Day camp

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on April 17, 2012

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The Little Yellow Bicycle Paradise collection was perfect to use with this 1976 photo.

There were a few summers when we were growing up that Mom and Dad signed us up to go to day camp. I think it was just for a week each summer, maybe two, but it left a big impression on me.

I remember being quite nervous to go, but I loved the adventure of it. We made candles in buckets of sand that we had hollowed out into shapes, tie dyed t-shirts, swam, fished, hiked…the usual activities. But the most important part that I can remember is that we got on a bus with kids we didn’t know and went somewhere new. It meant we were old enough to do this on our own—well, with lots of adult supervision, of course.

But these adults weren’t our parents or school teachers. They were mostly young adults (like the twin sisters in my photo) who were there with us as counselors. A counselor is, by definition, there to advise and guide. My apologies to any of my school teachers (many of them nuns) who may one day read this post, but in my nine-year-old brain a camp counselor was way cooler than a teacher. Teachers imparted math and history knowledge and then held us accountable with tests. Camp counselors showed us how to do things like tie knots. And there was nary a test in sight!

Way cooler.

So, here’s to my parents for giving us the opportunity to go on this type of adventure and to my camp counselors for teaching us the things we didn’t learn in school. And in case you can’t tell, this photo was taken on dress-up day (I think it was the last day of camp), and I am the little hobo with pigtails standing second from the right. :-)

I based this layout on a nice sketch provided at the Artful Delight blog, and I am entering it into their April challenge. I am also entering this into Shimelle’s Online scrapbooking weekend challenge #8: Create a project featuring a stamp you should use more often.

The Artful Delight sketch I referenced while making this layout.

I used all Little Yellow Bicycle patterned papers from the “Paradise” collection and colored in that beautiful Hero Arts tree stamp with Copic markers to match the rest.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthia April 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Really well done page. It’s nicely balanced with awesome papers. I really like the double matting of the photo. And the little birds. And….well, all of it really. ;-)

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Janice Daquila-Pardo April 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Cynthia! :-)

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K April 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

This is awesome!! Great job with that Paradise collection, and I love the birds nest. Thanks so much for playing along with our sketch challenge at Artful Delight!!

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Kelly Foster April 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

My full name didn’t show up in that one, oops :P)

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Janice Daquila-Pardo April 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thanks very much, Kelly! :-)

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Danie May April 19, 2012 at 3:29 am

Janice your take on this great sketch is fabulous! As I have already told you probably a million times, I love visiting to read your stories just as much as seeing your beautiful pages. I really love the pop of pink and the text background you have used for this layout and those birds are super sweet too!

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Janice Daquila-Pardo April 19, 2012 at 8:22 am

Thanks so much, Danie. It makes me feel great to know that someone out there enjoys reading the little memories I write about. :-)

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val gould April 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

really cute layout

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Artful Delight April 23, 2012 at 5:58 am

Absolutely fabulous LO!! I love love love the HA stamp tree that you colored. It matches so perfectly. Thank you so much for playing along with Artful Delight this month. :-)

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Janice Daquila-Pardo April 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

It just made my morning to find your comment, Leeanne! Thank you so much! :-)

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