oldest daughter

The Best Days

If you want to have a meaningful conversation with a teenager get in the car. No really! I don’t know why but when you get in the car with a teenager they start talking! So I am in the car with my oldest and she says “Mom, you have to hear this song! Everytime I hear it I think of you.” Well we listened to it together, I am in tears and she says ” Mom, we have a pretty good life.” I said “Yeah baby, we do.”
The song is “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift. Here are the lyrics in case you can’t read them on the layout.

“The Best Day”
I’m five years old
It’s getting cold
I’ve got my big coat on
I hear your laugh
And look up smiling at you
I run and run
Past the pumpkin patch
And the tractor rides
Look now — the sky is gold
I hug your legs and fall asleep
On the way home
I don’t know why all the trees change in the fall
I know you’re not scared of anything at all
Don’t know if Snow White’s house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day
With you today
I’m thirteen now
And don’t know how my friends
Could be so mean
I come home crying and you hold me tight and grab the keys
And we drive and drive
Until we’ve found a town
Far enough away
And we talk and window-shop
Until I’ve forgotten all their names
I don’t know who I’m gonna talk to
Now at school
I know I’m laughing on the car ride home with you
Don’t know how long it’s gonna take to feel okay
But I know I had the best day
With you today
I have an excellent father
His strength is making me stronger
God smiles on my little brother
Inside and out
He’s better than I am
I grew up in a pretty house
And I had space to run
And I had the best days with you
There is a video
I found from back when I was three
You set up a paint set in the kitchen
And you’re talking to me
It’s the age of princesses and pirate ships
And the seven dwarfs
Daddy’s smart
And you’re the prettiest lady in the whole wide world
Now I know why all the trees change in the fall
I know you were on my side
Even when I was wrong
And I love you for giving me your eyes
Staying back and watching me shine
And I didn’t know if you knew
So I’m taking this chance to say
That I had the best day
With you today
You can listen to it here.
(click on the word here!)
Well that was more than enough for me to want to scrap this moment! It’s on these days when you feel like you did something right! (Love that girl!)


I made this layout for Scrapbooking From the Inside Out with this months kit “Nostalgia”. The pattern paper is GCD Studios, Sunny Days collection. The cardstock is Coordinations. I sprayed the cardstock and the flowers with Maya Mist. The border is from Basic Grey, Nook and Pantry Doily Yellow and Cream. I also inked the edges with Distress Ink in Broken China. TFL!

Scraptoberfest Give Away! 2 days left to enter! Senior pics(closed)

Isn’t she lovely?? Yep that my oldest and she is a senior this year! I can’t believe how quickly the time goes by! I combined two cool albums (the acete mix and match and the chipboard mix and match album in black) from Creative Cuts to make my daughter an album of all those pictures we took to get the one she used for her senior yearbook. The flowers are Primas. The centers are Kaiser. The numbers are Thickers that have been altered with alcohol inks. This is actually the cover. I used acete flowers from Creative Cuts and More. I made this color with alcohol inks. Added a little Prima flourish, Heidi Swapp bling and the ribbon and center( I don’t remember who makes these sorry!) I used a mask here – adhered it to the acete and used a different color combo of alcohol inks. (Love that stuff!) Tied a little lace around her pic and added a little heart I found in the wedding section at Michaels.
I took the edge of another page to form this decorative shape around my photo with Kaiser rhinestones. The flower center is a cute little Prima heart, inked and covered with Glossy Accents. The circle bling is from Heidi Swapp. I used three different alcohol inks to get the colors on the acete flower. The purple bling is from Basic Grey.

The purple flourish here is Prima, the flowers are from Creative Imaginations. I made the butterflies with a small punch. I used acete packaging and colored them with alcohol inks. (Did I mention I really am liking those alcohol inks! LOL!)
Another Prima flourish. Another butterfly.The letters for “SENIOR” were originally raw chipboard. I used brown, black and purple inks all over the letters. When they were dry I used Glossy Accents on top to give it that glazed look.
Here I used lace (Spare Parts), ribbon, Prima flowers and Heidi Swapp bling. I’ve had those little metal letters forever, I don’t remember who made them.
The dots here are Stickles, ribbon Creative Imaginations and?? Prima flower. I really loved doing this cute little album. I made it for her but oh it’s going to hard to part with it! I can’t believe she’s all grown up!
SO have you entered my giveaway? the last day to enter is the 31st!!! Details here http://letsembellish.blogspot.com/2009/10/give-away-pics-scraptoberfest-part-iii.html
I will announce winners on the 1st! But I am a church going kinda gal so it’ll be late!
Thanks for stoppin by!