Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Free as a Bird - She Soars Layout {C'est Magnifique Guest Designer September 2012}

Hi there everyone!  I do hope you are well this fine Monday,
well Tuesday already for some over to the East!  I am in fine
fettle.  Spring has Sprung and being a born and bred African
warm weather brings out the best in me and I was back in the
gym first thing this morning & have a Zumba class booked
for first thing tomorrow morning!  When the sun is shining
and the rain has gone away then all is right in my world :)

Today I am sharing my 5th and last layout made for my
Guest Designer stint over at C'est Magnifique this month.
I had a blast there with Leslie and her team of fine designers
& thank them all most warmly for having me.  I only
have the main photo to show you, no close ups as they 
were lost on my hard-drive along with my last 6 months
worth of photographs :(  I will retake them soon!

I created the photo collage in Picasa after editing the photos
with the Focal B + W function.  I added a lot of depth and texture 
to the background paper first using gesso, gel medium, inks, 
mists and various stencils. I tucked some frayed bandaging 
under the photo collage, fussy-cut the hot-air balloons & tucked
 in some blooms & bling that I had split up from one flourish. 
 A Prima wooden bird, Heidi Swapp banner delights inked in lilac
& Dear Lizzy Thickers complete my layout.  

From my Own stash :-

Gesso & Gel Medium - Claudine Helmuth Studio
Chicken Wire Stencil - 12 inch - Crafter's Workshop
Reverse Chicken Wire Stencil - 6 inch - Crafter's Workshop
Inks - Color Box - Dark Brown, Burnt Sienna & Chestnut Roan
Lilac Ink - Pretty Color
Bandaging - stash
Journaling Pen - Schachihata 0.4

All papers from Riddersholm Design


Bellaidea said...

Very cool photos and great page!

Lizzy Hill said...

LOVE the 'movement' - the circular movement - you've got going here..it's amazing....glad you're back exercising...think of me exercising my eyes on the ART in Florence....we're off today, so, as Shakespeare said, I'll see you 'anon':):):) Happy scrapping...hopefully the ipad will work somewhere, sometime, so I can check out what you've been up to:):)!!!

Karen said...

Such an awesome background on this layout Helen..love it!! I know what you mean about the warmer weather...I wore short sleeves yesterday while I was in the garden!! Very exciting...bring on summer!!

Rachael Funnell said...

we are in spring here... & I'm lovin it!! Such a bummer about losing 6 months worth of photographs!!
& your layout is a CRACK A LACKING awesome!!! your backgrounds are always Incredible & right up my ally...

MARILYN said...

Awesome background!!! love the mix of colours and love how you worked these photos..looks fantastic!!! oh girl, I hope you can recover your photos :(.... Beautiful work!
I hope everything is fine there, a little complicated here, I'll write you soon. Take care my friend!!!
Hugs!! :)

juscrap said...

Awesome background! stunning page Helen.xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwww!!! This is GORGEOUS!!! I love love love the photos, the title and loving all the banners!!!!

Lynnda said...

Simply gorgeous Helen...Great photos collage too... hugs...xoxo

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous layout Helen! Congrats on your GDT spot! So well deserved!

yyam said...

Lovelovelove the photo collage with the cool b/w effects. And amazing textures as always Helen. :)

alexandra s.m. said...

I love your work with the photo collages !
a great page indeed Helen!

Jasmine S said...

Love how you use multiple photos and the colours in the pics really blend well with the background colours. Gorgeous page Helen.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Lovely page Helen!!! :D

Kerryn said...

Fabulous page Helen!


I love your photo editing and collage, Helen. Love the way the black title and bright bird pop off the orange background! Happy hump day :)

sandi said...

Beautiful lo Helen! Love the neat design and pics!

Leonie said...

Great photo editing love the rounded corners and super background Helen! :)

Leonie said...

Great photo editing love the rounded corners and super background Helen! :)

Aline Marengo said...

Hi Helen

Love the page ... the colors are beautiful and the pictures were great!



Sharm Nidyanandan said...

Super awesome page Helen! not your usual shades I would think.. but super gorge nonetheless!! :)

Desire Fourie said...

Helen I just love this. So beautifully designed. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

Keren Tamir said...

Love the layout and love the photos. You did wonderful with the kit

Mitra Pratt said...

Goodness! you are not allowed Pc problems anymore, too many!!!

Love the black and white and the cool beaners title!

LOVE that they asked you to guest design!

Mine is soon to turn 12 too, yikes, where does the time go!

Hugs from NY!

Eila Sandberg said...

He he LOVE the piccies Helen! made me smile :)) You have worked that kit really really fabulously darling, this is beautiful and cool at the same time!! The computer problems you're having would drive me up the wall, so hoping they get resolved soon. xoxox