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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Challenge #84 - Vintage Love

This week's challenge come from Kylie. She would like to see a project that incorporates the theme of Vintage Love. Your project must be Vintage and show at least one object that reminds people of love. Perhaps a picnic basket, gold locket, love letter etc etc. Hop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog for some inspiration photos, as well as the ever brilliant DT projects.

We are sponsored this time by Di's Digi Downloads who are offering a $10 gift voucher, and also by Hobby Art.

For those who read my last Challenge blog, you will know I was lacking in inspiration. Not just for that Challenge, but for crafting generally. When I first saw the theme for this Challenge I was stumped. But, inspiration truly does come from strange places. My niece is learning about WW2 in school at the moment and, as I have carried out a lot of work on the family tree, I had been looking through the war records of two of her great-grandads! And it reminded me of this photo:

This is my Dad's parents' marriage photo, taken on 19th July 1941. And what better for Vintage Love, than a wartime wedding!!

I imported the photo into Serif Craft Artist, where I used a background from the 40's Wartime digitkit, along with the photo frame. I really liked the contrast of the red against the muted tones. I edited the photo to make it more sepia to keep with the tones from the hessian style background.

I added the note onto the red journalling block using the 40's alphabet, and tucked the aged tag (from Swirling Memories digikit) behind it. The ration book embellishment, gorgeous red flower and buttons all came from the 40's kit, while the ribbon was from the British Street Party digikit. The final touch were the swirls - of course from Swirling Memories.

I'm really quite chuffed with this layout. I know I've already said it, but I just love the red against the muted colours. It sort of reminds me of my Grandad who was very much part of the British Legion and always was involved in selling poppies. I have distant memories of my sister and I helping to assemble them in my grandparents lounge.

Make sure you pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog for more wonderful inspiration.

Back soon!!



  1. This is fabulous - the red is a perfect contrast to the image!

  2. A wonderful layout and so special with your family photo.
    Yvonne x

  3. You have created an amazing project! I LOVE it!!! xx

  4. Carole, I LOVE how you personalized this project! It's absolutely gorgeous--the red is perfect! Beautiful! :)

  5. Absolutely love how you've used a family photo for your layout. I'm 'into' family history too, I think it's the one thing that's even more addictive than crafting! A great piece for this challenge. Xx

  6. OOOHH this is beautiful so vintage and fabulous :)

  7. Wow Carole this is fabulous. I love the contrast of the black and white wedding pic and the fabulous rich, opulent red.

    Lin xx


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