Saturday, 13 August 2011

My First Scrapbook Page!

I guess I'm officially a scrapbooker now - here's my first page!

I decided to start my scrapbooking career with a very special photo of my father's parents.  My grandfather died the year I was born so I never knew him - but he was clearly a special man.  My Dad was the oldest of 18 children - and quite unusually for that time in rural New Brunswick 17 survived to adult hood.

My grandmother (Mamie) was so amazing and my hero. There is little I can say about her that does her justice.  She never learned to read or write but taught all of us so much.  She was a feisty woman - I guess you probably had to be to raise all those children - and she loved to be surrounded by her family and friends - and strangers who she would quickly convert to friends.

I faffed about with the layout for DAYS before I got the glue out. I'd look at it every now and then tweak it a little and then ponder it a while and move things back and then...  well you get the idea.

The patterned papers are from an Anna Griffin floral collection, and the solid papers are my beloved Core-dinations.

I used an EK success punch on the sides of the picture mat and then thread through a couple of pieces of pink ribbon.  I wanted to be able to remove the picture easily, so I cut slits in the mat to hold the photo in place rather than pasting it down.   I had to be VERY CAREFUL when I glued on the roses (cut out of another piece of Anna Griffin paper) to make sure the photo was still free to be removed.

The scalloped edges were made with a Martha Stewart deep edge punch, and the title was cut using my trusty Imagine.

I ended up printing the journalling and I couldn't fit what I wanted to say in the space I had available with my handwriting!

It's far from perfect but I'm pretty pleased with my first effort.


  1. Hi Soo!!!!
    I love this page. I am really into family history and this page shows just how beautifully it can be recorded. Beautiful colours. Cxxx

  2. Hi Soo! Welcome to the wonderful world of scrapbooking! You've done an absolutely amazing job of capturing your sweet family memories here.

    I love the journaling and your use of ribbon and the pleated paper!!! Lovely work!

  3. That's beautiful - love the pleats. When I first saw it I thought the flowers were 3D - they're so effective!
    Can't wait to see what other pages you come up with!

  4. What a beautiful page Soo, I can't believe it's your first one! The colours are gorgeous and frame the photograph beautifully. x


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