Sunday, 24 November 2013

Meg's Garden DT Vintage page

The muted colours of 'Tis Christmas Collection papers 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. 

 When I think of all the Christmas food and gifts we have in this day and age, I can't help remembering how austere life was for my Parents and my husband's Parents.  I don't want their stories to be lost in the business and abundance of life.

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.

‘Tis Christmas Collection, “Christmas flowers”
‘Tis Christmas Collection,  “Christmas plaid”
‘Tis Christmas Collection, “Christmas angels”
Gold Holly leaves

Kaisercraft cardstock “sprout”
Basic Grey cardstock Wassail collection “Spruce”
Tim Holtz Die - Pediments
Tim Holtz - Distress stain “walnut”
Tim Holtz - Distress ink “Peeled paint”
Sizzix die - Fancy rectangle
Andrea Jayne Evans embossing folder “Pampered pets frame”
Victoria and Albert Museum embossing frame “Hanoverian Floral”
Prima - Vintage trinkets
Kaisercraft - clear stamp “sheet music”
Imaginarium - Chipboard title



  1. lovely page, especially the angel in frame , great story :)

  2. Beautiful page and a great story!

  3. Gorgeous page Helen and love the heritage/Christmas page rolled into one! These papers are certainly so beautiful! As always, you have a great story and I love that it is about determination and perseverence and if one really knows what you want, that it is certainly possible to achieve! Love it! ;-)

  4. Beautiful paper and a Beautiful vintage layout...."Time to Remember"...this is why we scrap... such a wonderful memory.... Thanks for sharing. xx

  5. Ah Helen a wonderful layout for a very determined young man. Made me stop a while and remember just how grateful I am for my life. I know for a fact that as I am now I would not have been able to endure physical hardships such as they did. I love to hear stories of human determination and resilience. You have created another wonderful memory.
    I am sorry I haven't been by for a visit in a while... just seems chaotic here at the moment :( will catch up with all your wonderful stories and creations now... always makes me feel good to visit you here :D xox