Saturday 17 January 2015

Summer Solitude

This is my entry for The Dusty Attic and Maja Design  mood board challenges for January 2015

My husband's grandfather

For the Dusty Attic challenge, I took inspiration from the word "Solitude" in choosing the photo and title of my layout and the orange and blue colours in the mood board.

For the Maja Design challenge I took inspiration from the neutral base colours and the words "patterns", "creative" and "mixed media".

I combined papers from several different MajaDesign paper collections (Ska vi ta en fika, Vintage Autumn Basics, Vintage Summer Basics and Walking in the Forest).

I used these papers as the background and outer mat.
Ska vi ta en Fika - Kaffetaren den basta ar
Vintage Summer - Minnen

I took a cue from the Maja mood board to be "creative" and use "patterns" by making my own flowers using these papers with punches and die cuts.

Walking in the Forest - Knitted Sweater
Vintage Autumn - XV

The orange flowers were made with various sizes of daisy punches, the blue ones with Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret dies and small 5-petal flower punches.  I edged each flower with a darker colour of waterproof marker, misted them with water, scrunched them gently and let them dry before layering them, pushing in the center with  a ball stylus tool to curl them inward.

I used these papers for the mat around the photo and the die cut leaves.

Vintage Summer - 1905
Ska vi ta en fika - Havrerutor bs

Taking another cue from the words "mixed media" I used molding paste with a stencil and misted the background of the layout with subtle colours of Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays in Clam Bake Beige, Cape Cod Coral and Sea Grass Green with a hint of Flat Fabio Spray South Shore Sand.

DecoArt stencil - Dandelion

I had a lot of fun using a bunch of different Dusty Attic chipboard pieces on this layout.  The floral stems, grass clusters and dragonflies went perfectly with the lush vegetation in the photo.

These are The Dusty Attic sets I used:

Mini Grass Clusters #2
Grass Clusters #2
Mini Dragonflies

Reeds #2
Wildflower #3
Sweet Pea Frame set

I painted the grass clusters, reeds, wildflower and dragonfly pieces and added some distress stickles to the dragonfly wings.  I glued Flower Soft onto the Lavender chipboard piece but I didn't like the colour so I painted over it with blue paint and then lightly dabbed on white to highlight the texture. For the Sweet Pea Frame I applied a Distress Crackle paint then used several different colours of watercolour pencils (without adding water) to highlight the cracks.

The branches mixed in with the flowers under the photo were made with molds and polymer clay, then painted.

Best Flexible Molds - Wild Flights
Lisa Pavelka border mold -Au Natural

Thanks so much for taking a look.


  1. ok - just when I thought it couldn't get any better....WOW! The details are absolutely phenomenal. The careful attention to every element just blows me away. I have such high respect for you for this. I especially love how natural the flowers they just grew onto the page! And those pieces of clay wood are outstanding! I have been wanting to use Flower Soft. Seeing it here made me add to my 'wish list'. The dandelion stenciling looks great and I love the pops of green. Oh - and I love the wagon wheel you tucked in the corner. I can't say enough how beautiful this is - a true work of art!

  2. I was so in awe on your layout that I forgot to wish you best of luck in the challenges! You nailed both mood boards perfectly! I think you should win!

  3. gorgeous detail, love those branches! Please tell me what items you made with the blue flexible mold.
    This page is so amazing!!

  4. WOW - this is STUNNING. I'm so impressed with your work. The amount of love and attention to every little detail is phenomenal. The wood pieces you made are exceptional.

  5. Yup, stunning is the word that came to mind for me, too......loooove how you've created this 'scene' for your vintage photo....& the dragon darn cute! Gorgeous use of the DA goodies here.....& such a lot of work has gone into your page. Gobsmackingly gorgeous:):) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Dusty Attic this month:):)

  6. Hi.. I just have to say how much I love this layout, and I have scrolled down through a few posts and really love your style of scrapping.. so pretty, love how you use flowers and chipboard and embellish your layouts.. I hope to keep up with your blogging and be inspired by more of your creations!

  7. wow this is totally so beautiful and charming .. loving all your wonderful details and your design is both enchanting and exquisite... loving all of this beauty you have created ... fabulous piece of artwork x

  8. Gorgeous layout!! Love all the the little bits and pieces and all those close ups just make me want to play!! Thanks for playing along with us at Dusty Attic!

  9. This is amazing, So much detail, I will need to go back for a second look, Gorgeous :)

  10. Tracy this page is absolutely gorgeous! Your attention to detail is astounding! Loving the clay bits you've added to the page as well! xo

  11. Tracy,this is just AMAZING,STUNNING,Love everything about it!!!!

  12. Competitions like that will be difficult if your creativity is a one-way high. However, I can see how resourceful and original you are with your materials, so I'm sure that you'll have no problem winning that competition. I'm rooting for you, Tracy! Wishing you all the best! :)

    Harry Newton @

  13. CONGRATS Tracy on winning The Dusty Attic January 2015 Challenge! You DESERVE this win! I'm so very happy for you!

  14. This page is amazing I love how everything works together so well, its a wonderful tribute to your Husbands father


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