Friday, February 25, 2011

Alice Ann & Albert

Finally I have finished my take on the Dusty Attic February Sketch Challenge.  It's only taken 10 days! 

Last month I created a page with DA items and put it uploaded it to the DA Gallery, and co-incidentally when the February Challenge was out it had a lot of similarities in reverse so I thought I would make February's into a double page.  (It doesn't exactly match but tones).  The first one is of my Great Great Grandmother and this one is of her first two children.  Their father died at the young age of 24.  She later remarried a Mr Fish and had three more children.  This layout is of my Great Grandfather, Albert, and his sister Alice Ann.

 I will write their story inside the tags.  The clock was misted with Glimmer mist and the centre given a coat of dimensional magic.
 A Tattered Angels clock frame was used to frame the photo.  
 I found a postcard template on the net, printed it on card and soaked the stamps off an old envelope and adhered back on the card while still wet.   A cluster of embellishments from my stash were included (below). 
I find that scrapping my ancestors is very special so I want to be very happy with the pages created as I hope they will be here for many many years to come.  I think this one took so long as I wanted to do my Gr Grandfather justice.  While going through the process I reflected on his life - the ups and downs....  He was very much a family man, married young at 19 and had a large family (11).  He was to endure many losses in his life with the death of three of his children as infants.  He worked hard as a grocer at Worsborough Bridge, Yorkshire, England.  In 1927 he had sold his grocer shop and booked fares to NZ for he and his family, however just days before they were set to sail the sale of the shop fell through.  They were so disappointed.  He then encouraged his eldest daughter, her husband, their baby, his son and daughter (my grandmother) to continue with the plan and sail to NZ with the future plan of selling the shop and following them.  The shop did not sell, the depression of the 1930s hit and Albert's health suffered.  He was never to see his daughters again.  His youngest child was born after the older children went to NZ and my grandmother never got to meet her younger brother although correspondence was regular between the two countries thus I included a post card in the layout.

I look at these photos and see this is where his descendants got their olive skin from ... and our height (lol).  He was of short stature, as was Alice Ann.  My Grandmother was 4ft 10 tall, her sister Alice 4ft 8 inches.  I hit 5 foot just!

Well tomorrow is a scrapping day at the Embellish It Crop so it will be the Prima BAP Challenge's turn - running out of days before the end of the month. 

Thank you so much for visiting. Until next time........ 



Bridgette said...

Yet another great page Dianne. Just love all the detail amazing.
I hope to get over one of these weekends to get our Senz stuff lol

Sonya said...

Oh Dianne, that is so so sad! Life was really tough way back then wasn't it, its silly the little things we complain about now.You have done your Great Grandad justice, your page and memories are a real treasure, and in a way you have brought him to life.