Hello,today I am going to share with you, a very long post,working with the Beautiful Nyhavn Collection. This winter,we repainted the whole inside of our home,using different tones of grays. I also have a feature,wall in the kitchen,that is in the red tone, that holds 36 shadow boxes with Scrapbook LO’s.Once we completed all the painting, & I received the Nyhavn Collection, & saw that the Kings Square-BS was in the same gray tones as I used in the kitchen, I decided to do all new LO’s, using the color tones of the kitchen.
I am using these 3 sheets, from the Nyhavn Collection,for this project. Because I mainly want the gray, as the background,I will not be doing, as much paper layering. I will get my texture through stencils & the DA chipboard.So this is all new to me. I will also be changing all my photos to black & white. My first step,for this project was to go online shopping. I ordered more Dusty Attic Chipboard, the Maja Design, Nyhavn Collection, (I ordered enough,for this project,plus future projects,as it is a limited edition). I also ordered some stamps,stencils,texture pastes & mists or H20,that would be in my color tones. Now I had to wait for my supplies to arrive, so my next step was to paint the chipboard I had on hand. I used my wall paint,for the red,plus I applied a coat of clear crackle varnish. I used distressed brushed pewter stain,paint & crackle on the rest of the chipboard. The chipboard was now ready for a final coat of H20’s,or whatever I wanted to apply over the crackle. I also went through all of my flowers,that were to bright for the Maja Collections & dipped them into all the paint colors, that I used in the kitchen (I watered down the paint). Now I was organized & ready for my paper to arrive….
For today’s post,I decided to do 2 LO’s, that will go up on the wall,one of a younger me,& one of me now….
From the Nyhavn Collection I used Kings Square-BS, Veteran Ship-BS & Sitting on the dock
The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic, Other products used:Prima Texture Paste,Graphite, Prima Wire thread,Auburn,Tim Holtz,rock candy crackle,TH distress stains & paints,brushed pewter. TCW,stencils Art is (6×6), confetti (6×6), Coffee Splotch (12×12) & (6×6)
Here are some closeups of detail…..Using a paint brush, I applied TA ( Indian Corn) to deepen the color,of Veteran Ship-BS, I also inked all the edges of the paper.
The younger me:liked to dress in nice cloths,even if they were itchy,like angora or mohair. Wore heals,as I am only 5 foot 3. Socialized, but also loved being at home. I enjoyed crafts at that time of my life,( knitting & cross stitch & embroidery).I was also gardening at that time….We did lots of travelling….Here are some close ups of detail….One of my favorite mediums, is crackle,here I used TH rock candy & brushed pewter….Ilove the dream weaver,it allows me to really play with chipboard, & of course lots of detail….Here is my next LO,ME now…..I don’t worry so much about appearance now, & this photo shows it. I can not believe my hair, I wear bangs, so I must have done my usual,not really taking a good look at my self,before flying out the door, to get this set of photos taken. I now wear,Lulu Lemon, & all cotton, comfy cloths. I do not wear heels,because of the bunions I got, from my early years of wearing them.I still love to spend money on nice things,but instead of buying a new outfit,I am now buying Scrapbooking supplies. I prefer to stay at home,really have lost the desire to socialize, would rather spend my free time on scrapbooking, then going out for lunch or coffee.We do not travel as much, & I am losing the desire,I really am content at home.When I get my mind set on something,like this project,there is no stopping me,I will find a way to get, what I want, or what I want to do,even if I have lose sleep,to get my project done. My goal is to have this done,before I start to work out in the garden. We get lots of family & company through out the summer,so I would like them to be able to see the completed project. Here are some closeups of detail…..For the red on all the chipboard,I first painted it with the reddish wall paint,then applied a thick coat of crackle. Once the crackle dried I applied some LuminArte,Jasper Red H2O
Now I am going to share with you, a before & after of a corner of the kitchen,that is completed & all the LO’s that I have done,so far, for this project…The reason,I decided to take on this project, is that, I decided that there was to much going on,on the wall,with the wall being reddish. I actually have 160,shadow boxes through out the house. The rest are on a charcoal colored wall,so anything goes. As I am changing these,ones I am moving,these ones to other areas of our home.I already know what my next winters project is, updating all the shadow boxes. I have, had the shadow boxes for about 10 years, & I goggled them & they are still out there, MCS Industries,Inc shadow box…..This corner is completed & I love how it looks…Here are the LO’s I have completed so far…
The 1st & 2nd ones are canvas’s of my 3 boys…
The next,is a LO,of my oldest son Sigurdur,who is now 33 years old…..This LO is of, my middle son Erlendur,he is now 29 years old,& so very happy he is still here with us. Last January he was in a snow mobile accident,leaving him with a severe brain injury (his survival rate is 3%,so it really is a miracle, that he is still with us today). Erlendur,is a very self motivated young man,has worked very hard at recovery,in fact is planning on going back to work this April. I don’t think,I would have updated our home this winter, if it wasn’t for DD being home,& needed something to do…..This LO is of my youngest son Tandri,who is now 26 years old…A LO,of our Family & dogsA LO,of Tandri & Renee (Tandri’s girlfriend of 6 years)A LO,of Renee,using a photo, I took of her, when she got accepted into Law…A LO of Siggi & I,we have been married for 36 years….Love this photo of Erlendur & Siggi, gives me the giggles….A LO of my sister & me….Another photo I love, of Tandri & Milo….Siggi & I with our 5 barking dogs,they are also getting older….A photo of me, with my sister & birth-daughter…A special photo of Tandri,with my mom & dad. My mom passed away June 2013,at the young age of 76…..I will say this project, does have its challenges,one of them being,that I am working with the same paper,day after day. How ever,as I am putting them up on the wall,& the wall is looking better,I stay enthused. I have also learned,lots through doing this. Through the last couple years, I have been spending lots of time, on other peoples photos, to match with the paper. Now I plan to use my own photo’s & change them into either septa or B&W,if they do not have the color,that are in the Maja Collections. After losing my mother,& just about losing my middle son,I decided,I really need to Scrap more of our,own Family, & I am really enjoying doing so. Thank you so much for taking the time to look…….Rachelle
Rachelle, this is absolutely stunning! I really love what you are doing with this project, using the kitchen paint for your layouts to match the colors of your interior. Thank you for sharing, I can imagine you may be getting a bit bored by using the same papers and colors day in day out, but girl, you will be so proud of yourself once it is completed. Keeping the memories alive is the best part of scrapbooking, and putting them on your wall makes it even better, because you can enjoy those moments every single day. Hope your son will recover soon from his accident!!
Thank you for sharing a part of your life on this post. I was very moved by your words. All these layouts are works of art and all are truly inspirational!
Rachelle, your work is so beautiful and reflects the amazing and wonderful love you have for your family. Thank you for letting us have a glimpse into your life through your artwork – such a personal thing! Your words were very endearing!!!
Oh my gosh, I am so glad I saw this posting of you and your beautiful family (including the fur babies). I love your idea of shadowboxes of your beautiful layouts and I loved seeing all the wonderful details on the close-ups. Thank you for sharing your love of your family and your art.
Rachelle I absolutely loved this post. I agree with everything you said and I really admire your drive to undertake this massive project. You are not only a gifted artist, but an AMAZING woman (with an incredibly beautiful smile). Thanks for sharing your art and a bit of your life. Your work is stunning and done with so much love and creativity.
Beautiful layouts, I can tell you put alot of love and talent into them. I too am spending more time on family creations.
Incredible. The scope of the project, the amazing detail in each and every one of your layouts and shadowboxes, the talent you show… thank you for sharing so much with all of us. Wishing you the best for your beautiful family and yourself, and glad that your son is so bravely working to overcome such a huge challenge. You are incredibly strong to have come through this experience! I look forward to seeing lots more photos!
Seriously stunning! The details and how many times you can work the same color combo in to such unique pieces. Amazing!
I can’t believe how you manage to create that many layouts with the same papers. That is an accomplishment! All so fantastic.