Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Age of Which We Do Not Speak

It is a snowy Sunday morning in April.  What a perfect day to launch my new blog!

I have spent the past month in Costa Rica.  Immediately upon returning to Ontario, we moved to a new house.  Whew!  It has been busy to say the least.

In between all the packing and unpacking, I completed this project for my daughter's 30th birthday.  Or as she calls it, "the age of which we do not speak".

The glamourous 30's-themed Curtain Call papers from Graphic45 were just right for this 3-part project: card, altered cigar box, and matching paper-bag book.  With its focus on some specific magical periods of time, the Curtain Call collection echoes my belief that every decade of a woman's life has its own glories and beautiful qualities.

I kept to the basic black and cream colour scheme, with pearls for glamour and occasional touches of colour for emphasis.

Here is the birthday card:

The inspiration for this card came from the uber-talented Robin Shakoor.  Check out her blog, and you will see what I mean!

Creative process went like this:  from the card came the idea for a box, and from the box came the paper bag book:

The book had three sections.  The first was a Parisian/Moulin Rouge theme.

I used my wide paper-punch to create pockets for tags and photos.

Section 2:  The Golden Age of Cinema.   Dahling, You Look Fabulous!

Section 3: All That Jazz, dedicated to the glorious jazz age.

SO love this image of Billie Holliday...could not cover it or improve on it in any way.

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  1. Congratulations on your new blog!!! It's absolutely beautiful!!! And thank you so much for your lovely visits to my blog and sweet comments! :) And as for the journal...hold that thought... I might have something in the works you'll be interested in ;) Sending many hugs!!!!

  2. Hi Fran....Congrats on your new blog!!!!!
    I just love evrything in many gorgeus work,,you are so talent!!!!
    I´m follower now.
    Hugs from Brazil
    Have a wonderful week

  3. Hi Fran,
    Love your blog and love your card and album. They are really cool.

  4. Hi Fran! What a beautiful blog!

    It is great to see the "behind the scenes" work of my 30th birthday gift and card. I still have my card on showcase displayed on my counter, these pieces are treasures.

    Also, now that I am 30...I embrace and welcome what's to come. Every year gets better and I am excited for all future events (including your next scrapbooking pieces).

    Kind regards,