We love to do exchanges, support our team and do fun things that keep us creating.  In 2018  we want to push our dear Creative Crew into new creative adventures. We want them to push their limits, try new things and evolve their creativity. We decided to create a serie of out of the box challenges that we call “Good for the Creative Soul”.  We have figured out 1 special challenge each month.


In June we challenged the Crew to use a picture older than themself  in their project and tell the story if they know the person. They could use any technique/material they wanted but it must be 75% CCB products.



Today we share the beautiful work from a few of our Creative Crew Members.


Cathy Frailey


I really enjoyed putting this project together because it’s just my style – not only is the picture older than me, but the kitchen slicer is, too! The photo is of the Layton family, circa 1870s – great, great ancestors on my mother’s side. I mounted that on a scrap of CCB fluted black paper spritzed with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. And since it’s vintage style, the Antiques & Old Stuff sentiment from packaging was perfect! The darker wood parts of the slicer are colored with Old Bronze Color Wash for a rich look and contrast to the lighter wood. I wanted to make it look somewhat like an old shelf so I displayed some Architextures Bottles and Old Can on a burlap scrap. The Build rub-ons provided the sentiment and screw for decoration. I tied everything together with a rusty bell, wire, and mesh!


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Canvas Corp 12×12 E-Flute Black scrap, Canvas Corp Colored Burlap Natural scrap, Antiques & Old Stuff phrase from packaging, 7Gypsies Architextures™ Parchment Rub-On – Build, Architextures™ Trinkets – Old Tin Cans, Architextures™ Findings – Found Glass Bottles Collection, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Iridescent Gold, Tattered Angels Color Wash Paint Faux Finish – Old Bronze.


Sheri Levitt


I used a picture of my mom when she was a baby. She’s She’s a fighter, and tough after battling cancer of some kind for the past 18 years.(Breast, Non-Hodkins lymphoma, and Ovarian(twice). She was hospitalized (in May) due to weakness and dehydration among other things due to the last 2 rounds of Chemo treatment for 2nd bout Ovarian cancer. She is doing better and getting stronger everyday with rehab.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – Pop Rocks, Amethyst, It’s Black, Tattered Angels Color Wash paint – Rose Gold, Patina,
7Gypyies Parchment Rub-ons – Inspire.


Steph Ackerman


I love this photo of my Mom. It is one of the best photos I have of her. She was about 17 and away from home for the first time so she had this photo taken and sent to her Mom. It’s the only photo I have from Mom’s teenage years and I often wonder what she was thinking about.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Canvas Corp – Coral and Ivory Roses, Canvas Corp – Main Street Stripes on Ivory, Canvas Corp – Chocolate on Ivory, Canvas Corp – Chocolate and Ivory French Script, Canvas Corp – Canvas strips (from 3# scraps), Tattered Angels – Color Wash Paint – Old Bronze, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam – Just Peachy, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Peach Delight


Juli Ondrush


The year was 1943. A beautiful spring day. The oldest son from one family marrying the youngest daughter from another. The train on that dress. The memory now kept safe in my ledger art journal.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands:  7gypsies Architextures™ Vintage Canvas Ledger – 12″X16″, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Paint – Teal High Heel, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Paint – Decadence, Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Pure Steel, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Paint – Inchworm, Tattered Angels Baseboard Mist Paint – Lava, Canvas Corp Blue & Ivory Mini Dot Rev Paper. Canvas Corp Red and Ivory Mini Dot Rev Paper
Canvas Corp Tissuestock 12×12 – French Script on Ivory, Canvas Corp Tissuestock 12×12 – Damask on Ivory


Viktoriya Porechnaya


I am really adore about people who have courage to be unique and live with passion and inspiration no matter how old they are! I found many great photos of such people on @advancedstyle accaunt of Instagram. And I created a layout about some beatiful creative old women from 5th Avenue Easter Parade! I hope you will be inspired them too! I used bright colors of Canvas Corp paper for it and words for bright life


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Canvas Corp 12×12 Black and Ivory Diamond Paper, Black and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Paper, Yellow & White Dot Reverse Paper, Blue & Ivory Chevron Paper, Hot Pink & White Mini Dot Rev Paper, Mixology: Lemonade & Sweet Ice Tea Sayings


Leanne McAlpine


I have had an old OXO tin for years that belonged to my Grandma which contains very old family photos. Inside the tin was this photo of my Grandparents wedding from 7th September 1936. What you can’t see from the photo is that the wedding dressing is pink. I still have the sash and lily of the valley tiara that my grandma wore on the day and the pearls she is wearing I wore when I got married.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: 7gypsies Architextures 12×12 Mixed Media pad, 7gypsies Gypsy Moments 8×8 paper pack, Canvas Corps – Compose your Life journal cards, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Kiwi, Cherry, Gold, Tattered Leather


Lynne Joncas


I sometimes enjoy creating layouts with photos of movie stars, and decided I wanted to dedicate an album to them. I found this old photo of Clara Bow (a silent film star from the ’20s and ’30s) and loved how it looked on the wings! I added some stencilling and misting and a few random goodies for a feminine steampunk effect.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Tattered Angels Mixed Media Origins-Wings, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-Festival, Mardi Gras, English Ivy, Turquoise Blue, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist-Canary, Canvas Corp Tags-Feather


Priya Satish


Theme Older than U instantly made me do this project. It’s been 3 years since my dad left this mortal world because of Cancer. Yes… The man in the photo is my Dad. He was in advertising field and now you can understand where I got my Creative and painting skills from. A man of few words, he spoke very little to people but those few words would make a great impact on one’s life. He was a very organised person. Nothing ever surpassed his vision. Even if the TV remote’s position changed, he would find out. Lol!! He was always right on the dot. Sharp when the clock strikes 9, he would leave for the office on his bicycle and wave a bye to me with a flying kiss at the street turning. And when the Clock strikes 6 in the evening he’d be home. Even today I wonder how he managed it. He loved old tamil movie songs and loved to take pictures whenever he was on tour. So here’s my take on the challenge…This photo is just one year older than me, was taken in 1976 in his office. Can you see how neat his work space is. I have used variety of chipboards and MDF cutouts that best depicts my dad’s interests. I chose the title as My Daddy Strongest because when I was young, there used to be a slogan from Horlicks brand “My Daddy Strongest”. I used to call him that. These are some sweet little memories which I will treasure forever.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Canvas Corp Burlap, Tattered Angels  Glimmer Glam – Rustic, 7gypsies Junque pack


Taru Jehkonen


This lovely photo from 50´s is my inspiration today. My mother and her 2 sisters sit on my grandfather´s motorbike. This photo is so cute and atmosphere is so vintage! I love that.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist – Merlot Gold, Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist – Coffee shop, Canvas Corp – Compose Your Life 12×12 Paper: Live Beautifully, Canvas Corp – Mixed Media Origins – Mermaid, Canvas Corp – Compose Your Life Journal Cards 4″x6″, Canvas Corp – Cord – Hemp Rope Hank – Black – 45′


Julia Cotrim


Older than U challenge inspired me to create a layout with a picture of me and my Dad.
For the background I used 5 different colors of glimmer mist and applied the “kissing/packaging” technique. I also used 2 different patterned papers for the background.
I fussy cut the turquoise and white damask paper to make my own embellishments and mixed them with stamps and black ink. The flowers and leaves (freebies) were also fussy cut and glued together with the old camera and pen from Mix & Match Pad Studio.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Canvas Corp Turquoise & White Damask Reverse paper, Canvas Corp Mix & Match Pad – Studio – Lined paper, old camera and pen. Tattered Angels Glimer Mist – Marigold, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Festival, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Dragonfly, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Halloween Orange, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Graphite




I have designed the scrap Layout using most of CCB products. I have used thick handmade water color paper, Glimmer mist- Yellow, Shimmer,Moss Green, CC Burlap Strips, CCB Vintage postcard for layers. The Lady in the pic is my mom and this was shot when I was 8mnths old!!! Shes my inspiration and Art is something which I have been blessed… comes to me from her.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – Moss Green, Yellow, Glimmer, Water color paper – 12X12 – Handmade, CCB- vintage postcard strips, CCB – Burlap red, green, cream strips layered below the focal image



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'GOOD FOR THE CREATIVE SOUL CHALENGE – Older than You' have 3 comments

  1. June 17, 2018 @ 12:56 pm Cathy Frailey

    Fabulous stuff, ladies! The ?


  2. June 18, 2018 @ 6:54 am Jean Marmo

    THese are all wonderful! What agreat topic!


  3. June 19, 2018 @ 1:49 pm Natassa Blazaki

    Wow wow wow! Such amazing creations! It’s so difficult to pick my favorite. Love them ALL!!! Congratulations ladies!


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