Saturday, 26 May 2018

May Catch Up!

Hello All,

Boy oh Boy May has turned into a busy month! I had a birthday, a special one I turned 50 and got spoilt from my workplace, family and friends - well still getting spoilt as I'm going out for high tea tomorrow with a group of girlfriends. Plus added to this I've been sick😒 even had to have time off work. I have managed to get a few pages created although I still have one or two to get completed this weekend.

To finish off April's pages for Kitaholic Kits I created this page:

The its arrived for May containing lots of yumminess from Simple Stories and so far I have created these two pages, two more will be highlighted in the following weeks whilst we wait the arrival of the June kits:

For The Studio Challenges I created this page for our Stencils and Masks challenge:

For Stick It Down we had a sketch challenge this month and this is the page I created:

Here are the remaining layouts I have created the last few weeks, some for National scrapbooking Day and some for The Crafty Maven Getaway channel:

To celebrate my birthday I had a video go live on the actual day so I made a layout with photos of me over the years. I've also got some closeups of the clusters:

Wow!! That's a lot of layouts. Thanks for taking a look.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Saturday, 5 May 2018

(Inter)national Scrapbook Day

Hi all,

Happy NSD to you all! I'm having a blast taking part in all the challenges on the Kitahloic Kits fan page, my first challenge will be up soon.

I took part in Morgyn's Tic Tac Toe challenge and came up with this page:

I will be posting a few videos over the weekend and even one where it is just me talking arrgghhh!!

I also have a video going up for The Crafty Maven Getaway. I hope everyone is having a great day.

take care,
Helen xx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Time Flies!

Hello everyone,

Time certainly does fly around here! It has been over a month since I last updated my blog and I have been pretty busy, well except for this week as I'm on school holidays. I've had a lovely and relaxing week, I spent 2 nights away with some of my dearest friends and had a grand time.

Also in this last month I joined a new design team and I doubled my scrapbooking commitments! Here are some of the pages I have created over the past few weeks:
This was for the collaboration between Stick It Down and The Studio Challenges and as I am the only one on both design teams I managed to get away with the one layout for both teams.

My first layout for Kitaholic Kits using the April kits.
Second layout for Kitaholic Kits.

My second layout for the month for The Studio Challenges.

My third layout for Kitaholic Kits, still using the April kits with lots of left over papers and embellishments.

My first layout for The Crafty Maven Getaway for the month, it was Free Flow Wednesday however I got a lot of inspiration from Missy Whidden and Paige Evans.

Plus I have created a few videos for my YouTube channel. I'm getting excited as my subscriber base is growing, at the moment I have 395 subscribers and when I think back to last year at this same time I had around 80, that's nearly one new subscriber per day.

Well that's it for now, I'm off to edit my fourth video for Kitaholic Kits and then film my next video for The Crafty Maven Getaway.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Friday, 9 March 2018

Update Time

Hi All,

I'm quickly posting a catch up before I rush out the door again! Life is pretty hectic at the moment, however, I have managed to do quite a few pages.

Firstly, I made a Free Flow Wednesday video for The Crafty Maven Getaway last week, here is the video:

Last weekend was a long weekend here in Western Australia and I spent two days scrapbooking with two of my friends. I created a few pages but as they are design pieces I can't show them just yet. I also created another video for TCMG, for Sketch It Out Thursday. I used the current sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.

This weekend I am off to a scrapbooking retreat so hopefully I'll have more layouts to share with you next time.

Take care and happy scrapping,

Helen xx

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Studio Challenges' Kraft Challenge

Hello everyone,

I have been a bit missing in action this last week but life has been hectic! I am currently packing up my house as I am putting it on the market and hoping to sell it in the next month. Boy I thought I was a minimalist but I was wrong!!

Anyway, this fortnight's challenge over on The Studio Challenges is to use kraft somehow in your layout. This is what I created:
When Mum and I were traveling around the UK in 2013 I took this selfie whilst waiting outside, in the cold, an op shop where she was looking around. I used some bits and pieces from two of Paige Evans' collections from last year.

Don't forget to pop on over to The Studio Challenges and join in with this fortnight's fun.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Studio Challenges

Hi all,

The next challenge has gone live over on The Studio Challenges blog, it's a sketch challenge. The sketch was inspired by Lisa-Marie, on of the design team members. Here is my take on the sketch:

Here is the sketch:

It would be great if you played along.

That's it for now, I'm off to move some furniture around! Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The Studio Challenges Mood Board Challenge

Hello all,

Our next fortnightly challenge is going live today on The Studio Challenges - it is a mood board challenge. This is the layout I created using mainly Shimelle's Glitter Girl range from American Crafts:

This is the mood board, so why don't you have a go and join in the fun! It is open until 25th February.

As I was creating I remembered to record it so I have made a process video if you are interested.

Well that's it for today. Have fun and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Monday, 15 January 2018

January Stick It Down Single Page Reveal

Hello everyone,

Today is my first reveal as a Stick It Down design team member for the single page team. I am on a bit of a kick this year to decrease my stash so most of my page is made up by pieces that are years old.

Anyway here is my page:

This was the sketch we used:
 As you can see I flipped the sketch, this was because my sons were looking left and I usually like for the people on my page to be looking into the page. I tried to keep the top left hand corner empty but I just couldn't.

Well that's it for today, until next time take care and happy crafting.
Helen xx

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The First Reveal for 2018 at The Studio Challenges.

Hello everyone,

Today the next fortnightly challenge is going live at The Studio Challenges and all you have to do is use snowflakes, easier said than done when you live in Western Australia where it never snows! However, I am planning a trip to England in 2019 so I created a page about my upcoming visit and used a photo taken when I was last there (2013).

Here it is:

I was cutting out the alphabet for my sister-in-law and when I saw the negative of the E I suddenly knew what my page was going to be about. In the background I have sprayed some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays in the colours of Scintillating Silver, Silent Night Silver and Frosted Forget-Me-Nots. I quickly dab up the excess colour after spraying so that the colour was rather muted in the background. I then embossed some snowflake stamps and the paper snowflakes I had cut with my Silhouette machine. I dug into my stash and found some very old snowflake brads from Making Memories - I can't begin to tell you how old they are! I finished it off with some enamel dots, little word stickers from Tim Holtz and some punched snowflakes out of silver paper.

Well that's it for my snowflake page, I hope you enjoy it and it helps spark some inspiration. Please check out the other pages by the design team over on The Studio Challenges blog.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Scraplift Saturday Time

Hello everyone,

Wow one week in already for 2018, however, as I'm on school holidays time does go fast! On Saturday my latest video for The Crafty Maven Getaway went live, it was a scraplift layout. This is what I created:

I scraplifted a fairly recent layout created by Kelly Barron, it was one of her design team pieces for Citrus Twist Kits.

What did I scraplift? Well I used the idea of a central square, however, mine has been created by patterned paper whilst Kelly used paint. I also incorporated the paper strips at the top and bottom of the layout, plus, I used paper and embellishments that came from Pink Paislee/Paige Evans' Turn The Page collection like the flower diecuts in Kelly's kit.

Here is the video if you wish to watch the process.

Well that's it for today I will be back later in the week with some other design team pieces albeit for other teams.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Scrapping Fun

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year to you all, may 2018 be all that you want and more! I know I am actually going to work towards some goals this year, most unusual for me but I'm quite determined.

I had a great week in between Christmas and New Years Eve and to top it off I spent 3 days with my scrapping sisters and had lots of fun, plus I managed to create a layout or two. I even did a double page spread, something I haven't done for quite some time.

This first layout is of some of my work friends and I at our Christmas lunch.

Next layout is my double layout!! These photos were taken in 2013 and I've only just gotten around to scrapbooking them. My background was inspired by my classes that I took with Donna Downey.

My final layout is a self reflection layout, if I could talk to my younger self what would I tell her to do or not to do. I used an older collection from 2012, pretty papers that I have been hoarding for some time.

Well that's it for now. Here's to a craft filled 2018.
Take care,
Helen xx