Saturday, 3 August 2013

CSI Challenge 83 - Journey

I still like these older papers which have been in my stash for about five years. The airline tag was from when Ansett were still flying.  The aerogram envelope is from my friend Chris. 
The stamps are by Kaisercraft as are the travel tickets and the old camera.
I kept the page simple and linear as I had a fair bit to say about this "fork in the road" in my life.
A fair bit to say!!! I know that's a shock for you!

Stripes - on the background paper
Labels - Old airline luggage label
Travel accent - tiny suitcase on photo
Stamps - at bottom
Tags - three on right
Ledger paper - background

I chose to tell the story of a journey, both literal and figerative

My dream of going to Africa had come true and we were enjoying high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel.  From the verandah we could see across the lawn to the Zambezi river bridge, where some tourists were bungy jumping. 

As we stood in the spray of Victoria Falls, thundering all around, we marvelled at their majesty and tried in vain to capture their beauty.

The Okavango Delta was next on our journey where we experienced the joy of skimming across the water in a mokoro; a light skiff which is propelled by a pole.  The bird life was amazing and we spotted hippos and elephants.

Old stone town in mysterious Zanzibar provided an opportunity to see spices growing and Dhows being hand crafted.

We took a safari tour in tents, spending 10 days under canvas in the Masai Mara. We were so lucky to see the migration of the wildebeest as they crossed the Mara River in their thousands. The sunrises and sunsets were breathtaking and the golden light across the veldt was perfect for the photography and for my soul.

Reluctantly we boarded the plane for home and instantly my gut started churning.  I’d left a demanding job to take long service leave and the thought of returning to it was nauseating.

As we decended into Adelaide, I decided that I would resign and take my chances on future employment. 

I had not realized how stressed I was, until I relaxed in the peace and beauty of Africa and I’m forever grateful to her for showing me that there are things much more important permanent employment.

Pheww......well done, if you managed to survive this looong post. 
Bazzil cardstock - Navy
Making Memories - paper Passport collection “Ledger teal”
My Min’d Eye - “Sisters” (red spotted mat)
Scrap FX chipboard - title and case
Kaisercraft Collectables - “Pack your bags” collection (tags)
Kaisercraft - Collectables - “Pickled Pear” (camera)
Kaisercraft clear stamp - Pack your bags collection
Atelier - Gesso
Fiskars punch - Uppercrest
Ranger Paint dabber - Sandal
Envelope - unknown RAK from friend
Colorbox chalk ink - Dark Brown



  1. love love love this Helen. you have such a way with words and expression .... a wonderful treasure x

  2. great journalling and story..... you always have the most interesting stories... fab page too :)

  3. You do indeedy have a way with words:) I always get a giggle out of the comments you leave me.....the washi isn't QUITE swinging from my roof yet, but not far off it & I reckon I have a badge tree, cos they just keep GROWING!!!! Anyway, I LOVE this....the journaling really features beautifully.....these colours sort of 'scream' travel, don't they? That Ansett tag is a blast from the past, too....everything comes in handy sooner or later, eh?:):):)

  4. A beautiful layout and a truly wonderful story. I think travelling with you would be a real eye opener. You are one of a kind :D An amazing page.

  5. Hey Helen...hope Father Christmas is GOOD to you this year, then!!! That photo of Lucas in the Chrissy hat is just fussy cut.....I don't have PS...I'm presuming that's Photo Shop...I'd LOOOVE to..keep looking, but haven't got enough Justification Stored Up to go ahead quite yet LOL....I think that's what PS is????:):):) Happy Sunday:):):)

  6. Stunning page Helen and loooove your certainly warms my heart! I am such a lover of Africa and even though it has it's problems, it certainly is an amazing place! I'm not sure if I missed it, but when was your trip? xx

  7. Hi Helen, your journalling always moves me, thank you for sharing your amazing travel journey. I'm also going through the "will I/won't I leave current employment" dilemma. In my case my employment leaves me brain dead from boredom. When one gets to a certain age one has learnt a thing or two about the important things in life and if we are not enjoying what we are doing then what's the point? You've created another truly amazing page Helen xx

  8. Wow. What an incredible journey! Your detailed journaling brought your trip to life for me. Love that Making Memories paper--so perfect for this Case File, and how cool that you had that airline tag. Just love this!

  9. What a fantastic page Helen. I love what you've written - it's important to record these big turning points in our lives. I also adore the page - the original air mail envelope and Ansett ticket are fabulous touches!

  10. Terrific page Helen! What a great way to remember those special moments!

  11. You have such a way with words! Wonderful!

  12. What else can I say that hasn't already been said so beautifully. You ARE a true storey teller Helen, always fabulous reading and elegant work. Love all your pages! xoxo

  13. This is amazing, and I agree fully with Eila ... a story-teller for sure, which is so important. I am just in love with your layout, the detail you enclosed. Smiled at the Ansett ticket - my Mum used to work for Ansett.

  14. You always tell the story so well with your amazing journaling skills. Loved reading this. Such a Fantastic page and memory you have captured here Helen....LOve it all. Inspired by you, and by doing the CSI challenges, I am now trying to do a bit more journaling on my pages... (sadly I have so many with only a title and a date). Thanks for the inspiration. xx