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Turn Around

On January 23rd, this project took a completely different direction than I originally planned. My initial vision was to build a “2013 Forward” layout which listed my goals for the year and provided visuals to support my plans. My direction changed while I was preparing for my grandbaby girl’s second birthday. The melody and lyrics to an old Kodak camera commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBWVWjdNWC0) started meandering through my mind. I changed the lyrics to accommodate a boy:

 

Where are you going, my little one, little one.

Where are you going, my baby my own.

Turn around and you’re two,

Turn around and you’re four,

Turn around and you’re a young boy going out of the door.

 

Turn around, turn around, turn around and you’re a young boy

Going out of the door.

 

Where are you going, my little one, little one.

Where are you going, my baby my own.

Turn around and you’re tiny,

Turn around and you’re grown,

Turn around and you’re a young man with babes of your own.

 

Turn around, turn around, turn around and you’re a young boy

Going out of the door

 

Before I was even aware that I was doing it, I was pulling pictures from my files and building a sketch.

 

 

  

 My plans were to put this together and take it with me to Baby Morgan’s second birthday party on the 2nd. That didn’t quite happen, but did I ever get some unexpected photos at her party. I almost changed this up again, but opted to leave it alone.

 

An overly active vending prep schedule scooted me into procrastination mode, so I didn’t put the layout together until the evening of the 26th. For some reason, I thought we had yellow tiles in the packages we received, but I was mistaken. I think the cream worked quite well.

 

 

I printed my letters on my Cricut Expressions using the “Street Sign” cartridge. Some of the photos are pretty old and were damaged during various moves. My kids found a drawer full in an old wooden desk in our garage. I was heart sick when they brought them to me. Some of the photos were damaged and almost salvageable. The lower left picture is our middle child, Matthew, feeding his baby brother. Above is Leslie feeding Matthew.

 

 

My second layout was meant to mirror the left, only now Matthew is on the other side of turn around. He’s grown; a father and step-father, 32 years old, and celebrating his baby girl’s second birthday. His stepson, in the upper left hand corner, was about seven years old when Matt and Sara got married. He’s 12 now. Baby Brayden, in the lower left hand corner, is now four. That picture was taken the day after Sara miscarried a 9” little boy. Turn around.

 

 

Once I finished the layout, I started applying the embellishments. I had to see what I had and how I could use it to forward my story. Of course, it all comes back to the song. So I retrieved my trusty EK Success music punch and went to work. I tried to strategically place the music so you could follow the turnarounds on the page.

 

I ran the notes through my Xyron and then strategically placed them on the MM Tiles. Then my wandering mind brought me to some musical brads I had in my stash. I placed the clef beside the song but decided I didn’t really need in more notes. The punched ones were fine. While I was poking around my brads I came across the silver embellishments. I had tried die-cut U-turns for my “turn around” symbol, but I didn’t like the way they looked on the page. The silver embellies seemed to do fine.

 

When I first heard Harry Belafonte sing Turn Around in the 60s, an emotional tidal wave unleashed itself on me. I was in high school and college at the time; children were not part of my plans. Yet, the song resonated with a solid message – Our life is made of memorable moments that are all too fleeting. Don’t wish your life away; live in the moment fully, remember the past fondly, and look forward to the future with a sense of adventure. Life is too short to waste.

 

That’s all. I’m done.

Shared by Diane Cook on February 7, 2013 | Memory Date: February 7, 2013
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Diane - I just love the punch with the musical notes. One of my favorite embellishments is brads. I too have these brads. The photos tell a great story about your son and family.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  February 20, 2013 at 3:25 am   
Diane that's a really good idea. Like the lyrics - so true! Very nice page and great story :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  February 13, 2013 at 2:39 am   
This is an EK Success Symphony Large Edger Punch and retails for less than $20. I just sold my last one, but I'm sure you can find it online.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  February 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm   
I just love the whole idea of this page - great job! And as someone who scraps music events a lot for both my son, now grown, and his son - I really am envious of that punch. Wonder if it is still available somewhere? I'm sure I NEED it!
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  February 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm   
Absolutely love it! I have a grown son so you really hit home with me.Very creative and priceless for your son and his family.
Posted By: Barbara Vanecek  |  February 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm   
Thank you for your kind words. I think sometimes less is more. I wanted to do much more with this layout than you see here, but I ran out of time. When I showed the finished pages to my husband, he shook his had and laughed. "Poor kid," he said. "You always use that picture." The "that picture" is in the lower right hand corner of the left hand page. I cropped out the subject of Matthew's pout. It was a picture of his baby brother receiving totally neat presents on the occasion of his second birthday while four-year-old Matthew got nothing but cake and ice cream. It was a hard lesson to learn.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  February 9, 2013 at 2:06 am   
What a great way to document the memories. Very thoughtful. I like the music notes too. I like the cream on the brick, very nice.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  February 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm   
Haven't heard that song in a long time! Guess I'm aging myself now.... Great layout - and thanks for the reminder to use the innies of our punches!!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  February 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm   
I enjoyed this glimpse into your family and life! It's really neat to "meet" the people on the team! Your layout is nice and I love the notes and other embellishments! :)
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  February 8, 2013 at 2:50 am   
That song has always gotten to me too! Love that you used it as inspiration for your layout.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  February 8, 2013 at 2:25 am   
     

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