Do you ever find an embellishment or paper that just tugs at your heart? When I saw the new Notations paper and Office Accoutrement offerings in the Spring Mini, ah my, tugs and more tugs.
My Dad started his educator’s career teaching bookkeeping and, even after I showed him the virtues of Excel, he continued to track all his investments and his accounts with meticulous entries into his ledgers. When he died and I became my Mom’s trustee, his ledgers were my map and still guide me in managing my Mom’s affairs. I can just see my Dad’s handsome handwriting on the Notations papers, so . . . of course, my first creation from the new offerings is in memory of my Dad.
Anyone who’s scrapbooked with me know I love, love to distress. So, I used the art sponges to put the Chocolate Chip ink all over this card, crinkled up the yellow paper and rubbed it directly over the ink pad, and used this handy tool to distress the paper edges.
So here’s the recipe:
Paper: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, and *Notations designer paper. Ink: Chocolate Chip. Stamp sets: *Off the Chart and Everyday Flexible Phrases, Well-Worn Words. Punches: *Round Tab Punch, *Spiral Punch, 1/2" Circle. Miscellaneous: brown grosgrain ribbon, stapler, my Dad’s label maker.
*Items marked with asterisk are available March 1 in the new Spring Mini catalog.
Because I just love sharing my precious memories of him . . . Here’s my Dad in the 1950s just starting his career. He had a joke for absolutely every occasion, so, I’ll close with one of his favorites. He loved poking fun at his own aging (he said growing old isn’t for the weak). Thanks for indulging me this post for him.
An elderly couple were sitting on the porch swing on the front porch.
She: I can remember when we used to sit closer.
He: I can do that. And he moved over close to her.
She: I can remember when you used to hold my hand.
He: I can do that. And he reached over and took her hand.
She: I can remember when you used to put your arm around me.
He: I can do that. So he put his arm around her.
She: I can remember when you used to nibble on my ear.
He got up and started in the house.
She: Ah my, did I say something wrong? Did I offend you?