As papercrafty as I am, I’ve never made my parents much more than a drawing, card, paper flowers or one piece of canvas art. I make them lots of cards, but I’ve never made a scrapbook for them. I’m a reluctant scrapbooker who prefers to make mini albums over traditional scrapbooks.
My parents gave me a wonderful childhood and I have a lot of special memories from growing up. Over the last year or so, I made a list of memories involving my dad because I knew I wanted to make some sort of mixed media collage or mini album showcasing those memories as a gift for Dad’s Day 2014. I sketched out a few ideas in the Penultimate iPad app and decided a mini album was the way to go.
I made the mini album using Cricut Design Space, my Cricut Explore, a stamp from the Take Note stamp set (that comes with the Close to My Heart Cricut® Artbooking Collection), the retired CTMH “Victory” paper packet, a holographic post card I bought from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington DC, old U.S. pennies, a little metal hacksaw embellishment, brads, stickers, Liquid Glass and Durables: Triangle Studs. The box was made with CTMH 12″ X 12″ Kraft Cardstock and shapes I found in Cricut Design Space. I think the box was from the Cricut® Artbooking Collection and the embellishment on the front was a free Father’s Day cut from Cricut. The notebook paper was cut with the Cricut and the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge. I visited my parents for an early Father’s Day so I could spend time with them and give Dad his gift in person. Needless to say, he loved his card-gift! My hair looks weird here, but it’s because it’s in long layers and only part of my hair is showing. Can you see the love in our eyes? 🙂
It was fun revisiting the memories from my childhood, but I told him it could have been a better scrapbook-card if I had photos to copy, print and use. All the photos from growing up belong to my parents and the photos are scattered in bankers boxes at their house. I’ve wanted to revisit the old photos, but I live hours away from home and the pictures aren’t organized, so I can’t easily find what I am looking for.
We ended up having an impromptu weekend project where we scattered photos all over their living room floor and we sorted them by year! Then, they were put into corresponding manila file folders. Once we have them sorted by year, they can be scanned, saved, and named properly. They will be stored in the cloud so family can access the pictures.
As we worked together on this project, I couldn’t help but think of lyrics to the Pet Shop Boys “Being Boring” song. The line in my head was, “I came across a cache of old photos and invitations to teenage parties…” Like many people, my head is a jukebox that connects words and moments into songs.
BACK TO MY CARD-BOOK-GIFT: So, here are some pictures of that project I made for my dad, the first man I ever loved and still love very much.
Here’s what’s inside the mini album. I am not sharing super close-up details of each page because the memories shared are specific to my family and you may not understand a lot of things I shared unless I told you the stories behind them. I’m just sharing these to show you the general layout of the album in case you want to make something special like this for someone.Pin It