You lift me up


My mother-in-law took this adorable photo of her daughter, Thyia, long before I knew either of them. But it reminds me how fun they could be.

What a cute picture of a moment that all girls have been through—celebrating our first bra. This is my sister-in-law, Thyia, being silly for the camera some time in the mid- to late-80s.

Product/technique notes

I used bright patterned papers from an older My Mind’s Eye collection and embellishments from BasicGrey.

Anaheim picnic


My baby bro often seemed to be crying at photo time when he was a wee one.

My mom grew up in California, and her family continued to live there when she moved east for college (and then marriage and the rest of her life!). In the summer of 1968, when I would have been about 20 months and Phil 6 months, Mom took us to visit her family. In addition to introducing us to her family, she also made the trip to be in her brother’s wedding and to attend her tenth high school reunion.

On the back of this photo she wrote “Picnic in Anaheim, July 1968″ and then the names of the family members. From left to right around the table: my Aunt Barbara, my mom’s Aunt Tilli, her son Loren, me (at the top of the photo in the sun hat), baby Phil being held by Uncle Terry (Mom’s brother, married to Barb) and the knees of Uncle Vic (married to Tilli).

Product/technique notes

I adjusted the size of elements in this 8.5 x 11-inch PageMaps sketch from November 2013 so it would work at 12 x 12. The majority of the patterned papers are from BasicGrey’s “pb&j” 6×6 pad. I created and cut the title on the Silhouette Cameo and sprinkled some buttons and sequins around to form a visual triangle.
November 2013 PageMaps sketch on which I based my layout

Meeting the girls


Isn't little Ella adorable?

A few days ago I shared a layout about an old friendship of ours with a man named Jeremy, who both Matt and I worked and were friends with several years ago. Today’s layout features photos of Jeremy’s family from last November when they came to town. It was the first time we had met his new wife, Emily, and little girl, Ella. They were delightful.

Product/technique notes

I followed this sketch from the Creative Scrappers Birthday Bash and used papers mostly from BasicGrey and October Afternoon. I created the title on my Silhouette.
Creative Scrappers sketch I used



Does anyone know what type of car that is behind me?

This photo of me in our driveway is from March 1969. I don’t really know that there’s anything special to say about it; it’s just me in a cute little skirt and sweater with a barrette in my hair. And get a look at that car! Does anyone know what make/model it is?

Product/technique notes

I used Creative Scrappers sketch #266 for this page. The papers are from Crate Paper “DIY Shop,” Fancy Pants “Happy-Go-Lucky” and BasicGrey “What’s Up?” collections, and the word is spelled out in really old alphas from BasicGrey. I cut the view master shapes using my Cameo.
Creative Scrappers sketch #266

My first Easter


Uncle Joe is showing off his new great-niece on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1967.

My mom lived with her Aunt Mary Lou and Uncle Joe while she attended school at Geneva College in their home town of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. This is the same town where my father grew up and then also attended Geneva. So once they had married and moved away from Pennsylvania, my parents always looked forward to going back to Beaver Falls for holidays.

Easter Sunday was on March 26 in 1967, so I was just four months old. After going to morning mass, my parents took me around to the relatives for little visits. These photos are with Aunt Mary Lou, Uncle Joe and two of their three sons (Tom and Dick), and the photo shoot took place in their front yard.

These photos are very special to me because I’m pretty sure they’re the only ones I have of my Uncle Joe. He always made me feel so special when we visited their house, and I loved him dearly. But we lost him quite young because his heart couldn’t hold out long enough for the transplant he awaited. He was only 51 when he passed away.

I tend to wait and wait to work with photos that are special to me. I keep thinking that I have to get better at scrapping before I tackle the really important ones. But when will I be good enough at this craft to properly honor the special photos? The answer, I’ve realized, is both never and right now. So I just did it. I memorialized the occasion and the people whom I love and miss. And that’s good enough for me.

Product/technique notes

The colors in BasicGrey’s “Serenade” collection worked so well with my vintage photos.