Saturday, November 17, 2012

Autumn Layout - The Scrapbook Store & Bird is the Word Challenge

I have never used Carta Bella papers before, and wow are they gorgeous! The Scrapbook Store sent out a beautiful range of the 'Traditions' paper in my DT kit, including Vintage Tags and Element Stickers. Oh larhh larhh I'm in my element using these pretty papers.

My layout is based on the sketch from Bird is the Word, and this is my take on the
Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter challenge.  The sketch has a bird on a branch, so the Element Stickers were perfect, as there was a bird, and even a branch!
 The photograph is of 'me' aged 4, at the Warby Ranges in Victoria.  My Mother and Grandma used to take us up for a picnic in the 'Warbies' as children, we'd run around the picnic area, enjoy seeing the native Australian plants and wildlife. Often, we would spy a Lyre Bird, and would try and imitate their call.  Our picnics always consisted of fresh sandwiches, they always tasted so delicious as Grandma made them and not my Mum. LOL  We'd also have a huge serving of Grandma's fruit cake, and at times even fruit-juice.  These are very special memories and some of my most treasured.  I'm wearing a jumper my Grandmother knitted for me.  Autumn was always cold in the 'Warbies'.  
The Cheery Blossom Die was used to create some flowers to decorate, and I layered them using bandage gauze beneath.  I really love this look, and it gives the layout a little more visual pleasure.  
Of course I had to add one of my favourite items to add to my layout, the Skeleton Clock, and lots of other layers, using the Vintage TagsThe Scrapbook Store have a new range of Vintage Charms in stock, definitely worth investigating.
Another item I am enjoying adding to my layouts and projects lately is Burlap String, wrapped around photographs and tied in a bow.   The Scrapbook Store has a large range of various string, cord and twins -  really worth checking out 'HERE'. 
 The November Sketch Challenge over on The Scrapbook Store Gallery.  The sketch for November can be found 'HERE', and there is a $40 shopping voucher to spend in store, and FREE postage for the randomly drawn winner 'each month'.  
 Hope to see you over on the Gallery!!
Available from The Scrapbook Store
Carta Bella 'Traditions' Paper Collection: 
Vintage Charms, Skeleton Clock
May Arts, Burlap String
Gauze, Dew Drops, and Lace
Brown Sugar, Jenni Bowlin  Acrylic Paint Dauber
Walnut Stain, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Cinnamon, Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue
Martha Stewart, Med Frond Punch
Memory Box Co. Cheery Blossom Die
Imaginarium Designs, Alphas


Sabrina Sulaiman said...

Hi Sandie, beautiful layout using calm colors. I really love the paper flowers! Fabulous :-)

Margyz Paper Games said...

Such a beautiful layout Sandie. Love the papers and the little flowers you made. So cute! I also love the stories you tell us about the photographs, so precious. Thank you for sharing your memories. xoxo Marg

joyce said...

What a terribly sweet page! I love all the flowers and embellie placements.

Lizzyc said...

This is so beautiful, and I loved reading about the history behind the photo, how precious these memories are to you now.. love your flowers and thanks for joining in at BITW too!!

Heather Jacob said...

Sandie these are so awesome .. and loving the colors and the flowers xox
how are you feeling x

Adriana B said...

fabulous layout, love all the autumn touches, great photo of you too , too cute :)

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is so beautiful Sandie. The photo is delightful, made more special by the precious memories it holds. The papers, colours and and design are just perfect.

Hugs Sue

Helen Tilbury said...

So beautiful Sandie! Your attention to detail is just amazing and I love the colours of this and all the special touches!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Beautiful, beautiful layout Sandie! Your attention to detail is incredible!! I just love the colours you have used here and all your special little touches!!!

Naomi Edwards said...

Hi Sandi!!! Sorry I haven't been by, I have been really sick..still am but much better than I was.... I was wondering if you enter your layouts in Magazine challenges or are you part of a magazine already??? I will be stunned if not because you have an amazing talent and have become my biggest inspiration these days..your work is fabulous!!! there are no words for this layout that will do it is heavenly..I love everything about must have so much beauty within you to create such masterpieces. we are having a blog hop if time is on your side!! hugs

Gitte said...

What a beautiful layout.

Lean de Ruiter said...

Wauw wonderful page love the cluster work you did.

Christina C. said...

Hi Sandie! This is beautiful indeed! Love all the fabulous elements on this gorgeous layout and I also enjoyed reading your post...I have many treasured memories too and I'm afraid that children growing up today don't have that any more! Your flowers are always so pretty and I agree, the gauze effect is very pleasing to the eyes.
Gorgeous papers!
Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Linda R said...

Your page is absolutely beautiful. So many wonderful elements. And all that yummy layering is a real treat for my eyes.

I loved hearing the story behind this page. And what a cute photo.

I hope you have happy weekend.


jannekevanveen said...

beautiful lovely lo

Kim Price said...

Sandie this is a beautiful layout. You've done a wonderful job with the Carta Bella :)

Jill Norwood said...

Beautiful layout! I just love paging through your beautiful blog!
:) Jill

Linda said...

Love the layering!

Thx for joining us at BITW

LolĂ´ Artesanato said...

What adobrable page
xx and tks for playing with us at BITW

MARILYN said...

Beautiful page Sandi! lovely details!!1 Tjank so much for playing with us at BITW!!!