I think most of the items used are clear, but just in case, the bottle cap and the 3 petals were used (with a bit of the velvet ribbon) to make the flower in the bottom left corner. The mica was cut into an oval and placed over "Cuba". The silver snaps were used to attach the hydrangeas and also the photo turn. The red velvet ribbon is under the photo with the clip in the middle. The rolodex card, page pebble, cancelled stamps and twine are i the letter inside the manila envelope which I photographed individually.
Here's the journaling:
Dear Abuelo Rigoberto and Abuela Argentina,
This picture has always been my favorite picture of the two of you. I remember looking at it when I was a little girl and marveling at how young you both looked. Even now, so many years later, I still canít quite believe that you were both ever so young. Itís the curse of the grandchild, Iím sure, to be incapable of fully comprehending that grandparents were once young couples, too.
As I look at this photograph, I see the two of you, a young couple, unmarried, walking down the street, both of you looking so elegant. I love your white suit, Abuelo. You look so distinguished. And Abuela, your sunglasses are very stylish. I am overwhelmed with questions that I wish I had asked both of you when you were alive. Even though I was able to spend so many years with each of you, I feel like there is so much more information that I never learned. Does that always happen? Abuela, you left so much information, both written and oral, about your lives. You wrote down so many stories so that your grandchildren who knew you (and your great-great-grandchildren who never would have the blessing) would have a glimpse at who you both were. Abuelo, you loved to give life lessons, particularly dealing with etiquette, and when we were smart enough to listen, told us your stories as well.
I know Iím luckier than most people, since I was able to spend so much time with both of you, but there are still so many questions I would love to ask. I wish I had known the two people walking down the street in this photo. Neither of you, Iím sure, had any idea of how your world would be turned upside down in 20 years, forced to flee the country you loved to give your family the freedom you both refused to live without. Neither of you knew the hardships you would have to face, giving up everything you owned to come to the United States with the few possessions they allowed you to take with you. Neither of you knew when or if you would ever see your family members again. Yet, you both did what you had to do and your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are a testament to your love and courage. Thank you for the legacy you left us. You are both always in my heart,