Picture This Frame – Crafting Genealogy

Picture This Frame Project

Picture This Frame Project
Crafting Genealogy

This time on Crafting Genealogy we’re going to break out some paint and let our inner-artist run rampant. We’re going to make a “Picture This Frame”.

This project is a sweet way to display vintage family photographs with a frame that reflects the mood of a photo better than store-bought frames. What’s more it’s very easy to do. We’re taking artist’s stretched canvas and flipping them over to make shadow-box frames for our pics.

If this project looks familiar it was a post of mine on The In-Depth Genealogist blog last month.

Here’s the supplies we need:

*Stretched canvas over wooden frames – any size you want. Mine happen to be 6 x 8, 5 x 7 and 4 x 5
*Acrylic paint – again your choice. I used black, sienna, pale yellow, aqua, sage, white and gold
*Small Art Paint Brush
*Distressing tools – hammer, screwdriver, sanding paper, craft knife, metal file, etc.
*Decorative scrapbook paper
*Adhesive
*Vintage hardware, charms, ephemera (optional)
*Family pics (I used copies)

Stretched Wooden Framed Canvas Crafting Genealogy

Stretched Wooden Framed Canvas
Crafting Genealogy

As you can see I unwrapped my canvases from their plastic cover and flipped them over to get right to work. On the exposed wood of each frame I applied a solid base coat of paint. I used black paint for one, sienna on another and finally sage. (If you happen to have staples in the corners of your frames don’t worry I just painted over them. They give the frames ambiance.)

Canvas Frames Now Painted

Canvas Frames Now Painted

Once the base coat was dry, I layered on a couple different colors of paint on each frame. To the sage I added yellow and aqua. On the black frame I added sienna and yellow. On the sienna frame I mixed sienna with white to make a much lighter brown and added a few streaks of yellow. I didn’t worry if I layered a color on too heavy or a color seemed out-of-place once I added it. All this would be changed with distressing.

I hope I’ve got your interest, if so you can read the rest of Picture This Frame on The In-Depth Genealogist website here.

Crafting a Maternal Family Tree

Maternal Family Tree

Maternal Family Tree

This week on Crafting Genealogy we’re making a Maternal Family Tree. It goes together easily and has scads of possibilities. With this project I’m tracing my maternal line from my 2x great grandmother down to my granddaughter. So there’s seven generations in my tree. You can choose any combination from your family history. From your paternal line, or your siblings, to all your great grandparents. Whoever you choose your family tree will be a great way to honor them.

My Maternal Family Tree

My Maternal Family Tree

Here’s what you’ll need:

Various decorative papers
Copies of family photos (I’m using my maternal line)
Glue (stick), or some kind of crafter’s tape
Scissors
That’s it!

Gathering Material for Family Tree

Gathering Material for Family Tree

First I cut out my tree tops. I did this free hand cutting some oval others roundish. I tried keeping my tree tops around 2” x 2”. A couple are a little larger but my goal was to keep them all looking like tree tops. Second I cut a smaller circle or oval to go inside the tops. This was just for a little visual interest.

Cutting the figures from the photos

Cutting the figures from the photos

I tried to use pics that would fit inside my trees. I only have a couple of my 2x great grandmother so I had to go with what I had. After choosing the photos I would use (which took the most time during the entire project) I cut out each figure.

Tree tops

Tree tops

I then put my family pics in the trees trying to coordinate photos to the background paper. I’ll mention here I have three daughters so I included all of them which is the reason I have ten trees for seven generations.

Arranging photos in trees

Arranging photos in trees

I cut out my tree trunks free hand. They’re about 4” from the top of the middle branch to the bottom. I used a couple different brown papers for the trunks.

I used my crafter’s tape to glue everything together. Voila!! My Maternal Family Tree! I was really pleased at how well it turned out!

My Maternal Family Tree

My Maternal Family Tree

I hung them in this picture frame for now and love how they look. I could also put them on a ribbon bulletin board or maybe a tall, vintage narrow frame. I may eventually use them as gift tags or on the cover of a family history journal. There are so many options!

Generation four and six in my Maternal Family Tree

Generation four and six in my Maternal Family Tree

I hope you’ll try crafting a Maternal Family Tree. If you do or maybe a variation of it please send me a pic or two. I’ll share them in a future post giving us all ideas and inspiration.

In the mean time have fun Crafting Genealogy!

#52 Ancestors Meets Up With #Crafting Genealogy

I’m back with Crafting Genealogy and this week it collides with 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. 52 Ancestors is a fun challenge by Amy Johnson Crow to:

“. . . have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.”

I’ve taken on this challenge and blog weekly about one of my ancestors. So far they’ve been short bios but the higher I climb my family tree I know I’ll be discussing research problems!!

Crafting Genealogy is all about using our love for our family history in a creative way. Using copies of old family pics I craft with them and display them at home in the hopes of generating some interest by other family members in our genealogy. (I also get my creativity fix too!)

Ancestor-o-dex

Ancestor-o-dex

So this week Crafting Genealogy comes face to face with 52 Ancestors. The result is a project I’ve had in the back of my mind for some time. I’ve seen this done before and think it works well with 52 Ancestors. I call it Ancestor-o-dex!

My hubby is a great bargain hunter and haunts garage sales in season. He happened to stop by Goodwill and bought me this great rolodex for $1.99. I love that it’s compact and will easily fit on my desk.

Cam Frueh and Basil Lowery

Cam Frueh and Basil Lowery

As I write each week about my 52 Ancestors I’m also going to dedicate a rolodex card to them. Each card will have a copy of a pic, a memory or whatever strikes me at the time. I’ll use decorative paper and whatever bits of ribbon, twine, buttons, etc. I find. Working with such a small canvas ensures I’ll get it done every week.

Not only does this little bit of creativity compliment my blog post, I’ll have an artfully close reminder of my ancestors on my desk and I like that. Don’t have a rolodex? Take a deck of cards (older is better in my opinion) and create a deck of ancestors. Or whatever works for you.

Other side of ancestor cards

Other side of ancestor cards

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks gives me the chance to take another look at the info I have on my ancestor that week. I’ll see the facts, pics and general info I have for this particular person. I’ll be able to see which ancestor deserves a little more research time and be sure to note that. Then crafting a small rolodex card for my weekly ancestor helps me get them out of my computer and into my family surroundings. Who knows I just may be planting the seeds for a future genealogist in my family!

Ancestor-o-dex completed card

Ancestor-o-dex completed card

If you make an Ancestor-o-dex or a variation send me a pic or two. I’ll share them in a future post for ideas and inspiration.

Ancestor-o-dex completed card

Ancestor-o-dex second completed card

In the mean time have fun Crafting Genealogy!

Crafting Genealogy with Family Pics

Crafting Genealogy

Our supplies

We’re Crafting Genealogy with a project anyone can do. It’s simple, it’s fun and brings genealogy into our everyday lives.

 

I’ll bet you’ve seen these Family Picture Magnets on the internet and thought that’s cool. Well let’s make them today!

 

You’ll need:

 

• Copies of family pics. Choose whether you’re going all out vintage or more recent history. (I chose vintage. The more vintage the better in my book!)

 

• Larger size clear gems or flat sided marbles.

 

• Glue – just make sure it dries clear. I used Mod Podge because that’s what I have but there’s all sorts of brands that dry clear.

 

• Small round magnets

 

After selecting your pics you can use your gem to trace a circle around the face or whatever you are highlighting and then cut it out slightly smaller than your gem.

 

Don’t worry if it’s not a perfect circle. The gem will hide any unevenness.

 

I happen to have a 1 inch circle punch so that made this part even easier.

 

Once you have your pics cut out put a small drop of glue on the flat side of your marble and swish it around to cover. Use your finger, you don’t need a brush, Q-tip or anything like that.

 

Now put your gem on the front of the pic. Be sure to center your pic and let dry. Using less glue will allow your magnet to dry quicker and clearer.

Family Picture Magnets

Family Picture Magnets – I’ll improve on my picture taking skills

 

Once dry just add a magnet with a dab of glue to the back.

 

 

*Additional tips. I get all my copies of family photos from Walgreen. I wait until they have a 10 cent a print special and then do a bunch. I’m sure nearly every retailer that prints photos has similar specials.

 

* I chose my parents and both sets of grandparents for my magnets but you might also choose the old home place, childhood pet or even decorative paper.

 

* You can get the gems at any craft store. I’ve seen small packages of them at the Dollar Store.

 

* I also made a slightly different version of these magnets with bottle caps. I bought the caps at Hobby Lobby (with a 40% off coupon).

 

Crafting Genealogy

Bulletin Board Push Pins

* Add a thumb tack instead of a magnet to the back of the bottle caps. They’ll look neat on a bulletin board too.

 

I’ve found when Crafting Genealogy, my children both teen and adult, who have no interest in family history will ask who are in the pics. This gives me a chance to share a bit of our family history and I hope plant some genealogy seeds in them for the future.

 

If you make these Family Picture Magnets or a variation of them send me a pic or two. I’ll share them in a future post for ideas and inspiration.

 

In the mean time have fun Crafting Genealogy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting Genealogy

A few years back I used to be a crafty girl. I loved doing all kinds of crafts but mostly paper stuff like book making and journals. The only problem (at least in my head) was that I loved vintage. Now vintage was popular for awhile and I couldn’t get enough of vintage papers, pictures and ephemera but like everything else it’s popularity fell off. While I was still doing vintage crafts everyone else started doing beautiful contemporary crafts with citrus colors, etc. Great stuff just not my style.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Who cares? Do what you enjoy. Unfortunately I wasn’t quite there yet so I quit my crafting and pursued my genealogy research with a vengeance. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my genealogy blogging, writing and research. I still do but found I miss my crafting more and more. Then I had an “AHA” moment.

The vintage crafting that I loved fit in exactly with my genealogy. (I know you’re saying “Duh” but it was a surprise to me!!) Why can’t I merge the two into Crafting Genealogy? Well I can and so Crafting Genealogy has been born. On occasion I’ll share whatever project I’m working on. It will be a mix of my own family pics, vintage papers, ideas and inspiration I’ve gotten from Pinterest.

My hope is to satisfy my crafty need to create using genealogy as the backdrop. Then maybe my kids will ask questions about our family history as I’m crafting and maybe some seeds will be sewn for future genealogists!

Just look for my Crafting Genealogy in the menu bar. It’ll be fun!