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



  1. Oh you have had a busy but wonderful time of late.. this is a lovely layout and I always enjoy reading your journalling.. what sweet boys and I am sure they will be individuals as well as best mates too! Have a good week!

  2. Sorry to hear you have been unwell Helen. What a wonderful time you must have had in Thailand, the wedding photo's are gorgeous. Love the layout and of course your journalling, and oh so cute what your Grandson said and the fact that you have recorded it will bring lots of smiles for years to come
    Mary x

  3. LOL... I'm just a boy!!! That is SOOOO funny;) and I really got drawn to those opposites words down the side.... Fabulous!! Great to see you back! I've MISSED your posts :):)

  4. Just a fabulous page yet again Helen! Your little guys are adorable - sure it's hard looking just alike! My twins are boy/girl so don't get this that much.

  5. Glad you had a wonderful time in Thailand, lovely layout of the BOYs, so cute, and yet each different, have a great week :)

  6. Welcome back and congratulations on gaining a daughter ;-) Your photos of the wedding is beyond beautiful.

    Love your page and your emphasis on the differences between the two little guys xx

  7. Happy you are feeling better Helen,and that you had a lovely time in Thailand. It's such a great country for vacations. I love this page with the opposite words and cute pictures. Such a neat idea! :-D

  8. I loooove your mix of stash - it looks great! Striking page and ooooooh Thailand!! Have only visited Bangkok but also Bali and looooved that, so if Thailand is similar site it was amazing! Congrats!!

  9. Happy Valentine's Day Helen! Hope you're feeling better! Sounds like you had a great time on vacation! Your layout is fabulous! Great photos and mix of patterned papers! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. So lovely to see you creating again Helen! I hope that your health has improved and that you are back to 100% healthy! Congratulations on your sons wedding and it surely sounds like a wonderful event and I look forward to seeing all your scrappy layouts about the event! This page is so gorgeous and those 2 little faces too precious. I guess, they are like 2 peas from the same pod...but complementing one another..not actually being one another...! I had to laugh at the comment about not being a twin and just being a boy....touche!!!!! Perfect! xx

  11. Love the whole concept behind your page, and of course your journaling and design are wonderful!

  12. I think that this is one of my fave layouts of yours. It is so clever and I can relate to it and it just pops off the black background. They are growing up so fast.
    I hope that you are feeling better and that you are resting up after the wedding. I looked fabulous both the one in Thailand and the one you did for the family back home. They both look so nice... xx

  13. as always I adore reading your words .... straight from your beautiful heart Helen. I feel blessed to call you my friend ... love this LO . and those pics of the boys are treasures x

  14. Hello Helen.
    Love the black background All the elements just pop. Fabulous and clever way to journal about your gorgeous little granddies. :)

  15. Oh I'm sorry to learn you have been poorly, hope you're feeling well now. Saw the photos from the wedding on FB and just swooned. Didn't realize they were taken in Thailand. Must have been AMAZING!! Congratulations on the happy family occasion! the boys are so dang cute and getting cuter each time I see piccies of them. I can hear him setting things straight, way to go!! This is again a brill brill page Helen! xxx