Thursday, 26 April 2012


In my last post, I mentioned how lucky I am with the friends in my life. Today, I've also realised, I've been very fortunate with my, for want of a better term, in-laws. The parents of my past and present partners have all been delightful. I know the stereotype is for the mother-in-law to be a monster-in-law but that's not been my own experience.

And so I've produced a long overdue page which has been missing from my scrapbook album, the one devoted to Kate, Nick's Mum. It's a page that, if it wasn't for our dogged persistance, wouldn't exist. She is one difficult lady to take a photograph of. Short of tying her up, the only way we normally do it, is to take her by surprise or wait until she's had a tipple or two.

This page doesn't need any journalling. All anyone needs to know about this wonderful woman is that I say she is AWESOME!

This is the first project I have created using the stash sent to me by Jodie from her Nature's Garden collection with Prima. In fact, the only additions which did not come in the kit, are the chipboard letters in the title and the twine used on the buttons.

I created three Scrunchy Flowers using a sheet of patterned paper and two fabric one's with some beautiful strips of printed silk. And, as you can see, A4 paper can easily be applied to a 12x12 format. In this case, I joined together two of Jodie's designs which had a collage appearance already, so you can hardly see the join.

Great fun to piece together. I'm raring to make something else now. I just need to remember, where did I put that extra bit of spare time? When I find it, I'll be a blur of paper, scissors and glue.



gypsychick said...

This is a really beautiful layout Paul! I love what you've done with the scalloped edge up the top, the flower clusters, and those delish silk flowers that you made all yourself! And isn't that just an adorable photo?

I love it all. Thank you for creating and sharing this gorgeous piece of art!

Jodie Lee

gypsychick said...

Oh, and I bet Kate will think that is just one fab layout when she sees it!

lorraine said...

oh i love this paul full of my favourites - buttons, flowers & butterflies.i like the way its not at all 'girly' very chic - love that picture of nicks mum too, very natural and interesting xx

Jeanne J said...

Paul, Your layout is fantastic with all the details but I have to say that the photo really steals the show. Sometimes so many embellishments can take away from your subject, but not here. My eye is drawn to the photgraph, and although I don't know Kate - you seem to have captured her spirit by the smile in her eyes. Beautiful!

Frank Garcia said...

Paul what a stunning layout my friend, I have to say this one blew me away, the details are simply incredible, the beautiful flowers you made, the butterflies, SOO, SOOO gorgeous!!!! A fave!

Great work my friend!

-Hugs Frank

kjjc said...

What a fab lady she must be. Great picture of her capturing what looks like a brill sense of humour.

JoZart said...

Somehow I missed this so I'm glad I came back to tell you off about that quote from the Scottich play!
I saw the beginnings of this LO on Sunday but it is transformed now and is just so lovely and very special. The Prima pack has certainly inspired you.
Lv Jo x

Michele said...

Gorgeous LO - I love the photo, so natural and relaxed x

Neet said...

Well I must say Nick's mum looks as if she is and she likes "Fun". What a delightful lady, I can understand your use of the word "awesome" in relation to her. What a lovely tribute you have made too, a gorgeous page, am sure Nick loved it.
Hugs, Neet xx

The Gentleman Crafter said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! I love how you layered the flowers1 Spectacular!