Family Memories….

Hello friends!

This summer I tackled something I’ve never done before, and organized and planned a family reunion for my mom’s side of the family.  It was a bit short-notice in planning, starting in March for a July reunion, and as a result there were some who couldn’t attend, but for the 40+ who did come, it was a GREAT time!  We had so much fun getting re-acquainted and learning more of our collective family history.


I plan to make a photo book for each of the families, but I’ll probably also scrapbook a few photos from that weekend just for my own enjoyment.  And because I’ve had a thing lately for full-sized photos - ones that take up one complete dimension of the page - I began with the family group photo.

I had the photo printed at Costco - for convenience, quality and price.  I could upload and order it from home, it’s a great quality photo, and it only cost me $1.50 to have printed!reunion2

reunion4 Some of the product I used was Authentique gingham paper and Simple Stories - Posh - for the navy stripe at top.  I used Jen Hadfield washi tape, Dear Lizzy gold rub-ons, enamel shapes from Amy Tan, My Mind’s Eye, WeR, and Doodlebug Designs.  The puffy stickers are from Pink Paislee, the leaf die cuts from Fancy Pants, the large green/blue leaf cluster from One Canoe Two, and wood veneers, label stickers and tags from my stash  That woven fabric title is from MAMBI and is at LEAST 15 years old!  I kid you not!  It’s just been hanging around, knowing it would be useful someday, and finally!  (You’ll have to forgive me - where I’ve used product from my own stash rather than from the store - I’m just not scrapbooking enough lately to use up all my product and I can’t bear to let some of the cute stuff I received in the past, from Club Kits, linger and loiter unused.)


I had actually planned to do a post on some of the cute, scrappy ideas that I used for the event, but planning and coordinating didn’t leave enough mental bandwidth to also take lovely photos.  I have a couple that others took, to at least show you the photo garland I made using old family photos (scanned and reprinted) clothes-pinned to some jute cord with manila colored tags, vintage and paper doilies, burlap banners and more.  On one table we had some of the games/supplies, along with the trophies we’d be competing for, but on the second table we had framed photos of some of the ancestors as well as the various family members who were unable to attend.  So that they’d be with us in photo at least.


It was a super-fun weekend and I hope we can do it again in a few years!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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This post was written by Norine on August 27, 2017

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Good morning friends!  I’m back again today with a layout that showcases a few products from the store plus a technique that we’ll be trying in the upcoming DIY Embellishments class in Sept!


The first thing I want to show you is how to make an embellishment from a piece of patterned paper.


I cut out the leaf I wanted to use, and cut closely around the edge of the whole leaf.


Then I used Copic markers to accentuate some shading on the leaf.


Next, I covered one half of the leaf with Glossy Accents.


Here’s how it looks all finished.


It’s a technique that has no limit for possibilities.  Take a look through your patterned papers and you’ll see any number of different designs that you can cut out and add extra oomph to with some Glossy Accents.


And then there’s this fun watercolor painted tag!  It’s a product from Amy Tangerine, and there are about 6 different designs, with two of each, in the package.  I love how you can paint these to match whatever your project color scheme is.


That blue/green watercolored strip along the bottom of the photo?  It’s a cut off from some card I made a very long time ago…but I don’t like to throw out pieces like this.  And today I’m especially glad I didn’t, because it’s a perfect addition to complete this layout.


Some of the products I used on this layout are Crate Paper Oasis (the gold title words), Pink Paislee Outfitters (the Go Jump in the Lake puffy sticker), Illustrated Faith (the white enamel hearts and some of the washi tape), Fancy Pants Office Suite (label die cuts) and several Studio Calico stickers, and phrase chipboard.  I dug into some OLD stash for that book plate from Junkitz who haven’t been in business for many years.  The star vellum photo mat is from a DCWV foiled vellum stack, and the background paper for the whole layout is Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails and there may even be some of that line left in the store.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your day!

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