Links To The Past

Sunday's Obituary - Uncle Walter

 One of the reasons that Uncle Walter is one of my favorite relatives, even though I never met him, is that he wrote his own obituary. For some reason that has always made me smile.  My dad grew up farming with Uncle Walter, and I heard stories about him for years before I fell in love with family history. When I saw the Sunday's Obituary prompt on geneabloggers I knew exactly who I wanted to scrapbook!


Wedding Wednesday

This is the wedding photo of my husbands Third Great Grandfather, I love old pictures, and this paper from DCWVs Coral Couture Stack was so beautiful that I decided that I didn't want to add much to the page so I matted the picture and added some journaling and decided that it was perfect that way.  Otto Henry Wolff was named after Otto von Bismark who was a family friend of his father, so my husbands family loves the telegram from Otto von Bismark, saying that he was honored, it makes us all feel very prestigious, (or not :).  This picture was taken 13, Sep 1909, when he married his second wife Emma Dockendorf. 
I used the geneabloggers prompt, Wedding Wednesday
and am entering the following challenges:


Those Places Thursday: Köln, Prußia - Grand Cathedral

This is the Grand Cathedral in Köln, Germany.  My husbands most elusive ancestor was an altar boy here in the 1840's and I am not the first to look for him, but I do intend to be the last. It is my quest to find the sneaky bugger, and find whether I really am married to the descendant of some long lost German royal person... Wouldn't it be fabulous if my girls really were princesses? 

For my scrapbooking friends...
I used DCWV's Rustic Stack for the paper, the Bible is from my Inspired Heart cartridge, the ribbon and bling were from my stash, and the journaling was printed from my computer, and filled in with blue gel pen.




 Cicero here is my little brothers' biological Great Great Grandfather, I love to scrapbook ancestors, it seems to make them so much more real for me.

I am entering this LO into 2 challenges

Paper - Heirlooms stack from DCWV
Cartridges - Heritage, Gypsy Wanderings, & ZooBaloo
Metal Frame - Making Memories


A day at the park

This LO is of my mother and my grandmother feeding geese at a park in California, they were on vacation, the last one that they ever took together actually.  This is the last picture that they had taken just the 2 of them,  I think that it is a beautiful memory to have, and it will be part of the book that I am making for my mother, of her mothers life.

I am entering this LO into the "label it" challenge at Fantabulous Cricut,  and also into the challenge at Little Red Wagon, the challenge was to use 2 different ribbons.
Cartridges used: Accent Essentials, Pooh Font Set
Paper: Making Memories
Ribbons and Cherish sticker: Making Memories
Label/Tag: Basic Grey chipboard 

I don't really have a design team, as this is the first time I have tried something like this, but a few lovely friends have offered to share examples of their work. 

This is a page I did using The Old World Stack, it is my grandfather when he was a young boy, and then on his 42nd birthday. The baby that he is holding is me at 2 months. The top 2 ribbons are topped with braided craft thread, the hanging clock symbolizes the passage of time. 

This is a 2 page 8 1/2X11 LO, It is my hubby's Great Great Great Great... Grandfather, he was an amazing man who was born in Germany, served in 2 regiments in the Civil War, was a member of the first fraternal order to be chartered by congress, The Knights of Pythias.  By 1923 when he died he had been an alter boy in the Grand Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, he had been a Goucho on the Pampas in Argentina, he worked in the Hudson Bay woolen mills in Canada, then lived in New York, Iowa, Illinois, Oregon, and finally California.  From a scrapbooking standpoint the possibilities are endless, unfortunately from a family historians point of view, since he was adopted in Germany, he is what is commonly known as a "Brick Wall".
Paper: Basic Grey Periphery collection
Cartridges: Paper Dolls Dress Up, Graphically Speaking, Going Places
 The Knights of Pythias logo was printed in black and white and colored with my kids crayola markers ;).



This is my grandmother, no one seems to know for certain when it was taken, but she was standing in front of her church. This seems to be the last picture taken of her before she passed away, so I am guessing that she must have been somewhere around 35 or 36. I used the sentiment Forever, because she never grew any older. I also thought it was kind of neat that this last photo that we have was taken in front of her church, when my mother talks about her, her example of faith in God is always a big part of those memories. 
I am entering this LO into the challenge at Sketches In Thyme, I used paper from the Old World Stack, and the Forever stamp is from a set from stampabilities. 


Wedding LO Part Deux

This is my grandparents on their wedding day, sadly both have passed on, my grandmother before I was born, so I never got to know her.  I am making a book of my grandmothers life, and am scrap-booking as many pictures of her as I can find to be part of it, she hated having her picture taken although when I see these pictures of her wedding day I don't understand why, I think that she was beautiful.  
I am entering this LO in the challenge at "The Paper Variety"  the challenge was black and white with a kiss of   color, so I chose the color that (I think) her bouquet was.  My background paper is from DCWV's The Formal Stack, the roses in the original paper were white, I don't know why it came out looking pinkish when I took my picture, the effect is much more striking in person.  The accent paper is from The Old World Stack (also DCWV).  I used my Ashlyns Alphabet cart for the lettering and Walk In My Garden for the border, I used my gypsy to turn the roses into a border.          


Home Sweet Home

I am attempting to make a book in memory of my late Grandmother, using scrapbooking to give it life, as well as dates and occasions.  This particular page is being entered into theOn The Edge  challenge going on atWhimsical Designs.  There are sadly very few pictures of my Grandmother, this is about 1955 in Seattle, Washington in front of her house.  I used my Nifty Fifties Cartridge for the house, done at 3"(that is width, not height). The sentiment came form sentimentalities, and the paper is a combination of Basic Grey, Stella Ruby Stack, and DCWV Old World Stack.

Wedding LO

This LO is of my Grandmother on her wedding day, she passed away before I was born but I grew up hearing wonderful stories abut her.  This year I will turn 37, which is the same age as she was when she died, so I have decided to make a scrapbook in her memory to give to my own mother.  The sketch that I used is for a challenge over atMore Than Favors, The paper is from the DCWV Tradewinds stack, I used Accent Essentials cartridge, the sentiment stamp is by stampabilities, and the journaling stamp is Basic Grey.      


Abel Sisters

This is part of a project that I am making, these are my Mother-in-law and her two sisters on thier wedding days.  Eventually all three will have a second page to complete each LO but today I am entering these into the "add dimension" challenge over atLasting Memories.  I had a lot of fun making these, I got to learn a few new techniques, I have color altered my photos digitally before, but this is the first time I did it with watercolors.  I liked the flower bouquets, I am pretty new to scrapbooking, so deciding what to add for the dimension was kind of fun. The letters are from the Ashlyns Alphabet cartridge My Mother-in-law is the page done in pink, her twin sister the yellow and lavender, and thier older sister the red page.


Heritage Layout

 I made this LO for my little brother, we have different biological fathers and as I am really active in family history, he asked me to find out a little about where he came from.  This is his 4th Great Grandfather.  Family History is my great love, followed closely by crafting, so when I find an opportunity to mingle the two I am in my own special kind of heaven.  I

am entering this into the Heritage challenge over atCooking with Cricut.  I used paper from the DCVW stacks Tattered Time and Tradewinds, the ship and font cuts came from the Heritage cart, and the tree was from Create-a-critter, the apples came from  Doodlecharms, and the frame around the picture came from Mini-Monograms.  I loved this challenge, it made me smile from start to finish :)

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