Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Bird is the Word HOPE and TODAY plus my Colour Combos Galore Blog Hop Winner!

*** I am happy to announce that the winner of my Colour Combos Galore Blog Hop RAK is RACHAEL FUNNEL of Australia!  Send me your postal address will ya so I can get your little parcel off to you!***


It's a DOUBLE DOSE of Bird is the Word here today!  
I truly LOVE this challenge site because somehow it always produces meaningful layouts.

It is SO EASY TO PARTICIPATE - all you have to do is use the chosen word anywhere on your layout - as part of your title or in your journaling.  The current words are HOPE and TODAY.  I've linked you up there to the Design Team reveals - HOPE is still open for a week and TODAY still has 19 days to go.

How it works is each challenge runs for A WHOLE MONTH to give everyone time to participate, but there is a reveal along with a new word every fortnight.

There are currently about 20 - 30 players for each challenge & the prize is always a complete TIDBITZ IN TIME KIT OF YOUR CHOICE so it's definitely worthwhile & now we have a WINNER BADGE for the TOP 5 to proudly display on your blogs too so I hope you play along!

This layout is using the prompt word HOPE/S.

Sassafras alphas & some little resin flowers that were earrings I snapped the backs off!

Used some left over Doodlebug & Crate Paper border stickers & finished off my offcuts by punching out butterflies!

I'm enjoying tackling these little FUJI INSTAX photos - they are credit-card sized & ooooh too cute!

Ooooh Lily Bee is always so yummy!!!

My daughter left for uni on Saturday, after being with us for a month's vacation.  This layout is about how she is doing well with her new-found independence.

I didn't use a sketch here but rather my own original design.  To be honest I prefer that for me, which is why I like these WORD challenges so much, as there is no restriction on design.


For the word TODAY I decided to use recent photos of my younger son Reilly & journal about some of the internal struggles he is experiencing as a teenager these days.

My journaling reads:-  “You are 13 and like a typical 13 year old you know it all.  You are and will always be the same sweet little boy to me, that you have always been, minus the hormones and all the insecurities they bring with them.  You have such a unique personality but right now you are finding it hard to shine.  Feeling that being you is no longer enough and trying by all means to conform to what teens consider the norm.  I know that one day you’ll feel comfortable in your own skin again.  Remember what I used to tell you when you were just a little boy - “Why try to fit in when you were born to stand out”.  I believe you will embrace that again one day…”

I printed off 2 of each photo (4 altogether) so that I could offset one behind the other, but left each set of 2 photos joined down the centre ( as I printed on an A4 sheet), then I printed out my journaling onto cardstock,  in a long textbox that I first sprayed with 3 different coloured mists.

Once printed out I cut the journaling into strips.  I also misted the background and the medical guaze that I used to replace my patterned paper, then dried both using my heat embossing tool. 

 I used the dots from the alphabet pack used in “Today” to add more dots to my paint splatters.

So why not click on over to BIRD IS THE WORD right now, become a follower & be in with a chance to win a whole kit of your choice from Tidbitz in Time EVERY FORTNIGHT?!

Remember you have a week left to get your HOPE entries in & 19 days left to enter the TODAY challenge.

Happy Scrapping!


Rachael Funnell said...

Thanks Heaps Helen....
Well U know I adore your work & these two Layouts are simply & Totally Fantastic!!!!
I'm SO glad to be on the DT for BITW with U & I Sooooo totally agree with U on the BITW Truly LOVING this Site & the Gorgeous Wendy!!!!
Those resin flowers that were earrings are just Super C.U.T.E!!
I love how you printed your journalling onto cardstock, then misted it... FABBO!
Enjoy the rest of your DAY!!

Diana said...

I hope your children appreciate (either now or later) these beautiful pages you have done of/for them. They are truly an expression of love and I hope they recognize that!
I am finally done going through all my reader! I hardly read any posts in full (except yours and one or two others).

Sonia said...

Hi, Hola!
Love your fab layout! Great colours, especially the shade of violet (one of my fav colour)
Great Creations
Greetings from Puerto Rico

*New follower*

Jasmine S said...

Are you having a better day today??? I loved reading about your chain of events.....
And I just love both LOs. Love how you added other color to the purple in your BITW LO and how on earth can you make purple doilies and yellow flowers look so fab for a boy LO?? I just loooooove that journaling strip. Wonderful work Miss H.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE these!! WOW WOW WOW!! Loving the photo and the design in the first one .... and loveeeeeeee how you used medical gauze in the second one!! Just saw you over on Yvonne's blog...woooooooooo hoooooooooooooo! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

scrapbookertink said...

Hi Helen, you made me stop and think how time flies, Mat just turned 15 on Sunday and Charlotte will be 17 in October both fast asleep as I type this, just dropped DH at the station and sitting with a cup of tea catching up! Your layouts are so precious and you have made me realise I so need to journal more and not get caught up in the look or the current challenge of the day, so need to step back and think why we scrap (OH NO! have I gone off on a sentimental journey as a mother ) love your layouts and look forward to visiting your blog, take care and have a good week x.

Toni Cartwright said...

WOW Helen.. these LO's are just fantastic...
Your photos in both are just divine!!!!
Have a great week

Alison said...

Another two fabulous LOs Helen...I love the way you did the journalling in the second one- thanks for the idea! Take care
Alison xx

Lea said...

What touching layouts! And the medical gauze is brilliant!!!

Unknown said...

WOW Helen....this are just GORGEOUS!!! But what I love about them the most is your heartfelt journalling...stories to treasure! Love love the medical gauze heaps...will have to give this a try I think! Thanks heaps for all the inspiration :))xx

Shayne said...

Two very different LO's from your usual style in that they are a lot funkier and brighter?

loved the journaling on reilly's page - echos with what i'm going through with daniella right now.


Lynette Jacobs said...

Wow Helen..these layouts are both fantastic. I love the one of Reilly...and the journaling is heart felt.

Kerryn said...

Both are fabulous Helen!!! I love the cute mini photos you've used in the first one! Must be hard letting your eldest go on her own in the big wide world. Bet she makes you proud though :).

And those photos in the second! Wow! They really capture the feel of your page. Gorgeous!!

sandi said...

Wow! Both of these are just fab! I really love the design of the one of your son...so neat. Yup, 13 is a difficult time for kids...funny though, it goes by so fast.

Mitralee said...

That journalling in the middle is amazing!!! Wow that Today page is hard core amazing!! May be my new fav Helen page!! U r a scrapping rock star!!!

Anne Pennington said...

This is awesome, especially the second layout!! Inspired!!!

Mel said...

Oh wow, wow, wow, you are amazing, I just love how you used the gorgeous texture under the photo, I love the journalling, the misting, wowsers, you are so diversive my friend. Melxx

Eila Sandberg said...

You know how I've always loved your journalling, the photos that are so beutifully expressive and capture little moments in the lives of your children and your family. The love you have for all of them shines in each and one of your wonderfully creative layouts. There are so many little individual treasures in both your pages, I cannot choose which of them is better as they are both amazing! Thanks for the lovely natter, so enjoy our little chats! could the cell phone doctor recessitate your Blueberry by the way? Mwah mwah mwah!!

Jessy Christopher said...

Definitely loving the two diff style you created on ur layouts!

Jessy Christopher said...

Definitely loving the two diff style you created on ur layouts!