Sunday, April 30, 2017

21 in '51

My dear mother was 21 in 1951.  
She could be only 20 in this photo...but we'll just stick with the catchy title. 😉
She married my Dad that same year on March 17, 1951 (St. Patrick's Day).  
Mom was always very conservatively stylish.  
You can see how tiny she is by her waistline, plus she was under 5 feet tall.  
She was such a beauty!

I'm especially happy to have found this photo of my Mom because I've really been in the mood to scrap her.  
It was perfect for the gorgeous Anticipation page in the Blue Fern Studios Serendipity paper collection

After the design of the layout was determined, 
I used Ranger Archival Jet Black ink to strategically stamp on the page.  
Yes, you read that correctly - strategically stamped. : )

I don't use stamps often, but I can say without a doubt that this one is now 
by far my very most favorite ~ Blue Fern Studios "Tattered Newsprint". 
It's so perfect for this paper & photo - words like 'embroidery, dress, doilys, satin'! 
I highlighted the area where the photo would be placed with 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink color Tattered Rose using a paintbrush and some water.  
The punched piece was adhered to the page, decorated with rose-pink pearls and 
the photo (which I distressed a bit) was then placed with foam tape to add dimension.  
You can see each of these details in the photo above.

Barb's Medallion is embossed in BFS Imagine Ink colors Pink Dust 
with touches of Antique Gold to coordinate with the paper.
A small jet black rose was placed in the very center.  
This was a beige colored rose that I sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang's Flat Fabio color Blazing Black.  
Then rose-pink pearls were added to match the ones used around the photo.

Using the same punch as under the photo, I edge punched the layout in a couple of areas
and then edge inked the entire layout with jet black archival ink.  
The two corners have the same rose-pink pearls in a larger size, but I used 
Ranger Liquid Pearls color Rose Gold to finish the 'pearls' along the edge.  I really LOVE this color!
Now for the title!
Several years ago I bought the prettiest Sizzix Sizzlits alphabet die set. 
The set is called Endless Love & is now retired.
They are 1" in height so I placed the 21 and '51 in opposite corners.

Finally, it was time to add the flower arrangements under the photo, which by the way has the BFS chipboard piece from the Whimsy Flourishes set that I heat embossed with Pink Dust color.

I chose flowers with the same colors in the paper - rosy pinks & golden yellows, along with black accents.  
I used the same small black roses to coordinate with the one used on the medallion chippie.  
Snippets of green reindeer moss (inspired by Tracy Funk) were added among the flowers for extra color.

Tattered Lace Meadow Leaves smaller die was used to accent the arrangements with some jet black color.  
I created 'berries' on the leaf tips with Liquid Pearls gorgeous color Rose Gold.  

Now for my favorite & sentimental part.....
I found this anchor button in my Mom's button stash.
Actually I found two but this one wasn't scratched up like the other one. 
I couldn't help but think to myself, 'Now how perfect is this?!!!'  
You see, my Dad was in the Navy at the time he & Mom married. This button just HAD to go on this layout!

Thank you so very much for taking time to view my latest layout!
Happy May and Happy Scrapping!  Lisa : )

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios

Barb's Medallion

Whimsy Flourishes

Pink Dust

Antique Gold

Sizzix Sizzlit Alphabet Set

Martha Stewart punch
Eyelet Lace

Tattered Lace die
Meadow Leaves

Cheery Lynn Designs die
Rose Leaf Strip

Sizzix Big Shot

Tim Holtz Distress Ink


Black rhinestones

Petaloo flowers
Yellow Anemone

Antique Rose Forgetmenots

Yellow mini Garden Rosettes

Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
Pastel Set C - Chrysanthemums

Pink Mix 25mm Cottage Roses

2-tone Yellow Aster Daisies

Michael's - Ashland Reindeer moss; Rose-Pink Pearls
My Mom's anchor button from her personal button stash


  1. What a beautiful tribute page to your mom! Your flower clusters are beautiful, as always (love the catchy title and LOL'd LOL). That's so awesome that you used moss! I had used some live moss in a project years ago (not scrappy) and I had been recently thinking about using some!! Now I just have to because it looks so awesome! I'm not a big stamper either but that one might convert me, too!! LOL it looks great! The photo of your mom is that classy style! Her waist is probably about as big around as my thigh LOL! Love it all :) xo Carrie

    1. Oh thanks so much my sweet dear friend!!! I'm LOL because I feel the same way...about the thigh thing! LOL! She was so tiny and petite - but remember, she was only 20-21 years old. Everything changed as time went by! She was a lovely woman and I'm very proud she was my Mom.

  2. Gorgeous, Lisa! So many beautiful little touches. Love the little anchor button, especially!

    1. Thank you so much Tracy! I appreciate the nice comments!

  3. Beautiful design, chipboard, punchwork, photo, and flowers!

    1. Thanks so much for dropping by to visit Melissa! I appreciate the sweet comments!


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