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Friday, July 22, 2011

"Friend" LO

I'm joining Artastic's July Challenge with inspiration from Archibald Motley's "Octoroon Girl" painting.  How I wish I could post the wonderful inspirational painting here as well.  It's so dramatic and at the same time very lovely.  

My LO entry is entitled, "FRIEND".  I dedicate a page for my friend who has lost her husband recently months after getting married.  We're praying and wishing her well away from her depressive state.  Her life has suddenly become more dramatic but she still manages to carry herself well and still looks lovely for everyone.  

Thus, I deemed fit to create an LO of both of us on her last visit here in my country to attend to matters related to her husband's passing.  It's my choice of colored photo with me and her, shades of maroon and red (plus neutral white).  Since, we're a tropical country, we don't wear gloves and hats though we can't live without our handbag for the ladies (included in the photo . . . a bit blurred though as the vertical photo was taken against the light). 

My Layout: "FRIEND"

SUPPLIES: Paper: Crate Paper, Die Cut Embellishments: Crate Paper, Stickers: Crate Paper, Journaling Pen: Parker, TOOLS: Decorative Scissors: Paper Shapers.

DESIGN NOTES:  All materials used are from Crate Papers' Pink Plum Collection.  I just added plain white paper as base.  To start, I cut an outside frame from the Crate Paper Collection which I adhered as border on top of the white cardstock.  I matted my 2 photos on a peach or close to orange paper which was scalloped cut and re-matted against brown paper.  Stickers, photo corners and the Title were added around the photos.  The flowers as finishing touches were popped up on (2) opposite corners for dimension.  And an excerpt from an apt Beatles song were added on the existing journaling to convey the sentiments at the time.


  1. Hi Kathleen!
    Thanks for joining in the challenge at ARTastic this month. What a lovely dedication to your friend, with great added photos. the flowers in opposit corners just add a lovely touch. Well done!

  2. Wow Kathleen, I think it is so beautiful that you have dedicated this page to your friend and used the Beatles quote to go with it. Just lovely.
    Michelle :) xx

  3. This is a wonderful LO that you've dedicated to your friend, Kathleen! Love your color scheme, embellies and great pictures! Thanks for playing along at ARTastic!

  4. A beautiful LO Kathleen, such a lovely page with thoughts of your friend in mind. Love your colours & flowers & great journaling. Thank you for joining us at ARTastic!

  5. Beautiful ... layout Kathleen... this is just awesome... the colors..blooms perfectly match!!! THank you so much for playing along with US over ARTastic... hugs...xoxo

  6. what a great tribute to your friend.... i love this page, thanks forn playing at artastic

  7. Kathleen, you have created such beautiful page honouring your dear friend. Really like how you have framed your photos, and added the large flower in the corner, it really sets the page. Thanks for joining us this month at ARTastic, hope to see more of your pages soon.

  8. Great LO! Your friend is going to love this. Great photo of the two of you together and I love the flowers;0) Thank you for joining us over at ARTastic;0)

    Hugs xx
    Cecelia B

  9. this is a beautiful layout Kathleen, and a very special page for a very special friend , thanks for joining us this month at ARTastic xxx

  10. I love this layout, the block of photos is just stunning and those papers from Crate I have sitting in my drawer and now you have given me the motivation to get them out, stunning layout and my love to your friend. Melxx