It has been almost four years since my grandparents passed away; and it wasn’t until I saw the Pebbles Jen Hadfield Warm & Cozy collection, with its beautiful fall florals and earthy tones, that I felt like I had found something that would work for scrapbooking the photos from their funeral.
My grandpa was 6 years older than my grandma, and while they were doing fairly well in their old age, each one had their own set of health problems. Despite being six years older than my grandma, my grandpa was the caretaker of the two and kept things going in the household.
My grandpa suffered a stroke and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks. When we realized it wasn’t looking good, we began arranging for my grandmother to move to a care facility. Grandpa was still in the hospital when we moved her to her new place. We took her to see him, and she was understandably broken-hearted.
My kids and I would go and visit Grandma every day; hoping to make her transition as smooth as possible. We wanted her to know that we would be there for her and help her in every way that we could.
A week or so later my grandfather passed away. That same night, my grandmother suffered the same exact stroke my grandpa had had on the opposite side of her body. Two days later she passed away and joined her sweetheart on the other side.
They just couldn’t be apart! I believe it was a tender mercy that they were able to go together. We were able to have a double funeral and celebrate both of their lives. It was a somber, yet sweet experience.
GRANDPA & GRANDMA SAMUELSEN
I found that delicious woodgrain cardstock on clearance at a scrapbook store. I don’t know who makes it, but I bought every sheet of it that they had left. It worked beautifully with these papers.
The metal bird embellishments are by Art-C and are something I discovered awhile back on one of my many shopping excursions to Tuesday Morning.
I fussy-cut the florals from the Checkerboard paper and then added the gold rub-ons to fill in the spaces. The metal arrows are by The Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby. I also added in a sprinkle of gold here-and-there with my must-have Stampin’ Up Metallic Enamel Shapes.
The black pennants were something I picked up from the Halloween section at Michaels last year. I wanted to add these stamped words (Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards stamps from my stash) on top of them, but I knew they would overlap onto the photos … so I first stamped them onto vellum and then used fine-tipped scissors to fussy-cut them out.
Cardstock: Gray Woodgrain, White, Red
Maggie Holmes Specialty Gold Foil Vellum
Thickers: Imprint (Black/Gold)
Gold Glitter Washi Tape
Arrows: Spare Party by The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Jen Hadfield Homemade Puffy Phrase Stickers
Paper Flags: Recollections Midnight Magic
Art-C Metal Bird Stickers
https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=141678Metallic Enamel Shapes (Stampin’ Up)
Ali Edwards Stamps by Technique Tuesday
Computer/Printer for Journaling