Wednesday, 16 May 2012

WOYWW 154 - Scrapbooking Family History

Hello Everyone,

And a very happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday to you all. Gosh, but the week has sped by for me ... how has it been for you? I've been busy on the cardmaking front, most of which have been posted throughout the week, but now I'm on to something entirely different.

I've been researching the family history for quite a number of years now, have amassed a huge amount of paper and files on the subject, including birth, marriage and death certificates and census records, and it's all needing sorted out which explains the piles of the stuff on my desk.

The book you can see on my desk has proved to be very useful in suggesting how I can go about creating  scrap pages with journaling that includes much of the information I've gleaned in my research.

You can also see my first attempts at crocheting flowers ... they use up very little yarn and crochet up very quickly. Apart from using them on cards and scrap pages, I might also make some to sew on the bed throw I'm crocheting for my little granddaughter - it could like quite pretty with a scattering of flowers over it.

So that's what's on my desk this week ... for anyone who still hasn't discovered WOYWW, I suggest you pop along to Julia's at Stamping Ground - just click the WOYWW icon on the sidebar here to be whisked over - where she will introduce you to how you can enjoy the vicarious delights to be got from snooping at the desks of a great many crafters from around the world.

I'm keeping it brief again, so I'll wish you all a lovely day.  As usual, I'll be attempting to visit as many of you as possible today, and throughout the rest of the week. Unfortunately, I haven't managed to visit everybody every week ... I always seem to run out of week long before I run out of WOYWWers to visit :(  That doesn't stop me trying though, so hope to see you soon :)

Happy crafting,


...the yorkshire fox... said... Elizabeth how exciting, I started on our Family Tree but came to a halt, it's amazing what you find out & your little crochet flowers look fabby...have a loVely week...Mel :)

May said...

Wow!! Elizabeth this sounds so interesting you can make so many scrapbook layouts and journals researching your family tree. How lovely! and your flowers are just Brillant!! Have a happy week, Hugs May x x x

Dragon said...

love those flowers and your research sounds really interesting!! thanks for your lovely comments

Unknown said...

Very studious desk this week Elizabeth. I have amassed a few family history documents when I did my bit of family tree research. Good idea to scrap them....I mean scrapbook them!! WOYWW Hugs to you from Helen 34

kay said...

love the idea of scrapbooking what you have found,so much more personal
Hope you have a fab
woyww week
kay #22

Jackie said...

Love your little flowers Elizabeth. I have been researching my family for about 15 years now and need to get back to it before long :o)
Jackie xx

Annie said...

Good luck with the scrapping all the family info. The sprinkling of flowers on the blanket sounds a brill idea.
A x #53

CraftygasheadZo said...

Ooh fab, I love Family History and like you have been searching for years amassing files upon files of stuff. I've had a break from it as it was becoming all to consuming but I plan to go and sort it out and definitely want to create with it. It's great fun to find ancestors though none of mine have turned out to be anything that exciting! Hope your searches have be fun and fab. Take care & enjoy WOYWW. Zo xx 66

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth

My Auntie and Uncle have been tracing their family tree for years and years .. .. and only a few weeks ago (and after all this time of searching) found a cousin living only 20 minutes drive away.

They find it fascinating.

Uncle has recently bought himself a laptop and taught himself how to use it (which at 79 I think is amazing) and he is really enjoying researching on it.

I don't think they will be scrapbooking or journalling anything though. They just have a huge family tree that is expanding slowly.

Well actually there are two trees. One for my Uncle's side of the family (which would be my relatives too) and one for my Auntie's side.

Hope all is good with you.

Love Jules xx

Helen said...

Good luck with your family history - it is such an interesting thing to do. Have a good day, Helen 4

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I think crocheting is one of those skills that I will have to be shown how to do rather than trying to pick it up from a book! I love the little flowers, they'll look lovely on your granddaughter's blanket :)
Hugs, LLJ #48 xx

Rita said...

Your desk looks really interesting this morning Elizabeth. I just love those little flowers too. Looking forward to our chat to-morrow. Hugs Rita xx

Neet said...

Good luck with the geneaology (SP?) - my dil is into it and I leave it to her to come up with the goods.
Love the idea of you scrapbooking it all - hope we see some pages eventually.
Lovely flowers on your desk.
Hugs, Neet #11 xx

akilli melek said...

what a great project. I love heritage stuff....just a pity that i didnt get into scrapping until after i lost 3 of my 4 grandparents.
needless to say I hound my remaining granny for any little titbit of info.
caroline #87

jill said...

lovely crochet flowers . it's a great idea what your doing with your family tree . happy crafting jill#62

Inkypinkycraft said...

Love the crochet flowers, They are fab!!!!!wish I was clever like that! Hugs trace x 20

Angie said...

I love doing family history LO's and of course the research too.
I think your idea of putting your flowers on your Grand daughters throw is perfect ..she will love them i am sure. xx

Twiglet said...

We have done a lot on our family tree - its fascinating isn't it! I love those little flowers - lots of uses for tiny ones like that. x Jo

Lynn Holland said...

Hello Elizabeth,
Family trees are a long and arduous task but very interesting and enlightening. Good luck with your search.
Lynn 32
One I made earlier today

Redanne said...

Such a great idea to make your family tree by scrapping, never would have thought of that. It is so fascinating finding the odd skeleton in the cupboard! Happy WOYWW, Anne #9

Lisa-Jane said...

Oooh yes, those crochet flowers would be beautiful on your blanket! #58

SandeeNC said...

I can remember a time when I was into collecting family history and being swamped with paper information! I think I finally tucked them all into a manilla envelope and said...done! lol I'm so bad! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Jacqui Chimes said...

I love family history and have been putting mine into mini albums for the family - very time consuming though! Hope you have a good week Jacqui #137

mark gould said...

HI, thanks for stopping by, happy woyww. I love the idea of the scrapbook family tree. it gives you loads of scope to try different things.
mark 79

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow you're a busy bee. I like the idea of a scrapbook of your family history, far more accessible than a file full of papers however well annotated and referenced! Love the idea of a scattering of blooms on the blankie - at this rate, I shall want one too!

Miriam said...

sounds lovely and interesting - enjoy

fairy thoughts said...

oh, all that research it is great that you are going to make some layouts after all your hard work
janet #40

Bugged Designs said...

A crocheted bed throw is such a special thing, I'm sure your granddaughter will love it. We have a couple of blankets that my Grandma made, one of which my mam lent to me when my little boy was born and there is one still at my grandmas house which is known as the poorly blanket, lots of lovely rainbow colours and really did make you feel better when you were ill. Thanks for sharing your space and popping by my blog. Marie #74

Spyder said...

My Mum has been doing our family tree for so years! She's found out loads but most of the family on my dad's side won't believe it! Ohoo dear, granny was very naughty!! And yes, you are quite right about the Christmas papers, there's so many that can be used any time of the year, and I might not remember that they are in my Christmas box! Then there's men only papers...and fairy papers and...I like to be able to see them all!!!
Happy WOYWW ((Lyn))) 47 (I was)

Penny said...

I really need to do some research on my family tree as my mother's health is getting worse and I know there are many photo's and things I would never know with out her. I love your little flowers I am in the mist of trying to re-learn how to make these. (I used to make them as a child), so I guess what's old is new again. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Love Penny

Di said...

Love the scrapbook idea Elizabeth - so clever not to just tuck stuff away. The crochet flowers look so sweet - and a clever idea to use them on the blanket :)

Di xx

Sarn said...

Well I must say your first attempts at crocheting flowers are VERY NEAT Elizabeth!

Good luck with your scrapbook of family history.

Happy Belated WOYWW.
Thanks for visiting me

Hugs, Sarn #85 xxx

Anonymous said...

Very exciting stuff. My Mom is a professional family tree researcher now but when she began, YEARS ago, we had quite a few "found a relative, they're coming for dinner" moments - till a few of them turned out to be branche best pruned :)

Have fun with it!

Mary Anne (a day late)

Kathryn said...

Oh how I understand how family history can take up so much time and space! That's why I'm so late visiting! I worked all day researching some of my dad's Navy history for him today. Do love it though!
Love your beautiful card on the previous post!
Thanks for your visit. Have a great week!

Craftychris said...

ooh it sounds great fun tracing your family history and the crochet flowers are so pretty. They will look so cool scattered on the throw. Thank you for visiting my desk xx

Amanda said...

Would be interested to see how you scrap some of the family tree stuff as my mil has been researching her family for a while and I would love to make her a scrapbook of all the bits she has found. Hugs,Amanda #76

Unknown said...

I was so happy to read you do family history too. I have been doing this for over 20 years and like you amassed a lot of information. Most of it has been entered on Genes Reunited.
Lovely flowers, Thanks for visiting and I am glad you liked the ducks.

Carol x

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adore Family History and have been researching on and off for almost 10 years, it's amazing what you find. Both Sue H and Shozzy have separate blogs dedicated to the scrapbook pages and stories they put together for their FH research.

Brenda 110

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I've always said that if I wanted to know my complete family tree, I would run for office and have all my naysayers look it up for me. Okay, I'll bet your way is more fun and fascinating, like unraveling a mystery. The crocheted flowers are quite nifty. I wish I was at least a little handy with yarn, but about all I can do with it is dangle it for the cat.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

all that sorting is always important, and so fulfilling when you have finished. I have a friend who does all that, and she has books and books and books of things like that. I have no family, so it is unimportant to me. I applaud your for doing all this for your family and future generations. Thanks for your visit. Happy belated WOYWW from number 5.

Unknown said...

Great idea to combine scrapping and family history. I work in a public library so I see how much dedication and hard work tracing your family history is. Have fun x

Eliza said...

I love family history and I'm always digging to find more things out, I don't think I will ever stop digging.

Ha I spotted your badge, clever leaving it there. Lovely tidy desk thanks for sharing.

Eliza #19