Sometimes simple is best. I used a digital template by CZ Design and added some digital paper plus embellishments - those digital vellum hearts are gorgeous. This is a 12 x 12 page and will simply go into our 2020 12 x 12 album that really holds many sizes of pages.
I love using templates for their simplicity and ease of creating. I just don't have to think about design when someone else has already thought about it. I have a couple things down, such as rule of thirds and visual triangles - pretty much but sometimes just starting is debilitating because I don't know where to start. Enter templates. And, scraplifting. Most often when using either I still make the pages my own and I super love how this striking page turned out.
And just like that I have pretty much missed Ella’s entire life thus far - close up. Life with Ella has been from afar as Elizabeth has lived in other towns, joined the military, and moved far away. Quick trips are pretty much impossible. So, I have lived life with Ella through pictures Elizabeth posts on Facebook. There is little grandma and granddaughter connection. My hope is, one day. When I was in the military I didn’t go home much, either. Not until we lived closer was I able to make the trip home so my own parents could have a relationship with my kids. I feel my parents pain now.
So I blink and Ella, who I remember as little, is now almost a teenager. Sure, I’ve seen her for a day or two here and there. But, except for what Elizabeth shares, I know next to nothing about my oldest granddaughter. The blink has been tear-filled. Maybe, one day. I will say it again and again, and hope. Is she sweet and kind? Is she a pistol, still, like she was when she was younger, when I saw her a little more often. What are her likes and dislikes? Who is she becoming. It is my fault / not my fault all wrapped up into one big, messy, heartache. I ask myself - often - how do I connect? What can I do? I keep hoping, one day...