Saturday, September 22, 2012


Another page in the Anthropolgie catalog today...little by little I am filling it up.   I seemed to have taken pictures at the beginning and the end so I might just have to explain the middle part of this one (the part I went a little crazy).

I started by making some big tags with Distress Stain and the new #10 tags.  Loving the pink right now.
Now to the catalog that has been gessoed.
I painted the page with Lettuce paint dabber.
 Once dry, I painted another layer with Mushroom that I thinned with water.
 Not too pretty at this stage.
A little stamping with paint in Cloudy Blue (be sure the wash stamp right after use).  Stampers Anonymous - Mixed Media stamp.
 A little more stamping with archival Coffee (using Dylusions - basic backgrounds stamp set).
I know, it's looking kinda crazy now, but stick with me.
I added one of the big tags with Multi-medium.
 Then sewed on a 6 x 6 paper piece from Paper Stash - Lost and Found
I added paint a picture of my dad...and the end of the tag I had ripped off earlier...another cut up Vial label, chit chat word...
 Now some Tissue tape.
All was going good...
But then I found this...
I ordered a few pieces of ephemera on EBay a couple weeks ago and there was a little paper bag that was sitting on my desk that I had not looked in.  For some reason the bag caught my eye and I thought, I wonder whats inside.  They were old calling cards...and from the bottom of the pile this one appeared.

Perfect really since my dad was a carpenter.  Love how it says in the bottom left corner, "Jobbing Promptly Attended to"...that was my dad in a nutshell.   It was some kind of serendipity, so I had to use it.

Can you hear me ripping the darn page apart?
Well, that's what it is...paula ripping paper out of the book (so this is the crazy part).

So I took a few things off and added more so I could fit the business card into the mix.  I decided to use a stencil from Crafter's Workshop - Mini Cursive Alpha.  BTW: If you missed the post on modeling paste you can see it here.
Once the modeling paste was dry, I went over the letter with Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap.  You can also see where I went a little crazy with some Walnut Ink - reinker.
 I also added Alcohol Ink to the Mini Numerals
Then started building back up.
The heart is just a piece of cardstock I ran through the Vagabond with a mini mover and shaper heart.  I discarded the heart and used the leftover piece.  Frayed Burlap Distress Stain, dry with Heat Tool, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on the edges then a spritz of water.  Soak up the water with a paper towel.  The water tends to roll towards the die cut center, so when it is removed with the paper towel it highlights the heart shape.
Here is the finished page...the piece of ephemera behind the photo is from the Salvage Stickers - Crowded Attic.  I sure like the way it turned out.  Nice to work on a personal page about my dad.  Today is his birthday, so I guess it's appropriate I finished this one.
I never heard him ever use a cuss word or be cross at my mother.  He was a good man. And he used to take me roller skating.  He could skate backwards and I was so proud of that for some reason.  Funny what we remember about the past.
click on picture to make larger
By the way, the catalog is holding up well with the two pages sewn together.  I layered a lot....adding paint and water numerous times and not even the slightest rip.  So yeh for recycling the mail!
Cheers for a great weekend!
I'm off to watch the Project Runway I recorded...only a few weeks left!


  1. As ever your work is stunning. I love how significant it all turned out to- serendipity and all that. Your dad is a Military man….my hubby is a (as it turned out) career-ish Air Force Pilot. He never intended to make Lt. Col OR retire from the AF but it turns out he is and will.

  2. I love all the layers that make up this page. Such a beautiful page!

  3. YOur post today made me smile, Paula. My dad's been gone 20 years now and he sounds a lot like your dad. He could fix ANY.thing. And do it in a way so as not to cost you an arm and a leg and your firstborn child!

    I love all the layers and depth on your page. Wonderful tribute page to your dad.

    1. thanks so much Sue. My dad has been gone for almost 4 years so I am thankful for the good memories I have of him.

  4. Fantastic page - such glorious layers and textures... what a wonderful tribute to your father!
    Alison x

  5. What a wonderful tribute to your dad! I love all of the layering. Nice job, Paula.

  6. This is a great page Paula. I did not know what the Vagabond was but looked it up. Nice! I loved the memories you shared about your father. Made me remember my Dad taking me ice skating on the frozen pond in the Connecticut town we lived in when I was little. He,too, was a good man. Lucky us!

    1. Thanks Judy. I have had my Vagabond for more than a year. I do love it since you can run thicker stuff through it like chipboard or multiple layers of paper. It does take a bit to gather the dies you like and will use but I love the option to cut an entire alphabet in one pass. That has become quite handy.
      Thanks for sharing about your dad too. We are very lucky.

  7. Thanks, Paula! Another inspirational post! I do soooo little scrapbooking, but I love the techniques and plan to use some of that in my cardmaking. One thing I am doing in the scrapbooking mode is making scrapbook-page calendars for my friends having babies. So no pictures - that's for the new parents, but 12 pages of seasonal(and baby)-themed pages with a clear overlay printed with the month's calendar. It's been well-received so far!

    1. this sounds like a fun idea...a lot of work too! But a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Fantastic!!! So creative and beautiful job! Big hug, Ilana.

  9. Wow!!! Gorgeous!!
    Love it ♥
    Hugs, Anne Kristine

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    1. I'm new to Pinterest and ran across your page. It made me cry as my Dad has been gone for 12 yrs this month. He was a master carpenter and no matter how long it took to master a project it was PERFECT He would have been so honored to have a tribute page with all his accomplishments...your sooo talented

    2. Joan, thank you so much for your kind words. I spent many a Sat with my dad picking lumber for a project. Each board would have to be inspected for any sign of warp and knots. Good memories now.
      kind regards,