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Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

The Colors for the Summer Of Color this week are not exactly my cup of tea. I did try to make it work though, but my yellow went gold and brown. Which in a way are derivatives of yellow, right? So I think it still qualifies.

This page took me on a little journey down memory lane, back to a time when I didn’t know what worries were.

In the picture you can see me, sitting on my grandfather’s knee and my sister, trying to get away, because she probably saw a butterfly worth chasing, in my grandfather’s garden. Cows grazing peacefully in the background. My grandfather is pointing to my father, who took the picture.

He was a warm and thoughtful man, very close to nature. Always outside in the garden. My happiest memories of our visits are of him taking us to feed the chickens and showing us the baby rabbits, cuddled up nice and warm in their hay nests. My mother muttering in the background about our sunday clothes getting all dirty. Happy days.

Here are some close up shots of the page and a short making of video.

As you can see in the video, I did start out with yellow, but I really don’t like this combination.

So I changed it to make it work for me.

I somehow ended up with a white background with red and gold.I liked it so much, that I actualy really did not want to do anything to it anymore.

But then I found this picture that I loved and the perfect quote for my grandfather. It has him written all over.

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
– Emerson, Ralph Waldo

So yes, a gentle man, who loved to laugh, loved his wife, children and grandchildren.

I didn’t set out to take this trip down memory lane, but apparently this is where the page took me and I’m glad it did. It brought back lots of fond memories.

In the end I brought back the yellow by picking a lovely rose in my garden. I will dry this rose and keep it with this page. As a memory of him and his garden and this day that was so bright and sunny and filled with sweet memories and the smell of roses.

Thank you all for watching and I wish you a lovely day.

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40 thoughts on “Summer Of Color 3, week 5 – Candy apple Red and Yellow

  1. Halle says:

    Ah…so sweet. Love that you used old photos to create this weeks challenge piece!


  2. dawn says:

    This is so beautiful, the picture and the story. Thanks so much for sharing so much with us, really makes me love the page more.

    The background is gorgeous and so full of texture and your layers are lovely with the picture. No worries here about the right shades of colors, this is lovely and you did create something this week. I think the bright colors were too much for this, love the way it turned out.


  3. Karenliz says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors and the textures which work perfectly with your photo.


  4. Anne Manda says:

    Absolutely fantastic piece! Love the rich colors, textures and layers and the nostalgic feeling! Great job! โค


  5. Valerie-Jael says:

    Wonderful piece! Valerie


  6. I think you have done a fabulous job, a very vintage look especially with the photograph, i think the fact you changed the colour is great, i think the colour challenge is all about firing our creative spirits and letting things go in wherever the wind takes us. It is all sbout personal choice as well, I have loved this weeks combo, but really haven't enjoyed the last two, It is great to see how other Artists have approached colour combinations I was a little vary of.
    Have a lovely week ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Jeannette says:

    Ooh what a fabolous pages, i love all the layers ..and the images is so sweet,love it to much ๐Ÿ™‚

    Greetings Jeannette


  8. JansArtyJunk says:

    What a beautiful post and fabulous pages…Love how you have used this weeks colours to create a vintage piece ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Melinda says:

    this is so very beautiful and nostalgic all at the same time….thanks for stopping by as well!


  10. die amelie says:

    Thank you for this beautiful post, Monique! I loved reading it as well as looking at your wonderful page! I can see the love for your grandfather pouring out of it!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at OurCreativeCorner!

    Claudia x


  11. Tammy N says:

    Beautiful collage. Red and yellow vintage style!


  12. Shahrul Niza says:

    Beautiful pages and beautiful story!:). Yes, the yellow flower will be perfect to be in the pages :).


  13. tangledpen says:

    such a beautiful page… I love the story that goes with it…
    Thanks for your visit too ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. Tammie Lee says:

    how lovely that you used a memory for your art page. it is wonderful. someday i might have to try that.


  15. Kim says:

    Beautiful vintage feel to this, perfect for the theme this week. Happy SOC!


  16. Gorgeous make on the SOC color combination Monique! I have to watch the video too…
    love to see your progress!
    Thank you for sharing!



  17. What a beautiful spread and lovely memories!


  18. I love your Trip Down Memory Lane! Those thoughts of our past make journaling so much more wonderful even. Beautiful.


  19. Kim says:

    Stunning creation! My head is spinning with ideas…I just love your layout, love that it's in a journal, and I love the colors and textures. Beautiful! Thank you so much for playing along with the eclectic Paperie challenge…it's a delight to have you with us!


  20. Becs says:

    Love how you've incorporated your old photo and trip down memory lane into this page. The goldeny yellow is gorgeous.


  21. butterfly says:

    This may be one of my favourite pieces of yours ever… a beautiful, beautiful tribute to your grandfather. Gorgeous layers and distressing, and that wonderful photo and quote – amazing work, Monique. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x


  22. Cheri says:

    What a beautiful page – and such poignant memories!


  23. Trust me, Monique. This doesn't HAVE to be your favorite colors (from the gal who thought we played with puke one week). What matters is the story and the beautiful art that you accomplished with these colors. I love what you did. The story actually had me teary eyed while I was reading it.


  24. Monique says:

    Thank you all so much for your sweet comments, they really mean a lot to me.


  25. BJ says:

    Didn't have time to watch all the video but couldn't believe you covered up all that yellow and red work, I rather liked it. End page is good too but not half as striking. Glad I know what is underneath. BJ


  26. Linda says:

    so beautifully composed and everything just melds with the background!


  27. Redanne says:

    Hi Monique, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the video to see how you produced this wonderful layout. How lovely that it brought so many memories back to you too. Thank you for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Anne x


  28. Jez says:

    I loved your page, and rules are made to be bent a little when it's needed, like your colours. They do work so well, and it would have been a shame to change them just to get a little more yellow. What lovely memories, and how great to have known your grandparents, really something to treasure.
    I thought the Emerson quote was so good, and I agree with every word. A really enjoyable post. Thank you.


  29. Terri Corona says:

    Really beautiful, and I love that's it's meaningful to you. Great texture and layers.


  30. Tracy says:

    I love your work already Monique and this is a favourite now too…a trip down memory lane is good for the heart..you can tell how much your grandfather means to you and such a beautiful layout to do him proud!!!
    It's a pleasure to have you joining in over on the eP blog.
    Tracy xxx


  31. Micki says:

    OMGosh, this turned out beautiful. I love the texture and like you love how the red, gold came out. It is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for playing along with the eTeam in our Get Altered Challenge.


  32. joy says:

    Lovely pages and beautiful story to go with it! I also have wonderful memories of my grandfather.


  33. Lori Saul says:

    Incredible family journal art- this is so good for the soul!


  34. What a stunning work of art! I love the memory that you have created here, and you used this week's SOC colors so beautifully!!!!!


  35. Natasha says:

    I struggled with the red and yellow as well. I really love this page though and the memory capturing is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing, very inspiring. ๐Ÿ™‚


  36. Wow, this is absolutely sensational! I really love how you worked with the red and yellow color palette and how wonderfully vintage this came out! Beautiful stamping work and the use of the old newspaper is the perfect touch. So happy to have you joining in the Memories challenge with us over at Our Creative Corner.


  37. Buttons says:

    How superb Monique! Love those colours and the sentiment is perfect as you say. Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Jenny x


  38. Oh, your grandfather sounds so lovely just like my father-in-law who was a dear, gentle man much loved by our children. I love the colours and textures of this and it's really a picture that tells a story. That Emerson quote is beautiful! I know I keep saying it, but I do love your quotes! Julie Ann xx


  39. toni says:

    Fabulous work Monique! Such happy memories for you. I love the video showing the process. I love the way you have no fear about layering over your work! X


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