Friday, October 21, 2016

Family History Blog Hop

Welcome to the Exploring Family History blog hop.  We are creating crafts related to our family history.  Most of us would agree when began paper crafting to create a historical record of our and for our families.  Of course, we love to get inky and sticky while doing it so let's dig into our crafty family history projects.

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First Denise has a project using slate -
I made this a couple of years ago using slate that came from the roof of the house in the picture.  It is a picture of my husband's great grandparents and their four sons in front of their house which was just a few years old at the time.  The parents were tragically killed in a horse & buggy/train accident in 1900;  We currently live in the house and when we had to put a new roof on, I saved all the slates that I could and later made several of these for family.  The picture was scanned into a printer and printed off with a laser printer.  I tore around the image and then soaked that for a few minutes in water.  This was put it on the slate with Mod Podge.  I used a gold vinyl for the letters and cut them on my Expression (since I didn't have my Explore then).  There were several thin layers of Mod Podge on top of everything to protect it, but they are all hanging in protected spaces and not outside. It isn't shown in this picture, but I put a leather strip through the nail holes in the slate and knotted the ends to be able to hang them.

Gracie has preserved some family history this way -

I have been trying to scrapbook my husband's baby and early childhood pictures. He is now 61.  I never had any of his pictures until his mother passed away.  My children and grandchildren are going to love this.  He was born in the same hospital were Elvis Presley was pronounced dead.  I have the receipt for his mother's hospital stay - it cost all of $92.65 in 1955! ~ Gracie  

Kim has a beautiful layout below -

For this project, I created a scrapbook page/home decor piece.  The photo is the only photo I have of my father with his mother.  It was taken in Bangor, Maine in 1940, shortly after my father was born.  The substrate is a Tim Holtz District Market burlap canvas panel that included a pre-printed background.  I applied embossing paste through a 12x12 stencil and left it to air dry.  I sprayed over the area with Lindy Stamp Gang Sprays in neutral colors.  The shimmer in real life is fantastic.  I decorated the canvas in layers with patterned paper and embellishments.  -Kim

Finally Denise finishes up with a scrapbook layout -

This is a picture of my grandmother during her first year of teaching.  She taught in a one-room school in St. Clara, WV in the 1930's.  During that time teachers were not allowed to be married, so she and my grandfather eloped in Maryland and didn't tell anyone they were married for over a year while she continued to teach.  She taught in WV, MI, and OH and earned her master's degree.  She retired in 1977 as a guidance counselor and continued to teach in other ways after that.  I used some papers from a pad of 8 x 8 papers by Tim Holtz called Collage since it had some great old school type images in it. I also distressed the edges of the background paper with Distress Ink.- Denise

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  1. what fantastic stories ladies! so many great projects. I really like the Slate piece Denise. I saved several pieces of slate from my roof when it was replaced a couple of years ago. Your project has inspired me!


  2. Wow ladies, what amazing projects. Thanks for hopping with us.

  3. Wow, fabulous projects! Loved seeing all of the old photos and stories!

  4. WOW!!! Stunning and very beautifully done projects.


  5. Ladies! These are AMAZING!!!! What great stories you each told with wonderful artistry to enhance it. Love it!

  6. Denise, thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I have been to Michigan's UP many times, I spent 52 years of my life in Michigan.


  7. I just love every ones projects, Gracie the slate idea is wonderful and I enjoy the lays outs so much thank you all for sharing your incredible talents.

  8. Beautiful projects ladies. Love them all!

  9. What beautiful projects shared! I loved the Slate project a lot! Wonderful way to repurpose and keep the memory alive!