Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Home = Kitchen

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Sara Emily is our hostess this time and is calling it Home, Sweet, Home.  She describes it this way:

Whether your house is grand or modest, neat or messy, there's no place like home. Houses get bought and sold, but home stays with you forever. For this challenge, I would like to see how you interpret what home means to you on your vintage or shabby chic project.

When I think of home I always think of the kitchen and cooking.  I love to cook and when we have company they always hang out in the kitchen so it has become the centre of our home.  My late Mother was a fabulous cook so I learned to cook at a very young age and in turn taught my daughter to cook.  I thought I would make a scrapbook layout of my daughter cooking because I was sure I had some photos of her.

In these photos, she is three in the one on the right and is making bran muffins on one of her visits to my Mom.  She is five in the one on the left and is making perogies with my Mother-in-Law (I see playing cards on the table so I suppose Go Fish was played on breaks).  In the one in the middle she is seven and is kneading bread and I am amazed at how focused she was.  She is a wonderful cook and is a far better bread maker than I am.  She makes sourdough bread almost weekly and it is to die for.  Despite my ability to cook, I have never made good scalloped potatoes but she sure can.

One funny memory of her cooking was coming home from work to a lovely clean kitchen until I happened to look up and saw purple spots on the ceiling.  She had decided to make something with blueberries in the blender and forgot to put the lid on tight.  Another time she was so pleased with herself because she made some no bake cookies just before Christmas without any assistance and they were huge and really, really, really sweet -  almost like fondant icing wrapped around a maraschino cherry.  We suggested she might like to take them to school for her classmates and she was thrilled that we would let her do that - whew, dodged that one!

So here is how this layout came together.  Once I found the photos, I scanned them, converted them to grayscale and cleaned them up as best I could before I printed them.

I started with a 12"x12" piece of mat board to use as my substrate and used collage medium to carefully cover it with vintage images of recipes, which I then proceeded to cover up - go figure.   First I used some texture paste (Ranger) and a Harlequin stencil (Tim Holtz) to add a bit of texture in two corners. and then I dry brushed some White Gesso (Dina Wakley) over it.

A dry brushed coat of Lemon Zest Acrylic Paint (Dylusions) came next.  That was far brighter than I wanted so I added some spray inks - Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz), Blazing Sun Glitz Spritz and Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist (Lindys) and White Linen (Dylusions).

When the sprays were dry I added some Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold Distress Oxide along with Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Next I added some stenciling with Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and a Checkmate stencil (Wendy Vecchi) and Abandoned Coral DI and Mini Chicken Wire Reversed stencil (TCW).

Now that I had covered the recipes, it was time to add the layout.  I started with a strip of venise lace followed by three strips of papers from the Garden Goddess paper pad (Graphic 45) that I distressed and then a couple of strips of white corrugated cardboard.

The photos were distressed and mounted on some scraps of plain paper from the Garden Goddess pad before they were added on top of the corrugated cardboard.

I die cut a couple of flourishes from scraps of white card stock and adhered them before adding a variety of paper flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections).  A filigree butterfly that my husband cut for me was inked with Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw DO (Tim Holtz) and then added some dollar store adhesive pearls to the body.  Finally I used the Alpha Numeric die set (Tim Holtz #660056) in my stash to cut the word SWEET from some scraps of card stock.

I hope you will join us for this great challenge.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique - always great prices and fabulous customer service.

The design team will choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Following are links to products used from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Graphic 45 - Garden Goddess - 12x12" Patterns & Solids Pad


  1. I love the warm, happy colors in this layout. They tell me so much about the way you feel about cooking, your mom and your daughter. Such a lovely memory!

  2. Oh, Cec, this is such a wonderful layout with your daughter honing her cooking skills at such a tender age! What fabulous photos! I love that you have chosen cooking/baking as your theme, because I know these activities are very special to you. Even though you've covered the recipes background, you know it's there, and it's the perfect base for this beautifully put together page. Your colors and design are gorgeous, and I love the flowers, lace and butterfly as embellishments. Wonderful representation of what home means to you! Sending hugs!

  3. This is so heartwarming and the pure reflection of home! Loved hearing your stories about your mom and the heart of the home. Beautiful layout with wonderful photos highlighted perfectly!

  4. Such a wonderful collection of memories captured so beautifully here Cec! I love the mix of stencilled textures with those beautiful flowers, all of which really do enhance your fabulous photos.

  5. I love your photos - capturing that cosy kitchen creativity. And the warm colours reflect the love that's gone into this charming layout.
    Alison x


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