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

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Scrap Around The World September 2015 Challenge

I have decided to join in this month at the new challenge at Scrap Around the World. The moodboard is absolutely delicious!!! I just love the elegance and beauty of it, so inspirational, very poetic!!

Here is this month's board:

You will find the link to this month's challenge HERE.

I decided to create a layout based upon my Mother's letters and writing equipment. As you will see, I was inspired by the middle lower photo of the pen nib with the writing. I also took inspiration from the books, book pages, and wooden elements, and the pink rose.

Here is my layout:

I have so many letters from my Mother! They are all in a box, waiting!! Throughout the years, Mom and I corresponded with pen and paper frequently, a thing of the past, I'm afraid. When my Mother passed away, her writing equipment found a new home with me. How I treasure it!! She liked to collect old desk sets, pens, inkwells, etc. And she used them! She had a most distinctive handwriting, as you can see by the bits of the letters I put on the layout. The photo shows some of her writing equipment, now on my desk. On the layout I have embellished with one of her pens (left hand side, by photo), and also used some fabric lace that was once a dress of hers. The keyhole surrounds also were part of her "collections."

I began by using molding pastes and various inks, and stamping, to work on the background paper. Layered under and around the photo are tags and old book pages, drywall tape, and various cut out roses. I thought that I would be able to use a lot of pieces of her letters, but ended up finding one piece that fit right in the space I had in mind, which was not an easy task! The sealing wax blob is a gift from my friend Patty (thank you!)

Many thanks to all who may look at my page, or leave a comment. I hope you enjoy it!


  1. I had to make another comment on this gorgeous layout, Natalie! I've left comments in other places you have posted, but time to leave one here on your blog too. I think this creative art is truly stunning and such a wonderful tribute to your Mom and the letter writings between you two. Simply outstanding!

  2. Gorgeous! Impeccable design and beautiful subtle details as always! Everything you do just flows so gracefully and naturally together!

  3. This is absolutely stunning!! I love your masking and that gorgeous lace!! The hand written journaling and the layers! Wow Everything about this is beautiful! Definitely my fav! All the best from SATW! :)

  4. Love that lace in the background! Wow! This is amazing! Thanks for playing along with us at SATW.

  5. Gorgeous LO! I love how you use elements from the board. And this lace background is amazing! Thanks for playing with us at SATW!

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

  7. Colours are beautiful! And layout is awesome! Thanks for playing along with us at SATW!

  8. Stunning layout and congratulations on your winning entry. Love what you have created. Thank you also for the lovely comment on my blog xx

  9. CONGRATS on placing in the SATW challenge! This beautiful creation certainly deserves it!

  10. Oh my gosh...this is stunning work! It should be a magazine cover. It's very moving and the addition of adding the writings from dear mom is genius.
    Your my creative muse!