just an old-fashioned girl

Hello and welcome. I'm glad you dropped by. If you´re looking for something a little nostalgic of bygone eras with a timeless elegance and a little modern twist – in other words, something slightly “retro” – then you should feel right at home here in my shabby chic room. Month by month, there will always be something new to see so I hope you´ll enjoy your stay and come back again soon.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Getting Started Again

It´s been a while since I designed a new kit, so long in fact that I was beginning to think that Nostalgic Scrapbook was my swansong. Being in constant pain isn´t exactly conducive to creativity and the sudden death of a family member lowered my spirits even further. However, just recently I´ve been having osteopathic treatment, mostly for the persistent headaches I´ve suffered for over a year and I´m feeling a lot more optimistic. The headaches haven´t gone completely but at least they´re not as frequent as they were and I´m not constantly reaching for painkillers.

Getting started on a new project wasn´t really a conscious decision. As you may have noticed, I´ve restored several old photos over the past year. I thought it was about time that I gave them a suitable setting and that´s really what started me off again.

You may remember this photo of my grandmother and my aunt. It´s a particular favourite of mine and I thought it deserved a layout all its own so instead of using an existing kit I started to design something around it.

In a way it´s strange that I´ve gone back to shades of brown again. You probably know I really don´t like brown, mostly because it´s a colour I absolutely can´t wear, but I do like teal a lot and I can´t think of any other colour which brings out the beauty of my favourite colour better than brown. What do you think?


  1. I love it!! Of course, I like browns and you're right... teals are gorgeous with brown. Paired with the elements that are brown but with red tones makes the whole layout really beautiful. Excellent job. I'm so glad you're starting to feel better with more hope. :o)

  2. Nice to see you back on the site Helen and that you haven't lost your magic touch.

  3. So glad to see you feeling well enough to start working on a new kit. I, too, love teal and it goes so well with the browns. Actually, my furniture in the den is a golden tan, dark and medium browns, touches of peach or terracotta, and of all things navy denim touches. Love it and not happy as Tony is thinking it needs to be replaced.

    Love the page. The large frame reminds me of one my mother-in-law once had and the bird is very similar to a wall feature that I came across in the past few days that was hers and I was going to send to Good Will. Now, I'm thinking I change the colors from gold and yellow to teal with soft touches of gold and hang it in the den. And Tony thought I was finally thinning out some of "stuff" we've had stored for over 16 years...lol!

  4. So good to see you "around" again! I love teal, and have been steadily plopping it throughout the house, little touches at the time.... I like it with a very pale lilac, and rusty/orangy colors..... Just in case you want to give in to your "not liking browns", but I have to say, you use browns very well. LOL