Meeting My Grandma: Case File 226

A pink, blue, and green scrapbooking page layout with K&Company die cuts and Prima Marketing velvety symphony flowers and enamel dots

Isn't it wonderful when precious moments are captured on film? As I mentioned in my last post, my dad was an aerial photographer with a personal passion for candid portraiture. This photo was taken over the Fourth of July weekend, shortly after I was born in the summer of 1982.

At the time, my dad was based in Kansas City, where I was born. My parents' families are from the Minnesota/Wisconsin border. That summer, my grandparents came down to visit and meet their first grandchild.

My grandma was a wonderful woman. She had such a pure, giving heart.She died 13 years ago, but I can still hear the sound of her voice and see the gentle little smile she gave when she the attention was too much upon her.

As soon as I saw CSI's Case File 226 I was so excited. I love the soft colors and that the first piece of evidence is polka dots. I looooove me some polka dots!

I used ribbon, because somewhere in my mind "bows" translated to ribbon. It wasn't until I was finished that I realized my mistake, so I added some enamel dots and it became one of those providential happy accidents because it was looking a little bare in areas. I chose plants because you know if I have the option of using flowers they're going on there.

When I saw that the journaling prompt included being inspired by the word "roots" I immediately started digging through my old photos for this picture. I knew the colors would be perfect for the photo and the idea of my roots coming from my those people who inspired and shaped me into the tree woman I am today.

I also challenged myself to use 5 or more patterned papers, per the challenge at Lasting Memories and at least half of a layout is to be patterned paper per the Studios Challenges.

The other challenge I've been trying to do as much as possible is the Hoarder's Challenge at because let's face it, we're all guilty of adding to our stash before we've depleted our supplies.

I dug out these K&Company die cuts I've had forever. I have an obsession with die cuts. I buy packages of them just so I can look at them. Then I use one or two out of a package of 60. No wonder my husband looks askance at my overflowing drawer of die cuts {as I'm furtively kicking the box from my latest haul farther under the table}.

Is there something you buy way more of than you use? Let me know in the comments! And have a scrappy weekend :)


  1. Beautiful page, so sweet! Thanks for sharing at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. Eli

  2. That's one of the most adorable photos I've ever seen! I love to see babies when they are spoken to. You look like you are trying to converse. Your Grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful, loving person. The pink touches are perfect for this photo! Beautiful & dainty.

  3. In response to your question...I am personally on "Flower Overload" and continue buying more and more. ha!

  4. Good job with this case! I love all your flowers!

  5. Very pretty page, love the use of the die cuts! A few less in the hoard! Great journaling! Thank you for joining in at CSI!

  6. This page is so beautiful! Thanks for playing at LM!

  7. This page is just stunning, love your colours, patterns and design! Great job. Thank you for joining us at The Studio Challenges.

  8. A beautiful tribute to your grandma. That is such a sweet photo and you can really see the love in her face. Beautiful florals and touching journaling, as always!

  9. This is beautiful! Your colors and patterns are perfect along with your design. Very nice! Thanks for sharing with us at The Studio Challenges


Thanks for all your kind comments!