Welcome everyone. It's week two of the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge - Follow Your Muse! and the Funky team's turn to show you their projects for this one. Sue's instructions are to let your 'muse' wander free and see where it takes you. This could lead you down the route of journalling, altered art or trying something you've never done before. Don't forget, we do need to know what your inspiration has been and you can only enter four other challenges as well as this one. So where did my muse take me...?
Guess who finally started scrapping/journalling my family tree!! Having talked about it, thought about it and asked for your ideas I finally followed my muse and got going.
Having been utterly inspired by the work of Finnabair on her altered book family journal, and using the welcome suggestions from you guys to go A4 on this, I got some 'Pastel Paper' and got to work. The idea of this project is to tell current/future generations of the family about the ones from the past, setting their stories within the social context of the time - sort of like a history tour with a personal angle.
I had previously created layouts for this family story but they were dry and boring. Finding new images started this version; drawing around the images on the pages meant I could add decorative elements to embellish/emphasise them - if you haven't seen Finnabair's style before I strongly recommend you watch her video on her post for this type of work as she explains it far better than me:)
The backing paper needed a swipe of gesso and modelling paste was used over a mask in a couple of areas. Further strips of paper, string, ribbon and lace were applied and then ink was rubbed in. Finally I could add the pictures back in and include some stamping and other embellishments.
You may be wondering what the list of rectangles are? Underneath are identical ones with the family lineage on to show how we are connected back to those being journalled.
So here were my original pages (now you see what I mean about boring!) and here's how they look now...
And the writing? Well that has been handwritten onto large tags - putting everything into a ring-binder means extra information can be added whenever it's uncovered. Oh, and I may add extra embellishments too:)!!!
Here's hoping this has inspired you to join in the fun at Frilly and Funkie and get your muse to wander to new places - 2013 is definitely the year for breaking out of your comfort zone. Hugs to you all, Jenny x