Saturday, February 1, 2014

February 1st is here!

Good morning everyone!  February 1st is here and along with it comes a "heat wave" in our part of the country.  The temps went up into the 30's yesterday and may go into the 40's today!!  I actually played the Beach Boys during my car ride home because it felt so much like summer!  But this may be just a teaser because that more COLD weather and snow are in our forecast for this coming week.  Oh my goodness!!!

Today I would like to share Color Me Scrappy's Challenge #55!  

The color scheme is as follows:
I absolutely loved using the pop of orange here!

And here's the sketch:
Isn't it fabulous?

Here's my take:

And some close ups:

My inspiration for this page is from one of the songs that Josh Groban's sang at the concert my sister and I attended entitled "The Prayer."  I made my layout in honor of my mom who has been very sick after falling and breaking her hip just before Christmas.  She has been through so much in the past couple of weeks and I felt that a prayer should be documented for her.  In addition, I used my OLW (One Little Word) for this year, too, which is "Believe."  The amazing photo came from Facebook . . . .  a fellow scrapper, Kelly Klapstein, posted this photo last year when I was taking a photography class about using a sun-flare!  I just love this photograph and had to use it here for my mom!  (Thanks so much, Kelly!  You can check out her super amazing blog HERE.)

And I also want to share some photos of my mom with you:

These were taken before she became a mom:

A photo taken of her when she became a teacher:

She's standing next to my dad here on the boardwalk in Atlantic City:
 Her first car:

Here she is with her brother and my uncle, Joe:

Here she is right after she became a mom for the first time - she's holding my sister, Cathy:

And here she is holding my twin sister and me right after we were born:

A later photo of her taken in Atlantic City on the boardwalk:

She loved to play tennis:

And she loved to take us to the Rose Garden in Allentown, PA!  Here I am with my mom, my twin sister, Karen, and older sister, Cathy.  Such a beautiful place!

Just some photos of my mom from her younger days.  Wasn't she beautiful?  I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane as much as I did.

Take care everyone and as always, thank you SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today.


  1. Love love love love your lo!! LOVING the colors and the stars! And loveeeeeee the photos of your Mom!!!

  2. What a beautiful LO, I love the colors and the beautiful photo's of your mom!!

  3. I love the older photos...your mom was a beauty. Your page is so pretty and sunny...I can see why you feel like summer.

  4. This must have been a very emotional post for you, I was moved by the way you love your mother and pray for her recoverance of her accident. I hope everything is ok now for you and your family. She was indeed a beauty....and I love the photo's at the boardwalk...Atlantic City is a place I would like to visit some day!!
    You did a great job with your LO !! The theme and the lyrics are beautiful!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Oh Sharon. I am so sorry to hear about your mom's ill health. Your layout is a beautiful way to inspire hope in difficult times. Thank you for sharing these amazing photos of your mother….you are blessed to have these precious moments in time. Big hugs to you xoxoxox

  6. Typing a little misty eyed here.That is such a powerful song and combined with your stunning moving. I loved seeing the pics of your beautiful mom and will say a prayer for her recovery!

  7. Your layout is just gorgeous. I loved the journaling. I hope your Mom is doing better, I really enjoyed seeing the photos of her. Hope all is well with you too.. enjoy the at my house it's -28C..

  8. Beautiful layout and a wonderful look back at your mom's youth. Continued prayers for her recovery.

    Enjoy your, um... heat wave. ;)

  9. Hello Sharon,
    I'm actually tearing up over this post, I love the way you talk about your family. How awesome for all of you girls and mom!! You know I LOOOVE THIS LAYOUT!! My OLW is pray this year and I've been doing plenty of it, for your mom and many others out there.
    Sharon, the layout is just beautiful with that picture and your words on it. How special and uplifting it is to see. I'm so sorry to hear your mom is having hard times. Breaks my heart when this happens to others, especially the older ones. Prayers and hugs still coming your way dear friend.
    Thank you SO MUCH for these lovely pictures, they remind me of my mom and my twin sisters. I love the one of her playing tennis and her car. It's funny to think of our moms as being young once.
    Hang in there and take care of yourself too and stay strong for her.
    Thank you for the visit, wish I could share pictures again. Still working on trying to fix it. Soon as it's fixed be ready for a photo overload, lol.

    I love visiting your blog dear friend, always makes me smile and thankful for knowing you. HUGS!!!

  10. Oh she is beautiful! And you're just the picture of her! Love the song and layout too!

  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE this layout, a favourite for sure. Really enjoyed looking at your photo's as well, I just love old photo's , such great memories.
    Hope your Mum is getting better every day

  12. I really enjoyed looking at those 'old' photos....& I must say, your LO is STUNNING...looove that prayer & the photo....MWAH!!!!!

  13. HI! Happy 1st of February! That is a great sketch and I love that you followed it so closely and that photo is stunning, love that song, cannot hear it without getting tears in my eyes.. very moving,, and I do hope your Mum will be on the road to recovery too.. the photos of her are beautiful.. she is a very beautiful woman.. and I really thing the weather has a mind of its own sometimes and just when we think it is going to be warm it gets hot, and vise versa!! Well it does here anyway.. have a wonderful week!

  14. This is such a beautiful page! Love the design, colors, and stitching! And I love all the wonderful photos of your Mom! She's beautiful!

  15. Loved to seemall the old picturesSharon. Hope your mother will recover quick. Greatings from Holland

  16. Your post--both the layout and the collection of photos--is a great tribute to your mom. Hope that things will start going better for her soon.

    Glad you're having a "heat wave." We are here, too. I was able to go outside with a lighter jacket, instead of my heavy winter jacket. That was exciting. Happy Groundhog's Day! :)

  17. This is such an inspirational piece! Thank you so much for sharing your work and your story! I hope and pray that all is well with your family.

  18. Oh what an awesome page! How awesome you've got so many photos of your mom! Hope she'll recover quickly!

  19. I hope she's recovering quickly Sharon! I love that you shared all of those photos of your Mom, she is and was beautiful. It's neat to see the baby photos of you.

  20. Oh wow! I really love those inspiration colors together, but your layout is just stunning. Beautiful! And such wonderful photos and memories. Thank you so much for sharing this with us all. :)

  21. Great layout and the pics are really awesome! So amazing memories...

  22. Your Mom and sister are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I hope she is doing okay or better now.

    Beautiful LO, colors, and interpretation of the sketch!

  23. I am so sorry to hear that about your mom. We wish her all the best all the way from the Netherlands and hope she is doing a bit better now.
    Your scrap page is amazing. I love the colours and the text. Those vintage pictures of your mom (and other family) are so very special. I love that!!

    Bad to hear this bad news. You´ve bought a lot of fun products.

    With love from The Netherlands,

  24. GREAT layout with lots of fun details. I enjoy the beautiful photo of your mom too! Sorry about the fall though, hope she recovers soon! TFS!

  25. Those are some fantastic photos!
    Love your page too, thanks for taking me on a wee journey, hope your mum is on the mend.

  26. What a bright and happy page....really love how you used the colours and the stars!

    LOVE the photos of your mom! Hope she feels better soon.

  27. What a great take on the challenge! I love your colourful layout and your photos are awesome!!!

  28. I LOVE your layout Sharon! The way you used the color scheme is amazing! I also love the pops of orange! The tribute to your mom is beautiful! I especially love the way your dad is looking at her in that photo on the boardwalk. I will keep her (and you) in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she feels better soon!

  29. What great family pictures _ I love old photo even if i don't know the people in them . The one of you Mom and Dad together is super as is the one of her on the car. Hope she has a speedy recovery .
    A striking layout

  30. Love your layout. the colors are great. so jealous of your old photos...are you tired of hearing me say that yet? lol


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