This is the only photo I have of my paternal grandfather

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"Pater familias" is Latin for "father of the family"

Today the Twisted Sketches site launches its 94th sketch, and it’s a good one! The sketch as well as the design team’s interpretations are all waiting to inspire you.

This is my rendition of the sketch. It highlights the only photo I have of my father’s childhood that also includes his father. I never met my grandfather, as he passed away in my dad’s teenage years, so I adore this photo. This portrait was taken in 1944, making my dad 11 years old.

I chose the Latin “pater familias” as my title because it means “father of the family.” In fact, the term pater familias had specific legal meaning in Roman times, when the head of the family was expected to be a good citizen to his own familia as well as to the broader community. In theory at least, he held powers of life and death over every member of his extended familia through ancient right.

It’s quite interesting to read about, but honestly the first time I ever heard the term was in the 2000 film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Such a good movie. Here’s the clip:

I don’t know about you, but I really love creating a layout where just about every product used is from a different company. It feels like a little more of an accomplishment to me than creating a page using all products from the same line. In this design the patterned papers are from Crate Paper, Webster’s Pages, My Mind’s Eye and Making Memories. The trims are from Making Memories and Hobby Lobby, and the rub on is from K&Company. Now that’s just good, clean scrapping fun!

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  1. Your layout is so elegant and wonderfully touching! I love the photo you used that you hold so dear to your heart. The title is total perfection…

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo says:

      Thank you, Amy; I really appreciate your kind words. I’m happy to say that I’m quite pleased with how this turned out. Because it’s one of those special photos, I was a little nervous to scrap it. Now I’m really glad to have it memorialized. :-)

  2. Gorgeous layout! I love how it brings to my mind “family tree” and the revitalization of spring. I watched the clip because I was dying to know how “pater familias” was used in OBWAT! Thanks for sharing.

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo says:

      Thanks, Katie! Matt and I love so much about OBWAT—that it’s loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, the music, the casting (I don’t think I’ve ever seen George Clooney more darling) and the visuals. Matt actually came up with the title for this layout. As soon as he saw the photo I was working with, he said, “Hey, it’s the pater familias!” I couldn’t argue with that inspiration (I believe in taking it however it comes). Thanks for your support. :-)

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