May 26, 2009

Memorial Weekend 2009

Hi everyone, we had a great three day weekend! We spent most of our time outdoors, spending time in the flower beds and vegetable garden, adding a new pumpkin patch, grillin' some dogs and burgers and just enjoying the good times.

I was even able to squeeze in a little scrapbooking, thanks to some new page protectors from We R Memory Keepers. I found 4-5 different styles at my local scrapbook store. They make for FAST scrapbooking because they allow you do some *blended* scrapbooking....combining traditional scrapbooking along with just dropping the photos in the plastic sleeves. I still will do my regular 12 x 12 pages, but I'm adding in lots of these quick pages too.

Here we are below picking wild roses and peonies. Eric and the girls spied the bushes at an old homestead near our house. We went back and picked lots of flowers for Memorial Day flower arrangements for the cemetery. Eric told Jordy *to be sure to pick a dozen roses for Mom*. Here's the scrapbooked portion of my layout. It measures 6" x 8" and I included a photo along with some computer generated journaling.
And here's the flip side of the page above. This showcases some photos of Eric the grill master, the girls getting sprayed by the hose, some of our flower beds and the beautiful flags at the Memorial Day service at the cemetery. It's a family tradition for us to place flowers at the cemetery and to watch the memorial service and to honor those that have served for our country.
Here's the 6" x 8" layout for this side. And a little tip for you: You may be tempted for a layout like this to use bright, red, white and blue papers to reflect the Memorial Day theme. But remember to take cues from your photos instead. I kept the colors more muted to match the colors in my photos. I'll save those brighter colors and patterns for my cards or future pages that might have those brighter colors.
Well, it's back to the grind today so I better get a movin'. Today would be my brother Jeff's 42nd birthday if he were here. I remember that my mom would always make us a birthday cake and we'd celebrate our birthdays together in cute little matching outfits. Our birthday dates were one week apart and it was always such a fun time. My mom made the best cakes too....always something fun like a caterpillar, butterfly or train.....the shapes cut from one sheet cake. I bet your mom made those too!
Hope you have a great day everyone!


dolcreations said...

Michelle..your scrapbook layout is really nice. I am trying to get back to my scrapbooking again. I just love it. Looks like your family had a great long weekend!

Ruth Shanahan Allmart said...

I just picked up some of these page protectors too at Archiver's. Love this idea and I love what you did with them. TFS Michelle :)

Diana said...

Thank you for sharing your Memorial Day weekend! Aren't Memorial Day services so special? It is such an honor to be able to attend them.

Hope the sun shines on you today as you remember your brother's birthday and all the fun times you had with him when you were younger...

Hope you have a wonderful day!

patriciad said...

Looks like it was a very nice holiday weekend for you and your family. Those peonies are spectacular. My peony bush is nothing but tight buds still - I can't wait til it blooms. They are my all time fav flowers.
OH...I'm sooooo excited - one of my friends and I decided to make the trip to CHA in Orlando in July! Can't wait to meet you in real live person and take your make and take!!

Dottie K. said...

Love the scrapbook pages. That is a great idea to add a bunch of pictures to a book. Thanks for sharing. I'm so excited to be working in 2009 for my niece and nephew's books. Woohoo!!! Glad that you had a wonderful long weekend.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Awesome pages! I've not seen page protectors like that. That would DEFINITELY make it go faster!

My g'ma did make us all cakes like you describe. Losing a family member is hard. I can't imagine what it is like to lose a sibling. I do understand the date thing though, cuz every year I think, my twins would have been this age, my baby this age, etc. Thinking of you today as you remember your brother.

dolcreations said...

Michelle I have an award waiting for you on my blog!

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