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November 2, 2012

Step Nine: Join Me On A Journey

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This has been an interesting couple of weeks. Life got busy and I totally missed last Friday. But I am back on track today.
I have comleted adding the vital statistics to my memories of my grandparents. Some of them were listed in the old family Bible I received from my sister. The rest I got by contacting a cousin who is into genealogy. I thought my grandparents had been married in England before they came to Canada and was surprised to learn they had not been married until they moved to Winnipeg Manitoba. I think there is a story in there but I am not sure at this point how to go about finding out the details.
The next step in the journey will be to start going through old albums and getting copies of photographs of these dear people. I will also contact family members to see what they have.

I haven’t worked on my art journaling much lately but finally got down to it last night. I find it very interesting to watch the page develope. I don’t really know where I am going until it is finished.

First I covered the background in shades of yellows with my gelatos. I find them so much fun to use and I love the results. Then I used several masks to first put some muted blue squares and then some prominent spots on the page. I used my Sew Easy Stamper to put a scallop down the left side. It then seemed that a funny little butterfly was needed.

butterfly

At this point I had no idea where I was going. I thought I would try a person. I cut some patterned paper and tried to decide how I would draw the arms, legs and head. I drew a head and put on a face and penned in some hair. I did not like the face at all. I then cut some wings from the scraps on my table and went to be.
I woke up in the morning and knew exactly what I wanted. I cut out a face of my grand-daughter. It looked cute but her face didn’t cover the hair I had penned in. This little circle with a heart was sitting on the table. When I put the face peeking though, it was just what I wanted.

I put little silver glitter shoes on her and added glitter to the spots at the top of the page and pink glitter to the wings.

shoes

She is the angel that reminds me to smile. She is so filled with joy. And now I understand the butterfly. She loves butterflies. She is like a butterfly as she flits joyfully from one activity to another. I am well pleased with this page.

She is the angel that keeps me in the joy of the Lord.

I would love to see what you have been doing. Please add links in your comments to what has been keeping you busy these days.

October 24, 2012

Use It Tuesday

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I have been following the blog of my friend Marjolaine Walker from Twelve Stones Scrapbooking for the last couple of months. Every Tuesday, she posts a challenge she has completed for Use It Tuesday. Yesterday, I finally followed the links and found a great site. Use It Tuesday encourages us all to complete a challenge every Tuesday, by using up products that we have been hoarding.

Challenge #42 was to use hoarded items, and in particular the colour “orange”.

This is what I came up with #42 Use it Tuesday

I had a pile of strips left over from a previous project. I started by weaving these on the page. Then I added some bigger pieces. I had two left over titles that I had printed on sticky acetate. I used one of these for my titles. Then I added some photos taken earlier in the day of my 2 year old grand-daughter playing in the leaves. A couple of punched out leaves for a corner embellishment and it was complete. Everything I used was from the pile on my work table.

October 22, 2012

Join Me On A Journey – Step Eight

I finished my notes about my paternal grandfather. That completes all my grandparents. I have written a page about each of them, listing the things that I remember about each of them.

This week I will go back to the beginning and fill in the vital statistics for each one. I will search my family records for places and dates for births, marriages, deaths. I will also include baptism and church confirmations where I can find them.

At the same time I have been continuing to play with colours and create some art pages in my journal. In this one, I did a washed background of gelatos. I put a foggy sun in the sky and included a stock of wheat to remind me of Manitoba. I stamped on a house to represent the house my grandfather built and the reminder that a house should be built on a firm foundation. My grandfather built the house around 1920 and it still stands today.

MAnitoba 1

The image isn’t very clear but the overall effect was kind of foggy, like an early morning haze.

I would love to hear the stories you are remembering about your grandparents. Be free to include them in a comment.

September 22, 2012

Join Me on a Journey Step Seven

This week I journaled about my paternal grandmother. She is the one that I knew the best because I grew up living only a few blocks away from her. I will be adding memory pages about her for some time to come.

My art page for this week is a little different. I wanted to represent the love I felt for and from my grandmother and also the energy that she should in her life. I started by smudging the background with a baby wipe and red and orange Big Brush pens from Faber-Castell. I liked the muted affect that it gave to the page.

Then I used a mask to create blue and red dots on the page.
Step seven journey 009

I decided to try a little zentangle up one side of the page and for the first time I put some colour in the doodle.
zentangle

I used a piece of the mast to mat the cloud for my Bible message and added a stamp of a gentle woman in the background and a humming bird.
gentle woman
hummingbird
I hope the overall affect is one of energy and love. Again I am trying things for the first time and the balance is often not quite as I would like it but it is interesting to work on it.
whole page

I have one more grandparent to write about and then I will start getting into gathering some statistics.

Please comment and let me know what you are working on. Put in a link so I can see your work too.

September 14, 2012

Step Six: Join Me On a Journey

This week I have been on a the Disney Cruise Ship WOnder, with two of our grandchildren. It was such a wonderful time. They live on the other side of Canada so we only see them once or twice each year. Even with that much involvement we know them quite well and it was a joy to get to know them better. We did side trips in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. They panned for gold, ate BBQ salmon and studied glaciers. I found out that Daniel loves seafood and will try just about anything off the menu and Andrew has the most wonderful laugh. It was a thoroughly lovely vacation.

I thought I would spend time writing memories in my little journal book but I found I was having too much fun making new memories. For that reason I didn’t get on to this weeks blog entry until Thursday night.

This week I wrote my memories about my step-grandfather. I didn’t know him well but found I had lots of memories as each one unwrapped the next. I tried to write what I felt about what I knew about him. I didn’t worry about dates, I just wrote what I remembered. I will seek out more detailed information about his life statistics after I have written my memories of each individual that I want to remember.

step six journey art page
For my art page I took out my gelatos and did a muted wash of light blue. I coloured lightly on the page and then smudged it all with a baby whip. Then I rubbed some green on a stamping block, added water and then used a brush to accent the edges of the page. I look forward to watching some videos over the next week and finding some more things that I can do with my art materials.

step six pine stamp
Then I pulled out an old Stampin Up leaf set and decided to stamped a Pine branch motif up the side of the page in dark green. I over washed it with some silver but it doesn’t show up very well.

I am definitely doing this in baby steps but it is going forward. I like that I have made a committment to post every Friday and it gives me a goal each week. I open my house to anyone who wants to join me to scrapbook or paint on Thursday nights, so I always have company as I am finishing up.

Over the next two weeks I will be writing about the grandparents that I knew the best, so I will be writing much more.

September 7, 2012

Step Five: Join Me on a Journey

This week I am visiting my 6 granchildren out in Victoria so my crafting time is limited. I have continued to write notes about my mother’s father and mother and I have completed another page in my art journal section.

Again I can only write what I have in my memories at this point. After I have written a page for each of my grandparents, I will go back and fill in dates and look into things that other people have written.

Psalm 104:14

For my art page I was thinking about the fact that my grandfather was a farmer. For me the page I created reflects that the farmer plants the seeds and our Father in Heaven sends the sun to warm the ground and warm the plants. Again I used Gelatos to colour the background, starting with a yellow in the middle and then blending it out to medium and then dark blue. I used a baby whip to blend the colours together. I used a medium green and a dark green for the foreground. Using the darker green in the brush paints and a stamp that I picked up, I put plants in the forground and dotted them with little silver buds.

I then chose a verse from Psalm 104:14. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food our of the earth.

I am still very new to mixed media but I am starting to pick up a few techniques.

Please add you comments below. Thanks.

August 31, 2012

Step Four: Join Me On a Journey

I have been continuing my journey to introduce my grandparents to my grandchildren. I started writing about my grandmother, Elsie May Sear (Patterson, Manning) and each little memory reminded me of another. I felt so close to her as I was writing. I kept remembering more and more. I realized what a strong person she must have been.

Today I am writing about my grandfather. James Alexander Patterson. I never met him. He died when my mom was really little and I know very little about him. My mom remembers him as a very gentle kind man. I will write the things I have been told about him and then over the next week I will write about my mom’s step father, Harry Edgar Manning. Although he is also dead now, I did know him when I was younger

This week I have been having fun with my art side of the page.

wipe across horizontal lines to create background

Using my gelatos from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft, I started by making horizontal stripes on the page. I started with light greens and worked my way through blues to purple. I then used a baby wipe to wipe up the page and then down the page in vertical stripes.

plaid backgroundI went horizontally across the page and then vertically repeatedly until I like the effect. This kind of made a plaid pattern with a crayon effect. If you want a richer smoother surface, you can add the horizontal stripes again and wipe it until you get the desired finish.

flower stamp

Then I used a flower stamp and a green big brush marker from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft to make a design on the bottom of the page and a small stamp in the top corner.

coloured in some of the leavesI coloured in a few of the leaves for effect using one of the deeper greens from my background.

embellish flower
I embellished this rose die with silver ink and added a little ribbon.

Isaiah 46:8

The Bible verse that I chose reflects my thoughts about my Grandmother.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and flowers fade but the word of of our God lasts forever.

Have you joined me on this journey, please make a comment and let me know. It has been a month now and I need some encouragement to continue on the path.

August 24, 2012

Step Three Join Me On A Journey

This week I worked on the cover of my album. I decided I wanted a tree, to represent life. I cut one out with my E-craft cutter and used the silhouette as a mask.

tree mask

I then used some brown and black inks and several sponge surfaces to ink the tree trunk and branches. It turned out flatter looking than I wanted.

inks and sponges
I will give it more definition and dimension with some pen work later.

front of journal

I am having fun writing down my memories of my grandmother and I find that each memory seems to unlock another. I think I will be doing much more writing than I had at first thought.

If you have a grandparent who is still alive, start listening when they are talking. Pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee and listen. Try not to probe too much. Just get them started. Listen for stories about when they were children or teenagers. How were things different then? What did they like to do? What was their favourite food? My grandparents used to love to talk but I wasn’t very good at listening.

Think about the things you would like to share if you were introducing this person to someone. What makes them interesting ? What makes them different.

Recently my sister called and told me that in clearing out my uncle’s apartment, she found my grandmother’s Bible. I was so excited. I had to wait several days to get it in my hands but I was pretty sure I would find that my grandmother had the tradition of writing all the family dates in the middle of her Bible. Sure enough, so much information was there that I didn’t have before. It took me back a generation further into the past. It will also allow me to add lots of dates to my journal as I go.

Please join me in this journey and leave me a comment. Have you ever done anything like this? Do you have some tips for me?

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August 17, 2012

Step Two – Join Me On a Journey

Before I talk about the journey, I have an announcement to make. We finally remembered to make the draw for the My Little Shoebox package. This draw was made from all the comments on our blog hop posts last week…..drum roll……our winner was sister blogger Bernice. Congratulations! You can check out her blog at Bernice

Well I have decided to start this journey to connect my grandchildren with their grandparents. Step one was to look at the choices for compiling the information. You can check out Step One to see the options. It took me awhile to decide which option would work best for me. Although I originally thought I would use computer files so that I could transfer information around easily, I decided that wouldn’t work so well because I travel so much. I decided that some kind of note book was going to be best for me and it should be small enough to travel in my back pack.

I also have been wanting to keep a book with me to try out some art techniques. So I went shopping. I thought an art journal might work best but I found them larger than I wanted and very heavy for carrying all the time. Finally I found a watercolour coil bound book from Strathmore. It’s title is Visual Journal, What’s your Story. It is 5.5 by 8 which is a very convenient size..
journal
I decided to personalize the cover. It was very shiny so I started by covering it with Jesso. This will give me a surface that I can colour. I daubed the Jesso on so that I got a mottled surface.

I then used Gelatos, by Faber Castell to colour it. If you haven’t tried these yet you must. They are acid free pigment sticks. The colour glides on and then you can blend with or without water. The affects are amazing. I started by covering the whole surface with pistachio. I worked it in with a wet brush. Then I used Lime, Green Tea and Spearmint all together to create the darker green areas and cotton candy for the bluer areas at the top of the cover. Gelatos are new to me but I am loving the affect. My intention this next week is to add a tree and a title.

covers

On the right hand side of each page, I will put one name at the top of the page and list everything that I can think of about the person. On the left side of the page I will be free to try out new colour techniques and zentangles. It won’t be a real art journal but a place for me to dabble. At the same time all my notes will be in one place. It is small enough to tuck into my bag and pull out whenever I think of something I want to jot down.

I have added the first person to page one. This page will be Elsie Sear who married James Patterson. After his death she married Harry Manning. This coming week I will attempt to remember everything I can about her and put it in my journal. She is gone now and those who could tell me more are also gone, so I only have my memories.

Elsie Sear

Take a few moments this week to jot down a few memories about one of your grandparents and comment to let me know what you think about this process.

August 10, 2012

Step One – Join me on a Journey

Well the journey has begun. We are going to compile all the information we can find and remember about our grandparents so that we can introduce them to our grandchildren. This is a great way to honour those who went before us.Elsie Sear, James Patterson, Evelyn and Elizabeth

Today’s step is to decide what we want to use to record our information. My final goal is an album but I need a place to record information as it comes to me.

There are several different ways you can go here. The most important thing about choosing an option is to have everything in one place and to choose an option that you are willing to commit to. I have listed a few here but you may think of others.

    1. a simple notebook or scribbler with one person’s name at the top of each page. This is easy and you can carry it with you.

    2. A three ring binder would work well. With this option you can add more pages and dividers as you get more people and information.

    3. A recipe card box with one person on each card. Again this is simple and easy to use. Cards can be taken with you in your pocket and then refiled when not being used.

    4. A computer file. Not as portable but if you are used to computers, the information is then easy to tranfer into other products when you are ready to make your album. Changes are easy to make. If you go with this option, please remember to back it up each time you make changes.

    5. If you are creative you may want to make an art journal or handmade album to put your information in. You can be decorating pages as you are adding information.

    6. A box where you can put all the slips of paper that you have written on. You can organize them into piles later when you start to write about each person.

Again the main thing is to have a special place to put everything so that you know where to get it when you want to add information.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you have decided to use for your initial information storage.

Looking ahead. Next week I will tell you which option I chose and we will begin to talk about memories.

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