Monday, January 12, 2009

Bonne fête Mama! (a day too late)

This is coming a day late, I didn't have time to blog last night, but I wanted to wish my Mama a very happy birthday! Bonne fête Maman! Je t'apporte ton cadeau le 29 :)

I've also been meaning to post about my mom and her wonderful talent. If Ican say that I have any artistic/crafty talent at all, I'd have to say it's because of her. You see, it was my mom who got me into scrapbooking. She started scrapping probably around 2001-2002 or so, and I started shortly after. It was her who inspired me to start this wonderful hobby/art, and I'm now really happy that it's something that we can share and talk about. But it hasn't always been scrapbooking....she has been creative her whole life.

My mom's always been into crafts and hobbies; when she was a teenager she sewed all of her own clothes and when we were babies she made our clothes as well. She used to paint ceramics in the 80s, she cross-stiched, knitted and made blankets when we were kids (and still does); when I was a teenager she used to toll-paint, and then when I left home she switched over to photography and scrapbooking. I've been lucky enough to follow her on her creative path, and it's always been something that we've had in common.

The one thing about my mom when it comes to all her crafts is that she puts so much time and effort into everything she does, way more than I ever could have the patience for. It will take her a few weeks to make a page, but when it's done, you can see all the work that went into it. It's all about the details with her layouts; each button is sewed with thread, the letters are cut out perfectly, everything is just so. She likes to use stamps (something I again have no patience for), and she creates really beautiful things out of them. Her journaling is meaningful and well written. I feel like her layouts are timeless, something that my kids will look back on and love just as much as I do now (I can't say I feel that way about my own layouts, they are more just for me.) Hers and made to preserve and keep forever, she's leaving behind an art for me and generations after. Over the past couple of years she's been scrapping older pictures of herself and her familly, and I'm so happy that she is because through that I'm learning things that I did not know before about my mom, and I'm very happy about that.

You can see all of her scrapbook pages here on Two Peas, but I thought I'd post some of my favs as well.

Some tidbits about my mom's scrapping:
-She tries to use at least one stamp on every layout
-Her favourite line of papers/products is K&Co
-She hates being in front of the camera and much prefers to be behind it
-She probably does about 75% of her layouts in French
-She participates in many Two Peas Challenges
-She uses the same sewing machine she used to sew clothes with back in the 70s to sew layouts
-Her favourite (or easiest) subject to scrap about is our dog, Félix
-She has a room dedicated to scrapbooking
-She really wants a DSLR (she still shoots in film right now)
-She's way too humble about her layouts

So gorgeous. There are many more, you should really check out her gallery!

Merci Maman.

Happy Tuesday!

G.

3 comments:

Jacynthe said...

Merci Geneviève, je ne sais pas quoi dire...c'est vraiment gentil de ta part.

XOX Maman

Uhu said...

Awww, what a sweet way to honour your mom on her birthday! That's awesome that she also scrapbooks! :)

Beth Perry said...

Oh and I added you as a contact at Flickr (aka miya6)

:P
B