Monday, January 19, 2015

Perfect Colors for Vintage Layout

 Thanks to a few challenges this week/month, I was inspired to get Dad's old photo album out again!  I love old photographs; I truly enjoy everything about them: the history, stories, fashion, facial expressions, everything!  Nothing makes me feel more relaxed and still full of life than old pictures.  My Grandma Kathryn kept her albums in a black trunk in the 2nd bedroom.  I remember as a child going in there and looking at the books wondering about the people.

My dad is in a nursing home due to a stroke.  I spent several hours there with him going over all the old pictures and getting as much history as I could.  Now, I'm making copies of the images and scrapping them in a new way to put in a book for him to enjoy all over again!  I know he'll love it; he seems to be fascinated by all the embellishments and papers.  Of course, this shouldn't surprise me.  He always enjoyed art and woodworking.

Anyway, enough about Dad and my love of vintage photos -- on to the page!

First, I'll share the 3 challenges that inspired me!

Color My Heart:  Bamboo, Black, and Champagne (white optional)

Stuck? Sketches:  Sketch

123 Get Scrappy:  Gems, 3 different Patterned Papers, and Stamped Image

What I used -

CTMH CS, Fabrics & Papers:  For Always (retired), Champagne, Daisy White, Fundamentals Bamboo and Champagne, and Black.

CTMH Inks:  Bamboo, Champagne, and White Daisy Pigment Inks; Black Archival Ink

Paints/Gesso:  CTMH Create a Shade and Liquitex Gesso mixed with rubbing alcohol for the splatter on the bird.

Cricut Cartridges:  Artiste, Artbooking, and Heritage.

Embellishments:  CTMH Black Epoxy Bubbles and Black Shimmer Trim;  pearls from stash
I added paint to give more
and texture to the bird
cage and key.

CTMH Stamps:  Pick a Posey, Amour, Sweet & Lovely, and Fabulous You.

I machine basted and gathered the fabric under the key.
These flowers were cut using a pattern cut from
Art Philosophy.  I cut the flower in 3 sizes.  I cut 2 from
fabric and one from old lace.  I put a few stitches in to
hold them together and give them dimension.  I dabbed
the vine with the paint.
This little guy is speckled with
Gesso mixed with alcohol.
This was such a great project for me!  It's nice to be up in my craft room remembering fun times with my grandparents.  I still need to get their wedding date and pen that into the right hand bottom corner of the white journaling spot, but then it will be ready to put into the book for Dad.  

Thanks for coming by today!  If you need any CTMH goodies, visit KatiesCorner and see what is going on there!   


  1. Gorgeous layout perfectly vintagy! Thanks for joining us at 123 Get Scrappy

  2. What a gorgeous vintage layout, love what you did with the sketch and how you embellished your page! Thanks for playing along at Stuck?!

  3. Beautiful page! Thanks for joining us at Stuck?! and 123 Get Scrappy!

  4. This is a beautiful layout. I love the fabric details you used. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  5. Lovely layout Katrina! The details are wonderful!

  6. Love all the details that you shared! Amazing vintage layout! Thanks for playing along with Stuck?!

  7. There are so many wonderful details in your beautiful layout! This is one of my favorites, so far. Thanks for joining us at Color My Heart Color Dare.

  8. Lovely layout! My hubby is making an album for his father who is 89 and in the hospital as well. They really love it don't they? It's nice to be able to share and connect about family history. Thanks for joining us at Stuck?!

  9. A lovely layout, beautiful embellies and wonderful photos! Thanks for joining our challenge at 123 Get Scrappy :)

  10. So totally vintage! Love it! Thanks for playing along with us over at Stuck?! Sketches!

  11. Great layout! Totally cohesive feel with the photos and the vintage elements! Love the flourishes and the birdies! Thanks for joining us over at 123 Get Scrappy! Hope to see you in February too!

  12. Gorgeous layout!!! Thanks for joining us at 1~2~3 Get Scrappy!!!

  13. Beautiful layout! Thanks for sharing your work with us at 1-2-3 Get Scrappy ♥

  14. Beautiful!
    Thank you for playing with us at 123 Get Scrappy. Hoping to see you with us again in February!