Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Swallows and Amazons Page

I know I've said it before: isn't it great when one project you've been working on leads into another? I would never have got to this page if my scrapbooking friend Helen hadn't put out an appeal for warm woolly hats. I could knit some hats, I thought, and I did. Then I found a book of patterns, I knitted a skull and crossbones hat and it turned into this:


Then I knitted another and it turned into this:


A wardrobe of hats and scarves for a little boy I know. And then I thought, if I can put a fringe on a scarf, what would a fringe on a page look like? So I tried it out:


I punched a couple of holes and cut some lengths of embroidery thread and knotted them through and I kind of like it. A tone on tone version would add a nice border to a wedding page or (and if I have the patience some day soon, I'm going to try this) a big circle with a yellow fringe right round would be a great base for a page about lions. Or would black on black be menacing enough for a page about killer penguins? Mmm

28 comments:

Rachel B said...

I like your pirate layout Sian, especially the journaling around the outside of the page.

Cheri said...

fringe on a page - interesting concept! Where does the fringe go when you put the page into a protector?

Leanne said...

Stunning page! I mean truly awsome!!! xxx

Ruth said...

Lovely page, all that white space is perfect for the photo.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love that page. Each off the little embellies is perfect! And I really like how it looks like the sun is shining on the precocious reader.
Rinda

alexa said...

Great page! Is the bit on the lower right inset? Looks almost like a window from here ... and I am a user and admirer of fringes on LOs too!

SarahLP said...

It's a glorious layout, Sian! I love the layering in the corner and the space in the middle. And the fringeing idea looks great too! I do love your photography.. :)

scrappyjacky said...

A wonderful page,Sian...love how it is so balanced.
Killer penguins eh?? Think you need to stay off the vodka for awhile!!!!

jennifer said...

beautiful page sian, I love the layering on the top left. And I want one of those hats :-)

humel said...

Can't wait to see your killer penguin page! And I love the fringe idea, I'll have to try that out xx

humel said...

Um... Completely forgot to say how much I love your layout!! Just take it as read, OK?! xx

Karen said...

Wonderful page. I love the collection of embellishments in the left-hand corner that so nicely balance the photo on the right. The fringe looks amazing. I bet it would be great on a card as well.

JO SOWERBY said...

i love this lo, so effective with alot very brave negative space
Jo xxxx

Karen said...

Love those little hats and genious idea with the fringing on the page.

Amanda said...

I just loved that photo so I'm really pleased it inspired a layout - purling pirates, great :)

darkpoetess said...

this is a gorgeous layout! the embellishments are just so bright and adventure-inspiring :-)

Cat said...

oooh! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

Lizzie said...

Purling Pirates, Knots to Know and Killer Penguins... hmmm..
I really love this layout, Sian! What a shame that S.I. is no more... you'd get this one published there for certain. Your choice of embellishments is inspired and I love how you have used some of your journalling as a frame for the page.
I admire anyone who can make a layout with one small photo, oceans (pun!) of "white" space and layered embellishments, but assemble it with such consummate skill that it looks perfect. "White Space" is not my forte. You have my sincere admiration...
Love the hats btw and the fringe idea is lovely - I will remember, when it becomes the next big scrapping trend, that I saw it here first!

Carmen said...

Killer penguins! Can't wait to see that page :P Love your pirate hat page, so cute!

Curlywiggles said...

Awesome awesome page! And the fringe looks cool too. I like it with just the three.

Amy said...

Excellent progression of thought Sian .... gorgeous page too!

Carrie said...

Love the hats! Cute idea on the layout!

laurie b said...

cute and feisty hats! i can't wait to see all your new layouts complete with fringe!

Ally said...

Love this LO Sian.

Micayla said...

Oh my sweet gosh, this Pirate laylout is just gorgeous Sian. Love the little clusters, my fave thing to do!

Scrappi Sandi said...

Killer Penguins???!!! But I love love love all of those projects!! You are on fire....smokin'!!!!

Clair said...

Oh wow! Your layout is perfection! Love the cluster of elements in the top left. Divine!

Genevieve said...

I'm in love with your 'Purling Pirates' layout! Such a wonderful use of space and embellishments. Total perfection!

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