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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!

4 comments:

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

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  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

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  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

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

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

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