Friday, 11 May 2012

Let's Talk Pandore!

Les Papiers de Pandore that is.  Isn't the name itself just
beautiful?!  Oh how I love the French language.  I could
 be verbally abused in French and I would be hanging on
every word.  Well LPDP is a French manufacturer
of scrapbooking papers and clear acrylic stamps, and is
situated in the South of France, and owned and managed 
by my dear and uber talented friend, Julie Blanc.

I have been an admirer of Julie's work for many years 
now and our paths have crossed many times over on
our online journeys.  She is also a designer at the world
famous Color Room and HONESTLY she has been on
"the list" for years. 

 Yup I keep a list of my 10 favourite scrappers each year 
and that list changes and morphs each year but there are
 some people who just never fall off it and she is one of
 them.  Her work is 'just up my street' - modern shabby - 
the layering is there and so is the white space.  Perfection
 and so chic and stylish. Typically French, her work looks 
effortless but I am sure that it is not!

Tons of Pandore inspiration on both her blog and the
Pandore blog, both of which you can "follow by e mail"
so you can be sure of never missing another post!!


Did you know that every month there is a sketch challenge?
Yup Julie is a woman of many talents and draws up the
most wonderful sketches - here is the current one for May!

This was my Design Team Introductory layout created for 
April, using their fabulous "Le Parfum des Camelias" line. 
I fell in love with these papers and I'm sure you can see 
why...They are all available for purchase DIRECTLY 

My next offering was this page - which you can find HERE.
I wanted to show you both these pages TOGETHER so
that you can see the versatility of these papers and how
layouts made with papers from THE SAME COLLECTION 
can look so different colour wise!  The colours are so
saturated and strong but not at all garish.

So this month I think I will tackle that lovely sketch...
It looks modern to me {although of course I can
turn anything shabby, as can you!} but I want to
tuck into some of their other paper lines now -
take a peek into their store HERE.

  If you are using Google Chrome as your browser
 you will see that everything automatically translates
 to English & the site is very easy to navigate.  There
 are MANY different paper collections to choose 
from, each as timeless as the next, and postage is

  My parcel cost Euro 11.50 to South 
Africa, which equates to about US$15, which is 
cheaper than it would have cost to get to me from
the States, where a box that was costing me $42
last year is now costing me $62!!!!

Now DON'T FORGET to LIKE Les Papiers de Pandore
on FACEBOOK and upload your May Sketch Layout
there for a chance to win this fabulous new collection
(The Scent of Camelias).  There is also ANOTHER
way to win these papers this month - woo hoo!!
See my previous post HERE! And check out the
post directly on the Berry 71 Bleu Pages blog HERE.


Shayne said...

So pretty. The Easter Egg hunt one is so 'not an easter hunt' lo, but so gorgeous.

And i'm loving the pink & green combo on the Love Lo - gorgeous. This is so right up your alley!

yyam said...

Oh wow! These papers are so you too. These layouts are just gorgeous. Amazing use of colours and wonderful details. :)

Fi said...

Totally agree with you Helen, love Julie's work and having been trying for ages to get my hands on the papers and stamps. Yay for C'est Magnifique because I have finally been able to build a collection of these amazing stamps even the stazon wipes of with leaving it stained. Your pages as I think I have already commented are beautiful.

Sandi Smith said...

Beautiful creations them both!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwww!! These are just GORGEOUS Helen!! I love love love all the fussy cutting and the butterflies!! The colors are beautiful too!!

Tina said...

Gorgeous Helen! - the first one is superb. A perfect match of paper, color and photos!

Bente Fagerberg said...

Wonderful post Helen.I agree with all the good things you say and did I mention your lo's are gorgeous!!?
You are a great fit for these papers!!

Lizzy Hill said...

Hey Helen, nice to see you visiting me...I think you blog more than I do, which is saying something, tho Mitra is up there, too:):) These look lovely....I'm with you on the French, too, can't speak it but "J'adore" anyway!!! Have you seen Marinette's blog??? You'd love it, I reckon:):)

Lynnda said...

Beautiful layouts the colors...the fussy cuttings...the photos too... You are amazing Helen...always WOW us... hugs...xoxo

Rachael Funnell said...

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS Helen!!! Both these layouts Helen are YEP! Gorgeous........
Wishing you a WONDERFUL Mothers Day for Sunday!! ♥

sandi said...

Wow! Helen these are just absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!! Love what you've done with those papers!


I love your multi-pic layouts. Simply gorgeous!

Mitra Pratt said...

We need to figure a way around that postage!! GOODNESS!!! LOVE that paper you used and those lovely colors! Roses just can't fail to make me happy!

Karen Shady said...

hello lovely lady YAY, I can finally add a comment :) I LOVE these Lo's, I especially love the first one :) that quote about falling in love made me giggle, so true..

Hugs xx

Eila Sandberg said...

Was so happy when you let out the news about your DT assignment with LPdP and so totally dead sure you would create beauty with the papers. Was sure right! These are both so *sigh* gorgeous! the colours are just awesome, make the already fabulous photos sing on an extra high note! xoxo

Denise van Deventer said...

Wow Helen....these layouts are just gorgeous and the papers's much easier to create beautiful pages when one has beautiful papers! Love your work...