16 January 2013

Follow Your Muse

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


32 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

Jenny this is wonderful, love the way you have embellished and designed these pages in such a beautiful way! Cannot wait to see more! Hugs trace x

Brenda Brown said...

FABULOUS Jenny, just so creative and inspiring, I love the changes you have made. This is going to be an amazing keepsake.
Hugs Brenda xox

Julia S-W said...

Wow you, this is going to be a fabulous thing for future generations of your family! I just love your attention to detail and every page has so many surprises: the more you look, the more you see! The comparison between the old and new is like night and day! Even I could be inspired to scrap by this. . . . .
Hugs, Juliaxxx

chrissies said...

So many interesting things on these pages. It has made me think of scrapping and journalling in a completely new light. What wonderful colour choices as well.

Love Chrissie xx

butterfly said...

Absolutely phenomenal... your pages are completely inspirational! And so brilliantly geared to the subject matter. In the clearing process, I said to my mum about 2 days ago that instead of an old suitcase of all her family photos, it would be better to select some really good ones and get them properly archived with the information we have. I'm not a scrapbooker, but this makes me see a way forward!! Genius...
Alison x

Patricia Howarth said...

This is an inspirational idea, Jenny, I love your pages, they are fabulous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Julie Short said...

Can you hear me cheering Jenny? This is fantastic. You will be creating a treasured treasure that I am sure will be so loved by all your family. As you are creating it I am sure it is enabling you to process your thoughts and feeling too. I really believe that unless we engage with what we create we will not be satisfied.
I look forward to seeing your next pages.

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Jenny, this is amazing!!! You have just totally inspired me! Love the muted tones you have used that fit so perfectly with the photos and all the embellishments fit perfectly without being over the top, - this is a master piece!! Oh and I love the idea of the journaling on the tags and everything in a ring binder, brilliant! It must have been such fun to make! Can you tell, I really, really love this!!

Sandra said...

This is amazing, Jenny! Love how you've documenting your family tree! It's stunning! It has so many things going on, and I really wish I could see it in person! Hugs, Sandra

Elaine said...

Great idea to scrap your family history and stories - mine are on the computer which is even more boring!! Love your overall style and it's something you can add to when you have time or new information!!

Almo said...

OMG! Jenny this is AMAZING!! the colours the textures it is truly wonderful and I love the idea of being able to add to it with the ring binder. Wow! Stunning.
Hugs Mo x

Nicecrane Designs said...

Love it,,,, it inspired me to create a new Seteampunk Set., I have just discover a new book to get picts....yeahhhh.

Aquarius said...

This is an amazing way to record family history for the future generations - much nicer than a plain file full of just info. Love it.

Terry said...

Oh this is "Spectacular" and with such a grungy feel. Love your "Muse" and this is so inspiring! Gorgeous!

Paper Profusion said...

Gosh Jenny - this has entailed so much work and it looks wonderful! Love how you have put everything together and brilliant that you can keep adding. This really is an artful masterpiece. Yet another string to your bow! WOW! Nicola x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, your muse has certainly lead you to an ambitious project! My hat's off to you for taking the leap on this one. Love the layouts, the embellishments and all the fantastic journaling. You have created an amazing family keepsake! Super piece of work to showcase your serious talents for your first post for Frilly and Funkie. So excited to be designing alongside you!

Hugs.
Linda

Sue C said...

Wow Jenny this is totally awesome ! I love everything about it and it will be a treasure to keep forever. Sue C x

Redanne said...

Hi Jenny, as a part-time dabbler in scrapbooking this has given me so much inspiration! It is beyond beautiful.....stunning does not really cover it either. What a wonderful album which will be treasured for many years to come by your family. Great idea to hand write the journaling too, it makes is to much more personal. Brilliant first DT project as Linda says. Hugs, Anne x

lynne said...

You have most definitely honoured your family in the most special of ways with those layouts.
This is such a treasure already and the fact that you have allowed yourself the possibility for adding more information when unearthed is clever.
A special post.
Wishes
Lynne

Tracie Dean said...

What wonderful work!! Love how it all came together!!

Happy Crafting
Tracie

Rosie said...

A really wonderful work, Jenny.

You asked about the colours on the embossed hearts, it is Distress Ink Pad "Barn Door".

sam21ski said...

OMGosh Jenny what an absolutely fabulous transformation of the pages. I love what you've done with them - gorgeous.

Sam xxx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

I'm not a scrapper Jenny, but I can see that this layering is so gorgeous. Amazing result!!!

greetings, Alie :-)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's a breathtaking piece of art. So much to see.

Annie said...

Fantastic Jenny. I love your page layouts..............makes it so much more enjoyable to view. I purchased a scrapbook about 8 years ago for my one and only............. Thouhgt it would be a special gift for his 21st Birthday......... needless to say he will be 27 next month and its still not complete !!!!

Brilliant post. TFS

Annie x

Sue said...

Absolutly gorgeous Jenny, I love the ring binder format and the embellishments. It's really brought it all to life xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

What a fantastic start on your family journal! Beautiful vintage look and touches and the hinges look fab. This is going to be such an interesting journey for you! Can't wait to see more :). xx

Ephemera said...

WOW Jenny what a beautiful and magnificent way to document your family tree, this is a superb piece of art, so looking forward to the next chapter. xx

Marjie Kemper said...

What gorgeous pages! A treasure with all your handwritten journaling. Love how you split the title and added the clusters of gears... wonderful!

Laurart said...

WOW!!! I have done scrapbooking for many years but this just is way beyond anything I have ever done or could do! xxxxxxxxxx

Anita Houston said...

WOW....oh my creative word...this is beautiful! I love love love the vintage pages! What a labor of love!

Diana Queen said...

This project is amazing! Beautiful work! ;D

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