Sunday, 7 August 2011

Colour Combos Galore Design Team Call - Remember the 70's Layout

See I was telling the truth when I said I'd got a little behind on my Colour Combos Galore postings!
Never got around to showing you what I did for their Design Team call. 
Went away the following week & that threw my postings off a bit {have been playing catch-up ever since}.

I ummed & aaahed & found this tricky, mainly because I wanted to use a vintage photo & don't own any, not ones that are vintagey enough for what I had in mind anyway. 
 I was rescued by an envelope of old photos saved from my father-in-law's desk when he emigrated from Zimbabwe.
  These were all that were saved from photographs he destroyed.  He burnt them.  Hard to believe but true...

Straight off I knew I needed to use the blue as my backing cardstock. 
 It's such a retro colour after all & craft would have looked too trendy & red too garish.  
I misted with the neutral shade though, using some retro-looking chipboard daisies as a mask then I splattered on some red paint using a flexi-brush to flick (the only way you'll achieve that really spontaneous result) - just cover the surrounding area in plastic or go outside to avoid a new design on your scrapbooking curtains from the over-spill!

I dug through my stash for all the retro-looking elements I could find then googled "vintage images" & found "Found in Mom's Basement" which is definitely one to bookmark for future use! 
 I used the "Farmer Jack" soup image because my dad-in-law's name is Jack
I saved 5 images, imported them into Picasa, created a "mosaic" collage with them sized 13 x 18cm then printed them out onto photo paper & cut them up individually.
Do this to save hours of unecessary time resizing in Photoshop, unless you need EXACT sizes of course...

I wanted to keep the red to a minimum {accent colour only} so punched out 2 red prints with my Giant Starburst punch & daisy grid design (both by Martha Stewart) & layered them on top of each other as a ground-line to tuck my photos & all my other design elements under.

I thought layering the journaling stickers on top of the old-fashioned type-writer sticker was a pretty cool idea!  
Did you notice that my mum in law is "on special"???can't stop chuckling about that...
The clock hands were added as a very last finishing touch.  
They are real clock hands that I bought a while ago in a hobby store.  
I've had them in my drawer for years, waiting for the perfect page :)

See the word Gloria" above the old-fashioned telephone?  That's my mum-in-law's name!
Before adhering anything I go the photos into place then tucked in all the bits & bobs behind and to the side of them.  
When I was happy with the approximate placement of all the elements I carefully slid them off my page then started recreating my layout permanently this time - always a bit tricky as I don't mark any positioning with pencil but just work from memory, all at the same time, so I can remember what it looked like!

It's a school holiday here tomorrow, due to the public holiday on Tuesday.
{National Women's Day}???
That's a strange one & rather sexist I'd about a National Men's Day???  
Couldn't live without my man that's for sure!  
Right now I am sick.  SICK actually...{really sick...} 
Full of flu, coughing like an old donkey...and all the while he is refilling my tea cup & bringing me a new glass of fizzy tablets every few hours.
LOVE that man!


Bellaidea said...

Get better soon my friend!

Mitralee said...

I have a new favorite page!!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee this! I loveeeeeeeee those photos, the misting, the layers... just gorgeous!! And I hope you feel better! :):):):):):):):):):):)

topkatnz said...

Love it - you have really captured that funky retro 70s look - very nice:) Hope you feel better soon - chesty coughs are sometimes so tough to shake!xx

Blossom inch said...

this is so beautiful, I am amazed seeing at all those vintage papers and tickets behind those photos. Loving every bits of it!

Sabrina Scrapbook said...

Oh Helen, I hope you will get better REAL soon!! Sorry for not being around lately, I have been really busy with work! Your LO never fails to inspire me, honestly!! I find this page quite different from your previous others.. It's gorgeous and I just love everything you put on this page!! Your talent is awesome. Please rest well and we sure will pray for your quick recovery! Take care, Helen!! {Hugs}

Heather Jacob said...

oh Helen so sorry you are sick ... REST UP SWEETHEART ..
now to the LO I can remember wearing similar clothes ... oh wow I was only 6.5 stone back in those days .. quite slim ... anyway I love what you have done here ... absolutely wonderful ... love the special bit too !!!! LOL
you have created a treasure ..big hugz x

Jasmine S said...

This was just brilliant Helen. I just love it all. The misting and splats are awesome, the pics are just fabulous and the layers and pieces all around, YUMMY.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow Helen!!! This page is incredibly awesome!!! What a lot of work went into it and it has turned out a real super treat!!! Love this!!!

Kerryn said...

This is totally awesome Helen!!!!

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Bente Fagerberg said...

Hi Helen, good to be back and blog visiting again!Loved this when I first saw it! It is soo cool and vintage. How lucky you are to have such darling photographs.
Sorry you are feeling a bit poorly...Hope you will be better soon!

Shayne said...

Totally love this one! You've used your elements so very well!

Hope you feel better soon x

yyam said...

Oh poor you! Rest well...

This layout really rocks my friend! It looks like a 1970s photo shoot in a totally artsy....awesome composition! :)

Christin aka Umenorskan said...

Lovely layout. Thanks for your comment in my blog, I have in the past week entered in both Color Combos Galore and Once Upon a sketch....

Alison said...

I can't believe your FIL burnt the rest of these fab pics...this is a really fantastic vintage page...don't think I've seen anything else like it!
Alison xx

Eila Sandberg said...

Oh I did so adore this when I first saw it and still do! the photos are just priceless, how awful of your FIL to BURN his pics! I've got boxes in the basement with my parents' pics, love the rummage in them now and then. Great for bringing back memories! xxx