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Saturday 5 October 2013

Dad's Album

My Dad was 80 years old on Tuesday 1st October and I have been putting an album together for him for some time. I gave it to him on Father's day but there were a few gaps as we were searching for photos of specific events. 

today we are having a tea party for him with family and friends, and her will be reunited with the album, now complete except the very last page which will feature his party.

So here is the album containing some newly created layouts together with many made years ago and other in-between. (Lots of photos in this blog post!)

Green Fingers - My Great grandfather Robert Ephgrave in his garden in Tewin. The photo we have had for a while, but only recently we found out that Dad was named after him. The layout was created at a Scrapaholix retreat a quite a few years ago, designed by Mandy Webb with Scenic Route papers.

Smithfield Market - My Grandfather Charles Banks worked as a porter in Smithfield meat market later on in his working life. I created this layout with Basic Grey Ambrosia papers a few years ago at a Cardinal Colours Crop. More details HERE.

 Royal British Legion - My Grandfather again, this time as part of the Royal British Legion. Again I created this layout a few years ago and it is Basic Grey Scarlet's Letter papers. More details HERE.

Danger is our Opportunity - This is a more recent layout and was made in a class designed by Anita. It is a photo of Dad's cousin Kenneth Banks who was a spitfire pilot. See more details HERE.

Margaret - Another Scrapaholix class page featuring Margaret (Ephgrave) Banks, my grandmother. The journalling pulls out on the tag.

 First Born - a scrapbook page I created for a Scrapology a couple of years ago. We were scraplifting Ingrid G. The photo is my Dad back in 1933. More details HERE.

Spit and Polish - A layout created at Debden this year. My dad with his mum in the back yard of a flat they liven in in Beckenham for a while.  More papers from Basic Grey. More details HERE.

My Father at 4 - A Scrapoholix design from many years ago. Lots of metal and glass embellishments.

 Festival of Britain - A photo taken by dad in 1951 at Trafalgar Square during the festival. For more details see HERE.

Let Me Tell Your Fortune - This design was by SJ and this is another Scrapology Design Team layout. More details HERE. Dad at a fancy dress party.

1950's Style -Another layout designed by the clever Anita with photos of my lovely Mum and Dad Dad's parents on holiday in St. Mary's Bay. More details HERE.

Love is All You Need - A layout using Basic Grey papers, and a Kelly Goree layout scraplift  - I think!

 A layout of Mum and Dad before they married. This was created recently for a Scrapology DT challenge.

Another Scrapoholix kit dry brushing with Acrylic paints. Mum and Dad with their friends Sybil and Bob.

Mum and Dad's Wedding 1957. I designed this page for Scrapoholix for a class on dry embossing vellum.

A page of my own with baby me and my Mum and Dad.

Me with my Dad in the back garden. There is a pocket behind the photo containing another precious photo. 1961

My sister Sylvia. A recent layout made in a class designed by Linda.

When my brother arrived on the scene in 1986.

First grandson Mark James. born 1982

Another layout designed by Linda for a class. This is a pencil portrait Dad drew of my three children - his 2nd, 3rd and 4th grandchildren, all arrived within a few minutes of one another in 1992!

Samuel James arrived on the scene in 1993. Here is is visiting his grandad.

 Mum and Dad in their garden in Beckenham, just before Dad retired and they moved to Fairlight.

First great-grandchild Jamie arrived in 2004

Then Jessica Grace arrived in 2006.

We all clubbed together to treat Dad to a Tiger Moth flight for his 70th Birthday. A CSI layout.

Golden Wedding in 2007

The four generations of the family at West Ham, Dad, my brother Rob, my sister's boys Mark and Sam and Mark's son Jamie.

Dad gave Catherine his car this summer as she is learning to drive.

I first gave Dad this album with a few pages missing back in June on Father's day. I finished it off and returned it to him for his birthday at the weekend.

Emily and Dad looking at the album.

Mark, Jess, Jamie, Kerry and Nina having a look at the layouts.

Thanks for looking.

Lynn x


  1. A gorgeous gift of memories Lynn.

  2. Oh Lynn! What a wonderful, special gift. I bet he was blown away with it and it must give him a lot of joy looking at it and reminiscing. Beautiful work Hun....a real treasure xx

  3. Wow! what amazing collection of beautiful layouts ! He must have been thrilled!


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