This is my favorite of the three boards. All the layouts are new:
For six of the new layouts, I used a Pink Paislee "Amber Road" kit from ScrapbookDeals4U. Loved the green, blues and reds with copies of black and white heritage photos.
This one includes photos of Helen's grandparents:
Her parents during their courtship and on their wedding day:
Helen's high school and junior college graduation photos (she graduated at the top of her class in each case -- she was extremely intelligent)
She moved to Chicago at age 20 to study at the University of Chicago, earning a master's degree in history. After graduation, she worked as secretary to the University's president. She also met her husband, Brent (shown in this photo, taken at the popular Blackhawk Restaurant). A native of Canada, he was a handsome young math professor at the university. They were married in 1948 but divorced 10 years later.
These photos were taken on her wedding day; her sister, Jean, and her brother, Jack, who were the couple's attendants; and her parents.
Helen moved with her new husband to Canada, and the first of her eight sons was born the following year.
Unfortunately, Brent proved to have problems with alcohol and gambling. They were living in Ohio when Helen made the decision (courageous in the late '50s) that for the good of her sons, she needed to divorce her husband. She came back to her home area and obtained a job as an English teacher at the same school where she had been her class's valedictorian.
For this layout, I used Bo Bunny's "Flutter Butter", also from a SD4U kit. This one appeared on a board with another layout (see below) and several letters and clippings commending her as an inspiration to her students
This layout was one that I created in the summer of 2008. I had been driving Helen to a monthly lunch date with three former teaching colleagues; the four had remained very close friends. The Alzheimers was taking its toll, and I knew that this would most likely be her last lunch with the ladies (I was correct) and I wanted to commemorate their friendship. The papers are from Bo Bunny:
This one centered a board and was surrounded with family photos, a poem written by a granddaughter and newspaper clippings. The papers and flowers were from a kit I won last fall from A Million Memories. I loved this Washington Irving quote -- it reminded me of Helen and her life
For me, the project (the seven new layouts were all completed within a two day period) were my way of dealing with the loss and of paying tribute to one strong and amazing woman. After the service Thursday, I removed the layouts and put them into an album for my husband; I will also add the letters and some of the photos from her old picture books for him.
On a happier note: my youngest daughter's wedding is in only five weeks! Hoping for some time this weekend to finish some do-it-ourselves projects for the wedding and reception.
Thanks for looking; have a great weekend!