Thursday, 26 March 2015

Crazy Cool Layout - Mixed Media Place
Typography Challenge

Hello to you out there!!  Hellooooooo!!!
Are you still there?!?  Uuuugh I have become such a bad blog friend :(
Life has got so busy this year that I hardly get to comment on other people's
blogs & it's a sorry state of affairs.  Please accept my humble apologies if
YOU are one of those people & rest assured it is nothing personal !!!

 I'm so happy to say that over the weekend, when I was on a roll, 
having completed 5 DT pages, I snuck in a 6th for the latest challenge at
 Mixed Media Place.  The challenge can be found HERE & is about TYPOGRAPHY.  

"We'd like to invite you to create any kind of project in which words & letters 
                      play the main role.  Play with different types. Alphabets. Calligraphy.
                          You may focus on the letters but also words and sentences.
                               A quote. An affirmative sentence. Or just letter soup.""

Well I own PLENTY of alphas & they are pretty out of fashion these days.  
It's all about die-cut swirly words, which are beautiful, but I need to 
plough my way through my stash of alphas slowly but surely &
I thought this would be a great way to do it!

 The photo is of my youngest son, who is not happy in front of the camera, 
& is not a smiler!  For the most part I may be lucky enough to catch a
 quick shot like this when he is unawares!!  Here he is trying on a
 ridiculously impractical pair of sunglasses at a local chain store.
 He has a really whacky sense of humour & I'm happy to 
have got this shot!

I used an ancient herringbone paper from Crate Paper along with stickers
 from "Stationer's Desk" which I was sent by Scrap 365 Magazine
 about a year ago, when we were featuring Prima on the blog.  
I got one of everything in the collection & am still
 ploughing my way through it!

The biggest alphas come from Prima & are the raw canvas ones, so I coloured 
them with a black ink pad.  The grey alphas are American Crafts & the little red
 ones are the lovely Webster's Pages ones they used to make.  I don't buy 
Webster's any more since their styling took such a modern turn, 
so am not sure if these are even still in production.  

I used Splash! inks from 13arts for my black & white splatters, Antique Gold
 from Prima for the old gold splashes you see {one of my favourite
 Color Bloom Spray colours} & some older Maya Road deep red
 mist.  I kept to a simple style so I would have plenty of space
for all my typography!  Thanks for stopping by today!!


Annie Claxton said...

This really is a super cool page Helen - love the colours, the artsy background and the brilliant way you've used all those alphas. I still love alphas, don't really care about fashion! That herringbone paper is great too. One of the best things about challenges is when they get you using stuff up :o)

Lynette Jacobs said...

Hello...yes I will always be out here ;-)

Gorgeous page of your son the grungy look and those raw canvas alphas are your title work.

Lizzyc said...

I think we all understand about how fast the days are going by! Love coming by when I can too! This layout is fabulous! Love the layers and contrasting papers and love the mixed media too! Take care,

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love this!!! LOVING the colors, that title and the fun photo!!!!

Ульяна и Полина said...


Helen Wallace said...

Love this grungy, eclectic and boho style page. Perfect for you edgy son. Never worry about leaving comments Helen. I honestly don't know how you do what you do and appreciate the words of encouragement you leave. :D

Denise van Deventer said...

LOL....this is such a cool page! ;-) Love the photo and the super design! The super, cool title is really gorgeous too! A cracker of a page! ;-)

Val-Belle said...

Perfect page for you son and that is the coolest pic ever.... I love the title too... a good way to use up odd alphas... just awesome.

Mitralee said...

Rock star photo makes me SMILE! Love your layout! Glad you got into THE GROOVE! It's so awesome to get some time like that to just create!!!!! Hugs!

Lizzy Hill said...

Fabulous page..good on you for sneaking this photo....the colour combo is really funky & what a clever way of using up some alpha stash. I LOOOOVE this one, Helen:):)

phamil said...

LOVE this artsy page, and that photo is absolutely perfect for it! Love all the texture and grunge elements! Wonderful page as always!!!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Brilliant boy page!! Love that photo and all the alphas!! I hear you about the blog visits, I think a lot of us are finding it a bit difficult at the moment (I certainly am) so don't worry about it. Love this page Helen!! xx

Di Garling said...

Love love love this HELEN, you sure rocked this one. Must be the month for boy LO's.

Melenia Agapides said...

Helen, I just LOVE your page!!!!!!!!! The way you incorporated your alphas and built your page on them is amazing!!!

Welcome to Papery Blue said...

Hi Helen, I love this page. I don't have boys so I don't get to do these lovely masculine pages very much and I love them. I have the same trouble with blogging I am just trying to get started. You have been an inspiration looking at all the elements in your side bar. I have just worked out how to put up a video. I must now work on putting a link in my side bar. I really need to get some followers. I find it hard to keep working on it when no one follows you. Sad face. I have attempted to do the follow circle? Is that the same as follow a blog?? My blog is if you would be so kind as popping across to take a look I would appreciate any comments or if you would follow it. cheers Angela

Pascale B. Scrap said...

I loe all the bits you've put it to create this layout! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

Paula said...

This is so very cool!!!

purple_pea_fran said...

Loving those colours, what a fab LO! Thanks for sharing with MMP :)

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Love your page and all the alphas! Cool photo!
Thanks for joining the MMP challenge!

Marjie Kemper said...

What a fab masculine layout. Love all your embellies, and of course, that photo of your handsome boy!

Riikka Kovasin said...

Great textures and colors! Fab take on the challenge! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place Gym!

Athanasia said...

Wow Helen, amazing work! I love the different alphas and the photo is so funny! Thank you for joining our challenge at Mixed Media Place!