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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.

August 4, 2012

Join Me on a Journey

Journey across the northern Hemisphere

ANcestors, through the years.

Welcome to the Journey blog hop around the UK, Canada and the United States. We are a group of ladies who met through an online business course and other creative courses.

We have chosen Journey as the theme for this blog hop. It’s a word that can be interpreted spiritually, physically, literally and creatively and we hope you will enjoy your journey as you hop around our blogs.

Here’s your itinerary:

Who knows what you may find as you travel across the northern hemisphere today!

grandchildren, genealogy, generations

Today I am starting a Journey….

It is a journey to connect my grandchildren to my grandparents. It is a journey to remember everything I ever knew about my grandparents and scrapbook them in a way that will make them real to my grandchildren. This is my attempt to give them roots. To introduce them to the strong pioneering people who came to Canada to forge a better life. I will journey first through my memories and create a journal of my grandparents and aunts and uncles to attempt to tell the story of their struggles and victories. I will hopefully remember the stories I have been told and the experiences I have had with these wonderful people. I will then seek out others who have information to help me. There are some in our family who have done much in the genealogy areas. Finally I will put together scrapbook pages to create an album and duplicate it for my grandchildren.

This journey will cover many years and many miles. It is not begun without some trepidation and fear because I am not a writer. Will I complete this task or will I fall short? I do not know but I know that I am determined to try. I think I am up to the task but I will call on my Lord at each step and at each turn. I will ask Him to give me strength and remind me of the particular events He wants my grandchildren to know about. I believe this is so important to my loved ones. It will show them the strong deep roots that under gird their lives. In turn, I hope they will carry these ancestors and their stories to their own children and grandchildren

I would like to hear what you have to say about this journey. Would you like to join me? I will be taking this trip in very small steps which I will post for you every Friday. Please comment and let me know what you think. If you leave a comment before Sunday August 5th at 12 midnight EST, you will be entered into a draw to win papers and cardstock stickers from the Vintage Shop by My Little Shoebox.

If you are here on the blog hop, your next stop is Nana

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August 2, 2012

Blog Hop on Saturday

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Please join us on Saturday as we blog hop around UK, USA and Canada.

July 28, 2012

Mark Richards Class and Using up the Extras

Recently I attended the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in Chicago. I had a wonderful time. It was great to renew friendships with people that I only see twice a year at the show. There were so many new products to experience. I made some great purchases and I will tell you all about each product as they arrive in our store. One of the highlights of the show is attending classes that are sponsored by various of the exhibiting manufacturers. One such class was one that featured embellishments from Mark Richards Enterprises.

We made these cards and gifts in the class.

Oval white frame with pearlsI love this dainty frame. We started with a white oval matt. For all of the projects we used the Crystal Stickers. In this case we used the pearls to embellish around the oval. They were so easy to apply, as they are all self sticking. They can be used individually or put on in strings as we did here. Adding the white fleurette flower and sheer ribbon bow completed it. Wouldn’t everyone love to have their wedding photograph framed in this. Tieing a bow around a gift box and bundling candy and shredded mylar in a circle of white tulle compleled the ensemble.
These are great wedding ideas.

Mark Richards Elegant card We also made this vibrant center flower card. We used the tiny silver strips and corners from Mark Richards Peel Offs to make the border around the edges. These were very simple to use due to their sticker backs. In the center we used a black square of cardstock matted with patterned paper that allowed just a tiny bit of pink pattern to show. This was very effective in just adding a little splash of colour. The square was then embellished with black crystals around the edge. Very effective! The card was completed with a black fluerettes flower with a large white vrystal sticker in the middle. I was surpised at how quickly the card was completed and the finished product was beautiful.

This was a fun little project.tag book This tag book was interesting to put together. Each page is very pretty and showcases all the bling you can put together. Starting with the basic cardstock tags, each page was covered back and front with patterned paper. Then some of the pages were embellished with torn patterned paper across the bottom of the page. On some pages I cut flowers from the paper and put a crystal in the middle. All the pages were blinged out with silver sticker strips and crystal stickers. This was a joy to complete because there was lots of room to do it my own way.

multi media board
The multi-Media Board was created using a chipboard back board. It was covered with black cardstock and then a piece of torn patterned paper was added to the bottom. The shiny frame was created using Silver Peel Offs Lines and Corners. Then it was completed with a Fluerette Feather black/white combo. I was pleased with how this project turned out. I have never worked with feathers before but they sure give the frame an exotic feel. I am new to working with so many different media. This could be used as a journal cover or as a hanging frame.

layout When I got home I decided to use up all the left over products and see if I could create a 12 x 12 layout. I overlapped all the partial sheets of patterned paper until I had a background completed. Then I Set about using the left over embellishments. Here is what I came up with. Even with that I still had embellishments left over to add to some more projects later. The photograph that I added is of the wedding of my husband’s grandparents. I thought the style of the page was appropriate for the time period of the photo.

This whole grouping will now be donated to the Croptopia Pink Silent auction. This will be the fifth year that Croptopia will be raising funds to fight cancer. On Saturday September 22, 2012, some 50 crafters will be joining forces to raise funds for the CIBC Run For the Cure. If you are in the Ottawa area, sign up now..

June 19, 2012

Are you too busy to scrapbook?

Sometimes I get so caught up in the everyday, that I just can’t seem to make the time to work on my albums.  I want to journal what is happening in my life.  I also want to put together scrapbooks that will give my grandchildren a glimpse into the lives of my grand-parents and great grandparents.  I consider myself a vital link.  I let life get in the way.  I enjoy scrapbooking so much that I even feel guilty when I leave the laundry and dusting and sit down to work on the layouts.  I have to keep telling myself that this is just as important as the housework.  The dust will keep coming back and the laundry pile never seems to end but my scrapbooks will be given to my grandchildren when I am gone.  They can show them to their grandchildren and read what I thought and believed.  

I have found a solution.  I set aside one evening each week.  If I get one layout done on that evening, then I will have 52 more layouts at the end of the year.  If you are in the Ottawa area, you can join me.  We get together around my dining room table and set up tables into the living room, every Thursday night.  If you are able to join us, please email me. susan@croptopia.com

Another part of my solution is day crops.  We have one coming up in Carp ONT on September 22nd, 2012.  We will be scrapbooking for a cause, as all the proceeds will go to the CIBC Run For the Cure.  You can scrap all day from 9 – 9. We will prepare all the meals so you just have to sit back, relax and create.  You can check out all the details at http://www.croptopia.com

If you want even more time to crop and pampering, you need to come to Autumn in the Valley.  Set aside two full days, October 13th and 14th at the Best Western Inn and Conference Centre in Renfrew ON.  36 hours to crop, lots of make and takes, tons of cropping tools to try out but best of all no chores, no interruptions and no cares.  Imagine all those completed pages.

So let the dust settle a little and join me in setting aside a specific time to journal your family memories.

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