Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A bit of paint . . .

From time to time, I'll experiment with a little bit of paint on my pages.  I'm yet to find a technique I'm totally comfortable with, but the other night, I was in the mood to have another try . . .

First up, I wanted to try this collage technique from fellow Counterfeiter, Glory Girl, using (what else?) some purple off-cuts!

I had some watered-down gesso left over, so next I decided to roughly brush it over a sheet of very dark coloured cardstock.

So far so good, but would I be able to make something with either of them?
 I came across this photo series of Maddy, wearing a hat of mine.

I've already scrapbooked the photos for her album, but what I actually thought when I saw those photos was, "I used to wear hats".  And the idea for a page was born!


 Journaling reads "before they became baby photo shoot accessories, I used to WEAR HATS
And here's what is probably the only photo of me wearing that same hat, at a friend's wedding.

It took me a long time to put that page together, but I got there eventually, with a little help from this lovely sketch from Shanna Noel's blog:

The next photo that caught my eye was a very ordinary one of me standing in our current house when we had just moved in, holding a friend's baby.  Like I said, not a great photo, not a family we still see regularly, and just one of many random "holding someone else's baby" photos in the album.  But the story I suddenly wanted to tell wasn't particularly about the baby, it was about me

I was so clucky back then, not that I would have talked about it (although I'm sure my actions spoke loudly enough!)

Remember how I told you I used to tie-dye?  I had to laugh because it was half-way through making the page before I realised that the baby in the photo is actually wearing a tie-dyed purple Bonds suit I made for him as a baby gift!

For this one, I used the monthly sketch at ScrapFriends:

Thanks everyone for stopping by!
P.S. Fellow Counterfeiters and Purple-lovers, if you want to see more you can jump back here to see another post using my kit that hasn't been linked to the CKC blog.


  1. I was drawn to the butterfly embellishments you used on both these pages - nice touch!

  2. Julie - Wow! Great job on the collage!!! Love how the muted colors of the background papers really make the colors in your photos stand out! I also adore the fact that you have scrapped yourself in the same hat!!! Beautiful idea! Love the colors you've used here as well!!! WAY TO GO! - Julie

  3. Love the way you have used the doily for journaling...lovely take on our sketch at Scrap Friends:):):)

  4. Thanks so much fun to see it all come together! LOVE THIS!

  5. So great to see your experimentation paying off in these lovely pages.

  6. I love how you came up with your story and made it all come together. Great pages!

  7. beautiful page! love the flower and how you´ve written your journaling on the doilie! thanks for playing along with us at ScrapFriends!!

  8. really sweet page and great take on the sketch!...thanks so much for playing along at SF! :)

  9. what great pages! I especially like the use of the doily for your journalling! And the way your story came about is a great example of recording those almost forgotten snippets of our past that are triggered when when we look through these old photos - great job