Easy as pie

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on April 4, 2014

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My mom is so cute in this photo!

Mom and Dad married in June 1965, and not long after that Dad left his teaching job for a position as an investigator with the government. This new job required some pretty extensive training, so Mom and Dad had to live for a time in New Jersey while he attended classes. This photo was taken in their New Jersey apartment in July 1966. Mom was about five months pregnant with me. On this day she decided to bake her new husband a pie for the first time. How wonderful that they snapped a photo of it!

Mom says that she remembers the pumpkin pie filling was really good, but the crust left a lot to be desired. :-)

Product/technique notes

I used the following PageMaps sketch as my inspiration and hand stitched the circles. Hand stitching always feels right on a layout about something else hand-made, don’t you think? The patterned papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Feels Like Home” collection. I designed and cut the title with the Silhouette Cameo.
a March 2014 sketch from PageMaps

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My nana rocks

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on March 26, 2014

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My nana was always up for a bit of fun!

Throughout my youth our family always went to Pennsylvania to spend Thanksgiving with our extended family there. In 1983, when this photo was taken, we had all just gorged on the sumptuous Thanksgiving feast and then cleaned up to enjoy some games and pie. Someone pulled out this pair of headphones, and they somehow ended up on Nana’s head. She rocks.

Product/technique notes

The March challenge at My Mind’s Eye is to use three or more washi tapes on a project, and this is my entry in that challenge. Everything on this page is from their “Collectable > Unforgettable” collection, and do you see the strips of washi across the bottom of each envelope? I used the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board to create those envelopes.

4/14/2014 note: I’ve submitted this to the Paper Issues “Pitch perfect” link party.
4/6/2014 note: I’ve submitted this to the Paper Issues “Pocket full of sunshine” link party.

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Easter 1982

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on March 25, 2014

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Aunt Mary Lou and Earl had just returned from their honeymoon before coming to spend Easter with us.

After getting married in February 1982, Aunt Mary Lou and Earl went to Holland for their honeymoon. Later that spring they came to spend Easter with us at our house. After dinner, they pulled out their album to share the photos from the trip, and that’s when my brother took this Easter photo.

Product/technique notes

I liked this sketch from Life. Paper. Scrapbook. and decided to follow it to create my page using papers from Carta Bella’s “Traditions” collection. I know they’re not traditional Easter colors, but they went so well with the photo! I designed and cut my title using the Silhouette Cameo.
Life.Paper.Scrapbook sketch

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A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on March 24, 2014

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2013: On the Jordan Lake beach; 2010: in Durham, NC; 2006: in Fredericksburg, TX

I wanted to pull together a few photos of me and my mom for this page. Once I had selected these three I realized that in each we were “hugging around the neck.” Thus, my title was born!

Product/technique notes

I bought two of the We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon punches when they first came out, but I haven’t really found a lot of uses for them yet. When I saw this Creative Scrappers sketch, I instantly saw a use for my unused tools! The ribbons and some of the papers are old American Crafts patterns, and I also used old My Mind’s Eye and Memory Makers papers.
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I believe in memories

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on March 23, 2014

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In the left photo is my father with his sisters, Mary Lou and Frances.

The 24th sketch challenge has been posted at the SCRAP & MUSIC challenge blog! Head over to the site to grab the sketch, which I’m proud to have designed, and play along. This sketch came with the song “Better together” by Jack Johnson.

This is my final challenge with the Scrap & Music team. I have so enjoyed being a part of this new endeavor since it started a year ago. I’ve loved creating sketches for people around the world to use as inspiration in their scrapbooking. And designing with sketches and music together provides a real kick to the creative engine; I can highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it. Thank you to Scrap & Music for a great year! I wish them more and more success over time.

Scrap & Music sketch #24

My layout

I really like how looking at the lyrics to a song can force me to pull a layout together that wouldn’t have otherwise happened. As I was reading the lyrics to “Better Together” the line “I believe in memories they look so, so pretty when I sleep” jumped out at me. Obviously, I believe in memory keeping, so I thought about using a set of photos on this page that I couldn’t capture again.

In the summer of 2000, my father’s side of the family planned a reunion. We held it at my cousin, Robbie’s house in Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful day of togetherness, and we took a lot of photos. But before the day ended we pulled together some smaller family photos. The left shot is of my father and his two sisters, Frances and Mary Lou. The right photo is of my parents, brother, Matt and me. Because we have lost both my dad and my Aunt Bubbles (Frances) since this reunion, these photos are precious.

Product/technique notes

I used a combination of products from We R Memory Keepers’ “Happy Campers” and Lily Bee Design’s “Family Portrait” collections to create this page. I created the title in the Silhouette software and cut it on my Cameo.

The challenge

The challenges on this blog involve following the sketch and using a title on your layout with a line from the provided music. Below I’ve included the video as well as the lyrics for this song:

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson

There’s no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard
No song that I could sing but I can try for your heart
Our dreams and they are made out of real things
Like a shoebox of photographs with sepia-toned loving
Love is the answer at least for most of the questions in my heart
Why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it’s so hard?
It’s not always easy, and sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together

Hum… It’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, we’ll look at the stars when we’re together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together

And all of these moments just might find their way into my dreams tonight
But I know that they’ll be gone when the morning light sings
Or brings new things for tomorrow night you see
That they’ll be gone too, too many things I have to do
But if all of these dreams might find their way into my day to day scene
I’d be under the impression I was somewhere in between
With only two, just me and you, not so many things we got to do
Or places we got to be, we’ll sit beneath the mango tree now

Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together
Hum… we’re somewhere in between together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together
Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together

I believe in memories they look so, so pretty when I sleep
And now when, when I wake up, you look so pretty sleeping next to me
But there is not enough time
And there is no song I could sing
And there is no combination of words I could say
But I will still tell you one thing
We’re better together

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