Blog: Whatevers

1…2…3 – Whatevers

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we decided to revive the Whatevers every Wednesday this May on our blogs :)

Here is my project for this weeks’ photo

“Nothing would make them happier than meeting once a year at their parents house to help with the harvest. It was as if time was standing still and all sorrows were gone.”

Played with the pattern in different sizes of my Toledo Foam Stamps and Stencils – with spray paint and acrylic paint.

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :) This is it for now with the Whatevers – but who knows- maybe we come back some other time :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:


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  • Cat

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    your stamps looks so perfect on this, love the bright and happy colors! I have so enjoyed bringing this project back for the month! Thank you!

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Whatevers – Come on in! The Water is Fine!

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we decided to revive the Whatevers every Wednesday this May on our blogs :)

Here is my project for this weeks’ photo

“Only later in life would Trudi understand that she never found herself, because she never let herself loose!”

I wanted to created some texture with gold gesso and acrylic paint colors and just played a bit around- adding layers, taking parts of the paint away, dripping paint

I used my Santiago Stencil with golden gesso to tie the areas together and sketch a loose person. It is a bit weird and crazy- LOL- but Trudi is growing on me ;)

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:

Hope you have a gorgeous day!

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  • Vicki Chrisman

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    Amazing as always! Loving the gold!!

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  • Cat

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    I love love love the gold gesso and now you took some of it off here and there, so cool! Great spread, wish it was easy to just let go….poor trudie.

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  • stephanie

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    Great spread! The photo is a hoot

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Whatevers Part Three – In the Garden

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we decided to revive the Whatevers every Wednesday this May on our blogs :)

Here is my project for this weeks’ photo

“Betsy’s community garden was a little piece of happiness for the kids n the otherwise quite kid unfriendly city.” …”Rolf became a florist, Fred became a landscaper, Matt became a Park Ranger and Betsy…never stopped planting seeds.”

This spread was actually a demo page for an image transfer class I taught a while ago and I was waiting for the right occasion to use the background with the buildings for. I painted the sunflowers onto the background.

I printed the photo out on printer paper and cut the persons out and applied them to the page. I painted over them with acrylic paints and markers and then added the journaling.

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:


Comments (5)

  • collette marcsis

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    I absolutely LOVE The Whatevers! I love the creative stories and how different three people can use the save photo. I admit I’ve spend a lot of money on “Found Relatives” and then they just sat. Thanks for the inspiration to start using them in my journal.

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  • Janelle Rourke

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    I am so happy to see the Whatevers again. I loved playing along!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeahhh – hope you will play with us again for this month. We have two more coming :)

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  • Cat

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    I am absolutely in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this. It’s perfect in every single way, I love how you added the hand painted flowers in the background. It’s stunning. Did I mention I love this? :-)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you my sweet friend! I do love yours so much too – and Vic’s !!! This is so much fun!

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Whatevers Part Three – Distracted Dude

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we decided to revive the Whatevers every Wednesday this May on our blogs :)

Here is my project for this weeks’ photo

“Uncle Alfred always was a bit different and they couldn’t believe it that he ruined that he ruined the very pricy family photo by distractedly looking into the other direction. Little did they know that Uncle Alfred just saw the world in a different way and that right at that moment a miracle had happened.”

For this spread I stamped with the Versailles Negative and Positive and the Buenos Aires Border Foam Stamp using acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I brushed yellow acrylic ink over parts of the spread. Love the effect. I printed out the photo on printer paper and cut the family out and painted over them with acrylic paint. I also added my star tag stamp in different colored ink, rotating it and adding some strings with a signo pen. (thank you Marsha for that inspiration!)

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:


P.S: Don’t forget that the Artful Adventures: Stroll Through the Hood Challenge and Free Class starts today!

Comments (4)

  • Vicki

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    Your color use is always amazing! Love!!!

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  • Cat

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    I love the bright colors and how you created those lovely layers! You’re foam stamps are so amazing! I wonder what the miracle for Alfred will be, are you going to reveal it next week? I love this so much Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Cat! Ha…I think no-one will ever know what the miracle for Alfred is but it is sure colorful ;)

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Whatevers Part Three – The Dam Family

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we even made the cover :)

So we thought we would celebrate this by doing a monthlong revival of the Whatevers and the three of us a posting our project based on a photo we picked every Wednesday this May . Maybe you will even play along with us. Here is my take for our first pic this month:

“Tiffy was not amused…of course Dad and uncle Bob were the only ones opposing the war on the block and so they dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Dam  to tell everyone what they thought about it. But good grief…The worst really was that she had to sit with them. If only Mom wasn’t visiting her grandparents right now. ”

The whole photo is just super interesting. I am assuming it was taken during a 4th of July Parade and so I wanted the background to be colorful and funky. I stamped and stenciled with acrylic paint. I printed the photo out on printing paper, glued it into the journal and painted over it with watercolor.

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:


Comments (6)

  • Julie B

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    You gals had fun with this photo…….

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      lol, we did! hope you download the photo and play along with us!

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  • Stephanie

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    How fun!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I hope you join in :) Download the photo – and have fun with it :)

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  • Catherine Matthews Scanlon

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    I love how you did the background, it is super interesting with your stamps. Love love love! I think the added flag is the perfect touch. I so much love how we both got the clue that little girl wasn’t happy, she is actually my grandmother, whose name was Cordelia. Can’t wait until next week! Xoxo, so happy for the revival.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Ohhh you didn’t tell us – you need to tell me the real story of this pic if you know :) LOL. Off to check your and Vic’s project :)

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Melvin was outraged or…The Whatevers

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Are you ready for the last photo of the Second Round of Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about (basically they are photos that my friends and I found on flea markets etc. and that we give a new life and story) or want to see all the past photos and takes…check it out here. It was a fun ride the last two years and I thank my girls for a good time and storytelling fun.

Click here to see what Cat, Vicki,  Martha and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell.

Here is my take on this month’s photo:

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“Melvin was outraged. Hasn’t Mom called him “my little moon boy all the time? Why did she put an identical moon costume on his little baby brother? Not fair!!!”

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The background was created with Dylusions Spraypaint, Liquitex Spraypaint, the Arabesque Stencil and then painted over here and there, stamped and then painted over again here and there.

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Here is the photo of this month’s Whatever, in case you want to play along.

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Thank you to all of you who played along with us once in a while- it was so much fun to see what you came up with- as much as it was to see what the other girls in our Whatever Girls came up with. I will miss my fun bunch- but we all are getting busier and busier and so The Whatevers have to come to an end :)

Have a gorgeous day- here is the supply list

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Have a beautiful day!

Hugs

 

Comments (5)

  • Martha Richardson

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    Perfect story…maybe he should buy MOON PIES for his brother instead of wearing the costume! Nathalie it has been such a pleasure working with you for the past 5 years, your encouragement made me better at what I do. You are a gifted artist…I love where this new ART is taking you. Hopefully we will work together soon or at least maybe I’ll be in one of your classes! xoxoxo

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  • cuchy

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    ohhhh “The Prince Dethroned” love it!!
    Thank you so much hon, for this year of stories and awesome projects.
    Loves, Cuchy

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  • Vicki Chrisman

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    “Moon Boy” … lol… I love it! Thanks Nat.. for letting me be a part of this amazing fun project!! I love you!

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  • jenirae

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    Wondering why the photos only load partially! I even tried from Cat’s site.I have really enjoyed these!

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  • Cat

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    Haven’t we all had those feelings one time or other, LOL. Love the bright colors and story. Going to miss this each month!

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Girls in Style or…The Whatevers

the WHATEVERS 2 A

Are you ready for the next photo of the Second Round of Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about (basically they are photos that my friends and I found on flea markets etc. and that we give a new life and story) or want to see all the past photos and takes…check it out here.

Click here to see what CatVicki,  and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell. Martha cannot participate this month- we are thinking of you hon- get better soon!

Here is my take on this month’s photo:

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“They were united by their love to create art and their extremely exquisite taste of bathing fashion. Nobody could deny that they were a fine group of women!”

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I had a great time creating the background with some collage elements. And this month’s photo made me also laugh big time :)

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And here is the photo for you in case you want to play along this month:

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Link up you projects with this photo here:

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Here is how it works

    • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
      • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.

       

       

 

    • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!

 

    • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER

 

    • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story– it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER

 

    • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER

 

    • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.

 

    • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!

 

    • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.

 

 


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Have a gorgeous day!

Nat

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Comments (4)

  • cuchy

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    extremely exquisite taste… NO DOUBT!! HAHAHAHA
    Colourful as we are :)

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  • Cat

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    I love the background!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Cuchy had way too much fun with this one.
    Fun photo to work with Nat.

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  • Vicki Chrisman

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    Very Very cool Nat!!!

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Aligned Stars or … The Whatevers

the WHATEVERS 2 A

Are you ready for the next photo of the Second Round of Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about (basically they are photos that my friends and I found on flea markets etc. and that we give a new life and story) or want to see all the past photos and takes…check it out here.

Click here to see what CatVickiMartha and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell.

Here is my take on this month’s photo:

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“They knew their stars were aligned as long as they were able to keep away the evil forces of world politics”. NatKalbach_AlignedStars02

I worked in a smaller art journal this time and also changed the format. I wanted to see how I like it. NatKalbach_AlignedStars04 It was fun – I think it is a different way on approaching an art journal page.

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And here is the photo of this month’s Whatever for you :

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You can play along with us and share your story with the Whatevers- just link it up so we can see it :)

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Here is how it works

    • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
        • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.

       

       

 

      • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!

 

      • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER

 

      • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story– it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER

 

      • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER

 

      • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.

 

      • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!

 

      • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.

 

 


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Comments (4)

  • Sue Clarke

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    I love reading the stories that go along with the Whatevers creations.
    Especially that they are all so different. TFS

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  • Catherine Scanlon

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    I love the Hand Journals — though sometimes find the one I have a bit on the small side. Your colors in the background are great — looks like Winston and your Man coordinated their outfits this month, LOL.

    Love your colors!

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  • Martha Richardson

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    Love how you used the new journal…is this story about anyone we might know???

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  • Cuchy

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    the stars and the planets should be aligned for them :)
    powerful colors. I love it!

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The Evil Look or…The Whatevers

the WHATEVERS 2 A

Are you ready for the next photo of the Second Round of Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about (basically they are photos that my friends and I found on flea markets etc. and that we give a new life and story) or want to see all the past photos and takes…check it out here.

Click here to see what CatVickiMartha and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell.

Here is my take on this month’s photo:

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Martha shot her new son in law another evil look just to ensure he understood her earlier whispered message during the rehearsal dinner: “If you ever make my little girl cry…I make you regret the day you were born!”

The little girl and her husband lived happily ever after!

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When we saw this photo we all laughed hysterically- I think it is too funny and it reminded me that I actually do have a photo of my great-great grandmother with a similar evil look – she was known as someone who was absolutely humorless – LOL.

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I love the little orange here and there peaking through the blue. Loads texture here.

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And here is the photo of this month’s Whatever for you :

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You can play along with us and share your story with the Whatevers- just link it up so we can see it :)

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Here is how it works

  • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story– it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page

 

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Have a gorgeous day- no evil looks though ;)

 

Nat

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Comments (5)

  • Cuchy

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    LOL good advice… or better warning.
    I heard my father telling the same words :)
    Love the “new and colorful porch”

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  • Vicki Chrisman

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    Super fun Nat! I always LOVE how you use COLOR!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Funny how many folks in the older vintage photos look miserable. I guess it was just a sign of the times. I assume that they didn’t have many pics taken so they wanted a “serious” one to display.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL Sue- I think it might be also because they had to wait forever? I am not sure- but I guess I would have looked miserable too ;)

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  • Catherine Scanlon

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    Haha, my husband calls that the evil eye! Love the story and the orange does look GREAT!

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