I was very inspired for this post today, and before I share some scrapbooking I need to share this story. It's a bit deep and even kind of spiritual and I think just really cool.
My Grandma died a few years ago. The one that I was especially close to and named my daughter for her. Ever since then I sometimes feel I get little "signs" from her. Ways to maybe say hello. When I pray I often talk to her in my mind too and share with her that way. Sometimes even ask her for help with something if I need it.
Well this morning I was watering my flowers and thinking about the fact that I hadn't seen hummingbirds at all yet. For the past several years I would see hummingbirds visit my flowers almost daily in the summer. And hummingbirds happened to be my Gram's favorite bird and she always had feeders for them and had sun catchers of them in her windows and even often wore shirts or jewelry with hummingbirds.
So I was watering the flowers thinking about the fact that summer feels nearly over (August around here is really pre-Fall) and I haven't seen one hummingbird yet. So it got me all philosophical and I had thoughts that maybe my Gram was more "moved on" and wasn't going to be sending me signs like that anymore. And I literally just got done thinking that and a hummingbird flew up and hovered in front of me - didn't even go to my flowers - and then flew up past the trees. I have goose bumps just writing this. I think that's pretty cool. And it inspired this post about a scrapbook I made for my Gram because she is really on my mind today.
My Gram was about as sweet and wonderful as they come. She was a mother of 9 children and a grandmother and great grandmother. She also was a gardener, seamstress, great cook, volunteer, avid church goer and all around terrific role model. When she was in her 80's I made this scrapbook for her about all of the different roles in her life. I'll share part of it here and part of it in another post in the future.
I started with daughter. She was 1 of 8 children. She was 3rd from the youngest.
This is the layout I did for "daughter". I love doing a heritage or vintage album because it's so fun looking through all of the old photos. The clothing and hair styles are especially fun to look back upon.
Isn't she adorable?
Next I used all the wonderful photos of her as a young Lady and when she went off to take her first job.
The other thing I love about heritage scrapbooking is finding all kinds of fun vintage looking papers. I love this floral one that looks like old wallpaper.
I think this one of her being shy on the dock is so sweet.
Such a pretty young Lady. And wouldn't she be right in style today with those braids!
Then I did kind of her dating years. I shared the story of how her and my Grandpa met and when she became "Steve's Girl".
I just love the colors I used in this layout and the neat "love of my life" kind of embellishments.
And I especially love all the sweet different photos of them together. What a great looking couple!
And then of course she became Anne the Bride.
This is probably one of my favorite layouts in the album. I just love these photos!! Love the bible and church stickers too.
I just love this photo of her with her in-law's. This is my Grandpa's parents and if you can believe it he was 1 of 17 kids!!! Good Polish Catholic stock. Lol
And I'll end this post with this beautiful bride photo of my Gram. There are some other lovely things I want to share about heritage scrapbooking and more layouts from this album that I will do in a future post. This album and how much it touched my Gram, and all of my family, when I showed it to them is another reason I love scrapbooking so much.