Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Imaginarium Designs - There's No Place Like Home

I have a "challenging" layout to share with you today. I love playing along with challenges and haven't been doing it as much as I used to - so this month I have created a layout to play along with the November Sketch at Once Upon a . . . Sketch and CSI - Color, Stories Inspiration Challenge #96. These two challenges actually intersected quite nicely for me as my "happy" place is my home - I'm a total homebody and love just cozying up at home with my family and my pets. My home is also a century home - so I've documented a bit of its history through photos and talk about the struggles/joys of owning such an old home in my journalling. I had fun searching through our County's Archives for some vintage photos and have to credit Google Earth for the most recent photo - I hope you enjoy a little peek into the history of my home!
Here is the OUAS sketch, which I rotated 90 degrees clockwise for my layout design!
I used Bo Bunny's "The Avenues" collection for this layout - the colours were perfect for the CSI colour palette and the door motif was so appropriate for documenting a layout about my home. I distressed the papers quite heavily as I thought it suited the theme of the layout. I used the Imaginarium Designs 8x8 Honeycombe as a layering element and the There's No Place Like Home phrase for my title. Both of these chipboard pieces were primed with black gesso and then painted with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Carmen to give them a deep black/red colour.
I fussy cut the windows from the door and added a piece of velum so that it looked like frosted glass. I used a variety of Prima and Kaisercraft flowers to create the flower cluster and added in some Imaginarium Designs chipboard 'greenery' to complete the cluster. I simply sponged the greenery with acrylic paint in a colour to match the leaves on my flowers.
Finally, in case you're wondering what the journalling says, here is a little close-up of the tag tucked into the velum envelope behind the door. I wrote the journalling on my computer using a typeset font to fulfill one of the 'testimony' requirements for the CSI Challenge and then printed it on a nice, textured tag.
Here is a quick summary of how I solved the CSI Case File:

The Scheme: I incorporated all the colours.
Evidence: I have used clocks, flowers, a vintage photo, velum (something transparent) and paint (white gesso). 
Testimony: I have used a typewriter font, tucked my journalling behind a door and used the inspirational words message and remember for my journalling.

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
8x8 Honeycombe - IDS0053
 There's No Place Like Home - Phrase - IDP0061

Kerri Flourish Tiny - IDT0026

Other Materials Used:  
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny "The Avenues" - Treasures, Clocks, Doors, The Avenues; Pro Art Gesso - White; Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Red; White Cardstock; QuicKutz Die - Paint Chip; Black Soot Reinker; Velum, DecoArt Acrylic Paint - Leaf Green;  Prima Mini Roses - Red, Grey;  Aleene's Tacky Glue; 3D Foam Adhesive
Bits & Pieces from Scraps of Darkness Kits - Mini Clothespins - Red; Velum Envelope; Quilled Creations Textured Gift Tag; Red Gingham Ribbon; Prima Flower - Clara; Kaisercraft Paper Blooms - Black.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - don't forget to leave a comment on my post on the Imaginarium Designs Blog for a chance to win some fantastic Imaginarium Designs Chipboard! 


Helena said...

Lovely approach to the challenge! Gorgeous way of documenting your home/house. Love the details and embellishments. thanks for playing with us at OUAS.

Val Thorpe said...

Sarah, this is such a lovely layout and how wonderful that you are able to trace the history of your home so far back. While it is a lot of work to maintain I love the things that you have found and now that you are leaving little messages for future generations to find is the coolest idea ever. I love the photos going right back. I am not surprised that this is your happy place. Well done on combining challenges... I take my hat off to you :D
Thanks so much for playing along with us at OUAS this month and please remember to load your layout onto our FH page too.

Tracey Sabella said...

What a fabulous LO, Sarah!! How amazing that you have these older photos of your home. What a treasure. We lived in a 1925 home when we lived in North Carolina and completely renovated it, too. So many happy memories. How cool that you are leaving messages as you do the work!! Thanks for joining us for the November Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for posting your LO on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Cathy said...

Such a fabulous LO Sarah, Love that you have used the vintage photos of your beautiful home!! I can totally relate to being a homebody, like your title says, There's no place like home. Thanks so much for sharing with us at OUAS

Tracey Sabella said...

Congratulations, Sarah, on your gorgeous LO being featured on the Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Kelly Foster said...

What an awesome page, Sarah!! I just love the photos and wonderful details! So glad you joined us at OUAS!!!

Eila Sandberg said...

Oh wow Sarah!! totally L-O-V-E the photo cavalcade, must be awesome to live in a house with so much history and character to it! Thank you ever so much for sharing this warm piece of love with us at OUAS!