In Black-and-White

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In August, my oldest child went off to college. This change has not been an easy one for me. I am so happy that my son is growing up and taking this next step in his life. But I am also sad that he is no longer around all the time. It has been odd to all of a sudden only have two children at home. I have been journaling and scrapbooking about this time in my life a lot–it has been helping me work through my ever-changing feelings.

I took this story and used it as the basis for this month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are using the St. Tropez collection from Prima as our inspiration kit.

And here is our challenge: One of St. Tropez’ famous residents was Bridget Bardot. Most photographs and films of her were in black-and-white. Use a black-and-white photo(s) on a colored background.

The papers in my kit, Wandering, have a definite vintage feel and some are quite dark. In order to have my photograph stand out against this background, I chose a picture that is fairly simple in composition and converted it to black-and-white. I love the look of the monochromatic print against the mix of vintage prints.

Make sure to check out the projects from the rest of the Master Forgers for this month’s first challenge on the CKC blog.

Now go create!

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As You See It Challenge #101

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This week’s challenge at the As You See It Challenge blog is a sketch. I was instantly drawn to the design—I knew it would be easy to adapt to a 12×12 page.

I had the last remnants of the August kit from Citrus Twist Kits on my desk, so I combined these supplies with a photo of my husband and son. This picture was taken at a moving truck rental station as my husband was renting a truck to move into a new office. I love this photo for two reasons—one, it shows my close relationship between my husband and my son, and two, this move was an important event in our lives.

My husband had been in the same office for over 12 years—we have many memories there. This is just one photo of several that I took over the weekend of the move. I know I will have more pages on this topic.

The X’s and arrows that form the horizontal line across the page are actually wood veneer pieces from the Citrus Twist kit. I first adhered them in their natural state, but decided to color them black to better accent the black-and-white photo. I just used a Tim Holtz Distress marker to alter the pieces.

To finish the page, I added a few puffy stickers, some patterned paper accents, washi tape, and my journaling. Done!