Monday, January 11, 2021

Memories of Long Ago

I don’t scrap “me” very much, but I decided that I needed to create a page featuring my high school senior picture from 1964.

Of course, there’s an explanation for this…

The ladies at Tres Jolie Kit Club have changed up their monthly challenge, adding a twist and a request for the inspiration behind the finished project.

Well, here’s the January Challenge, featuring a Mood Board:

I was immediately struck by the top image of roses, but then my eye wandered over to the newsprint. I noticed the first column mentioned Amelia Earhart and then I took a good look at the headlines on the right, talking about the moon landing, Vietnam and then the names Kennedy and Johnson, all conjuring up memories of the 1960’s. My yearbook photo was just the thing to capture that time for me. Next, I took another look at the photos on the bottom and the woodgrain behind the vines. The Craft O’Clock papers from the January Kit feature a variety of colors and designs, including one pattern with a slight trace of woodgrain. All of a sudden, it all came together in my head and here’s how I put it all together.

Tres Jolie now has its own line of chipboard; Kim included several pieces in the Scrapbook Kit. I selected the January Frame. I began by applying a base coat of clear gesso to act as a sealant. When that was dry (a matter of minutes!) I covered it with black gesso and set it aside to dry thoroughly. Next came a thin coating of crackle medium; I allowed this to dry overnight. And now for the “magic” using several of the items from the January Mediums Kit… I covered the entire frame with the Dina Wakely acrylic in white and when it was set, I lightly went over it with a light coating of the Sparks acrylic in Butterfly Spells.

I used those drying times for a bit of fussy cutting: flowers and butterflies from the Extras sheet and that full-page vine from Sheet #5 that I just HAD to use as a stand-alone embellishment.

I created the several layers behind the photo using a piece of the Decorative Cards sheet and a scrap left after I cut the vine. Both pieces, along with a few Cardboard Die-Cuts from the kit, were distressed around the edges.

Once I assembled my piece, I decided to use up several packages of flowers from earlier kits, saving the ones that came in the kit for later projects.

I used matte gel medium to adhere micro beads to my blooms and cut-out flowers and butterflies to give them a bit of sparkle.

I finished my layout by adding (and painting) art stones here and there to fill in the gaps.

 Some close-ups...



 ***Très Jolie January Scrapbook Kit***

Craft O’Clock – Vintage Treasure Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet #5 #CC-VT-F15-05

Craft O’Clock – Vintage Treasure Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet #6 #CC-VT-F15-06

Craft O’Clock – Vintage Treasure Collection – Extras to Cut #CC-DOD-VTF-15

Craft O’Clock – Vintage Treasure Collection – 12 x 12 Dbl Sided Paper – Decorative Cards #CC-PL-VT-F15

Craft O’Clock – Vintage Treasure Collection – Cardboard Die Cuts #CC-CB-F15

Tres Jolie – Laser Cut Chipboard – January Frame

***Tres Jolie January Mediums Kit***

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – White #MDQ54122

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Sparks Acrylic Paint – Butterfly Spells #964122

Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Art Stones #963705

Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Micro Beads – Blush #962593



Prima – Flower Embellishments – Haley #594800 (from the February 2020 Kit)

Prima – Dulce Collection – Flower Embellishments – Cotton Candy #644567 (from April 2020)

Prima – Capri Collection – Flower Embellishments – Susanna #647001 (from December 2020)



Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Gesso – Clear #961466

Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Gesso – Black #961459

Plaid – Folk Art – Crackle Medium #694

Liquitex – Gel Medium – Matte



Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Paper Distresser

Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Distressing Tool



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



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