Monday, 1 April 2013

'Precious Memories' - Purple Pumpkin Sketch






Happy 1st day of the month & Happy April Fools Day!!  Hope you haven't fallen for any silly practical jokes yet.  Living in a house full of teenagers I'm sure they have something up their sleeves for me :) Well a new month brings with it new sketches - yay!!  Let's start with the April sketch from Purple Pumpkin!  


I love simple sketches!  It's always nice to be able to put your own spin on things!!  Well I found the most hilarious photo of my kids from a few years back.  They just look so geeky, I can't help but laugh when I look at this & of course they are mortified that I am sharing it on the internet!! {clapping hands!!!} 


I used some cool old ledger paper from Crate Paper & cut up some very cool Authentique bingo card paper to ground my photo & embellishments.


I started by splattering on some Maya Mist in Charcoal {one of the most useful mists you could ever own...}. I inked those edges up with Dark Brown from Colorbox {one of the most useful chalk ink you could ever own...}


I layered up all my pretties from Purple Pumpkin.  If you are an embellishment addict like me you really ought to have applied for the Design Team at Purple Pumpkin, but if you didn't {the call is now closed sadly} but I did give you all a heads-up on it a couple of times!  No worries as you can buy all you want HERE.  


I added in some doily flowers that I also inked up {I punched them from a Martha Stewart punch I bought locally a while back}. They add a nice, layered effect to my cluster I think.


This year I've decided that hand-journaling is often the way to go - authenticity is what it is about for me.  I want heartfelt pages that are fun to create & not a time consuming chore.  


I inked up my chipboard title from Scrapmatts - you can buy their stuff HERE.  To get this effect I press the cat's eye inkpad directly on top of the chippie, intentionally leaving some areas raw.  Then I paint over with my clear glitter nail varnish :)


I have been REALLY pressed for time this month so I gave myself a challenge to complete this layout in an hour and I managed!!  It's a great challenge to set yourself - you should try it!



28 comments:

Juliana said...

Fabulous layout! I can't believe you did it in an hour!!!

Debbi Tehrani said...

Beautiful page, Helen. Great take on the sketch. LOVE your handwriting, and your kids are so beautiful. Loving those pretty brads!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is soooooooooooo gorgeous!! I love love love those buttons and flowers!!!

sandi said...

Fabulous lo Helen! Love the mix and the use of the older pic....the kiddos sure have grown!

Lynette said...

They have grown a lot since then. Very adorable photo...and your layout showcases it to perfection.

Marelize said...

Hehe... that is a great photo Helen! One hour, wow! Well done on creating such an amazing layout in such a short time. xx

Desire Fourie said...

Gorgeous layout and I love how you always have your journaling in your own beautiful handwriting.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Evgenia Petzer said...

wow! for an hour.... thats superb! teh photo is really funny:)

Keren Tamir said...

this is stupendous and I love the photo!! they do look so cute!
I especially love your hand writing!! teach me!!!

topkatnz said...

Heehee, cute and small indeed!! 6years is a huge time in the life of a kid! Gorgeous:)

alexandra s.m. said...

Great page Helen!
Love that cluster and your mix of "vintage" elements and more contemporary ones.
The result is rich and timeless!

Tracey said...

Absolutely gorgeous page Helen!!

Lynnda said...

wow wow Helen... this layout is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love it... hugs...xoxo

elainec said...

As always your layout is just great. I love your hand writing I mine was as nice I would use it more often , tho i do use it to go down the side of a layout that way it cannot been seen so easily . I will practice tho as I do think it looks more "handmade'

Kelly Foster said...

Awwww they look so cute!!!! I love the browns/neutrals with the beautiful pop of pink and blue in your cluster, wonderful!

Adriana B said...

gorgeous details and love the journalling
the sketch is wonderful too, great take :)

Alison said...

Love that sketch, and what you did with it Helen...a fab hour's work!!
Alison xx

Fi said...

I was thinking what a cute sketch and then noticed the picture was of the kids when they were younger, they look so cute Helen. Great job on the page hope you didn't get to many pranks. I suppose for you the worst case would be to walk in your scrapping room and all your stuff was gone...lol Dont know what I'm laughing at I would be horrified íf mine did that.

Cindy Keogh said...

Super cute layout! I love it!

Val Thorpe said...

Gorgeous layout Helen. Impressive to get in done in an hour... :D

Sandi Cl~ said...

Cute cute cute! And one hour? I'm so there! Love the chippie treatment .. going to raid my nail stash! LOL

Carin McDonough said...

Gorgeous layout and that photo is too cute! I think you have really nice handwriting! I need to do a layout in an hour too, this could be funny :)

Linda Eggleton said...

LOL at them being mortified with you sharing on the internet!!! hehe

Wow, 1 hour!! that is amazing, Helen...and your layout is gorgeous! (I don't think I could ever create a page in an hour...but I so wish I could!)

Denise van Deventer said...

Such a great page Helen...and yes, in 6 years the children certainly change quite a bit!;-) I love your handwriting and it's great that you are journalling in it...think I must do that a little bit more...but mine is nowhere as cool as yours! ;-)

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

They look so adorable. Love the ledger background!

Mitra Pratt said...

LOVE IT! And my have they grown! Think of how many new outfits you have gone through in the past six years...and sneakers..no don't!

Love that you made this in an hour. It's easy to fit that kind of time into the day. Love the chippie treatment too!

Eila Sandberg said...

An hour!! holy cow that's amazing! he he they are soooo cute, can imagine they were less than happy with their mum putting them through such an embarrasing moment in public :)) This is such a great page too Helen! xoxoxo

Lizzy Hill said...

This made me smile...I can understand your kids being a tad embarrassed, but it's super cute:):):) love how you've sorta vintage-d it up:):):) And amen to the hand writing on LOs :):):)