I've been trying to put a layout together for GQ's scrapbook of each set of grandparents and great-grandparents. Since my FIL always seems to be taking the pictures when we're together it's hard to get a good shot of FIL & MIL together. But I got one! We took a trip down to Spartanburg and Greenville, SC and after we finished eating lunch I remembered to take a picture of them for this page. Yeah, me!
Technique Tuesday was giving away free textiles to try on paper crafts. I signed up and even though I was late on the sign up, they were nice enough to send me some anyway. Isn't that great? I was so excited when they came in the mail, just in time to do the grandparent's layout. And I found a way to use them on the layout that worked perfectly with this page. They are basically a blank slate, you can do anything with them. I used a sketch that was posted on Pencil Lines to start with. (I sometimes have trouble finding inspiration on one picture sketches and found some great inspiration on Pencil Lines.) After I added my basics...photo, some accent pieces of paper I was ready to embellish. I have a great stamp from Hero Arts that I haven't used in a while and thought would be perfect on this layout. I stamped my big flower on the textiles after stamping off once so the image wasn't too strong. Then I inked around the entire textile to give it more depth. After adhereing to my layout I added some buttons for the center flower and stitched some stems with embroidery floss. The layout still needed something...so lastly, I stamped flowers down the left side of the page to help balance it out. I did this by stamping off once or twice before doing my final image to give it a worn or aged feel. I really love how this layout turned out and I'm very proud of it.
Big thanks to Technique Tuesday for letting me sample your textiles and see how creative I can really be!