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Friday, 2 May 2014

Fond Memories for A Vintage Journey

The latest challenge at A Vintage Journey  has been chosen by the lovely Terry and is 'Fond Memories'.  In Terry's own words - "Fond Memories, we all have them, whether they are of a special person, a pet, a period in time or a wonderful event. Let that "Fond Memory" be your guide and the focus of your creation, of course being inspired by Tim Holtz."  

Our wonderful sponsor is Country View Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher to one winner chosen by the Creative Guides (DT).

Choosing fond memories is not an easy task when you have lots of them but I decided to create a mini album in memory of my lovely Dad and his side of our family, who remained in Aberdeen, Scotland when my Dad emigrated to Canada shortly after the war.  There is only one photo in my album at the moment, I thought it might be more interesting to see the album rather than photos of my family!  My Dad did not do 'fancy' so I have kept the album fairly masculine looking. Click on the photos for a better view.


I have used Tim Holtz's Crowded Attic papers throughout the album, which measures 6" x 4" and is approx 2.1/2" thick.  The base and pages of the album are made from grey board, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I kept the front and back free from larger embellishments as it will eventually go onto my bookcase.  I also used one of Tim's new framework dies to add some interest.  I thought it fitting to have the map of Canada on the front cover, from the Crowded Attic paper pad.  The word memories is made up from Tim's Idea-ology label letters and a small frame from my stash.


The first page has a photo of my lovely Grandparents and my cousin and her hubby. I created a couple of slim pockets for the first pages and again used pieces from the frameworks die to embellish.  Dad was a Sargent in the British Army and I thought the frameworks looked a little like the Sargent stripes.

On the left hand side I created a very wide pocket  using an accordion fold which allows the pocket to expand to approx 1" thick to hold lots of photos. I created a closure with some black twill and one of Tim's Idea-ology belt buckles which I sewed into place. The right side has a single pocket to keep negatives etc.


On the left side the flap opens and there are more pockets underneath to put some journaling.  I created a little mini book with the papers that were left over and I stamped all the pages with stamps from the Mini Blueprints 6 set.


Again, on the left hand side this opens out and there are three inner pockets to house several pictures or ephemera.  The fastener is a Tim Holtz Cash Key Idea-ology piece.  The right side is plain for some notes or journaling.  The stamp is again from Mini Blueprints 6 and the Calgary post mark is an embellishment from Wendy Vecchi's embellishment range.


This is the last page of the album, the '48' signifies the year my parents went to Canada.  The 4 and 8 are Prima buttons which I stitched on and used one of Tim's heart charms and some thread to form a closure.  Behind the 48 (the year Dad and Mum emigrated) are more hidden pockets to store pictures.


This is the back of the album, again embellished simply with a framework die and Crowded Attic papers.


And finally, a photo of my lovely Dad, with his beloved fishing ground, Loon Lake in the background, near where my parents lived in Haliburton, in the northern part of Ontario in Canada.   This is one of the many photos that will go into my little album.  I have had the most wonderful (and pretty emotional) trip down memory lane creating this mini album!

So what fond memories do you have?  We all hope that you will take that trip down memory lane and come and join us at A Vintage Journey with one of your 'Fond Memories'.  Do please remember to read the rules for joining in.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you again soon!  Hugs, Anne xx






68 comments:

  1. Anne this is a beautiful album you have created for your fond memories of your Dad. I love the different ways you have used the chevron die. Your written note there is quite fascinating can you imagine how much money £8000 was in 1964 they must have felt like millionaires with that win. I lalso like all the papers you have used and the little buckle. See you tomorrow. Hugs Mo x

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  2. Anne your photo album is just lovely and has such a great masculine design. The use of that Chevron die makes me really happy that I bought it! Oh how I love all the elements and how you arranged them. I love the photos you shared of your Dad's side of the family and that photo of him on his fishing ground is pure gold! Such a clever way to hold onto those fond memories. Hugs!

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  3. what a lovely, lovely memory book Anne! Every page is a delightful surprise - what a wonderful place to keep these precious family photos and memories!

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  4. Anne - I love the masculine feel that you went for here. Great use of the chevron that you have carried throughout the album. Very nice tribute to a special man in your life.

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  5. Anne...your little photo album is so beautifully crafted with love. I love the colors... The predominant black and white is very striking. That photo of your father us so sweet and will be a wonderful addition to your album. <3 Candy

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  6. Such a beautiful album with so many wonderful memories. A brilliant idea and great keepsake. Thanks for more inspiration. Hugs Jacky xx

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  7. Anne, What a fabulous tribute to your Dear Dad...The album is fantastic.. Love the papers & die-cuts...A wonderful project to store your happy memories...Love it all...Love the photo of your sweet Dad... Hugs May x x

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  8. Anne this is such a fabulous album and just right for a dad like you describe yours! Love how you put the inside pages together with the pockets etc! This is going to be such a great keep sake once you have added more photos. Just wonderful!

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  9. beautiful album Anne and a very fitting tribute to your lovely Dad...memories to treasure forever and hey I didn't know that your Dad originally came from Aberdeen my lovely friend...hugs kath xxx

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  10. What a beautiful album Anne! Well thought out, beautifully done and so elegant! Great memories in a great make - fabulous! Chris xxx

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  11. such a fabulous album Anne and a wonderful look into yours and your familys past - a beautiful album that will be treasured by you and yours for many years to come - stunning! Can't wait to see you and Mo! Not long now! Hugs rachel xx

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  12. Beautiful album! Beautifully done.
    Joanna

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  13. Wow, Anne - what a beautiful album. I love the chevrons as the sergeant's stripes, and the belt buckle is a brilliant addition. So many pockets and flaps and fab interactivity, and of course wonderful use of the papers. Loved the photos you've shared too - and once you've added more to the album it will be a masterpiece of a family heirloom. Fantastic!
    Alison xx

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  14. What a fabulous album Anne. A special tribute to a Dad you so obviously adored. The way you have transformed this into something memorable and beautiful says it all. I'm sure your Dad would be so pleased to know how special he was in your life. Hugs Rita xxx

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  15. WOW! This is truly stunning Anne. I really love the design and all your beautiful detailing. I love how you have put all those special memories together and I enjoyed zooming in on all the pages for a closer look. It sounds like your really enjoyed making this too. Thank you for sharing.

    hugs Sue xx

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  16. This is awesome Anne. I love the subtle colour scheme so it doesn't detract from the photos and memories and the sergeants arrows. A great piece of work!!

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  17. This is absolutely stunning! I too zoomed in to have a close look at everything. Your Dad will be smiling down on you with love and admiration! xx

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  18. Elegant, stylish, masculine, graphic and utterly professional Anne. I adore your construction pieces and it's written all over this project that it came from the heart. Another winner my friend. Jenny x

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  19. Anne, again this is way too indescribable for words I know ... drooling.
    Your Dad looks as if he would have gotten along very well with mine, a passionate fisher and fan of Canada's waters, too. His dream and goal always has been to have a looong holiday there after retiring. Unfortunately this dream never came true ... Big hugs my friend, Suzanne xx

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  20. Beautiful work Anne! You have created a gorgeous keepsake with lots of fabulous detail, ready to be filled with all those fond memories. Your work has such a fantastic 'crisp' finish so professional.... I'm sure I keep saying this .. Proof of the consistently high standard of craft work! Xx

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  21. What can I say Anne, this is simply amazing! Your attention to detail is beautiful, what a fabulous keepsake ..... definitely art from the heart! Have a great weekend .... hugs Linda xx

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  22. this is just such a lovely album! I have so many fond memories, I think it would be hard to pick! :)

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  23. This Vintage Journey must have been a real labor of love. I can imagine the moist eyes as you were working. It's a delight to see the pictures (you're a whiz at photography!) along with reading about the creation of each page. Your framework did invoke the military hashes indeed. Clever use of that particular piece. You are getting a lot of mileage from the architectural elements too, I see. What a fabulous heirloom you are making for your own children at the same time as you enjoy a walk down memory lane. TFS your memories in such a wonderful way. Happy wkend. Hugs

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  24. Hi Ann, this is fabulous and must have taken you so long to make, as well as evoking so many memories when you were putting it together..what a wonderful creation ..I love all the photos too, hugs and have a happy weekend, Carole Z XX

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  25. Your family memory album is precious! I love the papers you choose and all the pockets inside! What a treasure!

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  26. Gorgeous album , fantastic details and beautifully decorated. I love the way you bound your album too. This is a wonderful keepsake. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend. Tracy x

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  27. A fantastic album Anne and such a perfect way to remember your Dad, your design is superb too and lovely how you were able to use the papers and die shape to bring in aspects of his life. Chris x

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  28. What a stunning album Anne and such wonderful memories. What a perfect keepsake:) gorgeous papers and all those pockets:) fantastic. Lots of huggles and have a fab bank holiday weekend Sue xxxxx

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  29. What a fabulous album Anne - I really love the colour scheme, its so striking and your design is wonderful. That's a great pic of your Dad at the end too - I can imagine it was a fairly emotional journey for you, I'm the same when it comes to memories of my Dad - he was such a lovely man. You and I were very lucky in that respect. Love, Margie xx

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  30. What a wonderful album Ane, and I'm sure, a most fitting tribute to your dad. If he didn't 'do' fancy, then this would be sure to please. It is elegant and masculine and very very classy. How lovely to have enough family pictures to do an album, Enjoy filling the album Ane *hugs* :o) Mo xx

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  31. Oh, Annie, this is exquisite. Period. Thank you for sharing your brilliant work!! I could feel the love emanating from every turn of the pages in the album. Thank you for sharing the photos, too. Memories fuel and sustain us!! It's a pleasure for me making memories of you and your art!! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

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  32. Gorgeous album Anne, it's so stylish with clean lines and will look great when you get your photos in.
    Have a great weekend, happy crafting, Angela x

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  33. I heart everything maps! This is just STUNNING!

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  34. Anne, everything you do is just pure, fine art. I have such a thing for maps! I hang old ones up in my house as decoration. I am little late with saying thank you for the kind message you left on my blog. I am on holiday so getting on the net has been limited to a few minutes here and there when there is a connection. It meant a lot to me to read your sweet comments - thank you.

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  35. Hi Anne I love your album, the pages tell so many stories about your loved dad. The chevrons go so well with the history theme. One to treasure and keep safe just like all the memories we hold so dear to us x

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  36. Anne, this is just full of gorgeousness!. what a lovely and very special way to keep some very special memories!

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  37. eight thousand pounds sounds like a lot of money especially in 1964. You smart lady - those frame work die pieces really do look like Sargent stripes. Anne, every time I think you could not possibly do better - you always do. This memory journal of your dad is fantastic. Now I want to make one for my "Nanny" - my grandmother who raised me.
    I am convinced you have a maid and a cook -- how do you possibly get the time to make all you do????
    Sandy xx

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  38. Wow.. this is such a gorgeous album. Love those beautiful papers and embellishments on each page. Such a great way to keep those wonderful memories. :)

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  39. Beautiful album Anne! Love the chevrons and the maps, and the way the album is bound is gorgeous ! Sue C x

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  40. No wonder you have had so many wonderful comments on your album Anne it is one of the best things you have done. I MUST see this in the flesh please.
    Lynn xxx

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  41. Oh my goodness Miss Anne this is OUTSTANDING creating, you had me all teary eyed too, this is such a wonderful TREASURE to store all those fabulous memories, it was a pleasure to see this, all the details are fantastic, I looooove all the maps, thanks for sharing, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

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  42. These are lovely memories indeed Anne! Such a beautiful tribute to your Dad and you have combined so many Tim techniques and products perfectly!

    Amy*

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  43. This is so much more than an album.
    Even if I had not read the text within your post, there was such a strong feeling of emotion from the actual album itself.
    The little details are so touching:- the 48 in the form of buttons and the Calgary embellishment and yes, I do believe the filmstrip is reminiscent of stripes.
    It was an absolute privilege to be able to view this incredible piece of memory art.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  44. Absolute stunner Anne - it looks SO professional. I adore the use of the maps and the black edging and the pockets and well everything... Nikki xxx

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  45. What a wonderful and heartfelt tribute
    Rosie x

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  46. Oh Anne, this is lovely and I bet many a tear was shed in the making.
    You have inspired me to get on with an album I was going to start but then got side-tracked with other things. When I come back from my stay with a friend I will be making it - I hope.
    Hugs and Thanks for being so inspiring.
    Neet xx

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  47. Such a stunning album Anne...I love the details and masculine feel. Such a special keepsake of wonderful family memories to share with your children and grandchildren.... A real treasure.

    Huge hugs Annie x

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  48. Beautiful job! Memory albums can make us so emotional! All the little details are stunning! Your dad would be so proud to see this!

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  49. Fantastic mini album and what a great tribute to your Dad :) Thanks for sharing your creativity! Love your attention to detail!

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  50. Hello! Anne,
    What a wonderful collection of fantastic memories of your Dad in a brilliant Album, love it
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  51. This is a precious mini album! Love all your wonderful details! FAntastic work! Thanks for sharing with us!!! thanks for your kinds words on my blog! barbarayaya

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  52. This is a really great idea, I love all the pages, so well put together with lovely detailed pages. Sorry my comments are a bit sporadic at the moment, I am having trouble leaving them on my IPad and have to wait for a computer session, but I am always looking and loving your inspiring posts. Hugs Barb xx

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  53. Anne, this is such a beautiful album. Love your choice of papers. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comment. Karen.x

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  54. Thanks for sharing your fond memories in this way Anne and the fabulous photos of your Dad. This is a gorgeous mini album so thoughtfully designed and put together. The gorgeous framework die has been put to great use and I love each and every page. Xx

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  55. Fabulous project Anne and a fascinating post. Flora xx

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  56. This is fab - love the whole feel you have captured with this project x

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  57. What a treasure! I just love albums like this. Really like the many varied ways you used the chevron die. Great ideas.

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  58. Anne, just wanted to pop in and wish you a very Happy Mother's Day. Hope you get to spend it with those you love best. I'm going to be on the lookout to see the dogwood stamp here! I just read Sandy's comment about your house help & smiled. I'm with her. How do you have time to make all these labor intensive pieces of art?! Hugs.

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  59. Wow Anne, this is yet another fab creation!. What a lovely way to keep all those memories & photos of your Dad together. I love all the pockets & details you have used & the masculine colour scheme.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Amy x

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  60. Hi Anne just wanted to pop back to thank you for the lovely comments you left both on the eP blog and on mine about the accordion card. I have you to thank for getting me going on these , I've made a few now which got distributed to friends before I had time to blog them ! Xx

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  61. Anne, this album is just lovely and looks in keeping with the pics of your dad. I like the chevrons on the binding and the papers you chose to give the masculine touch. Wish I could meet you someday. We will have to make a plan!

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  62. Such a fabulous album! What a treasured place to hold your memories. Lovely!

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  63. What a stunning keepsake you have made, a real treasure, and I can well imagine there were lots of smiles and tears during the process. Beautiful.
    Jo x

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  64. What an absolute gem Anne - no wonder this was emotional to make. It's meticulously made and is so so gorgeous and well thought out as usual. Elements like the 'military' diecuts and the 4 8 are so clever. As a major idea-ology fan I love all your fabby doodads! Totally brilliant make and will be a treasure keepsake to pass down. Nicola x

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  65. What a gorgeous book to record your most preciuous Canadian memories.
    Loved to see the photo of your Dad at Loon Lake.
    The map and the Calgary postal mark are the perfect finsihing touches.

    Sorry I am so bad at getting round to comment....always a sign that I am actually getting some crafting done myself though! lol

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  66. I really enjoyed seeing this album and reading of your fondness for family and country. A true beauty and inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

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  67. A beautiful album to record all those precious memories. I love the papers used and all the flips and flaps and pockets for keepsakes and photos .. brilliant design!! hugs xx

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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