Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator- Scrapping a favorite childhood memory.

Inspiration Elevator

You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges our new Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

This month's challenge is issued by the super talented, Lisa Moen. Here's what she had to say in her very own words:

"I have been thinking lately, that I have only done one layout of my childhood and realized that maybe some day, my kids or grandkids would enjoy looking at a few more pages and learning about my siblings, my parents and I.
So my challenge for you this month is to create a page about a childhood memory of yours. It can be a good, a bad, a funny, a photoless or whatever you choose kind of layout.
Just remember to add journaling to tell the story behind your childhood memory.
Can't wait to see your projects!"

I had a hard time zeroing in on a favorite memory. My childhood wasn't bad- it was filled with small magical moments in between a lot of boredom.

Now that I'm writing this my brain is filling with awesome tiny moments:
  • Discovering we could get HBO and watch naughty movies like "Into The Night" or "Nightmare On Elm Street" if we put the tv in a certain place and tape a wire hanger to it. 
  • Watching my Mom finish the Pac Man level 100. Saying "Mom kiss ASS!" and not getting spanked for it.
  • Playing Uno with my Dad, brother and two sisters. Sticking one of the cards on our foreheads- who's ever card fell off first looses.
  • PIZZA and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- The Movie
  • Garbage Pail Kids cards but not the one called Messy Michelle with all the snot everywhere.
  • Playing Bash-A-Saurus- basically using a red plastic bat to bash my sisters and brother over the head- yeah I was THAT big sister. I get bashed too- by all three at once.
  • Watching ET.
  • Watching "Star Wars Return of The Jedi" on tv with no commercials- Mom let us stay up!
  • Dad taking us to Orchard Beach in the early evening when the sun was just setting and the hoodlums had gone home.
  • Mom's turkey day feast
  • The Christmas we got Laser tag AND 2 small tvs to play Nintendo.
  • Sesame Place in the bath tub- because were were too poor top go to the actual park but with 4 kids and some bathing suits who needs 30 dollar water parks?
But I recently took a fantastic photo of a typical New York City Ice Cream Truck so I went with this:


For my page I decided to talk about how when I was a kid the Ice Cream Truck jingle RULED the night. We lived on the fourth floor of a huge apartment building on Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
When we heard the music we knew we had to put our shoes on and RUN like the wind down the stairs.
Woe onto him or her who forgot their dollar allowance- the ice cream truck lady waits for no one.

Detail shot of my journaling:
Still working off my ipod to photograph pages but I figured out how to use a PC to do my photo captions. The page photo above was loaded using Flickr- I had to decipher some HTML code- something I've never tried before. Seriously- I can't wait for my Mac to arrive- I miss it so!
I hope you will stop by and see what the rest of the team has created:
Sue Sykes

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I think it's really cool that you used those gold letters, especially after confessing that they scared you last week ;)

  2. I actually used them in 2 separate layouts last week- I just needed the kick in the pants from you. Lol! Unrelated PS- lose not loose!!! I love how I mix those up and only get it after I read the post days later. Embarrassing!!

  3. You captured the vintage feel so well, Michelle. Even if the photo is recent, the trucks clearly haven't changed, and whatever apps you used, you made both the photo and the page feel retro - I'm so admiring that. Maybe that red checkerboard paper helps with that. Love what you've done!
    - Ann Jobes

  4. AWESOME job, Michelle..I have similar fond memories and now you've got me wanting to chase down an Ice Cream truck so I can scrap it! LOL

  5. I loved reading this. You have such a way with words I could picture it in my head. Made me smile.

    Love that wooden plank backing paper.

  6. Oh, what a fun memory to put on paper! Love it!

  7. Such a great page and fun memory, though all of your memories were a super fun read!

  8. Michelle,I love how you say : "The ice cream lady waits for no one." It made me smile so hard my cheeks still hurt! I love too how you shared those fun memories too. The design has a rough vintage feel and I think it's genius lies in the font and large title and it's placement...or maybe its in that awesome photo or perhaps it's in the retro patterns and wood grain? Either way it quintessentially you and therefore magnificent.

  9. I loved reading your memories of childhood, brought back tons of my memories.. love the retro feel of this..amazing!

  10. Those are some fantastic childhood memories, Michelle!! Great vintage photo and journaling!

  11. What an awesome page and I LOVE your photo and journaling! I felt like I was racing down the stairs with you in anticipation of some yummy ice cream! You are an awesome story teller and a brilliant scrapbooker!
    Joanne xo

  12. OMG girl, memories! When the ice cream truck came around the block, it was like Pavlov's response...I'm sure I salivated as I screamed and ran for the truck ;) This is an awesome page with it's sentiment, photo, and fab title!

  13. What an absolutely great page!!!

  14. Love all of this! Your memories are just priceless and your page is so gorgeous. I think something may be messed up on my bloglovin BC I didn't see this post! I hate change, grrr. PS. I would love it if you came to Austin but y'all (he he) look so happy together your IG feed that I just feel so happy for you. Best of luck girl!

  15. Oh Michelle, I just fell in love with you all over again. Your approach is so real. The nuances in your writing bring all the senses into the reading of it. While I still enjoy the way you present New York with a personality that makes it approachable and loveable, I am so looking forward to your posts about your new home and the discoveries you make there. Scrap on, sister!

  16. this is so beautiful. Your list of memories is delightful and the final layout stunning. The colors you chose are perfect for that nostalgic feel. As always, your art is eye candy!


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