Friday, 9 April 2010

My Dad...

This photograph is of my Dad - I think it was about the time he and my mum were first married, and it was taken at his in-laws home. I noticed the wedding band he has on, so maybe it was around 1966.
I love my Dad so much - the back of he LO explains that every man I've ever known has had to live and measure up to my Dad... only my husband ever achieved that. I've used the back of layouts for journalling a lot recently - and I like the idea of turning scrapbook pages to read something on the back of each page. It's like I'm writing a "Life Book"... MY life, for everyone who wants to read about it, can do so just by turning a page.
I used plain cardstock and lots of distressing, inking, stamping... and stitching of course. No flowers this time - I tried to de-feminise the layout and make it masculine. I hope I achieved that. The colour choices all came from the photograph itself - I wanted to use all blues and greys and only use red on the stitching and header. The wording ("DAD") is from the Monograms sizzix die cut alphabet - I layered the letters to make it stand out a bit more. The birds (also sizzix die cut from the same die as the branches) were doubled up so I could use some 3-D foam under the wings to give a little bit of extra texture and interest to the page.
I loved doing this layout... the stitching took quite a while - but I'd have happily spent days doing it. I'm pleased with the end result.


Sian said...

Such an amazing level of just put so much love into your pages, it shows!

Glen said...

What a sentimental story Sheleen. I love the stitching. You always put so much work into your layouts and love the idea of journalling on the back of them. It makes it more private. TFS. ~Glen~