Hello everyone, hope this finds you well. I finally finished my February tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags Of 2015 challenge (click here for a link to Tim's February tag and his full tutorial) and here is my interpretation.
I won't bore you with all the steps I took to make my tag, you will learn much more from the master himself by reading Tim's tutorial, but I did try to remain pretty true to his February tag. Although I didn't have all of the bits and bobs he included on his, I was able to make some reasonable facsimile substitutions. I did make sure to incorporate the two main elements of Tim's February tag, a collage background (see my background here) and sewn elements, into my tag and am very pleased with how it turned out.
I don't usually have a background story in mind when I start my creations but as I gathered my collage elements a story of two star-crossed lovers, separated by the war, started to emerge.
She was a seamstress, working in a haute couture design house in Paris when the war broke out.
He was a dashing Belgian officer, bravely defending his country. Separated by war, they sent each other talismans of their love across the miles. He sent her a hand from his pocket watch and attached the key to his heart to it with a small piece of rusty wire.
She embroidered a heart from snippets of wool and sent it to him with a fragment of lace from the hem of her petticoat. I would like to think that this tag was created by one of their grandchildren, commemorating their love for each other that survived the war and flourished during the years that followed.
Thanks so much to Tim Holtz for his continuing inspiration and I can't wait to see what the March tag has in store for us all! Thanks to you as well for stopping by and have a wonderful day. Happy creating everyone!