up a storm.  

We have decided to mix up the pot with a bit of South African paper for a change.. I just love Scrap Collections and have used them on my layout.  RM Designs is also a part of Scrap Collections and they have kindly cut out all our chipboard for my layout (saving you some work with the templates.. I hand cut all mine as I didn’t have the luxury of having Lorna’s diecuts nearby.. LOL). 

Nutty M used the awesome range by Bo Bunny "weekend market" on her layout. This layout has space for so many photos and an extra book too to add extra photos if you have.. Wow..

Ribbons and bobbins and thread… oh my…
You have such a treat in store for you.. I think this is one of my favorite layouts that I have created in a long time..
I just love it and hope you do too. 
This is perfect for any close friend or family photos.

This fantastic new range of papers by Bo Bunny is so beautiful and can be used for a variety of photos
It includes a booklet where you can add more photos or journaling.

You can contact Mitch at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za to place your order TODAY
Remember for only R290/month, you get both Double Layouts.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


May saw us celebrate all that was pretty, delicate and feminine.. this month however, we have decided to switch our focus to more masculine, grungy, outdoorsy kind of layouts…

We hope you enjoy what we have created for you.

A lovely boys layout using a mix of blues, greens and cream papers from the Authentique - Loyal collection. You'll also make a lovely big flap to add some more photo's to, or your journaling.
NOTE:  NOT LIMITED TO BOYS: Although in boy colors, this layout can be adapted to suit other photos by simply changing the title with the lettering provided.

Using the fantastic grungy range by REMINISCE.  This layout is perfect for any of your outdoorsy or adventurous photos that you might have taken. 
It is also a very technique based layout, showing you how to create easy to use Chevrons.  

R 290-00 for both double layouts.
E-mail Mitch on info@thevillagescrapper.co.za to place your order.  
Limited stocks so order early.


Hi ladies,  we are now in the middle of winter and I am sure you are all cozy and snuggled up with your heaters, old brown sherry and a couple of our Scrapbooking Kits to keep you warm and snug.. LOL

While you are getting cozy, we have been very busy this month and we were so well organised that 99% of the June kits were packed during the 2nd week of May - but low and behold, we had to order black brads from the States (could not find ANY in SA) for one of the kits …and what happens?  The good old SA Post Office decides to mess us around and go on STRIKE!  So we are really sorry, but ONCE AGAIN we have no idea when these darn things are going to arrive so we can finish packing your kits.  We are hoping desperately that the strike ends soon and that we can get your kits out asap.  Please note that we are NOT trying to mess you around and that this is really beyond our control. 

We had to bring in extra paper to pack the TIME kit created in April 2011, however we still  have enough paper to put together another 19 kits!  If you were not lucky enough to get your hands on one of these fabulous kits, now is the TIME (lol).. 
Please contact Mitch at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za SOONEST to order yours. 
Payment would be required immediately to confirm your kit.

Well here is to a warm, snug and happy Scrapping June!

We hope you enjoy the kits we have created for you this month and the new techniques we are teaching you.

Hugs, Sweet M and Nutty M


As you know, May is the month we celebrate out wonderful Mothers.  We have decided to incorporate this theme into our May kit this month.  Remember that the title can be amended to suit your photos.. it can also be of your mom, you as a mom, or even of you as a mom of your “furbies”.. they are after all our children too.

Also don’t forget that May is National Scrapbooking Month as well.  Hop over to the various blogs and Scrapbooking sites doing challenges and get some layouts done, whilst hopefully winning a prize or two too.  

The May kits are ready for distribution, so if you haven't booked your kits or made payment, do so and we'll get them off to you.

This layout is titled Unforgettable and is a beautiful blend of red, black and cream.
You can use this layout for any Unforgettable memories you have.
With this layout, you will use the fabulous new Liquid Pearls and learn how to create your own pearls on your layouts.

Using Kasiercraft’s new range of Papers, this layout is in soft tones of blues, greens and peach.
Perfect for documenting those special moments with your loved one.

BONUS:  If you need some inspiration for Mothers Day,

Remember that we love to see your finished pages, so please don’t forget to either email me on nevillevanwyk02@bigpond.com  or Nutty M on info@thevillagescrapper.co.za with your amazing creations so I can load them onto the blog and facebook (or load them yourself on our facebook page) and show everyone how very creative you are.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


If you would still like to join us, please confirm with Nutty M immediately.  Spaces are going fast and are confirmed on Deposits.

Retreat is limited to 25 ladies, so the first 25 deposits received will confirm your place.

If you cannot attend the retreat, there will be kits available, HOWEVER, these are being packed on a pre-paid basis, payable by the 8th of July 2012.  

So ladies.. book the date in your calendar and contact Nutty M at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za.  See more details below.


This fun and cute Easter layout can be adapted and changed to a girly layout or any floral layout.
Just take off the bunny and change the title..
You will learn to make the most amazing ribbon flowers on this layout.
What’s a girl not to love?

I must admit that I am a bit addicted to Simple Stories paper ranges these days, but they are so beautiful and so easy to work with. 
This month’s layout is created to celebrate life in general and you will be stitching up a storm on this layout

Kindly contact Nutty M at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za to order your kits today.  

Normal monthly rate of R290 + postage will apply for above kits.

Friday, March 2, 2012



March Kits : It would seem that 2012 is going to be known as the year of delays!  Our shipment with the products for the March kit is being held up at SA Customs for the last 10 days and at this stage there is no end in sight!  We are really unsure of when the government will finally release this shipment and we will be able to finish packing your kits for March. 

So, please bear with us, as soon as we have the products, believe me your kits will be on their way.

School Kits : When Sweet M designed the beautiful School Kit for us, she got the papers from the NEW section of her local scrapbook shop.  However, now that Nutty M has gone to purchase the papers from our USA supplier, we discovered that it is an old range that has been discontinued!  Can you believe it (Australia is really backwards, hey! lol)? 

So we are short of one of the papers needed for the kits but Sweet M and Nutty M are cruising ALL the online Scrapbook sites and slowly gathering whatever papers we can find for the kit.  This has resulted in a bit of a delay on the School kits. 


Time to get down and grungy.. this layout is so fun! 
In shades of yellow and blue, this layout is perfect for any photos you might have. 
Think Denims, sunny days, the beach, families, Most photos will work for these colors.
Including some funky wooden flowers, you are sure to love this kit.

You will have a set of letters in your kits to create your own title as well.

Using Paper Loft, this layout is sure to transport you back to a time of elegance and old style classics. 
In shades of Browns, greens and light yellows, you will create flowers out of zippers, learn how to create 3D Journal Books on your layout and more. 
If you don’t have heritage photos, this will work just as well with photos of you or your own children / family as kids. 
Time after all is endless.  We can go back as far or as little as we wish.

Normal monthly rate of R290 + postage will apply for above kits.


As we know a lot of you do NOT have school kids or school photos to scrap, we have not included a School layout in our Monthly kits this year.. HOWEVER, we also know that a lot of you DO have school kids and school photos.. so... bearing this in mind.. Sweet M has decided to create an extra double page layout just for you school mommies out there.. 

This layout is on order only and we will only be packing a small amount.. so if you would like to order, please remember to do so by contacting Michele (aka Nutty M) at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za as soon as possible to secure yours. 

Price for the double page layout is R160-00 excluding delivery, but you can save on this if we deliver this kit with your March order. 
Kits will be distributed from March

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Ok ladies… You have all been asking for it.. here we go.. (drum roll please…)

Dates have been confirmed for our Annual Scrapbooking Retreat…These are from Thursday the 9th August (evening start, arrive any time after lunch) and depart on Sunday 12th August before lunch.  This means you will have 3 nights and 2 ½+ days of scrapping, cropping and enjoying “time out” to feed your addiction.


Olifants River Lodge is situated between Middelburg and Witbank on the banks of the Great Olifants River, one and a half hours' drive from Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport and less than two hours' drive from Nelspruit and Kruger National Park.

A stretch of secondary road over a koppie, descending into the valley below, gives you a glimpse of the breathtaking location of the Lodge. Set in the heart of Mpumalanga - S.A's cultural homeland - The Olifants River Lodge illustrates our rich heritage in terms of our beautiful landscapes.


R 2 750-00 per person for the weekend.
This will include Sharing Accommodation, Food and ALL your projects for the weekend.  (4 doubles and 2 singles)  NOTE:  It does not include drinks or extras.

Non refundable deposit of R500 to confirm your place.  Can be paid off in Instalments with FINAL payment by 8 July 2012.

Retreat is limited to 25 ladies, so the first 25 deposits received will confirm your place.

If you cannot attend the retreat, there will be kits available, HOWEVER, these are being packed on a pre-paid basis, payable by the 8th of July 2012.  

So ladies.. book the date in your calendar and contact Nutty M at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za to book your spot on this fun filled weekend.


This is a special post for all the ladies who attended Camp Crop last year. 

I used this weeks sketch from Let's Scrap ... 

I have had these photos since last March when I taught at my last Scrapbooking Retreat.. was the weekend I found out that I was moving to Australia.. bittersweet memories.. was a fun Retreat though..

As you can see, I amended the sketch a bit to fit all my photos in. 

Papers used:  
Kaisercraft Flutterby collection and an old sheet of Basic Grey. All butterflies cut from paper.

Close up left and right pages:

I also used Pink Dimensional Glaze and made my own half pearls which I adhered to my butterflies and journalling tag.  

The title was precut for our Retreat and I covered it in Dimensional Glaze as well...

Close ups of the booklet and other elements used on the layout:

I pleated my ribbon to add some dimension to the layout:

Just some inspiration for you ladies, if you haven't scrapped the weekend yet.. hope you get scrapping..

Thanks for looking and missing you all tons.. 

Hugs, Sweet M

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Are you ready for a month of love?  The most special kinds.. that of your special someone and that of your family.

Well, this month we have just that for you.

Layout 1:  A night to Remember
Using Bo Bunny new Enchanted range of papers, this layout will teach you how to create Doily flowers and is an elegant layout suitable for any love, wedding, engagement or special evening photos you might have with your loved one

Layout 2:  Family
Using the newest range from Paper Loft, this layout also includes a Waterfall Booklet for you to include a ton more photos to your layout or journalling !
BONUS:  We have included instructions on how to make a Tri-Fold Card using your scraps from your Enchanted papers..

Hope you enjoy the kits this month as much as we have enjoyed making them for you !

Remember to contact Nutty M at info@thevillagescrapper.co.za to book your kits TODAY!

Happy Scrapping

Nutty M and Sweet M

Friday, January 6, 2012


●●●● NEWSLETTER ●●●●


Hoping you all had a fabulous Christmas and managed to find some time to catch up on some of your outstanding layouts (lol).   Also wishing you the very best for 2012 and hope you ring in the New Year this weekend in true style. 

If you haven't received your December kits  yet(but booked them), please get hold of Nutty M on info@thevillagescrapper.co.za as we still have a LOT of kits and a few ladies are anxiously waiting to hear if there are any cancellations so they can grab a set of kits, as these were quickly sold out.  (remember December included 2 bonus projects)….


Yes, you read right… if you book your kits for the full year (2012) and make full payment by end February 2012 and you will only pay for 11 kits, the 12th kit will be FREE!  For MAHALA…  Now isn’t that awesome !   You get to scrap on us.. and save money in the process.
And REMEMBER… there will be NO price increase for 2012, you will still get your kits, and extra's, for the same amazing price as in 2011! 

Time to see what we have in store for you for January… we are going super floral with 2 brand new ranges from Creative Studios and Echo Park..

Are you taking hundreds of photos of you and your closed buddies but never know how to scrap them?  Well then, this layout is JUST FOR YOU ! 
Using CREATIVE STUDIOS, TA-DA RANGE of bright floral papers you will create this lovely layout celebrating you and your BFF’s. This layout is brimming with flowers and you will learn to make 3 different types of flowers that you can use again and again on other layouts - so simple

Using ECHO PARK'S NEW TIMES & SEASONS range of papers.. this layout is to be created in advance for 2012... as a year in Review.. or you can make it about 2011... or 2010.. up to you..  Incorporating tiny pockets for lots of photos and journalling, and showing you how to make your own flowers as well , this layout is a fun way to celebrate the year either past or the year to come. 

We tried to be super organised and get all our products before the shops closed in December but unfortunately there are still a few items we need to finish packing the kits.  There will however still be a handful of kits ready to send out early next week, which will obviously be sent to the ladies who have already made payment and then as soon as we have the remainder of kits ready, we will let you all know.

Don't forget that if you haven't booked your January Kits, you may miss out on these awesome layouts (plus some extra surprises). Contact me on the email address above to get your booking form (for 2012), if you haven't booked already.

Remember that we love to see your finished pages, so please don’t forget to either email me on nevillevanwyk02@bigpond.com  or Nutty M on info@thevillagescrapper.co.za with your amazing creations so I can load them onto the blog and facebook (or load them yourself on our facebook page) and show everyone how very creative you are.

Also, we create kits based on feedback from you.. so if there is anything you would really like to see in our kits (a special technique, a particular theme), please let us know so that we can incorporate it into the layouts. 

Big hugs and Happy Scrapping

Sweet M and Nutty M