This weekend we are having a small family gathering with my Grandmother's siblings...I'm preparing a talk to share with them my latest genealogy finds with them and the results of our dna ancestry test.
My goal...GOAL is to have a memorial table of those who have recently passed away and to have mini heritage albums as centerpieces. I've gotten five of the six memorial labyouts done. Finding decent photos was the hard part. SOme of the photos I found were hard copy so they didn't scan so nice nor enlarge, but hey...my deadline is Friday and I have to work with what I have which is better than NOTHING. My goal is to not be artistic, just a nice presentation for our family album...which I just had scanned and can share electronically with any family member that asks. This particular family album has 66 pages and that does not include the images you see here and the ones I plan on adding with census docs and newsclippings I found on www.ancestry.com.
I'll post more about my presentation after the events this weekend.
Two comments about this layout...the artificial blue carnation bottom left is from a floral arrangement my dad picked up at her funeral...blue was her favorite color...the letters from her name are glittery...just like her and the photo is my husband's favorite (he shot this photograph of her about 10 years ago)...I guess that was three comments.
Aunt Elsie...my great-grandfather's sister who passed in 2008 in her 90's...she's the aunt I spoke of in my essay published in Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul. I played up her denim vest to show her youthfulness and heat embossed the letters for the pearl look of her jewlery.
My grandmother's sister...Aunt Margie (Margeeee) my favorite aunt, we talked for hours on the phone...I would frequently have sunday dinner with her and her husband while I was in college, they lived within blocks of my dorm.
Aunt Stella...I forced my kids to look at her good at her funeral...I told them to make me look just as beautiful as she was in that casket...whew she looked good. She had an infectious laugh that just made everyone laugh and smile...I didn't get to see her much, but she always knew what was going on in my life and made feel special and close to her.
what do you start a layout with..the paper or the photo...how about the letter T...it was a scrap from something and I designed the whole layout around the letter T...silly or not...I love how it turned out. Paper was from a Classy Coordinates kit (hoarding two years worth) for special use...and this was it.
I really like the chipboard name plate...