Tuesday, 29 January 2013

'Bruvvies' Layout - Purple Pumpkin - Manor House Flowers

Hello Scrappy Folk!  Hope you are well!!  I am still playing catch up
 from when I went away overseas for a month and was offline most
 of that time (thanks to ridiculously prohibitive mobile phone connection
rates).  I'm working through everything I prepared in advance & that 
got posted on the blogs I work for, making sure I don't forget to get it 
up here too!  Here is one that went up at Purple Pumpkin recently HERE.

I created this layout with my son's recent bullying incident in mind.
He rose to the occasion when his younger brother was being victimised
and that is what led to his downfall at his previous school.  I was so
proud of him standing up for his brother, as well as for what is right!
It just shows that, despite their love/hate relationship, when it comes
down to the wire, he knows where his loyalties lie & how to behave.

I used some Purple Pumpkin doilies, which I inked with dark brown ink to
 grunge them up a bit.  I also used 4 fabric buttons & a 
'round' flower that I mounted onto a Purple Pumpkin doily
 die-cut circle, to create my own unique embellishment. 

I painted the central area of my layout with gesso before I began
 placing my elements -  I love the vignette effect that it created. 
 I used an old credit card instead of a paint brush.  Cheaper, less 
clean up & more effective.  I clustered the fabric buttons & doilies 
together with some metal findings, flowers and die-cuts, pushing 
the buttons under some of the items to create different, interesting
 partial circle shapes too.  

See the punched strip across the bottom of the photo?  That is 
actually ALSO from Purple Pumpkin - It's a film strip die-cut that
 I cut up and used as a punched strip instead.  I added some
 Burnt Sienna and Dark Brown ink to it for a more 3D look. 

Supplies List for 'Bruvvies' Layout

Paper - 7 Dots Wonderland - Wonderland & Follow the Rabbit
Gesso - Pro Art
Circle Die - Spellbinders Shapeabilities no. 6
Leaf Die - Cheery Lynn Olive Vine
Chipboard - C'est Magnifique
Paints - Decoart
Coarse Glitter - Twinklets Diamond Dust
Velvet Ribbon - Chatterbox
Flowers - Manor House Creations
Embellishments (Fabric Buttons, Flower Round, Doilies
 & film strip border) - all Purple Pumpkin
Gauze - stash
Alphas - Webster's Pages
Numerals - Glitz Design
Inks - Burnt Sienna, Dark Brown & Ocean - Color Box


Evgenia Petzer said...

it is gorgeous!!! love the elements! and its good to hear the story...

Bellaidea said...

Great work with this page and with your...family, stay strong!

Lynette said...

It is wonderful when brothers stand together...it warms my heart and what a beautiful way to celebrate their love. Your layout is very beautiful my friend.

Keren Tamir said...

this is a beautiful picture and I love that you dedicated a LO to this bond and to them. As adults we see how important and brave is what your son did and he deserves so much credit for his actions. You should be proud of them for being such amazing boys as I'm sure you are. I love the texture on this layout fabulous. Love the LO!!

Gayle Price said...

Gorgeous, rich, lovely texture and detail. Beautiful page and yes, families have a way of closing ranks and adopting protective mode when one of their own is threatened, and that's just the way it should be. Great photo of your boys. Oh, and your "Paris" photo is on its way. xx

Lizzy Hill said...

Go bro's!!! LOVE that bg work...just amazing depth of colour & what a fab idea to 'grunge' up the buttons....must remember that tip:):)

Tracey said...

Bullying sucks!!! So glad your boys are there for each other!! An amazing page Helen!!


So happy to hear that your boys are there for each other when it counts the most :)
Love the blue-brown combo and the grunging up!

Paula F.P. Simionato said...

Yeah like Italian´s brother, nobody outside the family can say a word about my brother, just me...that´s the way italians do...lol So glad to hear they are good fellows.It´s one of the best relationship we can have with brothers and sisters.
Love the page.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love the colors and loveeeeeeeeee all the flowers!!!

Desire Fourie said...

Gorgeous once again Helen. Love the stonger colours you have used to go with the male theme. Even more special reading the motivation behind it.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Leonie said...

How wonderful for your boys to stick together like that, and it's now documented for them to remember. Beautiful work Helen. Cheers. :)

Sandie Edwards said...

Gorgeous photograph of your two boys Helen, and it is amazing how sibling rivalry can subside at the times that are most important. I adore your work ... and the stories behind each piece.

yyam said...

What a beautiful composition Helen. Great mix of textures and layers.

P/s: They were certainly very brotherly when I met them. That's the way guys are!

Erin Blegen said...

You're right- brothers (and all siblings) should stand by eachother no matter what. Good for you for raising boys who know this!!

Love your masculine layout- the texture is awesome!


sandi said...

Fabulous lo Helen! What an awesome mix/design! <3

Marjie Kemper said...

Totally gorgeous! The LO and the love and loyalty behind the story.

juscrap said...

Gorgeous lo Helen! I love the texture on this layout fabulous. xoxo

Kelly Foster said...

I love this grungy masculine page, Helen!! The brotherly relationship is so special :) You should be very proud of your son sticking up for his brother, that is wonderful!

Mitra Pratt said...

All your lovely items you used, described so lovingly! It's nice to have them pointed out which such nice flow to a page as sometimes the beautiful of the individual item is lost when the whole is so pretty!

Glad your boys stick up for one another! Stupid school stuff, I tell ya. It won't matter a fig once they get to college.

Denise Price said...

I LOVE the way you let just the edges of the PP show under the gesso--it looks so rich and dramatic.

Kudos to your son for being brave and standing up to the bullies. I hope that his doing the right thing made an impression on the people at his old school. I know he changed schools anyway, so it must not have turned out very well, but I hope that at least one person at the old school learned something valuable. One can always hope...

I'm glad that your boys are so loyal to each other--brothers to the end!

Alison said...

Family loyalty is a wonderful thing......a great layout to mark that!
Alison xx

Linda Eggleton said...

Fabulous masculine page, Helen...love the colour combo & all your bits peeping out from behind the photo.

And well done to your boys for sticking together :)

Kerryn said...

It is wonderful to see our children supporting family when it matters most. Someone to make you a proud parent that's for sure. Your page is perfect Helen. The colours, design and feel are perfect!

Carin McDonough said...

A really beautiful layout Helen, love the title and everything about it! You have wonderful kids and I really hope your son is very happy in his new school :)

Eila Sandberg said...

With the family values and loving upbringing that your children have, doing the right thing was the only thing to do. You really do have wonderful kids! This is a beautiful layout Helen, love the colours and the photo of the boys. So many smashing details, thanks for the closies so that I could really soak in everything. Mwah!

Fi said...

Love the way you've combined your colours here to create this masculine page. Siblings when will they ever admit they are loyal to each other...lol

Tracey Sabella said...

Stunning in every way!! Love the masculine colors/grungy touches!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


tania said...

i am just loving the photo,beautiful moment:) layout stunning as always:)