An old layout of mine that popped up on my "On This Day" feature on Facebook caused a moment of "aha!".
The January 2017 Delicate Kit from Swirlydoos, full of gorgeous papers, trims and flair from Lemoncraft's Gossamer Blue collection, also comes with a lot of fun embellishments, among them woodgrain textured cardstock from American Crafts, a package of Kaisercraft blooms, tin fencing from Darice and best of all, two pheasant feathers! These and the Prima Melody Blue package of embellishments from the December kit gave me a perfect opportunity to scrap this photo of this wonderful couple, neighbors of my childhood.
We addressed Mr. and Mrs. Davis with the courtesy titles of Aunt Lutie and Uncle Clarence and they really were like elderly relatives to generations of children, starting with my father's generation.
Born in the 1870's they were able to entertain us all with stories of long ago, before telephones, cars, and all electronics. In the dining room was a pump organ that we could play. In the living room was a real wind up Victrola that came with cylinders that Aunt Lutie called "my funny records". On occasion, Uncle Clarence would take out his violin and play for us all as we sat on the floor in a circle.
Mr. Davis was a carpenter; I can still remember the smell of wood in his workshop at the back of the house behind the kitchen and the many wood shavings that covered the floor.
Mrs. Davis loved nature, especially the birds that she fed throughout the year and she loved to tell us all about the different ones that came to visit.
To form the base of my layout, I cut a 10 inch square from the center of the textured cardstock and put it aside. I then colored the remaining outside with Ranger Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy to bring out the woodgrain pattern and adhered it to an 11 inch square of thin chipboard to give it stability.
The Lemoncraft Gossamer Blue 01 sheet was trimmed to an 11 inch square, lightly distressed and fastened to the base. Next, I tore the Gossamer Blue Bonus Sheet down the center at a diagonal, cut the width to 11 inches and fastened it to the center after lightly distressing the sides.
I've placed a lot of odds and ends under my photo - bits from the Bonus Sheet (some of them fussy cut), more of the textured cardstock that I inked, scraps from previous layouts, bits of Prima packaging and a few inched of the tin fence.
To form my flower cluster, I chose one of the Kaiser blooms from the kit and a few flowers from my stash ( using the Distress Ink to tone down the white blossoms), along with bits of Lemoncraft flair and trim.
Lastly, in honor of Aunt Lutie I placed one of those marvelous feathers along the bottom of the photo and topped it with a beautiful Melody Blue bird.