I’ve previously talked about losing beloved pets, and shown my process for creating those scrapbook pages. Farewell scrapbook pages are so hard to do, but I’ve tried to keep it real in my scrapbooks. Death is part of life, it sucks, but I scrapbook for posterity. For me, that includes showing the painful things as well as the joyful ones.
My apologies for the white squares – I’m not going to aggravate the healing wounds by asking for permission to share her face or her full name. It feels weird to call her, “her,” like she wasn’t a person, so I’ll use her first name – Melissa – in this post.
Scrapbook page background
- Prima Let’s be Wild paper from the Wild and Free 8×8 collection
- Clear gesso (you want clear so that the beautiful Prima print shows through behind your sprays)
- Modeling paste (light paste will shorten your drying time)
- Prima Doily 3 stencil mask
- Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Creme Broulee and Treasure Island
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Cherry (hard to find, but Heidi Swapp Color Shine Primrose looks close to the same color)
- Heidi Swapp Color Shine Blush (discontinued, but Coral looks pretty close)
- Dylusions Ink Spray in Melted Chocolate
- Clear water in a spray bottle
During the drying phases is a good time to set the background aside and work on the other elements of the page.
- Give your Let’s be Wild paper a light coating of gesso and allow to dry
- Lay your stencil mask over the top center of the page – make sure that it overlaps the edge – and scrape your modeling paste over the stencil
- Move your stencil mask to the lower right corner of the page and scrape more modeling paste through the stencil
- Set the page aside to dry – this may take a couple of hours, depending on the modeling paste you used
- Prop the top edge of your page up on something, and place a paper towel below the bottom edge – this will catch your excess sprays and prevent them from pooling on the bottom of your page – your page should be at an angle, but not perfectly vertical
- Begin adding sprays – I like to start with the lightest/least pigmented spray and add that liberally at first, then move to the more pigmented sprays, adding less and less of each spray (note: I didn’t spray the Melted Chocolate – I used the sprayer tube to apply small amounts right where I thought the doilies needed a little more definition)
- Get your sprays moving and dripping toward the bottom with a little water
- Add more sprays and water until you’re happy with the result
- Blot with a paper towel and set aside to dry
Why I chose this background
The paper is just gorgeous, and it matches the dress that Melissa was wearing in the photo. The butterflies were the coup de grace. She told her family that any time they saw a butterfly, it would mean she was with them and watching over them. When I saw the butterflies on this paper, that just sealed the deal.
I decided to use the doily stencil mask because it adds such a delicate, beautiful texture to the page, which is perfect for Melissa. She wasn’t a brash personality, but she definitely had color.
Scrapbook page embellishments, title and photo
- Cut aparts from the Wild and Free 8×8 collection kit
- Pink labels from the Memorandum collection by Pink Paislee (but any pink labels would do)
- Cream cardstock
- Flutter cling-mounted stamp set by Tim Holtz
- Stamp platform – I had to stamp the butterflies three times to get a good impression
- Flutter framelits dies by Tim Holtz
- Diecutting machine (I use the Spellbinders Platinum 6)
- Memento ink in Rich Cocoa
- Self-adhesive pearls (mine are Dollar Tree finds, but these would probably work even better)
- A date stamper
- Bright pink ink (I used a discontinued Memento ink – Rosebud – but it’s very similar to Prima’s Ingvild Bolme Vintage Pink)
- Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet and blending tool
- Distress tool or a pair of scissors
- Patterned papers that look good with the background and the photo
- Fun foam (I get mine from Dollar Tree, but Walmart also carries it inexpensively)
- Tape runner
- Liquid glue (link is for E6000, which smells really bad. Alene’s would probably do just as well)
- Stamp out three butterflies on cream cardstock with Rich Cocoa (or other similar brown ink) – you’ll likely have to stamp them multiple times to get a crisp image
- Using the dies and the diecutting machine, or a pair of scissors, cut out the butterflies
- Go around the edges of the butterflies with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, and pounce a little bit of Victorian Velvet on their wings to, “pinken,” them up
- Distress the edges of your cutaparts and label with your distressing tool or your scissors
- Ink those distressed edges with a combination of all the inks you pulled for the embellishments
- Stamp your label with the date of the memorial service, or date of death in Memento Rosebud or Ingvild Bolme Vintage Pink
- Add the first mat to your photo – my photo was kinda dark, so my first mat is lighter than my photo
- Distress the first mat and ink the edges – I went for Rich Cocoa around the edges, no other colors, but you could mix and match if you wanted to
- Add the second mat – I chose a mat that’s darker than my background paper to help the whole thing stand out well
- Distress the edges of the second mat and ink them up – I chose to use Ingvild Bolme Vintage Pink
When your background is dry…
- Adhere a section of fun foam to the bottom of your matted photo – this will help level the photo over the modeling paste and other mixed media
- Run several strips of tape/ATG adhesive over the foam, but use a liquid glue over the top section of the photo – liquid glue tends to stick to gesso and mixed media better than tape
- Lay the photo down on the left side of the page
- Build your embellishment clusters below the photo, at the upper right of the photo, and the lower right corner of the page
- Add your title in the bottom cluster
- Add some journaling in the space to the right of the photo
- Include more personal journaling/details to the back of the layout (not shown)
Why I chose these elements
The butterflies should be obvious. They go back to what Melissa told her family before she passed. I chose the rest of the elements based on matching the background and photo.
I didn’t include a link for the alphas – Mr. Plan2Scrap found them at Walmart. They’re very sparkly and pretty, and they looked great on the page and go so well with Melissa’s personality. We know that, one way or another, she’s going to look in on us, that’s why it’s just, “Bye for now.”
Saying goodbye sucks
I’m writing this article on December 31, 2017. This year has been more difficult than most, but scrapbooking has helped me process the rough stuff as well as the happy stuff. Creating a scrapbook page can be more than just a memorial – it can help you work through the grieving process.
Still, saying goodbye sucks.
Do you create memorial pages for family, friends, or pets?