On Saturday the new challenge for Scrap Around the World was posted, and today I had some time to complete the challenge. :) The idea behind the challenge is to be inspired by the mood board and to use the sketch as a starting point.
I love this mood board because it is all about cameras, and I love my camera, and taking photos it has become an extension of my arm. This weekend we took the Steam Train from Pretoria Station out to Cullinan where the Diamond Mine is. It was such a fun ride and the little town is beautiful and really bustling over the weekend with all the shops and restaurants and we had the most wonderful day. I took 450 photos :) Yes I really did.
Of course we had to get their early so that I could take photos of the trains and tracks before we left ... as I was wandering around the station I got this photo of a whole pile of old railway sleepers stacked up underneath an oak tree and the leaves had collected on the 'steps' made by the sleepers.
When I was going through my photos trying to decide what to scrap I knew it would be this one because it is totally the kind of "stuff" I love to shoot. I really take notice of everything around me now whereas before it would not have got a second glance. I took my inspiration from all of the cameras and the top photo because it looks like a wintery background...:)
I added the quote 'Winter is a second Spring where every leaf is a flower" by Albert Camus
I started off with a white background and added the gesso squares. Once it was dry I sprayed the paper with some Lindy's Stamp Gang mists and got this soft background which has a slight shimmer to it. Once it was dry I randomly stamped the page with a woodgrain stamp and a chestnut colour box ink... it is very light - almost like a watermark stamp.
Here are some close ups of my layout.
You can see the woodgrain stamp and see the coloured squares. The papers I used for this layout were all from my scrap box and really fitted in with the colours in the photo. I created a little banner with bling in between.
I stamped and embossed the large oak leaf and tucked it into the flowers and the tickets too. I swiped the tips of the flowers with gesso to make them a little more shabby. Between the strips underneath the flower I made random lines of glue going down and added micro beads just for something different.
I created a little cluster at the bottom with some more leaves and a film strip. The chipboard letters and birds were sprayed using the Lindy's Stamp Gang mists and then inked. I added little bling eyes to the birds too.
I kind of kept to the sketch because I really liked it and it worked for my photo and what I wanted to do.
I also randomly coloured some of the squares in autumn colours. The splats were made with Tim Hotlz - Frayed Burlap - Distress stain.
My journaling is on the back of the layout and reads...
Winters here can often be very cold, dry and brown. A bit desolate looking and it is often hard to see the beauty but it is there if you just take the time to look. When I saw this stack of worn old railways sleepers under the oak tree I was taken aback at how pretty it looked. The tree was bare and the sleepers were covered in a layer of pretty yellow, orange, red and green leaves that fluttered in the gentle early morning breeze and my initial reaction was dead leaves crackling in the wind... but as I was taking the photos I started to think that the colours were so rich and earthy and that as with everything the cycle of life turns. There is nothing we can do about it but we can enjoy and appreciate every stage of it.
Thanks for taking a look and if you leave a comment - thank you I love to read them.