Timeworn Challenge: Faded Photos Passport Album

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge

Hello, Friends!  There’s something about old family photos!  I don’t care how old and faded they are, they speak to my heart, take me back in time, and capture my imagination.  I’ve created this Faded Photos Passport Album for the Timeworn Challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  Our hostess this go round is the amazing Autumn.  Before we take a look at the album, let’s see what she has to say about this fabulous challenge.

Timeworn

As the last leaves fall from autumn trees, we are reminded of the beauty of yesterday.  The leaves crinkled underfoot, the clock ticking onward, a fleeting memory…  For this challenge, we would love to see your timeworn vintage or shabby chic creations celebrating the beauty of the aged, dated or weathered.

Faded Photos Passport Album

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I’ve always had a deep love for old family photos.  When I was sick in bed as a little girl (which was often) Mom would let us thumb through her old scrapbooks to help us pass the time.  Just a few days ago, I received a surprise package in the mail from my sister in law.  She was cleaning out old boxes and ran across a small pile of old photos of my mom, dad, aunt, uncle and grandmother.  What a treasure.  I knew immediately that I wanted to clean these photos up and use them for this project.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 2The album base is cut from medium weight chipboard using Eileen Hull’s Passport Album Die.   I love the petite size of this 3.5″ x 5″ album.  It’s just so cute!

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 3

The album is covered with 12″ x 12″ Tim Holtz Memoranda papers.  Distress Oxide Inks on a manila tag formed the base for my title image.  The embellishments are wrapped around my favorite Ornate frame to form a sort of wreath effect.

What’s Inside the Faded Photos Passport Album

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 4When you create an album with old family photos, half the pleasure is derived from remembering faces and events.  Because all of these photos were taken long before I was born, I found it especially moving to see all the hopes and dreams, love and promise captured in the expressions.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 5Of course, this album has pockets!  You’ll find a slash pocket on both the front and the back cover.  This is my mom and dad, framed with a Cabinet Card.  I die cut an extra page from kraft paper, folded it in half and wrote their love story on it.  Then I clipped it to the back of the cabinet card.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 6

This photo of my mom is taken in 1941  on York Beach, Maine.  She always did love to climb on rocks.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 7

To form inner pockets, I simply glued two pages together.  Then I inked up some kraft tags with Distress Oxide Inks, added my journaling and some stamping. Banner flags cut from crinoline make such lovely little embellishments.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 8Time and dampness combined with much handling really damaged these photos.  Photo editing software cleaned them up a good bit, but they are still a little rough.  I also scanned in my mother’s own handwritten journal entries, then printed them off.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 9I love how carefree she looks in these photos!

Faded Photos Passport Mini Album: The Summer of 1942

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 10

The US entered WWII in 1942, and that summer saw thousands of young men (and women!) enlist in the military.  This photo is of my dad and his little brother.  Dad joined the army, but thankfully, served in the US due to the fact that he was profoundly color blind.  His little brother joined the Navy, and served in the Philippines.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 11

Like thousands of others, good-byes had to be said.  So the family took a trip to Massachusetts to do just that.  My mom is on the left, my Grammy Ma in the center and Aunt Ellen is on the right in this photo.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 12Here’s Mom with my Aunt Bid, who served as a nurse during the war.  She was such a great aunt, and as this picture shows…always ready to have fun.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 13This is my dad, the day before he left for the Army.  Those hills in the background are from his tiny, rural hometown.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 15

I see the faces of my family, and I remember.  Their faces live on in the faces of their children, our children and grandchildren, too.  This was so much more than a design team project for me.  Creating this Faded Photos Passport album brought dear ones who are no longer with me back to life.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this little piece of my family history.  It was my pleasure to create and share it with you.

Timeworn Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn!

We’d love to see your take on this Timeworn theme.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project  celebrating the beauty of the aged, dated or weathered.  Link it up over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM on Tuesday, November 21st.

The Frilly Funkie team will will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Our next three favorites will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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12 thoughts on “Timeworn Challenge: Faded Photos Passport Album

  1. Jenny Marples

    Those timeworn photos really come to life again inside this delicious passport book Kathy. Your choice of colours and trims takes it all to another level and makes it such a special keepsake to gaze upon for years to come xx

  2. Sara Emily Barker

    Oh sure! It takes that! I think there either must be a word limit or a time limit! Anywho….I have marveled at your charming album and soaked in all the beautiful photos, so wonderfully embellished in this masterpiece of a keepsake album! I was delighted by the little snippets of stories that accompany the photos–what a wonderful post to read this morning and an lovely, lovely album filled with treasured memories and photos! Thank you for making my day with your art and soul! Hugs!

  3. stampersuzz

    This is such a wonderful photo album! I love love that you journaled the info for the beautiful photos and stuck them in pockets! Gorgeous album and what a lovely keepsake!

  4. sewpaperpaint

    What a deeply moving post and profound little treasure you’ve created Kathy! I adore your photos and the vivid color scheme that balances the b/w and sepia tones perfectly! I’m so thankful that this project hit so close to home, proving yet again how deeply personal our art can be. Big warm hugs, Autumn

  5. ncguygirl

    There needs to be a ‘LOVE’ button for this project. What a treasure, Kath. You pulled it all together into such a beautiful piece. Love, Love, Love it (but love you more!)

  6. Cec

    What a treasure this is!!! You have showcased these wonderful memories so beautifully on each and every page. The colours make it so cheerful but you still managed to keep a vintage vibe. Super special.
    Hugs!
    Cec

  7. Helen

    Oh, Kathy, this little album is such a gift! You’ve given me such an invitation with your creation. I am the family keeper for old photos so now I have the perfect way to share them with my family. Thanks for sharing this treasured little album and the family memories you’ve included.

  8. Betsy

    Just when I think your previous posting is the best ever I’m amazed again. This project is a treasure. You are so lucky to have old family photos. Lovely!

  9. junephipps

    Kathy, you have created a masterpiece! Priceless moments so thoughtfuly captured for future generations. Friends and family are never gone for they live on in our hearts. Thank you for sharing such precious memories.

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