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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Domino John

It’s Friday! (I’m posting this a little early because I don’t think I’ll be able to Friday.) How many of you are doing the happy dance? I know I am.

The weekend, the weekend! I’m dancing; I’m dancing; I’m dancing!

Ahemmm. Sorry. I got a little crazy OK. On with the post.

When sorting through all those old photos last Friday, I came across this one.

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It surprised me and made me smile. That little girl is me and she is very happy.

My mother’s father died suddenly when she 17 and left her mother with 5 of the 18 children still at home. My grandmother had already lost her first husband when she was only 15. She was a strong woman. I never knew my real grandfather, but when I was about 4, my grandmother remarried and John came into my life. He was the only grandfather I really ever knew. My father’s father was distant and uninterested in any of his female grandchildren and I don’t have one memory of connecting with him. But Grandpa John was a joy to me. I loved him. I think this picture shows how much. I am about 5 in this picture and on this visit he taught me to play dominos. We sat for hours and played with those little black tiles. He bet me a nickel a game and I always won. Either I was a genius or he was a very loving man. I think it’s the later. We were pals and when he was around I felt very loved. Sadly he died when I was 10 and was gone from my life forever. However, the memory of him and my relationship with him is kept forever in this photo.

You know I had to scrap it!

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The paper is from My Minds Eye Laundry Line and Daisy D’s. The cuts are from Ashleigh’s Alphabet for the flower and leaves, the bird from Happily Ever After, and the title is from Alphalicious.

The dominos I cut by hand and used my white Signo gel pen for the line and my hole punch for the dots.

The flowers are a mish mash of Flora Doodles, Prima, and The Paper Studio.

I pop dotted so much on this layout. How about some close ups:

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I only pop dotted every other domino so it would give a more realistic look. And I know they’re out of line and not straight, but whoever played a game of dominos when every domino was in perfect alignment?

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This is my last heritage LO, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last of my old photos that finds it’s way into my scrapbook. I hope you enjoyed the series.

Let me know what you want to see. More paper crafting or scrapping, mini albums? Leave me a comment and even make suggestions. I read every comment.

3 comments:

girlia said...

What a beautiful LO and tribute to a memory

scrappingnana said...

Your layout is beautiful and I loved reading your post. What a great memory.TFS

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you did great job. Very sweet story.

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