Portrait of my father, an Extraordinary Gentleman

03 June 2017

Word Inspiration - FATHER
Creative Challenge - STEAMPUNK


What does the word FATHER inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project or simply be inspired by it.  Since, as you are aware, words are an integral part of our challenges, we want to know how this month's word stimulated your creative process, so please do explain in your blog post how it inspired you!


We chose a creative challenge that is a bit more masculine in nature than last month's, quite obviously. We absolutely love the STEAMPUNK trend and how it has completely taken over the art of scrapbooking these last years. 
Gears, cogs, sprockets as well as top hats, goggles, moustaches.. these are all perfect for a homage to fathers!  We cannot wait to see how you will incorporate this vintage yet futuristic style onto your project.

My father loves photography, has done for many decades, evolving his equipment and style with every technological advance.

He is an extraordinary gentleman.


I decided to go with the white steampunk option from the film 'league of extraordinary gentlemen' to create this dimensional steampunk camera from chipboard, gears, tubes, coils and recycled/ re-purposed parts, and had so much creative fun.


The tubes are made from clear drinking straws, with a bead inserted in each end. Some have a piece of coiled wire inside them, other have a coil on the outside.


I created the background on watercolour paper using three shades of teal shimmer spray, flicked white acrylic and drops of neater spray. I finished with glitter and opal flakes.

Detail images of the finished layout;


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  • Pam Ellis (Wednesday, June 28 17 04:48 pm BST)

    Fabulous idea building a camera! Love this! All the best from MTW! :)

  • Aga Baraniak (Monday, June 26 17 10:04 pm BST)

    Fab layout. I love all details... Thank you for playing at More Than Words :)

Items used:

  • White heavy body gesso
  • 3D matte gel
  • Clear art pebbles
  • Lindys Stamp Gang starbursts; Tainted Love Teal, Tibetan Poppy Teal, Afternoon Denim Delight
  • Tattered angels glimmer mist, craft box special edition; Courage to Discover, Craftboxers R Us, I know who you are
  • Craftbox teal and opal glitter flakes
  • White acrylic paint
  • Prima metal embelishments; Vintage Water Taps and light bulb
  • Wings charms
  • Metal and paper cogs
  • Recycled jewellery chain
  • Recycled pocket watchparts
  • Tiny brads
  • Repurposed clear drinking straws
  • Beads
  • Jewellery wire
  • Recycled metal coil


Entry 02 - closes 30 June 2017

05 May 2017

[entry number 5]

Word Inspiration - MOTHER
Creative Challenge - FLOWERS


What does the word MOTHER inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project
or simply be inspired by it.

Please explain in your blog post how the word
inspired you, if not already obvious


A mother is not just a person or family member, she is the frame that surrounds and supports you.

I have incorporated the frame into this layout as it had some wonderful texture and added so much to the design in supporting and defining its boundaries.


Photographic, paper and dimensional flowers surround the image of the young mother from a bygone era.


The frame has been enhanced with gilding flakes and glitter which spills from the image encompassing all the elements into a single layout.


I really loved doing this challenge, working at such a dimensional levels is very unusual for me but I think I may try this again.


Thank you for looking, please leave a comment




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  • Anguree Jansen van Rensburg (Tuesday, May 09 17 03:28 am BST)

    Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining us at More than Words xxx

  • Nicole Doiron (Sunday, May 07 17 10:44 pm BST)

    This is beautiful!! So happy you could play along with us at More Than Words!

15 April 2017

[entry number 22]

Word Inspiration - DREAM
Creative Challenge - BLACK/WHITE +1


What does the word DREAM inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the word somewhere on your project or simply be inspired by it.  Please explain in your blog post how the word inspired you, if it is not already obvious.  We love to read about your inspiration.


For the creative challenge, we ask that you use BLACK & WHITE as the main colours of your project.  You are however allowed to add one more colour to the mix if you want.  So BLACK/WHITE +1!  Take note that the extra colour should only compose about 10% of your project, black and white remaining as the primary focus.


Tse Chuang quote: "I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man"

We dream in black and white, and sometimes we dream in colour, but all our dreams are fragile like a butterfly as they drift away from our grasp on waking.


Four black and white acetate butterflies drift around this monochrome dreamscape as the two men in my life have an afternoon nap in the photograph.


Black lace and black stars glitter paste through a geometric stencil add texture and interest.


The acent colour was picked from the photograph and for its impact on the black and white layout.

A dream catcher and a single red rose complete the design.


Enjoy your dream gentlemen.


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Design team

Nov 2016 to April 2017

Monthly challenges


more than words runner up bagde Portrait of a Gentleman June 2017
CSI special investigator badge CSI#233 'Feet up' and CSI#234 'Just do it' - July 2017
scrapbook magasine logo I was published in 2013 for 'my eyes, her feet' layout
merely impression top acts badge Awarded Top Acts for 'iron puddler'
ive been on the csi watch list On the CSI watchlist for 'at 50'
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Inspired by ...

link to Marta Łapkowska blog Marta Łapkowska
Nadya Drozdova blog banner Nadya Drozdova
Link to blog of Di Garling Di Garling
link to blog of Dorota Kopec Dorota Kopec
link to blog of Ola Khomenok Ola Khomenok
link to blog of Keren Tamir Keren Tamir
Klaudia Szpunar
link to finnabair blog Finnabair

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