Monday, February 7, 2011

No, I'm not dead

... but I have been under the weather for the past week and a half! Yup, got sick just in time for the weekend before last, and I haven't felt right ever since. But before it got too bad, I did manage to get several layouts finished. This first one was for a challenge to scrap your dreams over on the Two Peas website:

This photo is going to be the last page of my Rome album. I used a picture taken at the top of the Spanish Steps at sunset, and journaled about my longing to see new places. The patterned papers are resist papers from Pink Paislee, and I used some Glimmer Mist to add just a kiss of color to the page.
This next layout has tons of color. I made it for another challenge, this time to use red as the predominant color on a page. I think I got that covered! I used products from WebstersPages new Spring Market line. The picture is of me and my brother riding with our PaPa on his tractor. I thought it was just the coolest thing to get on that tractor when I was a little girl!

This next layout documents our visit to a carpet making factory on the outskirts of Cairo last fall. We visited here on our first full day in Egypt. I love, love, loved the gorgeous silk rugs that were on display there. Sadly, I could not afford one, but Alton did buy me a gorgeous handmade wool rug from the same factory as a birthday gift. I haven't put it on display yet, but I think the plan is to maybe stitch a bar of fabric across the back and use it as a wall hanging eventually.

I used papers from the Basic Grey "marrakech" line. I cut motifs out of one sheet and layered them around the photo of the young rug maker. I added blue bling and some sequined centers to the cutouts to finish off the look:

This last layout is about how much I loved the weathered texture on the buildings in Rome. I started with a plain sheet of cardstock, and then I inked and painted away. I was trying to recreate some of the look that I saw on the walls. I didn't quite catch it, and if I had to do it over, I wouldn't put the crackle paint over the top (too shiny). But I like the finished look. It's messy and distressed, and I had a lot of fun creating it.


Needless to say, I did not meet my stated goal of finishing my Rome album by last Thursday. Oh well, that's how it goes! I'm very close to getting the rest of it done, so the new goal is to finish the album by the end of this week. Tomorrow, I will share some pictures from my weekend visit to Williamsburg, Virginia.

9 comments:

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Hope you are feeling better soon! Lovely layouts! I really like the red one, red is a favorite color, and love the layering on the blue one. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

love your pictures! i love rome - it is such a beautiful city.

great job!

Tammy said...

Feel better! It's been fun to see your Rome pages, since I was there last year myself. Love what you did with the new Webster's stuff. The bloomers are one of my new favorite products. :)

Tammy
http://www.yourmemoryconnection.com/

Sarah said...

Great layouts, love the texture one. Hope you are feeling better soon!

April Michelle said...

My fav is the Magic Carpet but the rest are great too!

April
www.lifeinprintphotography.blogspot.com

Pam Wendt said...

What beautiful layouts! I especially like your blue layout, "Magic Carpets," with all of its gorgeous embellishments. :o)

hilde janbroers said...

you've been busy! love your layouts...
hope you feel better soon..

Danielle said...

I love your layouts. The Rome one is amazing. I like all of the texture on your pages.

my4blessings said...

Love these! Big Red Tractor is my favourite of this bunch!