Crafting My Genealogy

I recently joined a group on Facebook called GAACR (Genealogy Arts and Crafts Room) where there are regular posts about creating arts and crafts using our ‘stuff’.

One item caught my eye, it was an old used envelope that was enlarged and framed. The original post had been found on Pinterest and shared with members of the group. I knew that this was something I wanted to try.

I looked through my files and picked an envelope and a few postcards. I scanned them at a high resolution, 3,000 dpi along the longest side. The large scan is needed so the image doesn’t get fuzzy upon enlarging. My first scan I made into a TIFF file and then duplicated as a JPEG which is the file type usually needed for when ordering.

Here are the envelopes/postcards I chose from my collection.

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Envelope addressed to my grandfather, 1925

 

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The back of the postcard that my grandfather sent to his sister when he was in Ireland after WWI, 1919

 

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Postcard sent from my grandmother to my grandfather when they were dating, 1924

 

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Postcard sent from William Jordan to his niece Christine Coffey, 1916

The next step was to upload them to a photograph ordering site, I used London Drugs. Make sure do to watch for automatic cropping that some of these sites do. I have often found that the automatic cropping will cut off my pictures in odd spots. The size I enlarged to was 12 x 18 and the cost per print, $14.98.

My hardest decision was picking the frames, that took me three trips to the store! The frames were purchased at Michaels where you can often buy an item and get a second one for a reduced price. If you break your purchases up into two separate trips you can reduce the cost of your frames.
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I am quite pleased with the results and have hung the pictures in my living room, they are a great conversation piece.

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I think there may be room for a couple more!

 

18 thoughts on “Crafting My Genealogy

  1. Wow! What a fun idea! I can’t wait to get my history mapped out! I may steal this in an odd way. I don’t own any mailed letters, but I wonder how this would work out from a love letter my husband wrote when we were dating. Thanks for the inspiration you rock!

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  2. I joined the same FB group and love most of the ideas. My favorite was the room where framed photos of many ancestors lined the walls across the top, all the way around the room. I could do that here. I love your idea with the post cards and envelopes.

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