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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Imp

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on March 16, 2014

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My title was a no-brainer, considering that imp was the first word to occur to me when I saw this photo.

This is just a photo of me at around two years old, in my pajamas, grinning for the camera. I don’t mind saying I was pretty cute!

Product/technique notes

I used the March week 2 sketch at Let’s Get Sketchy when creating this page. The papers are a mix of older American Crafts for the background and Jillibean Soup’s “Blossom Soup” collection 6×6 pad. I created the outer edge design with a Martha Stewart punch set and designed and cut the title on my Silhouette Cameo.
Let's Get Sketchy sketch challenge

Updated 3/20: How cool is this? My layout was featured on the Let’s Get Sketchy site. Thank you!
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We were born and raised in a summery haze

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on March 9, 2014

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Isn't Phil adorable in his little boy glasses? And I just love my red shoes.

The 23rd sketch challenge has been posted at the SCRAP & MUSIC challenge blog! Head over to the site to grab the sketch and play along. This sketch came with the song “Someone like you” by Adele.

Scrap & Music sketch #23

My layout

I really liked the line from Adele’s song, “We were born and raised in a summery haze.” I could feel that. So I found an old photo from one of the summers of my childhood. It was July 1971; Phil was three years old and I was four. We’re posing for this photo in our driveway, dressed in the cute little outfits Mom always put on us. And we were obviously ready for anything.

Product/technique notes

Almost everything on this page is from Amy Tangerine’s “Yes, please” collection by American Crafts. 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:

“Someone like you” by Adele

I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now
I heard that your dreams came true
Guess she gave you things, I didn’t give to you

Old friend
Why are you so shy
It ain’t like you to hold back
Or hide from the light

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it
I hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me, it isn’t over

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

You’d know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised in a summery haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it
I hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me, it isn’t over yet

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

Nothing compares, no worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes they’re memories made
Who would have known how bitter-sweet this would taste

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Don’t forget me, I beg, I remembered you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don’t forget me, I beg, I remembered you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah, yeah

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Parting shots

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on February 28, 2014

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It's always hard to say goodbye at the airport.

Matt always takes lots of photos when I hand the camera over to him. Often he just shoots and shoots without even trying to set up a shot or focus. I’ll admit that I usually get a little exasperated that he doesn’t “try harder” to get a few good photos, but in this case I really liked how it worked out. My brother, Phil, was about to get onto an airplane to head back to North Carolina after spending a great week with us, and Matt captured all the emotions of our goodbye.

When I opened my photo-organizer software to choose three pictures to use on this layout (based on the sketch below), I realized that I didn’t want to edit out any of them. I wanted to show all the moments. So here are 15 little emotion-filled candids…and don’t miss the one that’s not like the others.

Product/technique notes

I followed the sketch below for my layout and will be entering it into the Creative Scrappers sketch challenge. The papers are from Colorbok and Crate Paper. I designed and cut the title on my Cameo as well as using the arrow cut file provided at Creative Scrappers.
Creative Scrappers sketch

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College coterie

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on February 27, 2014

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All photos taken on the beautiful Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio, from 1985-89.

I had an absolutely wonderful group of friends during college. Most of them I made during the first quarter of my first year at Ohio University (1985/86) and remained close to throughout our four years. These guys made my college experience so much more fun (they were a funny bunch) and bearable (you know even the best college years have low points), and I love each of them. Just about every one of my college memories includes one or more of these sweet, smart, loyal friends.

  • top left: Micki McNiece, Phil Daquila, Jim Conlan (freshman year, winter quarter on Phil’s birthday)
  • top right: Teng Chek Cheong, Jim Conlan, Sandy Daquila (Mom visiting for Mother’s Weekend), Phil Daquila (senior year, spring quarter)
  • center: Joe Brown, Rich Saxby (freshman year, spring quarter as we packed up to head home for the summer)
  • bottom: Rich Ozmun, Teng Chek Cheong, Tim Schooley, Jerry Hirsch, me (senior year, spring quarter)

Product/technique notes

I followed the sketch below for my layout and will be entering it into the Page Drafts “Love is everywhere 2014 Valentines release” sketch challenge. The papers are mainly from Jillibean Soup’s “Grandma’s Lima Bean Soup” collection. I designed the title and cut that and the swirls on my Cameo. And I thought the vintage buttons were a nice touch with the quote about antiques.
Page Drafts sketch

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