Thursday, 17 September 2009

A Layout at Last!{ It's all Good...}


Here is my design team submission for the latest Journaling Junkie challenge. Below I have copied & pasted the challenge specifications for any of you who would like to participate. There is always a little something up for grabs, but only if there is enough participation - so the more you involve yourself reqularly the more you increase the chance of it being viable to give those prizes away. Journaling Junkie is a challenge site not a manufacturer or kit club so your support would be greatly appreciated by us all there & the upside for you is that you will slowly compile {if you participate in each fortnightly challenge} a cool album full of insight. Just think...a 20 page album would take you just shy of a year (10 months) now that is achievable right? And you wouldn't even feel like you were slogging at it...it would just "sommer" come together as the year rolled on. A resolution for 2010 perhaps...come on! Join us will ya?


Challenge 65.
To document those little moments making up an ordinary day.
Snippets, special moments, ordinary routine.
This challenge closes on the 29th of September midnight GMT- Please leave a comment with the link to your URL or email me eyeore at telkomsa dot net

Here is the {blurry...sorry...} title. I used a real badge that I pulled the safety pin out of (long nose pliers work a treat). I filled the indentation at the back with a piece of 3D board (foamcore) so that I could adhere the badge easily. I did some zigzag hand-stitching at the top & layered the badge over a strip of crumpled & inked cardstock that I stapled on with some coloured staples.

The backing paper is Prima "Her Prerogative" from the Steel Toe Mary Jane Collection. The Harlequin paper underneath the photo is Jenni Bowlin "Navy Harlequin" inked with red. The cherries that I hand-cut are from Jenni Bowlin (Cherries) Clothesline & I "dimensionally glazed" them with Ranger, er, stuff... The brown currogated card is board I save every week from the packaging that comes around a 6 pack of Long-Life milk (if you must know LOL!) I inked it with Chestnut Roan & Dark Brown. The decorative paperclip is old Making Memories (too beautiful - love these & wish I could find more...) & the red tag is from the Making Memories Passport Collection. The jute string I took off a "Hang Ten" (Clothing brand here...) tag from some trackpants Chelsea bought recently. {I separated the strands to splay them out & stretched a small glue dot under each set of strands to hold them in place a bit}. There is also a strip of checked My Mind's Eye paper in there {scalloped with my Threading Water Punch) just under the bottom right photo that I needed there to balance out the title at the top. The yellow vellum has been part of my stash for, like, forever man...

Title is "It's all Good"

Journaling reads:- "To me the best times are the ordinary ones when we are all together as a family. Even when we are each "doing our own thing" at home I am happy just knowing that my four little chicks are all under one roof, relaxed & content. Providing our kids with a stable home in which to grow & flourish is, to us, the meaning behind our lives. 2009"

I had too much to say to be able to hand journal in the space on the tag so I decided to print my journaling for a change {haven't done it in a while but did TONS of it last weekend for my mystery project I am working on so was kinda on a roll...} & the vellum thing was just to add some interest & texture, same goes for the tearing & hand-stitching.

I love Picasa Collages for times like these when you want to portray a "mood" & need several shots to tell the story. They are a great way to squeeze 5 reasonably sized photos effortlessly onto a single layout & STILL have plenty of room for a title, journaling & embellishments, etc...

Still 12 days left for the challenge so think about giving it a go ;-D

14 comments:

topkatnz said...

You are right - it is all good! Love the product description 'Ranger ... er ... stuff'ROFL

Jenny in Durbs said...

Fab l/o & good luck its really good.

Penny said...

Lovely layout AGAIN, Helen! And such from the heart journalling - I can identify with those weekends

jax said...

fabulous journalling! love it, love it, love it

Lynette said...

I just love your journalling....great layout.

Desire Fourie said...

Gorgeous creation Helen. Love the journaling which makes it extra special.
Hugs
Desire

Bernadine said...

As always a lovely layout. Hope you are well. Any news on our Cocoa Daisy kits for August? Have a good weekend. :)

This is Carrie said...

I love that you mostly do hand journaling. There is something to seeing handwritten words that really helps make a connection in a keepsake item.

The sentiment in this page's journaling is beautiful.

The Lonely Scrapbooker said...

I love the journaling--very inspiring, not only for a scrapbook page, but as a philosophy for living!
I have a dilemma though: the challenge over at The Story Matters is almost identical to this one. And I had done a page for that challenge. Can I submit it for this too, or would I need to submit a whole new layout?
I honestly can't think of a theme/subject for another layout!

Helen Tilbury said...

Thanks for the great comments guys! Haha Heidi I put that in my product description to see if anyone actually reads all that LOL! So glad you all enjoyed the journaling. Shane & I both come from dysfunctional families/divorce so this is a very important issue for us. Fortunately we are a very compatible couple so agreeing togetther & providing a stable environment for our kids isn't too difficult ;-D Bernie our kits arrived on Thursday & I sent yours off to you by Speed Post on Friday so you should get it early next week. It took 34 days to get here this time (the longest ever) which I'm sure was due to our postal strike. Tricia also sent them out 10 days late because they contain new product from CHA remember? LS don't worry that your layout is also linked to another challenge. Stefanie won't mind as nowhere on the JJ blog is it stated that challenges can't already be published elsewhere. Just leave a comment on the JJ blog & link to your project or e mail her on the address at the top of my post & send her the link. Can't wait to see it!

tania said...

hi helen.i am late to comment, but lovely layout and yes journaling right from the heart, i am busy with those webster paper, gosh, they are beautiful, but i STRUGGLE!! hope to have it done by the weekend;)

Shayne said...

Love the journaling Helen - understand exactly where you're coming from as I come from a divorced home too.

Michelle Ramsay said...

Lovley layout Helen and I love your journalling. I enjoy that too.

Andrea said...

Just to let you know I am checking in even if most of the time it is just a quick read and out again....layout looks great!
xxx
A