Thursday, 15 March 2012

A Story of Everyday ............


Notes that create a
timeless story of everyday .....
a journal of memories we cherish.

I love this quote and thought it would suit this photograph well.  It is not a good photograph in that I had to hide various bits of the hall architecture!  But it fitted in well with this month's Swirlyhues colours.

Here is the storyboard:  quite a bit out of my comfort zone!  But I was determined to keep the strong colours - being a bit of a wimpish sort of person, I have tended to soften the colours in past months.  And green ..... ooooch just not what I use at all.  But once I started I really enjoyed this.  This month the layout was optional, so I have used for inspiration Lisa's tutorial for this month's kit which includes "burlap" probably what we would call hessian, and the layering tutorial again.   I have used papers from Tim Holtz and Basic Grey.

The flowers were made from Tim Holtz Craft Co-ordinations, very thick to manipulate as the water just doesn't soak in. They are loosely based around Pascale's Camelot Flower Tutorial.  Instead of inking the edges and creases I used some smooth sandpaper to reveal the craft core.    The pearl stick pins were coloured with alcohol inks and I managed to get my last few drops of Shabby Shutters Distress Crackle Paint out of the pot!

In case anyone is interested, this spinning wheel is a copy of an old one found in a house clearance in Shetland.  My husband made it for me last Christmas and it spins beautifully.  Here I am spinning natural white Shetland wool very finely for a half shawl I hope to knit.

Many thanks for looking!  Enjoy the rest of your week.

PS  All the tutorials can be found on the Swirlydoos blog and forum.

9 comments:

Artyjen said...

Fabulicious ;)!
xoxo Sioux

Lisa said...

So beautiful! You spin your own wool?! You worked so well with these colors. You would never know you were out of your comfort zone.

Anita Houston said...

Deliciously shabby!!! Love your flower...the layers are wonderful! And I see you've caught the art journal bug...someday I will try it! This is beautiful!

Miriam said...

Fabulous Jennie - lovely layout

Alison said...

Such a beautiful page Jennie! I love the flowers!
Alison x

Catherine said...

This is stunning -- and I love the colors and everything about it. What makes me MOST happy is that you used one of my favorite pieces of BG paper. BEAUTIFUL Jenni!

Jackie said...

So while I've been trying the lighter pale shades you've been on the dark side! Lovely work and how fortunate to have such a clever husband making you a spinning wheel.

Paulien van den Bosch said...

Gosh Jennie.... I love how your page turned out. It is beautiful!!!!!

Sam said...

Fantastic layout Jennie. Love the shabbychicedness of this and well done for coming out of your zone! Love it!