Saturday, October 8, 2011

It Should Have Been So Easy: 2 LGS Layouts

It should have been super-simple: style = shabby-chic/main colour: white; lightly touched with rose and yellow/texture = painted wood. 
Inspiration Photo Let's Get Shabby Challenge #2
But...a funny thing happened on the way to the challenge.   I ended up doing 2 layouts! Neither one really turned out the way I wanted.  But I love them both! 

Young Love:
Layout #1
In this photo, my parents are newly engaged and very in love. The year is 1945. 
You can see some cloudiness in the photo. As I worked with it in my computer program, my youthful parents all of a sudden "appeared" as if by magic out of the mist.
I started with a Crate Paper wooden ruler background. which I dry brushed with white to make it softer.  On top of that, I layered a Pink Paislee Mistable, trimmed and shaped.  I used Distress Stains and Inks in Tattered Rose and Antique Linen. (The Antique Linen Distress Stain takes on a lovely vintagey-yellow rose colour.)

I used white and pink roses, softened them with white paint.

Along the upper/ left edges, I criss-crossed white satin ribbon through white eyelets. (I must be one of the last remaining people who still adores eyelets.)

Tucked behind the rose what-not is a rectangle with a beautiful angel on it. I cut from Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden paper, and journalled some private reflections:

By the time I was finished, I was really happy with my layout and how it all came together.  
But it's totally obvious that its colours are more rose than white! I thought I had used enough white paint to tone everything down. 

"No problem, I will do another layout, and this time I will get that shabby white tonality that I am after," said I to myself.
Still with me?

Pop over to the next post: Layout #2. Click here.


  1. Whowwwww Fran, it'so lovely with your colours and wonderful flowers and embellishments, I love so much the photo on your parents, thanks you to play along shabby whit us !!

  2. They are both gorgeous Fran, thanks for playing along with us at shabby.

  3. Fran you have done such a beautiful job with this......I think your colours are perfect and I love the photo. Thanks for playing at Lets Get Shabby.

  4. Great take of the above picture you really got the interpreted the image beautifully to your layout.

  5. Both your Layouts are Gorgeous!! Some lovely details :) Thanks for playing with us at Let's Get Shabby :)

  6. Such a beautiful page! Your colours are perfect and I love the photo. Thanks for playing at Let's Get Shabby.