Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Couple of Firsts

The title refers to the photo of a six-year-old me proudly showing off the gap left by the loss of my two front teeth. I created this page for the April Childhood Challenge at, where one of the topics is “Firsts”
This photo, taken by my father, brings back such wonderful memories of our living room as it was then. That’s a cherry drop-leaf table in front of the window facing the side of the house. Next to it, you can see the arm of the smaller sofa; the larger one is against the other wall. They were upholstered in a velvety fabric; one in rose, the other in a soft teal. In the corner, you can see our radio: a Zenith in a gorgeous wood cabinet. Back then, there was AM and there was shortwave, and we had both, hence that complex looking dial. The antenna, located in the bottom, was incredible. I lived in Western New York, so of course, we could pick Rochester and Buffalo (WKBW was the best during my teen years!) and Canada, but we could usually pick up the stronger stations from New York City (think WABC and WMCA, both Top 40 stations at the time). In the summer, we could pick up WLS out of Chicago at night and it came in as clear as a bell. And the speaker was even more awesome. When the volume was turned up full blast, the windows literally shook. (This was only tried when my parents weren’t home, of course.)

The other day, I came across an old layout of mine – “Washtub Funthat was created for a Round Robin, following the incredible Nike’s “Underwater Fun and wanted to create a redo. I’ve followed the basic design without a lot of the detail in my original.
I loved the monotone color scheme and so I altered my photo to print out sepia. The Weathered Clock die cut was used as a mask as I was inking it and I do like the result.
There are actually a few more layers of paper matting, starting with the top layer that was punched all around. That’s all the punching that I did. I have replicated the look by using a strip of lace, topped with part of a border piece underneath.
The embellishments were kept simple: a few flowers and leaves and metals from my stash down the side and a wood clock and a bit of Washi tape on top.


Kaisercraft – Story Book Collection – Borrow #P2063
Kaisercraft – Time Machine Collection – Ironclad #P1921
Kaisercraft – Antique Bazaar Collection – Recycle #P1799
The Paper Loft – Easy Breezy Collection – Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy #EB103
The Paper Loft – Easy Breezy Collection – Made in the Shade #EB109

Prima – Cartographer Collection – Vagabond #574550
Prima – Jute Collection – Joyous #574826
Prima – French Riviera Collection – Boulevard de la Croisette #586218
Prima – Wood Embellishments – Decorative Clocks #554613
Metal Leaves

Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Vintage Photo

Sizzix – Bigz – Tim Holtz – Weathered Clock #657190
Martha Stewart – Punch Around the Page – Loops #ms42-60034

Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Scotch – Advanced Tape Glider

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic LO, Peggy! I love how many details of your childhood living room are in that photo! I have been enjoying looking at old photos and picking out things from houses of my past. Especially my grandmother's house. It was a very cool house!