Monday, August 25, 2008

Thanx for the kind words...

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!


Carla said...

The quest is the whole reason we are here right? To learn to get over or deal with those people and things that drive us crazy??? (Not that I drive anyone crazy!:) I love that you took that 'scare' to do for your children! How cool it would be, after all is said and done, one's children sit and compare their mom's 'I hopes' for them!!!! (feeling a little weepy here)

Redhoodoos said...

Love your creativeness! And thanks for your great comment on my blog. It really made my day!

Anonymous said...

That is a great post! i love it!

GrumpyAngel said...

I'm glad you said you'll take it as a compliment if someone copies you because I'm going to do that! I made a "TREASURE BOOK" for my daughter's graduation which I filled with counsels from all the women in our family, but I don't think that will work for my boy, and I don't think the men in my family will do as well as the women :-) The I Hope album will be a great alternative for my son. I've copied the link directly to this post to my journal so I can go back to it when I'm working on my project. Sincere thanks, Lisa!