Creative Sunday ~~ Lori ~~ Memories

Hello everyone, how is your long weekend going?  What’s the weather like?  It’s beautiful here, it has been an absolutely gorgeous weekend!  I am enjoying my weekend, hopping from one little job to the next, enjoying some relaxing time, and this great weather - a perfect weekend!

This week, I finished a project I have been working on for a couple of years - yes, a couple of years!  It’s not that the project was hard, it’s not that I didn’t enjoy doing it - it just seemed that I would get a few things done, and then have to put it away and I would never get back to it.  This week I knew I wanted to finish it and I’m so happy to say that I did get it done.  It’s a mini album that I have done for Justin - about him and his Grampa - Justin called him Gramps.  They had a special relationship - they were so close - and when Gramps (my Dad) passed away five years ago, I knew that I wanted to make an album like this for Justin.

Making something for a man is hard, at least for me it’s tough.  I wanted to embellish, use cool papers, etc. - but I found it difficult to get the right mix without over doing it.  For this album, I used LYD Zach’s Life papers and some other papers mixed in with them - the frog papers for example - just had to put them in there.  Here is my mini album for Justin.

Any of these photos, you can click on to see them larger.

My Mom passed away when I was pregnant with Justin, she never knew that I was pregnant with him, I didn’t have the heart to tell her when she knew she would never see him.  My Mom passed away on May 26/86, and on October 15/86, I had Justin.  It was the very first time I had seen my Dad smile since my Mom had passed away.  Justin brought so much joy and love back into his world.

Now you may not be interested in seeing my Dad’s hairy old chest, lol, but this couch, this is where my Dad had his naps, and he liked nothing better than for us to go out to his place, let him give Justin his bottle, and then they would curl up for a nap together.

My Dad, sometimes he did some crazy things, and one of the crazy things he had to show us was how he learned to make a turban.  Whatever the reason, he made one, put it on his head, and he needed his picture taken with Justin.  On the tractor, one of Justin’s most favorite places to be - riding with Gramps on the tractor.

Haha, this is so funny, everyone loves corn on the cob, but I don’t think anyone loved it more than my Dad.  He could not wait for Justin to get teeth so they could share a cob of corn.

My Dad had gone back to BC to visit again, and when he came back he had so many presents for Justin, actually an unbelievable amount.  But, it was his way of showing Justin how much he missed him, I honestly think he must have bought him something every day he was away.

My Dad moved to BC, a lot of our family was there, and he wanted to be close to his brother and their family.  He moved, but we visited whenever we could.  The first time that Justin and I went on our own, for 3 weeks, my Dad and Justin made many memorable moments.

One of my most favorite moments, and I know it is one of Justin’s too, was the day we went to Granville Island.  Dad found this machine with the frog, and he put quarters in this machine to hear the frog sing and play his banjo.  Oh my goodness, it was so funny, I will never forget watching them - the biggest smiles - such a happy time - and a lot of quarters, lol.  I often wonder if this frog is still there.

Hockey and skating was a huge part of my Dad’s life, and he was so excited to get out on the ice with Justin.  I giggled to myself when I found this picture and what my Dad had wrote on the back.

Justin spent 7 years in Air Cadets, and he had so many great experiences.  My Dad, he was so very proud of Justin and all of his accomplishments.

I will never forget the day that we found this Canadian Tire money is my Dad’s dresser drawer.  Justin knew exactly what he needed to buy with it - a big toolbox to hold all of the tools he had inherited from his Gramps.

The last page of the book, I wanted to put something in it for Justin that was extra special.  I remember after my Mom passed away - for me - it was so extra special to see something written by her.  I wanted to put something in the album with my Dad’s handwriting for Justin.  I looked through all of the cards we had saved from him, and I cut apart this one, which to me the little verse said exactly what my Dad meant.  My Dad always signed every card … As ever … and then his name.  (Jimmie is what my Dad called Justin - my Dad was Jim - and Justin is Justin James - and my Dad thought that he should be called *Jimmie* after him.  He always called him that)

Justin will turn 25 this October.  He and his girlfriend Katherine have just purchased a home this past week, and I am so proud and excited for them.  Paul and I hope to go and see them after they take possession in September and get settled in.  I knew I had to get this album finished, and I am so excited that I can now take it to him, it will now have a place in his new home.  Gramps is looking down on him and is so very proud of him too, I know it.

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This post was written by Lori on July 31, 2011

Creative Sunday ~~ Lori

Good Morning everyone!  How are things this weekend?  It’s been a busy week around our house, many appointments and lots of driving from place to place, I was so glad to see the weekend arrive.  I am hoping to enjoy some home time today, looking forward to barbecuing for supper, and this afternoon, I think I might sneak into my scraproom, pick out a good old romantic movie on Netflix, and watch that while I work on a few little scrappy projects.

This week, besides the awesome K & Co. Smash products, a few other new products have arrived at LIITD, and I have been quite anxious to try them out.  I have a baby gift that needs wrapped and delivered, and I knew that a few of these new products would be perfect for them.

I couldn’t resist this cute little outfit and I thought these Dr. Seuss books would be perfect.

I decorated one of the medium white paper shoppers with the Melissa Frances blue and white tissue paper garland, (wow, there is lots in the packages of garland).  I cut felt with the ever so cute Sizzix medium bird die for the front of the gift bag.

I thought that our new Bitty Bags would be perfect for the board books, and slipped two board books in each bag.  I folded a paper doily over the top of the bitty bag and stapled.  Using the Labels One spellbinders die, I cut the blue and white labels out and adhered to the front of the bitty bags.  I cut felt using the adorable medium Sizzix baby elephant die and the medium Sizzix hippo die to complete the labels on the bags.

I wanted to make a card with a banner so I good use some of our new Divine Baker’s Twine.  The broken china distress stickles were the perfect match to go around the edge of the card.

I love how the gift package turned out, I think that the new Mom (and maybe Dad too) will have fun opening it.

New also to the store are these ever so cute notebook bitty bags - perfect for so many things.  I have decorated three - in the first one, I have some little scrappy goodies for a friend, the second one contains a secret little note for someone special, and the third one holds a gift card!  There is so many things these little notebook bitty bags could be used for ….. and they also would be awesome with the new K & Co. Smash books and products.

And, lastly, I decorated this new little grid bitty bag for a friend and cut out the girl on the phone tag and the  Hello Friend tag from the Melissa Frances Girlfriend Creative Scraps.  These little grid bitty bags are the same size as the notebook bitty bags and also the new yellow chevron bitty bags - and all of these bitty bags would be perfect for the new K & Co. Smash books and products.

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This post was written by Lori on July 24, 2011


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