I snapped this photo looking down at my nephew playing with Legos last summer. It would seem ordinary, except that the Legos he’s playing with are 30+ years old and are the same Legos his Dad (my brother) & I played with as kids.
These are the kinds of stories I like to document in my memory keeping. As I’ve shared, I have a love for ancestry and history of all types. Most importantly, history of an individual or as I like to say “her-story”. Stories that don’t only emphasize our relationships with people, but with things and moments of our past too. Things that remind us of childhood, represent who we are or maybe who we were. Moments that connect us with people we may not have actually met. In this case, my nephew connecting with his Dad as a child. I like to take an instance that may feel like a loss or missed opportunity, and find a way to make a connection, to look for a positive thread that weaves a new story.
In keeping with some lessons I am learning in Ali Edward’s Type class, I chose to use a large font for the 1985 and also create contrast with black & white.
I did not have large enough alphabet letters in sticker or cardstock form, so I used the Silhouette Portrait to cut the numbers. I would like to say that I love the Silhouette, but unfortunately, it always feels like way too much work to drag it out and get it to work well. It usually takes several tries, cleaning out the blade and messing with the settings before I get a semi-clean cut. Then it seems I still have to clean it up with a pair of scissors or craft knife. So I only use it occasionally and for basic cuts.
For the other letters I used some cardstock alphas that are probably 10+ years old! I had to add some adhesive to make them sticky again. I also used some basic sticker fonts from generic packs of letters. The journal strips were typed on my typewriter onto graph pattern paper.
I added the pop of color to coordinate with actual Lego colors and the thin washi tape* at the bottom, which adds a 80’s style vibe. The contrasting arrow paper clips from Freckled Fawn were just the right embellishment. Again, I am in the phase of getting it done, keeping it simple and not worrying too much about embellishment, focusing more on telling the story.
*I blogged about trying to find thin washi tape in the past, and love this neon Recollections tape from Michaels. I am pleasantly surprised by the good quality.