Monday, November 20, 2017

I never want to forget... | Nicolee Cable

Good morning!!

The layout I'm going to show you today is the challenge I created for this months cyber-crop over on The Scrap Suite.
I would like you to create a project using a miniature photo and miniature embellishments. It can be a layout, off the page project or even project life page, whatever you choose.

Now you may not think you have much in the way of mini embellishments, but I think you'd be pleasantly surprised once you go digging into your stash - and if not, then pop over to the D-lish store to see what mini goodies you can find there.

It may appear quite a simple layout and while the composition of it is quite simple, there is a story behind the photo.
My dad was an avid pineapple grower, he would grow them wherever he could.  Even though they lived on your average suburban size block in the NT, he would have pineapples growing in pots everywhere. On the verandah, out the back, in the midst of the tropical palms and mostly in pots on the spa patio.  He just loved growing them and over the years, he had learnt the art of growing a really good pineapple. He would pick them at the right time and then tell you exactly how many days you would need to leave them to ripen before cutting them - and he was always right!  He had the most perfect, sweet and juicy pineapples!  So it seemed just perfect timing, around the time he passed away, that pineapples in home decor made a big appearance.  Since then I have collected and treasured a few special pineapple home decor items and they always remind me of my dad and just how amazing his pineapples always were.  Of course, I'd prefer he was still with us, but whenever I see these in my home, it reminds me of him and those wonderful memories.
So when I found this Kaisercraft pineapple patterned paper and this wooden pineapple embellishment, I knew exactly what layout they were for. 

I wanted to keep the layout simple, but striking - therefore the colour choice.
I mounted the photo on black script paper, with some cardboard behind for dimension.  I then cut a strip from the pineapple paper and punched both edges with a decorative edge.

I choose all my mini embellishments and placed them very strategically.  I've had this photo for a couple of years now but haven't quite found the right time to use it.  Now is that time and everything I choose for this layout was deliberate and placed very strategically.  I felt I had to do this layout and the beautiful memory of my dad justice and wanted to get it just perfect!  Whilst this layout didn't actually take very long to compose, each piece means something very special to me.
There's not many times a layout does that to or for me, but this is one of the special ones.

Here is a list of all the D-lish mini embellishments used:

tiny black stars (from old JAP kit)
washi tape

I hope you enjoy this layout and you get to join in the cyber-crop for this month and give this and the other challenges a go!!  There's great prizes up for grabs.

Thanks for looking and letting me share my pineapple story.
Nicolee xx

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