Sketching memories with PMDC-020

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One of the wonderful things about digital designing with MDS is the ease with which you can re-create or re-color or re-embellish any page layout or card you might be working on. No torn pages, no wasted adhesive, no filled trash can at the end of a project. AND you can keep the befores and the afters, if you so choose. Such is the case with the pages here.  I’m a bit late for Mothers’ Day with this post, but it’s never too late to honor and remember someone you love.

This week’s challenge over at Pixel Maven’s Retreat is a most lovely PMDC-020and versatile sketch and I decided to give it several different tries playing along this time….using the same photo of my Mom as the base for my layout.  

Mom 1956

This pic from my layout is one of my favorites of Mom. It shows both ‘the styles’ and ‘her style’ at the time she and my Dad married (old cars in the back as a fun bonus). In her younger years, in clothing Mom preferred simple shapes, minimal jewelry, as modern-classic and chic as possible, and usually very understated. 

But I didn’t “know her” back then! By the time I remember her clothing choices, Mom was all about comfort and considered herself as having ‘no style’. However, she more than made up for it in home decor. And that preferred style was directly 

PMDC-020-001opposite of her tastes in clothing. She loved old, vintage, antiques, frilly, victorian, super-feminine, and very fussy ‘stuff’ to surround herself with, when possible. THAT is the Mom I knew.  She would have loved both of these very vintage-inspired creations, (using that Attic Boutique ensemble throughout both layouts) and likely would have preferred the ‘busier’ one.  Here they are side by side to show how much impact ‘paper’ choices have on a finished product: (I prefer the less busy of the two!)

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When I play with my papercrafts now–whether digital or traditional–I think how much Mom influenced my own personal tastes–in everything. In clothing, I also prefer non-trendy, tailored, more sophisticated looks. When it comes to home decor–or papercrafting–I’m all about the vintage. One thing’s for sure though–pearls go with ALL those styles!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

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Terri’s Little Corner

TLC.  Terri’s Little Corner of the blogging world. Everyone has to have a blog now, right? Well, mine IS kinda necessary because, in the world of papercrafting (the thing I’m obsessed with now), it gives you a better opportunity to “play along” with challenges, blog-hops, and to just generally run your mouth. That’s something I’m already pretty good at. Put me in front of a keyboard, and I have trouble shutting up, actually. Just ask any of my poor friends who’ve been on the receiving end of letters and emails over the years!

HERE, however, I’ll try to stay on topic. The thing is, the topic of crafting with me is a wide-open field.  My wonderful Granny got me started with it when I was just a kid. Her things were embroidery (which she taught me) and quilting (which she never got around to teaching me, but managed to get me interested anyway).  And I had a wonderful aunt who completely overwhelmed me with the love of flowers, floral crafts (corsages, table arrangements, wreaths) and all kinds of Christmas-crafting. What did I get from my Mom, you ask? Well, Mom would have said that she didn’t have a talented bone in her body, BUT she had a wonderful eye for color and design. And the woman was nuts over the holidays–any holiday. She enjoyed making everything “special” for the ones she loved. So, from Mom, I got my over-the-top love of creating and decorating….EVERYTHING.

I cracked the paper-crafting world initially with scrapbooking, with my first efforts when I was all of 14. Let me just say that the stuff available–um, 40 years ago!!–to preserve photos and memories with were, well, NOWHERE near what’s available now. When I started back in earnest with it 15 years ago, I was amazed! And now, OH! I swoon when I think of all the paper and products available!

My sweet step-daughter got me hooked on Stampin’ Up several years ago. When I discovered how easy and fun it was to work with quality rubber stamps and fabulously coordinated ink, paper, and accessories—well, it was love at first sight. I had the good fortune last year to become a part of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals where I’m surrounded by extremely talented and wonderful people who are inspiring me and challenging me daily to let my creativity soar. So, right now, this little corner of the world tends to be covered with lots of bits of paper, frequently ink-stained fingers, and well, a rainbow of joyous chaos!

I’ll end my first post with this, It’s a card I made in 2009, with some of the first SU stamps and paper I bought. I didn’t make it for MY mom since she passed in 1990, but I’ll dedicate it to her now. I think she’d like it!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri