Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Papercraft Star Challenge #46

     This turned into a two day project!  Not that it was hard, but I just couldn't get my idea to solidify.  Well here's the end result.  Papercraft Star's challenge this week is a sketch one.  I decided to try out another 12 x 12 layout and I picked one of my favorite subjects to scrap, an ancestor.
     This is about my great-grandfather.  I have to admit I'm a little obsessed about the man.  He died the month before I was born and I'm so sorry I never got to meet him.  Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY talks about how wonderful he was.  He never had much cause he gave it all away to help other people.  The one thing he managed to hang onto is the old homestead I live on.  It's been in the family ever since he bought it almost 100 years ago!
     This photo is of one of the boats that he worked on.  I'm not sure if he designed this particular one, but it's highly likely.  He built boats for people all along the Gulf Coast.  My uncle has tons of photos of TONS of his boats and I even have some of his design blueprints around here somewhere.  For the tag, I found one of his little notebooks and copied a page that he had written a bunch of measurements on for a boat he was building for someone in Port Sulphur, Louisiana.

     For a little added interest I bought a piece of balsa wood at Michael's cut it into lengths and pieced it together to simulate the building of the boat.  I used some teeny tiny brads for the nails.  I found a few of his old work badges in a box and copied one twice.  I cut the photo out of one and sandwiched a  piece of acetate between the two to mimic the original badge.
     The base paper was sprayed with Glimmer Mist after I attached the big Tim holtz mask.  After it dried, I went around the mask with a little Fired Brick Distress ink to carry over the red matting into the background.
     So let us see what you can come up with for this sketch challenge and get your project linked up by 9:00 p.m. EST on Sunday for a chance at this months Grand prize sponsored by The Paper Trail.
     Have a great week!


Paper:  Recollections, Coordinations, My Minds Eye Stella and Rose, The Paper Studio, Bazzill, Georgia Pacific cardstock and copy paper, Kodak photo paper
Inks+:  Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist; Fired Brick, Walnut Stain, and Vintage photo Distress ink; Sakura Sepia Micron pigment pen
Tools:  Exacto knife, sewing machine, Cropadile, Nestabilities Labels Two (S4-162), Tim Holtz mask
Miscellaneous:  balsa wood, Recollections brads, acetate, jute


heidy said...

Wow Tracy this is gorgeous,and sorry you never meet your grandfather,but he lives on in your heart!
Hugs Heidy

Nancy said...

Big congratulations on completing another fantastic layout! What a wonderful treasure full of amazing personal history! That's what it's all about, my dear friend, and you nailed it! (pun intended lol):o)

Regan said...

Hi Tracy! This layout is absolutely stunning! All of the detail you put into it make it that much more special! I love that you used the balsa wood and brads and his own handwriting!! This album will be a keepsake for sure. Hugs, Regan

Angi Barrs said...

What a great tribute to your great grandfather. Love the balsa wood on the page. Fantastic!

Unknown said...

This must have been a special project for you to work on Tracy, I know the feeling, wanting to know a member of your family in person and not being able to. Marvellous tribute this is!

♥Jan♥ said...

Wow - you really touched me with this Tracy.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What an amazing project and story, Tracy! This is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your grandfather!

C Stephens said...

This layout and the history behind it is just beautiful Tracy. Well done!

Kristina said...

Awesome layout Tracy! You did an amazing job, fabulous story!!

Kim Duran said...

What a wonderful story, Tracy. I too am always interested in knowing how how family used to live and trying to get to know them through their stories that are passed down to us. This layout is a great way to capture the memory!