This week I used one of Em Stafraces' sketches from Page Drafts #31 and I chose this one to work with.
Here is my layout.
Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - The colours are all there.
Evidence - flowers, beads, distressing, pearls, ribbon/bow, frame, punches.
Testimony - Journal Jar Prompt (I wish I were more like..)
The little quote on the front of the layout says:
There is no place like home... except Grandmas.
This whole case file was special for me for many reasons.
The person I wish I was more like is my Grandmother, Oh how I loved her (both my grandparents actually) but Gran was a wonderful grandmother who was loving and kind and an amazing cook, who alse sewed, knitted, crocheted, painted and grew her own vegetables and she always smelled of lavender and cookies. Everytime we went to visit them there was the smell of baking when you opened the door and all sorts of yummy treats to eat. Each one of us kids always got a little pack of crayons, colouring book, plasticine or something that would keep us occupied. The one thing that I remember about my gran who passed away in 1987 was that she was a real lady. She always had her hair done, she only wore dresses that she made herself, stockings and shoes and when she went out she donned a hat (that matched her outfit - also made by herself) and gloves. I have to say at this time that her clothes were always mostly shades of purple. She loved purple and in the house there was lavender, in vases, dried, and in little sachets in the cupboards and drawers. She even had a purple rinse and I used to think that she was the most beautiful grandmother in the world. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone and her and Pops were married for nearly 60 years and I never saw them say a cross word to each other either, they were both so gentle and each of them had a wicked dry sense of humour which I still miss today. Gran never drove and we lived in Malawi at the time, Pops worked on the tea estates, he would come home at lunch time to their main meal which they ate together at the table and then go back to work. On Wednesday afternoons he would take her shopping and on the way home they would stop at the Sherry Highlands hotel for a Brandy and Soda before going home. Gran all dolled up and pops with a tie and jacket and they were this way till they passed away. We always thought that once the first one passed away the other would follow soon but it was not to be Pops dies in 1997 and I am so glad that they got to meet their great grandchildren and although my kids don't remember Gran they remember Pops very fondly.
So now why this layout is so special. June is the month of my Gran's birthday - June 1st and I always find purple flowers to put in my studio for her. Purple was of course her favourite colour and the prompt is something that I have always said... I wish I could be more like her. I know that we will meet again and I can't wait. I love her and I miss her every day, and I am so grateful that I chose her for my grandmother.
Here are some close ups.
I did some gentle splats on the background page, and doodled around the edges of the papers.
I coloured the ribbon with Tim Holtz Distress Stains in purple, green and blue and tied into a bow with purple raffia and added two pins in purple and green. The frame around the photo was created with the purple raffia.
The borders were punched and the title is stickers. The flowers were added last.
I kept the layout pretty and simple just like Gran would have liked.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really do appreciate it.