Hello everyone ...
Today I have two exciting bits of news for you and one layout :D
The first piece of news is that I will be joining the DT Team at OUAS and together with Tracey Sabella we will take over the social media co-ordination. We will ensure the smooth running of the blog, the challenge entries, FB page, and all the other stuff that is required to keep it all running like a well oiled machine. I am really looking forward to working with Nadia and the rest of the team. :) Thank you so much for putting your faith in me, I will not let you down :D
The other bit of news is that I am staying on at Let's Scrap for another term but this time as an Administrator, and together with Debby, Cathy and Jeaunes we will keep this site running smoothly.
I am so excited to take on these new tasks and I hope that you will pop by take a look and perhaps play along with the challenges. :)
Being Wednesday also means that the new sketch for this week isrevealed at Let's Scrap and here it is.
Here is my layout. Yes I changed it a bit, but not so as you would notice it.
For this layout I used papers from Fab Scraps and plain cardstock in white,black, grey and green.
My journalling (on the back of the layout) says:
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris - more commonly known as Sacre Coeur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church that is situated at the summit of the butte Montmartre and is the highest point in Paris. It is also a double monument, political and cultural, and was designed by Paul Abadie, who died in 1884 just after the foundations had been laid. Construction started in 1975 and was completed in 1914, and it was consecrated at the end of World War 1 in 1919.
I think that this is one of the most beautiful churches that I have ever seen. I love the proud way it sits on top of the hill overlooking the whole of Paris. Regal and imposing, almost like it is guarding the city. I love the white walls, travertine which exudes calcite that ensures that the Basilica stays white even with weathering and pollution, and the beautiful Roman-Byzantine architecture, large and imposing.
Then there are the most magnificent views of Paris too, as far as the eye can see in every direction. It truly is one of the most breathtaking landmarks that I have ever visited. It doesn't matter when you go there there are always throngs of people wandering around the Basilica and spilling into the streets surrounding it soaking up the atmosphere where artists peddle their wares, stalls selling curious and brassieries offering food and drink. Buskers perform on the street corners and there is chatter and laughter that invites you to stay awhile and take it all in. Once you are there you really don't want to go :)
Here are some close-ups.
I started of my stamping on my white card with black ink and adding some mesh tape.
I added some banners and made the arrows using plain cardstock.
The stamp used on this side of the layout all relates to Paris... I also cut some film strip using my Tim Holtz die cut and the leaves were cut using my Silhouette machine.
I created a little cluster here with flowers, leaves and more film strip.
I finished it all of with a couple of Pediments by Tim Holtz. The whole layout was doodled around and brushed with gesso, to tone it all down and blend it all together. The photos were taken on our recent trip to Paris with our kids.