I started this project by choosing the Found Relative card. That gave me a story to work from. I've never used this one, but was attracted to it because of the mothers determined stance (love her leather gloves and the daisy in her hat) and the girl with the basket of flowers. I picked ephemera that went with the story... a railway card, the number 3 for the people in the picture, the small dictionary cutout from Field Notes that has a tree with it's roots (always a significant image), Vintage Flair that says, registered to vote and security for all (both reasons why people might come want to come to the US). Anyway, you get the drift of where the story is going.
Once I was done with the card I set it aside to work on the background.
So the next step was a bit of a guessing game (where the place the Velum Scene) because I really didn't know how big the collage was going to get. In the end I decided it need to be below the top row of photos. If you didn't read my recent blog post on gluing Velum Scenes, you might want to read that before you try this. Bottom line, have everything you need ready to go, including your brayer.
For this particular piece I cut two pieces of craft store foam core (to create a double stack) then glued the photo to it. I left a 1/2" around the edge so things could still slip underneath. I used a thin coat of Collage Medium to adhere the photo to the core as wet mediums can warp a card if you add too much.
Two pieces from Baseboards Junk Drawer are layered to build up to the photo.
I thought you might like to see what she looked like. This photo has a written introduction on the back by the aunt and uncle that she traveled to the US with. I suspect it would have been used as a job reference because it talks about her being hard working (good thing my husband can read Portuguese). I have always wondered what color her dress was!
Now carry on,