Saturday, 1 July 2017

Kraft+ DT July - Memories

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome, today I'm sharing a post for 


So, for this challenge you must use roses on your creation...but in three different ways!
eg.: stamp of a rose, a stencil of a rose and a photo of a rose
or you may choose to use
a rose flair, washi tape with a rose pattern and a rose flower embellishment.
using any medium you like and any combination you like or any embellishment you like.. but there must be roses used Three DIFFERENT WAYS on your creation .
**Please let us know the three different ways you used roses when you upload your entry. 

I've used Fussy cut roses, a background of roses, a rose stencil and rose chipboard.
The pretty papers are from Kaisercraft, the High Tea collection. 
The background paper is "Tea leaves"
The fussy cut roses are from "Devonshire"
The stencil is by Tim Holtz THS075. 
I used acrylic paints on the gorgeous rose frame from Scrapmatts. 
I've tried a different medium through the stencil - It's from Liquitex, flexible modeling paste. It's so smooth and creamy and glides on beautifully.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

This photo is of my Maternal Grandmother, Catherine Harriet.  I only knew her as an older woman and then not intimately, as she died of Breast Cancer, when I was eight years old.
She was born in 1884 and was a Dressmaker by trade.  She married a farmer, William Ryan, at Undayla, near Auburn, South Australia, in 1912. 
They had nine children. The oldest living child, was my Mother. Sadly their first born child James, died at 3 years of age from diarrhoea after eating green grapes. 
With all those mouths to feed it was a frugal existence; they ate what they grew, or traded with the neighbours if they had an excess of something seasonal.  
I can't imagine how exhausted she must have felt preparing meals, washing and ironing by hand, sewing and mending clothes, supervising homework, feeding babies, changing nappies, growing vegetables, milking the cow, feeding the chooks; all without running water, 
electricity or any appliances.  
My Mother told me they had rammed earth floors with rag rugs scattered about to keep out the cold and slept three children top to toe in a single bed.  If you were last one in, you got the squishy spot in the middle next to the other two kid's toes.  Along with many others of that era, Grandmother were made do with very little.
I often think of her, if I'm tempted to get grumpy when the power goes off, 
or our electricity or water bills are too high. 
Catherine would be amazed at the totally different world that her descendants live in.
Photo taken Circa 1902

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  1. Beautiful Helen, and what a wonderful photo to document. My father was one of nine children and I am amazed the tiny house they were raised in, but I loved it so. How tragic losing the first born child to diarrhoea, I could not imagine that these days.The High Tea collection is so pretty.

  2. So beautiful, love all those fussy cut flowers and the rose stencil in your background <3

  3. Your roses are all so gorgeous & perfectly combined, Helen! How wonderful to have that gorgeous picture of your grandmother! It is so hard for us to imagine how people survived in those days. How sad that she died so young. Hugs, Greta

  4. What a wonderful photo and yes, it amazes me too when thinking about what life was like way back then! I don't think I could have coped with any of it!! A truly beautiful page to honour a truly beautiful lady! hugs xx

  5. Oh Hellen...your page is stunning, so so pretty! Love all the gorgeous roses! Really enjoyed reading the story about your grandmother.

  6. I think that this was on of my faves. I love the pop of pink and the way you used the different roses. A beautiful layout. BUT as always it is your journalling that speaks to me. Yes they were made of much tougher stuff than we are. For starters - apart from all the other stuff - I cant imagine what it was like to have NINE kids... my dad was one of ten... I could barely manage my two :D They were amazing women back then - I suppose they didn't know any different so that is what they did. I am sure that after my life I would NOT want to go back to that. This is a wonderful layout Helen.

  7. Masterful!!!
    I absolutely love this Helen.....every little detail is just perfect...I enjoyed reading your journaling...IM not sure how they did it, but I guess they didn't know any different or have a choice. Thanks for sharing. This to me is what scrapbooking is all about. xx

  8. Soooo elegant and stunning! The design and papers so fitting for this grand photo! Just beautiful! ;-)

  9. WOW! Your fussy cutting is the perfect addition to this gorgeous layout. What an exquisite photo. Love how you've framed her and love these pops of color in the florals. Hugs, Autumn