Thursday, 9 June 2016

Childhood memories swap pages

As you may know I am taking part in a journal page tip in swap,these are the pages I made for Norma's theme of Childhood memories.

I had something in my mind about how a child develops
 The first page is about experimenting - I used to love watching, first my boys, then my grandchildren, jumping and wading in puddles. I made a rainy background and fussy cut a stamped Mabel Lucie Attwell image. The puddle is some acetate made to look like a puddle using alcohol inks.
 This page is about learning to read and write. The images are Graphic 45 and the backgrounds are some inky stencilled and stamped water colour paper. The abc letters are from a set of alphabet beads that I bought thinking they were a whole alphabet- they only contain a-m so not really useful for making up many words!
 This is about a child's love. Another Graphic 45 image and some stamped Crafty Individuals toddlers. A little bit of stencilling and layering onto lace and punched paper lace. Butterflies, both from my stash and punched plus a computer generated quote.
 This page is about imagination - another Graphic 45 image and some toning paper to mount it, a stamped background, Lindsay Mason's teddy bear and another Crafty Individuals toddler.
The flap lifts up to reveal another line of the song - in my bestest childlike writing!

 This page is about outdoor play and exercise - most children get plenty of thumb exercise these days with electronic gadgets, but there is nothing like playing outdoors! The stamped silhouette is swinging from some cloud paper. Oh! and a couple more Graphic 45 images, the little buttons came from a little shop on my travels to Kirby Lonsdale in Cumbria and I thought they looked as though they could skip - I was right!! 
Finally this page is about childhood dreams or ambitions. For a long time I wanted to be a nurse, before changing my mind several times and eventually teaching Special Needs children. 
I used Transparent 3D gloss gel through a music stencil before adding the images
The ballet dancer at the top was free with a purchase at the craft shop I visit sometimes. I added some feathers so that she could dance in Swan Lake! The stamped girl is another Lindsay Mason image. The other images are yet again - Graphic 45 - I added some white pen to make it pop!The quote is from the same LM set.

I used another of my Mabel Lucie Atwell stamps for the front of my information tag.

I am so enjoying this swap, not just for the lovely pages I am receiving, but for the way it is making me think and craft - I know I am not much of a one for embellishments on journal pages but I think I'm getting there - albeit slowly!!

Thanks for looking, Chris 


Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely pages Chris, I am sure Norma is delighted with them! Hugs, Valerie

Helen said...

wow, what a great variety of pages - love them!

Crafty She said...

Hi Chris what fabulous pages. I love them. Xx

Meggymay said...

Fabulous pages, I'm sure they will be loved.
Yvonne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I recognize that G 45 little girl jumping rope. I had the exact same page, but used all of it, not just a single girl.

I adore what you did, and I know your memories helped guide you through these pages. I think you have done a marvelous job and I'm positive Norma loves each and every one of these pages.

chrissie said...

Such beautiful pages with a childlike feel and such wonderful memories.

Love Chrissie xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Chris, this is amazing!! So many childhood memories came flooding in as I read through your descriptions! I love the page about imagination, but they are all just incredible! hugs :)

Sandy said...

Love all of these pages - when I was a child I played all day - now that I am a senior citizen I try to play all day!!!! I do find that what I loved as a child I still love today!! Oh yes, childhood memories - they are delightful!
Sandy xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wonderful pages are this Chris! Awesome! Happy weekend to you!

butterfly said...

An altogether delightful post - charming, nostalgic pages, with just that perfect hint of melancholy for days gone by and the simple delights of childhood dreams, adventures and experiments. I really loved this post, Chris.
Alison x

Gez Butterworth said...

Great pages Chris. What a lovely theme and what a creative journey for you all. Brilliant! xx