Together Forever! by Jen McMurtrey

Together Forever! by Jen McMurtrey

Do you find that you are holding onto old family photos and have yet to scrapbook with them? There is a photo of my husband’s grandfather that has been displayed in our living room for the past 20 or so years, and I have never used it on a scrapbook page. Much to my delight, the Simple Stories Simple Vintage Ancestry collection is just what I needed to document this picture.


Sadly, my husband’s grandfather passed before he was born, and he never had the opportunity to meet him. As a result, this photo of him is a cherished possession and one that I am happy to finally document.



To begin this 8.5” x 11” layout, I selected several of the papers I felt worked well with the photo and distressed the edges. To distress the papers even further, I crumpled each piece into a ball and rolled them around to really wrinkle and tear them.



Next, I machine stitched each of the distressed papers onto the background page and stapled them down with a Tiny Attacher. Under some of the distressed edges, I tucked in pieces of torn washi tape to provide a bit more color.


After backing the photo with additional patterned papers, I adhered it to the page using foam tape.



To the left of the picture, I added a 3 x 4 cut apart that also has distressed edges.



When embellishing the layout, I tried to use pieces that had a masculine feel to them and used mainly gears, cameras, and clocks. There are a few flowers and a butterfly tucked in with the photo, which is a perfect balance to all of the metal-look accents.



For the title I chose the large “family” foam sticker and added a chipboard sentiment to it. To complete the project, I tucked a few brads in with the embellishments and typed Claude’s name on a label that sits above the photo.



This project was lovely way to honor my husband’s ancestry, and I plan to create more heritage layouts with this amazing collection.



Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have been inspired to document those special ancestors in your family as well!!

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