Friday, 10 November 2017

Craft Catch Up

Hi all,

How is everyone? Life is getting very hectic at the moment as it is coming into school report writing time (well actually I should have really started by now!). I went away on school camp and then came home and had to make 3 videos in as many days. These are the layouts and cards that I made and recorded.

First, was my card and video for Mix It Up Monday. I had a lot of fun using up my stash making this card.

I also made a Halloween inspired layout for my YouTube hop with my "Challenge Your Stash" girls. I used up some old Carta Bella papers and some photos from 2013.


My third project was for Free Flow Wednesday on The Crafty Maven Getaway channel, where I took a bit of a detour on the development of my layout.

Well that's it for now. I'll be back in a couple of weeks - after I've finished writing reports!

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Sketch It Out Thursday

Hi all,

It's been a busy start to Term 4 but I managed to do some scrapping! I created this layout for Sketch It Out Thursday.

I found this layout on Pinterest and then drew a sketch from it to use for this layout.

Here is the video:

Well that's it for today, happy crafting!
Take care,
Helen xx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Art Party Friday

Hi all,

I'm back with a quick post as I was up on The Crafty Maven Getaway channel yesterday for Art Party Friday.  When I sat down to scrap I looked to my right and found all my leftover supplies from Monday's lesson and because I had so much fun making that one I decided to do another similar style of layout. It's even purple again too!

Here is the accompanying video:

Well that's it for today, until next time . . .
Have fun and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

School Holiday Scrapping

Hi all,

I just love school holidays, I can stay up late, scrapbook whenever I feel like it, watch t.v. oh and do those jobs on the holiday job list! I have sorted my wardrobe plus done some much needed gardening and also completed three layouts and three videos in the last week.

For Stash It Monday on The Crafty Maven Getaway channel I dove deep into my stash and created this purple layout. I used colouring mediums that haven't been used in quite some time too.

Here is the video:

Also for The Crafty Maven Getaway channel I created this layout for Free Flow Wednesday. I used mainly the Lovely Day collection by Dear Lizzy plus I added some wooden embellishments and coloured in the cars with Prismacolor pencils.

Here is the video for this layout.

The last layout for the week is one for the Challenge Your Stash YouTube hop group I belong to. The theme this month was Fall but as I am an Aussie and we are having Spring at the moment I looked through my photos and found this old one of me and although the photo was taken during springtime in Holland I could use fall colours with it, so I did!

And here's the video for this one!

That's it for me, although I am heading to the craft room this afternoon so more will follow soon.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Scrapbooking Update

Hi all,

Oopsy! I haven't updated my blog for over a month, however, I have made a layout or two and recorded a couple of videos.

My latest layout/video went live today and it was a Sketch It Thursday layout. I used the 15th September sketch from Stuck Sketches and created a layout (and video) about my pet frogs' visit to school. Here it is:

Also this month I created a scrap lift layout using the summer collection from Felicity Jane. I scrap lifted a layout by Jessica Fabiano from the Hip Kit Design Team.

Finally, I also a layout for Free Flow Wednesday, albeit it was a bit layout being uploaded as I was sick and had to have quite a few days off work just love the winter lurgies. It is a layout about when I went to watch some boys from my class play football one Saturday morning.

Well that's it for my update.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Weekend Fun!

I'm back!

Seems like there are 3 posts this weekend, however, one was in my drafts and I forgot to post it but it's done now . . oops!

I have also played along with the Stuck Sketches' 1st August sketch and here is what I created:

Plus I have created (finished off) another layout using Make Your Mark from Bella Blvd.

Now I'm off to finish my fifth flower canvas before the weekend ends.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Crafty Maven Getaway Layouts

Hi all,

Hope everyone is doing great, life has been hectic at work and then I got sick and had a real husky voice for a few days but feeling much better now and looking forward to a weekend of scrapping fun with a couple of my Scrapbook Besties!

I've had a few videos go live in the last few weeks (and a few more coming up soon). They have both been layouts for the Crafty Maven Getaway channel. This one went live yesterday, albeit a bit late due to my sickness, and it was for Art Party Friday last week.

Here is the video:

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

August's Challenge Your Stash Layout and Video

Hello everyone!

I'm having a marvellous time this weekend as two of my close friends have stayed over and we have been scrapbooking, talking and eating for the last 2 days. I managed to fit in the filming, recording and uploading of this month's Challenge Your Stash video.

Our theme is pets and I dug in my stash and found some Teresa Collins Nine & Co from 2014 and used that. I also used the Stuck Sketches August 15th sketch for my layout design. Here are my layout and Laura's great sketch:

Here is the link to my video:

I'll be back soon with all the layouts I've made this weekend.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Stuck Sketches Guest Designer

Hi all,

I was thrilled when I was chosen to be the guest designer on Stuck Sketches for the second half of July and loved the sketch when Laura sent it through. I pulled out my Simple Stories papers (most come from the Domestic Bliss) range and had a ball making my layout, so much so that I recorded it and made a process video.

Here is my layout and the sketch:

I would love it if you joined in with all the fun. Here is my video:

Well that's it for now. My holidays are coming to an end and I have to start doing some school work, however, I have one last video going live tomorrow.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Unity Blog Hop

Hi all,

Thanks for joining me today, you've either hopped from Teresa's blog or stumbled across me on the web but however you've gotten here let's get started with my blog hop post for Unity Stamps. I'm using one of the gorgeous Angie girls to make my card - Shari Girl. Plus I have also used stamps from the February 2017 KOTM - Unexpected Places.  Here is my card:
and some close ups:

I have also created a process video for your enjoyment (well I hope you enjoy it anyway!).

Please follow the hop and leave nice comments along the way for your chance to win a great prize from Unity Stamps.

The order for the hop is as follows, and from me please hop along to Sandra.
Carisa Zglobicki

Thanks so much for taking a peep at my blog today.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

July's Challenge Your Stash YouTube Hop

Hi all,

It's been a busy crafty month here for me, I've made quite a few layouts and some cards whilst relaxing during my school holidays.

Today is our monthly hop for us Challenge your Stash girls and we decided to use 'unusual elements' on our pages, i.e. those random things that have nothing to do with the theme/photos of the layout. This is something that I struggle with as I like my embellishments to have something to do with the layout but not today! Because we all know pineapples and taco trucks have everything to do with a school cross country race, right?!? Intrigued? well watch my video to find out how I did it.

Don't forget to check out the other videos in this month's hop, details can be found in the description area of my video.

Well thanks for taking a peep. I'll catch you very soon with another creation.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Monday, 3 July 2017

Stuck Sketches Challenge

Hello all,

I am so enjoying my holidays, I've found my scrapping mojo and am having a blast creating layouts. I decided to play along with the first challenge for July over on the Stuck Sketches blog. This is the sketch:

This is my take on the sketch:

It's funny how you can procrastinate about things (well I can anyway!) but I finally set up my Silhouette machine in my scrapping space after living this house for 2 years! I cut out these hearts as a test and loved them. I really dove into my stash and used some Glitz papers from 2013 plus teamed them up with some Shimelle Little by Little embellishments. 

That's it for now, I'll be back before you know it.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Guest Designer for Let's Get Sketchy

Hi all,

I'm a bit excited here as I have a busy month scrapping wise and to kick it off I am this month's guest designer at Let's Get Sketchy. If you don't know this site then you must hop on over and join in all the sketchy fun. Every month there are two challenges posted on the 1st and the 15th and it's lots of fun.

This month there is also a mood board to use as inspiration and it is in honour of the 4th of July.

I must admit that these colours aren't my favourite to use together seeing as I'm not much of a red girl but I did manage to make a page.

Luckily I was inspired by the Statue of Liberty. Half way through the month I make a page using red and blue.

Here is my layout:

This is the sketch for the first half of the month:

So why don't you give it a go!

That's all for now, take care and happy crafting.

Helen xx

June Challenge Let's Get Sketchy

Hi all,

As I'm on holidays I am staying up to the wee hours in the morning crafting and having a great old time, isn't it great not having to worry about adulting and getting up early for work! Last night I decided t have a go at using the 2nd June challenge on Let's Get Sketchy, here is a look at the sketch:

And this is my interpretation of it:

I used mainly the Simple Stories So Fancy range (just to show you can make a boy layout with a 'girls' range if you choose carefully) plus some wood veneers and enamel dots.

Well that's if now, I'm off to get snuggly as the weather is awful here - well it's great indoors weather that's for sure.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

P.S. before you know it I'll be back as July is a super busy month for me crafting wise.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Stuck Sketches Play Along plus a Canvas!

Hi all,

School is out and I have 3 weeks holidays (well actually only 2 weeks and a few days as I've already had 4 days of holidays). Anyway, I have lots of scrappy plans for the next few weeks as I'm:

  • a guest designer for two sketch sites
  • doing a video collaboration with a fellow YouTuber
  • part of a stamping hop
  • also creating videos for The Crafty Maven Getaway and Challenge Your Stash (my usual 2 commitments)
I wanted to play along with the 15th June sketch from Stuck Sketches so I'm sneaking in just before it ends. I have also recorded the process for this layout and it will be my collaboration video with Anna that will be out on the 2nd July, but more about that in a few days. Here is the sketch and the layout:

Plus I had the next instalment of my 'Friends' canvas series that I'm creating for a group of ladies that are all celebrating a special birthday this year. I have to admit that this canvas is my favourite one so far.

Well that's it for now, I'll be back in a few days with my sketch guest designer share and then my video collab.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Challenge Your Stash - June

Hi all,

Today is the day for next instalment of our Challenge Your Stash series on YouTube. This month we had to make layouts using paint, doilies and sequins and this is the layout I created:

It's about one of the gorgeous girls in my class at school. I also used the this month's sketch from Anna's Craft Cupboard which looks like this:

Here is the link to the video:

Also the links to the other ladies' videos are: 
Well that's it for now, I must get back to writing my school reports!!! Take care and happy scrapping, Helen xx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Guest Designer for Stuck Sketches

Hi all,

It was a nice surprise when I looked at the wrap up for the May sketches on the Stuck?! Sketches blog to find out that I'm going to be the guest designer for the June 15th sketch! Yay happy dance here.

Mind you July is going to be a busy month as not only be a guest designer over on Stuck Sketches I am also the guest designer for Let's Get Sketchy, also I'm doing a video collaboration with a YouTube buddy and we are having celebrations for our 2nd birthday over on The Crafty Maven Getaway, lucky for me I have 3 weeks school holidays!

Well that's it for now, take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Scraplift Saturday: Surf+Sun=Fun Helen Mazengarb

Hi all,

My latest video for The Crafty Maven Getaway Channel is up this weekend. It's Scraplift Saturday and I've taken inspiration from Audrey Yeager and Missy Whidden, who both posted layouts using sunbursts this past week. I had lots of fun with this one.

Hope you enjoy it.

Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

Whoop Whoop!

Hi all,

I'm very excited as I reached 100 subscribers today on my YouTube channel!

This may not mean much to some people but for me it is a goal that I have been working on for a while. Next goal 200 subscribers!

I uploaded a video on Sunday which is the accompanying video for the layout in my last post. Here is the layout and the video:

Well that's it for now. I'll be back next weekend with my next video for The Crafty Maven Getaway, until then take care and happy crafting.

Helen xx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Stuck?! Sketches Play Along

Hi all,

This weekend I managed to squeeze in a few moments of scrapping time. I decided to use this month's sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. This is it:

I used mainly 6x6 paper and embellishments from the Little By Little range by Shimelle plus some of my own stash. Rather than having just a white background I used one of my roller stamps, plus some packaging technique to add some interest. Well here is the page:

and some close ups:

Well that's it for now, I have to race off to school my students await.

Take care and have fun crafting,
Helen xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

My Week!

Hi all,

Boy it's been an exciting week.

First off the big announcement (well for me anyway!) was announced Sunday, my timezone, and I am now one of the newbies on The Crafty Maven Getaway Design Team. Yay my first ever online design team!!!!!! Just a bit excited here.
Then on Wednesday it was my birthday, not a major '0' year but still a lovely day. I got spoilt by my boys and my mum, they gave me some jewellery and then I got to work and some of my friends and some of my students gave me such lovely gifts. I shan't be needing to buy any peanut M&Ms in a while!

Also on my birthday my first video for TCMG went live! Here is the layout followed by the video.

It's been a great week and I still have the movies and dinner with a great friend to look forward to tomorrow night.

Have a great week, take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Scrappy Update

Hi all,

Well it has been a busy few weeks around here in both the creative world and the everyday work world. School wise my poor darlings had to sit their NAPLAN tests this past week so we have been busy revising for them - they are country wide tests in English and Mathematics, but they all handled it very well. Now down to some real work before I have to write reports!

In my scrapbooking life I have been a lucky girl and I have won a few prizes. Firstly, I won one of the prizes from Stuck Sketches for the month of April and I won a lovely prize pack from Scrapmatts, it contained stencils and chipboard pieces. My second prize was from Anna's Craft Cupboard as I won one of the competitions during their 11th birthday celebrations. I received some Amy Tangerine papers and matching diecuts. So all in all I'm feeling pretty spoilt.

I also have some other really, really exciting news but can't quite spill the beans about that yet, but soon I can.

I've also managed to create a few layouts and make a few videos. I took part in a video hop for iNSD (International Scrapbook Day, last Saturday 6th May) with the Crafty Channel Surf Facebook group and I made this layout/video for it.
This is the layout, I'm going to give it to my mum for Mother's Day.

and the video:

Plus during iNSD I made a couple of layouts as I followed along with some crops/events on FaceBook. These are the layouts:

I recorded the making of the second layout and have finally gotten around to editing it and I uploaded it tonight, here it is:

Well that's about it for tonight. I have another video going up tomorrow as part of my monthly hop with the Challenge Your Stash crew, this month we are using flowers. Plus I'll also be back tomorrow to tell you my news, it's actually going live at 12pm PST time but this little duck will be fast asleep as that will be 3am here - I suppose I could schedule it!

Anyway, take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx