Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Fond Memories

Hi Everyone,

Today I bring you a project I have really loved putting together as it brings back so many lovely memories and it is my entry for the current challenge hosted by Terry over at  A Vintage Journey .  The theme for the challenge is Fond Memories click on the link for full details.  Terry  asks that the focus of any creation for this challenge is memories of a special person, a pet, a period in time or a wonderful event, and of course be inspired by Tim Holtz.  I chose a wonderful event as the subject for my project, that event being our Wedding Day. 
Normally when doing a project with lots of photos I would make them black and white, but on this occasion I have purposely kept the photos in colour to show you the somewhat unusual colour scheme of green and yellow. Looking back the whole colour scheme of the day is quite amusing.

 To try and represent the colours I used Tim's Paint resist technique using Picket Fence DP through the Doily stencil onto the eight fronts of the apertures followed by squeezed lemonade, shabby shutters and bundled sage DI applied over the top. The paint acts as a resist and gives a lovely pattern. The lace trim was cut from the vintage lace  die, I decided to keep this white to lift the darker colour a little on the front panels.
The eight inner panels were done using the same resist technique but this time using the Latticework stencil and then spritzing with a mist made with shabby shutters re-inker.  There was a little bit of recycling going on along the way too. 

 This front frame shows me and Al in combined love hearts aah! The alpha chips had to be cut down a little to fit, and and the calendar was done with tissue tape.  I added the film strip right at the end using my tiny attacher, to give a bit of extra interest on the edges.
This Photo is where the colour co-ordination gets funnier, check out my brothers BROWN, my Dads BLACK, and Alan's GREY suit!! yet somehow it didn't matter, everyone just had a great time.  The 21 was my age and the 34 Alan!, 2/6 - the date.
This is one of my favourites of me and Al backed onto a burlap heart. Don't you just love Tim's new arrows? I found this spotted white ribbon in my stash and thought it matched the spots on my dress

This is one of the funny things the photographer had us doing, sitting down on the lawn surrounded by my bridesmaids bouquets. I used this little ring rather than a plain wedding ring, as it looks a bit like my eternity ring.  The white lace looks very similar to the edging on my veil. This veil was mark 2 (Mum accidentally put the iron through Mark 1 the night before and my sister and I had a quick dash to the bridal shop for a new one on the morning of the Wedding). 

Here we see both sets of Parents, the wording 'so proud' came to me as that is what most folks say to the Parents at Weddings isn't it? 'You must be very Proud'.  The wording was put together using ideology label letters, and the photo is backed onto an adage ticket.

My bridesmaids wore apple green dresses made by a friend, and we all carried bouquets of white and yellow carnations, although one appears to have gone astray on this photo! (I probably left it on the lawn). The chit chat stickers relate to them being Created and then they kept having to be altered due to weight loss.    
Cut the Cake and make a wish!  the little wishbone on the ring fastener was just perfect for this photo

And finally (If you are still with me!!) Here is Alan and I on the dance floor at the reception having our first dance, obviously I had got changed by this time.  The tissue paper represents the music in the background and I liked this stamp from Tim's new Mercantile set, after all no-one is perfect are they? but Alan is perfect in my eyes.

So there we are, Thank you for joining my with my trip down memory lane.
Mo x


  1. Mo this is such a beautiful creation and how nice to be able to have this out on display rather than put away in an album. I think the colours work well together and really draw the eye in to the photographs. I did have a little chuckle at the word 'first' on the final photo - is that your way of keeping Alan on his toes!? Only joking! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful memory accordian card with us at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Gosh Mo, you've got me welling up with this one! It's that final sentiment - so true... This is such a fantastic way to remember all those special moments on that very special day. I love the idea of the matching pin heads on the mannequin and the way you've even found spotted ribbon to match too. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful project with us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  3. What a wonderful, wonderful card, Mo - full of love and so beautifully thought out and put together. It's just lovely! Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  4. Hi Mo - what a wonderful piece - absolutely stunning in all the details - I love it. No wonder it was fun to make. Beautiful. Great words and great use of Tim stuff. Gorgeous Mo. Well done! Back to the Great british Craft Festival, me and mum are going on the Saturday. Sounds like we won't get to meet up! Nevermind - hopefully we'll be able to have a day again soon! Hugs rachel x

  5. Hi Mo, I love this to bits. Youve incorporated so many little details to retell the day. You both look gorgeous and the styles remind me of both my sisters weddings that I think would be of similar time. I was each of their bridemaids and I recall having a big frill just like your maids do. You all look wonderfully happy. I bet there was quite the panic over your veil! The confetti stencil using the paint resist looks brilliant and I love your addition of lace borders at front. Such a brilliant use of the accordian die. I hope you have this out on display. Tfs your happy day. Nicola x

  6. Such a beautiful memory to share! Love the photo and absolutely fantastic design! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey!

  7. What a lovely project, love the photos,
    Rosie x