Friday, April 2, 2010

A Very Special Memory

You have to love Graphics 45 paper for scrapping your special memories. I actually did this layout a couple of months ago in a class at my Local Scrapbook Store, Memory Lane. I collect old world Santa's and my original plan was to use pictures that were taken this past Christmas with me standing with my collection. But I decided to use some much older pictures and I would like to share the story behind them.

As long as I can remember we put 3 non traditional items on our Christmas tree. They were an Indian doll, small panda bear and a cupie doll along with a more traditional Santa. I believe the first 3 items may have been won at a fair and put away to give to me at Christmas when I was quite young. The cupie doll disappeared years ago but when I got married I took with me the other 3 items.

I continued to put them on our tree. Anyone who saw them, including my husband, thought they were rather silly items for a Christmas tree but to me they were precious. Sadly, about 10 years ago, we had a flood in our basement and the items were ruined. I must admitted I shed a few tears when I had to throw them out. Each Christmas I think about them as I decorate my tree.

I have had a box of negatives that I got from my Mom about 30 years ago. I never really did anything with them as it was fairly expensive to send them away and have prints made. A couple of months ago I borrowed a negative reader and quite enjoyed scanning them. A lot of the pictures I have never seen before so it was exciting getting to see them.

I was looking at some of the Christmas ones I got developed and low and behold there were 3 pictures taken around 1959 when I would have been 4. I am holding the very dolls I just told you about. I must admit there were a few more tears shed when I saw them.

There were only 3 kids at that point , my brother Jim and 2 more sisters Debbie and Cathy would come later. But I still love the pictures taken of my Mom, Dad, sister's Ardell and Rose and myself. I decided they would be perfect for the layout I did in class. I have shared the layouts with my special friends in my Scrapbooking groups but thought some of my blog followers and my family might enjoy seeing them. Oh and by the way, I'm the really cute one in the picture LOL

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At April 5, 2010 at 4:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Betty....OMG I came by to THANK YOU for your beautiful comment on my blog and LOOK WHAT I SEE!!! OMG These pages are BREATHTAKING!!!!!

At April 5, 2010 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Betty Anne said...

Thank you so much Penny.

At April 5, 2010 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Denise said...

These pages are breath taking Betty Anne. I'm so sorry your keepsakes were ruined, but I love that you have the picots. What a great tribute to them you've made.

At April 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM , Blogger Betty Anne said...

Thanks Denise. I was so happy when I found the pictures.

At April 8, 2010 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Chelsea said...

I love those papers and your layout is wonderful. All those wonderful pictures are so precious. ~Chelsea

At April 8, 2010 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Betty Anne said...

Thanks so much Chelsea

At April 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM , Blogger Karen said...

These LO's are gorgious Betty Anne! Love that you found pictures of your special "ornaments" but am sad that you lost them in the flood. I put strange things on my tree too, so completely understand your sentiments! Next time I unpack them I'm going to take lots of pictures (just in case) so I can do some layouts of my favorites. Thank you for constantly inspiring me!!!

At April 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Darling layout. How unfortunate about your beloved tree ornaments! Luckily there are a few pictures to share the story!
PS. Thank you for linking to my giveaway and for coming to visit me. I love visitors! xo.

At April 13, 2010 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Betty Anne said...

Thank you for visiting me to Jessica.


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