Sunday, August 8, 2010

Remembering My Grandparents

In my last post I mentioned an album called Family Stories. This is where I keep layouts with older photos, sort of a heritage style album. Here are a few more pages from my Family Stories, featuring my grandparents. 

This first layout is an 8.5 x 11 design from Cathy Zielske's class, Design Your Life. Many of her templates from that class are now available over at Designer Digitals. The original photo was scanned, so I could enlarge it to the size I wanted, print several copies, then crop and embellish without ever touching the original. 
I loved my mom's reaction when I showed her this layout. She literally gasped and exclaimed, "Oh, that's my dad!", like she was seeing something precious and special. Isn't that why we scrapbook? Made my day!
This next layout features all four of my grandparents. The photos were church directory pictures, I think. Good pictures, but more formal and not exactly personal. Pairing each photo with my very personal memories adds up to a page I love.
Finally, I have this layout about my dad's parents. The design was scraplifted from the book, Playing with Paper: Innovative Ideas for Using Patterned Papers in Your Scrapbooks. I'm loving this book and the way it challenges me to be more adventurous with my patterned paper. The author, Angelia Wigginton, describes her style as "linear, clean and colorful". Sounds good to me.
The photos are not super spectacular, but each one is meaningful to me. There will never be any new pictures of my grandparents, so these are precious. Who from your past needs to be added to your scrapbook story?


  1. Wow these are so powerful. I am really loving older pictures right now. My sister and I have been working through scanning and sharing our families old photos. I am trying to get to a point where I can start telling the stories and sharing my memories in my scrapbooks.

    Thank you for the inspiration I needed. Now I know what I want to work on the rest of the night.

  2. This is why we scrapbook. I started a heritage album, but it is hard to find info on my family as it seems everyone passed away so young.

  3. Wow, what amazing keepsakes!!! The LO's are beautiful. I especially love the colors in the LO of your grandfather.

  4. wonderful layouts. I really need to get on with this. Last time I was home in New Zealand - I grabbed a whole lot of old photos and I really need to start scrapping them!!

  5. Wow. Wonderful layouts, very special !!!

  6. You are so blessed to have these older photos. Love what you have done with them. Great job!


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