One more day to enter! Free software giveaway!

Hope you all will get a chance to check out my giveaway of a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software ($39.97 value) to one of my lucky readers!

One more day to win!

Visit www.mymemories.com look through all the beautiful designer papers and leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite paper or kit, or, comment to this post telling me if you have done digital scrapbooking in the past.
You can check out my review of the my memories software here.

Contest will end Sunday July 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST. One entry per person, per day on each type of entry.
One winner will be chosen at random
Winner will be contacted by email by July 29, 2014
Check back to see who won!

Wedding Wednesday- Marty & Jim Brent

Wedding Wednesday!

mom and dad-001For Wedding Wednesday I want to share a page I created of my parents

Marty & Jim Brent

Married April 5, 1969

Satsuma, Alabama

This beautiful dress was made by my Grandmother, Marie Cox. It was hand beaded by my Great Grandmother, Nettie Smith. Maw Smith also made her headpiece, as well as the headpieces for all the bridesmaids.

The background for this page is a scan of the lace from this dress.

The page was created using the My Memories Suite software. Check out my review here.

The embellishments are from the Faded Memories 1 Combo Pack by designer Everything Erica.

52 Ancestors-week #2 Frank Maxwell Brent Sr.

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Frank and Edna Brent

For my 52 ancestors in 52 weeks post this week I am highlighting my paternal grandfather, Frank Maxwell Brent Sr. While I enjoy digging into the distant past, I feel that if we don’t write the stories of our close relatives future generations will not have the benefit of knowing them.

Frank was born October 17, 1899 in Lincoln County Mississippi. He was the son of James Michael Brent and Susan Amanda Price. His mother passed away when he was 4 years old in 1904. He was the 9th out of 10 children. His younger brother Byrd Brent died very young, so he would have been raised as the youngest.As a young man he was in an accident where he fell off the back of a logging truck and crushed his leg. He always had one shorter leg from then on, and he had to have special shoes made with a lift.

He went to Mississippi State University, but stayed less than a year before he returned home to help his family.

n1448741902_138980_38He married Edna Mary Hardy August 28, 1931. They raised 4 children around southern Mississippi, much of the time in Laurel in Jones County.  He worked in dairy farming, then later he had a monument business. Before the dairy farm, he owned a monument business in Laurel. It was there all the children were born and went through the early years of school. He sold that business and bought the dairy farm. In the early fifties, he sold the farm and they moved to Hattiesburg. He then worked for Mr. Hewlett in the monument business. They moved to Denham Springs around 1958 and he started a burial vault and monument business there.

 

 

My dad holding me with my grandfather
My dad holding me with my grandfather

He passed away August 4, 1984 of cancer. I always knew him a quiet person. I was fortunate to have him in my life until I was 13 years old.

If any of my family has anything to add, I would love to hear from you!

Giveaway!-My Memories Scrapbooking Software

I am excited to announce I will be giving away a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software ($39.97 value) to one of my lucky readers!

Enter to win!

  • Visit www.mymemories.com look through all the beautiful designer papers and leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite paper or kit!
  • Comment to this post telling me if you have done digital scrapbooking in the past.

You can check out my review of the my memories software here.

  • Contest will end Sunday July 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST. One entry per person, per day on each type of entry.
  • One winner will be chosen at random
  • Winner will be contacted by email by July 29, 2014

Check back to see who won!

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She Sells Sea Shells

Ma Smith picture 009I Just wanted to do a quick post today to share with you this beautiful piece of art done by my talented great-grandmother, Maw Smith. Thank you to my cousin Randy for sharing this with me. I am so glad pieces of her work are still around for us to appreciate!

This was made out of sea shells, and it looks like other pieces of wheat and such. Truly unique work!

Scotch 085 ATG Acid Free Advanced Tape Glider-Review

Today I would like to review for you the Scotch 085 ATG Acid Free Advanced Tape Glider, 1/4-Inch by 36-Yard, Pink. I have been using this for a couple of years and it is the best thing I ever purchased for scrapbooking!tape gun

When I first purchased this adhesive dispenser I must say it took some getting used to. It is rather large, especially for someone with small hands. I was concerned I might have trouble using it, but it did not take long for me to get very comfortable with it. Because it is large, it does not get buried on my desk when I am working.

Because it holds 36 yards of adhesive, it lasts a long time! It is perfect when you are at a scrap and you don’t have to worry about running out. It is really easy to get the tape exactly where you want it. There is a permanent adhesive, as well as a repositionable. Be aware that once you stick the permanent adhesive, it is not moving!

It is pretty easy to reload , just follow the instructions on the gun itself. There are also some videos on Youtube if you get stuck. Hope this has been helpful, please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

My Crafty Family

Hello to all! I am so happy you stopped by today! I wanted to talk today a little about my crafty family. Specifically my great grandmother Ellen Anzie Nettie Logan Smith (that’s a mouthful:-))Ma Smith

She was the most crafty person I ever knew. I was fortunate to be able to remember her even though she passed away when I was about 8. I am going to feature her work often, because I have always been fascinated by her ability to “reuse” and “recycle.

 

Today I want to feature this little basket of carved flowers she made. I would love to know how this was done. I get the idea of how it was done, but would never be something I could replicate. Maybe some day Miss E and I will figure it out, but until then I will just cherish the one I have.

Carved flowers
Carved flowers

If any of my family have some of Ma Smith’s work to share, I would love to see it! Have a wonderful day everyone!

 

 

Heritage Mini Scrapbook Album

DSC_0243Today I want to share with you a mini scrapbook album I made honoring my great grandmother, Nellie Gamble Cox. She was a very kind woman who I was fortunate to have until I was 28 years old. What a blessing to have a great- grandparent that long. I wish I had lived closer to her, but I always loved visiting with her. She made the best yeast rolls!

 

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For this album I used a chipboard album that I got from Michaels. I loved the bird shape, but I must say it was not the easiest shape to work with 🙂 I first put scrapbook adhesive  on the chipboard, then added the decorative paper. I trimmed all the paper using an Exacto knife.I then used pictures from all during her life, as well as a scan of her wedding invitation.

This album was so fun to do. I will post another album I did in this shape for my other great grandmother at another time.

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you have made any crafts using old photos of your own, I would love to see them.

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Family tree part 3

As promised today I am going to give you a materials list and move on in the process of the large family tree.

Materials

Printout of family tree (2 copies)

Photos

Craft paper

Brown craft paint

Post it notes

2 sided tape

glue dots (permanent)

yarn or twine

green scrapbook paper for leaves

scissors

To print my pictures out in the square I sent them all to Instagram, then had them printed at Walgreens. I had already used a photo editing program to add names to all the images. This was the most time consuming part of the project, but I did it a little at a time, not all at once.

 

IMG_3148Next I took my extra copy of my family tree and cut each persons name out, and taped it to a post-it note. This was the easiest way for me to get everyone spaced out correctly, and to be able to move them around as needed.
You may not be able to tell from the picture but I used the twine to connect everyone. It made it a lot easier for me to see who was connected to whom. For example, I started with myself and ran strings from myself to my mom and my dad and then to their parents, and so on. It helped me to visualize the branches of the tree.

IMG_3149I was too nervous to sketch on the wall, so I did it first on the craft paper, then
cut the tree out and traced it on the wall with chalk.

You probably don’t need the craft paper. but I opted to do it the hard way 🙂 Plus, I decided to move it to a different wall after I had it all laid out, so that did not help!

 

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After I had it all sketched out I started to paint with the brown craft paint. I used two colors that were very similar so it could have a little bit depth. Believe me I am no artist but I think the tree turned out pretty good:)

 

 

 

IMG_3153I placed all my pictures on the tree with two-sided tape. It made it pretty easy to adjust the pictures as I needed to. The problem was they kept falling off so I had to go back and use the permanent glue dots to keep them up there. Oops!

 
I then used my cutting machine to cut out tons of leaves in 2 shades of green cardstock. I ran them through the embosser to give them some dimension.
You could also cut these with a die cutter, or with scissors. Again the same issue with the two sided tape, so it looks like fall now 🙂 I have to go back and use the permanent dots when they fall off.

Thank you all for sticking with me through this looong project. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I hope my family enjoys it being up there for years to come! I hope we don’t decided to move 🙂

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All the Best,

 

Amanda