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December 22, 2012

Step Ten Join Me on a Journey

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I seem to have lost my way. What with getting ready for Christmas, flu and colds, and basic busyness, I just got right off the path that I had been working on. This project has gone on longer than I had originally thought it would.

I want to have photographs of all of the grandparents that I have been writing about. I am looking for old albums that seem to be hidding somewhere. I remember a photograph of one of the weddings. It used to be hanging on my grandma’s dining room wall. I sent several emails out, and I finally know who has the picture. Now I am just trying to get a copy sent to me. I will continue to work on getting the photos together.

The next step for me was to put together a family tree. I thought of several different ways to do this. I could use some printed sheets and put on all the details dates etc. I decided that the easiest way, to begin,  was to just do the names.

genealogy chart

I drew out all the grid and put in all the names with pencil. This way I was able to erase and make changes as I needed to. Then I created the background right over my writing on both pages with blue and yellow gelatos. When the colours were dry I went over all the lines and names with a black marker. To finish it off I used a blue big brush pen to embellish around the boxes. The final touch was to add the word “Family” and a little silver to the edge of the pages. . I thought that doing the page simply would make it easier for my grandchildren to follow and understand.

I am going to close off this project for now. I will come back to it next year and do the same steps for my husbands grandparents and then I will combine the two family trees. There is still much work to be done but I want to move onto some other things for 2013.

Watch for my postings on JOY!! this year. I feel a need to better understand joy. The Bible tells us that …”The joy of the Lord is our strength” I could sure use more strength in my life. I will be searching out the concept of joy as we move into 2013. I’m not totally sure what form that will take but I am ready to try.

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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.

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 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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