22 November, 2013

Helen's ancestry LO

Hello Bloggers

Let's look at 2 Christmas layouts & their journaling:
 - Helen is so fantastic with her heritage photos & their associated history.

Helen explains:
'The muted colours of “Christmas flowers” were perfect for this vintage photo of my Father-in-law, who was born the day after Christmas in 1911.   Christmas was always a time of celebration for the family and doubly so, because he was a Christmas Baby. '

The angel forms part of the cover of a little book which I made to hold the journalling about this remarkable man. 

JOURNALLING - in the little book reads:-
Frank was the fifth and last child in his family.  He was born in the far North of the state at a little town called Hammond. (Now a ghost town) His father died when he was five years old and consequently there was not much money to go around.  As a school boy he had part time jobs such as tallying up the bags of grain at the silo, for which he earned about threepence a day.  He left school at aged twelve and worked at rock clearing. At fourteen, he was employed droving sheep from Hammond to Long Plains, a distance of about 150 miles.  Frank was determined to better himself, so he went to Teacher’s college, whilst working part time.  He married another teacher and they started a family of their own.  Despite the demands of five children and a teaching career, he continued his love of learning; first obtaining his diploma of teaching and later a Bachelor of Arts. In an era when only the rich could afford to go to University, his tenacity and determination, blazed a trail for his children and grandchildren to follow. By his example they believed anything is possible if you work hard enough.'

 “Christmas flowers”
 “Christmas plaid”
“Christmas angels”

cardstock “sprout”, “Spruce”
Tim Holtz Die - Pediments
Distress stain “walnut”,  “Peeled paint”
Fancy rectangle die, embossing folder “Pampered pets frame”
Victoria and Albert Museum embossing frame “Hanoverian Floral”
Vintage trinkets
stamp “sheet music”,  Chipboard 

A great LO Helen - well done. Love reading & seeing ancestry projects. This one is fabulous. The title is perfect, the added colour from the fussy cutting give a lift to the LO & the metal embellies are the final touch.

Bye for now


  1. Fabulous layout Helen and a great tribute to your father-in-law!

  2. Fantastic....love how you've used the image with the photo...works soooo well:):):) That clock face is YUM!!!!!