KEEPSAKE - Idea/gift Remembering a lost loved one

I gave this as a gift Friday to a very close family that lost their Mom/Granny last July. I thought the anniversary of her passing would be a very difficult day and maybe this would give them a little smile. 

I took every kind work said before and after her passing, from the eulogy, letter sent to her daughter and anything I could find on photos. It was made a little easier since an update chain was sent out via email and I could take it from there as well. 

I bought a shadowbox frame from Micheal's

I upcycled manila file folders for the text

I moved the star punch around to capture words that were said about her. This star says "inspiring woman" for the main text.

I found this quote that I thought would fit perfect with this project.

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy"
                                                                       -Eskimo Proverb

Now the hard part. I wanted to make sure the stars were in a grid and exactly even and entered. Here is how I did it and don't laugh if there is a totally easier way. I'm just happy it turned out. :)

I sized the paper to fit the frame and cut

Folded the paper evenly


Now for the other way

Then I traced the lines. It didn't need to be perfect just to give me the cross points.

Then I took the paper that had the quote printed and marked the cross points

Tested the spacing again and added a blue star with her name and date she passed away.

Attached with double sided tape but if I were going to do it again, I would use thick scrapbooking tape to have them raised off the page. 

I really like how it turned out. I know it was probably very emotional to read but hopefully brought a smile to her face knowing how loved she was.

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