A few months back I was really grieving for my father who died in 2000. I always miss him but at times I wish he were here so I could be his little girl once again.
I decided to work my way out of it by creating ... creating a layout.
"i see myself in you"
This is me and my dad around 55 years ago. I still see my dad that young.
Although this is a very simple layout I did play with several mixed media/layering techniques.
1. I wanted color so I used Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock. while the pain was wet I sprinkled Tim's Distress Glitter Vintage Photo on a chipboard piece from Blue Fern Studios (FAV).
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2. Top Right Hand Corner: The paper already had the white cursive writing on it so I added a stamp image from Wendy Vecchi's Stampers Anonymous line with Tim's Fire Brick red ink. Then I added a touch of Ranger's Picket Fence paint dabber. On top of that I added white rub-ons from Making Memories from 1,000,000 years ago (LOL). I placed my Blue Fern Studio piece on top leaving enough room for more Making Memories black rub-ons.
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3. My banner pieces are from Maya Road. I painted with Gesso and inked with Distress Ink Old Paper in just a few spot. I stamped and embossed the image.
So you see it is simple but I remembered my dad in a special way and it was a good journey.
Waving out a wish for you to ... Have a Crafty Day!
...and yes I am alive and scrapbooking, paper crafting, "junkin", and now working on yard art. Along with all that I am blessed to be able to spend a great deal of time with all my grandgirls. So blogging has suffered a bit.
This is my June entry for their monthly sketch challenge.
This is Little and her best dancing friend T at their recital. They are both wonderful dancers and so much fun to watch them play together with their active imagination!
Blue Fern Studios chipboard, flower and diamonds
Bo Bunny Enchanted paper line and embellishments and rub-ons
Idea-ology metal butterfly (Tim Holtz)
Prima Finnabair stencil
Ranger Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Martha Stewart doily and gesso
I've missed everyone ... leave me a comment and let me know you came over to my "home" at D's Paper Studio blog! Have a Crafty Day!
It is wonderful when I get to rummage through my older products and add them to the latest and greatest products. Like many scrapbookers I have a lot of older products I just haven't used yet because new products just keep coming out. LOL They were and are great products. I am trying to marry the older products to the newer ones...just because I love them both.
Key to my Heart (my granddaughter Ali)
The Technique Tuesday Tile is the oldest element on the page. It was a bit off white so I painted it with Gesso.
The Tim Holtz key and pearls, Prima small resin flowers and button, Kaisercraft pearls are not as old as the tile but still several years old.
Half Way In-between
My Basic Grey wooden buttons and Prima Flowers are not "old" but just in-between new and old.
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Record It!, Blue Fern Studios chipboard title and key with lock, Martha Stewart crochet ribbon are all a part of the newer lines.
This is a balanced use of the old and new products while still allowing the new products to shine next to the sweet little face in the photo.
No matter the paper, the chipboard, bling, paint, and ink my number one element for my layouts are the photos. I would love for all my photos be taken in a professional matter, but they are not. Some photos are from the 30's, 40's 50's 60's, etc. Some are of professional quality and some of blurry. Many of the memories captured are happy, but some reflect the funny and sad part of living. No matter, the focal point must be your photo.
Making your photo the number one focal point is hard for me because I love the variety of papers and more. I want to play and create. If you are like me you can get carried away with all the products available to us. Now this is not to say we shouldn't paint, ink, add elements, but we can't forget bring focus to the photo. Again this can be a real challenge to me.
This is a photo of my daughter and granddaughter (Little). It is a selfie ... a new category in for scrapbooked photos!
Photo taken by my daughter with her iPhone
Paper: My Minds Eye Lost and Found Record It Heirloom line
Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios, doily and title
Flowers and bling : Prima
Other: ribbon from May Arts, charm from Bo Bunny, and white hearts from Martha Stewart
What do you do to make your photo "pop"?
Happy St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy the green. I'm Irish on my mothers side of the family so I will enjoy our day.
Some of my favorite obsessions right now are directed at my Scrapbooking. To name a few:
Graphic 45 All Things
Blue Fern Studios All Things
Bo Bunny Paper and Flowers
Tim Holtz mixed media products
Prima Flowers and Pearls/Crystals
of course photos of my grandgirls and my dad's old photos.
Matter-of-fact there are several more with other parts of scrapbooking ... tools(like Fiskars and X-ACTO), glues (like Glue Dots, Glue Art, Aleenes) etc., etc., etc. Oh my, as I'm writing this I realize I have many more obsessions connected with my craft. So I'll stop here.
I used several of these items in my layout today.
I took this photo one day when I was watching LS (Little's Sister). She was sick and having a bit of a rough time. She finally fell asleep. When I checked on her she was curled up holding her "baby" and had her little fingers in her mouth. This is outside her norm for sleeping. My heart was melted with my little grandgirl.
My Obsessions I Used
Blue Fern Studios Paper and Chipboard. The lattice was cut from one of their awesome papers. The chipboard is the brick underneath the photo and the pieces I popped out are placed on the upper right side covered with Tim's Distress Embossing Powder. Also the ornament on the lower left side is covered with Gesso and Tim's Distress Crackle paint then Distress Ink. The butterflies are colored with Geletos from Faber-Castell. I added a sprinkle of Tim's Distress Glitter to the pink butterfly.
Prima Flowers and Pearls/Crystals. The white and darker yellow flower are Prima's and the pink/yellow ones are from Jolees.
Fiskars and X-ACTO craft knife, scissors and trimmer
Glue Art Tape Runner and Rangers' Glossy Accents glue
I am so not a sticker scrapbooker. I don't know why, just not my cup of tea...until recently.
I'm going through my older stash and found a sheet of scalloped circle stickers by Creative Imaginations. Old .... I didn't care for the printed design for what I was doing but I did like the scalloped circle. I feel like Dr. Suess ... she thought, thought, thought. LOL
On the first layout I decided to paint the front of the sticker with Gesso. It worked great. No runs and I don't worry about it coming off the shiny finish. I looks like the edge of a giant doily.
Memories Captured (me and my dad)
Blue Fern Studios paper, title, and stem to the bird cage.
Michael's wooden bird cage
Prima flowers and butterflies
Martha Stewart Lace, Wilton Dolily
Gesso, Faber-Castell Geletos
You can see a closer look of the painted sticker and the wooden bird cage using Gesso and Gelatos.
My second layout is a holiday themed. This time I turned to the sticky side of the scalloped circle and added Tim Holtz Distress Glitter. I sprinkled it on, patted it down a bit, and tapped off any excess. It turned out brilliantly.
Adam & Jacob (brothers)
Fancy Pants paper
Quickutz flowers, Kaisercraft rhinestones
Tim Holtz key, ticket, Distress Ink Vintage Photo
American Crafts Thickers letters
Fiskars Scalloped Border Punch
If you like a good internet search here is the name of this particular sticker sheet and a photo. Creative Imaginations - Narratives - Antique Cream Collection by Karen Russell - 12x12 Sticker Sheets - Cream Circle.