Saturday, June 26, 2010

Love, Mom - a mini album memoir to my children

For the Bella projects I created for CHA in January it was requested that we stick with the main theme of the line when creating our projects- and this was challenging for me when it came to the Estate Sale line. I have a fairly good amount of family- that is true, but my family generally does not spend time together, most of us harbor a grudge against one family member or another for various reasons, and it’s really sad for me that things have to be that way. When I sat and thought about “Estate Sale” I thought of the great grandparents I never really knew, about my living grandma in Ohio I have seen only a handful of times, and about my other grandma that is like a second mother to me. I don’t have any photos of any of these people, I know my grandma that I am close to has lots of old photos, but yet again the “I never got to know these people” factor was in the back of my mind. So I decided to take a different angle.

The Bella Blvd. estate sale line is about long-term relationships, both family and friends, that are important to us and who will forever be remembered with love and good times. I decided to make this album about my OWN family and relate my past to my present and how I want to be better than the family I grew up with (or actually grew up WITHOUT).

This album has the most heartfelt journaling of any other I have done and brings out some feelings that I have never felt were easy to discuss with anyone, but they are things that need to be said to my children, and that’s what scrapbooking is all about for me- relating my feelings and thoughts to my family and recording them so that they know exactly how much I love them and have tangible memories of my life and our memories together. So- enough chit chat already! Here’s the album!

It's one of my faves- paper bag book.

Had to include a pic of myself of course ;)

I picked a different word for each set of pages that represented one of the most important feelings I wanted to talk about and convey to my children. The first one is faith. There is a journaling tag in the right side page.

One of my favorite photos and pages, it needed a close up :)
Left side page has a magnetic closure and is a tri-fold page, photo below shows the inside of the page:
This inside portion is about how my family DOES love eachother, but we never say it. I am determined to break that cycle with my own children and let my feelings be seen, heard, and felt no matter what!

Dream- this page is about thinking big, believing in yourself, and always believing that you can do ANYTHING if you put you mind to it and work hard enough. I don't want my children to ever feel like anything is holding them back.

health- this page is about my hope that the kiddos will learn some healthy eating habits from me and like their veggies LOL! Ok, it's more about my hope that they will be better than me in the health dept.- be active, play sports, excercise. It may sound a little out of place compared to the other hard topics, but obesity is a real issue in my family and even my husband and I battle our weight and eating habits. My hope for my children is that they will see the lifestyle changes we work so hard to make everyday and that they will come automatically for them, that in their adult lives they will not have to worry about their weight, that exercise will simply be a part of their everyday schedule.


laterg8r said...

gorgeous - love all the flowers and variety of embellies :D

Kris said...

What a gorgeous album and wonderful keepsake!!!

peata said...

gorgeous mini.