Saturday, 8 June 2013

75 CSI Challenge - Key to my Heart

Absolutely love the soft and dreamy colours this week. I thought the journal prompts were perfect for a celebration, so I chose our wedding photo from a few decades ago.
For a change, my papers are fairly new, but some of the Prima elements have been hoarded for a while.  
I lashed out and bought a new die, having seen my friend Heather use the leaves so beautifully. 

A close up so you can see the glimmer in the bird's wing
Love that Cheery Lyn Die and the Spellbinder one too.

I tried to make the page, soft and tradional; in keeping with the era. 

Lace - the lacy die cut doily 
Door Accent - the key
Gold - tiny circle on the key

I chose to write about our wedding.

We thought we were in love, but had no idea what that really meant, or how to make a relationship work. I came from a family of girls and my fiance had three brothers, so neither of us had much experience of the opposite sex.

Our wedding was in my local church on a blisteringly hot summer’s afternoon.  The morning started early when my Sister came to do my hair. My Mother and her friends were catering for 170 guests and we all helped to transport the food and set up the hall.

When the photographer came to the house, I started to get nervous about the ceremony. For better for worse.....but what if it got worse?  Dad noticed me shaking and said, “Here, get this into you”.  The stiff dose of brandy didn’t do much to quell my nerves.  As we walked to the church, only a block away, Dad said “It’s not too late to back out, you know”.  They were wise words, allowing me to feel as though I still had a choice.

Should I cut and run? Choir singing, organ playing, flower girl looking angelic, and me with a jack hammer in my chest.  Do I really know this bloke?  I remember Mum saying “You don’t really get to know someone until you live with them”. 

Standing at the altar. He turns to greet me and he’s shaking too.  The priest says, “Come on you two, it’s really not that bad”.  And of course it wasn’t.  But back then, when people didn’t live together before marriage, and good Catholic girls didn’t experiment, it felt like I was setting off for another country without a compass, a map, or any provisions. 

We learned together, my love and I; with the occasional boggy patch and rocky climb to negotiate.  There were days of mediocrity too, whilst working hard to pay off a mortgage.  We also experienced great joy at the birth of our children, wonderful adventures on holidays and crippling fear during acute illness. By fighting fair, maintaining respect and making time to nurture our relationship, I can honestly say I now know what love is.

Carta Bella - paper, “Forever Friends cards” (reverse)
Prima - Lifetime Collection “Blue bayou” (reverse)
Prima - Packaging (the taupe)
Kaisercraft - Bundle of Joy, “Rattle’
Prima - Large Heart
Prima - Invilde Bolme, shabby chic treasure (resin bird)
Prima - Flowers
Prima - Gem Stones
Prima - Vintage Trinket (key)
Simple Stories - “Vintage bliss” Brad
Basic Grey - Brad
Spotlight - White ruffled lace
Cheery Lyn Die - 
Cottage Cutz Die - Leaf
Spellbinders Die - Fancy tags
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Creme de Cocoa



  1. Stop with the journaling, Helen - they ALWAYS make me wanna cry - tears in the eyes right now....oh, what a JOURNEY it all 1st marriage didn't last, & *sigh* it's LOVELY to read about peeps who get through it all & come out stronger. Living together don't always means staying together!!!!! Lovely page - especially that lacey doily...YUM!!!!

  2. Beautiful words Helen, and a very beautiful traditional layout that fits the era!!! So soft, sweet and lovely,the delicate colors are Perfect!!

  3. Super page Helen and I love the simplicity of that circle, that certainly speaks of the union of love! Beautiful little details and of course, such a super photo! I love that doiley beneath your photo and the beautiful heart and birds! Love your story and journalling...such an honest and open account...and love that you could share it through your scrapbooking! Fabulous page!

  4. I have so many favourites of your layouts Helen and this is just another. You could have been writing about me :) Especially after the wedding as I had a very different one... Love this one so much. xox

  5. Beautiful page even more beautiful insight into your beautiful self. Thank you for sharing your love story!

  6. Truly gorgeous....the soft colours, the design, the beautiful embellies and beautiful journaling once again. sigh!! Love this Helen.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  7. wow, such prettiness, love all the beautiful details, great photo too :)