Thursday, 20 February 2020

Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop

Hello and welcome. Today I am taking part in my first Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop. We are a group of scrapbookers who love using Stampin' Up! products. Each month we do a blog hop. The theme for this month is to follow the sketch below.

Before I show you my layout I have to tell you a funny story. I had just finished my layout when my husband walked in and commented how much he liked it. I then explained what it was for and he promptly asked "what is the theme of the blog hop"......ummmm....I didn't think to check that....hehehe. So I madly jumped onto the group to see and was pleasantly surprised to see my layout actually fits into the sketch. It was my lucky day. So here is my lucky layout.

The story behind the photo on this layout is very personal and I struggled to find a way to journal it on the page. So I think I might attach an envelope to the back with the story. 

If you are interested in the story, this photo is of my grandfather holding my father and aunt when his ship, the HMAS Sydney II, came back to Sydney after being away. It was after they were victorious in sinking an enemy ship so it was a big story at the time. This photo was actually taken by a photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald and it ended up on the front page of the paper, and has been used countless times since in the media when the story of HMAS Sydney II has been retold. You see, not long after this photo was taken, the Sydney sailed again but this time never made it home. It was sunk off the West Australian coast on 19th November, 1941, with all crew members lost. It's position was unknown for decades. My grandmother went to her grave, never knowing the true final resting place of her husband. The wreck was finally discovered in March 2008. It was a very emotional day for my father and the whole family. I have had this photo on my hard drive for decades, and when I saw the poppies themed paper, I just knew I had found the perfect way to scrap it.

Now that you have seen my layout, it is time to see what what Linda has created.

If you get lost along the way, I have the complete list of blogs just below.

Thanks for dropping by.
Have a great day.

If you are interested, here are the products I have used on my layout.

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  1. Lovely LO Narelle and I ofthen journal on the back of my LO ..I do this often as I share a lot online and I dont want people seeing raw jounalling so I leave the journalling off and add in after sharing online or journal on the backs of my LOs ..all of my family know I do this so.

  2. Wow Narelle.. you are so clever. Those poppies are perfect for these kinds of photos... Im think with ANZAC day coming up I might be getting my poppies on a layout or two...

  3. Wow, Narelle this is a great layout. I love the vibrancy of it. Perfect for ANZAC Day. Thanks for sharing

  4. Oh my, you were lucky Narelle! What a beautiful way to scrapbook this treasured family photo and share the history.

  5. Oh what an amazing story Naralle, it made my eyes swell with tears! I guess that is why we scrapbook, to save and share our life stories. A perfect layout and obviously meant to be (design wise!)

  6. OHHHH WOW!!! What a wonderful tribute to your Grandfather <3 Yes the POPPIES are perfect for this layout... So glad that photo now LIVES forever because of your Scrapbooking Layout <3 Thank you Narelle for joining us on the hop...
    Cheers Shaz

  7. Thankyou for sharing the story of the photo!! It really does make the scrapbooking so much more meaningful! Love the poppies and the glorious colour really adds something amazing to the black and white photo!! Love love love.