Sunday 7 October 2012

7th Oct - Family

A new month means a new challenge so today Amanda has set us all this challenge: The meaning of family. Create a page based around what family means to you. Who do you consider to be your family? Do you have a humorous family anecdote to scrap? Get creative :)
As well as the design team, we are lucky to have extra inspiration this month too as some of the Teresa Collins design team have joined us and we also have a great prize from Teresa Collins up for grabs for this months challenges too!

I decided to document one of my favourite wedding memories for this challenge. The title is "Family means... a little bit of healthy competition" and it refers to the duck race we had on the river with little rubber duckies dressed in formal attire ;).
I used the Teresa Collins Vintage Finds collection to create my page. Love this collection!


 It's become a family tradition is the last few years that we all go on a family picnic once a year. We all take different things to eat to share with everyone so we end up with a great spread!


I always wanted to have a chicken... a chicken? Yes! Meet Daphne - our new family member! Daphne lives not with us, but at Kingston Lacy (Dorset, UK) with eight other funny feathery friends! She was named after my suggestion I put in a Naming Competition box. So every weekend now she will be visited by the "real" Daphne (me) - that is the least I can do for a new member of our family! 


Family means a lot for me!
But when I'm thinking about family,
I see my lovely MOM.
She's my number one!

As soon as I saw the 'humorous family anecdote' part of this challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to scrap. When my sisters and I were little, we spent our summer holidays as a family in France. This particular photo was taken on the beach at Saint-Jean-de-Monts, where we became fascinated by a jellyfish that had washed up on shore. The three of us were gathered round, leaning over it when my Dad's voice came from behind...'you do know jellyfish can jump?' I don't think any of us have run so far, so fast since! 

For my layout, I decided to focus on the fact that I added 4 amazing people to my family the day my husband and I got married.  I love my husband's parents and sister and was so glad that I was able to officially count them as part of my family.  To highlight what a happy occasion it was for me, I used a ton of bright colors.

We don't tend to have loads of family photos taken, but we did manage one on our holiday - the holiday was our dream family holiday - we went to Florida and all had a fantastic time, so I wanted to document that in the journalling.  I used some texture paste, mists and sequins, sandwiching my title in the middle.


This is my family; 2 parents and 3 kids. It is not well styled studio photos. It is catch the moments whimsy, crazy, everyday moments together like this summer car trip to the beach. I wanted to create a page that reflected this. 

I used the Tell your story collection from Teresa Collins mixed with Pink Paislees mistables, Twine and You Do tape. I used the TC Stamp maker to make the title stamp with one of Teresas Collins frames and my own text.

My family is my life, but I have an extra special connection to my sisters. People comment all the time about our tight bond, and how they wish they shared a relationship like that with their sisters. I feel blessed to have these girls in my life. We love doing things together, especially with our mom, like the bridal shower we recently threw my baby sister.

For me, family is all about the 3 people on this page with me:

Thanks to Cheri, Stacy, Yvonne and Rachel for joining in with us for this challenge, they really created some beautiful projects!

What does family mean to you? We would love to see what you came up with for this challenge so please link your creations up for a chance at winning a great prize from Teresa Collins!

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