Sunday, 17 March 2013

Cool Canopy Layout - the Hard Rock Cafe, Boston

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all having a lovely Sunday wherever you are.

I've just been doing a bit of bird watching ... from the cosy comfort of my room because it's raining, again!!!

Right now there's a coal tit and a blue tit at the feeding station, and the little robin is strutting around protecting his patch from unwanted intruders :)

Before I was so completely distracted, I did manage to work on and complete this scrap page.

The layout is based on this sketch from Katy's Challenge this week, over on the Docrafts site.

The papers and the two gears used are all from the Papermania Chronicles collection and everything else was found after a search through stash ... in fact, some of the bits and pieces were pretty ancient!

I began by flicking two shades of shimmer mist, one blue/black and the other golden brown, diagonally across the page. Once that had dried the paper pieces were added. The photo is matted on to the same blue paper as the base.  Next, came the title. Oh, how I agonise over titles ... I wish there was an easy way of choosing them ... this one took me an overnight sleep to decide upon :)  The journaling came next and, because some of you like to know, it reads as follows:

"May, 1996. A long held ambition was to stand under this Chevrolet canopy - quite spectacular! The bonus that day was that there was a special convention taking place in the cafe and parked up, out of shot, were hundreds of Harley Davidsons."

Unfortunately, I cannot find the photo of the Harley's - they were an impressive sight. Sadly, too, that particular Hard Rock Cafe has now been relocated - probably to a better location - but the canopy no longer exists ... such a shame.

Anyway, back to the layout and the embellishment clusters ... the real fun part of putting a layout together. By a stroke of luck 'hard rock' can be found in the dictionary so I was able to include it with the word 'cafe' in the clusters.

All the other items were chosen for colour and shape.

Those music note stickers are ancient ... I think I bought that particular sheet of stickers four years ago. However, the sequin stars are even older - maybe thirteen years older!!!

Materials used: Docrafts Papermania Chronicles paper and gears; Alphas - Jillibean Soup, Alphabeans Newberg Navy & Chipboard Burlap; Shimmers  Cosmic Shimmer Mist Twilight Black & Luminarte Radiant Rain Autumn Leaf; Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink pad; Embellishments - black/white music not washi tape, chipboard flourish and circle die-cuts, old dictionary pages, stickers by BoBunny (Happy Winter), Nikki Sivils  & Karen Foster (The Fifties).

Another photo scrapped and another page to go in an album - just a few thousand or so photos yet to sort through :)

There's a new version of The Lady Vanishes on the box this evening so the plan is to settle down on the sofa and catch up on a bit of crocheting whilst enjoying the show :)

Wishing you all a great evening and happy crafting,


Hettie said...

What a fabulous layout Elizabeth. The photo is great and well worth waiting for such a great layout.
I know what you mean about 1000s of photos. I have a few and they don't include all those still on the puter!
I shall be joining you for Lady Vanishes - going to miss Call the Midwife and Mr Selfridge though!

Angie said...

Great LO I sit admiring your work ... feeling down that all creativity has deserted me ...I wonder whether I should try using sketches. I have always avoided them but maybe I should give them a go. xx

Angie said...

JUst went to have a catch up and read about your loss ...seding love and hugs. xx

Robin said...

Elizabeth, your layout is just wonderful...I bet that was a sight to see all those Harley's. One minute they re there and the next gone in a roar!

Marie-Louise said...

Such a great page Elizabeth. I love this way of keeping memories - just wish I was creative enough for it. I notice you mentioned flicking shimmer mist. I have never done anything like this but I read recently where one lady said that she used an old toothbrush - thought this might be of interest to you.

MagsB said...

This is a terrific layout, hun! I love how you've picked out the shades in the photo - just gorgeous!

love Mags B x

Jackie said...

beautiful page. Isn't it just so satisfying to use up old stash :o)
Jackie xx

BJ said...

Super duper page there Elizabeth. BJ

BJ said...

And you won the challenge with it too, said it was a super duper page. BJ