I really wanted to portray a timeless feel for the pictures Ali sent me of her and her sister with their mom when they were kids so I converted them from color to a sepia tone. After I had them printed I was concerned that the tone didn't really match the paper the way I wanted it. On a side note, I was disappointed to find out Black's photography had closed two locations at a couple very popular malls where I live. So I printed them at Walmart (not my first pick since I prefer to shop locally). Anyway, the sepia ended up looking lovely.
I used an old wedding line by TPC and some leftover scraps from other projects. The main paper with the damask style pattern is a favorite of mine. A little distressing, some pearls, neutral flowers, some metal embellishments, and I got the perfect vintage look that I wanted.
I originally planned to use a quote from William Blake for this - To see the world in a grain of sand....etc. it's a popular one - but I found a rub on quote that fit the page even better. I have a love-hate relationship with rub-ons. If you can get them on perfectly, they look amazing, but if you don't it looks pretty bad. I had a little smudge on the M where it says Mother, but other than that I'm pretty happy with the results.
Ali had sent me picture of her mom tearing up as she opened her gift. It absolutely made my day!
Scrapbook tip: When using rub-ons, adhere them with some forgiving scotch tape to keep them in place, and invest in a good rub-on tool to complete the transfer. They work much better than your finger nail! Here's the one I have and it's available on scrapbook.com or your local craft store.
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