Monday, February 6, 2012

The Shop - October Afternoon

I originally planned on doing this layout with the "Kitchen Cupboard" paper from October Afternoon's Farmhouse collection. But since I had just used that entire page on my last layout, I had to find a replacement page. I wanted a deep wood grain so I started to look through my new Two Peas goodies and I found Crate Paper's Valentine page. The color was spot on, and I actually like this page better because it was a simpler page than the OA one. It's so easy to layer on patterns when the background is only slightly textured.


October Afternoon - Farmhouse - Button Box, October Afternoon - Farmhouse - Her Bureau, October Afternoon - Farmhouse - Church Social, October Afternoon - Farmhouse - Clothesline, October Afternoon - Farmhouse - Guest Room, October Afternoon - Farmhouse - Word Stickers, Crate Paper - Paper Heart - Valentine, Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Ranger - Glossy Accents.


This picture is very important because it's the family business. My grandfather was the type of person who never settled for 'good enough'. He created 3 successful businesses, but he always said that he could do more. Then (much to the aggravation of my grandmother) he borrowed money against their farm to build Davis Foreign Auto Parts. It was very successful and he was happy with it for the rest of his days. Once he passed away, it was left to my father. I always look at it with awe. It always takes courage to leave what is safe for the unknown. I've dedicated this page to the legacy he has left behind.


The title was a little tricky for me. I tried a bunch of different papers, but they all had too much pattern on them. It just looked so busy that you couldn't read it. Then, I looked at my cardstock... which didn't help. All the browns I could find were more reddish than I wanted. So, I got an old cream index card and began rubbing it with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo distress ink. Then, I got on my FMIL's silhouette and cut out the title. I really like the chunky letters and the color is exactly what I wanted. Sometimes things are just easier when you do things yourself. :)


I often look around to get ideas and inspiration. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a layout with a very heavy banner. It was packed full and had different shapes and sizes of pennants. I really loved the fullness it gave, so I stored it in my mind. Unfortunately, I don't remember who the inspiration piece was made by. If you think it might have been you, please send me an email and let me know. I've seen a couple of heavy banners, but they aren't the inspiration piece.


I just love all the images on the "Her Bureau" page. They're just so fun and you can use them each as an embellishment. The little post stamp was tricky. If I were to cut each little perforation separately, then it would take me all day and still come out strange. So I found a trick. I just cut around the sides as close as I could. Then, I punched the little half circles out with a small hole punch. I was done in less than 5 minutes. I then cut out a couple of the buttons and covered them with glassy accents. Of course, I went around all edges with the Vintage Photo pad.

I hope you enjoyed this layout. I'm completely in love with this collection. I'll probably stock up and still be using this stuff next year! lol. If you want to stay up to date on all my projects, you can follow me by clicking the follow button or entering your email into the box located to the right side of this blog. Can't wait to hear from you!

16 comments:

Mary Pat Siehl said...

great page!!! love the papers

Diana Fisher said...

Love that banner!!

Heidi said...

I love that banner, great idea to mix them up. Your title turned out nice, it's nice when things just work out that way.

Suzanne said...

Great page! I love the banner!

Alyssa said...

This is a wonderful page! I love the colors.

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Really great page!
I love that paper by Crate Paper.
It really did work perfectly :)
Banners are just one of my favorite things to put on projects right now :)

Danielle said...

Great job on the page and love the history in your story!

Lisa said...

Love the paper. The banner is fantastic

soapHOUSEmama said...

Absolutely lovely!

Erica said...

This is a fantastic page.

Karen said...

This is lovely - and what an awesome story/legacy :)

Margie H said...

What a nice story about the store - this is what scrapbooking is all about! Love how you did the banner - might need to scraplift ;)

Pam said...

I adore this layout and I especially love the story. What a legacy! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Christa said...

Love these colors you used!

Penny said...

This is a great layout and I love the banner, what a great story to document! Love Penny Scrap-aholic@blogspot.com

Diane said...

I love this layout. The banner is great and I love the mix of colors, and that pencil!