Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Once Upon A Sketch - April 2014 Challenge

"A Mother's Love"

Welcome back.....well it has been a little while in between posts, but be assured I have been very busy scrapping away, just nothing that I can show you at present, but I will keep you posted with other updates.

For today I have a layout entry for the Once Upon A Sketch April 2014 Challenge.

So once again we have another awesome sketch by Nadia. I especially love this one Nadia ....thank you!

and of course the journalling rules.......

Journalling Theme: "An event that changed my life..." 

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is.

So this is my interpretation of the sketch, which I have titled "A Mother's Love". I decided to do my journalling on the back, but I have followed the theme being "An event that changed my life....".
Being a Mum was something which I never planned and never thought would happen to me. After being told for many years that I only had a 1 percent chance of falling pregnant, I went about my ordinary life doing my ordinary things. So when I found out for the very first time that I was pregnant was more than a shock to the system to say the least. But then the second time I found out I was pregnant, I thought to myself hang on here, this was not suppose to happen!!! An even bigger shock as my husband and I though the first pregnancy was just a fluke!!!
So I have been surprisingly blessed three times over and I wouldn't have it any other way. There is no other love like it......( sorry....wiping away my tears). The love I have for my three is something that I am so blessed to have and I often think how very lucky I am. And to say that these events changed my life is an understatement. Little ol' single girl me went from party girl to responsibility plus overload. It was all meant to happen and happen for a reason. I was meant to be a Mum and as hard as it gets, I wouldn't want for anything else. I am so very proud of my kids and I would walk to hell and back for them if I had to.
 So enough about my story and a little about the layout.

I have used a photo which I never thought would see the light of day, but this was the go to photo for me seeing as Ashlea's 13 th birthday is fast approaching. This photo was taken only moments after Ashlea was delivered, and all I remember doing after this photo was taken was cry, but a good kind of cry. Kind a normal response knowing that this little human that you have bought into this crazy world is healthy and well. And surprised also to know that this baby was a girl. I had not found out the baby's sex and was certain for the most of my pregnancy that the baby was a boy!! Ha Ha surprise..... This is one layout which I will leave in her album for her to know how very much she was wanted and loved and will be be forever more. Love you Ashlea xxxxxx.

So I decided to do a mixed media layout, with lots of inks, mists and a little paint and of course a lot of embossing powders. I have included the all important Prima resins....Vintage frame and birdcage. Both of these resins have been dressed with a little paint and ink. I have also used a couple of strips of my ever decreasing stash of my Prima Engraver Measuring Tape patterned paper....

The leaves on this page were embossed using some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders. (Twilight Bronze Slate). This is a gorgeous colour for those of you who like to do the vintage style layouts. The edges of the Prima canvas flowers and the Green Tara roses were also embossed.

The background Leaf Flourish Large was created using the Ranger stencil and some texture paste. I have then sprinkled over some embossing powder and heat set it.

I have used a script stamp randomly in the background using Potting Soil Archival Ink.

The stems and bases of the rosebuds have also been embossed to change up the colour from green.

I also used some of this beautiful new lace......loooooooooooove it. Have used it on nearly layout in the past week. Can't get enough of it. It has been dyed and then painted over with a little Kaisercraft Acrylic Antique White paint and inked with a little Walnut Distress ink.

I have also added a little muslin to give a rustic feel to the layout.

Journalling on the back reads:

My dearest Ashlea, from the very moment you came into this world and even long before that I have loved you with all of my heart. I will love you through thick and thin, no matter what the circumstances. You are growing into a most beautiful, caring and loving young woman. Nothing makes me prouder than to call you my daughter. I am so very proud of everything you do and are!!
Love you always.
Mum xxxxxx

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here today. I have listed below all the materials used for this layout.
Take care until next time. 

Tina xxxx

Materials List

Iridescent Medium
Gel Medium
Texture Past
Kaisercraft Acrylic Paint
Kaisercraft Tiny Alphas
Kaisercraft Wood Flourish Heart
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Archival Ink - Potting Soil
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powders
Versa Mark Embossing Ink
Pink Paislee Artisan Elements
Ranger Dylusions Stencil - Leaf Flourish Large
Ranger Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray
Ranger Dylusions - Black Marble
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Twinkle Yellow
Green Tara Leaves
I am Roses - roses medium
I am Roses - Rosebuds
Prima Marketing Inc Flowers - La Tela
Prima Resins
Collections Creative Butterflies


  1. Wonderful layout Tina. One proud mum for her precious eldest daughter....

  2. Just stunning Tina! LOVE this layout. <3

    1. Thanks Yvette...you are so kind. Huge hug. xxx

  3. Tina, this is such a tender and touching layout so filled with love and emotion!! How lovely that you've been blessed with your three miracles!! Your mixed media work is simply stunning. Thanks for sharing about your hidden journaling!! I’m so glad you have joined us for the April Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for sharing your layout on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  4. Ah Tina, this layout had me teary too. I went through a similar situation with my two and I can totally relate to this layout. I love the earthy goodness of the layout perfect for your story. The embossing is beautiful and I love it on the flowers. A great way to add colour. A beautiful layout. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month. :D

    1. Thanks so much Val. Was great to be able to finally scrap this part of my life finally!

  5. I really, really enjoyed your LO & the journaling & the 'journey' of what you used & how! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at OUAS.....& the vintage loveliness is simply awesome:):):)

    1. Thanks Lizzy for your lovely comments and for popping in to my blog. Tina xx

  6. Tina, this is so very beautiful. So soft and sweet. Thanks for playing along with us over at OUAS.

    1. Wow thanks for your very kind comments Maja. Enjoyed playing along.

  7. Just amazing!! Thank you for playing along with us at OUAS this month!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment and for visiting my blog. Loved creating this for this months challenge.


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