For most of you, I'm guessing springtime brings thoughts of bright days and colorful flowers. But for me, spring is always a time of reflection. My grandmother Mina passed away several years ago, and spring holidays with her by my side as we cooked and cleaned and prepared for our family were a sweet time for me. So, my thoughts drift to her memory quite a bit this time of year. My sense of nostalgia was heightened when I came across this photo of a piece of china that once held a prominent place in my grandmother's kitchen, but came to have a home by my coffee pot after her passing. I'm grateful that I have the photo because I happened to break it a few months ago which I will admit caused me to burst into tears. It was time to put the photo in its rightful place in my scrapbook.
I started by cropping my photo to place focus on the item itself. I then grabbed for a Simple Stories line that couldn't have fit my mood more perfectly, Documented. Documented really brings a sense of family and days of old to mind when you look at it. I also love the transparency overlays which I simply placed on top of my photo to frame it.
I then went through some of the preprinted cards and elements and fussy cut a few pieces out. How perfect was the 'M' right there since my grandmother's name was Mina? I really wanted that initial to stand out just as my gram would, so I popped it up with some dimensional adhesive tape.
A few added stickers and the look was almost complete. I also popped a couple of pieces of dimensional adhesive tape under the wings of the butterflies, just to add a little bit of movement to them.
Finally, I wanted the layout to be a happy feeling. So although the Documented papers provided a great sense of nostalgia, I snagged a bright pattern from the Fabulous line to bring a little sense of joy to the layout because that's what I feel when I remember those moments here in my kitchen with my gram.
In the end, the layout has a simple design and a simple feeling. But that's perfect because my grandma was a simple, hardworking woman, and I miss her. I bet you have someone or something in your life that causes you to think back on a happy memory. Why not grab some Documented yourself and scrap about it today?
Fundamental Cardstock Stickers #2302
Ever After paper #2305
Vertical Journaling Card Elements #2312
Flash Cards #2309
Photo Mat Elements #2313
Sweet Paper #2106
Happy memory keeping!