Often times our crafting is centered around celebrating (birthday cards, scrapbook layouts for graduations, anniversaries, parties and more) and remembering the good times (vacation albums and mini albums, keeping up on our planners including the day-to-day and fun events). What about crafting to memorialize a loved one that has passed though?
Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of people in my life are dealing with the loss of a loved one recently which brought this idea to my mind. I know crafting can be stress-relieving and cathartic, so working on a craft to memorialize a loved one seems like a good idea to help process the loss.
In looking around I found a lot of great inspiration and ideas that I wanted to share today.
Utilizing photos of your loved one
Using Diamond Glaze and/or gel medium (available at P&P), a PenBlade (available at P&P), along with a photocopy of a favorite photo and glass bezel set make a photo charm. You can turn the charm into a necklace, bracelet, bookmark and more.
Create a memorial shadow box that includes photos and keepsakes that remind you of your loved one. You can use cardstock or patterned paper (both available at P&P) in the background and mount your photos on additional cardstock or patterned paper if you wish. If you like the idea of adding flowers, but don't have any from your loved one or didn't save any from the funeral use some Prima paper flowers (available at P&P).
Turn a photo of your loved one into a wall hanging by doing a photo transfer onto canvas or wood. Here is a nice tutorial to get your started and the gel medium you will need as part of the process is available at P&P.
If seeing your loved one's face is still too difficult, try making a canvas focusing on just a part of them - hand, legs. etc. Or a place/location that held meaning to you both.
Don't be afraid to add some of your creativity to the photo transfer project. I'm sure your loved one enjoyed your creativity and would appreciate the incorporation in their memorial piece.
Turn the photo into a Christmas ornament. You could also make these for other family members and friends who are dealing with the loss.
Incorporate their memory into your home decor
Create a framed piece of artwork to remember them. In this example they used butterfly punches from a variety of colors of paper (available at P&P) and some letter stamps (available at P&P). In addition to the quote, you could add their name, d.o.b. and d.o.d.
Another idea is to create heart punches from paper that contains your loved one's handwriting (definitely recommend making a photo copy of the original source of handwriting so you can preserve the original as is) and mounting on patterned paper (available at P&P) for a framed piece. This idea makes the final project more subtle in its memorializing, but still keeps the loved one close at heart.
Another idea for home decor is to collage pictures and patterned paper (available at P&P) onto a metal star shape. What a great way to keep your loved one still part of your daily life and home,
Use their handwriting to keep their memory alive
If you loved one was a cook/baker and you are lucky enough to have some of their handwritten recipes, preserve the recipe card(s) and their memory by framing it.
Make a mini-album or altered book containing hand-written letters/cards by your loved one.
Create a scrapbook layout with a pocket to tuck their note/letter in. Don't feel like you have to stuff this scrapbook layout into an album either. You can showcase it in a frame or easel.
Use their trinkets
I love these collages that were made with jewelry and "trinkets". What a great way to use the little pieces that were important to our love ones to create art that can be enjoyed for years to come.
When Eileen Hull was here this past Sunday she brought the most fantastic vintage suitcases stuffed full of traveler's notebook journals and mini albums made by her and her design team. It was a visual feast!
One of my favorite things is books and journals "stuffed with stuff". Back in high school I remember getting a thick notebook with a heavy duty silver coil and hand made paper cover. I "stuffed" that notebook with pictures of fashion that I loved from my Seventeen magazines and more. I still have that notebook and consider it a little time capsule from the late 90s (those eyebrows and chunky shoes were rough looking in hindsight!).
I have been a traveler's notebook, smashbook, junk journal fan ever since! But I have to admit I haven't made much time for this type of crafting lately (I'm still trying to finish up my traveler's notebook from my trip to Denver this past May). However, I told myself on Sunday while at the Eileen class that I was going to make time daily - even if just 10 minutes - to create in one of my traveler's notebooks or journals. It may only be Thursday, but I am going 4 days strong so far.
Since I have all things traveler's notebook and junk journals on the brain currently, I thought I would share some of the awesome inspiration I have been perusing lately. Scroll down and get ready to look like this:
Aren't they fun looking? I especially love that the bottom four pictures actually incorporate junk mail into them. Look at the use of the envelopes!
If you need a little more in person inspiration to get you going, sign up for the Gratitude Journal with Hope class coming up later this month. In that class you will use a vintage hymnal to create a gratitude journal to use during the Thanksgiving holiday season. All the details and sign-up are here.
Or grab a book or journal and some "junk" and sign-up for the Creative Weekend starting Friday, September 29. You can have a table in our studio to get creative on all weekend for only $15. Details and registration are here.
If you have been into the Shoppe lately you may have noticed our large selection of "My Favorite Things" (MFT) Stamps and Dies. MFT makes some truly adorable designs that can be used to create awesomeness! Today we are sharing some inspiration for ways to use some of these stamp and die sets. Hope you enjoy!
Just look at these adorable cards made with the MFT BB Happy Hippo stamps . . .
. . . and these with the MFT Loveable Leopards stamp set . . .
. . . and lastly this Written in the Stars stamp and die set from MFT is lovely!
Just a reminder, we are open today, Friday and Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm for you to shop these MFT stamps and dies along with the many other items we have in stock (don't forget to check out our Holiday Room). Also, we have a fun COPIC Marker/Watercolor class on Saturday morning, Planner Meetup on Saturday afternoon and Eileen Hull will be us on Sunday for two classes. There is still time to sign-up for all! Details and registration links are on our September Events page!
Palette & Paper's blog is written by creative team member, Kimberly.
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