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Thursday 20 January 2011

Family on Display

A few year's ago (must go back!) on the way back from visiting Legoland in Windsor, we popped in to see one of my cousins and one of the things that struck me and I still remember it today was how lovely it was that she had loads of family and friend's photographs up in lots of rooms of her house.  They were fascinating to look at for visitors (particularly for us family) and a lovely reminder of special events, both the celebrated and the everyday.  That cousin of mine had in the past (thankfully on remission) suffered from Cancer, which may be a part of the reason for the photos, but it got me thinking, both then, and again now, just what a lovely idea it is to be surrounded by memories of special times with your family and friends.  Some of you probably already do this, but for me, apart from a very few pictures of my boys, most of my family pictures are hidden away in boxes.  Well, not any more they are not (going to be).  I'm going to start displaying pictures of my nephews, nieces, 2nd cousins twice removed (well, maybe not them ;-)  ) aunts,  uncles and grandparents... and bring them out of hiding and on display! 

I also decided that I will not just display them in a frame, I'm going to make 'mini' scrapbook pages to bring out aspects of their personalities.  Which brings me onto this:
Tonight's craft, a mini scrapbook page of my young Nephew, Daniel.

Number one on my list (because my sister gave me his up to date picture in her Xmas Card) and it's me putting my idea into action! 
I used stamps for the circular star images, stickers for the letters and gummed stars for further embellishment.  I didn't have red stars so coloured the white backs with a red Sharpie.  I also used my new stitch gizmo from American Crafts for punching holes for the fake stitches drawn around the photograph.  As it will be behind glass, I had to use flat embellishments but for some dimension I used some Glossy Accents.

Thanks for looking and for any comments,


Carmen said...

Same here. My excuse is hollow walls that are rubbish for fixing anything to. In my old house I had pictures everywhere but here, none. It does make it more like home with them.

This is gorgeous - I must dig out a link I saw last year on another blog I follow - I shall be back...

Carmen said...

Here we go - something similar... http://madebynicole.blogspot.com/2010/05/serious-bit-and-love-notes-for-boys.html

Kandi said...

That is a really great idea. I have family pics up and pics of friends, but scrapbooking them would be great. I don't know where to start, I might have to just jump in and experiment.
Thanks for a lovely idea.
Kandi x

Nicky Stevenson said...

OOh, thanks for the comments girls. Love that madebynicole wall from your link Carmen. Shame that 12x12 frames aren't so easy to get here in the UK.

Scrapbooking pages isn't that difficult Kandi, look for inspiration on the web, its fun! ;-)


Unknown said...

I love this idea and think i`ll have a goto, to often w put everyone in a cupboard and forget them x

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