Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dad & Grandpa ~ 1949

Ah, where do I begin with this post?  Do I start with the story, the many elements of this design, or how I feel about the work..............?

Ok, I'll start from the heart; I love this picture.  I love everything about this photograph from a historical, emotional, and familial aspect.  I adore the story behind the picture and tried to tell the story through my elements.  

My dad and grandpa were sort of rebellious when it came to Grandma's rules.  She had a strict rule about eating too many sweets and we definitely could not have them late in the afternoon.  "No, that will spoil your appetite," I can still here her say!  I'm sure she was twice as strict about this with Dad as she was with us!

Dad told me the story of how he and Grandpa would walk down to Hatfield's, the corner drug store, for chocolate sodas under the guise of errands.  One day the druggist, as they were called back then, shot a photo of them and threatened to show Grandma!  I suppose if that's the worst bribe anyone had on them, they were somewhat safe!  

I'll hit some highlights on this canvas picture I made for Dad's gift.  The background patterned paper is from CTMH Huntington.  I distressed it, stamped it, rolled it, and sprayed parts of it with homemade CTMH Glimmer Mist.  (I made this batch with Chocolate and Blush Re-inker, Create a Shade Paint, and water.)   

The studs are from the CTMH Durables Triangle Studs.  I painted them with the Create a Shade paint, sponged over them with Archival Black and then gave them a coat of Mod Podge to seal the ink.  I could have mixed the paint with re-inker, but I didn't have black!

I cut all the elements from CTMH Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artbooking.  The sign was printed using the Cricut Metallic pens in Artbooking font.  I first cut them from cereal boxes and then from Colonial White or Black CS.  This made them very sturdy and gave them more dimension.  

The striped pattern paper is the zip strip from Jubilee.  The store tabs, or bills, were from the CTMH Dream Pop (retired) collection.  

The key was heat embossed with White Colonial Pigment ink bronze embossing powder I have in my stash -- not sure of the brand.

Materials List:

CTMH Papers & CS:  Jubilee, Huntington, Black Colonial White, Dream Pop and Balloon Ride

CTMH Inks & Paint:  Create a Shade Pearl Paint, Chocolate, Slate, Barn Red, Autumn Terra Cotta, and Archival Black

CTMH/Cricut Cartridges:  Artbooking, Art Philosophy, and Artiste

CTMH Embellishments:  Durables Triangle Studs, Mini-Medley Black, Opaques Licorice, Memo Assortment, Opaques Mocha, and Mini-Medley Pewter

CTMH Stamp Sets:  Universal Backgrounds and Art Philosophy Celebrations

All CTMH supplies from KatiesCorner.

Other:  Miscellaneous adhesives/gel mediums,  embossing powder, and an 8 X 10 canvas

I hope this brings back fun memories for my dad on Father's Day!

I'm sending this off to the following Challenges:

Bitten by the Bug 2  Father's Day
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge  Celebrate Dad Use at Least one Cricut cut -- I used several!
Heart 2 Heart  So Studly  -- I used Durables Triangle Studs
Pile It On  Use Some Patterned Paper --  I used Jubilee and Huntington
Scrapbooker PhD  Use Your Die Cuts --  I used Cricut/CTMH Cuts

Happy Father's Day, Dad!


  1. Awesome project! LOVE the embellishments you used and that pic is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with us over at FCCB and BBTB2 this week!

    Mollie's Motif

  2. This is really great!! This is such a super layout I love all your detail.
    Thank you for entering the Bitten by the Bug 2 with the theme “Fathers day” for this challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  3. This is such an amazing layout. I love the vintage feel to it and all the cuts you used. I can tell this puc means alot to you and this is such an awesome way to display it. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  4. What an amazing, heartfelt project! I love the photo, the story, and how you pulled it all together. Thanks for sharing this piece of family history with us @ H2H!

  5. What a great story, I love hearing those memories and more importantly it is documented. Thanks for playing along with H2H Challenges!

  6. WOW!!!! Awesome!! Love the photo and the story behind it. And all of your embellishments. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Father's Day' challenge at BBTB2!!!! :)

  7. Wow, you did a great job. Love the elements you used to bling up this great picture. Thanks for following Bbtb this week


  8. A fabulous page and yummy papers. Thank you for joining us at Pile It On his Time we look forward to seeing you again soon. Tracy DT

  9. An amazing gift for your dad! I love anything vintage, and you've combined the photo and embellishments wonderfully :). Thank you for joining us at FCCB this week!

  10. I always love it when I get to read the story behind a project. How awesome is the sign post!! It really captures the vintage look (as does the other embellishments). Thank you for joining ScrapbookerPhD's die cut challenge.

  11. Love your design for your layout! Love the vintage look! Thanks for joining BBTB2

  12. An amazing project! Thanks for sharing the story! Glad you were able to play along with us at Pile it On this week! Come again soon!
    Tracey, DT

  13. Great story-love hearing the stories behind what we get to see. You really captured the vintage look! Thanks for sharing it with us at BBTB2 this week!

  14. LOVE all the elements on this layout and the story!!! Thanks for linking it up to H2H's Studly Challenge!

  15. OMGosh, this is fabulous!!! How fun that you have the picture and even more fun that you know the story behind the picture. I think this is the most awesome father's day gift ever!! Thanks for joining us at
    BBTB2 ;-)

  16. What a wonderful project and such a great story! I absolutely love everything about it! Great job! Thanks for joining us at H2H!