Thursday, 4 September 2014

Scrap365 September Sketch Challenge - The Royal Collection (04.09.2014)

Good afternoon bloggers

I have managed to fit in some crafting again and had a go at the September Sketch Challenge over at Scrap365.  I always like to do this challenge and I really like the September sketch.
I was lucky enough to visit Buckingham Palace and The Royal Collection in London last month. I regularly meet up with my mainland girlfriends in London and we like to plan something each time. This time it was all things Royal! We had a lovely picnic in the park and visited The Royal Mews and, of course, The Palace!!
The photo on the layout was taken in the gift shop! We were having some fun with the throne display!!
The 12x12 background sheet is Core’dinations Ray G. Biu collection. The colour is absolutely stunning and fits in perfectly with the Royal theme. The purple glitter card is also Core’dinations. The red card is from the Serif Picnic in the Park 6x6 pack. The light coloured photo mount is from the Papermania Portobello Road collection.
The Royal themed “Delightful Doilies” and “London Scene Victorious Cake Pop Tops” came from John Lewis in the sale in 2012. I knew I would use them for scrapbooking when I purchased them.
The Crown topper card is from Papermania Chronology. The padded London stickers (flag and London scene) came from Accessorize. The cardboard circle is recycled packaging inked with Encore Metallic Gold ink. I have inked the edges with this ink, too. The printed wording came from leaflets. I have used my Trodat date stamp.

The vintage ribbon is Crafts Too. The brads came from my collection and they are Papermania.
I have also used foam pads, double sided tape, red double sided tape and silicone glue.

I am really pleased with the layout. As usual, I have used recycled items and free stuff. The stickers were a gift and some of the papers came free with magazines.
Here goes:-

Me and the girls!

Keep on crafting!
Helen x

Thursday, 31 July 2014

CSI - Case File 132 - Yorkies Café

Good afternoon bloggers!

Well, I hadnt planned on being back so soon, but whilst browsing over at the CSI blog I spotted the current challenge and just had to give it a go!

The colours are amazing and the food theme fits perfectly with my trip to Skegness last weekend for a rock n roll weekend.

I have Coeliac disease and it is always challenging trying to find gluten free food to eat whilst away from home! I struck gold this time with Yorkies Café! I had a gluten free burger in a bun and with chips, as well as a scone with jam and clotted cream! Wow!! I look a bit bleary eyed in the photo and the lovely grub was a much needed pick me up after late nights of dancing!!

The Scheme: I have used all the colours. Light Blue, Light Chartreuse, Medium Brown, Pale Yellow, Cherry Red

Evidence: food accents, string, ribbon, punches, pour something (tea pot and the 3D glaze), floral pattern

Testimony: Journal about food, Inspo Words: eat

The 12 x 12 background sheet is Coredinations Nostalgia. The photo mounts are from the Serif Picinc in the Park 6x6 paper pack. I have inked the edges in red ink.

The food related signs/tags are Kaisercraft and the Kiss the Cook chippie is K&Co. The alphabet stickers are Jillibean Soup. I have stamped SODA onto the eraser using brown Stazon ink and the Studio G mini alphabet stamp set. The date stamp is Amy Tangerine and I have written the date using a Gelly Roll pen.

The floral patterned flower is Crate Paper Pretty Pink and I have added a button from my stash of vintage buttons.

The Burger and Soda Glass embellishments are erasers.

I punched a hole in the strawberry tag and added an eyelet using my Crop-A-Dile and some yellow ribbon from my collection.

I am particularly chuffed with my idea to tie rope around the cutlery and the erasers are great especially as I purchased them with crafting in mind (as always!).

I have used silicone glue, double sided tape, foam pads, Anita's 3d glaze (on the  baked fresh! sign), Crafters Companion Spray & Shine over the journaling and Spray & Shine Silver on the delicious, Tasty Treats and Good Times signs.

This layout once again features lots of items that were either free or given to me and items that have been hanging around for a while or have been recycled.

Thanks for looking


Helen x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Scrap365 August Sketch Challenge - Blue Smoke World Tour (18.07.2014)

Hello bloggers

Well, it's been a while since I was here! My baking has gotten in the way of papercrafting
again lately, not to mention Rock n Roll, but an unexpected free day yesterday was not wasted!

This is my interpretation of the August sketch challenge over at Scrap365 magazine. It's a lovely sketch!

I have been taking on this challenge quite regularly this year and find that it gets me
crafting when I might not otherwise take the time out to do so!

I was lucky enough to see Dolly Parton in concert during her recent World Tour. I
originally saw her in 2008 and was thrilled at the prospect of seeing her again! Of
course, she didn't disappoint. She trotted about the stage and belted out those songs
like a young 'un!

I love her music and I love her attitude to life! Did I mention that I had VIP tickets?!!

I chose the colours based around the colours of her tour brochure. The theme is kinda
cowgirl, of course! Yee haw!!

The 12x12 background sheet is DCWV - The Mod-Retro Stack.

The yellow slightly smaller overlay sheet is recycled floristry packaging.

All the other card and paper is from my scrap paper stash.

I have used red ink to stamp the alphabet and ink the edges of the alphabet stickers and
blue ink to alter the hashtag.

The tag is recycled altered packaging. The musical notes tape is Crafts Too. The brown alphabet stickers and butterfly epoxy are Paper Boutique. The red stamped alphabet is Studio G series 4.

The wooden hashtag is Studio Calico. The blue musical note is from my stash.

The blue pastel ribbon is Papermania. The rope is recycled.

I have also used gems, brads, glitter brads, stars and the wooden cowgirl boot from my

I used my Crop-a-Dile on the brads. I also used Crafter's Companion Silver Spray &
Shine on the VIP TICKETS and NOTTINGHAM tags.

I used silicone glue, double sided craft tape and foam pads.

I am really pleased with the result. The entire layout is made from items that have either
been given to me, recycled/altered or been hanging around for a while.

I am quite pleased with the handmade rope lassos! I also slightly altered the wooden Cowgirl boots by adding glitter brads.

I am also attaching a copy of the "Dolly" layout I created in 2010 from the time I saw Dolly in
2008. This was one of the first layouts I ever created and was my first ever 12x12 layout.

Thanks for looking!

Here's the sketch:-

Dolly in 2008:-

Keep crafting,

Helen xxx

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Scrap365 July Sketch Challenge - Cottage Garden (25.06.2014)

Good afternoon bloggers

Oh boy, what a day! After waiting two weeks for my new washing machine to arrive, I was all set to get cracking with the huge pile of washing but, alas, luck has not been on my side. The new washing machine cannot be plumbed in as the old fixings have broken! Hopefully by this evening,  I can make a start! Fingers crossed!!

On the plus side, I have been able to upload this blog post!!

I've had another go at the July challenge over at Scrap365!

This layout is all about our cottage garden. My husband is the expert gardener,  not me!

The 12x12 is WRMK. The chippies are Graphic45. I have used various gems and brads from my stash. The alpha stickers and glitter brads are Forever Friends. I have used two mini doilies. I have used a wood veneer hashtag and a metal Home Sweet Home charm.  The metal flower is a mobile phone charm. The badge is Cath Kidston. The embroidered brad is V&A.

I really love the colours on this layout.

Bye for now, 

Helen xxx

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Cakes by Helen gluten free Isle of Wight

Good evening bloggers!

I had hoped to pop onto my blog much sooner than today but time has run away with me recently!

What a glorious mid-summer’s day it has been!! Happy Birthday to my lovely mum!!!

I have been in a somewhat scrapbooking wilderness for the last few weeks so what a fabulous day to get going with it all again!

I have created a “Cakes by Helen” layout for the July Sketch Challenge over at I usually like to be first off the mark for this challenge each month, but somehow time passed me by this time! Too busy baking cakes, I guess!!

I have been thinking about doing a plum coloured layout for quite a while. It just somehow seems to fit perfectly with the cake/summer theme!!

When I first saw the challenge, I was a bit stumped as to what to do for the background section, which is probably why I procrastinated! I have however been wanting to make my own texture paste for some time and have never used a stencil before, so it didn’t take me too long to figure out what I wanted to do!!

I have my little rules for creating layouts! Weird, I know!! I always like to try something I haven’t done before and I also like to use something from my stash that has been hanging around for a while or has never been used! Simple rules and they work for me!! The texture paste ticks a couple of boxes, at least! A new technique and handmade, too! Not to mention, fabulous!! I don’t think I have used the stencil before! The chippies and ribbon have been in my stash for a while, too!

The 12x12 background card is WRMK Plum Sewn Cardstock. Isn’t it just lovely? The other card is from my scrap paper stash. The Mixer chippie is from Kaisercraft and the Cake Tins and Apron chippies are Nana Loves by Jennifer Ellory. The Bunting chippie is Sweet Treats by Kirsty Wiseman.

The metal stencil is Papermania Henbury Lane “Teacups”. I have used the Studio G Series 4 mini alphabet set and the Stampendous Retro alphabet set.

The ribbon is all from my stash and mostly recycled. The buttons are vintage from my collection. The flower button is from a haberdashery shop. The wood veneer hash tag is by Studio Calico.

I have used Brilliance Moonlight White and Versacolour Violet ink pads. I also used a Purple Star Gelly Roll pen to give a double inked effect to the title. I made the texture paste myself from a tutorial on Pinterest.

I have used low tack tape, double sided tape and silicone glue.

The photos are various cakes and bakes from the Cakes by Helen kitchen! I have Coeliac Disease and all my baking is gluten free. I supply gluten free bakes to tearooms on the Isle of Wight.

I am rather pleased with the layout and I hope you like it, too!

Rightyo, where’s my apron? Back to the kitchen I go ……..  !!

 Helen xxx

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Scrap365 - June sketch Challenge - Home is where thou art

Good evening bloggers!

I am whizzing by with this blog post and my latest creation for the June sketch challenge over at Scrap365 magazine and blog.

Phew, this last week has flown by! I have had a very busy week. I had my "Cakes by Helen" hat on during the week and did lots of gluten free baking for island businesses. I also found time to indulge in my latest crafty craze of upcycling food cans and candle making!  I have been upcycling food cans by decorating them and making them into candles and plant pots and pen holders, etc. This particular pastime is still very much in the experimental stage!!! Why not take a look at my new Facebook page "Tin Can Alley".  I also created some cards for June birthdays (I always try and keep one step ahead)!

We hit the mainland yesterday for the 50th birthday party of a very special friend and now we are back on the island enjoying the lovely sunshine for the rest of the day.

Our current favourite pastime is watching the birds in our garden. We have a Swallows nest (turns out, they aren't House Martins after all!), a Blue Tits nest and a Coal Tits nest. They really are fascinating. The swallows still seem to be nest building, the blue tits seem to have laid their brood and the coal tits have hatched.

This layout is about the nest in the eaves of our house. Originally, we thought they were Blue Tits, but on closer inspection, they are Coal Tits. I am very good at getting it wrong when it comes to bird identification! Thanks heavens for our RSPB membership and RSPB garden bird book to put me straight!!

The 12x12 background sheet is Dear Lizzy by American Crafts. I have been getting an awful lot of use out of this set since starting to follow sketch challenges. The music sheet reminds me of birdsong and the pastel colour is divine! The square scalloped notelets, blue tits nest box papers and alphabet stickers are all Papermania Home to Nest. A stunning collection.

The grand adhesion stickers are Bird Sanctuary by K&Co. I have used WRMK photo corners. The patterned strips of paper were all from my stash and mostly came free with magazines.

I have inked edges in green, the journalling was created using a green star Gelly Roll pen.  The metal charm came from a craft fair. I have used Rangers black enamel on the black entrance hole of the birds nest grand adhesion. I have, of course, used by trusty date stamp. The star and heart gems came from my stash and the stripe ribbon is Papermania Little Cake Shoppe. The twine is recycled. All the elements of this layout were created using items already in my stash!

I hope everyone has a good week. I shall, no doubt, be baking again ahead of the bank holiday weekend. I shall, of course, be papercrafting, too. A rock n roll dance is scheduled for next weekend as well as an outdoor antique fair, the obligatory bank holiday BBQ, and some lovely walks with the pooches!

Ooh, a pesky Woodpecker has his eye on our blue tits nest and a Jay is drinking from the water bowl! The red squirrels are scurrying about (no greys on the Isle of Wight) and the bats will be out soon! Time for me to fly!!

Helen xxx

Sunday, 11 May 2014

CSI Challenge 122 - House Martins

Good afternoon,

I have been busy this week with my cake business,  but I found time to do some crafting, of course!

When I saw that the latest CSI challenge involved two shades of green and orange, I knew it would have to be a nature theme. I straightaway thought of our orange/white classic car in the garage, as it currently shares the space with the visiting House Martins!! Black and white are always good colours to work with, too!

We always get House Martins in May and they always show interest in rebuilding their nest in our garage.  We are not sure whether they raise a brood but they always spend alot of time swooping in and out of the garage at this time of year!!

The 12x12 background card is DCWV The Mod Retro Stack. I have also used white card and free papers and embellishments from my stash. I used orange raffia, orange Card Candy, eyelets, ribbon, Bubble Shapes, Studio Calico wood veneer shape, WRMK metal brads and some sticker tags. I used my trusty date stamp and the classic car stamp is from

I also used a pencil for the car smoke and a black fine liner for the journalling.

I always find the CSI challenge quite challenging as it is hard to work with a set colour palette. It's even harder to have to follow a sketch, too! However, I am really starting to enjoy doing them and am sometimes even quite brave in my choices! I don't always have time to do them but when I do, I enjoy the challenge very much.

The Scheme - I have used all the colours, black, white, orange and two shades of green.

Evidence - flowers, metal, ribbon, something transparent, cursive font, circles, tags, leaves.

Testimony - handwrite story in cursive.

I found the cursive font to be very interesting. I had to research this on the Internet and hadn't realised how little cursive writing I actually do in this modern age! I do still write letters so am no stranger to handwriting but it's actually quite hard to achieve fully joined up writing consistently and it took me several practice attempts to get it right!! It was all the more challenging as this was the only part of the Testimony that I could use on my layout!

A new challenge make for a very interesting life!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, folks!

Helen xxx

Monday, 5 May 2014

CSI - Case File 121 - There's a place called Home

Good afternoon bloggers,

Well, I am making the most of the bank holiday today by crafting! My morning was taken up by creating a layout based on the latest challenge over at

I love the colours on this challenge and, as red is my most favourite colour, it has been a real pleasure to work with.  At first, I thought I may do a layout based on my home and the red colour scheme of my lounge and kitchen, not forgetting the red front door!

However, as I started to put things together for the layout, I changed my mind and decided to create a festive layout themed around the song A place called Home from my favourite Christmas movie "A Christmas Carol the musical". It's actually the first layout I have created for Christmas 2013 so it's been a kick start for me!

The Scheme - I have used all the colours exclusively. The colour scheme definitely lends itself to a Christmas layout, although it's hard not to add green!

Evidence - architectural, transparent, metal, twine, banner, wood, lamp

Testimony - document something about your home, May prompt (giving a gift and receiving a gift), Inspo words: home, comfort

The 12x12 background card is Core'dinations Nostalgia. The festive 6x4 paper pad mounts are Dovecraft. The journalling cards are recycled business cards. The festive wood postcard is from Marks & Spencer (UK). I am particularly pleased that this item matched the colour scheme as I bought it in the January sales with a view to using it for my Xmas crafting! The black card mount is from my stash and I have used acetate over this. The song lyrics are printed from the Internet.

I have used red magic mesh, red eyelets, red & white bakers twine and white Card Candy. The stars are from my stash. The wood reindeer and Xmas tree are from Crafting for Christmas. The Merry Christmas hanger is also from the M&S sale and I have added red Decorative Sealing Wax with the Xmas tree seal and white children's paint. The metal light is from Prima. I have decorated the wood postcard with Rangers white enamel.

I have used  a black fine liner for the journalling and have sprayed over it with Crafter's Companion spray and shine. The edges have been inked with Rangers black Archival ink. I have also used a champagne coloured ink on the journalling cards and Brilliance white archival ink for the stamping. I double inked the edges of the layout in black and white and the same with the banner stamp.


The Cottage stamp is a bespoke custom made stamp from Claritystamps
The Christmas words stamp is Penny Black
The banner stamp is Papermania
The mini alphabet stamp set is Hero Arts
Amy Tangerine rotary phrase stamp

I have used double side tape, extra strong double side tape, pva glue, silicone glue and Unibond extreme power glue in addition to the above. I used a WRMK Crop-a-Dile to attach the eyelets.

I am very pleased with the final result of this layout. The CSI challenges are quite a challenge for me but I love it when I think I have solved the case successfully!

I hope you like my layout.

Happy crafting,

Helen xxx

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Scrap365 magazine May Sketch Challenge - Wondrous Place

Good afternoon, 

Well, I just couldn't resist creating another layout based on the Scrap365 May sketch challenge! There's no stopping me with this one - this is my fourth layout based on this sketch. 

The photo was taken at the Billy Fury statue alongside the Albert Dock, Liverpool on my recent visit to the North West.  The photo is a bit rubbish really but I am with Billy and that's all that matters! I love Billy and he is best British rocker, ever!!!

The yellow background card is Core'dinations Reminisce. My favourite card pack ever!! I have also used plain white card and silver mirri card. The musical notes masking tape is Crafts Too. The metal harlequin star is WRMK. The other stars are from my stash.  The paper clip is from a stationery store. The wood bird is from a craft fair.  The metal nautical charms are Card Charms. The coloured brads are from my stash. The "I love Billy" embellishment is a decorated chipboard circle.

The heart stamp is PSX. The mini alpha stamp set is Studio G series 4. The ticket stamp is Papermania Urban Stamps.

I have also used a green Gelly Roll pen, a date stamp, Blazing Red Stazon ink, red Impress dye ink, Midnight Blue Stazon ink, Encore! Ultimate Metallic Gold ink, red glitter glue and Crafter's Companion Gold Spray & Sparkle. I printed the song lyrics from the Internet.

I have included the nautical elements to reflect the seafaring history of Liverpool and it's historic docks, but also to reflect Billy's early line of work on the tug boats. The colour scheme comes from my t-shirt which is the Billy movie "Play It Cool" directed by a young Michael Winner. The stars come from the song lyrics and, of course, Billy will always be a shining star. Wondrous Place is another Billy song.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Scrap365 magazine May Sketch Challenge - Sunshine Bed

Here I am again!

Another layout created from the lovely May sketch challenge at

We were lucky enough to move to the Isle of Wight at the beginning of 2012. On the very day we moved into our house, my dog Billy picked his favourite spot! He does like a sunny spot and this area is just inside the patio doors where the sun comes round in a morning! His bed is there and it is now known as his Sunshine Bed! My other dog, Elvis, quite likes the spot, too!!!

The 12x12 background sheet is Dear Lizzy by American Crafts. The alpha card is a report card from October Afternoon. The picket fence and home sweet home papers were all free with magazines.  The arrow came from some packaging.  The smiley face button and yellow button came from a button shop. The Hi brad is Papermania Happy Days. The sticker words are Bazzill Basics. The home sweet home metal charm and wooden dog came from a craft fair. The Green twine is bakers twine. The paper clip is from a stationery store. I paper pieced the little house from scraps.

That's all from me today!

Helen xxx

Scrap365 magazine May Sketch Challenge - Don't mess with Texas!

Good afternoon blogland!

Here is my second creation using the May sketch challenge over at

You know those holidays that really stand out from all the others? Our trip to Texas in 1998 for the Buddy Holly Festival was one of those holidays!! An amazing holiday and an amazing experience!!! Of course,  since they opened the Buddy Holly Museum in 2000, loads of people have been, but we were the trailblazers!!!

This layout is entitled "Don't Mess with Texas!" as that is kinda their slogan!

This photo was taken on Buddy Holly Avenue! I know, how cool am I?? Actually, I was probably really hot because it was about 100°f when we were there, even in September!!!

The background is 12x12 dark blue card. The postcard came from Texas. The mount for the glasses is artists card. The journaling card is Papermania Happy Days. The silver stars came from my stash. The "Buddy Holly" glasses brooch and cowboy boot earring came from Claire's Accessories. I love using jewellery in my crafting! I buy it in the sale!! The guitar is from Card Charms. The cactus and yellow star are K&Co Rough & Tumble Western grand adhesions. The number stickers are from my peel-offs stash.

I have stamped and embossed the guitar using brown ink and brown embossing powder. The blue wording has been stamped in blue ink using the Studio G mini alphabet stamp set Series 4. All inked edges are in blue or white ink.

Again, I have stayed true to the sketch,  but have turned it around. Very adventurous!

Happy crafting,

Helen xxx

Scrap365 magazine May Sketch Challenge - Beside the Seaside

Good afternoon blogland!

Phew, what a busy month! I always consider the month of April to be my birthday "month". One day just isn't enough!! It sure has been a busy month!

A fabulous friend's fabulous 50th birthday party in London. A road trip to the North West taking in some rock n roll in Preston, Eric Morecambe in Morecambe, Billy Fury and The Beatles in Liverpool and some family time in Derbyshire! A nasty cold bug hit the family so my birthday weekend (Easter) was spent at home on the Isle of Wight (I know, there are worse places!) feeling sorry for myself, but I shall make up for it later on! Luckily, I was up to date with crafting!

I really love the May Sketch challenge over at Scrap365, so much so that I have created three layouts from the sketch! This first one is "Beside the Seaside". I took these lovely photos of my husband and dogs at Yaverland beach on the Isle of Wight. It is a fabulous all year round dog friendly beach and we love going there. I like that my foot can be seen in the photo showing that we are all together on the beach!

The 12x12 glittered background sheet is Dear Lizzy by American Crafts. All the other card is from my stash. The delightful beach postcard is vintage and the Beside the Seaside postcard is from the Seaside! The embellishments are Dress It Up, the mini licence plate is Karen Foster Designs, the word stickers are Bazzill Basics Summer and the gem stickers are Pinflair. The paper clip is from a stationery store. The brads are from my stash. I inked the edges of the postcards and stickers with blue ink. I wanted the delightful vintage postcard to stand out so raised this using foam pads.

This is a fun and colourful layout and I am really pleased with it. It is now framed and on the wall in my little beached themed guest room. It is also quite rare to get a photo of my husband so that is an achievement in itself!

As always, I have stayed true to the sketch.

Keep crafting,

Helen xxx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

CSi - Case File 115 - Stage Door

115 - Stage Door

Here is my attempt to solve Case File 115 over at CSI.

The Scheme: I have used all the colours but the peach is a little pale.

Evidence: hearts, lace, mesh, flowers, clouds, stamps, pen work, mixed
media background

Testimony: Inspiration words

My idea for this layout came from the inspiration words, Float, Dreamy,
Imagine, as this is how I felt when the photo was taken!

The photo was taken in 2009 when I was just starting out with scrapbooking
and I always knew I would create a layout with it, I just didn't know when.
I met David Essex at the stage door of Wimbledon Theatre, London after
seeing his show All the Fun of the Fair. He was very gracious and generous
with his time. A real gentleman. He even said that he liked my 1950s
hairstyle, which left me on Cloud Nine!!

I originally thought I would do a funfair style layout but when I saw the
Case File, I decided to create a theatrical layout instead, reminiscent of
all those lovely old London theatres that I often frequent and love so

The background card is Core'dinations (both sheets). I have used pearl gems
and Magic Mesh. The wood heart is recycled from a broken homeware item. The
horses are actually a pair of ear-rings! I purchased them with a view to
using them as carousel horses and to achieve this effect, I bent the posts
upwards! The white plastic flower came from a haberdashery shop. The paper
clips are from Morrisons (UK). The wood hashtag is Studio Calico. The
vintage lace is Crafts Too. The tag is a recycled clothing tag to which I
tied some recycled ribbon.

The title and journaling are all stamped. The little heart is stamped and
adorned with Glossy Accents. The sheet music background is stamped and
embossed in white. I created the dots with ProMarkers. I used brown and
white ink pads.

Pointing hand - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found
Small alphabet - Hero Arts
Numbers - Stampendous Retro Alphabet set
Sheet Music - Debbi Moore
Heart - PSX

I have always admired the techniques of mixed media and altered art but
haven't ventured to use them on layouts very much, if at all. I have been
brave on this occasion and given them a go! I have used white children's
paint as my background. I spread the paint using my fingers and I think the
result is rather cloud-like! I also painted the recycled clothing tag using
the same paint, and stamped onto it.

I always love to see torn pages but have never really done that on layouts
either and certainly not on a large scale. Another new technique for me!!

Thanks for looking,

Helen xxx

Friday, 21 March 2014

Scrap365 magazine April challenge

Good afternoon bloggers!

I have been busy scrapping this "Spring has Sprung" layout using the March sketch challenge in Scrap365 magazine. I don't usually follow challenges but have recently started this type of scrapbooking and there's no stopping me now! When I do a sketch challenge, I do like to stay true to the sketch (otherwise, what's the point?).

The Spring has Sprung background sheet is from the Dear Lizzy set by American Crafts. The badge is Cath Kidston. The tag is Sass Belle. The bone clip is from Morrisons.  The chipboard pieces are Webster's Pages. The floral sheet is Nel Whatmore. The daffodils are Papermania. The heritage letters are from the Lost & Found set by My Mind's Eye. The other items are from my stash.

As always, I like to use some free stuff/older stash on every layout and I always go to my scrap paper stash for mounting photos, etc.

The photo was taken in my garden with the early daffodils in bloom! I always like to photograph the early signs of spring!

Have a good weekend. I'm off to the big smoke to visit my bestie and see a show! I am planning to call in at the Yellow Vintage Fair on the way home on Sunday! I am looking forward to my road trip!

Helen xxx