Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Ancestral Layouts

I've had a couple of evenings free this week while waiting for the family to convene to watch the final episode of "Lost". We might get round to it by Friday and in the meantime I have to "shush" anyone who mentions it at work!

Perhaps these free evenings have been a bonus because I have managed to put together two LO's about my ancestors. The first is of my great grandparents Charlie & May Wooding (nee Spavins). They were born in 1889 in Bedfordshire and married in 1911. The photos were taken on their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1961 and although I wasn't there to celebrate (cos I wasn't born yet) I just love the photos.
Everyone who knew them tells me what great characters they were and I am building up a lovely collection of stories and memories for my family tree.
As you will see in the main photo - my g-grandmother is trying to pour from a closed-top bottle, whilst g-grandad's hand is a blur trying to stop her!

I have used K&Co Ancestry paper, K&Co ephemera, jigsaw pieces, Cosmic shimmer mist, TH grunge board elements and Distress inks (obviously)! I have also made up some more handmade roses in gold for the occasion.

One of my favourite elements is the bunting. I have seen this design on a few LO's now and thought it looked great - it gives a real celebratory feeling to the page.

I wish I had known my g-grandparents - I think we would have had a lot of fun!

My second layout is of my grandad who in 1940 went off to fight in the war. The photo is of him as a young man in uniform looking very proud and handsome.

He always said that my grandmother (Kitty) saved his life whilst he was away. On recieving one of her much loved letters, he took himself away from the other troops to read. While he was sitting in his tank, a bomb fell in the spot where he had been sitting with his friends. He helped bury those soliders who were killed in the crater made by the bomb.

I have used vintage typing paper, Tim Holtz mask, rub-on, stamps, Distress ink, buttons and Ephermera by K&Co on this design which was inspired by a LO in Scrapbook Magazine (I have forgotten who by).


  1. i love your scrapbook pages, their great, the colour's and the finishing touches are fab.

  2. Gorgeous LO's girls, have left you an award over on my blog :)

  3. I really love the one of Great Nanna and Grandad, they're my favourite pictures of them too. The bunting looks great and I definietly need you to show me how to make those roses!
    Mel x

  4. Great layouts, I especially love the banner :)