Family means a great deal to me, as I am sure it does to a lot of people. Grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins; they are all such important people in my life.
These two women are my aunts, Brenda and Pam. From a very young age, my mom's whole family started gathering every holiday at my grandparents home (something that we still do today). My aunts and were always the FUN part of our gatherings for my sister and I, as we were the only grandkids for many years.
My aunt Pam would take us to see Disney movies at the theater, play board games with us, basketball, and even Barbies. She was the one who we always looked forward to seeing because she was a cool playmate!
Aunt Brenda was the cool sophisticated one. She had the most AWESOME home that included a Coca Cola room that the kids would eat dinner in and watch t.v. while the grown ups had their own meal. At Christmas she and my uncle would invite us over to help decorate her 10 foot tall tree. Those times were always so fun! She would put on Christmas music and we would dance around while decorating the tree. Aunt Brenda had her house decorated perfectly. A mixture of antiques with flair. To this day, everytime I buy something to decorate my own home, I always ask myself, "would Brenda put this in her home." I just adored her style so much!
Both aunts and uncles have since divorced which hurt my sister and I a lot. At first we mised them dearly, and then it came time for us to get married. Both aunts were there for everything! It really meant a lot to us that they showed up for our showers and weddings. I am not sure that they know the impact that they had on our lives, but I will always remember those holiday get togethers and these two women will always be the highlight.
Journaling on layout (I printed out the above journaling and pasted it to the back of the layout for space reasons):
Brenda and Pam. Growning up these two women were such fun aunts to have. Pam would play with us, and Brenda always had the best fam. get-togethers. I don't see them much anymore, but i love them the same and think of them often. 2 of the greatest aunts!
For the design of this layout, I just played off the colors in the photo: yellow and blues. I added the Kraft MM paper to off set the brightness of the yellow and pull it together. Adding Kraft or brown always helps me do this. I used Colorbok chalk ink with the Basic Grey Halvah stamps to stamp over the Ki butterfly pattern paper. I loved the effect, and it added a bit more pattern.