Friday, March 16, 2012

A Celebration of Life

Happy 90th Birthday to our dear friend,

I apologize for the lighting on my pictures. They were taken in my mom's
room at the nursing home. I am thankful I had a project to finish while
we sat next to my mom in her last days with Alzheimer's.

We had a family friend turning 90. She is such a precious friend to all of
us and she lives at the same retirement center my dad does. I get to see
her all the time and I told her I wouldn't miss her big party for anything.

I had seen a tutorial by Marion Smith on Prima that showed how to make
this "pocket mini album." It looked so springy and had lots of places for
pictures and memorabilia.

I chose floral pastel papers and went to town. I love all
the different flowers and colors that went into making
the cover.
Each page was punched with a trellis like punch and
decorated with different trims and accents.
Each page had an "uploading pocket" which allows
for more pictures or keepsakes.
I wanted a shabby chic look, so I streaked each page
with a picket fence wash.
Prima has the most beautiful flowers to play with. I loved
this purple one with all the beads.
Little journaling cards were tucked in to tell about the pictures.
The trim doubles as a pocket to tuck things in.
Here's another page to journal. I love the way the pink
pearls cascade from the peacock.
Can you tell I love pearls?
I used a chain closure and added 2 clips and added
dangly pearls and bling.
It was a bittersweet day. My mother died on the same day as
the party. Mom would have wanted all of us to attend. My
dad, sister and I , hours after my mom died, we went to a
celebration of 90 years of our friend.
My dad wrote Betty a poem and I put it in her album.
I know my mom was at the party too.


  1. Absolutely beautiful. So many gorgeous details
    so sorry i havent visited in a while. i have been unwell. hope you are good my friend
    hugs June x

  2. Absolutely stunning ! Gorgeous details