I’m a 64 year old Scotswoman who has been crafting for about 60 of those years and I’m fairly proficient at most forms of needlework - embroidery, tapestry, cross-stitch, dressmaking, patchwork and machine-knitting. However, it wasn’t until I visited the US that I discovered scrap books. In fact, how I got interested was serendipity. In my forties my life took a few interesting turns, one of which took me to the US. I decided to study for an honours degree in American Studies and this necessitated a year’s study in the States. I applied to Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and much to my surprise and delight I was accepted. So in 1995, at the grand old age of 47, I found myself living alongside a bunch of fabulous young American students and it was they who introduced me to scrapbooking. I quickly became fascinated and loved the idea of doing something more with my many photographs than just storing them in photo albums. I bought a couple of magazines and a few supplies in Boston and made my first layouts ... not very good ones at that. Back in the UK, I was in the final year and all my time was taken up with writing papers and studying for exams. The scrapbooking took a back seat. After graduating I got a job in another university and I was so busy I never could find time to sit down and scrap. To cut an even longer story short, I didn’t get out my scrapbook supplies until a few years ago when I retired and I haven’t stopped scrapping, and subsequently cardmaking, since – and I am now quite addicted J
Here are a couple of layouts I’ve made recently.
These photographs were taken during my first semester at Wellesley College – I absolutely loved the sugar maples. The stamped leaves on the base paper, Cosmo Cricket’s Maple, are embossed using four different colours of powder, gold, crimson, burgundy and lime light. The berries and the alphas for the word ‘fall’ in the title were fussy cut from K& Company Flora and Fauna collection and the rest of the title are made up of Papermania alphas.
This wonderfully proud gentleman is my great-grandfather, James Patrick Douglas. The layout is made using leftovers and scraps and was inspired by Sarah Engels-Greer creations featured in the October 12 issue of Craft Stamper. The Kraft base was sponged with white gesso before adding the stamping with Dawn Bibby’s Delicate Scroll and bits and bobs from my snippets pile. I searched a biographical dictionary to find a page that featured the name Douglas. The title was die-cut using X-Cut’s Rome Alphabet Die and a strip of tartan patterned paper – sadly, not the Douglas tartan.
I hope you enjoyed reading my story and like my layouts.