Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Beautiful Grandma

Being the oldest grandchild, I have a special bond with my grandma. I remember staying with her during school holidays and going around in a trishaw to the market or to visit her many friends. Looking at this photo made me realize how much she has aged - she still holds her poise and glows with an inner calm and elegance. However her memory is failing and she can hardly tell me apart from my sister.

I chose to make a layout about my grandma to honor her and her influence on me. I used a muted colour palette of browns and cream so as not to overpower her photo.

I used the following Sizzix dies:
Flourish #2 656554 and Tattered Flowers 656640.

The flowers are cut from coloured vellum using the Tattered Flower die. Vellum has a crisp texture that curls and holds its shape, just run the edge of a metal ruler under each petal as if curling ribbons when gift wrapping.

Alternate the curls upwards and downwards and add a prima flower in the centre of the bloom. I clustered several blooms and flourishes cut from rust cardstock and placed a foiled butterfly and bird in the midst.

For this flower, I splattered mist on pearlescent paper and layered a prima flower which I have edged with the same mist colour. The doily below is from Maya Road and I coloured parts of the design with Glimmet Glam on the reverse. This means I don't have to colour within the lines and it still looks neat!

The title lettering is cream which I found to be too pale so I inked the edges in brown. I used distress crackle paint to texturize it and inked the base of each letter a rusty colour. This adds visual weight to the letters so they don't appear to be floating on the page.

This layout is my first assignment for MWL.  By the way, the month-long birthday celebration is still going on, so do head down for some bargains and great discounts!

There is so much I want to talk to my grandma about, so many stories I want her to tell. The fact is many stories have already faded in her memory.  If you have an elderly parent or grandparent, don't procrastinate preserving memories about them. Our own memory will one day fade too!

Tomorrow is a public holiday and I plan to spend some time outdoor with my family. Wishing all Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya Haji and to everyone else a restful midweek break.


Kate aka stinkydudette said...

Beautiful page of your grandma. I lost my grandma a few years ago, even before I was into memory-keeping. It was a great pity cos she was still very sharp till the time she passed on.
Congratulations again on making the team!! *huggies*

esther said...

Thanks Kate!!
It's sad to lose a whole person's history. I think we should start building our parents' and our legacy from now on.

Sandy Ang said...

What a lovely LO of your grandma. A wonderful way to capture family ties.