Saturday, August 3, 2013

This was the best day ever LO...... The Scrapbook Store

My August DT pack from The Scrapbook Store included the glorious paper collection 'Classic Elegance' by Melissa Frances.  Ohhhh so pretty!!! I have created a vintage inspired layout, using Aged Gold embossing powder to achieve a shabby, distressed appearance, around the edges. 

  Also, I have joined the Once Upon a Sketch, August challenge using the sweet sketch by Nadia.  The journaling theme this month is along the lines of 'I'll never forget'...

The photographs are of my brother Paul, best friend Catherine and myself as young children.  We were always playing dress ups, and always had such a wonderful time.  I will enclose my journaling below which can be found on the reverse side of the layout  - these memories are some I treasure very much, and hold close to my heart.

Memories stopped for' us' in April 1990, when you were sadly taken from this world.  It was a time where nothing seemed to comfort the grief I was feeling at the loss of my brother.  We cannot create future memories, but I do remember so many wonderful childhood memories as we were growing up....

I remember....

Picnic's with Mum, Grandma and us at the Warby Ranges...

Riding in the back of Grandma's 'Herby' car, going to visit Great Grandma in Yarrawonga - we used to take it in turns in sitting in the very back and used to argue on who would go first...

I remember Autumn fires, burning all the leaves and us dancing in the smoke thinking we were creatures of some imaginary world...

..and the ant houses we used to create from dirt and water.  We would sit for hours on end in just 'dirt', building a world that only 'we' could ever understand....

... and how we used to hide our horrible vegetables in the pantry as soon as Mum's back was turned.  I also remember the trouble we got into when the pantry was cleaned, and Mum found our stash...

The dead-arm you used to gave me when we fought - and how good you were at pulling my pig-tails!

I remember defending you at school and hitting a young fellow over the head with a tennis racket, you were most impressed.

Meeting all the kids that lived in the street, we'd all sit on the back of the truck talking for hours. I cherish the photograph of us all, but sad it is not a good photo.  I remember the time you also fell off the truck, and how frightened we were when you went to hospital. 
Swimming in the river on hot Summer afternoons...
Staying up Christmas night to meet Santa....never wanting to burst each others bubbles, that he wasn't real...

I remember the first fish you caught, I was so jealous and wanted to catch fish too, but ohhh no, I was a girl and girls didn't catch fish .... pffffttt!

How mad you used to get if I snooped in your room, and found some ammunition to use as bribery material....this worked both ways.

Your love of cricket, and how good you were at playing....

Walking to school together and you insisted on dawdling all the time....

Loved the times we dressed up and played imaginary figures from cartoons we'd seen on television...

Playing hide and seek, and me finding the perfect spot (on top of the roof of an outside toilet) and you not being able to find me.  I later shared this spot with you, and we used to sit up there and admire the 'world' as it was.....

I remember, our last phone call ... and still to this day, brings tears to my eyes .... it was as if 'we' knew ...

..and I will always remember, and never forget our 'special' memories together as children....


 As most of you have probably no doubt worked out, I am totally addicted to embossing at the moment - and had to enclose a close up photograph to show the amazing detail.  The Stampendous, embossing powder set has the most amazing colours in it!!  The title was embossed in Aged Gold, and the below chipboard lattice in Shabby Pink which has flecks of white, pink glitter, and gold - yummy!!  The lace paper doilies beneath the lattice, and the mini roses were coloured using the Interference Red, Perfect Pearls Mist - matched perfectly. 
 That is it for me for 'now'..... have a great and productive day....and thanks for visiting...
Sandie

Materials:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Olive Branch
Paper Doilies

31 comments:

Lizzy Hill said...

Just looooove the different ways you've used embossing here...that gold is totally delish....& what wonderful memories you DO have & this is a great way of remembering them, if that makes sense???!!! Love that chippy lattice behind, too....you've outdone yourself on this one:):)

Lizzyc said...

Absolutely beautiful.. love the photo, how special, and love all the layers under the photo too.. a stunning take on the challenge...

Astrid Maclean said...

A Gorgeous LO and what a lovely photo! Love all the layers and embellishment a great interpretation of the sketch!

Sue - bearhouse said...

I was so moved be this today Sandie, thank you for sharing your fond memories of your brother. Your page is truly beautiful in every way.
I hope you have a good weekend
Sue xx

Marelize said...

You are the embossing queen Sandie! Wowers! Just love this layout! xx

Margaret Mifsud said...

A totally gorgeous layout Sandie and such wonderful memories of your brother. Heartwrenching but so sweet as well. The photos are so adorable and you have really done them justice with the page you created around them.
Looove the gold embossing and loove the colours you've used. Absolutely stunning!!!

Cathy McGrath said...

Sandie, I love your embossing..it's adds so. Much to your design. A beautiful page that captures your treasured memories.

Sandra said...

Sandie this has to be a favourite of mine, I love the detail and the embossing and of course the story.

Romy said...

It's such a great lay-out! Your embossing looks amazing!

Adriana B said...

totally awesome page, love all the journalling, great photos to remember :)

Juliana Michaels said...

Oh Sandie! What a beautiful layout and way to record those precious memories of your brother!!!
The embossing work is fantastic and I especially love the edge you created around the outside of the page!!!

Tracie Dean said...

Love the layers of beautiful paper!!
Everything turned out so beautiful!

Happy Crafting
Tracie
http://homeofthepurskey.blogspot.com

MARILYN said...

Wow, Sooo Beautiful Sandie!!! these layers are fantastic like all the textures here..Gorgeous work! xo

Keren Tamir said...

fantastic textures and beautiful LO!! love how you treated the chipboard!!

Naomi Edwards said...

Oh wow Lisa, how very touching... I love reading about your memories and I can't say I didn't get choked up... beautifully written my friend..we use to play in the dirt as well..a memory I can relate to and wow "HERBY"!!! That is awesome!!!
I love love love how you placed everything , the layering is absolutely fantastic, I really love how the word "Remember" sits on top there... I love everything about this layout, just beautiful and there it is not hard to see you put your heart and soul into it...lots of love my friend, hugs

Helen Tilbury said...

This is an exquisite work of art Sandie! LOVE your use of embossing powder recently and how this layout is so beautifully clustered yet has a nice amount of white space too...

Lean de Ruiter said...

Beautiful work as always.
byebye,Lean

Aline Marengo said...

So beautiful!!!!

EFI said...

Sandie your layout is absolutely gorgeous with so wonderful details and great colors and techniques! I love your journalling and thank you so much for sharing with us at OUAS!

Heather Jacob said...

love love love with a capital L xooxox

Hilde Aaslund aka Scoobie said...

I lost my only brother last year, and your journaling touches me straight into the heart. I haven't managed to write down the childhood (and adulthood) memories yet, but my day will come, too.

Beautiful layout with delicat colors and beautiful details!
Thank you for sharing with us at OUAS!

Lynette said...

Such beautiful memories so lovingly captured...your journaling brought tears to my eyes.

Denise van Deventer said...

Stunning page Sandie! I love that embossing that you have done! Sooo beautiful! Love the photo and layering too! Such a beautiful page with a lovely story...and I am so sorry that your brother is not around anymore! Siblings are so important and such special parts of our lives!

sandi said...

Wow Sandie this is just absolutely gorgeous! LOVE the pink! Picture perfect lo!

Christina C. said...

We were very creative playing as children...pre-computer era!!!!!
Children nowadays don't know how to play anymore....sad!
Outstanding layout...beautiful details!

Eila Sandberg said...

Such beautiful and bitter sweet journalling Sandie. *hugs*
Chiming in with the other ladies here, your embossing sure is l-u-s-c-i-o-u-s! fantastic detail work and layering too. Thanks ever so much for sharing your memories and your beautiful page with us at OUAS!

Erica said...

Totally gorgeous!!

Renata Moni said...

So very pretty! Thanks for joining along with OUAS :)

luv46kdz said...

Gorgeous, what a beautiful piece, and what treasured memories. At least those never get taken from us :)

Paula

Croppin' Spree said...

This is stunning!

Croppin' Spree said...

Love this!