Friday, October 9, 2009

48 pages in 8 days!

8 days ago I booked a trip for my husband Kevin & I to go out to Arizona by my mom. It is Kevin's last week of vacation for the year and he normally needs some time to regroup before the hustle and bustle of the holidays his job that is! Right now he has been working some 12 hour days and comes home just beat so we leave next Saturday on his birthday and will spend 6 days where it is nice and warm.

Kevin shares his birthday with my oldest brother Norm so my mom is planning a little get together that night at a local Italian restaurant for us all to celebrate. When my brother was here visiting earlier this summer he left his 2 photo albums with me and said it would be nice if I would make him a scrapbook like I did for our other brother Andy. I sorted through some of the photos but that was as far as I got since my gardens keep me pretty busy during the summer and of course there was also just the big warehouse sale.

Needless to say, the same day I got our flights booked, I started Norm's album and I have been working on it non stop (well at least the days that I wasn't fighting some dental problems). I found this neat album in blue jean material and it even has a pocket on the front. I spelled out his name in brads........kewl huh?

I think the hardest part doing 48 pages was finding paper to match......especially stuff that wasn't "girlish" with flowers etc. Also working with pictures that were 40 to 50 years old..........lot of them in black and white. I won't bore you with many pictures but here are a few. This page was of his 8th grade graduation and I used Hannah's Story line.

I loved finding pictures of both of our grandma's and we had a special name for them too. Grandma Close just lived a few blocks away in Milwaukee whereas Grandma Faraway lived all the way across the city LOL! Here was the one chance for me to use some prima flowers.

I did a page on each of my brothers and spelled their names out in foil trimmed Cloud 9 letters. Simple but sweet. I also did one of both my folks. I am going to bring along a pen in case he would like me to add some journaling but there sure are allot of pictures and memories in this 48 page album I made him. I know it will be something for him to treasure no matter where he moves to or ends up in life. I just wouldn't recommend trying to do it in 8 days!


Lorraine said...

*I hope he treasures worked really hard on it....I miss you girl...where are you?

Barb - Fiskateer #2975 said...

Wow! Fantastic Job! I'm sure he will appreciate all the hard work you put into making it!

rosegarden - Laura Fiskateer 5939 said...

Looks like a nice job Louise

Melanie Stanczyk said...

WOW---did you go to sleep in those 8 days. You are one fast scrapper! You did a wonderful job too, I bet Norm loves it.

Have a great vacation! Enjoy the weather!

Jessica said...

Holy Cow!!! I'm sure he'll love it!
I wish you all a great time and tell Kevin Happy birthday from all of your loyal followers!

marla said...

Enjoy your time in sunny Arizona!! I hope to be able to take a trip there also towards the end of winter when I am SICK of the cold here!!!! I hope your brotehr appreciates ALL the wonderful work that is loving sister went to for him.