Thursday 16 January 2014

True Story

This is my first project as DT member at Scrap Africa
The prompt was to use something recycled on the layout
There are some innovative examples of recycling by the DT, why not come and have a look?
I had received a lovely bracelet made from recycled items, so it was a good place to start
I used an older range of Authentique Christmas papers
The background is "Foundations"
The strips are from "Surprise"
The music strip is from "Awe"
The ancient alphas are from a dollar shop

My recycled objects are the typewriter tag, from some stationery I bought, the ribbon bow, from a Christmas gift and the stars, which I cut and inked from a Christmas Bon Bon.  The photo shows a bracelet which is made from old typewriter keys and I photographed it on a table cloth made by my Mother when she was a young girl.   
That's not exactly recycling I know, but the cloth was happy to have a day out of the cupboard, as my Mother was the Queen of recycling long before it's latest revival. The journalling is tucked behind the photo and it reads:-

A few weeks before Christmas, we flew interstate to visit our youngest son and his partner.  One balmy afternoon, we wandered through a local craft market admiring the hand made jewellery.  Sarah and I stopped to admire some bracelets fashioned from old typewriter keys and I explained that I’d learned to type on an old “Underwood” typewriter with very similar keys.  We strolled on and when she was engrossed in something else, I ducked back and bought the bracelet for her Christmas gift.  On Christmas day, imagine my surprise to open my gift from her, which revealed a bracelet of typewriter keys from the same stall.  She had asked our Son to distract me, while she whizzed back and  bought one for me as well. Neither of us was aware of what the other one was doing. Needless to say, we both love our bracelets.  December 25th 2013



  1. Looooove your page Helen and such a super little story to go with it! Sarah and you were obviously on the same energy wavelength and the bracelet is gorgeous! Love the stars and paper very pretty! I am super thrilled that you are part of the team at Scrap Africa! xx

  2. wonderful minds think alike..... lovely story and wonderful page :)

  3. Beautiful page Helen. What a sweet obviously have a lot in common and of course great minds...and all that ;-)

  4. Wow, what a beautiful layout Helen! I love the 'story' behind the paper, bracelet, etc. LOVE this layout!

  5. What a gorgeous layout and wonderful story Helen! I love that you have used so many different recycled materials on you layout. :)

  6. Awww...what a lovely story! And a lovely page....those banners down the side...DELISH!!! And my favest of bits....the faded out stars. Nice touch:):):)

  7. Beautiful page, Helen! I love the recycled theme, and your recycled items are great.
    The photo is so delicate and beautiful (I love the tableclothe! did your Mother crocheted it?).
    Congrats on the new DT :)

  8. What a lovely page to kick start off your DT role. It really is a lovely story and a remarkable page as well. Here is to working with you in the future :)

  9. I smiled while reading your story, such a wonderful one! and your page, equally fabulous! Love the stamped stars fading out and the strips to the right, just the right amount of Christmas without being overbearing. Elegant and so classy Helen, just as always!! love this so much! xoxo

  10. Big Congrats Helen on joining this DT...your creation is Stunning...That bracelet is just gorgeous.... loved reading your story. Looking forward to seeing what you create next month. xx

  11. I love this layout and I love the story. That bracelet is beautiful, and how clever to use that font for the title... another stunning layout Helen... xox