Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Layout Remembering my Beautiful Mother with ODBD Stamps

July's Let Your Light Shine Scrapbook Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is to create a page using circles and your fav color (or a color from the photo you use).  ODBD stamps are to be used also. I LOVE ODBD stamps! I have a few sets, but there are SO MANY that I would love to have!!! Like.....all of them! lol  Perhaps I will get lucky and win the awesome $25 to use in their store. Of course that could be a problem, since it would take me forever to choose just one set. What a great problem to have......teehee.

Anyway, even if I don't win, I really enjoyed working on this layout of my mom. There are 2 photos on this page. One in particular is not the best quality, but considering that these are the originals from 1945, I think they look pretty good. The photos are of my mom at age 23 in her first MINK coat! Yes, mink. Now I am a big animal advocate, and I know that is not politically correct. In fact, my mom (who passed away in 2001) was also an animal lover and wouldn't have bought a real fur for as far back as I can remember, but I suspect things were different in 1945.  Before I go on, I suppose I could show you the layout! : )

The fav color that I used is a teal blue - don't know if you can tell how "teal" it is on various monitors, but I promise that irl, most of the blue in this lo is a teal shade - especially my circles. The circles in the title and under the birdie are chipboard that I inked with various shades, especially Brilliance Sky Blue, and then sprayed with "Glacier" Glimmer Mist for shimmer, plus it added to the teal color.
Here is a closeup of the title:

Wow - that doesn't even look teal on my monitor! Oh well, the chipboard letters in MOM are from Fiskars and K & Co. I wrote the other words on white cardstock, cut them out & adhered them to the chipboard. Obviously, I covered the heart with self-adhesive pearls.

My mom truly did have a merry heart. My childhood was often pretty crazy, due to the very serious problems my dad had that resulted in EXTREMELY abusive behavior toward Mama. She was always upbeat and even able to make jokes to lighten some really bad times. I attribute what sanity I have to her! (I know some of you may think that my sanity is questionable! lol) We were so close. I have missed her so much since she passed away. Here is a closeup of the photos. They were taken 10 years before I was born.

Below is the closeup of the stamp I used from ODBD's "Get Well" set:

                                                                              This panel is layered over a length of lovely blue lace from my stash. I did the stamping with brown pigment ink on cardstock that was dry embossed with the Butterfly Spellbinder's Impressability. I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I did the same with the other stamp below the right photo, using ODBD's Praying for You set:

That scripture is so appropriate! I DO always thank the Lord for my mother, though she is now in heaven. Btw, you will notice that the circle theme is carried out by the circular rhinestones and the Fiskars punch that I used on both sides of the largest piece of  patterned paper, plus the other teal chipboard circle with a diecut birdie on it.  It is also carried out by this Colorbok diecut that I did a little journaling on:

I popped this up on 3D dots and added teal (Yes, irl they are teal!) rhinestones to it. Since I did not have much room for journaling, and I wanted to tell the whole story of this day for Matt, my only son, and for anyone else who might be interested after I am no longer around to tell the story, I typed a whole page of journaling and put it in the pocket I made underneath the photos. You pull out the page with the "Memories sticker that you see here:

I stamped around it with the flourish part of the butterfly with flourishes stamp found in the ODBD's Friendship set. I thought it looked weird to just stop the flourishes part of the way down, so I decided to stamp it all the way down! See:

I stamped it with brown ink, obviously. I rather liked the way it turned out! : )  Here is the whole journaling page opened:

Sorry for the poor pic! As you can see - I typed most of the page, then added my own handwriting, and ended it with another scripture stamp and dragonfly. This one is from ODBD's "Praying for You" set. You can see it more clearly here:

This verse was the perfect ending. Although the typed portion described my mom's day in 1945, the part that was hand written had a little about her death and missing her. What better way to end than to remind the reader that there will be no more death or tears in heaven! I hope my future grandchildren will feel the joy of knowing that when they get to heaven,  they will see Jesus and the great-grandmother they never had the privilege of knowing here on earth!

That's it! I added an inked Prima flower lots of Prima pearl flourishes. I think this might be the longest post I have ever made about one project! lol  Please forgive the length. Be sure and have a look at ODBD's July Let Your Light Shine Scrapbook Challenge, where I am entering this page. You will see lots of creativity on their blog, I promise!  
                                                        Thanks for stopping by!                                                             


Jan Marie said...

What a sweet, sweet tribute to your mother and a way for your children to know her and you a bit better! Beautiful page!

Patter Cross said...

What a beautiful use of colors, scriptures, circles, and embellishments. Just a gorgeous page and tribute to your mother. Love it! So glad to have you join in on the ODBD Let Your Light Shine Scrapbook Challenge this month! Blessings,

Gemiel said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom!! Love how you added a bit of your handwriting to the journaling.
Great use of circles, and ODBD stamps.