Monday, 10 April 2023

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - Cosette



Hello, and welcome to our 'Cosette’ Australasian 'Blog Hop'. If you've arrived here from Danielle Edwards -Scrappychicks, then you're in the right place. 

If you've landed here by accident, then welcome to the fun! Please join in by following the link at the bottom of this blog.

 This month, the feature paper for Close to my Heart is called 'Cosette'. It has a beautiful range of soft tones that would work perfectly for all kinds of events - a girly day out perhaps, anniversary celebrations, or even travel. To me, some of the designs leapt out at me for my heritage album.

Heritage albums are what got me interested in scrapbooking in the first place. I have collected photos for years from many branches of the family, with a view to having them preserved and documented for future generations to enjoy and learn from. I've made a good start, but it's an ongoing passion........

Through collecting photos over the years from various sources, it's interesting to note that they are a mixture of black and white, sepia, and varying extremes of colour as the years progress.

Sepia toning was first introduced in the late 1800's, as a way to preserve the photos for longer, and as an artistic addition of some colour. Whilst the sepia period had almost run it's course by the 1930's, this photo wedding photo of my fathers' parents was taken in 1932 (we are told), and shows a leaning towards the sepia tonings of the time. 

It is the only photo we have of their wedding, and in fact the actual date was never divulged to any of the family. My Dad's birthday was 22nd September though, so there may have been compromising circumstances......😉.

With only the one 6x4 photo of the event, I needed to build a page around it. One of the papers from the Cosette range was perfect, but a little too fresh and creamy for my taste when held against the sepia tonings in the photo. So, to tone it down a little, I wiped my used tea bag over the paper. The change is quite noticeable and very effective, in my opinion. 


 The tea stained version co-ordinates nicely with Shortbread, so I was able to bring that in to my layout, as an extra colour choice. 



 I also used some of the digital artwork in the Cosette collection. Firstly, to make a postage stamp type frame for the photo, and secondly to make a pretty border on some toffee paper to run the length of the page. 

I used the same tea bag to colour the numbers '1932' I cut with the cuttlebug, and then also on a bouquet of stickers from the sticker sheet that goes with the wild flower look in my Grandmas bouquet. 

 Using the Cosette stamps (which are delightful!), I stamped a couple more wild flowers to balance with the black in the title that I stamped using Morgans Hand script letters. Making the '&' sign was a bit tricky, as there isn't one in the set. However the 'E' works well with the stem of the 'T', when you mask the cross bar off and stamp the stem both ways through the 'E'.

There will be a process video for this layout on my YouTube channel so check it out if you'd like to see how this layout came together in more detail. 

The Cosette range is available in the current seasonal catalogue which runs through April, May and June. Contact your CTMH consultant to order. 

If you don't have a consultant and live in New Zealand, please contact me, or place an order through my website.

You can also join me on Facebook and Instagram to see more crafty creations.

I'd love it if you left a comment below, before heading off to Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers for now. 

Happy crafting.



  1. I really like how you made a bouquet out of the stickers and what an awesome idea to use a tea bag!

    1. Thanks. I think it made it a little more 'antique looking :-).

  2. I love this layout - how fabulous is Cosette for geritage photos.


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