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

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

Piano recital

Piano recital scrapbook page by Janice Daquila-Pardo

I was fortunate as a girl to be given piano lessons. Our church’s organist, Ms. Shimmels, would come to our house weekly and patiently work with me on theory and technique. I’ll admit that I loved it and hated it. I really wanted to be better at playing, but daily practice sessions were so hard to get excited about. It’s the age-old conundrum of the wannabe.

I loved to perform, though, so I did get excited about recitals. I practiced the heck out of my recital music, learning it so well that I would get to the end of the piece and not remember the details of having played it (like when you drive a familiar route on auto pilot).

Each year Ms. Shimmels’ students came together to perform for their families at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, and these photos are from our recital in the summer of 1978.

It was a really big deal to me, and my family treated it that way, too. My mom made this sweet yellow dress for the occasion (as she often did for my recitals over the years). And two of my aunts (Mary Lou and Rose) drove from Pennsylvania to be there for it.

I remember quite a lot about this special day, considering it was almost 37 years ago, and I’m grateful for everyone who worked together to make it happen.

Product/technique notes

I followed this Let’s Get Sketchy January sketch quite closely:
The Let's Get Sketchy January sketch I followed for this layout
Most of the patterns I used are from Jillibean Soup’s “Chilled Cucumber Soup” collection. I designed the title and cut it on my Silhouette.

Note: I’m submitting this to the Paper Issues “Prints Charming Beautiful Papers” link party.

Hello spring

Hello spring

Oh, how I love the return of bluebonnets and baby leaves…

Product/technique notes

I was inspired by My Scraps and More sketch #101 to create this page with two small photos, a large title and a few tiny embellishments. The paper is an ancient one from KI Memories, and the 3D embellies are from several years ago in the dollar bin at Michael’s.
My Scraps And More sketch 101

Come in & warm up


Although we hit 69 degrees today in Austin, Texas, and I actually saw redbud trees starting to bloom, I didn’t grow up with such days in February! The winters of my childhood in northeast Ohio were cold and snowy, just as I think most kids would have it, if they had the choice. At least I liked it. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a few days of beautiful snow and blue skies now. But I probably can’t expect those any time soon, so I’ll just scrap photos of a time when I had them and be thankful that I did.

Product/technique notes

All the Authentique “Cozy” products I used to create this layout came from the Back Porch Memories February kit (thank you to BPM for allowing me to be a part of their design team through March), and I followed this Rochelle Spears sketch.
Back Porch Memories sketch by Rochelle Spears