Friday, October 21, 2016

Exploring Family History Blog Hop

Welcome to the

You've reached the last stop on today's hop and we hope you've enjoyed the journey.
If you arrived from Card A Day Challenge Blog, then you've traveled the course.  If you arrived from somewhere else be sure to check out all the hop stops listed at the bottom of the post.

Whether you've inherited family pictures, just written down the stories you've heard or
are starting now for future generations, family history is important to us all.

What was in Grandma's recipes?  What did Great Grandpa do for a living?
Where are we from and how did we get here?

These are all questions that we ask ourselves as scrapbookers, genealogists and family historians.

We've shown you lots of different takes on preserving and celebrating that history.

I've got a couple of projects for you too.
So take a peek and don't forget to comment for your chance to win a $20 gift from

I'll start with the projects I shared on my very first post on this blog back in 2010.

These were the gifts I gave for Christmas in 2009 to my Grandmother and my Mom.

I made my version of a Wordle , but made it with my Cricut and CDS (Cricut Design Studio) . The first one is a 12x24 that I created for my Grandmother who will be 85 this May and it has the word Family in the center with her name and Grandpa's surrounded by all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's names. This was a challenge and I made the mistake of using heavy watercolor paper which I had used a metallic gold stamp pad to highlight the texture of the paper. The problem with using this paper was that it was so thick that the fine details did not cut well and of course I had welded the whole thing so it was a bear to get off the mat without tearing. I used the Stone Script font and it was just to delicate for this application but I'd already jumped in with both feet so I changed it up for the remaining ones. My beautiful daughter Rachel helped to glue it down and it is by no means perfect or straight but Grandma Bernie loved it and it is proudly hanging in her living room.

When I did the second one I used just a good heavy cardstock and of course it was smaller but I did not weld the names together in CDS and just glued them down next to each other and it turned out much better. Mom loved it, although she wasn't surprised since we had already been to Christmas at Gram's house before she got hers.

Hope you enjoy them. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I'll also share a fun page I made with me and my Grandma Bernie.
Don't think that heritage pages have to be stuffy, find the humor and make them colorful.

Thanks for hopping!
Happy Crafting

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  1. love, love, love the word collage. really awesome and the layout is great too! thanks for everything!


  2. Very cool project. I love the word collages because they are so very personal, but I can only imagine the amount of work to get them all in.

  3. I love all 3 projects! I might have to try your recipe!

  4. Great projects! Love the word collages...can't decide which i like more!

  5. Great projects, the donut recipe page is very creative.


  6. Wonderful projects, Theresa! So glad you're in it!

  7. I love these projects they are beautiful.


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