Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Until one has loved an animal

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
This is a quote by a renowned late 19th century French poet, Anatole France.
When I first read this profound quote it struck the middle of my heart because it is so perfectly stated.

The very moving and tender photo for this layout was shown to me by a sweet young lady, Carrie Williams.  Since we both love cats, she shared this fabulous heart-pounding Pinterest photo with me! It brought a joyous tear to my eyes and I knew that I finally had the perfect photo to fit the quote.

The paper I chose is from an old collection - DCWV Le Tres Chic.  The color of this page and the words on it immediately grabbed me.  Words like: Friends, Simple Pleasure, Happy, Cherish, Love Always, Together Forever, Memories come true, Inspire.  WOW!!!

I somewhat mimicked the pattern on the old woman's shirt by stenciling a simple floral design using white modeling paste mixed with Lindy's Stamp Gang mica powder color "Frenchy's Pink Pouf".  Then I accented random areas of the stencil design with a Sharpie Accent Liquid Highlighter in a deep purple color. 
The lovely Dusty Attic Decorative Frame #1 was heat embossed with
Stampendous Fran-táge embossing enamel color Aged Wine. 
What a gorgeous deep purple with gold flecks! 
Such a perfect way to display the title of this layout!

I opted to keep things simple so that the wonderful sentiments on the paper could compliment the photo.
Gorgeously detailed purple tone roses from Wild Orchid Crafts made beautiful decorations to help frame the photo. I painted the edges of white roses in a soft lilac color using white gesso and just a touch of LSG mica powder Frenchy's Pink Pouf.  After they dried I sprayed them with my favorite Glitz Spritz from Lindy's Stamp Gang - Scintillating Silver.  It adds just the right shimmer!  Check out the sparkle! WOWZERS!
The beautiful orange tabby cat in the photo is in itself a huge pop of color to this layout, but I decided to add a tiny touch of the same color.  Colorbox fluid chalk ink in Amber Clay is phenomenally an exact color match to this gorgeous kitty! I used a dark purple ultra fine point sharpie pen to fill in the script word 'love'.
Thank you for dropping by!  
I hope that the title quote stirs something deep within you as it did me.
Have a wonderful week!  Lisa : )
Products used:
DCWV paper collection - Le Tres Chic
Bazzill linen texture cardstock - Lilac
Prima 6x6 Stencil - Fluttering Flowers

The Dusty Attic chipboard -
Decorative Frames #1
Page Pebbles #9

Stampendous Fran-táge Embossing Enamel - Aged Wine

Wild Orchid Crafts Roses

Purple Wild Roses-40mm
2-Tone Lilac Hip Rosebuds
Large White Wild Rosebuds

Petaloo Chantilly Velvet Leaves

Lindy's Stamp Gang -
     mica powder Frenchy's Pink Pouf in the Beauty School Dropout Magicals Set
     & Glitz Spritz spray-Scintillating Silver
Liquitex Professional Flexible White Modeling Paste
ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink - Amber Clay
Sharpie - Accent Liquid Highlighter & ultra-fine point purple pen
Hobby Lobby - Lilac ribbon; white scalloped trim


  1. Hi Lisa!
    Your layout is stunning!! I love your inspiration behind it and the beautiful and powerful photo you chose as a focal image. The detail is fabulous as well. Thanks for sharing your lovely art!

  2. I had to stop by and see all the lovely close-ups! That quote is absolutely purr-fect (haha, I had to!) for the picture. I'm still wiping away tears...I am so glad you scrapped this picture! I sometimes logged onto Pinterest just to look at my "Adorable Cats" board and this picture has always stuck with me...I am so glad to see it used so beautifully in such a lovely layout. So glad you did this. You just know someone has a good soul when they love animals this much :)

  3. The photo and the quote brought tears to my eyes. The page is truly exquisite - love, love, love!

  4. Beautiful and striking layout! I love the stencilling and how you coloured some of the pattern with the dark purple highlighter!


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