Thursday, October 20, 2011

Breaking Tradition

The Pretty Paper Party prompt 2 challenge was to use a full sheet of patterned paper as a background. I decided to use the sketch based on Julie Kirk's sample layout (from the prompt 2 handout) and to combine this challenge with today's weekly LOM Community challenge to create a storage binder layout using five photos. I flipped through one of my 2010 storage binders and found the perfect set of photos, extras that I saved to tell a different story after I had scrapped about Thanksgiving Day. (You can see that layout and story here.)
I had saved five photos to tell the story of our pie tradition and how my niece and nephews broke the tradition that year.

Journaling reads: Robbie and I have a tradition of eating a slice of pie at 10 am on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. We started this the year before we were married because we’re always a little hungry mid-morning yet we usually don’t have our big holiday meal until around 1 or 2 pm. And besides that, once we’ve eaten a huge meal, we don’t always have room for the great desserts. So, we eat dessert first. However, on Thanksgiving Day of 2010, Trey, Nichole & Andrew totally skipped the pie because I had made dirt pudding and they wanted that instead. (Daddy had some of both!)

This layout highlights one of my favorite photos from that day - Andrew sharing his dirt pudding with me. Notice how he has his mouth open as if telling me to open up for a bite. I love it!

Overall I think the layout is a little busy with the small print on the patterned paper and so many journaling strips, but I'm thrilled to have this memory recorded for our Things That Matter album.

(Edited due to several comments - dirt pudding is simply chocolate pudding with Oreo cookies crumbled up in it to give it the look and texture of dirt. So simple, yet always a hit with kids [& adults]!)

12 comments:

Kimberlee said...

Cute group of pictures. Nice idea for a layout. :D

humel said...

It's lovely, Melissa :) Great layout, and I love the story behind it xx

scrappyjacky said...

While I'm slightly bemused at the idea of dirt pudding [guessing it's something chocolatey].....I love the layout....the patterned paper looks great as a background....and lovely photos.

Alison said...

Like Jacky, I'm guessing 'Dirt Pudding' has something to do with chocolate....love the pics-they look really good on that paper!
Alison xx

Karen said...

Great layout; I love the background paper you chose. My mother-in-law always made dirt pudding with gummy worms for my kids on Halloween. They still talk about it.

Amy said...

Thanks for the pudding clarification, I was going to ask what it was!
Melissa, I always love reading the journaling on your pages, it always seems to have the right mix of humour, realism and openness and information, your albums would be wonderful to browse through! :-)

Sian said...

I love a patterned paper background because you can use the pattern to set the scene for the story - just like you have here with that pretty cosy, home-y paper. It's perfect for pie! And I second everything Amy says about your journaling

Cheri said...

What a great memory to have recorded Melissa!

I tend to agree with you that the patterned paper is a little busy (I have no problem with the journaling strips). I think if you softened the paper with some brown chalk ink (lessen the contrast between the white background and the brown flowers) it might help soothe the busy-ness and allow the photos to pop off their white backing a bit more. Just a thought.

Sue Althouse said...

You did a great job keeping everything else pretty much solid against the pp background, works for me! Cute photos!

Maria Ontiveros said...

You did a great job with this - the matting really keeps the photos from getting lost.
Rinda

Jen said...

This looks great - the colours are perfect for the story of the Dirt pudding (we like the Dirt and Worms sundae at Disney's Animal Kingdom!).

Beverly said...

ohmygosh, love, love, love the expression on his face as he feeds you!