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Monday, May 4, 2015

May and Unstampabelles Challenge #47

 Hello Peeps! May has come upon us and we are enjoying a lovely autumnal few days before winter unleashes - it did rain last night, but today was a corker! I love autumnal days and we have had several stunners last week! Here is a shot early morning of a cray boat returning home on the river Derwent.

Photo by Greg Faull

Well, on to the main event - Unstampabelles next challenge #47 is all about 

Family - from the past
Who is in your family tree? Make a scrap page or create a card or photo page/inside a frame about a family member who is in the past.

and the TWIST is to make it vintage!

The prize being offered is this!

I have not scrapped for such a long time and was determined to do so for this project. Cards just seem to takeover don't they! Anyway, I have a photo of my Mother in my craft room, taken when she was in her mid 20's I think, before she and Dad met, and I see it every day. I often talk to it as well and I know I smile at it when passing! Yesterday I took it down and at first tried to get the back off the frame but it looked like it was going to be difficult so I just photographed the photo with my camera! I went and had printed another photo of the photo - does that make sense? - after I cropped out the frame! As the original was in sepia, it worked well for the vintage idea. Mum would have had a birthday on the 2nd May - she would have been 99....................

I used wood, paint and ink, hesian and ribbon and lace, and buttons and words and stickers  and journalled until my fingers were brown and sticky!

I had grabbed a sheet of Co-ordinations which had been embossed, and began to smooch around some TH Picket Fence ink, and then some Tea Dye and Antique Linen, and  then employed a sanding block to make it look a bit old and tired.....

I added bits and pieces where I thought they would look balanced - the chair is because she always had a favourite chair to sit on and we were not allowed to sit there even if she was not there - "that's Mum's chair! Get out!"

I used a sheet of Meg's Garden The Romantic Garden paper, and grunged it up a bit

It it hard to imagine she has been gone nearly 27 years now - seems like yesterday......

I tucked a journalling card under the photo - if you want to know what is on it you have to pull it out to read, There is a strip of music there too - she used to sing to us when we were little.

I wanted it to b a little quiet and yet to celebrate her - at this stage of her life she was single, working as the Manageress of a shop in the city in Melbourne, and living with her parents.  Both her younger sisters were married before her, and her brother too.  She met Dad at Easter when she was 34 and they were engaged within 4 days of meeting! They separated then - she going home to Melbourne and Dad staying here in Tasmania to look after his three children, and for work. They corresponded by letter and he flew to Melbourne after Christmas and they were married on the 29th December, 1948, returning to Tasmania within days to live. They lived with his mother to start with, and the children, and then moved to a farm after a couple of years. That's when I was born!

So, enough on my family - what about yours?

If you go to Unstampabelles, you can see what the other DT members have come up with and check out their blogs. Then lets see what you can create for this challenge - you have until the end of May to enter.

I will enter the following challenges:
Scrapper's Delights: Anything Goes
Inkspirational: Space
DLART: Mother's Day


Wynn Walton said...

I Love the story of your Mum and romantic. I was a bit late with my entry this time as blogger or my PC, not sure which, was acting up grrrrrr gremlins eh!! Hope we get a few more entries this time. W xx

Kim M said...

What a lovely layout! Beautiful soft colours. Thanks for joining us over at Inkspirational! :-)

Create With Joy said...

Dear Susan,

What a beautiful layout and moving tribute to your Mom. I loved hearing how your parents met and the connection the two of you have through your mutual love of crafting.

The way you created your layout - the styling, colors and embellishments - say as much about her beautiful spirit as your words.

I hope that your week is filled with joy during this very poignant time.


Yvonne Garner said...

Love the story and love your project! Thank you for sharing with us at Inkspirational!