This page has special meaning to me. On both the left and right sides, I incorporated excerpts from my great-grandmother’s journals in her actual handwriting. I ironed her journal pages between two pieces of waxed paper, and sewed them along some of the edges. It was fun including in my journal a piece of her life from across the years and miles.
The background of this page was made using Distress Inks rubbed through a stencil with a blending tool. I collaged stickers, my great-grandmother’s journal pages, and vintage postage stamps onto the page. Washi tape softened some of the edges and held things in place. I added a little rubber stamping (the cancellation marks on the postage stamps) and added a little handwritten journaling of my own to tell the story of my great-grandmother’s pages.
My great-grandmother died when I was a toddler — yet somehow, I think she would be pleased to know that I used her handwriting to make something beautiful all these years later.