LIGHT WILL GUIDE MY WAY HOME- Challenge by Words&Paintery

I love working on challenge projects. After all I think I am a " mission woman" : If I know the rules and have an aim, I can work more easily. All my friends and relatives had enough of my gifts of scrappy layouts I did for them, I was looking for new ways of creating new things for a purpose. Then, I happily met various challenges. One of them is from WORDS & PAINTERY.

I am supposed to interpret " Light will guide my way home."  I have a huge collection of my childhood photos shot by my father. So, I chose one of them where I can feel the warmth of the light coming from the window. I have my close friend - teddy bear in my arms . I thought that particular pose fits to the meaning of home . This has been a nice travel to my memories.

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FLY ME TO THE MOON!- Challenge

The second Project  I dare to join the challenge by TRY IT ON TUESDAY is below. I worked on this five months ago; and I think it fits the current challenge theme.

When you read the title, can you hear the melody?  So, we sometimes  hear the music with our brain, not only with our ears. When I look at this young talented couple's photo, I certainly heard  Sinatra and I chose the slogan for the layout.

A few close ups:

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While I was searching for new challenge sources on the web, I have met another nice site called " TRY IT ON TUESDAY".  So why not join into their challenge for the current theme, "I can hear the music."

I worked on the layout before . I made it for my friend's daughter who is growing up as a successfull sportive dancer. When I see the couple's photo, I felt the rythm . They look soooo concentrated and motivated that they could make me hear the music.

 In fact , I worked on two different layouts for the same photo. Since it is ok to join the challenge up to five projects but each in one post, I am saving the other layout for the following post.

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As a  very enthusiastic beginner, I dared to create a layout for the beautiful blog MORETHANWORDSCHALLENGE. This month's theme is :

I cut out the clouds and the waves from an ancient miniature ( from pinterest). They remind me the time which has no ending or beginning. But I think it is important to grasp  "that" moment of endless time and "that" moment is the one you spend with your beloved ones. They might be your baby, your friend, your cat, a nice book, a glass of wine, flowers etc. It is the piece of time when you realize you are alive; so enjoy !

And some details...

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I have three cats. The newcomer is a boy who is four or five months old now. My two ( older) daughters are not very happy with the new one. Like every one of us, they are bothered with the changing conditions of their ordinary life. He doesn't care though; he announced his kingdom as soon as he came home.

 I had no idea about having a cat at home four years ago, and  now we are living with three cats ( a cat per family member) . This is enough for me to think that life is sooooo unpredictable. What is also unpredictable for me is that how I get excited and feel happy while playing with papers, paints, mediums, Because,  I didn't have any idea about crafting neither. I was always working and  now I realize that I never had enough time to see the different tastes of life. Lucky me ; I messed my hands up with glue and cat poo before it's too late.

I made this collage using decoupage. I prepared rectangle bases from polymer clay and I glued the pictures on them. I used burnt umber on the edges for aged look. Pasted on canvas; and it is like this:




Today, I am going to share the mini album I've made for a little girl living nextdoor to me. Enjoy the video...



While I was searching for some inspiration about layouts on Pinterest, I came across with this idea.

First I mod podged the surface with a nice decorative paper. I also mod podged the background of the canvas with another paper. I tore the canvas diagonally and vertically; rolled the pieces inside out, and fastened the rolls with some glue. I , again, used some mod podge to glue some cheese cloth on the rolls. I wanted to give the feeling of a tree cavity; so I added some artificial moss around the hole.

The main theme for my work was "dancing" ; so I decided to use this picture with the quotation " Dance like nobody's watching you" in which totally I believe.  I chose this picture of an owl just because it looks like dancing in a deep concentration. Do you think that he cares about us watching him in his cove?


I have made this little album for a friend who got a baby boy three months ago. I used blue colour tons just to emphasize the general rule- blue for the boy , even though I don't like such tendencies and find them dated.  Do I get old fashioned as I get older ? Hmm.. Maybe, but this is my first try making an album, so I just wanted to feel safe.

It is written " WELCOME" to the newborn baby , on the first page. I added a few wish notes for him, too : " Be smart", "be joyful", " be affectionate", "be healthy"...They are hanging between the pages.

Enjoy the short demonstration I prepared.


Giant Box Full of Memories

I have a huge box full of photos. Really huge, I mean... My father was very much interested in photography; but not in a proffessional or artful way. He used to take my photos most of the time. Therefore I have a very large visual documentary showing my life stage by stage. Anyone can trace my growth beginning from the day I was born. And of course, I have lots of photos showing my mum alone, my mom and me together; my mom stands I sit; I sit- my mom looks at me; dad and mum together ( it was my art of course- I was the only child of my parents); my dad and me; and many combinations you can imagine. He used to carry his heavy Leica camera almost everywhere we go. None of the those photos show a landscape; "why would I bother with that?" he used to say. Our friends and relatives visiting us at home also were photographed in many different combinations of poses. Not only he printed those number of photos for our own albums, he also delivered them to the people who posed. When my son was born, I ceded to be the one and only model of my dear father. Then, we began to collect his photos ! 

Unfortunately , I can trace my son's growth only till he was ten. At that time, digital cameras came into our lives. We quit printing photographs..Later, we began to take photos with our mobile telephones and keep them in the memory cards. And I lost many photos just because I disregarded backup. Except those printed on occasion, I don't have any photographs of my son. I would have enjoyed to see how he changed while he was growing up and becoming a young man. I still keep that Leica camera with the accessories; but I do not know anyone who uses that kind of camera nowadays. It belonged to my father; and still do.

Having the ceremony of remembering those nice childhood days,  I chose the colors; I prepared the layout and picked up the embellishments.

 I got the coloured printouts at the stationery shop. 
Small flowers were covered by gesso; dried and painted again. I didn't want to waste my time trying to find "brown" flowers, if there is any !

 I made the paper flowers myself. I mod podged two different papers to each other; so that I could use it  two-sided. I get nervous when blank paper can be seen under a rounded or curved figure. 
We don't have two sided scrapbooking papers here, sincescrapbooking and mixed media techniques are not very well known yet. I am learning everything from the internet. And I am really grateful to those people who are sharing their experiences and talents generously. I dream about spreading the joy of scrapbooking to the people who are not familiar with it. When you have limited resources, you begin to alternate the things you already have. That's what I do and I like it. That is the idea, I know... But, if I could have the chance to buy any colour of distress ink , for example, from the local stores; I wouldn't say no! 

 When everything is ready and laid out; I randomly picked up a photo from that huge box. And I got this! 42 years ago , my daddy took this picture of me posed in a garden full of hydrengeas. It is weird to look at "me" after 42 years and to know that I am "that" little girl. 

Thank you for stopping by and letting me share some sweet memories.