Wednesday, March 23, 2011

An Art Project and Two Layouts

Things have continued to be rather busy here in backwater North Carolina. Since my last post, I've spent a good bit of my free time stitching, but almost no time scrapbooking. It seems when I'm tired, I will turn to stitching before scrapping... possibly because I like to stand while I scrapbook. And I don't want to share photos of what I was stitching on until I get them into fully finished form.

A few weeks ago, Alton and I visited a folk art show at Fearrington Village. It was an interesting display... and not at all what I was expecting. I thought we would see primitive items, or, I don't know, handmade pottery, quilts, things like that. Instead, for the most part, what we saw brought to mind the decor of a House of Blues venue. There were two vendors, however, who were selling art that they had created by drawing or collaging on vintage pieces of paper. I was these pieces, many of which were quite pretty, and thought, "I could do that." So, I came home, pulled out some vintage sheet music, and got to work. Rather than drawing my own images, I decided to use some of my Unity stamps... Donna Downey co-branded stamps, to be specific. I inked them with two shades of blue Distress ink, and stamped away. I then traced around the edges of my stamped images with a black pen. And then I added a little touch of bling. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out in the end:

and this:

Here they are framed and hung on the wall. Sorry the picture is crappy, but there's never a lot of light in that room. And yes, I know that I need to straighten them up. I'm not positive this will be their final display place, so I'm not fixing the location of the nails until I am certain.

Monday afternoon, I finally felt ready to plunge into my Egypt album for real. So I made my title page. I decided not to include any pictures or ephemera. Instead, it's just a collage of images from one sheet of paper, and it includes little notes about what the trip meant to me, who I was with, and the year. Nothing too fancy.

I added pop dots under some of the elements, and placed some buttons throughout the layout to create some dimension for the project:

And finally, I created a layout last night for the March challenge at the Webster's Pages Inspired! site. This month's challenge was to create a 'shaped' layout. I used the scalloped die cut page from their Spring Market line and piled on the embellies. The picture is one of me in my Easter dress when I was a little, little girl.

Maybe this evening I'll have the inspiration to work on another layout for my Egypt album. Til next time, happy crafting, everyone!


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

I really like the butterfly pictures, nice grouping! Looking forward to seeing more of your Egypt albums. We were there back in 1998.

Tracy said...

Your layouts are beautiful. I am so envious of those who have photo's of themselves so young.
Your butterflies are really pretty. Love how you used the sparkle for the antenna's

Tammy said...

I love your butterflies! Very cool idea. I love when I see something like that and can use my scrappy skills to recreate it myself. Can't wait to see more of your Egypt album.


Kathy said...

Your title page came out wonderful! I like the framed butterflies you made and the layout of you in your easter dress is sweet.:)

Chris said...

everything looks great Robin!

Lucy said...

Love those music/butterfly pieces! Marvelous :)