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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November Scrap Around The World

Because I was so inspired by the November mood board at Scrap Around The World, I created a second layout for this challenge!

Once again, HERE is the link to the challenge, and here is the vintage, nostalgic, beautiful mood board:

For this entry I decided to create a masculine layout. The source of my inspiration was the image in the upper left corner of the sheet music stacks, and also the doilies in the window, the image in the center bottom. Seems I can't get enough of these two images!!

Here is my entry:

The photograph is my Grandfather, who indeed was very elusive for the longest time!! It took many,many years of searching, untold hours of research and painful discovery, to finally find this man and learn his tragic story.

The layout is composed of many heavily distressed and torn layers. Various ink sprays and inks were applied through a stencil. Then with molding paste applied through a stencil another layer of texture was added. Seven layers of torn and distressed papers were used to frame up the photograph. All of these layers allude to the many layered journey to discovery of this man. Ink drips and mica flakes were added to the page. I added pieces of vintage window doilies, as I always like to have something old on my heritage layouts. And I had 2 old lock surrounds that belonged to my Mother, (his daughter), which I used as embellishment to anchor two corners of the photograph stack. It is important to me to use items that actually belonged to the person if possible, and in this case I was able to use something that belonged to his daughter. Because I did not want to use any flowers, I added a couple more pieces of metal, and an old, screen washer. I tied up the page, reminiscent of the photo on the moodboard, with twine, and also added some thread. Then went in with more ink, lightly washing in areas for an old, worn look.

From what I have been able to piece together, I believe the photograph was taken about 1895.

I have followed the ten golden rules for the Scrap Around The World entry requirements. Thank you for looking, and I hope you like my page!


  1. This is simply great. I usually do not like masculine layouts, without tons of flowers. But yours is simply great. You created a great background and I love how you used the doily. I have to try myself. Thank you for playing along with SATW this month.

  2. What a wonderful layout, my friend! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing with us at SATW!

  3. Gorgeous heritage layout! Love the layering! All the best from SATW! :)

  4. Your page is lovely! Thanks for playing along with us at SATW!

  5. Beautiful vintage page!! Thank you so much for playing at Scrap Around The World!!

  6. Oh wow - you are so lucky to have such great old photos. Fabulous layout! Thanks for joining in at Scrap Around The World.

  7. Gorgeous, Natalie! I think the best scrapbook artists, like you, include subtle details that might go unnoticed but which add such richness and beauty that is hard for us less talented to emulate.

  8. You always have beautiful elements on hand to dress up your art. I'd love to go through your stash. :)