Happy happy days

This two-photo scrapbook layout uses products from Basic Grey.

In the summer of 1968 my mom packed up her two babies (both of us under 18 months) and got on a plane to California to be in her brother’s wedding. That’s me and Phil in the arms of L: Mom and Grandpa and R: Grandma and Grandpa.


Product/technique notes

I created this page using patterns and die cuts from Basic Grey’s “Vivienne” collection because it went so well with these vintage photos. I turned this Stuck?! Sketches May sketch on its side and followed it.
This layout was based on this Stuck?! Sketches May sketch.

The reception

This layout, called The reception, is based on a Stuck?! Sketches May sketch.

My mom’s cousin, Tom, was married in September 1977, and these photos are from his wedding reception. I seem to remember that Phil and I were looking forward to being old enough to really participate in the celebratory atmosphere (because 10- and 9-year olds are such party animals). 😉

I love Phil’s 70s style and my long dress (which Mom sewed). And I particularly remember wanting to touch the ribbons on Aunt Mary Lou’s dress. It’s all quite groovy.

Product/technique notes

I followed this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches and used patterned papers from the Basic Grey “Curio” collection. I created the title on the Silhouette and hand stitched several times around the background cirlce.
The sketch I followed is from Stuck?! Sketches

Swing your partner round and round

Swing your partner round and round is a scrapbook page with one photo from 1973 and products from Chickaniddy Crafts.

During the early 1970s my parents took square dancing lessons with their friends, Bob and Peg Young. Mom tells me that they had taken 18 of the weekly 26-lesson course when my father had his heart attack (yes, he was quite young), which meant that they had to miss the rest of the lessons. However, they both loved square dancing, so whenever the church held a dance they would go promenade, allemande and do-si-do with the best of them.

In this February 1973 photo, taken by one of us kids, Mom and Dad are gussied up and ready to head to a dance at our church. Mom made that dress specifically to wear to square dances.

Product/technique notes

All the patterns on this page are from the Chickaniddy Crafts “Date Night” collection. I was inspired by this sketch from Let’s Capture our Memories. Because of the “round and round” title that I wanted to use, I added a circle of patterned paper so I could shape the title around it.
Let's Capture Our Memories sketch #122

Niagara Falls 1982

This is a one-page, two-photo scrapbook layout entitled Niagara Falls.

In mid-August 1982 our family took a short vacation to see the Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. It was our last fun little jaunt of the summer before the new school year was to begin.

Did you know?
According to the Wikipedia article on the falls, the three waterfalls known collectively as the Niagara Falls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet. Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by vertical height and also by flow rate.

They are glorious, aren’t they?

Product/technique notes

I followed My Scraps and More sketch #104 and used supplies from the Fancy Pants “What a Wonderful Day” collection. Where there are stitching lines in the sketch I used various colors of twine to match the papers.
My Scraps and More sketch #104

I was thrilled to have my page chosen by My Scraps & More as a top 3!
My Scraps & More top 3

Golden hour

This is a scrapbook layout with two photos, entitled Golden hour

The hour or so before the sun goes down, known as “golden hour,” is renowned among photographers for the qualities of its light and creative possibilities. It is a wonderful time to shoot photographs because the light is redder and softer compared to when the sun is higher in the sky.

It is also our preferred time to go out for our walk/run. For me it’s both soothing and invigorating: it helps me to unwind, to think, to feel grateful and then to gather energy for the rest of my day.

Product/technique notes

All the Doodlebug and BasicGrey products I used to create this layout came from the Back Porch Memories March kit, and I followed this PageMaps sketch. I created the title on my Silhouette Cameo.
PageMaps sketch I used