Thursday, 4 April 2013

Time To Remember

Layout detail - embellishment cluster - Jimjams
Whenever somebody asks me why I scrapbook rather than just pop the holiday snaps into a photo album I explain that it's about recording the story, having some creative fun and making sure the details, which are currently as fresh as the photo, remain that way.
My memory was once a thing of wonder for all the right reasons, but sadly advancing age, reducing brain cells and increased stress have started to give my memory a completely different reputation!  By taking the time with a scrapbook page I get to relive happy escapades and preserve special memories for my and my children's futures.
In fact last year I made a scrapbook page about ten of the reasons why I ♥ 2 scrapbook!

Today's page, for the photo inspiration challenge at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, is a prime example of a holiday snap with an important family story behind it.  My children will recall that we had a brilliant day swimming with dolphins, feeding tropical birds and snorkelling over reefs packed with fish.  What they may have forgotten is that the day at Discovery Cove was paid for with a legacy from their grandfather who had died the year before.  The last couple of years of his life were tainted by very ill health and he wasn't able to play with them as much as we'd have liked, but at least this way he was remembered for all the best reasons.

Layout - Time To Remember - Jimjams

My April Counterfeit Kit had plenty of bright blue & green with splashes of yellow, just like the CKCB's  inspiration photo and I've based the design on a (flipped) Pagemaps sketch as part of the Weekly Challenge at UKScrappers.  If you fancy having a go at the CKCB April Challenge 1 you can share the results on a blog hop later in the month - check out the details & deadlines here.

25 comments:

JulieJ said...

That's a great photo and story and I lovely bright sunny page to set it off.

Missus Wookie said...

Recording the stories to go with those photos is a big part of why I scrapbook (and blog!) - I like the title along the edge of the photo. Looks like you had a good time from the smiles :)

scrappyjacky said...

Love the story.Jemma....especially as our day at Discovery Cove was paid for in the same way....though from my mum.
I also love how you've used the hexagons.

Lesley G said...

Your story behind the story brought a tear to my eye - a great memory, a great page and a great reason to scrapbook :)

K said...

Great page Jem, & what a lovely way to remember your Dad and celebrate him.

Lizzie said...

How to enhance good memories - make more good memories! Something great for your children to remember for ever and a lovely way to help them know their granddad loved them, even if they didn't see as much of him as everyone would have liked.
Love the photo and the page sets it off very well. Great colour choices.

Alison said...

I'm with you on the reasons for scrapbooking...love the hexagons , and the blue and green work well together!
Alison xx

Dawn said...

Love the layout and the story behind it! x

alexa said...

Such a perfect page - both from the design angle (love what you do with hexies) and from the story and meaning point of view. Your bright page tells them more than they will know themselves - such a gift for them to find!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great job. I'm finding more and more that my blog serves the same function. I record stories and events (putting more thought into my writing) while the feeling is still fresh.
By the way, if that's you on the left, you look great!
Rinda

Lisa said...

what a lovely memory and a perfect way to capture it - a really lovely design with the hexagons and the nod to the colours in the inspiration photo are perfect!

glorygirl said...

Wonderful page! I looooove the way you've captured every amazing part of the day. This is a BEAUTIFUL tribute to your dad!!!

Sandie said...

Love that story Jemma. The page is beautiful too... this is what scrapbooking is about. It is a beautiful tribute to your Dad in all respects.

Chidkid said...

So love this page. What a special memory and what a great way to record it.

Clair said...

I'm always a little in awe of how you manage to adapt everything - kits, sketches and inspiration - to suit your scrapping.

This is a beautiful memory, perfectly scrapped x

Chipper said...

That is a fab memory and very important in telling the whole story. Discovery Cove is an amazing place.

Sandra said...

Your page is just wonderful, it's a loving tribute to your father

Gillian Stobie said...

Lovely layout Jemma, nice to see you in a photograph. Love the memory that is recorded also. Xx

happysnapper said...

Love it

Sian said...

Yes, yes! I have always loved photo albums, but I get a lot of fun from the creative process too and the chance to relive the story as I stick. it's the best all round hobby fun I can think of!

A beautiful page and a great story.

Ali said...

What a wonderful story.....and that is exactly why we should scrapbook!! When I first started and up till about a year ago I never journalled, it was all about the pretty stuff! Now there is always a little something written, mostly tucked away to be found at a later date. This is a lovely page and a legacy for your children :0)

Rebecca at How I Burb said...

Thanks for sharing that story - what a great way to put that memory on a page.

Julia said...

Lovely layout!!

Jennifer Grace said...

I thought I'd already commented on this but apparently not... Just wanted to say that I'm totally with you on the reasons for scrapbooking. This is a fantastic page to remember the reason behind your trip, I love your layering around the clock piece. It looks like you had an amazing time! x

Gail said...

I couldn't agree more on my reasons for scrapbooking! Your layout looks wonderful and I love the hexagons.