Friday 23 May 2014

More Finn Journal pages

My pages today show eldest granddaughter Becca, so I thought I would do a quick catch-up for those who supported Becca and I when she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and was in hospital for most of the autumn 2012 up until the beginning of December. Thank you to you all who sent cards and good wishes, you know who you are and Becca and I were so pleased to to have that support.  She had two six hour operations and some of her intestines taken out at that time and had to wait a year to see what the next steps would be. Since then she has had another operation and has made a remarkable recovery and we are so pleased with the progress she has made. She is now at 6th form college and doing well with her studies and will hopefully be learning to drive soon. Oh my gosh where do the years go?

So onto the project.
The base of the pages are kraft card, covered with text paper and gesso.
Cut and torn strips of card, canvas and tissue tape etc. were added and then gesso through some masks.
Next I added lace, tapes and trims and glued in the photos.
I added staples, gems and embellishments …..
….. and cut more small pieces and scraps and tucked into places.
I stamped with archival and then splattered with tea …..
… and walnut crystal ink.
I used a soft pencil to add lines around the photos etc. and added chit-chat stickers and some of my own journaling words.

Although this is a scheduled post I will be home today from my holiday, I will let you know what we did and saw sometime soon.

Have a great weekend.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Desire Fourie said...

Just stunning Brenda. Love the texture that the gesso gives. It also has a lovely old world feel to it.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

froebelsternchen said...

This is just gorgeous Brenda !
Amazing! such yummie textures and colors! Masterly!

And the great Journal Page below would perfectly fit our circles theme over at
what about linking ?
Would be fab!
Happy weekend to you!

Jane said...

That must have been a very difficult time for you all Brenda but how well and beautiful your dear granddughter looks now. I agree how quickly time's nearly June already. Can't wait to catch up...what a wonderful trip you have had. Your artwork today is wonderful....great texture and details with a vintage feel. Hugs xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely page, glad Becca is doing so well. Valerie

Paula Whittaker said...

What a gorgeous grand daughter and the pages are super. She's been through so much at such a young age...wishing her all the very best for the future x

sally said...

Just like your granddaughter, these pages are beautiful ! She sounds as though she has had a very tough time of it so fingers crossed that all goes well with college/ driving & life too! Welcome back to "rain land" and good luck recovering from the jet lag .


Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Gorgeous layers,so very vintage looking. Yes they do grow up so fast,it amazes me where the time has gone!


pearshapedcrafting said...

This is beautiful Brenda - love those subtle shades and the fabulous texture! A llovely page for your beautiful grand-daughter. Chrisx

Nicole Wright Designs said...

Love this layout! Awesome texture and layers. You cannot have a granddaughter! Happy she is doing well.

Nicole Wright Designs said...

Love this layout! Awesome texture and layers. You cannot have a granddaughter! Happy she is doing well.

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS layout and super vintage feel with your colour choices. SO PLEASED to hear your granddaughter is doing so very well and wish her lots of luck in the future.

Hope you've been enjoying your well deserved break too


Margreet said...

Hope you have enjoyed your holidays Brenda!
What a gorgeous pages with that handsome Becca...a real treat for the eyes (both Becca and your creations!).
Have a great weekend!
xxx Margreet

Redanne said...

Becca is a beautiful and clearly courageous young lady and your page is stunning Brenda. Hope Becca continues to do well and I hope you have arrived home safe and sound after your fabulous trip.

Hugs, Anne xx

Netty said...

Beautiful pages for a very brave girl. Annette x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a wonderful project - amazing details. I'm sure you are a proud grandma, Becca is such a lovely girl.

Gio said...

This spread is wonderful, Brenda. Gorgeous background and texture. Becca lived hard times, she is a brave and beautiful girl.

Daniele said...

such wonderful pages Brenda, love all the texture and embellishments, looks like you had an amazing holiday, sure we will be treated to more of your lovely photos.
hugs and best wishes xx

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous pages Brenda and what a beautiful granddaughter you have. I am so happy she is doing well now, sorry I did not know about her troubles, good that she has recovered so well. ~Diane.

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning Brenda, such fantastic techniques and I love those kraft colours with the white! Beautiful photos, Becca looks stunning! Glad she is doing better now, she must be one brave girl!!

Jenny Marples said...

A set of pages to match the beauty of Becca. So good to know she is doing well, and yes, time does fly! I love the mix of textures and the sepia colour scheme.

Welcome home to sunny Britain!!! Jenny x

StampAcademy said...

OMG, Brenda! This is so awesome! TFS!

Words and Pictures said...

How lovely to catch up with Becca on these beautiful pages... what fabulous photos, and gorgeous textures throughout. Hope you travelled safely, and looking forward to hearing all your adventures!
Alison xx

Terry said...

Becca is a Rock Star and an inspiration to all of us! I am so happy that she is on the road to recovery and I do believe her attitude is why! Love the layout and Becca is a real beauty! Hugs to you and enjoy the weekend and time catching up!

Anonymous said...

Good to hear your grand daughter is doing well Brenda. Welcome back from your hols too! Your pages are fabulous ! Sue C x

cheryl said...

oh hun this is brilliant oh I love all the fab texture,and becca is,beautiful hugs Cherylx

Karin said...

wow amazing vintage pages, they look beautiful!
Enjoy your sunday!
Groetjes Karin

Unknown said...

A totally kewl layout Brenda with terrific layering and fabulous textures. Stunning - Becca too! [s] Chris xxx

Cocofolies said...

She looks like a very courageous and beautiful girl Brenda, she has a wonderful smile!!!... I think you can be proud of her, really. Your two pages for her are just fabulous, she must cherish you. Hugs from France, Coco xxx

S@ndy Diller said...

The pages are totally beautiful. Love the texture and the subject matter is delightful.

Juls said...

Fabulous pages, loving the sepia colour tones!! Hugs Juls

Annie said...

Beautiful journal pages Brenda. It's clear that you are very proud of her.
Stunning details on all the pages and best wishes to Becca x

Marjie Kemper said...

Brenda, these pages are truly beautiful, but Becca's photo is the happiest part of the view for me. She looks wonderful!