Easter morning 2013

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on April 23, 2014

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We had just been to 7:30 am Easter mass.

It has been too long since I had an overlap in time to scrap and motivation to scrap. Geez, I’ve missed it! So I finally finished up this page, which I started about a week before Easter. It’s a tripod-assisted selfie we took right after returning home from Easter mass last year. Matt only puts on a sports coat for Christmas and Easter, so I have to take advantage of the moment.

Product/technique notes

I had to dig deeeeeep in my stash to find these 2006 papers from Kelly Panacci for Sandylion. But I still like them, and they match my dress so well! I cut the daisies and title on the Silhouette Cameo. And I don’t know if you can see it, but I hand-stitched a big circle in turquoise embroidery thread to pull everything together.


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


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.


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


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.