Friday, May 14, 2010

All In The Family

Jason has organized and is hosting a 20 page vintage photo themed swap for the ATT group.  The pages are 6x6", and the only requirements are that they contain a vintage photo as the focal image, use Tim Holtz inspired techniques, and some of Tim's products.
I had a plan......and in my mind it was fabulous.  After completing all 20 pages, did I love them?  Not so much.  So, I decided to use them as the backs of my pages and make 20 new pages for the fronts.  Crazy, right?
I knew from the start that I wanted to use some family photos, and here is the page I finally finished.  It's my dad with his little brother, and this page I do love.
The background paper is from Tim's Vintage Shabby paper stack, and I stamped over it with whatever stamps I had that made me think of summer activities....game pieces, admission tickets, an old fan, a baby carriage, an ice cream cone, an old camera, and bunches of cherries.
I printed the photo on matte paper, distressed and inked the edges, then sewed (yes, sewed, on a machine!) them onto pieces of frayed fabric that I'd dyed with some colorwash.
The butterfly was cut with a Cuttlebug die and embossed, then inked.  The antennae were done with resistors, currently my favorite use for these strange little objects.
I inked and sprayed some kraft cardstock, then printed Summer Memories 20 times, and cut them with a ticket punch.  It's held in place on the fabric with one of Tim's newest items, the Memo Pin.
We really only had to finish off the backs of our pages, but since I already had my original 20 pages, I used them for the backs.
That very dapper gentlemen is my grandfather.  He was a tailor and a very sharp dresser.

22 comments:

Nancy Lynn said...

These pages are really nice. Be still my heart........she is sewing yet again. LOL.... Did you find room to leave the machine out? Hope so.....that way you will use it more and make more beautiful art as the possibilities are endless with all that you do.

Diann said...

Wonderful ART...thanks for sharing! Diann

Kerry said...

Love the vintage look! Thanks for sharing. Kerry P.

Lori said...

Eileen, these are just wonderful!!! Sewing? cough, cough. Excuse me a minute while I pull myself together. Ok, I'm good. I think you need to sew more often, woman. These are fantastic, and the pics you used are really special and really tell a story, your grandfather was sharply dressed! Great use of all the stamps for the background, fab idea. Brilliant pages!

Scrapping Mom said...

Absolutely wonderful as usual... I just love your beautiful works of art..
Celeste

Anonymous said...

Superb Eileen! Your art always delights me, leaves me smiling & inspired!

Mantra for you: "The machine must stay out. The machine must stay out. The..." Repeat after me!

LOVE your pages. Wish I could've joined Jason's swap...but the weeds keep a-growin'....

Hugs, Julie from Montana

Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects.

Kathy Eddy said...

Wow, Eileen these are fabulous! I love them but I really like the other side also. You know, "Everyone's crazy bout a sharp-dressed man." Grandpa is looking good.

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh Eileen...I LOVE it too!!!!! It's amazing!!!!!!!!!

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

Fabulous! I can't believe the amount of love that went into this (explains the sewing part - LOL!). You have perfectly captured the carefree days of summers past. This is just perfection, I really love this!

Elaine Allen

Patti said...

Eileen those are absolutely gorgeous. LOVE the butterfly with the resistors and everything else!

Tammy D said...

The whole layout is a Wow! It all just flows together so well.

Sandi M said...

Gorgeous! Love that you chose a cool, personal picture :)

Dorothy said...

Love these Eileen!!

LindaCCC said...

Wow! So many techniques wrapped in one beautiful gift. This is a wonderful keepsake.

Kathy2eggs said...

What a wonderful page...love all those photos....children are the best!!

buglady said...

Love both of your pages! Not sure why you felt compelled to make the second set but I am sure everyone in the swap will be happy you did!

Bearcrazyman said...

You are amazing and your art always inspiring.

Friends
Stephen

MarleneMAZ said...

Fabulous pages !! I do not know why you did not like the first page, to me it is just as good as the 2nd page you did.
As always your work is first class.

Princess of glitter said...

Wonderful pages! Love how you used your family pics and sewed! Fab idea!

Heather said...

Fanastic Pages Eillen! I haven't looked in a while, now I see what I was missing!! I also can nto believe you are sewing!!!

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

Both pages are really nice, but there IS something special on the front page. I think it's because it's covering the whole page.

I like the busy background with summermemories, the photo sewed ( !!!!! see, you can do it ! ) on the fabric, the spritzed ticket ( looks really old) with the pin attached to the fabric. It is a composition I couldn't add anything else to : it feels complete.
The yellow butterfly pulls your eye to the photo of your father.

it's great that you used familyphotos ! I used photos of an old photobook I bought on a fleamarket. The woman, at who's backery I bought my bread, just sold out her family photos !!! Can you imagine you sell your heritage ? I wish I had such photos of my family like she did. Anyway , I treasure her history :)

greetings from belgium
Inge

pamicat said...

I love your pages Eileen! I am also using a family photo so it makes it even more of a labor of love (literally). I am also feeling a bit intimidated after seeing your pages! haha - I will have to remember NOT TO LOOK until after i do my own next time! just kidding - great work once again!