that time should be
So rich yet fugitive a pageantry.

forsake it then and with us fly
Into the past where nothing now can die:
Where even the young and lovely, old and staid
Live on unchanged - of purest fantasy made.

Prologue - W. de la Mare

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Scrap Around the World September 2014 Challenge

This is the delightful moodboard for the month of September 2014 at "Scrap Around The World", a wonderful challenge site. I am playing along in the challenge this month after a too long break away from scrapping! Here is the link to this month's challenge at Scrap Around The World.

I was inspired by the image in the upper left corner of the moodboard of the gossamer winged fairy in her lovely draped dress, and by the fairy tale quotation in the upper right corner of the moodboard. Also, the whole magically charming atmosphere of the board and its sweet pinks and blues really captured me!!

Here is my layout, entitled "Their Own Special Fairy Tale":

I took a vintage photo of my Mom and her little sister from 1930 and placed it in a little Fairy Garden I created. The photo was taken during the height of the Great Depression. Mom and her sister were the youngest in a family of 10. They were very poor, and their mother was a Polish immigrant, so there were no toys and no luxuries. But they created their own little world that sustained them. They were children of the meadows and forests that surrounded their hometown, and their childhood was spent outdoors. The private world they created included lots of "make believe" amongst the streams and flowers and trees. They loved to make up fairy stories with themselves as the main characters, and were free to spend untold hours outside in the summertime, playing and dreaming.

I found a poem that was written by my Mom when she was in her late 70's. It is so clearly nostalgic and filled with yearning for the lost days of her childhood. So I carefully altered this fragile bit of paper to fit into my design by tearing and distressing the edges, inking it, and tracing over her own handwriting (which was written in pencil) in ink. So what you see is truly a piece of her!

After I applied molding pastes and sprayed various inks, I layered on pieces of an old, vintage bureau scarf and a piece of old lace, along with the chipboard piece, which was inked and applied with crackle paste. Then I built up the "fairy garden" with lots of fussy cut elements. I tried to include some of the favorite flowers of my Mom's, especially ones she may have encountered on her walks all those years ago. Along with the gossamer flowers there are also dried elements, pods, dried flowers and a stalk of a pressed weed, which seemed fitting!

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of my family story. And even though my Mom and her sister had nothing and lived in poverty as children, their "fairy tale" dreams eventually came true! They made beautifully satisfying lives for themselves as adults, married handsome "princes", had lovely homes, many children, made some money, traveled and lived to old age. So......fairy tales can come true!!

I believe I have followed the 10 golden rules of The Scrap Around The World challenge site, and I hope you like my layout.



  1. Your layout is so wonderful! I love all the gorgeous textures in the background and the fussy cut images :)
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at SATW this month! Hope to see you join us again in the next challenge :)

  2. Awwwwwww, wonderful!!! The background, the picture, I simly love everything here! Thank you for playing along with SATW!

  3. Stunning page! I love the heritage photo and what a beautiful garden you made! Love the background with that beautiful masking! All the best from SATW! :)

  4. Oh my this is simply fabulous! So glad you joined us at Scrap Around the World this month <3

  5. Your layout is stunning; love the flowers, textures, everything; thanks for playing at SATW

  6. Totally love the background ! What an awesome page!
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at SATW this month!

  7. Wow, Natalie! You did such an amazing job. When I saw it on you didn't title it "Their Own Special Fairy Tale" and yet it invokes that feeling so beautifully. I described it as magical and called it a fairy tale garden without even knowing that was your intention.
    It wasn't so hard to find your blog once I looked for it. I haven't been one to follow blogs much but I'm trying to do that more now that I have one of my own.

    1. I think I meant evoke not invoke. Agonizing about every word, lol.