Sunday, 20 April 2014

Layout in response to Ellen H. 's 300 You Tube subbies challenge

Happy Sunday all and Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it.  We had our family Easter brunch yesterday as most of us work tomorrow (Friday was the holiday here) and wanted a nice quiet day today.  It should actually be a lovely spring day (we may even hit the 10 degree C mark... oh my LOL) so some fresh air, followed by scrappy time are my order of business for the day.  Now, on to the subject at hand :

Another favourite You Tuber of mine is Ellen H. ( ) and she just recently reached 300 subbies.  Congratulations Ellen !!! :).  She also has a blog (  Ellen is one of the sweetest people I know and we have become fast friends through You Tube and Facebook.  She makes lovely layouts, cards and mini-albums.  So if for some reason, you have not yet discovered Ellen, head on over to her channel or her blog.

Her challenge is a fun one :
  • Make a layout about yourself, or something you like ... something "you".  Tell her why it is "you".
  • Use green and pink on the layout
  • The second part of the challenge is to make a card (and send it to her if you want) and include the answers to 3 questions :  what is your favourite animal?, what is your biggest/craziest dream? and if you were a super hero, what powers would you have?
Here is my layout; supply list and comments follow (I will be making the card while watching a tennis final today, so it will be up on a separate blog post early in the week) :

The story :  From June 2005 to June 2006, I took a one-year sabbatical to "prepare" for my fifties.  I sold, gave away, or stored with loved ones, all my belongings; and with a 28 lb pack on my back, off I went to explore Europe.  I sometimes travelled with a friend, sometimes visited European friends and sometimes explored alone.  I have dual citizenship (Canadian and Irish) so was able to work a little here a there as well.  But I was still on a budget.  My fellow travellers were also on a budget so we would sometimes try something new to save money LOL.  This picture symbolises that ... I was actually cutting a friend's hair (how brave was he LOL)...  He is still my friend :) and if I may say so myself, the cut was not half bad.

The supplies :
  • The background paper is Pink Paislee Colour Wash Shine and for layering I used some Alison Kreft for Webters pages and again two 6 X 6 pads :  Dear Lizzy Neopolitan and Carta Bella Hello Again
  • I used a stamp from my Citrus Twist PL kit as well as a 3 X 4 card
  • Doilies from Nancy (see previous post)
  • Dear Lizzy thickers, as well as October Afternoon daily flash alphas
  • Daily Flash Washi Tape and Mister Huey's mists in Custard and Tannenbaum
So there you have it !  Oh my, I do go on don't I?  If you made it this far, thanks so much for sticking with me.  I really love doing these challenges.  They make me think outside of my box and even scrap a little out of my comfort zone.

Thanks so much Ellen for the fun challenge and congratulations on you 300 subbie milestone.


  1. I adore this layout a lot! I love the layering and the awesome washi tape you used!
    What an awesome story too!! Witch countries did you see in Europe? And what was your favourite/ and why?

    Enjoy tennis!
    Big hug

    1. Thanks so much Ellen. Yes, I was fortunate enough to actually live one of my biggest dreams (but don't worry, I still have a long list to answer your question LOL). I visited 20 countries over the year so I had many favourites. For instance, Spain has always been one of my favourite countries - I lived there for 4 of the 12 months - it is my comfort. But countries that took me out of my comfort zone stick in my mind as well : Norway, particularly up in the Lofoten Islands when I was above the Arctic circle and experiencing 24 hr daylight. Lithuania for its culture and feeling so very far away. Poland (I loved Krakow and Zakopane, but not Warsaw as much), again for being a very different language and culture..... And I could go on ... which hopefully I will do as part of this blog LOL. I unfortunately did not get to see much of Belgium (just in passing), nor of Greece, or Finland (which I really would love to see one day). Hugs my friend xx

  2. Hi Moira. Good for you that you took time to enjoy life, I give you a lot of credit for that. This layout is just my style, I like everything from the paper to the doilies, the cluster and the format of how you put it all together, it came out really nice. I hope you do well with Ellen's challenge! Sue

    1. Thank you so much Sue for such a lovely comment. I really did so enjoy my year long sabbatical. I also allowed me to challenge myself on many levels :). I really had fun making this layout and am enjoying all of the various challenges lately. Yours is next up on my list LOL :)

  3. I love your layout Moira! The layering, the colors, the theme (you). And I love your blog! How exciting that must have been for you. Why didn't I think of doing that before I hit my 50's???? Good luck in Ellen's challenge. ~ Roni

    1. thanks so much Roni. I really enjoyed making this layout. There are so many fun challenges lately. Next on my plate is Sue's ... I really did enjoy my travels - even the hard bits (although those maybe more now than at the time LOL). Well there is always your 60's (wink) :)