Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mom's birthday present

***mom...if you are reading this before your birthday dinner, close your eyes and walk away.



(last page in book)



Okay...it's not really a scrapbook. There are no pictures. I just wanted to compile a little book of childhood memories I have of my mother. It's important to me that she knows I DO remember lots of things about her from when I was little. I loved my childhood and while working on this book for the past 2 day, it really sank in just how much I learned from my mom. I sat here writing down my individual memories and I was thinking to myself, "holy cow, I got that from her too!" Making this book was really good for me. It made me realize even more just how grateful I am for my mother. I love her dearly and I owe her a lot. Her birthday dinner is Thursday night. I sure hope she likes it as much as I do.

Little details...It's all very simple, because I know that is what she likes. I covered a small rusty pickle chipboard album with pattern paper from Melissa Frances. I only used that brand of pattern paper through the whole thing, so that it would flow. I knew my mom would like the soft colors and pretty patterns. I used that to cover the 20 sheets of rusty pickle filler pages and punched holes to match up with their holes. All the journaling was on the computer as well as a lot of the clip art from DJ inkers. Some of the art pieces were quickutz or jellies from O Scraps. I inked all the edges with my van dyke brown ink pad and matted them with bazzill cardstock. The flowers and leaves on the front are from prima. It's all held together with clamp rings and tied off with ribbon and torn strips of fabric. I did take pictures of each individual page so that I'd remember them.

With mothers day right around the corner, you can create something like this for your mom too. It's always good to share your memories and let her know she is loved. :o) If your mom has passed, it's a good thing to make for yourself to preserve those memories.

Well, it's 3:00 and I'm still in my pajamas. Gotta get ready to head to the store. I'm in charge of the young women's activity tonight and I'm no where near ready for that.

(hope you're all having a great day!)

23 comments:

Chickenbells said...

Oh J!! That is so wonderful!! I love that idea so much, I may have to "steal" it from you...although, I think I would cry if I remembered all the things my mother taught me along the way...

Cassandra said...

Wow...what a beautiful gift!

maren said...

You are so amazing. I love this book (that is some of my most favorite kinds of things). From a previous post--I LOVED the bridge you made. No wonder they are sad to lose him (and you as a result) in scouts. Your ward and stake are very lucky to have you both.

Desi said...

That is beautiful and such a wonderful idea! Your creativity is amazing. I know that I too owe so much to my mom and I might just have to steal this idea from you. Thanks for sharing.

MaryAnn/Ca said...

Fabulous gift Jolene and although my Mom is gone I may do this as a gift for my daughters. Hmm, Tember may need to spend a long weekend with me!

Denise Bryant said...

Love this idea. It is so pretty and I love the Melissa Frances papers. Make sure you share pics of your mom when she opens her gift.

September said...

Oh Jolene, this is lovely!!! Great job! :) I think I need to go spend a weekend with maryann and teach her to scrap! LOL

Coleen said...

Mom is going to LOVE it and there will be tears. Now my crummy food processor is gonna suck even though she wanted one. Thanks a lot!!! I might have to share my memories also because she always thinks she didn't do much for us or at least we don't have any memory of it. How come you had to take all the creativity from me? I am just like Dad. Same Same Same..go to the same places, eat the same food, routine, etc.

Melissa said...

How special! I think you're inspiring me to do one of my own!

Kim said...

What a wonderful idea and it is so beautiful!
You did a great job.
I'm sure your mother will ♥ it.

Colors of Me said...
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Colors of Me said...

just poppin in to say hi jolene! this is such a cute book - your mom is sure to love it!!! awesome work - it is sooo pretty - also you've been tagged on my blog - sorry, but working in a book store i just had to do this one lol

Nonie Mae.... said...

That is so pretty and a great idea. I'm sure she will just love it....so creative you are...

velvet brick said...

Jolene! How wonderful is this gift from your heart?? What a treasure...an absolute treasure! I love the colors, the idea..the ribbons...all of it! You're mother will just be touched beyond... how tender of you to do for her... happy birthday to your dear mom! : )
VB

wendster said...

W.o.w. What a cool present! You constantly amaze me.

It's beautiful.

Missy's Blog said...

This is really pretty ... your mother is going to love it!!

Patti said...

I know nothing about the scrapbooking terminology BUT I do know it's a wonderful, heartfelt thing you did for your Mom and I would love it if someone did the same for me. Nothing like precious, precious memories!

Briana said...

It's beautiful Jolene! I bet your mom really loves it!

Susie Q said...

This is one of the sweetest gifts I have ever seen. It is perfectly lovely and so meaningful. Your Mom will be delighted that is for sure!

Love,
Sue

mindy said...

I think a food processor would be very nice.

Coleen said...

Ha Ha Ha! Thanks Mindy!

Jolene George said...

I for one would LOVE LOVE LOVE a food processor!

Deanna (dw) Shain said...

What an awesome gift! I may jsut have to get busy and use that idea. My Mom;s b-day is jsut around the corner! What is better than a gift packed with memories and love! WTG!
-d.