Monday, 29 April 2013

Romantic Sweetheart Abbey - a scrap page layout

Hello Everyone,

It's another typical April day here in Ayrshire, sunny spells intermingled with showers - not bad at all. I hope you are enjoying equally good weather wherever you are and altogether having a good day :)

I've got a scrap page to share with you featuring a couple of photos of the beautiful Sweetheart Abbey ruins located in our neighbouring county of Dumfries and Galloway.

This Cistercian abbey was founded in 1273 by Lady Dervorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband, Lord John de Balliol - founder of Balliol College, Oxford. When he died in 1268 the grieving widow had his heart embalmed and placed in an ivory casket which she then carried everywhere with her. On her death, she was laid to rest next to her husband’s embalmed heart and the monks named their abbey Dulce Cor (Latin for Sweet Heart)  in her memory.

This layout is based on this sketch for a recent challenge from Jill on the Docrafts site.

I intended submitting the scrap page for Jill's challenge but became ill and missed the date :( However, all was not lost ... I was able to follow it for the UKPC scrap page challenge instead. As you can see, I flipped the sketch completely.

I chose a green and yellow colour mix with just a touch of pinky red here and there to reflect the red sandstone of the buildings. Heart embellishments were a must and these were punched out of a scrap of yellow patterned paper. The co-ordinating paper strips were found in the scrap box too - giving me reason to visit Di at Pixie's Crafty Snippets Playground for the second time this week :)

And the reason for all the pretty layered butterflies! They are there to remind me that the day we visited the abbey the sun was shining brightly and lots of gorgeous butterflies were fluttering about, attracted by the many Buddleias blooming in a nearby garden. The effect was stunning. Sadly, none of my attempts to photograph them were successful.

Materials used: two photographs measuring 5.25" x 3.75"; Papers - Basic Grey Origins collection, Pebbles Sunnyside, American Crafts Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic, 7th & Sunshine, Pebbles Sunnyside 6x6 paper pad, various strips from scrapbox; Alphas - Papermania Alpha Minis Cardstock Stickers Fun Green, Jillibean Soup Alphabeans Blended Black; Tools - Heart shaped punch, Stampin' Up label punch; Embellishments - Pebbles layered butterflies, Papermania Happy Days Big Bloomers, Papermania Vintage Notes crochet flower, Teresa Collins Fabrications 'canvas' die-cuts, Teresa Collins Fabrications 'canvas' stickers, Riverbank Revels washi tape, Rubon Washi 10mm yellow dot, yellow pearls

Time for a lunch break ... I could do with a nice cuppa before getting back to the real task in hand ... there's a duster with my name on it giving me grief :))

Take care everyone and happy crafting,


Rita said...

Hello Elizabeth. A stunning page. I loved the fact you have given all the historic details too, it certainly makes an interesting topic. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xx

Krisha said...

Beautiful LO Elizabeth! What a great place to visit, I would love to see it someday.

Marie-Louise said...

Fabulous page Elizabeth. Wonderful way to save memories.

Di said...

Gorgeous layout Elizabeth - and what a touching tale to the Abbey. You more than did it justice here.

Just had a lovely day out with Julia, Jan and Brenda B - I sat and thought of you a little bit over lunch, remembering last Summer. Here's hoping we can meet up again!

Hugs, Di xx

Jackie said...

What a wonderful name for an Abbey, and a beautiful page to show it :o)
Jackie xx

Sarn said...

Fab bit of scrapbooking. xxx

Mrs A. said...

Love the historical note to go with the pictures. Like your lay out too with the bright colours. Hugs Mrs a.

MaryH said...

Always so enjoy your pictures & reading about the places you've visited. This one must have been so special. How marvelous you were able to incorporate the pictures to create your layout. Loved hearing the butterfly bit....Hope you are feeling much better. I have dusters that have my name on them too...trying to ignore them. So far, succeeding quite well! LOL
TFS & hope you are having a sunshine day.

scrappymo! said...

What an interesting story...great to have those memories immortalized in your layout!

Juls said...

This is fab!! Gr8 use of snippets!! Hugs Juls xxx