Thursday, 9 May 2013

Gentleman Farmer-Scrapthat Design Team Challenge-Graphic 45

This month the Design Team Challenge at ScrapThat was to include a banner in your layout. I chose to do this layout about my Opa (grandfather) Lange who was a Gentleman Farmer. Originally he was born to a wealthy family in Germany, they were landowners/farmers with money. When his mother (my great grandmother) passed away his father, my great grandftather remarried. Sadly he married a woman with daughters of her own and no great love for my grandfather. As soon as my greatgrandfather passed away she threw my grandfather out of the house with nothing to his name. He moved to
Berlin and started his life over. I never had the chance to meet my Opa Lange. He was drafted into the war late in 1945 (3 weeks before the war ended) and was shot down by a sniper in Russia. All that was returned to my grandmother were his uniform and his helmet with a bullet hole through it. :( Just think how different things would be today had my greatgrandmother survived! My Opa might have led a full life and not been drafted (he was in his 40's). He could have taken over the farm after his father passed and when he passed my father would have taken it over. My life would have been so completely different. Then again my father may have never met my mother and I wouldn't be here. Hmm
Fritz Lange-May 1927 nineteen years old
I used the French Country paper from Graphic 45 for this layout in keeping with the farm theme. I did alot of fussy cutting to tuck all the fruit along both sides of the page. I didn't want the page to frou frou but I wanted to show that he was both a classy gentleman and a hardworking farmer.
I used Graphic 45's cutout pieces and made the banner with twine and gold thread. I popped the banner up with foam squares to make it stand out more.
Petaloo flowers worked really well with this paper!

Last shot just showing the title. The Alphas are from Prima. Hope you like! Stay tuned as in the very near future I will be posting my Blog give away in celebration of my new craft room. You don't want to miss out it's going to be chocked full of goodies!! TFL and be well!

1 comment:

  1. wow! What a story and such a beautiful page!! Love it!