Saturday 25 October 2014

Note to self - DT page for CSI 145

Hello and welcome to my blog, I hope you will find some inspiration here.
Today I’m sharing a layout for CSI challenge 145.  It’s a quirky image and lends itself to any kind of page.

to see what the rest of the design team have created.
I hope you will feel inspired and join in for a chance to win some 
fabulous scrappy prizes.

I fell in love with the image for this case file and remembered that I had a small piece of the same paper tucked away. So I had a play with an “Art journal” kind of page.  It didn’t turn out quite the way I expected, but I guess that’s what Art Journalling is about.  For the first time, I managed to use all the evidence prompts - yay!
The mixed media background was created with Prima crackle paste
and Tattered angels Glimmermist.
The dress was made from Cosmo Cricket, Odds & Ends, "Remnant"
The stamps are from Unity stamps - Jillibean soup
 The gorgeous umbrella chippy is from Scrapmatts
The butterfly stencil and stamp are from Prima
 The heart chippies and the sequins were a gift from my friend
Thank you Janice  :D
I was inspired to try draping the paper by seeing some layouts by
Mixed media background
Hearts - on dress pockets and texture paste
Flowers - on dress
Transparent elements - Sequins on dress and blue beads on brolly
Floral pattern on dress
Polka dots - on dress
Stripes - stockings
Stencil - MM
Pockets - on dress

I went to the fairy tale prompts and chose to write as though I was talking to myself.

The quotes and poem read:-

The greatest challenge in life, is discovering who you are.
The second is being happy with what you find.  (Unknown)

Life’s challenges are not meant to paralyse you,
They are meant to help you discover who you are, (Unknown)

Make a little garden in your pocket,
Fill your cuffs with radishes and rocket,
Let a passionfruit crawl up your thigh,
Grow some Oregano in your fly.
Make a steamy compost of your fears,
Trickle irrigate your life with tears,
Let your troubled mind become a trellis,
Turn your heart into a summer palace.
Michael Leunig

The first quote has helped me to accept myself just the way I am, a flawed woman, doing the best I can to live in the moment.  Not regretting the past or worrying about the future, but enjoying the here and now, because that is the only moment I have.  

The second one has given me hope in the darkest times and guided me to find the lessons to be learned from adversity.  Sometimes the lessons seem rather obscure and sometimes I think they are meant to teach me patience; not one of my virtues. 

The whimsical poem by Michael Leunig, is one of my favourites.  It teaches me not to take myself too seriously, to harness my tears and fears so they can nurture my heart and allow it to bloom. 



  1. Helen I adore your work and this is not exception ... you are beautiful x

  2. Oh, yes! I see the Marilyn idea here:) it's so delightfully whimsical ----- very Mary Poppins...I'm about to burst into supercalafragalisticexpealadocious...or however you spell it!!! I am seriously in luuuurve with her wings & her stockings are BRILL!!! marvellously creative:):)))

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the dress and pretty mm on the background too!

  4. A lovely page Helen, funy whimsical idea!

  5. This is just fabulous Helen! Amazing creative and whimsical page but your journaling is so thought provoking and true! Love this!

  6. Another of your layouts that just blew me away. I love how your mind works and how you are able to interpret your ideas into layouts. Something I really really struggle with. I love this whimsical layout with the words that hit home. So much truth in this layout. I just love it...

  7. Love your layout Helen! So fun and creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Oh this is fabulous Helen! I love your edgy work. And yes, Marilyn is the queen of paper folding/draping!

  9. So delightful! This page really stood out to me with it's freshness. I really love it!! <3

  10. This is so amazing Helen and your dress is just stunning! As Lizzy first thoughts were that this is Mary Poppins rea life!!!! I love Marilyn's work too...and have also once before tried the folded paper! I love the mixed media and of course...your journalling such a treat. I love that poem by Michael amazing and whimsical! xx

  11. Oh how fantastic is this...I love how you created the dress, so pretty!

  12. Beautiful quotes Helen and you've made such a pretty and fun page. I'm loving the dress and the textured background :)

  13. What a fun and whimsical layout!

  14. Helen this is such an arty and magical page. I love everything about it xx

  15. MAGNIFICENT! Your are so talented Helen.
    Just love this.
    ...and thanks for sharing your amazing journaling with us.....You are Beautiful! xx