Sunday, 2 March 2014


Today, I'm sharing a page which is a special project designed by Debbi Tehrani at CSI in collaboration with Archiscraps. It inspired me to scrap a photo from our visit to France.
If you'd like to join in, you have the whole month of March to do so.
The DT have created a wide range of pages to wet your appetite.
Why not hop over and have a look?
I used an Authentic paper "foundations" as the background 
The bright yellow underneath is Crate Paper, Happy Day
The stripey pieces are very old Basic Grey, Aged and confused, "Phinicky"
I use a Memory Box to die to create the tree
The Crafter's workshop and gesso to create a stained glass window effect
Architectural element is something I've had for ages.  E.K Success
Another architectural element.  Tim Holtz, Pediment 
Stipes (patterned paper)
Decorative border
Architectural accents (Pediment, Eiffel tower, gold accent)

Document something about architecture - Journalling is on the back and it reads:-

It was a happy accident when we stumbled across this exquisite Chapel, tucked away in the heart of the Palais de la Cité on the Ile de la Cité in Paris.

The Sainte Chapelle, is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic architecture built by King Louis IX, (later Saint Louis.)  Unlike a lot of dark and gloomy Gothic buildings, its unique stained glass windows and brightly painted ceiling, render the air iridescent with light and colour.  

We marveled at the intricate details and the craftsmanship from the 13th century.  How could such splendid results be achieved without computer drawings, modern tools and machinery?   After a busy day sight seeing, this unexpected find was a welcome respite from the heat and noise of the city. 22 June 2004



  1. I couldn't find a better photo for this challenge. This church is really a masterpiece, like you said. I had the pleasure of hearing a concert there at twilight, and the combination of classical music with the sun rays bursting through the stained glass, was a pure delight.
    Your beautiful design does justice to the photo, and the delicate elements draw the eyes to the magnificent photo, not competing with it, rather complete it.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  2. gorgeous photo and wonderful work with the stencil and gesso, looks like stain glass effect,,,,, yes Paris!!!...hoping to visit there one day soon.....great photo too , have a great week :)

  3. This was one place that was on my 'list'...& we LOVED it....I am sooo jealous of Libeeti...I wanted to do a twilight concert - can you imagine how EXQUISITE that would be? Unfortunately, the timing didn't work....aaah...this brings back SUCH the way you've scrapped it - that blue is SOOO medieval....the bright colours they decorated back then were just amazing:):) Sorry - waxing lyrical!!!

  4. Love that blue back ground, stunning photo, what wonderful memories for you!

  5. Super page Helen...that photo is just amazing! Love the punching and stamping, just rounds off the page so beautifully! The diecuts are are lovely too....I have been eyeing that architectural one for a while's a beaut!

  6. Wow this is the perfect photo for the challenge and you have scrapped it perfectly. We did not see this whilst we were there :( Must make sure I do if we ever go back and yes I am jealous of li-bee-ti as well, I can imagine a concert would be pure magic

  7. Oh wow Helen! the masking really does look like a rosette window! must have been absolutely divine to visit the chapel. What a magnificent photo! A twilight concert? goodness that would be the experience of a lifetime! xox

  8. What a beautiful layout! I, too, love the stained glass window effect and also how the vivid coloured photo pops out of the more subtle background.

    And I want to say thanks for your kind comment on my layout for this month’s Scrap Africa challenge!

  9. This is such a cool layout Helen I guess I am now adding this to my list of to must sees when I am in Paris next. I love that photo ... it looks beautiful. I am still trying to catch up with this challenge but I love how you tackled it. The gesso works a treat and how wonderful to be able to use old papers... ;) and I absolutely felt the peace and calm of finding this place after a day of pounding pavements. Fab work as always. I love how you manage to do the mm stuff and still maintain your CAS style.. you are genius. :D xox

  10. this looks amazing Helen....Love the photo and the touch of gesso/stencil work.... Gorgeous work!! x

  11. Very beautiful. Your pared down designs are so eye catching...