Monday, 11 December 2017

Weekend Capers

Hi all,

I've had a busy weekend scrapbooking wise. My Scraplift Saturday video went live plus I was also involved with the online crop for The Crafty Maven Getaway.

First up: I found a layout on Pinterest to scrap lift , however, when I tried to find the creator of it I found that it had been deleted from and thus couldn't find out any details. Thank you to whom ever made the page as it sparked my creativity. Mind you it was not a full on scrap lift as I kind of went off on a tangent but at least I started with the hanging hearts idea.
Here is my layout:

This is the layout I scrap lifted:

Here is my process video if you are interested in finding out how I made the page:

For our online crop I hosted the 7pm challenge, it was a tic tac toe challenge. Here is the game board:
This is my page that I made using the central horizontal line:

Here is a video explaining the challenge plus a process video for the layout:

Well that's it for now.
Take care and have fun crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 3 December 2017

The Studio Challenges Design Team

Hello all,

I have great news, I am now a design team member for The Studio Challenges site!! I'm very excited to be part of the team and thankful that Anna asked me.

My first challenge starts today and it is a sketch challenge. Here is my take of the sketch:

This is the sketch for the challenge:

To make my page, I started with choosing my photos and then the large horizontal piece of patterned paper from the sketch, it comes form the Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper Bloom collection. As I was looking at the colours in the photos I thought that kraft card stock would make a good background and then I though some white stencilling would add some nice details. Before long I had made the page and was adding gold Heidi Shine (Heidi Swapp Colour Shine) and some puffy hearts to finish off. This is a great sketch to work with and I had a lot of fun making my first page for the Studio Challenges team.

Well that's it for now, I'm off to create some more.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Latest Layout

Hi all,

Wow, I finally finished my reports and come up for some air! Thank goodness school holidays are very soon. I managed to get one layout done for Sketch It Thursday for The Crafty Maven Getaway blog/YT channel. I used the current single sketch from the Stick It Down challenge blog.
Here's my layout:

and this is the sketch I used:

Plus here is my video:

Well that's it for now, I'm off to scrapbook or crash on the couch!
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Monday, 20 November 2017

Scraplift Saturday

Hi all,

I should be busy writing reports at the moment, however, I'm finding it hard to get going! So instead I'm updating my blog. On Saturday I uploaded my latest video for The Crafty Maven Getaway channel, it was a scrap lift layout. I saw a layout by Mari Clarke and it made me think of a photo of me taken in Scotland so I decided to scrap lift it. Here is my layout:

This is Mari's layout:

and here is my video:

As you can see I've used some die cuts that I cut with my Silhouette machine and then coloured up with some sprays, lots of fun.

Well that's it for now,
take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Friday, 10 November 2017

Craft Catch Up

Hi all,

How is everyone? Life is getting very hectic at the moment as it is coming into school report writing time (well actually I should have really started by now!). I went away on school camp and then came home and had to make 3 videos in as many days. These are the layouts and cards that I made and recorded.

First, was my card and video for Mix It Up Monday. I had a lot of fun using up my stash making this card.

I also made a Halloween inspired layout for my YouTube hop with my "Challenge Your Stash" girls. I used up some old Carta Bella papers and some photos from 2013.


My third project was for Free Flow Wednesday on The Crafty Maven Getaway channel, where I took a bit of a detour on the development of my layout.

Well that's it for now. I'll be back in a couple of weeks - after I've finished writing reports!

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Sketch It Out Thursday

Hi all,

It's been a busy start to Term 4 but I managed to do some scrapping! I created this layout for Sketch It Out Thursday.

I found this layout on Pinterest and then drew a sketch from it to use for this layout.

Here is the video:

Well that's it for today, happy crafting!
Take care,
Helen xx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Art Party Friday

Hi all,

I'm back with a quick post as I was up on The Crafty Maven Getaway channel yesterday for Art Party Friday.  When I sat down to scrap I looked to my right and found all my leftover supplies from Monday's lesson and because I had so much fun making that one I decided to do another similar style of layout. It's even purple again too!

Here is the accompanying video:

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

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

School Holiday Scrapping

Hi all,

I just love school holidays, I can stay up late, scrapbook whenever I feel like it, watch t.v. oh and do those jobs on the holiday job list! I have sorted my wardrobe plus done some much needed gardening and also completed three layouts and three videos in the last week.

For Stash It Monday on The Crafty Maven Getaway channel I dove deep into my stash and created this purple layout. I used colouring mediums that haven't been used in quite some time too.

Here is the video:

Also for The Crafty Maven Getaway channel I created this layout for Free Flow Wednesday. I used mainly the Lovely Day collection by Dear Lizzy plus I added some wooden embellishments and coloured in the cars with Prismacolor pencils.

Here is the video for this layout.

The last layout for the week is one for the Challenge Your Stash YouTube hop group I belong to. The theme this month was Fall but as I am an Aussie and we are having Spring at the moment I looked through my photos and found this old one of me and although the photo was taken during springtime in Holland I could use fall colours with it, so I did!

And here's the video for this one!

That's it for me, although I am heading to the craft room this afternoon so more will follow soon.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Scrapbooking Update

Hi all,

Oopsy! I haven't updated my blog for over a month, however, I have made a layout or two and recorded a couple of videos.

My latest layout/video went live today and it was a Sketch It Thursday layout. I used the 15th September sketch from Stuck Sketches and created a layout (and video) about my pet frogs' visit to school. Here it is:

Also this month I created a scrap lift layout using the summer collection from Felicity Jane. I scrap lifted a layout by Jessica Fabiano from the Hip Kit Design Team.

Finally, I also a layout for Free Flow Wednesday, albeit it was a bit layout being uploaded as I was sick and had to have quite a few days off work just love the winter lurgies. It is a layout about when I went to watch some boys from my class play football one Saturday morning.

Well that's it for my update.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Weekend Fun!

I'm back!

Seems like there are 3 posts this weekend, however, one was in my drafts and I forgot to post it but it's done now . . oops!

I have also played along with the Stuck Sketches' 1st August sketch and here is what I created:

Plus I have created (finished off) another layout using Make Your Mark from Bella Blvd.

Now I'm off to finish my fifth flower canvas before the weekend ends.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Crafty Maven Getaway Layouts

Hi all,

Hope everyone is doing great, life has been hectic at work and then I got sick and had a real husky voice for a few days but feeling much better now and looking forward to a weekend of scrapping fun with a couple of my Scrapbook Besties!

I've had a few videos go live in the last few weeks (and a few more coming up soon). They have both been layouts for the Crafty Maven Getaway channel. This one went live yesterday, albeit a bit late due to my sickness, and it was for Art Party Friday last week.

Here is the video:

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

August's Challenge Your Stash Layout and Video

Hello everyone!

I'm having a marvellous time this weekend as two of my close friends have stayed over and we have been scrapbooking, talking and eating for the last 2 days. I managed to fit in the filming, recording and uploading of this month's Challenge Your Stash video.

Our theme is pets and I dug in my stash and found some Teresa Collins Nine & Co from 2014 and used that. I also used the Stuck Sketches August 15th sketch for my layout design. Here are my layout and Laura's great sketch:

Here is the link to my video:

I'll be back soon with all the layouts I've made this weekend.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Stuck Sketches Guest Designer

Hi all,

I was thrilled when I was chosen to be the guest designer on Stuck Sketches for the second half of July and loved the sketch when Laura sent it through. I pulled out my Simple Stories papers (most come from the Domestic Bliss) range and had a ball making my layout, so much so that I recorded it and made a process video.

Here is my layout and the sketch:

I would love it if you joined in with all the fun. Here is my video:

Well that's it for now. My holidays are coming to an end and I have to start doing some school work, however, I have one last video going live tomorrow.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Unity Blog Hop

Hi all,

Thanks for joining me today, you've either hopped from Teresa's blog or stumbled across me on the web but however you've gotten here let's get started with my blog hop post for Unity Stamps. I'm using one of the gorgeous Angie girls to make my card - Shari Girl. Plus I have also used stamps from the February 2017 KOTM - Unexpected Places.  Here is my card:
and some close ups:

I have also created a process video for your enjoyment (well I hope you enjoy it anyway!).

Please follow the hop and leave nice comments along the way for your chance to win a great prize from Unity Stamps.

The order for the hop is as follows, and from me please hop along to Sandra.
Carisa Zglobicki

Thanks so much for taking a peep at my blog today.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

July's Challenge Your Stash YouTube Hop

Hi all,

It's been a busy crafty month here for me, I've made quite a few layouts and some cards whilst relaxing during my school holidays.

Today is our monthly hop for us Challenge your Stash girls and we decided to use 'unusual elements' on our pages, i.e. those random things that have nothing to do with the theme/photos of the layout. This is something that I struggle with as I like my embellishments to have something to do with the layout but not today! Because we all know pineapples and taco trucks have everything to do with a school cross country race, right?!? Intrigued? well watch my video to find out how I did it.

Don't forget to check out the other videos in this month's hop, details can be found in the description area of my video.

Well thanks for taking a peep. I'll catch you very soon with another creation.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Monday, 3 July 2017

Stuck Sketches Challenge

Hello all,

I am so enjoying my holidays, I've found my scrapping mojo and am having a blast creating layouts. I decided to play along with the first challenge for July over on the Stuck Sketches blog. This is the sketch:

This is my take on the sketch:

It's funny how you can procrastinate about things (well I can anyway!) but I finally set up my Silhouette machine in my scrapping space after living this house for 2 years! I cut out these hearts as a test and loved them. I really dove into my stash and used some Glitz papers from 2013 plus teamed them up with some Shimelle Little by Little embellishments. 

That's it for now, I'll be back before you know it.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Guest Designer for Let's Get Sketchy

Hi all,

I'm a bit excited here as I have a busy month scrapping wise and to kick it off I am this month's guest designer at Let's Get Sketchy. If you don't know this site then you must hop on over and join in all the sketchy fun. Every month there are two challenges posted on the 1st and the 15th and it's lots of fun.

This month there is also a mood board to use as inspiration and it is in honour of the 4th of July.

I must admit that these colours aren't my favourite to use together seeing as I'm not much of a red girl but I did manage to make a page.

Luckily I was inspired by the Statue of Liberty. Half way through the month I make a page using red and blue.

Here is my layout:

This is the sketch for the first half of the month:

So why don't you give it a go!

That's all for now, take care and happy crafting.

Helen xx

June Challenge Let's Get Sketchy

Hi all,

As I'm on holidays I am staying up to the wee hours in the morning crafting and having a great old time, isn't it great not having to worry about adulting and getting up early for work! Last night I decided t have a go at using the 2nd June challenge on Let's Get Sketchy, here is a look at the sketch:

And this is my interpretation of it:

I used mainly the Simple Stories So Fancy range (just to show you can make a boy layout with a 'girls' range if you choose carefully) plus some wood veneers and enamel dots.

Well that's if now, I'm off to get snuggly as the weather is awful here - well it's great indoors weather that's for sure.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

P.S. before you know it I'll be back as July is a super busy month for me crafting wise.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Stuck Sketches Play Along plus a Canvas!

Hi all,

School is out and I have 3 weeks holidays (well actually only 2 weeks and a few days as I've already had 4 days of holidays). Anyway, I have lots of scrappy plans for the next few weeks as I'm:

  • a guest designer for two sketch sites
  • doing a video collaboration with a fellow YouTuber
  • part of a stamping hop
  • also creating videos for The Crafty Maven Getaway and Challenge Your Stash (my usual 2 commitments)
I wanted to play along with the 15th June sketch from Stuck Sketches so I'm sneaking in just before it ends. I have also recorded the process for this layout and it will be my collaboration video with Anna that will be out on the 2nd July, but more about that in a few days. Here is the sketch and the layout:

Plus I had the next instalment of my 'Friends' canvas series that I'm creating for a group of ladies that are all celebrating a special birthday this year. I have to admit that this canvas is my favourite one so far.

Well that's it for now, I'll be back in a few days with my sketch guest designer share and then my video collab.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Challenge Your Stash - June

Hi all,

Today is the day for next instalment of our Challenge Your Stash series on YouTube. This month we had to make layouts using paint, doilies and sequins and this is the layout I created:

It's about one of the gorgeous girls in my class at school. I also used the this month's sketch from Anna's Craft Cupboard which looks like this:

Here is the link to the video:

Also the links to the other ladies' videos are: 
Well that's it for now, I must get back to writing my school reports!!! Take care and happy scrapping, Helen xx