Saturday, January 14, 2012


I never knew the precious little boy in the photograph and only have a few details of his life.   He   was my great grandfather and he grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Civil War began a year or two after this portrait was made, so I cannot help but wonder how The War Between The States affected his life, and what he knew about the conflict that was in no way civil for either side.  

Techniques used on this piece are wet distressing, inking, paper folding, painting, hand stitching, stamping, and calligraphy. 

When I first laid eyes on Prima's Londonerry Collection, I knew that I had found the perfect paper and embellishments for this precious picture.       The lyrics to "Battle Hymn of the Republic" , by Julia Ward Howe seemed to be the perfect choice to explain the era and place.  
The photo is framed with the paper by cutting out a little window, folding it back, wet distressing and painting it. Most of my heritage LO's are done in this manner, so that the viewer gets a sense of looking through a window and seeing into the past. The concentric circles are distressed, stitched and layered. There is a bit of fussy cutting in the background. 
I stamped the clock face onto paper and misted the Prima Resistant Canvas and Bretton Vines.

Here's the complete list of supplies used:

DMC Embroidery Floss
KRYLON 18kt. Gold Leafing Pen
Architecture Collection, Resin Embellishments,     
          Ceiling Ornaments  
     Londonerry Collection:
          chipboard stickers
          Jardinere Flowers
          Vintage Trinkets
          Alphabet Stickers
          Cling Mounted Stamp
          Avon Rose mulberry flowers
     Ornamental Edging Collection Trim, brown
     Printery Collection:
 Bretton Vines, Chronicle
          Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps
          Resist Canvas, Shapes
     Toggle Wood Buttons, Quirky
     Glimmer Mists: Denim Blue, Graphite, Suede
     Crackle Paint, Picket Fence
     Distress Ink, Tea Dye
     2 Way Glue
     Writer, chocolate
ZIP DRY glue

I appreciate your comments! 


  1. What a fabulous heritage page! Also what a priceless photo to have of your great grandfather! It's amazing isn't it? The passage of time...heritage...seeing faces from the past that are somehow tied to you? Love it...and the title suits this page just right!

  2. WHat a treasure to be able to include this photo in your family heritage albums!! Lucky you. I love the details you so painstakingly wrought on this LO. Nice stiching, pretty florals. I like the gold tipped petals. :)

  3. What a perfect title and color combo for the layout about your grandfather!

  4. Patty,what a FABULOUS layout my friend!!! i so so love it!!!

  5. Wow!!! This could not be more AMAZING! !! I'm in complete AWE!!

  6. This is just the most amazing page, Patty! I can't tell you how much I LOVE that photo! So precious and a real treasure!!!!! You scrapped it beautifully, my friend. Absolutely beautifully!!!!!!!

  7. This is another layout that is so outstanding! I love the cute little photo, stitching, and all the glorious details. You are remarkable!
    XOXO Ginger