I used the rainy, rainy 4th of July as an opportunity to work on my ATCs for the Lost Art Creations swap on the 17th and managed to finish them - yeah! I personally had a lot of fun creating these. I have collected Instant Ancestors for years now. Old cabinet cards, photos (studio & polaroid), tin types and post cards. It's a bit of an obsession really - I just can't help myself! I just don't understand how people can give away, sell or worse throw away family photos. It's a part of their history after all. I feel a pull and obligation to give them new life.
Between my mother and myself we have managed to save most of the family photos from her side of the family. My Uncle Gordon is converting family photos onto CD to preserve them permanently. I hope to instill a sense of history and family (along with my brother) into my niece & nephew in the hopes that they will be the future guardians of their own history. All the beach photos are from my mom's side of the family photo archives.
All the images, most of the papers and embellies are from the Instant Ancestors ATC Inspiration Kit; currently available in limited quantities on my Etsy Shop here.
Of the above ATCs the kids on the far left are my mother and my uncle Gordon. The gentlemen looking pensively on the dune are my great grandfather in the front and other family & friends (can't tell who they are though). The backgrounds for these cards are some bits from a couple sample Gelli Plate Prints I pulled during the last Altered Book Workshop I taught last weekend at Beautiful Impressions. I just embellished them further with ink and stamps. The boys in the middle were 'rescued' at a local antique store.
The top left and bottom right photos are of my grandparents. The top left photo was taken shortly after my grandfather proposed. Such passion! Oh la la! The bottom left photo is of my grandmother, her sister and two of my grandfather's sisters. I have TONS of family beach pics! They pretty much lived at the beach during the summer; Old Orchard Beach ME when they lived in Nova Scotia, and later Crane's Beach in Ipswich MA once they had emigrated to the US. My great grandfather was a commercial fisherman so the sea was a major and important part of their daily lives. Two of my relatives are even on the Fisherman's Memorial in Gloucester MA.
The gentleman in the top right photo was rescued when I bought an entire Victorian photo album which was chock full of photos, cabinet cards and tin types. His photo was in pretty bad shape but I managed to clean it up well enough to use it. I always thought he looked like an adventurer/inventor type - kind of like Phineas Fogg from Round The World In 80 Days. What do you think?