Have you ever wanted to keep something as a keepsake, but had no idea what to do? This happened to me a few months back. My grandma passed away and wanted to keep something of hers, but what? I’m not a big fan of knick knacks which she was a fan of saving…I think she saved everything. So I wasn’t about to walk into her house and grab stuff. Plus that doesn’t have much meaning to me.
They kind of made it easy on me. At her funeral, they handed out yellow roses to everyone that attended which I knew immediately I wanted to keep. My grandma and grandpa are HUGE rose fans. So much so that I associate roses with them, so when I got home I put the pedals in a book to press them. A few days before her funeral, my dad was at her house getting things together and ran across a poem she wrote down. It’s like she knew I was looking for a keepsake, but was clueless as to what to keep.
I googled it and it was a poem by Frances and Kathleen Coelho which my grandma changed up some of the words too. She knew it was almost time and I am amazed she was working on this. My grandma was also notorious for sending birthday and holiday cards. Without fail you would get one every birthday, anniversary and holiday and she signed them all. I love keepsakes with handwriting on them so I took the poem she had handwritten and Photoshopped her signature next to it. Next I scoured Etsy until I found someone that could take a picture of handwriting and engrave it. I found this couple that engraves recipes on wooden plaques and knew that was perfect. You can find the item here. If you do not have Photoshop, this couple can do the work for you. All you have to do is send it in! The poem pictured is a gift for my grandpa which is why it is signed Ines. I sent a few different pictures to them with different signatures and they made it happen. They were fantastic to work with and recommend using them!
After that it became simple. Grab a frame, glue gun (for the plaque), rubber cement (for the pedals), and picture tape (to tape the photo down). For the large heart I laid out some pedals until I found the right shape I wanted. The other smaller hearts are pedals that I carefully cut into the shape of a heart. Be careful as you can rip the pedals very easily!
Play around with how to lay them out and when you find the perfect layout, glue/tape everything down. I love it! I cannot wait to finish up one for myself to hang up on the wall.
You can customize this with different pictures (mine will have a picture of myself and her), flowers, piece of clothing cut into shapes or used as the background, maybe a recipe card she wrote down of your favorite meal she made, etc. Just think about what reminds you of them and put them in your frame. A little piece of them to forever hang in your home reminding you of all the good times…the perfect keepsake