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

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Scrap Around The World January 2015

I am playing along this month at Scrap Around The World. The mood board is just so romantically shabby and beautiful!! So I had to give it a try!!

This is the wonderful moodboard, and here is the link to this month's challenge.

I was inspired by the general shabby mood of the board, the bucket of flowers in the upper right photo, the collection of frames and the time elements.

Here is my entry:

The title of my layout is "Holding On to Memories of You"

Six years ago I had to let go of my dear Mother. That is her photograph in the tiny frame on the right. And although I miss her every day, and our times together, I have my memories to hold on to. And I have saved precious items that were a part of her. In the large photo you see roses and peonies that Mom patiently dried in her spacious attic. I like to display them at certain times of the year on various tables throughout my home. They remind me of our happy times together in the garden, and the effort Mom made to save her flowers.

I used various framing elements - some I whitewashed with gesso, other I left alone in their metallic gold state, as they already had a nice, aged patina. I applied molding paste through various stencils. Then I made a "shabby" frame for my larger photo with layers of distressed papers. I applied my frames over a distressed and gessoed piece of corrugated cardboard, applied spray inks and from there built up the elements, using cheesecloth, torn papers, bits of fabric, flowers and fussy cut elements. Lastly I added beads and paint splatters. Then I applied paint to the floral elements and added the little key. Also I used twine to tie the arrangement together.

Some close ups:

For whatever reasons, I had a very difficult time pulling this layout together. I suppose my brain just stopped functioning after the intense holiday work load, and perhaps I needed to let it rest a bit, LOL! Although it was not funny trying to get this page into some kind of order. Anyway, I hope you like my layout, and let's hope my brain cells are more cooperative next time around! Best wishes to all for a great new year!


  1. this is stunningly BEAUTIFUL and you have totally nailed the moodboard? Love everything about it. So glad you played along with us and shared this wonderful layout with us.

  2. It's fantastic, I love all the details !! Thank you for playing at SATW :)

  3. Stunning layout! I also love those soft colors! Such great photos too!Thank you for joining the SATW challenge!

  4. WOW! Yout layout is gorgeous! I love the desing and the colours! And the photo is so beautiful!
    Thank you for joining at SATW!

  5. So beautiful, Natalie! Such gorgeous texture and layering and just overall captivating presentation! I wish my brain cells were half as creative as your uncooperative ones, lol. Good luck with the challenge!

  6. Wow !! It's fantastic, I love all the details !! Thank you for playing at SATW :)
    Lydie Denis.

  7. Wow!!! it's so beautiful! It's vary detailing. gorgeous texture and layering.

  8. Wow! I think I found one of my favourites! This is stunning! The paper layers are incredible and the masking is perfect! love the color palette! Definite contendor! All the best from SATW! :)

  9. Such a beautiful vintage feel here! Thank you for joining at SATW!

  10. This is what scrapbooking is about - preserving those special memories. I loved reading your text and hope you were able to get these words on the back of the layout or something. Fabulous page! Thanks for joining in at SATW.

  11. Congratulations on getting 3rd Place in the challenge, Natalie!

  12. Incredible. I love everything about this layout.

  13. WOW fabolous design, a wonderful layout and pretty colours.
    LG Petra

  14. Just stunning work, I'm drooling over this one. How do you take your photograph? They always have a look of share your secret.