The Whatevers #1 or The Bow

Are you ready for the first Whatevers? If you missed the post of what this is all about- check out yesterday’s blogpost.

Click here to see what Cat made out of this photo and which story she tells

Click here to see what Vicki made out of this photo and which story she tells

Here is my take on it


Seriously, a photo with his sister? She always found a way to tease him. Just before Dad was going to take the photo of them, she made fun of this stockings. He didn’t like stockings anyway. Maria, always uptight and orderly – just look at her white stockings – puh! But ha…this time he got her back – pulled her ridiculous big bow on the head. Looks all crooked now. She almost cried, but Dad told her to hold still for the photo. Her crooked bow will be forever banned on a photo – so there Maria…You are NOT perfect!

Their names: Mathias and Maria

Supplies: tissue paper, Liquitex Heavy Body gel Medium, various Acrylic Paints, Maya Mists, Dylusions Stamps, 7Gypsies Tag, Lace, transparent tape I found at a french market, 7Dots Paper, 7Gypsies Paper Tape, Prima Resins, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Canvas Fabric, Gerstaecker Gesso, Heidi Swapp Chipboard Letters, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Tape

Here is our first photo:

Here is how it works if you want to play along:

  • Vicki, Cat 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 – just right click on it to safe it to download and show us your version of The Whatevers.
  • 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 andshow 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

You can grab the blinkie here if you want to add it to your sidebar

You can share your work with us by submitting here:



  1. One question? I’m on time for this poryect?? Sorry my english , I try to write in that language . I’m from Argentina , i LOVE this proyect. Kiss

  2. Ich habe vor 2 Tage meine Version gemacht! was für eine Erlebnis!! ich warte schon das nächste Foto!

  3. fabulous project ladies, loving all your work! pondered this challenge and decided to give it a go…i really enjoyed it. thanks. x

  4. I LOVE your story and the whole art journal page!! This project is such a great idea and such fun!

  5. Hi Nath!
    today I miss the presentation on my blog of the Whatevers, I’ve also submitted for the project covers and tomorrow I’ll upload the link pages of the first photo. Here the link of the presentation

  6. The Rock Chic says:

    Tee hee – that story is so fun. Love it!
    And the layout is great

  7. Such a fun concept! What a great way to stretch our imaginations and be inspired! Loved your story and wow, what creativity in your journal! Love the journal!! 🙂 Can’t wait to watch this project grow and grow!

  8. Love your story Nat and your pages! I’m going to join this and am already thinking about what to create. Thanks for thinking this up!

  9. This is soooo perfect for me! Cause I am a twin, I can so relate to this photo…hahahahahah loved your story Nat. this is going to be soooo cool-love all your textures , colors….thanks for sharing.

  10. Vicki Chrisman says:

    Oh seriously Nat.. this is so fun! I LOVE your page AND your story! Your use of color, texture and design… always amazes me!

  11. :-D!!!
    Nat, this made me think about something I read yesterday… Have you ever heard about Erik Kessels? He’s a Dutch creative director and he collects old photo albums (Found at fleamarkets etc). It’s fascinating! He is actually preparing an exhibition at FOAM in Amsterdam: I’m definitaly going to see it, it looks so cool!

  12. Sue Clarke says:

    Just love your creative story and can so see it happening that way!

  13. Nat — you’re story is so cute — love Mathias and Maria! Can’t wait until next time 😉 thanks for all your hard work — it’s been amazing so far!

  14. A really great story – made me smile! And a great page too – love the colours and the way you printed the story on the tape. Thanks for inspiring me to have a go!

  15. I really like your story to this picture, of course the girl is pulled pint. Wanting to start a story has to think and prepare the site.
    Nath I have a question, you must be a story or can be linked each photo a story???. Thank you.

  16. Great story. Love your different spins on this! The gauzy fabric strings are wonderful and I love all your rich colors. Happy to play along with you!

  17. mjmarmo says:

    I love this!! What a great story! Thank you!

  18. Good one Nat!

  19. msplum10 says:

    Hmmm.. not sure if my comment made it through or if it disappeared into cyberspace… anyway! Love your story! He really got her there! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. LOL! LOVE your story! He really got her there! Great page and great inspiration! Thank you so much for doing this and sharing. I will try to play along.

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