So lately, I've been scrapbooking. Weird. Like, not for assignments. Just out of a) inspiration, b) ideas and c) getting Tara Whitney's new Cocoa Daisy kit in the mail.
I have tried to channel Tara in my scrapbooking life. Tried. It never quite works, but this layout made me feel like I was dabbling in Tara-tory, if you will, without leaving my love of all things linear too far behind. That, and throw in a photo of a face that apparently my mother did love (but that 6th grade boys in 1977 CLEARLY did not) and you've got a page that makes me happy.
It's just fun to say, "I'm going to find a picture of me at 11, and compare it with Aidan, today, just for shits and giggles!" So I e-mailed my mom last night asking for some shots circa 1977, and she obliged even though she must have been exhausted from seeing Celine "I am the greatest singer in the world" Dion on her birthday last Sunday. (And yes, Celine was a-m-a-z-i-n-g, according to Shirley…but i digress.
In the process of making this page, I cut my thumb quite nicely on my paper trimmer ("No one makes me bleed my own blood!"). But sometimes, you have to feel a little pain to feel a little beauty.
But that hair I was showcasing in '77? All pain, baby. Not seeing a beauty in sight, on the left side anyway.
Can you say: late bloomer?
Seriously though, what a difference a decade…or three make, you know?
I am damned lucky Murray and Shirley ever married me off.
what an awesome layout. may have to be calling my mom for some 70ish photos. tara’s kit is so cool i am waiting for mine to arrive.
You look darn cute to me! A bit shy and seventy’ish – but ALL elevenyearolds in the seventies were shy and seventy’ish! *smiles*
I am so glad I found your blog!!! You are exactly what I need to read in the mornings to get me going. I love the page – and your awesome sense of humor!
Rachel Greig says
Way too cute – the both of you! 🙂
i’ve seen some of your layouts in the cover of french scrapbook magazine. are you coming up with french versions of your LOs and books?
SHUT UP!! You are adorable, and A looks so much like you, you’d better stop before you give her a complex!! The Seventies just weren’t kind!!
Sharon F. says
Awesome! who didn’t have that hair in the 70’s? That was the cool cut then. Remember clackers and bell bottoms that drug on the ground…?
love it! thanks for sharing…and inspiring. Wouldn’t that be a Finn-ish line?
ok, its 6:00 am and I am on a roll. Better hit the showers…
Melissa LaFavers says
Luck has absolutely nothing to do with it. You are great. We all know it, and Dan knows it best of all. No unfortunate hairstyle–and girl, we’ve all had them–can mask what an incredible person you had to have been then to be who you are now.
OK, I was eleven in ’77 too…made a rhyme there! But seriously, we all looked that way! The seventies were just not kind! Love that you are getting your scrapbooking mojo back again. I have been doing a Daily Dose with Gretchen at BPS and my mojo is seriously cruising right now. Now I need to call my mom and get some pictures since you have inspired me ;-))
Donna Sopsich says
I think you were a sweet eleven-year old!
Kimberly L.C. says
Love the layout and really appreciate that even you are in awe of Tara and her “Tara-tory.”
And thank you for quoting one of my favorite movies… I watch it regularly just because sometimes you need to laugh. So I leave you with…
“Donde esta la biblioteca Pedro?”
“It’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff, the men from boys, the awkwardly feminine from the possibly Canadian.”
“Kate, it’s time to put your mouth where our balls are.”
“I know you. You know you. And I know you know that I know you.”
I was ll in 73 (ok, now I feel OLD).
I really do like the page and you were a cute 11 yr old. It’s just the 70’s and everyone looked like this. Also loved the “Taratory” comment – very clever!!
ady abreu says
Great layout. I can’t wait to get my kit…
ady abreu says
Great layout. I can’t wait to get my kit…
I’m a bit worried about you.
Distressed background paper (albeit with a grid)?
Please let us know that you still have the cabinet full of cardstock!!!
Parent-child comparisons are the best. Except in my case it’s all child-parent comparisons, but that’s okay too. 🙂 As long as SOMEONE is documenting, right?
You looked adorable at that age. I can totally see the beauty in that 11 year old brilliant girl from the 70s.
I love scrapbooking these type of comparison pictures. I did something like that with a picture of my daughter and myself recently. Althought my version wasn’t as fabulous as yours. I loved what you did here…I will definetely use this again as my daughter grows and can compare different age categories or stages of her life…just like I loved all of your ideas on the Play issue…specially the “Why I love this age” page and the one where you scraplifted yourself four years later. Gotta love those concepts! Oh, and I can’t wait to try the five best and five worst page. Thanks for all the inspiration!
You’re way too hard on yourself. Believe it or not, I think all kids look back on their “style” when they were 11ish and feel the same way. Doesn’t make you unattractive, if that’s what you were trying to incenuate. I think it’s cute, and hair is one thing that never stays the same! 🙂
Nifty idea! … oh yeah, i said nifty!
ps. nice usage of quote-age!
So cool to see comparison shots of ourselves with out children.
You are so lucky that your mom was able to find one and get it to you so quickly 🙂
Really Great Page!!
Love the SNL reference and the White quote from Dodgeball! LOL!
You are an awesome writer and I love reading your blog! Great page ,too!
Maggie Bennett says
Guess what? I grew up in Te Awamutu, my older siblings went to school with the Finn boys (my brother punched one in the nose – playgound fight, and my sister was asked out on a date with Neil, but her reply was “ugh no thanks!” (she thought he was a real drip).
Anyway, my parents still live there and I visit regularly so next time I go I shall take some pics of the house they grew up in etc etc and flick them on to you.
BTW – Met you at Crafting Connection Wellington 2006!
Thanks for sharing Cathy. I enjoyed that greatly. Wonderful layout.
You were already the talented you at 11. Whose magic with words I greatly admire and aspire to.
So forget the hairstyle. I am sure your the 3rd generation will not be looking anything like either you or Aidan at 11. That is part of what we document with those millions of digital shots we now take. At least you were wearing a hoodie and they are still around. Could have been as bad as a granny blouse with a bow. Yes I had one of those and at the time thought I looked the height of elegance.
A friend of mine does an excellent Celine Dion saying that line, complete with chest thump. Thanks for the laugh Cathy – your blog cracks me up!
Love what you did with the Tara kit – mine is en route with a signed copy of Ali’s book and now I can’t wait to get it.
Those have got to be the most adorable 11 year olds anywhere. Of course I am slightly predjudiced. We knew then what we know now you are one talented lady. Besides your hair was short because you were a swimmer at that time remember 5 days a week. Love Mom
Jody Ferlaak says
I understand the whole ‘can’t believe it’s taking me 30 years to find a look that works on me’ thing. =) And incidentally, I thought you might get a kick out of hearing that I am ‘teaching’ CZ’s Clean & Simple 1 and 2 for my yearbook class this year. My students are loving it. I’ll have to send you a copy when it’s all said and done. =)
Jody Ferlaak says
I just read your Mom’s comment. I was not a swimmer…so at least you had an excuse. I just kept getting bad home perms.
Happy scrapping…love the scallop.
I think my favorites from that movie are “You and I should mate” and then how she says she just threw up in her mouth a little bit. That movie is hilarious – I like Zoolander better, but Dodgeball is comes pretty darn close.
Oh, I forgot! “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” Love it!
“No one makes me bleed my own blood” Bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. You are killing me. Peeing my pants.
I had a helmet head just like that in 1977. Nice.