Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sonoma Layout

Hey there everyone!

Last time, I shared a layout I did of my mother.  The time from was the early 1940s.  I was so pleased how it turned out, that I wanted to do one of my father.  So, with CTMH's Sonoma paper pack, I took a very frilly looking layout and gave it a masculine twist. 

These pictures are of my father, Donald Klock Archer, in November of 1940.  He is pictured with his brother, Fred and his step mother Anne.  The family is out on the back porch of their home in Kirksville, MO.  This house became known as the "Gangster House" by some of the locals.  Simply because my dad and his family came from Chicago.  But there was no truth to those rumors.  My dad and his father built the house.  I have lots of stories from my dad and how they moved rocks and dirt to set the foundation of the house. 

I didn't have the flourish type paper with this paper pack like I did with the Roxie papers. So, I took one of Tim Holtz's templates, some ink and a few flourishes stamps and I made my own patterned paper.  The clock behind the picture on the left, and the scalloped circle and the honeycombs I cut with my Wishblade.  I also cut out a few of the gears you see on both sides of the layout.  But I also cut some gears using Tim Holtz's Alterations' Gadget Gears, and Hardware Findings dies.  I did a lot of distressing to give the page and even more vintage look.

I'm very please with how these pages came together and how they turned out.  I decided to use the gears on this layout, not only to give it that masculine feel to the layout, but also as a tribute to his profession.  My father graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1944 as a Mechanical Engineer.  I think its fitting the gears for mechanics. 

I have more to share in the next few days. 
Until then,
Happy Scrappin' and
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