Saturday 8 February 2014


Today I'm sharing a DT post for CSI using bold and bright, primary colours.
I hope you will be inspired to hop across and see what the rest of the team have created.
I had a play with Dylusion Ink Sprays on water colour paper
The Happy banner is from October Afternoon "5 & Dime"

The ABC strip is from October Afternoon "Jump Rope"
A yellow flower button from my stash
The green heart brad was part of a generous gift 
from Eila Sandberg, if you have not seen her work, do yourself a favour
and check out her blog.
The green bracket is by Kaisercraft "Class of 75 collection"
The alphabet cards I found on line at Pretty Little Studio
The wooden birds are from Studio Calico
Silver accent (flower on the frame)
Stack something (the alphabet cards)
Frame (hand cut red card stock)

I was inspired by the words READ and SIMPLE
You have always been fascinated with alphabet books.  You have your favourites which you read over and over when you come to visit.  Now that you are six and in Grade 1, you seem slightly less content with what’s on the bookshelf and ask what is new.  Last week, for the first time ever, you were a bit bored.  We offered to take you to the library, but it was 43 degrees, so we decided against it.  “How about we play Boggle, Rummiking, Monopoly, Scrabble?”  “Not really thanks Granny, I’d like to do something with Alphabets.”   I suggested, “How about we make an alphabet book?”  Your eyebrows rose quizzically “How could we do that?”  I found an exercise book and an old magazine.  We wrote a letter at the top of each page and then flicked through the magazine, identifying and writing down the objects we found.  Such a cheap and simple game and you loved it.  To be continued............Love Granny



  1. Thats a good game and very educational too.. love your layout about it!!

  2. Beautiful post Helen and gorgeous page xo

  3. What a clever construction...LOOOVE how you've used the Dylusions inks....& your journaling.....I remember making these sorts of books with my kids !!!!!!

  4. Gorgeous page and such a lovely story! you amaze me each time with your stories, and I love reading them :). Your GS sounds a very clever and charming boy.
    As for your layout - at first I thought it's digital... LOL the sprays as background for the photo look great! this piece give a feeling of a child playing with colors. I'm sure you've enjoyed it :).
    Thank you for sharing and for so much inspiration.

  5. Your layout is so creative and absolutely wonderful. I love it!!!! I am so happy that I found your beautiful blog!

  6. Such an adorable page for such an adorable little boy! Your grandson and Joe are exactly the same age and so I can relate to this page sooo much! Beautiful photo and love that watercolour matting....just beautiful! Love your journalling too and love that clever little game that you thought up.
    Joe and I sit and do his homework every afternoon and we read a story every night before he goes to sleep! I am so pleased that books interest him and love that he already recognises words that we exciting for him and very exciting for me!!

  7. Like Libeeti, at first glance I also thought that perhaps you had ventured into the world of digi layouts, and even though I am having fun with the mixed media look this is still my favourite style. Crisp, clean and linear. :) I love that watercolour mat behind the photo and I love that you are putting up all these things to entertain your grandies ;) I am making notes. I had my first babysitting gig yesterday and got to feed Paige. She is a little doll and apart from a very unsettled first night settled in nicely. Anyway I digress :) this is a fabulous layout Helen and your love for your grandies shines like a beacon. :D

  8. Like Libeeti, at first glance I also thought that perhaps you had ventured into the world of digi layouts :) it is so perfectly balanced and I love the bright colours especially the watercolour wash behind the photo. I am so glad that you are doing layouts on things you do to entertain your grandies... I am taking notes :) I got to do my first babysitting gig yesterday and loved it. Paige had a very unsettled first night which is understandable - she is such a doll. I can't wait for Spencer to come home now. Thank you for sharing this wonderful layout Helen. Your love for all your grandies shines like a beacon ...xox

  9. love this Helen, so many little arty touches, absolutely brilliant x

  10. Wow...that dylusion colours behind your photo is amazing Helen. Love your little are a wonderful grandma.

  11. A Gorgeous layout with so many amazing little details.....Love the Dylusions effect behind the cute photo.....and what a wonderful Granny you are.....I will be back to see what happens next.. Thanks for sharing! xx

  12. Books were also my first love and I wish I had had a nan like you! I simply love everything you journal, about your grandies, about your youth. You captivate no matter what you write about! This is a fabulous page Helen! like so many before me have already said, the paintwork is brill! Just discovered the itty bitty wood veneer birdies, totally adorable! I am so glad you are finding use of the little things in your parcel :)) Mwah!