A few weeks ago, my very sweet online scrapbooking friend, Michelle Marks from Newfoundland, sent me a wonderful package of papers and scrapbook goodies. She also popped in a little gift for BabyOfTheFamily….a wall decor sticker set of owls (because BOF is so in love with owls right now).
That same week, my mom asked me to reprint a photo of herself on the farm as a young girl with her cousin. Right away I knew that Michelle’s papers would be perfect for a pretty heritage layout, so I decided to make a page for my mom with her photo, aptly titled “Farmers’ Daughters”.
The papers are ATD Momenta. I made a double shadow box frame by cutting two of the papers and layering them with foam squares.
The four corners are punched with a Martha Stewart corner punch. I wanted to do something special inside the shadow box corners so I added chicken wire chipboard (LOVE IT!) from Dusty Attic, which I purchased from Vicky, who has an Etsy shop.
|I altered the chicken wire by painting it with my Ranger metallic Silver paint dauber.
The tiny white roses are Prima.
I printed my mom’s name and her cousin “Sophie and Clara” with a Brush Script font onto a scrap piece of greeny taupe cardstock, then framed it with a Melissa Frances white resin oval ornamental. The seam binding ribbon is colored with Victorian Velvet TH Distress ink, then misted and crumpled. (I tied the ribbon into a bow BEFORE I altered it).
The white doily is an old one I found in my kitchen drawer….gotta love those discoveries!
The brown doily is made from a die that my BFF Sandra lent me….it has VERY intricate details and I cut it with my Big Shot. The Urban Scrapbook sells an assortment of these lovely doily dies, that are manufactured by Cheery Lynn Designs. This particular die is called “English Tea Party” (DL101). The paper I used for the doily was a happy accident….I wanted to do a trial doily with scrap paper and found this ancient piece of ugly brown canvas patterned paper in my stash. After I cut the doily, I thought WOW…this actually is pretty and will add some nice contrast layered with the white doily.
I decided to cross-stitch on the page for a couple of reasons….it adds a homespun element, but also my family is Ukrainian and this type of needlework is one of our traditional handicrafts. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to cross-stitch table runners and tablecloths. [Yep, I was a real party girl!]
|The Sew Easy from We R Memory Keepers was very handy to pierce those stitching holes!|
I bought the Sew Easy, Wood Veneer paper and Melissa Frances oval frame from Scrap-A-Lot.
The embellishment cluster on the left has a few altered items. The canvas heart from Canvas Corp. is coloured with Victorian Velvet Distress ink and then misted with water. When dried, I stamped it with a music notes stamp from Hero Arts and Timber Brown Archival ink.
|The patterned leaves is a sticker from Websters, the white resin bird is new Prima.|
My sweet friend Karen from Scrapbook.com who lives in Australia sent me that adorable handmade fabric flower…isn’t it perfect on this layout? Thanks Kaz!
|A closer look….|
The Dusty Attic chipboard flourish is altered with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Stain and then painted with Clear Distress Crackle Paint. I lightened it a bit with dabs of Ranger Silver metallic paint.
|The scalloped pink photo mat is made with a Fiskars border punch.|
One of my favourite elements on this layout is the hanging sign. I used Creative Imaginations Real wood veneer paper. A wood-grained patterned paper would also work well.
|Tim Holtz Ball Chain metal is used to hang the sign from under the shadow box frame.|
Those wonderful little alpha stickers are October Afternoon…also sent to me from Michelle 🙂
To make the sign, I just basically cut a rectangle of wood veneer and then 4 small strips, which I then “mitred” in the corners. I inked the edges with Chestnut Roan Cat’s Eye ChalkBox ink.
|I cut the foam squares in half so they were narrow enough under the frame edges.|
It does bother me that there is no apostrophe after the word “Farmers”….but I’ll just have to let that one go because the title just looks better this way…lol! Hmmm….design matters more than grammar??
After finishing the page, I placed it into a lovely light pink distressed shadow box frame I bought at Michaels a long time ago. My mom now has it hanging in her home….and has asked me to make one for Clara too 🙂