Sunday, May 5, 2013


Hello there one and all, it's hard to believe that we are well and truly into the Merry Month of May, and......the 5th day to boot!! All a bit hard to handle. However, handle it we must, and.... I am here today to introduce to all you lovelies yet another super talented G.D.T.
This lady's work most of you would be quite familiar with and I for one am a BIG!! fan of hers.
Without further ado, I have the greatest of pleasure to introduce to you ................

Here is what Helen has to tell us about herself.
"I started scrapping  around 12 years ago when I decided to make an album for our oldest son's birthday. Little did I know it would become a daily obsession and require a studio to house all my stash.
Scrapbooking is my magnificent obsession, I am addicted to all aspects of this craft. I love to try new techniques and styles whilst keeping the focus on the photo's and stories. I have a wonderful partner who supports and encourages my need to create art and tell stories. Family and travel are most often the subjects of my pages.
I am currently on the Design Team at CSI (Colour Stories Inspiration), a role that I love and am challenged and inspired by.
I love everything about scrapbooking. The photo's, the papers, the cardstock, the ribbons,buttons and trims, the mists, paint and stencils. I love the "playing" which allows my inner child to be creative.
It's important to me to pass on the stories of a different era, to put flesh on the bones of my ancestors so that they are much more than just a stern black and white image.
I want my boys to know that their "old cheese" (moi) was once young and gorgeous too, that life is fleeting, so they should find time each day to nurture their spirits.
I've learned to take better photographs to capture the spirit of our grandchildren. Their stories are recorded so they will know how much they are loved and enjoyed by their grandparents.

Scrapbooking fills a hole in my heart that I didn't know existed."

Helen has been published several times and you will find  her latest publication  in SBM Vol15 No8.

Helen's blog url is: http//

Now onto my CHALLENGE for MAY

My challenge for this month is to create a monochromatic layout with lots of "white" space. And here is Helen's take, thanks Helen, it's gorgeous!!

Slow Down

I used various shades of white for my layout and here it is....

The Walk

Hello Mary here, Welcome Helen thank you for joining us this month Beautiful layout as is Cheryl's. Thanks for the cool challenge Cheryl.
I have done a layout of my Hubby when he was a wee lad with his teddy bear which we still have today, no fur left and a button eye, but he was very much loved

Annette will be uploading her take later tonight and then Kim and Jo later in the month. Looking forward to seeing some lovely takes on Cheryl's Challenge



 Well hello again my lovelies, Annette here and wow what gorgeous pages, and Helen so pleased to see you here as our Guest DT.

This is my take on Cheryl's Challenge, a truly gorgeous pic of my newest little great neice, Willow.

Totally loved doing this colour scheme, all the whites and creams with the silver as a highlight. I made the leaves out of canvas and used old edging scissors (who doesn't still have some of those stashed away) to cut them out, gives that nice leafy edge. Beautiful prima flowers, pearl clusters and cute as little buttons are all from CraftQueen, chippies are from Scrapmatts and lots of other bits i had in my stash.

So looking forward to see what you all do with this challenge, hugs and love until then xo


  1. I must say!! 3 very different but equally beautiful pages. Love them all xx

  2. Gorgeous work Mary, totally love it!! xx

  3. Gorgeous layouts ladies, full of beauty and inspiration. x

  4. Absoooolutely beautiful Miss Annette.

  5. My new fave of your Annette, stunning

  6. Wow! Wow! WOW!!!!
    Beautiful layouts ladies....sigh! Hope mine can measure up, now ???

  7. What an honour to be invited. Thank you so much. I love the muted tones on your pages Cheryl, Mary and Annette. The use of texture and clusters and all that white space is stunning. :)

  8. i love all the pages and the challenge. If we pick a monochromatic colour, can we also use white on the layout?

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    1. Has to be different shades of the one colour as far as I know Kylie. xx

  10. beautiful LO and awesome challenge, specially the -space ;)