Scrapbooking Heritage Photos {Feeling Crafty}

My beautiful grandmother was ahead of her times. In the ’50’s / ’60’s she was an entrepreneur–owning and operating a beauty salon. She was fierce–a divorcee with 2 kids who fell in love again and married my very handsome, romantic and loving Vivi (the best grandfather a girl could’ve ever wanted!). She was mother to five. She was born, raised and lived in San Antonio, Texas. She was the life of the party.

I wish I knew more about her, but that’s about all I know. She died before I was born. Actually, she died when my mom, her first child with my Vivi, was barely nine years old. Way too young. As such, I don’t know much about her, let alone have many photos of her.

As a photographer, I love taking photos particularly of my babies. Since I’ve really fallen in love with both photography and scrapbooking since becoming a mom, most of my layouts are about my daughters. But Whimsical Musings had an excellent challenge, to create a layout about your name. And that’s who I’m named after, that beautiful yet mysterious grandmother of mine.

This being one of very few photos I have of her, I wanted to take special care to create a page that would honor her, show her beauty, have a vintage feel, yet be as fresh and bold as what I have heard of her personality.

Besides the gorgeous Cosmo Cricket “DeLovely” and Bo Bunny “Vintage Dot” papers I used, I loved creating the little Washi and vellum envelope with embossed butterfly for hidden journaling. I used Tim Holtz’s French Market stamp set again, this time for the front side of the journaling tag and of course distressed it using TH Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. Again I used some of the scraps of paper left from my sister’s wedding, which definitely added to the vintage feel.


How do you scrap vintage or heritage photos? Do you use more muted and natural colors? Do you go bold in your color choices? What stories do you tell in your heritage photos? I’d love to hear! This is the only page I’ve made using a photo I haven’t taken, or a photo I’m not in. I plan to make more pages using the few heritage photos I have. Please share yours, or any tips or suggestions you might have!


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