Sunday, March 1, 2020

Ancestry Mini Photo Album

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #78
Use a Photo

This fortnights challenge 'Use a Photo' has been chosen by Sall. I have never made a mini album before so this really was an a learning journey for me but it was a beautiful project to make.  My Mum kept small photos in mini frames of her parents and my dad by her bed and when she passed away I packed them in the memory box so they would not get lost.  However, I loved her quiet way of keeping memories of her parents and my Dad alive, the last people she saw each night before going to sleep and the first people she saw when she woke up in the morning.

With Mum's photos and frames tucked away safe and sound I decided to get them out and scan the photos she used and print them so I could have my own wee memory book by my bed and added a picture of Mum, a favourite of mine, taken on my wedding day.  The spine was created using a video tutorial I found on You Tube by xannero1 - how to make a mini album from start to finish part 1 (there is a part 2 as well)

For each of the pages of the mini album I stamped images both for the background and the main pocket to link up to jobs and/or hobbies relating to the ancestor on that page.  A small tag was added in a hidden pocket behind the photo which gives DOB and DOD and I attached a charm to that tag also relating to a passion in the persons life.  The larger pocket at the bottom is still waiting for the insert to be put in as this is something I want to work on when I have both my daughters with me so we can think of words that remind us of the people.  They won't be able to contribute to my Grandfather or my husbands parents who they did not know alas but they can have their say for Vera (my Gran), Bill (my father) and Rita (my mother) who they were privileged to have relationships with.  Nearly all of the stamps I used for the stamping are from the Creative Stampers magazine which I have collected for a year or 2 now, a very reasonable way to build a collection of reasonably priced stamps for me, giving me a large variety to turn to for many different creative projects.

The final 2 pages which I have not show are not yet complete.  I have created all the elements and pockets but left the photos blank. It does seem a bit morbid but I know my daughters have fallen in love with this wee album and so think it will be kept after my hubby and I have moved to the next world.  They will be able to choose photos of Alan and me to add and fill in the blank cards with their own thoughts and maybe one day, this wee album will be passed down to my grandson Jay :)

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  1. Your album is beautiful Jane and I'm sure your girls will appreciate it. I made very simple albums for one of my brothers and one of my sisters when they were suffering from Alzheimers. My brother thrust it to one side but my sister thumbed her album until it was well worn. You've brought me some happy memories, thank you. Hazel x

  2. What a beautiful - and precious - project. I'm sure your Mum would approve you recycling her tray cloth for something to celebrate her and your Dad. You made a wonderful job of creating this tribute to them both. I hope you're encouraged by your first foray into making mini books and will make more. This is very special.
    Thank you for linking your lovely tribute with Try it on Tuesday.
    Cath x

  3. I personally think this is an incredible tribute to your beloved family. I can't believe this was your first time creating a mini book. It's beautiful beyond words. Using your mother's tray cloth is very special and absolutely perfect for Try it on Tuesday's recycle challenge.

  4. Gorgeous scrap book and beautiful papers to showcase you photos, gorgeous, hugs, Lori m

  5. Jane, this is such a gorgeous creation and what a fabulous idea to leave it open so your children can add to it. It will be a great keepsake for them.

  6. Such a pretty mini-album! Thank you for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  7. This is gorgeous - great idea,

    Hugz Tinz

  8. Thank you for joining the DL.ART MARCH LINKY challenge
    This is beautiful, I love your design
    Thank you for your inspiration!!. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  9. A fabulous keepsake, I love your album. Thank you for sharing with us at My Time to Craft, hope you can join us again soon ~ Janice DT

  10. So lovely album. Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irmelin


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