Here is my layout for a challenge over at Pixels and Paper challenge blog:
The challenge was to be inspired by the following photo and the criteria was Vintage Style.
Of course I was inspired by the suitcase in the inspiration image.
About my photos - several years ago my Uncle George (Dad's brother) passed away and his wife gave us this suitcase full of photographs and memories. Well, what a find it turned out to be. My Dad was still alive at this time and he could identify some of the photographs inside. I have subsequently made several layouts showcasing some of the photos - more still to be done. It was an eye-opener to my maternal Grandmother's side of the family. My father's parents were travelers (is this where I got my travel spirit from?) they would travel by coach, train and car to places within Australia and kept notes, postcards, photos and brochures etc from their trips. It is family folklore that they did write for the NRMA magazine but I have never been able to verify this.
One day I would like to be able to document this - a family travelling story.
My layout seems busy but I wanted it to feel vintage and distressed and inked to match the condition of the suitcase - leather handles that have worn, rusty key holes etc. I distressed my photos as well.
Who remembers Walnut Ink? Long before the sprays of today this is what we would use - so out it came for this layout. I raised the main long suitcase photo and it seems to "pop" right out of the page - I love it - it was not intentional but hey most "ahah" moments are unintentional.
I searched my stash for vintage type papers/items as I wanted to feel as I was peering into the case for the first time. Here is a close up of some of the embellishments.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)