Happy Friday to all my lovely crafty friends! How are you? Are you looking forward to the weekend? I know I am :-)…in fact I’m now, officially on school holiday time, for the next 6 weeks! Yipee!!
Some of you may ask ‘Why am I on school holiday time?’ Well that’s because here in Australia, it’s the end of the school year for students.
They are done & dusted, & so is the homework, school drop off & school pick up..it’s a break not just for them, but also for me. Our schedule & our mornings are a little more relaxed…we try to take each day as it comes & not overload ourselves with too many activities.
It also happened to be my youngest son’s, last day of year 6 today, & with that, is the end of era. Harry is our last child to finish primary school. Next year both the boys will be going to the same High School. Harry our youngest will be in year 7, & Ben our eldest, will be starting year 11…. which means he’s going to be going into his final 2 years of secondary education…..& leaves me wondering where did the time go?
Which brings me to the subject of today’s blog post…memory keeping.
Are you into memory keeping? It’s something that I really enjoy doin. It’s lovely to reminisce as I go through old photos…to laugh at the bad outfits, to smile at pics of life long friends & to feel the wonder of love & life, especially when looking at photos weddings or of new mothers & their little babies.
So when I came across this pic yesterday, I knew I wanted to use it. It had been languishing in a pile of photos that I printed out a couple of years ago & then packed away & had pretty much forgotten about. Now maybe it’s because my mum turned 70 last week, or maybe it’s because my youngest finished primary school today, whatever the reason, this photo (of my mum & myself) spoke to me.
It tells the story of new beginnings, of love, of adventures yet to be had, & so it made sense to pair it with another symbol of fresh beginnings, & that just had to be the season of Spring! Now what can I ask, is more symbolic of springtime, then beautiful pink blossoms & fresh green foliage?!!
To create a soft, fresh & modern look for my scrapbook/memory keeping page, I chose some of the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper that’s in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2018 Catalogue. This paper stack comes in black & white print, so it’s easy to customise it for all of your projects. In this case I simply coloured in the blossoms & the foliage with some of the new Stampin’ Blends.
To add some depth & dimension I was able to create some custom embellishments by using the Petals & More Thinlit’s Dies, then colouring the flowers & leaves to match the patterned paper. I picked a precut sentiment from the Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack to use as a low key, no fuss, page title.
I added in some metallic gold thread & a delicate white doily, before finishing it off with a few of the Glitter Enamel dots from the Annual Catalogue & voila! I now have a perfectly feminine page that documents new beginnings, time passing & the unconditional love a mother has for her newborn child.
I hope I’ve inspired you to do some memory keeping of your own, or to at least sit back, enjoy thinking about everything that you’ve done & achieved in 2017.
Much Love, K xo