Thursday 31 December 2015

On the Wallaby

She blogs!!!!!  I thought I’d squeak in a page
on the last day of the Kraft+ challenge.
August was the last time I blogged and I hope to improve my strike rate in 2016.   I was inspired by the Travel theme  and have taken a long time to figure out a new photo editing programme - better late than never!

The page is about a three month trip in our Caravan, North from 
Adelaide to the Northern Territory, across to 
Western Australia and home via the Nullarbor.  

I used a Prima stencil and texture paste to give the impression of 
"droughts and flooding rains" on the map.
The travel quotes are mostly from Pinterest
What an amazing country we live in.  Each day a new landscape and a new adventure.  We didn't plan anything much, just drifted along, camping by the side of a River or in a free park, occasionally staying in a Caravan Park to charge the batteries and wash our clothes.
A misty start to the day, Cooinda Road, Kakadu National Park, N.T.
Love the little caravan flair - it's from Scrap Friends.
The Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park, Kimberley region, W.A.

Happy New Year to you all, wishing you good health 
and harmony throughout the year.


Tuesday 18 August 2015

Our Three Angels

Hello, hello, all my Scrappy amigos.  
I know it’s a shock, but I’ve blogged again; that’s twice this week.  
I hope it’s a sign of a renaissance at Chez Helen!  

The Kraft+ challenge for August was just too unusual to resist and what a great response there has been from the scrappy community already.  
HERE is the link to see what the challenge is all about.

I went with a Star motif because it worked well with this Advent photo of three of our little Kidlets.  They are like stars in the night sky of our Autumn years and we are honoured to be a regular part of their lives.
The stencil is from Jenni Bowlin
The Alphabet I’m not sure about, as I borrowed it. 
I've yet to feel relaxed by Zentangling - perhaps it's an aquired taste.
The Love and heart brads are from Prima
The etched button is by Crate Paper and was a gift from 
She is not only a generous friend but a super talented scrapper.
The wooden stars are from Studio Calico

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
You little cousins delight in one another’s company and also enjoy dressing up.  So it was fun to capture a few photos of you hamming it up, in your roles of two Shepherds and an Angel. 

Although your personalities are vastly different, you are drawn to each other, like birds to the trees, meeting in the common nest of childhood innocence and mischief.  You make each other laugh and try to outdo each other with silly antics; sharing and co-operating with imaginative games. 
(most of the time!)
We love your company and laugh for days after you’ve gone, 
reflecting on the funny things, you say and do.  
Love you more than words can say. 15 Dec 2014


Wednesday 12 August 2015

Elegant - August sketch from Scrap Africa

Hello all my scrappy friends.  
I’ve finally found some time to scrap
 and was inspired by Denise Van Deventer’s great sketch at 
I’ve been waiting for just the right opportunity to do justice 
to the vintage photo, 
which was taken at another Aunt’s wedding.
I love the sweet bonnet worn by my Sister
 and the smart, tailored look of my Aunt’s clothes. 
My Mother made all the clothes, including the bonnet and hat.
 I choose some Kraft card stock to suit the muted photo.  
The black and white blooms were cut from some wrapping paper 
and the stencil is from Tim Holtz.
The black frame is from Manor House.
It won't be so long before the next post
as I have been challenged by the August current Kraft+ theme.


Tuesday 28 April 2015

Oh Hello There - CSI DT challenge 162

Hello Scrappy friends, welcome to my blog.
Sorry I've been MIA a bit lately.
For health and family reasons, I've decided to step down from CSI.  I know I will miss it, but hope to find time to play along.  I’m so grateful to Debbi for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a talented and inspiring team. 
Like the look of the challenge?  Well grab your forensic kits and let's get sleuthing.  There's lots of prizes to be won.
To see what the DT and Guests have created for your inspiration.
The background paper is an oldie, but a goodie, 
"Rough and Tough" by Fancy Pants.
 The little pinwheel is by Kaisercraft and 
the speech bubble is by Basic Grey
Love the film strip by Tim Holtz
and the cute robot/space man by Kaisercraft 
I'm not sure where I acquired the fabric flair.
The label is also an oldie, from ?October Afternoon

Space elements, Metal, Circles, Stars, Stripes, Something transparent, Swirls, Label, Ink, Die cuts. - I almost used all the Evidence prompts,

I chose to write about something funny.

When you were almost 12 months old, one of your favourite toys was your rocket tent.  You were not able to walk, but were able to pull yourselves up, so the holes in the rocket ship were perfect to hang on to and just wonderful to play peek-a-boo.  You spent hours crawling in, peeking out, bobbing down and disappearing.  After a while you learnt how to lean on the sides of the rocket and tip it over.  As you tumbled over together, arms and legs intertwined, your squealing and giggles made us all laugh.  
Photos 15 Jan 2012, Love Granny


Saturday 4 April 2015

Waiting - CSI DT challenge 160

Hello Scrappy friends.  
Today I’m sharing a page for CSI challenge 160.
There is a bonus sketch from Em Stafrace.
To see what the DT and guest designers have created
for your inspiration.
Do you like using a monochromatic palette?
Then grab your forensic kits and lets get sleuthing.
The photos were taken in January in Phuket
at our youngest Son's wedding.
I followed the sketch almost exactly, 
but it's fine to rotate, or flip it, if it fits your photos better.
Travel elements - the venue and the stamp
Textured paper - the tag
Frame - the small photo
Metal -the heart

I chose to journal about a trip; travelling to another country and also the start of a journey as Husband and Wife. 

I used the words by Kahlil Gibran on marriage on the background and wrote a personal message on the tag.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. 

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.


Tuesday 31 March 2015

Happy - Kraft+ March challenge

Hello Scrappy friends and welcome.  
This evening, by the skin of my teeth, 
I’m sharing a layout for the Kraft+ challenge.
Thanks Sandra and your amazing team for this inspirational challenge site.
The challenge is to use Kraft plus, sketch, glitter, e.g. gold, sequins, bling. 
to see what the Design Team have created for your inspiration.
I chose to use a gilding technique which I learnt
at a class with the super talented
Louise Nelson.
It's a bit of a messy process, but I love the result.


Monday 9 March 2015

Happy - DT layout for CSI 157

Hello scrappy friends, thanks for visiting my blog today.
There is a bonus sketch this week from Em Stafrace 
and the challenge is open for the whole month of March.
to see what the DT and guests have created for your inspiration.
I chose to use Grey at the predominant colour 
and minimal use of the red.
The background paper is from 13@rts, the Timeless collection, Perfect Moment, just the ticket for photos taken on a wedding day.
 The chipboard title and circles are from 2Crafty,
The sparkly dots are "Say it in crystals" by Prima.  
The wooden hearts are by Freckled Fawn
The metal charms are all from Seriously Scrapbooking, my LSS


I used the words capture and click to inspire my journalling. (My words are on the back of the page)

It can be tricky to capture natural looking photos of my Husband and my Son.  So those two images, which were clicked while they were focussed on something else, (waiting for the bride), are very precious.

They are alike in many ways, both reserved and thoughtful, yet with a quick wit and dry sense of humour.  They are both averse to conflict, but can take a stand, if an issue is important enough to them.

Their gifts of thoughtfulness, generosity and kindness, contribute so much to a relationship, smoothing the way through rare turbulent times, when friction threatens to disturb the peace.

Passionate about their beloved football team, they have been known to scream, shout, jump in the air and disagree (bleep....bleep) with the umpire, both at home and at the game.  Such a contrast to their normal behaviour!  They really are true believers.

In the early days of our marriage, I was surprised that my husband was willing to lend a hand with the household chores, something he was accustomed to, as both his parents were teachers. Mind you, I soon got used to the idea and came to appreciate it enormously!

By his example, our Sons learned how to treat women with respect, to appreciate their views and to share the washing, cooking, cleaning and decision making.

They knew from an early age, that household jobs are not gender specific, that women have a right to work, a right to have their own friends and a right to their own interests. They know, of course, that there must be reciprocity, for none of this could work, if all the giving is one sided. 

To me the essentials of life, are to find someone to love, to find something to do and to have something to look forward to.  We encouraged our Sons to take their time, to travel, not to settle for second best and to wait until the right person came along, before committing to a life together.

To be part of the wedding celebration as our youngest Son married his partner, was an absolute delight.  It's a wonderful thing to see all our chicks settled and happy. 

Our Sons have all found strong, intelligent and beautiful women to spend their lives with and we are delighted that the tradition of equality, set by my husband’s family, continues on to the next generation.


Monday 2 March 2015

Life - DT layout for CSI 156

Hello, hello, today I’m sharing a DT challenge for CSI

So, are you ready for this week's challenge? Grab your forensics kits, 
CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing 
as we open Case File No. 156.
to see what the team and guests have created for your inspiration
I struggled with the colours and binned my first three attempts, so reverted back to what I know best.  The KISS principle.
I used the Teresa Collins range of papers "Nine & Co"
the bright patterned ones.
And a ten year old corrugated one by Wendy Irving.  
Glad I didn't purge that one!
Do you like the hat?

Liquid pearls 
Cursive font

I used the words, grow, spicy and power to inspire my journalling.

The photo of me was taken at a friend’s wedding on Kangaroo Island many moons ago.   We had just finished our Nursing Training and for the first time in our lives, had some choice about what we would do next.  My friend decided to marry, after only a few months courtship.

I was shocked, to say the least.  Marriage to me, at that time, spelt lack of freedom, inability to work and endless pregnancies.  Who, in their right mind would want to do that?  

Three of my Aunts were Registered Nurses, two of whom were single.  These two lived a life of freedom, dressed beautifully, drove their own cars and had regular holidays.  By contrast, the third Aunt married soon after training, had four boys in four years and suffered a nervous breakdown.   The poor woman never really recovered her brilliant mind and incisive decision making skills.

Which path would you choose, I wonder?  It seemed like a no brainer to me.  My inner voice said “Pick up your own power, explore the world and grow into the Woman you are capable of becoming.  Who knows what lies beyond the far horizon”.   So off we went, myself and I, with two like minded friends.  For a year we explored Europe, Britain, the United Sates and Canada. We Nursed the landed gentry on Harley Street.  We poured beers in pubs and cups of tea at Village Fairs.  We listened to jazz in New Orleans and protest songs in Irish pubs. We rode Camels in Egypt and ate spicy curries in Bombay.  Each country offered something new and fascinating.  Different food, architecture, languages, smells and sounds. Such enriching and enlightening experiences, which taught us that our previous view of the world was parochial and xenophobic. 

We returned home with a passion to continue our Nursing and a determination to have equal rights in any partnership. Nothing much had changed in our little corner of the world in our absence, but we knew there was more; we’d tasted it and were not ready to settle for mediocrity and small town attitudes.  This was the first of many journeys; once the travel bug has bitten it stays for a life time.  In the following years, life has not always been rosy, but I've learned that it doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” - Paul Coelo


Monday 9 February 2015

Yin and Yang - CSI challenge 154

Hello scrappy friends, I haven’t posted for ages.  I was sick before Christmas and since then have been in Thailand for a very special family celebration.  Our youngest Son and his lovely partner were married in Thailand.  It was a wonderful family time and we are so happy for them both.

So, on with the challenge 154 for CSI.  The colours could be used for Christmas layouts, but I’ve used them for a boy’s page.  I hope you will join in and use all five colours.
To see all the major sponsors and prizes to be won.

I used some very old patterned paper.  
The striped one is by Daisy D and the polka dot is so old, 
I’m not sure of it’s origin.
The envelope is by Maja
The chipboard is from Scrapmatts
The wooden people are by Studio Calico
Polka dots
Alphabet as a design element
Globe - top left
Textured paper - Bazzil cardstock
Metal - on envelope and world embellie

Use a mix of letters/fonts for journalling.

The journalling is inside the envelope
You two little boys are so different and yet play together amicably (for the most part).   It’s almost as though the gifts and talents one has, encourages the other to try and succeed in that area too.  You learn from the one another's mistakes and avoid certain things which have caused a problem for your brother.  It’s fascinating to observe.  I hope when you begin ELC this year that the teacher will treat you as individuals and not as a set of twins with the same brain and learning abilities.  Recently, at the shops, a woman asked if you were twins and when I said “Yes”, one of you objected vociferously, saying “No, I’m not a twin!”   “He might be; but I’m NOT - I’m just a Boy!” 
 Love Granny 25th November 2014


Friday 2 January 2015

Love - DT page for Scrap Africa sketch 42

Hello there, welcome to my blog 
as we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in the New Year.

Today I’m sharing my last post as part of the creative team at
Scrap Africa.
 It’s been an honour and a joy to create with Denise van Deventer and the team.  I am unable to continue for a variety of reasons, 
but will always be grateful for the opportunity.
Thank you so much Denise.

I hope you will feel inspired to enter and be eligible for a $30.00 voucher from PPBN Designs or a prize pack from Papermania.

I have used techniques which I learned at an inspirational
class with Louise Nelson. She is an original and creative artist and I feel so lucky that she lives and teaches in my area.  
The Chipboard is by Imaginarium designs
The journalling is on the back and it reads:-

Because we don't see you as frequently now that you are at school, I always try to take a few photos when you come for a sleep over.  These days, you are not as keen to sit for five minutes while I do this and you assume a sad or silly face.   Pa tries to help out, by making rabbit's ears behind me or threatening to drop the washing basket on my head.   Invariably your sense of mischief kicks in and you get the giggles.   I love your sense of humour and the way you take delight in the ridiculous.  As challenges come your way, I hope your sense of fun will help you to always find the rainbows in the rain.
Love Granny - 16 November 2014