I've never been much for New Year's resolutions, but I really like the idea of choosing a word as inspiration for the year. The scrapbooking community embraced this concept years ago, and innovative scrapbook artist and photographer Ali Edwards even offers workshops she calls One Little Word to motivate her students.
I have chosen the word BALANCE as my guiding word for 2014, and as I create balance in my artwork, my intention is for it to guide me into balance in my life.
Although I spent most of January adjusting to my new life in Coral Gables, Florida (after decades in New England), leaving little time for scrapbooking and blogging, I did manage to turn out some wonderful photographs. I was inspired by a new restaurant called PinchMe, where I'll be working shortly. The idea of small bites of food that can be pinched between fingers led me to create a series of black and white photographs for the restaurant's bathroom walls. To date, I have 15 photos of people pinching. This is one of my favorites... (Resolution of photos altered to avoid lengthy downloads.)
At times, it was best to center the subject, as in the photo above, or in this one...
Other times, a slightly asymmetric composition worked best...
Here, I got to play with depth of field...
Animals and their owners are really fun to work with...
And since this series was designed mainly for bathrooms, a few more provacative shots were in order-
So did creating these photographs get me a little closer to balancing my life? As I balanced black and white, light and shadow, mass and space...did I get closer to reaching equilibrium within me?
Well, at least I'm on my quest. And when life just feels like it stinks...
...for now, I've learned to have gratitude for having so much beauty around me...
...and that brings me one step closer.
If you've chosen a guiding word for 2014, or set goal or intention for this year, I do hope you'll share it in the comments.
Passing it forward... ~Enikö
It's been just over a year since I lost my Jim... It's been a year of loss, confusion, grieving and struggling...combined with hard work, resolution, determination and healing. One thing I know for sure...it's time to dust myself off and move on.
With the intention of relocating to a beautiful warm place where people my age are having fun, the arrow on the spinner pointed to Miami...Coral Gables to be precise, where I found exactly that.
Here's the layout I created in anticipation of my move. (Made before my art supplies ended up in crates & boxes.)
The paper was purchased at a great privately-owned scrapbook store called "Right at Home Scrapbooking" that my wonderful scrapping buddy Evelyn & I went to on her birthday (surely I'll be making a layout of that wonderful day soon).
It was wonderful to make this layout because it gave life to my intentions. Once it was down on paper and posted on Let's Scrap's website (I used their sketch,of course), there was no backing out...only looking forward. I loved this graphic on the paper (so sorry I can't remember what company this was from -if you know, please mention it in the comments)-
I imagined myself being that happy-go-lucky girl, waving flirtatiously under the palm tree with her bright umbrella...
Evelyn can vouch for the fact that the first things packed were my art supplies. They were about half-packed when I created this layout, as represented by the upper left-hand corner. (Never be afraid to "borrow" appropriate lyrics from a favorite song. It makes the piece relateable & puts a song in the viewer's head while they enjoy your work.)
Journaling was placed on the upper right, with fun graphic-paper clouds sending my dreamy message into the universe...
Which brings me to my favorite part...the title! "Miami or Bust" had been my motto since I made my decision to move there in late August.
I love the colors of the embellishments and the layout says "fun" to me. Now, in late December, with the first stage of my move finally complete, I look back on the hardships of the last four years, and the painful challenges of the last four months of this move, and guess what? My intentions have become a reality. I live in a gorgeous warm place:
(Our spectacular pool built from "bricks" of coral!!!!)
(The front entrance to the main house.)
And I'm surrounded by people my age who love having fun:
(This photo taken on Miami's South Beach on Christmas Day!)
So I urge you to start the New Year by recording your intentions for 2014...whether in writing, a scrapbook layout, or on an inspiration board...those intentions may just turn into your reality!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to my fabulous blogging and scrapbooking friends and loyal readers of my Playhouse!
Many of us in the scrapbooking community pride ourselves in being an inspiration to other scrapbookers. There are so many ways in which we can inspire each other...by sharing techniques, demonstrating new ideas, or simply creating an uplifting scrapbook layout that elevates the spirit.
I love the dictionary definition of inspiration:
On the wonderful on-line scrapbooking site, Let's Scrap, inspiration is not only valued, but honored by a weekly Design Team selection called "Inspiration of the Week."
Last month, one of my scrapbook layouts was selected for this wonderful honor:
As you know, inspiration births inspiration. The truth is, that it was my son Attila's fabulous photograph of my darling Rigel catching raindrops in his mouth, that inspired me to create this piece. I fell in love with this photo the moment I saw it and knew that it was worthy of a special scrapbook layout. It just so happened that a Design Team Challenge by Andrea Greene required the use of ombre in the layout, so I started with this gorgeous paper from S.E.I.
The title was a no-brainer. Creed's "With Arms Wide Open" is one of my favorite songs ever, and Rigel's pose was perfect!
I lettered the title with rub-ons onto a border sticker and gave it a little emphasis with a strip of Washi tape.
It was my good fortune that I happened to have a sheet of patterned paper with raindrop graphics in my stash! Oh the joy!
I wanted the photo to take center stage, so I clustered all of my embellishments & journaling in the upper left-hand corner:
So there you are...Rigel's sweet playfulness inspired Attila to take this artful photo, which inspired me to create this scrapbook page, which in turn inspired my friends at Let's Scrap...and hopefully inspired you in some way as well.
So what inspires you these days? -Enikö
One of my favorite perks of catering is that we often get to bring home leftover flowers from the jobs. (Weddings are the best, of course!) When I get home with my treasures, I wind down by arranging the flowers in the menagerie of little bottles that line my kitchen windowsill. I've been doing this for years and love how enchanted my kitchen window looks with it's colorful glass bottles and gorgeous posies, which change with the wedding themes and the seasons. This is one of the simple moments of my life that I want to remember long after I leave this Martha's Vineyard home.
I was given a scrapbooking challenge by my friend in Singapore, an extremely talented scrapbook and mixed media artist, Michelle Looi, who is also a Design Team member at Let's Scrap. Her challenge was: Flowers/Plants/Trees Overload -in otherwords, the only embellishments that were allowed were flowers or plants in the form of stamping, background paper, patterned paper, die cuts, washi tapes, chipboard, and ready-made or do-it-yourself florals. -The perfect excuse to scrapbook photos of my magical kitchen windowsill!
I chose distressed cardstock that had a very interesting and subtle flower & leaf pattern for my background, and added a leafy green mat for my photos. I inked the edges, of course, using Colorbox
Chestnut and Green Chalk Ink.
I am quite fond of a particular sketch from Let's Scrap that reminded me of a windowsill, so I decided to use that for my design inspiration.
My photos were trimmed to size (I used a square punch for the 6 small pics) and I laid out my page. I felt that it needed a large floral image on the left, so I reached for one of my favorite Donna Downey foam stamps.
Love it! I especially love the silhouette effect...the image came out a tad darker than what I originally intended, but foam stamps hold the ink better than acrylic or even rubber stamps, so the image will always be more profound.
For the sake of balance, I stamped another Donna Downey favorite onto the right side of the page, and added some details with acrylic stamps.
I decided that it would be fun to continue with the stamping and create a look as if the background was a silhouette of the windowsill full of flowers. Of course, this would have been much easier to accomplish if I had thought of it BEFORE I glued down the green mat and my photos!!! (That's the price one pays for working organically, and not being much of a planner when it comes to art...) So I had to mask the areas that I did not want ink on, to make it appear as if the flowers were growing behind the mat.
Another interesting note... As I mentioned earlier, the acrylic stamps do not hold the ink in the same way that foam stamps do. See on the photo below, how the ink is somewhat pooled on the stamp? I found that I had to re-stamp the acrylic flowers...in other words, I had to stamp each image twice...one over the other, to match the intensity of the foam stamped image.
Of course, the beauty of acrylic-mounted stamps, as opposed to wooden mounted ones, is that you can see where you are placing your stamp, so a crisp image is still possible even when you are re-stamping over images.
Here's another example of the masking technique... To avoid getting your stamped image on a particular area of your artwork, just place a sheet of paper over the area you wish to protect. Also note the thin square of foam in the upper right-hand corner. The foam gives your stamp a little extra cushioning for better coverage, (A trick I learned from Heather Corbitt of Kraaft Shaak & Close to My Heart.)
While we're on the topic of masking, here's another interesting stamping tip: There are times when we desire to use only a portion of the stamp. Washi tape (because of its non-aggressive adhesive qualities) can serve as a wonderful mask. Notice on this photo that the leaves of the flower and a part of the stem are covered by the tape. Once the stamp is inked, remove the Washi tape mask & discard...then stamp onto your paper.
You'll notice the stamped title above. This was a wonderful way to achieve consistency on my scrapbook page. I encourage scrapbooking enthusiasts to invest in a variety of alphabet stamps...I find that often, they are the perfect answer to a design dilemma. I also encourage you to purchase more than one set of each set, so that enough letters are at your fingertips to spell out whatever you need to.
So this layout was coming along brilliantly, when I got it into my head that the stamped flowers on top of the green matting needed to have a bottom to anchor them. A vision popped into my head of little stamped bottles on the bottom of my layout, giving the illusion that the flowers were tucked inside of them, as they truly are on my windowsill. Gosh, if only I had little bottle stamps!
I remembered that I have a couple of wonderful clip art booklets by Dove that come with CDs, so the clip art can be printed out in any size you desire. Bingo! One of them was full of fabulous bottle images!
Perfect! After printing out the bottles, I felt that they were too bright white, so I decided to ink them with some Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
(Click on image to view full-size)
I love it when a project works out and I am able to create the vision that was in my head. ...A simple moment of my every-day life, now captured forever in my scrapbook.
Capture your moments & express yourself! -Enikö
At my favorite on-line scrapbooking club, Let's Scrap, we are fortunate to have some pretty amazing sponsors that shower winners of our random drawings with some truly fabulous prizes. I've felt for a long time that it would be so cool if members would honor the weekly sponsors by using the sponsor's paper collections for their layouts that week, if possible. When I saw that October Afternoon was sponsoring this week's sketch, I reached for some of their great nostalgic papers that I had in my stash. Check this out! Aren't these papers just the cutest? The Old MacDonald Farm Paper Dolls are so fabulous! I LOVED paper dolls as a kid...still do!
These wonderful images reminded me of the 50's...1958 to be exact, when I was still quite new to America & mesmerized by it's cultural icons: Annie Oakley, Raggedy Anne, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, ponys and little red wagons.
I pulled out some old photos of me at age 7, wearing what every cool kid in America had at the time - a cowboy hat! I scanned in these original photographs, taken by my dad, so that I could adjust the fading that was already quite significant in one of the photos, and went to work on my design.
Oh...here's the fun "page map" designed by our very creative Debby de Wilde that I used for my inspiration... What do you think? Isn't it a great design?
(How cool that I happened to have polka dot paper by October Afternoon, right here in my stash!) Debby originally designed this sketch to be used for a greeting card, but many of her designs work equally well for single page photo layouts.
So after some planning & punching & trimming & pasting, here is my semi-finished scrapbook layout that I entitled: "enikö at 7"
Oh, and here's a little close-up of the horsey detail. I wanted to preserve the paper doll look of the embellishment, so I cut it out along the dotted lines, as a child would, and folded the ends that would make the "doll" stand up. I propped it up with a series of foam adhesives & allowed the ends to just be. Cool, huh?
OK...so I said "semi-finished," because for a bit, I thought I was done. I even posted a photo of the layout in the Gallery at Let's Scrap. -But it was missing something. I decided that the "something" was a bit of splattered paint. So back upstairs I go, grabbing a discarded copy of the Martha's Vineyard Times out of the trash on the way. Out come the inks & the paints & the paintbrushes... (Mind you, this is the day I promised myself that I would get to bed at a decent hour!) Now I'm racing against the clock...it's the final day of this week's sketch challenge!!! Can I splatter & photograph & crop in Photoshop Elements, all before that pesky "Main Page Clock" strikes midnight...(in whatever mysterious time zone that darn clock is in)?
I used some blue India Ink and I deluted some red acrylic paint to have a good "splatterable" consistency. I masked off the photos & the elements I wanted to keep intact (got paint everywhere anyway!) Ha, ha, ha...the paint was still wet when I shot the final photo, but I made it back on Let's Scrap's website with 3 minutes to spare till midnight! Woot! Woot! I love the way the paint splatters mimic the random dots on the paper under the matted photos. (Michelle Looi, I'm blaming you for this last-minute splatter-fest!) Whether a fan of paint splatters or not, you must admit that it adds a touch of childish whimsy to this scrapbook page.
Does this scrapbook layout invoke any childhood memories for you? This is a great reminder to scrapbook your own story. We're often so busy scrapbooking our children and grandchildren that we forget that future generations will want to know about us, too. I may decide to add some journaling to this later, but I think the layout tells the story quite well as is.
What are your favorite childhood memories? Do you capture them in your scrapbook pages? Or perhaps in a journal...or on video... I do hope you share!
I recently wrote about falling in love with the newly trendy chalkboard paper. I simply could not resist purchasing Rhonna Farrar's Chalk Studio papers & embellishments by My Mind's Eye the minute I saw the collection. Well BONUS! It just so happens that these papers are PERFECT for back-to-school themed scrapbook layouts.
Last week's layout sketch on Let's Scrap seemed perfect for the photos I had of my sweet Rigel's first day of first grade. (Where does the time go?) Inspired by the sketch, I decided to use it in combination with Design Team member Ada Nicholl's Scrapbooking Challenge #170, which required the use of multiple chipboard embellishments in a layout. Here's the sketch...isn't it fabulous?
And here's what I did with it (for a closer look, click on image):
The chalkboard papers were the perfect background to showcase Rigel's spiffy first-day-of-school outfit. Notice how his red pants inspired the red matting of the photos and pops of red in the apple & star rub-ons and the red Washi tape border strips.
Remember the power of threes? Don't you love how you eye travels from the blue roof of the school, to the blue shirt of the teacher in the group photo, to the blue star in the banner?
I thought it would be fun to share the techniques of some of the other embellishments with you. For example, I wanted to use an alphabet Washi tape near the bottom of the page to anchor the layout. Buyer beware! -Not all Washi tape is created equal. The alphabet tape I had got gummy with age and was unusable. (Bummer!) So I used a technique I learned from one of Let's Scrap's tutorials. I custom-made "Washi" tape by stamping the letters of the alphabet on paper tape. Isn't this a cool idea?
(You can see the gummed-up tape on the right, and the DIY "Washi" tape I printed myself on the bottom.)
The Design Team Challenge required the use of an abundance of chipboard embellishments. I managed to use 12 pieces altogether! Many of them were from the My Mind's Eye collection. Since I was placing black-on-black, I decided to make them pop better by inking the edges with Colorbox's White Chalk Ink.
I wanted to add some school-themed elements, such as an addition problem. I had some fabulous cut-outs from Graphic 45's ABC Primer paper collection, but the "chalk" images where yellowish and did not go well with the white chalk of the My Mind's Eye papers, so I took naked chipboard numbers and colored them in with a white marker. I cut the plus sign out of the letter "t". (You can see the Graphic 45 images top left.)
But now the numbers looked a bit too bright white, so I stamped over them with Colorbox's Charcoal Chalk Ink.
I chose stamping for my title as well as my journaling block. The White Studio G Ink was perfect for creating the "chalk-look" on the chalkboard paper.
I rubbed the inked journaling block with my fingers to smudge it a bit, so that it would look more like smudged chalk and so that the journaling would show up better.
It is always wise to try out stamping on scrap paper first.
After stamping on the title, I made parts of it pop by embellishing with my white Jelly roll pen, then subduing it a bit with the Charcoal Colorbox Chalk Ink.
Have a great school year and a great fall! -Enikö
Here's a sneak-peak of today's project:
Let's face it, the scrapbooking industry is just like any other profit-driven business. In order for scrapbooking supply companies to succeed, they must keep pumping out new and desirable products and market them to consumers aggressively. Creating scrapbooking "trends" is perhaps the industry's most clever tactic. Even if at first glance we think: "Hexagons? Why the heck would I want to put those on my scrapbook page?" -before you know it, we're scouring suppliers for hexagon printed paper and snapping up hexagon punches.
I like to think of myself as an independent thinker and not easily sucked in by fleeting trends, but I admittedly have become obsessed with chevron-printed cardstock and can not seem to get enough Washi tape, even though I could probably wrap my house twice with the supply I already have! (You, too?)
So as any addict, I've been trying to reform. I've been resisting the urge to succumb to the latest scrapbooking trends, vowing to use up supplies I already have and to not buy any more paper! ...Mustaches? Why would I want those? ...Chalkboard paper? What's that all about? ...Speech bubbles? What's up with that? ...Walking away...not interested!
And then, as any truly hopeless addict, I buckled the second temptation hit! I saw an evil little video on "My Craft Channel" introducing Rhonna Farrar's Chalk Studio papers & embellishments by My Mind's Eye and before you know it, I was hitting the "Buy Now" button as if it was a desperately needed fix for a crackhead! In my defense, look how cute these papers are! -Each chalkboard paper with an equally trendy muted-pastel pattern on the back (a couple even with CHEVRONS!!!!):
So I figured if I was going to create a layout incorporating the latest scrapbooking trends, I might as well go all the way! This layout doesn't hold back when it comes to being trendy...it's got it all!
Put it all together...drum role, please....
And there you have it...addicted to trends or not, I don't regret this purchase for a second! (And Rigel, thanks for this adorable photo that played right into my "plan".
I hope you share your scrapbooking addiction story with me (or any addiction story for that matter...Nichole, I'm speaking to you & your Sea Salt Caramel ice cream craze!) so I don't feel quite so alone in this!
As promised, I'm posting another group of early summer layouts. Each one was created in response to a sketch challenge posted on my favorite scrapbooking site, Let's Scrap, often combined with other scrapbooking challenges dreamed up by their creative Design Team.
The following layout was inspired by a card sketch, which often lend themselves to lovely single-page layouts. The butterfly paper was a remnant from a piece of scrap paper that I had used to try out mists and acrylic stamps for another layout. The colors in it were perfect for this gorgeous photo (taken by my dad in the spring of 1982) of my mom holding my son Tyler in the wisteria garden of my restaurant at the time, Chez Pierre.
One of my favorite challenges involved using a special song as the inspiration for a page. I chose Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up," which I had chosen for the mother & son dance at my eldest son, Attila's wedding. One of my favorite aspects of scrapbooking is the storytelling. I strive to recreate the emotions of the events I scrapbook through my artwork in order to tell the story properly. I feel that I was really successful in doing that here:
This next scrapbooking project required a rather literal adaption of the heart-themed sketch that was posted in the Design Team challenge. I always loved this photo of Jim & me that we took with an outstretched arm while on an autumn hike at a local nature preserve, and it worked well in this whimsical setting-
In an effort to preserve another important event in my life, my marriage to my first serious love Bernie, I created a layout out of my favorite wedding photo. I have since added a vellum envelope with personal journaling tucked in.
One of the challenges required that we "scrap-lift" from a layout by someone else that we love. A truly fun, though unconventional, theme for a scrapbook layout, this page immortalizes an important moment in my youngest son's development. (Thank you Debby de Wilde and Michelle Looi for your inspiration & thanks, Tyler, for being such a good sport & allowing me to share this!)
That's all for now, friends. I hope you're enjoying these final days of summer!
Sharing my love of artistic memory keeping, Enikö
So I've spent the last two months on a glorious scrapbook for my friend Margot's milestone birthday. She complained that her life was undocumented and asked that the girlfriends hire me to remedy that, by having me collect photos from friends & create a Memory book with them. It turned out that she had far more photos than expected and the project resulted in 34 double-page layouts!!!! Whew! -So in case you were wondering... that's where my summer went. In between work and minimal sleep, I worked on that book morning, noon & night...truly a labor of love.
I will be blogging about my adventures in scrapbooking this album very soon, but am now busy getting ready for my art show on August 3rd at the Dockside Inn in Oak Bluffs, MA, so I thought it would be fun to post a few scrapbook pages that I created in the early days of summer. These layouts were created in response to challenges posted on my favorite scrapbooking site, Let's Scrap, using their sketches as inspiration. Looking at these projects, I'm realizing that I dabble in many different styles & techniques of scrapbooking, and have become a lot more adventurous with my work.
This layout answers the question, "Why do you scrapbook?" -Sometimes journaling is more important on a page than the photos.
This scrapbook page was a tribute to my mom, and the name I called her by, "Anyu".
I love this Father's Day tribute to my son, Attila...what an amazing dad he turned out to be for his adorable Rigel! Here I created my own scrapbook paper by using stencils & mists & Gesso...I have a feeling I will be blogging about that technique at some point, too.
Sometimes scrapbook layouts don't even need a photo. This page was put together with memorabilia and memories alone...great technique when you wish to capture an event that you don't have photos of.
The challenge for this project was to use only Bo Bunny scrapbook papers. Because the ones I had were school-themed, I used it as an opportunity to capture my sweet grandson's love of school & writing.
That's all for now...look for "Snippets of Summer Scrapbooking: Part 2" soon.
Hope you're having a great summer & squeezing in a little scrapbooking! Capture those precious summer memories!
Here's a sneak peak of today's project:
So what are "the Whatevers"? -you ask. Well, basically, three artist friends, Nathalie Kalbach, Cat Scanlon, and Vicki Crisman made a one-year commitment to each other to post monthly antique photos of people they don't know anything about to make art with...around an imagined story about the photo. They are "the Whatevers". Each artist posted their stories and artwork on their blogs and on this Facebook Page: The Whatevers -Creative Storytelling and invited others to play along. Although I didn't participate in the challenge, I loved the idea, and when I happened upon Nathalie's final post of the Whatevers series, I had a lightbulb moment!
I remembered a bin of old photos that my Jim's mom, Evelyn Hall Beckman, had saved that was passed down to me. So many of these old images...ghosts of the past...invite the imagination to create possible scenarios of lives they might have lived. This photo of an unknown young girl really intrigued me...
I imagined that she was shy and quite reserved...living in a conservative household, ruled by a strict and controlling preacher-father. -But he couldn't control her dreams. She dreamt that someday she would grow into a glamorous woman with colorful clothes, fancy feathered hats, and a flirtatious smile.
-That would be the story that would inspire my mixed media piece! I headed straight for my Graphic 45 Ladies Diary papers. I love this image of this elegant lady and decided to fussy-cut her for my piece.
Then I gathered all the other items that I thought I may want to add...lace, pearls, flowers.
Now it's time to adhere the first layer, then some lace...
I used Decoupage this time, but Mod Podge, or any similar medium that dries clear would work just as well. I added some diary pages, then the treasured photo.
Normally, I would use a scan of the antique photo, but this time I wanted to use the original, since I had two copies, and felt that she deserved a place of honor. I also thought the 3-D effect of the original cardboard frame would add to the interest of the piece. -Don't you just love the way these old photos were framed?
To me, this girl peaking out of the oval opening of the frame looked like she was trapped in a mirror -gazing out into her dream-world, giving power to the storytelling.
I actually decided to move the photo after I adhered it down, and a thin layer of the old cardboard pealed away. I panicked for a nano-second, and then realized how much I loved the effect. -It gives the photo movement and the suggestion of age and misplacement.
Loving how this is coming together... The small embellishment under the left of the oval is from an old business card from Jim's mom's memorabilia. Now for some fun...
Lace and pearls...what little girls' dreams are made of...
Isn't that fun? So let's not stop there...
There was a really amazing photo in Evelyn's bin taken at the Oak Bluffs Gingerbread Cottages in 1907!!!! I scanned this one in for another mixed media piece.
This time my story was quite simple...a family reunion on Memorial Day weekend on Martha's Vineyard. The men are off on a manly adventure...leaving the women behind to prepare the family feast and catch up on all the gossip...when the photographer happened by.
For this piece, I just wanted to transport the viewer back to that era, so I reached for my stash of aged papers, Tim Holtz goodies, and Evelyn Beckman's box of treasures.
Here's the finished piece, titled after the photo, "Season 1907":
Isn't this just so much fun? I love the fact that I happened to have a fabulous sheet of scrapbooking paper that actually had the date "Friday, May 31, 1907" printed on it!!!!!
I tucked-in this little card that had been given to Evelyn. It reads: "My Dear Friend, Pure as this Italian Marble, May your life ever be, And when you look at this card, Think of me." -Signed D.B.W. Isn't that just the sweetest rhyme?
I also love the images of the antique children's "ABC" cards. -And the bird cages are such a fun contrast to the birds sitting on the wire on the background paper. I imagine women in my story often felt like caged birds in their heavy garbs and restricted activities.
This piece was created more like a scrapbook page, with the items simply glued on in layers. Protection was offered by placing it in a glass frame. Here I am with "Season 1907" at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Collage Show at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs, MA:
I hope you enjoyed my post. My thanks to Nathalie, Cat & Vicki for their inspiration, and many thanks to Evelyn Beckman and my Jim, for holding on to these treasures so that I may have so much fun making art with them, and sharing them with others!
Passing it forward, Enikö