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Monday, November 8, 2010

My Special Two - a 'vintage' style layout by Sue Smith

This week my layout has a vintage feel with a very special subject matter...my mum and dad who are no longer with me. I struggled quite a bit with this as I wanted to get it 'just right' to pay homage to the memory of my amazing parents. In the end, I altered the papers and embellishments in subtle ways that made it all come together. I am happy with the final outcome...what do you think?.....

Here is the photo that I started off with....

I then attacked it with a fine-grade sandpaper....more than I usually would with a photo....and kept working it until I was happy with the distressed effect...

Next I made a backing mat with Basic Grey Mellow - Sapid paper and decorated with Kaisercraft Rub-ons. The ones I have used are the Gypsy Sisters Collection, which Tanyah doesn't currently have in stock, but I know she would be more than happy to order them for you if wanted these same ones.

To blend with the other elements I had chosen for this layout, and to give an older, more vintage feel to the photo, I decided to ink the background mat and some of the photo with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Using a sponge as an applicator, I coloured the background mat and the edges of the photo using layers of Crushed Olive, Victorian Velvet, and Pumice Stone. And here is how it turned out.....

For the rest of the layout, I used the following products....

* Chromatics Black Cardstock

* Basic Grey Aged & Confused - Phresh & Funky patterned paper (pink background square)

* Crate Paper - Restoration Collection 'Doilies' (I inked this with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Victorian Velvet)

* Jenni Bowlin Studios - Bingo Cards - Valentine Bliss (red)

* Crate Paper - Restoration Collection Adhesive Backed Chipboard Stickers

* Pink Paislee Expressions - Whimsies Cardstock Alpha Stickers - Chocolate - these are the large and small alphas on the layout.

Hope you like what I've created...I'm happy with it, and I guess that's all that really matters with scrapbooking.

So on that note I leave you with the words...scrap for yourself and no-one else because that's all that really matters...to tell YOUR story YOUR way...your family down the line for generations to come will love what you have created simply because it is their legacy, not because it was artistically 'perfect' at the time you created it.

Until next Monday...happy scrapping everyone and TFL! xxx


Tanstar said...

TFS, it's such a beautiful photo and this page is a lovely tribute, love how you have distressed and inked it all up, it looks fantastic.

Anonymous said...

I love it! I love the way you created your photo mat with the paper, rub-ons and inks. Its perfect! TFS. Alz :) xx

Anonymous said...

Sue this is beautiful, I love the way you've done the photo and the LO it is a lovely tribute.

I love your piece of advice about scrapping for yourself too. TFS

Lizzy xx