Sunday, June 27, 2010

Journal of Dreams -- Thinking of Days Long Gone

I received Heather's JOD last week and as sometimes happens, had an immediate idea for my pages, so got right to it.  I've been using old family photos in my altered book, and continued that theme on these pages.
This is the front.  The background is watercolor paper with distress inks and colorwash, then stamped with clear ink on a fabulous flourish stamp, embossed with clear EP, then inked some more.
The vintage pens are from a Graphic 45 sheet.
The gate is a die cut I found in my stash; the leaves are also cut from a die.....but this one I can identify.  It's on Tim's Regal Crest die.
The photo is of (in order of appearance), me and two cousins, Jack and Sandi.  It was taken one summer in the yard of my grandmother's beach house, and I have VERY fond memories of those times.  I highlighted the little faces with tiny grommets.  
And, on the flip side:
The background is a used dryer sheet, sprayed with homemade mica spray and glued to a previously colorwashed piece of watercolor paper.  You can see a few sprays of leaves peeking out from behind the journaling tag.....they were made with what was left when I cut the leaves from the TH die.  I used this negative as a stencil and pounced some Vintage Photo distress ink over them.
The strip on the left is made of bits of leftover papers from a page in the TH Lost and Found stack.
The photo is of my father and his two younger brothers.  I get a kick out of it.....they all look so solemn, and I can't help wondering how the photographer got three little guys to stay so still and appear so serious.


Dorothy said...

Wonderful Eileen!!
I just love heritage/vintage stuff and you have such great ways of expressing it all!!

Anonymous said...

Eileen these pages are AMAZING.....I SO want to get back to my book today...So many darn things I want to do...then I get in here and my mind goes BLANK!!! I love the warmth of these pages!!!

Carol's Crafts said...

Amazing work, Eileen.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS pages, Eileen!! :O)

Kathy Eddy said...

you do such wonderfu; work Eileen! I can't help but pray you are using copies of your treasured family photos, not the originals! I love what you are doing with them and sure wish I had a bunch to use also. Wonder if my Mom would let me take them to the photo shop and copy a bunch??? Hmmmmm

Linda said...

As always, simply FABULOUS!!

Tammy D said...

Beautiful. These are so amazing. I'm thinking I'm gonna have to join you all and make my own book.

Kerry said...

Eileen - just wonderful! I love all the information you give us on doing an AB - I get so anxious to do everything. I have a huge plastic container full of family photos, documents, etc. I just love the vintage look. Thanks for sharing.

scrappin-scrappin said...

These are fantastic Eileen!!

Lori said...

Great work, as usual! Love the way you put grommets around the faces, and your backgrounds are wonderful. I'll tell you how they got three boys to stand still, the parents threatened them within an inch of their life, that's what! rofl.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Another "Winner"!
And I love that you are incorporating family photos. That's always a nice touch :)

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

What beautiful journal pages, they so reflect you. And I am sure they bring back special memories. What a wonderful piece of work.

Elaine Allen