Having recently farewelled Mike's grandmother Esme, I knew I wanted to create a layout for Milly telling her a little about her great-grandmother and the relationship they had. I have a few photos in my album of being held by great-grandparents as a baby but I know very little about them. I wanted to create a connection to Esme for Milly.
I based the design on a sketch from the Simple Scrapper membership collection. The journaling ended up longer than I expected, taking up more room than allowed for in the design. However, my decision-making process was simplified by pulling out elements of the sketch as inspiration, such as the scalloped border which adds colour and pattern and using the banner shape, cut from washi tape, to fill an awkward blank space.
The journaling is a letter to Milly, based largely on this post. I did finish with one additional story though.
One of the stories told at her Memorial Service dates back to her Teachers’ College days. In the evening Esme convinced her friends they should go skinny dipping and next morning went around knocking on their doors and getting everyone up. They get to the water and count down, 1, 2, 3... Everyone takes off their dressing gowns ready to jump in, but Esme was the only one wearing bathers under hers.
Esme definitely had a cheeky side, no pun intended. :)
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