Thursday, September 7, 2017

Taking a Break and (Waiting) At the Bus Stop

September has arrived and with it is back to school & a new case from CSI : Color, Stories Inspiration!

Back to school also means back to work for me - the only negative about this time of year. I LOVE fall!

Here's the new case from CSI :

And here's what I made with it :

When my siblings and I were in elementary and high school we took a bus to get there since we lived outside of town. We would wait at the end of our driveway right at the "garage" to be picked up every day. Last year during Mom and Dad's 45th wedding anniversary we had some photos taken together down at the end of the driveway, reminiscing the whole time.

Here's how I solved the case :


All the colours are there. I liked the sketch but I just couldn't get this layout to come together using it. So, I chose to set it aside and just scrap. I will say that I'm not really in love with this layout, but after two weeks of staring at it I couldn't figure out what to add to make it better, so I decided to leave it.


Grid pattern - small piece blue patterned paper on the right hand side
Book pages
Eyeglasses - the little fox on the right is wearing them!
Label - the bee on the right
People images - silver man figure at the picture
School themed stuff


I chose the school Topic clue for my journaling this time.

For thirteen years of my life this is where we waited for the school bus - at the end of the driveway, right outside the big red garage. When it rained or snowed we waited inside the garage, watching out of the side windows for the bus, only running out as the bus was picking up our neighbours.
When we were younger, the bus driver used to drive right by, forgetting to pick us up, so my Dad painted our last name in huge red letters on the doors of the garage. There was never any doubt as to where we lived for many years after that!
The only bus driver that I remember driving us was Mr. Hansen, who was a retired OPP officer and minister. He was also REALLY tall, so tall in fact, that he had to crouch to avoid hitting his head. We knew that we were in trouble if he stood up and walked to the back of the bus. He was my favorite bus driver!
While I don’t remember much about riding on the bus, now that I actually know how to drive one, I feel much differently about those who drove me. There’s so much more to the job than I ever knew then.
Thanks, Mr. Hansen, for getting us all to and from school safely for so many years!!

And here's some closeups of my page:

So I looked through some older scrap supplies and this dictionary page came with a kit YEARS ago. I giggled when I saw that it was from the "W" section and also happened to be at the words "wait" and "waiting" were on it. I had to add it to the page after that!

Here also is a little piece from my stash that was fitting for this layout. The yellow isn't quite right, but I couldn't resist adding it for the "remember when?" part of it. Also, I used my mini stapler again here and added some texture with my cork circle. The cork kind of reminds me of the bulletin boards at school.

And finally, this is a closeup of my little embellishment cluster at the right hand side of my page. I just loved that little fox and I'm so glad that the colours worked out to be able to use him!

Thanks for popping by to check out my page today!

On a more personal note, I will be taking the month of October off from CSI. While summers are usually full of fun, sun and good times, three weeks ago we suddenly and unexpectedly lost my Dad. While we are slowly adjusting to our new normal, I just need to be able to be with my Mom. So, I will be back blogging in November.

Genesis 28 : 15a - "I am with you and will
watch over you wherever you go."



Jacynthe said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. He looked like a sweet man.

I know what you mean about not being happy with a layout but not knowing what to do to improve on it. Sometimes it has to be good enough. I keep telling myself it's only scrapbooking. In the big scheme of things, it's not that important.

I really like the clean, uncluttered look of your page. The journaling was interesting in that it ties in memories from the past to your own job today. The little fox badge is really cute, and I love the addition of the twine on the right hand side. Well done. TFS.

Nicole Doiron said...

I think your layout is so pretty! Love the clean and simple look and that dictionary paper!! So sorry to hear about your dad! Take care xox

Debbi Tehrani said...

What a beautiful picture of your dad! Thinking of you and praying for comfort as you grieve the loss of this special man.

I loved reading your story! Such great memories, and how awesome that you were able to use that photo to record your story. I love all the perfect details on here and how fortuitous about the dictionary page and the colors in your reading fox. I love when things like that happen when I'm making a page. Like it was all meant to be. Great idea to use cork elements to simulate bulletin boards. You always have such interesting and thoughtful touches on your page!