Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Arbor


Behind the house where I grew up there was an arbor leading to a flower garden. In early Spring, most of the garden was bare, save for a few perennials as the ground was turned and planted in preparation for the beautiful varieties that grew in the Summer. By then, the vines around and over the arbor itself would have sprouted leaves and sweet tea roses, creating a shady refuge from the sun.

I have so many wonderful childhood memories of playing house there with my sister; we would bring out our dolls and blankets and our toy dishes and such. As I grew older, those benches provided the perfect spot for curing up with a book, surrounded with the fragrance of the flowers and the chirping of birds all around.

This was created with the April Scrapbook Kit from Tres Jolie, along with a few items from the April Mixed Media kit. This kit, featuring gorgeous papers from 13 @rts and flowers from 49 and Market, is truly amazing!

I began by using the texture paste and the stencil to create a bit of texture around the area that I would be using for my focal image. I love how the pattern reflects the image in the photo so well.

I used the piece of patterned paper that was left from my “Bella Donna” layout to create layers, distressing the untorn edges and inking all around, then adhering packaging under each piece to create dimension.

I took flowers from all three of the 49 and Market packages and placed them around the photo. Next, I selected a few of the ephemera pieces and trimmed them close to the images and tucked them in layers here and there around the main flower cluster.

To finish, I backed a sticker with a small piece of chipboard and glued it to the corner of my photo.

A few closeups:





***Très Jolie AprilScrapbook Kit***

13 @rts - Bella Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Olive Gardens #ARTBE03

13 @rts - Bella Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Antico #ARTBE05

13 @rts - Bella Collection – Ephemera Paper Elements #ARTBE09

13 @rts - Bella Collection – A2 Sticker Sheet #ARTBE19

49 and Market – Handmade Flowers – Wildflowers – Storm #WF88671

49 and Market – Handmade Flowers – Enchanted Petals – Mint #EP-89043

49 and Market – Handmade Flowers – Enchanted Petals – Ballet Slipper #EP-89074


***Très Jolie AprilMixed Media Kit***

The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Stencil – Mini Screen Print #TCW525s

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Texture Paste – Crackle #TDA71303



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