Here is the result:
I created the frame by cutting out the four motifs in the middle, then distressing with great gusto and adhering it over the postal background. I worked on this during a 6 pm to midnight crop at Scrap That Moment, the local scrapbooking store; and with some encouragement from my companions, I threw away my usual caution when it comes to distressing, crumpling and layering papers.
The journaling is hidden behind one of the layers only because I couldn't think of where to place it. Hidden journaling isn't in my usual arsenal of techniques, but I do like how it turned out.
This posed formal portrait is the only photo I could find in my collection, but she was anything but formal. She liked to have a good time and loved to laugh. For titling, I went with the first phrase that popped into my head when I thought about Grandma: Live, Love, Laugh. Here's the journaling:
She survived diphtheria. She lost her husband and two of her four children. She never had a lot of money. But Grandma loved and enjoyed life to the fullest. She was the first one there when her neighbors needed help. She loved weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties, even funerals where she could visit with friends. She played washboard in a hillbilly band. She loved to laugh and never lost her sense of humor.
Grandma often joined us when we brought out the crayons and coloring books at her house. She sewed, knitted and crocheted. Although she has been gone nearly 20 years, I think she would have enjoyed seeing herself in my scrapbooks. She would have approved the gorgeous paper patterns, but maybe have chided me on messing them up with distressing, inking and tearing. And this woman LOVED her bling, so she would have been happy with the Stickles.
And on a side note .... I won a copy of Kristine Davidson's first ebook, Creating With Sketches!!!! You can check it out and order your own here. I can see myself happily using this ebook for a long time to come. (Thanks to Juliann Marchant, who drew my name in the giveaway on her blog)
Thanks for looking -- have a great weekend!