Monday, May 20, 2013

Suits Me Just Fine

Last year as we were sorting through Robbie's childhood photos, we came across one of his school photos and he commented that his Grandy had made the suit he was wearing. I remembered that a few years ago I had clipped a layout from an old magazine that featured a little boy in a suit. I flipped through my inspiration file and was thrilled to find it still there, so I chose some papers to match Robbie's suit and set to work. (It's been several years since I clipped this inspiration, so I have no idea which magazine it came from - sorry!)

I used a gold pen to draw stripes on my patterned paper so it would match Robbie's suit material better and pulled some old buttons from my stash. Robbie typed up a little bit of journaling to tell the story.

Journaling Reads: When I was little, Grandy used to make some of my clothes. From about the time I was 3 or 4 until I reached the age of maybe 9 or 10, she made me several suits, vests, shirts, and even a couple of ties. Usually, these were for special occasions such as school pictures, but at other times, there really was no special reason at all other than she loved to sew - especially for her first-born grandson! – Robbie 7-7-12

It took a little trial and error to get the collar and tie just right, but I'm thrilled with the result!

I'm so glad I saved that piece of inspiration from years ago! Do you keep an inspiration file? How often do you refer to it?

13 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Wow - that is so cute! What a perfect inspiration.
Rinda

Sian said...

Wow! there is something about those buttons makes me want to reach out and touch them. He hasn't really changed, has he? It's easy to see who is in the photo!

alexa said...

Very neatly and cleverly done, and just perfect for your story and photos! I think Grandy would be very pleased with this tribute :).

Missus Wookie said...

Oh that is cute and yes just right for the story. I have several inspiration files, v v occasionally I look in them. Not often tho...

Cheri said...

I used to keep an inspiration file and NEVER looked at it. Recently I cleaned it out and found that 95% of what was in there no longer held any interest for me. Now I just use Pinterest and I do refer back occasionally.

Ellyn said...

love that! great job

Sue Althouse said...

That is so clever! I'm impressed that you could lay hands on something you clipped that long ago. Perfect layout!

Kirsty.A said...

This is a really clever layout. Well done for remembering that clipping

Sandra said...

Wow, so creative ... Love it

Lynn said...

So cute, Melissa!

S said...

This is clever indeed. I've seen shirts made with paper on men's cards, but your layout takes it to a gloriously snazzy level. Well done. And ain't he a darling.

Don and Becky Cameron said...

This is great. You have outdone yourself.

Alicia Zbylot said...

Awesome Idea.