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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scrap Around the World May Challenge Epic Event 2015

The Scrap Around the World Challenge site is having an epic event this month! There are lots of wonderful prizes to be won! Also, it is a special celebratory month, as it is another birthday for Scrap Around the World. Previous winners who were featured on the Wall of Fame are being asked to participate to determine the top ten winners of the year. The year runs from May 2014 to April 2015. Also, anyone can enter who has not been featured on the Wall of Fame. There will be 20 featured layouts, and I'm sure it will be an amazing show!

Since I was featured on The Wall of Fame for January 2015, I decided to participate in this month's challenge as a VIP. That is the designation previous winners are being given, VIP. Pretty humbling, as there are so many vastly talented and gifted previous winners. But, I thought, well, why not, might as well give it a try!

Here is this month's challenge and the celebratory Moodboard, composed by the site owner, Helen Tillbury:

As you can see, this board has something to offer everyone!

Because I felt inspired by the celebratory nature of the moodboard, I decided to create something lighthearted and playful! But I was also very much inspired by the basket of roses in the lower right corner, and took my cue from that. I also took inspiration from the softness of the ice cream, and from the crystals around the outer edge of the glass - both images in the upper left. 

Here is what I came up with:

I have titled this layout "A Bed of Roses".

I wanted to create something light, so I stuck with a lighter color palette, but worked in some brown tones along with the pinks and pale orange. Working with some antique silk velvet, I twisted and turned the fabric, trying to emulate the folds and softness of a beautiful rose. I was seeking to emulate the many layers of the rose, so I first of all tore and layered a lot of paper strips, again seeking to emulate the many layered rose. Over this base I put down my velvet fabric pieces. And then I placed a cut out photo of my Mother and her little sister taken in 1929. They look as if they were just having a happy time, carefree, loving life, celebrating the everyday. Behind them I placed a lot of fussy cut images of roses, and then placed bits of lace and crochet, and floral roses. Then I went in with a stencil and molding paste, which was inspired by the little round bumps on the shoes in the moodboard. There is also some stamping and some spritzing of mists, very delicate. And as the final touch, I scattered little glass beads in the upper right and lower left corners of the layout, as inspired by the coating of crystals around the glass on the moodboard, and added some twine.

Here is a close up of the velvet work:

Thanks for looking at my layout, I hope you like it!


  1. This is stunning! Love the subtle background work and that you cut the photo!! One of my favs! All the best from SATW! :)

  2. Great Layout!!...Hugs from The Netherlands

  3. Oh wow! Lovin' all that texture! Thank you for celebrating this special event with us at Scrap Around the World!

  4. How sweet! Love it, love the ribbon on it...Great entry!

  5. Very pretty ! Beautiful use of silk velvet on the page.
    Thanks for joining us at SATW Epic event 2015.

  6. Lovely work! Thank you for joining us at SATW Epic Event!

  7. Gorgeous page !! I love the ribbon ... Thank you for joining us at SATW Epic Event xx

  8. awe, this is beautiful, love the tactile velvet on the page, just makes you want to stroke it. so much deatil. absolutely wonderful. Thank you for the inspirtaion

  9. Beautiful work, I love it !! Very nice background ! Thank you for joining us at SATW Epic Event :)
    Lydie Denis.

  10. PRETTY page!! Thanks for joining us at SATW for our EPIC EVENT!!

  11. Gorgeous, Natalie! I love the fussy cutting and the mix of textures!