Friday, 20 November 2009

Inspiration, Links & a new Layout!


I have been doing more blog-hopping than scrapping this week due to 2 factors:-

1} My chronic foot condition has flared up big time & I am having to sit more than stand at the moment. {I am loathe to go back for more cortisone injections, which solve the problem but replace it with others & are very painful in themselves because they have to go straight into the side of my feet}.

2} The weather - I am freezing! Unable to do anything other than sit by the heater on the pc or get into bed with the electric blanket on No. 3!


Yesterday I was flicking through Colour Lovers & came across this:-


I downloaded it to my desktop {as I am wont to do occassionally}. Next I visited Kelly Goree's blog & discovered this. How strange is that??? Almost the identical colour scheme!!! And I am in luuuuuuuuurve ...... well, infatuation really, have been thinking about it all day...
After some investigation it would seem that Sugar Rush seems to be more to everyone's taste...but in my mind it is no rival! I just love green & have noticed that there is a definite dominance of it on my pages. It's all good...I like green...don't make a calculated decision to use it but it's just so fresh, soothing, earthy & calm so I am chomping at the bit for this one...know it will be quite a wait for us Africans & it is not even on Two Peas yet...

A new blog I am enjoying at the moment is this one & how cute is that layout? Just lovely - layered, stitched, embellishment clusters...all my favourite things & Wendy Sue is one of the new CK Dream Team members too!

As you all know the Internet is flooded with all things Christmassy right now & free stuff here & there too. One of the prettiest things on offer are the free downloads you can find here & here. You can check out this cool project here where you will also find the link to Kayla's blog where the free download can be found for these cute book trees.


Another thing I'm following with interest is this - a great concept for newbies but I am waaaaaaaaaay too far gone with this hobby to even consider it, as well priced as it is, but I am recommending it to a friend who is short on time & not creatively minded as it's certainly simple & very attractive. I know that I over complicate things but that's part of creativity & I could never be that disciplined, after all I abandoned the 365 thing by June LOL!

And, to reward you for your patience, a layout at last! Yup, I still have a few of them up my sleeve so here is a quick & easy one for you all. Ever an S.E.I fan I did this one last month as I bought the paper on sale & wanted to use it straight away. Aptly titled "16 and Blooming Gorgeous" Chelsea is literally blossoming before our eyes, which is wonderful & frightening at the same time. Never did I think my chubby little girl would turn into the graceful swan that she has become. Swiftly she is departing...{Now that would be a good name for my next layout of her} Slipping through my fingers...{you get the idea LOL!} Moving on...



The paper is s.e.i Seafoam & Poppy {just cut out part of the flower design}. Alphas are Chatterbox Artsylicious {Fine pressed Alabaster} Glitter chipboard is DCWV. Bling Brads also Chatterbox & stick-on bling gems are Bo Bunny. I raised the chipboard flowers on pop-dots & filled in the flower centres with the insides of all the alpha "o's" to add dimension. Journaling card "Theresa Collins" mounted onto red bazzill. Yellow offcut (Cosmo Cricket) inked with brown offset at back.

Quite simple for me don'tcha think? I thought the textures from the paper & alphas were enough...

See the embellished flower centres & fancy brad below.

Also colourful but somehow not overwhelmingly garish as the blue is dusty cobalt & the yellow slightly mustard...


So there you have it. This one was a quickie. I put it together in an hour. Need to do some more like this me thinks...now that time is short & all that...

Happy Weekend! See y'all Monday ;-D

11 comments:

Vicki said...

Love that layout. I prefer the BG Origins to Sugar Rush as well. Probably because Sugar Rush reminds me of the Lemonade range and I have yet to use it all. LOL.

mariam said...

I love origins! thanks for the scoop I am never up to date with this stuff. have u bought fr 2 peas? hows the service?

I love your LO I just notice that my LO are always the same. the paper and flower is so gorgeous.

tania said...

lovely layout helen, it really does feel as though you can grab them by the pony and just say hold on a bit,hey??
also freezing cold here and pouring rain. weather like this. . . feel as though i can chew on my pulses, the sun must shine for me.

topkatnz said...

Yes Chelsea is blooming gorgeous - I can see a lot of you in her! Have to agree with all BG Origins is def my pick too - I use green a lot also, and am having a wee love affair with it at the moment.

Michelle Ramsay said...

Lovely layout Helen. I have seen a couple of those blogs you mentioned as well. I must say I really like the paper Christmas trees - very cute.

teacher jessy said...

This is a beautifully done layout!! Absolutely love the flowers & colors :)

Lynette said...

She is beautiful Helen.
I hope your feet is getting better. We also had icy weather...but today was 32 degrees. No wonder I am struggling with a sinus infection.

Helen Tilbury said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for all your sweet comments. Vicki I thought you would prefer Sugar Rush as I thought it was more your colour scheme, but you're right - it's a bit samey to Lemonade & Lemonade was nicer! Bee I've never bought from 2Peas - keep meaning to start then some other good deal comes up - should think it would all go smoothly though as they must surely be used to shipping internationally. I often wish my layouts weren't always as varied as they are but at least you all enjoy the variety LOL! The rain has gone & my feet feel a lot better - am wondering now if it's connected to the moisture? as they were the worst ever this week & it poured day & night!

Shayne said...

This is a lovely LO Helen - simple but gets the message across and captures the moment. She is beautiful. No doubt about that.

Glad to hear your feet are feeling better.

The Lonely Scrapbooker said...

My project 365 lasted just over a week! LOL. I'm trying project 52 next year though. I think I can make that work, especially since we are taking tons of photos of the babies.
I love that colour combo, and that Basic Grey. It's gorgeous. I'm trying to not look at anything new though! I need to deplete my stash a bit. I just don't have the time or headspace to scrap. I think I need to get organized because I have so many layouts I want to do and I'm getting overwhelmed.
Anyhooooo... nice layout btw!

Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful layout once again. Sure hope that foot of yours heals soon ... I feel for you ... it must be so frustrating.
Hugs
Desire