Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Nana Crawley ...........



I have been a lurker on Once Upon a Sketch for a long time, so thought it was about time I joined in! 
 
Current Challenge
 
The "case file" for this challenge is unusual in that it is more than a sketch and colour challenge with journalling and techniques also required. 








This is so not the layout I was going to do! I had planned a really inky page with a small photograph of my Nana.  But then I noticed the painting hanging on the wall at the top of the photograph.  It is not any old painting but a watercolour of three shell pickers on the beach painted by my Grandpa in 1927 and which now hangs in our sitting room!  What a surprise as I've looked at this photograph so many times!  So I just couldn't cut the photograph and consequently had to change my whole page design!





So this is my interpretation of the colour scheme and sketch and I have also used:

: leaves
: fibres
: tone on tone
: floating inspiration words
: journalling in the form of a letter


Add some collaged and inked pieces and some handmade flowers and leaves, a search through my drawers for doilies, pins and lace and I surprised myself with the colour scheme!






My journalling is on the ribboned tag - what was she thinking/dreaming of?  Would she have had any idea where her life was eventually to take her and even now how often she is remembered and loved.  I know she dreamed as she told us such wonderful stories which I always believed were true!




Do pop along to Once Upon A Sketch and have a look at some of the DT layouts and some of the fantastic entries.  Every layout is just so different.

Thanks for popping by!





12 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hello Jennie, this is such beautiful layout - the colours and choice of embellishments are perfect for the photo of your grandmother. And it was lucky that you spotted the picture hanging there. I read in one of the family history books I have that we should avoid over-cropping our old photos because what is in the background can give historians clues when trying to date them and also an insight into the life of the subject, so you did well to retain all of the photo. Besides, it's lovely.

Elizabeth xx

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful LO. The watercolour that your grandfather painted is so beautiful, he was a fabulous artist. Annette x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...amazing LO Jennie, gorgeous colours and layers and a super story and what an amazing find in your Grandpa's painting! an amazing story and the talents run through your blood!!...super posting...Melxx :)

Vicky Alberto said...

Very beautiful - - thanks for playing along with OUAS!

Julia S-W said...

This is simply stunning Jennie but what makes it even more amazing is that you have the painting - and what a truly beautiful painting it is! I really love all the elements is your layout and the warm colours of the background are perfect against the cream tones used for the other sections of your piece. I loved reading this and the touch of history and family connections is wonderful.
Juliaxx

Sue said...

A beautiful layout Jennie

Cathy said...

Such a beautiful page Jennie and a fabulous take on the challenge!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at OUAS :)

Jenny said...

Absolutely stunning Jennie... love your gorgeous layout... beautiful handmade flowers... and love the journaling done as a letter...

Hugs
Jenny x

Eila Sandberg said...

I am so glad you decided to let that darling painting lead you to another creative route, this is such a beautiful layout!! love the photo of your grandma and how present is tied in with past through that painting. Really love your elegant design and wonderful take on the challenge. Thank you ever so much for joining in with us at OUAS!

Romy said...

A special photo like this one deserves a very special lay-out and yours definitely is special:) It's such a gorgeous, warm lay-out! Thank you for playing along at OUAS!

Kelly Foster said...

This is really a beautiful layout, so very delicate and pretty!! I adore those butterflies - thanks so much for joining us at OUAS!!

Georgia Heald said...

Beautiful! Love the butterflies! Thanks so much for playing along with us OUAS =)