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The soft colors and patterns of the paper collection that was included in Tres Jolie’s July Scrapbook Kit put me in mind of this photo from 1940 of my Grandparent’s neighbors, Cora Cook and her daughter, Ruth. I never knew Ruth, but “Aunt” Cora was my neighbor and I have memories of a sweet lady who made the three and four-year-old me always welcome in her home.

I’ve used PSE20 to do a quick colorization. It brings such life to the old black and white image.

I’ve created a step-by-step tutorial to show how my page came together…

Cut the cover sheet into thirds and put the middle piece aside to use on another project.

Adhere the other two pieces to a 12 x 12 sheet of plain cardstock, leaving the middle bare.

Divide sheet #3 into thirds, this time by carefully tearing them. You want to have these pieces uneven; this will add interest to your design.

Glue the pieces to your base as shown, making sure to leave about a half inch at the tops open.


Paint your chipboard frame and title (available in the Tres Jolie Store) with a dark green medium. I’ve used acrylic paint, but any medium – ink, embossing powder, spray mist – will do.


Treat the leaves chipboard from the kit with a lighter shade of green. Again, any medium will do.


Cut up and glue two layers of the USPS box that your kit came in to the back of your photo. This will give it dimension and stability. (Optional: You may want to lightly ink the edges; it gives you a more finished look.) Adhere it to the frame and glue this down to your base.

Using a thin bead of glue, begin to tuck the lace under the torn edges, slightly pleating it as you go.


Remove the greenery from the two large flower clusters and add them to the corners of your frame.


Add the smaller blooms to fill out the clusters. Cut the leaf chipboard pieces apart and arrange them around the flowers.


Finish your page by adding the title piece just below the clusters.

Here are a few closeups:



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