Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mother's Day album

Good morning! I thought I would share a new project just finished that is very dear to my heart - a memorial album to my Mother. My Mother was one of the best people I have been privileged enough to have known - she was a loving mother, an excellent nurse, and just a fantastic person - she is my inspiration to sew and cook, and I have never met anyone more fun to go shopping with. After ten years, I still miss her.

When I got these beautiful blue Prima flowers, I knew that I wanted to do something with them en mass to show off their beauty. My wonderful friend and "boss" Julie had sent me some fantastic ruffled blue lace and it looked perfect with the Primas so I made a bigger flower from the Julie lace and an old K&co brad. To house my little album, I used an old AOL advertising mailer. I pulled off the outside laminated cover which left a sticky fiberboard container. I cut a long strip of cardstock to fit inside as fold-out pages on to which I adhered Gecko Galz patterned papers and ephemera, photos of my mother, and embellishments.
I added vintage laces and lots of buttons (most are Gecko Galz beautiful vintage style buttons) and a few other odds and ends that called to me as I looked through my embellishments.

Hope you enjoyed this little album and be sure to check out my posts from Thursday, Friday and yesterday about the blog hop and challenges. Have a wonderful Sunday!
ttfn
Chris

20 comments:

McMGrad89 said...

What an excellent idea. I have these old package inserts that my friend and I found made great little books, but didn't know what to do with. I have enough for my students, I think I shall have them put their Mother's Day poetry in it.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Annemarie

Zeffy said...

Chris an excellant concept.I lost my mom 20 years ago and I still miss her! Maybe i will copy your excellant idea and also do an album in memory of her.tHANKS FOR SHARING.

Cassie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

deana said...

That is a beautiful book, Chris. I'm loving your lace doilies & beautiful fabric flowers. What a wonderful tribute & you sure do look a lot like your mom, too!

Hope you have a great week! :-)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOSH!!! Chris!! This is JUST GORGEOUS!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee that U made this in memory of your Mama...and loveeeeeeeee the lace flower U made!!!! BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jenneke said...

Chris, this is sooo beautiful!!!
What a wonderful tribute to your mom!

XXXJenneke

Jen said...

Gorgeous album! I love the pictures. What a great tribute to your mom.

Cynthia said...

what a beautiful tribute. Truly gorgeous!

marit said...

It's a truly gorgeous album Chris, a real tresure and such a sweet tribute! The romantic feel with those old pics is just perfect!

Tammy said...

This is such a wonderful idea.....I love yours! It turned out beautiful.
smiles...Tammy

Hanneke said...

I love your mini, it's so gorgeous!! Love the photo's, such a wonderfull tribute to Mom!!

sarah said...

what a beautiful project this is! :) it's absolutely stunning... and i love that you altered something and turned it into GORGEOUSNESS! :)

hope you are well.

hugs,
sarah.

jessicanwilson said...

Chris This is GORGEOUS!!! I love it so much and what a wonderful memorial album for your mother!! I love the page that says "All Mothers are working mothers"
I'm so glad I saw this today!
Love, Jess

mandysea said...

This is beautiful Chris!!! Fab tute too!!!!

Ooooh and love your 'rainkist' lo - just love the green that pops off the page!!!!
xx

~Christina~ said...

How great is this :)

I need to get started working on a mini album for my mother in law...thanks for reminding me ;)

Myia Shantrice said...

You make awesome flowers! Love them!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Simply stunning. I love the lace flowers.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such a gorgeous album! Love the vintage look... the flowers... and other embellishments! :o)

WillieburgScrapper said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Love that wonderful portrait of your Mom in her nurse's uniform.

Tam said...

Chris what a gorgeous book! I totally have a few of those packages in my rec/bin. Thanks for sharing such a lovely idea!