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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Scrap Around The World November

Happy November to all! This month I am playing along again at Scrap Around The World. The mood board is absolutely inspiring in every way.

Here is this month's board. Is it not beautiful?? My very favorite vintage look. Love every bit of it! I could look at this board all day long and be inspired by so many different aspects of it!! If you would like to play along, here is the link.

And here is my layout.............

Zest For Life

I knew I wanted to use this photograph taken of my Mother in 1946 for my layout. Inspired by the mood board's sheet music stack, in the upper left, this was my starting point. I layered up under the photo using sheet music paper, script, and a scrap of vintage silk velvet, which is a nod to the velvet dress my Mom is wearing in the photo.

Very much inspired by the center photo on the bottom of the board of the doilies in the window, with sun gleaming through them, I created a textural background using  gloss gel medium, and also molding paste.

After this was dry, I applied spray inks of various colors.

I was also very inspired by the beautiful bouquet of flowers, especially the colors. I used some very vintage embroidery floss, that was the perfect softness of color, to fill in under and around the photo. The pinks and oranges were perfect, though not as bright as the colors on the board. Adding bits of old beaded bracelets in the same area also, to give a bit more glinting light effect. The flowers were lightly touched with silks paints, then swabbed over with fluid acrylic in a natural tone. I also added 2 tiny feathers that I found in my garden, they are the palest orange, a gift from a cardinal bird!!

Behind the photograph are 2 vintage doilies, and various pods from my garden are scattered around on the page. And of course, twine! I love using twine on my pages, it gives a very organic look that I adore. And as a final touch, ink splatters.

I titled my page "Zest for Life", which I felt embodied the spirit of the quotation in the lower right, "life is beautiful," My Mother surely had a most wonderful zest for life, and was a very inspirational and strong woman.

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


  1. Absolutely stunning work! Especially I love the colours and texture!
    Thank you for joining at SATW!

  2. Wonderful layout! So elegant! I love the masking you did on the background! Colors are nice and rich! Love the piano in the photo! I miss mine! All the best from SATW! :)

  3. Amazing layout! Thank you so much for playing along with us at SATW! :)

  4. I love your background and layering. Thank you very much for playing along with SATW!

  5. Wow! I love the vintage elements you've used. The softer colours work so well with this photo. Thanks for joining in at Scrap Around The World.

  6. Gorgeous Natalie! I almost missed this but I saw your latest on and then came to your blog and noticed this one. I just love how you use twine and thread. It always looks so natural. Any time I try it looks awkward and I end up taking it off, lol.

  7. Two beautiful layouts, here and above... I would love to sign up as a follower so as not to miss anything, if you had the Blogger widget!
    Alison x