Thursday, July 28, 2016

Claude Monet's Lily Pond - Giverny, France (6-15-2000)

Welcome!  This is my second of three layouts featuring photos that I took of Claude Monet's gorgeous property in June 2000 during a European tour with my daughter.  I was using a 35mm Minolta X-700 camera at the time.  I'm not sure if even a digital camera today can capture the peace and tranquility felt at this wonderful place. 

This layout shows Claude Monet's lily pond. 
You know the infamous lilies, lily pads and green bridges he so frequently painted.....
I picked the three best photos to display. It was hard to get really good photos that day because the workers were in their boats cleaning up the pond, plus there were very few water lilies in bloom. 
Let's start with close ups of the photos.
Photo-top left:
Truly shows the lusciousness of Monet's fabulous trees and plant life that make such a picturesque scene!!! 
No wonder he loved painting his lily ponds! 
Far off in the distance is one of several green bridges.  
One thing is certain, at least when I was there 16 years ago, is that Monet loved not only green tones, but also tones of purple, red, pink & white. 
All of the trees, plants and flowers on his property reflect this.  I don't recall seeing very much yellow.

Photo-top right:
A closer view of one of the green bridges.   I had to walk into the foliage to snap this one!
The bridges really are not remarkable, but just the fact that Monet painted them makes them so special!

Such a serene photo, in my opinion. 
The water is absolutely crystal clear and reflects the beautiful plant life that lines its banks. 

I chose paper to compliment the prominent green in the photos. 
I also stayed with the red, pink and purple tones as described earlier.

The rose colored resin lotus flowers represent beautiful water lilies in bloom.
Cute white Heather flowers were colored using Lindy's Flat Fabio color Queen of Hearts Red.
There are red flowers similar in structure in the photo.

I cut a piece from The Dusty Attic Grass Border #1 and heat embossed it first with Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink color Summer Leaves.  Although quite gorgeous, it was just too 'blingy' for this layout.  So, I toned it down a bit by topping it with Lindy's EP color Tannebaum Green Gold - perfect!
The tops of the stems are heat embossed in BFS Imagine Ink EP color Auburn.
  I decided to adorn them with pretty flowers.
Tiny fuchsia open roses bring out the fuchsia colored flowers in the photo.

Along the pond were strategically placed black benches.  Some were simply placed in a well shaded area with no view at all of the pond.  My daughter & I did relax several times on a bench to enjoy the silence and get relief from the heat.
The Dusty Attic Park Bench chipboard is heat embossed in Lindy's Stamp Gang EP color Midnight Violet
Looking straight down at it, you see mostly BLACK color... 
Look to the side and there is that GORGEOUS purple that I FAVOR so much!
Thanks so much for taking time to visit and I hope that you have a wonderful day!  Lisa : )
Products used:
Blue Fern Studios - Tranquility collection - "Peaceful"
Bo Bunny - Garden Journal collection - "Post Card"
The Dusty Attic chipboard -
Grass Border #1
Park Bench
Tattered Lace dies - Ornate Leaves
Webster's Pages - Resin Whimsies - Lotus Blooms in Rose color

Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink embossing powders -
Summer Leaves
Wild Orchid Crafts flowers -
Fuchsia Open Roses - 10mm
White Heather
Red Mix MINI Sweetheart Blossom 
Fiskars corner punch - Rounder
Lindy's Stamp Gang - 
 Embossing powders - Midnight Violet & Tannebaum Green Gold
 Flat Fabio spray - Queen of Hearts Red


  1. Beautiful work, Lisa! Thank you for sharing all the details of what you used and how you embellished upon it. Love it all!

  2. I love your photos. When we went there it was so difficult to get a photo without a zillion people in it. your layout is beautiful and I love all all your details. I really enjoyed reading all the steps.

  3. So pretty, Lisa! Amazing to think you might be looking at the great-great-great grand-lily of one of those famous ones! ;) Love all the details...I think I stared at your pictures of the gardens for about five pretty!


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