Friday, 27 August 2010

the final layouts

For the last few weeks, my non-work and non-childcare time has been taken up with completing a very special album.

My darling Daddy turns 60 on Tuesday and he has been quite certain that he didn't want any sort of fuss. Over the last few months, my sister and I ummed and aaahhhed about what we could do to mark it for him without the traditional party. When we were kids he would retreat to the loft during our birthday parties and I remember once my mum pulling off a surprise party (his 40th I think) but other than that, parties aren't really his thing.

The story of this album begins about 9 months ago when my Grandma presented my dad with a slip in album of photos of their family - Treadwell side (Grandma's maiden name) and Hodson side (my family name). As I've got into scrapbooking, I've realised that alongside the creative, beautiful and design side of the hobby is the very practical need to preserve photos and mementos of the past for future generations.
So I hatched the idea of putting together an album of beautiful layouts, presenting the photos that Grandma had already collated for me in an order and a style suitable for future children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

And this afternoon, I finally finished it!! I'll be giving it to Pops (as we affectionately call him) on Sunday so I've scheduled this post to go out later that day so no-one gets a sneak peek before him!

Title/Intro page
Starting with the Treadwell side (my paternal Grandmother's side)

My Grandma in her childhood as an evacuee and with her sisters and family
Onto the Hodsons, my paternal Grandfather's side

My Grandfather in his childhood
Grandma and Grandad in their single days and wedding day
My dad in his baby and childhood days
My dad and his late brother
My paternal great-grandparents Ruby Wedding and my grandparents Ruby Wedding
Some more recent pictures of Grandma and Grandad with my dad and at their Diamond wedding
I think this is my favourite layout...I love this picture of my dad sailing and my journalling for this page is below
Hodsons, Smiths and Lanes at my mum's 60th in June

As my first full album, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I enjoyed the space and creative juices and it was good to have the photos chosen and the theme in place. I learnt a lot of techniques, trial and error but no major mistakes or errors! Nothing was thrown away apart from the usual scraps!

So, hope he likes it! I'll post photos of the weekend next week!! Thanks for stopping by.

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