My Mother’s Memory Book

March 13th, 2016 klwade Posted in Geneaology | No Comments »

When my Mother passed away, I wanted to make sure her Grandchildren had an opportunity to know her the way we knew her.   They only got to know the old woman who was at times, let’s be honest, cranky.   But growing up, my siblings and I knew a woman who was crafty, smart and caring.

So I created this book using my digital scrapbooking skills.  I asked my siblings a series of questions about certain memories, from favorite foods, what she helped us with, her style, etc etc.   Then I incorporated into this book.   Funny things looking back at this book, I can see errors I made and duplicate pictures.  But in my defense, I was grieving the loss of my Mother and I was under a tight tight deadline to get the books back before the memorial service.

 


This is the cover.  You will notice on the cover there is a strange border, this was added so the stretch of the bleed over on the cover did not distort the images.    It is only on the front and the back of the cover.

I asked my siblings to send any pictures they had of Mom so I could capture as many as I could into the book

cover

To start the book, I talked of her childhood.  My Mom did not talk much about her childhood, except that it was hard.   I guess any child from the Great Depression can say the same thing.

Mom pink sheet

More childhood memories she shared with us.

Mom Brown

About the death of her only brother Ray.  Such a loss.   I actually got a copy of his military file and learned some about his stint in the Navy.  Since he was a gunner’s mate on the ship, he was probably killed instantly when the Kamikaze pilot hit the ship.   I remember someone telling me that some of his ship mates came to visit my Grandmother to give condolences and confirm that he truly was dead.  No physical body was ever found for a funeral.  His name is on a plaque in Hawaii.  If I ever go there, I will have to go and see it.

Mom White

She grew into a pretty young woman.  I often wondered what she wanted to be growing up.   That is why it is so important to ask these questions today when they are still alive.

Mom Orange

She met Dad at a neighbor’s house, and history was made!  A few years ago I found out Mom was pregnant when they got married.  I asked my Mom about it.  She laughed and said yes, but they had already planned to get married.  I called her a slut (joking).  And she laughed.   I really need to pay attention to those dates on the genealogy charts.  LOL.

Mom meets Dad

Christmas and Halloween were the two times of the year where we had the most great memories.

Christmas Page One

All of us kids remember the Christmas trees and the crafts!

Christmas Page Two

She even made our Christmas stockings.

Christmas page Three

My Mom was such an avid sewer.  She made the most incredible costumes.

Halloween Page Two

We often won awards at school for our costumes.

Halloween Page Four

more Halloween pages.

Halloween Page One

Thanksgiving and Halloween memories!

Holiday one

Easter!  Always had those pretty dresses on!

Holiday Two

As a family we did a lot of road trips and camping.  Many great memories there.

camping two

I never learned to fish, but my brother Doug and Dad sure caught several.  I was so paranoid of choking on a fish bone!

Camping one

More camping memories

camping three

This camping page was actually not in the book.  I think I was in too much of a rush and forgot.  But at least it is here for all blog readers.

camping bear story

Food memories.

Food ELaine and Doug

My page of food memories!

food Karen

My sisters food memories

Food Jan

Oh the things we thought we got away with!!!

She Never Knew

The things we did not get away with!

She Caught Me

How our Mom embarrassed us!  LOL

Embarassing

Shopping with Mom!!!

Shopping

Clothes that Mom made for us!

She Made

Our favorite sewing projects from Mom!

Sewed

What our Mom helped us with!

She Helped

When we were grateful when Mom helped us!!

Memories of Mom

My Mom’s style, both young and older!

Her Style

Things Mom taught us!!

She Taught Us

All the little things in life that we see that makes us remember Mom.  And they still do!!!

REminds me of Mom One

 

REminds me of Mom Two

Back page.

final Page

Back cover!

Back Cover

 

I made sure that her grandchildren had a copy of this book.  I truly did not expect them to read it.   I was so pleased when my niece Rachel wrote to me that she read the book from cover to cover and learned so much about her Grandmother and that she will always miss her.   Made me cry!

So if you lose a family member, try to get the memories down fast before you forget.   I still look at this book of my Mom and I am surprised on how many things I had already forgotten!

Thanks for looking!

December Daily – Day 25 and Epilogue

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

DAY TWENTY-FIVE

I started out the day with another cricut cutting file.  I used a soft muted silver paper and added a little deer to embellish the page

Twenty Five Silver Cover

DAy 25 Deer Closeup

I wanted to add some Pet Food ads to my album since Christmas day was really about opening gifts for the animals.

Dog Food

I also added a small page protected with cat food!  I actually remember this ad!

CAt Food

The funny thing about this ad is that Penny LOVES cheese!  I call her my dairy dog because she would sell her soul for cheese or butter.

Dogs Love Cheese

This layout is about us actually opening the gifts on Christmas Day.  Basically all the animals got the goods.  LOL.

DAy 25 Christmas Morning

This cute jacket was for Eli (my brother dog).  Somehow I think I will never see him wear this coat.

Day 25 Dog Clothes and Toys

I really did not like just cutting the album off without some sort of closure.  So I created an cutting file overlay on a bokeh light photo.

Merry Merry Merry

Then I write an Epilogue to wrap up my thoughts.

Epilogue

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December Daily – Day 23 and Day 24

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

DAY TWENTY-THREE

I wanted this day to be about the critters.

I started out with a small photo insert of the dogs and cats.

Dog Outfits Small

The Cats

Cat Angry Small

We were also dog sitting a dog we placed from the rescue.  Little Lily which we called Monkey.

Lily has this cute little face that reminded us of the monkeys in Wizard of Oz.  Horrible to say, but she really does.   Sweet little Monkey!

Day 23 Dogs

DAY TWENTY-FOUR

This year I wanted to make a collage with the cards I received in the mail.   I get so many pretty cards and I hate to toss them.  I usually make something with the cards.

Day 24 Card Art

I made a circle collection with some of the larger images

Day 24 Circle cards

For the other prints, I created a Christmas tree by cutting out small circles.   I also used some flairs from October Afternoon.

Christmas Card Tree

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December Daily – Day 21 and Day 22

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

DAY TWENTY-ONE

For this day I wanted to capture the weather.  For Southern California we don’t really have seasons.   The only sign that it is winter is the bare trees.  Except on Christmas day we still have some brown leaves.  Once in a blue moon we get snow.  So you never know.

Day 21 Weather

DAY TWENTY-TWO

Every year I try to do a puzzle.  I love doing puzzles and try to do them at Christmas time while watching Christmas movies.    My brother picked out this one with cupcakes.  His theory, similar to mine is something where you can tell what the pieces are.

Day 22 puzzle

MEMORIES THEN AND NOW

I wanted to show what Christmas was like when I was a child, and what it looks like when I am all grown up.

I took a transparency that had typewriter fonts on it.  The tree in my Mom’s house was so typical of our tree.  Tinsel carefully laid on each branch.  The tinsel was lead based and heavy.  LOL, the good old days.

Christmas as Child Overlay

This Christmas scene was at my house.  I had not been in the house very long so there was not a lot of clutter there.   LOLOLLLLLOLLL.

All my nieces and nephews are all grown up now.  Time flies.

Christmas as Adult Overlay

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December Daily – Day 19 and Day 20

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

STARBUCKS INSPIRATION

I guess this year had a lot of flack about Starbucks going with a plain red cup instead of a holiday print.

It was strange, I only saw posts about people saying to “get over it”, but I never saw anything that said anyone had an issue with it.

Personally I could care less.  However I did want a bag to put some stuff in.

Fave pictures

I added the cards that I loved and family letters into my starbucks bag.

Starbucks bag

DAY NINETEEN

Tonight we went around to look at the neighborhood lights.  We found a street that had a contest and we saw some pretty impressive decorations.  One house actually had a ski life for small stuffed animals.   They really did a great job.

DAy 19 street lights

DAY TWENTY

I had some images I really liked that I wanted to add to my album.   They make it feel like Christmas.

DAy 20 Christmas Pics

ANOTHER INSERT

Here is another insert that I made from my Cricut.

The Two Five (Cutting Files)

You can check out the cutting files HERE

I decided to use glitter paper

Joy glitter

On the backside I took some wooded stars from Studio Calico and embossed them in metallics and white embossing powder.  I put a transparency with red dots on the page and glued down the stars.

joy glitter back side

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December Daily – Day 17 and Day 18

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

DAY SEVENTEEN

Today I went with Mercedes to drop off gifts to the different shelters.  In case you do not know, I do dog rescue with Mercedes and find the critters new homes.

We went to Best Friends in Mission Hills and to the shelter in South Los Angeles.

Day 17 shelters

DAY EIGHTEEN

On the following day I went back to the local shelter in Castaic.   I gave them their gifts and spoke with the head of the shelter.  My brother came with me and when we were done we fed treats to all the dogs.  I was thrilled to see a lot of empty stalls, so there were just a few dogs.  We were able to feed treats three times, by the time we made the third round, the dogs were wagging their tails.   Find your next best friend at a local shelter.

ADOPT! DON’T SHOP!

DAy 18 Castaic

Doggie prisoners!!!  Hope they find their forever home soon!!!

Castaic dogs

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December Daily – Day 15 and Day 16

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

DAY FIFTEEN

I wanted to show the gift wrapping process.  Ugh, I took a picture of the wrapping paper and nothing else.

Day 15 Wrapping Paper

DAY SIXTEEN

For the last few years I made my own Christmas cards.  It is always a struggle and I always start too late.   I was going to make another card but the sample card took me over an hour.  Oh No!  It is too much and I do not have enough time.  So I switched to another card I made for a class.

Day 16 Card Making

I made a smaller pocket page and glued my card onto it.  The card used a snow stencil and some different inks to make the trees.  And a heck of a lot of masking.   I like this card.

My Christmas card

The back side of the card.  Keeping with the retro theme.

My Christmas card back

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December Daily – Day 13 and Day 14

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

I added this Christmas picture of my sister Elaine and myself.  I was probably around 13, but who knows.

The flood pants I am wearing crack me up.   Not to mention the print.  But the award for geek clothes go to my sister in her caftan.

I think the cat was Pinks or Patches.   She blends into the caftan so it is hard to tell.

Be Jolly

DAY THIRTEEN

Tree decorating day!!!!   I have an artificial tree that has lights that fade and turn colors.  It is so easy to put together.  However I have had other fake trees that looked prettier, but at this ripe old age, easy is best.

The gold burst behind the number 13 is a great set from Do Crafts that is call Glitterations.   It is hard to tell but these are filigree snowflakes and stars.

What I love about using a digital journaling cards is that I can change the colors.  I was able to make the Shine Bright card to be purple like the tree in my picture.  And with my new nifty printer it comes out so nice.  But again I had issues with how much glitter to add to the pocket.

Our Tree Day 13

DAY FOURTEEN

I wanted to showcase the silly hats I made my dogs wear.   LOL.  Every year.  Olive (the white Maltese) has no issues with outfits.  Penny (the black and white terrier) not so much.  She hates it.  LOL

It is hard to see but the day 14 is on a foiled pattern paper from Heidi Swapp including the snowflake.   I used blue foil to coordinate with the page.

Day 14 Cutie Pie

I wanted to do a clear overlay with words of my Christmas.  I used some transparencies that are for ink jet printers.  I liked how it came out.

Clear Words

Underneath the transparency I used an October Afternoon snow scene.   I added the word JOY using some grey foam thickers.

Joy

On the back of this paper I placed another photo from my youth.  A picture of all of us and the family cat Rusty.  If you noticed the outfits, it was the same from the stocking photo.  I loved that little outfit.  My sister had a friend named Mary Lee and she was real petite so she was about my size.  Not to mention that her family was very wealthy. So on occasion I would get hand me downs from Mary Lee.  They were awesome clothes.  This one was a wonderful white dress with a red velvet jacket.  Oh how I loved this dress.  So glad I have a photo of the dress for my memories.

Orange Tree Christmas

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December Daily – Toy Pages

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

For this post I wanted to share my toy page.  I searched for old Sears wish books to find images for toys that I have received as a child.

I started by making a mini page and used some  7 Gyspies old flash cards to spell out the word TOY.

Toy

I sewed it down on a glitter pocket with some ephemera from October Afternoon.  Yes too much glitter again.  Sigh!  When will I learn.

Toy back side

This page has some waterfall pockets with the wish book pages in them.  On the first page was the snowman icee machine. Not sure who got this as a gift, but I played with it for years.

Old Wish Books

This barbie was something I loved.  I would change the color of her hair and her outfit.  I also remember the Mystery Date game.  I would endlessly turn the wheel to see which man I would end up with.  Loved that game.

wishbook 2

I remember playing the Quija Board.  I think it was my sister Elaine’s game but I remember it very well and played with it a lot.  Today, I won’t touch those things.

wishbook 3

I know these pictures are really hard to see so I am also posted it below so you can enjoy!

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I did not add this one to my book, but I had an easy bake oven.

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The prices crack me up!   Oh the good old days!

 

 

 

December Daily – Day 11 and Day 12

January 21st, 2016 klwade Posted in Daily December | No Comments »

DAY ELEVEN

I usually put out some Christmas decorations in the house.  Most of them are vintage or vintage inspired.  I got some vintage style kitchen towels from World Market (love this store).  I did not decorate much this year, but at least the towels made it out.

On this page I added some cute trim from October Afternoon and some old jewel embellishments from my stash.

Day 11 vintage

Close up of the trim.

Vintage closeup

Oh by the way, around this time my printer took a dump.  I hated that printer.  I went and bought a Canon Pixma MG7720.

It was a more pricey model but it is awesome.  The photos I have printed are clear and beautiful.   I love it.

DAY TWELVE

This was Game Night at a friends house.   I met this friend at my book club and she found out I love board games.  She invited me to game night.  I learned to play Settlers of Catan.

Fun game!  Really enjoyed learning it.  It takes strategy and patience and is a long game.  But fun.  I lost.  LOL.

I made my world famous Chicken Buffalo Dip  (search my blog for the recipe).  Everyone loved it.

Day 12 Game Night

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