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Thursday, 16 June 2016

A Family Scrapbook for a Loving Nan Part Two

 I want to share a project that is very close to my heart. Recently my Nan turned 80 and I wanted to make her something really special-we are very close and there is just not enough I can do to show her how much I love and appreciate her.

I told her I wanted to take a look at her family photos in order to rescue and restore them for the future-making digital copies would also allow me to share them with everyone in the family so we make sure that they are safe in many hands!

She gave me a huge bag of photos-over 100 years or more-because she had some of her parents family photos too. Obviously being that old they required some restoration so as I scanned them into my computer I used Photoshop to restore them digitally and it was wonderful to watch some photos which were almost completely ruined turn into *almost* perfect again.

I didn't tell her what I was up to really-but it was her birthday coming up and we were planning a huge family party so I wanted to be able to gift it to her at the party so everyone could have the enjoyment of seeing the photos themselves too!

I dedicated this particular scrapbook to documenting my Nan's early life. I wanted to learn from the memories it would trigger to preserve some family history at the same time-so we can pass these stories to the future generations.

I used My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus papers for the entire book because I love the vintage look which really lends itself well to the era of photos and the imperfect nature of the photos I restored.
I wanted to make sure each page looked different within a theme so I switched up the layouts often. I started by placing the photos and then constructing the page around them until I was happy with the look I got. 

Here goes part two!

For this page I used ribbon and lace to embellish and wooden hearts.

For this page I added chipboard and wooden butterfly embellishments, lace patterned ribbon as the edge of the border between the patterned paper and wild asparagus decoupage I put together. Lastly I added pearl trails from the butterflies.

For this page I used the lace ribbon as a border between the patterned paper. I embellished with wooden butterflies which I further embellished with gems.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: Vintage
Frilly and Funky: Pastels and Pearls
Deep Ocean Challenges: Metal or Woods
Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!


  1. Lovely job, Elaine. Your Nan is gong to be so happy when she opens it!

  2. Fabulous!! Lovely layouts and such cute photos!! Thank you for sharing with us at Lemon Shortbread challenge blog. Good luck. Hugs Victoria (DT) x

  3. Beautiful creations!!! Thanks so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  4. Such beautiful scrapbooking of such precious memories. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx


Thank you for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them all :-) Elaine-xxx-

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