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Saturday, November 7, 2009
90th BIRTHDAY FRAMED COLLAGE
In a couple of weeks, we'll be celebrating my grandmother's 90th birthday, and I put together this photo collage for her. Actually, she probably won't care to look at photos of herself, but family and friends who attend the party will enjoy it. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of photos from the earlier years and some of these aren't that clear, but Stampin' Up!'s "My Digital Studio" worked like a dream cropping the photos without compromising the quality. And trust me . . . some of these pictures were REALLY cropped to a tiny fraction of the original photo's size! Since I couldn't get a borderless collage print, I decided to add the journaling, which was inspired by something my son said about mamaw several years ago when I asked how he'd describe her. He said, "She's really nice, and she never gets mad." Sooooo true! I can't think of a time in my life when I ever saw her angry or heard her raise her voice. How many people do you know who fit that description? Finally, the frame. When I saw it, I had to have it even though I had already purchased a frame for this project. I couldn't figure out why this frame seemed so important . . . until I finished. Mamaw has often talked about mountain trips she enjoyed and walking along creek beds. That immediately came to mind when I stood back and studied the finished project. The colors in the frame look so much like rocks in a creek (they even look wet!), tree trunks in the woods, leaves that have been lying on the ground for a while, and sticks that she may have picked up and tossed--or larger ones used to steady herself while walking through the woods. Yes, this frame is perfect, and I now know why. BTW, the ribbon on the frame is some that she gave to me! I almost forgot to mention one design detail . . . because of the colors in the frame, I opted to use a mix of sepia and black and white tones for the photos, which I think ended up being a great choice!