Tuesday, 2 December 2014

First Selphie - DT page for Scrap Africa sketch challenge 40

Hello on this hot day in South Australia,
I hope you have somewhere cool to relax.
Today I’m sharing a page for Scrap Africa
which is a sketch challenge.
You can find the details HERE
I chose an ancient film strip which was taken in a photo booth, 
long before mobile phones were invented.
The background paper is from Prima,
Epiphany collection, “Clear as day”
I used a very old negative strip from Creative Imaginations which I found sulking at the bottom of my acetate collection. 
It had frilly edges which I cut off, ‘cos I wasn’t in a frilly mood.  
Hope I didn’t hurt it’s feelings too much!
The orange hexagons are from a scrap of 
Kaisercraft the “Paradiso” collection.
I had fun trying some new techniques with stamping and gold leaf and am happy with the final result.

I wrote some journalling on the back - it reads:-

Who is this young woman, all fresh faced and innocent?  I hardly recognise myself.  A friend and I had caught the train to the city to buy clothes.  At the Adelaide railway station, we popped into a photo booth to play in a strange contraption which took instant photos before popping them out of a little slot. 

I remember that dress, which I bought with my first pay packet as a telephonist with the PMG.  It was a soft polished cotton with a modern geometric print.  It had little cap sleeves, a belt and a full skirt.  I thought I was the bees knees in it. 

Like a lot of teenagers, I was egocentric and gawky, socially inept and yet wanting to appear sophisticated.  If only I had known, that most people didn't give a darn about how I looked or if I made a faux pas, I would have been bolder, taken more risks and slurped the marrow out of life, while my limbs were still strong and resilient.

My Mother used to say "You can't put an old head on young shoulders" and how right she was.  But wouldn't it be fun to try it for a month or two?



  1. Oh yes if only we could be 21 again but know what we know now!! hehe! Your layout is fabulous.. really love the photos and the film strip.. fantastic back ground details too.. and always enjoy your journalling! Happy December!

  2. This is magnificent Helen. LOVE the photos, the colours and the prima paper.
    I know time and time again I say how I enjoy reading your journaling....well I'm going to say it again, you are such an amazing story teller and I loved this story....bought a big smile to my face....truly wonderful and gorgeous. xx

  3. Be downright SCARY, I think to put the old head on young shoulders....look out world!!! I do like your 'non frilly' page, though!!! It's really bold & fun & out there! And yes, see, this is what I thought a 'selfie' was....a photo of ONE self.....didn't realise it was supposed to be with a mobile device!!! Anyways, I'm 'with' it all now:):)!!!

  4. fabulous layout Helen and I totally adore your selfie. Love that hairdo, you were quite the babe. it is such fun looking back at old photos. TFS.

  5. Sighhh...how gorgeous is this! I love it all...those photos are fab, the background is divine & I love the addition of the flower cluster :)

  6. Gorgeous layout Helen! Awesome trio of selfies! Love the beautiful layered background that you created! So artsy and creative! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Holidays!

  7. Beautiful page Helen and I love that filstrip of young you!! ;-) You were so pretty! I love the page and the colouring...and all the cool techniques..! Its a sunny page, for so many reasons! I really am going to miss you on the team at SA...you were one of the nicest and gentlest ladies I have ever had on my DT and your input and creativity was so appreciated! xx

  8. You made me laugh with the "not being in a frilly mood". We never had these photo booths here...but I would have loved to play in one. Love the hexagons. Such a pretty page.

  9. Gorgeous! Love it and the grunge factor. My kinda page!

  10. I couldn't agree with you more. Oh how I wish I had my wisdom with youth. Would be a kick ass combination ;) I loved that era. My moms sister who I was very close to had some similar photo booth photos taken. She had the same hairstyle and a Mary Quant style dress and I thought she was the most glamorous creature I had ever seen. :)
    You are rocking these backgrounds and I love how you flow so easily between this and the clean lines. I haven't created anything in ages. I have no mojo and even less time at the moment. Feels like everyone wants a piece of me and I don't have the energy to say no. Right now I am thinking I just have to get through Christmas and New Year.... :D I can't believe it has been so long since I was here last. :(