Scrapbooking Old Family Photos part 3 - Scrapping Photos Of a Marriage that Didn't Make It.

The Bride
I have a lot of photos of my Mom and Dad's wedding.  It seems that many of the pictures taken at the time, by both sides of the family, even the professional ones, ended up in my possession.  I'm not sure how long my parents were together, but when I was about five they separated, and by third grade they had divorced and my dad remarried.

They said, "We just can't be together anymore."

Or something like that.

I've forgiven and let go of all the hurt the divorce caused me, but I'm not going to lie and say that my parents choices didn't effect me in a very negative way.  It's of my opinion that too many people get divorced and run away from their issues instead of facing them.   In running away they bequeath painful issues for their children.

I don't want to judge.  I've only walked in my shoes after all, but with so many happy matches ending in divorce, they can't all be blamed on infidelity or physical abuse.  As a Nanny I've seen couples just "give-up."  And I've watched how it devastates their children. 

I wanted the page I made with these old unwanted pictures to be pretty, but "broken."  I wanted them to reflect hopes and failures. 

My mom was a gorgeous bride.  She wore a dress worthy of Jakie Kenady made of heavy cream satin, with seed pearls, light gray beads, a sweetheart neckline and a princess skirt. She bought it from Nodstorm.  It stood the test of time so well I wore it at my wedding and no one thought it was old fashioned or out of date. 

I layered printed papers over a white page, then painted over them all with gesso.  I used a stencil for the circles with the heavy gesso and then spritzed with several different mists.  Under the photo is a simple chipboard circle, painted with gesso then mists and randomly stamped.  I wrapped wire around three sections also to add a little more  interest.   The little flowers, originally white, are are spritzed with mist.  I added faux pearls from a broken some broken vintage necklaces, and some scroll bling from my stash.  I had a couple of corner scroll chip board pieces that I used some gold enamel on.  I love how they turned out. 

This layout is one of the Anything Goes challenge examples over at Party Time Tuesdays this week.  I am so privileged to be able to post all my stuff over there.  Be sure to click on over there and join this weeks challenge.  I'd love to see what you come up with.



  1. Thank you for sharing your heart. I agree too many give up too fast. Hugs!

    Your layout turned out great. I love the gold flourish too!

  2. Heard said and been told it isn't good to stay together just for the kids either.
    Damned if you do and damned if you don't as that adage goes.

    Love what you did with the materials you had.

  3. Dana, I know that story. I was eleven. No matter the cause, it's rough on the kids. Yours was a beautifully told story. ♡ Your Mom was gorgeous . . . I wish you had done a side by side of you two! Oh and girlfriend, that layout is stunning! Seriously, it is one of my faves! I need to do a feature on my favorite layouts for my blog! Love, love, L♡VE!


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