There’s nothing like working on a gift scrapbook. I so enjoy creating a hand-crafted gift of memories. I think it pushes me to try new things and test myself.
For the past month I’ve been working on what I’ll call “Project Graduation” — an album commemorating a graduation celebration. Not only was it a fun day to be there to meet new people, enjoy amazing food and cheer on the graduate, but it was also a beautiful day for photography in an amazing yard that my brother crafted into a beautiful garden.
These are the first 12×12 pages I’ve done in a while as I’ve been primarily working in project life pocket formats the last year or so. The diversion was good for me. I took the Sketches Class by Kelly Purkey (Studio Calico) recently and I referenced those to design some of my layouts.
I am also proud of myself for not buying anything new to do this album, using everything from my existing stash! (what willpower that took).
Here are a few of the pages from the Project Graduation album.
Addie used to be my brother’s neighbor. When I met her at the party she surprised me with warm stories about my mother, sharing that she spent time with Mom when she’d come to visit my brother. Addie took Mom shopping or would join them for dinner and yak about decorating, my Mom’s favorite hobby. What a welcome surprise to meet someone new who could share such nice stories with me.
We met many new people at the party and Mimie was a dancer. My hubby joined right in.
My brother sure has a beautiful environment to call home. His amazing plants, beautiful walkways, patios and firepits, bird houses, wind chimes and luxurious greens everywhere – it is a sight to behold. His garden blog TinRoof Gardens has more pictures if you want to check it out and learn a lot about flowers. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect at 70 degrees and he took all the guests who wanted it on a tour of the yard. I could sit and read in that garden for hours.
It was so good to be together and enjoy family. Driving from Florida to Washington DC was a trek on a short visit, but it was important to be together and I wouldn’t have missed it.
This young man captured everyone’s attention with his fiery red hair and captivating smile. He was a joy to talk to and would pose on command…what a character. My daughter was the chief entertainer for the young ones.