or in the words of my favorite donkey, "Thanks for noticing me"--Eeyore
I just thought instead of going to every one's blog and replying I would just post.
I found this idea in a scrapbook magazine--I'm not sure which one but I think it was Creating Keepsakes--way back in 2003 or 2004. This woman had made a tiny book for her son--I think. So a few of the "I Hope's" are from her book but I can't remember which ones. And I remember that I followed a few of her layout ideas with what I had in my stash--but again I can't remember which ones. So pretty much all the page layouts and sayings are from my head. I was about to go in for some serious surgery (the kind that they make you sign a waiver that you won't sue them if you die) so I (having a slight flair for the dramatic) got all emotional and decided I would make one for each of my children. The one in the magazine only had like 6-- I Hope's --so as you can see--I um--did a few more than that. It's a good thing I didn't die (on so many levels of course)-- but can you imagine what a scandal THAT would have caused amongst my kids??!! So I am working on the rest of them now--no small feat for 5 children who will undoubtedly compare notes and amount of I Hopes!
But I have asked myself, many times, if I died--would my children know what I hoped for them? Would they know the things that I treasure and love about each of them? So I just go from there and let the ideas run. I wrote out all the I Hopes first and then went through all my pictures a picked out some of my favorites and then I narrowed them down to the ones that would kind of go with what I was hoping and made copies. I used a blank book from 7 Gypsies. I really liked scrap booking this way because it gave me a chance to really play with embellishments and colors and different mediums. I usually scrapbook to preserve the photos first and foremost. It was fun not to be totally governed by that rule.
So it would be a HUGE compliment if any of you wanted to copy any of it and do something for your children or significant other! Just a few I Hope's would be a treasure--don't be overwhelmed by the amount.
Mackenzie--of course I remember you! How cool is it that you found me and remembered me??!! How are you--if you get a minute--I would love to hear about you and yours!
Carla--thanx for the gentle words that help me continue on quest with my Mom.
Marivic--you are so kind! I was so touched that you would read every word and look at each picture! I hope we get to meet sometime too!