May 7, 2011


This month's theme over at Paper Digital Arts Interpretations altered book group is photographs. Pretty broad, no? And you know, being a child of the 80s, all I could think of is the Deaf Leppard song...

Anyway, each month I try to do something different. I think it's wonderful to look outside of the comfort zone and try new styles or new colors. I'll be honest, I'm not sure everyone over there is, but that's my goal for this 13 month project.

So, my first thought was to do some type of pull-out, accordian photo album. I also drooled over looked at the mini tin-type albums on eBay. Those go for BIG bucks, even though they are about 1 x 2 inches big. I also liked the old vacation-souvenir albums too.

I recently purchased some digital collages of old cabinet cards to play with. Looking at the faces from so long ago can be very inspirational. I wonder what kind of lives they led, and what they were like as people. Did they flirt?  Did they fall in love? I went off to my stash of books and looked for phrases that I thought would work. Romantic Liaison.

I could not resist.

My second thought was to keep the pages monochromatic. I had seen a really great piece on Flikr that was all-white! My plan was to work in white too, but ended up more shades of cream.

I pulled out all of the stuff that I had, and spied some stars that I had cut out from some drop cloth (you know, the unbelievabley cheap and versatile material used for curtains, upholstery, pillows, and oh yeah, painting...). Although it's not a typical thing you'd see in a photo album, it was kinda cool.

The background is made from sheet music, with the edges painted white. I sewed the photos on, glued some names and words down, and glued on some remnants from a vintage wedding dress. The ruffles are handmade from dress pattern paper (I love that stuff).

And voila!



Debbi said...

I love it, Lee! I love the way you worked it out! Don;t you just get a thrill out of the creative process!?
I really want you to know how much your sweet words and virtual hug meant! More tears. :) Good ones this time. Thank you!
PS . . . I have long suspected that you, too, are afflicted with a tender heart. Thank you for sharing it with me. :)

kandeland said...

I just adore your work Lee! Wishing you a most fabulous Mother's Day!
xo nat

ramsam said...

Your work just gets me every time! Thanks for sharing the latest with us.
Happy Mother Hug!!! ;-)

Sarah said...

So beautiful!! I love the patterned pleats!!

Terri Kahrs said...

OMG! This is STUNNING! You've made it look so easy!!! I love how creatively you've used a lowly piece of drop cloth and turned it into a treasure! Fabulous work! Thanks so much for your visit and your lovely comment. Hugs, Terri

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Lee,

I really like the mono look. The white is so soft and pretty. You have been busy. Good for you. I can't seem to get moving.


Cassie Shella said...

Oh I think you hit the ball out of the park! I love, love, love it:) The star made out of drop cloth is so great, and the ruffle it's just all wonderful. How inspirational.

The Tame Lion said...

Absolutely fantastic!
Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the visit. :)