Happy August everyone! How in the world is it already August?? I love the beginning of a new month, or week, or even just mornings. Fresh starts abound!
Around here a new month also means a new issue of Simple Scrapper's Spark Magazine! Here's one layout I put together for the issue. I used Sketch No. 318 for this page about my relationship with my Grandpa.
My Grandpa and I have always had an awesome relationship. When I was a baby, he lived with us for a bit. My mom says he'd prop me up on his pillow and talk to me while he shined his shoes. When I was a kiddo, I'd have Grandpa dates. I would go spend the afternoon with him. I have foggy memories about what we would do. I remember one time we walked around the Alamo. I also have a more vivid memory of these "fancy" (in my 6 year old mind) shaped chicken nuggets. It wasn't until recently that I realized, none of his 11 other grandkids did those kinds of things with him. So it makes sense that we're still close.
I pulled an assortment of photos for this page, a few vintage shots of the two of us. Yep, that's baby me! A photo of the house he lived in when I was a kid. This gorgeous Victorian mansion was converted into several apartments. He lived on the top floor on the left. The house is in the King William district near downtown San Antonio, just off of the San Antonio River.
To note: as kids, in order to differentiate between our two grandpas, he was called "Grandpa by the River". We're odd...
Nearly all of the products are the Chap collection from American Crafts. To this day it remains one of my most favorite collections! I'm so happy I pulled it out and used it on this page. The little stickers are from one of my favorite Crate Paper collections--Storyteller. I love the "This is me then" & "This is me now" stickers. Couldn't have been more perfect for this page!
The whole page came about because my Grandpa sent me a note in the mail. Just seeing the envelope with his handwriting (and my name misspelled...) made me smile. I wanted to be sure to save it! I had a lot to say about this, so I typed my journaling and hid it behind one of my photos. But I also wanted to include my own handwriting on the page so I made a few notes there on the side.
The combo of the story plus some of my favorite products means this is absolutely one of my favorites from the year. I love it so much!
As mentioned, this is included in the August issue of Spark Magazine. If you've been curious about the mag, Jennifer has a free issue available to peruse. Click here if you're interested in seeing more!
Cheers & Besos,