Saturday 11 January 2014

CSI Challenge 105 - Books

Here is the challenge this week at CSI
The sketch is created by talented Em Stafrace
I was inspired by the mood board to write about books
and also to use a long sub-title
I chose to scrap some photos of our oldest Grandson from about two years ago
The navy and yellow papers are by Authentique
American Crafts "Amy Tangerine" created the grey alphas 
The lucky day badge is by October afternoon "Five and Dime" collection
 Some cute little wooden stars from Studio Calico
Little Peter Rabbit diving into the watering can came from a $2.00 shop
Add something odd or unusual (the watering can)

I used the inspiration word escape to kick start my Journalling.  It reads:-
You have always been a curious child, asking about 500 questions a day. At three you were intrigued by the little marks on pages, like full stops, commas and question marks; wanting to know what they meant. However, when you went to E.L.C. (Early Learning centre) you found it hard to ask questions and retreated into your shell for a while.  At home you were exuberant and playful and at ELC, quiet and watchful. One thing you did enjoy, was story time.  You were able to escape the noise of the classroom and ease into your happy place; your imaginary world. Now, at six, you can read fluently but you still love to be read to. Sometimes we take turns and read alternate  pages, both engrossed in what might happen next.  Reading is a daily escape and source of wonder for me and I’m so happy that books are a passion for you as well. You love to water our pot plants and we love watering your mind, by taking you to the library and having a house full of children’s books.  Love Granny,  Journalling,  Jan 2014



  1. A beautiful layout just reinforcing the bond between you and your grandies. Your love for them is so evident and if I can be half as good a granny I will be happy. You have set the bench mark high and I am so grateful to have someone to learn from. I have always been the first and sometimes it is hard to fly blind. Watching you with your family has taught me so much and for that I am eternally grateful. These are very lucky children to have you and your hubby as grandparents. xx

  2. Love the way you have interpreted the sketch...the journaling looks great down the side like that & I had that paper! Looks fabulous how you've used it here:):)

  3. Very beautiful page Helen. You are such a wonderful storyteller. I hope to learn that from you.

  4. This is just a beautiful layout Helen! Loved it from the second I saw it. You are such an inspiration!

  5. Oh wow so beautifully written! lovely page helen.

  6. Helen, you're such a talented storyteller AND designer! I love the muted tones on this page, so the big photo just pops up.
    I enjoyed reading your journaling. so good your DGS found his own place.

  7. Such a sweet and precious little page! Love the sweet photo and the super journalling! You have just reminded me that I have some Authentique papers in my stash, that I really must use!!! ;-)

  8. I enjoyed reading Val's comment almost as much as your loving words to your grandson! Really like the little Peter Rabbit, the smiley flairs/buttons, and the itty stars on the punched strip of hearts. Your GDS is such a sweet boy, just look at his face. I am sure he treasures the moments with you and when he grows up he will tell his future love about his most beloved memories, those of you and him. xoxox

  9. You are a master at solving these cases.... A brilliant take on the colours, inspiration, amazing journaling and design. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. Brilliant work. xx