Sunday, 24 January 2016

So many books, so little time - Kraft+ January challenge

Kraft+ January challenge

Invites us to use our own handwriting on the layout.
Something I avoid, despite knowing it’s something I “should” do.

Still on my quest to bust my stash, I found an old chipboard letter and some equally old Kaisercraft patterned paper and let the page evolve from there.

A small part of the collection of alphabet books at Granny & Pa's home.
We both disappear into books, to discover, escape, travel & avoid.
We slurp up brand new words and sentences that roll off the tongue with cadence and rhythm.

We try to write alphabet books together with crazy examples for the letters. The sillier the better!

Texture paste through TCW time travel stencil.

Tried my hand at drawing the book stack.
A few flicks of paint and a bit of doodling, & voila!

The journalling reads:-

One of the special things we do in the school holidays is to visit Pegi Williams children’s bookshop. We never emerge with empty hands; rather it’s a struggle to narrow the choices down to just two or three. Recently at the library, I said, “This is my favourite place” and you said, “Mine too”. It gives me great joy to see you share my passion for the world of words, ideas and stories.

Love Granny Photo August 2014

Thanks for calling in to say hello.
I truly appreciate any comments you may care to leave.


  1. Fantastic page Helen! Such a sweet photo! Love how you interpreted the book theme! The journaling on the letter "B" is quite creative! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hi Helen! This looks wonderful.. I love the big B and your photo and journalling and the books all look fabulous.. a really special layout.. very creative creating!

  3. What a pleasure to see you have blogged and such a fabulous layout. So clever and creative how you used The B to journal on and frame your pictures , and love the book stack. Your Grandchildren are very lucky to have a Grandma that encourages and guides them in the love of books. It is always good to use our stash, I am being very good of late and trying to use my stash as well

  4. That book title is awesome...and I love the books behind the top circle of the B. A very unique it.

  5. What a lovely playful page Helen - I love the coffee stains, the books stacked inside the B and the stacked title. It's wonderful that you can share your passion for books with your grandchildren - it's something I shared with my beloved Granny and it's a treasured memory. I've been out of the loop for a little while, but it's great to be back in Blogland and lovely to see what you've been up to :o)xxx

  6. I am SO GLAD you have written on your page, even if it's not something you usually do & that big B is just PERFECT!! Funny how things jump out at us when we start scrapping. Meant to be, B....get it??!! Sozzy......fabulous take on our K+ challenge. Love your lateral thinking skills:):)

  7. An awesome page - love the journaling on your letter! I'm an avid reader as well so enjoy the theme. To me going to the library is quite a bit like going to the candy story!

  8. This is such a cool page and you did a fabulous job with the design Helen! I love your handwriting and really think we should see it more often! ;-) Love the sentiment and a special photo! ;-)
    Just wanted to say thank you for being such a good cyber buddy and for always leaving me lovely comments and love! I really so appreciate it! xx

  9. Oh wow this is just marvelous Helen. Such a clever idea and interpretation of the challenge. Love your work and look forward to seeing what you create next time. Xxx

  10. Another amazing piece Helen.... again so creative and how you journaled on the big alpha with you lovely handwriting. Clever idea inserting the photos also. Its wonderful to see you creating and sharing your inspirational work again. :)

  11. How did I miss this one? What a clever page! I absolutely love it!

  12. Helen... look at you :D What a fabulous page and I agree with your sentiments on books and reading. So nice that you are instilling this into your grandies. I love the stack of books and such a clever way to journal on that B. You have made me want to do layouts again because of the stories. <3

  13. love your story, love your page. thanks heaps for joining us at Kraft+ ♥

  14. Love love love this Helen...
    Mardi x

  15. What an awesome page! Thanks for joining us at Kraft+.

  16. Oh I love this!!, I have a huge love of books as well, such an awesome design, LOVE IT. Thanks for joining us at Kraft+