Monday, November 4, 2013

Woodware UK: Treasuring My Memories

The Woodware Team has been challenged by Christina from A Maze of Memories (retail store selling product from Woodware UK), to create with "Treasured Memories". A few of you may have seen portions of this book that I created a couple of months back to treasure some of my personal memories...mainly regarding my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great aunt. All of them females of strength and determination, with warm hearts and a wonderful sense of humor. I think it was probably pretty much impossible to have survived the Great Depression and World Wars I and II, without all of these attributes, and I'd like to think that at least a portion of them has been passed down through me as well.

My book cover features the Dreamweaver Stencils "Give Thanks Cornucopia" design (available in the USA only as a Thanksgiving holiday design), which was paste-embossed and glittered. A heavy sprinkling of various Stampendous Color Fragments was adhered to the cover as well for additional texture.

The page to the left has a wonderful photo of my great-grandmother, my grandmother, and her younger sister. I paste-embossed the Dreamweaver Leafless Tree on acetate. The back of the acetate panel has drops of Color Solutions Alcohol inks, more glitter, and a dictionary page for the background.

The next page to the left is a photo of all four generations...great-great-grandmother (who came over from Ireland), great grandmother, my Gran, and my mother as a young girl. I've stenciled this petite fern on the right, and added more Stampendous fragments, ivory self-adhesive lace
and some ink distressing.

This third page on the left is a portrait of my mother at the age of about seven. More of the petite fern stenciling, a scrap of an old song that I remember her playing on the piano and singing, and a sentiment that I love over a Dreamweaver Damask background created with spray mist.

There were a few other pages that I've added with poetry, images, and sentiments that touch my heart, and I'll probably continue to add more pages to this book. Hopefully my sons and their children will enjoy looking through my book of "heart", and treasure it as well.



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