Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Imaginarium Designs was asked to sponsor the Let's Get Shabby Blog for this month. I was asked to do their monthly challenge.

Challenge #26
is all about
(Your creation must contain both 'Toile AND Ticking')
What's this you might ask???
Here's a wonderful site we found that will help answer your questions.
or look to the Shabby Design Team projects.
You might find this in fabric, or paper...
Another question you might raise is ...
'I don't have any?'
You can also find Toile and Ticking and print off the computer like a couple of our DT have done.
Toile and Ticking is beautifully historically French and fabulously Shabby!
Toile is a distinct elegant pattern used in various shades and Ticking is a stripe – usually a double stripe or uneven spaced stripe…

I didn't have any Toile or Ticking, but found some fabric in a patchwork store for the toile. I had to print the ticking image from the Internet. I decided to do a layout on my Great Grandmother Florence. I remember visiting her in a nursing home. She was such a grand old Lady who always sat bolt upright in her chair. She died at 96 with her memory intact, by then I was 12 years old. I used a photo of her taken when she was about 19 years old. She was married by this time and had one child. The smaller photo is take at her 90th birthday. She must have had a hard life as my Great Grandfather was injured in a work related accident and died in his late 40's. She had 9 children and lived through some of the great changes in 20th century. From travelling by horse and buggy to seeing Man walk on the moon. From using candles to computers. The changes she witnessed in her life time were huge.
I used the fabric for tieing the large bow on my page. I also cut some on the fabric into a 3 inch strip and ran a gathering thread up the middle of it and pulled it up to make a bunting which I put under each of the photos.

I used two frames from Imaginarium Designs and randomly painted them with a paint dabber. This let the grey chipboard show through a little which gave it a blue tinge to balance out all the white on my layout . I also put a little bit on glitter on the frame to give it a lift. I added the ticking as stripes at the bottom of my page and attached it with some MM button brads. The flower was white and I had to spray with glimmer mist to get the deep blue colour I wanted. I added some ribbons, a lock small frame and swag from Melisa Frances. It is my first "white" layout I have done and I really like it. It still needs some journaling but I will do another page to match and put the journaling on that one.Thanks for looking
PS Don't forget to visit the Let's get Shabby blog for some more inspiration and check out their design teams work.


  1. Beautiful layout Jane, love the frames around the photos. :)

  2. This is such a gorgeous LO!! Just love the colour blue, so fresh against the white! Thanks for joining us at 'Lets Get Shabby'!

  3. Waouhhhhhhhhhhhh, it's wonderful, I Love so much !!

    I will try do do a LO, hugs from France, Christiane

  4. Jane this is a wonderful layout !!!!I love all the details..!!
    I´m gonna try to participate this challenge!!
    Thanks again for evrything...you are a specila lady at all!!!
    Kisses and huges from Brazil