Friday, 6 May 2011

Scrapbook Challenges National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop/City Crafter Challenge Blog Colour Combo {and Believe layout}

So it's hopping time over at Scrapbook Challenges today & all weekend, until midnight Sunday Mountain Time.  Our awesome founder, Pamela Young, is taking a break & handing over the reigns & we have all been requested to create an Inspiration Layout for her to enjoy viewing during the hop!

So here is the list of all the blog hop participants & I have made my address HUGE so that you know where you are :)

Jolanda (
Chanell (
Rene' (
Yara (
Debi   (                
Shannon (
Sabrina (
Dani (
Deb ( 
Mary Ann (
Shelly (
Jowilna (
Marilyn (
Cheryl (
Ana (
Jo (
Ilene (
Jackie (
Annie (
Carmen (
Amanda (
Natalie (
Helen (
Sookie (

For those of you who haven't visited my blog before, I have been on the Design Team at Scrapbook Challenges since January this year.  I first became aware of Scrapbook Challenges towards the end of last year when they held the competition Scrapbook Challenges Next Top Scrapper (you can still find the posts for last year's competition in the forum).  The competition was totally fun & although I didn't win it I made some awesome new scrappy friends from within the competitors' circle & we are still bloggy friends to this day (and I hope we always will be - wink - Sabrina, Jolande, Marilyn & more!)

So we were required to dig through the Scrapbook Challenges archives & find one of Pamela's really old sketches - so this is my choice - Sketch 115 above.

I knew immediately that the new range from GCD - SOUL FOOD - would be just PERFECT for this challenge & so it was!

As an extra challenge we were requested to make these layouts 8 x 8, which is teeeeeeeeeeeeeny for me!  I have only EVER made one 8 x8 layout in my LIFE before, so this is my second!

Hat's off to Debbi Tehrani, who creates absolute mini-masterpieces (all her layouts are 8x8) with such immaculate detail !  I have a new found respect for your efforts after working with such a small layout.


Cream cardstock (American Crafts) 
Printed Paper - GCD Soul Food - Lovely Green
Inspiration cards - GCD Soul Food by Melody Ross
Ribbon & ricrac - Peachy Keen by American Crafts
Brads - SEI
Stickpins - local haberdashery
Epoxy brad - 7 Gypsies Victoria
Lace - stash 
B - Rainboots thickers - Dear Lizzy for American Crafts
Mini-alphas - Life's Good - Echo Park
Blue ink - Pretty Colour

As the inspiration cards I was using just happened to be coral in colour I decided to use that starting point for this colour scheme at City Crafter Challenge Blog - Week 55 - (and My! Isn't it a fine & dandy colour scheme?!?)  Definitely one that works so well it's worth repeating over & over again :)

Now for the RAK info How's this for a prize?!?

1.  One member who leaves a comment on all the blogs & in the hop will get Chipboard Borders, 12x12 Collection Kit and a 6x6 Paper Pad from To The Moon by Fancy Pants.


 But WAIT!  There's more!!

 2.  One member who posts a NEW layout (based on one of Pam’s sketches) and posts it in the HOP ON section will receive a package of Tim Holtz goodies.

 AND there's never been a better time to sign up @ Scrapbook Challenges :)

 3. One new member, who registers over the weekend will get the We R Memory Keepers’ Sew Easy Piercer, 4 Piercers, a mixed assortment of Divine Twine and 15 colors of DMC Embroidery Floss.

OKIDOKEY!!!  That's it folks!  Now all you gotta do is leave me a (nice!) comment here & hop on to the next blog here!

Sookie (

OR (If you are just one of my (very special) peeps here for a bloggy visit - if you are interested in participating in the hop then start at the beginning over here!

Brynn (

 Have a great weekend my friends - Rest, Enjoy, Party, Create - Whatever you do best or all four :)


Sabrina Scrapbook said...

Yeah Helen, that's exactly where I met you ;) I feel so happy to have the chance to know you, and to be able to connect with one another about our madness lol!! And I have to say that I just LOVE your 2nd 8X8 page!! You totally rocked the page with beautiful colors, beautiful design!! Well-done!! Wish it was for me hehehehe!! Enjoy your weekend, dear!! :D

Alyssa said...

Love your layout. So beautiful!

Unknown said...

Love your colorful take on the sketch..oh soo very pretty! Great message as well...:)

Carmen Crosseti Cohen-Henriquez said...

Helen, amazing layout, love each detail of it!!!
Enjoy de blog hop!! :)

Alison said...

Helen, an amazing LO and message!
Alison xx

Pamela said...

Wow! Love your layout! So beautiful! I always love your work. :) Thank you for all you've done for SC!

Natalie Jane said...

WOW!! beautiful page!!
have a great weekend xox

jessica_haley555 said...

This page is so much fun! I love the bright spring colours you used.

Annie Collins said...

Beautiful layout. Love that inspirational card.

Kelly Massman said...

Such a pretty layout!

Jasmine said...

Beautiful work, Helen. Love the colour scheme you decided to go with. Very fresh.

Deb said...

How absolutely gorgeous Helen. Deb xox

{Eka} said...

Amazing page, Helen! Love all the words.. Very well done!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful, Beautiful page, Helen!! Love the colors and the words. Have a nice weekend! and Happy Mother's Day!!

Renee said...

Helen, your layout is oh so beautiful! I love all the colors and elements that you used on your page. Great job!!

Jolanda said...

wow,wow,wow these colors...i LOVE it!!
Very pretty work and so nice to meet you too!!Your work is amazing!!Have a nice weekend and enjoy the HOP!

Lou said...

Great post and LO Helen!! Isn't Melody Ross just fabulous!! Might have to check out that site and the blog hop ...:) Fab prizes too!:)
Have actually been wondering about one of those Sew Easy things... lol!!
Hope you are having a lovely weekend..:)
Lou xx

Cheryl said...

wow, stunning page there Helen! and great photography skills ;-)

Ros said...

Fabulous LO ... the colours are spot on for our challenge too ... I love all the details ... thanks so much for playing with us at CCCB

Anonymous said...

love the colors you pretty! and the qoute is just wonderful.

Rene Sharp said...

LOVELY page Helen. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend xx

anazelia said...

Love that sketch, and your page is wonderful. I am so glad that 8 x 8 was hard for others too.

Chels said...

Love your Lo! So many great things to see!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful work Helen, great take on this week challenge at CCCB, thanks for playing along with us, and Happy mother's day my friend! : )

scrapbookertink said...

Gorgeous page Helen, love the colours and the quotes, no time for anything this weekend, lots of work to do, shouldn't even be here LOL, have a fantastic week x.

Nadia Cannizzo said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE the details on this, the embellies and the colours. Simply stunning. Well done...xoxo Nadia

Yara said...

Wow! Helen! This is just beautiful! Love the long list of positive descriptions! Love the colors too! very inspiring! Happy Mother's Day!

ChelleStamps said...

Gorgeous page! I just love that sentiment, and the colors are amazing!

Rose Ann said...

wonderful lo!

Unknown said...

hey friend how beautiful and love the colors
and have a wonderful week
Big Hugs


Jackie said...

Lovely, love the colors!

CStrickler said...

so much beautiful colour and texture!

Unknown said...

Your took those colors and made a beautiful LO.. Sooooo pretty.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

cnelson said...

Lovely work with the GCD Studio paper! LOVE this!
Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!