Friday, 1 June 2012

Happy Birthday Mum

Today is my Mum's 84th Birthday, and the first birthday in the past six that we have not spent at least part of the day with her. Sadly, she now lives in a nursing home almost 500 miles away (she said she didn't want to emigrate to join us at her age lol!) so we do not see her as often as we would like. She suffers from dementia and so time has become a little meaningless to her but, as is often the case, her recollection of earlier times is much more vivid than the recent past.

Each time we visit I try to make her a little book including photographs from past events with spaces so we can fill in the details together. This one will have to wait until I get the chance to visit later in the Summer so it looks a little bare at the moment, but here are a few of the pages......

I think these photographs were taken in 1957 at Hazelhead in Aberdeen

...and at least some were taken on their honeymoon.

Each of the pages to the left contains a pocket with a tag.....

and each on the right has a flap.

I'm not sure how Mum will feel out in her swimming cossie in blogland lol,

but I'm sure she will enjoy the memories of happier times - she and my Father both doted on their nephew Gordon pictured here with them.

We made a version of this mini book in a workshop at Snazzys last Tuesday so I will try to blog the workshop 'for instance' and all the measurements etc over at sosimplysnazzy soon.

Hope you enjoy the long Bank Holiday weekend, I will be working as Snazzys will be open as normal, but I will find a mo to raise a glass in celebration of Mum's Birthday xx 


  1. Gorgeous! The cover is just beautiful and I so love those Prima papers!

  2. Val, Life Story books are so important in relation to your mum's illness, it has been beautifully designed, love the soft/feminine feel to it .... Happy Birthday to your mum x

  3. Your Mum looks fabulous in her cossie, Val. Quite the bathing belle! I'm sure she will enjoy this beautiful book you have created.

    Lesley Xx

  4. What a gorgeous book to treasure Val. Happy Birthday to your mum.