Monday, June 27, 2011

Crafty Secrets DT Challenge—Childhood



I had an enchanted childhood…I really did…Sometimes I feel like I’m still having one!


My amazing mother made sure my younger years were filled with every childhood joy…every magical experience that could be had was had…

She continues to give her grandchildren that beautiful type of childhood—no matter how old they are!  Her home is an enchanted place to be…for young and old alike…I always feel like a child again when I return home…


This month’s Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge celebrates CHILDHOOD—what a fun thing to do!

For my project, I chose to do a layout of some of my favorite childhood photos…


I love making copies of favorite family photos and cutting the people out silhouette or “paper doll” style…makes them really “live” for me!



As I cut these images of my childhood self out and placed them here and there on my layout, I kept finding myself giggling…the little girl in me coming out as I played with my very own personal paper dolls…


The sweetly delightful paper I used for my layout comes from Crafty Secrets’ new “Vintage Paper Patterns” CD…you will LOVE using this!

I printed the transparent “Swiss Dots” print twice—once on a soft pink & once on white cardstock…I cut out the center of the white piece, leaving the adorable scalloped  border intact—which I used to frame my piece…easy peasy!


What is about vintage millinery flowers that makes me feel like a little girl when I see them? I found these delightful flocked ones at a yard sale last week—bunches of them tucked into an old sewing box…what a wonderful treasure found…


This sweet vintage childhood image and journaling sheet were taken from Crafty Secrets’ “Childhood” Images & Journal Notes booklet…

I found the most wonderful old story about childhood the other day that I wanted to share with you—It was written by a man named Arthur Gordon and I believe it took place in the 1940’s…

“When I was around thirteen and my brother ten, Father had promised to take us to the circus.  But at lunchtime, there was a phone call; some urgent business required his attention downtown.

“We braced ourselves for disappointment….then we heard him say (into the phone), ‘No, I won’t be down.  It’ll have to wait.’

“When he came back to the table, Mother smiled and said, ‘The circus keeps coming back, you know…’

“’I know,’ said Father, ‘but childhood doesn’t.”

With that wonderful example to learn from, I’m attempting to enjoy every moment of the summer right now with my sweet daughters, nieces, nephews and even the old “kids”…there won’t be much blogging for me for a couple more weeks—childhood won’t wait…

…but I’ll be back very soon!


I’m so glad you stopped by today!  Please take a few minutes and visit the other ladies on the Crafty Secrets Design Team—you’ll be inspired, I promise!

Vicki Chrisman Team Leader

Pam Hooten

Heidi Blankenship

Linda Duke

Michele Kovack

Julie Campbell—me!

And a BIG welcome to our new DT members!

Victoria Warren-Mears

Jan Hennings

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

Tammy Roberts

Viola Mahr

Gini Cagle

Fauve van Maanen

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