The daughter of Nils and Brite was my highly beloved Grandma, Oddny! She married my Grandpa Ola in 1937. For their wedding photo I have chosen a wonderful Forget-Me-Not album mat, since they were one of my Grandmother’s favorite flowers. She loved a lot of flowers, but the tiny, yet abundant Forget-Me -Not always had a special place in her heart:
The 30ies were hard times in rural Norway, and my Grandfather had to work as a carpenter far away from home, to afford building a home on the farm, in order to have something to offer a wife. So my Grandparents were in a long distance relationship for years, before they could finally get married. I have some of the love letter they wrote each other, and they are so romantic and beautiful!
Here is a sneak peek of my Valentine project, with the romantic images of my ancestors:
The vintage silver plate trinket/jewelry boxes belonged to my Grandma, so of course they are in front of her picture 😀 I now keep some of the love letters in the large box.
I am adding my photos digitally, then printing the finished image on matte photo paper (Canon 170g matte photo paper). I then glue the image onto thin cardboard (cereal box) with spray glue, before I cut it out. After cutting I also distress and ink the edges and corners, for a vintage, worn look. This makes for a nice and stiff image, that I can hang, erect with an easel or even just lean agains something (similar to cabinet cards).
The font is Snell Roundhand Black, it came with my latest Photoshop update. You might be able to find a similar font for free if you search for free fonts.
Here is a low resolution preview of the ready to print frame. Print it out and and the picture manually, or use the PNG-file (transparent background) to add pictures digitally:
Find your high quality copy of the file in the download folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂
I also decided to add a family tree to my project, the tree I have used is neither vintage nor free, but if you want to buy it you can find it HERE:
I have marked the people we have already covered with hearts, including todays main persons Oddny and Ola.
The family tree only covers 3 generations before me, plus myself and my daughters. The main reason is that I know a lot about the family on my fathers side, since they all basically lived in my hometown Hornindal, or very close, and also all photos have been collected on the farm over the years, so it is possible to cover them fairly well. However, on my mothers side, I know a lot less, I don’t even have proper pictures of two of my Great-Grandparents, thus that side will stop with Great-Grandparents. So all my Great-Great-Grandparents and my Great-Great-Great-Grandfather I have introduced are all on my fathers side, and not included on the chart.
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I have used elements from the following sources for these design: