Friday, 15 October 2010

Happy Memories of My Dad

It is 10 years on 17th November since I lost my dear Dad to a massive heart attack and to commemmorate the day I have made this Memory Book to give to Mam. I am going home to spend the week with her as she took his death very bad and has never come to terms with it. I have a younger sister who lives locally but she is useless, an older sister who is estranged from all the family and a dear brother who lives in The Netherlands so I want to be there myself to help Mam thru this horrid time of the year. It will also be a thank you visit as she was a rock for me when I had Ovarian Cancer last year and came down to 'look after' us all - I love her to bits as most of you will know. Back to the memory book ~ using a chipboard book I bought for this purpose many months in advance from The Blueberry Barn, I covered the pages with 6 different backing papers from Funky Hand Colour Me Happy CD, and added a hammered card (edged with Distress Ink) margin for added strength. Adding lots of pics of Dad at various stages in his life, I decorated the pages with various things - Sizzix photo corners in various papers and card; Cardstock Father Stickers from BoBunny; brass coloured brads; Ribbons in royal blue, beige, pale blue & navy with stitching, navy & white striped; brown hemp; pearls; cream rub-on letters; yellow paper daffodils and a lush pale blue rose and some computer-generated sentiments.
I added a 2-sided tag which I made from the tag on a pair of jeans that can be tucked in the pocket on the inside of the front cover.

Pics include some of Dad on his own - one when he was in the RAF regiment and the other when he was celebrating something (lots of Guinness glasses on the table!)........

.............. pics of him and Mam on their wedding day, on various holidays throughout their married life and at Graham and I's wedding in 1999.....................

.....................of him always being surrounded by kids (as an uncle to many) and as a dear Dad to my oldest sister (who is now estranged) and my brother .............................. me and also my younger sister; then as a darling Granda to Jennifer, Susan & Tracey................

.....................then to Mandy, Mark & Michelle.......................then to my two, Neil & Lynne.............

and finally to Natalie & Daniel.

This book took me some time to make as I had everything ready but simply could not put it all together - I am sure some of you will be able to relate to that feeling I had and, although it will be 10 years since his passing, I feel he is with us everything second on every day in some way.
Its not been easy but I am entering this into 2 challenges :~
Sentimental Sunday's Tag It and


  1. Sheila this is remarkable ! Love the idea of a homemade scrapbook of sorts! Great colors and picture perfect! A defiinite genuine gift from the heart!

  2. Wow its absolutely stunning Sheila and im sure your Mam would love it!
    hugs and xxx

  3. A gorgeous and touching idea. She will love it xx Jenny xx

  4. so glad we shoved you to make this its lovely and what a treasure to keep
    Thanks for playing along at Get Funky this month

  5. Sheila it is beautiful, your Mum will love it.

    Pam x

  6. oh sheila this is beautiful, you're mum will be thrilled with it

    hugs Troy xxx

  7. I thought I had a very caring and loving little sister but when I see this I have no words to describe what you mean to me and mum will feel the same when you give her this book I wish I could be there to hold the two of you .
    I am overwhelmed with emotions I never knew I had this is pure love from a devoted daughter .

    I love you little sis xxxxx


  8. oh sheila.this is so beautiful.such a wonderful tribute to your dad and full of so many memories.your mum will love this.
    sending hugs

    xx coops xx

  9. What a sweet and thoughtful gift. I am certain your mother will treasure it

    Thank you for joining the “Tag, You’re It!” challenge at Sentimental Sundays. I hope you will join in our new challenge.


  10. Hi Sheila I love your cover of the album the nice panel you have created today I am your follower my dear and thanks for tell me about your Giveaway....hugs

  11. Hi Sheila

    What a wonderful make.

    A fantastic tribute to your Dad. How lovely to have so many photographs of him. I have hardly any of my late Dad .. I don't think we could afford to take photographs and have them developed as we were growing up as a family. Not like the digital shots of today when we can have 100's.

    I love the sentiment at the beginning of your book about a Father's love.

    A very special and beautiful make .. .. well done!

    Thank you for sharing with Get Funky! this month.

    Love Jules xx

  12. oh sheila, this is just so lovely. I love all the little elemnets you added and how so very personal it is with all the lovely photos and journalling, just gorgeous. thank you so much for sharing this with us over on the get funky chalenge blog, hugs Lou xx

  13. Such a lovely idea and your Mum will love it! Thanks for entering the Get Funky! Challenge – hope you can join us again next month! Get Funky!


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