Saturday, August 9, 2008

Our Shangri-la

Skulls are very much the “in thing” at the moment. From kids to adult clothing, homeware and yes – even scrapbooking - there are skulls everywhere you look! For us (Leon and I) skulls have a bit of a deeper meaning than just a fashion fad. We found our little piece of heaven on earth – our Shangri-la – at the Skeleton Coast of Namibia.

Leon has been going there on fishing trips for over 20 years now and he is so much in love with that place! His entire being changes when he talks about it. I couldn’t really understand what he was going on about until he took me there for the first time. It’s something you have to experience for yourself – no word (in my limited English vocabulary at least) can describe the beauty of the desert and the ocean there!! We would love to retire there one day.

This is my layout that I made with this set:
I made this friendly skully set with our Shangri-la in mind. Hope you will be able to use it too. The set consists of:
2 x plain cardstock with inked edges (black and white)
2 x patterned paper with a skully design
2 x skully charms (with and without ring)
1 x skully lace paper
1 x torn and distressed cardboard skully
1 x plain skully
1 x brown paper skully
1 x distressed skully strip
1 x journaling block
3 x plastic embellies to cheer up your skully page (crown, heart, flower)

This is what it looks like from up close: If you like it, you can download the set here: (link expired)
Be sure to visit my blog because in a day or two I will a matching alphabet ready for you – similar to the one in my layout but each letter will be separate.



dljack75 said...

This is super awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!
-Danica : )

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 10 Aug [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm] ).

nachtstern said...


I have a friend who is in love with skulls and I will finally be able to scrap the pics of her ;)

voodoo vixen said...

Love your skulls Mich - they are brilliant... now... if only I could figure out digi stuff and print it and use it!! ;)

Nora said...

How fun!!! I just had the mother of a teen girl asking about skulls & roses - this just might do the trick! TYVM for sharing your talents!

KJ-Starre said...

Mich the skulls are so cute! My boy is pirate mad...which includes the Jolly Roger......I can feel another digi L.O coming on. Thanks for being so sweet & generous *Hug*
P.S I didn't realize you were so good technically with PS...which version are you using? I am using PS7...old I know but CS/2/3 are just too expensive to buy. I am thinking of trying's open source. Have you tried it yet?

~*{ Michelle }*~ said...

I'm using PS CS2 Version 9. I bought it a couple of years ago and I'm so in love with it. I've considered upgrading to CS3 and the ultimate for me will be the Master Collection which includes Adbobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional and more but that would be a total overkill for me - like buying a huge crane just to pick up milk from the store around the corner! :) There are still so much I have to learn about PS - it will probably keep me busy for the rest of my life! Maybe one day! ;)

Lylú said...

This is soooo cute!! Thanks very much for sharing!!

rae_j said...

wow - this is so clever ! Thanks heaps !!!!!!!!