I used this sketch from the April challenge over at Purple Pumpkin - I love triangles at the moment, and this sketch was so nice to work with :)
Here is my layout.
I kept fairly true to the sketch and used coffee to distress.
There is a quote on the photo that says:
We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. Anais Nin
My Journalling (on the back of the layout) says:
I love old stuff, and I have often felt that I was born into the wrong era I think I should have been born in the early 20's I think, I love the clothes and cars and the buildings. The older, more worn or rusty the more I like it. Like this car. We went away on a girls weekend to a tiny little town called Ficksburg, for the cherry festival and on the way home we stopped at a little farm stall on the side of the road, out in the middle of nowhere, and there was this old Morris Minor in front of the stall all rusty and broken and totally beautiful. I took loads of photos of her too, and as I was clicking away I couldn't help but wonder what her story was and even in ruin she maintained her dignity - the quote seemed perfect for her and that got me thinking if we don't see things as they are but as we are what does that say about me.
It says that there is beauty everywhere if you just look. It says we are not defined by others think or say but by what we think or say. It says that I am comfortable growing older. It says I have a story. It says I am worthy and I am beautiful. It says my life has meaning and it says even when I am gone I will be remembered.
Here are some close ups.
I used gorgeous papers from Maja Design that were perfect for the colours in my photos. I used the coffee to distress some of the triangles too and love how this fit with the worn rusty feel of my photo. I doodled around the edges of the papers too and did some random stitching here and there.
I used the coffee to do some stamping, the cup rings and splats, and the cogs fit with my theme perfectly. Firstly they were painted with the gold distress paint from Tim Holtz and once they were dry I used distress stains on them in Wild Honey and Mowed Lawn. When that was dry they were given a coat of crackle paint and the a swipe of dark brown stain and immediately wiped off. The flowers and cotton were tucked in and the title added. The arrows were inked with the walnut distress ink and a stencil.
Lastly I added a couple of butterflies and some bling.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look, and thank you for the comments that you leave. They always make me happy.