Saturday, 2 August 2014

Love this girl - CSI 133

Before joining the team at CSI, I would have had great difficulty 
combining these bright pink and orange colours.
But, having been dragged, kicking and screaming from 
my go to, Blues and Greens, I'm delighted with the result.
CSI certainly encourages me to step outside my comfort zone.
Would you like to try to write more journalling?
Have a look at the testimony prompts,
there is always something which sparks my imagination.
To see what the DT and the Guest Designers have created.
I thought the Kaisercraft collection Happy Snaps
 was just right for the required colours.
The grey spotted paper is My mind's Eye, Lost & Found, "Ruby", medallion
The beautiful star (her name means Star), is from Scrapmatts
Love the stitched circle stamp by Prima, sent all the way from
South Africa by my friend Val Thorpe
Do yourself a favour and have a look at her work, 
she is a very talented scrapper.
The little orange star is from Freckled Fawn.
The flair is from Studio fourteen40
and the little metal camera from Scrapmatts
The "Love this" arrow is from Scrapmatts
Washi tape is from Craft Queen

Polka dots
Flair pin
Tie something - the camera

I chose to write a how to list.  The journalling is on the back of the page.

Darling Grand daughter,
It's easy for me to write a list about how to be happy, because I've lived a long time and made plenty of mistakes along the way.   Also, I'm sure you'll want to be allowed the luxury of making your own mistakes and that's just as it should be.   But I wouldn't be doing my Granny's job properly, if I neglected to share a few things I've learned.  So what would my tips for a happy life be?

Be grateful - for a loving family, a warm bed, good food and a life of freedom.
Make friends - it's wonderful to have good mates to play with and talk to.
Be kind - when you are kind, it encourages others to be kind too.
Try your best - not matter what you're doing, do it with all your heart, so that you can be proud of your efforts.  And know that your best is good enough.
Play outside every day - feel the sun on your face and watch the trees blowing in the breeze.
Say sorry - when you've hurt or upset someone - it really does make them and you feel better.
Always believe that you are lovable, even if you make mistakes - especially if you make mistakes.
Know in the deepest heart of you, that you can tell your parents anything - they are unshockable.
When you grow up - Work at what makes you happy, there's no point earning a lot of money doing something that makes you feel miserable.
Keep smiling that million megawatt smile - it will brighten the day of those around you.

Love Granny - 12th May 2014



  1. you rocked this case file helen ... soooooooooooooo beautiful and what a darling grandie you have x

  2. Oh Helen this is just Gorgeous...starting with that million megawatt smile on your darling little GD.....the colours look fabulous, love the design and all the perfectly placed little accessories... your tips for a happy life are so beautifully written.
    I love stopping by your blog , there is always something amazing to see. Thanks for sharing! xx

  3. This is completely stunning & what a magnificent photo!!

  4. Gorgeous page with beautiful little embellishments. Your journaling touches my heart...words of wisdom we can all live by xxx

  5. Such a striking and gorgeous page....with the beautiful, bright colours against the sweet black and white photo! Love the clean design with your stamping and splatters!

  6. Wonderful words of wisdom for a happy life :) You are an amazing Granny and I am so happy I have someone to be my mentor. Thank you for the shout out I love my Prima stamps too... :) I agree with what you say about CSI. It does push you out of your comfort zone and that is what makes us grow. I am ready to play again and working on my layouts. Esther has grown into a beautiful little girl with more than a hint of mischief in her eyes. Sweet smile which begs forgiveness too. I love this colour scheme and your whole layout comes together in perfect harmony, and I have come to the conclusion that while I really love the look of MM layouts I really am a CAS style scrapper and that is what makes me happy. You are such an inspiration Helen and not only as a scrapper. <3 this layout.

  7. Fantastic layout Helen! Adorable photo of your grand child! Love how you used the photo strip and the ink splattered background looks fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!