Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Parents' Romance

I've been meaning to digi-scrap my parents' relationship for some time now. The Smile for the Camera carnival gave me just the impetus I needed to sit down down and make it happen. Here are the four phases of my parents' romance in pictures...

The kit I used for all four pages is called "Family History", created by Julie O. The two colored post cards on the first page are from an online site featuring old postcards of Detroit. The bridal party photo (third page) was originally a black & white photo that I colorized according to the description of the flowers and dresses from an announcement in the newspaper of the day. The image of a steamship on the last page is a Photoshop "brush" I created from a photo of a ship called "The City of Detroit". It was one of the passenger steamer ships that used to cruise the Great Lakes. I'm not sure if this was the particular ship my parents took to Buffalo or not but it was one of three ships I could find that did travel that route in 1944.


  1. Those are really beautiful, Jasia!

    Just curious - do you print the pages after you create them? If so, what kind of printer do you use? The pages look like typical 12" x 12" scrapbook pages, and I haven't found a reasonably priced printer that will do that size.

  2. Thank you for your very kind comment Elizabeth!

    I do print my 12"x12" pages but I wouldn't dream of trying to do it at home. I have them commercially printed.

    CostCo will print a 12"x12" page for $2.99. Their equipment does beautiful work and the price is a steal. I'm not sure you could buy quality paper and enough ink to cover the page for that price let alone figuring in the price of an over-sized printer.

    More and more online photo printing companies are doing the 12"x12" pages now. If you aren't a member of CostCo check some of the other online sites for their rates. It beats printing them at home!

  3. Beautiful layouts and thanks for the heads up on Costco. Do they do poster size printing too?

    I love the pearls (pearls are my favs) and the old paper for your notes and the postcards and . . . well and everything. It's obviously a work of love.

  4. Jasia - those pages are absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately I can't afford Photoshop so I do all my digital kits in MS Digital Image Suite (hard to find stuff now that Vista has shut down the DI program). I think you've done a wonderful job capturing the 4 stages of your parents' romance!

  5. Thank you for the compliments MC and Wendy!

    Yes, MC, CostCo does poster size prints too. :-)
    16x20 posters $9.99
    20x30 posters $9.99
    11x14 collage posters $2.99
    12x18 collage posters $2.99
    16x20 collage posters $9.99
    20x30 collage posters $9.99

    Wendy I used Photoshop to make the "brush" because I happened to have it open (I use Photoshop for my web design business). But you can do the exact same thing using Photoshop Elements at a fraction of the price of Photoshop. Honestly, I use Photoshop Elements for all of my digi-scrapping. It's soooo much easier to use for that purpose. It doesn't have all the features of Photoshop true, but what it doesn't have is stuff you tend not to use in digi-scrapping anyway. I highly recommend it.

  6. You're inspiring me to try digital scrapbooking, Jasia. And I need one more obsession. :-)

    Take a look at this webpage for some info about our very own Belle Isle here in Oklahoma City. http://webinfo2.mls.lib.ok.us/okimages/okimages.asp?WCI=ViewEssay&WCU=000000019
    (go to www.metrolibrary.org and choose the Oklahoma Images option and search for Belle Isle is that link doesn't come through.)
    I loved seeing the original and then reading again about how the upstart Oklahoma ended up with one as well.

    I remember an older woman in our church talking about as a kid, her family owned greenhouses nearby and she and her brothers would crawl under the wooden dance floor to retrieve coins that had fallen from the dancers' pockets.

    Thanks again for your inspiration and sharing the info on putting the pages together and printing.

  7. Oh my gosh Tex! I had no idea Oklahoma City had a Belle Isle very like our own! Thank you so much for sharing that information with me.

    I read the essay on Belle Isle and looked at all the pictures on the web site and I have to say that it is all eerily similar to Detroit's Belle Isle! I have no trouble believing that the architect of the project was from our area. It's just amazing!

    Our Belle Isle is still a park open to the public but it has fallen on hard times. The city doesn't have the funds to keep it up. There used to be a dance pavilion and that closed. There used to be a zoo and that has closed too along with the paddle boats. The casino closed long ago as did the riding stables. I believe the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on the island is still operating and the botanical conservatory too. But not much else.

    Families still gather on the island for picnics in the summer and it's a great place to view the International Freedom Festival (Detroit/Windsor) Fireworks from. Many charity organizations have their run/walks there. But it's definitely not a safe place to be after dark.

    Hey thanks again for sharing the information Tex. I'll be writing more about digi-scrapping soon. Stay tuned!

  8. Jasia,

    Really liked the digi pages that you created to commemorate the romance of your parents. You've got a knack and good eye for doing this. Also thanks for the tip on going to Costco to get 12x12 pages and posters printed.

  9. Thanks for the compliments Valerie!

    CostCo is such a great place to find deals... don't know what I'd do without them. They make really nice prints too :-)

  10. You're pages are beautiful as always. Digital scrapbooking was on my list of things to learn this year. Maybe I'll get to it this summer.

  11. Truly beautiful scrapbook pages!
    I like to dabble in scrap booking
    by hand, they have such wonderful
    things available to use now!