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Monday 13 May 2013

Spit & Polish

This lovely old photo of my Dad as a little boy in his mother's arms. He looks like he has been playing in the back yard and made himself all mucky. Love the washing drying on the line behind them. Nan's apron and Dad's shoes really date the picture. I created this layout while at Debden and we debated a good title for it - someone came up with 'Spit and Polish' - Looks like my Nan is about to get her hankie out of her apron pocket, spit on it and wipe his face clean!

I asked my Dad about this photo and he said it was taken when they were living in a flat in Blandford Road in Beckenham in around 1935. 

I used Basic Grey's Serenade papers. A sheet of 'Half Penny' was used for the background and this was treated with a little texture paste and spritzed with shimmer mists and some black ink. I also added splodges of distress stain here and there. The edges were inked with distress ink. The layers are all scraps from other layout I have made using the same paper collection.

The blossoms are a mixed selection from my stash, and the wooden fern leaves are from Prima. My title alphabet is a chipboard one from American Crafts. I added a little twine, some flat-backed pearls and some Stickles.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x


  1. Beautiful layout Lynn and how lovely to have such a natural (not-formal) photo from that era.

  2. Beautiful, just beautiful Lynn. I love the aged effect you created with it, it works so very perfectly for that super photo xx

  3. lovely photo and you did a great job.


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