The Pipe

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Good Wednesday morning to you! It is reveal day over at Child's Play Challenges. Our first challenge this month is a crafty one...Pipe Cleaners!

I went in a more serious direction for this challenge. Yes, as a child, I played with pipe cleaners. But the truth is, pipe cleaners make me think of my Grandfather, whom I called Momo.  As far back as I can remember, Momo smoked a pipe. I used to watch him clean them, fill them with tobacco, then light them. When I got older I even bought him tobacco for Father's Day and other special occasions.  For whatever reason, the smell of his pipe tobacco never bothered me. But I never liked the smoke. These photos are older, and not great quality, but in all the photos, Momo has a pipe.

I chose a simple design for the photos. I had a really hard time finding colors due to the discoloration of the photos. White was too stark, so I settled on ivory card stock matte.  The photos still got a bit lost, so I doodled a frame around them. My memories of Momo or happy, so I chose red as the foundation.  I added a small strip of striped paper, as well as some other scraps to balance the patterns. There are some small details around the page; the photo corners, small pieces of washi tape and the paint splatters.  The journaling is hidden under the matter on the right. The piece of washi is the pull tab on the card.

I hope you can created a project based on pipe cleaners.  Come by and join us at Child's Play Challenges, and show us what you did.

PP, rub-on-Fancy pants
Washi-Jenni Bowlin
Mist-Heidi Swapp
photo corners-Queen & Co
Alphas-American Crafts


  1. The challenge really gave you a nice moment of reflection on your grandfather. Splendid!

  2. Awesome challenge! Love the red you chose and the drawing around the mat....very nicely done!

  3. You did very well choosing your products. They are perfect for your layout! Beautiful job Devra!

  4. Great page. Wonderful memories. I can still remember the smell of my dad's pipe tobacco. Isn't that funny how memory works? I'm with you though and never liked the smoke. :) Thanks for sharing that memory.