In this previous post, I told you I had a single sheet of bright floral paper from My Mind’s Eye’s Collectable collection. I did not have photos in mind for it, so I set it aside in the studio for more than a week.
Then I was looking for paper to go with this old black and white photo of my Mom. You may have seen it in my Instagram feed. (Need I remind you about my Instagram feed now that I am actually using my Instagram feed. Consider yourself reminded – there’s a link in the left sidebar of the blog to it as well as to the Snaps and Snippets Facebook page which I actually use from time to time too.)
I tried various vintage lines like Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens and SEI’s Vintage Noteworthy collection. But for some reason the photo did not seem to work with those soft color palettes – they looked dull and boring and not fitting for a photo that I just love. Then I spotted that beautiful bright paper leftover from that class kit. I decided to give it a try.
The only concession I made to leading into the picture with softer shades was using the grey swirling strip right behind her. In a way, it echoes the road in the picture and adds to the story. Good enough I thought. The rest of the page then came together quickly, that is – until I hit the title.
Again I tried a grey font and a soft cream one, but they lacked pop. So I decided not to waiver on my bold decision and found a red alphabet in a slightly old-fashioned kind of font.
I am guessing Mom would have been about 18 - 20 when this picture was taken, after high school. And the song that was the theme of my high school class came to mind – “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” by Diana Ross. I decided to use a line I remembered, or thought I remembered. As it turns out this is not an actual line of the original song, it was one in an adapted version my high school class used. I like the connection between the two generations. If Mom were still alive, this is certainly a question I would pose to her. How did the life she imagined in her youth compare to the one she lived later on?
Not wanting to waste a single bit of that gorgeous MME paper, I whipped up these two cards.
Anybody else remember their high school graduation theme song? And the accurate lyrics as well?