The current theme at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog is Fond Memories, and I’m thrilled to be their Guest Designer today. A Vintage Journey hosts bimonthly challenges, all based on inspiration from Tim Holtz. If you’re a regular visitor here, you know I’m a huge Tim fan… of his techniques, products, and exploratory style. Becoming a Certified Ranger Educator last year was one of the most interesting things I’ve ever done (Tim and the Ranger crew taught 90 techniques in 3 days!) and I use the knowledge gained there all the time.
For the Fond Memories challenge, I decided to use this photo of a very fond memory indeed, my Grandfather’s 80th Birthday. That’s my mom serving him cake, with a candle for each decade. I grew up less than a mile from my grandparents’ home, and we saw them all the time. Granddaddy was famous for stretching out birthday celebrations… he’d often end up with several dinner celebrations and a few lunches over the course of several weeks, all revolving around his birthday. He’d encourage us to stretch these moments out, and make them last. He was never upset when someone couldn’t visit on the actual day… he’d just say that’s all the better for making it last. He had 94 birthdays, so he was pretty good at it!
I decided to make my scrapbook layout with a focus on time…. a theme Tim often embraces. I started with a sheet of 12X12 scrapbook paper from Tim’s Laboratorie set. This is so my style…. it comes all grunged up and ready to go. I tore the edges off, being sure to tear towards me rather than away from me so that I’d expose the ‘tooth’ of the paper. That gives the ink something to grab onto when I distress the edges.
After adding Salty Ocean distress ink with my ink blending tool, I went ahead and did the same with Vintage Photo, being sure to vary the pressure and leave some blue still showing.
I don’t scrapbook very much these days, but when I do I like to make customized photo mats. One of my favorite supplies is diecuts, and Tim has dozens of them (maybe hundreds at this point) with Sizzix. Here I used the Iron Gate die, and then the matching embossing folder strip to add texture to the top of the mat. I think I bought that die for a Halloween project, but I have used it this way and on tags numerous times as it’s really quite versatile.
I used one of the torn strips on the mat, too. Notice since there’s no ‘tooth’ exposed, the ink appears more muted. After diecutting Block Talk Alphabet letters, I embossed with the Papillon Texture Fade embossing folder.
I love the Sizzix Weathered Clock die and use it a lot. I embossed the clock hands and added a metal Ideaology gear here and on the photo mat. I also applied some of the Salty Ocean distress ink in random places on the paper.
The letters “Granddaddy said” and the number “94” are from Tim’s Alpha Parts set, and the circle frame is a very old (red) Sizzix die.
Please visit my friends at A Vintage Journey and check out all their inspiration. I’d love to see what you make with the Fond Memories theme!
On a serious note, several of my artsy friends are trying to make a difference for girlsrising.com – you will find the #BringBackOurGirls details here. Time is short as this begins Wednesday, May 15th. Any art is welcome from the smallest piece to the largest – people will support this buying bookmarks, tags, canvases… every size and possibility is most welcome.