Friday, October 4, 2013

Flashback Friday-Family Ties!

Hello! I am finally back with a new Flashback Friday!  We had two family reunions in September and I took several pictures at both.  I figured before I let another year pile on, I better get some of the older reunion pics scrapped.  

I come from a large family.  I am the youngest of six, Mom is in the middle of eight, and Dad is one of the older of eight.  Needless to say, even a 'small' gathering is a big deal.  On the flip side of the coin, my husband is the youngest of three, and his Mom and Dad are both the oldest of two.  Our wedding reception was a bit overwhelming for his family.  They were amazed that not only was I related to so many people, but also knew all of them by name!  Over the years, cousins had kids, and their kids had kids, and I can no longer claim to know everyone by name, but we still have a great time together!  It's so fun to share stories with the younger kids about their parents and grandparents when they were little.

Today's page holds photos from 2008 (you do the math and see how far behind I am!), and I was so happy to see that everyone in these photos were also at our most recent reunion.  Sometimes it's a little sad to scrap older pictures and realize that some of the loved ones are no longer with us.  But fortunately, that wasn't the case this time.  I kept the layout fairly clean and simple since I really didn't want anything to take away from the documentation purpose of the photos.  I added a large journal block to the back of the page, documenting everyone's name and relationship.  I know my kids think it's a little funny when I list that Grandma is their Grandma and I'm her daughter, but 50 years from now someone else may be viewing these asking "Grandma to who?".  On the front, I journaled about the location and some of the fun activities we enjoyed.

This was truly a dip into my older stash!  The only current thing I used was the very vanilla cardstock and the Stazon ink and marker!  I even dug out an old epoxy quote sticker, mounted it on a scrap of vanilla and used it to embellish my page.  I thought it described my family perfectly.  It seems like no matter what has happened or how many years it has been, when we all gather together, it's like no time has passed at all.  What a blessing to have this, and an even bigger treasure to pass on to my girls.

Well, that's it for me today!  I hope you are ready to enjoy another wonderful weekend!  We don't have too much planned, so I'm hoping for a little more crafty time to play.  Have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Page Recipe:  Paper-very vanilla, Sending Love DSP (ret), Stamp Set-Jayne's Type Alpha (ret), Ink-Stazon black, black journaling marker, Accessories-scallop border punch, old epoxy sticker from stash


  1. You come from a huge family!!!! I'm sure the gatherings are so much fun but don't know how you keep up with all the cousins, aunts, uncles, etc!!
    Love your page today - great photos and so many wonderful memories.

  2. Lovely family photos - great pages to celebrate what looks like a wonderful day.
    Alison x

  3. this is a great family layout Margaret-I think the important thing is you got it finished-no matter how old the photos are-big families are wonderful-I have 8 brothers and 32 sisters

  4. Great layout, I like the scalloped borders!!

  5. Wonderful that you are able to get together with your huge extended family and make lasting memories ! Great page with wonderful photos - and that quote sticker is perfect =)


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