I needed a tropical feel even though the photo is B/W! I'm not a tropical kind of color person. I'm also not a Bo Bunny person although moving to more heritage type of papers has now drawn me in. Bo Bunny Gabrielle was not a line I could grasp, but I loved all the butterflies as they have been hot hot! Last year I was visiting the LSS in Buffalo, sadly now closed, I found Gabrielle paired up with Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime and I fell in love. Purchased five papers and some embellishments....got home and thought I'll never scrap with this.....LOL! But oh I love Graphic 45. I could only see these two lines combined to do this layout of my Grandmother in a Pineapple Field.
I did a little research into Hawaii's pineapple production in the 1950's! Got to love Google. I wanted to know how that machine worked in the background. Interesting contraption. Yet I love all things agriculture. I would love to be able today to chide my grandmother for wearing a blouse, skirt and hat on of all things a farm! LOL....I know it is associated with her working at American Home Magazine.
One can take a peek here to see what I used on the layout! But really my favorite ever distressing tool is the Prima Rasptool! The link is to a great video on how to use the tool by Jamie Dougherty. This was the first time I played with it and I am in love. Beautifully balanced and light weight to distress giving you loads of control. I recommend this tool if you do not have one. And of course available at my favorite online store, A Cherry on Top!
I purchased the Quickutz 2x2 Pineapple die just to do this layout! Even had to use the distress tool on it along with a paint brush and Glimmer Mist and Chalk and the pineapples were ready to be mounted. But the white on the brown paper just hid the pineapples. A little Apricot Nectar Chalkboard and done, I had the look I wanted for the pineapples. Super fun creating this layout!
Such a cute die!!!! Photo credit to Lifestyle Crafts and one can click here to see the die in larger size!