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

Baby I love your way


These lyrics from the Peter Frampton song, Baby I love your way, made me think of this little private island we saw on our cruise to the Caribbean in 2005.

The sixth sketch challenge has been posted at the new SCRAP & MUSIC challenge blog! Head over to the site to grab the sketch and play along. This sixth sketch came with the song “Baby I love your way” by Peter Frampton.

Scrap & Music sketch #6

My layout

I had to read the lyrics of this song several times before feeling a connection to any photos I have. Then it hit me: there was a little private island that we saw somewhere off the coast of Belize on the Caribbean cruise we took in 2005. I can remember us saying how much we would love to buy it. BINGO! And so I pulled out three of the hundreds of photos we took on that trip and strung them together with these lines as my title:
I can see the sunset in your eyes
Brown and gray, blue besides
Clouds are stalking islands in the sun
I wish I could buy one
Out of season

Product/technique notes

The background paper on this layout is from the October Afternoon “Midway” collection, and the other little bits are mostly from their “Seaside” line.

Once I decided that I wanted to use several lines of the lyrics from the chosen song, I knew the best/easiest way to achieve that would be to cut the text out of the background paper (with my Cameo) and back it with cardstock. Then it occurred to me that it would be fun to make each line of the title a different color, so that’s how this ombre effect came into being. I’m really happy with the juxtaposition of the ombre blue title with the oranges and yellows I used around the photos, mimicking the colors of the Caribbean!

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:

“Baby I love your way” by Peter Frampton
Shadows grow so long before my eyes
And they’re moving across the page
Suddenly the day turns into night
Far away from the city

Don’t hesitate
‘Cause your love won’t wait

Ooh baby I love your way (everyday)
Wanna tell you I love your way
Wanna be with you night and day
Moon appears to shine and light the sky
With the help of some firefly
Wonder how they have the power to shine, shine, shine
I can see them under the pine
Don’t hesitate
Cause your love won’t wait

Well don’t hesitate
‘Cause your love won’t wait
I can see the sunset in your eyes
Brown and gray, blue besides
Clouds are stalking islands in the sun
I wish I could buy one
Out of season
Don’t hesitate
Cause your love won’t wait

You make my heart sing


Just chillin' with Daddy in front of the television, March 1967.

This is one of those photos that I can just sit and stare into. It’s quite imperfect, as far as photos go—with the bad lighting, crooked angles and muddy colors. But it’s a beautiful photo to me.

It allows me a glimpse into Mom and Dad’s apartment before they bought the house I grew up in. In fact, some of that decor (the round table, tan chair, lamp, pocket watch under a dome and afghan) stayed with us for a very long time.

In it I get to see my dad as a 33-year-old new father, obviously pretty comfortable with the whole new baby thing. “Ain’t no big deal.”

And I really love that Daddy is acting as a human recliner for me as we watch TV together. Just look how well I fit in the circle formed by his legs and how he has me tipped back at the perfect angle for maximum viewing enjoyment. Speaking of that, what could we be watching, I wonder? I mean, it looks equally riveting to both a four-month old and a grown man. It must be something on PBS!

Product/technique notes:
I created this page following the sketch below from Artful Delight and products from American Crafts, BasicGrey, K&Company, My Mind’s Eye and October Afternoon.
PageMaps sketch

Honey & Bunny


My layout highlights a photo of Phil and me on Halloween night in 1977. We were all ready to head out for some heavy-duty trick-or-treating.

Because I think it’s kind of funny, let me take a moment to list the elements that made up our costumes that night:

  • Phil’s female impersonator costume: An auburn wig (that we used for many costumes and dress-up sessions over the years); hoop earrings; blush and lipstick; my sweater and skirt; Phil’s sneakers
  • My bunny costume: My pink footie pajamas; construction paper ears; eyebrow-pencil whiskers and nose

I followed the October Club CK sketch, below, and am entering it in the challenge:
Club Creating Keepsakes October sketch challenge

Daddy’s girl


These lovely shots of Daddy holding me were taken at various times in 1967 & 1968.

Because it’s Father’s Day, and I’m thinking about and missing my daddy, I made this page to celebrate how blessed I was to have him. Happy Father’s Day to all of my friends and family!