Friday, January 17, 2014

Graphic 45 Couture album and Fancy Aunties

On the Graphic 45 blog today you'll find a bazillion photos of this album (along with a gorgeous Sweet Sentiments album by the oh so talented Maria Cole).

As I have mentioned a few times, scrapbook layouts are not my forte. When Graphic 45 charged me with creating an easel album using Couture for CHA, I was daunted. I won't bore you with how many hours days this took but I very near wept when it was completed.

Going through my collection of old photos I found a slew that I knew would fit perfectly with the Couture collection. Fine ladies in lovely hats and period garb. I imagine these gals would have been rather feisty and a lot of fun. Like mythical aunties.

And because not all of us are lucky enough to have such aunties in our family tree, I put together a couple of collage sheets with the photographs I used. If you need a few old gals for your own layouts, the Fancy Aunties collage sheets available at Alpha Stamps.

Here's a few more photos from the Couture album.

Great Aunty Sybil was certain Georgina lost her wedding ring leaping from rock to rock across this stream.

Grandmother rose bush bore beautiful blooms and fiendishly mean thorns that longed to prick.
Always a model of style and civility, Auntie June was the subject of much envy and gossip.
Josephine confided in me that she longed for a scandalous coat of crimson.
Thank heavens for the entire Couture line of flowers, tags and banners. They certainly made the task a fair bit more pleasant. Want to see more? Hop on over to the Graphic 45 blog

Enormous Supply List:

Graphic 45:

Vintage Images: Fancy Aunties 1  • Fancy Aunties 2 

Patterned Washi Tape

 Petaloo Botanica Blooms - Cranberry/Amber/Orange
 Petaloo Vintage Trinkets Accessories
 Petaloo Embellishment Brads - Shades of White
 Buttons,  ScorTape,  Rubber Cement,  Tacky Glue


  1. For not liking to do layouts, you've done a fantastic job!! I love this album and I love the Couture line!

  2. Another Mary Anne here! Love all your work here!

  3. Fab ! I appreciate you found it quite hard but you always come up with original ideas and that is your strength :)

  4. It may have been difficult for you, but the results are lovely. Your Aunties are both feisty and endearing. I always love your captions; you should write a book!

  5. I'm sorry for the dismay you felt in creating this work of Art because it is beautiful. I hope the end result turned all the negative energy into positive feelings for you because you deserve it. This is definitely a piece I have to make for myself.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Take care,

  6. It may have been difficult in your mind but you had magic in your fingertips when you created this lovely album! It is truly inspired and inspiring! I am really taken with the photo placements in regards to what is happening on the "Couture" paper. Graphic 45 is lucky to have you on the team!